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I recently bought the DVD's of Alien and Aliens.  I think the first one is a masterpiece from a directorial standpoint, and it's in my top five all-time movies.  The sense of claustrophobia, nightmare, and dread is thick.  The camera shots, imagery, and overall atmosphere is mesmerizing. The fact it was made in 1978 still amazes me.  Aliens (1986) was excellent in its own right--great special effects, good acting & script (although Sigourney Weaver tends to overact in spots).  But it is IMO such a different movie--much more an "action" film than a psychological horror film.  James Cameron is a great director and he has his own style, but the "Hollywood" factor is all over Aliens whereas the original played almost like an independent film.  When I talk to people about the two I often hear the opinion that "Aliens" was better (and I cringe and try to explain gently that they are gravely mistaken!).  Any opinions on this?

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These covers look almost identical.   ???

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Everything and Nothing / Peter Steele of Type O Negative Dead at 48
« on: April 18, 2010, 01:48:41 AM »
An incredible musician and lyricist, a true rock n'roll genius.   :(

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Jonn Serrie "Thousand Star"
« on: March 30, 2010, 12:08:20 PM »
I bought this last night and it's really great.  Always liked Serries' floating space music, esp. Planetary Chronicles Vol.2.  Lots of deep space drift on this Thousand Star disc, with some "new agey" passages too (melodic piano/synth), but not enough to detract from the overall experience.  Liner notes indicate Serrie's an Air Force pilot.  Never knew that about him.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Contacting AtmoWorks
« on: March 19, 2010, 06:06:44 PM »
All my emails to atmoworks (sales@atmoworks.com) are returned undeliverable.  I'm trying to contact about an order not received. Please advise if you have any info. Thanks.

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Everything and Nothing / December 21, 2012 Theories
« on: March 16, 2010, 04:38:36 PM »
What are your beliefs on what may happen 12/21/12?  Here are some scenarios currently being postulated:

1) UFO/alien disclosure by benevolent beings. Change in universal consciousness on Earth, followed by release of previously secret technologies like electro-magnetic energy/anti-gravity.
2) Takeover of Earth by hostile aliens.
3) Planned hoaxed "alien invasion" by shadow government to create New World Order (one government)
4) Alignment of supposed "Planet X" aka Nibiru, an extra-solar planet the size of Jupiter, with Earth that will cause tidal waves, floods, earthquakes and kill off most of the population.
5) Book of Revelations will come true, vis a vis one or more of the above scenarios.

Lots of interesting clips on YouTube on these topics.  Every theorist claims to "know" what will happen on this date.  Some of these conspiracy theorists are convincing up until they start saying we never went to the Moon, that's when they lose me!


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I just got these two live Grassow and Alio Die discs on Nextera.  Front covers proclaim "live in Prague 23th of May 2009".  23th? What is UP with that??? I saw the same thing on the Groove Unlimited website for a concert listing once, think it was E-Live.  Something like "3th of February." Or was it "4rd of March."  Look, if you're going to write dates in English even though it is your second language, PLEASE do it RIGHT and get your st's, rd's, and th's STRAIGHT(he said half-jokingly).... ;-)

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Recently I started revisiting my huge Umbra/Penumbra (Oophoi's limited CDR label for a brief several years) collection, and by God if this isn't the finest ambient/drone label of all time, I don't know what is.  The artwork on most releases was stunning, and musically the quality for the most part was consistently top-notch. Artists: Oophoi, Klaus Wiese, Tau Ceti, Busso de la Lune (who I absolutely LOVE, a genius! Well actually they're ALL geniuses), L.E.M., Netherworld, Perceptual Defence, Seconds in Formaldehyde, Solyaris, Sostrah Tinnitus, Seren Ffordd...I think the only release I didn't like at all was Re:Drum "Four Whispers for the Bees." Also some of the best compilations ever: "Lightnoise," "The Other Side of the Sky," "Threshold of Silence," (highly recommend these if you can find them) which featured other great artists like Paul Bradley, Tomas  Weiss, Mathias Grassow, MajaLe, Temps Perdu, Troum...

Most of this music is so excellent it'd be a shame not to reissue it on CD in the future (Hypnos got it right by reissuing the Seren Ffordd, hope more will follow!)

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This is a compelling and fascinating work of microsound/ambient drone, and the second release on this new sublabel of Mystery Sea, limited to 250 (these are CD's, BTW, not CDR's).  "Tactile.Surface" has more in the way of subtle electronics compared with Mathieu Ruhlmann's Unfathomless release, which was a pretty "dry" recording of mainly field recordings.  Excellent work here, highly recommended to all lovers of organic drone music.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Namlook selling rare FAX on Discogs
« on: February 02, 2010, 07:24:00 PM »
For those unaware, Pete Namlook has been selling a bunch of FAX rarities on Discogs.  They are all new, sealed, "from my personal archives." The rarer ones ain't cheap (although compared to what I've seen them go for on ebay and Discogs, fairly reasonable).   Although it's probably hypocritical of me to say this (because I bought some), if some of these releases were really "sold out" (and many of them subsequently reissued on the Ambient World sublabel of Fax), how have these copies miraculously emerged after 15 years?  Is it "ethical" (maybe too strong a word) to sell albums as a "limited edition," but then keep 10 or 20 to save and make a killing later on?  I can't recall an artist/label owner doing this before (especially with their own music), so if you can think of one post it here...Just playing devil's advocate here, I'm not necessarily saying it's right or wrong, but just posing a question...

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Live Alio Die and Grassow on Nextera
« on: January 25, 2010, 01:00:47 AM »
Does anyone have these? Haven't found too much info. online about these.  I notice many track titles on the Alio Die sound like familiar pieces.  Is the live stuff much different than the studio versions? Any help is appreciated!

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Parks "Hidden" on Infraction
« on: January 23, 2010, 01:34:25 AM »
Another excellent addition to the Infraction catalog.  Don't think it's as good as "Umber," which had a more classic mid-90's feel to it (Hidden has more modern electronica style and more "song oriented" due to vocal samples), but still very good.  What's the consensus of people who have it?

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The aptly titled "Reverberant Skies" by Aglaia is the ultimate in drifty bottomless float.  This album has enough reverb for 10 ambient albums!!! Highly recommended (and can't wait to get the other two new ones in the recent trilogy).

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Do you like Murcof?
« on: January 18, 2010, 09:24:16 PM »
I don't know much about Murcof, but recently acquired his "Cosmos" CD.  I like this quite a bit.  Some reviewers described it as futuristic classical music, and that sounds apt.  Parts of it reminded me of what some of the Ultimae artists are doing.

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When a big name ambient artist produces or does the mastering for a relatively new artist/up and comer, do you think: a) it's an "endorsement" more or less of that new artist's creativity, and b) can the veteran's sonic trickery mask an otherwise sub-par recording?

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Everything and Nothing / evilBay
« on: January 18, 2010, 03:24:24 PM »
It's official--eBay has now been taken over by Satan, whose evil powers have infected Paypal.  I been a Paypal/eBay user for 8 years, 100% feedback, flawless record, and they're gonna start imposing "payment holds" for 21 days on my account for items I sell on eBay.   >:(

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / New William Basinski
« on: January 17, 2010, 12:49:58 PM »
For some strange reason I had never acquired any Basinski until recently, specifically his new release "Vivian & Ondine."  One long infinite loop that is so gorgeous you don't mind its repetitive nature.  This piece reminds me greatly of Rapoon (maybe why I like it so much), or some of Celer's work.  Any recommendations for other Basinski releases? This is definitely an artist I'll be exploring further.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Markus Guentner
« on: January 17, 2010, 12:33:48 PM »
I recently found a used copy of "In Moll" on the Kompakt label.  I enjoyed it although it sounds to me like he was trying to copy the style of Wolfgang Voight/Gas.  If I'd heard this w/out knowing who it was I would have guessed it was Voight.  Any Guentner fans here? I'm wondering if his new Sending Orbs disc is worth getting...   

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This is an absolutely gorgeous album, his first in many years (about 8 or 9 I think).  Powerful, uplifting, cosmic Berlin-school sequencer space music.  Although it's often easy to immediately jump to a "best thing he's ever done" conclusion (I tend to be guilty of it myself sometimes), if this isn't his best, it's certainly up there with his finest.  A very welcome return by one of Germany's best post-Schulze sequencer musicians.     

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Some cool stuff on here for sure, although I definitely don't think saxophone goes well with Berlin school sequencer music, and sax is all over this one.  Kind of like putting a banjo in a heavy metal song.  ;D

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