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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Michael Mantra - "Amanita lake"
« on: August 28, 2010, 05:34:32 PM »
I bought a few years ago a Mantra CD on Silentes and it was absolutely dreadful.  Stick with the Hypnos release.  8)

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You should read the Sonic Immersion online review of this: it's praised for the "wonderful mastering job"!  Had to laugh at that one.

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Please let me know if you have this release and notice the awful mastering job (check out the numerous scratchy glitches and hiss on Track 2, especially), not to mention the mis-numbering of tracks on the back cover.  There are 6 tracks on this CD, and track 5 is listed as track "7". 

Also, my copy is in a jewelcase, yet this release is listed online by many vendors as being a digipak(?)

Regarding the glitches, I noticed this same problem on another Lotuspike release by Rudy Adrian, "Moonwater."

Not sure what's going on, but nothing ruins good ambient music for me more than sonic glitches.  And the tracklist misprint just shows real sloppiness. 

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 18, 2010, 10:57:04 PM »
Re: Adrian.  I'll have to listen again, think it was only on one track though...

New stuff in my mailbox recently:

Peter Challoner-Lunar Tide & Beneath the Ice Flow.  Both excellent, Lunar is very Oophoi-like, Ice Flow reminds me of Thom Brennan.

Soul in Limbo-Driven by Thanatos.  GREAT Dark Duck release, highly recommend.

Gel Sol-K8ema. Very trippy stuff, almost had a flashback or two at work listening to this.

Echo and the Bunnymen-Crystal Days box set.  From '81 to '84 they were simply magical.

Iron Maiden-The Final Frontier.  Metal in space!  Fans of the classic years ('82-'85) will dig it, as I do...

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How about a thread called "How to Make Justin Bieber Go Away"??  ;D

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Ayahuasca: drug or sacrament?
« on: August 17, 2010, 06:21:02 PM »
That's a good point about it not being a "casual" drug to take at a rave!  Besides, you might be kinda unpopular puking every few minutes.  The worst thing you can do is take heavy pychedelic amongst a large group of total strangers. 

I remember there was a track on that Roach/Stearns/Sunsinger "Kiva" album "Mother Ayahuasca." 

I'll have to check out that link, thanks for posting it.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Best Ambient cd to have sex to ?
« on: August 17, 2010, 06:13:10 PM »
M. Griffin "Fabrications."  For some reason, I can go all night with a girl with this one playing.  Maybe it has something to do with the fact it took 10 years to make??  Or maybe more aptly put, "It was a long time coming."  ;-)

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Best Ambient cd to have sex to ?
« on: August 16, 2010, 01:10:54 AM »
I actually had sex to that Budd/Guthrie CD and we both started laughing when the last track got all bombastic like a "climax" of sorts...

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Ayahuasca: drug or sacrament?
« on: August 16, 2010, 01:06:59 AM »
Anything called "the vine of death," or involves a vomit bucket, pretty much rules this one out for me.  There is an online article in National Geographic where the writer went on one of these tours and described the effects of the vine.  She kept describing "utter darkness" and seeing "demons."  I will always treasure the LSD experiences I had in my 20's and don't really see the point in taking psychedelics at this point in my life. 

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Everything and Nothing / Ayahuasca: drug or sacrament?
« on: August 15, 2010, 12:27:22 AM »
Anyone familiar with this topic? Some famous people like Sting and Tori Amos have used this psychedelic and it has many proponents saying it can cure some mental illness and even physical illness, and that it is not harmful (like ecstasy and other synthetics).  Any "experiencers" here?

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 15, 2010, 12:20:39 AM »
Lovesliescrushing-Girl Echo Suns Veils. Noise never sounded so peaceful.

Rudy Adrian-Distant Stars. Excellent deep space music.  There are some annoying "glitches" on this as on one of his other Lotuspike discs, not sure what that's all about, but otherwise the music is flawless.

Sad Lovers and Giants-The Mirror Test Redux. Fantastic post-punk/new wave UK band from the glorious 80's.  Neato echoey guitars a la Chameleons, Cure, etc.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Best Ambient cd to have sex to ?
« on: August 15, 2010, 12:15:26 AM »
Well you don't wanna SCARE your girl out of the bed, do you?....

My recommendation: Harold Budd/Cocteau Twins "The Moon and the Melodies"

In my experience females don't "get" ambient music, especially the dark stuff, so keep it light n'ethereal...

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Celer "Dying Star"
« on: August 14, 2010, 12:45:45 PM »
Another good one from Celer, on the Dragons Eye Recordings label.  Limited 500.  This is pretty basic Eno-type ambient, analog-synths (as opposed to Celer's heavily processed environmental releases), maybe most similar to "In Escaping Lakes" on Slow Flow Rec. 

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: bvdub - the art of dying alone
« on: August 14, 2010, 12:40:43 PM »
Just got this last night, fantastic! Some similarities with the Aqua Dorsa release by way of glitch, guitars, n' drones.  Even Vital Weekly liked it (although again FDW states "nothing new under the sun". Oh brother...)  The cover photo is totally spellbinding.  Another big winner from Glacial Movements!!

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What the hell is this above?? That's my post! Is this some kind of spam thing?  ???

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 12, 2010, 12:02:06 PM »
LOWLIFE-various/everything.  R.I.P. to their singer Craig Lorentson, who I just discovered died recently (June or July 2010): one of the finest vocalists to come out of Scotland, fronting one of the greatest underground "cult" bands of the 1980's (featuring Will Heggie, ex-Cocteau Twins).  They should have been HUGE.  Only 44 years old...Playing it loud and proud today in CL's honor! 


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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Dark Duck prices
« on: August 11, 2010, 11:45:03 AM »
Is it just me or do Dark Duck prices seem kinda high? I was going to place an order for $12.50, then the shipping comes up to $5.00(!) within the US.  So $17.50 for a CDR?  I think if you're doing a small run, obscure label on CDR, discs should be going out the door for no more than $12 (total).  Otherwise it makes me not want to invest in these releases...See Ambientlive for a good example of how to do it right: about $10 to $12 POSTAGE PAID WORLDWIDE for their single albums.   8)

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Nah, I think it was 2008 for An Aerial View.

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Yeah, I like the digipak idea too for Hypnos, should be good.

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I wasn't saying there was ill-will involved, I'm saying Mathias deserved to have a proper US release and for some reason it has never happened.  When there always seems to be a delay with one artist, a person can start to wonder, though.   

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