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A similar thing happened to me a couple years ago.  I paid a ridiculous amount of money for a set of 3" CDR's (that were soon after re-issued by the seller's label and later a Russian label) and within a couple months the cheap discs broke down (oxidized?) and were unplayable.  But I couldn't get a replacement set without sending everything back to Europe at my cost and the seller was not very sympathetic to my plight, so I threw them in the garbage where they belonged...I never dealt with this seller again.  Sometimes things DON'T end well. :-)

Hypnos Label Releases / Re: CD release: Various - Echoes of Polyhymnia
« on: November 08, 2008, 02:32:42 AM »
Although it is "interesting" that all the artists are female, I wanted to stress that this is not a "novelty" album by any means.  I think some people hesitant to check this album out may feel this way based on being largely unfamiliar with the roster of artists.  To be honest when I first read about this album I thought it sounded like a nice idea on paper, but questioned whether it would actually be good.  Yet I ordered it based on the fact every previous Hypnos compilation was extremely high quality and none of them disappointed, and Polyhymnia is no exception.  In fact I've listened to this more than Universe Overheard or Subatomic World, and it is my favorite of the three.  I hope to see some other opinions, too!

Hypnos Label Releases / Re: CD release: Various - Echoes of Polyhymnia
« on: November 05, 2008, 01:53:28 AM »
Haven't seen many (any?) comments on this CD so thought I'd dive right in with my review.  This one's turning out to be the perfect soundtrack to the fall/winter season, full of melancholy floating watery soundscapes.  The beautiful cover art on this release really fits the music contained within.  Unfortunately, the disc opens with an awful track that annoys rather than soothes, "Nufon" by Margaret Noble.  Didn't quite see how this one fit. Luckily it is only 3 minutes!  Onto track 2, "Hibernia" by Stellaria Fenica.  Now I never would have guessed I'd hear something like this on a Hypnos album, but it's great stuff.  File under "goth ambient."  If you're familiar with the Swedish goth band Arcana,  who are one of the few (IMO) artists to do the Dead Can Dance style with class and originality, this will be right up your alley.  Martial drumbeats, melodic piano, Lisa Gerrard-like vocals, and tons of reverb.  This would have been a much better opening track.  Track 3, "Slew Wave," by Kristin Miltner.  Wow, what a great track.  Think female Saul Stokes, I kid you not!  Drifty experimental ambient w/heavenly processed female vocals.  13 minutes very well spent.  Track 4, "Floating Tones" by Clarissa Borba.  Keeps the "water"' imagery going with what sound like a xylophone and bells. For some reason I think of Harold Budd on this one, perhaps in that it's quite "musical" and a bit avant-garde.  Very  nicely done.  Next up is the Sara Ayers track "There Was No More Time." She's one of the few artists I'd heard of before on this collection.  Some great (female of course)choral voices reminiscent of Eno's "Music for Airports" augmented with beautiful electronic drones.  Definitely one of my favorites on this disc.  "An Unheard Message" by Rose Bolton--we're back in Harold Budd-land with Budd-like piano chords and tinkly flourishes of notes, cello, bells, some Alio Die-infused organic scrapes, and nice effects processing.  Again, quite "musical" like the Borba piece, and again very aquatic sounding.  Next up is Gydja, who I'd heard before with her excellent Mystery Sea release a couple years back.  Nice electronic based soundscape with watery effects, some samples of a female scientist(?) speaking about cosmic rays.  Another very cool track.  "Kanam" by The Floating World (aka Amanda Votta) is a dark ambient stunner done in collaboration with Gustaf Hildebrand (Cyclic Law label). This is some very deep cosmic/organic ambient, Oophoi fans take note.    An amazing track.  "Of the Ancients" by K. Cornelius fuses reverb-drenched bells,  and echoing electronic effects,  reminded me very much of Rapoon/Zoviet France (two very good reference points!)  Another fantastic piece. Finally, we have Lena's "She Forgot, She Dreamed," heavily processed viola piece with a very big Alio Die feel to it.  A great way to close this very psychoactive and meditational album.  This disc is really successful in keeping a theme going (for me, that was water) and moving seamlessly from one track to the next, even though some of the pieces are quite different stylistically.  I am counting "Echoes of Polyhymnia" among my top five of 2008.  Great job, Lena!!!

re: bad artwork. 

Ha ha! I agree totally, looks like some new agey yoga cover.  Nada Terma cover was sucky, too...

(??) I've never heard of this label and definitely never bought anything from them...

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 30, 2008, 12:46:51 AM »
Echoes of Polyhymnia--these girlz rock!
Vestigial-Translucent Communion (Cold Meat Industry) Deep n'cosmic dark ambient
Fripp/Eno-Evening Star reissue/remaster
"Summoning of the Muse" tribute to Dead Can Dance-a great disc, way better than the horrible Lotus Eaters tribute project released earlier than this
Namlook/Spyra-Virtual Vices VI. Disappointing, this series ran its course three albums ago.

I have to agree with Forrest.  I've noticed too many "advertisements" on this forum, or artists tooting their own horn and not really taking part in any other discussions not related to their own interests.  It's cool if fans post info. and/or links to new releases, but the non-hypnos thread is so often used as free ad space IMO.  It is getting tiring.  Funny enough, many of them get no replies.  Maybe they will just go away...

Kreutzfeldt--yes, sound quality is excellent (see other topic I started on this yesterday).  Not just that, but it sounds like it could have been recorded yesterday, very modern not "dated" at all.  I didn't even know anyone was doing this kind of stuff so long ago. I mean I know Steve Hillage (Rainbow Dome Musick) but this is way more droney and "modern ambient" sounding.  I agree with Michuda--one of the best releases by far this year.

Hypnos Label Releases / Re: CD release: M. Griffin - Fabrications
« on: October 21, 2008, 11:59:14 PM »
After lulling to sleep to MG's "Sudden Dark," I had a dream that the upcoming (promised by this millenium) CD will be titled "Possibilities," as it is unclear when exactly it will be available but it is possible it could be in the next couple years.  I also dreamed the first two seconds of the album have been recorded (yet still to be mastered), leaving only approximately 3,500 seconds to complete.  The sound source so far was Mike's Gillette electric razor recorded in a wind tunnel in an unknown location.  A box set comprising Sudden Dark, Fabrications, Possibilities, and the as-yet-untitled fourth full length solo album will be available circa 2029, although date is subject to change.  ;-)

Received this yesterday from El Hypnos Store-O and this is one gorgeous guitar drone album.  Totally pastoral, peaceful, and mysterious all at once.  The feeling I get from this music is like discovering some hidden natural place, untouched by human hands.  Highly recommend this one to fans of Alio Die, Oophoi/Umbra label, and other like-minded organic ambient artists.  I am in awe this was recorded in 1977!  Incredible stuff.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Rudy Adrian's new Lotuspike CD
« on: October 16, 2008, 06:02:40 PM »
Hello, yesterday I was surprised to find in a local record store a new Rudy Adrian disc, "Desert Realms," on Lotuspike.  After the first few listens, I am somewhat underwhelmed.  Similar to Moonwater I guess, ambient floating stuff with flute on some tracks, no sequencers.  Big problem I have is it doesn't make me think of desert landscapes!  A lot of the sounds seem borrowed from "The Healing Lake."  Good album but if you have his previous albums like Twilight, Healing Lake, Moonwater, etc., may be somewhat redundant.  At the same time also picked up the Lotuspike disc by Craig Padilla/Zero Ohms, "Path of Least Resistance," which I was hesitant about a couple years ago due to reading it had woodwind instruments on it but they are very subtle, and this has some first-rate cosmic sequencer music and a big Tangerine Dream-inspired sound.     

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 13, 2008, 12:16:33 PM »
How about Aube's "Aqua Syndrome" complete with water bag?

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: kenji siratori
« on: October 04, 2008, 11:08:13 PM »
I'm voting KENJI SIRATORI for president this election.  With his multi-faceted skills in writing, music, and persuasion, he will make a grand global leader. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: 80's Music Forum
« on: October 02, 2008, 10:50:32 PM »

There was a compilation CD on Caroline called "ABCD" which combined several e.p.'s.  It goes for ridiculous prices every time I've seen a copy for sale. 


Their last album, "Gush," still has not been reissued for some reason, and is probably their best. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Sending Orbs label
« on: October 02, 2008, 10:41:53 PM »
Is this label as great as people are saying it is? I dunno, my first introduction so far is Yagya's "Will I Dream During the Process?" This is a nice album, yet I can't help but think this artist borrowed in a BIG WAY from territory already tread by David Moufang aka Move D during the last five or six years--the fluid grooves, glitchy sonics, vaporous melodics, etc.  If I heard this without being told who it was, I would immediately say Move D.  Track 6 sounds like Gas meets Deepchord/Echospace/Modell. Sending Orbs' website has very few sound samples from its releases, think there were only two in-print CD's where you could sample tracks.  Anyways, this Yagya thing is nicely produced, very derivative IDM/ambient that leaves me completely cold.  Am I missing something?   

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: kenji siratori
« on: September 28, 2008, 09:00:48 AM »
Hey Brooks, you should've called it "Attention Grabbing Hack Hipster meets Exuviae"! heh heh

Uh oh, I feel some Kenji Siratori bashing coming on... (see KS topic) Well I loved Siratori's "Callous Cell" and I love Exuviae so will have to check this out.  Great artwork, BTW, love it!!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: 80's Music Forum
« on: September 28, 2008, 08:54:34 AM »
I second that!

Have to say I'm quite disappointed in this release.  6 tracks--things start off strong with the first piece, and end strong with a nice theme/lap steel (last piece), but tracks 2-5 hover in abstract, formless territory for too long.  Could've used some more lap steel (which is only on the last track), or Rich's signature reverb-drenched flutes.  Also, this album sounds nothing like Stalker, mentioned on RR site.  Much closer to Below Zero if you ask me.  Overall, a good release but nothing special considering RR's overall body of work.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: 80's Music Forum
« on: September 27, 2008, 08:08:10 PM »
The 80's RULED:
The Chameleons
Fields of the Nephilim
The Church
The Essence
Love & Rockets
Clan of Xymox
are some of my faves besides the obvious and more popular J. Division, Cure, Depeche, etc.

The Abecedarians-yes, great band, long overdue for reissue(s).  CDs impossible to find. Another recommended obscure American British-sounding band was For Against, complete with the echoey guitars (anything with echoey guitars I am a sucker for), highly recommend "In the Marshes".   

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