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BTW, I'm enjoying "Euterpe" as I type this...  nice and minimal, very clear and up-front, with the usual Austere surrealness thrown in...  gonna give this a few spins today to let it soak in.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: November 14, 2011, 08:54:44 AM »
Magma – Concert 1976 - Opéra De Reims 3xCD

So how is this?  I've been meaning to check out more Magma for years now; where's a good place to start?

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDs, bye-bye
« on: November 09, 2011, 10:25:37 AM »
I suspect that the packaging for ipods, etc. (and the materials to make them) is not greater than the materials for cds, LPs, etc. but I could be wrong.

There is no contest between, say, a CD digipack in a light wrap vs. virtually any hard plastic encased, plastic insert nestled iPod. Even the little ear buds are way overdone in terms of packaging. Then there's the retail floorspace now dedicated to the marketing of such things.

Now, as CD/DVD sales move online, more packaging is required and more transportation infrastructure and energy is used in the music retail industry equivalent of the single occupancy vehicle multiple trip model!

True; but I have one ipod, and thousands of CDs.  Hell, just weight them:  one fully packaged ipod vs. thousands of fully packaged CDs.  Of course, I have to account for the PC too; but that's offset by the CD deck, and I have the PC for other purposes too.  Is downloading perfectly green?  Hell no, but I do think it's greener than shipping/making CDs, LPs, etc.  Manufacturing, shipping, and displaying a CD + me driving to the store to get it, vs. a download:  seems clear.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Serious listening?
« on: November 08, 2011, 03:14:51 PM »
I rarely use shuffle; I like the flow of a whole album.  I do find that my attention span is getting shorter, though; while I used to be able to just stare at the wall and really listen, I now get antsy and need other distractions, like reading or the web or whatever.  Kinda sad, I guess, or maybe I was just really freakin' lazy but I thought I was being "deep" by just staring at the wall.

I used to think that ambient music lent itself very well to deep listening, but I'm finding more and more that it can all too easily become wallpaper if I don't really concentrate.  Which I do less and less.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Advice topic for newbies (live performers)
« on: November 08, 2011, 03:10:28 PM »
I've only played live a couple times, so I am far from an expert...  but I will say that a pre-show beer is good for the nerves.  I would avoid, however, taking a huge pull on a bong seconds before walking onto the stage, as a partner once did; he spent the entire set in a haze, missing every cue.  Good thing it was a beatless drone-a-thon.   ;D

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDs, bye-bye
« on: November 08, 2011, 11:34:19 AM »

I'd have to agree with you, Mark.  Serial gadgetdom is not green.  The example that came to mind was email.  Who seriously thinks now that email saved us from clutter!;)  At least this hardly seems to be the case in the business world. 


Hmm...  I'd love to see some stats on per-capita trash volume.  I suspect that the packaging for ipods, etc. (and the materials to make them) is not greater than the materials for cds, LPs, etc. but I could be wrong.  And while it's true that we've replaced film with batteries, is it more or less per person with respect to volume of stuff produced?  Yeah, we're filling landfills with old ipods and obsolete PCs; but weren't we filling them with Walkmen and CRT TVs before?  Isn't part of the increase in crap a direct result of the increase in people?  That's why I'd like to see per-capita numbers.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDs, bye-bye
« on: November 08, 2011, 09:55:20 AM »
I find that I care less and less about the physical format as time goes by.  I recently bought 7 or 8 Roach CD's that I have been meaning to pick up for ages.  I promptly ripped them to my music server and filed the CDs on a shelf.  Unless I have a catastrophic HD failure (all backups, too), I will likely never touch the CD again.  I can now enjoy these tunes on my rec-room system, my main-floor system, my ipod for travel, even my iphone, at the touch of a button.  It seems to me that if I only use the CD to deliver the sounds from the producer to my HD, I might as well just eliminate a step and download straight to the server.  This level of convenience more than offsets any loss of sound quality.  And I have to be honest with myself:  As much as I'd like to think I'm a suave audiophile, immersed in the minutia of every blip and bloink in the music spectrum while I sip cognac in my turtleneck with the lights down low in my echo-free listening chamber, the truth is I put on some tunes, go chop some garlic or tune some skis or clean my bike or play with the dogs or hang some sheetrock or talk to friends or ...  or ...  (insert distracting, noisy activity here.)  Sound quality is nice, of course; but I just can't get too worked up about it.

I think the whole movement toward downloads (music, books, movies, whatever) is a good thing, in the long run.  Seems like a huge savings in packaging resources, fuel for shipping, etc. 

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 26, 2011, 12:03:16 PM »
Illusion of Safety - "Of & The"  :  Minimal drones and sustained sounds; I hadn't heard this in years.  Not 'musical' at all; like standing in a harbor in heavy fog while strange ships pass by.

Inade - "Aldebaran" :  Less focused than later stuff (Solar Architects or Samadhi State), but a good listen nonetheless.  Spooky without the Lustmord cheese-factor.

Juno Reactor - "Luciana" :  Could be an Inade out-take. 

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Hypnos Own Visual Artists
« on: October 11, 2011, 09:36:50 AM »
"Aurora Borealis", acrylic on canvas, 2011.

Oooh...  this one I really like.  Nice work!

I live an hour from a theater, so seeing a movie there is a rare event.  The last movie we saw there was Inception; the only reason we went was because we had to run to town for other errands, and had to kill some time.  I'm not a fan of the theater experience; too many distractions.

We still have a crappy 30" CRT with a shitty little cheap DVD player, so my home setup is not exactly a mini-theater.  I actually like this, because it doesn't tempt me to sit in front of it every night.  I can't stream Netflix here - my internet is satellite, so it's too slow - which gives me even more reasons to go do something productive instead of staring at a screen.

I'm always more happy with watching movies at home with a good beer or wine and interesting snack and watching it when I want and with only a select few people and my dog Ginny and stopping it if we want and starting again when we want and continuing tomorrow if we want. I don't mind cinemas too much but if I get uncomfortable sitting so long in the same way I have no options, and I think a good movie is also great on a smaller TV if its a good one. I don't need overblown sound levels or a huge screen or popcorn and coke and people talking and choking on the popcorn and their kids whining and mobiles going on and off and the driving there and back. Heck I don't even like movies much ... unless they are bloody good and worth my time.

I'll second that.  Except that my smaller TV is NOT a good one.   ;)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 25, 2011, 09:56:37 PM »
After enjoying "The Gate" for years, I finally got around to buying Terra Ambient's "Wanderlust" and "The Darker Space".  What the hell took me so long?!

Very very nice; all three have been on endless rotation all day. 

Highly recommended!  (but then again, you already know this...  I'm just late to the party...)   ;)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Ultimate Ambient Synth
« on: June 13, 2011, 04:36:48 PM »

 ;D ;D

Keep the lighter fluid off your monitor.

Have you checked out Google's logo today?  Recorded anything fun?   ;D


"Since trying Michael Menkin's Helmet, I have not been bothered by alien mind control. Now my thoughts are my own. I have achieved meaningful work and am contributing to society.  My life is better than ever before. Thank you Michael for the work you are doing to save all humanity."

I bet that Mr. Menkin could, for the right price, make a helmet big enough to cover your whole house.  I assume some wimpy sunspot activity would be no match for his anti-alien-thought-ray technology!

Everything and Nothing / Re: Special Editions
« on: June 08, 2011, 11:47:32 AM »
The CR releases that had problems with cracking have a metal post that the disc is pressed onto. The metal is not flexible enough and every time you put the disc into the case or take it out, it puts stress on the hole in the disc. Lots of people have reported radial cracks starting from the hole in their CR discs, and I'd really recommend either keeping the disc in an envelope inside the case (not on the metal post), or at least making a CDR backup that you keep somewhere safe.

I see.

Yep - all mine were ruined.  I have backups on CDR, except for Biokenetics, which was too far gone to rip.  Cool design, poor execution.

You, sir, have made my day.   ;D

Jokes, Nonsense and Amusing Links / Sneezing Fetish?! What the...
« on: May 24, 2011, 12:12:37 PM »
I Googled "Hypnos Forum", and this came up...  and no, I did NOT click on it... 

In my opinion, religion and spirituality is such a personal thing.  Whether any god exists or not, it doesn't really matter.  What does matter is how it changes one's life (hopefully for the better).  Yes, you could assume that these people are deluding themselves, but who cares?  If believing in something makes their life better, that's all that really matters.

I think the big problem with religion are churches, which act as an authority.  These "leaders" put their own personal spin on things, and speak it as gospel.  It's done with good intentions, but it usually will to lead to conflicts in each listeners personal belief.  Even worse, they'll change their own personal view to match what's being said.  Ugh!....

Agreed; religion is a very personal thing.  I don't know any two people who share exactly the same views - maybe the same denomination, but never exactly the same beliefs.  There are 7 billion people on Earth; that's 7 billion different religions.  Is one of them the "right" one?  Maybe...  but then what about all the people (and their beliefs) that will be born in the future?  Seems like their religions should be included in the pool of possible "right" ones too, making it even less likely that someone alive today is "right".  Yet another argument against organized religions.

I guess we'll all find out tomorrow when the rapture hits.   ;D

Methinks this thread will die a swift death at the hands of the mods...  but until then, GO HAWKING!   ;D

If we took all the energy, money, and time spent on fairy tales and used it to do some REAL GOOD, this world would be a much better place.  That being said...  I don't have much faith (heh...  the irony...  ) that humans would behave so well without the "social control" aspect of religion.  So, while I think it's a bunch of crap, it may actually serve a purpose.

And yes, I am aware of the incredibly pompous and elitist tone of what I just wrote.  Meh...


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