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Independent Music Reviews / Review: Jack Hertz - Speleo
« on: July 27, 2012, 08:40:10 AM »
I’ve wanted to review an album by the prolific Jack Hertz for a while, and the timing of his latest album, “Speleo” is just right. Jack runs the Sound for Good netlabel, where profits from sales of downloads and CDs go to charity. Eagle-eyed readers may recall me talking about Sound for Good on my earlier review of William Spivey and Aos Crowley’s “Absence of Matter“. It’s notable that, in just four months, already the label has reached its sixth release.

The album’s notes state that the recordings “are inspired by and dedicated to the amazing subterranean worlds of the underground.” There are four tracks, ranging from 10 to nearly 17 minutes long. “Mineral Dreams” starts with a thin, reedy pipe; a slow minor chord draws out, and vocal textures are laid over a pulsating drone. The music is exceedingly...

The rest of the review is over at EarTickles:

Independent Music Reviews / Re: Review: Roberto Massoni – Diter:0
« on: July 26, 2012, 10:55:28 AM »
The "created from the kindness and acceptance of happiness" bit scares me.   ;D

Maybe that was just Google mistranslating  ;)

Nice! Seeing Göttsching and early TD mentioned in the same review means this is my definitely kind of album :)

Independent Music Reviews / Review: Roberto Massoni – Diter:0
« on: July 19, 2012, 07:57:04 AM »
Roberto Massoni‘s “Diter:0″ is the first album to be released on the Docil netlabel, which is based in Argentina. According to the Internet Archive, the label may previously have been named Data. The label also has a SoundCloud page with some additional tracks. The description on this release’s webpage (as translated by Google) describes the music as being “created from the kindness and acceptance of happiness”.

At just over half an hour long, the album moves from one slow, perfect slice of beauty to the next. “Ruido” starts uncertainly, before lush chords are placed across an over-driven guitar rhythm...

The full review is posted over on EarTickles:

It’s always exciting when a new netlabel launches. Petroglyph Music is a fresh Norwegian label which intends to focus on ambient and experimental music and their subgenres. The label currently has two releases under its belt, having been launched just over two weeks ago. Some of Rune Martinsen’s earlier work can be found under the name Abhorrent Beauty; Øystein Jørgensen has also recorded fairly prolifically under the Ambient Fabric name...

The full review is posted over on EarTickles:

Independent Music Reviews / Review: Shane Morris & Mystified - Epoch
« on: July 10, 2012, 09:32:35 AM »
"...the album’s longest cut, lays small seeds down under long, ominous notes which furl and unfurl like sonic rope. The soundscape beguiles the listener with a keening, hypnotic repeated motif hanging in the ether above rock-solid didgeridoo drones. Organic splashes and burbles signify the changes in the forms of..."

The full review is over at EarTickles:

Independent Music Reviews / Review: Jaja - Ascend
« on: July 05, 2012, 07:58:26 AM »
“Ascend” is the second solo album by the German musician Jaja (Jana Rockstroh), and is released on the netlabel she co-founded, CYAN Music; its predecessor ”Oum” was issued in 2011. She is also one half of the psytrance duo “New Age Hippies“. Jaja describes her music as live electronic compositions, where she plays and arranges nearly everything live on her keyboard, which always makes for interesting listening.The album is an epic project, clocking in at over two-and-a-half hours. “Aero” has a stately opening, with grand washes of synths pulling around vortex-like under an ethereal choir. “Entity” is dark and dense, with snippets of alien speech floating above...

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Independent Music Reviews / Review: Inner Place - Biosphere
« on: June 28, 2012, 01:24:33 PM »

Independent Music Reviews / Review: Matthew Barlow - Fields
« on: June 18, 2012, 09:05:45 AM »

Independent Music Reviews / Preview: Neu Gestalt - Weightless Hours
« on: June 16, 2012, 04:29:08 AM »
"Weightless Hours" is due to be released next week.

The preview is over on EarTickles at:

Independent Music Reviews / Re: It's like ...
« on: June 16, 2012, 04:27:17 AM »
Thanks for your views, everyone. I appreciate your thoughts.

Independent Music Reviews / Re: It's like ...
« on: June 14, 2012, 10:24:58 AM »
We have had posters in the past who have directed people to their websites (usually because they are selling something), but have not participated in the forum discussions.  I prefer to read a discussion, and not be directed to an external website, but, like I said, it's no big deal and merely intended as a friendly suggestion.

No problem.

Independent Music Reviews / Re: It's like ...
« on: June 14, 2012, 04:09:39 AM »
Your reviews are interesting and I don't want to discourage you from posting them, but I think it might be helpful if you grouped the ones that were posted at the same time (for example, referencing your 7 reviews on June 4 in a single post).  The link within a post resembles viruses that have appeared on this forum, but it's not that big a deal to me.

EarTickles was launched on 29 May, and I only joined the Forum here on June 4. The links to the earlier reviews were simply intended to bring anyone interested in reading them up to date. There's no way I'll ever write more than one review a day.

I took the decision from the outset not to use a URL shortener - I'd loved to have used, which I use all the time on my personal Twitter account, but that would obfuscate links for people that don't know me. So I'm not sure why my links look any more like viruses than those posted by others in, say, "Forum Member Projects News and Promotion".

Independent Music Reviews / Re: It's like ...
« on: June 13, 2012, 08:28:44 AM »
No kidding.  I'm of two minds about this.  Somethimes you can have too much of a good thing, such as the messiness of trying to browse the site.  It would probably also be a little more polite to the reader to post the actual review instead of a link.

Hi Forrest - that'll be me posting the links, I guess. Unfortunately I'll get into all sorts of tangles cross-posting, as Google doesn't look kindly on duplicate content without lots of work behind the scenes. Running EarTickles is costing me money as well as time, so I won't cross-post - I've already had a similar discussion with jkn about this over on Relaxed Machinery.

I could start posting "teasers", as I already do on rM, with John's consent. Alternatively, I could stop posting links to reviews here altogether. What would everyone prefer? I'll go with the majority view, whatever that is.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: June 10, 2012, 09:32:00 AM »
Using Sennheiser HD25-1 II here. They were a well-wanted Christmas present from my wife in 2008, and they're lovely.

Independent Music Reviews / Re: Review: Saito Koji - Again
« on: June 10, 2012, 09:26:47 AM »
Thanks for the tip, drone on! Sadly, it's not on eMusic (my preferred store), but I found it on Spotify. I'm just listening to it now. It's much more delicate than "Again", but, given that it's from before the Fukushima disaster, I guess that's no surprise. And it's very nice indeed. Thank you again :)

Jokes, Nonsense and Amusing Links / "O Fortuna" Misheard Lyrics
« on: June 10, 2012, 09:16:54 AM »
I think that this animation's too funny not to share! [YouTube video link]

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