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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Harry Bertoia's Sonambient
« on: March 19, 2016, 03:36:47 PM »
I have been looking for recordings of Harry Bertoia's works for some time without any luck. There are some available on vinyl, but that was not what I was looking for. I recently discovered this box set on I ordered it even though it was out of my usual price range and received it this week. It is an 11 cd box set with a nice booklet included. His recordings made with his handmade metal instruments in his barn in rural Pennsylvania are incredible. I've spent a lot of time listening this week and am amazed at the sounds he produces. I thought I would get bored with this many recordings of seemingly the same thing. Each piece taken from his original tapes is a journey worth taking IMO. I can only imagine what this would sound like live in his barn. The set is kind of expensive at just under $100, but I'm not regretting the purchase. There is also a digital download available in wav or mp3 for about $50 with a pdf of the booklet. I hope to be able to make the journey to his place in Pennsylvania sometime to see and hear his creations in person. If you are not familiar with his work I would recommend going to the Important Records site where they have a mix available or search youtube for examples.

Everything and Nothing / Music Dealers Licensing
« on: February 24, 2016, 07:59:08 AM »
Does anyone know anything about a company called Music Dealers? An old friend of mine contacted me asking. His two sons play in an electronic pop group that has some releases and success in the the Virginia area. They have been contacted by this company wanting to talk to them about a non-exclusive licensing contract. Any thoughts or information on this would be appreciated.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Loren Nerell Interview
« on: June 07, 2014, 04:05:33 PM »
JKN posted this on facebook recently. I thought Hypnos Forum members might be interested.  "My buddy Loren Nerell will be interviewed live on KSBR's "The Morning Breeze" Sunday June 8th from 10am-11an (PST).

Sam Rosenthal (Projekt Records) posted: Join host Donna Jo Thornton for a conversation about TREE OF LIFE, Loren's new Projekt Records collaboration with Mark Seelig. Listen on the web: buy the album:
KSBR Webcast
Jazz! FM 88.5 KSBR Radio, Keeping Orange County Jazzed from Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, KSBR's primary format is contemporary jazz."

Everything and Nothing / Information wanted on instrument builder
« on: May 15, 2014, 02:36:58 PM »
I'm hoping someone with a better memory than I have can help me. I'm looking for information on a furniture designer who also made musical sculptures out of steel rods. He is either Spanish or Italian I believe and had a barn somewhere with his sculptures in it. Sort of a musical barn. He is now decesed, but his son still has his collection. I'm kind of embarrased because I think I was the one who first posted about him on here or the Relaxed Machinery site years ago. I've tried searching on past hypnos posts, but no luck. I can't figure out how to search on the Relaxed Machinery site, but I am going to try again in a minute. I'm probably just asking the question wrong. Thanks

Hypnos News and Announcements / Sunyata/ Inner Landscapes
« on: March 18, 2013, 01:30:24 PM »
I received this Saturday, but due to having back surgery Friday I am just getting around to listening to it now. ( I have plenty of listening time on my hands now). First off this is a beautiful package.. The artwork and the digipack are stunning! I just finished listening to Inner Landscapes and was really impressed with this work. I can't wait to dig into Sunyata in a little while. It is reminiscent of Trances and Drones which is one of my, if not my favorite Robert Rich releases. I can't recommend this enough especially with the introductory price on it for a limited time. Great job Mike and Robert! As usual, Lena shipped it out really quickly arriving here just three days after I ordered it.

Hypnos News and Announcements / Robert Rich release
« on: March 10, 2013, 09:11:45 PM »
Is "Sunyata/Inner Landscapes going to be available at the Hypnos store?

Everything and Nothing / Inspiring Story
« on: December 22, 2012, 04:07:27 PM »
Landfill Harmonic film teaser on Vimeo  This an inspiring story of kids learning to play music on instruments built from garbage in a landfill. It makes me feel pretty spoiled when at 16, I had to have a Ludwig drumset, my Sears set was just too embarrassing to take out in public.

Everything and Nothing / RIP Andy Griffith
« on: July 03, 2012, 01:46:30 PM »
A really big influence on me growing up.  From the New York Times: 
Andy Griffith, an actor whose folksy Southern manner charmed audiences for more than 50 years on Broadway, in movies, on records and especially on television most notably as the small-town sheriff on the long-running situation comedy that bore his name died on Tuesday at his home on Roanoke Island in North Carolina. He was 86./quote]

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Thomas Dolby's lifeboat studio
« on: January 28, 2012, 04:06:36 PM »
I enjoy looking at studios in odd, quirky places like boats and treehouses , etc.  I remember reading about David Gilmour's studio on a boat on the Thames some time ago and liked that idea a lot. Today I came across this on Lloyd Kahn's blog .

Everything and Nothing / Tiny House Blog
« on: October 26, 2011, 12:57:26 PM »
I don't know if anyone is interested in this sort of thing, but I've been following the Tiny House Blog ( for quite some time now and find it fascinating.  The idea of downsizing and living more effeciently really apeals to me. I have yet to convince my better half , though.  ::)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / FS: Kyma X/ Capybara 320 w/ Motormix
« on: September 19, 2011, 12:48:14 PM »
Some of you may remember when I bought this a couple of years ago. I was warned by some on the forum that it would be too deep for me. They were right! These units are in good shape with latest software and manuals. The Capybara 320 is the basic model. I'm asking $1250 for them plus shipping. I will also throw in a heavy duty Encore flight case for the Capybara 320 if you want it. This case is heavy and will add quite a bit to the shipping cost. Let me know how you want it shipped and I will get shipping costs for it. I've tried to embed photos here with no success  :( If you want to see pics, contact me and I will email them to you.

Everything and Nothing / Happy Birthday, Mike!
« on: June 11, 2011, 10:09:08 AM »
I hope you have a good birthday. Pizza, I bet!  ;)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Ableton Live controller
« on: May 08, 2011, 03:46:33 PM »
Hey Mike, some time ago I think I remember you picking up an Akai APC 20. I've been looking at the 20 and 40 thinking of possibly getting one. Now that you've had it awhile, what are your impressions? Still liking it?

Hypnos News and Announcements / Digipacks
« on: May 01, 2011, 10:29:41 AM »
I received Nebulae- The Path of White Clouds a week or so ago and just got Steve Brand- Avatara a few days ago. I really like both releases , but I'm especially pleased with the digipack format for new Hypnos releases. The artwork is attractive and I can read the spines easily. They look like they will hold up very well. Great job, Mike and Lena!

Everything and Nothing / The Field Lab
« on: March 27, 2011, 02:42:31 PM »
I don't know if anyone here will find this interesting, but I've been following this project for quite some time. John Wells was a fashion photographer in NYC who sold his house and most of what he owned and bought 40 acres of land near Terlingua, Texas. He has built a small cabin that is off the grid relying on solar and wind power and a water cachement system. His website is He also has a blog There are some youtube videos as well including this one by Hewlit-Packard Also a New York Times article

Everything and Nothing / Sun Boxes
« on: September 24, 2010, 01:47:51 PM »
 I saw this on the Matrixsynth site and thought this might be of interest to some on the forum.  I would love to see and hear something like this in person.

(edited to fix link - mgriffin )

Computers, Internet and Technology / Apple TV
« on: September 09, 2010, 01:38:43 PM »
There was a thread a while back about broadcast TV alternatives and Apple TV was discussed. I don't remember if the consensus was positive or negative. I'm considering purchasing it and was hoping some of you would share their opinions on it before I make a decision.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Lucette Bourdin
« on: August 18, 2010, 05:03:18 PM »
A couple of years ago I had downloaded a release from , I think Dark Duck of her's. I don't remember the title, but I listened to it and thought it was nice. However, I never went back to it and forgot about her. Recently while looking through some sites I came upon her website and was very impressed with her artwork. I also downloaded a couple of freebies from the site. I was very impressed with what I heard. The simplicity of her music matches that of the art and is equally as beautiful. I am looking to purchase some of her music now and was hoping some of you could offer some recommendations. I notice that Hypnos has some for sale.

Everything and Nothing / Space Station tour
« on: May 31, 2010, 09:09:28 AM »
I thought this video tour of the space station was interesting, but a little claustrophobic.

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