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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.

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

http://minx.cc/?post=334956

Enjoy.

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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.

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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.

http://www.earthmantra.com/

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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: http://www.earthmantra.com/release-detail.php?id=198

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I like this one. It isn't breaking any new ground, and, for these two artists, it is rather stripped down and minimal, but I find that a strength in this case. I've been listening to it a lot. It's definitely an album where the 30-second clips don't really do it justice.

Thumbs up, that's my minimalistic review.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Kate Bush is cool
« on: August 21, 2012, 07:46:29 PM »
What a coincidence, I just bought this 2 days ago!  I had been wary judging by the reviews.  My impressions: somewhere between masterpiece and self-indulgent twaddle. I haven't yet decided.  ;D

Kate has that effect on people. Her work has always been polarizing, with half the audience either loving her eccentricities or completely turned off by the fey, precious style she has. Every album usually takes a few listens before you make up your mind about it. I've been listening to her since '81 and no two albums ever hit me the same way. I was bowled over by 'The Dreaming' but hated 'The Red Shoes' when other fans thought it was her best work. Go figure.

Either way, everything she does is worth hearing since each record's a go-for-broke affair.

Time to listen to 'The Sensual World.'

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This has probably been answered somewhere already, but I couldn't find a thread for it.

I just got a Kindle Fire as a gift and have been playing around with it. Mostly, I'm very pleased with its capabilities, so far. Today, I went to the Amazon MP3 Store(they make it so easy) browsed through the selection and purchased Saul Stokes' 'Outfolding.' Somehow, I missed that one in my collection. Part of the reason for buying it was just to see how easy the process was for adding new content.

While I listened to my new purchase, I started thinking about digital vs. physical purchases, and wondered how Hypnos and its artists make money from iTunes, Amazon and other online vendors. I don't suppose there's a one-size-fits-all sales model involved here, especially when it comes to smaller record labels vying for online shelf space with Mariah and P-Diddy.

I still prefer my music on a physical CD for the most part, and of course, I want to support my favorite ambient record label, but I'm wondering if digital sales help or hurt the artists. I suppose it's inevitable that most releases will go digital, but how does this affect a label like Hypnos?

P.S. If you haven't already, buy 'Outfolding.' It's excellent. I'm on my 3rd listen already.

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Guild Wars 2
« on: July 19, 2012, 11:00:10 AM »
I'll probably try out the Sylvari this time around as they are the race I am least likely to play when the game launches. I just can't get into Elvish characters, although the area itself should be fun to explore. I'm trying to limit how much I see and do, because I want to discover most things for the first time when the game is live.

I'm leaning towards Norn as my main character, but want to try out more classes to get a feel for what is the most fun. After that, we only have to wait another month for release.  :)

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Loren Nerell news
« on: June 21, 2012, 09:43:44 PM »
Thanks Loren. Nice work. I'm D/Ling from iTunes now.  :)

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Computers, Internet and Technology / A real Portal Gun
« on: June 14, 2012, 12:41:26 PM »
If you've played Portal or Portal 2, you'll enjoy this. Well done, guys.

POrtal: Terminal Velocity on Vimeo

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It appears that some plot threads were shortened for the release. It's been confirmed that a 'Director's Cut' will be released on video in October. It's already available for pre-order on Amazon.

Here's a link to an interview with Ridley Scott: http://collider.com/ridley-scott-prometheus-deleted-scenes-interview/172202/

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Male menopause
« on: May 29, 2012, 10:19:57 PM »
I can also speak to some of this, as well. Two years ago I had diverticulitis(requiring a colostomy) and a mild heart attack a month later. I can say without a doubt my general physical condition at the time was awful. I don't smoke and I've never been a heavy drinker, but I was on lots of pain meds after retiring from the Navy, which I'm sure is what caused the intestinal problems. Word of warning: pain medications are a common cause of constipation, and I was on just about everything for chronic back pain. I wasn't hooked on pain meds, but the years of using ever stronger stuff to deal with it just wreaked hell on my system.

The back pain, migraines,  a bad, salty diet(and attendent high blood pressure) and lots of other things made Homer something, something, something. When I had the heart attack my main artery supplying blood to my heart was completely blocked and I had to have a stent put in. I'm 54 now, and in general, I'm much better. The heart is fine and I had my colon put back together about a year ago and I am completely mobile again.

The hardest part is getting back into a physical routine again, and I try to walk every day. I live a block from the ocean so I have no excuse. I need to do more though, since I really don't need to weigh 200 lbs. Ideally, I'd like to find a pool where I can do laps, since I can't run anymore. Running used to be my favorite thing. The food is actually the easy part of getting better, I find. I realized when I stopped looking for a salt substitute, and just ate the food without it, I enjoyed it more. I eat lots of chicken and fish, very little beef and try to drink a lot more water. I still have a bad caffeine habit, but I'm slowly trying to cut down there.

Living alone probably doesn't help here, either, since you tend not to make an effort when there's no one else around. I can't speak to 'low T' but if I was tested, I probably wouldn't have very many. My point is, though life isn't perfect, I still feel optimistic. I know 90% of the challenges are in my head and I am slowly making a difference. The future doesn't look that great, but I do feel as though I can rise above it and that's the point. I came from a real low point two years ago and through determination and hard work I was able to make myself a lot better. I can do better still physically. Someone once told me that even if she got nothing else accomplished during the day, having worked out that morning was still an accomplishment that made her feel better at the end of the day. So, even if all you do is get out in the fresh air and take a walk, that's something that will help, too. I'll check out those links that Lena posted and see what else I can pick up. Life's not great, but it's not horrible, either. We humans are a resilient lot.  :)

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 29, 2012, 09:31:08 PM »
Bruno Sanfilippo - Urbs arrived today. Just finished my first headphone trip through it. Enjoyed it very much. This is a release that will unveil new secrets every time I listen to it. Well done.

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Hypnos Label Releases / Re: RELEASE: Bruno Sanfilippo - Urbs
« on: May 24, 2012, 06:49:12 PM »
I missed the first release info about this, thanks for the heads-up. Really like the sound clips. This sounds like it will be a great headphone experience. Ordered.  :)

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Diablo 3
« on: May 16, 2012, 01:04:42 PM »
I am playing a wizard atm to see how well she does. Died in dungeon due to 3 fat ones + zombies + bats on my ass....it's ok but a) don't like that it has to be online to play single player (i.e. internet connection) but understand why (to a point) and b) disappointed they kept the same style interface, i.e. didn't make it more modern with free-form camera movement to see around yourself, unless I am missing something. Same as D/D2 and after 12 years you would think they'd update the interface at the very least....but it is dark, brooding and still like the music.

I found during the open beta that the Wizard is a bit weak in the early levels(as is the Demon Hunter) and you have to be a little careful with her in crowds. But around lvl 10, she really starts to shine as she gets some neat escape abilities and is much more able to handle the hairier situations. As you unlock runes and more skills, you start to see just how much depth there is to the game. There is a definite progression this time around with regard to unlocking abilities, and deciding which ones to use and when, but really, that's a hallmark of all good RPGs.

The atmosphere is really nice, especially as you get further in. Keep going, it's worth it.

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Diablo 3
« on: May 14, 2012, 08:58:35 PM »


So, yeah, in case anyone hadn't noticed, tomorrow's the big day.

Back in a week or three.  :)

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Congrats on the new CD. I know I'd like to hear more. Tell us how the show goes, as well. Good luck.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 02, 2012, 09:50:46 AM »
All the talk of the upcoming Mathias Grassow releases had me digging out some older titles:

Mathias Grassow - Ambience
Alio Die & Mathias Grassow - Expanding Horizon

Both lovely, long-form drone albums. If you didn't already have them in your collection, it's a good time to add them.

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Guild Wars 2
« on: April 30, 2012, 05:32:46 PM »
Didn't get to play as much as I'd hoped, but I did manage to roll a Norn Elementalist and play around in the snow for awhile. The world is much more expansive and interesting to explore. There are real, enormous mountain ranges to climb. Everything isn't at the same elevation anymore. Although the world is still sectioned off by instancing, the areas are much larger and don't feel confined. The cities(what little I saw of them) are huge. Hoelbrak, the Norn capital city, is quite massive, with many levels and shops, traders, banks and such. I only took a peek at the other cities through the Asuran Gates, which link the large cities of GW2, but they also look massive, as well. The Sylvari and Asuran cities were not a part of this beta.

A nice touch in the cities is the use of location points which, once you have discovered that location on the world map, you can select and fast-travel to that location. Since the cities are so big, it's a nice option to use these when you're bouncing from one area to another for trade or crafting. This also works for any location in the game world you've discovered. I guess this is to make up for the fact that ArenaNet doesn't seem to believe in mounts of any kind in their game.

There are many different professions; Tailoring, Leatherworking, Armorsmithing, Jewelcrafting, the usual MMO fare. You can only have two active professions at a time, but you can switch whenever you want. The nice part here is that if you dropped Tailoring to pick up Platemaking and then decide later that you want to go back to Tailoring, you will pick it up at the same skill level you left off at, with all the crafting plans you learned still available to you. You don't have to start from scratch and relearn the skills you had.

The art direction is spectacular.  Everywhere you look is a screenshot waiting to be snapped. Each civilization has its own unique architectural style, and I'm looking forward to exploring everywhere in the finished game. Although at this point, I may stop playing any future beta events, since I'd like to be surprised and enjoy it knowing my exploits and professions will mean something, rather than doing too much in the beta, only to have it all wiped when the game goes live.

TL;DR, I'm very impressed so far and look forward to a great game "when it's done."

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