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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Gordon Danis Passes Away
« on: June 10, 2008, 10:58:29 PM »
This is very sad news. Although I didn't know him personally, I have greatly enjoyed his enthusiastic and interesting comments on this forum over the years.  He was definitely a champion of this music and supporter for many of the artists.  Rest in peace, Gordon, you will be missed.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 06, 2008, 07:57:42 PM »
I Awake-"The Core" (Ultimae). Another winner of ambient chill-scapes from this great great label.

Tangerine Dream-"Booster" Well the back cover says this sounds like Rubycon and Phaedra. Not by a longshot! But it's still a good album of modern TD, this one's all E. Froese.

Move D/Namlook-"Travelling the Silk Route" (Fax) Another good 'un on Fax.

Gary Numan-"Exile" One of this dude's best...

M. Griffin-"Fabrications" This dude sux (just kidding)

Klaus Schulze-"Virtual Outback" Tasty modern Schulze, sounds like about 50 of his other albums, but it's all good nonetheless

Rod Modell-"Incense and Black Light" Hella cool.

Gel-Sol-"Iz" Like some lost Fax album from the early 90's.  Sweet.

Evan Marc/Steve Hillage-"Dreamtime Submersible" It doesn't get much better than this...

Carbon Based Lifeforms-"World of Sleepers" Maybe the best Ultimae album to date.  A total masterpiece.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Acid Mothers Temple
« on: June 06, 2008, 01:02:14 PM »
I just discovered this Japanese space-rock outfit, Acid Mothers Temple and the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. (great name!) via their album "Crystal Rainbow Pyramid Under the Stars." Very Hawkwind-ish, with trippy electronics and blistering guitar solos.  In a more ambient vein, AMT member Kawabata Makoto's "Hosanna Mantra" is a tribute of sorts to Popol Vuh's "Hosianna Mantra," wherein he weaves ambient guitar drones, looped sitars for an Ashra-like effect.  These are both on the Important label, which releases a lot of experimental/noise projects.

Hypnos Label Releases / Re: CD release: M. Griffin - Fabrications
« on: May 28, 2008, 12:53:45 PM »
This one was worth the wait.  One of the most truly "ambient" recordings Hypnos has released, great listening for headphone-nauts.  I've heard the third solo album will be coming out in 2018, so everybody should have lots of time to wrap their ears around these gorgeous micro-worlds of sound. ;)

Hypnos News and Announcements / Fabrications
« on: May 26, 2008, 12:17:48 PM »
I noticed this CD has not had its own thread started, although available now from the Hypnos store.  Nobody's talking, and inquiring minds want to know....

I received this yesterday and it is GREAT!! Very hypnotic deep stuff with Hillage's glissando guitar, beats and electronics.  Highly recommended to all Forumites.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: May 14, 2008, 12:07:09 PM »
It seems there are many who just don't "get" this music.  In fact it's the majority of people, I've found. That's why I'm thankful for this Forum: people who actually appreciate it without dismissing it outright as "weird" or "not music."   :)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: May 11, 2008, 11:58:00 PM »
A Deeper Silence is perfect late night/sleeping music.  This is one of SR's better long-form Immersion type releases, deep but not "dark."  I like this more than the Immersions or Darkest Before Dawn (which was too bleak for my taste).  My only nitpick on Deeper Silence would be that it never changes, just one repeating loop for the 70-plus minute duration.  Dream Circle and Slow Heat had some variations (however slight), but this one doesn't.  However, it is one hell of a loop. SR shows why he's the master at defining "deep." 

Her Mystery Sea release is awesome.......

Hypnos Label Releases / Re: Viridian Sun
« on: May 07, 2008, 12:25:44 PM »
There is a John Foxx track from his "Cathedral Oceans" release called "Infinite in All Directions."  ::)

I'd like to echo all the praise--the label and the store are now everything I hoped Hypnos would/could be some years back when I had lost hope.  MG and Lena are doing an excellent job, I've had nothing less than excellent service on my orders from the store this year. Thanks!!

Infraction does it again with Parks' "Umber" CD, just received this today and it won me over instantly. Like a lost Fax sublabel release meets Beautumn. Highly recommended!!

Even this post was ignored--until now!  :D

Thom Brennan's new album IS coming out soon, says Lloyd at Backroads.  But then again, it was coming out soon three months ago, so you never know...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Music From Mathias Grassow
« on: April 09, 2008, 11:43:22 PM »
Ambessence is a very nice release.  Headphone listening is recommended on this, as the drones are low in the mix and very subtle (my car stereo didn't do it justice). 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Kenji Siratori CD on Umbra
« on: April 06, 2008, 07:56:45 AM »
Kenji Siratori's "Callous Cell" on Oophoi's Umbra label continues the label's quest for excellence in ghostly, dark, ethereal ambience.  I was surprised how good this is, as all I knew of Siratori was that he was a "noise" artist from Japan and sci-fi writer.  While some of the disc is quite dark, it has some incredibly ethereal, beautiful passages as well.  Definitely worth picking up if you are an Umbra/Oophoi fan. 

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!

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