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Everything and Nothing / Re: Asian Cinema
« on: November 05, 2008, 06:39:13 AM »
Well, I am a fan of some of the movies. Don't care if they are gorey or not (actually, the more the better ;-) ). I have Versus, kind of a gangster/zombie/martial arts combination. I just watched Death Trance which I picked up at Best Buy...looks like a sequel is needed (I'll leave it at that, I was kind of disappointed actually in it overall... but hey, you live and learn when you buy before watching then buying!).

not sure if I've seen Zatoichi (sounds familiar...). But some of them are off the hook. One I thought was very good and gory/but lots of intense fight scenes was Black Mask with Jet Li. The 2nd one wasn't as good IMHO as it didn't have him in it.  As for anime - Legend of Overfiend! ;-) That's all I'll say on that.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Intel vs AMD DAW
« on: November 03, 2008, 06:41:32 PM »
Personally I think Windows/Intel is better. Live runs on both Mac and PC's. Not sure how it handles dual cores and Live personally.  I used to be a big(ger) AMD fan for quite some time, i.e. cheaper, comparable speed-wise, etc...but it just seems WinTel does it better together IMHO. Running 2 dual core systems, both WinTel and E6850 oc'd to 3.6Ghz and E8400 oc'd to about 3.4Ghz. Both run nice and stable. Former runs XP Pro SP3 and 4Gb mem (sees 3.5 in XP, 4Gb in Vista 64 bit ultimate which also has Live 7.1.10 on them both) and other runs 2Gb memory. Raid configurations in both (0 for DAW for performance, 1 for main desktop). I could build comparable system now (a year later) for several hundred $ cheaper than last year and a few hundred cheaper than mar. 08 for them both....but at least I waited awhile on putting both together and had the money on-hand for both builds. I prefer to buid my own for a) money savings and b) components I can pick/choose to what I want.

Can you do that in the Mac? I don't think you have that much flexibility.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Koasilator and mini-kaoss pad
« on: November 02, 2008, 05:17:59 AM »
Anyone check out that Kaosilator from NAMM video at harmony-central? Pretty cool but no midi in/out on it. It's $149 at guitar center (just the kaosilator). I am still debating on Kaoss Pad 3. I'll have to toy with my buddies KP2 as he hasn't sold it!

I have to agree with Forrest.  I've noticed too many "advertisements" on this forum, or artists tooting their own horn and not really taking part in any other discussions not related to their own interests.  It's cool if fans post info. and/or links to new releases, but the non-hypnos thread is so often used as free ad space IMO.  It is getting tiring.  Funny enough, many of them get no replies.  Maybe they will just go away...

Hey now! I agree on the bump thing. I do update my thread as time permits....but I also participate in other threads/topics!

Immersion - glad to see another fan of UDOM  ;D

Jim - Glad you found some new stuff to enjoy!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 17, 2008, 04:45:57 PM »
Dreams of Dying Stars - Buried in the Void - one hour of ambient/space music, peaceful (IMHO) and mellow. Very good!

Just to note, the releases (like Dreams of Dying Stars, In The Mist, etc...) are generally an hour long. Some have multiple tracks though.

Stijn Van Cauter, mastermind behind Until Death Overtakes Me, Dreams of Dying Stars, In The Mist and many other projects has decided to start releasing his music on the net free. Go to and click on Distro. From there you should be able to find his stuff. It points to for some, if not all the releases. I highly recommend his Dreams of Dying Stars for sure. Nice ambient/drone/space music. In The Mist I think is more guitar-drone stuff. Other stuff is different due to the various projects. Until Death Overtakes Me is his funeral doom project.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: False Mirror
« on: October 11, 2008, 07:34:42 PM »
I've got one and was in contact with the artist awhile ago. I need to find the disc so I know which one I don't have. It's quite good (whichever one it is!)!

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Fascinating Effect Boxes
« on: October 03, 2008, 08:51:35 PM »
I think my buddy had the Kaoss pad 2 before and maybe sold it. If he didn't I was thinking of checking it out. I don't know diddly about it and would have to play with one for awhile to figure out if I wanted one or not. They are still a bit pricey if I recall so I am hesitant at the moment on getting something like it. I'm thinking of getting another cheaper low end (but good action) guitar to leave downtuned to drop C tuning for some Solitude Aeturnus songs (others are drop D which is fine on standard tuning). But I will check with him to see if he sold it off or not (the K2). If he still has it maybe I'll toy with it and if he's selling it I may take it off his hands. But it looks cool, just don't know if I'd use it. Hell I haven't even used my padKontrol since I bought the thing last year!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I really REALLY need to get that set up in Live so I can set up some drum kits and mess with some percussiveness for Mired In Twilight to the metronome and see what I can come up

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 27, 2008, 01:43:32 PM »
Love Spirals Downward - Ardor (if you like All My Faith Lost (fabulous!)) you may like this duo as well. On Projekt label.
Katatonia - Live Consternation CD/DVD (we played with them up here in '06 = AWESOME!)
Antimatter - Lights Out (former singer from Anathema and Mick Moss, also Duncan Patterson from Anathema) and it's kinda pink floydish in parts (newer) but it's very mellow/dark in a sense. But an interesting listen.
Solitude Aeturnus - Alone (new release from '06 I finally got, pretty good!) and also got their live DVD.
Vinterriket - DVD long form album release with I guess still pictures for the video. I haven't gotten to this one yet (nor SA's DVD).

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Darkened Soul
« on: September 24, 2008, 08:18:03 PM »

I uploaded all my tracks for Dreamscapes over at for folks to be able to download the tracks at the least. Enjoy!


Everything and Nothing / Re: Most disappointing movie from book?
« on: August 27, 2008, 08:06:25 PM »
I'm as big a David Lynch fan as anybody, but a 150 minute version of Dune just wasn't going to succeed, no matter who directed it.

As Lena said, the Sci-Fi Network version was a lot more faithful to the book, and despite the fairly low budget visual effects I thought it was very good.  The sequel by the same people, not quite as good but still not bad.

As previously posted, didn't care for patrick stewarts character, his sister was quite fine as was his daughter. I have both the Sci-Fi's versions on DVD. I also snagged the extended edition of lynch's when it finally came out. Mind boggling at times if you don't pay attention to the monologue/thoughts in the movie. Still I think Lynch's was interesting. I certainly loved the long version when I first saw it on the tube. But since PS is in there I figured I'd like it. Hey, I liked the version of Moby Dick too with PS in it. But Peck was the MAN in the original.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Most disappointing movie from book?
« on: August 27, 2008, 08:01:40 PM »
Actually Brian, I'd say the same thing about Lynch's vesion of Dune.  It's a flawed film and not entirely satisfactory, but I love it and go back to it over and over again.  In fact, it might be among my 10 most-revisited science fiction films.

The ultimate test of your mettle:  how do you feel about Flash Gordon (1980)?   :D

MAJOR cheese, gimme Flesh Gordon instead! ;-) or Frankenhooker!

Everything and Nothing / Re: Most disappointing movie from book?
« on: August 27, 2008, 07:59:46 PM »

What?!?!?!? Are you SOFT in the head? The remake I thought was a letdown in a sense. I didn't care that much for kyle's replacement character. Now his sister was HOT in both Dune remake and the 2nd one. Also the guy who played Patrick Stewarts part in the remake was BORING IMHO...he's done better, he was just WOODEN IMHO. I thought the Lynch version was great, a lot of dialogue/monologue but  but the extended version was the one to watch. I did (and still do) enjoy it.

One that would have to be done like LotR's is Stephen R. Donaldson's Thomas Covenant, the unbeliever series. FANTASTIC story! I've read it at least 3 times. I have 2 of the final chronicles in hardback (like the original series). That would be a hard pressed movie to translate.

One that I thought was a very good/close translation was an old 80's flick - Dead and Buried. Read book, found and watched movie and was like WOW! Just like the book! LOL.

But Dune isn't that bad. I've never read the books though so I can't compare them. I may look for them in hardback some time. Love it due to patrick stewart, kyle, his fathers character and his mom (HOT back then! ;-) ).

But the remake I thought could have been better (harkonen(sp) dude was waaaaaaaaaay better in lynch's IMHO).

Everything and Nothing / Extra copy of Inade Alderbran(sp)
« on: August 22, 2008, 05:19:28 AM »
....I ended up picking this one up plus another I didn't have and when it arrived I looked at the cover and thought...hmm, this looks familiar. I hope I don't have it! I listened to it once and put it away and saw I have it with slightly different artwork. So this one is up for sale for $11.00 shipped in the US, $12.00 shipped outside the US via paypal.


Everything and Nothing / Re: Latest ultra-realistic character animation
« on: August 22, 2008, 05:16:15 AM »
We're approaching that threshold where computer animation will be able to replace real actors.

Never mind the computer game industry... Imagine what this will mean for the porn industry!

A-HAHAAHAHAHA. It was pretty good!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 14, 2008, 05:22:52 PM »
Daylight Dies - Lost to the Living (great doom band from North Carolina, was a pleasure to play with them last year!)
Opeth - Watershed (I bought the special edition with bonus DVD w/5.1 recording of whole CD as well as bonus tracks, videos, I love em, go see them if they come to your area!)
Void of Silence - Criteria ov 666 (another awesome doom band, especially  Human Antithesis with singer from Primordial)

I released Dreamscapes on Earth Mantra awhile ago and a french nelabel which appears defunct now (been down for a long time...not sure what's up) as well as over at

I try not to charge too high a price for my releases, I think it's reasonable what I (and others) charge for time put in making the music, getting them printed (either professionally or in your home, hey, ink, etc...costs). I have been on the fence on doing a run of 100 for my 2nd and split release but seeing I have had hardly any sales on them (not for a real lack of promoting them) I am on the fence on it. I'll eventually release my 2nd release on a net label, probably Earth Mantra again. I am not looking to get rich as I have no delusions that I'll be able to sustain my lifestyle by doing that. With that said I think it's great folks put stuff out for free as well as sell their music. Hey, we all put a lot of time, effort, sweat, blood, whatever into our music/craft. It isn't unreasonable to try and recoup some of the costs for it. Be it for software updates, new gear, etc...

But in the end for most of us it's a no-win situation with regards to being able to recoup and maybe make a few bucks to the plus. I know I'm way down with regards to investment in software/updates and hardware. Even when I was playing in the band (for 4 yrs) we hardly saw squat with regards to money from doing shows. Even on tour we all paid out of pocket >$600 apiece to do 10 shows in 12 days. Times that by 6 for the 6 members on the tour + ~$1200 in gas = a big loss. We had fun for damn sure, a LOT of laughs, some good shows (less than the mediocre ones of course, low turnouts, etc...) but it was interesting. Playing the Heathen Crusade II back in Jan. 07 was a BLAST! We all had a great time, but again, we didn't make diddly for money, met a lot of great people, et al.

But to me in this style of music, you have to have a label in order to be able to at least meet what you spent on time/sweat/gear, but then again that's my opinion. At least some of us do this as a hobby/project (me), others are deeper into it for the longer haul (most likely). I don't know when I'll stop. I would like to continue putting out releases now and then, not the *yearly* thing like most artists. But when sales are null/little to none it makes you think twice on continuing some times. At least it does to me. Probably since it's ROIC that I look at more than others (RIOC = return on investment capital, i.e. gear and software mostly). But as long as I'm a) having fun, b) enjoying myself and c) putting something out that at least some folks enjoy (I love hearing from the few who've purchased in the past and ask when a new one will be out!) I am content. Of course I'd love to make a few grand or so a year on this but I know better ;-)

Anyways, off my soapbox. I'll still contribute to the Drone Download Project, any other label that's putting a compilation out and is interested in having me on it and any label that's interested in doing a release by me. Stephen Philips is next on my list for a release to the masses ;-)


Everything and Nothing / RIP Isaac Hayes
« on: August 10, 2008, 05:08:42 PM »
Some may remember him from Shaft (theme song), others from Escape from New York or other films, or from him musical career. Or Chef from South Park. He'll be sadly missed either way! Rest in Peace Isaac!

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