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2 amazing Atmoworks releases I just received from Hypnos HQ--Steve Brand "Soulspiral" and Igneous Flame/Achromus "Halo."  Brand's disc is some of the most cosmic music I have heard in my life, this is an essential album and at the top of my list for Best of 2008 to date.  I was totally transfixed from start to finish.  I cannot wait for his upcoming (September) Atmoworks release.  "Halo" is a sublime, deep space drone fest of cosmic proportions (again).  Definitely on my best of list this year. Hats off for the gorgeous cover art on both of these as well!!!

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / R.I.P. Backroads Music
« on: July 30, 2008, 10:37:28 PM »
Really sad to see Backroads Music closing down after all these years.  I've been ordering from Lloyd for 15 years and in my book he is the undisputed king of ambient retailers, so much great music discovered via his help over the years.  Guess I'll be shelling out the cash now to the Hypnos store more often. :-)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Dead Can Dance reissues
« on: July 24, 2008, 11:37:59 PM »
Bought the first five DCD reissued remasters and for the most part sound quality is noticeably better than the originals.  These are remastered, pressed in Japan on gold discs (Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs) and are hybrid SACD, in mini-album jackets with full lyrics and previously unseen (at least to me) photos of Perry and Gerrard, along with other members of the original early line-up when they were more of a "band." Nice. I believe this run is limited, and the "standard" releases will soon follow (jewel cases, standard discs).  The first two: "Garden of the Arcane Delights" e.p. and "Dead Can Dance" get a much-needed volume boost, deeper lows, and cleaner sound. Excellent. "Spleen and Ideal" and "Within the Realm of a Dying Sun" (arguably their two masterworks) benefit from the same improvements.  More in your face and put the sub-woofers to a good workout.  Strangely, "The Serpent's Egg" sounds exactly like the original. Not sure why, maybe I am imagining this. Would be interested to read other opinions if anyone else noticed this...??? or opinions in general on these reissues.   

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Rapoon "Library of the Dead"?
« on: July 14, 2008, 10:08:00 PM »
There is a new Rapoon CD available from the Rapoon site, on a small Russian label.  Haven't seen any reviews/comments yet.  Anybody have this? It's called "the Library of the Dead." Sounds like a fun CD...

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Acid Mothers Temple
« on: June 06, 2008, 01:02:14 PM »
I just discovered this Japanese space-rock outfit, Acid Mothers Temple and the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. (great name!) via their album "Crystal Rainbow Pyramid Under the Stars." Very Hawkwind-ish, with trippy electronics and blistering guitar solos.  In a more ambient vein, AMT member Kawabata Makoto's "Hosanna Mantra" is a tribute of sorts to Popol Vuh's "Hosianna Mantra," wherein he weaves ambient guitar drones, looped sitars for an Ashra-like effect.  These are both on the Important label, which releases a lot of experimental/noise projects.

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Hypnos News and Announcements / Fabrications
« on: May 26, 2008, 12:17:48 PM »
I noticed this CD has not had its own thread started, although available now from the Hypnos store.  Nobody's talking, and inquiring minds want to know....

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Kenji Siratori CD on Umbra
« on: April 06, 2008, 07:56:45 AM »
Kenji Siratori's "Callous Cell" on Oophoi's Umbra label continues the label's quest for excellence in ghostly, dark, ethereal ambience.  I was surprised how good this is, as all I knew of Siratori was that he was a "noise" artist from Japan and sci-fi writer.  While some of the disc is quite dark, it has some incredibly ethereal, beautiful passages as well.  Definitely worth picking up if you are an Umbra/Oophoi fan. 

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Ambientlive and SynGate labels
« on: February 23, 2008, 03:23:04 AM »
I've discovered two really great ambient spacemusic labels recently.  The UK label Ambientlive releases cosmic space music with an experimental edge in the tradition of Stearns, Schulze, TDream, and the retro/Berlin School sound of RMI, Redshift, Free System Projekt, etc.  Syngate is a German label releasing music in similar territory although a bit more melodic and accessible.  Some excellent artists to investigate would be Syn, 4m33s, Peter Tedstone, Ebia, and Erik Seifert, if you like the retro/cosmic/analog sound. 

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Silentes interesting releases
« on: January 29, 2008, 09:57:40 PM »
I just picked up a couple Silentes CD's that are quite good--Hall of Mirrors (Amon, Nefelheim and Nimh collaborative effort), spooky and dark, Oophoi-like with a more experimental edge. And Nimh's "Missing Tapes," which I think people into Zoviet France/Rapoon's "fourth world" sounds would enjoy. Cool stuff.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Most recent Umbra releases
« on: January 29, 2008, 09:54:04 PM »
Hello, does anyone have the Umbra release by Kenji Siratori and the compilation "Other Side of the Sky"? Haven't seen any reviews of these. Thanks.

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