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"Recorded March to October 2009 at Ivory Tower Studio, Berlin" (from liner notes)

I was also not too impressed with the Youtube clips.  In fact I delayed buying this for months because of it.  But the album blew me away once I finally got it.  The album is actually a studio recording and youtube clips were recorded live, I believe.  I agree he has released a lot of weak music (wouldn't call it "bad" though, maybe just uninspired or not up to his full potential), but so has Namlook, Schulze, Tangerine Dream...BK's good stuff is REALLY good, though. 

Very nice interview.  I always enjoy listening to him, he has a gift for describing and "getting inside" his music, which is often hard to put words to. 

This is an absolutely gorgeous album, his first in many years (about 8 or 9 I think).  Powerful, uplifting, cosmic Berlin-school sequencer space music.  Although it's often easy to immediately jump to a "best thing he's ever done" conclusion (I tend to be guilty of it myself sometimes), if this isn't his best, it's certainly up there with his finest.  A very welcome return by one of Germany's best post-Schulze sequencer musicians.     

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Microphonics
« on: January 14, 2010, 01:19:20 PM »
Hope you can make it to the west coast, too (San Francisco Bay Area to be exact).   :)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: ['ramp] -- debris
« on: January 11, 2010, 09:53:41 PM »
Believe the hype! It's great!  (Although I like Cambrium even more--see post) Congrats on the accolades, Stephen.

Received this in mail today along with Debris (thanks Stephen!) and just listened to both.  Electroambient Space named Debris best of 2009--it is very good but Cambrium really is fantastic and I prefer it over Debris.  It is more rhythmic than what I was expecting and is not far away from the ramp sound.  I guess from some reviews I expected a beatless, floaty (well, it IS floaty), Lustmord meets Robert Rich type of dronefest, which it isn't, although yes it has lots of glurpy organic soundscapes like those artists. HIGHLY recommend this one to all here!!

I would buy anything RMI releases without hearing first.  Actually maybe I was exagerrating a bit about sax being "all over".  It's not on every track and/or throughout entire tracks.  I just think it would've been better w/out it.  But this set is as strong (sans sax) as anything they've released.  If you're an RMI fan, I recommend it without hesitation.

You can get this now from the Cuneiform website.

Some cool stuff on here for sure, although I definitely don't think saxophone goes well with Berlin school sequencer music, and sax is all over this one.  Kind of like putting a banjo in a heavy metal song.  ;D

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Adam Pacione 3-inch series
« on: January 10, 2010, 10:27:03 AM »
Thanks for the tip.  Found samples of two of the Still Life's on Pacione's myspace page.  I'll probably order the one you mentioned.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Microphonics
« on: January 10, 2010, 10:24:40 AM »
Hi vidna,

Nice to see you back on the Forum.  I'll be picking up Microphonics and 3 Seconds of Air next month.  Looking forward to these!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Solitaire - Elmar Schulte
« on: January 10, 2010, 10:19:18 AM »
The new tracks on myspace are amazing! Everybody here should check 'em out.

Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Hypnos At Discogs
« on: January 10, 2010, 10:16:51 AM »
I didn't understand the "new age" comment above until I went to Discogs and read the "review" of the Hypnos label by some turkey stating Hypnos "poses" or "tries to be" an ambient label but is really just "New Age."  I'd love to know what this idiot's definition of "ambient" is.   

Thanks for clarifying the shipping for two discs.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Solitaire - Elmar Schulte
« on: January 08, 2010, 04:27:05 PM »
Hi Elmar, big fan here. Nice to see you on the Forum! Please post any news about your activities!  :)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Adam Pacione 3-inch series
« on: January 08, 2010, 04:25:02 PM »
Are there sound samples anywhere of these (2009 series)? What kind of ambient is this? What are the best ones in your opinion if I don't order whole series? Thanks...

Might I suggest a "combo pack" discount for those wishing to purchase both? 19 euros is about 28 dollars X 2 = $56 for two cd's. Also, these are CDR's?  Finally, do you have track titles and/or samples available? Thanks.  ;) 

Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Hypnos At Discogs
« on: January 06, 2010, 01:51:56 AM »
I love Discogs, in fact I'm addicted to it! Such a great alternative to eBay in terms of buying and selling music, plus a great way to discover new music.  It is frustrating that some of the listings have no ratings/reviews.  When I get a chance I'll rate some Hypnos discs (all 5 stars of course!)

Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Hypnos In Vital Weekly
« on: January 06, 2010, 01:45:31 AM »
I don't mind if the reviewer didn't like it, in fact I'd rather they be honest and say why.  But I can't stand it in some of these Vital Weekly reviews this whole "oh yeah he just put a bunch of guitars through reverb, nothing new under the sun, been done before" as if he knows exactly how a piece was recorded.  VW's review of the Mystery Sea release "Aningan" by Moljebka Pvlse is a case in point.  It was such an insult to read, and I disagree 100% with the review. But Daniel at MS still posted it on his website.

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