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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient with singing bowls?
« on: September 30, 2010, 08:17:32 AM »
Every once in a while, I'll browse Amazon's mp3 section for cheap ambient albums (tracks are usually sold at $0.99 each, even if they're 70+ minutes long). Most of the time, these are cheaply made, simplistic recordings, but I'll occasionally find a few gems.

Recently discovered this album made entirely with singing bowls: Despite the new-agey vibes the name and artwork give off, it's pretty pure ambient. Quite tasty.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Halo
« on: September 21, 2010, 06:54:33 PM »
Big fan here. I've picked up Reach, but have only had time to play a few minutes into the campaign so far. Seems promising, though, and it's quite pretty to look at.

You didn't really miss much by skipping ODST.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 15, 2010, 12:19:05 PM »
Cello and Dark Wood are brilliant 8)


Been listening to a lot of Bruno Sanfilippo's piano stuff lately, including his two collabs with Mathias Grassow. Really evocative minimalism.

On the non-ambient side, I've been cranking Boris and Russian Circles. The latter are perhaps the only post-rock band that can hold my interest for more than 15 minutes.

Getting back to the original point. There's some irony here, when a lot of 'glitch-ambient' is full of 'audio errors' (from a technical / mastering point of view) ) and its completely accepted as being part of the music.

Context eh ?

I actually can't stand glitch-ambient, even though I know it's intended. Conditioned response, probably.

I decided to incur the slightly smaller monetary risk of purchasing the mp3s from Amazon, vaguely hoping that maybe they were derived from a source closer to the original recording than the pressed CD (though, given Rudy's response as reported by drone on, this may not have mattered). A fool's hope, I know. Track 2 had the most obvious problems, but I found unwanted noises on all of the first four tracks. It's sad and frustrating, as there really is some good music here. I've resorted to opening the affected tracks up in an audio editor and cutting out out the untarnished pieces (fading them in and out) so I can listen to them undisturbed.

Sadly, I've noticed this issue on the last couple Mathias Grassow/Thomas Weiss collabs as well (Siberian Winter and Farewell); has this happened to others too?

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 21, 2010, 03:44:23 PM »
This gives me an idea - take some Glitch albums and run them through a Click/Pop/Noise removal program. Whole new albums?

If only those programs ever actually worked worth a damn...

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: August 20, 2010, 04:07:28 PM »
Cormac McCarthy - The Road

Deliciously bleak. I want to eat these sentences. "Borrowed time and borrowed world and borrowed eyes with which to sorrow it."

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 18, 2010, 08:47:09 PM »
Rudy Adrian-Distant Stars. Excellent deep space music.  There are some annoying "glitches" on this as on one of his other Lotuspike discs, not sure what that's all about, but otherwise the music is flawless.

Hmmm...that's too bad. Do you think it's intrinsic to the recording or do you think you just got a bad copy? I love Rudy's spacier stuff, but I'm very picky about unwanted pops/clicks, especially in ambient music. The samples sound amazing, but I'm not going to buy a broken product.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Best Ambient cd to have sex to ?
« on: August 16, 2010, 01:02:30 AM »
With beats:

Cell - Hanging Masses
David Helpling & John Jenkins - Treasure
Mathias Grassow, Klaus Wiese, Carsten Agthe - Holy Domain
Temps Perdu? - Terra Incognita
vidnaObmana - Parallel Flaming
Yagya - Rigning; Will I Dream During the Process?

Without beats:

Harold Budd & Robin Gurthrie - Before the Day Breaks (last track has beats/gets louder; may want to skip. Then again...)
James Johnson & Vir Unis - Easting
Mathias Grassow - Elixer
Robert Davies - Garden of Twilight
Robert Rich & Lisa Moscow - Yearning
Rudy Adrian - Moonwater
Thom Brennan - Mist

Everything and Nothing / Re: Bizarre weather
« on: August 05, 2010, 12:51:23 PM »
Probably due to its proximity to La Niņa. Would also explain all the rain in the Midwest.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Help finding specific ambient music
« on: July 28, 2010, 11:13:13 AM »
Gothtronica? A lot of darkwave has a similar vibe (though it usually has lyrics; dunno if you care). Other good instrumental stuff (though a bit more minimalistic) would be anything by Ulf Soderberg or his other project, Sephiroth.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Help finding specific ambient music
« on: July 26, 2010, 09:53:29 PM »
Ergo Proxy's good stuff. Try some of Raison d'Etre's early albums. Very similar ingredients. Also, maybe Delerium? Some of Paul Schwartz's State of Grace albums?

It is indeed a masterpiece. One of my favorite "tribal" (for lack of a better word) ambient albums. "The Colour of Dreams" alone is worth the price of admission.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Igneous 2010 releases
« on: July 14, 2010, 12:10:22 AM »
Can't wait, especially for the second project. I love me some good deep space voidbient.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« on: June 22, 2010, 09:58:49 PM »
Now that the two collaberations I've been working on for sometime are complete ('The Martian Chronicles' with Oophoi and 'Lament of a Forgotten God' with Gliese 614), I'll be getting back to some solo music - picking up 'Fractured' again and looking into something new.

Do tell, do tell.

Everything and Nothing / Vuvuzelas, anyone?
« on: June 11, 2010, 08:48:30 PM »
So, my girlfriend and I are watching the World Cup and we're both very intrigued by the drone-tastic horns the South African fans use. Together, it sounds like a giant swarm of 'roid-raging bees. Does anyone know of any decent quality recordings of this or any similar instruments?

Many thanks.

Sorry to hear about the lackluster reception. For what it's worth, I think it's a stunning album and one of my favorites by you. Captures that deep forest (no, not the band) vibe amazingly well. I don't have that many friends who "get" ambient, but I'll try to spread the word about Maalbeek as best as I can.

Best of luck. A new album this year would certainly be tasty.

I just got Siberian Winter last week and it's quite brilliant, a bit more dynamic than North Passage. Also got Quiet Calling II a few weeks ago and it's already become one of my favorite ambient albums in recent years. I love cellos, and they're used to absolutely magical effect here.

Robert Rich - 32 releases (including collabs)
Alio Die - 34 releases (including collabs)
Vidna Obmana - 37 releases (including collabs and FFB stuff)
Steve Roach - 62 releases (including collabs)
Oophoi - 66 releases (including collabs and EPs)

...aaaaaaand the winner:

Mathias Grassow - 82 releases (including collabs)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Altus - Coma Cluster
« on: January 16, 2010, 02:53:56 PM »
I agree with the others. It's rare (for me, at least) to find space ambient albums on the lighter/brighter side which don't simply come off as cheesy, but Altus has hit the nail perfectly here. Been listening to this one a lot. Even my girlfriend, who's typically much more a fan of the noisy guitar drone stuff, really likes it.

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