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Other Ambient (and related) Music / NEW - Kwook: Skywave (Blue Oasis)
« on: April 18, 2008, 08:39:07 AM »

Kwook: Skywave  (Blue Oasis CD)
We have waited a long time for a new album from Kwook (Simon Bennett,
Australia) and it is finally here. A masterful and addictive set of electro-ambient
gems. Inspired by deep space & shortwaves, this album is mellow, spacious,
rhythmic, and with the laid-back musical joy we found in the earlier "UFO"
release. Gets my highest recommendation. (APK)

"Kwook is an ambient project of the Australian musician Simon Bennett.
Where his previous album UFO was quite outer-space themed, Bennett’s
second album “Skywave” is a musical survey of shortwave radio.

Sonically, a varied array of distorted signals are very nicely matched with
sequenced parts and minimal, flowing, melodic structures and occasional
rhythms. E.g. “Sunspots” feels like a warm blanket with it’s softly glowing,
positive approach, as does the three part 22-minute title track, found at
the closing of the album.

Overall, there’s this mellow, dreamy, hypnotizing effect embedded in all
twelve sonic ambient excursions, all delicately shaped and sculptured.
In its own right, it’s a kind of cleverly composed chill-out ambient with
a great high-quality sound.

So all who love spacious ambient music, make sure to check this one
out."   Bert Strolenberg - Sonic Immersion


Available either on disk (pressed) or as a digital download.
For track details & audio samples:

Here are a couple of samples
Calling All Stations
Stationary Waves

There is also a full track to listen to on the Radio page:



Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 13, 2008, 06:54:01 PM »

- Namlook & Spyra: Virtual Vices V

Great if you like a laid back jazz-influenced beat driven style, with a fair bit of Namlook guitar.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Manitou- All Points North
« on: April 12, 2008, 08:41:37 AM »
I think its a mighty fine release too.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Hello Hypnos!
« on: April 11, 2008, 12:16:10 PM »
Always good to see a new face on the forum. Look forward to the music.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 05, 2008, 03:08:32 PM »

- Stewart Walker: Reclamation

an older bit of minimal beat.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 05, 2008, 01:18:11 PM »
Good stuff Antdude  8)

I've been listening to

- Solo Andata: Live in Melbourne

a fasicinating and attractive album of fine minimal 12K quazi-ambient excursions. Lots of guitar.

There are now some updates to the playlist.
Its a nice set.

Another in a series of free DataObscura EP releases
for you to download & enjoy.

Robert Davies: Dawn

New, unreleased quality dronescape set.

Fans of Steve Roach should particularly enjoy these.
A little more intensity than earlier works by Robert.

Available here :

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 03, 2008, 10:06:26 AM »

- Willits & Sakamoto - Ocean Fire

An album I find to be almost great. Its stuffed with fascinating & contemporary sonic manipulations, and awash with grainy drawn-out beauty. The thick glitchy opening of 'Sentience' and the warm flow of 'Cold Heat' are worth the price of admission. But some tracks, I feel, become strained and wander a tad too aimlessly and industrially. Neat work though.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: March 31, 2008, 07:31:28 PM »
Quote:    1) He's a little like Sara Lee ("Nobody doesn't like Sara Lee") and I mean that sincerely. With his deep and broad discography, everyone seems to like at least one Steve Roach album, whether his Berlin school stuff, his fractal grooves, his ethno-tribal, his dark ambient, his desert spacemusic well, you get the idea. So, hardly anyone ever comes into a discussion and says "Who is this Steve Roach of whom you speak?"


Who the heck is Sara Lee ?

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 31, 2008, 07:16:32 PM »
This evening

- Murcof: Cosmos

Good stuff. But I do prefer the masterful Remembranza, overall.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Confused about DVD regions
« on: March 27, 2008, 01:19:18 PM »
Some DVD players can be 'flashed' to make them region free. Most can't. You'd have to check into it on the web.

I'd suggest buying the cheap DVD british versions, then copying them using a program that removes the region specific stuff. Easy to do and there is no reason the copy would not be the same quality as the original. Little program called AnyDVD is particularly good.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: March 27, 2008, 07:26:06 AM »
I remember saying something negative about Roach a couple of years ago ... and immediately got jumped by a couple of SR card-carrying thugs. Them were heated times, fer sure  ;D

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 26, 2008, 05:18:20 PM »
- David Kristian: Rhythms for a Rainy Season

Always enjoyable. Quirky rhythmic idm stuff.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: March 26, 2008, 05:15:17 PM »

- The Darjeeling Limited

Haven't enjoyed a movie this much for some time.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 26, 2008, 07:09:50 AM »
This morning

- Klaus Schulze: Drums 'n' Balls

one of my favourites.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Worlds most expensive musical instrument
« on: March 26, 2008, 05:40:14 AM »
I think it can also play two other tunes, but unfortunately has no memory for user presets  ;D

Its surprising how that Wikipedia excerpt does not describe what space music is, in musical terms ... its only about where they put the category amid other categories.

But maybe space music is defined more by mood than instrumentation and the like.

is that Atlas Dei track the 2nd on the CD ... "Mythos" ?  ... very nice piece.
Reminds me of the excellent first track on Paul Ellis "Silent Conversations" album.
If this is space music then, yep, its basically arp + pads.
Goes back to the early Tangerine Dream style I'd assume.

I've never really been sure what space music is.
Does it have an accepted definition or accepted characteristics that set it apart from other ambient styles ?
What would be good examples ?
Be interesting to hear from people on this.

I will certainly have a listen to Atlas Dei with the term in mind.

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