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Everything and Nothing / Re: Latest ultra-realistic character animation
« on: August 19, 2008, 04:28:43 PM »
Here's one that blew me away:

Especially interesting was how the artist made the eyes more expressive, which is usually the dead giveaway in CG animation.

Since we're posting youtube clips, I thought I'd contribute to the Sunday conversation with this clip of Vladimir Horowitz's 1986 recital in Moscow.


 It was my first laserdisc purchase  ;D and this was my favorite piece from that performance. I love Scarlatti and this is a beautiful interpretation.

Just listened to the samples on Saul's site. What a tease. This album needs to be released right now.


New Entia Non.

Or Oophoi's next release.  ;)

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: July 07, 2008, 11:44:42 AM »
Quicksilver - Neal Stephenson Volume 1 of the Baroque Saga. I wonder what I've gotten myself into....

And if you're interested in some good books on the computer industry, I'd recommend Accidental Empires by Robert X. Cringely or The Cuckoo's Egg by Clifford Stoll. Both are entertaining, accessible books that show the very human side of technology and how it's evolved over the last 20 years.

Everything and Nothing / Re: WALL - E
« on: June 30, 2008, 12:54:17 AM »
I saw it on Friday. It's everything you expect from a Pixar film. It has humor, warmth, heart, pathos(without schmaltz) and a genuine love of its main character. Someone told me once about characters in animation, "Get the eyes right, and you're halfway there." Without going overboard in anthropomorphizing a mechanical trash compacter, Pixar has created a character whose eyes are literally windows into something more than electronics. Wall-E lives and breathes personality from the first moment he's on-screen.
 It's not just in his look and mannerisms, but in the way he attempts to fill the days when he's not creating gigantic, neatly organized mountains of compacted debris. Wall-E's a collector, and the stuff he chooses to keep says a lot about his attempts to understand the people who left it all behind. Without literally saying a word, the first half hour of the film is brilliant visual storytelling that gives you everything you need to understand the character before his real adventure begins.

Is it perfect? No. The third act stumbles a bit getting the characters and events rolling to a very emotional finish, but it's one of Pixar's best films and in my opinion, should be a nominee for Best Picture next year. It's got more soul in 90 minutes than all of the dreck produced by Dreamworks.

Visually, it's got more going on than one viewing can take in. Not only are there numerous in-jokes, but there's so much going on at the edges of the frame, you'll probably want to see it again. I know I'm going to.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 13, 2008, 01:09:47 PM »
Stars of the Lid - Carte-De-Visite (The tour-only CD. Just arrived today. Magical. Buy this from Kranky before they're all gone.)

Thomas Koner - Nuuk, Kaamos (Isn't he working on a new CD for release this year? Please?)

Tim Hecker - Indigo Aerial

After listening to Carte, I have a feeling this will be another SotL weekend.

Everything and Nothing / Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY MIKE!
« on: June 12, 2008, 11:52:42 AM »
Happy Birthday, Mike.
I suffered through my 50th a few months ago. No big deal. Looks like you got much better cards, though.  ;D

Enjoy the extended birthday.

Excellent mix! Highly recommended.

I have about half of this stuff already, but this is a great new take on the material.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Free Entia Non download
« on: May 26, 2008, 05:26:12 PM »
Nice. Another bit of enjoyable magic from James McDougal.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: May 14, 2008, 04:40:30 PM »
Book 5 of R.A. Salvatore's 6-part War of the Spider Queen series, Annihilation.

Then there is Lisa Smedman's 3-volume follow-up to that. Afterward, Salvatore's, The Orc King, which is the first of another trilogy. Ugh. I'm enjoying these books, but what is it about these multi-volume opuses, that keeps sucking me into a months-long reading commitment?

 Oh, yeah, then there's the Aubrey-Maturin novels by Patrick O'Brian to get back to. I left off at book 9 in that series; only 10 more to go...

Just a comment, that, with these upcoming releases, and looking at all the latest additions to the Hypnos Store (new Aglaia!), Hypnos is becoming a 1-stop place for all the best ambient music now. The outlook for the future really looks great. Is it possible for a label to have 1000 True Fans as well?

Great job, Mike & Lena.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 27, 2008, 08:29:42 PM »
King Crimson ~ Thrakk, Red, Starless and Bible Black
Rumforskning ~ Fremtiden
Entia Non ~ Fold, Remora
Nunc Stans ~ Ellesmere Island

Coming up:
The Winterhouse ~ Slow Promises

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 05, 2008, 01:07:53 PM »
Netherworld - Firmament in Obscurity, Eternal Frost, Hermetic Thoughts, Six Impending Clouds

Entia Non - Fold, Distal

Rumforskning - Fremtiden, Livstegn

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 28, 2008, 01:43:50 PM »
Entia Non - Fold
Rumforskning - Fremtiden, Livstegn

Thanks, APK!  :)

These are terrific.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 23, 2008, 04:31:34 PM »
It's been a Stars of the Lid weekend. I'm in the middle of 'And Their Refinement of the Decline', but stopped to check out the Severence mix. Very nice indeed.

On to Seren Ffordd....

Everything and Nothing / Re: found sounds
« on: February 27, 2008, 02:39:03 AM »
Bees make a great sound; the pitch is steady, but the volume as they go buzzing around the mic changes constantly.  Take a long sample, then slow it waaaay down until it's a low growl.  Very cool.

A great example of this is at the beginning of The Exorcist. During the scene where Father Merrin walks through the ancient ruins, and comes across the statue of Pazuzu, the soundtrack has multiple layers of bees mixed at different levels to create the unearthly soundtrack which foreshadows the events to come.

  Doc Siegal, the man who created the sound effects for the film, taught me that trick when I was a student of his in the '70's.

Great man. Great idea.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 26, 2008, 07:23:31 PM »
dead weather machine by sleep research facility
this was recommended on steve roach's site so i took a shot. it seems to be processed found sounds and nature samples - a technique of which i am extremely fond. it is very cool stuff, indeed.

Dead Weather Machine re:Heat, which is a further remix of the original material is even better, a 60-minute jump right off the cliff into the dark ether. If it's still available, get both of them...

Everything and Nothing / Re: found sounds
« on: February 26, 2008, 07:18:46 PM »
Try adding some water to the tin when you swirl the pennies in it. I've done something similar, but with marbles instead. Striking an oversized pot lid, and dipping it in water while it was still ringing produced some neat sounds that formed the basis of further experiments.

Water, I have found is a great, completely unpredictable filter for sound.

This stuff is endlessly entertaining. Distal, in particular, is just magical. For those who may think ambient 'glitch' is not their cup of tea, give this a try. It really defies a simple label, but I can't stop listening to it.

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