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Saw Martin and his Sphäre Sechs mates last Saturday (3rd November, that is) playing live at Phobos Festival (no pun!) in Wuppertal. Quite nice. I wish I could have fallen asleep to it :).


Reminds me of the Sony PCM-F1 machines which used video tape for recording digital audio like this:

We have these at work just for playing back old concerts from the 1980s, I also mixed my first album (Point of Arrival) on the Nakamichi version back in the mid 1980s. State of the art digital recording at the time until DATs took over.


I used an F1 for mastering once in my life. I am so happy there are alternative solutions around :).

I still have hundreds of cassette tapes which cover my childhood days (purchased my first cassette player in 1979) until the mid and late 1990s (this is when CDRs took over). Still longing for another Sony WM-DD II... I had one in the early 1990s, and I literally wore it out. Possibly one of the most robust pieces of kit Iīve ever had so wearing it out took quite a while...


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Interesting Steve Roach Technical interview
« on: November 11, 2012, 02:54:40 PM »
Kindred spirit.


Hi all,

just to inform you that the new ['ramp] album "astral disaster" will be released on 31st October 2012. The album will feature the live show at Bochum Planetarium of 7th July 2012. There are eight tracks on it (grouped in two sets of roughly 38 minutes each), and if you liked "return" or "steel and steam", I am confident you will most certainly enjoy this one as well. The CD comes with an eight-page booklet with a couple of pictures assembled from studio and live work, plus liner notes written by Archie Patterson of Eurock. Here is some music to listen to:

and a bootlegged audience recording ;-) :

Lots of analogue goodness, and the first proper ['ramp] live album since the release of "oughtibridge".

German KEYBOARDS magazine also published a report on the (technical side of the)show in their current issue which can be ordered here:

The CD will be available in a limited edition of 300 numbered copies and can be ordered directly through me. Price for a copy is 15 Euro with shipping and handling included (valid until 31st December 2012). If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with me at stephen at

Thanks for reading,


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Overrated Ambient
« on: October 04, 2012, 04:25:19 PM »
I hate all of doombient's stuff, early or otherwise!  ;D

See, this man is what I would call an educated listener  ;D.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Overrated Ambient
« on: October 04, 2012, 04:27:13 AM »
I for one hate most of my early stuff and I advise everyone not to buy it. I donīt get tired of saying how much I hate some of it. Which is no bad thin IMO because I donīt believe these albums were of any significance, neither to myself, nor to anybody else.

After all, Iīm the one who created it and who has every right to value his own work, positively or negatively, because I know exactly what I was striving for -- and where I failed.

What drives me particularly mad is the implication of "your earlier work was much better than what youīre doing now" because I guess I know best what my personal quality standards are and to what extent Iīve evolved since the recording of album XX or XY in 199X.

Record companies influencing the empetus of an album in a way that suits the label would be an entirely different story altogether.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: 808 documentary
« on: September 20, 2012, 04:33:04 AM »
For a specific style of electronic music, the TR-808 is the only drum machine that really works well within that context (think Tangerine Dream "Logos" or "Poland"). Itīs just one organic-sounding beast with a wonderful timing. To some extent, the same can be said about the CR-78, and Iīm happy to have both :).

I tried the mighty Linn LM-1 Drum Computer (which I used to own for many years), just to find out it didnīt work for me -- it always made me sound like either Kraftwerk, Moroder, or Prince -- but that wasnīt where or what I wanted to be. Same thing with the Oberheim D(M)X (although I found it nicer than the Linn). As soon as TD started using those early digital units, their rigid timing did the feel of the music no good.

Never liked techno or house, though, and anytime I hear an RīnīB or Hip Hop track using the 808 to death I find myself thinking "now, this would a good point for selling the 808". The first ten minutes of "Poland" is the best argument for keeping the 808, though ;).


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Overrated Ambient
« on: September 09, 2012, 11:12:44 AM »
When talking about *ambient* music, there are two entirely different *ambient* camps that would define *ambient* by completely different parameters:

a) There is the school of thought that defines *ambient* in the style of Brian Enoīs original works (and those who have followed him). This is the school of *ambient* I would subscribe to as well.

b) There is the type of sedated, Seconal-heavy slo-mo "Techno" that came from the "chill-out" areas of 1990s Techno movement, i. e. 70 instead of 140 bpm when using beats. This would be The Orb, FSOL, Aphex Twin, BOC and countless others that jumped the bandwagon of the Techno hipster movement. As you may have guessed already, this is the type of *ambient* Iīm not really interested in because Iīve always found it blatantly boring and uninspired -- and it sounds dated and passé to me. Music that could only have existed in the time bubble of the 1990s.

I thought Iīd throw that in.

Stephen (being-clever-mode off)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: 808 documentary
« on: September 09, 2012, 03:15:05 AM »
Just from watching the teaser I was tempted to sell mine :).


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Alesis Andromeda A6 FS
« on: September 09, 2012, 03:14:08 AM »
I think I could make do with that three-panel Serge quite as well :).


Thanks, much appreciated :).

Iīve already ordered that Lamborghini Murcielago.


Thanks, Scott :). Yes, Markus is a great guy. Probably the only one I take advice from ;).

BTW, hereīs the first review of the album written by Bert Strolenberg / Sonic Immersion (hartstikke bedankt, Bert!):

Yeah, lots and lots of potential hit singles.


Hi all,

Iīm delighted to officially announce the release of the new collaborative album Markus Reuter and I created in collaboration. "lament" was recorded during a very inspired session at my place in the summer of 2010. It took a little while to work out a release, and Iīm very happy to have it out on Swedish label Gterma, run by Johan Rehn.

"lament" is made up of seven tracks altogether, ranging from three to twenty-three minutes in length. We consider this album a successor to the 2007 album "ceasing to exist", and Iīm sure there are quite as many potential hit singles on it as well.

The longest track "and all which is not" is classic Fripp/Eno with loads of heavily processed Touch Guitar, VCS-3, and loops. The other tracks range from spooky horror sci-fi scenarios to ethereal ambient textural work. Certainly nothing for the faint at heart, I guess.

For more info, you can get in touch with Johan directly:

Enjoy (or not),


Everything and Nothing / Re: RIP Andy Griffith
« on: July 04, 2012, 02:55:55 AM »
"Maaaat-lock!" (Grampa Simpson)


We need to find you some really exciting (as opposed to boring) ambient music!  ;)

Oh yes, that would be highly appreciated!  :-*


Mr. Negative is back!!  ;D

I've read "Stealth" is samples of a stealth bomber processed into an ambient album.  That's sounds pretty boring!!

Mr. Honest, if you please 8).

Intriguing concept, definitely.

Mr. Sarcasm is off. Over and out.


I donīt know this one but if itīs in the same vein as "Nostromo", it must count as one of the most boring ambient albums ever. This is the type of (Dark) Ambient I do not like and which I find totally useless.

But thatīs only me, of course.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Overrated Ambient
« on: June 16, 2012, 11:15:31 AM »
"Music for Airports" is an interesting title?  :o

Also, that's "heresy" what you said about "Black Stars"!!!  :P

Actually, I always thought ['ramp] was the most highly overrated group no one's ever heard of!  ;)

Nice to see you again here, Stephen.  :)

Thanks for the warm welcome! Feels like coming home  ;D.

['ramp] overrated? It definitely sucks big time. And so do I, but who cares?


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Overrated Ambient
« on: June 15, 2012, 11:16:17 AM »
Heresy!!! But, yeah.

Yes, Lustmord... agreed.    ;)

Much of Brianīs stuff is quite overrated, especially "Black Stars". I found this utterly boring. His latest albums were so boring I didnīt listen to them until the end.

Thomas Köner also has some brilliant stuff out, but also quite boring albums as well ("Daikan" comes to mind).

Enoīs "Music for Airports" is nowhere near as interesting as  its title suggests.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Kawai SX
« on: January 07, 2012, 03:27:55 AM »
40 US$ is a decent price. Unfortunately, any type of service documentation for these Kawais is a bit difficult to come by.

Do you know the Analogue Heaven mailinglist? This is the place to be for all things analogue and "vintage".


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