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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Top Oophoi discs
« on: July 28, 2014, 09:36:24 PM »
All great choices mentioned, from the ones I've listened to at least.  Arpe di Sabbia is definitely worth the second visit, especially disc 1.

I would add for consideration Spirals of Time- it's a two disc (?) epic journey of subtle, quiet power.  There are a couple of nice pleasant surprises, one of which is contained in the last track. 

Also Mare Vaporum- this is one that is basically a single, slowly evolving loop that does it like any of the best of Eno's or Roach's long form classics.  It's not too simple though as it has a lot of moving parts and does meander at times from the basic loop, but it has a good mix of high and low tones and for me is one of his most hypnotic and relaxing albums, not a boring work but not overly dark or ominous either.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Was this an insult?
« on: July 17, 2014, 08:25:17 PM »
I would follow up to see where she was coming from... in as a polite way as possible.   In my opinion that wouldn't come off as awkward, just to get the clarification.  You found her comment confusing, and it's understandable.

Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: 2014 Hypnos release schedule?
« on: April 17, 2014, 04:17:58 PM »
best cover in the history of the universe.

Tom Heasley- On The Sensations of Tone  I gave this one a good head phoning last night, gotta say I love it, and probably haven't given it the attention it could have received.  A few years back there was a "dream collaborations" topic on this forum, and I think I put Heasley with Oophoi-  to me these two were kindered spirits, and it would have been terrific- Heasley's stuff is DEEP.  And the processed tuba sounds give it a nice, unconventional sound by ambient standards.  It's not terrifyingly dark, nor is it ethereal or pretty.  It's a mesmerizing sound and as good as the deepest Oophoi material.

Feeling like a broken record mentioning this here in the past  ;) but I also like going back to Steve Roach's World's Edge, actually just Disc 2.   It's an exactly 60 minute one track wonder of Steve's career.  Someone actually gave me World's Edge for my high school graduation back in '92!  Still holding its own after so long, I forget about this one having so much music now on my itunes and computer, but I still give it a good listen when in the mood.

Also just occasionally going back to the good stuff from the early and mid 90's... hearts of space fathom, Suspended Memories, anything by Tuu, Kenneth Newby, etc. all are ones that I marvel at from a different but equally amazed perspective when listening again, after a long break.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Absentness - interesting project.
« on: January 27, 2014, 07:45:46 PM »
I don't know about "these guys", but this guy right here <<< typing this here message, is awesome! 

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 23, 2014, 09:49:43 PM »
Aglaia - Hymns
This is a pretty cool release, but out of sync with the typical Aglaia vibe. Throughout each track there is a highly processed voice submerged in the mix. I can't understand what it is saying (if it is saying anything in particular), but it has a spooky, robotic quality to it. That voice, combined with the more typical Aglaia synth work, gives this album a really unique sound--something that is both alien and yet strangely familiar. I imagine this is what hymns may sound like if they were performed by humanoid insects on another planet.


Strange that you should mention that; I've been breeding humanoid insects from other planets as a hobby, and strangely, they DO have an affinity for singing hymns. The damn things are keeping us awake at night! I have to throw cold water on them to quiet 'em down  ...but seriously, I love that description, will have to look that up.

This prompted me to check out Aglaia's Hymns, actually it was a debate which to buy now, that or Alio Die's Amidst the Circling Spires, the samples of which also sound great.  Something about humanoid insects though just spoke to me....

Through a first listen I'd say the voices also remind me of what would happen if the Cylons from Battlestar Galactica were somehow reprogrammed to be peaceful and they all joined a hippy love cult- and I mean that in the best way possible. 

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 17, 2014, 08:35:05 PM »

Symatic Star and Jack Hertz- Shambhala.  Big themes a la David Parsons throughout, with types of chanting that are rarely woven into ambient.  Also a lot of mellowness in between with plenty of room to breathe.   From Aural Films netlabel,  looks very promising!  A few people I've seen here on the forum have releases there (Shane Morris, Mystified) and it's all name your own price- will definitely revisit.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Oblivion - 2013
« on: January 13, 2014, 09:45:21 PM »
Just to add to something because that commentary was overly harsh on Elysium:  The first half of the movie is really solid, and I was completely hooked.  The special effects are top-notch.  That moment where Matt Damon blows away the first robocop into a million bits is incredible.  I wish the second half, which was the action-half, had more of that.  Instead, enter Kruger and his mercenary buddies, and the android cops are barely even seen again.

They could have kept the Kruger character completely out, and let this movie be about Jodie Foster as the evil secretary, the corporate boss on earth for his relatively short stint, and the army of robocops.  That would have given the movie the colder, more artificial contrast of machines & soulless assholes who keep the pristine Elysium running. 

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Oblivion - 2013
« on: January 13, 2014, 09:25:56 PM »
I liked Oblivion.  It didn't feel right seeing Tom Cruise as a techie repairman type guy, so the twist where he was once the leader of the human resistance made more sense, both for him as an actor and the story.  Probably the sci-fi and hollywood community will give the clone-thing a rest for before it gets too played out.  (Moon, Never Let me Go, Obvlivion)

If you liked Moon, have you seen Duncan Jones's (son of David Bowie) other movie, Source Code?  That is fantastic!  Neat quantum physics-type twist to the end... see that kind of ending to me is what helps make a film unforgettable.

Speaking of unforgettable, District 9 was such to me... which is why the sophomore effort Elysium by that director was a let down- it's watchable but I had higher expectations.  With Elysium, Matt Damon and Jodie Foster were capable, and I like Sharlto Copley but I thought he played the bad guy way over the top, along with the Mexican arms/immigrant smuggler- their characters were kind of a distraction.   The look was there, but the story seemed to lack the soul that District 9 had.  I think Drone On and I have already had this discussion and you didn't like District 9?  If you liked Elysium, to me District 9 was a lot more exciting with more complexity to the main character and the story. 

judd stephens

Thank you!  :o

Glad I could help  8)

The one I've been listening to could really use a marketing makeover, get a load of this:  "5 Hours of Tibetan and Oriental Music" and that font!  It's like something from one of those cheesy 70's kung fu flicks ;D

Nevertheless, this music truly is relaxing, it is reminiscent of Aglaia, and at times I was reminded of other Italian ambient artists like Busso de La Lune.  Honestly, not really a weak track on here, it's all solid- and as the album title spells it out for you, it is 5 hours!  This is excellent music for meditating, reading, massage, etc... I'm lovin' this hidden door of wonders so far. 


Pretty neat huh?  This is one example of music released under their names.  What I did was while in, I noticed some of their albums were not released on Hic Sunt Leones but rather "The Italian Way" label, so I did an 'advanced search' to see what else the label had to offer and their names turned up, so here is what all they have at least on amazon:

and still more, though there appears to be more acoustic material here it's still similar:\c+Gianluigi+Toso%2Cp_n_feature_browse-bin%3A625150011&keywords=Gino+Fioravanti%2C+Gianluigi+Toso&ie=UTF8&qid=1388687587

and if that's not enough, I forgot to mention they also have another moniker called "Nada Experiences" and at least 5 releases in that form.   Virtually the same style as Aglaia here:

So, from my brief research I believe the 2 artists in the title of this post are Aglaia, a duo.  If so I didn't know Aglaia was in fact 2 artists, and more interestingly to me, these two have a crapload more albums not under the name Aglaia but simply under their own names.  I don't know if this comes as a surprise to most here on the forum- I've read about Aglaia's music many times here and have bought about 3-4 recordings, without ever hearing of the many other releases where they simply go by their real names.

Anyway it sounds like this "other" music sounds exactly in the same field of play.  Very generic album titles but the same floaty Aglaia vibe we've come accustomed to.  I just bought this album which is a ton of music, and look forward to unpacking later...  if you don't know now ya know.  They've come up with a great sound and though it may sound occasionally recycled, it's a really relaxing, enjoyable style of endless drifting and floating:

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best of 2013
« on: January 01, 2014, 09:01:28 PM »

Steve Hillage-Dreamtime Submersibles

It is that a new album, or is that Hilllage's and Evan Marc's "Dreamtime Submersible", that was actually from 2008?  Just curious because if it's something new I'd love a sequel or any new material- the album I'm thinking of is excellent.   

Everything and Nothing / Re: The new age music 'scene' ?
« on: December 24, 2013, 12:16:15 AM »
New Age as a scene seems pretty strong in the Yoga and Massage/Spa industry.  If there is at all still a "scene", that is one of the strongest contributors. 

Many musicians tend to get more minimal and "ambient" in their sound with each successive release.  Patrick O'hearn is such an example.  The latest albums by Bluetech and Carbon Based Lifeforms are what I would call strictly ambient when in the past their music was downtempo/dub and very rhythmic.  Many other new age artists take their music to a more ambient vibe. 

I can't think of too many who went in the opposite direction, from a more minimal sound to new age (or even to a more active, melodic sound)- maybe Craig Padilla of late (that sellout  ;) ).  Is the general trend toward less and, while not enjoying the credit, do most roads eventually lead to ambient? 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Drone Masters
« on: November 08, 2013, 08:21:18 PM »
To link with another current topic, would some of Thom Brennan be considered drone?  I've been listening to his one track work "Satori" and it is quite droney, though there are tones that rise and fall in a few second intervals, there's generally a underlying bed of drone underneath... that and Vibrant Water and Mist of his collection I would find fall under that category.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Sampling in Ambient Music
« on: September 27, 2013, 07:43:43 PM »
Thanks for the clarifications Loren.  A lot of times you don't see any credit given.  For example I'm enjoying this ambient download I found that weaves in Tibetan monk chanting extensively during the first track.   David Parsons uses a lot of those deep, low growling chants in his work, but maybe they at least get permission if not full credit. 

I hope they got credit, as I believe the monks were chanting something along the lines of "karma can be a bitch"... ;D ;)

Everything and Nothing / Sampling in Ambient Music
« on: September 23, 2013, 04:16:01 PM »
I really like most of Alio Die's music, particularly any time he uses medieval choirs and renaissance instruments. 

This is really out of my league so I ask the question here:  some of that, if not all, is sampled right? 

Most likely he didn't emply a group of choir singers, and he may play instruments but a lot of the medieval music sounds like it may have been a previous recording that has been slowed down, distorted and with layers of effects and processing meshed in.

To me this is actually a neat idea, that of "recycling" that kind of music and if that's what Alio Die is doing, he does it like no other.  The artist Diatonis has an album called The Convolving Universe that is just processed gregorian monks and choirs I believe, and it's similarly cool....

I wonder how one deals with copywright issues with this?  If you distort something beyond recognition (at least in parts) and add your own effects, does it become something new?  This is something that went on for years in Rap music before artists finally started demanding royalties, so just curious about this topic...

There are a couple of reviews on the Hypnos promo write-ups of your releases that tag you with the up and coming or 'rising star' label  ;) 

I'm sure you've read Jim Brenholts review of your Sanctuary of Dreams, but I'd recommend a re-read... I just caught it and it's one of the best and funniest reviews ever.

More like crashing meteor.

Why do you think so?   :)  Your music is very deep, mature and strong.

Jesse you just need an image people can get with.  How about a gold chain, short-shorts, and some MC Hammer sunglasses?   

Everything and Nothing / Re: Insights from Daniel Lanois
« on: September 19, 2013, 01:50:40 PM »
Anyone heard of the guy who interviewed him before? I suspect he is some hiphop producer because of Daniel's one reference about the killer bass to him.

Yes, he's Pharrell Williams and though I don't know his work well, he was in a band called N.E.R.D. and he did sing in a couple songs on the new Daft Punk album.  I guess he does produce music too, but it's mostly pop and rap (he's in that crazy huge song by Robin Thicke right now).  The only thing I like is his Daft Punk appearance as it fits well and his voice is similar to the singing on their other vocal-heavy album called Discovery. 

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