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Everything and Nothing / Re: Ambient Guitar
« on: April 15, 2008, 02:25:51 PM »
Yes, that Hakobune sample sounds terrific, and the Jason Sloan sounds good as well...
I'd probably order a few of these, if Martin wasn't so damn annoying.

Just kidding! :)
I'll order Hakobune for sure, when it's released.


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Everything and Nothing / Re: Ambient Guitar
« on: April 14, 2008, 03:27:34 PM »
 
The majority of sounds on SunDummy tracks were created using guitars, although you'd be hard-pressed to identify them as such.  I love how 'organic' guitar samples can be, especially when used as the basis of loooong drones.  There's a rawness to the soundwave that just can't be created with synths:  the way it fades in and out, the oscilating overtones, strange reverb trails after fingers scrape strings, etc.  Chords sound so much richer too, for the same reasons.  And when sampled, layered, and looped, the richness of the resulting sonic stew can be astonishing.


This dude knows what he's talking about. If you want a fantastic example of pure, hardcore guitar drone with a million discernable layers, ask SunDummy for a copy of Spanish Moss -an intense sixty-some minute drone-fest that will melt your brain. Or for shorter tracks of different varieties of drone, try Mighty Voids Collide. These discs both belong in the Hardcore Guitar Drone Hall Of Fame.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 14, 2008, 04:14:45 AM »
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For instance, I've always loved The Dixie Chicks



I knew that would blow sombody's mind. :)

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 13, 2008, 05:21:48 PM »
I guess we all like music than can curdle other people's blood. For instance, I've always loved The Dixie Chicks. Something about those sweet harmonies & melodies really floats by boat.

Recently:

Alio Die- Aura Seminalis; Whoa, this one is a real beauty! One of Stephano's best.
Manitou- All Points North; I've already raved about this one.
Hakobune- Sense of Place
Bob Dylan- Love and Theft
Alio Die- Eleusian Lullaby
Roach/Obmana- Spirit Dome




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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Manitou- All Points North
« on: April 12, 2008, 07:43:47 AM »
Wow, what a great disc this is! Maybe it resonates with me so deeply because I'm familiar with Detroit, or maybe just because it's great music, but this one is hard to put down. It reeks with all the desolation, yearning, and nostalgia of a broken city. Very emotional and forlorn, reminds me a bit of Vidna's Gathering in Frozen Beauty.

No wonder Alan Lockett and Bill Binkleman were raving about it!

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What about Ma Ja Le? I thought they really hit their stride with Seed, but since then they've disappeared. Paul Vnuk and Chris Short used to post here frequently.

Last I heard from either one of them was Chris Short's excellent & surreal rumination on Paradise lost, The Garden. What a great disc!

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 06, 2008, 10:01:27 AM »
Brian- Let me know what you think of Hidden. I LOVE Stream In City- reminds me of being in an aquarium somehow.

Recently:

Willets/Sakamoto- Ocean Fire; WOW, what a terrific disc!
Entia Non- Fold
Entia Non- Distal
Nunc Stans- Timeless


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Hey Alan-

It IS a little shrill at times (especially with headphones), but I love that pristine and fragile little melody.

I listened to it twice today, with my head buzzing from a sinus infection, fever, antibiotics, Sudafed, and several cups of strong coffee. I'm pretty sure I saw God. :)

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Boy, is this ever a nice CD! Relatively simple and straightforward, by Oophoi's standards. Sad, solitary & beautiful.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Alio Die
« on: April 02, 2008, 04:01:53 PM »
Boy, all this raving about Aura Seminalis has really got me intrigued! I ordered mine from Stefano, should get it next week.

I just received Eleusian Lullaby, and while I like it, I still prefer Apsaras -which for me is one of those one-in-a-million drop-dead-gorgeous CDs.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: April 02, 2008, 03:46:08 PM »
Oh, and another thing:

Call me a heretic, but I've never found anything likable about Structures From Silence. I know a lot of people treasure that one, but for me it's definitely a case of "some people just don't get it, and they never will".

There, I feel better already! ;)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: April 02, 2008, 03:07:09 PM »
but when he's good, he's great!
But there's always a chance I start to like music that I didn't like before.

That's what happened to me recently with Spirit Dome. That music suddenly became "right" for Joe Rygwelski in 2008, don't ask me why...

Speaking of Streams & Currents, I forgot about that odd bit of drumming in the second track. Doesn't bother me though, I still enjoy the murky depths of that disc.

Someone mentioned Serpents Lair. I love disc 2, but the disc with Byron Metcalf doesn't really go anywhere for me. As for Trance Spirits, it sounds to me like someone periodically threw random patches of ambience into a relentless drum mix. Seems to be no rhyme or reason to it.

And I agree that all the Roach/Obmana collabs are great.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: April 01, 2008, 07:01:39 PM »
I DO agree with you though, that Mantram and Trance Spirits are both lame. ;)

Put up yer dukes, boys.  I love both of those CDs.   ;D

That's what's great about Steve Roach- such a wide variety of music that inspires such a wide variety of opinions.

I have about 30 Roach CDs, and I like less than half of 'em... but when he's good, he's great!

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: April 01, 2008, 05:34:14 PM »
Hey 9 Dragons-

Do you have Streams & Currents? I seldom hear it mentioned, but if you like Spirit Dome, I think you'll like that one as well. It's bottomless & dark & ponderous like Spirit Dome, but without percussion. In fact, I think I'll revisit that one tonight...

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: April 01, 2008, 05:17:39 PM »

Maybe there should be an anti-Steve Roach thread alongside the pro-thread...I think it'd be funny...

Gasp! :o
Do you know what you're saying?! This website would spontaneously combust with all the hatred and rage that would be generated. I DO agree with you though, that Mantram and Trance Spirits are both lame. ;)

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I never could get into Ashera, though I tried. I had "Cobalt 144" and "We Gaia", but couldn't get interested in either one.

Same with Brannan Lane- I had a few of his, but none of them stuck...

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: March 30, 2008, 07:29:33 AM »
I've been spinning Spirit Dome the past 2 days.  I guess I've never given it a proper listen before. It's amazing- so deep, dark, and cavernous...  funny how it can take years to appreciate a CD sometimes.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 28, 2008, 06:48:42 AM »
Alan-

I agree. Ocean Fire is a great disc!

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: March 28, 2008, 06:22:26 AM »
Thanks to this thread, I was reminded once again to play InnerZone, which I love, but always seem to overlook somehow. Great stuff, eerie & cold & glassy. But for some reason, I was never able to get into Spirit Dome, even though the atmosphere is similar, if darker.

I always loved Well of Souls; and Ascension of Shadows is awesome, especially "Memory Pool" and "Somewhere Else".


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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: DataObscura: Rumforskning
« on: March 10, 2008, 05:39:05 PM »
I love both of these CDs, but I haven't spun them in ages -thanks for the reminder.

...don't know if I'd describe them as "glitchy drones" though. More like drones strewn with rocks and gravel  -unique & fascinating stuff.


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