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I agree, excellent album.  "Living the Dream" is also my favorite Roach sequencer piece, so you have good taste! I think it's on that "Life Sequence" compilation on Timeroom Editions. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Grassow on BC
« on: July 12, 2015, 02:57:17 AM »
So I listened to most of this AeoArea massive four disc set via Bandcamp.  Honestly I liked the first track/disc, but the rest just sounded like an overly long miasma of huge waves of atonal drones.  Pretty mediocre stuff, so thankfully I won't have to shell out the big bucks for the CD box. 

To make up for it, "Aurae" is the new collaboration between Grassow and John Haughm (of metal band Agalloch), their first being "Mosaic," which was pretty damn good.  Haughm's Bandcamp page has the whole album up and I was impressed enough to order the disc.  Don't worry, there's no heavy metal guitar on it. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach Etheric Imprints
« on: July 12, 2015, 02:49:08 AM »
This whole album is now up on Projekt's Bandcamp page.  Wow, never thought I'd say this but except for the first piece w/piano, the other three long tracks I found unlistenable.  Very out of tune/atonal, like several ambient albums being played at once and the ensuing noisy, misdirected music that would follow.  I can see the idea but the realization IMO fails and is painful to listen to.  I had a similar reaction to his "Afterlight," although that CD was much more listenable.  Mathias Grassow has done this sort of thing for years, sometimes it works but often it doesn't.  Anyway, I don't think this one will go down as one of his better works, although on the positive I do commend him for being "out there" and not always playing it safe and predictable.  He does what he wants and releases it to please himself, not others.  I just happened not to like this one.  I'd be interested to hear other opinions on this release. 

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 12, 2015, 01:33:00 AM »
Clan of Xymox--Medusa.  YESSSSS!!!!!  Quite simply one of the most perfect pop/rock albums ever made.  Songs that are not so much written as CHANNELLED (from the heavens above).  Ahhhhhhh.....

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 10, 2015, 03:24:31 PM »
Black Sabbath--Paranoid.  Been listening to this obsessively recently.  45 years old and it sounds amazing.  How great is Iron Man?!  As is the whole album.

Amaryllis Dream.  A side project of Ishq, very quiet Eno-like pieces with bird/nature sounds.  Deceptively simple music that could be accused of a "new age" vibe yet upon close headphones inspection it's like new age on acid.  Very deep and meditative.  One of 2015 highlights for me.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach Etheric Imprints
« on: July 09, 2015, 10:40:45 PM »
You're right!  Guess that makes sense too since it was part of the Dreamtime Return box set.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 09, 2015, 10:09:00 AM »
Rapoon--Dark Zero.  Another great one harkening back to the analog days of the 90s. He's on a roll.  With the "ancient astronaut/alien" cover painting by Storey, and ghostly surreal sounds, this has much in common with the What do you Suppose: the Alien Question release from about 15 years ago.  A good mix of the strange and the beautiful.  On Estonian label Retortae, limited to 100 glass mastered CD's.  (Pretty pricey but worth it if you're a Rapoon fanatic).

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Steve Roach Etheric Imprints
« on: July 08, 2015, 09:16:45 AM »
There's a 9 min preview of this album on Projekt Bandcamp.  You can really hear the Harold Budd influence here.  Very gloomy track with piano bathed in reverb plus thick droney Steve ambience.  I would describe this as Lovely Thunder (Budd's 1986 album) meets Magnificent Void.  Nice to hear some piano, seems like Dreamtime Return was the last one to use it (or was it Desert Solitaire?)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 07, 2015, 09:35:38 AM »
From Here to Tranquility Vol 2.  Silent label comp from 1993.  Lots of gems from some obscure ambient groups, plus a Namlook track and Robert Rich track.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 05, 2015, 12:12:41 PM »
Purl--Stillpoint.  Ambient dub on the Silent Season label.  I am selling my copy, let me know if interested.  It's sold out already, 350 copies were pressed...

Now Playing / Re: FILE://Access/Rip/Play
« on: July 05, 2015, 12:06:08 AM »
I'm selling my copy of Purl's Stillpoint CD, sold out on Silent Season, for $20 if anyone's interested.  It's listed on Discogs.  Thanks.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Grassow on BC
« on: July 03, 2015, 04:29:08 PM »
Put it on my wantlist on Discogs.  Thanks.  Wonder how much this thing's gonna cost $$$.  Hopefully not too bad.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Grassow on BC
« on: July 02, 2015, 10:26:25 PM »
Where can I order this grassow box from?  The labels site is in Russian and I don't see this box on the website at all.

Everything and Nothing / Re: RIP Chris Squire
« on: June 29, 2015, 09:45:11 AM »
Amazing bassist.  RIP sir.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 24, 2015, 10:00:50 AM »
Hey Chris, followed the link to the Jaja album Stellamare.  I thought this might be a cool album until I heard the CHIRPING BIRDS.  I was not aware there were birds flying around in outer space.  Kinda ruined it for me.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 23, 2015, 03:36:49 PM »
Woob 2 (em:t 4495).  I just paid a whopping $70 for this rare CD on Discogs, which is comparatively low to what others are asking.  As often pointed out, not as good overall as the first release, but still excellent.  Has a psychedelic jungle feel on the rhythmic pieces, with its share of quiet moody interludes. 

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 21, 2015, 11:31:58 PM »
Numina--Through the Gate to Nowhere.  This is a very gloomy album.  Think Stalker, early Vidna Obmana, Lustmord...much more dark ambient than his Hypnos releases.

Pjusk--Sart.  One of the best things IMO that 12k label ever released.  Kind of real quiet, delicate fourth world micro ambient, maybe a glitchy Brian Eno (?).  Lovely stuff.  Their followup on 12k and Glacial Movements discs are awesome too.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 20, 2015, 11:09:37 AM »
Thomas P. Heckmann--The Lost Tales Vol IV.  The first two volumes were released on Fax, while the third and now this one on Carpe Sonum, which is carrying the fax torch by releasing music that could have  or should have been on Fax.  This one is for people who reeeeeeeally like electronic music.  Lots of thick modular sounds, bleeps, and experimental rhythms.  The soundtrack to a modern city composed by a mad scientist locked in a room full of synths.  From the menacing to the beautiful, this disc has it all.  There's a piece on here that you'd swear was Pete Namlook.  Probably the best of the series.  Recommended!

As the trio?  I guess Orange, Blue, Dorfkirche Repelen...still need Red and now Green.  I have a ton of Manikin stuff plus the reissues on Syngate.  I liked the recent e.p. collaboration with Cosmic Hoffmann, but I still need to buy the disc through bandcamp.  I also love Thomas Fanger's work...

Thanks for this review!  Duly noted and order placed at Jesse's bandcamp. 

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