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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Suso Saiz - Hypnotics
« on: October 26, 2009, 12:13:53 PM »
Another one you should track down by Saiz is "Un Hombre Oscuro," live CD circa '95.  Was on a Spanish label.  Virtually impossible to find, I've looked everywhere (Discogs, etc.)!  :o

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« on: October 22, 2009, 02:04:08 AM »
Trippeeeeee cover!!!

Don't remember seeing mention of this German label on the Forum.  Loki recently released two outstanding CD's: Herbst9 "The Gods are Small Birds" and S.E.T.I. "Corona."  The Herbst9 is sort of dark ambient ritual music, think a cross between Lustmord and Rapoon.  The S.E.T.I. (Andrew Lagowski) is some very deep/cosmic outer space soundtrack, shifting between intense electronic pulses to pastorale drifting ambience.  Definitely putting these two on my Best of 2009 list.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Oriental/Asian style atmospheric music
« on: October 19, 2009, 10:09:43 PM »
Nobody mentioned Forrest????  :o

Al Gromer Khan's done some oriental sounding ambient.

Kitaro Silk Road 1 & 2, yeah, classics definitely.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Sad News
« on: October 19, 2009, 10:04:30 PM »
I've been posting here regularly since about 2001 when I was "Orion32".  It will be sad and strange without Jim Brenholts on the Forum.  What amazed me most about Jim was his razor sharp wit, honesty, and positive support of this music and the musicians who make it.  He was always positive, I don't remember reading anything but positive words from him here, and that says a lot about someone's character.  My deepest sympathy goes out to Jim's family and friends.

Chris Knowlton   

Oh, and I should add that this release is a very professional looking self-release, from the cover art/booklet to on-disc printing. 

Great interview with Forrest.  The interviews on EAS are always insightful with very good questions.  I enjoy the interviews the most on the site.  However, would like to see some unfavorable reviews once in awhile of CD's...

Hello, just thought I'd share with all drone enthusiasts like myself (with a name like Drone On, what did you expect?) a new label out of Belgium run by Daniel Crokaert of the amazing Mystery Sea.  Unfathomless appears to be more based on environmental soundscapes, from my understanding, than the typical drone style.  First release is by Mathieu Ruhlmann.  These releases will be limited editions of 150-300 but pressed CD's instead of CDR's and a higher quality paper for the booklets (no inkjet printer).  There's also a limited edition companion CDR (50 copies) by Ruhlmann that can be purchased as a special edition set with the main release.  Nice website, too, with sound samples for the two Ruhlmann discs. 

Just got this in the mail yesterday (thanks for spee-dee shipping Steve).  Excellent album!!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 12, 2009, 04:06:44 PM »
Cities Last Broadcast-The Cancelled Earth (Cyclic Law)
Moljebka Pvlse-Aningan (Mystery Sea)
Dual-Tocsin (Mystery Sea)
Robin Guthrie-Songs to Help My Children Sleep
Spiracle-Ananta 2CD (Helen Scarsdale Agency)
John Foxx/Louis Gordon-Impossible
Phobos-Darkness Within (Ambientlive)
Pink Floyd-The Making of Dark Side of the Moon (DVD)
Nathan Youngblood-Asunder (on S.Roach's label for emerging artists, and nothing remotely like Roach. Think Tau Ceti, Oophoi, etc. Excellent outer space drones!)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Suso Saiz - Hypnotics
« on: October 11, 2009, 07:12:15 PM »
It's extremely drifty and ethereal.  Just listen to the most placid parts he did on Steve Roach's "Origins" or the Suspended Memories "Forgotten Gods" and imagine that going for about an hour.  All one long track of drift w/no percussion, unlike "Mirrors of Pollution" which is not really an ambient album but more atmospheric modern jazz/world.  You can't compare Saiz to Fripp or Pearce because he has his own sound.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New CD
« on: October 10, 2009, 12:12:56 PM »
Hi Phobos,

I've been giving this some deep listenings on the headphones, and this is one fantastic recording!  Definitely one of the best discs in the Ambientlive catalog from the quite a few that I have.  How can I find out more info. about you? I'd be interested to know what kind of gear you use, how long you've been making music, etc....I already know your influences from your MySpace page (Oophoi, Roach, etc.) To anyone reading this, if you enjoy deep space ambient this is an essential purchase, highly recommended.  Very reasonably priced as well, I might add (About $12 postage included).  Look forward to hearing more from you, Phobos!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Suso Saiz - Hypnotics
« on: October 10, 2009, 11:42:57 AM »
I can tell you not only is Hypnotics his best release, it's one of the best ambient albums in my collection since about '94 I think when I got it.  This record is the king of guitar drone albums in my opinion, and I've heard a lot of them!  The original release would be pretty hard to find.  There was a box set released about a year back which was very expensive which included Hypnotics and a lot of unreleased material that apparently wasn't very good from reviews I have read.  If you can't find it Nuun get in touch with me, maybe I can help...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: upcoming raison d'Ítre album
« on: October 08, 2009, 12:35:20 PM »
I have the Soriah, awesome stuff.  Very Jorge Reyes-like with a bit more "modern" sound.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New CD
« on: October 07, 2009, 11:58:40 AM »
My postman hasn't delivered yet, hopefully soon.  Will post comments soon.  8)

Nice! Is this a CD or CD-R release?  8)

First and foremost, I'd like to see some new artists who are original and not trying to sound like someone else.  I'd also like to see the "innovators" continue to innovate, not just rehash 10-year-old ideas. 

As it is easier for ambient artists to release their music these days, there is simply too much of it (and much of it substandard or too similar to previous releases).  I agree 100% with Mike's comment about hitting the record button and giving it a fancy title!  Seems to me back in the early/mid'90's an artist would release one or two discs per year, and they were something special.  Now we get five or six from the same artist with uninspired music and fancy titles that sound good but don't deliver.  You know, the "Destination to the Upper Realms of the Stratosphere", and you're like "WOW, that sounds COOL!". Then it arrives and it's a boring 70 minute synth drone. 

I would also like to see ambient/electronic labels not go too "hi-tech crazy" by releasing download-only albums, or limiting the number of copies of their CD runs because they figure people can download it from iTunes instead.  The worst offender of this is Fax.  Most of their releases are now limited to 500 (used to be 2,000 or 1,000), but you have to pay close to $30 for a DTS surround disc included in the package.  I don't want to download, but I also don't want to pay twice as much for something I'll never use. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach News
« on: October 04, 2009, 02:12:36 PM »
I only picked up "Afterlight" and "Destination Beyond," and even then the money spent could've been better served elsewhere.  DB is good, nicely done, but too similar to both Proof Positive and Arc of Passion.  Afterlight left me completely cold, and sounds like a leftover from Dynamic Stillness.  This sort of atonal, synths-out-of-tune idea has just run out of steam I'm afraid.  Nice cover design, though.  Looking forward to some new ideas from SR.   

A couple more excellent Groove releases picked up recently via ye olde Hypnos store:

Create-Lost on an Island of Adventure: this is a great disc full of "soft" Berlin-school atmospherics, with a moody, melancholy air.

Paul Ellis-The Last Hiding Place of Beauty: Another fantastic Ellis release, interesting mix of acoustic and electronic sounds.  Great melodic EM!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 30, 2009, 11:47:21 PM »
The Cult-Love (Omnibus edition) 4-disc box of one of the greatest rock albums of all time.  A classic gets the full treatment--remastered album (sounds awesome), B-sides, demos, and live show from 1985.  Sweet!  Too bad they sucked eggs after "Love" and went all cheesy rock metal.

Spyra-January in June
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