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Everything and Nothing / How the CD format compromise the music
« on: December 05, 2008, 05:38:42 AM »
It seems to be very common the ambient genre, to fill the cd to exactly the 80 minute mark, involuntary...it is so obvious that the music want's to continue longer..I find it tragic that the music is not allowed to be as what it want to be...

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / David Parsons - Earthlight (2008)
« on: December 03, 2008, 04:40:45 PM »
Now available through http://steveroach.com/store/store.php?item=412

"Over his past few releases, New Zealand veteran electronic composer David Parsons has deliberately been refining his electronic composition approach and overall sound sense, drawing from a keen awareness of tone and nuance and a sense of inner and outer spaces in balance. This awareness has developed over many years from both pure electronic music explorations and a deep connection to the music of south Asia. Having traveled extensively through India, Thailand, Indonesia and beyond, recording the indigenous music from these cultures, these diverse recordings are featured on the Celestial Harmonies label. These years of experience and the understanding drawn from these acoustic realms has infused EARTHLIGHT in a deep and powerful way."

"The pieces featured on EARTHLIGHT are purely synthesizer-based, with sounds created from the ground up, from the inside out. The pieces were recorded in nearly real-time; the direct emotions and artistry were not lost in a realm of too many choices. The release features David's arching, cloud-like atmospheres combined with subtle percolating electronic percussion and buoyant rhythmic patterns. The delicate quality stands out, blending perfectly with the atmospherics. This release stands amoung my favorite releases this year, and is highly recommended." — review by Steve Roach

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Naked City
« on: December 01, 2008, 07:29:46 PM »
Do anybody else likes this project by John Zorn. Definitely the most CRAZY schizo avantgarde-Jazz I have heard.

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Everything and Nothing / Musical visualization
« on: November 23, 2008, 11:14:03 AM »
I think most of us listen to music must of the time in front of the computer, personally I find it very hard to enjoy the music when reading or chatting with people simultaneously , and stare into the wall is not so interesting either, is there some kind visualization that will visualize the music in an meaningful way, and I am not talking about windows media player, there must be something better.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / The Black Hole Reverb
« on: November 23, 2008, 06:23:47 AM »
I read about this reverb when reading about the most expensive Eventide Processor (why do they have to be so expensive!?!?). However I am interested to know how it sound and it's characteristics, must be ideal for multi-dimensional space ambient ???

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Robert Henke
« on: November 13, 2008, 05:16:06 PM »
Feel free to talk about this great ambient/drone artist :)

Well...for us who likes him there is good news..a new album will be released within a few weeks...called "atom/document", read more about it here, looks really interesting...

http://www.monolake.de/releases/icm-07.html

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Spectrasonics - Omnisphere
« on: November 13, 2008, 02:37:30 PM »
I know many people and veterans on this forum is against softsynths...but I really think that this synth gives us a glimpse of the future...it is really a huge step forward in the world of softsynths. It is not as revolutionary maybe as the advertising try to tell you, but it is definitely a very potent softsynth...

I have not had the opportunity to try this myself yet, but I have seen the 9 tutorial videos, so I am pretty sure what to expect.

http://www.spectrasonics.net/instruments/omnisphere.html

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This is a double CDr release, 2 and half hour long, limited to 50 copies. split into 9 parts...
I am not sure if it is officially available for order, but my friend did get it for free with an order...

I hope that eventually the complete concert of 12 hours will be released.

http://www.steveroach.com/Live/2007/Tucson/index.html

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / I am trying to imagine...
« on: November 09, 2008, 04:43:10 PM »
Right now when I listen to Steve Roach's masterpiece album "Labyrinth" I really try to imagine what these soundworlds what sounds like WITHOUT the all the effects and reverbs etc, I am simply interested to know what the sourcesounds sounds like...75% of the sound is the expression of effects especially reverbs..I know he use kind of old analogue equipment that I imagine sounds very bad or nothing similar without heavy use of digital effects such as a good amount of reverb...

I want to know how it sounds like under the surface... Mainly I want to know this to improve my own ability to create soundworlds in future...

Also does anyone have a list of the instruments and tools he use to create music ? Reverbs ? Effect Processors ? Ooscillators ? Pitch shifters ?
And have there been any interviews that more in depth describe the process of how he makes music.
I am interested to learn anything, to me Steve Roach soundworlds are SUPERIOR to anything else in the ambient music genre.

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Mp3 samples of the album can be heard on the link below.

http://steveroach.com/Music/discography.php?albumID=409

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What a great discovery this album was, reminds me very much of TUU but mixed with space ambient.

"Most SMD customers will be aware of Jonn Serrie's work and I'm pleased to say that he has kept up the excellent form, found on his last two CDs, 'Spirit Keepers' and 'Dream Journeys'. However I had never heard of Gary Stroutsos before and that is a shame because his contributions on various flutes (and a few other instruments) to the CD are essential in making it the triumph it is. What we get is a very laid back album describing the beauty of the planet with ethnic touches, especially those of the native American Indian. In a way we are revisiting ground covered recently by Jonn but this time with a more world music slant. On some of the tracks the talents of tabla players are also used well. The title track starts things off with 'breathy' synths, gentle tabla rhythms and a very peaceful but melancholy flute melody. It is all so relaxing but yet moody at the same time Just close your eyes and let the music drift over you.

'The Ocean of Night' uses synth leads more than the previous track, the flute also tends to be more up front and optimistic. The feeling of calmness and tranquillity developed on the opener, however, is just as prevalent here even if the images created in the mind are somewhat different; questing rather than mysterious. 'Mystery of Falcon Cove' begins with the sound of the sea and objects being blown in the wind. The flute actually sounds more like an extension of the wind and we are carried along by the relaxing tabla rhythm. Its just the sort of music to sit back on some hot sandy beech whilst imagining a row of camels walking by. 'The Rain Maiden' is basically flute over a swirling backdrop of synths with the sound of a storm in the distance and gentle rain falling on the ground. 'Sunrise Song' begins with rather spooky sounds and percussive effects which mimic the sounds of insects running for cover as the sun rises. The flute soars as if describing the rays of light bursting above the horizon. The slow drumming on 'Earth Sky' rather reminded me of some sort of funeral ceremony and the mournful flute enhanced this feeling still further. Synth flutes are OK but I don't believe you could get the full emotional power of what you have here by anything else than the real article. 'Bird Canyon's' initially consists of ambient nature sounds over some high register wind instrument . The synths come more to the front at around two minutes, adding to the tranquillity.

'Rhapsody' is basically a wandering flute over a carpet of synth textures, another one to just chill to. 'Tuptims Garden' uses plucked strings (probably the koto, whatever that is, mentioned in the booklet) but these soon disappear leaving a middle section of synth textures and gentle percussion, the plucked strings returning nearer the end. 'Vision Lake' has a rather cosmic feel to it and wouldn't have been out of place on one of his 'Planetary Chronicles' CDs. Certainly an album for those quieter moments. (DL) "

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Everything and Nothing / Psychedelia in your home
« on: October 19, 2008, 04:35:00 PM »
So I have been interested in this some time now, I want to create conditions of psychedelia in my home when I listen to deep mind altering music,  with help of light and various tools that might give en beyond sensory experience or just a higher state of consciousness/awareness. I want the walls to be covered with shifting lights and shape & forms, I want the room to feel organic and alive.

Please check this little video clip for inspiration, it would be perfect to have the windows like that...with the orange/red light.

http://rapidshare.com/files/155663677/segment_from_Gadkie_lebedi.avi.html

A good way to start would maybe be an psychedelic projector, have anyone tried "Mathmos Space Projector" is it really worth investing ?

Maybe a Strobe light would be cool also...

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Singing Bowls
« on: October 09, 2008, 07:48:22 PM »
After been listening to artists such as Klaus Wiese and Oophoi for some time..I have been getting interested to maybe get an singing Bowl..But I want to know little more of it, what different kinds Singing Bowls does exist ?
And what does these cost ?

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Thomas Köner
« on: October 09, 2008, 07:44:26 PM »
One of the best Drone Ambient artists out there...

I just realized, he has not released any new music since 2003, what is he up to ?

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / False Mirror
« on: October 09, 2008, 12:54:05 PM »
I can recommend False Mirror from Germany, quite unknown ambient artist, but that have shown a lot of potential...
I think in a couple of years he will definitely be in the upper layer...

Reminds me of a Drone version of Robert Rich.
My favorite album is "North"

http://falsemirror.de

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Everything and Nothing / Ambient Clothing
« on: October 02, 2008, 06:44:52 AM »
This is thread is dedicated to ambient Clothing.
So feel free to post links to shirts etc..

It does not need to be a band shirt maybe..if there is shirts with a very nice print or such
feel free to post it here...


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Other Ambient (and related) Music / TUU
« on: September 20, 2008, 06:27:29 PM »
When I did listen to the new Nada Terma  samples...I did get reminded of TUU...Does anyone know what TUU is up to, could we expect any new music from in future ?

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Mp3 samples can be heard here: http://projekt.com/projekt/product.asp?sku=PRO00222

"Nada Terma merges the boundaries of ambient, world music and sacred-meditative styles. On Nada Terma (translated as “discovering spiritual treasures through the world of sound”) East Indian tonalities blend with Sufi-like trance percussion immersed in atmospheres, drifts and drones, arriving at a state of relaxed, focused awareness. The continuously-woven 73-minute piece is sequenced into seven discrete segments, perfect for yoga, contemplation and bodywork.

Following upon the groundbreaking work of 2006’s Mantram, Nada Terma is the second Projekt collaboration between Arizona’s Steve Roach and Byron Metcalf with Germany’s Mark Seelig. On Nada Terma they reach deeper into the mystical / spiritual realm, presenting a blend of diverse worlds skillfully combined in an organic fashion. Deep-trance frame drums, clay pots and percussion meet with harmonic overtone vocals (akin to Tuvan throat singers) and the yearning sounds of the stringed Indian Dilruba, and East Indian bansuri flute, bringing a melodic and spiritual-contemplative highlight to the release. All of this exists within an enigmatic world of shadow and shifting light developed by way of artful enhancements and processing of the acoustic instruments. These complements are part of a constant, slowly breathing subtext of drones and atmospheres in which the entire experience lives.

Nada Terma will appeal to any listener looking for extended states of awareness, creative enhancement, yoga, bodywork, and deep listening. "

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Personally, this is without doubt the best produced ambient cd I have heard, the sound of this is just unreal!!!
Sounds fantastic in my headphones at night in bed. The sound is like a subconscious flow of lava.... with this music I completely dissolve...

"This outstanding release plays like a surreal subterranean walkabout within the folds of Utah's alluring slot canyons. Steve Roach commissioned long-time friend and accomplished electronic artist Brian Parnham to drop into the deep end of his sound carving skills. The result presents an adroit sound artist coming into full form within this shadowed sonic wonderland drawn from the Earth's inner realms."






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Everything and Nothing / world wide telescope
« on: August 14, 2008, 06:41:40 PM »
Have anyone tried the world wide telescope ?
It is like Google Earth but in space.

http://www.worldwidetelescope.org

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