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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: Yesterday at 09:48:34 AM »
9 dragons:  apparently Tetsu has physically disappeared, not just from music.  There were some posts here about that awhile ago....

Now listening:

Zoviet France--Vienna 1990.  This was right before Robin Storey went solo as Rapoon.  Thus this might as well be a live Rapoon album, heavy on the ritual tribal ambience.  Check out the reverb drenched didgeridoos.  A heady brew to trip out to.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Grassow on BC
« on: July 28, 2015, 01:38:02 PM »
Oh cool!  I couldn't find any info or samples on Harmonia, so nice to know it's a good one.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Grassow on BC
« on: July 27, 2015, 10:05:30 AM »
In addition to the box I ordered two other ltd grassow discs on this same label.  Opus Posthumum is a reissue and Harmonia Mundi is the other disc.  Both are pressed CD's ltd to 100 copies.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Grassow on BC
« on: July 27, 2015, 10:01:47 AM »
I listened to the box set on bandcamp again and it is very good, I must've been tired or cranky the first time.  My box is on the way. That would be cool to have a hand signed copy.

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Yes I've noticed this too.  What gets me is all the fancy packaging yet they still put the music on a cheap CDR.  In general, there are too many releases.  Too many artists/labels don't know how to self-edit.  I find myself buying stuff for the limited edition aspect rather than the music.  Which is pretty dumb.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Why no Zoviet France reissues???
« on: July 23, 2015, 01:00:00 AM »
Seems the demand is quite high for these long out of print Zoviet France CD's you see on eBay or Discogs for crazy $$.  I'm sure the zf members could make some nice coin from reissues, plus the fans would be super happy.  Just wondering why this hasn't happened yet.  I'm sure I could get a reply from Robin Storey about it, he's always answered my emails.  But maybe someone here knows a possible answer before I do so, so I don't ask a question that's already been answered.  I do remember one zf reissue that came out on Soleilmoon years ago, but the title escapes me.  The first edition was released in a wooden box.

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SPAM tastes just like chicken

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach Etheric Imprints
« on: July 20, 2015, 12:31:49 PM »
Phobos, it's ok, you can say it sucks ;)

IMO, Steve writes his own press releases, as they are written the same way he discusses his music verbally.  Could be wrong though.  Pretty sure Ian Boddy writes all the press releases for his DIN label.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 18, 2015, 02:03:04 AM »
Mathias Grassow & John Haughm--Aurae.  This could well be my favorite release of 2015.  Mesmerizing from start to finish.  A must have for Grassow addicts.  If I can get some time I'll try and post a review on the forum. 

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I agree, excellent album.  "Living the Dream" is also my favorite Roach sequencer piece, so you have good taste! I think it's on that "Life Sequence" compilation on Timeroom Editions. 

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Grassow on BC
« on: July 12, 2015, 02:57:17 AM »
So I listened to most of this AeoArea massive four disc set via Bandcamp.  Honestly I liked the first track/disc, but the rest just sounded like an overly long miasma of huge waves of atonal drones.  Pretty mediocre stuff, so thankfully I won't have to shell out the big bucks for the CD box. 

To make up for it, "Aurae" is the new collaboration between Grassow and John Haughm (of metal band Agalloch), their first being "Mosaic," which was pretty damn good.  Haughm's Bandcamp page has the whole album up and I was impressed enough to order the disc.  Don't worry, there's no heavy metal guitar on it. 

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach Etheric Imprints
« on: July 12, 2015, 02:49:08 AM »
This whole album is now up on Projekt's Bandcamp page.  Wow, never thought I'd say this but except for the first piece w/piano, the other three long tracks I found unlistenable.  Very out of tune/atonal, like several ambient albums being played at once and the ensuing noisy, misdirected music that would follow.  I can see the idea but the realization IMO fails and is painful to listen to.  I had a similar reaction to his "Afterlight," although that CD was much more listenable.  Mathias Grassow has done this sort of thing for years, sometimes it works but often it doesn't.  Anyway, I don't think this one will go down as one of his better works, although on the positive I do commend him for being "out there" and not always playing it safe and predictable.  He does what he wants and releases it to please himself, not others.  I just happened not to like this one.  I'd be interested to hear other opinions on this release. 

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 12, 2015, 01:33:00 AM »
Clan of Xymox--Medusa.  YESSSSS!!!!!  Quite simply one of the most perfect pop/rock albums ever made.  Songs that are not so much written as CHANNELLED (from the heavens above).  Ahhhhhhh.....

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 10, 2015, 03:24:31 PM »
Black Sabbath--Paranoid.  Been listening to this obsessively recently.  45 years old and it sounds amazing.  How great is Iron Man?!  As is the whole album.

Amaryllis Dream.  A side project of Ishq, very quiet Eno-like pieces with bird/nature sounds.  Deceptively simple music that could be accused of a "new age" vibe yet upon close headphones inspection it's like new age on acid.  Very deep and meditative.  One of 2015 highlights for me.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach Etheric Imprints
« on: July 09, 2015, 10:40:45 PM »
You're right!  Guess that makes sense too since it was part of the Dreamtime Return box set.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 09, 2015, 10:09:00 AM »
Rapoon--Dark Zero.  Another great one harkening back to the analog days of the 90s. He's on a roll.  With the "ancient astronaut/alien" cover painting by Storey, and ghostly surreal sounds, this has much in common with the What do you Suppose: the Alien Question release from about 15 years ago.  A good mix of the strange and the beautiful.  On Estonian label Retortae, limited to 100 glass mastered CD's.  (Pretty pricey but worth it if you're a Rapoon fanatic).

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Steve Roach Etheric Imprints
« on: July 08, 2015, 09:16:45 AM »
There's a 9 min preview of this album on Projekt Bandcamp.  You can really hear the Harold Budd influence here.  Very gloomy track with piano bathed in reverb plus thick droney Steve ambience.  I would describe this as Lovely Thunder (Budd's 1986 album) meets Magnificent Void.  Nice to hear some piano, seems like Dreamtime Return was the last one to use it (or was it Desert Solitaire?)

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 07, 2015, 09:35:38 AM »
From Here to Tranquility Vol 2.  Silent label comp from 1993.  Lots of gems from some obscure ambient groups, plus a Namlook track and Robert Rich track.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 05, 2015, 12:12:41 PM »
Purl--Stillpoint.  Ambient dub on the Silent Season label.  I am selling my copy, let me know if interested.  It's sold out already, 350 copies were pressed...

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Now Playing / Re: FILE://Access/Rip/Play
« on: July 05, 2015, 12:06:08 AM »
I'm selling my copy of Purl's Stillpoint CD, sold out on Silent Season, for $20 if anyone's interested.  It's listed on Discogs.  Thanks.

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