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I just got these two live Grassow and Alio Die discs on Nextera.  Front covers proclaim "live in Prague 23th of May 2009".  23th? What is UP with that??? I saw the same thing on the Groove Unlimited website for a concert listing once, think it was E-Live.  Something like "3th of February." Or was it "4rd of March."  Look, if you're going to write dates in English even though it is your second language, PLEASE do it RIGHT and get your st's, rd's, and th's STRAIGHT(he said half-jokingly).... ;-)

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Recently I started revisiting my huge Umbra/Penumbra (Oophoi's limited CDR label for a brief several years) collection, and by God if this isn't the finest ambient/drone label of all time, I don't know what is.  The artwork on most releases was stunning, and musically the quality for the most part was consistently top-notch. Artists: Oophoi, Klaus Wiese, Tau Ceti, Busso de la Lune (who I absolutely LOVE, a genius! Well actually they're ALL geniuses), L.E.M., Netherworld, Perceptual Defence, Seconds in Formaldehyde, Solyaris, Sostrah Tinnitus, Seren Ffordd...I think the only release I didn't like at all was Re:Drum "Four Whispers for the Bees." Also some of the best compilations ever: "Lightnoise," "The Other Side of the Sky," "Threshold of Silence," (highly recommend these if you can find them) which featured other great artists like Paul Bradley, Tomas  Weiss, Mathias Grassow, MajaLe, Temps Perdu, Troum...

Most of this music is so excellent it'd be a shame not to reissue it on CD in the future (Hypnos got it right by reissuing the Seren Ffordd, hope more will follow!)

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This is a compelling and fascinating work of microsound/ambient drone, and the second release on this new sublabel of Mystery Sea, limited to 250 (these are CD's, BTW, not CDR's).  "Tactile.Surface" has more in the way of subtle electronics compared with Mathieu Ruhlmann's Unfathomless release, which was a pretty "dry" recording of mainly field recordings.  Excellent work here, highly recommended to all lovers of organic drone music.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Namlook selling rare FAX on Discogs
« on: February 02, 2010, 07:24:00 PM »
For those unaware, Pete Namlook has been selling a bunch of FAX rarities on Discogs.  They are all new, sealed, "from my personal archives." The rarer ones ain't cheap (although compared to what I've seen them go for on ebay and Discogs, fairly reasonable).   Although it's probably hypocritical of me to say this (because I bought some), if some of these releases were really "sold out" (and many of them subsequently reissued on the Ambient World sublabel of Fax), how have these copies miraculously emerged after 15 years?  Is it "ethical" (maybe too strong a word) to sell albums as a "limited edition," but then keep 10 or 20 to save and make a killing later on?  I can't recall an artist/label owner doing this before (especially with their own music), so if you can think of one post it here...Just playing devil's advocate here, I'm not necessarily saying it's right or wrong, but just posing a question...

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Live Alio Die and Grassow on Nextera
« on: January 25, 2010, 01:00:47 AM »
Does anyone have these? Haven't found too much info. online about these.  I notice many track titles on the Alio Die sound like familiar pieces.  Is the live stuff much different than the studio versions? Any help is appreciated!

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Parks "Hidden" on Infraction
« on: January 23, 2010, 01:34:25 AM »
Another excellent addition to the Infraction catalog.  Don't think it's as good as "Umber," which had a more classic mid-90's feel to it (Hidden has more modern electronica style and more "song oriented" due to vocal samples), but still very good.  What's the consensus of people who have it?

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The aptly titled "Reverberant Skies" by Aglaia is the ultimate in drifty bottomless float.  This album has enough reverb for 10 ambient albums!!! Highly recommended (and can't wait to get the other two new ones in the recent trilogy).

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Do you like Murcof?
« on: January 18, 2010, 09:24:16 PM »
I don't know much about Murcof, but recently acquired his "Cosmos" CD.  I like this quite a bit.  Some reviewers described it as futuristic classical music, and that sounds apt.  Parts of it reminded me of what some of the Ultimae artists are doing.

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When a big name ambient artist produces or does the mastering for a relatively new artist/up and comer, do you think: a) it's an "endorsement" more or less of that new artist's creativity, and b) can the veteran's sonic trickery mask an otherwise sub-par recording?

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Everything and Nothing / evilBay
« on: January 18, 2010, 03:24:24 PM »
It's official--eBay has now been taken over by Satan, whose evil powers have infected Paypal.  I been a Paypal/eBay user for 8 years, 100% feedback, flawless record, and they're gonna start imposing "payment holds" for 21 days on my account for items I sell on eBay.   >:(

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / New William Basinski
« on: January 17, 2010, 12:49:58 PM »
For some strange reason I had never acquired any Basinski until recently, specifically his new release "Vivian & Ondine."  One long infinite loop that is so gorgeous you don't mind its repetitive nature.  This piece reminds me greatly of Rapoon (maybe why I like it so much), or some of Celer's work.  Any recommendations for other Basinski releases? This is definitely an artist I'll be exploring further.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Markus Guentner
« on: January 17, 2010, 12:33:48 PM »
I recently found a used copy of "In Moll" on the Kompakt label.  I enjoyed it although it sounds to me like he was trying to copy the style of Wolfgang Voight/Gas.  If I'd heard this w/out knowing who it was I would have guessed it was Voight.  Any Guentner fans here? I'm wondering if his new Sending Orbs disc is worth getting...   

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This is an absolutely gorgeous album, his first in many years (about 8 or 9 I think).  Powerful, uplifting, cosmic Berlin-school sequencer space music.  Although it's often easy to immediately jump to a "best thing he's ever done" conclusion (I tend to be guilty of it myself sometimes), if this isn't his best, it's certainly up there with his finest.  A very welcome return by one of Germany's best post-Schulze sequencer musicians.     

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Some cool stuff on here for sure, although I definitely don't think saxophone goes well with Berlin school sequencer music, and sax is all over this one.  Kind of like putting a banjo in a heavy metal song.  ;D

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Adam Pacione 3-inch series
« on: January 08, 2010, 04:25:02 PM »
Are there sound samples anywhere of these (2009 series)? What kind of ambient is this? What are the best ones in your opinion if I don't order whole series? Thanks...

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Hypnos still selling Atmoworks?
« on: December 30, 2009, 06:37:31 PM »
Is Hypnos still selling Atmoworks? I couldn't find it among all the other labels at the Hypnos store.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / TOP 10 OF 2009
« on: December 27, 2009, 02:54:17 PM »
Now that the last few releases I've put off buying this year have arrived for my perusal, I humbly offer my Top 10 of 2009.  I think it was a very good year.  Please list yours, greatly looking forward to discovering any I missed.

In no particular order:
1) Yagya-Rigning (Sending Orbs)
2) Sleepy Town Manufacture/Unit 21-No Traces (Infraction)
3) Phobos-Darkness Within (Ambientlive)
4) Solo Andata (12k)
5) Viridian Sun-Infinite in All Directions (Hypnos)
6) Forrest Fang-Phantoms (Projekt)
7) David Parsons-Jyoti (Celestial Harmonies)
8) Max Corbacho-Ars Lucis (Ad21)
9) Fabio Orsi/Seaworthy-Near and Faraway (Low Point)
10) Alio Die/Aglaia-Private History of the Clouds (Infraction)

Of course 10 is not enough. Honorable mentions: Create, Free System Projekt, Keller/Schonwalder/Broekhuis, Rainbow Serpent/Fanger & Schonwalder, Mac Mavis, Phrozenlight, Ron Boots, Moljebka Pvlse, Cell, Paul Ellis, Herbst9.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Klaus Schulze website funny story
« on: December 09, 2009, 02:20:00 AM »
I had an interesting email exchange with Klaus D. Mueller, Klaus Schulze's manager/website operator.  He says on the site he is "not just a fan" and "has been involved in the music industry 45 years."  He warns against sending "useless mails" about too general topics related to Schulze and says "don't send mail if you only want an expected answer."  Not being phased by the ominous warnings, I wrote asking why the two current reissues "La Vie Electronique 3" and "La Vie Electronique 4" haven't been released in the US (they are $33 on Amazon as imports only) and if they will eventually be released here.  He replied that, sadly he is not the record label and doesn't know what their plans are, and that the label probably doesn't know itself (???)  Just a tad smart-alecky, don't you think? I responded with: You SHOULD know if you are "more than just a fan." :-) 

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In case you aren't on the mailing list, there's a massive launch of new CD's from Alio Die HQ: 2 by Aglaia, live Alio Die (in Prague), live Mathias Grassow (in Prague), and one by Stefano Scala.  Geez, there goes my new resolution to stop overdoing it on CD's!

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Phobos I dark ambient festival
« on: December 05, 2009, 11:02:31 PM »
Ran across info. on this past event (late this year), happened in Germany.  Some great footage on YouTube.  Bands were: Inade, Herbst9, Phelios, False Mirror.  Would have been awesome to attend this, it looked incredible.

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