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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: The most somber Classical piece ???
« on: December 14, 2009, 01:08:20 PM »
"Death Dirge" Opus 28, #2, by the GRIM REAPER.  :P

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 14, 2009, 12:13:00 AM »
The Chameleons-What Does Anything Mean? Basically (2-CD reissue). Some of the demo versions here are better than the final tracks. Great!!

Viridian Sun-Infinite in All Directions.  Superb, and worth the wait.  Review coming soon...

Stillpoint-Maps without Edges. Remember this from way back, a TUU side project?

Type O Negative-Least Worst Of.  You think Opeth is the best? Ha!! Type O rules...dude.

O Yuki Conjugate-OYC25.  Exceeded my expectations.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New O Yuki Conjugate CD/DVD
« on: December 13, 2009, 03:07:02 AM »
Oh yeah, another thing I didn't like about the DVD: they don't identify band members during interviews.  Frustrating not to put a name to a face.  I assume the bald guy slumped over in a chair doing electronics is Andrew Hulme (OYC main man)...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New O Yuki Conjugate CD/DVD
« on: December 12, 2009, 10:26:10 PM »
OK, here's my mini review:  CD is very good, but quite minimal in nature, has a live jam/improvisational feel to it, using heavily processed guitar (courtesy Rob Jenkins of Redshift and Stone Idols fame), bass, and electronics (think quiet ambient dub, Jon Hassell, etc.)  In a way, this is a good thing as it's not as heavily structured as their previous albums. The first 3 tracks has no percussion, so if you're expecting "Equator" or "Peyote" part two, might be disappointed. Wouldn't exactly call this one tribal, in other words, but it is definitely droney, organic ritual music.  The DVD is very good too, although a bit short.  Starts with a short film documenting how all past OYC members met up in a studio to record this album in celebrating 25 years.  Follows with another (short) '93/'94 European tour film w/travel footage, brief interviews...Finally a brief (maybe 15 min.) snippet of a performance from 2007 with great psychedelic imagery, too bad it was not longer.  All in all, I heartily recommend this to all OYC lovers.   

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: TD - Phaedra versions
« on: December 12, 2009, 09:33:39 PM »
I agree, both Atem and Zeit are essentials!

The new Free System Projekt is a stunner, some of the best retro/analog stuff I've heard in quite some time.  Some great glissando guitar a la Robert Rich adds a very nice touch to the sound of this album.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Where are they now? another edition
« on: December 12, 2009, 11:49:06 AM »
I think Stearns has kind of gone the way of quite a few ambient pioneers, like Michael Brook for example, making a career at producing film soundtracks and sound design for film. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Where are they now? another edition
« on: December 12, 2009, 01:05:58 AM »
Highly doubt it. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Taalem (4 Japanese Gems)
« on: December 11, 2009, 01:14:24 PM »
Thanks for turning me on to this label, Ferngerms.  I received package of 8 of these 3" CDR's and they are all very, very good: Dronaement (delicate melodic tinkly piano ambience w/experimental edge), Brian Lavelle (Alio Die fans will love this), Moljebka Pvlse (wintery drones), Desaccod Majeur (tribal ambient, a bit Rapoon-like), Opium (should be known to all A.Die/Hypnos fans), Aalfang Mit Pferdekopf/Emerge (organic droney w/ a ritual edge), Horchata vs. Sil Muir (deep drift drone featuring Andrea Marutti of Amon/Never Known fame), Hum (it hums and drones!).   :)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: TD - Phaedra versions
« on: December 10, 2009, 10:07:20 PM »
They DID quit (or most of the members) but Edgar Froese just keeps going.  He should've dropped the TD name long ago, as they haven't been a real band for ages.  :o

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Klaus Schulze website funny story
« on: December 09, 2009, 02:35:18 AM »
PS: He replies back that he is not KS's manager, and that not even KS knows the plans of the record company...This is strange considering all the input KDM has had on the reissues, including the extensive notes written by KDM on the last page of the booklets.  Seems like if you are the artist you're gonna know what the plans of the record company are for your own music, especially when the releases have already been manufactured and put on the market. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Klaus Schulze website funny story
« on: December 09, 2009, 02:20:00 AM »
I had an interesting email exchange with Klaus D. Mueller, Klaus Schulze's manager/website operator.  He says on the site he is "not just a fan" and "has been involved in the music industry 45 years."  He warns against sending "useless mails" about too general topics related to Schulze and says "don't send mail if you only want an expected answer."  Not being phased by the ominous warnings, I wrote asking why the two current reissues "La Vie Electronique 3" and "La Vie Electronique 4" haven't been released in the US (they are $33 on Amazon as imports only) and if they will eventually be released here.  He replied that, sadly he is not the record label and doesn't know what their plans are, and that the label probably doesn't know itself (???)  Just a tad smart-alecky, don't you think? I responded with: You SHOULD know if you are "more than just a fan." :-) 

3 Aglaias, yes I see now on

The Hypnos store usually gets Nextera, hopefully these will come in soon.  Hypnos stocks HSL as does Projekt for very reasonable prices. 

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 08, 2009, 02:08:41 AM »
Roach-On this Planet.  Hadn't heard this in ages, wow a very heady brew, powerful stuff.  Think I'll piss off the neighbors this weekend with this cranked on the big stereo.

Got in mail today...before listening I do have some comments.  Again, I do like this new packaging implentation, but....What happened to the original cover artwork??  As shown on the website it's very bright, with more dynamic (and different) swirls of color, and decidedly digital-art looking.  The finished product I received is quite different, looking more like a darker watercolor painting than the bright swirly digital art shown here.  Also I don't like the "translucent" sleeve, as it blurs the artwork; therefore a clear plastic resealable sleeve would be more suitable.  If you had some booklet-sized thin, cardboard type squares it could go behind the booklet to give more weight to the package.  Also the paper quality on the booklet is a lighter weight (IMO, too light) than the standard Hypnos release booklets.  Sorry to sound all picky and negative, just stating an honest opinion here!  I am sure my summation of the music will be much more enthusiastic once I cue up the disc shortly...

In case you aren't on the mailing list, there's a massive launch of new CD's from Alio Die HQ: 2 by Aglaia, live Alio Die (in Prague), live Mathias Grassow (in Prague), and one by Stefano Scala.  Geez, there goes my new resolution to stop overdoing it on CD's!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: TD - Phaedra versions
« on: December 07, 2009, 02:53:32 AM »
I checked Discogs, you are right Virgin released definitive version in '95.  They have one for sale (Virgin Italy version) for 22.50 Euros.  I'm really surprised there haven't been subsequent reissues in recent years of the Virgin titles.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: TD - Phaedra versions
« on: December 07, 2009, 12:53:31 AM »
If there is I've never seen it listed anywhere.  There is a 2005 "re-recording" by Edgar Froese that is supposedly awful.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Phobos I dark ambient festival
« on: December 05, 2009, 11:02:31 PM »
Ran across info. on this past event (late this year), happened in Germany.  Some great footage on YouTube.  Bands were: Inade, Herbst9, Phelios, False Mirror.  Would have been awesome to attend this, it looked incredible.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Taalem (4 Japanese Gems)
« on: December 05, 2009, 10:53:17 PM »
I ordered about 8 of Taalem's 3" CDR's, can't wait to receive these.  According to their newsletter they'll release something by Celer and Voice of Eye soon.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Asianova wanted!
« on: December 05, 2009, 10:50:29 PM »
I desperately want (need!) the six-disc series "Turning the Blue Skies Black Again" by Asianova.  The only thing I can find on Discogs available is the 10" LP and the CD "Love LIke a Veiled Threat" on Eibon Records, which I bought and it is awesome.  Anyone have these and would be interested in trading copies for some rarities I have in my collection? Please contact me, thanks!!

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