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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDrs are warped
« on: February 14, 2011, 11:27:43 PM »
Dr Kappa, please keep me posted about the situation, I'll replace all the defective discs, on both Umbra and Penumbra labels. As for Penumbra, I can easily send you the Penumbra Collection discs, which contain 3 titles on a single disc.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDrs are warped
« on: February 10, 2011, 04:13:36 AM »
Dr Kappa, sorry for this inconvenience, I can send you replacement copies of those two defective discs.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Any last-minute 2010 gear purchases?
« on: December 22, 2010, 12:22:22 AM »
I've just bought a used Nord Modular G2 on Ebay, a great machine with endless possibilities

Now Playing / Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
« on: October 30, 2010, 08:53:54 AM »
Amon Duul: Paradies Warts Duul, Phallus Dei, Yeti, Tanz der Lemminge, Carnival in Babylon, Wolf City
Popol Vuh: Hosianna Mantra, In den Garten Pharaos, Affenstunde
Tangerine Dream: Alpha Centauri, Zeit, Atem
Cosmic Jokers: all their output
Ash Ra Tempel: Ash Ra Tempel, Schwingungen, Seven Up, Join Inn
Neu: Neu!, Neu 2, Neu 75
Agitation Free: Malesch, Second, Last
Can: Tago Mago, Ege Bamyasi, Future Days
Frumpy: All Will Be Changed, Frumpy 2

and many many more germans

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: October 29, 2010, 06:34:44 AM »
Theo Travis & Robert Fripp: Live at Coventry Cathedral (atmospheric winds and Frippertronics, warm, elegant and vibrant)
Opeth: Live at Royal Albert Hall (black metal of the highest calibre)
Amazing Blondel: England (finally on cd, one of the best prog-folk albums ever)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Floating in the waters of O÷phoi
« on: October 27, 2010, 04:29:32 AM »
Good news: Databloem will soon release my new solo album "Il Silenzio di Dio" as a limited edition Cd (200 copies).
On the reissue side, the label is ready to release the whole Time Fragments series (6 discs in a box + some more discs of unreleased material), "Behind the Wall of Sleep" and volumes 2 and 3 of "Signals From The Great Beyond".

Everything and Nothing / Re: Spoof audiophile reviews
« on: October 01, 2010, 12:26:04 AM »
Mike, the cd player is an Audio Research Reference Cd7, connected in balanced mode with XLR cables (Nordost Red Dawn).

Terraform, the music I can now experience is the most natural, true and neutral I've ever experienced in more than 40 years, the real thing, far from the cold, harsh and monodimensional music typical of the solid state (and I've used several good and "esoteric" solid state amps and cd players). Believe me, it is a totally new world, and don't believe to those stories about tube coloration: every kind of music can be graced by the tubes, voices and instruments come to a new life. Listening to ambient music is nothing short than incredible, for a very simple fact: the blackness from where it rises. The tubes can reproduce the dynamics of ambient music in a unique way, and the main difference between solid state and tubes is the high resolution you get at low volumes, sounds and textures seem to come from a very distant point in the space, gaining a 3D shape. At low volumes solid state simply kills the music, all the music, and everything sounds "dead". As you can expect, rock, jazz, folk and classical music are exciting too.
You mention the studio monitors, but hifi and studio equipment are different worlds. I'm afraid it is impossible to recreate in a house the "recording conditions" you are talking about, but a good pair of monitors like Genelec or Mackie can help. I have a pair of Mackie 824 in the studio and I'm totally satisfied, they are a bit "fat" in the lower end of the audio spectrum but once you know this you can take some corrections in the mastering phase. Regarding the Yamaha NS10, they are horrible, and it is very funny that people have considered them for years the standard in the studio.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 30, 2010, 11:39:44 AM »
Hawkwind: Blood of the Earth (totally disappointing!!!)
Kluster: Kluster and Friends (a monumental document of the early days of Kluster, abstract and harsh soundscapes, a masterpiece)
Neu: 86 (the lost tapes of Rother and Dinger, some great pieces and some fillers)
Guru Guru: Wiesbaden 1973 (another live recording from the golden era of krautrock, stoner rock of the highest caliber)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Spoof audiophile reviews
« on: September 30, 2010, 11:31:08 AM »
I agree Mike, but I'm talking about McIntosh and Audio Research stuff; it's easy to put a tube on top of a metal sheet and claim that the valve sound is superior to the solid state. After 35 years of (good) solid state amps the passage to the tubes has revealed a totally new world, and I'm currently re-discovering many hidden and never-before heard sounds/textures in my collection. The cd player too is a tube model and it's been a revelation: warm, round and very close to the wonders of the vinyl. The listening pleasure is breathtaking, and the cables are a crucial part of all this: it'd be a nonsense to use cheap cables with these equipment.
Terraform, the DT880 is a beautiful sounding headphones, a tube amp can only improve its performance.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient with singing bowls?
« on: September 30, 2010, 11:15:19 AM »
thanks Terraform, Forgotten Rituals is full of different layers from three singing bowls, two cheap (around 30-40$ each) one expensive (300$); the real bowls from Tibet are impossible to find, Klaus owned hundreds of them, all originals from Tibet, with gold inside. Now the market is flooded by fake bowls from India, Nepal, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and China. You can still find some good bowls, if you know how to choose them. My advice is: don't spend too much money for the bowls, try them before buying, it is easy to understand if a bowl is good or not. And then the mallets too are very important to extract a good sound. I can provide you with some contacts of european dealers, there you can find good sounding bowls for reasonable prices. Please use my personal address:

Everything and Nothing / Re: Spoof audiophile reviews
« on: September 30, 2010, 09:08:33 AM »
my personal experience: expensive cables can really improve the quality, and the esoteric hi-fi is pure heaven if you decide to put some money in it.
Forget all those crazy reviews about "miracles" or wooden volume knobs, you must use your ears and decide. There is huge world beyond Sony, Technics or Marantz, or MP3 and computers.
My recent move to tube amplifiers and Nordost cables has been expensive but the difference is astounding.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient with singing bowls?
« on: September 30, 2010, 08:58:25 AM »
Klaus is the unsurpassed master of singing bowls space music, all his albums are true masterpieces in this field which set new standards for this kind of "instrument".
But let me spend a word about english percussionist extraordinaire Frank Perry, his private collection of singing bowls cds are outstanding; then I'd say the Henry Wolff saga.
These artists are light years beyond all the others.

As Mike said, Nebula is an "open" group of friends. I usually start a project giving the basic ideas and then developing the compositions, adding some sounds I get from the guests.     I have composed "The Path of White Clouds" entirely, with the exception of the last track, which is by Klaus Wiese. After Klaus' death, Nebula disbanded; this is why I'm happy that Mike is considering a reissue on Hypnos.
As for Projekt, I agree with Drone On, it seems like they release just the music of their friends, it is a choice and I must respect it.

Project? I've sent Sam Rosenthal an email three or four years ago, asking for a possible Projekt release of my music. He replied that they had Roach and Alio Die.

I'm afraid Steve is too busy with his own works and his close friends' productions, but I agree with Judd that his label would be perfect for my music. As for Spotted Peccary, I've sent them a message a couple of years ago about a possible release but they did not reply.
Hi Test Zero, I'll check with Stephen very soon, we've been in contact for years; I love his label, so why not?
Hi Lucette, I'm a big fan of your music too and I hope we'll work on that collaboration we've been talking about.

YES, I remember well, and you're right, you are my only customer from Luxembourg!
I love what Dennis is doing with these reissues, more will follow so please stay tuned; as for "Il Silenzio di Dio", to say the truth I've offered it to Hypnos too, but Mike is too busy and he did not reply. I'll try again, who knows? I'm afraid that he doesn't want to flood his label with Oophoi music, he is planning to release "The Path of White Clouds" and "The Martian Chronicles", then, in my opinion, he should also release "Zero Distance: The Dreamfields", as a sequel to "Distance to Zero". Let's see what happens, I'm completely open.
But I'll also try with AmbientLive.

Hi Drone On,
I did not try with Ambient Live, I have no contacts; I've tried here in Italy and then with Nextera and Prikosnovenie. No luck.

Hi David,
great to hear from you again, it's been awhile since our latest contact and I hope you are fine. I'm sure you'll enjoy "Zero Distance: The Dreamfields", it is a visionary/psychedelic work. Stay tuned.

I really appreciate your words, as you all know I got a bad hepathitis in the surgery room where I've been working for 15 years and now I suffer from a chronic fatigue syndrome, so you can imagine how hard is for me to sit in the studio and create music. It is also true that after 5 intense years (2001-2006) I've decided to slow down all the music activities and focus on my health situation.
Three cds are ready, "Il Silenzio di Dio" (nobody wants it), "Zero Distance: The Dreamfields" (in Paul's hands for some additions and the final mastering) and "The Martian Chronicles" (in Mike Griffin's hands), a collaboration with my welsh friend Seren Ffordd; as for the reissue of "The Path of White Clouds" I have no news from Mike since long time but I don't want to bother him.
I have at least 20 hours of new recordings that should fill three more future projects: "The November Earth", "The Physics of Heaven" and "The Secret Language of Trees"; the fact is that it is very hard, I'd say impossible, to find labels for my music, here in Italy and abroad, so it is a nonsense and a waste of time to develop and refine those recordings. They'll sleep in The Kiva for years.
Just a note about the good job of Dennis at Databloem: he is re-releasing my back catalog on quality-pressed discs, the next reissues will be the second part of "Signals From The Great Beyond" and "Behind the Wall of Sleep". More will follow.
I am currently writing a book about the history of german rock of 60's and 70's, a huge work that covers krautrock, psychedelic, progressive, avantgarde and cosmic music; this will keep me busy for months.
Thanks for your continuing interest in my music, I hope you'll enjoy the new cds, if someone will release them!

"Lunar Ice Caves" sounds terrific Drone On, I should think about it, gather my energies and go back to the studio, forcing Netherworld to join me... who knows? maybe next year. Oh by the way, thanks for the feedback about "An Aerial View" and "Cloudlands", it is the first time I read something about "Cloudlands" on the Forum, it seems like nobody liked it... too strange maybe...?
Databloem is ready to reissue "Mare Vaporum" and the complete set of "Signals From The Great Beyond" (but in three separate releases), and I'm also discussing about the release of "Il Silenzio di Dio", a 2008 live project recorded the year after "Arpe di Sabbia". Then Mike should release "The Path of White Clouds", and the collaboration with Seren Ffordd "The Martian Chronicles".
Another album is completed: "Zero Distance: The Dreamfields", which is the sequel of "Distance to Zero". I've just sent the master to Paul Vnuk, let's see what happens.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 10, 2009, 09:27:56 AM »
No doubt Phobos, Opeth ARE the best prog-metal band out there!

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