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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Your favorite Steve Roach pieces
« on: February 11, 2012, 03:46:54 PM »
I know this is an impossible task but you could always give it a try. :)
Individual tracks only (collaborations and tracks that span an entire disc can be included).
I was able to make a top 20 somehow (took me 2 hours).

1. Dream Body (Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces)
2. Altus (The Magnificent Void)
3. The Spiral of Time's Fire Burns On (Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces)
4. In the Heart of Distant Horizons (Part 2) (Atmospheric Conditions)
5. The Other Side (Dreamtime Return)
6. Infinite Shore (The Magnificent Void)
7. Sense (Blood Machine)
8. Touch (Soma)
9. Fires Burning (Fever Dreams II)
10. On This Planet (On This Planet)
11. The Memory (Empetus)
12. Cloud of Unknowing (The Magnificent Void)
13. Arc of Passion (Arc of Passion)
14. Thunder Walk (Dream Tracker)
15. Journey of One (part 1) (Journey of One)
16. Deep Hours (Well of Souls)
17. Opening The Space (Fever Dreams II)
18. Travel by Moonlight (The Road Eternal)
19. Lifeforming (Kairos)
20. Neural Connection (Blood Machine)

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Samsara (follow up to Baraka)
« on: October 02, 2011, 12:15:05 PM »
Anyone else excited about this movie?
Michael Stearns and Lisa Gerrard doing the soundtrack.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0770802/

Check out this review:

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The greatest visual experience that my eyeballs have ever witnessed.
19 September 2011 | by rosielarose (Toronto) – See all my reviews

I just saw a screening of Samsara at the TIFF, at the brilliant TIFF Lightbox theatre.

Wow.

A film that took 5 years to make and co-ordinate. Shot in Panarama 70mm, across 26 countries, needing major government and regulatory clearances, having to wait for certain seasons or lunar phases to get the light to hit the way director Fricke wanted...carefully strung together with a massive 7.1 surround sound design and music score from Michael Stearns, Marcello de Francisci, and Lisa Gerrard (of Dead Can Dance).

The 70mm negative has been digitally scanned and oversampled at 8k resolution (much like the 'Baraka' Blu-ray); the TIFF Lightbox theatre installed a brand new Christie 4k projector (Christie Projection Systems rushed the projector before its release to the market specifically for this event) making it the first true 4k screening of it's kind.

From sweeping landscapes to time-lapse sequences of the night sky and from exclusive looks into the processing of food to the consumption and effects it has on the human body, Samsara is nothing short of astounding. Modern technology, production lines, and human robotics are juxtaposed against a backdrop of deserts, garbage mounds as far as the eye can see, and traffic congestion in modern centres. The time-lapse footage is simply transcendent. In fact, I caught myself questioning the reality of some of the landscape vistas and night skyline montages...they looked so hyper-real that I thought they must have come from a CG lab somewhere. Simply astonishing. The richness, depth and clarity of colour and image achieved within the processes utilized gives birth to the most beautiful visual meditation that I have ever witnessed.

As one film journalist noted, "That Samsara is instantly one of the most visually-stunning films in the history of cinema is reason enough to cherish it, but Fricke and co-editor Mark Magidson achieve truly profound juxtapositions, brimming with meaning and emotion. It sounds preposterous, but it's true: In 99 minutes, Samsara achieves something approaching a comprehensive portrait of the totality of human experience. If you're even remotely fond of being alive, Samsara is not to be missed."

If you ever come across the chance to see this film in a decent theatre, run, and let your eyeballs (and earholes) feast upon its brilliance.

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Now Playing / Chopin 200 years
« on: February 26, 2010, 04:13:29 AM »
Dunno why I post this here but I thought it might interest some.

These days is the celebration of Chopin 200th birthday (they are unsure about his birthday being 22 february or 1 march). The Polish composer and piano god.

It's quite a big event in the classical music world, with special recitals and even music marathons all over the world.

I've been listening a lot to his music in the last months and I am in awe. This is simply some of the greatest melodic and passionate music ever made. So for those who are interested and don't really know his music, here is a small personal selection of recommended recordings played by the best of the best pianists.

My favorites are the Etudes. Originally meant as technical exercises, they are also musically very interesting and imaginative. Here is a bunch of 'm played by pianist Pollini who set the standard in playing them.

Etude 10/1

Etude 10/3 ('Tristesse')

Etude 10/12 ('Revolutionary')

Etude 25/1 ('Aeolian Harp')

Etude 25/11 ('Winter Wind')


Some other pieces:

The famous 'Fantasie Impromptu':


The famous Grand Polonaise Op. 53:


The great Ballades.
Ballade 1 (featured in the movie The Pianist)

Ballade 4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_PBTGfhWD


Nocturne 9/1:

Nocturne 27/1:


Prelude 28/24 ('The Storm'):


but there is much more to explore... enjoy!

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / upcoming raison d'ętre album
« on: September 21, 2009, 09:46:27 AM »
'The Stains of the Embodied Sacrifice'

Check out this impressive teaser

http://raisondetre.coldmeat.se/

Sounds very promising if you ask me. Really looking forward to this.

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Since 10 years (I'm now 28) I've been a fan of electronic, ambient music. While my preferences change over time, there are a number of artists that I keep enjoying no matter what. One of my absolute favorites is Steve Roach, who I'm sure a lot of you hold in high esteem as well. Lately I've been giving Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces many spins and I'm particularly enjoying the deep and beautiful soundworlds of disc 2: Labyrinth.

In recent years I've been developing another passion for music, namely classical music, more specifically piano music. Thanks to Youtube and a pianoforum I discovered a lot of beautiful piano music, great composers and performers (pianists). I mostly prefer music from the romantic/late romantic period and early 1900s, by composers such as Chopin and Rachmaninoff, who wrote beautiful, atmospheric, emotional music. I even started playing the piano myself (having a background in keyboard playing).
These days I'm really enjoying the works of Russian composer Alexander Scriabin, who's music I feel is very imaginative, atmospheric, mysterious, ethereal, 'spiritual'... It still has the melodic touches of the romantic period, yet it is more colorful and 'free in form'. Read more about this composer here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Scriabin

I haven't met anyone in real life or on the internet who shares the same deep passion for both types of ambient and classical music. True, ambient and classical music may seem totally different and unrelated, yet I've always felt there was some kind of connection between my favorite music in these two genres.

Today, while listening again to 'Dream Body', perhaps my favorite piece from Mystic Chords and Sacred Spaces, I was reading some more reviews of MC&SS at steveroach.com, one of them by 'Hannah M.G. Shapero':
http://www.steveroach.com/Press/review.php?id=247

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For MYSTIC CHORDS & SACRED SPACES he has chosen to use mostly notes and harmonies which can be found in the work of composers like the late Romantics of Europe and Russia, and the French "Impressionists" as well as more recent composers such as Aaron Copland and even the French avant-garde composer Olivier Messiaen. Most important for Roach's MYSTIC CHORDS & SACRED SPACES is the exotic music of the late 19th century Russian composer Alexander Scriabin, who created a huge "mystical universal chord" on which he based many wild works.


You can imagine I was quite astounded to see mention of Scriabin at Steve Roach' website, but actually it also made sense at the same time, because I know both their music so well.
I don't know if Steve Roach himself was inspired by Scriabin, or that only the reviewer made this connection, but for me it was a moment where my specific taste in music completely fell into place. Fantastic.

Just something I wanted to share with you.


(If you're interested, here's some of my favorites of Scriabin:
Sonata No. 2 Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZ2LIOYXmRY (Embedding disabled, limit reached)
Etude Op. 2 No. 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSsKJIzwapA (Embedding disabled, limit reached)
Etude Op. 42 No. 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xudZ3J4EeoQ (Embedding disabled, limit reached)
Etude Op. 8 No. 11: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sS5f_f7_7xs (Embedding disabled, limit reached)
Etude Op. 8 No. 12: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWqZRu-lyZg&fmt=18 (Embedding disabled, limit reached)
His later works such as the later sonatas are even more 'free' and 'experimental' in nature and also become atonal.)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Ambient in pictures
« on: June 22, 2009, 01:34:31 PM »
If there's one genre where the music can be related to imagery, surely it must be ambient for its 'visual' qualities.
The idea is to find pictures that you think are somehow fitting for the ambient piece. With google image search and some creative search terms you can find plenty of nice pics.

To prevent a messy and bandwith-heavy topic I suggest only to post the links.

Brian Eno & Harold Budd - First Light
http://bovitz.com/photo/traditional/jpgphotos/2004/sunrise/sunrise_mist_hart_bar.jpg

Brian Eno - The Lost Day
http://www.fineartphotoblog.com/wp-content/uploads/barn_sunset_stalbert800.jpg

Tetsu Inoue - Chill In Chill Out
http://spiritinsight.net/images/bridgetoheaven000.jpg

Steve Roach - On This Planet
http://parkerlab.bio.uci.edu/pictures/photography%20pictures/Eureka%20Dunes,%20Storm%20at%20sunset,%20Death%20Valley%20N.P.jpg

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / short feature on Pete Namlook
« on: May 24, 2009, 01:57:58 AM »
part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cv3iD86hSpc (Embedding disabled, limit reached)
part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jd3OVdqzT8M (Embedding disabled, limit reached)

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Now Playing / the ultimate 'ambient'?
« on: May 03, 2009, 03:10:44 PM »
Here's a piece of Russian choir music by Rachmaninov:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiSiRAZRCVA&fmt=18 (Embedding disabled, limit reached)

I don't care for the words and religious meaning. But I listen to all music with an 'ambient ear' so to speak... and I couldn't help notice its distinct ambient qualities. Slowly moving, relaxing, otherworldly harmonies. Wow. In a way, this is the ultimate ambient music. :)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / maximum drift
« on: April 10, 2009, 01:35:55 PM »
What are the grandest, most expansive, majestic and full sounding soundscapes ever? :)
Tracks that make you feel small and insignificant... like drifting in an endless void, or being swept away in a cosmic storm...

something like
Steve Roach - Altus
Raison D'etre - Metamorphyses Phase IV

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Everything and Nothing / Favorite romantic piece of music
« on: August 24, 2008, 05:26:19 PM »
My vote goes to:
Rachmaninov - Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini - 18th variation
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMv_xGuQA08 (Embedding disabled, limit reached)

This rather famous moment in music starts at 1:30 to 4:20.


Inspired by the favorite dramatic piece of music topic ;)
http://www.hypnos.com/smf/index.php?topic=838.0

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Michael Stearns
« on: March 29, 2008, 06:02:11 PM »
Any news about this artist?

I have Encounter and The Lost World and enjoy them.
Also Planetary Unfolding on mp3 only, because I can't find it anywhere. Possibly the greatest electronic album ever, IMO.

What else would you recommend and is he ever going to release new material?


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