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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 06, 2014, 05:36:22 AM »
Interesting about cassettes. Have to confess I quite like the format. Mainly probably for sentimental reasons. I still have all my old cassettes that I bought as a teenager and still play them occasionally. First ever album purchase, Venus and Mars - Wings  8). I recently bought a further pioneer twin deck to augment my Aiwa deck just in case it becomes impossible to source the hardware. These should suffice till the end of days. I do remember having some problems with tapes but those were perhaps ones that had been bought second hand or not looked after. If cared for and the cassette deck maintained then some very good sounds indeed can be produced. This is still the case with my 39 year old wings tape, although it is showing signs of ageing much like myself. I still buy the occasional cassette.

Vinyl is possibly my favourite format now. I find despite the occasional flaws the sound quality really cannot be bettered, I do however also love CDs and digital downloads. Think I possibly need a bigger house for storage purposes although the hard drive helps a bit.

Might check out some of my cassettes tonight  ;D

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: RIP Pete Namlook
« on: May 05, 2014, 05:50:45 AM »
The Air series is also pure class. I bought the MP3 collection FAX disc version of this. All five albums for a very reasonable price. Worth getting some FAX music on these MP3 discs as you get the whole series for low pounds/dollars .

I also have to mention two of my favourite more recent FAX favourites.

Namlook/Moufang XX - Taygete. An epic trip through space and new worlds. Utterly mesmerising.

Namlook XX1 -Subconscious Worlds - This is in my top 5 FAX. A great mix of ambient and real FAX tunes. I am just back from a trip to Hamburg and listened to this whilst exploring the Haubtbanhoff station and environs. Surreal and epic experience.

If you listen to this disc in DTS surround mode it will blow your mind  :)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 05, 2014, 05:38:43 AM »
Yet another listen to Tangerine Dream - Sorcerer 2014

Disc 2. The music that was written down for the film but never recorded or released. Some really great stuff on this.

Steve Hillage--Rainbow Dome Musick.  This timeless masterpiece is high on my all-time faves list.  Stunningly beautiful two long tracks.  Ethereal in the extreme.

Love it !! Listen to Rainbow Dome often.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: RIP Pete Namlook
« on: May 04, 2014, 12:59:43 PM »
I would also thoroughly recommend

Shades of Orion series
2350 Broadway series
Psychonavigation series
and Dreamfish.

I have still to check out "outland" myself.

I would also say getting hold of.......Silence V and 62 Eulengasse is an absolute must. They are ambient masterpieces.

I have all the Carpe Sonum releases to date and have been very impressed with the quality. They have a good few releases pending. I am awaiting my "Die Welt Ist Klang" 8 CD box

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 04, 2014, 05:54:54 AM »
just been checking out............ - Early Reflections

A partnership between former FAX artists , Material Object and Atom, on their new "No." label. Spacy, ambient, drones, occasional hints of the East. Very interesting. Not so keen on the more experimental Part V perhaps but will be getting this download fairly urgently.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 23, 2014, 03:08:05 PM »
How does that live version of Sorcerer compare to the original?

To clarify, when it states "Live" there is no audience noise and such like. This appears to be a live take in what I believe to be TDs own rehearsal theatre prior to going out and gigging this in Copenhagen for the Sorcerer concert with William Friedkin present.

This new version is even better than the original, if that is possible. I am unsure if they have used some analogue instruments but the overall effect and quality of the music is just wonderful. It sounds so fresh yet also harks back to the original. Absolutely superb.

Disc 2 is also excellent with the unreleased/unheard musical ideas originally written for the film.

Also great news that this film is finally due for a world wide Blu ray release soon, can't wait  8)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 23, 2014, 12:14:35 PM »
Cosmic Ground ordered!  Thanks for the tip!!!

Nice one, I am sure you will not be disappointed Drone On.

Just playing TD - Sorcerer again. Blimey, this is absolutely wonderful.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: April 23, 2014, 09:42:04 AM »

The Neutronium Alchemist - Peter F Hamilton

Half way through this rather large, epic, book 2 of the Nights Dawn trilogy. Intergalactic, mind bending, space Sci Fi of gargantuan proportions.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 23, 2014, 09:13:21 AM »

Michael Huygen - Angkor Beautiful, relaxing, melodic ambient.

And a very important release to mention............

Tangerine Dream - Sorcerer 2014 A live recording of this classic soundtrack in their Eastgate theatre prior to playing live in Copenhagen. This 2 disc set also includes music originally intended for the film but never recorded/released. To put it mildly this release is absolutely stunning. Totally blown away by this. Try not to miss out on Sorcerer 2014, your life will be enriched  ;)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 23, 2014, 09:04:35 AM »
Node--Node 2 (DiN). Amazing CD!!! Best of 2014 so far for me

Node 2 is a cracker but in case you haven't you really must check out......

Cosmic Ground

Apart from Nachtplank - Echo Ark, this is album of the year so far for me. One of the best Berlin School type albums I have heard. There is a strong ambient theme to this release also.  8)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 22, 2014, 12:12:41 PM »
Yet another listen to Steve Roach - Structures from Silence disc 1. Absolutely beautiful ambience, a real classic and I am totally addicted to it  :)

Now checking out Stars by Jaja, track one sounding immense !!!!!!!!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 21, 2014, 07:03:11 AM »
Been listening to this free download from Cold Fiction Music.....

Lightclouds, various artists.

Nice compilation of various ambient styles from solo piano, space ambient, drone, dark ambient and much more.

Enjoyable stuff.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 09, 2014, 08:35:57 AM »
I ordered that nachtplank CD, but after almost 2 months I find out it's a pre order.  When I requested a refund as it Still wasn't even completed, I got no response and had to file a PayPal claim.  Terrible label that txt.  Plus, $30 for one CD is a bit excessive.

They are all pre-order on ...txt. At least all are glass mastered CDs unlike some, I think that is why he does the pre-order thing. I do admit patience is required ( not easy  ;)) . It is a one man band type of label, ie Lee Norris. He has recently moved backed to the UK from Italy so turnaround time should improve hopefully. That is a pity you gave up hope on the CD Drone On, Definitely worth the wait !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Check out the stream on bandcamp.

PS The reverse is true for myself btw. Postage costs by the US mail are scandalous to the UK, so I have to pick and choose my purchases carefully. At least the exchange rate is pretty good for us here though at the moment, not so good for yourselves maybe.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 09, 2014, 05:55:46 AM »
Also been on constant play the past week, newly arrived..........

Nachtplank-Echo Ark

This is yet another stunning album from Lee Anthony Norris, amazing quality of ambient releases from him recently. This one , for me is actually the best yet. Beautiful, warm, haunting, uplifting music. The CD has sold out at ...txt, but it is available on bancamp ....

Also just arrived through the letter box this morning Steve Roach - Structures from Silence (3-disc, 30th anniversary edition). Thanks to Julio for mentioning this initially. First play in progress......gorgeous  8)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 08, 2014, 04:55:08 AM »
Good point about track names Joe. I also do this with ambient music, although occasionally I am prompted by the music to check out what the artist was inspired to name the track. Always find that is interesting. Specta Ciera & The Circular Ruins- Middle Distance been on fairly constant play past few days along with.......

Tangerine Dream - Chandra - The Phantom Ferry Part II which I am finding to be magnificent. Fairly chilled, laid back album with hints at melancholy and ambient. Superb stuff from Mr Froese, still making wonderful music after all this years.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 05, 2014, 11:31:09 AM »
Tangerine Dream - Wavelength OST re-issue from La La Land. Brilliant music on this and nice sound quality. Extensive sleeve notes about the film and music.

New purchase Specta Ciera + The Circular Ruins - Middle Distance. Another lovely atmospheric album from DataObscura. Several plays already, love it.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 24, 2014, 05:37:14 AM »
Omnipresence- Eraldo Bernocchi

CD arrived last week from Anodize. This is a real cracker of an album. A live performance as well ! Atmospheric with some nice melodies and interesting percussion. Played it several times already, superb.

Also been listening to - Nacht Plank - Psychology of Religion and Understanding St. Catherine, mentioned by Chris.........Excellent.  Discovered it's on spotify , although I will have to get the download. Severely fancying that Steve Roach 30th Anniversary edition also  ;)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 12, 2014, 09:13:18 AM »
Checking out this Nachtplank album on bandcamp;

"Ephemerol" Another Lee Anthony Norris side project. Fairly dark, atmospheric exploration of another world, complete with alien like voices and sounds from other lifeforms. Superb, will be getting this one soon.......

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 05, 2014, 05:09:11 AM »

Northaunt - Barren Land.

This has got to be in my top ten ambient releases. Stunning, dark atmospheric soundscapes of the North. Inspired by Spitsbergen and Greenland. Nice package also with some great landscapes of these remote lands.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 02, 2014, 08:37:03 AM »
no-man - returning jesus

Non ambient - but definitely hints at our genre. Beautiful music. Steve Wilson of Porcupine Tree fame side project.
Perfect Sunday afternoon listening.  8)

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