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It's from an album called Cosmic Chasm.  It used to be available (as a CDr) from, but now it seems they've closed.  I'm not sure what other vendors might sell it.  You could try contacting Mathias personally.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich - Live Archive
« on: April 28, 2009, 11:52:03 PM »
So, I purchased the mp3 versions of Due Acque, Lumin, and Mycosphere.  Great performances, but the ripping job was terrible.  Typically, for gapless albums like these, I'll drop the tracks into Goldwave, delete the small silence between them, and basically "stitch" them together into one unbroken mp3.  When trying this with these tracks, however, I noticed that the ends are "frayed," so to speak; that is, the waveform becomes distorted/jagged around the track transition points.  So, even after removing the tiny gap, I still get an annoying little pop/click when transitioning to the next track.  It's a thing I've noticed in damn near every track of each of the 3 concerts I purchased.  You can see some of the problem spots circled here.  On listening to the concert in its entirety, I've also noticed several pops/clicks in the middle of tracks. 

I'm getting really damn sick of paying for mp3s that haven't even been ripped/encoded properly (CD Baby has been a particularly egregious offender in this regard, but even Amazon has given me some bad apples).  To anyone else who's ordered the mp3 versions of any of these concerts, have you experienced similar issues?  To those who ordered the FLAC versions, do those seem to be problem free?  Anyone ordered FLAC and then converted to mp3?

Great news!  I've been craving some new Between Interval for a while now.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: O÷phoi
« on: April 13, 2009, 02:14:10 AM »
I've managed to collect just about all of them by now.

Some favs:

The Sun is Falling in a Sea of Blood
Aludra (with L.E.M.)
Leteph (with L.E.M.)
The Light Sweeps All the Mist Away
As We Slip Away to Dream
Lifting the Veil (with Tau Ceti)
Borealis (with Tau Ceti)
Where the Green Ants Dream (with Perceptual Defence)
Suddenly the Birds Fell to Silence (with Tau Ceti & Netherworld)

I'm also quite fond of Tau Ceti's and Seren Ffordd's penumbra releases.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: O÷phoi
« on: April 12, 2009, 11:07:39 PM »
I dunno; I get quite a kick out of hunting around for all the penumbra releases.  Actually, that's what brought me to Hypnos.

I imagine it's something rather like what stamp and baseball card collectors feel.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: maximum drift
« on: April 11, 2009, 11:23:10 AM »
Good thread and good calls.  The piece that came immediately to my mind was:

Mathias Grassow - "The Empty Sky"

His 2-disc "Space" also achieves this effect nicely.

Most of O÷phoi's albums and EPs do this too, particularly "Athlit," "Nocturnes," (collab with Paradin) and, of course, "Celestial Geometries" with Tau Ceti.

The newest Lustmord, "[ The Dark Places of the Earth ]" (A retooling of material from "[ O T H E R ]" without the lame guitars) is a nice black slab of cosmic indifference.

I also really dig the new Igneous Flame/Achromus collab "Halo."

For the being-swept-away-in-a-cosmic-storm effect in particular, I like Phaenon - "Submerged," and I.Corax - "The Cadaver Pulse I: Sealed in a Radiant Larval Maelstrom" (if you can get over the title, the music's quite captivating, in a grab-you-by-throat-with-its-teeth-and-shake-you-around kind of way).

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 07, 2009, 07:09:14 AM »
*Edit: To Seren:

It's from Time Fragments Vol. 2 (it's the second track).

The whole disc is amazing - one of my favorite ambient journeys.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 07, 2009, 06:10:31 AM »
O÷phoi - "The Last Farewell"

One of the most achingly beautiful pieces of music I've ever heard.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich - Live Archive
« on: March 31, 2009, 03:58:31 PM »
Oh shit!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 30, 2009, 04:48:16 AM »
Seren Ffordd - "Aurora"

Good stuff.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 19, 2009, 11:04:36 PM »
Woven Hand & Ultima Vez - Puur

How's the new Arvo Part, Dave?

Hypnos Label Releases / Re: A Produce & Loren Nerell, Intangible
« on: March 18, 2009, 12:59:29 PM »
That track is amazing, Loren.  I have a soft spot for this particular style/subgenre, which I've taken to calling (pace Arvo Part) "Tintinnambient."  Please keep us posted on this projects.  I can tell it's going to be something special.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Igneous News
« on: March 08, 2009, 08:22:01 AM »
Excellent!  The Disturbed Earth collab sounds especially intriguing.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: beyond the portal
« on: March 01, 2009, 10:42:37 AM »
I'm intrigued.  Is it all drift (I'm hoping so), or does Padilla break out the sequencers at some point?

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 28, 2009, 01:51:33 AM »
Hans Zimmer - "Light"

From the wonderfully moody and minimalistic score for The Thin Red Line.  One of my favorites.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 25, 2009, 12:59:16 AM »
Robert Rich - Hayagriva

Everything and Nothing / Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
« on: February 22, 2009, 03:56:06 AM »
Blake here; 26, kickin' it in SoCal.  Got into ambient music at around age 15, when a friend recommended Steve Roach to me.  When I next visited a cd shop, I browsed the (surprisingly considerable) collection of Steve Roach albums and chose "The Magnificent Void" for my inaugural voyage.


I was hooked, and have been collecting ever since.  I'm a fan of pretty much all ambient subgenres, save perhaps, for the Berlin school and some of the newer lo-fi droney stuff (there are good recordings, sure, but a lot of it just sounds to me rather cheap and carelessly - almost cynically - made).  Of late, I'm quite taken with the deep, spacey style of artists like Oophoi, Tau Ceti, and Seren Ffordd.

A year or so ago, I started tinkering around with some of my own ambient designs.  Unfortunately, the cost of decent equipment is rather prohibitive at the moment, so I only have FL Studio and a little mastering program called Goldwave to play around with.  Someday I hope to get the really cool toys.  I play drums and percussion as well, when time and neighbors permit.

As for the rest of my life: Not married, but partnered with an amazing woman (who, fortunately, shares many of my unusual musical tastes) for the past 2 1/2 years.  No pets currently, but we've talked about getting some hermit crabs soon.  I graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in physical anthropology and hope, in the fall, to start working in earnest toward a Ph.D. in the relatively new (and somewhat controversial) field of evolutionary psychology. 

I like philosophy (particularly phil. of mind and phil. of science), cheesy horror and sci-fi movies (been a Godzilla fan for as long as I can remember), good wine, good beer, good conversation.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 19, 2009, 05:06:07 AM »
Robert Rich - Echo of Small Things.

Love this one.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 12, 2009, 01:52:26 PM »
mathias grassow - calibration (2009)

"From Where I Came" is amazing.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient music & sitar/tanpura
« on: February 11, 2009, 12:47:54 PM »
Yearning, by Robert Rich and Lisa Moskow, prominently features the sarod, a somewhat similar instrument.  It's a great album.

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