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The samples for the new one sound great. I'll be getting it for sure.

I thoroughly enjoyed Secret Observatory and Autumn Continent - in fact I've been playing Autumn Continent constantly while doing my dissertation over here in Hungary. It fits in beautifully in these surroundings (not that it doesn't sound amazing everywhere else) and has made the experience much more bearable - even at times, enjoyable - than it would have otherwise been.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: My albums
« on: April 07, 2009, 12:18:33 PM »
In case anyone is interested, I've put the title track up on my myspace (though the myspace player has ruined its sound quality more than it usually does, for some reason.) Also, I've noticed Boomkat put samples up of all the tracks for listening, complete with a cute beep every 30 seconds:

A rather lovely review of the album has also been written:

Ok, I won't bump this thread any more after this. :) Any feedback would be welcome - things have been quite quiet around this one in general. Never mind! Onwards and upwards and all that.

I love Mystic Chords and Sacred Spaces (and most of Steve's work), but for some reason these excerpts aren't quite doing it for me. Then again, they are excerpts, and I probably went in with the wrong expectations. The incredible artwork, some great recent Roach releases, the disc's write up and the long period the work was composed over made me expect bold and radical soundworls like the shimmering beauties that reside in Mystic Chords and Sacred Spaces or even The Magnificent Void, rather than the more subtle, vague-sounding snippets on display here (with one or two exceptions). If I give Roach's music a break for a while and buy the full product I think I'll end up loving it like usual, though. :) Perhaps I've been listening to too much of his material, rendering this as a bit "Roach-by-numbers" (when it may be something more special altogether.)   

Other Ambient (and related) Music / My albums
« on: March 30, 2009, 03:38:40 AM »
Hello women and men,

Inspired by Parallel World's threads, I thought it'd be good to let the forum humans know about my own non-Hypnos projects. I didn't do it when Cognessence or Grinder came out, but now that the second Slowfoot album, Inscape, is out, and because its supporting E.P, Accurate Spit Boy spurted out into the world a few days ago, I figured it'd be good time to do a thread on them.

They are all the result of months of obsessive playing, recording, programming, mangling, etc. etc. drawn from anywhere in the environment, from any piece of software or hardware... Musical inspiration includes lots of 20th/21st century classical music, the sort of ambient music we discuss here, Hungarian folk (though that element is often buried) and the more experimental ends of electronic music, as well as dub, grime, dubstep, detroit techno, dancehall, "idm", etc.

I reckon the two albums (rather than the E.Ps) would be of more interest to Hypnos folk - the E.Ps are on vinyl and attempt to aim for the dancefloor (I'm not quite sure how successful they actually are at that, but some creatures will dance to anything. ;)

My myspace is here:

My ambient myspace is here: 

Here is the page Slowfoot did for Cognessence:

Here is the page they've done for Inscape:

And here's some reviews:

(and I got some scans of magazine reviews and put them on my myspace blog, here:

Thanks to any of you who have already heard any of my music and shared feedback. I tend to get very self-critical about it, especially once it's out, so that's a real encouragement.



New cd cover posted, and description of the cd.

I get the vibes already that it might be the best roach cd yet.
The cd cover looks deeply inspiring as well.

Yes, that is a very, very beautiful cover. Even though I really like the music on Stream of Thought, the cover of that release doesn't do it for me. 

Thanks for this! I look forward to reading the rest of the review. :-)

The Wire just did a rather scathing review of my second Slowfoot album, "Inscape", so this has come as a nice surprise. Their review didn't specify any musical problems with the record or mention any tracks, though - in fact, the first half contains a fairly flattering account of the music. Once their attention turns to the "clunky" concept behind the record, however (though it isn't based on any single specific concept - the press release, which I didn't write, amplified a single piece of inspiration into a central theme), they accuse it of having an absense of "taste" and an "unsettlingly careerist sheen".

Still, any critical perspective is interesting and valid, and I'm thankful to The Wire for reviewing the record at all. I just found the final accusation unfair; I don't think any of us here who are involved in crafting the kind of music we're crafting have careerism in mind! ;)

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Robert Rich
« on: September 19, 2008, 11:17:06 AM »
Thanks for that. The video was excellent... Beautiful visuals and music.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Is Yanni really all that bad?
« on: September 14, 2008, 10:37:31 AM »
I've done some more listening (I've never really paid attention to him before) and what I don't understand is why he chooses such awful sounds for his compositions. I'll admit he can play the keyboard competently for the style of music he's creating, and I've never seen a live, so maybe I'm missing a better aspect to his career, but really, if he's got lots of nice keyboards, even if he can't be bothered to create new sounds, it would be nicer on the ears of the presets he did choose didn't sound so cheap and sappy. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Is Yanni really all that bad?
« on: September 12, 2008, 08:32:31 PM »
I checked that link.

"The human voice is the most expressive instrument known to man... it can evoke an enormous amount of emotion."


Hmmmm.  I find it curious that that sentence has been shoved up there with his signature lurking beneath it as if it were some statement of immense profundity. Talk about stating the obvious.

Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: Grace Jones remix
« on: September 04, 2008, 07:33:19 PM »
Thank you all very much for listening and for the comments! :)

Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Grace Jones remix
« on: September 01, 2008, 03:46:27 AM »
Hello fellow Hypnos forumnites,

I know it's not strictly ambient, but I'd like to share the remix I did of Grace Jones' new single with you. It's got a lot of 'dark ambient' elements and field recordings in there amongst the industrial-ish clangs and bangs.

The original track and my remix and some lovely other remixes can be found here:

Thank you!


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: August 13, 2008, 12:33:45 PM »
greglw3, that sounds interesting. I'll have to check it out.

As I said in the other thread, I'm thoroughly enjoying 'Landmass' at the moment, especially the second track. Very powerful, challenging music.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: klaus schulze
« on: July 31, 2008, 07:02:30 PM »
Klaus Schulze was such a huge influence to me, back in the 90s, and yet I have no interest at all in his later work.  He's one of those few artists who has dropped off so drastically in my estimation that it sometimes surprises me to remember how important I used to consider him.

I agree... I'm coming from a younger perspective, but I've got a good lot of his CDs, and the contrast between old and new is shocking.
But it's the same with Tangerine Dream, I guess.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach, "Landmass"
« on: July 26, 2008, 09:44:31 AM »
Just listened to this.

At the moment, it could be one of my favorite Steve Roach discs ever. Absolutely magnificent and "wide-screen" sounding (in a good way) and full of life and movement. Beautiful.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Lustmord - Other
« on: July 16, 2008, 12:52:58 PM »
I like a lot of his output, but I found Metavoid very irritating. I think it was those dated synthesized choir "aaah" sounds and the "orchestral" sounds that crept into lots of the tracks. It sounded like a lot of the gothic stuff already out on the Projekt label.

I hope this one doesn't sound like that.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Lustmord - Other
« on: July 13, 2008, 04:19:59 PM »
Wow, it's been a while! I certainly am.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach, "Landmass"
« on: July 09, 2008, 08:26:46 AM »
Someone ordered this for me, but I haven't got it yet (and I'm off to America tomorrow....)

Thanks for starting this thread; I'm eager to hear impressions of this disc. How do you find it compares to Arc of Passion? I'm glad to be getting a Roach album that isn't meant to be played quietly - the last few Roach discs I got were the Immersions and A Deeper Silence. Can I look forward to something a bit more..."full"? Active? (Not that I dislike the Immersion-style projects, it's just that I've overindulged on the lovely low-volume-playing-all-day-and-night-on-a-loop thing recently.)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: July 01, 2008, 01:08:13 AM »
Samples sound nice, especially the last one.

I love Steve Roach' music, but I would be interested in hearing him take his sound into different zones. The overall sound character is very much in a similar place on most albums after 2001 or so.
It's that highly polished, reverb-laden, glimmering sound of his. You could say that's simply his style, but it would be very interesting to hear his take on something a bit more dry, gritty, noisy, low-fi sounding some time... to create different moods and atmospheres....something you wouldn't instantly recognize as that Steve Roach sound.

I sometimes think that...

It's not only because I think his take on a different kind of sound, like the type you mentioned, would be very interesting, but because his use of those wonderful glimmering eventide-reverby sounds across all these newer albums sometimes renders earlier releases (like Mystic Chords and Sacred Spaces) a little less special. Do you know what I mean? When I first heard those four discs, they sounded like a wonderful culmination of Steve Roach's work - totally transporting and magical - but now I've heard the same sounds off that release on others since, those discs can sometimes loose a little of their magic for me. 

I'm all for an artist sticking to a core sound (and Steve Roach's is a sound a can't get enough of!), but I think I recognized sequencer patterns off the new samples from Arc of Passion and Proof Positive, and the more droney/chordal elements from many post 2000 albums too. I've still bought the new one and will probably grow to love it, but it'd be nice to see a whole new perspective on things. Robert Rich, for example, always reverts to his flutes and lap steel guitar, but each album seems to be a unique thing unto itself beyond that core sound. Apart from React, which is a live disc anyway, I don't think I've ever heard or will ever hear Robert Rich repeating musical sequences quite so clearly from album to album. But I believe Steve is refining, rather than repeating....

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: June 30, 2008, 12:53:15 PM »

New Steve Roach album!

What do people make of the samples? Sounds very, very 'Arc of Passion' to me, which is no bad thing I guess. I like the samples.

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