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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Alio Die
« on: August 28, 2010, 04:26:00 PM »
Alio Die is undoubtly an ambient master.
Looking back on his dense discography, I can say that only three solo releases are enough to get to the point of his special style : Under an holy ritual, Suspended Feathers and Aura seminalis.
Besides, his collaborative projects are great too. My most beloved are : Fissures (with Robert Rich), Apsaras (with Amelia Cuni) and Ad infinitum (in Sola translatio, with Opium).
Above all, are Suspended Feathers and Aura seminalis.

Hi Gigi, i

It's nice to have news from you.

You have been doing highly refined music, since his debut release on HSL.
I've been frightened by the CD-r era of Umbra & Penumbra, as there were (way too) many releases.
To be honest, it was difficult to me to make an opinion and selection in this vast choice  ;D
I just have your "official" releases on pressed-CD.
"Spirals of time" will stay as my "coup de coeur" ever.
I love these release : "Athlit", "Arpe di Sabbia" (both great live recordings) and collaborative works "Wouivre" & "Celestial geometries".
I'm quite interested to listen to the follow up collaboration "Zero Distance" with Paul Vnuk Jr.

Take care of you.

>> Joe R : you're right, difficult to make a single choice in this vast discography.
I had the same problem with Steve Roach and Robert Rich

About Mathias Grassow, i'll say :
Solo release : Namakar & Lanzarote concert
Collaborative work : Holy domain (with Klaus Wiese) & Arcanum (with Amir Baghiri and Rudiger Gleisberg)

These are (to me) tremendous and unmissable works !!



I really appreciate this release.
The music is efficient, straight to the point.
"Darker skies toward the horizon" sometimes reminds me some instrumental works of black tape for a blue girl.
The beautiful "Welcoming the dead days" reminds me the best moments of Numina, especially "Shift to the ghost".
"Sodium glow" sounds like using drone guitar, doesn't it ?

I really feel your music deserves an official release !

All the best


Defining a label quality depends on what criterium you judge :
- music quality in itself
- artistic creativity
- sellings
- mastering & production
- packaging
- physical support (CD / CDr)
- visual / sound homogeneity

I love Oophoi music and respect his particular sound and touch.
I do recognize the efforts he put in his labels to reveal new artists (Tau Ceti, Seren Ford).
I do recognize the homogeneity of musics and visuals
Then, I understand they can be considered as good ambient/drones labels.

But, three things don't make me consider these are the best :

1. Risk and committment :
Official labels like Hypnos, GreenHouseMusic, Amplexus, Silent, Fathom took a heavy committment and financial risks ;
On the contrary, I consider that burning a CDr at home (even with the best quality) does not involve on the same level
- Official CDs = high cost + many copies (stock)
- Home made burnt CDr = lower cost + strictly limited copies

2. Quality :
Official pressed CDs quality is (on average) much better than burnt CDr
Burnt CDr have a shorter life time ; quality decreases faster with time

3. Art and packaging :
I'm ok with labels who releases strictly limited copies (< 100). This offers quite good advantages compared with pressed CDs (as seen above).
I won't debate about opposition between mass consuming art and art for small circles of connaissors.
If labels choices are built on a "art as restrictive", it's ok for me. But, if a label claim for this choice, i would appreciate it goes to the end of it, and that the packaging look like an art object, or something more personal and original.
According to me, it's not enough to mention "limited edition" on a CDr release, to be attractive and to consider the CDr you have as an object.
I'm disappointed that Umbra / Penumbra didn't offer more personal / original packagings from release to release.
It was (simply ?) printed paper with CD inside.
How to compare this with Amplexus ? What's new ?
Is there any little thing that distinguish this home made release from an official one ?
Wouldn't it be more fun to pack it in a different way or with something more that tells you that this is Home/hand made ?

To me Umbra / Penumbra are good labels, but not the greatest ever.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Microphonics
« on: January 11, 2010, 05:34:15 AM »
Microphonic is just great. Have the LP edition and i'm happy to see it released on CD, then i will be able to set an automatic replay and not having to move from my sofa anymore :-)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Solitaire - Elmar Schulte
« on: January 11, 2010, 05:29:25 AM »
Hi Elmar,
Nice to see you here. Thanx for your response !
I'm glad to see and hear that you're still active.
I like "Himalaya" and "Intruder" tracks.
I have Ritual ground, Fearless and Nocturnes.
I wonder if there is any chance to get copy of the previous works, Altered states and Plains and skies. Maybe you'll release them back again too ?


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best of 2009!!!1
« on: December 28, 2009, 06:27:47 AM »
Forrest Fang - Phantoms
Max Corbacho - Ars Lucis
O Yuki Conjugate - OYC25
Dirk Serries - Microphonics I
Steve Roach - Dynamic stillness

Don't forget frenchies 8)
that sounds interesting, thanx for the announce and the details.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New O Yuki Conjugate CD/DVD
« on: December 23, 2009, 07:11:28 AM »
and I double DRONE ON following update: "All in all, I heartily recommend this to all OYC lovers".

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New O Yuki Conjugate CD/DVD
« on: December 23, 2009, 07:09:09 AM »
I love this release.
Indeed, this has now real link with their past releases from the 80ies & 90ies, but it goes further in the style offered with Euphoria of disobedience.
Even if the whole sound is in the labtop mainstream vein with mostly minimal electronic, dub-like rythms, flutes and processed guitars, OYC sets its own touch.
I personaly rather like the DVD than the CD.
OYC delivers a nice music with the CD : minimal electronic, soft electronic rythms, distant sound via processed instruments. The third track is a link between the past and the present, as it shows the come back of flutes. In some ways, this track sounds like a fully re-arranged and modern version of "Transcontinental". 16 minutes of wonderful hypnotic music.
About the DVD, I LOVE the live set. 27 minutes (no second less or more) of minimal electronic, soft rythms (like a ghost of their tribal sound) and delicate touches of guitars.
The CD remix is cool too (more than 30 min).
The Tour document is not that interesting ; to me it's just anecdotic : the only interest is to know that some members had hairs on the top thier heads (kidding) :-)
In the end, this CD/DVD is recommended to those who like electronic music and OYC. If you look for a follow up to Equator, Peyote and those tribal/ambient era, just look elsewhere.
Leave you to listen to the live set for the 7th time :-)

Just received special edition of Mathieu Ruhlmann "Tsukubai".
This comes with a limited édition CDr called "Funayurei".
"Tsukubai" sounds like electroacoustic music with a lot of environmental (water sources) melting with rumbing electronic.
"Funayurei" sounds more ambient, with some ghostly
Two different ambiences, but very complementary.
Nice lay out as usual, but without any jewel box. They both come in transparent plastic enveloppe.

Back from the web site.
The first release by Mathieu Rullman sound nice.
The concept is interesting too.
Just ordered it :)
Thanx for the information Drone On !


That sounds interesting.
Mystery sea has a very significant and personal style.
Let's check the web site.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Suso Saiz - Hypnotics
« on: October 21, 2009, 04:07:21 AM »
Ordered and finally got an original copy of it.
Listening to it right now :-)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Suso Saiz - Hypnotics
« on: October 12, 2009, 04:02:45 AM »
wow wow wow wow wow !
That sounds really great indeed !!
Thank you VERY much Drone on for these details.
The Hunt for "Hypnotics" has begun !!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Suso Saiz - Hypnotics
« on: October 11, 2009, 03:48:49 AM »
Hi Drone On,

Thank you for your response.
If you had to make any comparison with any existing artist, to whom would it be close ?
It music soft & spacey as Robert Fripp, Robert Rich, Jeff Pearce, Christopher Short, Exuviae, Numina, or rumbling & opaque as Aidan Baker, Troum, Fear Falls Burning... ?
I've read about the box set on this forum and yes, besides Hypnotics, reviews were not very positive.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Suso Saiz - Hypnotics
« on: October 10, 2009, 03:33:30 AM »
Hi all,

I'm getting to know better the music of Suso Saiz.
I have "Mirrors of pollution" and quite appreciated it.
I've read that Hypnotics is his best release.
I know this was a 500 copies limited edition and that this record is pretty hard to find.
Unfortunately, there is no description, review of it.
Could any of you help me to make up my mind, and give me details on the music, even his opinion ?
I need to know if this release need to be chased.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: upcoming raison d'être album
« on: September 25, 2009, 07:35:28 AM »
you can find some samples of Peter Bjargo solo record here :
it sounds like Arcana, not Sophia, and some flavors from Peter Ulrich.

now peter anderson
i loved raison d'être til "The empty hollow unfolds". I must admit that the following releases didn't leave me such a good impression : too noisy and metallic for me. For example, "The luminous experience".
To me, Raison d'etre lost its personal touching and melancholic aura that bathed his indutrial ambient vein.

i just hope his next release will give more place to this special signature built in the 90ies and made this project a very interesting and unique musical world.


To me, "Phantoms" is one of the most refined realizations I've been listening too for a long time.
Subtle drums and beautiful textures, ghostly and scintillating in the meantime.

"Swimming In The Fourth Stream" is really nice, along with "Isthmus".

Any possibility to release both in a CD single or MCD ?
Could Projekt afford it ?  ;)

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