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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:

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.

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.'

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.

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.  :)

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.  :)

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

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:

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