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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sigur Ros - Route 1
« Last post by chris23 on July 28, 2016, 01:29:08 PM »
I skipped around a bit to briefly sample it. There is some really cool stuff in there! (The first few minutes were annoying to my daughter though.) Thanks for the head's up!
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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by chris23 on July 28, 2016, 01:28:14 PM »
I really like that release, Julio. I ended up buying the digital on Bandcamp. 

So is US Amazon selling a different product than what Boomkat was selling? I almost ordered from Boomkat months ago because the pics looked great. I think I'd flip out if I received a CDr on demand in cheap packaging.
 
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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by Julio Di Benedetto on July 28, 2016, 11:33:11 AM »


Akira Rabelais...."The Little Glass"

Interesting 2 cd release with a performance form Harold Budd.  Actually both artists are credited with piano parts but to me it all sounds like Budd. It is very quiet and restrained, even for Budd with a oddly beautiful sonic quality working in the softer to silent parts, perhaps this is Rabelais.  When I listened to the first cd it was what I had in mind and what I love about Harold Budds work but the second cd is Rabelais reworking of the first cd's music and it is fantastic.....pure shimmer ambience!

I got the cd, and I should mention its a cdr, from amazon in the usa but the Akira Rabelais Bandcamp site links Boomkat in the UKfor those across the pond. The packaging is old school plastic and somewhat cheaply made with cd Baby print on both discs and a very limited cd liner which lists track titles but no artist names or any other information. It plays perfectly but I guess I was expecting more in presentation then what seems like just an afterthought regarding the general packaging and design as is shown on the Boomkat website.

http://akirarabelais.bandcamp.com/album/the-little-glass
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Remco Helbers "On Some Road" CD

Wow!!! I simply can't start with any other words. What a well-hidden masterwork by an ambient guitar dronescaper Remco Helbers!!! This Dutchman is also known as one of the members of ambient/dhrupad/trance project Chalnat. This little gem of art was already self-released by Remco on physical CD back in 2002 (!!!) and it's a best example there is no justice in music industry!!! Certainly big shame on me for not exploring this jewel much sooner. Yeah, I still keep in mind when searching infos about Chalnat and discographies about each member popped up, but unfortunately in Dutch only, so I somehow didn't pay any deeper attention to them. Otherwise I would be able to get at least some hint on Remco Helbers', I believe, debut solo album. So I had to wait until Forrest Fang has brought this stunningly gorgeous album to the light some weeks ago (huge thanks, Forrest!!!). Some additional background info on this recording, the music was inspired by paintings of London-based abstract painter John Kimber, who met Remco Helbers during a Guitar-Craft course led by Robert Fripp in 1998. Each of the seven tracks is represented by a painting, all of them are printed on the 8-panel front insert. Except Remco Helbers and John Kimber, credit goes also to Sid Smith for the liner notes (he was an attendee of the same course). This music was firstly presented on the opening night of an exhibition of John Kimber's paintings in July 2001 at the Long Gallery at Lauderdale House in London. I should add that "On Some Road" album was digitally re-released in 2015 on Turmoil Music label.

Equipped with Chapman Grand Stick, bells, bowls and sampler, "On Some Road" journey unfolds with 7-minute "Urban Nightscape II". A truly gracious and warm dronescape magnified with filigree mindscaping flickerings invades, drifts and meanders through gorgeously expansive nocturnal vistas and glimpses. What a beauty!!! The listener is immediately bathed in an ultimate looped atmospheric elixir, a pure drone magic virtuosically executed by Remco Helbers!!! "A Kinder Blue IV" holds its magnificently embracing dimension, masterfully counterpointing balmy rises and ebbs with intangibly reverberating helixes. Euphoniously evocative, yet meticulously dissonant, certainly another superb composition!!! Its companion "A Kinder Blue II" safely keeps on billowing path, where it exquisitely merges insistently pinnacling cinematic horizons, elusive bell contemplations and peculiarly traversing tapestries. Immensely reflective dronendeavour!!! "Floating In Sequence II", with 3 and a half minutes minutes the shortest piece on the album, seems to be the most enigmatic composition so far, where circling stringed patterns continuously interplay with slowly emerging and expressively weeping panoramas, while remotely ethereal bells surreptitiously sneak in. On the contrary the following cut, "Cathedral I" clocks to 9-minute mark as the longest track "On Some Road". The title couldn't be chosen more precise, my listening room is invaded by gracefully immense washes, which are persistently permeated by hauntingly reverberant reminiscences. Sublimely monumental, yet splendid mindscapes are endlessly carved and commingle with abstract images revealed by sunlight filtered through stained glass windows. Another intense drone tour de force, bravo, Remco!!! "Obsession I" delves deeply into shadowy unfathomable depths, where undulating, rather monochromatic drone is relentlessly confronted with ear-tickling transcendental meridians. Oracular "Floating In Sequence II" is easily surpassed, a journey beyond the gates awaits here, enter now!!! The closing "Dragon III", another longer piece clocking to nearly 9 minutes, remains safely on the path guided by tenebrously sculpted scenario pervaded by intriguing resonances, occasionally augmented by cinematic climaxes and meditative glimmers. A very strong outro indeed!!!

This is an utterly jaw-dropping, over 49 minutes long listening exploration, I still can't believe... And I keep on wondering how could I miss such masterwork for many many years. But anyway, always better later than never!!! As I have found lately, this album received handful of very positive reviews during 2002, but unfortunately it still remains criminally unexposed. As informed by Remco, he still has boxes with this CD, which was a result of bad experiences with some distributors back in the days when he started with his label. So he quickly became disillusioned about this kind of business and because at the same time he was moving into his studies about stringed instruments of the Hindustani classical music like surbahar (bass sitar) and rudra veena, "On Some Road" CD is still a strongly undiscovered jewel. Yeah, the future offerings by Remco Helbers might sound quite different, but I don't mind, because he is an exceptionally gifted artist!!! I definitely will keep an ear out for his next soundsculptings. So it's quite obvious an epic "On Some Road" CD gets my highest recommendation!!!

Richard Gürtler (Jul 27, 2016, Bratislava, Slovakia)
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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by Julio Di Benedetto on July 27, 2016, 08:45:29 PM »
I am glad other people are getting turned onto these. When I created the thread in the other part of the forum it seemed like only a couple people were into this music. Film Decay is my favorite of the Tear Ceremony albums as well.

I have been immersing myself in Tear Ceremony.....

Film Decay...Resin...Emulsion.  Film Decay is the one the really resonates with me.

And recent releases from Todd Gautreau aka Tear Ceremony under the name Tapes & Topographies....

Somewhere in the forum cvac I found a link to your top 50 or so ambient / industrial music releases perhaps the cratedigger link.  It was there that I saw you had The Tear Ceremony album Film Decay listed.  Thats how I discovered it. Thanks!
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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sigur Ros - Route 1
« Last post by Julio Di Benedetto on July 27, 2016, 08:36:09 PM »
I started at the beginning tonight.  OMG I love riding in the front of big buses and the landscape is other worldly, oh and the music is great too. lets see how far I get.

Thanks for the heads up Forrest
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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by cvac on July 27, 2016, 08:30:53 PM »
I am glad other people are getting turned onto these. When I created the thread in the other part of the forum it seemed like only a couple people were into this music. Film Decay is my favorite of the Tear Ceremony albums as well.

I have been immersing myself in Tear Ceremony.....

Film Decay...Resin...Emulsion.  Film Decay is the one the really resonates with me.

And recent releases from Todd Gautreau aka Tear Ceremony under the name Tapes & Topographies....
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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Sigur Ros - Route 1
« Last post by ffcal on July 27, 2016, 12:32:23 PM »
For those who may have missed it, Sigur Ros recently streamed a 24-hour trip up Route 1 in Iceland with a generative ambient soundtrack based on material from its upcoming album. They've posted all 24 hours on YouTube.  Here's the last 6-1/2 hours:

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum Inactivity
« Last post by Scott M2 on July 27, 2016, 09:07:40 AM »
Hi Jana, I'm fine thanks. Rather behind my own schedule regarding the projects I'm working on, though.

It seems that people have moved on to a degree (Mike included). Unfortunately, a number of people have passed on as well.

I remember my first 'Hi it's me and here's my new surround sound ambient album' post many years ago and how it was pretty much well ignored, until I stuck around and started contributing.

Pete, Tell me more about your surround album(s). Still available?
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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Thoughts on Mychael Danna?
« Last post by phobos on July 27, 2016, 03:32:15 AM »
Another Sun, A Gradual Awakening and Summerland are still amongst my personal favourites.
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