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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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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 13, 2008, 12:01:30 AM »
Re: Michael Mantra "Mobius Logic"

What a ripoff, it sounds exactly like Boolean Languages.  Even the liner notes were similar. The little "ambient grunts" get annoying fast, too.  AVOID this one.

On the other hand, I picked up recently an amazing Silentes release by Maurizio Bianchi called "The Testamentary Corridor."  For some reason it reminds me of Tau Ceti.  Great outer space droning environments on this disc.  Also on Silentes, the Bianchi/Nimh disc "Secluded Truths" and Nimh "The Unkept Secrets." 

3 great Mystery Sea titles: Moth Electret, Ninth Desert, Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words (thanks to a recent trip to Aquarius Records in San Francisco).

On the way:  Paul Bradley "Chroma". Don't have anything by him yet so it'll be my first, hope it's good. 

The new Alio Die "Tempus Rei"- classic stuff, doing what he does best, nothing groundbreaking but still essential listening.

Konrad Kucz-"Litania" What an amazing album!!! 

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 12, 2008, 11:33:43 PM »
Re: Move D

I'm a Move D enthusiast and have to agree the Brunn collab. "Let's call it a day" is excellent (better than Beehive).  The other Move D to get is Live at Johanneskirche, also on the label Let's call it a Day was released on (forget the label, it's German, duh).  Regarding Namlook collaborations, I agree there are too many Move D/Namlook collaborations, especially when you have to pay $28 and up for these DTS/CD double packs, but once a Fax addict, always a Fax addict, money will never get in the way I buy everything!  The Raumland trilogy overall was quite weak, except for "Montage," clearly the jewel in that crown.  Actually these guys have been on a roll with their last 3 discs: "Travelling the Silk Route," "There" (which I really love), and the new "Sexoid". All highly recommended.   

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For some reason having a 12-hour concert on CD doesn't interest me. 

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A similar thing happened to me a couple years ago.  I paid a ridiculous amount of money for a set of 3" CDR's (that were soon after re-issued by the seller's label and later a Russian label) and within a couple months the cheap discs broke down (oxidized?) and were unplayable.  But I couldn't get a replacement set without sending everything back to Europe at my cost and the seller was not very sympathetic to my plight, so I threw them in the garbage where they belonged...I never dealt with this seller again.  Sometimes things DON'T end well. :-)

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Hypnos Label Releases / Re: CD release: Various - Echoes of Polyhymnia
« on: November 08, 2008, 02:32:42 AM »
Although it is "interesting" that all the artists are female, I wanted to stress that this is not a "novelty" album by any means.  I think some people hesitant to check this album out may feel this way based on being largely unfamiliar with the roster of artists.  To be honest when I first read about this album I thought it sounded like a nice idea on paper, but questioned whether it would actually be good.  Yet I ordered it based on the fact every previous Hypnos compilation was extremely high quality and none of them disappointed, and Polyhymnia is no exception.  In fact I've listened to this more than Universe Overheard or Subatomic World, and it is my favorite of the three.  I hope to see some other opinions, too!

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Hypnos Label Releases / Re: CD release: Various - Echoes of Polyhymnia
« on: November 05, 2008, 01:53:28 AM »
Haven't seen many (any?) comments on this CD so thought I'd dive right in with my review.  This one's turning out to be the perfect soundtrack to the fall/winter season, full of melancholy floating watery soundscapes.  The beautiful cover art on this release really fits the music contained within.  Unfortunately, the disc opens with an awful track that annoys rather than soothes, "Nufon" by Margaret Noble.  Didn't quite see how this one fit. Luckily it is only 3 minutes!  Onto track 2, "Hibernia" by Stellaria Fenica.  Now I never would have guessed I'd hear something like this on a Hypnos album, but it's great stuff.  File under "goth ambient."  If you're familiar with the Swedish goth band Arcana,  who are one of the few (IMO) artists to do the Dead Can Dance style with class and originality, this will be right up your alley.  Martial drumbeats, melodic piano, Lisa Gerrard-like vocals, and tons of reverb.  This would have been a much better opening track.  Track 3, "Slew Wave," by Kristin Miltner.  Wow, what a great track.  Think female Saul Stokes, I kid you not!  Drifty experimental ambient w/heavenly processed female vocals.  13 minutes very well spent.  Track 4, "Floating Tones" by Clarissa Borba.  Keeps the "water"' imagery going with what sound like a xylophone and bells. For some reason I think of Harold Budd on this one, perhaps in that it's quite "musical" and a bit avant-garde.  Very  nicely done.  Next up is the Sara Ayers track "There Was No More Time." She's one of the few artists I'd heard of before on this collection.  Some great (female of course)choral voices reminiscent of Eno's "Music for Airports" augmented with beautiful electronic drones.  Definitely one of my favorites on this disc.  "An Unheard Message" by Rose Bolton--we're back in Harold Budd-land with Budd-like piano chords and tinkly flourishes of notes, cello, bells, some Alio Die-infused organic scrapes, and nice effects processing.  Again, quite "musical" like the Borba piece, and again very aquatic sounding.  Next up is Gydja, who I'd heard before with her excellent Mystery Sea release a couple years back.  Nice electronic based soundscape with watery effects, some samples of a female scientist(?) speaking about cosmic rays.  Another very cool track.  "Kanam" by The Floating World (aka Amanda Votta) is a dark ambient stunner done in collaboration with Gustaf Hildebrand (Cyclic Law label). This is some very deep cosmic/organic ambient, Oophoi fans take note.    An amazing track.  "Of the Ancients" by K. Cornelius fuses reverb-drenched bells,  and echoing electronic effects,  reminded me very much of Rapoon/Zoviet France (two very good reference points!)  Another fantastic piece. Finally, we have Lena's "She Forgot, She Dreamed," heavily processed viola piece with a very big Alio Die feel to it.  A great way to close this very psychoactive and meditational album.  This disc is really successful in keeping a theme going (for me, that was water) and moving seamlessly from one track to the next, even though some of the pieces are quite different stylistically.  I am counting "Echoes of Polyhymnia" among my top five of 2008.  Great job, Lena!!!

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re: bad artwork. 

Ha ha! I agree totally, looks like some new agey yoga cover.  Nada Terma cover was sucky, too...

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(??) I've never heard of this label and definitely never bought anything from them...

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