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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 02, 2010, 12:08:32 AM »
uhurit: try Parson's latest "Jyoti", maybe his best yet.

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.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Phobos Update
« on: March 27, 2010, 08:28:11 PM »
Nice title, Phobos.  I've seen those photos of this Phobos "monolith."  Pretty impressive.  I think one of the astronauts is supporting the existence of it based on his summation of the evidence.  Looking forward to the album.

Also ordered those two Awakenings 2010 (Vol.1 and 1.5), should be coming soon.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Hypnos Forum Weight-Loss Challenge 2010
« on: March 26, 2010, 04:34:22 PM »
I've been doing good for the past 10 days.  Drinking a lot of water, green tea, diet ice tea, skim milk are the only beverages.  5 small meals per day, walking, stationary bike, weights. Had one really rough day at work and came home and, since I'm off the cigarettes now, I "stress comforted" myself with French Bread pizza, a 16 oz. Coke, and a whole box of See's peanut brittle (felt pretty sick afterwards, too).  A temporary slip up, but I didn't quit my program.  I need to lose at least 50, but ideally 60-65 lbs.  My motivation is seeing my big gut and pudgy face in the mirror.  I think after I quit smoking I sort of "woke up" to how badly out of shape I'd become.  Losing weight takes patience and persistence, at least in my experience.  Very helpful to post on this thread as a kind of "online diary."  Hope we can keep it going for awhile.  :)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Contacting AtmoWorks
« on: March 24, 2010, 10:12:01 PM »
Yeah, it's sad really.  If you're doing business with AtmoWorks just keep in mind who you are dealing with--angry little immature boys who got picked on at school and now take it out on their customers! Actually now that I think about it this whole thing comes down to a grudge Vir Unis has been harboring with me since many years ago concerning selling his albums on eBay.  I was selling a bunch of AMW discs on eBay around 2002 and suddenly got an angry and accusatory email from VU saying that I was "bootlegging" his music, when in fact I was selling the original AMW discs/artwork.  Several years later a 3-inch CDR on AMW went bad and I requested a replacement disc.  VU sent me a replacement, which I immediately copied to a quality CDR because I didn't trust theirs.  Sold the replacement original on eBay and again--a nasty email saying how evil I was etc.  Guess Vir Unis never got over his grudge so when he received my recent order he never did anything with it except fend off my inquiries with bogus stories about "return to sender" packages, and/or ambiguous silence.  Dude, if you don't want to do business with someone it's your choice but don't play games it just makes you look like a real a******.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Contacting AtmoWorks
« on: March 24, 2010, 12:26:18 PM »
After being promised by AMW I would hear personally from Vir Unis shortly and that there had been a supposed "return to sender" of the package, TWO days went by with still no indication of what was being done (either re-sending item or refunding my payment).  I finally requested a refund last night, and also commented how all I was getting was a bunch of excuses, stalling, and vague answers to what was going on, and that I felt the responses posted here on the Forum by Atmoworks were defensive and not very helpful to the situation.  Instead of resolving the issue quickly with a refund or confirmation they would be re-shipping the item, and DIRECTLY WITH THE CUSTOMER, Atmoworks chose to waste time defending itself here.  Pretty dumb if you ask me.  Actually the only reason I posted here was to get help contacting them.  Nobody here cares about my stupid CD order, so sorry for wasting people's time if you've read any of this.  Finally, I will close this topic with the comment attached to my Paypal refund from Atmoworks: 


Nice!  The feeling is mutual, AtmoJERKS.  8)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 23, 2010, 04:48:01 PM »
How is the new Fabio Orsi?

Everything and Nothing / Re: Why do the worst songs go on the longest?
« on: March 23, 2010, 10:29:26 AM »
When you say "songs" do you mean non-ambient music? Because I wouldn't call Steve Roach's music "songs," but rather pieces or tracks.  Anways, I've never noticed any correlation between length and quality.  Plenty of "short" tracks that are annoying as hell. I rectify this by just not listening to them.  ;D

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Contacting AtmoWorks
« on: March 23, 2010, 10:23:06 AM »
The only email address I could find on the Amtoworks website was "" in the store section.  Also, again, the address given by Paypal is the same.  Every time I tried contact via this address the message was returned "undeliverable."  I also could not find any way to initiate contact through NING.  You may want to update your info. if this is in fact a non-working address. BTW, I was never contacted about the "return to sender" issue, which incidentally is puzzling as my Paypal delivery address is current and correct.  :o

Everything and Nothing / Re: The price of CDs
« on: March 22, 2010, 12:18:25 PM »
What do you guys across the Pond consider when buying music from this side of the world - how does the exchange rate affect the prices and what you might shell out for?

When I see low dollars mentioned I know it's even lower pounds over here.

I suppose I pay whatever I think an album is worth to me. I have not gone in for collecables for many years but did buy a TG bootleg on vinyl for 30, in the late 70's. When my pristine collection of Hawkwind albums, with all the booklets and outfold covers was nicked I did consider paying out to get them again.....

Often Prices I see in USA become the same in pounds when on sale in rate can make buying music seem very expensive.
As a US resident, it is very disheartening to have to pay between $25 and $30 for one CD when I buy direct from Germany, Netherlands, France, Belgium, Italy, etc.  And unfortunately a large amount of music I'm interested in purchasing is from those countries and in Euros, which is a terrible exchange rate for USD.  Also, when you end up paying 6 Euro for shipping, that's about $10.  I can ship one CD to Europe for about $5 or $6.  Then again, considering other artists, especially visual, sell their works for hundreds or thousands of dollars, it's really nothing to complain about I guess.   

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Contacting AtmoWorks
« on: March 22, 2010, 10:14:41 AM »
Thank you JKN.  :)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Microphonics
« on: March 20, 2010, 11:17:08 PM »
When I asked this question directly to the label, Tonefloat, they said I should contact Vidna for the answer(???)  Not sure why the label releasing the music wouldn't know this.  Very strange indeed.  To be honest (nothing against the music, which I should receive next week), it's annoying when titles of albums or track titles just don't make sense.  I mean, why name something "I-V" if "I" is omitted?  How about the "Distance to Zero" CD--3 tracks, named "Part I, "Part III," and "Part IV." Even if it makes sense to the artist (perhaps they recorded the missing part but didn't include it), nobody else is going to understand it and will just scratch their heads.  Hence, "Microphonics I-V" CD should've just been called "Microphonics," and "Distance to Zero" should've listed tracks as "Parts I-III."  My two cents in case anybody cares.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Contacting AtmoWorks
« on: March 20, 2010, 10:55:25 PM »
As I posted earlier above, it is not possible to email via "Ning" page.  It's very frustrating not to be able to contact anyone about this.  99.9% of websites have a "contact" button on their main page.  AMW doesn't.  I had to search around for it, and then it doesn't even work.  If you are selling merchandise online, you should make sure your email address is current and updated, both for the website and for the "customer service" email on file with Paypal, provided to customers.  If anyone can provide a DIRECT address please do so instead of all these links leading to nowhere....thanks.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Contacting AtmoWorks
« on: March 20, 2010, 11:21:37 AM »
Thanks Mike.  I've brought it up with Paypal.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Contacting AtmoWorks
« on: March 19, 2010, 08:08:33 PM »
Couldn't find any means there to send email to them.  I ordered and paid via Paypal (completed payment) Vir Unis "Mercury and Plastic/Symbology" 2-CDR set on March 10.  Never heard a peep or received this order... 

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

Everything and Nothing / Re: To wake up from an dream
« on: March 19, 2010, 10:22:30 AM »
I've been using the nicotine patch and my dreams are VIVID and I remember them when I wake up. 

Everything and Nothing / Re: Hypnos Forum Weight-Loss Challenge 2010
« on: March 19, 2010, 10:18:01 AM »
Now that I've kicked the smoking habit, I plan on attacking my soda addiction.  This one is almost as hard as nicotine, at least for me.  Seriously, if I laid off sodas and excess sugar in my diet the weight would come off, even without exercise.  But I'm gonna have to hit the gym and start walking, building up slowly to running, to burn off all the excess weight I'm carrying.  I did it a few years ago (lost about 50 lbs. in 3 months) by walking, cutting out sugar/white bread, increasing water intake, drinking green tea, and eating about five small meals per day.  It really worked.  This has been proven to change your metabolism, in combination with exercise, in that your body burns calories more efficiently.  If you try to "eat less" by skipping meals it's actually counter-productive.  The challenge is it takes much more planning (buying groceries, preparing meals), but it pays off.  It's so much easier to skip breakfast and then go load up at lunchtime with a big meal at a restaurant, but that hasn't been working for me, as Dr. Phil would say!  ;D 

Everything and Nothing / Re: The price of CDs
« on: March 18, 2010, 05:18:38 PM »
Before the online revolution complete with sound samples, I would take chances on stuff and price would weigh somewhat on my decision.  But these days being able to sample music first eliminates a whole lot of wasted purchases.  So, because something's cheaper doesn't necessarily mean I'd be more apt to buy it.  I've always thought CD's/CDR's were ridiculously expensive anyways, especially the mass marketed popular kind.  In this day and age of downloads, can't believe stores are still charging $17 and $18 for single discs (no wonder there're virtually no record stores anymore).  On the other hand, price does weigh somewhat on my decision sometimes, based on how badly I want that item (i.e. if it's at the top of my want list).  Also, even though I still buy CD's, I'm reconsidering the download option to save money and space in my home.  ;D

Everything and Nothing / Re: Hypnos Forum Weight-Loss Challenge 2010
« on: March 18, 2010, 05:06:50 PM »

I need to lose at least 50 lbs (way overweight) and am planning my attack now.  I would suggest avoiding sugar as much as possible, so no candy, not too much fruit, and replace the 1 tablespoon of brown sugar with some cinnamon.  It's true counting calories are important but avoiding sugar as much as possible (cuz it converts to fat in your body) is equally important.

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