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Everything and Nothing / Re: ebow
« on: September 30, 2008, 02:39:28 PM »
Forgive me for my ignorance, I really did not though it would work, but obviously I was wrong, I did just try it on my own acoustic guitar, sure I get an ebow sound, but very low volume, it definitely need some kind of amplification if you want it the sound to be useful...

Everything and Nothing / Re: Do you speak English with an accent?
« on: September 30, 2008, 12:51:11 PM »
I definitely speak with an Swedish accent.

Everything and Nothing / Re: ebow
« on: September 30, 2008, 12:44:26 PM »
The Ebow should work on any vibrating strings, however the thicker the string is the harder it is to get it vibrate, I have not tried it on bass or heard anyone playing a bass with an ebow... it works however on my 080 string on my guitar ..which is quite thick..

And yes the Ebow does not work on acoustic instruments such as piano or acoustic guitar, in order to create an magnetic field you need and ebow + pickup.

The Ebow work best with passive pickups, it works less good with active pickups such as EMG, still works, but the response is not as fast, so you cannot play as fast.

Just make sure to use a lot of reverb (not delay effect).
Also if you want a warmer sound put the tone knob to zero this will cut out the treble in the sound.

I am really eager to hear this album as well, but I have decided to wait for his "stream of thought" release in November, and the new David Parsons, will buy all three together.

Have to say I'm quite disappointed in this release.  6 tracks--things start off strong with the first piece, and end strong with a nice theme/lap steel (last piece), but tracks 2-5 hover in abstract, formless territory for too long.  Could've used some more lap steel (which is only on the last track), or Rich's signature reverb-drenched flutes.  Also, this album sounds nothing like Stalker, mentioned on RR site.  Much closer to Below Zero if you ask me.  Overall, a good release but nothing special considering RR's overall body of work.

I have to agree, but it was kind of expected, this is a cold minimalistic drone release, also this is not an RR solo album.. But when listening to the album it is quite least in my mind that Faryus stands for the majority of music, most of the drones I think is done by him I think, but I still think something is missing. However I need to give this album some more time...It is maybe not one of his best releases but I still think the album fill a purpose.

Me either, I think that is maybe normal for Soundscape..that they do not send confirmation emails.

According to the newsletter, the cds will be shipped on monday/tuesday.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Grassow on Nextera?
« on: September 23, 2008, 02:29:54 PM »
I think Expanding Horizon and Space is his best releases by far..

Fever Dreams 2 is many times better then both volume 1 and 3.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Grassow on Nextera?
« on: September 22, 2008, 07:17:28 PM »
As always with Grassow, one should be aware that he release a lot of quantity music, but he have maid many quality albums for sure..I will try to find this album..

Well, let's wait until we here the album :)
I am sure I will be very satisfied, but I would be surprised if it is better then Mantram, that is a pure
5 star album if you ask me.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: TUU
« on: September 21, 2008, 06:57:30 AM »

I'd put in a word for All Our Ancestors as the classic statement of TUU's sound - their most balanced and fully rounded outing.

I agree..The best album with TUU. Terma is the next best album I think.

Yes I had the same kind of impression, the first tracks sounded awesome...

I am not sure Metcalf have chosen the right set of drums for this music..I think they are way to loud in the mix..and it does not integrate very good with the music...and takes away a lot of the deepness in the sound..Still very good though...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: TUU
« on: September 20, 2008, 07:02:29 PM »
TUU's percussion is really the best in ambient music.
I wish he did drum on the "Nada Terma" album instead...I think it would had been better.

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 ?

The CD is now available in the Soundscape shop on


Mp3 samples can be heard here:

"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. "

Yes, Steve Roach has produced this cd, also added some further sonic additions...Just like many other cds he has produced lately, such as, John Vorus and Nathan Youngblood, these cds sounds extremly a lot like Steve Roach in terms of sound, so I really wonder how much of the expression is Steve Roach is responisble for, it would certainly be interesting to hear the pre-production, and then the difference, however, what does matter is the final outcome of the expression, I have nothing against this, but just a thought...and this cd would certainly not be possible without Steve Roach I think.

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."

reminded me of...

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