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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,


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Some ['ramp] and Parsick news
« on: January 01, 2017, 03:35:18 AM »
Hi all,

as already discussed elsewhere on this forum, I decided to take a sabbatical from releasing music after the Bochum Planetarium Show in July 2012. The workload of running a label enterprise (even a tiny-scale operation as mine), creating and producing music, and working a day job which pays the electric bill turned out to be a tad too much.

My hands have not been idle, though, and I kept producing music in the meantime, although perhaps not as ambitiously as in the past -- I'm getting older as well. I hope to be releasing one, if not two new ['ramp] albums on CD in the course of the new year which I finished off in 2016 (with a third album waiting in line). Also, I hope to get my website (ho-hum...) up and running -- it took me all of 2016 to elaborate on the concept, write the texts, and sift through my archives for some pictures I might want to upload.

The first step to get things going again was signing up to Bandcamp. Some of you may know how reluctant I am to release music online but people really seem to embrace this format as I could tell from past experience with Iapetus. I took the time around Christmas to start uploading not only ['ramp]'s back catalogue but also some music I created under my name. I hope to have some more albums added to my discography (download-o-graphy?) soon:

There are two ambient music albums I have had in the pipeline for some time which I decided to upload to Bandcamp, "music to walk through" and "a beginner's guide to doombient". I hope you will enjoy listening to them. You can order downloads and physical releases (if available) directly through Bandcamp while my own webshop is still inactive. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with me.

Many thanks to all who have sent emails, encouragement, and moral support -- much appreciated.

Thanks for your time,


Hi all,

as some of you may know, I released a series of limited-edition CDR albums between 2006 and 2010. As I´ve run out of materials, it´s nearly impossible for me to make these anymore, no matter how much some people have begged me to :).

There are currently a couple of them for sale on eBay, I´m not affiliated with the sale but I can confirm they are all legit (I know the seller, which is no surprise at 25 copies each). Here´s the auction, just go from there:!/m.html?hash=item460da390fd&item=300876534013&pt=B%C3%BCcher_Unterhaltung_Music_CDs&rt=nc&_trksid=p4340.l2562

Thanks for reading, and good luck. I hope these albums will find a loving new home :).


Hi all,

just to inform you that the new ['ramp] album "astral disaster" will be released on 31st October 2012. The album will feature the live show at Bochum Planetarium of 7th July 2012. There are eight tracks on it (grouped in two sets of roughly 38 minutes each), and if you liked "return" or "steel and steam", I am confident you will most certainly enjoy this one as well. The CD comes with an eight-page booklet with a couple of pictures assembled from studio and live work, plus liner notes written by Archie Patterson of Eurock. Here is some music to listen to:

and a bootlegged audience recording ;-) :

Lots of analogue goodness, and the first proper ['ramp] live album since the release of "oughtibridge".

German KEYBOARDS magazine also published a report on the (technical side of the)show in their current issue which can be ordered here:

The CD will be available in a limited edition of 300 numbered copies and can be ordered directly through me. Price for a copy is 15 Euro with shipping and handling included (valid until 31st December 2012). If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with me at stephen at

Thanks for reading,


Hi all,

I´m delighted to officially announce the release of the new collaborative album Markus Reuter and I created in collaboration. "lament" was recorded during a very inspired session at my place in the summer of 2010. It took a little while to work out a release, and I´m very happy to have it out on Swedish label Gterma, run by Johan Rehn.

"lament" is made up of seven tracks altogether, ranging from three to twenty-three minutes in length. We consider this album a successor to the 2007 album "ceasing to exist", and I´m sure there are quite as many potential hit singles on it as well.

The longest track "and all which is not" is classic Fripp/Eno with loads of heavily processed Touch Guitar, VCS-3, and loops. The other tracks range from spooky horror sci-fi scenarios to ethereal ambient textural work. Certainly nothing for the faint at heart, I guess.

For more info, you can get in touch with Johan directly:

Enjoy (or not),


Hi all,

as some of you might have overheard already, the new official ['ramp] album will be due for release on 21st December 2011. It was actually scheduled for 1st December, but unfortunately, there were some problems with the pressing plant -- and these had to be sorted out first.

"return" will be a return to where ['ramp] started in 1996/97, and I guess it has become the most "analogue-sounding" album since the release of "Nodular" and "frozen radios". There will be two sections on the album, called "astral disaster" and "return" respectively, each running beyond the 30 minutes mark. For some impressions please click here:

Like its predecessor "steel and steam" (which I´m slowly, but steadily running out of stock of), "return" will be available in a limited edition of 300 hand-numbered copies. I do not intend to make it available as a digital download.

If interested, please feel free to send me an email (stephen at parsick dot com) and have me reserve a copy for you in advance. Please bear in mind that shipping rates will be the same for up to four albums, and I support group purchases (postage will be worked out individually then, depending on the weight of the shipment).

Thanks for your time,


Marketplace / WTB: Some Redshift CDs
« on: November 23, 2011, 03:32:05 AM »
Hi all,

I´m looking for copies of Redshift´s "Halo" and "Oblivion" albums. Missed out on buying these when they came out as I was too broke to buy CDs back then. If you happen to have a spare copy you´d like to part with, please let me know.



Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / ['ramp] -- electric karma
« on: November 23, 2011, 03:24:39 AM »
Hi all,

if you´re tired of waiting for the next official ['ramp] album "return", you might like to spend your time on the new download-only EP "Electric Karma":

Yamaha CS80, electronic tabla, loop devices, ARP Sequencer, plus some other embellishments (ARP 2600, Roland VP-330, Prophet VS).

Enjoy (or not),


Hi all,

I would like to announce the release of the new ['ramp] album "steel and steam" for 1st july 2011. It is going to be the successor to the 2009 ['ramp] album "debris", and very much like "debris", it had been in the making for quite some time. There will be six sections on the album altogether:
node (part 1 and 2)
puppets (feat. Mark Shreeve)
steel and steam (parts 1 to 4, feat. Mark Shreeve)
I´m very proud and happy to have Mark Shreeve and his Moog IIIc modular on the album for the title track and another beautiful gem, "puppets". These two sections were recorded at his Distant Sun studio in London a while ago. The other sections were recorded at my own Cold Furnace studio in 2010. If you know my previous work (and the work Mark created with both Redshift and ARC), you will get an idea of what style to expect. "steel and steam" has become -- despite its title -- the most accessible ['ramp] album so far (whatever that is going to say), and even though the title track is as ballsy as a modular Moog can get, there is a strong melodic flavour throughout the album. I even dusted off my Yamaha CS80 for some tracks, so if that isn´t reason enough to order your copy I don´t know what is :). Okay, there is plenty of other analogue and modular stuff on it, so if gear-spotting and reading gearlists is your cup of tea, you might want to go for it just for that reason :). While we´re at it, the album will be limited to 300 numbered copies and it will not be available as a digital download (unless some fucker infringes on my mental property, that is).

The easiest way of ordering your copy would be sending an email directly to me (stephen at parsick dot com or stephen dot parsick at gmx dot de).

I will soon upload some snippets from the album to give you some "ear candy" to listen to.
Thanks for reading, and apologies for having wasted bandwidth,

Hi all,
for those who haven´t got it yet (or don´t know what to expect), "Traces" has been made available as a download album from Musiczeit. This is the "reduxed" version but without the bonus tracks (which I will keep exclusive to the CD release). It has Berlin School written all over it with loads of references to Ash Ra Tempel, Klaus Schulze, and of course, Tangerine Dream. I used a lot of analogue synthesisers and a heap of Mellotrons to create the album and to give it a sound as authentic as possible. So if you haven´t got it yet and liked what you hear, you can order the CD directly through me or from a CD distributor of your choice if you don´t like buying downloads :).
Here we go:
There´s a lot of info around the individual tracks and how they came into being. Enjoy!
Thanks for reading,

Hi all,
in case you haven´t noticed yet, there are two new download albums available by ['ramp] and myself, namely
which was my personal interpretation of the music Vangelis had created for the Blade Runner film. Based on roughly the same instruments Vangelis used for the film score -- and also heavily centered around the Yamaha CS80 polyphonic synthesiser --, it became my second solo album after "Traces of the Past". This version here contains three extra tracks which were not included in the CD release. Here´s some reviews, collected over the past couple of years:

"Not jolly stuff, that is for sure but the best audio equivalent to a horror
movie I have ever heard. What a superb album."
(Dave Law/ about Stephen´s „Hoellenengel“ album)

"Stephen Parsick gaat ook solo met de cd 'Hoellenengel', die een brug
probeert te slaan tussen de 'Blade Runner' soundtrack van Vangelis en het
werk van Lustmord. Hoe het klinkt? Als een brug tussen de 'Blade Runner'
soundtrack van Vangelis en het werk van Lustmord."
(Bob Rusche/ about Stephen´s "Hoellenengel" album,
"tip van bob")

"What would you get if you crossed Vangelis' Blade Runner soundtrack with a dose of Lustmord for good measure? You would get Stephen Parsick's
(Phil Derby/ about Stephen´s Hoellenengel album)

"De bijzondere mix tussen Vangelis en Lustmord heeft een naar mijn mening
unieke en intrigerende cd opgeleverd die voor mij als een van de
hoogtepunten geldt van 2005."
(Paul Rijkens/IO-Pages/E-Dition NL about Stephen´s Hoellenengel album)

"Stephen Parsick is one half of Ramp, and if that groups new album is the
sound of deep space building to critical mass, then Stephen's solo is a trip
thru' the black hole into a parallel universe, the dark underside of heaven
if you will [...] Stephen set out to create his known vision of that
netherworld. The musical result is dark, dense and electronically unique.
The sonics echo with Arabic scales and Eastern timbres, all blended into an
electronic tapestry that fuses modern and medieval influences. "Hell's
Angels" surely is a trip through the looking glass into the realm of dark
sonic delirium & celestial sound. Mindbending music, a must!"
(Archie Patterson/ about Stephen´s Hoellenengel album)

"Thoroughly steeped in ominous implications, this release is designed to
instill an uncomfortable dread. This music luxuriates in the creation of
dark environments which seethe with a sedate intensity devoted to embracing mortality and entropic impermanence."
(Matt Howarth/ about Stephen´s Hoellenengel album)

"It´s not often in my life that I ever get a chance to shout or cheer with
joy [...] Imagine what would happen if a Blade Runner sequel was made. What would the music score sound like? Well, as I write this report, I´m
listening to the CD, track 4 - die Burg. I can almost hear, or I am almost
reminded of Vangelis, Lustmord, even Ludwig Van. Hopefully you will all
agree, a true masterpiece."
(Gary Willoughby/ about Stephen´s Hoellenengel album)

There´s plenty of info to be found on the respective sites, and there´s also quite a bit of audio material to listen to.
Of course, you can still order the physical CDs from me directly if you´re not happy with virtual albums.

Thanks for reading, cheers,



Other Ambient (and related) Music / ['ramp] -- looking back in anger
« on: July 09, 2010, 07:07:54 AM »
Hi all,

"looking back in anger" has just been made available as a download album, featuring extended versions of many tracks (e. g. the wonderful "so far", recorded in collaboration with Markus Reuter):

This album was released in 2006 to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the band. As usual, there´s some audio to listen to and some background info. Enjoy!

If you want the CD instead (and haven´t got it yet), just drop me a line.


Everything and Nothing / RIP Kim Flint
« on: June 29, 2010, 01:54:08 AM »
The driving force behind the Oberheim Echoplex Digital Pro looper died on 19th June in a bicycle accident at the age of 40.

I think many of the members on this forum owe him a lot in musical terms.

Keep on looping, Kim!


"ceasing to exist", the collaborative album with touch guitar player Markus Reuter, has also been made available as a download release. In case you haven´t downloaded it yet -- or are planning to buy the real CD --, here´s a review which you might find very helpful  (thanks, Archie!):

Ramp is perhaps the most unique and devastatingly powerful. Their "style", which they have coined as "doombient", literally overflows with dense, dark vibrations and latent menace sonically. Up to now they have not been particularly prolific, but now they have literally unleashed 3 albums worth of music, all of which are somewhat different and stunningly graphic electronically. Ceasing To Exist is a collaboration effort featuring Markus Reuter, noted for his excellent works on Ian Boddy´s label. It too is a wall of synthetic sound, but more subtle and as the oozing, electronic undulations conjured up by guitar and synth literally melts from one atmospheric texture and melody into another. The sound of sonic suffocation has never been sweeter.
Archie Patterson

The download (and a couple other ['ramp]- and Parsick-related stuff) can be found here:

You can of course order the CD directly from me.

Thanks for reading,


the music on “permafrost” was recorded in february 2010 after i had moved to new premises in december 2009. it was inspired by the unusually long and cold winter which lasted for nearly three months and confronted us with up to three feet of snow and biting frost (some nights were at 20 degrees below zero and colder still). after nearly two months of permanent cold the temperature had briefly climbed above +10°c for a couple of days, and all of a sudden, frost and snow returned with a vengeance.

“permafrost” was recorded during a couple of studio sessions onto a digital multitrack recorder, using a variety of analogue and digital synthesisers, sampling systems, processors, and of course loop devices. the most interesting instrument i played, however, was ice. for instance, i close-miked a solidly frozen lake and used it for processing and creating sounds. i ran a variety of drones and sounds through the ice and picked them up using contact microphones (the results can be heard on part one and five of the album). i also recorded the sound of ice floes grinding against each other on a frozen canal. the slow rhythm on part four was created when i tossed tree trunks, logs, and smaller rocks onto the surface of the lake, having microphones pick up the sound through holes drilled into the ice. the best bit was when i recorded the ambient sound on the lake late at night, with some concerned neighbours calling the police as they feared i might want to do something really stupid. it took quite some effort to explain my work to the policemen who waggled a finger at me and told me not to do that again.

“permafrost” will be available in two different versions:

those who want to listen to the full score can buy a three-hour download album from extended moment over at

inspired by a nine-hour sleep concert in new orleans i contributed music to last year, this album was produced with the idea of allowing you to create your own “sleep concert” at home. just line up the tracks on your computer or ipod for continuous playback, and of course you don´t have to slavishly obey to the order the titles suggest.

those who would rather have something physical in their hands can buy a cd-r from me directly which will come in the usual all-black livery. the cd-r will contain the same music as the download version, yet in slightly abridged form to make it all fit onto one cd-r. this time it will not be a production run limited to 25 copies only but the first in a series of “cd-r on demand” albums. please notice that i will not make a set of five separate cd-rs as this would be too much hassle, and how much am i supposed to charge you for that?

i know there is an album of the same title by thomas köner but all the albums have in common is the topic dealt with and the fact that i know thomas´ work, and he knows mine. we both seem to have a soft spot for cold areas.

apologies for some unavoidable hiss.

I´ve just received this info from organiser Till Kniola:

hi all,
i am super happy and excited to announce that the Nurse With Wound show in
Cologne on May 3rd is happening.
Ticket sales starts today. Order your tickets from
Presale price is 12 EUR, on the door it will be 15 EUR.
Support comes from ASMUS TIETCHENS.

We will try to do some special things around this show, like producing a
specially designed silk screen poster crafted by Steven Stapleton or
organizing a little DJ event with NWW on the night before the show in
Cologne so if you want to stay informed, please send us an email at

Here is the basic info in a summary:

aufabwegen presents:

03.05.2010, doors: 20.00h, first concert: 20:30h
tickets: presale 12, on the door 15 euros


Steven Stapleton - Colin Potter
Matt Waldron - Andrew Liles
plus special guests



Venloer Str. 20
50672 Koeln

We are happy. Thank You.

a u f a b w e g e n | Till Kniola
Lindenburger Allee 20 | 50931 Cologne | Germany
label & magazine:
asmus tietchens:

Thanks for reading,


Hi all,

I´m very delighted to announce the release of my new official solo album which will be made available on 1st October, 2009.

The music was recorded live in concert on 29th May, 2009, at the annual "Nacht der Klänge" (night of sounds) held at Bielefeld University. It was a three-hour concert performed in front of an audience of roughly 500 spectators in a completely black room.

The main difference from the first issue of "cambrium" is that I not only used an ARP 2600 for creating all the electronic sounds but I also added an EMS VCS-3 to the timbral scope in order to populate an acoustic environment of 500 million years ago. You can say that the ARP was used for all the pitched stuff while the EMS allowed me to do extensive live electronic improvisations and live looping which is all the abstract soundscaping in the background.

You can of course order your personal copy directly through me by sending an email to stephen at parsick dot com (no forum PMs, please!), or -- if you don´t want to order it blindly -- you can wait until some distributors have made audio snippets available online to listen to it first. Please don´t expect me to answer to your email between 11th September and 27th September as I will be away for a while.

Thanks for reading,


Other Ambient (and related) Music / ['ramp] -- debris
« on: September 08, 2009, 04:44:40 AM »
Hi all,

I have the great pleasure to announce the release of the new official ['ramp] album "debris" on 1st October, 2009. As some of you may know, Frank and I split a while ago so that this new album is a solo enterprise of mine.

"debris" actually took several years until it was finished the way I had envisaged it. Musically, it won´t be as calm as "ceasing to exist", the last ['ramp] album in its original line-up. "debris" will be based both on textural ambient soundscaping, ambient field recordings of steelplants, railway trajects, and factories at night, and grinding sequencer rhythms. I tried to get as close to my personal definition of what "industrial" means to me so people who listen to XXXX or YYYY might find it very "un-industrial". Well, anyway, that´s why "doombient" had been invented some years ago, right?

You can of course order your personal copy directly through me by sending an email to stephen at parsick dot com (no forum PMs, please!), or -- if you don´t want to order it blindly -- you can wait until some distributors have made audio snippets available online to listen to it first. Please don´t expect me to answer to your email between 11th September and 27th September as I will be away for a while.

Thanks for reading,


Hi all,

I just wanted to let you know that you can buy my music from

in case you were missing the old and now defunct webshop over at

Iapetus not only distributes my music (under the Parsick and ['ramp] monikers) but also music by CentroZoon, Redundant Rocker, Markus Reuter, Tuner and all other projects Markus is involved in. Of course you can pre-listen to some albums to make your choice easier :). And not only music but also Markus´ own Touch Guitar project which seems to be really intriguing.

Thanks for reading, and apologies for having wasted bandwidth,


Hi all,

I just wanted to make you aware of the collaborative album we -- i. e. the old line-up of ['ramp] -- created in collaboration with touch guitar player Markus Reuter (CentroZoon, Tuner, Robert Rich).

Originally recorded in 2000/2001 but not released before 2007, this is probably the darkest drone-laden album of the entire ['ramp] back catalogue. On Phil Derby compared it to "Stalker" by Robert Rich and Brian Lustmord, just to give you an impression what to expect. Paul Rijkens reviewed it as one of the pinnacles of the dark ambient music genre for the Dutch magazine I/O Pages.

The album has now been made available as a legal download from I hope to have some additional material from these sessions out soon, too. To get an impression, please click here:
There are some further albums by ['ramp] and by myself available from Extended Moment, too, which might be of interest to you. Please feel free to browse the other entries :).

For those who aren´t too fond of downloads, "ceasing to exist" can still be ordered as a fully-fledged official CD album, for instance directly from me :). Just drop me a line.

Thanks for reading,


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