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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: " Darker" New Phobos album
« on: December 16, 2012, 11:08:41 AM »
Another review of Darker by Sylvain Lupari

A distant breeze, hollow like the breaths of winds singing in a tree trunk trimmed by holes, opens the rangy and single-phased "Séance". The movement is quiet and dark. Without rhythm it inhales of these long dark strata which surround silence, plunging the listener into the gaps of “Darker”. Without surprises, this 3rd tome about the solitude of the black angels from David Thompson is a profound immersion into the slow waves and blacks lines of a synth which frees as much musical lines as morphic singings which waltz lazily with the shadows of oblivion. From the height of its 29 minutes, "Séance" sweeps of its apocalyptic breaths the vestiges of an arid land and embraces of its atonal wings the last souvenirs of a world formerly of light and hope, leading so the dreamers that we are in the most abyssal cracks of a world to be redone. Black? More than! Neurasthenic? Not just a bit! “Darker” is forged in the melancholic shadows of our lost illusions.
Taking back the black humors of his This Desolate Place in 2011, Phobos digs even more in the fantasies of our night terrors with 4 long tracks which kiss at full tones the hooting of souls lost in slow lethal whirlwinds. Alone with his earphones, the auditor is plunged into a duel against darkness in a rich morphic canvas where the music, so intense than black, flows like gloomy torrents into our speakers. Our dark thoughts adopts to the forms of night spectres, fomenting the dark obsessions which feed even more the vision that we can have of the lands that are on the other side of mirrors. And it's to these doors that Phobos leads us after the quiet "Descend"."Hells Gate" is the hallucinatory rendezvous with the other hillside of the tranquillity. The angels are shouting here and the incubus are exulting all the way of this slow ingression in the mephistophelic abysses there where we can hear strange rustles and feel the ochred breaths dancing with weariness around our fears. There are no doubts; "Hells Gate" is one of the heavy monuments of black ambient music that I heard. After this odyssey in the opacity, "Decomposing Lust" re-appears out of darkness with a movement wraps by a scent of iridescent metal of which the grazes are praying for a paradoxical freedom in the ultimate moment of serenity of an album that makes no compromise regarding its first intentions; plunging the listener into the most somber secrets of “Darker”.
Quietly Phobos builds himself an enviable place in the very restricted market of the black and gloomy ambient EM. The music of “Darker” is intense and fed the driest of the imaginations with waves of synth which float as spectres of which the ochred breaths are moulding some insidious ectoplasms in search of a life. Possibly ours! But all this are only fantasies loosened by more than 70 minutes of a dark and captivating EM of which the listening in solitary, and in the dark, can only forge these delights that only the imagination can sanction.
Sylvain Lupari (December 15th, 2012)
http://synthsequences.blogspot.ca/

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach - Soul Tones - 2012
« on: December 16, 2012, 10:44:21 AM »
Same here, but having the ability to hear a whole release before making the decision to buy is great.
For the record, I'm definitely purchasing Soul Tones.

I agree, it is good to be able to hear the whole release before purchasing. I too will be getting the CD after Christmas, it sounds great.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach - Soul Tones - 2012
« on: December 15, 2012, 02:35:11 PM »
Amazing, this is good news :)

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 15, 2012, 02:28:54 PM »
Broken Harbour - The Geometry of Shadows


A superb release and highly recommended!


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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Slow Shipping to the UK
« on: December 12, 2012, 02:10:53 AM »
There is definately a problem sending from the UK at the moment.The post office quotes
4-5 working days for Airmail shipping to the USA and Canada, but recently they have been taking 2 weeks or longer to get to their destinations. Surface mail I think, can take 4-6 weeks, not sure though as I never use surface mail.
It is always a problem when a package never arrives, I suppose the only way round it would be to use registered mail, but the high cost of that service, sometimes can be 1.5 to 2 times more than the actual album you're buying, is usually not viable.
Incidently, has anybody ever have a package returned by the mail, because it wasn't delivered?
I have had one returned, the others seem to vanish without a trace, despite putting a return address label on the back of the package, although thankfully there hasn't been that many that didn't arrive.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 09, 2012, 03:29:27 PM »


Just awesome, melodic doom metal!

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 27, 2012, 12:18:11 PM »


Great stuff from Grassow and Weiss, really like this


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"pitiful and cheap"  ?????

A CDR sounds the same. Can last a similar length of time if made well using good disks. And will usually cost more per CD than a pressed CD. Usually takes more work to create. And is very useful for short runs and re-releases. They also empower the artist, rather than the pressing plant. I could go on ...

It feeds into a contemporary mythos ... like people do who say "I'll never buy downloads."
Many people are past that.
Well said Anthony 8)

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Darkness Within my debut ambient release is now available for the first time as a high quality download (flac) etc at Bandcamp.
Also from today until the end of the year all downloads are reduced to £3 and all physical products are available for £5 plus shipping.
I have also added the last 3 physical discs of This Desolate Place to the bandcamp site.
The new album, Darker, now available as a downloadable version in addition to the CDr.
A great opportunity to add some Phobos music to your collection.
http://phobos.bandcamp.com/
Thanks for listening
Regards
David

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now watching...
« on: November 17, 2012, 12:16:40 PM »
ZZ Top - Live From Texas on Sky Arts 1

I was fortunate enough to see these guys a few times when I was younger. Love their stuff.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 16, 2012, 12:26:28 PM »


Ramp - Astral Disaster, in a word, Brilliant!

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: RIP Pete Namlook
« on: November 15, 2012, 09:19:08 AM »
Shocking !
What a loss.
I agree, and only 51 years old!

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This finally arrived yesterday, and I gave it a listen last night. Makes me wish I had been there, superb stuff and perfect for headphone listening in a dark space!
Your review sums it up perfectly, oh and thanks for the heads up.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 12, 2012, 12:05:04 PM »


Sphäre Sechs -  Tiefschlaf

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: VST / Software Suggestions?
« on: November 10, 2012, 01:58:18 PM »
I would recommend Komplete, but it will take a lot of time to explore it properly, Komplete 8 is 27 instruments and effects, but if you have got the money well worth it.

And again on the reverb front, a nice free one as well here:- http://dasample.com/products/glaceverb/

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: VST / Software Suggestions?
« on: November 10, 2012, 09:03:36 AM »
Try this for a reverb, its a little bit different,  and its free, so nothing to lose :)

http://www.roughdiamondproductions.com/whiteLABEL/?r=TEV

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When you are a small artist you have to limit your own self released items and sometimes the limit you set is way more than you are going to sell. My latest is limited to 50 copies, as the minimum amount of digipaks the company would make is 50, I know I won't sell anywhere near that amount, but I wanted the release to be issued in a digipak and that was the only way to go.
However, I do agree with the comments about the artists who have a large following limiting releases to very small numbers, it is a bit silly ::)

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: " Darker" New Phobos album
« on: November 08, 2012, 12:37:35 PM »
Thanks for your comments Blake. Much appreciated 8)

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I have switched to these, http://rivieramultimedia.co.uk/PBSCProduct.asp?ItmID=9264531.
If anyone gets a cd from me then feedback on the packaging, how it stood up, etc, is most welcome, then if they are no good then alternative packaging will be sought. As a very small independent artist we rely on feedback for everything, it will help us to provide a better service.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 23, 2012, 04:02:22 AM »
Seetyca - The Luminous Deep



i like his BLEAKSCAPES even more.
terrific release where tectonic forces are at work. maybe a companion CD to Roach's Magnificent Void
some Thomas Koner elements are also to find inhere..

i think he could have chosen a better album title..
I'll have to check that one out, thanks for the tip 8)

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