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I'm afraid he's the same guy who sells illegal copies of my albums, each one signed (?) by me!!! They are all MP3 downloads transferred onto cdr. Last year he started to sell an unknown Oophoi album, with an invented title

Everything and Nothing / Re: Sad News
« on: October 18, 2009, 01:49:22 AM »
really sad news... I'm shocked... and out of words.
my condolences to Jim's family.

my favorite Hypnos cds:
David Tollefson New Eyes on the Universe
Viridian Sun Perihelion
Robert Rich Sunyata
Robert Rich Inner Landscapes
Mike Griffin Sudden Dark
Paul Vnuk Silence Speaks in Shadow
Jeff Pearce Daylight Slowly
Vidna Obmana Soundtrack for the Aquarium

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient music & sitar/tanpura
« on: February 12, 2009, 01:33:00 AM »
Lisa Moskow plays the sarod, a 25 stringed lute typical of Northern India. Sitar and tamboura are different.
You could also try the work of Michael Vetter, his "Zen" and "Silence" series of cds are recommended: minimal stuff but highly enjoyable.
On the lighter side, The Moment: they have a couple of cds on Fonix, in which they blend ancient string instruments and singing bowls.
On my own Penumbra, I've released a couple of titles with Klaus Wiese on tamboura, Arpa d'Erba on vocals and me on electronic treatments.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient music & sitar/tanpura
« on: February 11, 2009, 04:33:47 AM »
if you like ambient music with sitar you should try Al Gromer Khan, his huge discography is full of wonderful gems.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: R.I.P. - Klaus Wiese
« on: January 28, 2009, 01:27:01 AM »
yesterday has been the saddest day of my life, I was shocked. He died of a stroke. We've been friends for 12 years, we've been sharing thoughts and feelings, and his "non-musical" teachings are now the foundations of my life.
In the last 12 years Klaus spent a lot of time in my house, playing and listening to music, talking about Life and Mystery and Religion and Music. An immense loss.
May His Light Shine Forever

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach Starting Point ?
« on: January 15, 2009, 05:23:44 AM »
First of all, "Dreamtime Return", an unforgettable classic. Then, "World's Edge" (with Robert Rich), "The Magnificent Void" (for dark excursions), "The Dream Circle", "Kiva" (a powerful ritual with Michael Stearns and Ron Sunsinger), "Early Man", "Prayers to the Protectors". Among this latest releases, I'd say "Landmass" and the "Immersion" series. Steve is the leading light of this field, so every release deserves our deepest attention.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: AKG C 3000 B
« on: December 29, 2008, 12:03:56 AM »
I have a pair of Rode NT-1A in my studio, and they are great.

Everything and Nothing / Re: CD-R Deterioration
« on: December 23, 2008, 12:34:24 AM »
I have a lot of CdRs in my collection and unfortunately I have discovered that many of them are now unplayable: Vir Unis "Lumen"; a couple Saul Stokes (those in the wooden boxes); James Johnson "Lost at Dunn's Lake", "Unity", "Surrender", "Minimum", "Journeys"; a bunch of Dark Duck titles; a mountain of Mathias Grassow titles. My discs are stocked in a safe place - no humidity at all - some of them have the paper label, some don't. I've tried to get the replacement discs from Saul, but he replied that the masters are gone lost.
I've always replaced all the defective Umbra and Penumbra discs, so I'd like to get replacement discs when I need them, but in many cases this seems impossible.

Everything and Nothing / Lexicon processors on sale
« on: December 21, 2008, 11:03:26 AM »
I need space in The Kiva, so I'm selling a couple of processors:

Lexicon PCM80 Effects Processor
Lexicon PCM90 Digital Reverberator

Like-new conditions for both. Original instructions manuals are included.
Please reply here or use:

Everything and Nothing / Re: cds on sale
« on: December 21, 2008, 10:58:35 AM »
hi Jim,
all the prices are USD.
All these discs come from my mail order service, I've decided to stop it, so it is a good chance to find some real gems

Everything and Nothing / cds on sale
« on: December 21, 2008, 07:04:46 AM »
Michael Northam: Go   6.00
Brume & TBC: Strandwasser ocean   10.00
Ure Thrall: The bone tree vol1   10.00
Ure Thrall: The bone tree vol2   10.00
Ure Thrall: Experience   10.00
Ure Thrall: Alien soundtracks of the human body   10.00
Ure Thrall: Shauerroman   10.00
Ure Thrall: Itís all yer in   10.00
Ure Thrall: Scion   10.00
Ure Thrall: Robotic warchant   10.00
Ure Thrall/Silva Mind Control: Twice in a blue moon   10.00
Ure Thrall/Terminus: Children under stars   10.00
Ure Thrall/Terminus: The holy spear   10.00
Ure Thrall/Terminus: Terminus   10.00
Ure Thrall/Terminus: Nine winks to neptune   10.00
Ure Thrall/Asianova: Nether nether land   10.00
Ure Thrall/Cruor: Hits from Davy Jones locker   10.00
Ure Thrall/Cruor: Black harvest   10.00
Ure Thrall/Cruor: Screech of Elvis   10.00
Ure Thrall/Cruor: Metal   10.00
Ure Thrall/Cruor: Mass   10.00
Ure Thrall/Knight Shade: In a darkened room   10.00
Ure Thrall/Knight Shade: In an ashen grave   10.00
Ure Thrall: Twin Blades: Mesh   10.00
Ure Thrall/Twin Blades:My mind is a close shave   10.00
Dwelling: Humana   13.00
Dwelling: Moments   10.00
Dwelling: Ainda e noite   13.00
Enrico Coniglio: Dyanmu   11.00
Enrico Coniglio: Grammatologia   11.00
Eluvium: An accidental memory in the case of death   12.00
Eluvium: Copia   13.00
Eluvium: Lambent material   13.00
Aloof Proof: Piano text   13.00
Chad Hoefler: Quiet glow   13.00
Chad Hoefler: Twilight in the offing   13.00
Matt Borghi: Elegy for time   12.00
Matt Borghi & Cyber Zen Sound Engine: The intercepted transmissions   12.00
Landing: Oceanless   12.00
Landing: Fade in fade out   10.00
Tony Gerber & John Rose: Airwaves   10.00
Antonio Testa: Inframundis   11.00
Al Gromer Khan: Indian music 2   15.00
Alio Die: Flight of the real image   12.00 (2 copies)
Thom Brennan: The path not taken (2 copies)   8.00
A Produce: Inscape and landscape   10.00
Spacecraft: Hummel   11.00
Jim Cole & Mathias Grassow: The hollow   11.00
Rapoon: Time frost   12.00
Radio Massacre International: Frozen North (2 cd)   40.00
Jorge Reyes: Prehispanic mexican music   20.00
Jorge Reyes: The flayed god   30.00
Jorge Reyes: Comala   30.00
Caprice: Kywitt Kywitt   14.00
Thistle: Thistle   14.00
Labradford: Labradford   13.00
Labradford: E luxo so   13.00
Labradford: A stable reference   13.00
Labradford: Mi media naranja   13.00
Labradford: Fixed context   13.00
Labradford: Prazision   15.00
Zoviet France: Just an illusion (lim ed wooden box)   30.00
Eliane Radigue: L'ile resonante   13.00
Michael Northam: Molecular knot phase one   13.00
Michael Northam: Porous   13.00
Michael Northam: From within the solar cave   13.00
Michael Northam: Wormwood   13.00
Michael Northam: The absurd evidence   13.00
Michael Northam: Automnal 2003   13.00
Michael Northam: Molt and anecdote   11.00
Michael Northam: The stomach of the sky   13.00
Michael Northam: Breathing towers   13.00
Michael Northam: Memoirs of four discarded objects   13.00
Michael Northam: Coyot   13.00
Rachel's: System Layers   13.00
James Plotkin: Kurtlanmak/Damascus   15.00
Mick Harris: Certain beyond all reasonable doubt   15.00

All NEW cds, many titles are rare/out of print editions.
I ship worldwide. Paypal is ok.
To order, please email me at:  or

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« on: November 27, 2008, 12:44:12 AM »
I confirm the new URL,  we changed it yesterday for easier search, thanks for looking

After one month, I have received a replacement copy of this box, and I must say that Meky Nunez's (Suso Saiz's wife) behaviour has been totally correct, better than that of the seller. All's well that ends well :)

Everything and Nothing / Trying to get in contact with Mr. Griffin
« on: October 28, 2008, 08:42:03 AM »
hello Mike,
I'm trying to get in contact with you since last week but all the messages bounce back here (SPAM mail, says the report).
Can you please contact me at
Thanks a lot

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: kenji siratori
« on: September 23, 2008, 01:40:34 AM »
I have just released another Kenji Siratori disc on Umbra, entitled "Inside the Rabbit": it is another fine excursion in deep ambient/experimental structures. This artist deserves more attention, IMHO.

I have just bought a copy of this 8-disc box directly from the label and I am very disappointed: aesthetically speaking, the cardboard box is ugly, very poorly designed and cheap, but the worst thing is that all the discs are defective! All of them have horrible signs, scratches everywhere, some small pieces of paper are glued to the surface. Three discs are impossible to play, two other discs skip continously. And musically speaking the box is very bad, only the mighty Hypnotics (of which I have an original copy bought in early 90's) is worth the high price, but the other discs are full of stupid rhythms, brief experiments, nonsense music. All this for 160,00 euro!
I have sent to the label and to Suso's manager a letter to ask for a replacement copy (or my money back), I'll keep you posted.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: GOT GEAR?
« on: August 12, 2008, 10:26:06 AM »
Presets? I don't use the presets, everytime I have a new synth I cancel all the presets and start from scratch. I don't think that the digital machines are like prisons for our creativity, I use them since many years and I feel like I have just scratched their surface; every synth is a world of its own and we must learn how it works and how it "thinks", only in this way we can get the sounds we need and be creative. Programming synths is one of the most interesting things an electronic artist can do, IMHO. Maybe Solyaris wants to tell us that digital synths have a lot of limits, due to their architecture... I could reply, yes, we all know that, but still I can see millions of possibilities behind a digital synth, we need time to discover all its features and transform all the defects into good things. I recently purchased two very old digital synths - a Wavestation and a JD990 - and I'm totally satisfied with this old technology, we can still use it these days with incredible results. The music comes from our mind and our soul, not from the machines. As for the latest Robert Fripp cd, Solyaris says that it is ugly music done with a couple of Eventide processors: I don't know this cd, but I would never say that the music is ugly because of the processors involved! How could you say that?
Unfortunately, I am not a "trained" musician, I cannot "read" or "write" music, but technology has given me the opportunity to express my inner feelings, and to transform them into "sounds" that can reach the people out there. I'm very grateful for that. I know that a "real" musician can express the same feelings just with a piano, or a classical harp, or a sitar, and I recognize the power of the acoustic music (one example for all, indian devotional music: a singer, a tabla and an ancient string instrument), but again the main thing behind "true" music is the artist's soul, and I know a lot of true music coming from many ambient musicians using electronic instruments.
One last thing: in these summer nights, my ears are delighted by the best musicians of this planet: crickets. I'd like to discover their secret, as these small animals create truly outstanding patterns and layers every night, with a "basic" technology. Their hypnotic lullabies are there for free, to remind us that this is a living planet. I hope that one day we'll be able to discover the technology that can bring us to their level.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: GOT GEAR?
« on: August 12, 2008, 04:29:07 AM »
I don't think that "the smaller the better" is a good trend, and that the synths will soon disappear. Is this an attack to the electronic world? Or maybe just against the expensive electronic instruments? Hardware synths and samplers are the main part of my studio and I think it will be this way for the years to come. I don't use computers or softsynths, and I still record on magnetic tape using an analog mixing board. The most important thing for me is to get warm and organic sounds mixing "the best of both worlds": synths and several acoustic sources (small harps, singing bowls, chimes and natural objects). This process often takes me to wonderful, unexpected sounds, but I don't consider myself an acoustic artist, because I treat the acoustic sources with the digital processors, like all the other artists in this field. Can we consider Robert Rich or Jeff Pearce "acoustic musicians" just because they play a guitar? They route their guitars through a lot of expensive electronic devices, this is how they build their wonderful layers. We all know that better technology can improve our work, we should only accept this. I recently purchased two Eventide processors and I am simply amazed at how clean and powerful they are, they are opening new paths for me and my compositional process. It's been an interesting evolution for me, starting from the cheap reverbs of the late 80's up to these wonderful processors, so I can't really agree that "the smaller the better" is the right way.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: first Oophoi vynil is out
« on: July 21, 2008, 12:55:13 AM »
sorry, I forgot to tell you that Potala can be ordered sending an email to me:
Paypal payment is possible at the same address

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