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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Alio Die
« on: April 01, 2008, 10:15:59 PM »
My first reaction to Alio Die's new album, "Aura Seminalis," was my jaw dropping to the floor at how absolutely CELESTIAL this recording is.  I am close to concluding this is the definitive AD album he has been working towards for the last, what almost 20 years now? A beautiful distillation of his sound and an incredibly spiritual trip.  Some forumites have commented it doesn't sound like AD, but I feel just the opposite: this is AD all the way, no mistaking it. The ghostly, mournful Gregorian chants, DEEP drones... this is Alio Die's magnum opus!!  If I had to compare it to other previous works, I'd say "Door of Possibilities" and "Descendre Cinq Lacs..."  It's a shame this CD will not be more widely distributed (only avail. from the website) because it is one every fan who's ever loved Stefano Musso's work has just got to hear.  Bravo Stefano!!!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Music From Italy
« on: April 01, 2008, 10:01:09 PM »
OK, it's official: Zeit's "Waves from the Sky" is truly magnificent.  God, this album has it all: drones, field recordings, sequencers, mellotrons, guitars, bass...this feels like a celebration of so many great influences, from 70's cosmic music to ambient minimalism to organic ambience.  Stunning!! I highly recommend this disc, one of the very best of 2008 so far.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Music From Mathias Grassow
« on: March 30, 2008, 11:57:57 AM »
Cool, thanks for the info. I just ordered Ambessence from ad21.  Is the InTRO disc worth getting?

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Michael Stearns
« on: March 30, 2008, 10:52:22 AM »
Deep R.- Planetary Unfolding is available at Groove Unlimited, I guess they acquired some rare copies of this.  It's also on Ebay right now up to $37...Yeah, Stearns has been off the radar far too long!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Music From Italy
« on: March 30, 2008, 10:46:27 AM »
Gordon, thanks for the review of the Zeit disc. Really looking forward to hearing it.  Also I agree, Mondi Sensibili is the best of the three Aglaia releases, although I've not heard the new one on Faria yet, "Unprofaned Twilight." I'm waiting until Soleilmoon gets it so save some cash.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Music From Italy
« on: March 29, 2008, 09:34:47 AM »
They both better be good as I spent $55 bucks on 'em due to the USD-Euro fiasco! Brian, let us know how the Zeit is, please...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: March 29, 2008, 09:30:53 AM »
I played the jump to conclusions game last night after a game of Twister and twisted my brain.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: March 27, 2008, 12:02:11 AM »
Loren, I could argue with you all day about this topic, but honestly I don't know why there is so much resistance to somebody pointing out the obvious.  If you can explain to me why Somewhere Else is being sold for $6.99 at Projekt and Soleilmoon, for a reason other than that it was a commercial flop, I would love to know. As for "Blood Machine," that CD was advertised on the SR site last year as "very last copies" and now it is "on sale."   Yes, it is a great album, but obviously sales haven't been too swift for whatever reason.  I promise not to make any negative comments about SR for at least six months. ;-)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: March 26, 2008, 06:08:06 PM »
Somehow I knew this was coming....

I don't think I'd have to be "highly" cynical unless I had good reason to be, and judging by the fact the label itself is stuck with what, 1,000 copies that aren't selling forcing them to practically give it away, and then discovering, by coincidence, 80 sets of only the other two discs...when I read the "explanation" for all of this my intelligence was insulted. I am not forcing anyone to take my side, just stating my opinion.  On a side note, I've noticed most of the "on sale" CD's at the SR site are the weakest and least popular.  Prices are usually reduced on products (not just CD's) that don't move.  It is simple economics. Projekt is not going to reissue the other two discs and take another loss. Take care. --Drone On

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: March 26, 2008, 12:49:38 PM »
Those 80 sets sold out already?? I don't believe it.  I think only 20 sold and the rest will be put in storage until 2015 and then miraculously "unearthed"  ;)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: March 26, 2008, 07:10:15 AM »
Exactly! (thanks Undershadow).  Even Projekt has "Somewhere Else" at a budget price now. Along with "Inner Zone" (which didn't sell either).  I guess my point was why give a dubious explanation for not reissuing the other Ascension discs when the real reason is obvious. Nothing to do with the quality of the music, of course. Both discs mentioned above are excellent. I don't think it has to do with any oversaturation, either. Simply that there was not enough demand for product.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: March 25, 2008, 10:25:45 PM »
Not to be a smartarse, but I noticed recently on the SR site a two-disc set of the remaining "Ascension of Shadows" discs ("Somewhere Else" was reissued on Projekt, and the others were to follow).  The description states Projekt decided to scrap the idea of reissuing the other two to "focus on other SR projects."  Is this really the case? Or is it that the first reissue sold miserably?  I have noticed the "Somewhere Else" reissue at Soleilmoon for $6.99.  Sounds like they are not moving and gathering dust. And how did Projekt suddenly "discover/uncover" 80 discs 2 and 3 which were thought to be "sold out" long ago?  Sorry, I guess my cynicism sometimes gets the best of me.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: WURM SERIES: OOPHOI
« on: March 24, 2008, 06:26:54 PM »
Wow, that was fast.  This just showed up in my mailbox today.  Although this is one long track, it does change direction throughout into some different zones.  Very ambient and quiet work, not too experimental or dark and quite pastoral in spots.  The artwork is great, too, like the previous GM releases.   

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: WURM SERIES: OOPHOI
« on: March 23, 2008, 12:19:02 PM »
Darkened Soul--
You could have ordered Rapoon's GM disc from for (I think I paid) $18, or could have been $16, shipping included.  Direct ordernig from Mr. Storey has been very cost effective for me. :-)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Music From Italy
« on: March 23, 2008, 12:13:59 PM »
I know nothing about Stefano Scala.  Can someone please enlighten me about his PREVIOUS Hic Sunt Leones release, or the new one?

As for Sostrah Tinnitus, he has two excellent discs not mentioned above, but I think they came out before the Umbra and Mystery Sea ones: "L'odore del Ramo Spezzato" and "Les Debris de Lete", both pressed CD's on Beyond Productions. Don't know if they are still in print.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambientlive and SynGate labels
« on: February 28, 2008, 01:07:53 PM »
Hi Phrozenlight, been enjoying your deep ambient soundscapes lately.  Looking forward to receiving "Far Side of the Galaxy"!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient Sub-genres
« on: February 28, 2008, 01:04:50 PM »
This thread = Waste-of-Timebient ::)

Hypnos Label Releases / Re: CD release: Austere - Solyaris
« on: February 24, 2008, 02:55:37 PM »
Another excellent Hypnos disc, perfect for outer space traveling.  HOWEVER, I have to say the mastering on this could have been improved. Is it just me, or are the volume levels cranked up way too high? My speakers are straining and creaking under the weight, and they are no cheapie Radio Shack specials.  It is especially noticeable on track 2, "Striae." There are also some faint pops throughout the track. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Ambientlive and SynGate labels
« on: February 23, 2008, 03:23:04 AM »
I've discovered two really great ambient spacemusic labels recently.  The UK label Ambientlive releases cosmic space music with an experimental edge in the tradition of Stearns, Schulze, TDream, and the retro/Berlin School sound of RMI, Redshift, Free System Projekt, etc.  Syngate is a German label releasing music in similar territory although a bit more melodic and accessible.  Some excellent artists to investigate would be Syn, 4m33s, Peter Tedstone, Ebia, and Erik Seifert, if you like the retro/cosmic/analog sound. 

Mike I'll send you a copy of "Hypnotics," I would be interested in your opinion on this album.

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