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Tobias, I would also love to hear this mix. BTW, Derelict World is one of my favorite CDs of the year.  :)


If I feel I can contribute to something being discussed, I will do my best. As for the potential for another W and W resurrection, trust will all be among the first to know. Oh, and has anyone seen part 1 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows yet? Kathryn and I are seeing it Thanksgiving Day. Opinions? Also, if you are a SF fan and haven't watched the trailer for "Battle: Los Angeles," yet, do so NOW (at because this looks awesome!!! one early quote stated "It's like Black Hawk Down meets Independence Day."

Bill, the word so far seems to be very positive on HP (I've not read any of the books, but my brother is planning on seeing it during Thanksgiving as well), so I think you will enjoy it. Battle: Los Angeles looked interesting if only because the trailer wasn't peppered with what I call the 'slamming car door' effect every three seconds. I'll reserve judgement for now.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 13, 2010, 03:11:58 PM »
Really enjoying False Mirror's Derelict World. I'm glad I got the CD. This is how you do a digipak. Beautiful artwork. Tracks are excellent, I think maybe Tobias's best.

Also been listening to many albums on the Earth Mantra label Too many albums to list, but you will find just about every style of ambient there. All free under the Creative Commons license. Thanks to JKN for the tip on that.

Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Hypnos 2010 outlook
« on: October 20, 2010, 10:33:56 PM »
Digipaks look great. Looking forward to hearing this one soon.

I've been giving Eve Online a spin lately. Yes, it can be a time-sink, but if you want to be a casual like me, mining asteroids and saving up for gradually better ships, the game allows for that, as well, without a huge time commitment. The deep, technological and meta side of the game is there as well(boy, is it ever), but i've found i can have fun and get stuff done without spending half a day doing it. Probably the steepest learning curve of any game out there, but for now, I'm enjoying being a casual pilot. Also, I got into a long session yesterday with Oblivion, but it was totally worth it!  ;)

Just ordered the CD as well. Love the previews and really looking forward to this one. Well done.

Now that I have a computer that can run Oblivion the way it was meant to be, I've reinstalled the game and have to say it looks spectacular with all the eye candy turned on. The adventure is just beginning, and I hope to spend quite a bit of time in Tamriel again.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich iPhone App
« on: July 25, 2010, 11:33:51 AM »

On the other hand, Robert's app sounds interesting, though I would never consider it a substitute for the original recording.


Good point and one that I should have clarified in my little review. This is NOT a replacement for RR's Somnium DVD, nor should it be considered as such. However, if someone unfamiliar with Robert's work were to D/L this app, and be inspired enough to seek out the original work, wouldn't this also be a positive gain from the experience? In that sense, the iPhone app could be seen as a brilliant marketing tool to expand his audience, which can only be a positive thing. Quite possibly, we'll see something like this from other artists in the future.

I feel the conception of altering the living space an alienation. Now, me too I use MP3 portable players to avoid to listen the awful sound around me in the city, but this is not a solution to Listen Music, indeed it's just an escapism, all in all my alienation from the world. A bad story! I associate the Listening (Ambient) music to a deep listening activity and specifically Robert Rich's music have been for me the entry point in a listening music one step forward a standard every day superficial listening (of mainstream music). So I'm sad to see one of my preferred musician (and mentor) to follow this adapt to a bad music fruiction way... probably I'm wrong, but I pretend from top level artist in the world (and I retain Robert one special person), a progression in music creativity ... after "trance & drones" elevations, you can't go back realizing "standard ambient music" a là Eno ...

When I have the luxury of being able to enjoy a deep listening session with good headphones and a dark, quiet room, I agree, that is the best way to experience an artist's music. However, in today's world, it's difficult to make the time for that. When I was in the Navy, I frequently had to use music as an escape from a very claustrophobic and noisy environment. When I lived in Japan, on the train, I noticed that almost every passenger used some form of portable music to create a bubble in which to find some small measure of privacy. We cannot always choose the environment for our music, but we can find ways to adapt our music to the environment. I'm pretty sure any musician who has ever performed live can attest to this. I don't see this as alienation, but as a way to make the environment we cannot change more enjoyable.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich iPhone App
« on: July 20, 2010, 06:13:27 PM »
Been playing with this app for a few hours now. In short, a tremendous way to present this great album. Hopefully, this is just a first release, and Robert is working on some updates. The app isn't perfect: It needs a sleep timer. The Pace function should be accessible while playing music. Most importantly, it needs to be made multitasking-aware with iOS4. Currently, it can't run in the background with other apps. And it would be nice if there were some way to display some artwork or generated graphics similar to Brian Eno's Bloom or Trope.

That said, this is still an excellent musical experience. It's great to see Somnium in a portable format. And at .99, if you have an iPhone, iPod Touch or and iPad, you'd be crazy not to download this one. Hopefully, it will be updated soon so that the presentation matches the absolutely first-rate musical experience. 4 stars.

Everything and Nothing / Re: World Cup anyone ?
« on: June 22, 2010, 08:31:16 PM »
Now, that would be fun to watch. That and full contact golf.   :D

Now, there was a missed opportunity:

and... Ben is the guy who pops in everyweek to fix the copier.

The copier is the dimensional portal back to the Island. Ben changes the batteries out and punches in the code, otherwise the office, and the universe around it, implodes.

The way Lost really SHOULD have ended:

...via The Daily What

Priceless! Now that would have been a great ending. Better than Patrick Ewing in the shower. As Brian said, 'satisfying ambiguity.'

The producers managed to confuse things by dwelling on wreckage of the pilot episode crash at the very end of the finale, leading many people to guess everyone had died in the first crash and the whole six years of Lost was one big confusing purgatory.  I thought that aspect was poorly handled.  If you're going to use vague, metaphysical elements to resolve a storyline which, while fantastic in parts has always been grounded in consensus reality and a timeline everyone could agree upon, you have a responsibility to make clear how that resolution relates to the rest of the story.
This is literally the first time I've heard about the wreckage/titles sequence. Here in San Diego, as soon as Jack's eye closed and the LOST title card came up, the local news kicked in and didn't show the credit sequence at all. So I saw none of that, although I'm not sure it would have changed my outlook on the finale that much. I still think the ending was a copout and plays conveniently for the producers into the whole "It's about the characters" meme. In my screenwriting class at RIT, that would have been called lazy storytelling.

Well, hopefully all these questions will be answered next season.   ;D

Oh, wait............shit!

Although I thought some individual scenes had emotional heft, mostly due to the actors' talent (Jin and Sun's remembrance, Hurley taking on Jack's burden), what I saw last night was 2 1/2 hours of creative cowardice. I even predicted the very last scene about 30 minutes before it happened. This review  pretty much sums up how I feel.
This week, after six years, the nerviest and most expensive Long Con in history finally reached its end, only its target wasn’t a murderous gangster but the American television audience. Early indications are that millions of people, just like the gangster in The Sting, are going to stay conned. Millions of others are going to figure it out and they are going to be furious—but unlike a psychopathic gangster, they will have no recourse except impotent complaint. And then there are those of us who figured out that it was all a bluff years ago and yet have stayed around to the bitter end.
Put me in that latter group. I already said I knew there was no grand plan, and that any wrap-up was bound to leave threads dangling. One of the most frustrating memes about LOST is when people say it is character-driven. LOST is plot-driven through-and-through. And yet, in the end, that was its greatest weakness. The one big, really important question, 'What is the Island?' was never answered, at all. Instead, we got an emotional farewell, which is the series' hallmark: Its ability to connect to your emotions i.e. Jin & Sun, to the point where the larger questions didn't matter. '"Oh, look. Sayid and Shannon together again." "Hey, Libby came back." The show even dodged answering the biggest questions by abandoning the 'real' timeline and taking refuge in the 'alternate' timeline.

William Goldman once wrote, "Magic is misdirection." The idea that you can distract people from seeing how you pull off the 'trick' by focusing their attention on something else. LOST did this pretty well for 6 years. I'm not angry about the end, just disappointed. I wasn't expecting all the answers, but a few would have been nice.

The 'Wired' article just confirms what I've suspected all along: There is no over-arching structure they've had in place since the beginning, no five-year plan. They make it up as they go along. Not that it can't have a structure, it's just not some grand plan they've been working on. But, since I got burned on The X Files, I'm always going to be a bit more cynical about any show that purports to have a 'mythology.'


Hmmm, I guess my fantasy is that Desmond somehow throws them all into an alternate, alternate timeline, where they never crashed AND all the bad stuff never happened to any of them, (too much to ask? Probably!)

The thing is, when there is a lot (or everything) on the line, what is required to make it right is a sacrifice.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Earth Mantra netlabel
« on: March 28, 2010, 04:09:42 PM »
Thanks for the tip on this, I was unaware of Earth Mantra. I downloaded a couple albums and have been needle-dropping thru the tracks. There is some great stuff here. Too much stuff. I'll try to stream an album a day.  ;)



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