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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« on: October 30, 2012, 07:44:29 PM »
Happy birthday, Andy!  8)

Loving Gottwood so far (only about 20 min in as of this typing); cheers for that.

Can't wait for Fractured.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Under-rated Ambient
« on: March 03, 2012, 06:55:28 AM »
Meg Bowles - her 2011 release, A Quiet Light, is one of the best fusions of space and ambient in years. To release something this excellent after a more than 10 year absence is, IMO, unprecedented.

Great call. Back in the day, it seemed she was always in the shadows of the space music giants (Demby, Stearns, Serrie, etc.), but she's really done something awesome and unique with this release, expertly traversing a very fine line between classic space music and pure ambient.

I've been enthralled by Seren Ffordd's music ever since hearing The Portal's Dreaming on my girlfriend's home theater system (ok, technically, it was her dad's) while playing Dead Space. I'd just splurged on a ton of umbra/penumbra releases and loaded them all up into the CD changer. The Portal's Dreaming came up right when I entered a particularly eerie zero-g section of the game. It all fit together just perfectly. I definitely hope The Martian Chronicles gets Andy some more exposure.

Tau Ceti also merits mention here. He's mostly known as Gigi's collaborator on Celestial Geometries, but he has some great solo releases as well. Some of his EPs are delightfully otherworldly and experimental (Achernar, Albhali, Pulsar, etc.). Achernar, in particular, is quite the trip.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Overrated Ambient
« on: March 03, 2012, 06:28:05 AM »
If we're talking overrated I'd have to agree with Aphex Twin, Biosphere, FSOL.

Those were also the first names that came to my mind. I'm also finding that Harold Budd is starting to wear pretty thin with me. I love some of his releases (e.g., The White Arcades), but he hasn't wowed me in quite a while.

Also, I won't single out individual artists (there are so many now!), but on the whole this new quasi-subgenre of what I can only think to call "hipster ambient" really underwhelms the hell out of me. Adding glitches or layers of lo-fi crackle to lazy guitar drones doesn't magically make them nostalgic or otherwise emotionally resonant. There are some gems here, of course, but they're getting harder and harder to find as the ambient market (such as it is) gets increasingly saturated with this stuff.

Got my bundle a while back. Fantastic, haunting stuff!

Can't wait. Ion and Orcus were epic.

Good to hear you are enjoying the music - 'fantastic' is a brilliant response....

JKN on Relaxed Machinery asked me a question about the album - see my reply at

the thread includes some comments on a joke I made on another thread ::).

Very cool. It's always nice to have a peek behind the curtain on awesome projects like this.

I'd actually never been on the Relaxed Machinery forum before. I just have to say: Mad props to jkn for the Tachikoma avatar.

Addendum: the site and label ain't too bad either.  ;)

Got mine the other day. Absolutely fantastic! Still digesting...

All my best wishes for a full and speedy recovery.

Incredibly stoked for this. And right on the heals of 'Il Silenzio di Dio' too.

Can you say: multiple eargasms?!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Igneous 2010 releases
« on: October 03, 2011, 11:46:24 AM »
'Orcus' is indeed amazing. Even in the realms of dark ambient, it's quite unlike anything I've ever heard.

Just got mine in the mail today. I've put it through two spins already and I can tell it's going to be a favorite. Very eclectic mix of sounds here, but it all hangs together in a wonderful way. And yes, "Il Tempo della Fine" is achingly gorgeous. I've been fascinated by the concept of an end of time ever since I was a child, so this piece had particular resonance for me. I also really loved the deep pulses of "Le Acque del Plenilunio" and the appropriate stillness of the title track. Amazing work, Gigi, and a very welcome return!

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« on: September 30, 2011, 11:36:57 AM »
Awesome vid. Loving the Haze release as well. Lots of tasty darkness there.

The samples sound fantastic, but I'm a little wary of Downloadplatform/Musiczeit, as everything I've purchased from them in the past has been full of clicks and pops. Have you had a chance to listen to the download and make sure it's clean?


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Mathias Grassow - Sky
« on: August 01, 2011, 01:20:53 AM »
Interesting. I loved the CDR release. Wonder how it was edited to get it all on one disc.

Got my bundle yesterday. Fantastic albums, both of them.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: April 29, 2011, 03:35:37 PM »
Perhaps a new thread is in order...

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: April 27, 2011, 03:03:51 PM »
Nice. Did you have a particular area of emphasis? I'm starting a grad program in neurophilosophy in a few months.

I take it from your parenthetical comment that you're either a noncognitivist or an error theorist...?

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: April 23, 2011, 01:40:00 AM »


Great news for the less-than-hip crowd. I'm glad Umbra and Penumbra are still around. Regarding some of the older CDr releases, will these be newly burned copies? Some of the ones I'd purchased previously had I think been sitting around too long and degraded slightly, resulting in audible pops and clicks (this was certainly the exception and not the rule). I'd love to be able to replace these with fresh copies.

Many thanks.

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