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Everything and Nothing / RIP Chick Corea
« on: February 11, 2021, 07:12:56 PM »
Sad news today, jazz legend Chick Corea died at 79 of cancer.

Although his music was primarily in the jazz arena, I daresay he influenced many artists practicing in all genres of music. His career jump-started with Miles Davis in '68, and he never looked back. Return To Forever was one of the most influential jazz-fusion bands ever, and the music they created is still being played and imitated today.

I was fortunate enough to see him live twice: With RTF in '76 when "Romantic Warrior" was released, and again two years later when "MusicMagic" came out. He always seemed low-key, yet almost giddy when he played live. That was what I'll remember most, his joy in performing for an audience.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Steve Roach 2 New Releases
« on: August 05, 2017, 11:04:57 AM »
Steve has just released 2 new albums (I'm still calling them that,you can't make me get with the times) Long Thoughts, a 73-minute long-form track, and Nostalgia for the Future, a 6-track inter-connected collection.

Available now through Bandcamp and Steve's website.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / David Bowie 1947 - 2016
« on: January 11, 2016, 03:17:12 AM »
The news is just breaking of David Bowie's death from cancer at age 69.

I can't begin to describe how much of an influence he was on myself and undoubtedly, many others here. I have just about every album he made, along with a few rarities. I was fortunate enough to see him perform live twice in the '80's. I remember his bizarre & hilarious interview with Dick Cavett around the time Aladdin Sane came out. I remember the Saturday Night Live appearance that introduced Klaus Nomi to the rest of the world, and the most arresting version of "The Man Who Sold The World" I've ever heard. I remember when Low was released and many people were writing it off as a weird electronic doodle, an aberration.

Rather than be morbid, I'd like to remember the upbeat and stay positive about an incredible career:

David Bowie - Golden Years

In this age of more and more disposable entertainment and media, I admire this reminder of what it takes to create art and why it has a value beyond just enjoying it:

The TL;DR is that a major company trying to get an artist's work for nothing because "there was no money in the budget for music" deserves neither the music nor anyone's sympathy and the artist does a brilliant job of exposing their miserly attempts at getting something for nothing.

Not to get on a high horse, but if I can pay for my music, then certainly a large company can find it in the register or the couch cushions, to do the same. And having licensed music for productions in the past, there are always options to make your budget work for you. If even that fails, there is still lots of good free music out there if you're willing to make the effort, instead of just taking the cheap & lazy way out. 

I liked this guy's reminder that creativity is not just its own reward, and, yay Capitalism!

Everything and Nothing / RIP Divinyls' Christina Amphlett
« on: April 22, 2013, 12:41:15 AM »
As if this past week hadn't already had enough grief, word out of New York that Chrissy Amphlett has died of breast cancer. Apparently, she'd been fighting it for years.

I have nothing deep to add, it's just sad that another bright flame has been snuffed out before its time. Eff you, cancer.

This has probably been answered somewhere already, but I couldn't find a thread for it.

I just got a Kindle Fire as a gift and have been playing around with it. Mostly, I'm very pleased with its capabilities, so far. Today, I went to the Amazon MP3 Store(they make it so easy) browsed through the selection and purchased Saul Stokes' 'Outfolding.' Somehow, I missed that one in my collection. Part of the reason for buying it was just to see how easy the process was for adding new content.

While I listened to my new purchase, I started thinking about digital vs. physical purchases, and wondered how Hypnos and its artists make money from iTunes, Amazon and other online vendors. I don't suppose there's a one-size-fits-all sales model involved here, especially when it comes to smaller record labels vying for online shelf space with Mariah and P-Diddy.

I still prefer my music on a physical CD for the most part, and of course, I want to support my favorite ambient record label, but I'm wondering if digital sales help or hurt the artists. I suppose it's inevitable that most releases will go digital, but how does this affect a label like Hypnos?

P.S. If you haven't already, buy 'Outfolding.' It's excellent. I'm on my 3rd listen already.

Computers, Internet and Technology / A real Portal Gun
« on: June 14, 2012, 12:41:26 PM »
If you've played Portal or Portal 2, you'll enjoy this. Well done, guys.

POrtal: Terminal Velocity on Vimeo

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