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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 26, 2008, 08:14:07 AM »
Today I listened to these:

Steve Moore – Vaalbara – Noiseville (LP)
(This is something you are bound to here on Starsend radio and if we don’t someone should tell Chuck Van Zyl about this guy.  I know I have blabbed about this artist on other parts of this forum….but if you like sequencer style music this is right up your alley. Absolutely essential with a 10/10 to boot in my opinion.)

Emeralds/Quintana Roo – Split – Arbor Records (LP)
(Emeralds side is a buzzing baseline with sci-fi effects thrown in at random intervals.  Quintana Roo creates more of a proto ethnic religious dirge.  I really like this release and recommend it to everyone who like’s the noisier experimental side of drone.)

Max Richter – 24 Postcards In Full Colour – 130701
(24 vignettes of modern classical music.  Somewhat similar to Celer’s “Nacreous Clouds” release on and/oar.  Not in the style of music but in the approach.  I don’t know something about this release bugs me……this pale’s in comparison to “Memoryhouse’” or “The Blue Notebooks.” It seems that the album starts well in the beginning but somewhere around the middle of the album I began to yawn and loose interest.  Maybe in a few weeks I will give it another listen. Although I do think Keith Fullerton Whitman puts it better at Mimaroglu music sales:

"of the hordes currently mining the joint modern-classical / ambient-electronic accounts, i’ve long had a soft-spot for mr. richter ; purely for the sheer beauty of his writing ... in spots this reads more like an electronic business card for richter’s immediately apparent marketability within the commercial / music-licensing sector (the terse nature of the individual pieces doesn’t help ; personally i’ve love to hear a few of these pieces in their full-length incarnations) but that’s just something i’m reading into the presentation of the album ; obviously the pieces themselves are beautiful miniatures worthy of a good, hard listen ..."


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 25, 2008, 11:38:59 PM »

The Aidan Baker on Small Doses is a real pleasure. When the release first came out it was a relief from all the Black Doom Metal he was releasing with Nadja.  Not that there is anything wrong with that type of music but it was seeping into all of his solo productions and I was beginning to wonder when he would return to the calm Aidan Baker that I liked most.

On another note the Fabio Orsi “One Thousand Years Red” was simply beautiful.  I think he only made 25 copies available?  The release was expensive “$16” for one 6:45 minute song.  But it was one of Fabio’s outright ambient moments.  Good to know that you got yourself a copy of that super limited release because it went out of print within a matter of days.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 25, 2008, 11:35:15 PM »
Actually Undershadow it was you who introduced me to P. Jorgensen after I read your review of the artist at furthernoise. Your review was convincing and your comparisons were right on point.  It was only after I received the album that it simply faded into the vault of unplayed discs.  If it wasn’t for the current reissue of the Aidan Baker I probably would have never dug it out.

The Ghostly net release was a fine little release….thanks for the head’s up on that.  This forum is a real pleasure when likeminded heads get together to share the finer moments of their listening experience.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 24, 2008, 11:13:00 PM »
Thank you for giving me a breif description on the new Fabio Orsi.  I read on some other post that you will no longer order anything from "A Silent Place", sorry to hear that because the new ones that Fabio Orsi just released a few weeks ago were a very good pair of releases. Although they did'nt really linger in the ambient drone haze style but seemed to be a collage of "post psychedelic acoustic drone rock".
Perhaps I have listed to many genres but as you know the man is all over the area!

Earlier Today:
Alio Die - Suspended Feathers - Silentes
(This is an incredible release and one of my favorites from Alio Die.  Melodies, enviromental sounds, and ethnic soundscapes all come together to create a flawless album.)

In the afternoon:
Emaciator - Reflection - Accidie 2x12"
(An artist that I have currently been digging a whole lot.  His catalog is mostly made up of cassestes and a few records.  Although he did release a CD on the mighty Students of Decay label which started my infatuation. Supposedly this recording captures the stage in which Emaciator moved from "noise" to "drone". A sort of in between genres.....If your curious check out his myspace for sound bytes:
Like I said he does make noise so have the speaker volume low when listening.)

And now:
P. Jorgensen - Let The Sun Drag Itself Out In A Long Ray - Monotype Recs
(It's poignant! It's bold! It sounds like shapes and geometrical patterns.  I have not listened to this album since spring but it seems to make more sense to me now than it did then.  Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that I was listening to a lot of Andrew Chalk and Paul Bradley at the time. My ears were biased and I did not listen to this album on it's own merit.)


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Grassow on Nextera?
« on: September 22, 2008, 09:50:37 PM »
Thanx for the info., however I thought that Wintersilence was bloody awful!

Ha Ha!  When I first heard Wintersilence I felt the same way but in time the release grew on me.  I learned that what I could not stand about the album was that it was nothing like "Expanding Horizons" and "Holy Domain" which preceded the release.  Nontheless "Wintersilence" would eventually win me over in time.  The same thing has occured to me with the albums from Steve Roach(Midnight Moon and Trance Spirits) and Robert Rich(Seven Veils and Eleven Questions).


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Grassow on Nextera?
« on: September 22, 2008, 07:50:14 PM »
In all honesty the album is nothing special amongst his vast catalog.  But if you are a dedicated fan like me then don't think twice and pick it up.  If you want to sample it check out they have good 2 min length samples although they failed to sample what I would have considered to be the best cut on the album: Track 3.  You can also check out two other releases a new one from Mathias Grassow and Thomas Weiss - Quiet Calling and another that I would personally recommend Wintersilence - Transmission Fields - Weird Amplexus (although Databloem lists this release under Mathias Grassow I believe it should actually be listed under Wintersilence). Anyhow the later album is something a bit different and unexpected from Mathias Grassow.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 22, 2008, 05:00:33 PM »
That Students of Decay piece is absolutley immersive.  It reminds me a lot of the piece he released on Locus Of Assemblage "Birds Are Smart But They Cannot Speak." What I like about both of these pieces is that I would not consider them to be Drone or Experimental.  But instead it sounds like an "ambient" piece in the Jeff Pearce tradition with subdued Tim Hecker static in the background.  Although the guitar is used in all his music to a great effect some of his other works like the one's on Ruralfaune or Foxglove sound much more grittier and dirty.  I have'nt had a chance to listen to his new piece on Sentient Recognition Archive but from the description that I read on the website it sounds like his works on Students Of Decay, Waterscape, etc.  Can't wait to listen to this piece......

In the morning:
Aidan Baker - I Fall Into You - Public Eyesore
(This is with no doubt my favorite work from Aidan Baker.  I have about 26 releases from this musician and I listen to about 4 of them on a regular basis.  Why then do I have so many? His work is brilliant but often many of his limited releases sound like derivatives of grander works such as "I fall into you", "Oneiromancer", "The Sea Swells A Bit", etc.  I know that many Aidan Baker fans will probably tell me to stick it or that I simply do not pay enough attention to the subtleties in his work. Regardless, this work is genius and for anyone interested it just got re-issued on Basses Frequencies.  And it is actually a CD not a CD-R which makes it just as valuable.)

On Now:
Colourform - Visions Of Surya - Virtual Music Reality
(Ambient for ambient sake.  No drones, experiments, or pretentiousness. Just some smooth synths and wispy sounds effects to relax my head on.  Essential!)


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 21, 2008, 08:08:20 PM » could I miss such an important detail!  The whole time I thought it was called "Through the Cardinal Window." Perhaps I can see the music in a different light from now on and your point was well made and important. The only excuse I could make for myself is that the cover art was never that engaging to begin with and the spine for the most part is practically unreadable. Thank You Alan for bringing that point to my attention.

Earlier Today:
Koda - Movements - Infraction
(Who is this? Why has this artist remained silent? I am sure these questions have been asked before but seriously why have we only heard one album from this artist?)

At the Moment:
Bvdub - Return To Tonglu - Quietus Records
(For the most part the album is solid but not essential.  It sounds very similiar to a lot of releases he did for netlabels.  I have a feeling this release is going to gather a lot of dust on my CD shelves.)

What's Next:
Fabio Orsi & Mamuthones - The First Born - A Silent Place
(I have special time and place for Fabio Orsi pieces.  Ever since the Foxglove release "Please Dont Count The Clouds" I have been an addict going as far as collecting his ridiculously expensive vinyl pieces.)


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 20, 2008, 10:00:56 PM »
Earlier Today:
Gregg Kowalsky - Through The Cardinal Window - Kranky
(What an amazing piece of drone this was when it first came out.  Although I hate to say it I have been disapointed with every other release from this artist.  I have tried again and again to enjoy "Tapechants Arroyo" and "Tendrils In Vigne" but I am left speechless at the end of them(not in a good way). Although somesay that "Tapechants A Million" is by far his best work but do to it's rarity I have never given it a proper listen.)

On Now:
Vikki Jackman - Whispering Pages - Faraway Press
(Ummm...this album is amazing)


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 19, 2008, 06:40:54 PM »
Earlier today:
Talkingmakesnosense - The Winter Drones - Benbecula
(For some reason I have not tired of this one.  I keep playing this invaluable little gem every other week. It reminds me of a post Windy and Carl especially on the first four tracks of this album.)

At the Moment:
Wereju - Lost And Far From Home - Small Doses
(Very very almost seems to deep. From the albums I have listened too I enjoy "Gyres" the most.)

What's next:
Alistair Crosbie - Sad Faces Of The Moon - Peasant Magick


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 18, 2008, 10:35:47 PM »
Earlier Today:
Robert Haigh - Written On Water - Crouton
(Some of the songs remind me of Brain Eno's "Neroli" or "Thursday Afternoon")

On Now:
Chris Watson - Cima Verde - Fondazione Edmund
(Music that seems to academic for my taste....not as good as Boomkat made it seem)


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 17, 2008, 02:46:10 PM »
Earlier today I went through my record collection and pulled out some old dub techno from a couple of producers that seem forgotten for the most part:

Moron - (Neo)Moronics Volume VII - Tektite Recordings
(Perhaps one of my favorite pieces of dub techno.  The main producer of this piece also records as Safety Scissors where he creates more experimental minimal techno…here however we have an ode to Basic Channel)

Dean DeCosta - Theorie E.P - Lo-Fi Stereo
(Dean DeCosta is one of those great unsung heroes of Dub Techno in America.  This piece in particular has a very heavy low-end and elegant chord sweeps in the Maurizio tradition.  I highly recommend any of his pieces on Mosaic Recordings….and while you’re at it grab all the Bluetrain you can find!)

Techniker / Delayvariance – Untitled – DeepChord
(Classic dub techno that for some strange reason seems overpriced.  I noticed that on discogs you can sell this piece for $75.  Yikes I bought the original for $5.99 at my local record store back in the days)

Anyhow the new Yagya sounds dreamy can’t wait till it’s released.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 16, 2008, 09:32:35 PM »
I totally agree with "artificial colors" about the Michael Santos on Baskaru....his use of environmental recordings with a little warm glitch meandering through most of the songs brings to mind early 12k records.

Today I enjoyed the sounds of:

Taiga Remains - Glass Estuary - Monorail Trespassing
(Yes, that's right I still listen to cassettes. Perhaps some of his warmest sunlight drenched drones to date....although his cassette release on Callow God is comparable in some aspects)

A New Consciousness - A New Consciousness 2 - Fax +49-69/450464
(Wow....13 years later!)

What’s on right now?

The Inventors Of Aircrafts - Unknown Language - Serein
(I absolutely love net labels that release free music that could of very easily have been released on CD. Check it out here


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 12, 2008, 06:53:58 PM »

Hakobune - We Left The Window Open Sometimes - Symbolic Interaction
Tread Softly - For Those Who..... - Dead Pilot Records
Televise - Sometimes Splendid Confusion - Drifting Falling

What's Next:
Banks Bailey, Darren Tate, And Ian Halloway - Summerland - Queit World


Thanks to Undershadow and Brian I will pass on the Raster Noton!  One of the reasons I had a difficult time deciding on whether to by the GAS is that next year in the summer that damm album is probably going to be fetching around $100.  None the less I am happy that I have not invested $50 on a forgettable patchy album.  Second reason: I did not find the available samples promising and worthy of $50......

Next album on my list is the Michael Mantra - Mobius Logic - Silentes

(It's good to know that others have this album in mind)

Another album that I have a keen eye on at the moment is

Steve Moore - Demo 2003 - HLAVA 2x12"
(This man is the other half of the experimental rock band Zombi.  I must say he really has an incredible control of his synths.  This is sequencer music that reminds me of early Klaus Schulz, Spyra etc. And by the way he has a remix coming out on Temporary Residence and it also features an Eluvium remix Check out here

P.S. Zombi kind of sounds like Ash Ra Tempel if you are interested in that type of music...perhaps a bit more accelerated not as relaxed.


The item I have been debating for the last week is

Wolfgang Voight - Gas - Raster Noton
(I purchased the Nah Und Fern and was very happy.  This piece (Raster Noton) is mighty expensive: it's 1CD and a 128 page book featuring photographs. I still don't know how it adds up to $45)

On a sidenote JKN that Deepscape Presents Echospace is a mighty fine piece of Dub techno. Deepchord just finished a set of remixes for Model 500...I believe it's called Starlight (Remixes) and it features a variety of other remixers like Connvextion, Soultek, and most importantly  Moritz von Oswald.  I have really been enjoying this remix album as of late.  And to make matters worse for your pocket keep your eye out for the [bvdub: Return to Tonglu] coming out on Quietus recordings.  These pieces are very limited and expensive if you don't pick them up after a few weeks.....I think Undershadow created a dub mix that featured some of bvdub's work.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 17, 2008, 05:56:39 PM »
Thanks mgriffin and APK for the warm welcome!  On a beautiful Sunday afternoon I have been enjoying the sounds of:

Procer Veneficus - Deathwanderings - Students of Decay
(It's hard to describe this piece of music.  The first thing that came to mind was to imagine Erik Satie getting the William Basinski tape treatments. Although the artist says that the work is dedicated to the memory of Chopin I can't help but to continue thinking of Erik Satie. Secondly it also sounds like The Caretaker - Selected Memories From The Haunted Ballroom......but Procer Veneficus is not as eerie.  He also just released a new work on Stellar Auditorium "Saltwater And Glassroom" from the samples that I heard it seems more ambient than uncanny orchestral dirges.) 


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 16, 2008, 11:32:54 PM »
This is my first post and hopefully not my last.  For the most part this is my favorite category in the forum simply because I have been introduced to a variety of new music. I also hope to contribute the little that I have :)

Today I have been listening to a 3" by
Migrations In Rust - An Emblematic Departure - Accretion Disk
(This is for all those that enjoy Chalk, Bradley, and the Drone.  I could see this being released on Waterscape or Twenty Hertz.  He has a new split release on Peasant Magick which is well worth checking out)

Darwin's Bitch - Induction E.P - Aphonia Recordings
(Download E.P. that took me in for a surprise! It's bleak and definitely has some Machinfabriek elements going on.  Highly recommended for anyone that enjoys Type records!  Here's the link


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