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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).

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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.

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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.

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

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

Good stuff.

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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?

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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.

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

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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?

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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.

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

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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.

Whoa.

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.

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

Love this one.

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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.

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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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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: R.I.P. - Klaus Wiese
« on: January 27, 2009, 05:57:14 PM »
This is a sad day.  My condolences to all friends and family.

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Thank you.  Forgot about the ID3 tag until after I'd already uploaded the thing.  Will make an accompanying text file next time as well.

Glad you enjoyed it.

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OK...here goes my inaugural mix at the Hypnos forum; be gentle.  I was going for something trippy and surreal with a lot variety, showcasing a fair amount of artists who don't typically make music in the ambient vein.  I'm happier with some transitions than with others, but hopefully, there's nothing too jarring given the diversity of sounds included.  Track times are approximate due to cross-fading.

Hope you enjoy! 

0:00-2:30 - Kenji Kawai - "The Ghost Hunting"
2:31-6:50 - Hive Mind - "Eldritch Breath" (excerpt)
6:51-10:20 - Michael Stearns - "The Little Smoke"
10:21-15:30 - Brannan Lane - "Cavern I - Black Air"
15:31-20:30 - Greg Ellis - "B1-3"
21:01-22:30 - Hans Christian - "Vulkanmusik"
22:31-32:10 - Herbst9 - "The Snake of Saigon"
32:11-34:30 - Tyler Bates - "Road Kill"
34:31-43:30 - Netherworld & Fiorenza Gherardi de Candei - "Lost" (excerpt)
43:31-51:15 - Mathias Grassow & Klaus Wiese & Jim Cole - "Beneath Zero" (excerpt)
51:16-57:00 - Tau Ceti - "Achernar" (excerpt)
57:01-64:00 - Amir Baghiri - "Ice, Fire and Bone"
64:00-69:00 - Steve Roach & Stephen Kent & Kenneth Newby - "Snake Brothers"
69:01-72:20 - Woven Hand - "[Untitled]"
72:21-79:36 - Thom Brennan - "Mist" (excerpt)

Absinthe in the Milk Sea (mix)

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: January 11, 2009, 02:17:12 AM »
Paul Churchland - Matter and Consciousness

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Questions re: ambient mixes
« on: January 08, 2009, 03:16:17 PM »
Sounds good.  Thank you both for your prompt responses.

And an extra thanks to Mike and Lena, I must say, for helping me complete my Tau Ceti discography and nearly complete my Seren Ffordd discography this holiday season.   ;D

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