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No one album release has really blown me away.

Quite honestly, some of the remixes of new material at Low Light Mixes, The Hypnogogue Podcast, Spacemind and others, are far more interesting ways to listen to some of the more recent releases. That's not to say that the music isn't as good, it's just that the podcasts are making more effective presentations.

What I really have enjoyed is a lot of the artists, new and well-known, that have made Bandcamp a fun place to be. It's good to see it embraced by many people here at Hypnos, and as a result, I've made a lot of great discoveries of promising artists. Much of the music featured there has also found its way into the podcasts.

So, it may not be that there isn't as much good music around today, it might just be that you should widen your net a little when choosing where to look for it.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Where is Tetsu Inoue?
« on: August 04, 2013, 06:27:05 PM »
Kind of curious, myself. The last new album Tetsu put out was 'Inland' on the Fax label, back in 2007.  I know of nothing since then.

Dave at Ear Rational has been hard at work on his tribute album to Pete Namlook The track list from Fax artists had no submission from Tetsu Inoue.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: August 02, 2013, 05:26:05 PM »
I really like Shock Totem too. I've purchased every issue so far. My friend Damien has a story in the 7th issue, which comes out this week.

It's nice to hear about people still reading and enjoying short fiction!

I've read the first three already and loved every one of them. It's kind of re-vitalizing my enjoyment of reading, taking a break from all the giant, multi-volume tomes I've been plowing through. I think I'll just read through all of these and enjoy the brief glimpses into the bizarre that these writers are giving us.

From the Issue 7 Blurb:

The legendary William F. Nolan offers up “The Horror That Et My Pap—and Other Swamp Stuff,” a tale the likes of which you have never read before. S. Clayton Rhodes delivers “The Gates of Emile Plimpkin: The Gravedigger’s Legacy,” a novelette that veritably oozes horror borne of the 1800s. Damien Angelica Grintalis (formerly Damien Walters Grintalis) gives us the heartbreaking “Shall I Whisper to You of Moonlight, of Sorrow, of Pieces of Us?” And M. Bennardo supplies this issue’s creature-feature with “Thing In a Bag.”

Enjoy the creepshow.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: August 02, 2013, 02:20:43 AM »
This will be old news to many, I'm sure, but I have recently discovered the Shock Totem series of horror and macabre tales on Amazon:

They are available as paperbacks or e-books(my preferred format) and are a perfectly twisted and evil series of short story collections by some well-known authors as well as lots of lesser-known and sick new voices in horror. There are also interviews with various authors in each issue as well.

If you're looking for a break from the 500-page opus, or something to fill the time on the throne, I have found this to be a great series of fun, bizarre stories with something for everyone. From "The Music Box" to "The Dead March" to "Thirty-Two Scenes from a Dead Hooker's Mouth", there is everything from whimsical to seriously creepy to unmentionably horrific. And there's even a Holiday Issue.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 22, 2013, 02:22:29 PM »
Also another one just released on Glacial Movements, Frozen Thoughts -Calm Before The Storm

Listening to it and and liking the places this one goes. I'm rather partial to the cold, wind-blown vistas of the Thomas Köner school.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: AMBIcon 2013 Update
« on: June 26, 2013, 04:56:40 PM »
Thanks again for this series.

I completely missed Robert's set, so I'm going to enjoy this one.

Thanks to all the artists for sharing their music here.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Coolest thing ever!
« on: May 13, 2013, 07:36:51 PM »
David Bowie apparently likes it as well. He's linked to it on his official Facebook page:

Everything and Nothing / RIP Divinyls' Christina Amphlett
« on: April 22, 2013, 12:41:15 AM »
As if this past week hadn't already had enough grief, word out of New York that Chrissy Amphlett has died of breast cancer. Apparently, she'd been fighting it for years.

I have nothing deep to add, it's just sad that another bright flame has been snuffed out before its time. Eff you, cancer.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: April 17, 2013, 01:50:38 PM »
Recently saw this "Rookie's Guide to Lovecraft" which I consider a pretty good overview and starting point for anyone interested in learning about H.P. Lovecraft:

I second this site, as the linked e-book of Lovecraft stories is very well edited, as well as free.

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

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