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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 06, 2010, 01:04:21 AM »
I totally agree about Dynamic Stillness by Roach. Left me colder than a witch's teat.  Artwork: A, Music: C. I'm not buying Grace Cathedral--previously released music mostly, and mostly not even truly "played live"--more a "performance" of previously recorded in a studio BACKING TRACKS. How dynamic is that? This release seems totally pointless to me.  Oh how I long for the heady days of 1993 when it was as "on the edge" as you can get...

APK: Agreed about Spyra's "My Little Garden," gives "Phonehead" a run for its money.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 06, 2010, 12:35:14 AM »
FERN: I thought I was into obscure...never heard of about 80% of the stuff you list.  How do you find the time??? Always a fun read, though...

SEREN: Why didn't you listen to music for 17 years??? I cannot go for 17 minutes w/out it.

I just got these two live Grassow and Alio Die discs on Nextera.  Front covers proclaim "live in Prague 23th of May 2009".  23th? What is UP with that??? I saw the same thing on the Groove Unlimited website for a concert listing once, think it was E-Live.  Something like "3th of February." Or was it "4rd of March."  Look, if you're going to write dates in English even though it is your second language, PLEASE do it RIGHT and get your st's, rd's, and th's STRAIGHT(he said half-jokingly).... ;-)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Scott Walker- The Drift
« on: March 03, 2010, 01:05:51 PM »
Scott Walker was apparently an inspiration to David Sylvian and Brendan Perry of Dead Can Dance.  Makes perfect sense considering his resonant crooning style.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich: Ylang
« on: March 03, 2010, 01:03:27 PM »
I've been disappointed in the last few R. Rich releases, so this album is definitely a welcome addition.  ;D

I missed Quiet Calling.  Any possibility of another short run of this one?

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich New CD and Tour
« on: February 24, 2010, 11:46:17 PM »
Got this yesterday and really like it. This has a less "electronic" structured feel than Seven Veils or Propagation, and more improvisational/"live" sounding as well.  Well balanced elements throughout and nothing dominates the mix. Some really excellent female vocals on a couple tracks.  The press release mentioning Bark Psychosis was spot on--the defragmented rhythms, hushed jazzy drums, droning guitars, dubby bass--reminded me of the BP release "Hex."  Great production by RR as well (as usual).  Organic n'earthy world ambient w/elements of jazz and post-rock experimentalism.  If you don't like World music this may not be your cup of tea (it's not Trances/Drones or Stalker for sure), but I wouldn't say it's a prerequisite to enjoy it--still psychoactive mind music at its core.

Interesting.  I did not know that.

PS: many of the earlier releases were TDK discs, IMO the worst CDR's ever made, I never use them.  I only use Maxell these days, they've been very reliable overall.

I did have problems with some of these CDR's and would have to request replacements.  I ended up burning backups of everything though on a good quality disc.  Part of the problem I think were the "sticky labels," which I've heard are more problematic than the silk-screened/printed on disc labels, which I think is the standard nowadays, not seen too many sticky labels any more.

I listened today to two great GM discs, "Cloudlands" and "An Aerial View."  But when I hear these sound samples all I hear is noise, just don't understand the thinking on this release at all (sorry).  I hope it sells well for you, but I won't be buying one!  I just think Lopez is so overrated.  Please release more Oophoi, Netherworld, or another Cryosphere comp. That's the kind of arctic droneage I crave! How about an Oophoi/Netherworld project called "Lunar Ice Caves", which would be a sort of glacial movements in space?  :-) 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich New CD and Tour
« on: February 23, 2010, 12:48:53 AM »
The samples I heard sound great! Reminded me of "Propagation," updated for the 21st century. I should get this tomorrow, will post review soon.  Sweet cover art, too. 

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 21, 2010, 04:39:32 PM »
Good to know about this new Andrew Chalk.  Goldfall is probably my favorite of his releases.  Do you know about this artist Robert Haigh, whose CD is being sold on the Faraway Press site (although I don't think it's a FP release)? Haven't been able to find any samples..

Been on a Spyra kick of late. Currently:
January in June
My Little Garden of Sounds
High Phidelity

Wish I could attend that Spyra show in NJ!!!

Well, the CD vs. CDR debate is old. Fact remains a lot of great music was never released on pressed CD's.  Although CD is preferred, of course, it doesn't necessarily make a release "better."  Lots of "real" CD's have been wasted as the music contained within wasn't worth a damn.  In terms of quality music and artwork/presentation that reflected the spirit of the music, Umbra/Penumbra was unique.  Talking about risk: there was no marketing here, promotion.  It was an undertaking done strictly for love of the music and a passion for this genre.  Perhaps not a lot of money was invested here, but time and effort (especially the large number of releases) count for something. From my understanding, the sales were quite dismal, perhaps leading to the decision not to continue the effort.  A real shame. 

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 18, 2010, 01:57:43 AM »
Fabio Orsi--now here's a guy who vacillates between heavenly, gorgeous droneworks like "Before Long, Before Anyone, the Stars will be Walls in My Mind" or "The Wild Light of the Moon" or "Near and Faraway" (w/Seaworthy) and grating noise (most of "Audio for Lovers").  But will have to investigate this other one you speak so highly of Forrest and Ferngerms... 

Nope. Hypos bought the last of the remaining stock. (see Hypnos store).  There were three final releases in 2008 by Klaus Wiese, Busso de la Lune, and Kenji Siratori, which I've been at a loss to find (never stocked by Hypnos).  You can view them on Discogs, which has an excellent and very complete discography of Umbra/Penumbra.

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!)

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.

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!  ;-)

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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