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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 15, 2008, 03:47:31 PM »
Listened to lots of piano music on youtube today. Here's a favorite:

Nikolai Lugansky plays Rachmaninov - Musical Moment No.4 in E minor

After first listening in bed with headphones I think a more appropriate title may be 'Stream of Random Thoughts'.
I was hoping they had achieved some sort of coherence, despite all the vartion, by connecting the fragments in a cool way, but actually it's just quick fade out/fade in.
Some of the fragments last quite some time, while others come and go very fast.... Indeed, much like actual thoughts. I guess that is the concept of this album, but I don't find it particularly enjoyable.
I really like some of the individual, longer fragments, such as the first and last one, but some of the 'transitions' and little fragments are just plain awkward.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 01, 2008, 07:19:03 PM »
I find Mirage, Moondawn, Timewind and X his greatest albums as well. Mirage being the only one where I adore the entire album from start to finish. Too bad the recent reissue of Mirage (2005 with bonus track) has a different, weaker version of the first track Velvet Voyage.

X is a little uneven for me, because my favorite piece by far is Friedrich Nietzsche. Such an incredibly alive, organic and exciting piece of electronic music. I do like the rest, except track 4, disc 1.
I think there is a much longer version of 'Georg Trakl' on one of his mega-cd sets.

He's not using that big Moog anymore since a long time. He has this big wall of Quasimidi modules. Makes a cool backgound in concerts.

Now Playing / Re: "Classical" Music or Contemporary Composition Listeners?
« on: November 19, 2008, 06:19:27 PM »
As someone who is passionate about both electronic music/ambient and classical music I'm always curious how classical enthusiasts perceive electronic music (that I think is good).
I dont want to compare these incomparable and totally different music genres, but I'm just interested in their tastes I guess...and their 'ability' to appreciate other music.
For me the connection is that both genres can stimulate me intellectually and emotionally on the same level, deeper than any other music.

I'm active on some piano forums and I was thinking about making a topic on this. But I don't know... I think I will encounter a lot snobbism from classical purists who despise everything that isn't classical.
I think electronic music, more specifically ambient (in the broadest sense) may require a specific mindset to be able to appreciate... ;D

Some of those short samples are just delicious, but I'm curious if the album will work as a whole and how all those little seperate tracks are woven together, somehow.
I'm positive for now, if not only for the fact that it sounds like something quite different from Roach.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: November 01, 2008, 06:29:48 PM »
Samples for Stream of Thought are up

Sounds like something quite unusual with a lot of variation. That could be a good thing. Although this is almost like a collection of snippets put together. I can't really find any coherence.
I'm definately intrigued and curious if, and how this will work as a whole. Very cool samples.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 27, 2008, 06:31:51 PM »
Joe Hisaishi - Princess Mononoke Symphonic Suite
I didn't really dig the manga movie but the music is very good.

Chopin - Ballade No. 4

Seriously one of the greatest pieces of music ever.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 23, 2008, 05:25:22 PM »
Klaus Schulze - Mirage

There truly is such a thing as the greatest electronic album of all time. This is the one and there is no doubt in my mind.
(stay away from the 2005 'deluxe' edition, with bad remastering and a different, weaker version of track 1)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 08, 2008, 06:07:04 PM »
Michael Stearns - Planetary Unfolding
Nothing will ever beat it.

Steve Roach - Kairos DVD
Almost forgot how much I like it.

Ozric Tentacles - Arborescence
One of their best.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 04, 2008, 06:50:06 PM »
Sacred Treasures lll Choral Music From Russia and Beyond 

Sounds interesting.
I've heard some choral music from Rachmaninov and I love it. Extremely beautiful. Although I'm not religious and dont know what they sing.

Maybe, in a certain way, it is the ultimate 'ambient' music. :)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 03, 2008, 04:46:32 PM »
Klaus Schulze - Floating (from Moondawn: The Original Master)

A track that will remain a highlight in electronic music until the end of times.

I consider a track like Fires Burning one of his best works ever. Incredible stuff.

On topic: samples sound nice!

I don't know Mantram, but I absolutely love Fever Dreams 2. Not sure if I'm gonna get this one..

at least Hasselhoff > Yanni

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: September 07, 2008, 04:01:50 PM »
Now what I would absolutely LOVE to hear is a follow up to Blood Machine.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Darkest Ambient
« on: August 28, 2008, 05:20:05 PM »
Place Where the Black Stars Hang is one of ambient's greatest albums IMO.
During a bedtime-headphones session I actually found it incredibly relaxing in a unique way.

Everything and Nothing / Favorite romantic piece of music
« on: August 24, 2008, 05:26:19 PM »
My vote goes to:
Rachmaninov - Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini - 18th variation

This rather famous moment in music starts at 1:30 to 4:20.

Inspired by the favorite dramatic piece of music topic ;)

Jeez, that's a big piece.  Massive chords.  I remember a student learning that piece for an audition for the Conservatorium of Music here in Queensland.  It was far too ambitious, and he didn't get into the program, probably because of that.  So many players over-reach in the classical world, and attempt pieces that are way beyond their reach.  I would say that the adjudicators would have wanted to see something far simpler.

Hope it's going well with the piece anyway. :)

It's an advanced piece but it's not that hard to learn. 'Easy to learn, hard to master' as they say.
I can play it now. :) Pretty decent I think.
But you're right in the piano world this is one of those pieces that is considered 'overplayed'. Many home recordings on youtube, some very bad.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: August 15, 2008, 01:28:20 PM »
A collaboration between two of my favorite artists in electronic music. Would this be possible? All sorts of similarities and differences between these artists.

Hard to imagine if and how their styles could connect.
Maybe Berlin type sequencer pieces should be at the basis of their collab. That's where their recent output has some overlap.
Maybe they'd need a versatile third artist to make it work. Something like a Dark Side of the Moog with Steve Roach as guest artist.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Darkest Ambient
« on: July 22, 2008, 03:58:01 AM »
I think Raison d'Etre - Metamorphyses is fantastic.
Also recommend Troum & Yen Pox - Mnemonic Induction for a very dark gloomy album.

I found Magnificent Void only dark and menacing at first, but when I really got into it I understood it isn't like most dark ambient. It's not sinister or haunting. There isn't the slightest hint of any particular location or event. There's nothing 'earthly' or 'human' about it. It's just 'neutral' and completely out there, in space and beyond. In an infinite and ultimately peaceful void of endless black, grey and purple horizons. Pure bliss. :)

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