Taksu is great, I totally agree. You may want to check out Kelly David's Angkor. It's good slow, psychaedelic ambience from the jungle. If you haven't picked up Forrest Fang's Gongland that's a real winner too.
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Hot Fuzz - my wife and I both loved this movie. The perfect combination of dry wit, directing style, over the top brutal violence, mystery, did I mention humor? Great.
I also think 'sublime' doesn't mean quite the same thing to people anymore, so the sense of opposition between beauty and 'the sublime' wouldn't necessarily be apparent (unless somebody was already familiar with the content of Burke's essay.)
Martin's website is still active and has some sound samples of his more recent work which you can find here:
Listening to Spirit Dome right now...that pounding imminent sacrifice epic tiki drum sound is so great...this album truly conjures up some powerful and terrible beauty...for some reason puts me in mind of a sonic interpretation of the Egyptian book of the Dead...
Maybe there should be an anti-Steve Roach thread alongside the pro-thread...I think it'd be funny...
Do you know what you're saying?! This website would spontaneously combust with all the hatred and rage that would be generated. I DO agree with you though, that Mantram and Trance Spirits are both lame.
Nothing like a good Steve Roach "battle royale" to get Hypnos Forum traffic peaking again!
I think I have a pretty good memory but I don't remember that at all. If I did as you said then I am sorry. Its sometimes hard to tell when one is joking and one is being serious in a written context. Maybe Drone on is doing the same but I have seen over the years enough people take pot shots at Steve just because he is thought of as a big name in the field. And since he is a close personal friend it takes it to a whole other level for me.
So maybe I am the one jumping to conclusions and I should just shutup or maybe even just get off these forums all together.
Some really choice titles you got there, not the least of which is Desert Solitaire, which holds my favorite of all time Steve Roach track, "Flatlands."
Yesterday I had the new disturbed earth - sho album on all afternoon.
Not to nitpick, Judd, but technically, isn't Silence Speaks in Shadow a Paul Vnuk solo release, not a MaJaLe album (MaJaLe is in parantheses on the cover, though, so I understand the confusion)?