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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.


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!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Darkest Ambient
« on: August 10, 2008, 05:05:43 PM »
For me Dark Ambient doesn't have to come off as scary. To me it makes you think/mind meander to the music and see what it provokes in your head. To see if you get/understand where they are coming from on the songs. I enjoy it, some more than others. I have wanted to go the Raison d'Etre/New Risen Throne route for a long time (and other similar artists) but I just work with what I have for samples and go with the flow when something starts to jell and take form. I've stopped/restarted so many times on some tracks because I wasn't happy with where it was at the time, etc...

I guess it's conveying a message/feeling/thought that goes into this stuff moreover than anything else. I don't look for the creepiness in general, I look at a) who the artist is, b) what I have heard/have of theirs already and maybe c) what I find online for reviews for some of the stuff. Some is hit and miss, I'll agree, even on my stuff!

But what I am finding hard is to find that sound to fit what I have in mind for a track to get the vibe going and build upon that till I am done with the track. Sometimes it's in one sitting, other times I come back to it and scrap it or continue on (usually

But stuff like Inade, Troum, Desiderii Marghinis, Sephiroth, etc... moves me. Not in a morbid way (maybe!)...I was playing in a doom metal band, I still love the stuff, I find it very beautiful/moving in a lot with regards to the music foremost, lyrics secondary (at least to me).

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Darkest Ambient
« on: August 10, 2008, 04:59:20 PM »
For the record, I also love ghost stories and scary music, but I HATE roller coasters!

Come on, take the PLUNGE on the roller coaster!  ;)

Never again!

Last time I was on a coaster was at Cedar Point, many years ago. There was a dark tunnel you go through, while a camera snaps rapid-fire photos of the people in the cars, which are then displayed at the entrance of the ride. My face in the photo was so twisted with horror and agony, that people in the crowd were actually pointing it out and laughing!

I'm a real roller coaster wimp! :-[

Pansy!   ;D  j/k

grabbing it from rapidshare. Thanks for making it available for free!

You're welcome, enjoy!

Hmm, maybe this thread would be better in the listening booth subforum.

Check with the guy over at to get it on his netlabel as that's where I released Dreamscapes. He's got a lot of free stuff he put out there from a bunch of different folks/styles of ambient.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Darkened Soul
« on: August 03, 2008, 04:56:07 PM »
All the tracks are listenable (one may be downloadable) from my site. So now it can be heard  in its entirety online there. I'll be adding them to my page probably this week as well to get broader coverage.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: BeatMaker for the iPhone
« on: July 31, 2008, 09:41:31 AM »
Here's another reason about overdoing things on phones:

Not trying to rain on anyones parade. It's just that some folks obviously can't and shouldn't multitask!  ;D

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: BeatMaker for the iPhone
« on: July 30, 2008, 07:16:07 PM »
I was about to say the same thing, Jonathan.  The iPhone has more in common with a laptop computer, than with a cell phone.

It won't be too far in the future that people have a small device that they carry around with them that acts as a voice phone, video chat, mp3 player, personal organizer, web browser and ecommerce device all in one.  The idea that "a phone is just a phone" is a backward-looking view, and the iPhone is  a forward-looking device.


Well call me old fashioned. I can text with my current VM phone (virgin mobile, pay as I go) as I don't need/want anything like an iPhone. I just don't see the need. When the cameras started coming out there were the pervert up-skirt shots, porno images being shared by high-schoolers, etc... that to me went beyond at that point with regards to what a phone should do (yes, it was those using it, but it was because it was there in it). I don't need/want all that in a phone, it's to converse with someone. Making music is with a computer/instruments/singing/banging items/etc... yes I know it's the *wave* of the future but I'll pass for now. Yes it's easier than dragging laptop out of the bag but so far it's limited (and yeah as time goes on more will be able to be done...).  My buddy was gonna buy one but he had ZERO signal at his house, maybe a bar out by his much for great coverage. Verizon was better! lol

So, use it as you see fit I suppose, I just won't be purchasing one for some time. Land-line mainly, rarely use my cell. I may just run through the minutes and dump it since I am not touring/road tripping in a band. OnStar in the car!

i have been doing some ebay shopping this weekend and have some cool stuff coming my way:
1. a "traditional brass 7" chinese gong"
2. a blue lagoon didgeridoo
3. a fire sketch beeswax-bamboo didg
4. an 11x7 djembe
5. a monkey talking drum
6. a sioux native American flute

i am waiting on bids on a quartz crystal bowl, a frame drum and another talking drum. i am psyched for this stuff to get here!

(does anyone have any recommendations on the 'learn to play the didg' cd's or dvd'd?)

Where you getting all the spare cash for this stuff? I could use some cash! ;-)  j/k. Interesting to see what your getting. I'm still working on playing guitar. I do need to sit down and PRACTICE more often than I really do.

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