Those at Lulu.com wrote me saying the following:
"Dear Angel Ortega Velasco, In our mission to ensure creators have access to the best tools and resources to help them sell more content, we must retire certain products and services that have not proven to be as popular with our community of customers as we initially thought they'd be. As a result, we will no longer be offering your Compact disc for sale on Lulu.com. You'll still be able to access your project(s) under your "My Lulu" tab, make revisions, and save any changes to your computer until July 19, 2011. We still see the value in these works and want you to share them with the world, so please read on for detailed suggestions on other options available to you. But to be clear, as of September 19, 2011, your project(s) will no longer appear in your project list and customers will no longer be able to purchase these titles from the Lulu Marketplace."
So they have decided that selling CDs is not profitable and they will drop them; this means that those Ann Hell records rescued from oblivion will move there back again.
Buy them while they last.
I think their next step will be to stop publishing books that do not cross a selling threshold. Bah. Who cares.
I've made another video clip, this time for Liars Retreat, a piano-only theme in the style of Michael Nyman and Philip Glass I composed in 1995 for a brief work that finally ended as part of Ann Hell - Nocturne / Piano Pieces for Cowards (CD, 1995).
The images are from a public domain propaganda film called "Divide and Conquer" from 1943. The video shows many liars, many retreats and also many brave men, all mixed seamlessly.
It seems a bunch of people from the abovetopsecrets.com site is teaming to investigate on Antichthon Universalis. The forum thread can be followed from http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread682378/pg1 on.
I've made a video clip for Et in Arcadia Ego. This theme was specially composed as the intro to Ann Hell - The Ambient Collection (CD, 2006), a CD published in 2006 by a finnish company that I prefer not to talk about.
The video has been composed using free space and nebulae images from NASA and a Perl program made by me.
I've compiled all Ann Hell's works in mp3 format in a full set called Ann Hell - Ad Nauseam (1991-2001). It can be downloaded as a Bittorrent file:
The tracking is done by the folks at http://www.legittorrents.info , a site that stores free and legal torrent files. All praise them.
Someone called StormSpirit86, armed with infinite patience, has finished last level of Space Plumber and recorded it on video. This proves that, unlike what many people thought in 1998, this level can be solved.
All Ann Hell things on the net seems to be happening on Youtube these days.
Some people have made an amateur horror film called ULFANG and using The Stars Inside (Piano) as a soundtrack:
Also, a crazy dude called CriticNic uses Ann Hell themes as intros to amateur horror film critics.
The Survival Guide:
Nightmare of Assymmetry:
Mr. Pumpkin's Revenge:
And someone called karelvohat has made some still-image videos of some Ann Hell hits.
More classic Ann Hell tune usage is for roleplaying. This link teaches us the optimal use for some songs:
Igual que hice en enero y febrero con Las tijeras del viajero, hoy queda inaugurada la semana monstruosa: desde hoy hasta el sábado publicaré diariamente un minirelato del libro Las tijeras del viajero. Monstruos.
Basta con suscribirse al siguiente RSS:
Desde hoy hasta mediados de febrero de 2009, y sin ninguna razón en especial, he decidido publicar cada día uno de los relatos o poemas de mi libro Las tijeras del viajero.
Sometimes I find surprising material regarding Ann Hell lurking in the net. For example, I found this torrent. It's a registration-required one (never heard of this kind of torrents before), and it seems to be just Ann Hell - Music for Horror Movies (CD, 1998). But, looking inside it, I found the following track list:
1. (3:40) Nightmare Of Assymmetry 2. (3:45) The Man Who Slaughtered Baby Jane 3. (3:48) Whispering Walls 4. (4:11) Never Trust A Scarecrow 5. (3:31) Crushed And Smashed 6. (1:29) Mr. Pumpkins Revenge 7. (5:05) The Survival Guide 8. (1:58) You're Different And That's Bad 9. (2:30) Ghouls Like Us 10. (2:23) Bag Of Heads 11. (2:16) Epilogue (Death Of The Ebony Clock)
So it's not just a cut & paste of the previous CD, but includes three 'bonus' tracks: Ghouls Like Us, Bag of Heads and Epilogue (Death of the Ebony Clock), with their (correct) length, from Ann Hell - The Mask (CD, 2000). Someone took the time to expand the original content with other, related, tracks. I find this amazing.
Unrelated to this, I found the following link: Ann Hell : Música per ambientar partides de Cthulhu, in a web in catalan. Someone found Ann Hell's compilation Ann Hell - The Ambient Collection (CD, 2006) suitable to play Call of Cthulhu games, surely without knowing that the author behind that music is also the author of several illustrations of Cthulhu and friends in The Cthulhu Gallery. The world is an Ouroboros.
Also regarding The Ambient Collection, someone called Sh@dow said, in http://www.archive.org
"I say it's "true ambiance", because the melodies take your inner mind to several locations. Most 'ambient' works dedicate themselves to one attitude or state of mind... one 'being', if you will. Ann Hell - The Ambient Collection (2006) takes your inner being to many different levels, which I find very refreshing! This is definitely one to experience!"
Thanks, Sh@dow, whoever you are.
Triptico.com has been moved from static pages to an instance of the Gruta web content management system.
This means optimal search, page tagging and much more. Enjoy!
Thanks for your fine art, Uwe!
Great news! Finally, Dispersoul 1 [january 2007] has been released. Download it right now!
A special 5.1 mix (suitable for home cinema audio systems and such) by Dispersoul of Bodydyon's Waiting for Tomorrow has been released:
Virtual Zaca is a script I wrote in 2002 that takes a Unix mailbox and shuffles the messages written by a specified user using the Markov chain algorithm. Nothing particularly interesting; I've just published it because a friend asked for.
"Ann Hell (also known as Angel Ortega) has some interesting MP3s of goth-industrial type music. The diverse list of influences (from Marc Almond to Sinead O'Connor to NIN to Claude Debussy) is impressive in and of itself, but really, the music is all you need to hear. Of the sixteen tracks availble for download, I particularly enjoyed "Save Me from Heaven," in which religion becomes a newscast read by a robot. Really."
It's still surprising to me that Save Me from Heaven is usually the favourite.
Also, on an article curiously named The Orgasmo Song, an italian site comments on Ann Hell's cover of Je T'aime Moi Non Plus:
"Altra versione gothicheggiante, realizzata nel 1998, sembra essere quella della band underground Ann Hell, contenuta nell'album "The butterfly experiment", una raccolta di cover di celebri brani dark. Mentre il pezzo di..."
Don't you love that gothicheggiante word? Italian is awesome.