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Altus and Infinite Shore are simply fixed at number 1 and 2. But I'm open for discussion about his third best piece and everything below that. :P

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Digging it... I think "Slowly Revealed" instantly made it to my top 5 Roach pieces

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Darkest Ambient
« on: April 17, 2009, 06:10:59 AM »
Maybe I'm really weird... but "Magnificent Void" I've never thought of as 'dark'.

That means you understand the album.
You could say it's a balanced play of darker and lighter tones and colors, which makes it sort of 'neutral' if that makes any sense.
But in the end everything we may assiociate with 'darkness' or 'light' doesn't exist in the Void anyway. 8)

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Insurrection is like a glorified, but decent episode indeed and Nemesis is just weird, out of place and didn't feel like Star Trek anymore... but First Contact is one of Star Trek's finest moments to me (next to the best DS9 episodes)... a defining movie with the whole TNG crew at their best and everything in the right proportions (action, drama, humor etc.)... and of course, the Borg!  ;D

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I dropped the Scriabin, but meanwhile I have been progressing slowly but steadily with...

Rachmaninov - Prelude Op.32 No.10


An exquisite piece I am deeply in love with. I looked for some background info and apparently it was Rachmaninov's own favorite. He was inspired by this painting called "The Return" when he made it:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/03/B%C3%B6cklin_Die_Heimkehr_1887.jpg


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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 12, 2009, 02:41:23 PM »
Chopin - Etude Op. 10, No.12 "Revolutionary"


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Honest to God - that power-pop-rock-ballad thing they called a theme
for the last TV Trek used to inspire me to turn off the TV.

indeed, I had to force myself to give that series a chance, because at first I couldn't get over it how awful the theme song was....

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You gotta love the music for Star Trek. Simply phenomenal.
Hans Zimmer and the likes could learn a thing or two...

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any news on the results?  :)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / maximum drift
« on: April 10, 2009, 01:35:55 PM »
What are the grandest, most expansive, majestic and full sounding soundscapes ever? :)
Tracks that make you feel small and insignificant... like drifting in an endless void, or being swept away in a cosmic storm...

something like
Steve Roach - Altus
Raison D'etre - Metamorphyses Phase IV

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I guess it also depends on your age and country. I'm 28/Netherlands and I can't remember they ever broadcasted the original series here (except on BBC). I grew up with TNG and to a lesser extent DS9 and VOY and many reruns of those three.

TNG is like the ultimate space exploration series of meeting new races and discovering new phenomena. Solid characters and great 'self contained' episodes. Next to that also character development over the long run.

DS9 is definately my favorite. Although I can see why some may not like it that much, because it doesn't have that classic space exploration in TOS/TNG-style.
Sometimes it's more like a space soap, but a very good one. Lots of character development and of course a big continuing storyline that really kicked off at season 4 or so.
Drama, action, HUMOR, love stories, mass space battles... I don't think there has ever been a television series that created such a 'rich' universe, with so many different characters, stories, themes etc.

VOY is still good, but perhaps the lesser of the 3. It did have a number of completely brilliant episodes, but suffers a bit from the crew setup. About half of the crew were a bit weak, uninteresting or undeveloped characters. Especially the episodes involving Seven, or the Doctor or the Borg or interesting space phenomena were good.

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I was talking more in general.. series, or a movie, or both... just something new, instead of going back to where it all started. Btw I highly doubt the original series are the most popular...

Personally I don't care too much for the movies either, but I thought First Contact was great. The movies could've ended there for me.

Enterprise is not worth mentioning. A proper new series after Voyager could've saved Trek. Preferably with some connections to DS9.

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A mix of all of that. :D Science fiction is about the future. About going forward. Why why why do they have to look back again and try to rehash things from the past. I personally can't stand it.

They had established such a great universe/storyline/timeline with TNG/DS9/VOY. I don't get it why they haven't continued the Star Trek franchise along the line of those series.

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I'm a fan, not a Trekkie, and I have nothing but negative feelings for this. More 'prequel' sh*t. An attempt to make a hollywood action blockbuster out of Star Trek.

I view it as the final death blow to Star Trek. The process started with the "Enterprise" series and the "Nemesis" movie.

TNG, DS9, VOY. That was Star Trek to me. My favorite is DS9, but they all had some brilliant episodes. They should have continued with that universe. A new storyline, but perhaps with a few familiar faces and some connections to the previous series. There was certainly some material left from DS9 and VOY. But all of that seems forever lost now. RIP Star Trek.

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I prefer his more active music, in whatever form. So I hope these soundscapes will be deep, heavy, full sounding and continuously changing instead of minimal, sparse, thin and repetitive... or at least varied between these two extremes.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 30, 2009, 10:04:12 AM »
Ash Ra Tempel - Deep Distance



What a wonderful classic synth tune.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Tetsu Inoue
« on: March 16, 2009, 04:58:05 PM »
Organic Cloud is for sure in my all time ambient top 10, maybe even top 5.
I didn't care much for the latest 2350 Broadway.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Darkest Ambient
« on: March 04, 2009, 10:52:07 AM »
I think I'm going to check out that Klaus Schulze album.

You should. :) I forgot to mention track 2 is even greater than 1 (but less dark, more melodic). Mirage is such a classic...a masterpiece that has no equal.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Darkest Ambient
« on: March 03, 2009, 10:38:36 AM »
Organic Cloud is awesome but the real standout tracks are the 'light' relaxing ones (3 & 4).

I'd like to mention Klaus Schulze - Mirage (1977) for its first track Velvet Voyage in particular (original releases, NOT the 2005 rerelease with a weaker version).
I consider it to be one of the greatest dark atmospheric electronic tracks. A cornerstone track. I don't think there was anything like it before that could be better compared to dark ambient. It's something I always return to eventually. Not 'strictly' dark ambient, but many familiar elements.

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Now Playing / Re: "Classical" Music or Contemporary Composition Listeners?
« on: February 13, 2009, 04:55:54 PM »
Thanks ffcal and cookie monster. I put a lot of effort into that one. :)

I am currently giving a try at this veeery beautiful Etude from Scriabin:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=NL&hl=nl&v=NSsKJIzwapA

It may not seem incredibly complicated but to play this with the proper voicing is really hard.

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