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Everything and Nothing / Re: Spotify and 'fake' ambient artists ?
« Last post by petekelly on August 27, 2017, 06:42:55 AM »
If anything it seems to be expanding. I don't really see any comparison with social media sites, but (apparently) the playlist thing is a significant thing on Spotify - get on a known playlist and you'll get lots of listeners.

Like it or not (and I'm still not sure what to make of it), it's a sign of the times, when sites like this were once a hotbed of activity, it appears the activity is going on elsewhere.

Back on topic, I still think making up 'fake artists' is extremely bogus. 
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Independent Music Reviews / My review of "Trans-Neptunian Objects" CDr by ASC
« Last post by richardgurtler on August 27, 2017, 02:07:06 AM »


ASC "Trans-Neptunian Objects" CDr

UK's soundscaper James Clements, now based in Del Mar, near San Diego, California, is the sole protagonist behind ASC project and also the man behind Auxiliary label. I believe ASC got quite famous mostly through his CD releases on sympathetic Canadian label Silent Season, where he released since 2011 five highly applauded albums. His last one for this label, "No Stars Without Darkness" (out since October 2016), is considered as one of the ultimate pinnacles of Silent Season's entire release list. Now with "Trans-Neptunian Objects" ASC marks his ambient return to his own label and follows the deep space traces masterfully explored through above mentioned opus "No Stars Without Darkness". Released at the end of June 2017 in catchy 4-panel digipak precisely displaying extraterrestrial enigmas.

ASC ignites this spectacularly immersing odyssey with nearly 13-minute "Sedna", the longest piece on the album. Additional Googling tells me that all 8 tracks are entitled after largest known trans-Neptunian objects, thus the opening "Sedna", discovered in 2003, is the most distant object known to orbit around the sun and also one of the most reddest among Solar System objects. Cosmic rumblings unfold the journey, but it's the mysteriously desolate drone persistently percolated by solitarily massive winds, which propels the imagination of each devoted voyager. Nuanced stratums glide through euphoniously reverberant domains, exquisitely softened by warmly undulating expansive vistas, intangibly high-pitched signals, shimmering cinematic glimpses and accidental eruptions. A truly jaw-dropping Hall of Fame aural spectacle, bravo, James!!! "Dysnomia" got its name after the only known moon of the dwarf planet Eris, the most massive in the Solar System. The drone gets slightly harsher, less intense, percolated by heavier, impalpably languid beats, assorted tenebrously engrossing traceries and transiently magnifying surges. "Eris" returns to deeper, sonorously engrossing traces, where ambiguously helixing meridians continuously commingle with brumous cyber-biotic glimmers and subsidiary embracing horizons. "Haumea", which means a plutoid, a dwarf planet beyond Neptune's orbit, is reaching almost 10-minute mark and it keeps tightly on exploring thrillingly oracular immenseness, driven my massive monochromatic drone layers superiorly juxtaposed by evanescent percussive subtleties, clattering echoed remnants and amorphously, yet poignantly enrapturing yearning piano-infused blankets. We are still in the middle of the whole adventure, but the listener is relentlessly confronted with tremendously fascinating and multifariously tenacious aural phenomenons! A plutino, a trans-Neptunian object "Orcus", just a few seconds shorter than "Haumea", dives into abysmally mysterious depths, where monumentally tiding panoptic choir-like drone is amalgamated with elusively ringing illuminations. Along the way inconspicuously emerging billows lead to magnifying sonic vertexes. "Ixion", another plutino, firmly drifts through unfathomably voluminous zones, when magnificently coalescing warmly cascading panoramic magnitudes with transient tinkles, organic ambrosias, rattling fractals, transcendental reflexions and ephemeral voice transmission beams. Obviously a 9-plus minutes long eargasmic listening experience awaits here!!! 10-minute "Vanth", the only known moon of Orcus, is slightly noisier with its array of intensely sharper hissy swirls blended with mesmerizing pulses, auxiliary beacons and flatlined, yet sinuously infused drone solitudes. Around the 5th minute clandestinely transmogrifying into quieter, yet slowly arising and culminating graceful expansions guarded by choir-driven celestial sublimities and permeated by remotely raucous subtleties. "Quaoar", as a Kuiper belt object and probably a dwarf planet, closes this breathtakingly adventurous odyssey with rather calmer, hauntingly waving and balmily enveloping driftscape bridged with fizzy introspective tapestries. Wow!!!

Although ASC's discography features around 13 solo CDs, the only exception is one collaboration with Sam KDC, James Clements has released tons of singles and EP's, both solo and collaborative, maybe even counting over 100, I believe many of them focus on his earlier atmospheric drum and bass career or techno, IDM, downtempo and other related styles. However, my definite focus goes towards his enigmatic drone ambient soundcarving and "Trans-Neptunian Objects" must be his magnum opus together with already aforestated "No Stars Without Darkness" and also with "Fervent Dream", released on Silent Season in 2015, at least according to my own taste. True sonic monuments indeed!!! Nearly 74 minutes long "Trans-Neptunian Objects" album, virtuosically revealing the origin and evolution of the Solar System, belongs to the most sophisticated milestones in astronomical journeying I have ever encountered and ASC has entered the pantheon with the titans of deep space soundscaping!!! Once again, bravo, James Clements!!!

Richard Gürtler (Aug 25, 2017, Bratislava, Slovakia)
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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Some ['ramp] and Parsick news
« Last post by richardgurtler on August 27, 2017, 01:47:20 AM »
Huge shame on me for not having any ['ramp] CD in my own collection!!! It's time to fix this unforgivable mistake and even if the shipping won't start before September 11th, I can't wait to dive deeply into your intriguing soundworlds, Stephen!!! So my order will follow soon... Thank you so much for sharing the info about "Synchronize or die" CD, it's greatly appreciated!!!

All the best!!!

Richard :)
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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by Castleview on August 26, 2017, 05:03:57 PM »
Marifa - Qumrah

https://pantheophania.bandcamp.com/album/qumrah

Speaking of Klaus Wiese, this is an awesome tribute to him. One of my favorite albums of the year so far.
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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Jaja news
« Last post by FabioKeiner on August 26, 2017, 01:28:34 PM »
excitingly deep... the deeper the space the better :))
...
nevermind, I just read about that on URANUS it's raining diamonds of millions of karat :) that would be the frame for a new track by you:'it's raining on uranus' :))
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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Solid Waste
« Last post by heavy breathing on August 25, 2017, 06:18:16 PM »
Ahoy!

i've been a hypnos forum lurker for a while now, and it only recently occurred to me to get a profile :P...figured i'd chime in here with my collaboration project, Solid Waste.
we are a cosmic synth trio from St. Louis Missouri making sounds that tend to veer towards ambient music. we like physical music and have just put out our first LP.

feel free: https://solidwastemusic.bandcamp.com/

i look forward to more interaction soon!

-mario
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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Jaja news
« Last post by stargazer on August 24, 2017, 02:18:30 PM »


This is a new video for the song 12°2° from my album One day on Arcturus. Astronomy scenaries by ESO, Vista, M. Kornmesser, L. Calcada, S. Guisard, C. Malin, B. Tafreshi.
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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Some ['ramp] and Parsick news
« Last post by doombient on August 24, 2017, 06:57:14 AM »
Hi all,

after five years of silence, I am delighted to present ['ramp]'s tenth release to you: synchronize or die. In order to commemorate the 20th anniversary of ramp's first-ever live concert in 1997 and celebrate twenty years of unsolicited noise, the album will be released officially on 29th august 2017:

https://ramp1.bandcamp.com/track/synchronize-or-die-album-teaser-2

Those past twenty years were busy not only in terms of musical adventures: artistically and personally, some more or less desired changes took place, and here and there some obstacles and new challenges had to be dealt with – not only on a musical level.

This was the very reason why I decided to pull all plugs after the 2012 concert performance at Bochum Planetarium and the subsequent album release astral disaster: I simply realized I was running out of stamina and steam as the past ten years had taken their toll on me. Rather than carrying on, releasing half-baked albums just for the sake of it, I decided to have a sabbatical for an indefinite period of time, to recover from the strain and to focus on new musical visions.

synchronize or die is the result of this sabbatical. I decided to elaborate on the technique I had discovered for creating complex sequencer tracks and multi-layered rhythmical patterns, without employing computers running audio software: making use of some old-fashioned synchronizers from the 1980s, I recorded multiple layers of sequences onto a digital eight-track recorder, using a clicktrack to tie in additional sequencers while overdubbing or mixing down to stereo. This is the reason why the trusty old Friendchip SRC units adorn the album sleeve.

Most of the tracks were created on my own in the seclusion of my dachgeschoss recording space (were the future is being made, today), with one notable exception: Torque was created in collaboration with fellow synthesiser enthusiast Axel Jungkunst who helped me out with his massive modular synthesiser rig and additional sequencer backings which resulted in one of ['ramp]'s most accessible titles of all time – whatever that means.

I am taking orders now through stephen at parsick dot com (and through bandcamp from 29th august onwards). If you would like to have the album along with the digital download, please wait until 29th August.

The albums ordered after 20th august will start shipping after 11th september 2017 so please bear this in mind when ordering. Direct orders through me will include a free download code for one exclusive track.

Thank you for your support,

Stephen



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Everything and Nothing / Re: Robert Rich's 'Crow Blog'
« Last post by Seren on August 24, 2017, 04:47:47 AM »
It definitely takes time to get to really know elements of nature.

I met the same snake shedding it's skin in the same place for a few years when working in forestry - can't say I got to know it, but definitely felt blessed.
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Independent Music Reviews / My review of "Stardust" CD by Alphaxone & ProtoU
« Last post by richardgurtler on August 24, 2017, 04:27:27 AM »


Alphaxone & ProtoU "Stardust" CD

Although Iranian deep space soundforger Mehdi Saleh aka Alphaxone and Ukrainian dark ambient venturer Sasha Cats known as ProtoU are debuting in my review section, both of them belong to already established names on acclaimed Cryo Chamber label. Actually to be correct, few years back I reviewed another project by Mehdi Saleh, his stunningly triumphant "Broadcast" CD as Spuntic released on Dutch Databloem label during 2014. I have been deeply fascinated by "Stardust" since the very first days sometime during January 2017 when Cryo Chamber introduced the first tracks of this collaborative project and I immediately knew I want to review one day this spectacular odyssey. Out since January 24th, the CD comes in an attractive matte 6-panel digipak, designed and mastered by Cryo Chamber's trailblazer Simon Heath.

Distant monolithic hums and translucently titillating field recordings announce the opening 9-minute "Consumed". Warmly nebulous stratums inconspicuously invade, glide, wave and commingle with auxiliary cybernetic signals, rumbling vestiges, glimpsing voice fragments and outbursting vertexes. The next piece, "Planemo Dreams", only slightly shorter than "Consumed", is driven by massive monochromatic drone walls persistently confronted with invasive cyber-organic tapestries, delicate metallic flickers and engrossingly nuanced and balmily reflective expansions. Spellbindingly immersing soundscape! Throughout "Observing Quasars" the listener is shifted into voluminously enthralling solitary realms, sculpted by mesmerizingly spiraling enigmas bathed by devastating immenseness and continuously permeated by intricately climaxing meridians, mind-bending celestial reverberations and intangibly clattering debris. "Versus" swiftly returns to earthier terrains, but the journey is soon stolen by awe-inspiring magmatic movements softened by diaphanous tinkles, swirling shimmers and ambrosial chirpings, yet euphoniously magnified by calmly disruptive vistas. A truly astonishing amalgamate of transcendentally gargantuan static dronecarving and lighter, luminously-charged and tranquilly embracing enhancements. Profoundly authentic insignias of both protagonists are exquisitely alloyed into a powerfully engulfing aural spectacle transmogrifying versus into a pure equilibrium. And "Sub Signal" tightly follows this staggeringly transporting path where the heavyweight abyssal drone sonorousness with an array of unforeseen artificial ebullitions fully blossom. Enter now beyond the gates listening ecstasy!!! Bravo, Alphaxone & ProtoU!!! The depth of two previous tracks masterfully metamorphoses into distinguishing bizarreness of "Alignments", where weirdly helixing layers meticulously juxtapose with towering eruptions and traversing, nearly cinematic horizons. A rather shorter piece, but efficiently intriguing and freakily enveloping! Another top-notch sonic collusion! Unfathomable drone serenely arises, but incandescent sparks are those who ignite the closing "Returned" and navigate it into magnificently enrapturing realms propelled by tremendously panoptic drifts, gracefully sweeping and guarded by vaporously impalpable gleams. Wow, I could easily imagine the last two tracks much longer, but I am quite sure Mehdi & Sasha just wanted to save some sonic gifts also for the next chapter...

Although clocking over 44 and a half minutes mark only, "Stardust" is for me absolutely phenomenal work impeccably showcasing the talents of Alphaxone & ProtoU, who have superiorly merged their creative forces on this conspiracy. Huge kudos to both, Mehdi Saleh & Sasha Cats, and obviously deep respect to Simon Heath & Cryo Chamber for keeping its roster internationally flamboyant and thus allowing such challenging joint efforts like "Stardust". Yeah, certainly be prepared for much more, because ProtoU has most recently teamed up with US soundsculptor Bryan Hilyard on "Alpine Respire" CD, this one is out on Cryo Chamber since July 25th. And Alphaxone is joined on the brand new CD "Forsaken", which has just released two days ago on the same label, by the second half of the Puzan's couple, Sasha's husband Oleg, the sole creator behind respected Dronny Darko project and one of the significant members of the Cryo Chamber gang. This undoubtedly must be enough reasons for you to delve deeply into ambiguously flavored domains... So you can't say I didn't warn you!!!

Richard Gürtler (Aug 24, 2017, Bratislava, Slovakia)
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