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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. :)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Favourite dramatic piece of music
« on: July 20, 2008, 02:19:37 PM »
Scriabin - Etude Op. 8 No. 12, played by Evgeny Kissin

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 10, 2008, 05:56:57 PM »
Klaus Schulze - In Blue Deluxe Edition

I really adore the track Return of the Tempel (minus the keyboard-saxophone part ???).

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: klaus schulze
« on: July 04, 2008, 08:11:05 AM »
Klaus Schulze has made some of the best and some of the worst electronic music out there. His classics like Mirage, Timewind and X can't be beaten.

I wasn't impressed with his latest solo albums. He still makes those long tracks, but they're only nice for a couple of minutes and then it becomes endless the first track on Moonlake... and tracks 2-4 of that album are terribly amateurish sounding.

The last great thing he did was IMO Dark Side of the Moog IX (don't know about X and XI).

But the new one with Lisa Gerrard sounds pretty interesting.

I'm very much into piano music.

Currently studying on the piano my beloved and famous Rachmaninov - Prelude in C sharp Minor Op. 3 No. 2

I'll get there, slowly but surely...doing the middle section at half that speed for the moment.
When I started with piano lessons almost a year ago I could have never dreamed of trying to play this.
But it helped a lot that I played keyboard/synth for many years as a kid.

Oh and someday, I hope to be able to play this:

Dunno if that's even possible not having been a child prodigy and all. Keep dreaming ;D

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: June 30, 2008, 04:51:29 PM »
Samples sound nice, especially the last one.

As much as I love Steve Roach' music, I have to say that I would like to see more variation in his sound.
I don't mind when he uses similar sounds and patterns across various albums, as long as it's not too much and too obvious....but the overall sound character is very much the same on most albums after 2001 or so.
It's that highly polished, reverb-laden, glimmering sound of his. You could say that's simply his style, but it would be very interesting if he could make something a bit more dry, gritty, noisy, low-fi sounding some time... to create different moods and atmospheres....something you wouldn't instantly recognize as that Steve Roach sound.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 10, 2008, 05:23:17 PM »
Proton Kinoun - Apeiron

This is very, very nice free music in the style of Vir Unis/Steve Roach - Blood Machine and the like.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 21, 2008, 05:02:29 PM »
Raison d'etre - Metamorphyses. Tracks 4 and 5 are fantastic.

Vidna Obmana - The River of Appearance

Speedy J - A Shocking Hobby. Listening to a lot of ambient needs a heavy counterweight sometimes.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: April 23, 2008, 04:20:06 AM »
Nothing but praise for 'Arc of Passion', especially title track part 1.
When you listen to it as a whole, the most brilliant part comes around the 22nd minute and on. It's like the piece reaches a perfect momentum there. Absolutely wonderful.

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