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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Michael Mantra RIP
« Last post by LNerell on August 25, 2015, 12:10:00 PM »
Yes I saw that, well over a year ago. I think I saw mentioned on his facebook page he died April 5, 2014 of cancer.  :(
Other Ambient (and related) Music / Michael Mantra RIP
« Last post by drone on on August 24, 2015, 04:07:18 PM »
Don't remember seeing mention here, but Michael Mantra passed away last year.  His ambient music was released on Silent, Silentes, Hypnos, and perhaps others I'm not aware of.
Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by drone on on August 24, 2015, 12:44:04 PM »
AoC 6 doesn't sound like a remix to me, although in parts you can hear bits of the original album.
Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by chris23 on August 22, 2015, 08:09:00 AM »
Question for those of you with AoC6: Is it mostly a remix of older tracks? (The first track sounds like a reprise of the first track from AoC1.) Regardless, it sounds nice. I'll have to pick up the digital at some point; it does look sold out from the sources I normally scout.

Sinepearl - Through Water She Spoke  + The Dance of Affinity
Excellent psychedelic ambient from Björn Ekegren in Sweden. The first of these releases really shines: drifting electronic ambient soundscapes with some really clever experimentation with sequencing. The latter was released originally on the Ishq Virtual label and is now OOP, but available digitally on Bandcamp. It is my least favorite of the two, but nonetheless reveals some really creative ways of using sounds. If you're a Hillier fan, you'll love this stuff.

Digital: Name Your Price
Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by APK on August 20, 2015, 06:05:22 PM »
Terry Riley :: A Rainbow In Curved Air
Mum :: Yesterday Was Dramatic - Today is OK
Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by drone on on August 20, 2015, 04:17:28 PM »
Two latest ...txt CD's in heavy rotation:

Autumn of Communion--AOC 6.  Another thing of flowing, deep heavenly beauty.  The last in the series.  100 official CDs made.  Probably sold out by now.

S.E.T.I.-- The Data Logs of Astro Mirmex.  This is Andrew Lagowski's SET I, not the one from the 90s.  Much less dark than his previous work, this is quite cinematic and soundtrack like space ambient.  May take awhile to  really connect with.  150 pressed CDs made.
Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: That Audiophile thing again
« Last post by LNerell on August 20, 2015, 11:36:10 AM »

That's the sonic layer they leave out in sample libraries.  ;D

That reminds me, years ago a friend of mine bought a used Yamaha sampler. We were going through the  sample library that came with the instrument and one of the discs in the box was labeled "porno." It was as you would expect various sounds, mostly of some woman moaning and groaning, but the very last sample at the end of the keyboard was her saying "is that it?!?"   ;D
Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: That Audiophile thing again
« Last post by Scott M2 on August 19, 2015, 12:40:27 PM »

I remember being thrilled to hear the Echoplex tape hiss on "side 2" of Phaedra when I first heard it on CD.  :)

I had a similar experience when I could hear cello players breathing as they played on CDs - often the timing fits the playing in some way or other. for me it added to the music rather than distracted  - though if they were snuffling with a cold and sneezing that would not be nice.

That's the sonic layer they leave out in sample libraries.  ;D
Independent Music Reviews / My review of "Lamkhyer" CDr by Remanence
« Last post by richardgurtler on August 19, 2015, 09:30:26 AM »

Remanence "Lamkhyer" CDr

I will nail it straightly, releases such as "Lamkhyer" are the main reason, why I am a nut when it goes to collecting physical releases. Yeah, this is a really great example of a true collector's item, and no matter if available as a pro CDr and not as a glass mastered edition. But the story behind this release is much broader, as the original "Lamkhyer" edition was released back in 2002 on mPATH Records as a 3 track 3" CDr, packaged in a beautifully unique earth tone booklet. Nowadays out of print title. So visual and aural delight was already delivered 13 years ago, but now, Brian McWilliams and John Phipps, the both protagonists behind Remanence, shift "Lamkhyer" into a brand new artful level, again exceptionally crafted and polished in all details. Out since the end of March 2015 on Resonant Effects (mPATH Records' successor), expanded into a 8-track version featuring remastered original tracks and additional outtakes, mixes and demos from that same time period. And on the top of all that, newly repackaged in 5" x 5" real to real tape box with 6-panel gatefold booklet with extensive liner notes, 6 gorgeous black & white wintery photographs (taken by Brian McWilliams in 2001 at Asylum Lake, near Kalamazoo, MI) secured by a velum wrapper and printed velum sleeve. The box is stamped with its number and hand assembled by the artists and it's released in a limited edition of 100 copies.

Remastered version of the title track "Lamkhyer" ignites the ride. In Tibetan, Lamkhyer can be divided in two words, path and carrying, and its meaning can be translated as anything happens in your life should be included as a part of your journey. 9-plus minutes long piece dives into stunningly enigmatic terrains, meticulously merging intricately undulating drones with light percussive tribal essences, lush organic artifacts and transient flute reminiscences, all ingeniously equilibrated into a mesmerizingly transporting listening bliss, deliberately connecting primordial with artifical. Bravo, Brian & John!!! "K'an, The Abyss" is another composition from the initial release, again revisited and remastered with the most current tools. The piece masterfully merges perplexingly tiding and helixing drifts with ear-tickling contemplative tinkles and soothingly embracing biotic traceries, all magnificently surrounded by awe-inspiring abysmal sceneries. Immerse yourself into these deeply fascinating soundworlds!!! This intriguingly flavored journey continues also with "The Left Hand Path", firstly delving briefly into eerily unfathomable depths, but soon warmer panoramic washes sneak in along with gently rumbling tribal downtempos, which quickly steal the show and persistently keep on heightening. This is the third and last piece from the original EP, again remastered. "Reflecting Pool" is a resurrected demo version of the track, which appeared on Remanence's "A Strange Constellation Of Events" album in 2005 (another top-notcher from these guys!!!). It follows the darker path, hauntingly meandering, yet much reverberatively magnified and bleakly rough when comparing with the version from the above mentioned album. "Nocturne" is a longer variant of another piece from "A Strange Constellation Of Events" and the listener is taken deeply into mysteriously adventurous terrains, where meditative gong-infused realms are continuously contrasted with permeating transcendental stratum and disharmonious outbursts. Wow, this an uniquely colored tapestry!!! "Lamkhyer" is back again, this time in the original demo version, which is shorter than the title piece, this one clock just over 6-minute mark. It's slightly rawer, by far more desolately droning, both flat and sinuous, without the tribal and organic parts. And now we can even recognize some ghostly voices hanging above. "K'an, The Deep" is a slightly longer version, as much enigmatic and even more, peculiarly mindscaping with its heavier drone currents. "The Left Hand Path" is an alternate edition, which was remixed especially for this release. The arsenal of percussions seems to paint extra intense hypnotic circles in this one, before tranquilly dissolving into concluding silence.

I should also mention that additional credits are given to Michelle McWilliams (recorder on "Lamkhyer") and Experimental Method (I-Ching text, co-writing "K'an, The Abyss" and K'an, The Deep", random events). Overall, this is a really nice, 48-minute long upgrade of the original "Lamkhyer" edition unveiling some rare recordings with fully-packed artful presentation. Certainly a dream for each true collector!!! With this in mind, don't miss also Aperus' 2013 reissue of "Tumbleweed Obfuscated By Camera Failure" pro CDr edition, originally released back in 2003. Aperus is a solo project of Brian McWilliams. And by the way, he has in the pipeline another beauty, remastered and expanded reissue of 2004 "Hinterland", an out of print 5-track mini album by Aperus, which will feature additional two tracks. I think both, Remanence and Aperus, are strongly underrated projects, unfortunately, there is no justice in this industry. So in case these names are brand new to you, I urgently recommend to give a try to these skilled artists, they really deserve much wider audience!!! So do it now and make the scene more fair, I bet you, you won't regret!!! Last but not least, keep on going, Brian & John, my ears and eyes are always ready for more, distinctively exquisite sonic and visual bliss!!!

Richard Gürtler (Aug 17, 2015, Bratislava, Slovakia)
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