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I really like the Groove stuff myself. I seem to make one large order a year to catch up on all their releases.  Highlights have been, as mentioned, Ron Boots' releases, and Create is consitently among my favorites. Another artist to check out is Syndromeda. Syndromeda has releases on other labels in addiion to Groove.  I think Hypnos may have a few titles in stock too...?

Everything and Nothing / Re: Get Well for Jim Brenholts
October 08, 2009, 09:12:26 AM
How are you doing Jim?
I recently picked this up via's site.  I've been able to give it a really good listen now and I must say I think it's your finest work.  Excellent work Forrest! ~ Jesse
I'm a big Arcana and RD fan myself.  Arcana simply blows me away... "Inner Pale Sun" is sheer brilliance.  A personal top favorite... and playing it right now!

Also I'm an old school RD fan.  The first few albums were pivotal for me in changing the way I thought about music (along with Roach's Dreamtime Return).  I do like the later stuff as well, but like you, not as much.  Peter Andersson has so many side projects I'm surprised he changed the format for RD as much as he did (albiet not too far gone).

Another recent release you guys should check out is the new Soriah (with Ashkelon Sain) on Projekt.  Wow, very nice throat singing with cool tribal rhythms and synth washes.  Good stuff.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Get Well for Jim Brenholts
September 27, 2009, 12:40:41 AM
Jim - good to hear you're ok. Hang in there. - Jesse
Ah, ok. I thought the discs themselves were going to CDr based. That does make it better. However I still much prefer the original package.

It seems like the cost for a 1,000 copy pressing is rather inexpensive these days and easy to break even should be easily attainable (but I of course have no idea of sales figures).

I occassionally download illegally but I have yet to find a Hypnos title in any torrents. Hypnos isn't a highly bootlegged label from what I have observed because I do like to search for my Hypnos releases on torrents but can't find any or Viridian Sun either! My point being that it would seem that people actually do purchase the title vs. illegal downloads.

What do I know though.
Just chiming in here to comment on this unfortunate news. I will happily continue to support good old Hypnos but I much MUCH prefer a proper CD. Even I use CDR based releases From time to time but when I work particularly hard on a release it is my preference to release it as a real CD.

Again, this is no slight against Hypnos at all, but I am not happy with this news.

That is really neat!  Now I know how the Phoenix Lights were created! ~ Jesse
Listening to "Obsessive Surrealism" while I download APK's freebie.  I am really looking forward to this new album. - Jesse
Cool.  8) - Jesse
Mine's a model D MiniMOOG, which I just recently had refurbished.  Sounds great! - J.
Personally I'd recommend his "best of" compilation called "Dreaming Now... Then" - a 2-CD set of goodness.

I'm not Synaesthetic, just synthetic. - J.  ;D
Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
January 03, 2009, 07:42:46 PM
I've been listening to Big Country lately... they were such a great band and their music still resonates with me.  Been listening to their albums "Steeltown" and "The Crossing".


Tearwave ~ "Different Shade Of Beauty"
The Daysleepers ~ "Drowned In A Sea Of Sound"
Disharmony ~ "Malignant Shields"
Wovenhand ~ "Ten Stones"
Leaetherstrip ~ "Retention No. 2"
Gary Numan ~ "Strange Charm"
Sunshine Blind ~ "rewind"
IKON ~ "Psychic vampire"
New Order ~ "Movement" reissue
With permission from Reverend Rick, I am Forwarding this message I received today.  Sad news for the last day of the year, but felt it
important to pass on as Jerry was a great supporter of ambient music over the years and there's surely many here who are familiar with his broadcast "Astreaux World". - Jesse / Numina

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Wed, 31 Dec 2008 10:59:24 -0500
From: Reverend Dr. Rick Woll <>

It is with great sadness that I must relay the message that Astreaux (Jerry Asher) has passed away on December 27, 2008.  This is a sad day for us all who knew him and enjoyed his ambient music station "Astreaux World" on  His station is where I was first introduced to this wonderful musical genre many years ago.  He will be deeply missed.
Here is the obituary:

Gerald E. Asher Jr. ASHER Gerald E. (Jerry "Astreaux") Asher, Jr., age 45, passed on Saturday, December 27, 2008. Beloved son who is survived by his parents Gerald E. Asher, Sr. and Margie Legendre Asher, two sisters April A. Suhre and Christine M. Asher, brother-in-law of Kerry Suhre and loving companion Jane Snyder Fitzpatrick. A gifted internet marketing and e-commerce professional, he developed and hosted an internet radio station ( to share his love for ambient music with fans around the globe. He attended St. Edward the Confessor School, Archbishop Rummel High School '81, UNO and Louisiana Tech. His insightful, witty &
astute sense of humor, love of nature & the outdoors, kindness, generosity and gentle spirit will be greatly missed. Funeral Mass at Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home Chapel, 4747 Veterans Blvd., Metairie, on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 at 11AM. Visitation will begin at 9AM. Interment in Hope Mausoleum. See guest book @ In lieu of flowers, donate to Odyssey House, 2436 Governor Nicholls St., New Orleans, LA 70119.

With Condolences,

Reverend Rick rick

Likewise from me, happy holidays.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: 80's Music Forum
September 29, 2008, 11:25:27 AM
Quote from: drone on on September 27, 2008, 08:08:10 PM

Ohhhh man... I LOOOOOVE Lowlife.  For those not familiar, Lowlife is a guitar-based band (no synths).  Very shoegazey, mellow guitar stuff, sort of like Cocteau Twins with deep male vocals. Excellent Fall/Autumn music. I picked up all their reissues, which is a must-have.

I didn't even know Abecedarians had CDs.  I thought it was only vinyl.  yeah, they do need to re-issue their albums though.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: 80's Music Forum
September 26, 2008, 01:15:05 PM
Mike - TT's The Gap is really an amazingly produced album.  I'll send you some tuneage methinks.

A Flock of Seagulls also recently re-issued their "Story of a Young Heart" album - with b-sides & remixes of course. This album is IMO one of their best albums.  It's more of a conceptual album but all the songs are really rock solid.

Either of you heard of the Abecedarians?  Sort of an American version of the Chameleons. 

Let's not forget The Human League.  "Dare" is still very danceable and totally fun to listen to from the synthpop perspective.

Oh, and Mike, I've been listening to those PSB tracks.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: 80's Music Forum
September 26, 2008, 01:08:57 PM
Mike - yeah, in fact Section 25 reissued their album with the 12" remix for Looking from the Hilltop as a bonus track... I think it's been out for awhile now.  I don't have the CD but have that remix on Vinyl.

The Thompson Twins have reissued their first 3 albums as 2-CD sets... I've got the QuickStep/Side Kick and The Gap reissues.  I still need the Here's to Future Days reissue.  The bonus disc contains b-sides and remixes mostly only previously available on vinyl.

The U2 reissues are also quite nice... I can NOT wait for the Under a Blood Red Sky reissue - which comes out next tuesday with a remastered and restored viseo of the Red Rocks performance.  Watching that literally gives me goose bumps.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: 80's Music Forum
September 26, 2008, 11:53:36 AM
Big 80s fan here.  Love A-Ha, Duran, Depeche, Tears for Fears, Blancmange, New Order, Echo & the Bunneymen, Section 25, Thompson twins, the list goes on... I listen to 80s synthpop quite frequently actually. Probably explains a lot.

For me, 80s music was a about fun and the introduction of the "affordable" synth and digital synthesis played a big part in the creativity.  A lot of original music started in the 80s most of which I have not in any way heard repeated since.  Yeah, you got some new "new wave" bands out now, but they are much too polished and radio friendly than the original 80s era.