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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich: Medicine Box (2011)
« on: January 05, 2012, 03:07:49 PM »
I've purchased many of Robert Rich's albums, though not all. Early on I saw that he had a dark ambient, minimal side, and a new age side. Listening to albums like Stalker and Troubled Resting Place firmly established me as a fan of Rich, and I even purchased his new age albums, and enjoyed them. Around the realease of Elecrtic Ladder, I started to get turned off to the new age side, and couldn't listen to these works. Though I did cherish Temple of the Invisible. I think at this time Robert is establishing a prime style, a fusion of everything he does into one album. Though there is no denying the exquisite production, and the beauty of the sound, I find it much too homogenized, too luke warm. Ylang at first was very inspiring to me, then my interest dropped off, and I never went back to it. I'm sorry to say I won't pick up Medicine Box after listening to the samples, as I think the same problem will arise. As Robert Rich crystallizes and perfects his technique, and is able to smoothly blend so many elements, I become less and less interested. But I wouldn't say that this is not wonderful music, I have just personally lost the thread. It's not 'world music' enough to make me want to listen to it rather than my more traditional 'world' music, and it doesn't attract me in its other elements, primarily the beats. Is it trying to do too much in one album? It feels much too smoothed out for me. I don't enjoy being even slightly critical of Robert Rich, who I have great respect for, but I wonder if others out there have been following his music beyond their personal interest, enjoying the elements that they used to like, but not getting much out of it ultimately?

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Getting the chills just watching this preview. The fact that he used Giger again to do the design shows true integrity. I have not anticipated a film more than this as far as I can remember.

(Just went through the frame by frame commentary and the alien nerd inside me is crying with joy. But I feel like I've learned too much already. Will follow Altus' wise advice and attempt to avoid any further investigation into the film until release)

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Jewel Cases
« on: June 30, 2011, 05:02:33 PM »
I was just breaking down the remnants of my collection, and was annoyed by just having to do 50 or so! I sympathize with your plight Jim.

As I looked at the stack of useless plastic chunks that had been divested of their booklets, I got kind of disgusted by the whole thing. Jewel cases as objects are indeed lame things. Even the simplest paper sleeve is preferable. All the albums are in the carrying case, and I am looking at a small, beautiful stack of eco wallet/digipaks nestled on the bookshelf.

Though I am starting to think about the idea of albums being released as just some fine printed art, with a download code.
How would this go over with everyone on the forum?
I've noticed many friends turning back to the vinyl world, and some even without record players buying the record with a download code, just to get the full art experience.

I'm noticing on labels like Thrill Jockey, that the price of the cd/straight download/vinyl with download code is almost the same. Interesting...

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Revisiting some previous Quiet Sounds podcasts that I have stashed, and am enjoying them very much. I went back to your site, thinking, I have to download all the Quiet Sounds right now! and find that none of the links work. Is this due to the nefarious hacking that happened previously? I can only seem to download the most recent episode (and can't wait to hear it!). Again, thanks so much for this exquisite work...

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 21, 2011, 11:43:39 PM »
Listening to gamelan and persian. And Alio Die, one of the few who is still making really interesting new music.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 17, 2011, 12:58:09 AM »
Alio Die - Secret History of the Clouds
Northern - Drawn

Two album that flow like organic machines. Rolling so exquisitely, technological but embracing. A great late night of listening...

SAW II is also queued up in the stereo. An album whose glory never fades, and the memories of early listens are ingrained in the mind.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 11, 2011, 10:23:42 PM »
Sabbath albums 1-8 on repeat...

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Think I know what I'll be asking for for my birthday this month. Excellent release, Mike, thank you for your work. And since I've pretty much sworn off jewel case purchases, I am very pleased with the new format.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Your scariest ambient track
« on: March 02, 2011, 12:41:05 AM »
The Rich/Lustmord collab takes the cake for me.

Inade has some excellent creepiness as well.

One really weird, maybe not necessarily creepy (depends on your mood) album I have been getting deep into lately is Roach's Possible Planet. I love that one.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 02, 2011, 12:37:38 AM »
Listening to the Hobbit 10 dsic set read by Rob Inglis. Being told stories by such an excellent reader is like being a kid again...

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Sort Of Odd..
« on: March 02, 2011, 12:35:44 AM »
I visit the Hypnos forum about 100 times more than I check my facebook page. Much more relaxing and enjoyable here...

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 05, 2011, 07:03:19 PM »
Fancied listening to the track Steppenwolf and it's the only recording I have - some great lines from Bob Calvert....

I get cravings for that song on occasion. Calvert is excellent, unequalled in his lyrics. I have a disc of him just reading his poetry that puts me into a weird mood, quite enjoyable.

It's interesting because there can be great gems in one line and the next a real clunker....
What is the disc of poetry?

It's called centigrade 232, a booklet of poems and cd put out by voiceprint. Don't know if it's still in print, but only 500 were made...

I agree on the Calvert lyrics. I look at his poetry as being in a different realm, between psych-rock and literary, so I look at his lines in a weird way, comparing him more to the totality of rock lyrics and not as much to strictly written poets. He's kind of like Morrison in that way...but with the pulp sci-fi awareness that I love so dearly...

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: February 02, 2011, 11:21:42 PM »
I'm getting ready to finally get a new cd, the occasion being my birthday. Thinking of Steve Roach's recent albums. I am allowed three new albums, which will probably be the only ones I can buy for many months to come. Any suggestions?

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Darkest Ambient
« on: February 02, 2011, 11:20:10 PM »
Listening to Nanthan Youngblood - Asunder. A wonderful slab of dark ambient beauty that illustrates the points we are talking about. This one seems unsung, not sure how many others out there have it. Put out by Steve Roach's label.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 02, 2011, 11:18:03 PM »
Fancied listening to the track Steppenwolf and it's the only recording I have - some great lines from Bob Calvert....

I get cravings for that song on occasion. Calvert is excellent, unequalled in his lyrics. I have a disc of him just reading his poetry that puts me into a weird mood, quite enjoyable.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Top 10 Ambient/Space Music albums
« on: February 02, 2011, 11:15:20 PM »
Mystic Chords is at the top of the list for me.

Tempus Rei is another absolute favorite.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: January 21, 2011, 12:22:37 AM »
Thanks, I'll go for a listen.

On a side note, that Circadian Rhythms double cd started to look interesting, but the second disc sounds too rehashed, judging from the samples. I have a lot of patience for Roach, but there are certain albums that could be called annoyingly superfluous...

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 20, 2011, 01:57:03 AM »
Currently listening to the complete three unabridged box sets of Lord of the Rings read by Rob Inglis. This is absolutely a delight.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: January 20, 2011, 01:51:11 AM »
I've been looking at some of the more recent Roach releases lately. Haven't picked up any of his since 2009. Any recommendations if I had to choose only one?

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Darkest Ambient
« on: January 20, 2011, 01:46:55 AM »
I would consider Athlit as dark. But my associations with the word are somewhat positive. Darkness suggest to me immense distance, meditative isolation, safety, warmth, and even a kind of brightness, like stars on a very liquidly clear night. I very much dislike what might be considered the cliche version of dark - trying to be scary and dark. I like the kind of dark that embraces the mystery of existence, where dark is not personified in a limited form. There is a sense of wonder and discovery in dark ambient, Magnificent Void is a good example of this, as is Athlit.

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