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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best of 2009!!!1
« on: December 29, 2009, 12:35:05 AM »
So safe to say Yagya's "Rigning" is album of the year? Noticed it's on most of the lists here.  Yeah, I'd have to go with that one for the Academy Award of ambient 2009.  In terms of sheer jaw-dropping beauty, it's hard to beat.  It was in heavy rotation around the time my dad was battling the cancer which took his life in March.  My cousin (who is an ambient novice) even emailed me recently saying he found this great album on I-tunes, yagya's "Rigning." If you haven't got it yet, it's definitely worth seeking out...

Everything and Nothing / Re: Lotuspike as spam generator?
« on: December 29, 2009, 12:21:14 AM »
All Lotuspike's customers must be getting these, because my last order had to have been at least 6 months ago.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: TOP 10 OF 2009
« on: December 28, 2009, 12:19:49 PM »
I started this as the earlier one wasn't as visible, I think more people check out Non-Hypnos (at least I do) than the other sections.  Also the other lists were a bit premature. 

Everything and Nothing / Re: We all get old
« on: December 28, 2009, 01:23:15 AM »
Captain Kirk is SO FAT he exceeded the weight limit for beaming back up to the Enterprise!

Everything and Nothing / Re: Lotuspike as spam generator?
« on: December 28, 2009, 01:18:22 AM »

Other Ambient (and related) Music / TOP 10 OF 2009
« on: December 27, 2009, 02:54:17 PM »
Now that the last few releases I've put off buying this year have arrived for my perusal, I humbly offer my Top 10 of 2009.  I think it was a very good year.  Please list yours, greatly looking forward to discovering any I missed.

In no particular order:
1) Yagya-Rigning (Sending Orbs)
2) Sleepy Town Manufacture/Unit 21-No Traces (Infraction)
3) Phobos-Darkness Within (Ambientlive)
4) Solo Andata (12k)
5) Viridian Sun-Infinite in All Directions (Hypnos)
6) Forrest Fang-Phantoms (Projekt)
7) David Parsons-Jyoti (Celestial Harmonies)
8) Max Corbacho-Ars Lucis (Ad21)
9) Fabio Orsi/Seaworthy-Near and Faraway (Low Point)
10) Alio Die/Aglaia-Private History of the Clouds (Infraction)

Of course 10 is not enough. Honorable mentions: Create, Free System Projekt, Keller/Schonwalder/Broekhuis, Rainbow Serpent/Fanger & Schonwalder, Mac Mavis, Phrozenlight, Ron Boots, Moljebka Pvlse, Cell, Paul Ellis, Herbst9.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach - Immersion Series
« on: December 27, 2009, 01:29:25 PM »
Corbacho's "Breathstream" is great, as is his new "Ars Lucis," which is even more chilled and "Immersion" like.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 25, 2009, 04:47:06 PM »
re: Rapoon's heroin's true, in fact I believe it was more than two years.  Then he got clean (even gave up cigarettes).  I think his LATER stuff is much more strange, Mike, but then again that's just me!

Currently listening:

Max Corbacho-"Breathstream" and "Ars Lucis", both gorgeously deep and out there, very Roach like (of course).

David Parsons-"Jyoti" The best thing he's done to date IMO.  Some really original sounds on this one. Absolutely beautiful.

Cell-"Hanging masses" + "Imaginary Friends" compilation, on Ultimae.  This label is on fire, definitely the best psy-trance-ambient label going.

Went to the Dakini website and some of the titles indicated "sold out." Are you sure they're all still available?

I don't have any Dakini.  What can you recommend as the best to seek out (in print or not)? I have my eye on "Sky Dancing Vol.2" as the cover art is gorgeous.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 22, 2009, 01:13:39 PM »
Yes, the original Damage CD was better than the reissue, although I can see why Sylvian wanted to remix it as the sound is pretty muddy, yet again still better than the remix.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Uruk-Hai And His Work
« on: December 21, 2009, 08:06:10 PM »
If you can still get it.  I got mine about a year ago and it was limited to I believe 66 copies. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Uruk-Hai And His Work
« on: December 21, 2009, 03:33:26 PM »
I love that "Elysian Fields" release, I bought it thanks to your recommendation, Ferngerms.  What it reminds me of: Michael Stearns, Procer Veneficus ("Saltwater and Glassmoon").

Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Hypnos 2010 outlook
« on: December 21, 2009, 01:56:38 AM »
Yeah, I think he's great, too.  I was down on Amir for awhile as a "Roach clone" but he just kept getting better and proved himself as having his own voice, especially on the "Rooms" set for Amplexus. Also really love "Autumn."   

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 20, 2009, 01:08:29 PM »
Troum/Asianova/Voice of Eye-"Actualization": Further evidence that it is criminal more Asianova is not available on the market.

John Foxx/Louis Gordon-"Shifting City" and "Pleasures of Electricity" reissues: two disc sets with bonus material. Foxx is a little genius.

Pete Namlook-"Pearl": decent ambient album but like his Season's Greetings series this shows his limitations at creating long-form ambient works as they tend to be too long and boring, or trying to imitate other artists.  He should stick to what he does best.

Dear Austere--
Although I liked your Hypnos release a lot, and you are entitled to your opinions on music like everyone here, I don't think many here would agree Hypnos is the be-all of ambient right now, not even Mike. ;-)

"Infinite In All Directions" is another fantastic cosmic space trip into the dark and unexplored regions--true "space music" in every sense of the phrase.  Without synths this time, the sound is much more dense than the duo's debut "Solar Noise" (still one of the best Hypnos releases ever), but no less atmospheric.  You gotta love guitars (which I do) and all the magical new sounds that can be coaxed out of them with delays and other processing goodies, to appreciate this music.  I imagine this release is what may have resulted had Slowdive dropped the girl and the drummer, and decided not to make pop music anymore, but rather sit around their own bedrooms and make trippy soundscapes for their own personal enjoyment.  There is that intimate vibe present on this recording.  Music not for the casual listen, but immersive music that demands your full attention to appreciate every nuance of the sounscapes.  One of the very best of 2009, and worth the 10-year wait.   

Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Hypnos 2010 outlook
« on: December 19, 2009, 06:03:19 PM »
I like the idea of releasing more Hypnos and less HSS, because for the most part I haven't been too interested in them.  Good to give the new guys a chance, but I'd rather spend money on the more established artists on CD format.  A good way to release the newer artists, though, is on the comps, although I think the last three is enough for now.  I'd rather see more one-artist projects in the near future.   

The Hypnos Store is awesome.  I hope that keeps going.  It's great to be able to get some of these expensive imports at a domestic price, and to save on shipping with the "one ship fee per order" system.   

The planned Pearce and Nebulae reissues are good picks.  Others I'd like to see, however feasible, are Suso Saiz "Hypnotics," Solitaire "Fearless," and anything by Asianova!

Artists I'd like to see on Hypnos: Thom Brennan, Mathias Grassow (solo), Lisa Franklyne (who previously recorded under the alias "Amir Baghiri.")

Ultimae, DiN, Mystery Sea, Manikin, Infraction, Ambientlive, Faria, Hypnos, Syngate, Nextera, Hic Sunt Leones, Fax would be my picks for the best overall labels releasing fairly consistent good stuff.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Daniel Lanois Omni Series
« on: December 15, 2009, 07:24:41 PM »
"Shine" and "Here is What is" Lanois solo.  But the best is Brian Eno/Roger Eno/D. Lanois "Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks."

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