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Title: Some ['ramp] and Parsick news
Post by: doombient on January 01, 2017, 03:35:18 AM
Hi all,

as already discussed elsewhere on this forum, I decided to take a sabbatical from releasing music after the Bochum Planetarium Show in July 2012. The workload of running a label enterprise (even a tiny-scale operation as mine), creating and producing music, and working a day job which pays the electric bill turned out to be a tad too much.

My hands have not been idle, though, and I kept producing music in the meantime, although perhaps not as ambitiously as in the past -- I'm getting older as well. I hope to be releasing one, if not two new ['ramp] albums on CD in the course of the new year which I finished off in 2016 (with a third album waiting in line). Also, I hope to get my website (ho-hum...) up and running -- it took me all of 2016 to elaborate on the concept, write the texts, and sift through my archives for some pictures I might want to upload.

The first step to get things going again was signing up to Bandcamp. Some of you may know how reluctant I am to release music online but people really seem to embrace this format as I could tell from past experience with Iapetus. I took the time around Christmas to start uploading not only ['ramp]'s back catalogue but also some music I created under my name. I hope to have some more albums added to my discography (download-o-graphy?) soon:



There are two ambient music albums I have had in the pipeline for some time which I decided to upload to Bandcamp, "music to walk through" and "a beginner's guide to doombient". I hope you will enjoy listening to them. You can order downloads and physical releases (if available) directly through Bandcamp while my own webshop is still inactive. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with me.

Many thanks to all who have sent emails, encouragement, and moral support -- much appreciated.

Thanks for your time,

Title: Re: Some ['ramp] and Parsick news
Post by: stargazer on January 01, 2017, 12:52:01 PM
Stephen, I really enjoy your live recording at the Gasometer in Bochum in 2010. Very smooth textures!
I think I never was there but enjoyed other kindred places in the "Rhurpott" area, and yes such places can be cold in winter time.

Did you play right under the moon sculptur? ;)
Title: Re: Some ['ramp] and Parsick news
Post by: doombient on January 01, 2017, 04:04:05 PM
[...] Did you play right under the moon sculptur? ;)

Yes, I did. It was suspended from the ceiling, and at that time it was the biggest three-dimensional moon model on earth (with a diameter of roughly 25 metres). Quite impressive even though it tended to get lost a little inside the gasometer (which measures roughly 70 metres in diameter and 120 metres in height).

I would have loved to play at Landschaftspark Nord in Duisburg (another abandoned steel plant) but, with those weather conditions in mind, playing inside the gasometer was perhaps a better choice (if only slightly...).

To me, the Oberhausen Gasometer is a very special place. I saw Lightwave play there live in 1996 when they were performing their Mundus Subterraneus installation for Anne and Patrick Poirier. That was awe-inspiring, and I always wanted to play there myself. I played there twice, actually -- once in 2007 and again in 2010.

[...] Very smooth textures! [...]

Thanks. I believe the gasometer's natural reverb blurred the edges even more :). Best moment during the performance: A fellow came walking up to me, asking "Excuse me, sir, but what are these sounds?" -- you have got to love this.

Title: Re: Some ['ramp] and Parsick news
Post by: phobos on January 02, 2017, 01:37:55 PM
Great news Stephen, and good to see you on Bandcamp at last  8)
Title: Re: Some ['ramp] and Parsick news
Post by: Bert/SonicImmersion.org on January 04, 2017, 07:30:54 AM
very nice to see your re-surface again after (what indeed has been) a long hiatus....
Title: Re: Some ['ramp] and Parsick news
Post by: doombient on January 14, 2017, 09:45:14 AM
I received an email from Hearts of Space earlier this morning... apparently, one of the tracks Markus Reuter and I created was played on last night's broadcast, all across the USA:

    PGM 1134 : "AFTER THE BURN"
    PGM NOTE : the nostalgic sound of a world without us
    FEED DATE : 1-13-17

   "Corvid Collections" (beginning) < 0:00->2:52 >
   "Soft Rains Fall" < 2:52->6:47 >
   "Corvid Collections" (ending) < 6:47->10:23 >
    : WHAT WE LEFT BEHIND; Soundscape Productions SP027; 2016
    : Info: www.robertrich.com

   "Equipoise and Dissolution" (edited) < 10:23->17:41 >
    : VESTIGES; Soundscape Productions SP029; 2016
    : Info: www.robertrich.com

   "Aerial on Warm Seas" (part) < 17:41->21:37 >
    : WHAT WE LEFT BEHIND; Soundscape Productions SP027; 2016
    : Info: www.robertrich.com

   "Lonely Moon" < 21:37->25:18 >
    : RESTLESS; First Fallen Star ffs006; 2010
    : Info: www.secretdruidsociety.bandcamp.com

   "Weightless Particles" < 25:18->32:43 >
    : LAMENT; Gterma Records gterma003; Sweden 2012
    : Info: www.gterma.blogspot.com; www.parsick.com;

   "Night Seas Luminesce" < 32:43->39:10 >
   "Anchorless on Quiet Tide" (edited) < 39:10->44:05 >
    : VESTIGES; Soundscape Productions SP029; 2016
    : Info: www.robertrich.com

   "Crepuscular Birds" < 44:05->54:27 >
    : AMIDST THE CIRCLING SPIRES; Projekt PRO292; 2014
    : Info: www.projekt.com; www.aliodie.com; www.verticalpool.com

   "Obscured by Leaf Shadows" (edited) < 54:27->58:59 >
    : VESTIGES; Soundscape Productions SP029; 2016
    : Info: www.robertrich.com

    BAY AREA WEATHER : waterlogged
    (c) 2017 Hearts of Space


Took me more than twenty years to get there.

BTW, "rhizophora -- music for mangroves" will be up on Bandcamp soon. I still am amazed at how this music makes time dissolve. Extremely slow, deep-listening stuff.

Stephen (smiling with satisfaction).
Title: Re: Some ['ramp] and Parsick news
Post by: chris23 on January 14, 2017, 10:41:06 AM
Title: Re: Some ['ramp] and Parsick news
Post by: ffcal on January 14, 2017, 11:36:31 AM
Congratulations, Stephen!

I've been enjoying your "Music To Walk Through" album this week.  Some really great ambient textures in there.

Title: Re: Some ['ramp] and Parsick news
Post by: Scott M2 on January 14, 2017, 03:50:38 PM
Cool!  8)
Title: Re: Some ['ramp] and Parsick news
Post by: Julio Di Benedetto on January 14, 2017, 09:43:12 PM
What a great way to be welcomed back from your sabbatical with the Hearts of Space broadcast.....Bravo!
Title: Re: Some ['ramp] and Parsick news
Post by: doombient on January 27, 2017, 07:02:01 AM
doombient.one -- verbrannte erde ("scorched earth") has been made available as a digital download Album as well:


Unlike the regular releases by ['ramp], this one -- as well as its siblings -- was more heavily influenced by early industrial music bands and artists like e. g. Throbbing Gristle and can thus be filed under less pleasant listening rather than "Berlin School".

The concert this music was recorded at literally witnessed some airborn vegetables and other positive response from the audience... always a good and encouraging sign. A true disconcert.

Thanks for listening and, of course, for your ongoing support. Much appreciated.

Title: Re: Some ['ramp] and Parsick news
Post by: doombient on February 04, 2017, 10:32:56 AM
And now for something a little more pleasant (before it gets *really* bad) and tranquil:


"Planetary Music" has just been made available -- a concert from March 2008, recorded at Osnabrück planetarium. The programme was billed as "Planetary Unfolding" in order to pay homage to Michael Stearns'  highly influential space music album -- interestingly, a local newspaper described "doombient" as "a hybrid of new-age music and death metal." This I'd love to hear -- if only once.

Anyway, thanks for your attention. Feel free to enjoy,

Title: Re: Some ['ramp] and Parsick news
Post by: doombient on February 19, 2017, 03:59:23 AM
Alright, here we go, here comes the nasty bit:


doombient.two probably is the most radical album in ['ramp]'s repertoire (well, that's my take on it anyway). It was recorded during a one-off festival which really went out of control due to the organizer being very ambitious but inexperienced, and the personnel he had asked to help him being totally inept. The FOH mixer, for instance, had never heard of "stereo", and in order to cope with clipping he tweaked the EQ controls rather than lowering input gain.

This left me not only with a ruined live recording but also with an audience that really felt annoyed by the sheer amount of noise and aggressiveness ['ramp] presented right from the start. In fact, ['ramp] managed to empty the hall in less than 20 minutes. I believe that this concert put off quite a lot of people who still believe that ['ramp] is rubbish, fifteen years on.

To this day, I sometimes can't stand the emotional intensity of the recording as it was not only recorded under really extreme personal and existential circumstances, it also marked the beginning of the end of ['ramp] as a duo.

Be prepared that this is not exactly for the inexperienced listener or for the faint at heart.

Thanks for listening, and -- as always -- thank you for your support,

Title: Re: Some ['ramp] and Parsick news
Post by: Seren on February 26, 2017, 10:08:32 AM
Just bought Doombient.two - want to give it a proper listen on something better than the computer speakers....

Flicking along the tracks as I did I thought the music was varied and am looking forward to listening properly.

I did not find it as aggressive as you described, but then listening to something that recorded such a difficult experience as you describe is going to have an impact....
Title: Re: Some ['ramp] and Parsick news
Post by: doombient on March 21, 2017, 03:36:37 AM
Hi all,

after the rather fierce doombient.two album I am happy to announce the release of the third limited-edition doombient album, kalte sterne ("cold stars") as a digital download:


Recorded live in concert at Bochum Planetarium on 24th February 2007 and originally released in a limited production run of 100 copies back in 2008, it was to become the final recording of the original line-up of ['ramp]. On the same night, the official release of ceasing to exist was celebrated, and it comes to no surprise that doombient.three is the most tranquil and peaceful recording of the trilogy. If you are fond of cinematic deep-space music with a colder and somewhat darker edge to it, you might like this one. 

Thanks for listening and, of course, for your support,

Title: Re: Some ['ramp] and Parsick news
Post by: doombient on April 13, 2017, 03:41:32 AM
Hi all,

it's shameless self-promotion season again, apologies for that ;).

I've uploaded the CDR Version of my 2010 limited-edition album permafrost as a digital download album on Bandcamp:


It was recorded between February and March 2010 during an exceptionally cold winter; many field recordings used on this album have to do with ice in some way or other. For example, I close-miked a frozen pond to record the crackle of ice, tree trunks and rocks tossed onto the surface of a frozen lake (which the local police found a bit, well... interesting), and of ice floes grinding against each other on a frozen canal. As a contrast, I also recorded the sound of fire which was used very prominently in Part Four of the album. These recordings were processed in the studio and combined with textural sound from various analogue and digital synthesisers.

There is a 3 1/2-hour version of this album as well which I might upload eventually but for the time being, I am happy to treat you to the album-length rendition of permafrost.

Thanks for listening and, of course, for your support.

Title: Re: Some ['ramp] and Parsick news
Post by: doombient on April 24, 2017, 01:01:55 AM
Hi all,

in order to celebrate ['ramp]'s 21st anniversary this month (for some reason I believe in the magic of three times seven...) I decided to make the first two albums available as digital downloads.

"nodular" was released in 1998, and you might have guessed already what the pun in the title is referring to. It's heavily sequencer-based music firmly rooted in what is commonly called "Berlin School" -- I still am amazed at the sequencing in the title track, and it's almost twenty years old:


"frozen radios" was the second album by ['ramp], released in 2000. It carries on where "nodular" left off. If at all, it's even edgier and rawer in its approach to sequencing and sound design:


Many people still have fond memories of the main sequencer rig crashing halfway through the concert where "damage / dissolution" was recorded... that was fun, if not for me.

More is to come, stay tuned.

Enjoy, and thanks for purchasing,


Title: Re: Some ['ramp] and Parsick news
Post by: waveman on April 24, 2017, 01:01:10 PM
Very happy with that Stephen  8)  Thanks for sharing the good news
Title: Re: Some ['ramp] and Parsick news
Post by: doombient on June 04, 2017, 03:10:43 PM
Hi all,

just to let you know that I've finally decided to make ['ramp]'s steel and steam album available as a digital download (FLAC) through Bandcamp:


As some of you may remember, half of the tracks was recorded in collaboration with Mark Shreeve of Redshift so you might want to call this a ['ramp]-meets-Redshift album to some extent.

I guess it's about time to set out to London again. Oh well, some day...

Thank you for your Support,

Title: Re: Some ['ramp] and Parsick news
Post by: doombient on August 24, 2017, 06:57:14 AM
Hi all,

after five years of silence, I am delighted to present ['ramp]'s tenth release to you: synchronize or die. In order to commemorate the 20th anniversary of ramp's first-ever live concert in 1997 and celebrate twenty years of unsolicited noise, the album will be released officially on 29th august 2017:

https://ramp1.bandcamp.com/track/synchronize-or-die-album-teaser-2 (https://ramp1.bandcamp.com/track/synchronize-or-die-album-teaser-2)

Those past twenty years were busy not only in terms of musical adventures: artistically and personally, some more or less desired changes took place, and here and there some obstacles and new challenges had to be dealt with – not only on a musical level.

This was the very reason why I decided to pull all plugs after the 2012 concert performance at Bochum Planetarium and the subsequent album release astral disaster: I simply realized I was running out of stamina and steam as the past ten years had taken their toll on me. Rather than carrying on, releasing half-baked albums just for the sake of it, I decided to have a sabbatical for an indefinite period of time, to recover from the strain and to focus on new musical visions.

synchronize or die is the result of this sabbatical. I decided to elaborate on the technique I had discovered for creating complex sequencer tracks and multi-layered rhythmical patterns, without employing computers running audio software: making use of some old-fashioned synchronizers from the 1980s, I recorded multiple layers of sequences onto a digital eight-track recorder, using a clicktrack to tie in additional sequencers while overdubbing or mixing down to stereo. This is the reason why the trusty old Friendchip SRC units adorn the album sleeve.

Most of the tracks were created on my own in the seclusion of my dachgeschoss recording space (were the future is being made, today), with one notable exception: Torque was created in collaboration with fellow synthesiser enthusiast Axel Jungkunst who helped me out with his massive modular synthesiser rig and additional sequencer backings which resulted in one of ['ramp]'s most accessible titles of all time – whatever that means.

I am taking orders now through stephen at parsick dot com (and through bandcamp from 29th august onwards). If you would like to have the album along with the digital download, please wait until 29th August.

The albums ordered after 20th august will start shipping after 11th september 2017 so please bear this in mind when ordering. Direct orders through me will include a free download code for one exclusive track.

Thank you for your support,


Title: Re: Some ['ramp] and Parsick news
Post by: richardgurtler on August 27, 2017, 01:47:20 AM
Huge shame on me for not having any ['ramp] CD in my own collection!!! It's time to fix this unforgivable mistake and even if the shipping won't start before September 11th, I can't wait to dive deeply into your intriguing soundworlds, Stephen!!! So my order will follow soon... Thank you so much for sharing the info about "Synchronize or die" CD, it's greatly appreciated!!!

All the best!!!

Richard :)
Title: Re: Some ['ramp] and Parsick news
Post by: richardgurtler on August 28, 2017, 08:52:31 AM
Hi Stephen, my e-mail order is on the way to you. I really look forward to fully explore your soundworlds during the coming weeks!!! All the best!!!

Richard  ;)
Title: Re: Some ['ramp] and Parsick news
Post by: doombient on September 11, 2017, 01:33:30 PM
I don't know whether it has been mentioned yet but, last month, Chuck van Zyl conducted an interview with me. You can find it here:


I hope you won't find it all too daft.

Thanks for reading,

Title: Re: Some ['ramp] and Parsick news
Post by: doombient on October 24, 2017, 03:47:55 AM
German radio DJ Ecki Stieg of the famous Grenzwellen programme will be featuring my work in his next show on 25th October between 9pm and midnight (EST):


Of course, the interview will be held in German (which might sound a little funny in places).

Thanks for tuning in. Enjoy!


PS: There is also a fundraiser going to help Grenzwellen to remain an independent source of information. You can donate here, if you wish:


Thank you for your support.
Title: Re: Some ['ramp] and Parsick news
Post by: doombient on October 25, 2017, 02:06:56 PM
In case you have missed the broadcast, you can find a free download of the radio feature here:



Title: Re: Some ['ramp] and Parsick news
Post by: doombient on November 11, 2017, 08:20:03 AM
cold storage, the final rehearsal of the concert performed at Oberhausen Gasometer in November 2007 has now been made available as a FLAC download again:


It used to be around for some time when Iapetus were looking after my digital albums but it has been offline since our collaboration ceased in 2012.

If you're into glacial dark ambient, I think you might want to give it a try.

Thanks for listening, and thank you very much for your generosity and support,

Title: Re: Some ['ramp] and Parsick news
Post by: doombient on December 07, 2017, 03:48:38 AM
On 12th December, synchronize or die will be featured on Progscape Radio:


Tune in, turn on, drop out (or something...).

Title: Re: Some ['ramp] and Parsick news
Post by: doombient on January 09, 2018, 05:51:56 AM
Happy New Year all!

I'd like to thank all those who supported my work last year and whose contributions have helped me to raise the funds required for the next ['ramp] album which will be released in May. More info to follow when it's about time... I believe it will be a cracker but that's only me, of course.

In order to feature the entire back catalogue on one single page (and give you an idea of how my music has evolved over the years) I have opened a doombient.music shop on Bandcamp as well:


I will release some more music from the back catalogue in course of the year so please drop by regularly.

You can, of course, also use the other slots for ['ramp] and Parsick that you're already accustomed to :).

Thanks for your time and your attention,

Title: Re: Some ['ramp] and Parsick news
Post by: phobos on January 09, 2018, 01:36:25 PM
Can't wait for May to  arrive, great news Stephen ;)