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A couple of positive reviews for Oceanscape, with an excerpt from each:

Ambient Exotica:

If you are a fan of Aqua Ambient or waterscapes – I’m not trying to coin witty genre markers here – then Oceanscape is an obvious no-brainer, especially so since it triggers all the right synapses and targets the expectancy of a genre follower’s knowledge. There is, of course, more to it than echopraxia or traditional craftsmanship: the interplay of and interdependency between the textures showcase a gorgeous entanglement. The piece never becomes dull or boring, even though it is clearly repetitive. Once all layers are in place, there is neither revelation nor elation to be found at a certain mark that can be pinpointed. Castleview’s piece works as a whole, and granted, it could have run for 20 minutes or 60 minutes without an alteration of its intrinsic commentariat, but all time-related aspects aside, Oceanscape is a delightful piece drawing from mysticism, infinitesimal benignancy and New Age tonalities that are not as antediluvian in this arrangement as they are elsewhere. And I for one cannot even imagine which sounds are synth-driven or based on real-world instruments. This shows that there is more to Oceanscape than aesthetic riddles.

The CD Critic:

Castleview’s highly ambitious ‘Oceanscape’ is perhaps one of his most accomplished recordings in his current discography. The singular track offers an incredibly emotional ambient experience, featuring an array of emotions ranging from feeling worried about an ominous presence, to being at peace. ‘Oceanscape’ is certainly an ambitious recording, and it’s wonderful to see it executed so brilliantly and so well. ‘Oceanscape’ certainly cements Castleview’s position as one of the best ambient artists working in the independent scene.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 07, 2014, 05:24:41 PM »
Just been checking out the bandcamp of Nemesis having seen it recommended elsewhere....

Tagged as "ambient electronica instrumental synthesizer Finland" I would say whilst there is some ambient on this album it leans more towards Berlin School and also with a couple of tracks more almost rock orientated synth.

It is however very good indeed. Thinking about getting the CD.

Now checking out Earth Orbit. Sounding very promising indeed. Notice this lad buys a lot of the same music on bandcamp as myself so that augurs well.

Earth Orbit has excellent taste in ambient music. I frequently look through his Bandcamp collection.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 06, 2014, 01:16:51 PM »
Earth Orbit Audio System - Quiet Planet

EOAS is back on Bandcamp and he's got his whole discography available on a pay what you want basis:

Great drone music.

Everything and Nothing / Re: A viewpoint of ambient EM music
« on: July 04, 2014, 10:26:56 AM »
If they don't like ambient, then they don't like it. There's not much else you can do, I'm not a fan of opera, I would imagine if someone tried to promote it's virtues to me I may like it even less.

Exactly. Ambient music just isn't for everyone.

A friend of mine said it best when he said that it was music for the eyes and not so much the ears.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 28, 2014, 06:48:30 PM »
Aidan Baker- Rictus: EP Collection

More people should know about Aidan Baker's solo work. A lot of people just know him for Nadja but I prefer his solo work.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 28, 2014, 08:12:36 AM »
Mathias Grassow - Mind Riders

Giving this a listen for the first time in a while and it's one of my favorite Grassow albums.

Also, has anyone listened to First Gift Of Life yet?

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 22, 2014, 08:53:14 PM »
Dirk Serries - Streams of Consciousness 132010

Another excellent album. Top-notch guitar atmospherics.

As the frugal musician that I am, I use Hosa cables.  :-[

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 11, 2014, 06:19:48 PM »
Klaus Wiese - Divine Orbit

Got it in the mail today courtesy of el culto, and it's awesome! It's nice to have another Klaus Wiese CD in my collection. My other one, Uranus, skips nowadays and I suspect that it is suffering from a tiny bit of disc rot.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 08, 2014, 03:08:18 PM »
Dirk Serries - streams of consciousness 132010

It's one of Dirk Serries' new stream of consciousness albums and it's yet another strong release. It's similar to the first few that he released last summer.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 07, 2014, 02:31:36 PM »
How to Disappear Completely - Oblivion/Rites
Digital only release, available on bandcamp. Drifting, weightless ambient with sounds that cast shadows.

This is awesome. Listening to it right now.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 04, 2014, 07:17:01 PM »
Rec008 - No Wake Up - No Sad

If you like some shoegaze in your ambient music like I do, I highly recommend this.

And I agree that this thread rules for finding new ambient music.

This is excellent news for sure. A true master of ambient music IMO.

Great track. Vaguely reminded me of M'Ocean era Michael Stearns, in terms of the atmosphere.

I saw a used copy of Ming Noir go for at least $60 (probably higher) not too long ago on Amazon. It's not exactly easy to get for a reasonable price nowadays, and it's far from the only one like that either.

I want to see Cosmic Glue re-released soon too.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: What synths did Oöphoi used?
« on: May 14, 2014, 08:00:50 PM »
I'm not the biggest Oophoi fan but yeah, he was open about his lack of technical knowledge. I think he even called himself just an "amateur" in one interview IIRC.

Fantastic news about the music of Klaus Wiese, which had a huge impact on many Ambient Artists (Oophoi, Mathias Grassow, Tomas Weiss and a great number of others) and listeners who are into professional and personal "musical therapy" worldwide.


Oh wow, that is amazing news. Some of the best I've heard in a long time.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 11, 2014, 02:41:14 PM »
Ulwhednar - Withatten 1892

Revisiting this album and it's great dark ambient music.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Handmade synthesizers
« on: May 11, 2014, 12:26:33 PM »
Those are pretty interesting synths. I've been interested in the Folktek devices, ,but they are kind of pricey. The Electric Lobotomy stuff is a lot more affordable. I may have to look into these more.

Folktec seems awesome but yeah, definitely pricey.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Handmade synthesizers
« on: May 09, 2014, 05:11:18 PM »
I think these synths are a lot of fun, some reverb would do some serious drones!

Thanks for posting.

That was really cool. I especially liked the red instrument. That thing can create some great textures.

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