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Hi all,

I would like to announce the release of the new ['ramp] album "steel and steam" for 1st july 2011. It is going to be the successor to the 2009 ['ramp] album "debris", and very much like "debris", it had been in the making for quite some time. There will be six sections on the album altogether:
 
zeppelin
node (part 1 and 2)
solenoid
[led]
puppets (feat. Mark Shreeve)
steel and steam (parts 1 to 4, feat. Mark Shreeve)
 
I´m very proud and happy to have Mark Shreeve and his Moog IIIc modular on the album for the title track and another beautiful gem, "puppets". These two sections were recorded at his Distant Sun studio in London a while ago. The other sections were recorded at my own Cold Furnace studio in 2010. If you know my previous work (and the work Mark created with both Redshift and ARC), you will get an idea of what style to expect. "steel and steam" has become -- despite its title -- the most accessible ['ramp] album so far (whatever that is going to say), and even though the title track is as ballsy as a modular Moog can get, there is a strong melodic flavour throughout the album. I even dusted off my Yamaha CS80 for some tracks, so if that isn´t reason enough to order your copy I don´t know what is :). Okay, there is plenty of other analogue and modular stuff on it, so if gear-spotting and reading gearlists is your cup of tea, you might want to go for it just for that reason :). While we´re at it, the album will be limited to 300 numbered copies and it will not be available as a digital download (unless some fucker infringes on my mental property, that is).

The easiest way of ordering your copy would be sending an email directly to me (stephen at parsick dot com or stephen dot parsick at gmx dot de).

I will soon upload some snippets from the album to give you some "ear candy" to listen to.
 
Thanks for reading, and apologies for having wasted bandwidth,
 
Stephen

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Hi all,

I thought I should upload some excerpts from the album over at soundcloud for all those who still are a bit put off by the somewhat academic title of the album:

http://soundcloud.com/doombient-music/cambrium-excerpts

And while you´re at it, listening to weird electronica, don´t forget to check out the demo of the Triadex Muse sequencer / tone generator I´ve created.

Enjoy (or not),

Stephen.






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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: ['ramp] -- debris
« on: March 18, 2011, 02:22:22 AM »
Hi all,

I´ve uploaded some excerpts from the album on soundcloud:

http://soundcloud.com/doombient-music/debris-excerpts

I hope the link is working the way it should.

Enjoy (or not),

Stephen.






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Everything and Nothing / Re: Nuclear Disaster in Japan
« on: March 17, 2011, 05:06:01 AM »
I hope we all can learn from these mistakes and make some changes for the better.

+1 for that

What´s the point of learning a lesson yourself if those in control refuse to learn anything and change direction accordingly? Chernobyl might have become too old a hat for many, I´m afraid, so it was about time to warm it all up again.

Man is an evolutionary dead-end street. To be discontinued.

Stephen

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Nuclear Disaster in Japan
« on: March 15, 2011, 04:19:22 PM »
[...]

it almost looks as if they try to calm down the people trying to prevent mass-panicking.


What would you do? Do some (not very clever) crisis PR, or take the risk of causing a riot? Either way the shit has hit the fan, and it will get even worse than we can imagine.

This is the beginning of the end of the world as we know it, and I don´t mean to cause major concern but we ought to get used to this thought.

Stephen

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Nuclear Disaster in Japan
« on: March 15, 2011, 03:53:40 PM »
One of my students is from Tokyo. His parents are alive and well but some of his relatives live near Fukushima so he´s quite concerned about that.

I remember Chernobyl very well, and I was in the process to stage a concert to commemorate the 25th anniversary of this accident, and now this... apparently Godzilla has been unleashed.

We´re witnessing history being made. It´s not a pleasant sight.

Stephen

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Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: New Robert Rich interview
« on: February 15, 2011, 05:13:48 AM »
Robert is one of the few souls out there I cannot only take seriously, but also have a lot of respect for.

Stephen

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: February 13, 2011, 04:21:57 AM »
For mixing, mastering, monitoring, and plain listening I prefer the long-discontinued MB Quartphone 90 and 95 (they are now being produced under the "German Maestro" brand). Very comfortable on the ear, very transparent-sounding.

For live and studio use I also have a Beyerdynamic DT-770 which is nice because it shuts out ambient noise quite effectively but I think it´s a bit -mid-heavy and very tight on the head so after an hour or two I get some hearing troubles and a headache.

I used to have a Jecklin Float some years ago. Nice as it was, it was quite, erm, impractical to use (espcially in the studio).

Stephen

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Where you people sell gear these days?
« on: January 30, 2011, 03:30:46 AM »
Peter Forrest´s VEMIA auction would be the place to go for me, both when buying and selling more expensive or "vintag" studio gear, guitars, accessories etc. Expensive, yes, but you get what you pay for.

eBay´s always a bit of a risk, got cheated there twice in the last month so I´m a bit pissed off with it.

Stephen

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDs are Dead....Almost!
« on: January 28, 2011, 05:24:43 PM »
Mankind died because of ignorance.

What a loss.

Stephen

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDs are Dead....Almost!
« on: January 17, 2011, 05:36:53 AM »

[...]

I pressed 1000 cds of my debut release, a double cd digipack.......an unknown musician pressing that much in this market place was crazy, but the reality was/is that to press less would mean the cost would be much more per unit, so I could not pass that along to potential listeners, so pressing more than I thought I could sell to keep cost down even though that meant sitting on inventory that may or may not move in the future, was the only way to go!

[...]

Artistic expression has absolutely nothing to do with convenience.


Absolutely, but unfortunately it is mistaken as such by many these days. Blame it on a lack of proper education.

1,000 copies of a 2CD set as your debut album... kudos to such a lot of bravery.

Stephen

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDs are Dead....Almost!
« on: January 17, 2011, 05:32:48 AM »
Like I´ve pointed out many times, downloads are *one* alley to follow. I think they´re useful when it comes to releasing material which would otherwise not be suited for CD release due to playing time or sheer lack of commerciality.

If they become the only way to go, well... freedom of choice would be lost, wouldn´t it?

Stephen

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDs are Dead....Almost!
« on: January 16, 2011, 06:13:02 PM »

[...]

Those of you who still love CDs or records or both, bear in mind that the labels and the self-released artists who are still putting out materials in these formats need your support more than ever. The break-even point for releasing a CD used to be very easy to reach, with a bit of promotion and word of mouth. Now, even for a more established artists released on a well-known label, it can be difficult to sell enough CDs to justify pressing the discs in the first place.

Conversely, those of us who release music must remember the vital importance of releasing materials of high quality, with an appealing presentation. It's not enough any more to just slap something together and put it out there. We need to be more selective about what we release and put greater care into making it look, feel and sound the best it possibly can.


You´re taking the words right out of my mouth. Very well-put.

Stephen

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDs are Dead....Almost!
« on: January 16, 2011, 09:28:36 AM »

Why press 500 cds and only sell 500 downloads or more or less when the cds sit unloved in boxes....


You have to educate your listeners. Make the CD the only option they have. A lesson I had to learn from past experience. I will make a new album only available when it has paid off. The sooner you make the download available, the less you will be selling of your CDs.

Stephen

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDs are Dead....Almost!
« on: January 14, 2011, 05:21:26 PM »
I'm not too worried about cd's going away, but I did hear a rumor that 45's may be on their way out!  :o  We can't allow that to happen! What will I do with all of the little spindle inserts I still have?

I can´t remember having seen 7"s for at least fifteen, if not twenty years. The last 7" I recall buying new was Kraftwerk´s 1991 "Radioactivity"...

Stephen

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Top 10 Ambient/Space Music albums
« on: January 14, 2011, 05:16:39 PM »
Another thread to consider carefully, but in the meantime, Stephen, applaud your choice of Lightwave's "Cités Analogues", a superb early cassette of theirs (crying out for CD reissue!) that predates their masterpiece "Nachtmusik" (which isn't quite "ambient" music, but certainly could be termed "experimental space music", awkward as that might sound).

"Cités" is such a wonderful album. I did a remaster for Christian and Christoph back in 2001 when they were planning to release their early back catalogue through Beyond the Horizon but nothing has ever come of this. They later wanted to use their own first-generation master tapes but I guess they must have lost touch with their own work at some point and saw no more relevance in re-issueing it. Shame...

Stephen

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Top 10 Ambient/Space Music albums
« on: January 14, 2011, 02:24:13 PM »
Robert Rich -- Below Zero
Robert Rich -- Illumination
Lightwave -- Cités Analogues
Steve Roach -- Dreamtime Return
Steve Roach -- Magnificent Void
Michael Stearns -- Planetary Unfolding
Michael Stearns -- Encounter
Telomere -- Astral Currents
Brian Eno & Harold Budd -- The Pearl and Plateaux of Mirrors
['ramp] -- oughtibridge

oops, that´s more than ten... uh, well...

Stephen

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDs are Dead....Almost!
« on: January 14, 2011, 02:18:31 PM »
CDs in LP-sized packages would indeed be fantastic. Unfortunately it would take at least four CDs to fill a 12" sleeve with more than just, erm, air...

Stephen

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDs are Dead....Almost!
« on: January 13, 2011, 05:23:24 PM »

[...] tablet remote control

[...] tablet remote control


Why do these words make me think of "retirement home" and "medication" every time I read them...?

Stephen

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