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This doesn't sound like a good situation, yet I don't have all the facts so it's hard for me to reach a conclusion.  I've often wondered if Klaus' family or friends have publishing rights and how it's decided or not to release the music. 

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 08, 2015, 03:24:43 AM »
Julio di Benedetto- Original Light.  This excellent album will easily rank high in my Best of 2015 list.  I buy so much music it's hard to devote enough time to everything.  Some stuff I literally listen to once and shelve it to return to months later because it didn't impress on the first or first couple listens.  I've been fighting to really make time for this album.  This disc has been mesmerizing every listen, the most recent in the car today on a sunny beautiful day.  It was an odd choice for the weather but somehow it fit perfectly.  To me the music has a strong early Vidna Obmana feel (e.g. The Trilogy on Projekt), with the hauntingly melancholic stretched out synth chords and a feeling of deep respect for the natural environment.  Whereas Vidna's sound was often cold, though, there is a warmth in this recording that envelopes like a warm blanket on a chilly day.  The CD moves through different moods, from dark, to shadowy, to glistening light, remaining amazingly cohesive from start to finish.  These are more like movements rather than individual tracks.  Although the Vidna comparison is what initially comes to mind, it's soon obvious there is an originality to this sound.  I'm very impressed by what I've discovered in this artist's music, and very much looking forward to more.  I hope the album reaches as many ambient fans as possible.       

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 07, 2015, 12:26:18 AM »
Urenga--Pacific Depths, As If--Havet.  2 latest CDs on the always excellent Gterma label from Sweden.  Both excellent deep ambient dub works, subtle and relaxing.  Some original ideas and sounds on these, too.  Highly recommended to fans of Silent Season.

Sraunus--Asperatus Clouds.  On Anodize recovery series.  Amazing ambient dub.  Near perfect record except for farting sounds on first track.  I'm not joking.  Funniest part is the track title is "Gut.". Must have eaten an extra large burrito.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Redshift new album
« on: November 06, 2015, 11:57:05 PM »
Haven't seen Stephen Parsick aka ramp on here forever, about 2-3 years???

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Who is Sanjay Nadeem?
« on: November 06, 2015, 11:53:59 PM »
He's married to Lisa Franklyne, a famous American ambient fan and writer, and possibly the only female Hypnos forum poster besides Lena Griffin.   Mike and Forrest know her, as well as old time forumites from the early 2000s.    ;D

But I also heard he doesn't really exist, like his wife.  ;)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 06, 2015, 11:48:08 PM »
Well the first track on Holographic Codex is totally different--rhythmic-- whereas the remainder is more Alio Die type ambient, and quite good in its own right.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 04, 2015, 04:45:09 PM »
Subradial--"Ice Diving".  I gave this a few spins at work today having not liked it much when I originally ordered it.  There are some really good tracks here.  Will probably spend more time with it now. 

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 04, 2015, 04:28:31 PM »
Yes, I was being kind of ironic that way.  Fire Dances is known for a low production quality.  The production wasn't that great but the instruments are clear and not saturated with digital goop the way they are now.  Key track: "Frenzy".

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 04, 2015, 01:59:36 PM »
"Change" by Deftones. oh YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!  LOVE that song.  I have the CD single, includes a cover of Sade's "No Ordinary Love."  Yes, really. 

Still currently listening to KILLING JOKE-Pylon 2CD.  Also played all day yesterday FIRE DANCES by KILLING JOKE.  Man, what a difference, not just style wise.  Even though it was 1983, with less technology, Fire Dances still sounds better to me production-wise.  After the 80's, so many of KJ's albums had crap production, especially these last two including "Pylon."  It's "loud" but it's not loud enough (does that make sense?) because the instruments are buried in this gauzy mix of processing (to my ears anyway).  The guitars are buried, the drums muffled...there's no edge to it anymore.  It all sounds too "safe" to me now. The studio has rubbed all the edges off a band who are brutal, raw and edgy.  Somebody recorded this album inside a vaccuum and then ran it through loads of filters to squeeze the life out of the real instruments so they almost sound fake.  Did somebody record the band live, then manipulate all the sounds and cut and paste the parts together so it feels like they all did their parts in different studios in different countries??? There's still four or five excellent tracks over the span of this release.  Of course those could have been way better with better production.  I think KJ always do this now: gather a few good songs for an album, then tack on 7 or 8 poor or mediocre ones.  I think they should wait 10 years  until they're 70 and then put out one album with all good songs.  Back to FIRE DANCES.  If you don't have this excellent KJ album, you should.  This is heavy tribal punk rock brilliance.  The guitars snarl in a flange-y pool of echo, the drums beat you into a pulp with tribal rhythms and patterns, the bass throbs, all with a punky industrial feel.  This album is just thrilling.  One of KJ's best IMO.  Get the 2008 reissue with extra tracks, including singles, b-sides and radio stuff.  Excellent!

Independent Music Reviews / Re: My review of "Sector Four" CDr by Phobos
« on: November 02, 2015, 11:55:35 AM »
I thought with the description "ear piercing disruptions" it was gonna get a negative review.  ;)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 02, 2015, 12:46:44 AM »
Darnit Chris, your glowing Aglaia reviews forced me to preview them on Bandcamp and indirectly forced me to spend more money on CDs.  So thanks (I think).   ;D

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 30, 2015, 10:45:15 AM »
Danna & Clement-North of Niagara. Today I'm waving my "New Age" freak flag high with this excellent 1995 release on Hearts of Space.  Melodic piano and synths.  Moody, haunting, cinematic stuff.  I love this album (haven't listened to it in about 20 years to boot!)

Put in my CD order for Traum and Trauma and Red from their bandcamp.  Good stuff.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 29, 2015, 11:17:34 PM »
Correction:  Tin of Drum was released in 1998, not 1996.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 29, 2015, 01:14:04 PM »
Wait, there's more! (much more)...

RAPOON-A Pale Blue Door.  This is a book/CD set wherein Robin Storey wrote a fictional book and composed some music to go with it.  The CD is quite fascinating and "spacey" using samples from actual sounds from stars/planets, NASA transmissions, et al.   It's a very chilled environmental composition which I really enjoyed.  Gotten through about half the book and all I can say right now is it's very very gloomy like a lot of his music.  It has a sci-fi feel and there's a theme of an alien "spaceman" whose photograph was taken in the 50's.  Is it just me or is Robin Storey obsessed with UFO's and aliens? Not that I mind it, I'm a believer and all.  Just saying...

RAPOON-Tin of Drum 2CD reissue.  Disc 1 is a reissue of the 1996 album, which is not one of Robin's best works, but it has a really pretty piece that's one of my faves of his catalogue, plus the epic 30 minute track "Southbound' which is quite incredible.  Reason to buy this for most would be the 2nd disc of unreleased/reworked/new music.  I'd have to say this one's for hardcore fans only.  Not much in the way of "music," more like a collage of soundscapes, vocal samples of American southwest cowboy-types (in addition to aliens, I think he's obsessed with "Americana") etc.  You know how it's often said that "bonus tracks" are usually nothing more than stuff that didn't make the real album, or it's tacked on to be an enticement to re-sell the same album?  That's what I get from some of these Rapoon reissues.  Some pretty ho-hum material that doesn't offend but doesn't inspire either.  In any event, it's great to see seemingly all the classic Rapoon stuff from the 90's being made available again. 

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 29, 2015, 12:54:22 PM »
KILLING JOKE-Pylon (2CD).  I wasn't going to buy this but like a sucker I did.  It's another disappointment, although not horrid like their last album.  Here continues Jaz Coleman's apocalyptic vision of a doomed planet being overrun by technology, intrusive governments, and the like.  There are a couple excellent songs on the standard album (Disc 1), while on Disc 2 (bonus disc) there is another excellent song.  That's three excellent songs, and the rest ho hum.  There are flashes of their past greatness via Geordie's snarling hollow body flanged gee-tar and melancholic hooks, but mostly it's just a bunch of metal riffs, pounding drums, and yelling.  Often they just sound like everybody else, which is sad really cuz they were complete innovators and inspired many.  Well I'll just listen to the three songs over and over...

Cluster & Eno-Old Land.  This is a compilation of the two C&E albums from the 70's.  I bought this on a whim (used) as I remember not thinking much of this stuff when I heard it way back compared to Godhead Eno's classics, but wow is this some great music.  Some quirky, weird vocal tracks but with a charm and beauty to them, and some flat-out gorgeous instrumental/ambient pieces. 


Love Mario, but......41 minutes????  Is this an album or an e.p. 

I'll check it out.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Redshift new album
« on: October 22, 2015, 01:12:15 AM »
Funny, I had the complete opposite reaction to this album.  I think it's some of the most melancholic and human music he's done.  The last few were getting kind of monotonous and left me cold.  Some new sounds on this one, and the tracks are nicely varied.  The more aggressive tracks  are really convincing as pieces of music instead of an onslaught of loud sequencers going at a manic pace. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Redshift new album
« on: October 20, 2015, 11:45:08 PM »
The CD and download are out on bandcamp now.  I received my CD over the weekend and I must say this is the best Redshift album to date.  The production is amazing.  Hope you have a good pair of speakers to handle the monstrous bass...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: October 19, 2015, 01:59:57 PM »
I have that SETI disc.  Good (outer) space ambient.

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