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Everything and Nothing / Re: R.I.P. Jeff Kowal aka Terra Ambient
« Last post by APK on April 27, 2016, 03:44:03 PM »
And such a young age. How sad.   :(
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Everything and Nothing / Re: R.I.P. Jeff Kowal aka Terra Ambient
« Last post by chris23 on April 27, 2016, 03:03:25 PM »
 :(
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Everything and Nothing / Re: R.I.P. Jeff Kowal aka Terra Ambient
« Last post by einstein36 on April 27, 2016, 02:51:24 PM »
A great musician and influence on ambient music.
We will definitely miss him.  He's now playing awesome ambient music with Jim Brenholts....
Rest in peace dear friend...
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Everything and Nothing / R.I.P. Jeff Kowal aka Terra Ambient
« Last post by mgriffin on April 27, 2016, 01:58:40 PM »

I've just seen the terrible news that Jeff Kowal, who was a long-time visitor to this forum, and best known for his recordings as Terra Ambient, has passed away.


As for today, the spottedpeccary.com landing page is a memorial to Jeff, though assume this link will point to something else if you find this later: http://spottedpeccary.com/

Many of us may have seen Jeff posting on Facebook about his difficult illness. I'm not sure what I can say. In addition to being a sensitive and gifted recording artist, Jeff was always intelligent and thoughtful in my interactions with him, and seemed to be well-liked and respected by everyone. He will be missed.
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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Igneous Flame News, Spring 2016
« Last post by petekelly on April 27, 2016, 06:38:37 AM »
This is more of a re-post, than an actual post, but I recently blogged about my upcoming projects. Here:
https://igneousflame.wordpress.com/2016/04/24/igneous-news-spring-2016/

I've also uploaded a free track on my Soundcloud page, if you just want to hear that:
https://soundcloud.com/igneous-flame/return-to-life
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I'm going to be honest and say I'm a little disappointed with Biosonic. I really enjoy some of Robert Logan's individual pieces that I listened to, but I did wonder how his style and sound would combine with that of Steve Roach.
To me the music on Biosonic kind of lingers on the surface, it doesn't pull me in. There are some fine moments, like the beautiful atmospheric ending of the first track. I wish there were more of those moments.
I think there is a lot of focus on detail, but I'm missing the overall picture. For example, I feel Body Electric and especially Blood Machine have a much stronger sense of cohesion; the concept of those albums really comes to life in the music.
Still, it's a worthy effort and it's good for Steve Roach to keep venturing into new directions, but maybe these two artists aren't fully compatible. Or I simply had the wrong expectations.
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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by cvac on April 26, 2016, 05:57:17 PM »
cvac: Kevan Revis just told me that he knows you from your WI days. Crazy, small world: He and I went to high school and college together.

Yes, very small world indeed.


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Speaking of which:

Kevan Revis - Sollicitudo

Experimental soundscapes with a lot of ear candy. Not necessarily ambient, but likely to appeal to those who like the Hafler Trio, Organum, NWW, and other outfits that helped define a unique form of sound sculptures in the 80s/90s.
https://kevanrevis.bandcamp.com/album/sollicitudo


I tend to think of ambient music as part of a continuum where all kinds of things exist, and this kind of stuff is just on another part of the same continuum as ambient. I really enjoy his album too. The vinyl LP version is very nice for those that have a turntable. I think he might still have a few copies left through his store, Boxer Records.
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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by chris23 on April 26, 2016, 05:02:57 PM »
cvac: Kevan Revis just told me that he knows you from your WI days. Crazy, small world: He and I went to high school and college together.

Speaking of which:

Kevan Revis - Sollicitudo

Experimental soundscapes with a lot of ear candy. Not necessarily ambient, but likely to appeal to those who like the Hafler Trio, Organum, NWW, and other outfits that helped define a unique form of sound sculptures in the 80s/90s.
https://kevanrevis.bandcamp.com/album/sollicitudo
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Independent Music Reviews / My review of "Hinterland" CDr by Aperus
« Last post by richardgurtler on April 26, 2016, 04:38:06 AM »


Aperus "Hinterland" CDr

Except releasing three years ago a collaborative album "Ecotone" with James Johnson, one of the monumental pinnacles of 2013, Brian McWilliams, the driving force behind Aperus (and Remanence), was quite busy during the last few years with focusing on reissuing, remastering and repackaging older gems like "Tumbleweed Obfuscated By Camera Failure", reissued April 2013, and "Lamkhyer" as Remanence, which was resurrected during March 2015. "Hinterland", originally released in 2004 as a 5-track mini album, keeps on the path of this strategy. The 2004 edition was packaged in a slim jewel case featuring additional photographs taken from Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, as data files. Personally, I have never been a big fan of slim jewel cases, without a spine, and I prefer much more physical visuals included within the release than those on my screen, so I have been very excited since the very beginning, when Brian has announced a reissue of "Hinterland". According to the extensive project updates via Brian's own Geophonic Records' blog, the reworking of "Hinterland" visuals and audio, was a quite in-depth task. Out since January 20th, 2016 as a pro CDr (duplicated at plant), I am now holding in my hands a truly gorgeous release packaged in 5" x 7" plastic sleeve with an attractive double sided gatefold cover and six 4" x 6" black & white photos taken by the artist at above mentioned Chaco Canyon. Undoubtedly, this is another collector's item from Geophonic Records (previously mPATH Records)!!! I should also mention that "Hinterland" features two additional guests on few tracks, John Phipps (who is a full member with Brian on Remanence project) and Carolyn Koebel. Although still as a mini-album, this edition is extended to 7 pieces and it gets over 36 minutes in length.

Remastered long version of "Magnetism" unfolds this inspiring journey with poetically lyrical piano soothingly backed by ethereal choir-like drones, while mesmerizingly rattling gossamer quietudes are counterpointed with nebulously ephemeral voice fragments. What a poignantly charged beauty!!! I keep in mind slightly shorter version of "Magnetism" on another stunningly packaged album, "Tumbleweed Obfuscated By Camera Failure" (released in 2003 and reissued 10 years later). Experimental mix of "Earth & Clay", as indicated by its title, incorporates an array of primordial-infused percussive elements coupled with bassline patterns and balmily encircling rattles (by Carolyn Koebel). Rather shorter, yet powerfully immersing venture into the sacred ancestral homelands of Pueblo people. Original version of "Echo Canyon" (remastered) delves deeply into warmly expansive and gracefully infinite drone sinuousness, enriched by assorted primal rumbles ranging from intangible to ear-tickling, remote groans and ambiguous breaths. Another exquisitely expressive composition precisely displayed by its name and meticulously bridging ancient enigmas with modern timbres. Additional keyboard and guitar credit goes to John Phipps, so kudos to both kindred spirits!!! Shorter "Kaskaskia Canyon", which appears in its remastered edition, invites the listener through its balsamic subterranean cacophony into magnificently sculpted hypogean sceneries. Remastered alternate version of "Vanishing Terrain", the longest piece on "Hinterland" clocking nearly to 12-minute mark, remains in breathtakingly cavernous realms, where warmly yearning washes insistently tide and delicately amalgamate with titillating clatters, wheezing tapestries and humming perplexes. All together meticulously carving the exuberant riches of these fascinating domains. A true sonic elixir!!! Demo version of the title track "Hinterland" leaves subterranean terrains and moves into tranquilly floating and serpentining soundfields carefully counterpointed with brightly tingling primordial percussions, while additional, more elusive tribal canvas are hanging above. The listener is guided through the vast areas of spectacularly eloquent desert solitudes, an infinite aural immersion awaits here!!! Shorter, reprised version of "All Good Things" closes this journey with slightly weirder batch of bass motifs, primal artifacts (Carolyn Koebel gets credit for rattles), synth helixes and crepuscular musings. When comparing to the version on "Tumbleweed Obfuscated By Camera Failure", this time the rumbling and metallic elements are less palpable. Still a very suitable outro!!!

"Hinterland" is another highly polished, re-evaluated and all-intensive journey through the ancient landscapes of the American Southwest, on which Brian McWilliams again brings its visual expression into absolute harmony with its aural authenticity. Don't miss this awe-inspiring exploration and tribute to the heritage of the Chacoan culture!!! I keep on repeating, to me, both projects, Aperus and Remanence, are some of the best kept secrets within prehistoric-driven ambient scene. "Hinterland" is a collector's dream!!! As mentioned by the artist, this release marks a clear line between the past and the future, so he can now focus on recording a new material. I will definitely keep an ear to the ground, because Brian McWilliams really deserves it!!!

Richard Gürtler (Apr 25, 2016, Bratislava, Slovakia)
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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Grassow on BC
« Last post by Poaalpina on April 24, 2016, 07:51:29 PM »
Mathias Grassow & Siegmar Fricke "Orgon" - 2016 --> https://mathiasgrassow.bandcamp.com/album/2016-orgon
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