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A very sad news, thank you so much, Forrest, for sharing. My sincere condolences for the family, friends and Spotted Peccary Music. Rest in peace, Michael Allison.

Richard :'(

Independent Music Reviews / My review of "Brittleroots" CDr by Med Gen
« on: January 09, 2020, 02:34:58 PM »

Med Gen "Brittleroots" CDr

Med Gen "Brittleroots" CDr album was released September 22nd, 2018 on Russian label ΠΑΝΘΕΟΝ, as a part of "Autumnal Equinox" handmade box with another two CDr titles, Sun Through Eyelids "Glacial Iridescence" and Dronny Darko & Apollonius "The Sea Of Potentials", but the album is available also separately. I believe the CDr album was released in a limited edition of 50 copies, while 20 of them were included in the box. As usual for this label, driven by Tim Six, each of their releases is a true piece of art, all created with love and passion! It's highly recommended to discover!!! The album itself is packaged in a black cardboard envelope with blue ribbon and front/back cover pictures. Credit for the artwork goes except Med Gen also to Tim Six. Since I was not familiar with this Russian project led by Mikhail Selitsky, who carves immersing soundworlds since 2013, this release was for me a really big revelation.

Secluded hums announce almost 15-minute "Peat Accumulation", which straightly dives into perplexingly engulfing subterranean realms, eerily organic, yet magnificently frightening. Languidly helixing and aeonianly transporting drone layers guard above and persistently coalesce with ear-tickling cavernous field recordings. Towards the last third slowly paced tribal beat sneak in along with ephemeral cinematic traceries. "Thallophyta", another longer piece clocking past 11-minute mark, dives into abysmal sceneries, although illuminated by glimpsing subaquatic gurgles and intangibly echoed throbs. Later metamorphosing through slightly calmer, but ghostly roaring domains into massively enveloping stratums. "Nelumbo" safely glides through gracefully lachrymose and sonorously immense realms with inconspicuously permeating mysterious howls and swampy rattles. "Man From The Bog" maintains its enigmatic trace, but this time the biotic rumbles and calls juxtapose with twisted cyber-tech glimmers and subdued beat. "Silt", at 5:01 by far the shortest track on "Brittleroots", merges nebulously undulating crepuscular vistas with mesmerizingly low-pitched drumming. 18 minutes long "Oxalis Poisoning" drifts towards voluminously spellbinding and euphoniously blossoming euphoria, after 7 minutes transmuting into amplifying tides of drone billows softened by abundantly organic sparkles. Then evanescing through thrillingly vertexing magnitudes reinforced by tenebrous voice samples, indeed an epic ride!!! Closing "Typha" keeps the denser scenario, where reverberating, rising and ebbing monochromatic drone sheets amalgamate with chirping consonances and transient hazy rhythm fragments.

79-minute "Brittleroots" album is a strikingly immersing journey, masterfully amalgamating heavier drone signatures, ambiguously monolithic, with lushly surrounding and tranquilly shimmering wetland symphonies, coexisting in balmily resonant equilibrium. A superb recording by Med Gen, big applaud to Mikhail Selitsky!!! It's one of my fave albums released by ΠΑΝΘΕΟΝ! Med Gen's discography features more than ten other albums plus one collaboration with lost-radio project, all available in digital formats, but I hope for more releases in the future on a rounded silver object. And by the way, the digital edition of "Brittleroots" includes a bonus track, over 21-minutes long "Fallen Woods". Keep an eye and ear on this gifted soundsculptor from Russia!!!

Richard Gürtler (Jan 06, 2020, Bratislava, Slovakia)

Oops, I forgot to add these two:

Max Corbacho "Echo Of Longing" CD

David Parsons "Chakra" CD

Hi guys,

I usually try to avoid such list, but let's make an exception. But I am afraid the line-up will be quite long, I am unable to squeeze it and most likely I didn't mention all titles I wanted..., in random order...

Richard :)

Telomere "Supergiant" CDr (released 2018, got it during 2019)

Iluiteq "Soundtracks For Winter Departures" CD

Martin Stürtzer "Seven Pieces For Synthesizer" cassette

Sōzuproject "Fragility Can Fly" CDr

Innesti "Formless" CDr and "Between Worlds" CDr

Jarguna "Archetypes" CDr

Jarguna "Sogni Di Sutra Nei Venti" CDr (released 2017, physically released 2019)

Robert Davies "Sylvan Glen" CDr

Robert Rich "Tactile Ground" 2CD

ASC "The Waves" CD

Radiant Mind | Steve Roach "HelioSphere" CD

Forrest Fang "The Fata Morgana Dream" CD

Massergy "Fire Opal" CD

Thom Brennan "Soundgardens" CDr

Sverre Knut Johansen "Precambrian" CD

Alan Lidden "Sea Change" CDr

Crows Labyrinth "All Will Perish" CD

The Circular Ruins "Curious Geometries" CD

Alpha Wave Movement "Polyphasic Music" CDr

Peter James "Senessence" CDr

Poemme "Frozen Passages" CDr

Lingua Lustra "Emotive Motifs" CD

Logic Moon "I See Planets" CDr

Mathias Grassow "Ascending Rosespirals" CDr (older album from 2017, physically released in 2019)

Jeff Pearce "Skies And Stars" CD

Kelly David "Meditation In Green" CD

Drifting In Silence "Away" CDr

James Bernard "Fragments" CDr

AOOM "Aequinoctium" CD

36 "Fade To Grey Reinpreted" CD

Simon Lomax "How The Shadow Falls" CD

Steve Roach "Trance Archeology" CD

Phobos "Celestial Harmonics" CD

Rudy Adrian "Woodlands" CD

Netherworld "Algida Bellezza" CD

David Helpling "ᛚ" CD

Music For Sleep "Background Music: Shard Of The Ancient" CDr

Andromalar "Nunquam" CD (released 2018, got it during 2019)

Space Megalithe "Ancient Trances" CD

Steve Brand "Archaism" CDr

Independent Music Reviews / My review of "Lie Symmetry" CD by Aperus
« on: January 04, 2020, 04:24:36 AM »

Aperus "Lie Symmetry" CD

The sole protagonist behind Aperus, Brian McWilliams, has released this album through his Geophonic Records during June 2018. I had the great pleasure to meet Brian a few months earlier in Tucson and Santa Fe when he showed me some of the accidental landscape photographs to be used for this recording, so I was really curious about the final outcome. Yeah, no matter if Aperus or Remanence (sharing on this one creative insignias with John Phipps), both these projects were always exceptionally distinctive in their sonic and visual expressions. "Lie Symmetry" is no exception, the glass mastered CD, limited to 300 copies, is packaged in a double pocketed plastic sleeve featuring two separate 6-panel fold-out inserts, one matte, one satin, with extensive liner notes and already mentioned photographs. Mastering credits go to Ron Sunsinger, Jan Roos and Jason Goodyear.

6-plus minutes long "VLA 1" reveals this thrillingly exuberant journey with an array of marching percussive elements, some nearly jazzy-infused, blended with radio transmission field recordings and monochromatic drone gliding serenely above. I believe VLA means here Very Large Array, a radio astronomy observatory located in central New Mexico. Another coincident here, I visited this breathtakingly immersing place with 28 colossal radio telescopes on the Plains of San Agustin only a few days after meeting with Brian. "VLA 1" is uniquely immersing and intricately disturbing. "Frozen, Broken" sounds quite appropriately to its name. Meditatively engulfing bells are exquisitely juxtaposed here and there by some intangibly arising intrusions, while the remote drone is hanging and nuancing atop. "When The Mountains Wear Black Hats", I love this title so much, moves to more perplexing, yet minimal sceneries, where quietly emerging murmurs are delightfully illuminated by unfathomably vague rumbles as well as by introspectively cinematic beacons. Wow, this is a really jaw-dropping listening experience, awesome soundsculpting, Brian! Shorter "Himalaya" is driven by high-pitched rhythmic patterns, mesmerizingly spicy and ear-tickling with a gentle touch of Tibetan fragrances. "VLA 2" continues the ride mapped on "VLA 1", but the flatlined drone is more buzzingly disruptive. At 9:02 the longest track on the album, "Marsh Lake, October" delves deeply into subaqueously echoed and ambiguously traversing domains, mysteriously submerging, where various metallic rumbles and eerie squeaks bridge with softly glimmering and elusively secluded clickety-clacks. "Ephemeral River" is propelled by enigmatically isolated heartbeats, while permeating cyber-tech sparkles, transient locomotions and escalating tensions add a peculiarly flavored feel. "Unfrozen, Unbroken" closes the ride with shadowy bells, warmly gliding meridians and glimpsing bass reflections.

48 and a half minutes long "Lie Symmetry" is spectacularly transporting recording with a massive amount of rewards, it's extraordinarily colored exploration just like all those unexpectedly occurring photographs. Abstractly enveloping and sophisticatedly polished, yet organically provoking! Top-notch sound quality with fascinatingly engrossing visuals on top of all that. Maybe I am not the biggest fan of the type of packaging chosen for this release, but "Lie Symmetry" CD is a truly magnificent release from beginning to end! And the same can be easily written about the complete discography of Aperus and Remanence. Another great job, Brian!!!

Richard Gürtler (Jan 02, 2020, Bratislava, Slovakia)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Merry Christmas
« on: January 04, 2020, 04:21:34 AM »
I love Richard's Holiday photos. They are always gorgeous.

Happy New Year.

Thanks a lot, Castleview, for your kind words, they are much appreciated!!! We just got our first snow yesterday (in Bratislava, Slovakia), just a little bit, the first one after about a month, so I couldn't resist, went out and took some new pictures, few of them are quite immersing.

Have a wonderful 2020!!!

Richard :)

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Jaja - Path to the stars
« on: January 01, 2020, 08:59:01 AM »
What a great news, Jana, just shared the info on my FB site. My CD pre-order will follow soon, all the best for 2020 and keep on creating!!!

Richard ;)


Radiant Mind | Steve Roach "HelioSphere" CD

Anonymous project Radiant Mind found its safe home at label back in October 2014 with his applauded second album "Strands". Now teaming up with the Master himself, "HelioSphere" CD is out since February 2019 in an immersing 4-panel digipak designed by Sam Rosenthal. Howard Givens gets the credit for his mastering expertise.

Divided into 8 untitled parts, "Sphere 1" unfolds with almost 12-minute prodigiously expansive, sonorously engulfing and continuously circling soundscape. As much nebulously transporting and gracefully magnificent as the heliosphere itself, a grand opening indeed! Drifting away almost without noticing the next chapter, "Sphere 2", which clocks to 6 and a half minutes, keeps tightly on the path and flows as the solar wind, where tranquil meridians continuously commingle with intangibly distant piquant subtleties. What a journey! Longer "Sphere 3" bridges balmily infinite stratums with distant drone hums. "Sphere 4" immediately shifts into utterly euphonious and monumentally free-gliding realms, where splendidly panoptic expansions are bridged with warmly embracing cinematic blankets. A pure sonic medicine is served here and it's impossible to perceive the next piece. So it's quite obvious "Sphere 5" maintains its colossal elegance, what an infinitely engulfing beauty!!! 11-minute "Sphere 6" enters intenser domains, where perpetually helixing vertexes juxtapose with elusively rumbling glimpses, while dimly flickering sequences arise here and there. "Sphere 7" mesmerizingly gallops through introspectively remote landscapes. The closing chapter, "Sphere 8" delves deeply into bottomlessly mysterious drone realms. Tenaciously humming and tenebrously engrossing zones fully reveal all its magic. A truly jaw-dropping finale!

"HelioSphere" is another fruitfully rewarding collaboration featuring creative forces of the Master, the iconic Steve Roach, who connects his eternally blossoming artistic signatures with someone, who prefers to share his gifted wizardry incognito. It's since 2012 when Radiant Mind's debut CDr album "Sense" was released by Darren Bergstein's Periphery label. Yeah, as always with each Radiant Mind recording, the obscurity of its protagonist really drives me crazy, but it's the sonic odyssey that always counts the most. Over 66 minutes long "HelioSphere" is a brilliant interstellar exploration entering the Pantheon of deep space soundscaping milestones!!! Bravo!!!

Richard Gürtler (Dec 29, 2019, Bratislava, Slovakia)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Were did TELOMERE go?
« on: December 31, 2019, 08:33:03 AM »
All Telomere albums can be ordered directly from Chris or through CD Baby.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Were did TELOMERE go?
« on: December 31, 2019, 08:16:24 AM »
Supergiant (2018)
The guy is as mysterious as ever.

Yes, Chris aka Telomere keeps on recording and self-releasing his albums quite incognito. But the more magnificent they are and the last "Supergiant" CDr is no exception. Definitely worth all the efforts to track it down!!!


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 31, 2019, 08:03:45 AM »
Steve Roach - Stillpoint
This is my favorite kind of Roach music: Drifting minimal synth work, with a few melodic hooks to elevate the experience. A perfect ending for 2019.

Agree, Chris, this a true sonic medicine!!! All the best and keep on creating!!!


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 31, 2019, 08:00:44 AM »
Innesti - Formless

Chris did a great job on this one, just like he did on his debut release. Great soundscapes.

...and the third album "Between Worlds" by Innesti released at the end of June is stunningly immersing too!!! Another must-have recording by this gifted US soundscaper!!! And btw, the fourth album is in the pipeline, it should be out very soon. Stay tuned, I am sure Chris will share it on these pages soon. Really looking forward!!!😉


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Jaja
« on: December 27, 2019, 01:07:27 PM »
Okay, Jaja's Bandcamp site works, but email address still doesn't.

Richard :)

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Jaja
« on: December 27, 2019, 12:17:28 PM »
Hi, guys, I am just trying to find out what's going on with German deep space soundscaper Jaja. Jana aka Jaja is also known on this forum as "stargazer". Her Bandcamp site disappeared and also her email address doesn't work anymore...

Thank you and all the best!!!


Everything and Nothing / Re: Merry Christmas
« on: December 27, 2019, 12:08:07 PM »
Sorry, guys, I am a bit behind with my X-mas greets, have wonderful 2020!!!

Richard :)

Everything and Nothing / Merry Christmas
« on: December 27, 2019, 11:37:32 AM »

"Reserve" is euphorically sonorous gem... A highly recommended recording!!! Well-done, Andrea!!!👍



Peter Edwards Ambient "temporal.Divergence" CD

Peter Edwards, an ambient/dark ambient experimental soundsculptor based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, recording as Peter Edwards Ambient, landed on my radar screens only during the summer of 2018, shortly before releasing his third full-length CD album "temporal.Divergence" as the next chapter of dark ambient pentalogy. Available in digital formats since August 18th, 2018, stunningly designed 6-panel digipak was released a few weeks later through Peter's own Caffeinated Monk Production label, the home of his previous two impressive CDs, "suspended.Lucidity" (May 2015) and "binary.Abstractions" (July 2017). To me, this was a huge discovery indeed!!!

Perfectly described as "ambient music for time travellers", this thrillingly immersing odyssey is ignited by shorter "Prelude", which immediately sets the spatially tenebrous atmosphere. 6-plus minutes long title track "temporal.Divergence" is fuelled by bouncing cyber-tech pulses juxtaposed by industrial outbursts, razor-sharp beats and heavenly hissing solitariness. A truly jaw-dropping introduction to distinguishably transporting realms by Peter Edwards!!! "quantum.Flux", at 7:33 the longest ride on the album, amalgamates massive drone reverberations with transcendentally helixing meridians and ear-tickling glimmers. Another aural spectacle! "revolution.Induction" masterfully merges hypogeally enigmatic stratums with perpetually ascending galvanic beacons and eerily rumbling fractals. Sonorously mindblowing! "gravField.Theory" dives into gargantuan depths, which are persistently illuminated by eternally galloping oscillations and piercing sci-fi narrations by Randy Savage, who also contributed voice on the opening "Prelude". "dark.Matter" sails through unfathomably breathtaking realms, where intangibly thundering, yet tenaciously ambiguous magnitudes commingle with inconspicuously emanating desolations and transmogrifying resonant vertexes. Beyond the gates listening splendor continues also through "causal.Continuum", when mesmerizingly barren heavy-duty beats collide with remotely roaring perplexes. "tempo.Kinetix", as indicated by its title, shifts into vigorously driven scenario, perforated here and there by outbursting strikes, while immensely panoptic layers are guarding above. "time.Machine" merges abysmally engulfing murmurs with translucently flickering fragments and clandestinely arising oracular ephemerons. On "The Quantum Mechanics Of Time Travel Through Post-Selected Teleportation" mysteriously nuanced drones are reinforced by the narrations of a "quantum mechanic" Seth Lloyd of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Short epilogue "Gate.22180818" closes the album, but there is hidden also a 4-minute untitled bonus track, which remains in fascinatingly enveloping monochromatic cosmic zones, percolated by gossamery evanescent traceries and ear-bending numeration.

Peter Edwards Ambient is a truly staggering exploration, which shifts each listener into magnificently adventurous portals, uniquely sophisticated, meticulously crafted and intriguingly rewarding. 64-minute "temporal.Divergence" album is an all-inclusive magnum opus, both sonic and visual (design by Savage Internet Media), with deeply focused content and superb presentation. A vast display of artistic brilliance, which is, unfortunately, still hidden to a bigger audience within the ambient drone soundscaping. On the science note, this must be some kind of a call I received only several months after experiencing the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array, a Radio Astronomy Observatory located on the Plains of San Agustin in central New Mexico. I really wish I knew this gifted sound designer when passing by Albuquerque. Grab your headphones and immerse yourself into this exquisitely monumental futuristic journeying!!!

Richard Gürtler (Oct 20, 2019, Bratislava, Slovakia)

Independent Music Reviews / My review of "SIGINT" CD by False Mirror
« on: October 17, 2019, 10:42:55 AM »

False Mirror "SIGINT" CD

Sure, it took a hell of a lot of time before German sonic architect Tobias Hornberger, known as False Mirror, released a follow-up to his unforgettable epic installment "Derelict World". But all the good things are worth the wait. Although this sonic and visual miracle still deeply resonates, even after 8 years, it's time to dive deeply into "SIGINT". The album was released through US dark ambient connoisseurs Malignant Records at the end of July 2018 and the CD comes in a 6-panel digipak with an additional 12-page cryptographic manual. Stunning front cover image entitled as "Flying Front" is captured by Ralf Wendrich, while additional credits include Steve Jurvetson ("Nuclear Missile Silo" back cover), Zach Zurn ("Concrete texture" on the background), Eric Martin ("Blue Streak" texture) as well as Axel Baune, Dieter Trüstedt and Tarek Mansur for their sound contributions. The artist himself took care of conceptualization and design.

Focusing on the secret communication signals (SIGINT = Signals intelligence), a 65-minute album unfolds with "Perimeter", a 6-plus minutes long piece, which immediately sets uniquely immersing atmosphere False Mirror is known for. Enigmatic horizons, intangible cyber-tech beacons, magmatic drone hums, razor-sharp eruptions, intriguing reverberations, ear-tickling glimmers..., it's evident, False Mirror is back in full bloom. More, please!!! "Transmission" quiets the adventure a bit with the more monochromatic scenario, although craftily multi-dimensional, where perpetually buzzing stratum is pervaded by sinuously gliding and warmly evocative meridians. Another monstrous beauty! "Antenna", at 9:21 the longest track on "SIGINT", keeps firmly on mysteriously nuanced, yet serenely engulfing path with some additions of flute-infused vistas. Balmily prodigious exploration! "Trajectory" straightly shifts into tenebrously mindscaping spheres, where persistently traversing vertexes juxtapose with inconspicuously ascending choir-driven drone perplexes. Lachrymosely enveloping and spellbindingly transporting, what a voyage!!! And "Fallout" masterfully amplifies the climaxing infiniteness and unlocks the gates... "Corona" commingle hissy transcendental dissonances with poignantly narrative tides and glimpses of rumbling debris and quietly drifts into awe-inspiringly enveloping barren solitariness. Enter now the Pantheon of epic sonic milestones!!! "Leviathan", as indicated by its title, sound layering gets abundantly magnified. Tremendously monolithic drone billows continuously collide with other-worldly roaring spectacles. "Troposcatter" relieves the tension with infinitely rising and falling sheets coalesced with slowly percolating heavenly blankets and exquisitely sonorous moments of silence. "Aether" floats effortlessly towards magnificently panoramic ethereal sceneries while the closing shorter "Message" invites the listener to examine this track and find hidden navigation points, which might lead you with the help of cryptographic manual into decoding some concealed mysteries... If you are familiar with False Mirror soundworlds, then you should remember Tobias has offered such "bonus" also on his previous "Derelict World" album.

Although False Mirror's discography features since 2007 only four full-length albums (plus few live recordings and EP's in digital formats), Tobias Hornberger certainly belongs to the most crafted soundscapers within the ambient/dark ambient genre. "Derelict World" shifted him to the forefront back in 2010 and "SIGINT" only confirms this honor. Yeah, 8 years was a really long time, but with another magnum opus, everything is forgiven. Spectacularly rewarding journey awaits here, "SIGINT" is one of the undisputable pinnacles of 2018!!! Bravo and thank you, Tobias!!! And by the way, the first two albums by False Mirror, "Chronostatic Scenes" (May 2007, DataObscura) and "North" (November 2007, Thonar Records), are strongly recommended too!!!

Richard Gürtler (Oct 14, 2019, Bratislava, Slovakia)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 14, 2019, 08:47:32 AM »
James Bernard - Fragments
I fell in love with this right away: Slow moving soundscapes that suspend, glide, and levitate. New, on the impressive PITP label.

Yeah, Chris, agree 100%, "Fragments" is a true masterwork by James Bernard, just ordered a CDr copy from PITP. I simply couldn't miss this beauty!!! All the best and keep on creating!!!

Richard :)

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