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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
Robin Guthrie-Carousel

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: upcoming raison d'Ítre album
« on: September 26, 2009, 12:37:05 AM »
Yes, I've noticed a much more industrial sound to RD these last several years, and I miss the earlier style as well.  I ordered the Bjargo disc from Projekt, sounds very Arcana-like, which is a good thing in my book.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New CD
« on: September 26, 2009, 12:31:15 AM »
I haven't even heard the samples but am buying without hesitation.  First, that is a COOL-ASS name...Phobos, the mysterious oblong-shaped moon of Mars some Ufologists believe to be an artificial satellite base for aliens.  Remember the Mars probe that mysteriously lost contact just before a photo was taken of a long object speculated to have shot the probe to bits? There are photos from Russian space agency on the Internet, very strange.  Second, Ambientlive is a great label, everything they release is uniformly excellent.  I can't wait to get this one!     

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New CD
« on: September 25, 2009, 01:03:39 PM »
Same here.  Went to Ambientlive to buy it but no trace of it on the site. ???

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: upcoming raison d'Ítre album
« on: September 21, 2009, 12:09:33 PM »
Sounds good.  Are you into Arcana? There's a solo album out now by Peter Bjargo that looks cool.

I've got a modern classical recommendation for you to check out: "Music for Nobheads" by the Blind Idiots. Think you would love it, bud.  :D

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: David Sylvian "Manafon" new CD
« on: September 21, 2009, 01:23:04 AM »
You should read the customer reviews of this on Amazon.  It's split between "this is a masterpiece" and "this is total garbage."  I still need to give it some really deep listening on the headphones as I haven't decided what I think yet.  There's also a website dedicated to this release,

Regardless of what one may think of this album, Sylvian should be given credit for his creative integrity.  He's doing what he wants without relying on major labels like Virgin trying to "market" him.  Integrity is not something the man has ever lacked in his career.   

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: David Sylvian "Manafon" new CD
« on: September 19, 2009, 11:25:50 PM »
Yes the e.p.'s are a waste of space and money.  Darla pissed me off when they released the two Guthrie/Budd discs separately when with slight editing could have fit on one CD. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: David Sylvian "Manafon" new CD
« on: September 18, 2009, 10:39:50 PM »
The new Guthrie is nothing new but he always does it so well.  I'm glad that despite Cocteau Twins' disband in the 90's he is still true to his original sound and did not either 1) quit music or 2) go off on some weird tangent.  His collabs with Harold Budd and John Foxx are essential listening! Looking forward to Robin's next e.p. in November, also on Darla Records.

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