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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by stargazer on Today at 02:36:25 PM »
Sudurland & Vesturland from Iceland by Boreal Taiga
https://borealtaiga.bandcamp.com/album/iceland

Both tracks growing.
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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« Last post by stargazer on Today at 02:28:50 PM »
Peter Heg - The Quiet Girl & The Elephant Keepers' Children



Both books / stories are special. The first about the system of the tones and stillness. The second about the gate to god and the elephant of sadness in us.
The writing style is breathless and very deep. You may know the author of the book Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow.
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Independent Music Reviews / My review of "Aeon V" CDr by Solaris
« Last post by richardgurtler on August 12, 2019, 09:32:40 AM »


Solaris "Aeon V" CDr

Highly sympathetic Californian label Synphaera Records, run by Chris Bryant and Don Tyler, quickly became an important voice on the map of ambient and electronic related genres with several top-notch sonic and visual gems resonating since 2015. Solaris "Aeon V" CDr, packaged in a 4-panel digipak and released in a limited edition of 150 copies during March 2017, is no exception. The project features Serbian soundsculptor Strahinja Maletić, one half of Fourth Dimension, and above mentioned Don Tyler, who is together with Chris Bryant the force behind Ascendant project. Sten Backman of Great Big Container gets credit for transporting cover image while Don Tyler is responsible for the mastering wizardry at his IO Mastering Studio.

Gossamery tinkles announce 7-plus minutes long "Ritual" and shift it into contemplatively embracing sceneries, where mesmerizingly invading monochromatic drones amalgamate with balmily organic serenities and quietly paced traceries. A very strong introduction of Solaris' soundworlds!!! Nearly 6-minute "Levitation" unfolds suitably to its title, but soon it metamorphoses into intangibly sequenced terrains, pervaded by enchanting cinematic glimpses. "Inward" masterfully bridges gracefully sinuous vistas with illuminating traces. "Waiting" maintains its evocative scenario, yet again juxtaposed by anodynely marching patterns. "Roundabout", at 5 minutes the shortest piece on the album, glides towards intensely engulfing horizons, exquisitely nuanced and meticulously permeated by intriguingly nebulous solitudes. Pure aural elixir!!! Shimmering introspections with mysteriously flatlined meridians riding atop and persistently glittering scenic motifs carve truly magnificent imageries, "Intrinsic" is obviously another exceptional composition, bravo Strahinja & Don!!! "Circular" arises from heavenly stratums, but fragilely translucent cyber-tech sparkles quickly steal the forefront. "Dominant" drifts into ambiguously immense zones, where grandiosely towering vertexes masterfully commingle with remotely obscure claps. "Reception", the longest track clocking over 8-minute mark, precisely merges glancing, yet awe-inspiring mesas with hypnotically perpetual and animately magnified sequences and flickering biotic embellishments. The closing "Contemplation" enters halcyon panoramas, where enveloping heavenly magnitudes counterpoint with spellbindingly trembling tapestries. Sergey Severin is credited on the end for his "Transmission from the future" epilogue. As much enveloping as piquant, a genuinely rewarding conclusion!!!

68 minutes long "Aeon V", inspired by Andrei Tarkovsky's adaptation of the novel Solaris by Stanisław Lem, is a true masterwork and undoubtedly one of my fave Synphaera releases!!! On this timeless journey, Strahinja Maletić and Don Tyler triumphantly reveal their creative talents. High five for both of you guys, you can be really proud of this strikingly immersing and intricately sculpted debut!!! In the meantime another album by Solaris was released, "Chimera" is out on Synphaera's dark cinematic sub-label Exosphere since October 2018. It's a pity this recording is not available on a physical format, nuts like me certainly would love it on a CD/CDr...

Richard Grtler (Aug 07, 2019, Bratislava, Slovakia)
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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by stargazer on August 12, 2019, 09:08:06 AM »
In these days I am listening a lot from these three albums:

The Soft Touch of Morning Light by Michael Stearns
https://michaelstearns.bandcamp.com/album/the-soft-touch-of-morning-light

The Martian Chronicles by Seren Ffordd and Ophoi
https://serenffordd.bandcamp.com/album/the-martian-chronicles

Tiento de las Nieves by Thomas Kner
https://thomaskoener.bandcamp.com/album/tiento-de-las-nieves

All three albums contain sublimity ...
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Parallel Worlds - Sorrow vinyl EP limited to 20 copies only!

Seventeenth release from Matn 7
Catalog number: MOA017

Pre-order:

https://moatun7.bandcamp.com/album/sorrow

releases September 5, 2019

Written by Bakis Sirros
Mastered by rni Grtar
(p) (c) Matn 7 2019
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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« Last post by Seren on August 09, 2019, 01:30:37 AM »
Listening to some of it now on Bandcamp  Sounds really good so far.  8)

I'm pleased you are enjoying it.
I was very happy with some of the sound movements in Calabi-Yau. There are places where the sounds fold in and out across the stereo image, but with the other sounds on the track this is not always easy to hear.
   I did think of dropping the other sounds, but it did not sound right - became too bare.

as always any questions or responses to the music appreciated.
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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« Last post by hdibrell on August 08, 2019, 04:32:33 PM »
Listening to some of it now on Bandcamp  Sounds really good so far.  8)
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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« Last post by Seren on August 05, 2019, 11:18:10 AM »
It's been a little while since I released any music, life and everything....

Anyway, new release on Bandcamp:



I've got my recording equipment back up and running. Deleted almost all the unfinished projects and was looking at what I might want to create now...had intended to create simpler pieces than the most recent complex sounds, but found both were rising out of the mists - this is a piece of complex sounds....
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Sorry for the late reply. I thought I had turned on notifications for new replies, but I guess not  ;)

During the Chill-Out Music Experience workshop, each group (3 to 5 people) can decide what type of ambient / chill-out music they want to create and produce. So if the group decides to make a dark ambient production, even while not being in Scandinavia, they can go ahead and work play towards that.

By the way, this is also a nice opportunity to bring you up to speed on the Chill-Out Music Experience, which is coming up soon now, starting at September 27th. Every participant receives a FREE 4-day ticket to the Space Mountain Festival which is held straight after the Chill-Out Music Experience workshop and is organized by Martin "Youth" Glover. The festival creates a connection with the pulse of nature through the mystery and beauty of music, literature, film & art, by interactive studio sessions, live music by some of the best Chillout & Ambient DJs, a divers range of cultural events, film screenings, workshops, and so on.

Read more about the festival here:
https://sounduniversity.eu/space-mountain-festival/

Information about the Chill-Out Music Experience workshop can be found here:
https://sounduniversity.eu/chill-out-music-experience-workshop/

You can also check out our blogs which cover several topics, from chill-out music production to Youth's role in chill-out / ambient music:
https://sounduniversity.eu/blogs/

If you have any questions, shoot!  :)

Mark
chill-out@sounduniversity.eu

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by chris23 on July 25, 2019, 11:00:13 AM »
Such a good week for ambient! Releases from some of my favorite artists (i.e., Ludvig/Purl, Warmth, Halftribe) all dropped on July 19th:

https://pitp.bandcamp.com/album/intimacy
https://archivesdubmusic.bandcamp.com/album/wildlife
https://dronarivm.bandcamp.com/album/backwater-revisited
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