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In the dark/at night, in bed, with headphones, eyes closed.

For me the ultimate way to listen to all ambient/atmospheric electronic music. It adds so much more to the experience than just 'casual listening' (eyes open / no headphones / while doing something else).

The only true test to determine how much I really like the music. My all-time favorites in electronic music all came to be after listening sessions in bed.

At the risk of sounding arrogant, but I have a hard time taking people's opinions on ambient serious, if they never listen to ambient like that. If there's one genre in music that just asks to be listened to this way, it's ambient.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 02, 2009, 01:55:55 PM »
so much great piano recordings to discover on youtube

rachmaninov - prelude op. 32 no. 10

incredible, what music

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 24, 2009, 04:13:38 PM »
Vladimir Horowitz playing Alexander Scriabin - Etude Op. 2 No. 1

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach Starting Point ?
« on: January 20, 2009, 03:10:20 PM »
I could never get into Dreamtime Return because I really dislike the sound(s) of it.

But I do like, or love, most of his other stuff so far. I must say I do prefer his more 'active' music.
'Darkest Before Dawn' is definately too much for me. Or better said, too little. Too little substance. I just can't listen to such still, repetitive and minimal atmospheres. Maybe only as background sound.
I absolutely love Magnificent Void (IMO his all time greatest beyond any doubt), which is more like 'maximal atmospheres'. Although it took many, many listenings before I felt that way. :)

One of my favorite recent works is Arc of Passion, especially the first half of the title track (I think it's better than anything on Landmass, although I like that one too).
The warm sounds, the beautiful emotional chords, the rich and detailed sequences, the smooth build up. Seriously, this piece reaches a PERFECT momentum at some point. You will know when.

Anyway, maybe the best starting point would be Kairos. A fantastic 'showcase' of his music (mixed/edited material from various previous releases + some album-unique sounds) and u get great visuals with it too.

Everything and Nothing / Re: How to stay interested in music?
« on: January 17, 2009, 04:01:53 PM »
How to stay interested in music?
Listen to music that is new to you!

Classical piano music maybe?
Youtube a is great way to start discovering this music.

Richter: Rachmaninov - Prelude Op. 23 No. 4

Zimerman: Chopin - Ballade No. 4

Lugansky: Rachmaninov - Moment Musical 4

Kissin: Liszt - La Campanella

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 30, 2008, 02:47:35 PM »
Tetsu Inoue - Organic Cloud

Track 3 & 4 are two of the most godly pieces in all of ambient.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient Survey 2008 - time to Vote!
« on: December 30, 2008, 02:07:47 PM »
Cool, making it now. For the main list I'll use a very broad definition of ambient (including everything in those 4 categories ambient beatless, ambient with beats, sequencer/berlin & dark ambient). With that in mind my first 10 only has 2 albums from after 1990. :o

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 23, 2008, 06:00:48 AM »
Klaus Schulze - In Blue Deluxe Edition

'Return of the Tempel' is, with the exception of the keyboard-saxophone part, completely brilliant.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 20, 2008, 07:29:54 AM »
Raison D'Etre - Metamorphyses

A grand album. I love it. Especially phase 4 and 5.
Phase 5, wow. An achingly beautiful, dreamy and sad mood, created in a very subtle way.

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.

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