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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Some ['ramp] and Parsick news
« on: September 08, 2021, 12:54:04 PM »
Hi all,

even though there is no Bandcamp Friday in sight, I decided to make another FLAC download album available for those into dark, glacial ambient:

This is the live recording of my 2007 performance at Oberhausen Gasometer, recorded using a dummy head microphone for capturing the ambience of the huge gas tank, combined with the sound straight from the desk. It was really cold in there...

Please find more detailed info on the release page.

Thanks for listening and your time, enjoy!


Hi all,

today it's Bandcamp Friday, with Bandcamp charging no fees on download albums sold. Reason enough to make another FLAC download available:

It's a remastered version of my 2006 album grønland, roughly 70 minutes of icy soundscapes and looped textural sound. When buying the single track, you will receive the missing pieces which are available as bonus tracks only to those who purchase the album.

Thanks for your time and your kind support, enjoy,


Hi all,

the first Bandcamp Friday of 2021 sees me release a new digital download-only album, called "moon musick":

No sequencers present this time around but 60 minutes of cosmic space ambient music (or is it cosmic ambient space music?). For more info, please refer to the respective Bandcamp entry.

This album will remain available for an indfinite period of time, unlike "madanpura" which was available only briefly.

Thanks for your time and your support.

Enjoy, and stay healthy,


Hi all,

today it's 30th January 2021, and today would have been Klaus "Cosmic" Hoffmann-Hoock's 70th birthday.

In order to celebrate this and commemorate Klaus and his work, I have made a little tribute track available, Mellotron and all.

This track is available for free (of course you can donate if you wish), and it will be available only at this weekend. After that, it will be removed from my list of official and publically available releases.

I hope The Tall One will also enjoy this track, somewhere out in space.

Thanks for your time, stay healthy,


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: old equipment.
« on: December 02, 2020, 03:45:47 PM »
Never change a tool you are used to -- unless you want to slow down the creative process considerably, that is.


Hi all,

as some of you may have noticed, I decided to skip September's Bandcamp Friday and, instead, postponed a new FLAC release until today:

For those daring enough, a selection of tracks from my first two cassette albums (from 1989 and 1991) has finally been made available -- plus three previously unreleased live recordings of my very first  concert (well, sort of), performed in July 1993. Bum notes aplenty, warts, mayhem -- the works:

Enjoy, and thank you for your ongoing support in these times!


Hi all,

first of all a big thank-you to Mark for getting the forum up and running again -- it would have been a shame to see this resource of information gone for good.

I hope you won't mind me chiming in where the last bit of News was lost: Since June, I have released a couple of download-only albums through Bandcamp (thanks for dropping by). The first one was permafrost -- the sleep concert edition which is roughly three and a half hours of glacial drones:

Essentially, it is the complete score of my 2010 limited-edition CDR release. I re-arranged the single segments slightly which makes for some new sonic vistas in my opinion. There will be more glacial ambient drones in the course of this year so please keep watching this space.

Next in line is the putney which was released in July -- an album full of ambient drones, loops, and atmospheric work reminiscent of Forbidden Planet, created entirely on the EMS VCS-3, plus some analogue outboard devices like spring reverbs, tape Loops, and tape delays:

Today, the putney 2 -- sperrgebiete was released as a continuation of the first putney album -- recorded in seclusion while being quarantined for two weeks as the whole County I live in was locked down.. not the most pleasant experience in my life, I must admit:

For more information on the individual albums, please refer to the respective liner notes.

A big thank-you to all of you for your ongoing support.

Stay healthy, keep alert, and all the best,


As a little thank-you to all those who have supported me in these times by buying downloads or physical releases (despite the rather difficult situation at the moment, not to mention excessive shipping rates), I have made a new FLAC download album available, titled sommeil -- a concert for sleep:

It is a 90-minute piece of dark ambient soundscaping which is based entirely on processed ambient drones and field recordings. I recorded these bits back in 2009 when contributing material to a sleep concert performance, held by Tanner Menard at Antenna Gallery in New Orleans, Louisiana -- you will find more detailed info over at Bandcamp.

This download is supposed to be free of charge but, as always, you may donate if you wish. Thank you very much for your generosity.

Stay healthy and safe from harm,


Hi all,

I hope you and your loved ones are all well and safe from harm. These are strange and funny times (but not in a ha-ha kind of way) which show us how fragile our world is and that nothing we get we may take for granted. Let's be grateful for what we have got and for what we have been given -- it can all be gone in the wink of an eye.

Last month, I released my 2006 drone-album "tektonik -- music for earthquakes" as a digital FLAC album on Bandcamp. Thanks to all who have purchased a copy and supported my work this way:

This morning, I receieved an email from Stephen Hill (the other Stephen), informing me that a piece of music off the "steel and steam" album was aired nation-wide on Hearts of Space on 10th April. It was "puppets" that I had the pleasure to record in collaboration with Mark Shreeve many moons ago. This makes an old man smile:

    PGM NOTE : beleaguered earthlings seek solace
                                         in virtual cosmic travel
    FEED DATE : 4-10-20

   "Nap" < 0:00->4:19 >
    : SILENT WORLD; Spotted Peccary Music SPM-2701; 2014
    : Info:;

  RAMP (featuring MARK SHREEVE)
   "Puppets" (edited) < 4:19->10:42 >
    : STEEL AND STEAM; Doombient Music ramp007; Germany 2011
    : Info:

   "The Mystic Within" (part) < 10:42->19:08 >
    : THE SKY OPENS; Projekt PRO370; 2020
    : Info:;

   "Abandoned Cities" (part) < 19:08->28:53 >
      Opal/Warner Bros. 9 26025-2; 1989
    : Info:

   "Mørke" (edited) < 28:53->33:50 >
    : THE END OF GREATNESS; Cyclic Law 40th Cycle; Canada 2012
    : Info:

   "The Quiet Barrier" < 33:50->41:24 >
    : INTO LIGHT; Exosphere exo06; 2018
    : Info:

   "Intrigued Twilight" < 41:24->49:51 >
    : THE MORNING STAR; Projekt [no catalog #]; 2020
    : Info:;

   "Initiation" (part) < 49:51->58:59 >
    : ELEUSIS; Rubicon GBC 2313; Canada 1993

    (c) 2020 Hearts of Space

Thanks to all, stay healthy, stay safe,


Last entry dates back to April this year -- that's quite some time.

At least, I can't be blamed of churning out albums like Ford churns out cars, I suppose…

I have made a new digital download-only album available through ['ramp]'s and Parsick's Bandcamp site:

It is the extended version of my 2007 limited-edition CDR of the same title, and it contains roughly 90 minutes of extremely slow, dark, and cinematic ambient music, recorded for, well, a planetarium show. I thought you might like it.

Enjoy, and thanks for your support,


After having been unavailable for quite some time, van dik hout zaagt men planken has just been released to celebrate the 20th anniversary of ['ramp]'s Huizen concert on 10th April 1999 at Theater 3-in-1 in Huizen/NL:

This was the Alfa Centauri Festival performance, opening for Redshift and Tim Blake. Thanks to Eric Snelders for the invitation to play (even though I am still convinced that ['ramp] probably wasn't the right opener...).

The digital download contains not only the live recording of the entire concert straight from the mixing desk (manned by the late Cosmic Hoffmann) but also two previously unreleased recordings of the two rehearsals that had taken place prior to the show.

These bonus tracks amazed me quite a bit as they revealed how close the concert was to the rehearsals -- in fact, it had been seriously ambient right from the outset, and many of the ambient bits during the concert were not to be blamed on the main sequencer rig crashing half-way through. Some of the ideas used during the rehearsals would later materialise in more solid form during the Jodrell Bank performance in 2001.

Fond memories abound.

Enjoy, and thanks for listening,


Frohe Weihnachten Stephen :)

Danke, die wünsche ich Dir auch :).

Hi all,

thanks to the forum bot reminding me that there have been no updates for the past 120 days -- I thought it was about time to post some news.

As a little season's gift, I have made the ['ramp] EP "electric karma" available as a digital FLAC download album. It's Christmas, and it's free (you can donate if you feel so inclined but you don't need to):

If you feel more comfortable with (or feel more accustomed to) ['ramp]'s slot at Bandcamp, please go here:

Another freebie can be found here:

I demoed the RMI Harmonic Synthesizer at a synth meeting in October this year, here are some recordings of that demo. It's also free of charge (but, of course, you can donate if you wish).

Thanks to all who have supported me by purchasing either a digital download album or a CD (or both) from me this past year.

Happy Holidays to all of you.


Archie Patterson recently got in touch with me and told me about his latest (ad)venture: There are plans to produce a documentary on the history of Eurock as one of the major strongholds of progressive and/or electronic music in America. Here is a link to a brief video snippet:

I believe Archie's work to have the same significance as the work the Freemans did in the UK.

Support this project as I believe it to be as historically important as the documentaries on Tangerine Dream or Conny Plank.

I'll post more info as soon as I have it.

Thank you for your attention,


I think it's about time to open a new thread but then again, here we go:

Thanks to the overwhelmingly positive response synchronize or die received, I could raise the funds for the next album in the pipeline, no sleep 'til wilmersdorf. Thank you very much to all of you who have supported me through their generosity and enabled me to pick up where I had left in 2012.

wilmersdorf will be the 11th album in ['ramp]'s history, and as you may have guessed already (telling from the title), this time it's going even further back (and faster) than with SOD:

In 1978/79, I spent some time in Berlin with my parents, living in the borough of Wilmersdorf, not too far away from all those historical sites as Thomas Kessler's Beat Studio, Michael Hoenig's place, Edgar Froese's home, Peter Baumann's Paragon Studio, or David Bowie's and Iggy Pop's flat in Schöneberg. To me as a six-year old boy, it was an amazing experience, witnessing the city divided by The Wall (not Roger's), passing through abandoned ghost stations in East-Berlin when taking a ride on the metro -- in fact, I still draw from these memories when spending time in Berlin, and I confess I quite miss the oppressive and bleak atmosphere this place used to have:

The album will be released officially on 2nd May 2018 in order to celebrate the 35th anniversary of my very first musical lesson. It will be limited to 222 hand-numbered copies (real CD, btw, no CDR), and it will come with a 12-page booklet. I am taking pre-orders now (if you don't need to have the FLAC download) through stephen at parsick dot com -- be quick if you want to make sure you're first in line.

 Thanks for your time,


[...] I've been thinking about albums like Time Machines by Coil and I'm wondering if a lot of that was done with bass synths.

If I recall correctly, it was EMS Synthi A/AKS/VCS-3 in the first place, plus a good deal of Thighp.'s Synton Fenix(es) and ARP 2600 thrown in. This, plus a lot of looping and processing.


Good news for all afficionados of out-dated and clumsy media (like myself, for instance):

synchronize or die will be released on double-12" vinyl in a lovely gatefold sleeve on 19th February 2018. Presales have opened, you can order your copy directly from

Please bear in mind that the two different pressing will be limited editions of 100 copies and 250 copies respectively (particularly the 100 copies of the orange splatter version with additional gimmick will be gone quickly, I suppose), so please make sure you order your copy in time. 

I will also have a limited number of albums in stock which I will make available through my Bandcamp slot as soon as I have packing materials etc. to ship vinyl around the world (which is completely new to me). You might as well want to get in touch with me directly but please wait until I have the vinyl in stock myself -- I cannot reserve anything for anybody without knowing anything about quantities.

The album originally was to be mastered by Eroc but Andreas Bäcker, owner of Adansonia, was so pleased with my own mastering that he took this as the basis for the lacquer cut. The bit of vinyl mastering that was required (adjusting bass levels and some stereo stuff) was done by Dirk Jan Müller of Cosmic Ground fame.

Thanks for reading and spreading the happy news,


In order to make ordering multiple items (particularly when getting stuff by both ['ramp] and Parsick) more convenient and cost-effective, there now is the dedicated webshop which features my own back catalogue as well as the one of ['ramp].

To celebrate the official opening (woo-hoo!), I have made two download albums available:

caverna larvarum by ['ramp]:

drones and shimmers by stephen parsick:

Some years ago, these two recordings were available for a time when Iapetus and MusicZeit were collaborating. Those albums disappeared in around 2010 after their co-operation had ceased. I remastered them and added a bonus track or two (when I found one, that is).

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


PS: Later this month there is some fairly exciting news -- or not -- to come... stay tuned.

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 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,


On 12th December, synchronize or die will be featured on Progscape Radio:

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


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