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Everything and Nothing / "The War" in Iraq
« on: May 16, 2010, 01:13:29 AM »
Every time I see this phrase ("the war in Iraq") I cringe and cough uncontrollably.  Isn't a "war" supposed to be a conflict between two or more countries that can't be resolved peacefully? This "operation" should be referred to as "the hostile takeover of a country to ensure the socio-economic status quo."  The sickest part is that so many US citizens are buying into the brainwashing about democracy (when it does not even exist in the United States).  Who's really in control? Certainly not the president of the United States (puppet) or even the US government.  There are satanic forces at work on this planet exploiting the world's population with deception, fear mongering, and manipulation.  These criminals must be exposed and brought to justice.

Just once I wanna see a review here that just totally shocks me.  With everything being "pleasant," "solid," or "beautiful," it's starting to sound like an edition of the old Backroads "Hearbeats" catalog where not an ill word is ever uttered.  C'mon, there must be something you don't like.  Like the interviews, but the reviews are too generic. Just sayin'.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich Tour Blog
« on: May 12, 2010, 06:39:18 PM »
I saw Robert back in '94 at a little church in San Francisco for the Propagation album (Noe Valley Ministry), twas a fan-frickintastic concert (with Lisa Moscow on sarod), but very low turnout, even for this little place.  I think back then before the Internet caught on it was even harder to advertise shows like this--you'd find out about it via small flyers, local freebie papers, or word of mouth.  Nowadays I'm sure the turnout is bigger with his performances, but probably still not that big, and I think this is due to the nature of the music.  EM is not popular in the US compared to Europe, where people buy more CD's and attend more EM concerts. Meanwhile, Britney Spears sells out at the HP Pavilion or Oakland Coliseum.  Sad! Just shows the majority of the population has the worst taste in music imagineable...

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Alien prequel
« on: May 07, 2010, 01:02:23 AM »
I don't think we have to worry about a CGI fest w/Ridley, he's critical of it being overused.  I'm hoping the prequels will be shot in the spirit of the original, w/models and other more "natural" techniques.  As for a Blade Runner revisit, of course it would be nice; just hope if one is made down the line it isn't some awful "remake" like Hollywood is so entrenched in right now. 

Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Hypnos 2010 outlook
« on: May 06, 2010, 06:13:05 AM »
Is the Nebulae "Path of White Clouds" release still happening??

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Alien prequel
« on: May 06, 2010, 06:10:30 AM »
As has been pointed out before, I think the wonder of the original was the mystery and unanswered questions.  It's what made 2001 so special as well.  I think what made all the Alien sequels so uninteresting was there was no real innovative story behind them.  Ridley Scott stated this is why he hasn't done sci-fi since Blade Runner, as a good story is very important to him.  I think a story about the origin of the alien could be very interesting, done right.  I think it's generally accepted by sci-fi fans this was an "alien race," but what about the possibility they were a genetically engineered biomechanoid weapon, a "supersoldier," by some other race of true "aliens"?  Scott has already suggested this by saying the derelict spaceship from the first film was carrying a cargo of the eggs as a weapon. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Tetsu Inoue
« on: May 06, 2010, 05:54:28 AM »
Organic Cloud was reissued around 2004/2005 on Fax's Ambient World sublabel, but is now sold out.  AW releases are supposed to have no limitation, but some of them sold out and haven't been reprinted yet. Namlook may get around to it. 

Just reissued on AW is 62 Eulengasse from 1995, a classic and essential Inoue title, collaboration with Namlook.  Avail. at

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
« on: May 06, 2010, 05:46:14 AM »
Why would this be "very different" than his other albums??? Unless he's doing ambient ukelele, I tend to doubt it. ;-)

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Alien prequel
« on: May 04, 2010, 07:54:53 PM »
Saw a "preview" of the first Alien prequel (there will be two films) for 20th Century Fox.  No footage except scenes from the original, probably because shooting hasn't started.  Guess they've already decided on the title: "Alien Origin." Guess they HAD to use the word "Alien" in the title for marketing purposes. Yuk. Simply "Origin" would have been better IMO, or another title a bit more mysterious and less obvious.   

Why are you so insistent on arguing Alien is not Sci-Fi, when I have presented irrefutable evidence it is considered so by the majority of the filmmaking community?  If this were a debate, you'd lose, & we've already won many posts ago.  I can see the next post now: the moon landing was a hoax, the holocaust never happened, etc. etc. Some people have to argue about everything... You're making too big a deal about this, which was not even the point of this thread, it was originally about comparing Alien and Aliens, not endlessly debating whether it was Sci-Fi or Horror.  I'm not reading any more posts on this topic, so if you want to debate it do it by yourself, and nobody will listen or care... 8)

American Film Institute in 2008 named Alien "Seventh Best Film in the Science Fiction Genre"

Alien received a Saturn Award soon after its release for "Best Science Fiction Film."

OK fine, you win. Alien wasn't Sci-Fi, and Titanic was a romantic comedy.  :P

Wish I could attend this one!  A living legend in EM. I want YouTube videos!!

Don't see how "Moon" is any more sci-fi than Alien or Aliens.  The store I buy most of my DVD's from stocks them under "Sci-Fi." By your own definition of Sci-Fi (the first sentence), Alien IS Sci-Fi.  Fantasy based on the possibility of facts or discovery = future mining in space was big part of the plot of Alien, as it was in Moon; the evil corporations exploiting natural resources and the human race (FACT, it's happening now and getting worse); the possibility of discovering alien life forms in space; androids/artificial intelligence (classic Sci-Fi theme); I could go on and on and on....

Yeah, last time I checked there were no mining space ships stumbling into aliens with acid for blood in real life, so Alien is definitely Sci-fi!  ;D

Hey Judd, I just checked out that link. Wow!! Amazing news!!! Glad to hear Ridley is doing sci-fi again.  And I've a feeling this Alien "prequel" will be spooky and cerebral instead of the "monster schlock" that the series degenerated into.  I think he understands that, and I hope he puts all those sequels to shame.  Perhaps after the success of "Avatar" he's feeling up to the challenge to prove who the reigning champ of futuristic space films is. 

Now Playing / Re: Chopin 200 years
« on: April 25, 2010, 10:03:09 PM »
Arguably the greatest classical composer.  Played a lot of his pieces when I studied piano as a kid.  My late father's favorite piece of music was one of the nocturnes.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 25, 2010, 10:00:13 PM »
The Durutti Column-Four Factory Records
Duran Duran-Rio 2CD ltd. edition
Bauhaus-In the flat Field Omnibus Edition
Joy Division-Closer
U2-Unforgettable Fire Ltd.edition (w/DVD, nice footage of Eno)

Eloquently put, Wayne.  I wouldn't exactly say Aliens sucked, but compared to the original there was no comparison--yes, masterpiece is the word.  Interesting to note, I was watching the original with Ridley Scott's commentary and he mentioned wanting the opening titles to resemble hieroglyphics, suggesting the alien race was very complex and intelligent, even though so "animal-like."  I think had the sequels gone in this direction, the results could have been much more interesting than the movies that were actually made.  I liked what David Fincher did with the art direction on the third one, but the story was getting old.  The fourth and fifth, and Alien vs. Predator, just turned the whole thing into a sorry joke.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
« on: April 24, 2010, 09:16:06 PM »
Oh God, another statue! (see other Roach thread)  Hope it's good...

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