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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 06, 2009, 12:33:38 PM »
Had a bunch of work to do the past couple of nights. This is what accompanied me:

Koxbox - Dragon Tales -- The best psychedelic trance album. Ever. I always return to this one. Released in 1998 as far as I remember, and sounded like nothing else at the time. And it still doesn't. Complex, creative and full of liquid synths.

Between Interval - The Edge of A Fairytale -- Absolutely beautiful stuff. Sparse ambient washes and sounds. Very cool.

A selection of Helios tracks -- Put this man's music in an indie flick, already!

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ambient sequencer
« on: January 27, 2009, 01:26:26 PM »
Haha!  ;D

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 23, 2008, 11:40:44 PM »

Juno Reactor ~ "Gods and Monsters"

How do you like that latest Juno Reactor album? I can't make up my mind about it. Sometimes I like it, other times I don't. It feels like a rambling collection of interesting tracks, but that's it. It lacks that cohesive feel an album should have, in my humble opinion.

Last spins include:
Tim Hecker - Haunt me, Haunt me do it again -- There are some magnificent soundsscapes here, but also a couple of forgettable tracks. But it sure has that cohesive feel I was talking about above.
Saul Stokes - Villa Galaxia -- Nope, not tired of it yet!

Villa Galaxia is fan-freaking-tastic. It does have a very sci-fi feel to it, but it's not the airy and luminescent kind you got from Outfolding. It's just darn pretty all the way through, and has lots of delicate moments which will suddenly veer in other directions with what can best be described as sonic explosions of quirky electronics and bright melodies.


The samples at make me ache for this album! To me, the samples don't sound that much different from Mr. Stokes' earlier albums. It still sounds unmistakably like Saul Stokes, even if it employs a bit more percussion and chippy melodies rather than ambient pads. I've heard Vapor Trails on Blue Oasis' Perceived Distances and that track knocked my socks off. It is easily my favourite on that compilation, which is saying a lot, since that's a superb collection of tracks (and artists).

Along with two or maybe three other albums, Outfolding completely redefined the way I thought about music. And judging from the samples and the one track I've already heard, there's a good chance Villa Galaxia is right up there with Outfolding as one of the best albums I'll ever hear.

Fantastic work Mr. Stokes. I can't wait to get my hands on Villa Galaxia!


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 22, 2008, 11:54:25 AM »
Tim Hecker - Harmony in Ultraviolet -- This is one album I simply can't grow tired of. So much noise and yet so damn beautiful. Abstract electronica at its finest!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 18, 2008, 10:52:53 PM »
Implex Grace - Through Luminescent Passages I (netlabel release - download details here:

Really enjoying this. I noted from the site that itís mastered by Joshua Eustis, which would explain why it reminded me of Belong, and their massive breaking waves of washed out harmonized dronefuzz, heard on their October Language. Draw a line with Hammock and Eluvium at one end, and Tim Hecker and Fennesz at the other, and you can locate this Implex Grace guy navigating back and forth round about the middle, somewhere bumping up against the vessel of Willits + Sakamotoís Ocean Fire maybe.

Not the most original of artists, but certainly worth grabbing if you enjoy anything in the sonic zone whose coordinates Iíve outlined.

Thank you, thank you, thank you. What a gem! This release in particular reminds me of Tim Hecker, only perhaps this is a bit more optimistic in nature somehow. You're right, maybe it's not all that original, but I couldn't care less about that when it's this good. And it's free!  ;D :o

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 04, 2008, 01:49:14 PM »
Pistolero is a hilarious track in the original short single... humorous voice samples and the guitar is great.   They really watered down both the song elements and the production on Shango for some odd reason - I was highly disapointed with the track on that.   Shango grew on me over time - there are some really great tracks on it that are easy to overlook. 

Hallucinogen - I don't think I have a full album, but I think I've got some tracks on various artist releases.  good stuff.

I'll have to give Shango a second chance then. The Hallucinogen In Dub remix album is fantastic. Psychedelic dub/downbeat at its finest.

now playing

- Jeff Greinke: Lost Terrain & Wide View

Uh, Lost Terrain is one of my favorites. Very brooding and melancholic. Love that one!

Played lately:
Celtic Cross - Hicksville -- Really great album by some really great musicians like Youth, Simon Posford and Martin Glover. I've always felt that this one was a little overlooked. It came out the same year as Shpongle's monumental Are You Shpongled? and was probably eclipsed by that one. But it deserves a lot of praise. Posfords usual trickery is toned down a bit here (probably due to the influence from Youth) and gives way to a much more organic and acoustic sound. Beautiful stuff.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 30, 2008, 02:10:31 PM »
I didn't realize juno reactor had a new one out - the last one I bought was Shango and the Pistollero single (brilliant - much much better than the Shango version of the track!).    I tend to love those first three albums - yeah - Bible of Dreams rocks.

I haven't heard the Pistolero single, I've only heard the album version, and that one didn't do much for me. For some reason, Shango never really caught on with me, apart from the last two tracks which are both excellent. I actually prefer Labyrinth (the one with a few tracks from the Matrix movies) over Shango. Gods & Monsters is growing on me. I quite fancy it now!

Also played lately:

Hallucinogen - Hallucinogen in Dub -- Excellent remix album, which slows down a bunch of the best Hallucinogen tracks and adds dubby basslines, plenty of tape delay and groovy beats. Highly recommended!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 28, 2008, 02:10:55 PM »
Juno Reactor - Gods & Monsters -- The new one from Juno Reactor. I've been playing it over and over since I got it just a couple days ago. Funny thing is, I don't know if I really like it. The production sounds really "off" sometimes, and yet there's something mesmerizing about this album. It's certainly far away from the progressive techno and psychedelic trance they/he used to make in the mid 90's. Bible of Dreams is still my favorite JR album, but I just can't stop playing this one. I'm curious to know what others think of it!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 05, 2008, 07:09:56 AM »
Steve Roach - Arc of Passion -- I haven't been this excited about a new Steve Roach album since MCSS. Superb album!

Alio Die & Martina Galvagni - Eleusian Lullaby -- I like this one. It's still not as good as Apsaras, but I find myself listening to it all the time these days. Very beautiful.

Everything and Nothing / Re: WebDogme
« on: April 05, 2008, 07:00:18 AM »
Heard of the Dogme film movement?  Lars Von Trier and a group of (mostly Dutch) directors agreeing to certain austerity measures to keep their films more "real" or natural?  Rules like "use only natural light," and "No overdubbing, use only sounds that so on.

I apologize in advance for nitpicking, but they were Danish. :)

Here's their "vow":

A few of the 10 points in WebDogme01 sound like they're coming straight from Jakob Nielsen. Not that that's so bad, so nonetheless an interesting find.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 25, 2008, 12:11:19 PM »

As regards Apsaras, here's a tip if you fancy a bit of a 'refresh': if you weren't already aware, there's a new collab between AD and another singer - one Martina Galvagni - called Eleusian Lullaby, which is in a similar vein, though the ethno-historo-cultural template is more one of 'medievality' rather than er... 'Indianity'.

Wow, I didn't know about this one. I have the collaboration with Jack and Jive, and while that's a good album as well, it's not on par with Apsaras. The short clips you posted sound very good and more "apsaras-esque", which is a hit in my book! Thank you for the tip, I'll acquire a copy of this as soon as my economy recovers from my last trip to  ;D

Thanks again!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 25, 2008, 02:04:04 AM »
For those who like ambient-dub and dub-techno, I havenít heard this good a mix in a long time - no hype.

You weren't kidding. That's a great mix! Thanks for the link!

Also spinnin' lately:

Saul Stokes - Outfolding -- This album never ceases to amaze me. It's the musical equivalent of some surreal yet achingly beautiful fantasy-world. Weird yet oddly familiar.

Alio Die & Amelia Cuni - Apsaras -- The most beautiful and serene music I've ever heard. Even after 7 years of frequent listening, I never grow tired of this.

Various free psychedelic trance releases from the site.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 23, 2008, 07:46:54 AM »
Off The Sky - Cold Distances -- This is still incredibly beautiful stuff. The first couple of tracks are so deep and really does sound like, well, coldness. Excellent!

Rumforskning - Fremtiden -- Essential album. There's just something about the noises and drones in this album. It works!


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 12, 2008, 03:26:43 PM »
This weekend I watched and listened to Time of the Earth for the first time in a couple of years. Oh boy it's still fantastic! Thank you Steve & Steve! Can anyone suggest something similar to this for me to check out?

Yeah just about any of the films by Ron Fricke. Try "Chronos," "Sacred Site," "Baraka" or even "Koyaanisqatsi."

Thanks for the recommendation!

This evening:

Saul Stokes - Outfolding -- I never get tired of this album. Personally I think it's one of the best electronic albums I've ever heard. It's beautiful, restrained and varied.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 11, 2008, 12:45:56 AM »
This weekend I watched and listened to Time of the Earth for the first time in a couple of years. Oh boy it's still fantastic! Thank you Steve & Steve! Can anyone suggest something similar to this for me to check out?

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 31, 2008, 09:29:48 AM »

Tim Hecker - Harmony In Ultraviolet -- I remember APK leaving a comment on the old forum that he had had enough of this album halfway through. After listening again, I understand the comment, but I have to say that I find this album cleverly balanced. Whenever you've just about had it with the noise, the album breaks into a slightly somber ambient mode. I love this album.  :)

Deepchord presents Echospace - The Coldest Season -- Very cool (no pun intended), ambient dub techno.

Vladislav Delay - Demo(n) Tracks -- Diverse glitchy electronica. I like this one.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 24, 2007, 05:45:19 AM »
Loscil - Submers -- Always loved this one a tad more than his other albums. Don't really know why, something just clicks.

Dub Trees - Nature never did betray the heart that loved her --  The absolute best psychedelic chill-out album. Phenomenal!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 11, 2007, 08:17:36 AM »
Ginormous - Our Ancestors Intense Love Affair -- Really good album. Interesting and distorted beats with some beautiful melodies thrown on top.

Off The Sky - Form Creek EP -- Probably some of the best he's done. Really restrained and beautiful audio-poems.

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