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I'm going to be honest and say I'm a little disappointed with Biosonic. I really enjoy some of Robert Logan's individual pieces that I listened to, but I did wonder how his style and sound would combine with that of Steve Roach.
To me the music on Biosonic kind of lingers on the surface, it doesn't pull me in. There are some fine moments, like the beautiful atmospheric ending of the first track. I wish there were more of those moments.
I think there is a lot of focus on detail, but I'm missing the overall picture. For example, I feel Body Electric and especially Blood Machine have a much stronger sense of cohesion; the concept of those albums really comes to life in the music.
Still, it's a worthy effort and it's good for Steve Roach to keep venturing into new directions, but maybe these two artists aren't fully compatible. Or I simply had the wrong expectations.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 19, 2016, 02:46:42 PM »
Ravel - Le Tombeau de Couperin orchestrated


My favorites are Prelude and Toccata

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Samples are up, listening right now.
Interesting for sure, very detailed. So far, I barely hear Steve Roach in there.

https://projektrecords.bandcamp.com/album/biosonic
https://projektrecords.bandcamp.com/album/second-nature

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Thanks all, some lovely music. I need to listen more to Max Corbacho! Some suggestions are a bit gentle compared to Roach' more dramatic sound in The Eternal Expanse.


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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach Pinnacle Moments
« on: February 26, 2016, 07:07:31 AM »
I really like track 1 and 3. Only Roach creates those kind of vibes.
I don't care much for the the raw sounding, basic sequences on Skeleton Passage. I'll listen to Redshift for phat, in your face sequences. Steve Roach is better at weaving more gentle and intricate patterns, such as Arc of Passion and Spiral Meditations.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 07, 2016, 01:44:18 PM »
Tetsu Inoue - Organic Cloud

Chill In, Chill Out & Ring of Power -> A glorious pinnacle moment in ambient music.

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This album is fantastic indeed.
I was expecting as much, since Yen Pox involves Michael J.V. Hensley who has my utmost respect for his phenomenal albums as Blood Box.

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A golden oldie.
With respect to the other artists featured on the terrific 1998 compilation "The Ambient Expanse", the finale from Steve Roach is quite something else. https://steveroach.bandcamp.com/track/the-eternal-expanse-2

I've been listening to this piece many times during the last year. Also while commuting, working etc. A few reviewers found it a little bland and uninspired. They are not hearing it. It takes time to get into.

It's one of the most dynamic and richly layered pieces Steve has composed. I'd call it a "tone painting". While it lingers in the same harmonic zone, the key is in its subtleties. There's a feeling of ebb and flow, of space and expansion that I've rarely heard elsewhere. Near the end, sound becomes pure emotion. Truly majestic.
Play it LOUD!

Any suggestions for pieces with a similar feel (that are not by Steve Roach)?

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"In the next newsletter we have big news to announce on BioSonic, an amazing collaboration with UK-based electronic artist Robert Logan, four years in the making. Stay tuned!"

Seems very interesting!

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Can't make a top 10 for 2015 but so far my favorites include:

Yen Pox - Between the Horizon and the Abyss
Mathias Grassow - Wisdoom
Steve Roach & friends - Monuments of Ecstasy

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https://steveroach.bandcamp.com/album/alive-in-the-vortex-2-cd-set

Either Bandcamp is messing with the sound or something went wrong with the mix...
I'm glad I saved the original broadcast from At Water's Edge, because in this release the low end is almost completely gone. Makes a track like Vortex 5 sound weak in comparison. I really enjoy the percussion in that one.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 24, 2015, 09:48:44 AM »
Valentina Lisitsa - Scriabin Nuances Beautiful collection of new recordings of some classic Scriabin etudes, poemes, mazurkas, and waltzes.

Thanks for this. I'm not a fan of Lisitsa but Scriabin is one of my very favorite composers and on this disc there seem to be a lot of early pieces (without opus number) that I haven't even heard yet. Now I must check it out.

Speaking of Scriabin, I was just listening to the unbelievably beautiful Andante from his third piano sonata:



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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 15, 2015, 02:07:54 PM »
Valentina Lisitsa - Scriabin Nuances Beautiful collection of new recordings of some classic Scriabin etudes, poemes, mazurkas, and waltzes.

Thanks for this. I'm not a fan of Lisitsa but Scriabin is one of my very favorite composers and on this disc there seem to be a lot of early pieces (without opus number) that I haven't even heard yet. Now I must check it out.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Whatever happened to....?
« on: November 28, 2015, 03:25:00 AM »
What happened to Tetsu Inoue is still a mystery it seems:
https://phonaut.wordpress.com/2012/06/21/where-is-tetsu-inoue/

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First let me say that Steve Roach will always be one of my favorite artists in music. However, recently all that talk on his website, album descriptions etc., is starting to annoy me. It has annoyed me before, but it seems to be getting worse. It's so full of adjectives and hyperbole and it's not exactly modest either.

I understand that promotion is necessary and I appreciate the enthusiasm and effort that is put into these writings, but for "outsiders" these texts (which are copied by other sites) may actually be a big turn off. For a lot of people it may appear like a whole lot of new age bla bla.

Honestly, Steve, if you are reading this, I love your music, it means more to me than I can put into words, but when you or your associates talk about your music, I think a more humble and objective approach would serve your music better. Your music stands on its own. It doesn't need all those fancy words and descriptions.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 05, 2015, 02:22:56 PM »
Shpongle. I'm over this stuff but ...And the Day Turned to Night is still a fantastic track.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Redshift new album
« on: October 23, 2015, 02:55:32 AM »
I also really like Redshift. I've been playing "Glide" from the album "Toll" countless times over the last months. Retro done right.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 07, 2015, 02:32:32 PM »
Mathias Grassow - Wisdoom

On bandcamp. Fantastic.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 04, 2015, 03:01:48 AM »
Jean Sibelius - Symphony No. 7
My latest musical obsession.


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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 30, 2015, 07:22:11 AM »
Raison d'etre - Myse En Abyme

Love it. Especially "Katharos"

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