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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: June 12, 2008, 04:46:01 AM »
"The Great Purge" eh?  Sounds to me like a name for an ambient record. ;)

Everything and Nothing / Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY MIKE!
« on: June 11, 2008, 03:04:13 PM »
Happy Birthday Mike!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: June 11, 2008, 02:52:26 AM »
I love the fact that many people posting on this thread are ambient musicians, and there is no hint of jealousy or cynicism at all towards Steve Roach.  As you probably know- in many other areas of art, especially music, sometimes the 'top' gets attacked by the 'bottom' and 'middle' and certain members of the 'top'....usually due to a artistic jealousy and deep-seated resentment.  Not here.  This, to me, I see as a sign of a truthful passion for music.  You love what you love, regardless of your own struggle.

Everyone here seems to love Roach (well maybe the cynics just steered clear of the thread....) and I find that completely appropriate and invigorating.  I think as an artist, if you stay true to what you really love, not just what you *think* you should love, then you keep your understanding about what other listeners also love about ambient music, and you stop yourself from...well, disappearing up your own backside musically. 


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 10, 2008, 05:57:35 AM »
Vidna was defintely an influence- his old stuff, like "Over Clouds", from Refined on Gentle Clouds, just gets to me.  So that was definitely in there for Subantarctic Sessions.  Another album, that isn't Arctic themed, but had a strange influence on that EP was Donnacha Costello's "Together is the New Alone"   I love that album- it has such a distinct sound, especially the track "Dry Retch"  A fantastic piece of music that I am very jealous of. :)

"Direct Note Access has confirmed unwanted dissonance in your chordal structure" 

(beep beep beep)

(slavering hounds are released...)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Reaper
« on: June 09, 2008, 05:43:07 AM »
I use Sonar 7, but I did note how lean and fast Reaper felt when I tried the demo out recently.  It reminded me of when I used Cool Edit Pro (!) years ago, which also felt really simple and fast to use.  I love simple and fast programs that don't get in the way.  Reason 4 is one of those.  Many people have Reason shame, but I like it. :)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: 24/16bit Downloadable Loop Packs
« on: June 09, 2008, 05:39:47 AM »
A bit off-topic, but I have to say I really enjoy your music James, especially your piano playing.  I'd only heard "Forgotten Places" and I was wondering if you'd recorded any more albums....
then I visited your site. hahaha.  You have a lot of albums!  I'm previewing a lot of them right now, enjoying your sounds.



Vaughan Williams always reminds me of Steve Roach. :)

There's something about the way they both represent landscape that just blows my mind.

The comparison between composers like Debussy, and ambient music is very valid.

Debussy, and a lot of his contemporaries and followers were very much interested in the sounds of the east, in particular gamelan based music.  The fifths and whole tone usage in some of these impressionistic compositions echoes the tonally nebulous sounds of the bells and gongs of gamelan music to a great extent.

And ambient music often plays around with this too- Going back to 1/1 by Brian Eno- the piano sounds like part of a gamelan orchestra with it's detached bell-like sound.  The drone itself, i think is an attempt to continue the sustain of the bell, or the slowing of the thought.....the slowing down of time, in an attempt to enter those impossible places that ambient music speaks about.  The diffuse yet tonal harmony that a lot of ambient composers play with....overlapping keys etc are attempting to achieve the same sense of magic and wonder that Debussy and Ravel were trying to create. 

Ives, "The unfinished chord", written at the beginning of the 20th century....could be an ambient album- the slow string part repeats in a way that would not be seen again until minimalism in the 60's.  Uncanny.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 08, 2008, 05:35:01 AM »
I've been listening to a lot of Telomere, a space ambient artist from San Francisco.

The Stellar Sea-
Astral Currents-

These three albums are just incredible.  They are the sound of the stars.  His music is largely written on a Serge modular, and the sounds he pulls out of that thing are just unbelievable.  You can point to influences such as John Serrie, but he really has a sound of his own.

Everytime I listen to Telomere, I'm a little boy again, looking up at the stars through my telescope. :)

Also, the new Roach album "A Deeper Silence" is getting spins right now.  It takes me back to his slightly older stuff, such as Darkest Before Dawn and The Dream Circle.  Well worth getting.

Very beautiful.  The detuned phase effect just gets to me.  Makes my head go funny.  I like the main motif too, the one it ends on.  Great work!

Full stream and download here:  It's kind of Roachy, Namlook, Vidna, Eno, Telomere influenced.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Hi from Deepspace
« on: June 08, 2008, 12:06:55 AM »
Hi, I've only just joined the Hypnos forums, and am excited at meeting some of the artists/listeners here.

Allow me to introduce myself:

I write ambient music, and have released three albums and 1 ep since 'debuting' last May 2007.
I've been fortunate enough to have had an interview and review by Phil Derby published in June 2008 issue of Electroambient Space. 
Feel free to have a look if you want to find out any more.

If you want to listen to any of my music, try here:

I look forward to exploring these forums and listening to lots of artists, and meeting people.



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