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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

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.

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... 

Jokes, Nonsense and Amusing Links / Re: The Haunted Stick
« on: May 17, 2011, 05:16:03 PM »
Oh God, I remember that - absolute hilarity.   ;D

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 17, 2011, 05:13:27 PM »
Someone mentioned Pulshar's "Inside" on this board; wow, what a winner!  Along with "Brotherhood", it's been in constant rotation here for the last week.  Great dubby minimal techno, with actual SONGS instead of just atmosphere.  Really great stuff.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Nuclear Disaster in Japan
« on: March 17, 2011, 03:48:21 PM »
I hope we all can learn from these mistakes and make some changes for the better.

+1 for that

Whats the point of learning a lesson yourself if those in control refuse to learn anything and change direction accordingly? Chernobyl might have become too old a hat for many, Im afraid, so it was about time to warm it all up again.

Man is an evolutionary dead-end street. To be discontinued.


In the long run, we're all dead.  But that's no excuse for not trying to make things better in the time we have.  The alternative is curling up in a ball and crying, which is the coward's way out.

"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."

Teddy Roosevelt; Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910

We'll expect a full, detailed report on all 100 hours worth of Sundummy sounds by next week.

 ;D  Good luck!  By the third disk, you'll be hitting 'erase' instead of 'play'.   ;)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Cassette tapes..
« on: February 13, 2011, 04:04:28 PM »
Anyone have any interest in a bunch of misc. noise/ambient/odd 80's-90's tapes?  My brother has a box full of NWW, Cock ESP, MSR Tapes, Rising From the Red Sands, etc. cassettes he's gonna either pitch or give away.  If anyone's interested, I can get a detailed list.

Gone to a good home; thanks for playing!

What, nobody wants free electronics?  I thought this board was full of gear geeks!   ;D

This is all going in the trash on Monday, so if you're interested, let me know by then.

Did I mention that the minidisks full of SunDummy stuff can all be erased?   ??? ;)

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