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I'm going to be honest and say I'm a little disappointed with Biosonic. I really enjoy some of Robert Logan's individual pieces that I listened to, but I did wonder how his style and sound would combine with that of Steve Roach.
To me the music on Biosonic kind of lingers on the surface, it doesn't pull me in. There are some fine moments, like the beautiful atmospheric ending of the first track. I wish there were more of those moments.
I think there is a lot of focus on detail, but I'm missing the overall picture. For example, I feel Body Electric and especially Blood Machine have a much stronger sense of cohesion; the concept of those albums really comes to life in the music.
Still, it's a worthy effort and it's good for Steve Roach to keep venturing into new directions, but maybe these two artists aren't fully compatible. Or I simply had the wrong expectations.
Ie]

I feel exactly the same about everything in your post.
I think Steve and vit unis is a perfect match I hope they will work together again. 

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Yes ambient can be tricky...I have rated albums like "a deep silence" 5 stars..it is very minimal album, was it easy to give 5 star, no ?
it took many listens, this album can only make sense when you are in bed between sleep and reality.

I can list endless amount of steve roach albums that have been taking long time to get into, some albums grow on you cause each time you listen your mind gives you a different experience. The best experience I get in bed, but as it is for many of you I can't lay in bed all day listening to music I can do it for a few hours. But I think good ambient deserves full attention and it is the ultimate experience.
We all are different some people might be better to multi task then me.


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I spent the day listening to Second Nature. Outstanding! I think it is really hard to get the right combined sound from synths and piano. This is perfect. The way the grand piano is processed makes it seem more mysterious, while still being a majestic acoustic source. And the lightly mixed synths and electronics function like wisps in the background, always filling the space but without commanding too much attention.

That's encouraging to read, Chris. It is brilliant to hear the album is speaking to you. I must confess I would never have thought to release an album of this nature, but Steve has a special intuition for things and makes magic happen. And yes; he carves out those treatments/processing with great degree of care and sensitivity.

Ekstasis - even though that was your experience of this one, best wishes for your future listens to 'Biosonic'! :)

I feel very bad now, I did not mean to sound harsh. But I can also add a lot of steve roach albums I have been listeningen to and it has taken a long time before I have been able to grasp it fully and when the right doors has been opens.

It makes me really glad steve roach still putting out albums in steady flow! I think his discography can never be big enough.

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here is  one more sample I did with eventide but it is not recorded with direct audio

http://www.hypnos.com/smf/index.php?topic=8575.0

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Here is a glimpse of my future music project, this is deeply personal music from me.
Project will be based mostly with clean guitar like this, slow/mid tempo drums like this, ambient drones/textures similar to steve roach.

As I said this is deeply personal music for me, I like to record videos like this one to remember what I played and the music itself when I do a proper recording.
Drums is made by me with beatbox it is for demonstration purpose since I am not able to play drums and play guitar at the same time. I aim to use programmed drums for the demo then hire a real drummer to record acoustic drums in studio.  Video and sound is recorded with my smartphone for demonstration purpose.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4L-_8NTYzSmQjdfdlFLMG5JQkk/view?pref=2&pli=1

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I can really recommend Better Call saul for breaking bad addicts. many of the casts from breaking bad is in this series, same directors same incredible quality it is just as addictive as breaking bad.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Game of Thrones
« on: April 14, 2016, 08:22:06 AM »
well I can see it is very well made and beautiful for the eye, but it similiar to lord of the rings I would find the story and the acting in general silly but I would watch it just for being impressed by the general visual performance and production in general.

Well maybe I will get into the fantasy world after some time otherwise  fantasy is really not my strong side.
But Trailers does note always give the correct picture...


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Still need to let biosonic grow some.

But I did give second nature a good chance listening to it in headphones in bed giving it full attention  (which people rarely do these days)

My conclusion is it is a bad uninspired and boring album.
It is elevator music at best.  The piano sound cliché to me.  Piano and long reverbs like that rarely work.

All sounds very spontaneous  and lacks depth and multiple layers.  With that said all new Steve roach albums are welcome. It is good his discography grow since you need new albums since you want some new music to listen to all the time and you have heard all albums sp many times now.

Will give finial judgment to biosonic soon

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Biosonic grows a little... the track "Amniotic Universe " is kind of hypnotizing

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I think hypnos did not deserve the bash.. Hypnos.com was a cd based label it is no news that cd sales has gone down and time has changed.  Anyway I agree with you regarding Thomas 100%

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I have heard both albums now I am not sure what to make out of it yet.

Will need to listen to them some more

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Humans TV series
« on: April 11, 2016, 07:00:32 PM »
I have recently started to watch this series I think it is really good an raises some interesting questions about the future.



IT must be really hard acting to act like a non human like that :)

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Game of Thrones
« on: April 11, 2016, 06:54:40 PM »
sometime I will force myself to watch it but mostly because all people hype it so much I have tried to watch many trailers but have never really fallen for it..

but I know sometimes trailers does not give the correct picture

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Stargate SG-1 reunion ?
« on: April 03, 2016, 07:46:30 PM »
So lets start of and say, I am a huge stargate fan.

My first experience with Stargate was  Stargate universe,  I was amzed by it, then I started with atlantis I was very scerptical at first since I thought it was some kind of low budget tv crap,  well..atlantis was also mindblowing.. I was even more sceptic when starting to watch SG-1 after surviving first season sg-1 was really mind blowing as well..

Anyway there has been rumours about a sg-1 reunion now , do any of you guys think that sg-1 reunion will see the light of day ?

It is unclear if it will be a series or a movie...is any one else more well informed perhaps of the latest rumors ?

Anyway we need more good sci fi series like this


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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Interstellar
« on: April 03, 2016, 07:41:48 PM »
well what I ca say about this film is it is extremely high quality film, it is really flawless,

The storytelling is kind of slow, but in a good way, however, the biggest and only problem with this film is that it is way too short.
Why I appreciate the slow story telling in the beginning the end suffers a lot,  this should had been an epic 3 hour film nothing less...

Otherwise this is space drama in its highest caliber.  I really love space movies like this. Movies like Prometheus  etc.

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I got a bit of a nostalgia buzz watching the first episode of the new miniseries. But, after the second episode, I didn't have any incentive to continue watching. I can't quite put my finger on it, but things just seemed contrived and silly.

Sometimes it seem they just standed there doing nothing all to grab money from all the million fans etc...
it seem almost like a rip off.

I think directors and maybe time frame and economy is to blame  something went very wrong with this mini series it is not up to standards.
But it has moments of greatness it is very uneven. Well this was a sad reunion.

If they ever decide to do another season I will still give it a chance though but I think a lot of this stuff should never have aired...
There must be some kind of quality control of the material they have before air it ?

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I have now seen the 10th season mini series, I must say it was surprisingly bad.

I think drone did sumurize it in a good way the last and first episode (directed by chris carter) was the most watchable.

I think we can't really blame mulder and scully for bad acting, but I think the directors and also the script is to blame, it is especially in 2-4 episode horrible.
Episode 2,3,4 was a joke, it felt like those episodes where trying to make a parody of x files,  mulder even had the xfiles ring tone in his smartphone wtf ?
Yeah this is really terrible ,after watching all 9 seasons recently there is a lot of really terrible episodes, but what we see here is actually bad acting,
and again I think it is directors to blame cause some scenes the acting is good and some not, it looks like they had a tight budget to be honest.

They could skip episode 2,3,4 all together they where just plain silly and feelt like they just wanted to make fun of x-files.

I think with better directing and script mulder and scully are still able to deliver for sure, since you see some bright moments especially in last episode,

1-4 epsiode felt much like warm-up phase, like they did not felt completely  comfortable in their clothes yet.

I also strongly prefer to UFO themed epiosodes in fact they could release an Bluray box with only the UFO related episodes, there is so many crap epsiodes in the series, a lot of silly monster and panorama silly stuff the UFO conspiracy episodes I think is what most people like, atleast that is what the hardcore fans want to see.

The ending of Episode 6 in the new series lay a good ground for new series...If they decide to do more episodes they really need to change things...
Atleast directors who can decide what is a good and not good take to begin with, it felt like in this series that they just took the first take and did go to the next. The acting and script is so bad sometimes.. very uneven quality.... But last episodes show some hope..but both still feels little bit rigid.


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I have now finally wathched all 9 seaons, it took a lot longer time then I thought but it is because every season was like 22 episodes, on todays standard
that is kind of a lot.

Looking forward to start watching season 10 tonight!
I hope scully still looks hot

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: David Parsons - Puja
« on: March 27, 2016, 10:24:00 PM »
Experiencing "Puja"... A thrillingly transcendental journey through Indo-Gangetic Plains and Tibetan Plateau awaits here!!! David Parsons returns at the very top of his extraordinary wizardry, bravo, Maestro!!! Still in the middle of the pilgrimage, but it sounds already as a very strong competitor for Best of 2016. Thank you, David, thank you, Johan/gterma!!!

Richard

Wow I am not really excited to hear the album  :)

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: March 27, 2016, 10:22:21 PM »
one thing I wonder about this oceanic amount of modules, is does it sound as good as it looks ?
sure it is analog, but a lot of this module companies are pretty much made by people in the garage,
sure a lot have good functions , but it seem to be a lot about the eye candy stuff too..

Anyway I will jump on the modular train before I die to, but it is little bit too expensive for me right now.


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