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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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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Asianova wanted!
« on: December 05, 2009, 10:50:29 PM »
I desperately want (need!) the six-disc series "Turning the Blue Skies Black Again" by Asianova.  The only thing I can find on Discogs available is the 10" LP and the CD "Love LIke a Veiled Threat" on Eibon Records, which I bought and it is awesome.  Anyone have these and would be interested in trading copies for some rarities I have in my collection? Please contact me, thanks!!

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / em:t label reissues?
« on: December 03, 2009, 09:16:54 PM »
The em:t series is so popular and fetching crazy prices on Ebay and Discogs, it's a wonder these have not been reissued after all these years (except for the Gas 0095 release).  Any insights into why this hasn't happened yet?  ???

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Daniel Lanois Omni Series
« on: November 28, 2009, 09:59:10 PM »
Anyone have this and care to comment? There weren't many sound samples on his site.  I've hesitated buying as I don't want 3 discs of pedal steel guitar pieces, if that's what these are. 

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / New O Yuki Conjugate CD/DVD
« on: November 24, 2009, 11:50:52 PM »
Looking for reviews/comments on "OYC25" CD/DVD on Soleilmoon.  If you have it/will get it, please post away!

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Everything and Nothing / Space: 1999 worth a trip down memory lane?
« on: November 23, 2009, 01:30:32 AM »
I watched this show when I was 7-9 and loved it.  I got an Eagle spaceship for Christmas and it was hella cool!  Thinking about ordering the episodes from Netflix.  Do you think it would still be cool now that I'm almost 42?? Inquiring minds want to know...

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / CDR prices too high
« on: November 12, 2009, 02:02:18 PM »
As much as I am not against the CDR release as I once was, I am against CDR's being sold for the same price as a pressed CD.  I like the direction of the price reduction for the Hypnos Secret Sounds catalog, now at $9.99.  Seems reasonable to me.  But some other labels selling CDR's for $12.99 or $13.99 with very minimal packaging (slim jewel case, no full booklet) seems a bit much, especially having to pay shipping on top of this.  So to those label owners, I say: please consider a price reduction. Thanks.  :)

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