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Feels like it's been kind of a slow year for ambient so far, but maybe I'm just slow on the uptake.

Among what I have heard, though, I've been especially digging:

Igneous Flame: Nyx
Nautic Depths - Elsewhere I
Lustmord - The Word as Power

I need to look into those two Oophoi releases. Based on past experience, chances are pretty good at least one of them will end up on the list too.

Digging this a lot. Kudos, Pete! Still digesting...

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: For Gigi
« on: April 19, 2013, 01:09:46 AM »
Lovely and fitting tribute.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: R.I.P. Oophoi
« on: April 12, 2013, 07:39:35 PM »
This is incredibly sad. Gigi is one of the giants of my ambient universe. The first album of his I'd heard was not actually one of his "major" releases (The Spirals of Time, Celestial Geometries, Athlit) but Time Fragments vol. 2. I was instantly captivated, particularly with the second track, "The Last Farewell." I don't think I'd ever been moved in quite that way by ambient music before. The sense of longing was so palpable, it was almost too much.

I quickly became one of those rabid fans of whom Mike spoke. In fact, it was my need to collect all of his Umbra and Penumbra recordings that initially brought me to Hypnos. It's too bad that the Penumbra releases in particular didn't receive more positive attention. There are some fantastic gems there.

I never corresponded with Gigi personally, but it seems like he was a wonderful, generous human being. Certainly his music brought us all a little closer to the stars. May they now welcome him as he so ardently welcomed them.

Pete, man, this is great stuff. Very creative. I wonderfully strange, wonderfully evocative sonic journey.

2013 is off to a great start. Kudos!

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.

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