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Quite a nice bit of tribal ambient. Good stuff.

I received this e-mail this morning from How To Disappear Completely's BandCamp page. My apologies if this seems a bit spammy, but it pretty much encapsulates the upcoming issues if buying music from the EU: 

Due to the new 2015 EU VAT regulation law we decided to take down all digital sales from Bandcamp on December 31st, until further notice.

From 1 January 2015, a new regulation will come into place where anyone who offers a digital service will now need to be VAT registered. VAT on digital products sold in the EU will be chargeable in the place of purchase rather than the place of supply. These regulations mean that any digital download sold via the HTDC Bandcamp store will require VAT adding for customers within the EU and traders will then be required by law to pay the added VAT back to the country of source (this also means that with every digital download sold, we would be required to keep the billing address of the customer, the IP address of the device used, the location of the bank, the country code of SIM used by the customer and the location of the customer’s fixed land line through which the service is supplied to them and keep the data for 10 years). Sadly, HTDC will be unable to conform to these regulations.

Bandcamp have stated that sometime in 2015 they will handle VAT payments themselves so maybe in the future we will be able to use the platform again. Notes from Bandcamp: “Under our current system, in which buyers pay you directly, the above is the easiest we can make it for sellers to meet their VAT obligations,”, “In the first half of 2015, we plan to make payments for digital transactions flow through Bandcamp. Among other advantages, this will allow us to take care of everything related to digital VAT, including tax reporting and payment.”

To understand the new EU VAT law, read:
Spread and share it, because everyone needs to see it, especially the artists/labels.


If you want to buy a digital version of any of the HTDC catalogue via our Bandcamp store, you have time until the 31st December to do so.
Our complete discography is on sale right now. Save 30% on every release. Enter the code during checkout to apply the discount: "LEAVINGHOPE"


Hope this helps someone out there.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 06, 2014, 07:14:53 PM »
Roach/Reyes--Ancestor Circle. This hasn't left my car CD player all week.  Take a trip back to 1993 circa Origins and Forgotten Gods, and a mind trip through time and space.  Exquisite!  Review to come hopefully soon from yours truly...

Currently, there are 2 tracks streaming( I'm listening to them now) from Bandcamp here: but the entire album will be available for streaming this weekend, so, you can try before you buy. In addition, the CD and downloads are available on Steve's site, as well as the Projekt and Spotted Peccary web sites. So far, very interesting!

Looking forward to this one, as well. Just playing around in the Star Map looks like an adventure in itself.

I'll need a new joystick, though, since I haven't had one since the Wing Commander days.

Now Playing / Re: Heavy music: turn it up to eleven!
« on: October 09, 2014, 12:33:45 PM »
Not sure I would classify myself as a HM fan, but I did love me some Deep Purple back in the day. Made In Japan is still one of the best live albums ever recorded.

Other bands that I'd turn it up for were Black Sabbath, Black Oak Arkansas, and in Heavy Jazz(a category I just made up) the original Mahavishnu Orchestra lineup.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach - Bloodmoon Rising
« on: October 09, 2014, 10:54:56 AM »
Not really quietly  :)  10/05/2014
Hah, clearly I missed that.  ;)

Very nice compilation, Mike. I picked that up, too.  :)

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Twin Peaks revisited
« on: October 08, 2014, 06:33:24 AM »
I'm cautiously optimistic. I'm trying to balance the nostalgia with the realities of how the show has aged and what story Lynch may have to tell "25 years later."

I can't deny reliving how much fun it was then. My friends and I were all-in on the show; Viewing parties, coffee, donuts, the books, the music. Just about every "quirky," unconventional show made in the last 20+ years owes its existence to Twin Peaks, and maybe that's its true legacy; How much it changed the landscape of television forever.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach - Bloodmoon Rising
« on: October 08, 2014, 06:22:07 AM »
Couldn't sleep and saw the e-mail for this. Listening now, waiting for the sun to rise. This is definitely a headphone journey.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Electronic Music Flow Chart
« on: September 25, 2014, 11:39:59 AM »
Thanks, John. I suck at internetting.  ;)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 21, 2014, 12:23:57 PM »
Some recent Bandcamp purchases...

Dylan Howe - SUBTERRANEAN - New Designs On Bowie's Berlin  -  Jazz versions of Bowie's Berlin instrumentals.  Nice.

tonepoet - Headspace - excellent guitar-based ambient.

eternell - Kalimba Ambience  -  pretty ambient tunes all based on kalimba recordings.  Thanks for the heads up, Castleview.

Deep Sea Diver - Always Wating EP  -  not ambient but very good indie music.  I loved their first album and was hoping for a new release but this ep will have to do.

That Dylan Howe album is pretty incredible. I know we just had a laugh about it a few days ago but, if you're a fan of Bowie's Berlin period, you really need to check this album out.

I may never be able to listen to Warszawa again without hearing this. What a hoot.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Phobos - Sector Four
« on: September 05, 2014, 05:26:47 PM »
Downloaded and listening now. So far, loving it. I really need to rebuild a good headphone listening area though. Too much racket from Civilization during the day.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Guild Wars 2
« on: August 28, 2014, 04:24:38 PM »
GW2 is a massive, content-rich MMO, that has a lot of quality-of-life aspects that make it a better game from a player's aspect than most other MMOs. In addition to frequent content updates, there is also a huge patch upcoming that will address crafting and and make it even easier and fun to make your own armor, weapons, etc. A class update, as well as lots of PVP and WvW updates that are designed to make the game more fun to play without dumbing-down how you play.

I wish I had more time to devote to it, but whenever I do, I always feel like I've accomplished something and improved my characters. And the world of Tyria is absolutely huge. No shortage of places to go, things to see, creatures to kill.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« on: August 21, 2014, 04:53:30 PM »
Listening to Shards right now. I like the dark droning in this one. I'm hearing shades of Wendy Carlos' "Sonic Seasonings" here. Very nice.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Aphex Twin
« on: August 16, 2014, 12:14:43 PM »
It would be nice to hear some new material from Mr. Richard James. I hadn't realized how long it's been since his last release, so I'm cautiously optimistic.

I suppose it's a sign of the times now that Aphex Twin now shows up as the background music in many commercials these days. "Shiny Metal Rods" as the backdrop of an insurance ad is an evolution of some sort.  :)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Any Genesis fans?
« on: August 12, 2014, 01:30:52 AM »
I was a Genesis fan since probably Nursery Cryme or Foxtrot. I managed to see the "Lamb Lies Down" tour in '74 with Gabriel(I would have killed to get my hands on Phil Collins' magnificent drum kit), then the "Trick of the Tail" and Wind & Wuthering tours.

After I heard "Follow You Follow Me" on the "...and then there were Three" album, I knew the love affair was over. Of course, that marked the beginning of their most commercially successful period. I never could stand the pop sound the band adopted, and missed Gabriel's story-telling.

Obviously, my preference is for the Gabriel-era work. If nothing else, I recommend "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway." An epic concept rock album that should be in any pro-rocker's library.

I'd also put in a vote for "Dreamtime Return." Even though Quiet Music and Structures from Silence were(and still are) tremendous albums, Dreamtime is where Roach turned a corner as an artist. He recorded it after his Australian walkabout in the late '80's and it's inspired most of his work since then. Five stars.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 22, 2014, 01:02:37 PM »
I can also recommend the DVD for Somnium, as well. I've downloaded the app, which is nice for listening on the road or going to sleep by. There was some controversy about this app when it was released, as it was shortened, but I think it's a great introduction to the piece for a very low price and makes a full purchase a no-brainer.

In case anyone else is reading, I'm currently listening to the stream here at The album sounds really great and I'm glad I ordered it. Some nice, weightless, drifty stuff.

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