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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by Antdude on September 13, 2016, 10:35:11 AM »
Altus - Innerspace

Vast, slow-moving ambient waves for 70 minutes. Nice stuff, Mike.
Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Last post by Julio Di Benedetto on September 12, 2016, 02:47:56 PM »

ALM/Busy Circuits.....Akemie's Castle is a four operator, 2 oscillator FM synth module that us new old stock yamaha chip set.  Details here...

Sending cv to the wave jack and into the multiplier jack does amazing things as it sort of scans the shapes as we have come to know from wavetable synth, its mot the same but has that effect.  The chord feature really works well. The module has some digital bite to it, in a good way that filtering smooths out beautifully if need be.

Heres a good demo....

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by DeepR on September 12, 2016, 01:05:16 PM »
Telomere - Lux Primordia
Wonderful. I especially like the first two tracks.

Forrest Fang "The Sleepwalker's Ocean" 2xCD

"The Sleepwalker's Ocean" double album is the latest offering by Forrest Fang, a Chinese-American virtuoso multi-instrumentalist, who undoubtedly belongs to the most unique electro-acoustic innovators constantly perfuming his sonic sculptures with fascinatingly piquant and exquisitely filigreed Middle and Far East insignias and masterfully amalgamating them with Western-charged atmozones. His two previous albums "Animism" (June 2012) and "Letters To The Farthest Star" (March 2015) are perfect examples of such soundsculpting bravura, but these words can be easily applied to Forrest Fang's complete discography counting around 13 solo albums, one collaboration with Carl Weingarten and additional two recordings released under his Sans Serif moniker. "The Sleepwalker's Ocean" is out since January 2016 on Projekt in limited edition of 300 copies, packaged in a 4-panel eco wallet featuring stunningly gorgeous images by Kinga Britschgi, in Idaho based visual artist. Additional credits go to kindred Bay Area resident Robert Rich for his mastering wizardry, while Projekt's Sam Rosenthal is responsible for additional design work.

Utilizing not only traditional instruments like synths, violin or electric guitar, but also a line-up of richly fragranced instruments such as Marxolin (bowed psaltry), electric mandolin, saron (gamelan instrument), lavta (plucked string instrument) or càntaro (clay pot), this uniquely transporting journey unfolds with 8 and a half minutes long composition "Gone To Ground". A thrillingly exotic palette of magnificently weeping and mesmerically tinkling strings is precisely coalesced with soothingly embracing blankets hanging above. A truly nectarous listening experience, Forrest Fang is back at the very top of his extraordinary musicianship!!! "Message In The Sand", only at few seconds longer than its predecessor, moves through more enigmatic terrains at the beginning, but then the scenario is again stolen by euphoric rhythms, where glitteringly ear-tickling gamelan signatures meticulously commingle with delicately hypnotic tribal drumming. This aural splendor is permeated by Robert Rich's intangibly serpentine flute patterns. Another utterly immersing ride!!! Then follows the main theme, "The Sleepwalker's Ocean", which is divided into 6 parts and clocks over 33 minutes. The first "Cloudburst" glides into warmly expansive horizons counterpointed with glimpses of distant rumbles and delightfully airy gossamer clinks. "Bog" dives with its perplexingly serpentine drone alchemy deeply into intriguingly subterranean Eden. "Night Ferry" inconspicuously sneaks in, where emerging serenity soon transforms into spellbindingly shimmering vaporous ripples contrasted by titillating stringed meridians. "Geiger" spreads the wings and glides towards gracefully immense panoramas, persistently propelled by diaphanously pulsing subtleties, while clandestinely permeated by ethereal biotic traceries. What a beauty!!! "Lumin" is slightly lighter in its drifting intensity, yet still keeping safely on strikingly amorphous path. Shorter "Waywards", the last part of "The Sleepwalker's Ocean", reveals with lyrical piano with additional, lushly poetic embroideries, all guarded by balmily engrossing sheets reinforced here and there by calmly sinuating chiming ephemerons. 7-minute "Driftwood" is ignited by intensely expansive drones, which are instantly illuminated by subtle gamelan contemplations. "Not Forgotten" is driven by voluminously monochromatic stratum, imbued by shimmeringly tinkling undercurrents and masterfully reinforced by awe-inspiring panoptic magnitudes with stirringly mind-bending vertexes. An epic, 11 minutes long conclusion of the first disc, bravo, Forrest!!!

The second CD features "An Alternate Ocean (The Salton Sea)", a long-form piece clocking over 54 minutes. It emerges with gorgeously sonorous driftscape, gliding, rising and ebbing with multidimensional grandness through jaw-droppingly immense horizons. Monochromatic magmas, solitary organic glimpses, nebulously rumbling fragments, evanescing quietudes, intriguing transitions, surreptitious crescendos, ear-piercing climaxes, transcendental ecstasy..., it's an all-inclusive drone amalgamate at its most transporting and presenting Forrest Fang at the peak of his dronescaping trickeries!!! I won't hide it, this composition is certainly one of those phenomenally immersing, intensely enrapturing and mercurially chameleonic long-form zones. A true eargasm!!! Bravo, Maestro!!!

"The Sleepwalker's Ocean" double album meticulously showcases a gamut of distinguishably infused signatures of its sole protagonist, not only his infinite virtuosity in sculpting richly blossoming sonic perfumes, but also unlocking the gates to the deepest realms of enigmatically-driven droneforging. "The Sleepwalker's Ocean" is another tour de force recording by Forrest Fang and due to its ambitious magnitude, a truly triumphant accomplishment!!! So I am not surprised the 2CD is already sold out at Projekt's webstore, but I believe there still might be available some copies through other sources. And who knows, maybe Sam will consider in the future a possible re-print of this milestone. And by the way, Forrest Fang is now working on his newest album, so definitely stay tuned!!!

Richard Gürtler (Sep 11, 2016, Bratislava, Slovakia)
out now....
Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by Poaalpina on September 12, 2016, 01:19:56 AM »
Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by Seren on September 12, 2016, 12:42:38 AM »
Steve Roach - Early Man
Vir Unis - The Drift Inside

re blood machine - A great album, especially as the sounds are very energetic but somehow stationary...
Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by chris23 on September 11, 2016, 02:36:59 PM »
Robert Rich - What We Left Behind
I finally picked this up after Robert Rich opened his Bandcamp store last week. This feels like a mature release: the mood, the details, and the instrumentation all fit together nicely. Lovely artwork too.

Erik Wollo - Stars End 2015
One continuously evolving and flowing journey through space. Love it.
One for the diaries ;)

Ambient Lives Series Presents : Peter Benisch – Waiting For Snow
[Special Remastered CD in 6 Panel Digifile with exclusive bonus track included]
10th February 2017
(PSY 126)

Sound In Silence is happy to announce the addition of (ghost) to its roster of artists, presenting his new album entitled The First Time You Opened Your Eyes.

This is his first album on Sound In Silence, although he has already appeared in another release of the label back in 2013, contributing a great remix for Absent Without Leave’s Faded Photographs Remixes.

(ghost) is the solo electronic project of Brian Froh, currently based in Denver, USA. Exploring and combining a mixture of music genres, ranging from idm and electronica to ambient and post-rock, he has released two albums and one EP on n5MD label and some self-produced releases, while he has also done many remixes for other similar artists.

The First Time You Opened Your Eyes showcases (ghost)’s atmospheric side to a fuller extent than in any of his previous releases by presenting an epic ambient journey with duration of something more than 34 minutes. The complex glitchy beats are left behind and only beautifully evocative soundscapes and calming atmospheres remain. The album captivates the listener with its lush instrumentation and warm palette of multiple layered emotional textures of resonant synths and droning feedback as indistinct dreamy vocals emerge somewhere in the distance. An impressive album, highly recommended for devotees of Deaf Center, Brian McBride and Eluvium.

This is a limited edition of 200 handmade and hand-numbered collectible copies. It is packaged in a lovely hand-stamped 127mm x 127mm 260 gsm green-grey cardboard envelope with the front cover image printed on a polaroid style photo paper and an insert with the tracklist and the credits printed on a 190 gsm saffron yellow cardboard. It also comes bundled with a download code coupon and a Sound In Silence card.
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