« on: December 15, 2008, 11:54:10 PM »
I think it's quite useless to compare Roach/Rich with Cyclic Law's output. If CL's stuff isn't deep enough, then don't listen to it. :-)
I definitely would not call CL artists "amateurs." Could you do any better? I doubt it. I used to be like this, dismissing stuff at the drop of a hat with my nose turned upwards, when oftentimes I never gave anything a chance that "didn't sound like Steve Roach." Perhaps due to a mellowing with age, I am much more open minded these days and appreciate more diversity.
Anyways, since you asked 9D, recent CL releases I've liked are: Tholen's "Sternklang," Lacus Somniorum (flutes and all, it's great), G. Hildebrand's "Starscape" (technically not new but it was recently re-pressed).
I think CL artists are cut from a different cloth as far as music influences are concerned, therefore what they create has a different sound than the "space music" artists. Their impressions of "space" are quite different sonically than someone like, say, Oophoi, Tau Ceti, or Seren Ffordd. I don't think they'd care too much what others think anyways, this is music appreciated by a very small slice of the music-buying public. The artists and fans are really into it, and in the end that should be enough.