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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.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Your favorite Steve Roach pieces
« on: February 13, 2012, 02:45:53 AM »
Nice. Obviously there is a huge amount of music to choose from, but still... I think the diversity of choices already shows how very personal our relationship with ambient music is.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Your favorite Steve Roach pieces
« on: February 11, 2012, 03:46:54 PM »
I know this is an impossible task but you could always give it a try. :)
Individual tracks only (collaborations and tracks that span an entire disc can be included).
I was able to make a top 20 somehow (took me 2 hours).

1. Dream Body (Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces)
2. Altus (The Magnificent Void)
3. The Spiral of Time's Fire Burns On (Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces)
4. In the Heart of Distant Horizons (Part 2) (Atmospheric Conditions)
5. The Other Side (Dreamtime Return)
6. Infinite Shore (The Magnificent Void)
7. Sense (Blood Machine)
8. Touch (Soma)
9. Fires Burning (Fever Dreams II)
10. On This Planet (On This Planet)
11. The Memory (Empetus)
12. Cloud of Unknowing (The Magnificent Void)
13. Arc of Passion (Arc of Passion)
14. Thunder Walk (Dream Tracker)
15. Journey of One (part 1) (Journey of One)
16. Deep Hours (Well of Souls)
17. Opening The Space (Fever Dreams II)
18. Travel by Moonlight (The Road Eternal)
19. Lifeforming (Kairos)
20. Neural Connection (Blood Machine)

Prometheus, The Hobbit, Samsara. Game of Thrones season 2.
Gonna be a great year. :)

This would beat Somnium in length. :)
You know, Vangelis is great. He simply picks projects and events that he likes, no matter how big or how obscure they are.
In a recent interview he said that he makes music every day. Only a small percentage of what he creates gets released.
I bet there is a lot of cool music among that. For example, some of those "lost" pieces on the Blade Runner trilogy album (second disc) are fantastic. Released 25 years after the movie!

What on earth..? That's interesting and kind of hilarious at the same time. :)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach 2012 Box Set
« on: January 17, 2012, 02:53:57 PM »
Dream Tracker, The Desert Inbetween and The Road Eternal are all very, very good recent releases.
I like the more active side of his music a lot more than his solo and purely atmospheric works of recent years.
Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces set the bar too high I guess. Nothing can compare to that one yet, IMO.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Novelty in Electronic Music
« on: January 16, 2012, 08:32:46 AM »
In my opinion an artist like Klaus Schulze already peaked in the 70s. After that there were still good releases every now and then. It's just that there seems to be little 'quality control'. He simply releases everything he creates. Same with Pete Namlook, another electronic artist with a huge discography. And to a lesser degree Steve Roach. But I do think Roach' overall quality is more consistent than Schulze and Namlook. On the other hand you could say Schulze and Namlook have explored more different types of music and sound.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Novelty in Electronic Music
« on: January 15, 2012, 03:36:43 PM »
If you look at a shorter time period of Steve Roach' discography, there can be quite some similarity. Also, you will still hear familiar elements when comparing some of his music over a longer period. But on the long term and looking at his whole body of work I find his output still very innovative and versatile. The various types of ambient he is exploring all evolve in their own way, slowly but surely.
Tribal albums like the Fever Dreams series, Dream Tracker are clearly different in sound from the early to mid 90s tribal music. The collaborations with Vir Unis and more recently Erik Wollo are also unique compared to his other music. And there's much more. How about Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces. When it was just released some people said that they've all heard it before. If you ask me, that's just because they had not given it a proper listen... :)

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Movie trailers worth a look
« on: November 21, 2011, 02:17:21 PM »
Ghost Rider, haha. I thought that one was quite hilarious. I'm still not sure whether this movie was intentionally bad in a funny way.

Journey of One, part 1.
Incredible moment near the end of this piece. When it gradually shifts from the rather creepy part into the gentle (and very soft) outro. Magic.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Serious listening?
« on: November 09, 2011, 02:31:00 PM »
Becoming more and more a fan of certain classical music, I have come to believe that the level of musicianship and creativity of those composers back then is virtually out of reach in today's world.
I'm sure there are more potential musical geniuses, because there are more people after all. I just get the feeling that the conditions in today's world do not allow for the development of talent and creativity to its highest potential. Modern life has too many distractions.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Moving eye-candy
« on: October 23, 2011, 11:56:24 AM »

I would love to compile the soundtrack for such movies.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Samsara (follow up to Baraka)
« on: October 05, 2011, 11:45:01 AM »
I hope they will play it at some IMAX theatre here in The Netherlands, but I doubt it...

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Samsara (follow up to Baraka)
« on: October 02, 2011, 12:15:05 PM »
Anyone else excited about this movie?
Michael Stearns and Lisa Gerrard doing the soundtrack.

Check out this review:

The greatest visual experience that my eyeballs have ever witnessed.
19 September 2011 | by rosielarose (Toronto) See all my reviews

I just saw a screening of Samsara at the TIFF, at the brilliant TIFF Lightbox theatre.


A film that took 5 years to make and co-ordinate. Shot in Panarama 70mm, across 26 countries, needing major government and regulatory clearances, having to wait for certain seasons or lunar phases to get the light to hit the way director Fricke wanted...carefully strung together with a massive 7.1 surround sound design and music score from Michael Stearns, Marcello de Francisci, and Lisa Gerrard (of Dead Can Dance).

The 70mm negative has been digitally scanned and oversampled at 8k resolution (much like the 'Baraka' Blu-ray); the TIFF Lightbox theatre installed a brand new Christie 4k projector (Christie Projection Systems rushed the projector before its release to the market specifically for this event) making it the first true 4k screening of it's kind.

From sweeping landscapes to time-lapse sequences of the night sky and from exclusive looks into the processing of food to the consumption and effects it has on the human body, Samsara is nothing short of astounding. Modern technology, production lines, and human robotics are juxtaposed against a backdrop of deserts, garbage mounds as far as the eye can see, and traffic congestion in modern centres. The time-lapse footage is simply transcendent. In fact, I caught myself questioning the reality of some of the landscape vistas and night skyline montages...they looked so hyper-real that I thought they must have come from a CG lab somewhere. Simply astonishing. The richness, depth and clarity of colour and image achieved within the processes utilized gives birth to the most beautiful visual meditation that I have ever witnessed.

As one film journalist noted, "That Samsara is instantly one of the most visually-stunning films in the history of cinema is reason enough to cherish it, but Fricke and co-editor Mark Magidson achieve truly profound juxtapositions, brimming with meaning and emotion. It sounds preposterous, but it's true: In 99 minutes, Samsara achieves something approaching a comprehensive portrait of the totality of human experience. If you're even remotely fond of being alive, Samsara is not to be missed."

If you ever come across the chance to see this film in a decent theatre, run, and let your eyeballs (and earholes) feast upon its brilliance.

Blood Box - Funeral In An Empty Room

without a doubt

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