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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Darkest Ambient
« on: August 07, 2008, 10:44:15 PM »
Dissolution is a great dark ambient album, I agree.  I should get that one out of my huge pile of Grassow stuff (if I can find it, hah!), I've lost count of how many I have by him.  The Place Where the Black Stars Hang is definitely one of the seminal dark ambient releases.  I think that one is often used as a comparison for so many others that came after it.  The sounds of subatomic particles swelling in a miasma of dark matter in a galaxy far far away......

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: R.I.P. Backroads Music
« on: August 07, 2008, 10:37:44 PM »
I've been to Lloyd's office many times over the years--you've never seen so many CD's crammed into such a little office, the poor guy could hardly walk around in there! I've rarely met somebody so passionate about this music, for so long.  Business issues aside, he's truly a music fanatic and super cool guy. 

NUMINA, OOPHOI, and AUSTERE.  The first two haven't heard anything new from them in awhile (discounting Oophoi's Glacial Movements disc). After the awesome "Solyaris" disc by Austere, look forward to anything new from them.  I bought Sounds of Universe when it first came out and found it a very high quality compilation (as all Hypnos comps.)  I'm also looking forward to discovering some names I was not familiar with previously.  Will post my impressions of course when my copy shows up...

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 03, 2008, 12:53:39 PM »
Rod Modell-Incense and Black Light
Future Sound of London-Environments (wonderful "lost" FSOL album just reissued)
Gel-Sol-Iz (brilliant)
The Promises of Silence-various artists
Carbon Based Lifeforms-World of Sleepers (best thing Ultimae has released to date IMO)
Fanger & Kersten-Elektrik Massage
M. Griffin-Fabrications
Dead Can Dance remastered reissues (worth re-buying these classics)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / R.I.P. Backroads Music
« on: July 30, 2008, 10:37:28 PM »
Really sad to see Backroads Music closing down after all these years.  I've been ordering from Lloyd for 15 years and in my book he is the undisputed king of ambient retailers, so much great music discovered via his help over the years.  Guess I'll be shelling out the cash now to the Hypnos store more often. :-)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: klaus schulze
« on: July 30, 2008, 10:25:52 PM »
I bought the KS/Lisa Gerrard "Farscape" set.  Don't think it was worth the $30 import price (US release is another month away). Kind of what I had expected/feared: two great artists doing something together with ho-hum results.  Over two discs, there was one track I really liked but most of it just sounds like the "Ballett" series with LG singing instead of the other female vocalists he has used recently.  Musically KS purists won't be bowled over, it's pretty much the same classical sounding chord progressions he has done ad infinitum, w/LG improvising over the top.  I'd rather listen to a DCD album and "Timewind" or "Body Love 2" separately instead of this album. 

The new Vir Unis, although I haven't read any reviews yet.  Anyone have this yet?

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Darkest Ambient
« on: July 25, 2008, 08:07:41 AM »
Yeah dark ambient is depressing. I save it for special occasions, otherwise I'd probably walk around in a catatonic state feeling life was one big black abyss of nothingness :-)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Dead Can Dance reissues
« on: July 24, 2008, 11:37:59 PM »
Bought the first five DCD reissued remasters and for the most part sound quality is noticeably better than the originals.  These are remastered, pressed in Japan on gold discs (Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs) and are hybrid SACD, in mini-album jackets with full lyrics and previously unseen (at least to me) photos of Perry and Gerrard, along with other members of the original early line-up when they were more of a "band." Nice. I believe this run is limited, and the "standard" releases will soon follow (jewel cases, standard discs).  The first two: "Garden of the Arcane Delights" e.p. and "Dead Can Dance" get a much-needed volume boost, deeper lows, and cleaner sound. Excellent. "Spleen and Ideal" and "Within the Realm of a Dying Sun" (arguably their two masterworks) benefit from the same improvements.  More in your face and put the sub-woofers to a good workout.  Strangely, "The Serpent's Egg" sounds exactly like the original. Not sure why, maybe I am imagining this. Would be interested to read other opinions if anyone else noticed this...??? or opinions in general on these reissues.   

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Darkest Ambient
« on: July 24, 2008, 11:16:30 PM »
Mike makes a good point here.  Actually the Andrea Marutti stuff is perhaps better classified as "ambient drone that happens to be dark." Same with Oophoi, a lot of his music is dark but in the current definition of "dark ambient" his stuff is quite different.  "Dark Ambient" now seems to imply industrial-instrumental-noisy-scary. My local record store (Amoeba in San Francisco) has a whole section titled "dark ambient" and basically what you find is the Cyclic Law/Cold Meat labels and artists. The store would stock Marutti probably under "experimental" (as well as Oophoi), and they have Lustmord stuff in the "Gothic" section, along with Alio Die! So go figure.  Still haven't figured out why they moved Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze out of "New Age" and into "Psychedelic," yet they left Steve Roach discs under "New Age" alongside Yanni, Harold Budd, and Michael Brook.  I don't get it.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Darkest Ambient
« on: July 24, 2008, 12:58:41 PM »
A very good dark ambient disc I got recently from the Hypnos store is Andrea Marutti's "Subliminal Relation Between the Planets" on Nextera.  HIs first release under his own name, also records as Amon and Never Known. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach, "Landmass"
« on: July 19, 2008, 05:50:31 PM »
Dude, I got dis cranked up to 11 on da stare-eo and it is sounding sweet!!! (sorry neighbors)Think "Arc of Passion" but even better.  A mind-melting symphony of magnificent voiderama infused by pulsating blood-machines, proof positive that the Roach is still the master of ambient. 3 big thumbs up!!!!

This is a very good dark ambient disc, much more effective on the headphones than on home system as it is so quiet and subtle.  Another excellent GM release. :-)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Rapoon "Library of the Dead"?
« on: July 15, 2008, 08:51:11 PM »
Well I didn't order this for fear it would be like "Mental Travellers," which was a huge disappointment. Didn't care much for Alien Glyph Morphology, either.  But Church Road was awesome.  Agreed--the guy is definitely hit and miss.  He had that period around 93-97 when there were very few disappointments.  Was also disappointed to learn the "US tour" only consisted of one show in Boston.  Would be a dream come true to see Mr. Storey live in action...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Rapoon "Library of the Dead"?
« on: July 14, 2008, 10:08:00 PM »
There is a new Rapoon CD available from the Rapoon site, on a small Russian label.  Haven't seen any reviews/comments yet.  Anybody have this? It's called "the Library of the Dead." Sounds like a fun CD...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: klaus schulze
« on: July 12, 2008, 12:54:48 AM »
If anyone can come up with a photo of Klaus where he is not holding a cigarette, please inform me.  I have given up all hope.

Hypnos Label Releases / Re: Seren Ffordd - Veils, Shadows
« on: July 08, 2008, 12:24:54 AM »
Finally got around to buying this and I must echo all the other praise.  I have everything SF released previously to this (Umbra label) and Veils Shadows may be the best I've heard from him.  Spooky, surreal, and totally engrossing listen from start to finish.  HIGHLY recommend this disc!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: klaus schulze
« on: July 04, 2008, 01:57:08 PM »
Of the new stuff I agree Kontinuum is a great disc.  Ballett 3 is excellent, too, the best of this series.  Virtual Outback is also one of his better recent (reissued) releases. 

Another vote here for Zo Pilots, my fave Stokes album.  Don't forget Abstraction, his excellent release on Greenhouse Music.   :)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Hawkwind
« on: June 25, 2008, 12:08:26 PM »
I only got into these guys about 2 years ago and it was like, "why didn't I discover this earlier?!!" They are the Kings of Spacerock, without a doubt.  Believe the hype...

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