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Personally I am not sure what to think of it, it is certainly more experimental then usual..
Might not be one of his more deeper and transcendental albums though..time will tell..

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Korg Nano Midi Controllers
« on: November 02, 2008, 08:25:54 PM »
Looks like Chinese made toys indeed...
but yeah..I might look more into it..prices.. etc...
Otherwise..I have been planning to buy one of the more robust behringer controllers..


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

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Intel vs AMD DAW
« on: October 30, 2008, 10:48:10 AM »
Intel will release the new CORE I7 in 5 days, it is said to be up to 50% faster then the current core 2 duo...

I am planning to buy this system and a lot of ram memory... in theory I got space for 16GB DDR3, and considering all software I use I would need so much...just wish it did exist 4GB modules for DDR3...

Have heard the album now finally...

My personal impression is that it is a great album as you can expect from Steve Roach, however I fail to reach that transcendental climax with this album, I fail to immerse myself deeply into these sounds unlike "Mantram"...much due the drums..which I feel is somewhat out of context...they sound too "plastic"...they also feel too upfront in the mix..failing to harmonize with the rest of the music...which takes the focus from the rest of the music...the low-pitched drums he uses sounds a lot better in my opinion...Moreover I do not think this album need drums at all...

Even though I prefer Mantram in this Tribal-Ambient style this is a welcomed contribution to Steve Roach evolution...after all some new interesting elements are shown here...such as the "yearning" sound of the Indian Dilruba and East Indian bansuri flute...

Everything and Nothing / Re: Psychedelia in your home
« on: October 22, 2008, 05:42:35 PM »
Ah ok, I was not aware of that...well in that case..I will see what I will do...

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) "

Everything and Nothing / Re: Psychedelia in your home
« on: October 21, 2008, 05:51:22 PM »
Make your own dreammachine!

I guess it is not impossible to make your own...but I really wonder how much does they cost to buy ?
if they cost around $150 or something like that I would rather buy it...

Everything and Nothing / Re: Psychedelia in your home
« on: October 21, 2008, 05:45:37 PM »

seems mine, called the Orion, no longer is being made - but they have 3 versions called Sirius, Proteus and Procyon....

The Procyon seems to have a software that enables the creation of music that creates your own light programmes.....

PS the sirius is $99, the Proteus is $159. The website is a bit new agey (never looked at it before just bought the box after a trial at a festival)

Obviously, using flashing lights you need to be aware of the risk re epileptic seizures etc.

This looks indeed very interesting!
Would really love to try this...for many reasons...
One it can make me reach deeper meditative states easier..
And it could help me sleep better, it usually can take me 4 hours to fall a sleep...and I am dead tired when I wake up. According to the site you can fall asleep within 5-15 minutes.

I think, Procyon (2007) looks most interesting to me right now...

I do not know enough about epileptic seizures, need to read more about it....

Everything and Nothing / Re: Psychedelia in your home
« on: October 21, 2008, 05:42:33 PM »
we have a very cool light/fog device that works with tap water and ordinary light bulbs. and it generates no more heat than an ordinary light bulb either so it is safe. it makes a very nice environment for meditation and relaxation.

Seems very cool, but might not work so good here in my one room apartment...
Anyway, you have any link to the product ?
Would like to read more about it, thanks.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Fun in the mountains... and other adventures
« on: October 20, 2008, 03:36:01 AM »
Looks really nice guys, have always been dreaming about climbing the mountains...must be a mind cleansing experience...Some time in future I might do it..

Everything and Nothing / Re: Psychedelia in your home
« on: October 20, 2008, 03:34:22 AM »
If you want some psychedelia more self contained (ie when away from home) you can buy small gadgets that produce a variety of flashing light patterns in leds on 'sunglasses'. The make I have is called Orion. The range of patterns include steady pulses and you choose the frequency. They also have set programmes that start of at normal 'waking' brain frequency and thenh gently slow down into the more deep sleep brainwave frequencies for a time before bringing you back up to waking again.....

This plus headphones makes for a great and dreamy time.

Hmm, do you happen to have any link for it ?
I am interested to read more about it...

I always use the Mindfold while listening to music in bed at night, I have always thought it would be cool
to have some kind of psychedelic visuals in there, but I guess this is kind of the same thing...

Everything and Nothing / Re: Psychedelia in your home
« on: October 20, 2008, 03:31:39 AM »
I've always wanted a dream machine. It seems like it could potentially be a very effective tool for what you are talking about. The stroboscopic effect seems key in consciousness alteration...

Looks very intresting, I found a video about it on youtube

I wonder, how much does these cost ?
I can imagine they are quite expensive.

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.

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...

Everything and Nothing / Re: Ambient Clothing
« on: October 19, 2008, 04:18:31 PM »
i would like to see females in ambient clothing that represented one of my favorite ambient styles - minimalism!
no comments on this post? c'mon, that is a good line. obvious but good!

Hehe, took me a while to understand your "joke", but yes I fully I agree with you, the less the better :)

Listening to "Buried In The Void" now, very good funeral ambient, feels like my life fades away...into the void..

Hello, I am a huge fan of Until death overtakes me, very depressing music, I will check out his ambient music aswell, thanks!!!

Everything and Nothing / Re: Ambient Clothing
« on: October 17, 2008, 10:44:36 AM »
well really nice pictures though, but wrong thread :)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Ambient Clothing
« on: October 17, 2008, 10:34:08 AM »
Maybe we should do an separate thread for your adventure pictures ?

Lucky you!

Glad you like the cd, myself are going to buy it November perhaps, if I can afford it.

Be careful, listening to mind altering music like that might get you killed :)
Personally I am very sensitive to music, so I find it hard to use it in a car, in case I feel like
running into a tree or something heh...

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