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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Undiscovered Moons of Saturn
« on: November 26, 2008, 12:39:17 AM »
I discovered this artist via doing some research on Procyon-X (see my post on his excellent "Ghost of Orion" CD), and found UMOS's music is as amazing as the name of his project.  The artist is from New Zealand and style-wise, like Procyon-X, this artist appears to align his work with the "dark astral ambient" genre as opposed to the "ambient space music" category, although some self-descriptions found online referred to Klaus Schulze, Eno, T. Dream, which makes sense once you hear the music.  His one album so far, "Lost in Cosmos," fuses deep floating space synths, neo-classical elements, and doom metal via some menacing grungy guitars that weave in and out of the mix.  If you liked Oophoi's "Celestial Geometries," Lustmord's "Black Stars," or some of the more cosmic Cyclic Law releases, you will probably be into this.  It's dark ambient space music but maybe less abstract and more melodic/structured than those mentioned above.  Apparently his album was originally released on CDR but will now be reissued shortly on CD.  I am definitely ordering this when it comes out.  I'd be interested in opinions about this music, so check out his myspace page, search "undiscovered moons of saturn" in myspace music.  3 nice long track samples available. 

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« on: November 24, 2008, 07:56:16 PM »
Wow, I am definitely looking forward to Martian Chronicles, perhaps a "sequel" to Celestial Geometries(?) Would this be an Umbra release or on another label? I'll have to check out Oophoi's myspace page...

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Steve Roden "Airforms" CD
« on: November 23, 2008, 11:04:54 PM »
"Airforms" is a very good disc of ambient minimalism which reminds me of Eno's sound installation recordings.  Anyone familiar with this artist? He appears to be more of a "sound artist" than "ambient musician", and judging from his website and a couple interviews online the "art" he does is (to me anyways) pretentious modern art, in that the methods and/or explanations of how the art was created seem to be more important than the end result.  On "Airforms" low-end electronic drones are mixed with processed breathing sounds.  It was created for an art installation in which concrete is poured over balloons.  Anyways, photos from the installation make for a very esoteric cover art for this Line/12k album, which was limited to 600 copies.  Bottom line: I like this sound art release, but I don't foresee filling up my music collection with too much more of it.  :-)

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Everything and Nothing / Re: CD-R Deterioration
« on: November 23, 2008, 10:45:24 PM »
I've used Maxell CDR-Pro and Maxell "Cool Colors" discs for years with no problems.  From what I understand, CDR's that have had sticker labels placed on them have the most problems with disc rot.  What I do nowadays when I buy releases on CDR is back them up with one of my Maxell discs just in case there's a problem later.  I used to be totally anti-CDR until I realized I'd miss out on a lot of great music.  So I recommend backing them up to your computer or burning a backup disc as I mentioned.  There was a period of time (in the early 2000's) that I had problems with CDR's, and all the problems were from two artists who I bought music from directly.  I believe it was a combination of poor/cheap media and sticky labels.  I can say TDK is one of the brands one of them used and therefore I AVOID them completely.  It's also not just the brand of media, it's how fast the music is being burned to disc.  If you're doing 52K it's too fast and you're going to get clicks.  I use a Dell computer with a program called Sonic Record Now and it takes about 4 min. to burn a disc.  Never had a problem with the CDR's I've burned. 

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 23, 2008, 12:41:50 PM »
Fabio Orsi-Wild Light of the Moon: very good, not as "experimental" as I would have thought, straightahead ambient mostly. Gorgeous cover art.

Fennesz-Venice: my first Fennesz album.  Very cool. Amazing David Sylvian track here.  Guess I'm a fan now so Black Sea on my list.

Xmal Deutschland-Tocsin: early 4AD album (think Cocteau Twins meets Siouxsie and the Banshees, all sung in German), they're okay, can't hold a candle to Cocteaus/Xymox but fun for 80's nostalgia. 

Procyon-X-The Ghost of Orion: one of the best space music albums I've heard this year.

The Threshold of Silence (Umbra compilation): awesome spacemusic w/lots of guitar drones courtesy SiF, A. Baker, P. Bradley, Troum, etc. Glad I snagged one of the last copies from El Hypnos Store.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Procyon-X "The Ghost of Orion"
« on: November 22, 2008, 06:16:04 AM »
I picked up this CD at Aquarius in San Francisco. Excellent synth-based space music, the artist I believe is from a dark metal band and this is a side project.  The label is Paradigms Recordings from the UK, notable for releasing a wide variety of styles like metal, goth, ambient, etc. This is a pressed CD e.p. (about 30 min. length) and comes in a DVD case with some nice cosmic artwork.  Limited to 500 copies. I think the label's website has sound samples.  Highly recommend this one to Forumites...

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Nekton Falls 3-CD compilation
« on: November 22, 2008, 06:05:01 AM »
Any opinions on this compilation? There's a Mathias Grassow track on Disc 3. Other artists include Franz de Waard and Gianfranco Grilli (remember him from Amplexus?) The only review I could find (on Discogs) described it as "weird." Could be a good thing. :-)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Fabio Orsi
« on: November 22, 2008, 06:00:43 AM »
Birds are Smart 3-inch on the way thanks to Discogs!

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Mirror/Mimir
« on: November 22, 2008, 04:51:18 AM »
Found a copy of Mirror's (Andrew Chalk/Christoph Heeman) much-touted debut "Eye of the Storm" on Discogs and on the first couple listens I couldn't get into it, but this morning at 3:45 a.m. (can't sleep) it's sounding damn good.  Super quiet desolate windy drones with reverbed metallic clonks.  I had the same reaction to Andrew Chalk's Faraway Press discs but on closer repeated listening they really grow on you with their extreme subtleties and micro-sounds (headphones listening recommended).  I'm curious now about Mimir, Christoph Heeman's other project.  Anyone here familiar with their stuff?

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Fabio Orsi
« on: November 22, 2008, 04:33:10 AM »
Despite the stern warning, I bought "Find Electronica" and totally love it.  To me this is a great organic drone album, very peaceful and trippy.  If you're into Alio Die I think you'd dig this.  I would recommend it highly for the newbie, especially since it's easily available (Discogs.com, Amazon, etc.)  Can't wait to receive "Wild Light of the Moon"!!!
While in the store I did listen to sound clips of the Orsi/My Cat is an Alien disc "For Alan Lomax" and it sounded pretty dreadful, kind of piercing noise probably thanks mostly to MCIAA.  That's one to stay away from. :-)

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 19, 2008, 10:30:14 PM »
For the Move D titles I'd try www.ear-rational.com.  If they're not in stock you can always ask them if they'd be able to order them for you. 

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Cyclic Law label
« on: November 19, 2008, 09:42:25 PM »
Any appreciators of this fine dark ambient label? My first taste was Gustaf Hildebrand's excellent "Primordial Resonance," followed by the even more excellent Tholen disc.  Both, especially the Tholen, have a decidedly cosmic/space vibe that would appeal to spacemusic lovers.  They are quite drifty without the unwanted aspects of general weirdness/doom and gloom/harsh noise of some of the artists in this genre.  Another good cosmic/space disc on the label is "Starscape" by Gustaf Hildebrand.  Svartsinn's "Traces of Nothingness" is a nice release, also, not really space music per se but it is subdued dark ambience.  Coming up for a spin on my CD player shortly is Northaunt "Horizons," Kammarheit's "Starwheel," and Visions' "Lapse." Will have to get Sinke Dus disc next, the sound samples are very nice.  The packaging/artwork on this label has been uniformly excellent I must say.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Fabio Orsi
« on: November 17, 2008, 02:09:13 AM »
I've seen all the posts on the Forum about this artist and was curious so today at Aquarius Records I picked up one of his 3-inch CDR's called "Before Long, Before Anyone, the Stars Will Be Walls in My Mind."  Comes in a nice little jewel-case with a quite stunning cover art.  Put it on in the car and my god, low and behold, this is some of the damned finest beautiful guitar drone work.  I paid $10.98 for these 18 minutes and damn, it was worth every penny.  I discovered later this was limited to 100 copies and is sold out according to Students of Decay, which released this.  I guess there were 2 others (3-inch CDR's) on SoD that are also sold out.  I then scrambled to order "Wild Light of the Moon" (ltd. 200), and it's on the way.  Any other info./suggestions on this artist?  I was hard pressed to find any decent articles/interviews online. 

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Hi Martin,

Today I was at Aquarius Records in San Francisco and picked up your "Suchness" (for anybody not familiar, SIF's live album on Gears of Sand) release, and I have to say it is a truly mindblowing disc.  I was familiar with your stuff previously as I was lucky enough to grab your Umbra release "Red Sky that was Filled with Gloom" (think it was limited to 30 copies?!!) I enjoyed that release but this live one I think blows it away.  Definitely one of the best guitar drone records I've heard, ever.  100 copies is too low for this masterpiece.  Aquarius had 8 copies remaining after I bought mine.  Anyways, I will have to investigate Waterscape releases and look forward to hearing more SIF in the future.   

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Maurizio Bianchi: any opinions?
« on: November 16, 2008, 02:37:18 PM »
Ha ha ha!!! Good one.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Maurizio Bianchi: any opinions?
« on: November 16, 2008, 01:57:24 PM »
Thanks for the link.  An interesting read.  However, I was disappointed when the word "tableaux" did not appear even once in that article.

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I am listening again (as I type), and I think I better up my dose of Prozac.  You don't find this gloomy? Wow.  This one bummed me out more than the Cyclic Law catalog combined! Well, in addition to gloomy, it may be (besides Michael Mantra's last one) the most boring album in recent memory.  Undershadow's point, however, is well taken about a project's worth.  Remember, I did say this was well done.  I agree that just because something isn't original doesn't mean it's not good. I am just reacting to the art's effect on me personally.  Or, as Maurizio Bianchi would say: "The ineffectual efficacy of its intended impact negates my perceived reaction to subcompartmentalized dogmas." ;-)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Maurizio Bianchi: any opinions?
« on: November 16, 2008, 12:45:07 AM »
I put off investigating Bianchi's work as the little I'd read about him it sounded like he was a "harsh noise" artist.  Thanks to his Silentes album "Testamentary Corridor" and another Silentes disc w/Nimh called "Secluded Truths," both of which are very good ambient (albeit leaning towards the experimental side), I'm looking to investigate other releases.  Judging from his liner notes, he seems to be a real character, creating these impossibly obtuse statements (e.g. "Narrating of posteriority of future in this schizophrenic urbanity, my inner sensibility was touched by the extraneity of my spiritual expression from stereotyped and rhetorical religiousness, so devoted to the human uselessness and easily dazzled by the formal solemnity"--from the "Secluded Truths" liner notes). Any fans here?  Recommendations for other MB titles?   

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This album sounds very gloomy/depressing to me, like being trapped underwater in a coffin (gee what fun!)  The cover is nice but notice somebody's foot in the picture, as if they've just jumped off a bridge to their death and into..."the most beautiful blue."  I was pretty underwhelmed by my first couple listens.  It is well done but...not the most original ambient music I've heard (play some moody synth chords, add reverb, mix in environmental samples, etc.) But who knows, it may be the greatest thing I've ever heard tomorrow. 

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sending Orbs label
« on: November 16, 2008, 12:23:01 AM »
OK guess I'm gonna have to eat my words on this one, as I now have Kettel "My Dogan" and Blamstrain "Disfold."  Both are decidedly awesome.  Also I did go back and re-listen to Yagya and gave it a more thorough exploration this time, and guess what? It's awesome too.  The artwork on Disfold is quite mindblowing, and I've now seen some of J. Advocaat's other artwork via Discogs and damn this guy is great.

Have to disagree with some comments/reviews I've seen on the Blamstrain, though.  I was expecting "gloomy, dark" and this is not my experience of this album at all, it is quite beautiful dreamy and ethereal. 

Looking forward to the new Yagya...

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