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Everything and Nothing / Re: Insomnia treatments
« on: March 27, 2014, 10:56:18 AM »
I'm sure everyone will chime in with suggestions, but I'd give some OTC Benadryl a try. You can buy it in any drugstore and the doses are small enough that you can take it without feeling like a zombie the next day.

I've had sleep problems for years and tried Melatonin, Benadryl, Ambien, Lunesta, and other things, but I have issues, so I recommend avoiding prescriptions unless you've got no problems going to a doctor.

I found some good info here:

Two older releases I've recently rediscovered are:

Electro Harmonix (love the combination of Tetsu Inoue and Jonah Sharp)
The Pool - Quiet Stories (a very obscure cassette from the mid-80s in an ambient vein).

I would love to get my hands on Electro Harmonix. Another limited pressing from Fax that's impossible to find.

I have an odd one: Jon Hassel - The Surgeon Of The Nightsky Restores Dead Things By The Power Of Sound. I first bought it back in '87 when it came out, and it didn't grab me. A few years went by and I was in a record store and heard this amazing sound. I was stunned that it was the same album I'd dismissed years before. Went home and re-discovered it. One of his best.

I think I need to randomly pick something out of my library. I also have a lot of Steve Roach I haven't listened to in years.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: what Tv series should I see ?
« on: February 23, 2014, 12:11:10 AM »
I just finished watching all of "Downton Abbey"(in a week) and enjoyed that a lot. I'm debating which show to start watching. The current choices are:

1. Fringe
2. Breaking Bad
3. Vikings

Bonus: Space Above and Beyond


P.S. Andy, I really should see "Millenium" again. I was still in the Navy and missed the whole last season, so I have no clue how it ended. Was it worth it?

I use Audacity for FLAC files. Most of my Bandcamp purchases go through Audacity on their way to iTunes.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 12, 2014, 04:06:43 PM »
It's a Stormloop kind of day

Snowbound - The Tracks Left in the Snow
Arctic Conditions
Nocturnal Winter
Autumn l & ll

Back on topic: Are there any other media players people can recommend based on experience?

iTunes, Winamp, Foobar, Windows Media Player, is what I've heard so far.

What this points out is that, regardless of the platform, there don't seem to be that many good choices out there.

I use iTunes on my Mac to manage my music library(currently 475GB), as I haven't found anything better for the job, especially for managing playlists. Plus, with my Airport Express on the stereo downstairs, and the Remote app on my iPod, I can control my music from anywhere in the house. I am a bit surprised there aren't better music players for the Mac.

On my PC, I still use Winamp and Shoutcast to troll for new music. I've been using Winamp since the '90's and it was responsible for my finding a ton of great ambient music. Nothing better than listening to Tetsu Inoue and watching one of Winamp's waterfall plugins. Sentimental, I know. Oddly, I've never installed iTunes on the PC.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 14, 2013, 03:46:18 PM »
Lustmord - The Place Where The Black Stars Hang

 Because, apparently, this is how I celebrate the holidays....

Thanks for the update. It's good to hear that concert will be released soon. Wish I could have gone there. Someday. I'm about halfway through the Water's Edge podcast and it's excellent. Absolutely worth the download.

My humble advice re: the new Mac Pro....wait. The machine isn't even out yet. It's too soon to jump to conclusions. Let the early adopters road test it and shake the bugs out. Let them figure out how to integrate their workflow back into a new system.

As a video editor, who has gone through Avid Media Composer, the old (very glitchy)Adobe Premiere, the first versions of Final Cut Pro, and all their attendant hardware and software needs and/or limitations, if there is one thing I have learned over the years, it is that we figure out how to adapt and overcome. Then we learn how to improve on what Apple has done.

Apple hasn't spent all this time and money on an exotic design and brought the manufacture of a desktop Mac back to the US just to have it fail. They will be watching to see how it is received and how professionals bring it into their pipeline. My guess is that it will take some time, since Thunderbolt breakout boxes will be expensive and people will probably jury-rig some of their existing gear to make it work with the new hardware. But they will make it work. And the new peripherals will make their way into the wild, as well. We will mourn the passing of yet more hardware standards that Apple pioneered(farewell, Firewire) and adopt new ones.

Hardware and software are restless animals that have to evolve. And evolution is never without conflict and short-term chaos. Relax and watch the show. You'll know sooner or later, whether you can find a use for this new generation of Macs.

In this age of more and more disposable entertainment and media, I admire this reminder of what it takes to create art and why it has a value beyond just enjoying it:

The TL;DR is that a major company trying to get an artist's work for nothing because "there was no money in the budget for music" deserves neither the music nor anyone's sympathy and the artist does a brilliant job of exposing their miserly attempts at getting something for nothing.

Not to get on a high horse, but if I can pay for my music, then certainly a large company can find it in the register or the couch cushions, to do the same. And having licensed music for productions in the past, there are always options to make your budget work for you. If even that fails, there is still lots of good free music out there if you're willing to make the effort, instead of just taking the cheap & lazy way out. 

I liked this guy's reminder that creativity is not just its own reward, and, yay Capitalism!

As an OS X fan, I like the upgrade. There are some very nice new features.

However as with any major OS upgrade, and as a video editor who has had this issue before, I would say do not upgrade during a project. You may find applications behaving strangely or projects losing assets. If you have active projects, finish them first.

As you said, Mavericks is free. It will be there when you're ready. Just make sure your work is safe and backed up before you upgrade.

"Rising"? More like crashing meteor. ;). Thanks though, your post put a much needed smile on my face. :)

Nonsense. I've been a fan of your work since I first discovered it back in the old days. Haunting Silence and Solace were great CDs. What a shame folded. I discovered a lot of cool stuff there, yours especially. I just wish I could get up to LA for the concert.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 07, 2013, 12:09:01 PM »
Oöphoi - Nocturnes

After reading Ben's recollections in the other thread, I am listening to this dark little masterpiece again and remembering just how deep the rabbit hole goes. I really miss looking forward to a new release from Gigi. Hard to believe this one came out in '06. Has it been that long?

I've been back to playing Guild Wars 2. The constant updates to the game pretty much insure there's something to do that's not grindy in nature. Every character has a personal storyline that emphasizes you as the unique hero so you don't feel like one in a thousand other people doing the same quest.

Add to that big updates to the game's Living Story lines and the addition of new areas to explore and there's a lot to see and do. The constant gear turnover is kind of lame and keeps GW2 shackled to the old MMO model of 'upgradicide.' On the other hand, if you're not into the constant raid grind of other games, GW2 is great for the casual player as well.

Now Playing / Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
« on: August 18, 2013, 04:29:03 PM »
I thought I'd try the "most played" option as well, and found some interesting stats.

Here were my top 10 most played albums over the last year:

Tau Ceti - Somnium
Oöphoi - An Aerial View
John Broaddus - 4 At 18
Steve Roach - Immersion: Three
Thomas Köner - Kaamos
Kammerheit - Asleep and Well Hidden, The Starwheel
Oöphoi - Mare Imbrium
Between Interval - Autumn Continent
Sphare Sechs - Tiefschlaff
Mitsuko Uchida - Mozart Piano Sonatas

The first two almost don't count because I use them to try to fall asleep at night. I think it shows more how much trouble I have sleeping than what my listening habits are(maybe the NSA knows). The rest do seem about right in terms of play, but I listen to a lot more stuff daily. I tend to needle-drop through my music. I had expected to see some artists much higher on the playlist. The computer has definitely altered how I listen to music over the years. When I buy a CD, I usually rip it right away, then listen to it on the 'phones.

Flame away.

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.

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