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Farscape (great sci-fi series)

Curb Your Enthusiasm (every bit as good as Seinfeld, if not better)

The Shield (lost track of the later seasons, but I remember the first couple were awesome)

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Today I received an email (I was "cc'd") from Jeff Kowal to Ben Cox, encouraging Ben not to let the CRYBABIES get him down.  WTF?  ???

Funny, and hypocritical, considering LS cannot seem to handle any criticism and take it like a man.  Nothing's worse for a customer/buyer who gets a defective, broken product than being given a laundry list of excuses, arguments, and "we strive for excellence" sound-byte that means nothing to the person left holding the product that doesn't work, or work properly. 

BTW, if I spent $30k on a brand new Biemer and they "forgot" some stuff, I'd be PISSED!  :o

If you cannot do it properly (mass release music), then you shouldn't do it at all.  And if you want to refer to anyone who complains as a "crybaby," more power to 'ya, but you're probably not gonna go too far in the business world.   :P

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Some reactions to comments above...

It's not personal.  Don't take it personal.  There was no "personal attack" on the mastering job.  I am only judging something that was put on the market.  

I don't understand how the release ended up in stores without the final product ending up in the label's hands FIRST.  I know Hypnos and other labels receive their releases from the factory, check them out to make sure all OK, and then sell them.  Maybe for future reference this would be a good practice.  

Rudy Adrian's "Moonwater" had some pretty bad glitches as well.  Don't think I ever posted here about that issue, but when it happens again, you do start to wonder about the quality control.  

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Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Hypnos In Vital Weekly
« on: September 01, 2010, 01:15:04 AM »
I agree with you Kaarinen.  A lot of the previews/sound samples I hear (with more frequency nowadays) are pretty uninspiring at best.  You can hear the influences there, but there's NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN! Geez, maybe that' not such a bad phrase after all...The most recent example comes to mind is the upcoming Infraction disc, I forget the name but it's a Japanese artist.  Disappointing preview.

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Hypnos Label Releases / Re: RELEASE: Jeff Pearce - Daylight Slowly
« on: September 01, 2010, 12:50:41 AM »
Yes, I think this is the best Jeff Pearce release of his whole catalog (not just Hypnos), followed by "Shores" and "Bleed."  The new artwork is a perfect fit as well.

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Yes, Ein Sophistry, you are also right about the first four tracks on Distant Stars having problems, not just track 2 (which sadly is the best piece!)--faint glitches, some hiss.  The last two pieces appear to have no sound issues.

I'd really like to see some comments from Lotuspike here--Jeff Kowal used to post here all the time, now you never hear a peep...Speaking of whom, I listened to his TerraAmbient "Wanderlust" CD (also Lotuspike) today after not playing it in a long time, and this is really a great album! I think he managed to bring something really fresh to the perhaps "oversaturated" tribal-ambient genre. 

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Yes, "Farewell" had bad glitches that ruined it for me, and this was a pressed CD release.  I did notice a couple on "Siberian Winter" but not as bad as "Farewell."

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No response from Lotuspike OR Spotted Peccary (the "parent" label).  I see this kind of thing with worrying frequency, too--labels that will totally ignore you when you point out their mistake.  This really pisses me off because the label is putting out shit, which you spend your hard-earned money on, and then their attitude is "tough, we are not going to even acknowledge this, we got your money too bad ha ha."  OK, maybe that's a little extreme, but it is inexcusable to put on the market this type of garbage without proofreading/checking the master and finished product. 

Rudy Adrian's response was surprising and he didn't seem too concerned--something about being deaf in one ear, using old equipment, rushing the release, and that Lotuspike must've used a prelim CDR during production (!?).  He did offer to send the "correct" master CDR, but who wants a CDR when the CD should've been right the first time?

It's sad, this otherwise excellent release was ruined by total sloppiness and nobody seems to care.  Lotuspike should fix this immediately and send all customers replacements!  >:( 

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Andrew Lahiff
« on: August 29, 2010, 07:09:57 PM »
REALLY??? I don't know, I played through the samples on his website and my reaction is "yawn"...like the covers artwork though!

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Michael Mantra - "Amanita lake"
« on: August 29, 2010, 11:09:25 AM »
It was called "Mobius Logic." Type of music? Bad.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Michael Mantra - "Amanita lake"
« on: August 28, 2010, 05:34:32 PM »
I bought a few years ago a Mantra CD on Silentes and it was absolutely dreadful.  Stick with the Hypnos release.  8)

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You should read the Sonic Immersion online review of this: it's praised for the "wonderful mastering job"!  Had to laugh at that one.

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Please let me know if you have this release and notice the awful mastering job (check out the numerous scratchy glitches and hiss on Track 2, especially), not to mention the mis-numbering of tracks on the back cover.  There are 6 tracks on this CD, and track 5 is listed as track "7". 

Also, my copy is in a jewelcase, yet this release is listed online by many vendors as being a digipak(?)

Regarding the glitches, I noticed this same problem on another Lotuspike release by Rudy Adrian, "Moonwater."

Not sure what's going on, but nothing ruins good ambient music for me more than sonic glitches.  And the tracklist misprint just shows real sloppiness. 

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 18, 2010, 10:57:04 PM »
Re: Adrian.  I'll have to listen again, think it was only on one track though...

New stuff in my mailbox recently:

Peter Challoner-Lunar Tide & Beneath the Ice Flow.  Both excellent, Lunar is very Oophoi-like, Ice Flow reminds me of Thom Brennan.

Soul in Limbo-Driven by Thanatos.  GREAT Dark Duck release, highly recommend.

Gel Sol-K8ema. Very trippy stuff, almost had a flashback or two at work listening to this.

Echo and the Bunnymen-Crystal Days box set.  From '81 to '84 they were simply magical.

Iron Maiden-The Final Frontier.  Metal in space!  Fans of the classic years ('82-'85) will dig it, as I do...

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How about a thread called "How to Make Justin Bieber Go Away"??  ;D

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Ayahuasca: drug or sacrament?
« on: August 17, 2010, 06:21:02 PM »
That's a good point about it not being a "casual" drug to take at a rave!  Besides, you might be kinda unpopular puking every few minutes.  The worst thing you can do is take heavy pychedelic amongst a large group of total strangers. 

I remember there was a track on that Roach/Stearns/Sunsinger "Kiva" album "Mother Ayahuasca." 

I'll have to check out that link, thanks for posting it.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Best Ambient cd to have sex to ?
« on: August 17, 2010, 06:13:10 PM »
M. Griffin "Fabrications."  For some reason, I can go all night with a girl with this one playing.  Maybe it has something to do with the fact it took 10 years to make??  Or maybe more aptly put, "It was a long time coming."  ;-)

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Best Ambient cd to have sex to ?
« on: August 16, 2010, 01:10:54 AM »
I actually had sex to that Budd/Guthrie CD and we both started laughing when the last track got all bombastic like a "climax" of sorts...

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Ayahuasca: drug or sacrament?
« on: August 16, 2010, 01:06:59 AM »
Anything called "the vine of death," or involves a vomit bucket, pretty much rules this one out for me.  There is an online article in National Geographic where the writer went on one of these tours and described the effects of the vine.  She kept describing "utter darkness" and seeing "demons."  I will always treasure the LSD experiences I had in my 20's and don't really see the point in taking psychedelics at this point in my life. 

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Everything and Nothing / Ayahuasca: drug or sacrament?
« on: August 15, 2010, 12:27:22 AM »
Anyone familiar with this topic? Some famous people like Sting and Tori Amos have used this psychedelic and it has many proponents saying it can cure some mental illness and even physical illness, and that it is not harmful (like ecstasy and other synthetics).  Any "experiencers" here?

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