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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach News
« on: August 23, 2009, 01:31:24 AM »
Dude I love Steve Roach' music and most of the releases mentioned... but I'm still a bit specific about what I like. I also love it when it gets more active and varied.
What I don't like is 70 minute long pieces that are meant as background sound that are virtually the same thing all the time (darkest before dawn).

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach News
« on: August 22, 2009, 03:04:11 PM »
It sounds nice, but I do hope it won't be too much of the same.
I know that with his minimal, long form pieces, change is often found in little subtleties, but these days I simply must have considerable variation in sound after 10-15 minutes or so.
I especially hope there's some serious variation and progression in dynamics and intensity on Destination Beyond, since that's the more active release, but I doubt it somehow...

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'Technically' it's completely different music, but it's about the effect and not how it's created. There are similar types of harmonies, textures, moods, emotions in certain classical and ambient music.

The funny thing was that two of my current, absolute favorite artists - who seemed totally unrelated - are linked together by that reviewer... that made me think it's not a coincidence that I like both their music... I'm simply drawn towards these particular harmonies and moods, found in both types of music.

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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: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Scriabin

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 steveroach.com, one of them by 'Hannah M.G. Shapero':
http://www.steveroach.com/Press/review.php?id=247

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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.)

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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)


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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



Fabulous.

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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?

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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

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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
http://bovitz.com/photo/traditional/jpgphotos/2004/sunrise/sunrise_mist_hart_bar.jpg

Brian Eno - The Lost Day
http://www.fineartphotoblog.com/wp-content/uploads/barn_sunset_stalbert800.jpg

Tetsu Inoue - Chill In Chill Out
http://spiritinsight.net/images/bridgetoheaven000.jpg

Steve Roach - On This Planet
http://parkerlab.bio.uci.edu/pictures/photography%20pictures/Eureka%20Dunes,%20Storm%20at%20sunset,%20Death%20Valley%20N.P.jpg

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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

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

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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.

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

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

Fantastic album

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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

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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. :)

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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

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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



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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

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

My number one into eternity.

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