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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CD Shipping costs.
« on: January 21, 2016, 10:31:06 AM »

How about CD Baby?  Their rates for International Regular Air Mail don't look too bad:


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Obsidian
« on: January 15, 2016, 11:54:16 PM »
Excuse me gentleman, are we putting together some sort of witch hunt? I respect everyones perspective but really, diatonis is no stranger here and has been around this forum long before most of you. Go listen to the other release before you light the bonfire. 

This music is good and perhaps dark but because it is for sale for six dollars and sixty six cents the artist is a satanist.  Come on!

Hi Julio,

True that Stuart's no witch, but he's more than a little dismissive and disrespectful and a bit of a twerp.  For me, it's not about his beliefs, but how he treats those of others.  It shouldn't matter whether you or I believe that "666" means anything, if others do.  He probably could have put this to bed a long time ago by apologizing to drone on and thirdsystem for his "get a clue" comment.  It's probably time for us to put this thread to bed.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 15, 2016, 07:27:51 PM »
I was listening to Heroes and Heathen in the past day or two.  Really fine work from Bowie.  Am looking forward to my copy of Black Star.

At the moment I'm listening to Murray Head's Nigel Lived, a lost prog classic from the early 70s.


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Obsidian
« on: January 14, 2016, 10:30:07 PM »
Mr. D seems to be digging himself a further hole.  The question now is how deep he wants that hole to be.


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Obsidian
« on: January 12, 2016, 11:51:38 PM »
Hey Third System, I couldn't help but notice in another thread that you're a big Black Sabbath fan and don't boycott their albums.  ;)

If Black Sabbath ever released an album called, "Get A Clue," I wouldn't buy it!   ;)

(That said, I remember listening to "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" as a kid, but it seemed campy to me.   :) )

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Obsidian
« on: January 12, 2016, 08:46:28 AM »
Bit of an odd response to this one. Stuart posts an album and is accused of being a devil-worshipper as he priced it at $6.66.

Can't satanists release ambient music now ? (I'm not implying at all that Diatonis is such a thing, by the way) :) 
If so, the whole dark ambient market will collapse overnight :)

I can't speak for others, but I thought Diatonis' response was kind of flip.  Telling prospective fans to "get a clue"--not a great way to engender good will.  (I'm familiar with his prior work, BTW).


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: David Bowie 1947 - 2016
« on: January 11, 2016, 06:33:32 PM »
I remember being very moved by Low when it first came out in the mid-70s and by the rest of the Berlin trilogy that followed.  I remember seeing Bowie in The Man Who Fell To Earth around that time, and it made quite an impression on me.  One of the most unique and talented artists ever in any genre.


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Obsidian
« on: January 11, 2016, 06:27:52 PM »
I thought with the name Hypnos you might get a clue.

I think it's a legitimate concern for thirdsystem and drone on to have:

"In modern popular culture, 666 has become one of the most widely recognized symbols for the Antichrist or, alternatively, the devil. The number 666 is purportedly used to invoke Satan. Earnest references to the number occur both among apocalypticist Christian groups and in explicitly anti-Christian subcultures. "

The music from the previews seems dark, but were you intending to invoke/celebrate the devil and/or the AntiChrist by invoking that number??  If so, I could see how some might be offended.


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: January 09, 2016, 11:24:19 PM »
Thanks, Paul!  I'm glad that you're enjoying it so far.  I think I probably layered more different textures on this album than on any other, but I tried to make the transitions very subtle.  I got a little carried away with my layering in places, but hopefully not too much!


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: January 08, 2016, 11:22:09 PM »

That's cool Forrest, never seen a Marxolin before. I have a related instrument, the Marxophone. I've never used it on any of my projects yet, maybe some day. Here's a picture of what mine looks like:

BTW looking forward to receiving my copy of your new album.  :)

I have one of those, too!   ;D   But yours is in much better condition than mine.  Remember that album that Pink Floyd was supposed to do with rubber bands?  Maybe we could do an ambient album with only Marxophones!

Let me know what you think of my new one!


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: January 08, 2016, 08:36:35 PM »
Thanks, guys.  I appreciate it.

Something I forgot to mention is that Sam/Projekt's running a "free/name your price" Bandcamp promotion for Gongland this weekend.  It's mentioned in his newsletter:

In the newsletter, I also responded to a listener comment about my odd-ball instrument, the Marxolin.  Here's a picture of it:


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: January 07, 2016, 12:24:22 AM »
Looks like a German store on eBay has a copy for sale already.  Odd....


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 06, 2016, 10:45:16 AM »
Chris:  Great.  I'm glad to hear the issue was resolved.  Thanks, too, for your feedback.  I was hoping the release would resonate as it probably one of my "purest" releases, where I tried to listen more closely to my instincts.


Now Playing / Re: Two ambient guitar recording of me
« on: January 06, 2016, 10:41:06 AM »
The texture of the ambient guitar piece is interesting, but harmonically it is a bit minor-key static and would sound better if it modulated somewhere to a different key or scale.

The Last Human on Earth has some interesting effects and timbres, but is far too static for me.  I would modulate out of the repeating 4-bar minor chord figure after about the first two minutes.  The transition at the 8 minute mark is abrupt and sounds like crude edit into another piece.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 04, 2016, 11:04:38 AM »
I agree: The Sleepwalker's Ocean sounds excellent. I ordered a copy, but received someone else's order (different disc) instead! Now I have to practice patience. And patience hurts bad.

Sorry to hear that, Chris.  Hope you get your copy soon.  If you experience any problems with that, let me know.

BTW, the full preview stream of the album will remain available on Bandcamp through mid-January.


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: January 04, 2016, 11:01:05 AM »
Listening to the bandcamp stream of this, utterly beautiful. Magnificent work.

Would really love to get the CD , however having checked the postage scenario to the UK on the projekt site it is looking like $10 plus maybe another $10-$15 for the EMS. Anyone confirm the postage story to UK for projekt? I will email them in a bit.

If I can't get a UK supplier I will buy the download Forest. Really is something special.

Thanks, thirdsystem.  I appreciate your kind words.  Sorry to hear that the postage from the US would be a fortune.  The CD might become available through when it is formally released on January 22:


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: December 16, 2015, 05:13:08 PM »
Joseph Minadeo - Amehuru

(some very nice ambient with occasional Budd-ian piano and a fair amount of textural variety, though some of the pieces are a bit long (the whole thing is almost 3-1/2 hours long))

Rainer Bruninghaus - Freigeweht

(a spacy early 80s ECM favorite I was happy to track down on CD.  He was the kevboard player in Eberhard Weber's Colours band)


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Who is Sanjay Nadeem?
« on: December 13, 2015, 08:29:00 PM »
Tomas does have a point.  The accusations regarding his involvement in reissuing some of Klaus Wiese's music (e.g., "to make a label based on lies") and his purported motivation for doing so sound speculative and defamatory to me.  Allowing a defamatory comment to be published to the web without taking any action does not seem like a wise business practice to me, even if it might be legally defensible.  To be consistent with the other locked thread, shouldn't this thread be locked, too?


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: December 12, 2015, 12:18:36 AM »
Ahoy! My preorder has just been "shipped" out.  8)

That's cool, Scott.  Hope you like it.  Haven't seen my copy yet, so you might hear it before I do!

Other than pre-orders, the album should be generally available from Projekt in early January.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Harold Budd website!
« on: December 09, 2015, 04:58:50 PM »
FYI, Budd is featured on a new one by Akira Rabelais called "The Little Glass:"

 Akira Rabelais

Double CD Edition self released by the artist, comes in an 8-panel Digipak, the first disc featuring solo-piano compositions with Harold Budd, the second disc delivering an hour-long reworking by Akira Rabelais. Limited Import.

Akira Rabelais has long been on our list of the most interesting, overlooked producers in electronic music. His early material for Mille Plateaux offshoot Ritornell was nothing short of revelatory, a mysterious, complex maze of elaborate layering that genuinely sounded unlike any of his contemporaries, or anything we've heard since. He was then picked up by David Sylvian's Samadhisound imprint and released an incredible, career-defining head-scratcher of an album in 2004 called "Spellewauerynsherde' - one of the most spectacularly odd and brilliant electronic records of any description you'll likely hear - seriously - seek it out.

Anyhow, that preamble is just to set out the extent to which we're all Rabelais fanboys here - so this new double album, the first disc in collaboration with Harold Budd no less, has arrived here with much excitement, offering his first new recordings in over five years.

The Little Glass breaks down clearly over two discs; the first containing four plaintive solo piano parts by Budd and Rabelais, followed by a 2nd disc presenting Rabelais’ hour long, inharmonic, electronic transformation of the preceding material.

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