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Gino Fioravanti, Gianluigi Toso - Respirando (relax music)



Pretty neat huh?  This is one example of music released under their names.  What I did was while in Amazon.com, 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:   

http://www.amazon.com/s?rh=n%3A163856011%2Ck%3AJohn+Toso+Gino+Fioravanti%2Cp_n_feature_browse-bin%3A625150011&keywords=John+Toso+Gino+Fioravanti&ie=UTF8&qid=1388687666

and still more, though there appears to be more acoustic material here it's still similar: 


http://www.amazon.com/s?rh=n%3A163856011%2Ck%3AGino+Fioravanti\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: 

http://www.amazon.com/s?rh=n%3A163856011%2Ck%3Anada+experiences%2Cp_n_feature_browse-bin%3A625150011&keywords=nada+experiences&ie=UTF8&qid=1388687867

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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:   

https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Gino_Fioravanti_Gianluigi_Toso_5_hours_tibetan_and?id=B4y7eyp7yaukkhzbfx5ri3setwe

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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.   

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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? 

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: what Tv series should I see ?
« on: November 27, 2013, 09:26:50 PM »

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: what Tv series should I see ?
« on: November 23, 2013, 09:44:06 PM »
Official Trailer | ALMOST HUMAN | FOX BROADCASTING

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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.

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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 ;)

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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...

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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.


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Numina
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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?   

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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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and with the Rising Ambient Star Numina in attendance, the deal just gets sweeter! 

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sean Washburn - Wave mantra
« on: September 17, 2013, 12:19:26 PM »
Cool.  Looking forward to your future music Sean.  Wave Mantra is a gem... glad the forum members here pointed the way.

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« on: August 25, 2013, 07:57:53 PM »
Magestic.  8)

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That Klaus Wiese set sounds awesome... and highly sought after. 

http://seeyouinsleep.bandcamp.com/album/tibetan-singing-bowl-meditation-2  --- more of Brian Green here, I'm listening to the track "111" and it's sounding beautiful.  It's in the similar realm of Oophoi's Behind the Wall of Sleep in mood.  The tracks are a little unrefined, but the kid has a good ear and knows what he's doing.  I bet with an experienced mastering he could go places.  Baby...

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Assuming he did mention certain classical musicians as a starting point, I'd be surprised if nowhere was it mentioned about the influence that Eastern music must have had on a lot of the pioneering and current ambient artists...

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Everything and Nothing / Insights from Daniel Lanois
« on: August 19, 2013, 08:55:29 PM »
Daniel Lanois & Pharrell Williams at Home in the Studio | ARTST TLK Ep. 7 Full | Reserve Channel


Aside from a strange interview at times, there was some nice juicy bits  (no pun intended).  Pretty fascinating though, and when he broke out the steel guitar and synths toward the end, made me wish Lanois could create some more ambient or downtempo in the future.


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Totally agree with you Julio, and to Forrest, I think he samples his own bowl playing for what that's worth, but yeah. 

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http://seeyouinsleep.bandcamp.com/album/decipher-reflections 

The sounds from Brian Green, check him out!  Not your run- of -the- mill tibetan bowl stuff. 

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