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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
« on: April 12, 2013, 08:49:04 PM »
  Here is the link to his Wikipedia entry:

It's brief, but is fairly up-to-date and includes a pretty comprehensive discography of his solo releases and collaborations.

Hopefully, this will help some of you in your search for more of his music.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
« on: April 12, 2013, 03:07:00 PM »
Very sad news. Gigi has been one of my very favorite artists for many years now. I looked forward to anything new from him with geeky anticipation. I collected every bit of his music that I could possibly find, including ordering 'Bardo' and waiting more than a month for it to arrive from Russia.

I recall reading somewhere some years ago, that he was in poor health, and finding it difficult to get his music out in the world, so much so, that he was considering abandoning music altogether. This resurgence in the last few years made me hope for the best for his music and his health. I'll be remembering him today.

Thank you, Mike, for helping to bring his music to a wider audience through Hypnos. At least his music will live on.

What about the errors?

Also that scene where Zhora (replicant) crashes through the glass and it's obviously not Joanna Cassidy, plus that dumb wig they used that looks nothing like her real hair. 

For all the money they spent on the meticulous details, you'd think the "continuity" department would have been a little more on the ball!  ;D

In the Director's Cut, that error was finally fixed by digitally replacing the stunt girl's head. Joanna Cassidy came in and filmed insert shots which were composited into the orignal scene. There's a fascinating segment in the 'Making Of' documentary that details the process used. Well worth checking out, and the finished scene looks great to the extent that if you had never seen the film, you'd never know Cassidy didn't film the original scene.

If you're a BR nut, as I am, you might find this book well worth the read:

It's an excellent trip through the film's development and production, with lots of fascinating details.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: February 14, 2013, 02:55:20 PM »
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

I know this will be old news to a lot of folks, but I've never read this book before. I'm about 2/3 through it and really enjoying it. Wishing I had read it while I was still in the Navy. I now see why this book is used as a training aid in military leadership classes.

Are the other books in this series worth reading, as well(Like I need to start another multi-volume book series  ??? )?

Everything and Nothing / Re: I Hate My Job
« on: January 31, 2013, 01:20:07 PM »
The boss of this ambient record label I work for is an EVIL TYRANT!

Held down by The Man.

Seeing more and more stories of small businesses(not just music sellers) affected by this price hike. This will have a chilling effect on all mail-order; Those customers deciding not to buy an item because of the necessarily higher shipping costs and those sellers who will either eat the losses or just decide not to ship overseas anymore. Bad for business all around.

For artists and music sellers, it seems like this increases the pressure to move to pure digital downloads, driving one more nail into the coffin for physical CDs. The Law of Unintended Consequences in action again.

Sadly, overseas rates across the board appear to be going up. An e-mail from Dave at Ear Rational this morning confirmed that international shipping rates were going up a lot. The first CD seems to be the worst, but above that, the rates were a bit better. Best advice seems to be, buy in bulk and get more for your dollar/pound/euro.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 19, 2013, 05:32:48 PM »
Igneous Flame - Electra, Astra, Hydra, Tolmon, Harmony Through Conflict

I've probably missed a few, but my Inbox is getting bombarded with these new (re?) releases. And this stuff is really good. Electra is taking me away as I write. It needs to be about 2 hours longer.

Pete, you're killin' me. I can't buy it all at once.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Spotify - your experiences ?
« on: January 17, 2013, 02:50:19 PM »
I also use the free version. I find it useful for linking to a track or two on Twitter, which I suppose is a good way to advertise an artist to a larger audience, but frankly it's mostly for '80's new wave nostalgia. As a player, there are so many other, better options out there. And obviously, it isn't that great for artists if multiple plays only give them a fraction of a penny in royalties.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« on: January 17, 2013, 02:19:12 PM »
Somehow, I've missed the cool things in this thread. That seems to be happening a lot lately. Anyway, love Gottwood mix. Downloading it now. I think I could listen to an 8-hour mix of this.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 01, 2013, 08:29:13 PM »
Igneous Flame - Pandora A very nice collaboration with Ensueno that I find myself hitting 'repeat' on a lot.

Steve Roach - Soul Tones A deep beatless drift album. First of a prospective 3-album arc. Looking forward to the rest of it

Now Playing / Re: Too much music?
« on: December 23, 2012, 02:05:36 PM »
Books and music, the two constants in my life. My vinyl collection(along with my expensive turntable) is packed away yet I couldn't bear the thought of parting with it. The CD collection has far outgrown every crate and case I've bought to contain it, and my pile of 'to-be-read' books will literally stack to the ceiling. And now I have a Kindle and a growing collection of ebooks yet to be read.

If I was still in the Navy, I'd almost be looking forward to a long deployment where I could catch up on all this reading and listening. I used to justify purchasing a bunch of new music CDs from Hypnos or Steve Roach by making that part of my 'pre-deployment kit.' It had to last me at least 6 months. Now, with music downloads, Low Light Mixes, Hypnagogue, and a bunch of other music sites, there really is no shortage of new music to keep me occupied, but it seems as though I have less time to fall in love with a new release. I guess I have the collecting problem as well.

Thank you, Richard. The best to you, as well. That is a beautiful location. Unfortunately, all we have here is rain, and dark overcast with high winds. In other words, a typical San Fernando Valley Christmas.

But, it's with family, which is all that matters.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach - Soul Tones - 2012
« on: December 16, 2012, 02:07:34 AM »
Great news indeed. I'm listening to it now, and really enjoying it. I'll probably buy this and Groove Immersion after Christmas. And although it's nice to be able to download from somewhere other than iTunes or Amazon, especially in FLAC(!), I'm going to keep buying his physical CDs as long as it makes sense for him to produce them.

I know, it's so 2002, but I still have a thing for holding a CD(with artwork or a custom-made box) in my hands. I'm sure it's a holdover from handling my vinyl records with care and love as I prepared for the ritual of immersing myself in the music. Some things are hard to let go of, but as more musicians like Steve and Saul Stokes and others move their music into a purely digital realm, I suppose we will have to accept the inevitable, cling to our shiny plastic curios and catch new music as it is released into the digital aether.

I missed this thread before. Lots of great stuff here. Well done.

Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: Hypnagogue Podcast
« on: November 30, 2012, 02:04:22 PM »
You probably don't hear it enough, but thank you for these podcasts. Between you and Dave Michuda, I am thoroughly entertained with new music to search out and a very entertaining mix to boot.

I thought this review made a good(and pretty funny) bookend to the discussion on our collective disappointment:


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: RIP Pete Namlook
« on: November 15, 2012, 12:49:27 PM »
Stunned at this news. Can't believe he was only 51. I have to admit, I came to Faxlabel ambient rather late. I discovered it through a Shoutcast server in '98 called J's Ambient, that played an incredible variety of ambient music, much of it from Pete's Faxlabel stuff, and became a collector of all I could find. Not an easy task because of Pete's policy of limited releases, but it was fun to meet other Faxheads and collectors through the 'net.  Dave at Ear Rational has been a tireless champion of Fax titles here in the States.

Namlook's huge output showed how much variety was possible in the ambient genre, and even if it wasn't always successful, it was great to see(and hear) boundaries being broken down and know that ambient couldn't just be pigeon-holed into shoe-gaze droning.

RIP, Pete. And thanks for all the music. At least that will live on.

Earth Mantra Netlabel offers free downloads of all its ambient albums in 320kps mp3 and uncompressed FLAC formats. It's all in one download, not separate FLAC files, along with artwork and liner notes for each release.

They've built up a pretty sizable catalogue now, with a pretty good cross-section of ambient music styles and you can sample everything, so you're likely to find something you like there.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 31, 2012, 07:37:28 PM »
Brand new release on Earth Mantra: Har & Altus - Shadow District

Nice, lush dark ambient. I'll be playing this while exploring this weekend in Guild Wars 2.   :)

Check it out here:

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