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Everything and Nothing / Re: RIP Chris Squire
« on: June 28, 2015, 09:35:22 AM »
Terrible news. Chris Squire was my first bass guitar hero. That signature Rickenbacker bass, those beautiful vocal harmonies and great stage presence. I was fortunate enough to see Yes live many times in the '70's and '80's and Chris was always my focal point on stage.

Yessongs is probably the best showcase for his playing, and I guess it's time to dig out my vinyl copy that I've just about played the grooves out of, and remember a truly great musician.

RIP Chris.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: April 28, 2015, 12:51:04 AM »
Just picked up The Thicket by Joe R. Lansdale. I've never read any of his works, although I'm sure some of you are familiar with his horror novels.  It's an Old Western story of kidnap and revenge, and written in quite a raw and funny style, featuring lots of motley characters. I was interested after hearing that it is being developed as a feature film to star Peter Dinklage.

Any other Lansdale recommendations?

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now watching...
« on: April 13, 2015, 09:41:34 AM »
I know some of you are in the same age group, so the new "Thunderbirds Are Go" is quite frankly, a hoot.

Here's the new intro:

And when you gaze into the rinse cycle, the rinse cycle also gazes into you.....

A recent addition to Matthew's page shows a remarkable video that details some of the aspects of sound design for Elite Dangerous.

Check out this video showing off the incredible ambient sounds with notes on how elements are mixed in and out as you travel through the universe. Don't forget to turn it up.

Elite has turned out to be a remarkable game and I'm enjoying my travels through a massive online universe. Kudos to the sound team for helping to create a truly immersive  experience.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 15, 2015, 06:34:17 PM »
Also just picked up Opaline. Really lovely stuff there. Cheers, Pete. Hoping for a nice headphone journey later tonight.

I have to say, right now, there is an absolute glut of great ambient music out there. I can't keep up with it all and I want o fill up my Bandcamp cart and go nuts, but there just aren't enough hours in the day. But this is a good thing. Whereas in the past, we've had some long dry spells, 2015 has already produced a lot of great music, and it's only March! My musical To-Do list is almost as long as the books in my To-Be-Read stack.

Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: Dishwasher drone
« on: February 24, 2015, 03:17:17 PM »
I also employed lots of spatial jiggery-pokery and time stretching as well.

You creative types and your technical terms.  ;)

Love this track, BTW. I like Dave's suggestion that this could all one day be compiled into a new LLM.

After a gaming drought, I'm getting back into space sims with Elite:Dangerous. Finally bought a new joystick so hopefully, I won't bounce off the landing pads trying to control a ship with a mouse and keyboard.

I keep meaning to get back into Guild Wars 2, especially since the first official expansion, Heart of Thorns, was announced this weekend. The new lands of Maguuma look interesting. Not much else interesting to me, although I may pick up Wasteland 2 and get my Fallout 2-style post-nuclear RPG on.

Everything and Nothing / Re: RIP Edgar Froese
« on: January 26, 2015, 07:28:27 PM »
Phaedra, Rubycon, Epsilon, and Aqua were such ground-breaking albums for me in the early '70's. I was fortunate enough to see TD live twice and was spellbound by the incredible sonic landscapes they created. And what a recorded legacy they left behind. Definitely listening to Phaedra and Rubicon tonight and raising a silent toast to Edgar and a prayer to his family. RIP.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sean Washburn - Wave mantra
« on: January 11, 2015, 12:11:34 PM »
Great news about the re-issue. I missed "Wave Mantra" the first time around, but it's good to know people are trying to keep past, OOP recordings alive. 'Til then, I'm enjoying this now on Bandcamp.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 08, 2015, 08:03:50 PM »

And Chris, don't miss 2CDr set "The Time Collection" by Altus, released yesterday in limited edition of 40 copies. A true sonic Eden awaits here too!!!

All the best!!!  ;)


Thanks for the tip on the new Altus release. Purchased and downloading now. You can stream the full album on Mike's web site. Definitely check it out.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 03, 2015, 06:35:40 PM »
Finally stopped procrastinating and picked up Igneous Flame's Nyx and Ion. Brilliant, ephemeral stuff.

Also trying to keep up with the avalanche of back-catalog releases from Matthias Grassow on Bandcamp.

Quite a nice bit of tribal ambient. Good stuff.

I received this e-mail this morning from How To Disappear Completely's BandCamp page. My apologies if this seems a bit spammy, but it pretty much encapsulates the upcoming issues if buying music from the EU: 

Due to the new 2015 EU VAT regulation law we decided to take down all digital sales from Bandcamp on December 31st, until further notice.

From 1 January 2015, a new regulation will come into place where anyone who offers a digital service will now need to be VAT registered. VAT on digital products sold in the EU will be chargeable in the place of purchase rather than the place of supply. These regulations mean that any digital download sold via the HTDC Bandcamp store will require VAT adding for customers within the EU and traders will then be required by law to pay the added VAT back to the country of source (this also means that with every digital download sold, we would be required to keep the billing address of the customer, the IP address of the device used, the location of the bank, the country code of SIM used by the customer and the location of the customer’s fixed land line through which the service is supplied to them and keep the data for 10 years). Sadly, HTDC will be unable to conform to these regulations.

Bandcamp have stated that sometime in 2015 they will handle VAT payments themselves so maybe in the future we will be able to use the platform again. Notes from Bandcamp: “Under our current system, in which buyers pay you directly, the above is the easiest we can make it for sellers to meet their VAT obligations,”, “In the first half of 2015, we plan to make payments for digital transactions flow through Bandcamp. Among other advantages, this will allow us to take care of everything related to digital VAT, including tax reporting and payment.”

To understand the new EU VAT law, read:
Spread and share it, because everyone needs to see it, especially the artists/labels.


If you want to buy a digital version of any of the HTDC catalogue via our Bandcamp store, you have time until the 31st December to do so.
Our complete discography is on sale right now. Save 30% on every release. Enter the code during checkout to apply the discount: "LEAVINGHOPE"


Hope this helps someone out there.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 06, 2014, 07:14:53 PM »
Roach/Reyes--Ancestor Circle. This hasn't left my car CD player all week.  Take a trip back to 1993 circa Origins and Forgotten Gods, and a mind trip through time and space.  Exquisite!  Review to come hopefully soon from yours truly...

Currently, there are 2 tracks streaming( I'm listening to them now) from Bandcamp here: but the entire album will be available for streaming this weekend, so, you can try before you buy. In addition, the CD and downloads are available on Steve's site, as well as the Projekt and Spotted Peccary web sites. So far, very interesting!

Looking forward to this one, as well. Just playing around in the Star Map looks like an adventure in itself.

I'll need a new joystick, though, since I haven't had one since the Wing Commander days.

Now Playing / Re: Heavy music: turn it up to eleven!
« on: October 09, 2014, 12:33:45 PM »
Not sure I would classify myself as a HM fan, but I did love me some Deep Purple back in the day. Made In Japan is still one of the best live albums ever recorded.

Other bands that I'd turn it up for were Black Sabbath, Black Oak Arkansas, and in Heavy Jazz(a category I just made up) the original Mahavishnu Orchestra lineup.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach - Bloodmoon Rising
« on: October 09, 2014, 10:54:56 AM »
Not really quietly  :)  10/05/2014
Hah, clearly I missed that.  ;)

Very nice compilation, Mike. I picked that up, too.  :)

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Twin Peaks revisited
« on: October 08, 2014, 06:33:24 AM »
I'm cautiously optimistic. I'm trying to balance the nostalgia with the realities of how the show has aged and what story Lynch may have to tell "25 years later."

I can't deny reliving how much fun it was then. My friends and I were all-in on the show; Viewing parties, coffee, donuts, the books, the music. Just about every "quirky," unconventional show made in the last 20+ years owes its existence to Twin Peaks, and maybe that's its true legacy; How much it changed the landscape of television forever.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach - Bloodmoon Rising
« on: October 08, 2014, 06:22:07 AM »
Couldn't sleep and saw the e-mail for this. Listening now, waiting for the sun to rise. This is definitely a headphone journey.

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