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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: British dronemeisters
« on: December 08, 2007, 07:30:36 AM »
I sawHusk at Aquarius Records. I'll have to check that out.

Four more that I'd recommend are:

Coleclough/Potter- Low Ground- intense drones and natural forest sounds -birds chirping, crickets, water, frogs- and it's all given the "ominously-creepy" treatment. Sounds like you're in a haunted forest. This is a great one!

Coleclough- Beech, for John and Miho- this is pure drone, baby! -114 minutes of sparkling, mesmerizing drones that twist around each other like strands of rope.

Colin Potter/Phil Mouldycliff- Shellfish in Kettleblack- a strange mixture of drones, static, wind, random voices and odd clanking noises. A surreal and unearthly soundworld. Very fascinating, I've been playing this A LOT lately.

Coleclough- Makruna/Minya- this is well worth it just for the Makruna track. DEEP, slow drones and distant bird sounds. Sounds like a night-time forest. Not as creepy as Low Ground.

Damn, this is an impressive disc! A suspension of weightless drones, no beats and no rhythm, this is easily the most atmospheric Circular Ruins to date -and as spacious as the photo that graces the CD cover. The prevailing mood here seems to be one of wistfulness and solitude, this is great music for a cloudy winter day.
A highlight among the highlights for me is Paracelsus 3, where you seem to be suspended in a stratospheric windstorm, as vaporous snatches of conversation drift past. The sound-effects in this track are incredible -some of these sounds seem to come from outside the headphones, 6 or 7 feet away. At first I was turning my head to see what the noise was. Amazing!
Of course, this is certainly among the very best discs I've heard this year, and my favorite Circular Ruins disc yet. Highly recommended.

(...I like to think that the cover photo is of Lake Huron, but I don't know that it is.)

Haven't had much time to hear the Winterhouse disc yet, but what I've heard sounds fine... but certainly more Earthbound than the Circular Ruins disc.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: British dronemeisters
« on: December 06, 2007, 08:26:35 PM »
(Joe substitutes for Undershadow, who's gone at the moment:)

My top 5 discs among the British dronesters that Mike just mentioned:

Bradley/Tate- Sometime Today- very unusual; edgy yet serene; Bradley's drones tie together Tate's random sound effects. Amazing!
Colin Potter/Paul Bradley- Behind Your Very Eyes- something here for everyone in the "dark ambient" mode, ranging from ominous & edgy to smooth & serene.
Andrew Chalk-The River That Flows into the Sands; glassy, shimmering beauty.
Monos- Landscapes; machine-like, but with organic-yet-metallic nature sounds, as though you were exploring the surface of an iron planet.
Chalk/Coleclough- Sumac;  a mellow, comforting drone at low volume, but becomes an assault weapon when you crank the volume.

Everything and Nothing / Re: This new SMF forum
« on: December 06, 2007, 03:20:29 PM »
Whew! I was going through "forum withdrawal".

Just what exactly happened here? And it really sucks that all the previous posts are gone! >:(
The emoticons are small and blotchy...  But it seems that thereis moreoptions for the text.

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