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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.

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!

Everything and Nothing / Re: RQ017: Your favorite movies of all time?
« on: March 16, 2010, 04:20:37 PM »
The Shining
Blade Runner

Everything and Nothing / Re: Oscar Picks
« on: March 16, 2010, 04:06:35 PM »
To me, Hurt Locker was very overrated.  After seeing it I thought it was well done but not really even Oscar-nomination worthy.  IMO it was very one-dimensional, not much "plot," more of an observation on days in the lives of the soldiers.  Inglorious Basterds was a much better film. Avatar, which was truly groundbreaking, deserved the Oscar, as did James Cameron.  Don't know what anyone was thinking giving Sandra Bullock best actress, but then again I didn't see that film yet.   

Everything and Nothing / Re: Environmental "concern"
« on: March 16, 2010, 03:56:54 PM »
UFO's. The aliens are using electro-magnetic energy in their interdimensional travels and their energy source is water. 

Everything and Nothing / Re: How do you do?
« on: March 16, 2010, 03:52:06 PM »
Hello Forumites,

I've been on here for oh about 10 years now.  I used to be "Orion32".  I too miss the more personal nature of the Forum, especially the name calling and out and out brawls over Steve Roach (just kidding).  I work in the clerical field of the criminal justice system and my job allows me to listen to ambient electronic all day long as there's a lot of computer work/proofreading involved.  Recently quit smoking after 10 years of being an occasional/casual smoker and another 10 of being a full-time, between half a pack and pack a day smoker.  I tried quitting on my own cold turkey a few times and failed.  Now using the nicotine patch and the Wellbutrin pill to kick the habit for good, and taking an 8-session class for additional support.  So far so good.  The weather here in the San Francisco Bay Area has been cold and rainy but it's starting to warm up a bit finally.  Looking forward to using a/c instead of the heater for a change.  I need to lose about 50 pounds, since my other addiction besides nicotine has been sugar.  If I could beat this one after quitting smoking it would be a major accomplishment!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Microphonics
« on: March 13, 2010, 02:59:19 PM »
Why is it called Microphonics I-V (the CD reissue) and there are four tracks (Microphonics II, III, IV, V)?  ???
What happened to Part I?  :o

Good point.  I understand translating from one language to another isn't always smooth.  Actually, this post reminds me, I've got a doctor appointment on March 23th.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 06, 2010, 01:04:21 AM »
I totally agree about Dynamic Stillness by Roach. Left me colder than a witch's teat.  Artwork: A, Music: C. I'm not buying Grace Cathedral--previously released music mostly, and mostly not even truly "played live"--more a "performance" of previously recorded in a studio BACKING TRACKS. How dynamic is that? This release seems totally pointless to me.  Oh how I long for the heady days of 1993 when it was as "on the edge" as you can get...

APK: Agreed about Spyra's "My Little Garden," gives "Phonehead" a run for its money.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 06, 2010, 12:35:14 AM »
FERN: I thought I was into obscure...never heard of about 80% of the stuff you list.  How do you find the time??? Always a fun read, though...

SEREN: Why didn't you listen to music for 17 years??? I cannot go for 17 minutes w/out it.

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