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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Michael Mantra RIP
« on: August 24, 2015, 04:07:18 PM »
Don't remember seeing mention here, but Michael Mantra passed away last year.  His ambient music was released on Silent, Silentes, Hypnos, and perhaps others I'm not aware of.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 24, 2015, 12:44:04 PM »
AoC 6 doesn't sound like a remix to me, although in parts you can hear bits of the original album.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 20, 2015, 04:17:28 PM »
Two latest ...txt CD's in heavy rotation:

Autumn of Communion--AOC 6.  Another thing of flowing, deep heavenly beauty.  The last in the series.  100 official CDs made.  Probably sold out by now.

S.E.T.I.-- The Data Logs of Astro Mirmex.  This is Andrew Lagowski's SET I, not the one from the 90s.  Much less dark than his previous work, this is quite cinematic and soundtrack like space ambient.  May take awhile to  really connect with.  150 pressed CDs made.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 17, 2015, 01:08:56 AM »
Lycia--A line that Connects.  This followup to their 2013 comeback album Quiet Moments really delivers.  A much stronger effort, both musically and production wise.  David Galas returns as well.  No complaints here.

Roger Waters--Amused to Death (2015).  1992 masterpiece just got remastered plus remixed, so some of it is quite a bit different than the original version.  This came out when Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins were huge, so it got somewhat overlooked.  Angry, cynical, humorous, sad, and powerful sum up this concept album.  23 years later, the message has even more meaning thanks to humans latest obsessive amusement-- cell phones and other devices.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 11, 2015, 08:10:30 AM »
Led Zeppelin--Presence and Coda deluxe editions.  Some great alternate versions and unreleased tracks.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach Etheric Imprints
« on: August 10, 2015, 04:25:50 PM »
So I bought this Saturday in a store, only because it was right in front of me.  I'm really glad I did.  For some reason I thought most of the album was like track 2, of the detuned variety, when I sampled the tracks on bandcamp.  Very good, more immersive listening session planned for tonight...                       

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Grassow on BC
« on: August 06, 2015, 03:29:33 PM »
So I now have these three GS Productions releases of Grassow.  Opus Posthumum is fantastic.  Goes through several suites throughout even though it's like one long track.  Harmonia Mundi excellent too, like a cross between his Himalaya and Thom Brennan The Path Not Taken (minus the percussion).  The box set is a real monster.  Trying to absorb the four CDs.  Excellent interview w/Grassow inside on the tray inserts.  Nice to read.

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Everything and Nothing / People proof CD jewel cases
« on: August 05, 2015, 09:36:24 AM »
What's up with some of these jewel cases where it's near impossible to remove or replace the CD from/to the tray, because of the design of the spindle/ring part of the tray?  You can't push on the center to release the disc, so you have to pull up, and often you have to bend the hell out of the disc just to dislodge it.  I just want to go through my collection and round up all these type of cases and smash them to bits with a hammer.  Thanks for listening to my rant.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 30, 2015, 09:48:34 AM »
9 dragons:  apparently Tetsu has physically disappeared, not just from music.  There were some posts here about that awhile ago....

Now listening:

Zoviet France--Vienna 1990.  This was right before Robin Storey went solo as Rapoon.  Thus this might as well be a live Rapoon album, heavy on the ritual tribal ambience.  Check out the reverb drenched didgeridoos.  A heady brew to trip out to.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Grassow on BC
« on: July 28, 2015, 01:38:02 PM »
Oh cool!  I couldn't find any info or samples on Harmonia, so nice to know it's a good one.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Grassow on BC
« on: July 27, 2015, 10:05:30 AM »
In addition to the box I ordered two other ltd grassow discs on this same label.  Opus Posthumum is a reissue and Harmonia Mundi is the other disc.  Both are pressed CD's ltd to 100 copies.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Grassow on BC
« on: July 27, 2015, 10:01:47 AM »
I listened to the box set on bandcamp again and it is very good, I must've been tired or cranky the first time.  My box is on the way. That would be cool to have a hand signed copy.

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Yes I've noticed this too.  What gets me is all the fancy packaging yet they still put the music on a cheap CDR.  In general, there are too many releases.  Too many artists/labels don't know how to self-edit.  I find myself buying stuff for the limited edition aspect rather than the music.  Which is pretty dumb.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Why no Zoviet France reissues???
« on: July 23, 2015, 01:00:00 AM »
Seems the demand is quite high for these long out of print Zoviet France CD's you see on eBay or Discogs for crazy $$.  I'm sure the zf members could make some nice coin from reissues, plus the fans would be super happy.  Just wondering why this hasn't happened yet.  I'm sure I could get a reply from Robin Storey about it, he's always answered my emails.  But maybe someone here knows a possible answer before I do so, so I don't ask a question that's already been answered.  I do remember one zf reissue that came out on Soleilmoon years ago, but the title escapes me.  The first edition was released in a wooden box.

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SPAM tastes just like chicken

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach Etheric Imprints
« on: July 20, 2015, 12:31:49 PM »
Phobos, it's ok, you can say it sucks ;)

IMO, Steve writes his own press releases, as they are written the same way he discusses his music verbally.  Could be wrong though.  Pretty sure Ian Boddy writes all the press releases for his DIN label.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 18, 2015, 02:03:04 AM »
Mathias Grassow & John Haughm--Aurae.  This could well be my favorite release of 2015.  Mesmerizing from start to finish.  A must have for Grassow addicts.  If I can get some time I'll try and post a review on the forum. 

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I agree, excellent album.  "Living the Dream" is also my favorite Roach sequencer piece, so you have good taste! I think it's on that "Life Sequence" compilation on Timeroom Editions. 

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Grassow on BC
« on: July 12, 2015, 02:57:17 AM »
So I listened to most of this AeoArea massive four disc set via Bandcamp.  Honestly I liked the first track/disc, but the rest just sounded like an overly long miasma of huge waves of atonal drones.  Pretty mediocre stuff, so thankfully I won't have to shell out the big bucks for the CD box. 

To make up for it, "Aurae" is the new collaboration between Grassow and John Haughm (of metal band Agalloch), their first being "Mosaic," which was pretty damn good.  Haughm's Bandcamp page has the whole album up and I was impressed enough to order the disc.  Don't worry, there's no heavy metal guitar on it. 

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach Etheric Imprints
« on: July 12, 2015, 02:49:08 AM »
This whole album is now up on Projekt's Bandcamp page.  Wow, never thought I'd say this but except for the first piece w/piano, the other three long tracks I found unlistenable.  Very out of tune/atonal, like several ambient albums being played at once and the ensuing noisy, misdirected music that would follow.  I can see the idea but the realization IMO fails and is painful to listen to.  I had a similar reaction to his "Afterlight," although that CD was much more listenable.  Mathias Grassow has done this sort of thing for years, sometimes it works but often it doesn't.  Anyway, I don't think this one will go down as one of his better works, although on the positive I do commend him for being "out there" and not always playing it safe and predictable.  He does what he wants and releases it to please himself, not others.  I just happened not to like this one.  I'd be interested to hear other opinions on this release. 

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