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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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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Mastering from The Masters?
« on: February 17, 2010, 02:28:58 AM »
This myth is probably still perpetuated by the ignorant numbskulls who still insist on calling ambient/electronic "NEW AGE" and who believe it takes little skill to produce and is a matter of pushing buttons.  I was in a record store recently, and after a good-natured jabbing at a girl who asked for help at a listening station to hear "Money Over Bitches" (some gangsta rap garbage), she asked me what I listened to, and I told her "electronic." "Oh, you mean computer music?" she asked.  I just rolled my eyes.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Mastering from The Masters?
« on: February 15, 2010, 02:53:58 PM »
There's no need for mastering anymore. If anybody questions your glitch you can just say it was intentional!  ;-)

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 13, 2010, 12:57:55 PM »
Yo(?!), Ferngerms....

I cannot live without any drone albums.  This is why they call me Drone On, my son.

But, if one has a plethora of Robert Rich titles in their collection, then the Terje Paulsen disc could be skipped.  Mr. Paulsen has mastered the art of "Robertisms" on this here Horisont, replete with what sound like heavily processed gongs, glurpy water effects, etc.

As for Unfathomless, go with the second release by Turra/McFall, which already places firmly on my Best of 2010 list. 

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More than 1,000 sold= cellophane
500=plastic
<100=no-oneseverheardofim-ium (new atomic element yet undiscovered)

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Just don't crank the volume to "eleven" and you'll be fine. ;-)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Mastering from The Masters?
« on: February 12, 2010, 06:49:01 PM »
Another mastering snafu=the annoying "clicks" running throughout track 2 of Oophoi/Vnuk "Distance to Zero" which ruin it. Am I alone on this? I'm pretty sure they weren't intentional "glitch" sounds, and if they were then, well, I guess I just don't understand that one at all. 

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Mastering from The Masters?
« on: February 12, 2010, 06:43:50 PM »
As far as I know, Steve Roach does his own mastering now and doesn't use R.King...

Speaking of mastering: why is the "Solyaris" CD so LOUD??? My speakers practically blew out at "normal" volume...otherwise it's a faultless release.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 11, 2010, 02:00:24 PM »
Monolake-Silence
Terje Paulsen-Horisont
Yui Onodera/Beautiful Schizophonic-Radiance
Paul Bradley-Liquid Sunset
Solar Fields-Blue Moon Station

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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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Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Hypnos 2010 outlook
« on: February 03, 2010, 02:05:22 PM »
what's happenin' with the Pearce and Nebula reissues?  ???

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Namlook selling rare FAX on Discogs
« on: February 03, 2010, 12:59:18 PM »
seller name is "nmlk."

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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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Two words: BABE MAGNET.  ;D

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Everything and Nothing / Re: RQ009: Your desert island instrument.
« on: January 28, 2010, 12:58:33 PM »
SKIN FLUTE  ;)

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Circa 1974: Captain N'Tenille "Love will keep us together"

Circa 1975: Aerosmith "Rocks"; Gary Wright's "Dream Weaver"

Like a Homo Sapiens, I soon evolved from an invertebrate (Kiss) to an Early Man (Brian Eno, Steve Roach)  ;D

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Roger Ebert's best films of the decade
« on: January 28, 2010, 01:07:40 AM »
Both Children of Men and Synecdoche, New York were horrid movies.  Don't know what's up with this list.

Moon and District 9 = 2 best Sci-Fi movies in many years!

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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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Better order it now or you'll be saying "farewell" to the special edition!

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Everything and Nothing / Re: RQ008: How old are you?
« on: January 24, 2010, 04:36:24 AM »
Soon we will all be sinking in...to the ground!

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