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Hi all,

Iīm very delighted to announce the release of my new official solo album which will be made available on 1st October, 2009.

The music was recorded live in concert on 29th May, 2009, at the annual "Nacht der Klänge" (night of sounds) held at Bielefeld University. It was a three-hour concert performed in front of an audience of roughly 500 spectators in a completely black room.

The main difference from the first issue of "cambrium" is that I not only used an ARP 2600 for creating all the electronic sounds but I also added an EMS VCS-3 to the timbral scope in order to populate an acoustic environment of 500 million years ago. You can say that the ARP was used for all the pitched stuff while the EMS allowed me to do extensive live electronic improvisations and live looping which is all the abstract soundscaping in the background.

You can of course order your personal copy directly through me by sending an email to stephen at parsick dot com (no forum PMs, please!), or -- if you donīt want to order it blindly -- you can wait until some distributors have made audio snippets available online to listen to it first. Please donīt expect me to answer to your email between 11th September and 27th September as I will be away for a while.

Thanks for reading,


Other Ambient (and related) Music / ['ramp] -- debris
« on: September 08, 2009, 04:44:40 AM »
Hi all,

I have the great pleasure to announce the release of the new official ['ramp] album "debris" on 1st October, 2009. As some of you may know, Frank and I split a while ago so that this new album is a solo enterprise of mine.

"debris" actually took several years until it was finished the way I had envisaged it. Musically, it wonīt be as calm as "ceasing to exist", the last ['ramp] album in its original line-up. "debris" will be based both on textural ambient soundscaping, ambient field recordings of steelplants, railway trajects, and factories at night, and grinding sequencer rhythms. I tried to get as close to my personal definition of what "industrial" means to me so people who listen to XXXX or YYYY might find it very "un-industrial". Well, anyway, thatīs why "doombient" had been invented some years ago, right?

You can of course order your personal copy directly through me by sending an email to stephen at parsick dot com (no forum PMs, please!), or -- if you donīt want to order it blindly -- you can wait until some distributors have made audio snippets available online to listen to it first. Please donīt expect me to answer to your email between 11th September and 27th September as I will be away for a while.

Thanks for reading,


Hi all,

I just wanted to let you know that you can buy my music from

in case you were missing the old and now defunct webshop over at

Iapetus not only distributes my music (under the Parsick and ['ramp] monikers) but also music by CentroZoon, Redundant Rocker, Markus Reuter, Tuner and all other projects Markus is involved in. Of course you can pre-listen to some albums to make your choice easier :). And not only music but also Markusī own Touch Guitar project which seems to be really intriguing.

Thanks for reading, and apologies for having wasted bandwidth,


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: show us your field recorders-
« on: July 26, 2009, 08:41:02 AM »
My old fashioned recorder is the Sony TC-D5 ProII Sorry for the huge shot , but it took me 30 minutes to get the picture to show up.    Harry (computer whiz!)

Cool, I used to have the Pro II as well but I sold it becuase it didnīt have the option to use Metal tapes (like TDKīs infamous MX-G) so I kept my TD-D5M instead. I use it mainly with a Crown SASS-P Mk. 2 stereo PZM microphone.

Analogue tape is indeed wonderful, used to use a friendīs Nagra IV-S2 a couple of times... gorgeous.

Letīs see if I can cough up a picture somewhere...


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Darkest Ambient
« on: July 07, 2009, 02:02:28 AM »
There was some great "dark electronic" music by Wendy Carlos in the 1980 film "The Shining."   :-*
really? i did not know that. i do know that she did some deep dark stuff for a clockwork orange.

In fact, Carlos produced something like 90 minutes of electronic music for the score which Kubrick ultimately rejected so that all that Penderecki and Bartōk stuff ended up in the score. Thereīs an extensive interview about that issue in an early 1980 Keyboard mag interview with Carlos.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Darkest Ambient
« on: July 05, 2009, 02:55:58 AM »
I know itīs a bit blatant tapping oneīs own shoulder but I thought you might like to give this a try:

My own "rhizophora" album has been perceived as extremely dark by some people, so you might want to give it a try, too:

Our "doombient.three -- kalte sterne" album has also been hailed as being extremely cold, aloof, and dark:

Have a listen and decide for yourselves.



Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Headphones ?
« on: June 28, 2009, 04:27:46 AM »
Iīve been using MB Quartīs Quartphone 90 and 95 for ages, and theyīre absolutely fantastic. A very transparent, well-balanced character, not over-emphasizing the low or top end, and very comfortable on the ear even after hours of use.

I also have a Beyerdynamic DT-770 but I find this one terribly mid-heavy and tiring on the ear. I just use it for on-stage monitoring because it shuts off external noise pretty well.


Everything and Nothing / Re: It's celebrity R.I.P. week
« on: June 26, 2009, 02:29:57 AM »
"You have to realize that someday you will die. Until you know that youīre useless." (Tyler Durden)

The death of celebrities brings to mind that even those virtual gods will pass away someday or other, just like us. Thatīs kind of comforting. The only difference is that they leave something behind for generations to come. This is a privilege most of us will not have.


Hi all,

even though I separately opened a brief thread to introduce myself a couple of days ago, I thought I should say hello to everybody around!

My nameīs Stephen Parsick, aged 37 (well, almost, just six more weeks to go...), I was born in Moers/Germany. I got in touch with electronic music already at a very early age (most notably Wendy Carlos, Jean-Michel Jarre, and Kraftwerk). In May 1983 I started taking musical lessons for seven years, and in 1989 I released not only my first track ever on a compilation album but also my very first cassette tape. In 1998 I released my first official CD called "Traces of the Past" (which was reissued in a redux version in 2007) that was very strongly influenced by early Berlin School stuff (and performed on the original Mellotrons of Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream, for those who might find that important). My second official CD was released in 2005 (called "Hoellenengel") which was basically performed on the same instruments Vangelis had at his disposal when recording the Blade Runner score (which is the mood I tried to capture with this album). Between 2006 and 2008 I released a series of ambient music albums which were produced in small quantities of 25 copies each. I also focussed on creating a couple of albums which are available as download-albums only. I work as a semi-professional musician and a professional language trainer.

Some of you may also know me through my collaboration with Lambert Ringlage in 1993 which ultimately lead to the foundation of my own band ['ramp] in 1996. With ['ramp] I recorded five official albums plus a couple of limited-edition releases. At first, we were firmly rooted in the Berlin School Retro Movement of the 1970s (with musical mates like Radio Massacre International, FSP, or Redshift) while later albums saw us get deeper into ambient territories (particularly "ceasing to exist" which was recorded in collaboration with touch guitar player Markus Reuter). ['ramp] disbanded in 2008 as we felt that our musical and artistic goals were no longer compatible, and now ['ramp] is only me (and sometimes guests, if they feel so inclined).

I also collaborated with Cosmic Hoffmann (Klaus Hoffmann-Hoock, also known for his Mind over Matter albums on IC) on a couple of albums under the Cosmic Hoffmann moniker, most notably on the first three of them.

I of course do enjoy ambient music a lot (in fact, I make it myself just to find something to fall asleep to ;) ), and I would call people like Robert Rich, Brian Eno, Steve Roach or Michael Stearns my major influences in that area. I also like more abrasive sequencer-driven stuff (of the sort Mark Shreeve and I created, or Node, for that matter) but at the moment Iīm more into more experimental electronic music. I enjoy toying around with exotic vintage synthesisers, and I have a soft spot for analogue studio hardware (anyone selling an API desk, or a Neve?).


Hi all,

I just wanted to make you aware of the collaborative album we -- i. e. the old line-up of ['ramp] -- created in collaboration with touch guitar player Markus Reuter (CentroZoon, Tuner, Robert Rich).

Originally recorded in 2000/2001 but not released before 2007, this is probably the darkest drone-laden album of the entire ['ramp] back catalogue. On Phil Derby compared it to "Stalker" by Robert Rich and Brian Lustmord, just to give you an impression what to expect. Paul Rijkens reviewed it as one of the pinnacles of the dark ambient music genre for the Dutch magazine I/O Pages.

The album has now been made available as a legal download from I hope to have some additional material from these sessions out soon, too. To get an impression, please click here:
There are some further albums by ['ramp] and by myself available from Extended Moment, too, which might be of interest to you. Please feel free to browse the other entries :).

For those who arenīt too fond of downloads, "ceasing to exist" can still be ordered as a fully-fledged official CD album, for instance directly from me :). Just drop me a line.

Thanks for reading,


It used to be a 1969 Farfisa Compact Duo organ but I sold it a couple of years ago. Now I think it must be my 1971 EMS "The Putney" VCS-3 Mk. 1.


Everything and Nothing / Re: Hello from Stephen Parsick
« on: May 28, 2009, 01:16:58 AM »
Hi Mark,

being used to the layout of some other forums, I thought there was a link showing up somewhere near the signature. I figured you can reach the link by clicking on the "www" globe to the left. I hope it will work. If not, please let me know :).



Everything and Nothing / Hello from Stephen Parsick
« on: May 27, 2009, 06:22:32 AM »
Hi all,

just wanted to introduce myself as a new member. Some of you may know me through my own music and through my work with my other enterprise ['ramp]. Others may never have heard of me before so if thereīs something youīd like to know, just ask :).

Iīm located in Germany, my musical interests range from proto industrial (TG, SPK, NON, Cabaret Voltaire, Coil) to sequencer-driven stuff and ambient music (Eno, Robert Rich, Steve Roach). Likewise, I try to cover these areas with my own music. I have a certain soft spot for synthesiser and studio technology of all sorts... at least I have been told so :).

If youīd like to get an impression what my music sounds like, please feel free to listen to it on or click on the link below. I guess this would make a lot more sense than telling you a thousand words about my work.

Thanks for any warm welcome!



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