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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Steve Roach, "Landmass"
« on: July 09, 2008, 07:15:56 AM »
I hope it's okay to start a new topic on this here. The Steve Roach thread was becoming a magnificent void of immersion and increasingly difficult to keep holding the space.

Listened to "Landmass" more deeply last night. I'm especially taken by the groovy beats of the second track, a deep pulsing bass that in some places reminded me of early '90s Jarre, but of course much, much richer and more sophisticated.

Everything and Nothing / the concept of "the album"
« on: June 24, 2008, 12:53:59 PM »
OK, this may be a little silly and a bit obvious, but here goes anyway. For the longest time, I had grown accustomed to listening to ambient music using either iTunes on a PC or via a little iPod Nano I carried to play in my car, piped in through the ancient tape deck. The nature of those two music delivery systems encourages excess: load up a million songs and cycle through them. I found that I often clicked "shuffle" and let it play.

That's fine, and I still listen to a great deal of music that way, especially while sitting at my desk during the workday. But just recently I finally got a car with a CD player in it. (I know, I know, but remember I was a poor grad student for so long.) And having a CD player at hand of course encourages full-album listening. And lo and behold, I feel like I'm experiencing the ambient classics for the first time.

Just a weird observation. Take it or leave it.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Loren Nerell's "Taksu"
« on: June 21, 2008, 07:36:09 AM »
This is a CD I keep returning to, especially in the hot summer months. I always thought it was very Apocalypse Now, but as a fan of LOST I've also started to see it as an extended soundtrack for that show, especially the first season. Just a weird observation. I'm sure we all make connections with albums like this.

Any recommendations for similar works, by Loren or others? 

Everything and Nothing / Returning after a long absence
« on: June 18, 2008, 07:25:47 AM »
After a few years away from the message boards (finishing a dissertation--ugh) I have returned and am very pleased to see that Hypnos is alive and well. I used to post under the forum name jrdew. I couldn't log in that way, and there was no record of it in the system. I assume at some point the Hypnos forum was restarted?

At any rate, I'm glad to be back and look forward to catching up with old friends, discovering new releases, and revisiting old favorites.

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