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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 21, 2009, 10:19:23 PM »
Paul Ellis - The Last Hiding Place of Beauty

Like this one...

Hi everyone.  The August 2009 issue of Electroambient Space is now uploaded for your reading pleasure.  This month features several Hypnos reviews, lots of good stuff.  The interview is with Star's End DJ and space musician Chuck van Zyl.  Enjoy!

Hi everybody.  Yes, the June issue of EAS is already out, just two weeks after last month's issue.
Reviews include the latest by Free System Projekt and the first new studio release in a decade from Cluster. And several albums reviewed this month are FREE legal downloads from the artists.
The feature interview this month is with UK synthesist Mark Jenkins. Enjoy!

P.S.  Mike, I will get to those Hypnos CDs, darn it all.  So much in the review month for sure!

Hi everyone.  The May update of Electroambient Space is now published.  Due to a domain name issue which should be resolved shortly, point your browser here:

This month's interview is with one of my favorite artists, Stefan Strand, better known in ambient music circles as Between Interval.  And of course there are some new music reviews as well, including Stefan's latest.  Enjoy.

Hi everyone.  A little early, but the April issue is now uploaded.  The interview this month is with American synthesist Dan Pound.  Several new CD reviews, including the new AirSculpture and a new AirSculpture side project Ideation with Pete Ruczynski and Paul Nagle.  Also a sneak preview review of the upcoming Steve Roach 2-CD release Dynamic Stillness, and more.  Enjoy.

P.S.  Mike, I promise I'll feature some of those Hypnos CDs soon, the backlog of music to review is a bit daunting. So sorry for the delay!

Hi everybody.  The March 2009 issue of Electroambient Space is now published.  This month's issue includes several new CD reviews and an interview with electronic musician Mystical Sun.  Enjoy.

That's very gracious of you Mirko, esp. since I apparently overlooked that Subantarctic Sessions was a 2008 release when I made my Best Of list - that should've been on it! bad.  Hey, who says I can't put a top 11 instead of top 10 - I gotta go make an update right now....

Independent Music Reviews / January 2009 issue of Electroambient Space
« on: January 18, 2009, 12:33:24 AM »
Hi everybody.  The January 2009 issue of Electroambient Space is now uploading for your reading pleasure. This is a huge edition with 27 CD reviews, 2 interviews (Javi Canovas and, and a look back at the best CDs of 2008 - including 2 from the Hypnos label.  Enjoy.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Favorite ambient cover art?
« on: November 30, 2008, 04:10:47 PM »
At the risk of offending him if he's on this list, to me the worst cover art, in terms of being least reflective of the music, is Indra.  The guy just nails the retro KS sound cold, and his covers to me should be abstract art, or outer space, or something like that.  Instead it is all Buddhist goddesses and such, very new age looking.  Granted, his spirituality is clearly important to him, but I think it doesn't reflect the music at all. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Rudy Adrian's new Lotuspike CD
« on: November 28, 2008, 11:20:35 PM »
Like Jim, I really enjoy this.  Check out my full review on my site in the CD Reviews section for the Nov-Dec 2008 issue.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Favorite ambient cover art?
« on: November 28, 2008, 11:15:10 PM »
I love how ambient music fans are all such geeks, just like me!  I HATE it when the font doesn't match the cover art.  And simpler/cleaner is usually better IMO.  I strongly prefer sans serif fonts whenever possible. 

Trying to pick favorites is hard - I think ambient artists by and large do a great job of creating cover art that really reflects the feel of the music.  Almost anything by Hypnos is a great example.  Steve Roach gets credit for being more adventurous than most - some of them don't always work, but when they do, it's fantastic. 

Really interesting one for me is a lesser known CD by Remco Helbers called On Some Road.  The music was inspired by a series of abstract paintings, and both the cover and booklet are images of the artwork.  But of course that's a very literal inspiration, he didn't actually create the cover to match the music, the music was created BECAUSE of the artwork shown on the cover.  Anyway, it works.

One downside I see to listening more on the iPod is the greatly reduced emphasis on cover art.  I have all album covers meticulously loaded on mine.  For rare one-off tracks that artists post for downloading on their webpages, I invent my own cover art from band images - I gotta have SOMETHING to look at!  Cover art is still really important to me.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 28, 2008, 10:56:29 PM »

- Carbon Based Lifeforms: Hydroponic Garden (classic)

Second that Anthony, love this one.  I was really disappointed with the follow up, seemed like very generic downtempo chillout stuff with too many vocal samples repeated ad nauseum.  But this one is classic...

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 28, 2008, 10:49:22 PM »
My iPod is on random play at the moment.  Current track is "Starmaker" by Robert Rich, the version from Music From Atlas Dei.  Previous random selections tonight were from TD's Optical Race and Patrick O'Hearn's Beautiful World.  A nice variety...

Thanks Mirko - how much do I owe you for that?   ;)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 26, 2008, 10:49:47 PM »
NP:  Redshift's Last CD, track 1 "Tormentor."  Classic melodramatic aggressive Berlin school like only Redshift can do.

I fell asleep this afternoon listening to their new one, "Turning Towards Us," which is an interesting way to hear something, drifting in and out like that. 

At my parents' beach house for Thanksgiving this week, nice to get away.  As Laurie Anderson sings, you can see "kerjillions" of stars out here, away from the city lights.  Ahhh...

Hi guys.  New issue now online - interview is with ambient guitarist Pete Kelly aka Igneous Flame, and the CD reviews include his two latest and a few others, including the second new release this year by Ron Boots. Enjoy, and Happy Thanksgiving.


Independent Music Reviews / October 2008 issue of Electroambient Space
« on: October 04, 2008, 06:16:36 PM »
The October issue of Electroambient Space is now ready for viewing. This month's interview is with Evan Bartholomew.  The reviews section features the Hypnos titles Villa Galaxia by Saul Stokes and the ambient sampler Message From A Subatomic World. Enjoy.

Hi everyone.  The September 2008 issue of Electroambient Space has 17 new CD reviews, including the 2-CD reissue of Steve Roach's classic Empetus, and lots of new EM. This month's interview is with Databloem recording artist Beta Two Agonist. Enjoy!

Independent Music Reviews / August 2008 issue of Electroambient Space
« on: August 03, 2008, 08:17:46 PM »
Hi everybody.  The August issue of EAS is now online.  This month's interview is with Hypnos very own Mike Griffin!   The reviews page features several Hypnos titles, the 3 latest RMI CDs, and more.  Enjoy.

Independent Music Reviews / July 2008 issue of Electroambient Space
« on: July 12, 2008, 09:40:12 PM »
Hi everybody. The July 2008 issue of Electroambient Space is now available. This month features an interview with American synthesist Jeffrey Koepper, and several new CD reviews including the latest releases from Steve Roach, Ron Boots - and two Hypnos CDs, Mike Griffin's Fabrications and Stephen Philips' Into the Dark.  Enjoy.

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