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Since 10 years (I'm now 28) I've been a fan of electronic, ambient music. While my preferences change over time, there are a number of artists that I keep enjoying no matter what. One of my absolute favorites is Steve Roach, who I'm sure a lot of you hold in high esteem as well. Lately I've been giving Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces many spins and I'm particularly enjoying the deep and beautiful soundworlds of disc 2: Labyrinth.

In recent years I've been developing another passion for music, namely classical music, more specifically piano music. Thanks to Youtube and a pianoforum I discovered a lot of beautiful piano music, great composers and performers (pianists). I mostly prefer music from the romantic/late romantic period and early 1900s, by composers such as Chopin and Rachmaninoff, who wrote beautiful, atmospheric, emotional music. I even started playing the piano myself (having a background in keyboard playing).
These days I'm really enjoying the works of Russian composer Alexander Scriabin, who's music I feel is very imaginative, atmospheric, mysterious, ethereal, 'spiritual'... It still has the melodic touches of the romantic period, yet it is more colorful and 'free in form'. Read more about this composer here:

I haven't met anyone in real life or on the internet who shares the same deep passion for both types of ambient and classical music. True, ambient and classical music may seem totally different and unrelated, yet I've always felt there was some kind of connection between my favorite music in these two genres.

Today, while listening again to 'Dream Body', perhaps my favorite piece from Mystic Chords and Sacred Spaces, I was reading some more reviews of MC&SS at, one of them by 'Hannah M.G. Shapero':

For MYSTIC CHORDS & SACRED SPACES he has chosen to use mostly notes and harmonies which can be found in the work of composers like the late Romantics of Europe and Russia, and the French "Impressionists" as well as more recent composers such as Aaron Copland and even the French avant-garde composer Olivier Messiaen. Most important for Roach's MYSTIC CHORDS & SACRED SPACES is the exotic music of the late 19th century Russian composer Alexander Scriabin, who created a huge "mystical universal chord" on which he based many wild works.

You can imagine I was quite astounded to see mention of Scriabin at Steve Roach' website, but actually it also made sense at the same time, because I know both their music so well.
I don't know if Steve Roach himself was inspired by Scriabin, or that only the reviewer made this connection, but for me it was a moment where my specific taste in music completely fell into place. Fantastic.

Just something I wanted to share with you.

(If you're interested, here's some of my favorites of Scriabin:
Sonata No. 2 Part 1:
Etude Op. 2 No. 1:
Etude Op. 42 No. 5:
Etude Op. 8 No. 11:
Etude Op. 8 No. 12:
His later works such as the later sonatas are even more 'free' and 'experimental' in nature and also become atonal.)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 16, 2009, 11:33:14 AM »
a part of Handel's Messiah arranged by Mozart 8)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 12, 2009, 11:45:43 AM »
Martha Argerich plays Schumann - Fantasiestücke op. 12 no. 1 & 2


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 04, 2009, 08:35:33 AM »
Steve Roach - MC & SS disc 2

Dream Body: could this be his greatest piece ever?

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 03, 2009, 01:59:34 AM »
Sviatoslav Richter playing a movement from a Schubert Sonata

those first 3 minutes just leave me breathless

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Ambient in pictures
« on: June 22, 2009, 01:34:31 PM »
If there's one genre where the music can be related to imagery, surely it must be ambient for its 'visual' qualities.
The idea is to find pictures that you think are somehow fitting for the ambient piece. With google image search and some creative search terms you can find plenty of nice pics.

To prevent a messy and bandwith-heavy topic I suggest only to post the links.

Brian Eno & Harold Budd - First Light

Brian Eno - The Lost Day

Tetsu Inoue - Chill In Chill Out

Steve Roach - On This Planet,%20Storm%20at%20sunset,%20Death%20Valley%20N.P.jpg

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 05, 2009, 03:48:46 PM »
Raison D'Etre - Metamorphyses
fantastic album, some of the greatest dark ambient ever
track 4 and 5 are stunning

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 04, 2009, 10:28:55 AM »
Tangerine Dream - Rubycon

yw I just stumbled upon it on YT
He makes so much different music it can't be classified under one or two genres. There's something for everyone. Some of his stuff is not much more than wallpaper ambient, while other music is (much) more melodic and/or rhythmic. It also depends who he collaborates with. He can play a nice jazz guitar too. Surely one of the most versatile and diverse artists in electronic music.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / short feature on Pete Namlook
« on: May 24, 2009, 01:57:58 AM »
part 1:
part 2:

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 16, 2009, 02:45:15 PM »
LSG - Into Deep

Fantastic album

Star Wars vs Star Trek video (better than the other one that got much more views)

If you don't know it yet THIS IS A MUST SEE! ;D

Now Playing / the ultimate 'ambient'?
« on: May 03, 2009, 03:10:44 PM »
Here's a piece of Russian choir music by Rachmaninov:

Pavel G. Chesnokov - To Thee We Sing

I don't care for the words and religious meaning. But I listen to all music with an 'ambient ear' so to speak... and I couldn't help notice its distinct ambient qualities. Slowly moving, relaxing, otherworldly harmonies. Wow. In a way, this is the ultimate ambient music. :)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Techno Music
« on: April 29, 2009, 11:15:34 AM »
Speedy J - A Shocking Hobby

for the more 'industrial' side of techno
with some of the loudest, most agressive and awesome beats and noises you'll ever hear (but still listenable)
I almost couldn't believe my ears when I heard the beats on 'Actor Nine'

a perfect counterweight for all the ambient :D

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 26, 2009, 02:11:52 AM »
Hallucinogen - In Dub

check out this track, for the second half especially

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Techno Music
« on: April 26, 2009, 02:03:36 AM »
FAX also got nice ambient-techno stuff, I recommend Move D & Namlook - Wired

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 23, 2009, 11:03:22 AM »
Michael Stearns - Planetary Unfolding

My number one into eternity.

yeah, most of us should exercise to compensate for our modern lifestyle (too little movement, bad food)... but I believe exercising wouldn't be necessary if you'd eat healthy and would be (much) more physically active in general, throughout the day...
it's not like wild animals have to 'exercise' to stay in good health...they get their basic body movement naturally

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 19, 2009, 02:47:39 PM »

Tangerine Dream - Tangram
I love set 1.

Steve Roach & Vir Unis - Blood Machine
I still feel that nothing else I've heard in the 'fractal grooves' department compares to this one. 'Sense' is my favorite, an incredible piece.

The Dark Knight OST
Great dark orchestral mood music with the fattest sound you can possibly imagine, but too much of the same.

and about 20 times Scriabin - Etude Op. 8 No. 5, a new favorite..

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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