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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Rudy Adrian's new Lotuspike CD
« on: November 30, 2008, 03:56:36 AM »
It's enjoyable but utterly forgettable and sounds like a number of other (better) albums in this style.  I love Rudy's stuff but this one is not one of his better works.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 30, 2008, 03:52:15 AM »
re: Carbon Based Lifeforms

I thought "World of Sleepers" was the best thing they've done, in fact it's one of my favorites out of my whole collection.  The samples are great, IMO. 

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« on: November 29, 2008, 05:00:15 PM »
Zyp: I agree 100%, SF is something special. You should definitely check out the Hypnos store and go to the Umbra (labels) section, and pick up "Floating," "Realms Beyond the Stars and Light" (this is the translated Welsh title), "Quiet Labyrinth," and the Penumbra e.p's, all excellent and these may be the last copies around.

Everything and Nothing / Re: CD Artwork and Packaging
« on: November 28, 2008, 01:51:24 PM »
Well, Mystery Sea has some of the best artwork on the planet.  Their releases come in standard jewel cases, which I prefer, although like you said they take up a lot of room.  Faria has great artwork, I agree, but those little plastic bags can be a pain to deal with (they tear if you're not careful, and stick to everything which can be annoying).  I used to like digipaks but have found they break down over time; also, you can't replace the tray if needed like on a standard jewelcase. 

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 27, 2008, 03:50:41 PM »
What a coincidence, Phil:

I cranked "Last" by Redshift in my car last night, NOBODY beats them for pulsating, haunting space music of the highest order.  I'm eagerly awaiting my copy of "Turning Towards Us"!!!

Good interview.  It prompted me to pull out the excellent "Halo" and then order "Flicker" from El Hypnos Store-O.  Looking forward to hearing this one.   

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Undiscovered Moons of Saturn
« on: November 26, 2008, 06:40:46 PM »
I ordered the CDR from Nulll-Void (the artwork looks better to me on this than the CD re-release), can't wait to hear this in its entirety.  Been listening to the three sample tracks all week... 

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« on: November 26, 2008, 01:24:23 PM »
When I clicked the myspace link, got a message saying account deleted or no longer a user??

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Undiscovered Moons of Saturn
« on: November 26, 2008, 12:39:17 AM »
I discovered this artist via doing some research on Procyon-X (see my post on his excellent "Ghost of Orion" CD), and found UMOS's music is as amazing as the name of his project.  The artist is from New Zealand and style-wise, like Procyon-X, this artist appears to align his work with the "dark astral ambient" genre as opposed to the "ambient space music" category, although some self-descriptions found online referred to Klaus Schulze, Eno, T. Dream, which makes sense once you hear the music.  His one album so far, "Lost in Cosmos," fuses deep floating space synths, neo-classical elements, and doom metal via some menacing grungy guitars that weave in and out of the mix.  If you liked Oophoi's "Celestial Geometries," Lustmord's "Black Stars," or some of the more cosmic Cyclic Law releases, you will probably be into this.  It's dark ambient space music but maybe less abstract and more melodic/structured than those mentioned above.  Apparently his album was originally released on CDR but will now be reissued shortly on CD.  I am definitely ordering this when it comes out.  I'd be interested in opinions about this music, so check out his myspace page, search "undiscovered moons of saturn" in myspace music.  3 nice long track samples available. 

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« on: November 24, 2008, 07:56:16 PM »
Wow, I am definitely looking forward to Martian Chronicles, perhaps a "sequel" to Celestial Geometries(?) Would this be an Umbra release or on another label? I'll have to check out Oophoi's myspace page...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Steve Roden "Airforms" CD
« on: November 23, 2008, 11:04:54 PM »
"Airforms" is a very good disc of ambient minimalism which reminds me of Eno's sound installation recordings.  Anyone familiar with this artist? He appears to be more of a "sound artist" than "ambient musician", and judging from his website and a couple interviews online the "art" he does is (to me anyways) pretentious modern art, in that the methods and/or explanations of how the art was created seem to be more important than the end result.  On "Airforms" low-end electronic drones are mixed with processed breathing sounds.  It was created for an art installation in which concrete is poured over balloons.  Anyways, photos from the installation make for a very esoteric cover art for this Line/12k album, which was limited to 600 copies.  Bottom line: I like this sound art release, but I don't foresee filling up my music collection with too much more of it.  :-)

Everything and Nothing / Re: CD-R Deterioration
« on: November 23, 2008, 10:45:24 PM »
I've used Maxell CDR-Pro and Maxell "Cool Colors" discs for years with no problems.  From what I understand, CDR's that have had sticker labels placed on them have the most problems with disc rot.  What I do nowadays when I buy releases on CDR is back them up with one of my Maxell discs just in case there's a problem later.  I used to be totally anti-CDR until I realized I'd miss out on a lot of great music.  So I recommend backing them up to your computer or burning a backup disc as I mentioned.  There was a period of time (in the early 2000's) that I had problems with CDR's, and all the problems were from two artists who I bought music from directly.  I believe it was a combination of poor/cheap media and sticky labels.  I can say TDK is one of the brands one of them used and therefore I AVOID them completely.  It's also not just the brand of media, it's how fast the music is being burned to disc.  If you're doing 52K it's too fast and you're going to get clicks.  I use a Dell computer with a program called Sonic Record Now and it takes about 4 min. to burn a disc.  Never had a problem with the CDR's I've burned. 

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 23, 2008, 12:41:50 PM »
Fabio Orsi-Wild Light of the Moon: very good, not as "experimental" as I would have thought, straightahead ambient mostly. Gorgeous cover art.

Fennesz-Venice: my first Fennesz album.  Very cool. Amazing David Sylvian track here.  Guess I'm a fan now so Black Sea on my list.

Xmal Deutschland-Tocsin: early 4AD album (think Cocteau Twins meets Siouxsie and the Banshees, all sung in German), they're okay, can't hold a candle to Cocteaus/Xymox but fun for 80's nostalgia. 

Procyon-X-The Ghost of Orion: one of the best space music albums I've heard this year.

The Threshold of Silence (Umbra compilation): awesome spacemusic w/lots of guitar drones courtesy SiF, A. Baker, P. Bradley, Troum, etc. Glad I snagged one of the last copies from El Hypnos Store.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Procyon-X "The Ghost of Orion"
« on: November 22, 2008, 06:16:04 AM »
I picked up this CD at Aquarius in San Francisco. Excellent synth-based space music, the artist I believe is from a dark metal band and this is a side project.  The label is Paradigms Recordings from the UK, notable for releasing a wide variety of styles like metal, goth, ambient, etc. This is a pressed CD e.p. (about 30 min. length) and comes in a DVD case with some nice cosmic artwork.  Limited to 500 copies. I think the label's website has sound samples.  Highly recommend this one to Forumites...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Nekton Falls 3-CD compilation
« on: November 22, 2008, 06:05:01 AM »
Any opinions on this compilation? There's a Mathias Grassow track on Disc 3. Other artists include Franz de Waard and Gianfranco Grilli (remember him from Amplexus?) The only review I could find (on Discogs) described it as "weird." Could be a good thing. :-)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Fabio Orsi
« on: November 22, 2008, 06:00:43 AM »
Birds are Smart 3-inch on the way thanks to Discogs!

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?

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 (, 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. :-)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 19, 2008, 10:30:14 PM »
For the Move D titles I'd try  If they're not in stock you can always ask them if they'd be able to order them for you. 

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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