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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Michael Stearns & Kit Watkins....?
« Last post by ffcal on July 06, 2016, 02:35:24 PM »
Some of Kit Watkins' releases have been appearing in digital form on CD Baby on the last year or so, including two newer releases--an EP called "Land" and a soundscape album called "Mockingbird Mantras":

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/kitwatkins11

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/kitwatkins12

Forrest
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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Michael Stearns & Kit Watkins....?
« Last post by LNerell on July 06, 2016, 10:21:07 AM »
From my understanding Michael spends most of his creative time doing sound for amusement parks and the occasional movie. I also heard he was going to perform in Tucson last February, but I don't know what came of that. I think I saw some photos of him on Facebook of late, it looked like he was traveling.
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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Last post by Julio Di Benedetto on July 04, 2016, 09:05:29 PM »
A new module added to my system...Iron Ether Pithoprakta, a probabilistic rhythm generator.  Basically a very random gate sequencer






FYI....Iron Ether is primarily a guitar pedal manufacturer out of Lafayette Louisiana with just this one astonishing eurorack module 


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Thank you for a great review...
Thanks you Richard:)
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Darren Rogers "Interstellar Love" CDr

This is my first contact with Darren Rogers' ambience, although he belongs to quite experienced soundscapers, to my knowledge he started his recording career during the second half of the 90's with the album "The Infinity Search". But it was "The Alternate Realms" CDr released on Hypnos Secret Sounds in 2007 that has brought more recognition to Darren Rogers' sonic journeys. This Texan artist is also known for his collaborations with Rigel Orionis' Jim Brenholts under the moniker Orion's Belt (Jim sadly passed away in 2009). Self-releasing through his own label Imagineer Records, "Interstellar Love" CDr is out since March 2016, packaged in a glossy 4-panel disc eco wallet and it's based on searching for the signs among the stars, for the love and true soulmate for eternity.

10-minute title track "Interstellar Love" ignites the odyssey with distant drone hums counterpointed with rather weirdly processed voices by Darren Rogers' wife Lynda. Expansive drifts sneak in as well, but during the 4th minute the journey is stolen by monstrously spacious drones, where panoramic warmness is masterfully spiced by permeating cyber-tech tides. Then smoothly transmuting into evocative stringed poignancy merged with arising, new age-driven dreamscapes. A very nice opening!!! "Wavering" is announced by gorgeously embracing duduk traceries coalesced with soothingly sweeping ethereal realms. As always, I am absolutely fascinated by this Armenian flute, which is, unfortunately, still quite rare within ambient soundsculpting (maybe except Paul Casper of Frore). Clandestinely emerging tribal patterns guard on the background of this immersing composition along with some phantasmal enhancements. But another chameleonic transition follows and the piece completely shifts into unfathomable depths of celestial nothingness perpetually propelled by choir-infused washes. Again rather mellow than perplexing. The next composition, "Carefree Dreams", as displayed by its title, safely glides and meanders through monumentally sublime zones, meticulously reinforced by orchestral vistas and intangibly tinkling ephemerons. Gracefully enrapturing!!! "Passion", with 10-plus minutes the longest piece on the album, delves deeply into magnificently oracular terrains, leaded by immense washes, capricious cybernetic signals and towering transcendental helixes, which over the course awake outlying tribal beats with oscillating and waving sharper tapestries and continuously metamorphose from euphorically animated scenario into divinely evanescing blankets. "Angelic Bells", with 2:45 the shortest piece on "Interstellar Love", keeps dwelling on peaceful paths, where seraphic choirs are conjugated by contemplative chimes. "The Love Inside" fastidiously merges and alternates celestial emptiness, stringed happiness, hissy reflections, cyber-biotic glimpses and sampled vocal serenity by, I believe, Francesca Genco, who is an esteemed voice maven (remember her intensely evocative vocals from Chad Kettering's "Pathways" masterwork?). A true sonic ambrosia awaits here!!! "Looking For The Stars" dives into undulating vintage influenced space domains, bonding jaw-dropping ethereal grandness with spiraling consonances, while titillating transient fragments are thrown in when fading away. A very suitable conclusion!!!

Over 51 minutes long "Interstellar Love" certainly belongs lately to the most accomplished deep space voyages with a rich potpourri of unpredictable transmutations, although to my abysmally tenebrous drone taste rather more romantic flavored than enigmatic, but that's quite obvious due to envisioned theme. However, you can be really proud of this album, Darren!!! I am also sending your way additional kudos for not abandoning the physical format with "Interstellar Love", please, keep on going!!! And by the way, most recently Darren Rogers has started an online Imagineer radio show promoting ambient/new age endeavours.

Richard Gürtler (Jul 03, 2016, Bratislava, Slovakia)
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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Michael Stearns & Kit Watkins....?
« Last post by Castleview on July 03, 2016, 12:51:37 PM »
I know Michael Stearns performed a few years back at Ambicon. But he has since been quite....again. Kit Watkins has been very quite for the last 10+ years. I thought Michael was going to do a gig in Tucson this year but that did not happen.
Does anybody know whats going on with the 2 musicians?

Stearns for the most part has been really quiet for a long time. The last ambient album he released that wasn't a soundtrack was The Storm in 2001 IIRC. It's a shame because he's one of the all-time greats and I still want to hear another collaboration between him and Steve Roach.
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Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Ambient shoegaze playlist
« Last post by Castleview on July 03, 2016, 11:03:04 AM »
I just finished this playlist today. It's the first playlist on 8tracks that I've done in a while. I figured a few people here would enjoy a playlist of noisier ambient music.

http://8tracks.com/psychomage/beautifulambientgaze
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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by chris23 on July 03, 2016, 09:35:14 AM »
Nacht Plank - Knowledge
Twenty-minute out-take track. Really cool: It is a looped recording of a child talking about something--I'm not exactly sure what, but it involves cookies--with Alien-like synths and effects layered on top. Haunting and mysterious.
https://nachtplank.bandcamp.com/album/knowledge

The Angling Loser - Arena of Apprehension
The long-awaited follow up to 2013's Author of Twilight. As with the previous, this release focuses on pastoral ambient landscapes. This is pretty good, but it has at least one weak track (trk 2) that detracts from the whole. The guitar is less of a focus on this album than the previous one, which is too bad because the guitar tracks are what really define the unique sound for this project. The first track is brilliant and is worth a listen.
https://theanglingloser.bandcamp.com/album/arena-of-apprehension
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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Michael Stearns & Kit Watkins....?
« Last post by dreamin4ever on July 03, 2016, 09:31:15 AM »
I know Michael Stearns performed a few years back at Ambicon. But he has since been quite....again. Kit Watkins has been very quite for the last 10+ years. I thought Michael was going to do a gig in Tucson this year but that did not happen.
Does anybody know whats going on with the 2 musicians?
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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / New track: Castleview - Shine
« Last post by Castleview on July 02, 2016, 01:50:20 PM »
https://castleview.bandcamp.com/track/shine

Hey guys. I just released a new track that's going to be on a future album of mine. Stylistically, I'm aiming for a noisy but ethereal drone/ambient sound that I explored back when I first starting posting here, except that I've improved a lot since then.

Anyways, feel free to give me any feedback.
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