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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

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

Really like the sample of A Deepening Shift on the atmoworks site. Looks like i'm gonna love this.

Now Playing / Re: "Classical" Music or Contemporary Composition Listeners?
« on: February 07, 2009, 12:59:37 PM »
Here's something on the piano I recently recorded. :)

Rachmaninov - Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, 18th variation (solo piano arrangement)

Instrument: Roland HP-201 digital piano

and for those interested in the sheet music:
*link dead*


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.

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