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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Maurizio Bianchi: any opinions?
« on: November 16, 2008, 12:45:07 AM »
I put off investigating Bianchi's work as the little I'd read about him it sounded like he was a "harsh noise" artist.  Thanks to his Silentes album "Testamentary Corridor" and another Silentes disc w/Nimh called "Secluded Truths," both of which are very good ambient (albeit leaning towards the experimental side), I'm looking to investigate other releases.  Judging from his liner notes, he seems to be a real character, creating these impossibly obtuse statements (e.g. "Narrating of posteriority of future in this schizophrenic urbanity, my inner sensibility was touched by the extraneity of my spiritual expression from stereotyped and rhetorical religiousness, so devoted to the human uselessness and easily dazzled by the formal solemnity"--from the "Secluded Truths" liner notes). Any fans here?  Recommendations for other MB titles?   

This album sounds very gloomy/depressing to me, like being trapped underwater in a coffin (gee what fun!)  The cover is nice but notice somebody's foot in the picture, as if they've just jumped off a bridge to their death and into..."the most beautiful blue."  I was pretty underwhelmed by my first couple listens.  It is well done but...not the most original ambient music I've heard (play some moody synth chords, add reverb, mix in environmental samples, etc.) But who knows, it may be the greatest thing I've ever heard tomorrow. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sending Orbs label
« on: November 16, 2008, 12:23:01 AM »
OK guess I'm gonna have to eat my words on this one, as I now have Kettel "My Dogan" and Blamstrain "Disfold."  Both are decidedly awesome.  Also I did go back and re-listen to Yagya and gave it a more thorough exploration this time, and guess what? It's awesome too.  The artwork on Disfold is quite mindblowing, and I've now seen some of J. Advocaat's other artwork via Discogs and damn this guy is great.

Have to disagree with some comments/reviews I've seen on the Blamstrain, though.  I was expecting "gloomy, dark" and this is not my experience of this album at all, it is quite beautiful dreamy and ethereal. 

Looking forward to the new Yagya...

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 13, 2008, 12:01:30 AM »
Re: Michael Mantra "Mobius Logic"

What a ripoff, it sounds exactly like Boolean Languages.  Even the liner notes were similar. The little "ambient grunts" get annoying fast, too.  AVOID this one.

On the other hand, I picked up recently an amazing Silentes release by Maurizio Bianchi called "The Testamentary Corridor."  For some reason it reminds me of Tau Ceti.  Great outer space droning environments on this disc.  Also on Silentes, the Bianchi/Nimh disc "Secluded Truths" and Nimh "The Unkept Secrets." 

3 great Mystery Sea titles: Moth Electret, Ninth Desert, Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words (thanks to a recent trip to Aquarius Records in San Francisco).

On the way:  Paul Bradley "Chroma". Don't have anything by him yet so it'll be my first, hope it's good. 

The new Alio Die "Tempus Rei"- classic stuff, doing what he does best, nothing groundbreaking but still essential listening.

Konrad Kucz-"Litania" What an amazing album!!! 

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 12, 2008, 11:33:43 PM »
Re: Move D

I'm a Move D enthusiast and have to agree the Brunn collab. "Let's call it a day" is excellent (better than Beehive).  The other Move D to get is Live at Johanneskirche, also on the label Let's call it a Day was released on (forget the label, it's German, duh).  Regarding Namlook collaborations, I agree there are too many Move D/Namlook collaborations, especially when you have to pay $28 and up for these DTS/CD double packs, but once a Fax addict, always a Fax addict, money will never get in the way I buy everything!  The Raumland trilogy overall was quite weak, except for "Montage," clearly the jewel in that crown.  Actually these guys have been on a roll with their last 3 discs: "Travelling the Silk Route," "There" (which I really love), and the new "Sexoid". All highly recommended.   

For some reason having a 12-hour concert on CD doesn't interest me. 

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. 

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