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Everything and Nothing / Re: What is the Hypnos Forum to you ?
« Last post by chris23 on September 28, 2014, 04:51:03 PM »
I like using the forums to get new leads for music I might enjoy. I've been around off and on, sometimes merely lurking, for what must be close to 12 years now.
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Now Playing / Re: FILE://Access/Rip/Play
« Last post by zzzone.net on September 28, 2014, 04:45:05 PM »


Total Tracks: 258,643
Total Albums: 26,221
Total Artists: 19,457

Logitech has stopped making players for the Squeezebox system so a group of tech-savvy users have released the plans for the piCoplayer made from Raspberry Pi boards, a flash storage card, a wi-fi dongle, USB DAC, case (acrylic, wood, lucite) and amplified speakers or hi-fi.  I just put together 3 players:



You can pay top dollar for Sonos and get a system with a lot less flexibility than the Squeezebox open-source system.  Notably the Sonos file system is limited to 65,000 music files.

Or you can put together or buy some piCoplayers for the cost of a few parts and your labor.

If anyone is interested in this system or players, let me know at ambientmusic(at)gmail.com

NP: Yuki Aida & Tomotsugu Nakamura: Mono
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Everything and Nothing / Re: DAVID BOWIE, BRIAN ENO AND TONY VISCONTI RECORD 'WARSZAWA'
« Last post by jdh on September 28, 2014, 04:18:11 PM »
Fun.You really have to know Bowie/Low to get the humor.
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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Volcanizing Shruthi Analoguekid
« Last post by Analoguekid on September 28, 2014, 02:59:31 PM »
This is a 16 minute improv I did last night using just my analogue gear, live recorded one take stereo into Cubase, more info on the SC page.

https://soundcloud.com/analoguekid-1/volcanizing-shruthi
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Everything and Nothing / Re: What is the Hypnos Forum to you ?
« Last post by Castleview on September 28, 2014, 02:09:29 PM »
It is a great place, its friendly, you can discover new artists and you can get excellent advice, both directly and indirectly, on just about anything to do with music, not just ambient, although ambient is the reason I came here. There are musicians here who I have the deepest respect for, although they may not know it.
I look upon Hypnos as a "serious" forum, that is "serious" in a good way, the advice you get will help to steer you in the right direction.

Pretty much this. I originally joined to spread the word about my music but there are a lot of knowledgeable people here, whether it be the veterans of the genres or the fans that post here regularly, and it has helped me to realize that there's plenty of great new ambient music out there. I love this forum.
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Everything and Nothing / Re: Electronic Music Flow Chart
« Last post by phobos on September 28, 2014, 12:26:39 PM »
I think that is based on early 70's EM  ;D
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Everything and Nothing / Re: What is the Hypnos Forum to you ?
« Last post by phobos on September 28, 2014, 12:24:39 PM »
It is a great place, its friendly, you can discover new artists and you can get excellent advice, both directly and indirectly, on just about anything to do with music, not just ambient, although ambient is the reason I came here. There are musicians here who I have the deepest respect for, although they may not know it.
I look upon Hypnos as a "serious" forum, that is "serious" in a good way, the advice you get will help to steer you in the right direction.
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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Phobos - Sector Four
« Last post by phobos on September 28, 2014, 11:18:26 AM »
 8)
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Everything and Nothing / Re: What is the Hypnos Forum to you ?
« Last post by drone on on September 28, 2014, 10:11:37 AM »
I can't share my passion for the music outside of here, because 99% of people I meet don't live music the way I do.  Especially ambient electronic. 
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Independent Music Reviews / My review of "With Evening Above" CD by Jeff Pearce
« Last post by richardgurtler on September 28, 2014, 09:13:02 AM »


Jeff Pearce "With Evening Above" CD

Phenomenal ambient guitar soundscaper Jeff Pearce makes impressive comeback to his more ambient-driven landscapes with self-released album "With Evening Above" CD. Out since June 2014 as his 12th solo album, Jeff's most recent compositions bring back unforgettable memories of wonderful recordings such as "Bleed" (2002) or "Summer Solstice" (2003). Sure, previous albums "Lingering Light", "Rainshadow Sky" and "In The Season Of Fading Light" belong to the pedestal of filigree intimate guitar and piano bravura, but many core fans were eagerly waiting for the reappearance of his spaciously drifting atmospheric era. "With Evening Above" showcases Jeff Pearce at the very top of his blooming guitar wizardry, when hauntingly soothing guitar melodies are carefully counterpointed and alternated with graciously expansive driftscapes!!!

The title track "With Evening Above" opens the album with its warmly embracing fragile stringed magic safely holding the signature that is only Jeff Pearce. Gorgeously evocative and intimate!!! As much refreshing as a gentle nocturnal breeze and as much captivating as a nightly scene with a full moon, sheer aural magic!!! Actually, this song was originally released on "Summer Solstice" CDr in 2003, now it has been re-recorded for this album. "The Same Stars" immediately shifts into grandiosely meandering expanses, soothingly infinite and stunningly graceful. My ears are constantly bathed in ultimate atmospheric elixir sculpted by undeniable wizardry of its sole protagonist. Kudos, Maestro!!! There is a nice story behind the title of this composition, which was inspired by Jeff's younger daughter, Fiona. The next composition, "A Clear Night", quickly returns to gently shimmering crystalline string melodies, dreamy and relaxing!!! Longer "After Dark", clocking to nearly 8 minutes, follows the path of "The Same Stars" and drifts into heartwarming, but slightly enigmatic celestial spheres, filled with continuously rising and falling harmonic, choir-like currents. Exquisite drone reverberations are guarding above and tickling the ears with mindscaping helical coils. Another pinnacle!!! "Ghost Of Summers Past" gets over two and half minutes and dusts off with its tenderly pristine strings long forgotten memories. Immensely reflective!!! "Cloudfall" glides right away into unbounded sky-high realms of unmeasurable grace and magnificence. Welcome to another masterfully drifting panoramic paradise!!! Shorter "A Closed Circle (Farewell)" instantly attracts with its emotionally driven stringed subtlety. Nearly 22 minutes long "No Matter How Far" closes this album with soothingly embracing soundscape, floating and ebbing into gorgeously immersing and euphonious fields, reinforced occasionally by slowly emerging distant pulsations. Cyclical harmoniousness of this composition is enchantingly warm and utterly evocative, audibly absolute brilliance is again accomplished!!! It's still unbelievable that all this beauty is created by electric guitar and additional processing. A pure masterpiece and an epic conclusion too!!! The title of this composition, although "rather" updated..., was directly inspired by Jeff's older daughter Thalia. And with this composition also unforgettable memories of one of my all time fave recordings, "The River Of Appearance", inconspicuously awake...

Credited on this album are also Robert Rich for mastering and Rainer Gembalczyk for graphic design. How to wrap this review up? I am almost wordless after the final track, because Jeff Pearce, in West Point, Indiana, based sonic healer, did it again!!! Yes, "With Evening Above", a 54-minute album, is fully loaded with his gifted guitar virtuosity and it's another brightly shinning jewel in his treasured discography. Obviously one of the highlights of 2014!!! Bravissimo, Jeff!!!

Richard Gürtler (Sep 28, 2014, Bratislava, Slovakia)
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