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Right you are about Desert Landscapes. It's one of my favorite "nap" discs. And I don't mean that in a demeaning way -nap discs are very important! ;)

Hypnos Label Releases / Re: CD release: Austere - Solyaris
« on: February 13, 2008, 05:29:03 PM »
And where the heck are the Austere dudes lately? ???  Mike- have you heard from them?

Hypnos Label Releases / Re: CD release: Austere - Solyaris
« on: February 13, 2008, 05:27:22 PM »
I really need to order some of this "much-overlooked ambient duo's" work!

Yes, you do!

Solyaris is a wonderful and droney piece of work, very lush, very subtle, and almost bottomless. It's one of those albums where you notice more layers of sound each time you listen... white music... peaceful music... on the last track, eerily beautiful "wailing" sounds ride over the top -whether it's synth or guitar, I can't tell, but it really doesn't matter. Cool stuff. 8)

And I believe that's a photo of Jupiter's moon, Io, that graces the cover.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Luca Formentini
« on: February 11, 2008, 03:46:19 PM »

I got the impression for a moment (which I now think is probably wrong) that this is kind of a rip-off of ambient music with some annoying elements (like the silent bits you mentioned) to make it seem edgy. This seems similar to stuff from the Tzadik label, which has the perennial problem of being belligerantly annoying for the sake of newness...

I don't get the impression that he's ripping off ambient music. It doesn't really resemble ambient... maybe Somnia's description of this as "post jazz" is the most accurate way to describe it.

In any case, this is not annoying or belligerent  -just different. Try it! All you have to lose is money. ;)

Everything and Nothing / Re: dave k
« on: February 10, 2008, 02:12:38 PM »
Sorry, Jim. It's a terrible thing, I know... :'(

Very impressed by the samples and the EP.

I agree! Wonderful sounds, and as usual, gorgeous artwork- I love that bluish-greenish-grayish hue. Must order this...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Luca Formentini
« on: February 09, 2008, 02:37:13 PM »
I bought this at iTunes, they have a 256kb version over there. Great disc! I can't even begin to describe it, I've never heard anything like it before. It starts off in unfamiliar territory and constantly keeps morphing into something new. No track sounds like any of the others, and yet they all fit perfectly together somehow. 60 plus minutes of beautiful and strange curiosities...

The one drawback for me is that some passages are too damn quiet, which I always find distracting. I prefer volume at an even keel. But still, this is a minor quibble. 

Nice web-mag! 8) [...]

Nice comment, Joe.

Furthernoise has quite a wide ambit, within which it's odd to find myself in the unaccustomed position of occupying the safer end of the musical spectrum - most of the stuff under review is much more 'avant' experimentalism than my musical catchment area, such as the Formentini track you picked up on.

I hear ya. The Formentini track is a tad more "out there" than I'm ordinarily attracted to, but it sounded so damn interesting!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Luca Formentini
« on: February 06, 2008, 04:17:57 PM »

I know what you mean about "Tacet". The MP3s sounded really intriguing, so I ordered it myself.

Hypnos Label Releases / Re: Solyaris
« on: February 05, 2008, 05:18:26 PM »
Well, if you're gonna start an "official" Austere thread, you may as well delete this one.

Hypnos Label Releases / CD release: Austere - Solyaris
« on: February 05, 2008, 04:52:15 PM »
Hey, the new Austere disc, Solyaris is now up for sale at Ye Olde Hypnos Store. 8)

I think I'll celebrate by playing their black masterpiece, Monodia.

Nice web-mag! 8)

And a wild & weird track by a guy named Luca Formentini caught my ear as I was perusing the site. It was called "Angel Skin", or "Skin on an Angel", or something like that... bizarre, off-the-wall guitar stuff that somehow clicked with me. So I had to order that CD. "Tacit", it's called.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Autechre - is it worth it?
« on: January 31, 2008, 08:01:47 PM »
Any suggestions where to start?

Mike S.

Apparently, "Confield" curdles the blood of anyone who listens to it.
I've gotten curious myself!

He thinks Peter Gabriel and Bryan Ferry and Boston put out too many albums.

Mind you, he might have a point!

I agree. Boston has put out four too many albums.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Autechre - is it worth it?
« on: January 30, 2008, 06:33:26 PM »
I feel the same way about Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music. I didn't buy it , but I had a friend who did, and of course it's the most hideous screeeching imaginable (I dare anyone to come up with something worse). It's like the ultimate "fuck you" to your audience. And there were people who claimed to love it! ???

And there's Bob Dylan's Self Portrait, a similar exercise in fucking with people.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Autechre - is it worth it?
« on: January 30, 2008, 05:36:39 PM »
Mike- Don't get me wrong- I'm not criticizing you, or anyone else, for judging them that harshly. I've felt the same way towards a band (or two) who I felt had "let me down". My impression from you guys is that they've become very "noise" oriented, and I probably wouldn't like them myself.

I just find it remarkable that EVERYONE here feels the same way, and I'm wondering how they have any fans at all, if they've changed so drastically???

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Autechre - is it worth it?
« on: January 30, 2008, 04:32:19 PM »
Wow, what an interesting thread. I don't know who these Autechre guys are, or what their music is like,  but seldom have I read such consistently vitriolic criticism of a band's style of music (or non-music?) You guys really do sound like scorned lovers!

However, someone out there must enjoy their music, right?

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl
« on: January 29, 2008, 08:06:56 PM »
True, Joe R.  I can relate to your point of view about making your music available in the most accessible format but without being pretentious (please do know that I'm not  ;) I've learned with vidnaObmana that this is just not what I want to do.  I feel much more comfortable with smaller-scale releases but ones which are totally in tune with my vision and not because I want to sell more copies.

True enough Dirk, I've spoken with you enough to know that you are not pretentious. And it's admirable that you don't compromise your vision just to sell more copies. Sometimes integrity means more than the almighty dollar. :)

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