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With all the dark energies being linked to this bloodmoon event, I wasn't enthralled with the concept, including artwork and coaster.  Kinda creepy to me.  Great music though.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 04, 2016, 12:38:09 AM »
Re:  Create CD.  To me this release just meanders nowhere for an hour, cool beats but too repetitive.  They could've done more here.  it's ok, but I rarely play it.  Create 2 is way better than this IMO. 

Re: ASC *Fervent Dream.  Mostly redundant to previous releases.  My ears only perked up at the final piece, which luckily is 20 minutes long since it's very good.  I really do not like these digipaks Silent Season is doing now.  No spine label?  Now that is dumb.  Virtually no text on the front or back covers.  Their previous compilation, 3 CDs worth, had the most boring artwork I've ever seen.  Just the name of the album in black lettering on white background, no spine label, no track titles or even artist names on back cover.   At least they upped the limitation to 500 this time so you didn't have to buy one the first two days it was released.

Currently listening:  Pink Floyd "Test flight" 1977 Animals tour live bootleg, Joy Division "London 02-08-1979". 

Alternate title:  "Three Old Men".  ;D

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Biosphere on BC
« on: January 04, 2016, 12:10:42 AM »
Seems a tad late to the party, but good for him, and the fans.  Is he still making music?  Haven't seen anything new for years now.  I was never a big fan anyway.  Always thought his stuff was overrated, even combined with Namlook. 

The people who bought the book are likely the ones who fly from all over to Tucson to see one concert.  I would never do that for any artist or band.  I don't care who it is.  I once drove like 80 miles one way to a concert and it wasn't worth the money, time, and stress.  Some people can afford the Roach workshops.  It would be nice to attend but, like the $150 book, I just cannot afford to be that big of a fan.  The music is enough for me.  I'm not criticizing anyone for how they spend their money.  I hope they enjoy the book if they bought one.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CD Shipping costs.
« on: January 03, 2016, 11:51:28 PM »
I sent one CD to UK airmail and it was almost $14.  This is absolutely CRIMINAL!!  but then again the US government is criminal including our president so it doesn't surprise me.  They spend trillions on military and trillions disappear unaccounted for and they've more than DOUBLED the international rate from a couple years ago.  It used to be about $6.  Now when I sell music on Discogs, I hardly get international buyers.  If I do get an order outside the US, I feel bad and almost guilty, and wonder if they think I'm just ripping them off.  If they want it registered it's an extra $12!!!  So that's $26.  Oh and don't forget the bubble mailer $1.50.   I only pay around $10-$12 for registered when I order outside US.  Regular airmail is about $7 to US on average.  I wonder what the government explanation is for these outrageous charges.  I asked USPS staff and they don't know why. 

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 31, 2015, 12:49:00 PM »
Swans-Swans Are Dead.  1996 live double album.  Don't care much for the new Swans material, but they were awesome in the early to mid 90's, mainly because they were more accessible/music oriented rather than the sludgy noisy stuff from the 80's.  Distinct for being the loudest band I ever saw live.  My ears rang for like two days.   

Seefeel-Succour.  Seefeel never did much for me when I heard them first in the 90's.  I just bought this one, which came out in 1995, for $5 used and it is excellent.  Sort of an ambient industrial Cocteau Twins, speaking of whom they recorded this in the Cocteau's studio and worked with them back in the 90's. 

Rapoon-Live at KFJC 1996.  Bonus disc on the Fires of the Borderlands reissue.  Simply amazing recording of Robin Storey at the peak of his powers.  If you liked the Kirghiz Light and that period of '94-'96, this is essential.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 28, 2015, 04:24:22 PM »
Julio Di Benedetto- A Tide Pool of Memories.  Another gorgeous piece of Vidna Obmana-like (that's a good thing) organic mandalas of sound. 

Hawkwind- Space Ritual Live.  This album is just short of "awful".  Recorded a year or two ago in London at a benefit for animal rights or something like that.  Hawkwind now only consists of one original member, Dave Brock.  This comes off as basically a cover band doing Hawkwind tunes.  The songs plod along in uninspired fashion.  The sound is slick, polished, and digitized.  Too much weak programming, not enough guitars.  The drums plod along in an almost annoying way.  Why listen to this when you can listen to the original awesome early 70's material?  The only song I really enjoyed on this is "Spirit of the Age." 

So I finally gave these albums some proper deep time and I have to say the live set is pretty awesome.  Last week sounded amazing in the car driving to San Francisco.  Great mix of the sequencer stuff and tribal.  In fact I probably should have put this one on my best of list.  After the whistles subside in the Immersion Zone disc, it gets progressively better.  It's a nice (slight) variation in the Possible Planet theme. 

One thing I never understood about these releases on Steve's site:  Each disc was $15 and the "combo pack" was $30.  Shouldn't it be *cheaper* as a bonus to purchase both together? 

1.  Sphare Sechs- Enceladus (Malignant Records).  Spooky outer space atmospheres.  Love the sleeve artwork on this one too. 
2.  Redshift- Life to Come (Distant Sun).  Mark Shreeve's finest studio album (as Redshift) to date.
3.  Autumn of Communion 5
4.  Autumn of Communion 6 (..txt)  What can I say?  They always make my best of list.
5.  Julio Di Benedetto- Original Light (Digital Voices).  Striking, haunting ambient from Hypnos forum member!
6.  Blake Gibson/Robert Davies- Quiraing (Databloem).  Excellent "big landscape" music a la David Parsons and Mathias Grassow. 
7.  Sraunus-  Asperatus Clouds (Anodize).  Quite stunning ambient dub.
8.  S.E.T.I. - The Data Logs of Astro Myrmex (..txt)  Unique, cinematic space ambient
9.  Futurology (aka Ishq)- Martian Chronicles (Virtual). 
10. Fatal Tangent- Cenotaph (Anodize).  Rhythmic dark space ambient, like Ramp/Redshift without the sequencers meets Aphex Twin SAW II.  Outer space tripout fest!

Honorable mentions:  Steve Roach-Etheric Imprints, Bloodmoon Rising
                             Mathias Grassow- AeroArea

(as usual, excellent music from these masters but you gotta reward the lesser knowns sometimes)

This is only a very small fraction of available music out there.  I'm not very adventuresome these days and avoid downloads in favor of CD's, so I'm not exposed to what is probably a great deal of excellent work.  You can probably tell as I pick music from the same labels and/or artists every year....I would love to read everyone's lists and discover some other releases.  Thanks!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Discogs experiences (good and bad)?
« on: December 21, 2015, 09:41:41 AM »
Wanterkeelt:  my Discogs name is tauceti.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Discogs experiences (good and bad)?
« on: December 17, 2015, 03:39:10 PM »
I've been a Discogs member for many years now.  Does anyone have any thoughts, experiences, advice, etc. they want to share? 

Lately for whatever reason I've been noticing that some sellers are totally clueless when it comes to listing and/or grading items.  I'm a CD collector--no vinyl.  I have 3 CD versions of some of my favorite albums.  I recently ordered the UK version of an album, and the seller sent me the US version.  They had no idea there was a difference, since the cover and track titles were the same they said.  Even though it gives you a list of all the CD versions.  Duh.  Even when you're listing an item for sale, Discogs reminds you to list the exact item on the release page.  This has happened to me three times in the last several months.  Now it's to the point I have to ask and verify with the seller before placing an order. 

Some people's sense of grading is totally bizarre.  Their "Near Mint" is more like "good plus" or "very good."  One CD I bought said "unplayed new" and "very good plus," but had multiple scratches, some deeper than "minor."  They stated it had been in their record store for 20 years kept in a plastic binder sleeve and was "new".  Why would I care if a CD is "unplayed" if it's scratched?  They don't seem to understand the difference.  I'm surprised some of these people even work in record stores. 

I've had some really good experiences, too, but for some reason really bad ones for the last several months.  I can share some good ones, too, but I feel like complaining right now.   8)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: December 17, 2015, 12:25:28 PM »
Is anyone compiling their Best of 2015 list?  Maybe in a couple weeks we could start a thread...


No I don't post at Hoffman, just read.  Can drive you crazy when everyone is adamant their favorite CD pressing is the best. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Who is Sanjay Nadeem?
« on: December 14, 2015, 04:43:15 PM »
SunDummy, why WTF??  I'm just stating fact that the rants by Ekstasis are bizarre, as if he has some personal interest or connection to KW.  To an obsessive degree.

Jkn: not sure what you mean "two legs to stand on"?  If you're insinuating I think there's something wrong with reissuing Oophoi, you misread my statement.  I'm saying there's nothing wrong with reissuing Oophoi, far as I know.

I don't understand where these comments are coming from. 

I received the discs over the weekend.  The live set is excellent.  The immersion zone CD not so much.  Now I know what was meant by dog whistle.  I don't know why he likes this sound so much but it ruins the album.  To me it's too similar to Possible Planet anyway so I wouldn't play it much or at all.  Namlook was fascinated by the sound on his late period Move D/Namlook releases.  Didn't care for it then either.  Annoying is right. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Who is Sanjay Nadeem?
« on: December 14, 2015, 01:51:46 PM »
If that person the tapes were given to didn't want them to be disseminated then they shouldn't have given them to someone else.  And since nothing's in writing, from what I gather from your explanation, then there's nothing illegal here. 

By the way you're starting to sound like a broken record with the  same things said over and over.  Sanjay is fake, no permission, etc blah blah blah.  WHINE is right  :o                           

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Who is Sanjay Nadeem?
« on: December 14, 2015, 09:58:43 AM »
You just admitted the tapes were given to Tomas!  Then what's the argument?

I suppose then Dennis Knopper of Databloem is evil too for remastering the Oophoi catalog with new artwork and "making money off a dead man"??

I don't see anyone criticizing him.  Why are you so angry and obsessed about this topic?  I can't figure it out.  I said the same to you in our private messages. 

Yes,thanks for the information!

I did notice the Floyd discs were more bass heavy, but I like it this way.  I wonder if the people who collect Japan issues do it for sound quality reasons or just plain collecting.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Harold Budd website!
« on: December 10, 2015, 04:22:14 PM »
New factoids gleaned from this interivew:

"The Pearl" (track and album) was named by Daniel Lanois, after he commented one of the tracks was "a little pearl."

The retirement announcement he made way back when was a mistake, he admits.  Things were not going well and he was having a difficult time, and he blurted out publicly he was quitting music, which wasn't what he wanted to do at all.

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