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Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: 2014 Hypnos release schedule?
« Last post by mgriffin on Today at 10:02:00 AM »
Hi Drone On

We've got the Subradial release ICE DIVING finally into production so that will be released around the end of this month, possibly the very beginning of May.

We've got the sequel to Martian Chronicles and Max Corbacho, as you mentioned. Possibly also some solo Seren Ffordd, and a Numina, and Dave Fulton. I need to make some progress on getting those moved forward before I promise dates for those. I really do intend to get several items moved along this summer, and make a dent in this backlog.

Here's a look at the cover for ICE DIVING.

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Guild Wars 2
« Last post by darkenedsoul on Today at 09:53:20 AM »
Feature pack just came out tuesday. Changed hero panel interface, changed crit dmg to ferocity, 40 new traits added (5 per class) and obtainable via doing an event or buying with in-game gold and not sure what else. Sigils/Runes have been tweaked. Some weapons (and even low lvl stuff you craft) now have 2 upgrade slots which is slick. Get replacement dyes for any duplicates you get. Not sure how that is going to go if u id a dye and you have it, will it replace with another random. I got 63 in my stash unid-d for now.

Megaserver which you need to read about. Apparently only lvl 1-15 maps, attempts to put you into same server as others of your playstyle and guild, etc...read up on it. Eventually going throughout  game. I am having fun in Edge of the Mists zerging. Only 2 more vistas in WvW to get Been there, Done that title on ONE char...pain in the ass as it's always taken by other of the 2 groups....

Mike
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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Laptop Cooling Pads
« Last post by darkenedsoul on Today at 09:48:53 AM »
I picked up a pair of Targus that handle 17" lappies and has dual fans. It's pretty quiet, seems to be loud now (lately) till things are spun up but I am happy with it. Cost me I think $29.99 each via Amazon a couple yrs or so ago.

Mike
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4+ yr old LG 47" LCD non-smart. What's the easiest way to make it smart so i can troll the net for tv stations and all to view stuff? I know most of the boxes come with crap like netflix/amazon/hulu+ (hey, if I'm paying I do NOT want ANY damn advertisements, even if it's 60 secs once or so during show). I have a PS3 and Amazon Prime, don't see a need for NetFlix as can't afford to add more the enough bills and being out of work still. Looking for cheap alternative should I decide to cut the chord. I am not sure how much SyFy provides full eps online or other stuff. I'd miss American Horror Story/Grimm/Almost Human/Dr. Who/etc....if I did dump cable (for a time if needed till work comes). Anyways, I like the tv, has 4 HDMI imputs which I am using 2 atm and other connections for my Wii.

Mike
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Independent Music Reviews / Dan Pound - Eros Thanatos
« Last post by Morpheus Music on Today at 02:22:26 AM »
STYLE    
Smooth, flowing ambient.
Eros Thanatos is an eminently serene disc of lush, velvety texture and rich sonic colour. Dan Pound uses deeply-effected guitar sounds as the basis for this album - although you would rarely perceive that such a familiar stringed instrument was employed except for perhaps the sliding tones of Between Breaths or the soft fingerings at the start of From Beyond. The meandering, sonorous layers reverberate weightlessly rising and falling from silence: delicate at times, faint, subtle; dreamy and charming in places; mysterious in others, shadowy, inhabited by peculiarly organic presences; there are tribal passages of sober intensity and sparkling sequence dances. The multi-voiced guitar sounds at the root of the music are enhanced by a range of analog and digital synths, piano-like impressions, distant chanting voices, woody flutes, water effects and infrequent lazy, percussive beats.
 
ARTWORK         
Eros Thanatos is a jewel-case release with a single sheet insert. Imagery centres on a stark, leafless tree curving sidewards as if frozen within an invisible wind. On the front panel the strong colours of an amber-hued field and indigo mountain range make the lifeless branches all the more stark - grey sky above. On the rear, the image is repeated in monochrome - softer, simpler. Track titles in black hang in the sky; credits and contacts in white lie in the grass. On opening up the case the disc again repeats the cover shot, echoed still further behind the plastic grip. The left-most sheet zooms in on the field, the colours and textures of bright stalks and interlaced blades filling the entire space: word-free.
 
OVERALL          
Ambient musician/composer Dan Pound delivers his latest album of exploratory three dimensional sound in the form of Eros Thanatos - a title suggesting love and death. Dan takes the listener through a range of drifting expanses and textural zones: mostly beatless, faintly primal, spacey, dreamy, down into disquieting gloom and back into celestial light. Eight tracks in all, mostly around the seven to ten minute mark allowing for unrushed development and expression. Dan explains: "After trying on some newly acquired guitar effects, I decided to do a whole album dedicated to these guitar sound worlds I was discovering... I was able to extrapolate a myriad of tonal timbres that resembled other instruments like organ, strings, oboes, bassoons and even human voices. Adding of course some deep layers of reverb, this sound set ended up being one of the most originally challenging and creative projects I've ever done." You can find out more about this release and other Dan Pound music via the official Dan Pound website where there are sound samples and opportunities to download tracks in different formats; there is also Dan's Facebook page where a variety of news and personal details are provided.
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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by chris23 on Yesterday at 05:40:36 PM »
I gave Butterfly a listen. What a great album! Thanks for the heads up, Dave and drone on!

Purl - Behind Clouds
New release from Dewtone. This is omg excellent ambient dub. My favorite release yet by Purl. The spacey, electronic soundscapes are perfect, rich, and wisp-like. The beats, while largely being subtle, are quirky (in a nice way) and draw upon a variety of sound sources, making them feel both familiar and alien. I really wish there was a CD for this one; digital only at Bandcamp.

Buy/Listen: http://dewtonerecordings.com/album/behind-clouds-dtr032
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The Winterhouse "Gathering Autumn" 2xCDr

"Gathering Autumn" is the 5th collaborative album between DataObscura's Anthony Paul Kerby from London, Ontario and Robert Scott Davies from Ithaca, New York. Released on DataObscura at the beginning of January 2014, this double album comes with an eye-catching front cover image by Robert. The same image is also featured on a pro printed glossy card, which is included with each CDr order. Each of the previous collaborations from these two creative sound sculptors offered a tremendously transporting journey, so my expectations are again really huge. Let's confirm that...

Disk One starts with "Secluded Vale", a tranquilly organic piece, led by rich natural field recordings and surrounded by monolithic drone and intermittent rumbles. This soundscape is exactly described by its title, no wonder I am immediately immersed. The journey has begun!!! "We Must Endure", which clocks over 15 and a half minutes, is quickly invaded by monumental drift expansion, again rather flatlined, with hidden, slightly mysterious distant embellishments. The transition in the middle is warmly relieving and shifts from gorgeously wide-screen panoramas through polished lively cascades to nearly symphonic blankets. Welcome to deep drone paradise, it's intense and graceful!!! The next piece, "Deepwoods", which is a few seconds longer than its predecessor, safely stays in serenely encircling forest wilderness and quietly traverses from calmer terrestrial authenticity to slightly harsher and disruptive shadowy paths. Another appropriate track title!!! No wonder "Curious Pathways" immediately follows ... A mysteriously undulating texture blending warmly drifting expanses with nostalgic culminations. Colorful sounds of the ecosystem's inhabitants are starring in "Autumn Nights", while monotonously spiraling distant drone is guarding above. "When The Day Ends" quickly dives into heavier, hissy fields although hauntingly counterpointed with joyful and placid piano expressions. Moving through richly sculpted cascades, both natural and hummed. This is a stunningly exciting conclusion of the first part!!!

Disc Two unfolds with "Gathering Autumn", a 10-minute title track, on which is immediately apparent coalescence of a massive static drone blanket and live performances of forest residents. Along the way smooth traverses with rumbling motifs and uncanny noises inconspicuously sneak in, while sparse fragile tinkles add contemplative feel. "The Shifting Sky" keeps its panoramic structure, floating and ebbing through intense peaks, with velvety clinks mesmerizingly arising from behind the mysterious clouds. "Growth Of The Soil" again precisely amalgamates catchy organics, meditative patterns and monochromatic drone mindscapes. The next track, "They Lived Here Before", attracts with its deeply evocative yearning texture, masterfully embellished by occasional native flute fragments and distant rumbling delicacies, but toward the end an array of sharply outbursting and swirling rattles steal the center stage. "Autumn Gardens" returns to a more relieving, yet colorfully enticing environmental terrains. The following composition, "Wandering Alone", meanders quietly through scenic landscapes, touched by slightly pensive calmness, before reaching a glitchy flavored piano conclusion. "To See Everything" with 11 and half minutes the longest piece on this disc and a closing opus, merges subtle oscillations with hissy dissonances, all guarded by celestial drifts, gracefully floating and swelling. Fascinatingly immersing finale!!!

Without doubt "Gathering Autumn" is a really monstrous double set from The Winterhouse!!! Hats off to both, Anthony Paul Kerby & Robert Scott Davies, who effectively integrate their freshly distinctive signature sculptings into one utterly homogeneous and detailed recording devoted to the natural beauty and diversity of flora and fauna in beautiful forests that are within our reach. "Gathering Autumn" works well as a background ambience, but I definitely would recommend a deeply attentive listening session, and if possible, with your headphones on. Trust me, this way you will explore many well-hidden surprises and rewards!!!

Richard Gürtler (Apr 13, 2014, Bratislava, Slovakia)
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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by Seren on April 15, 2014, 12:44:00 AM »
The Long Night - Roach and Kelly - love track 5. Overall the album seems more 'basic' than Steve's recent albums, reminding me in some ways of his earlier releases.
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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by drone on on April 14, 2014, 07:02:49 PM »
Yes, Butterfly is an incredible album!!!  If you like alio die and his hic sunt leones label you will probably really like this.
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Hypnos News and Announcements / 2014 Hypnos release schedule?
« Last post by drone on on April 14, 2014, 06:58:50 PM »
Hi, haven't seen any news about what's coming next this year and what month it's out?  Please let us know Mike!  Greatly anticipating Martian Chronicles 2 and Max Corbacho as well.
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