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Dear Austere--
Although I liked your Hypnos release a lot, and you are entitled to your opinions on music like everyone here, I don't think many here would agree Hypnos is the be-all of ambient right now, not even Mike. ;-)

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"Infinite In All Directions" is another fantastic cosmic space trip into the dark and unexplored regions--true "space music" in every sense of the phrase.  Without synths this time, the sound is much more dense than the duo's debut "Solar Noise" (still one of the best Hypnos releases ever), but no less atmospheric.  You gotta love guitars (which I do) and all the magical new sounds that can be coaxed out of them with delays and other processing goodies, to appreciate this music.  I imagine this release is what may have resulted had Slowdive dropped the girl and the drummer, and decided not to make pop music anymore, but rather sit around their own bedrooms and make trippy soundscapes for their own personal enjoyment.  There is that intimate vibe present on this recording.  Music not for the casual listen, but immersive music that demands your full attention to appreciate every nuance of the sounscapes.  One of the very best of 2009, and worth the 10-year wait.   

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Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Hypnos 2010 outlook
« on: December 19, 2009, 06:03:19 PM »
I like the idea of releasing more Hypnos and less HSS, because for the most part I haven't been too interested in them.  Good to give the new guys a chance, but I'd rather spend money on the more established artists on CD format.  A good way to release the newer artists, though, is on the comps, although I think the last three is enough for now.  I'd rather see more one-artist projects in the near future.   

The Hypnos Store is awesome.  I hope that keeps going.  It's great to be able to get some of these expensive imports at a domestic price, and to save on shipping with the "one ship fee per order" system.   

The planned Pearce and Nebulae reissues are good picks.  Others I'd like to see, however feasible, are Suso Saiz "Hypnotics," Solitaire "Fearless," and anything by Asianova!

Artists I'd like to see on Hypnos: Thom Brennan, Mathias Grassow (solo), Lisa Franklyne (who previously recorded under the alias "Amir Baghiri.")


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Ultimae, DiN, Mystery Sea, Manikin, Infraction, Ambientlive, Faria, Hypnos, Syngate, Nextera, Hic Sunt Leones, Fax would be my picks for the best overall labels releasing fairly consistent good stuff.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Daniel Lanois Omni Series
« on: December 15, 2009, 07:24:41 PM »
"Shine" and "Here is What is" Lanois solo.  But the best is Brian Eno/Roger Eno/D. Lanois "Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks."

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: The most somber Classical piece ???
« on: December 14, 2009, 01:08:20 PM »
"Death Dirge" Opus 28, #2, by the GRIM REAPER.  :P

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 14, 2009, 12:13:00 AM »
The Chameleons-What Does Anything Mean? Basically (2-CD reissue). Some of the demo versions here are better than the final tracks. Great!!

Viridian Sun-Infinite in All Directions.  Superb, and worth the wait.  Review coming soon...

Stillpoint-Maps without Edges. Remember this from way back, a TUU side project?

Type O Negative-Least Worst Of.  You think Opeth is the best? Ha!! Type O rules...dude.

O Yuki Conjugate-OYC25.  Exceeded my expectations.


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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New O Yuki Conjugate CD/DVD
« on: December 13, 2009, 03:07:02 AM »
Oh yeah, another thing I didn't like about the DVD: they don't identify band members during interviews.  Frustrating not to put a name to a face.  I assume the bald guy slumped over in a chair doing electronics is Andrew Hulme (OYC main man)...

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New O Yuki Conjugate CD/DVD
« on: December 12, 2009, 10:26:10 PM »
OK, here's my mini review:  CD is very good, but quite minimal in nature, has a live jam/improvisational feel to it, using heavily processed guitar (courtesy Rob Jenkins of Redshift and Stone Idols fame), bass, and electronics (think quiet ambient dub, Jon Hassell, etc.)  In a way, this is a good thing as it's not as heavily structured as their previous albums. The first 3 tracks has no percussion, so if you're expecting "Equator" or "Peyote" part two, might be disappointed. Wouldn't exactly call this one tribal, in other words, but it is definitely droney, organic ritual music.  The DVD is very good too, although a bit short.  Starts with a short film documenting how all past OYC members met up in a studio to record this album in celebrating 25 years.  Follows with another (short) '93/'94 European tour film w/travel footage, brief interviews...Finally a brief (maybe 15 min.) snippet of a performance from 2007 with great psychedelic imagery, too bad it was not longer.  All in all, I heartily recommend this to all OYC lovers.   

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: TD - Phaedra versions
« on: December 12, 2009, 09:33:39 PM »
I agree, both Atem and Zeit are essentials!

The new Free System Projekt is a stunner, some of the best retro/analog stuff I've heard in quite some time.  Some great glissando guitar a la Robert Rich adds a very nice touch to the sound of this album.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Where are they now? another edition
« on: December 12, 2009, 11:49:06 AM »
I think Stearns has kind of gone the way of quite a few ambient pioneers, like Michael Brook for example, making a career at producing film soundtracks and sound design for film. 

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Where are they now? another edition
« on: December 12, 2009, 01:05:58 AM »
Highly doubt it. 

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Taalem (4 Japanese Gems)
« on: December 11, 2009, 01:14:24 PM »
Thanks for turning me on to this label, Ferngerms.  I received package of 8 of these 3" CDR's and they are all very, very good: Dronaement (delicate melodic tinkly piano ambience w/experimental edge), Brian Lavelle (Alio Die fans will love this), Moljebka Pvlse (wintery drones), Desaccod Majeur (tribal ambient, a bit Rapoon-like), Opium (should be known to all A.Die/Hypnos fans), Aalfang Mit Pferdekopf/Emerge (organic droney w/ a ritual edge), Horchata vs. Sil Muir (deep drift drone featuring Andrea Marutti of Amon/Never Known fame), Hum (it hums and drones!).   :)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: TD - Phaedra versions
« on: December 10, 2009, 10:07:20 PM »
They DID quit (or most of the members) but Edgar Froese just keeps going.  He should've dropped the TD name long ago, as they haven't been a real band for ages.  :o

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Klaus Schulze website funny story
« on: December 09, 2009, 02:35:18 AM »
PS: He replies back that he is not KS's manager, and that not even KS knows the plans of the record company...This is strange considering all the input KDM has had on the reissues, including the extensive notes written by KDM on the last page of the booklets.  Seems like if you are the artist you're gonna know what the plans of the record company are for your own music, especially when the releases have already been manufactured and put on the market. 

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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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3 Aglaias, yes I see now on AlioDie.com...

The Hypnos store usually gets Nextera, hopefully these will come in soon.  Hypnos stocks HSL as does Projekt for very reasonable prices. 

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 08, 2009, 02:08:41 AM »
Roach-On this Planet.  Hadn't heard this in ages, wow a very heady brew, powerful stuff.  Think I'll piss off the neighbors this weekend with this cranked on the big stereo.

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Got in mail today...before listening I do have some comments.  Again, I do like this new packaging implentation, but....What happened to the original cover artwork??  As shown on the website it's very bright, with more dynamic (and different) swirls of color, and decidedly digital-art looking.  The finished product I received is quite different, looking more like a darker watercolor painting than the bright swirly digital art shown here.  Also I don't like the "translucent" sleeve, as it blurs the artwork; therefore a clear plastic resealable sleeve would be more suitable.  If you had some booklet-sized thin, cardboard type squares it could go behind the booklet to give more weight to the package.  Also the paper quality on the booklet is a lighter weight (IMO, too light) than the standard Hypnos release booklets.  Sorry to sound all picky and negative, just stating an honest opinion here!  I am sure my summation of the music will be much more enthusiastic once I cue up the disc shortly...

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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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