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Unforgiveable indeed. Who in their right mind would write a book called the Ambient Century without even knowing these artists..... that's like writing a book about 19th century piano music and not mentioning Chopin and Liszt........ Some of the other stuff that is covered can only be (very) remotely associated with ambient music.... I'll avoid anything by him like the plague.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 28, 2013, 04:44:54 AM »
The Blood Box album is fantastic indeed.

NP: Steve Roach - Atmospheric Conditions

One of his best! Especially In the Heart of Distant Horizons, I consider it one of his greatest pieces.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 21, 2013, 01:25:59 PM »
Steve Roach - Soul Tones

As good as ever. Title track is marvelous. The exotic harmonies Steve Roach creates.... I could dwell inside them forever.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 16, 2013, 05:06:59 AM »
Ralph Vaughan Williams - Tallis Fantasia

Amazing piece with massive lush string orchestra, recorded in a cathedral for nice reverb. :)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 18, 2013, 03:35:29 AM »

Just purchased last night:

BLOOD BOX-Funeral in an Empty Room.  This is on the Power & Steel sublabel of Loki Foundation, Germany.  This is a SUPERB celestial darkambient release.  Don't let the cliched typical dark ambient title put you off;  highly recommend this one to all!

That is a superb album, and if you can find a copy of it, I would highly recommend his The Iron Dream also.

Yes, they are fantastic albums. There is great depth to the music of Blood Box, sometimes with very subtle, "subliminal" melodies. Just listen to the track "The Celestial Abyss" and notice how the harmonies and textures keep shifting all the time, creating fascinating mood changes.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 01, 2013, 04:38:30 PM »
Steve Roach - Journey of One

Part 1 is where it's at. I think I've said it before but the soft outro begs to be played louder.
It may not seem all that special to some, but to me it's a truly profound ending to an already brilliant piece...

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 09, 2012, 06:00:47 AM »
Scriabin - Prelude Op. 16 No. 1

To be fair, in the 70īs this was rather "new and different" music but in general i never felt ever that his music had a long term value.

My criticism was directed at his post 70s and current music. To me his 70s classics do have long term value. When I listen to Mirage or Moondawn (also a bit of 'X') from time to time, I am still almost as excited as when I heard it for the first time. There's something wonderful and organic about those discs, something he has never managed to capture again. (Some of KS' moments on the Dark Side of the Moog series are very good though.)

If we're going to compare with Steve Roach... well, SR has moved way beyond KS & TD territory with some of his music and I believe he is still moving forward one way or another. So in my opinion... KS & TD 70s classics stand firmly among the best electronic/ambient music of today. But SR has been more consistent in quality and more innovative over a longer period of time.

I once got the Historic Edition, but I quickly ripped it and sold it. Only a few tracks are really worth it, like "Schwanensee I".
Seems to me the philosophy behind those massive releases is to just release anything that was recorded by KS no matter how weak the content.
While I still hold KS in very high esteem for his timeless classics from the 70s and the occasional good album in later decades, I've become more critical towards him recently.
When I take a look at some more recent videos of live performances on youtube, I feel that he is a bit of a one trick pony and his music hasn't evolved at all... doing the same thing over and over again, the endless synth noodling, playing the same chords he has used for decades and randomly improvising a bit with his limited keyboard abilities. Sometimes it has its moments, but after a while it just gets dull.
It's nice for him that he still enjoys what he does and that there are still fans, but I have to say that - just like Tangerine Dream - KS' prime was in the 70s and he never really moved beyond that time.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Overrated Ambient
« on: September 08, 2012, 02:09:31 PM »
Boards of Canada
Possibly the most overrated group ever, making 'ambientish' music with some beats. They have absolutely nothing to say. Just my opinion.

Erik Satie

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Samsara
« on: June 25, 2012, 01:34:37 PM »
Well, I was told a short while back the dvd should be out by now, as the movie made its debut screening on a US-movie festival at the end of last year..

It has only been screened at a couple of movie festivals. I doubt it will be on dvd any time soon?
First it will appear in a select few theatres across the globe, starting in august/september like the website says.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 13, 2012, 04:40:25 PM »
Steve Roach - Journey of One

Part 1 is such a great piece. That soft outro begs to be played louder.
After a dark descend, slowly but surely you arrive at a magical place where time stands still. It's the very core of existence. What a defining moment for Steve Roach. In a few minutes it expresses what all his music is about.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 15, 2012, 04:20:48 PM »
Alexander Scriabin - Le Poeme de l'Extase

Quite simply my favorite piece of music in the last half year.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Under-rated Ambient
« on: February 21, 2012, 03:11:51 PM »
Blood Box

For creating some of the, if not the deepest, most sophisticated and beautiful (dark) ambient I've ever heard.

The Iron Dream and Funerals in an Empty Room. Awe inspiring albums. Total mind trips.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Overrated Ambient
« on: February 21, 2012, 02:59:57 PM »
If we're talking overrated I'd have to agree with Aphex Twin, Biosphere, FSOL.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Overrated Ambient
« on: February 21, 2012, 02:49:36 PM »
Both Fever Dreams II and Magnificent Void are masterpieces beyond question. :P
No point in trying to explain why I think so... if it doesn't speak to you, that's too bad. All you can do is give it another spin sometime. Especially the Void may require a lot of patience. Try listening in bed with headphones for a different perspective.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Your favorite Steve Roach pieces
« on: February 15, 2012, 03:41:53 PM »
sounds like ambient to me :D

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Overrated Ambient
« on: February 15, 2012, 01:56:18 PM »
JMJ isn't Berlin School and totally different than Schulze.
Try Timewind. Moondawn, Mirage, X.

I agree about the others, except Heresy which I think is great.

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