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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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Don't remember seeing mention of this German label on the Forum.  Loki recently released two outstanding CD's: Herbst9 "The Gods are Small Birds" and S.E.T.I. "Corona."  The Herbst9 is sort of dark ambient ritual music, think a cross between Lustmord and Rapoon.  The S.E.T.I. (Andrew Lagowski) is some very deep/cosmic outer space soundtrack, shifting between intense electronic pulses to pastorale drifting ambience.  Definitely putting these two on my Best of 2009 list.

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Hello, just thought I'd share with all drone enthusiasts like myself (with a name like Drone On, what did you expect?) a new label out of Belgium run by Daniel Crokaert of the amazing Mystery Sea.  Unfathomless appears to be more based on environmental soundscapes, from my understanding, than the typical drone style.  First release is by Mathieu Ruhlmann.  These releases will be limited editions of 150-300 but pressed CD's instead of CDR's and a higher quality paper for the booklets (no inkjet printer).  There's also a limited edition companion CDR (50 copies) by Ruhlmann that can be purchased as a special edition set with the main release.  Nice website, too, with sound samples for the two Ruhlmann discs. 

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Any Groove label fans here? I bought a couple of the new releases via Hypnos. Ron Boots' "Beyond the Boundaries of Twilight", has been in heavy rotation here.  If not the best thing he's ever done, it comes close.  Powerful, majestic, and beautiful from start to finish.  He really nailed it on this one.  Then there's "In the Blink of an Eye" by Create.  This was disappointing in that I like this artist's past work on Groove (thought "Spacetime Continuum" was excellent), but this album isn't very cohesive. More like a collection of tracks, and the Berlin-school sequences are good but nothing special.  If I had to grade it I'd give it a C+.  I also ordered "Lost on an Island of Adventure," which I'm hoping will be more satisfying.  There's a new Paul Ellis disc and Gert Emmens, which I also haven't heard yet...

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / David Sylvian "Manafon" new CD
« on: September 16, 2009, 12:01:56 AM »
Went to my local record store to pick up Robin Guthrie's new one on Darla ("Carousel") and lo and behold the clerk stocking all the new Tuesday releases holds in his hand a brand new release by David Sylvian, which I wasn't even aware of until today.  The cover art on this is gorgeous!  Bought it of course with hopes that the true followup to "Secrets of the Beehive" had finally seen the light of day.  My biggest fear: that it's the followup to the awful "Blemish", full of atonal glitch noise, little or no melodies, and more avant-weird gloom packed lyrics.  Unfortunately, it's the latter: sparse, barely-there music, atonal guitars, Fennesz (again), no atmospheric synths, no drums, disjointed and bizarre lyrics, etc.  This album is a bit warmer and a few tracks are quite good (but would've been better with a full band arrangement).  I dunno what DS is aiming for with his releases now.  I don't think he's going to win many new fans with stuff like this (and possibly he doesn't care one way or the other).  It's interesting, it's avant garde, it's different, but is it good?  I may grow to love this, who knows.  One difference I hear now compared to the "classic" Sylvian is the romantic side to him seems to have been replaced by a kind of bitterness and increasing isolation which manifests in somewhat bizarre, non-sensical lyrics.  It's hard to relate to much of the imagery, it is so esoteric and "out there" (or should I say "in there"?)  Sometimes I think after his divorce he went a little extreme with the gloomy lyrics and bleak music.  With such sparse backing music now, I don't know if the records hold up on the strength of THE VOICE alone, but it seems to take precedence now whereas soundscaping and the MUSIC was the true strength of his earlier solo career.  I guess I am still hoping he will snap out of it and get Steve Jansen (playing real drums instead of laptops/programming) and Fripp back in the studio and produce something gorgeous (and more traditional) again.  Any opinions on this subject? I apologize for this long-winded post, especially if you hate Sylvian. 

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Sigur Ros' first CD
« on: September 14, 2009, 01:01:47 AM »
"Von," the Icelandic band's first album, is some seriously GREAT ambient space music.  In fact it shouldn't even be filed as a "rock" album.  I had heard most of their output after this 1997 debut and thought they were interesting but highly overrated.  Von is nothing like the post-indie rock Radioheadish stuff they did after this.  How to describe this...if Edgar Froese circa '74/'75 met the cosmic space guitars of Slowdive circa '93/'94, while Pink Floyd circa '71 and Eno circa '83/'84 sat in at the mixing desk, it might have sounded like this.  If you go on Amazon and read the reviews, most SR fans didn't seem to care for it as there weren't any "songs", save for one track (and it's the best "song" of anything SR did after this debut).  I see Amazon has 30 used copies starting at $6.99.  Don't miss this one, it is spectacular!!!

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Hypnos News and Announcements / Upcoming Hypnos releases?
« on: July 26, 2009, 11:16:28 AM »
I was wondering whatever happened to the planned new release by Viridian Sun and the reissues of Jeff Pearce "Daylight Slowly" and Nebula's second album.  The only news updates I ever see are for new items in Hypnos store...

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Faryus/Bondarenko 8 Atmospheres
« on: July 15, 2009, 12:25:06 AM »
Hats off to the Faria label for this wonderful album of Budd-like piano mixed with haunting, gently disorienting drones and electronic treatments.  ONe of my favorites of 2009 so far.  The Mac Mavis "Report from the Lake" disc is also excellent.  Some very interesting sounds here, an artist to watch who has his own style. File under: aquatic ambient.  PS: I believe he is no relation to crooner sensation Mac DAVIS.

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