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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 20, 2015, 11:13:34 AM »
Ishq--In a Rainbow Air.  Not near as impressed as Chris is.  The Florascopia I liked more, but it's very uneven.

Aglaia--two new discs on hic sunt leones.  One of them has a brief glitch/dropout that's strange.  I thought my CD player was malfunctioning.  Mr. Alio Die never answer my email so  it's a mystery.  These albums are good but nothing new from the last few years. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Whatever happened to....?
« on: November 15, 2015, 09:38:16 PM »
Ben Fleury-Steiner
Chad Hoefler
David Tollefson
Patrick O'Hearn
Thom Brennan (I ask this every few years. Sigh...)
Stephen Parsick (disappeared from the forum and music making apparently)
(Has anyone heard yet from?) Tetsu Inoue

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 12, 2015, 07:31:58 PM »
I thought they said AOC 6 was the absolute last one!  Then again, Namlook said Dark Side of the Moog 6, or was it 8, was the end, and that series went to 11...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Harold Budd website!
« on: November 12, 2015, 12:00:54 PM »
Could be.  Although I don't think he really went anywhere in terms of popularity or sales, to come back from.  He's done a lot of projects the last 10 that's for sure.  I think it's amazing to see him still so active.  Art is life, as they say.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Harold Budd website!
« on: November 11, 2015, 11:23:03 PM »
Yes, you read that right.  15 years after the retirement announcement, His Royal Budd, definitely one of the gods of the ambient realm, is going online soon with his own site.  Can't wait to see this. 

Do you know how big Klaus' entire Catalog is?  Huuuuuuuuuuuuuuge.  Even if they release a CD per week it would be 10 years later.

Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Hypnos releases for 2015 ?
« on: November 09, 2015, 09:47:41 PM »
Are the Oophoi and Corbacho discs still coming out on Hypnos?

You're right.  Well I must have seen it somewhere, guess that wasn't it.

Yes, Mathias Grassow, who was involved with the El Culto website, has a statement about this on his website.  He states there is no permission (for anyone) to release Klaus Wiese material, especially in re-mixed/remastered form, and the Indian label owner is a made up person (which if true is pretty uncool). I heard El Culto re-released Grassow's Himavat album without Grassow's permission, which would be pretty uncool if it happened to any artist. 

But again I wasn't there and can't make a judgment without any proof.  I haven't seen or read any of Thomas Weiss' statements or response to this topic.  Don't really care to, to be honest.   

Personally I think the subject should be laid to rest and everyone move on and just enjoy the music.  Life is too short.   

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Redshift new album
« on: November 08, 2015, 03:58:26 AM »
If you like the dark, gloomy Berlin school sequencer music, check out Cosmic Ground from Germany.  Two excellent CD's (or downloads) on Bandcamp. 

This doesn't sound like a good situation, yet I don't have all the facts so it's hard for me to reach a conclusion.  I've often wondered if Klaus' family or friends have publishing rights and how it's decided or not to release the music. 

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 08, 2015, 03:24:43 AM »
Julio di Benedetto- Original Light.  This excellent album will easily rank high in my Best of 2015 list.  I buy so much music it's hard to devote enough time to everything.  Some stuff I literally listen to once and shelve it to return to months later because it didn't impress on the first or first couple listens.  I've been fighting to really make time for this album.  This disc has been mesmerizing every listen, the most recent in the car today on a sunny beautiful day.  It was an odd choice for the weather but somehow it fit perfectly.  To me the music has a strong early Vidna Obmana feel (e.g. The Trilogy on Projekt), with the hauntingly melancholic stretched out synth chords and a feeling of deep respect for the natural environment.  Whereas Vidna's sound was often cold, though, there is a warmth in this recording that envelopes like a warm blanket on a chilly day.  The CD moves through different moods, from dark, to shadowy, to glistening light, remaining amazingly cohesive from start to finish.  These are more like movements rather than individual tracks.  Although the Vidna comparison is what initially comes to mind, it's soon obvious there is an originality to this sound.  I'm very impressed by what I've discovered in this artist's music, and very much looking forward to more.  I hope the album reaches as many ambient fans as possible.       

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 07, 2015, 12:26:18 AM »
Urenga--Pacific Depths, As If--Havet.  2 latest CDs on the always excellent Gterma label from Sweden.  Both excellent deep ambient dub works, subtle and relaxing.  Some original ideas and sounds on these, too.  Highly recommended to fans of Silent Season.

Sraunus--Asperatus Clouds.  On Anodize recovery series.  Amazing ambient dub.  Near perfect record except for farting sounds on first track.  I'm not joking.  Funniest part is the track title is "Gut.". Must have eaten an extra large burrito.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Redshift new album
« on: November 06, 2015, 11:57:05 PM »
Haven't seen Stephen Parsick aka ramp on here forever, about 2-3 years???

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Who is Sanjay Nadeem?
« on: November 06, 2015, 11:53:59 PM »
He's married to Lisa Franklyne, a famous American ambient fan and writer, and possibly the only female Hypnos forum poster besides Lena Griffin.   Mike and Forrest know her, as well as old time forumites from the early 2000s.    ;D

But I also heard he doesn't really exist, like his wife.  ;)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 06, 2015, 11:48:08 PM »
Well the first track on Holographic Codex is totally different--rhythmic-- whereas the remainder is more Alio Die type ambient, and quite good in its own right.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 04, 2015, 04:45:09 PM »
Subradial--"Ice Diving".  I gave this a few spins at work today having not liked it much when I originally ordered it.  There are some really good tracks here.  Will probably spend more time with it now. 

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 04, 2015, 04:28:31 PM »
Yes, I was being kind of ironic that way.  Fire Dances is known for a low production quality.  The production wasn't that great but the instruments are clear and not saturated with digital goop the way they are now.  Key track: "Frenzy".

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 04, 2015, 01:59:36 PM »
"Change" by Deftones. oh YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!  LOVE that song.  I have the CD single, includes a cover of Sade's "No Ordinary Love."  Yes, really. 

Still currently listening to KILLING JOKE-Pylon 2CD.  Also played all day yesterday FIRE DANCES by KILLING JOKE.  Man, what a difference, not just style wise.  Even though it was 1983, with less technology, Fire Dances still sounds better to me production-wise.  After the 80's, so many of KJ's albums had crap production, especially these last two including "Pylon."  It's "loud" but it's not loud enough (does that make sense?) because the instruments are buried in this gauzy mix of processing (to my ears anyway).  The guitars are buried, the drums muffled...there's no edge to it anymore.  It all sounds too "safe" to me now. The studio has rubbed all the edges off a band who are brutal, raw and edgy.  Somebody recorded this album inside a vaccuum and then ran it through loads of filters to squeeze the life out of the real instruments so they almost sound fake.  Did somebody record the band live, then manipulate all the sounds and cut and paste the parts together so it feels like they all did their parts in different studios in different countries??? There's still four or five excellent tracks over the span of this release.  Of course those could have been way better with better production.  I think KJ always do this now: gather a few good songs for an album, then tack on 7 or 8 poor or mediocre ones.  I think they should wait 10 years  until they're 70 and then put out one album with all good songs.  Back to FIRE DANCES.  If you don't have this excellent KJ album, you should.  This is heavy tribal punk rock brilliance.  The guitars snarl in a flange-y pool of echo, the drums beat you into a pulp with tribal rhythms and patterns, the bass throbs, all with a punky industrial feel.  This album is just thrilling.  One of KJ's best IMO.  Get the 2008 reissue with extra tracks, including singles, b-sides and radio stuff.  Excellent!

Independent Music Reviews / Re: My review of "Sector Four" CDr by Phobos
« on: November 02, 2015, 11:55:35 AM »
I thought with the description "ear piercing disruptions" it was gonna get a negative review.  ;)

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