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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.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Your scariest ambient track
« on: March 07, 2011, 01:09:00 AM »
About Place Where The Black Stars Hang: I listened to it in bed with headphones one time and found parts of it very relaxing in a special kind of way, especially the fantastic track Metastatic Resonance. Personally I don't think it's a scary or creepy album.

Agreed. I would nominate Zoetrope as Lustmord's scariest album. Some very eerie, bleak stuff on that one.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Your scariest ambient track
« on: March 02, 2011, 11:08:37 PM »
Gotta mention the first track of I.Corax's album, The Cadaver Pulse I: Sealed in a Radiant Larval Maelstrom.

Sounds like being digested by Satan...or something.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Your favorite O÷phoi releases!
« on: February 10, 2011, 01:22:03 PM »
Man...this certainly isn't easy.

For full length recordings, I'd say:

Time Fragments Vol. 2: Requiem for the Green Planet
Celestial Geometries (w/ Tau Ceti)
The Rustling of Leaves
Mare Tranquillitatis
Archaic Oceans (w/ Tau Ceti)

There are a lot of great Penumbra EPs too:

Leteph (w/ L.E.M.)
The Sun is Falling in a Sea of Blood
Lifting the Veil (w/ Tau Ceti)
The Gates of Aldebaran (w/ L.E.M.)
As We Slip Away to Dream
A Call, an Echo (w/ Klaus Wiese)

The whole Dreams collection is amazing too.

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