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Now Playing / Algorithmic Ambient music
« Last post by alikthename on April 30, 2017, 01:02:42 PM »
https://reflectives.bandcamp.com/

"Eight Gestures for Eight Virtuals" by Reflectives

Each composition in this album has a dedicated gesture that gets
revealed by an ensemble of eight virtual sounding objects. Unwittingly,
while they perform their duty the bigger picture is drawn.
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SiJ & Textere Oris "Reflections Under The Sky" CD

In Sevastopol, Crimea based applauded dronesculptor Vladislav "Vlad" Sikach, who is acting as SiJ has joined his forces with Textere Oris, a project of Ilya Fursov with domicile in Moscow. To be honest, I don't know too much about Textere Oris' previous releases except the fact Ilya Fursov has already teamed with Vlad Sikach on one of the tracks on his digital album "Plæntágose", which was released during 2015 on relaxedMachinery gang. However, when "Reflections Under The Sky" CD was announced during February 2016 on US dark ambient eminence Cryo Chamber, my eyebrows were immediately raised!!! Sure, it took longer time before I was able to explore one of Vlad's personal copies, but the more I am enjoying it now, it was well worth the wait!!!

Immersing visuals on 6-panel digipak (I didn't find any artwork credit on it) are quickly equalized by the opening motifs of 4-minute "Near The Dam", when cavernously glimpsing granulars are carefully bridged with traversing stringed poignancy, introspectively colored hissy organics, longing serpentine choir-like drones and spiraling deep bass solitudes. Massively embracing intro, well-done, gentlemen!!! Then follows 9 and a half minute long "Behind The Window", which keeps the trace of lower end desolations, while incredibly exquisite weeping chants are masterfully counterpointed by squeaking perplexes, balmy rainy quietudes, ephemeral rumbles, rawer subtleties and warmly cinematic layers. Splendidly transporting magic is fully unfolded, more please!!! "Lost" dives into slightly sharper, industrial-spiced terrains, although persistently softened by chirping symphonies and guarded by sacral choirs. Arising and permeating beats try to steal the center stage, but they remain ambiguously intangible, while additional voice samples, machinery wheezes and phantasmal helixes are riding atop. You simply can't go wrong with such peculiarly carved sonic endeavour! Yearning curtains, tiny vinyl crackles and transient mild grumbles announce the next track, "In The Rain", which slowly shifts into poignantly evocative realms, soothingly resurrecting long buried memories. Gently fizzling outbursts and sneaking eerie flickers color these contemplatively embracing sceneries. Hushing blankets of "First Snow", the longest piece on the album clocking to 9:38 mark, are soon joined by mysterious gongs and ghostly sinuous choirs and spiraling moans, meticulously painting vistas of encircling snow storm loneliness, occasionally imbued by pensive minimal piano glimpses, whistling trinkets and titillating gossamer clinks. Another enormously engrossing beauty!!! "Ortuo", at 3:22 the shortest track, is rather calmer blend of twisted obscure drones, diaphanous glitches, nocturnal harmonies, warmer expansions and odd ephemerons. Only slightly longer "The End" closes this journey with immense scenic drones amalgamated with insistently expressive radio transmission voice samples in Russian, bleeping, nearly Morse code-like fragments and brief meditative chimes.

44 and a half minutes long "Reflections Under The Sky" album quite effectively merges authentic sonic signatures of both participating protagonists, who more or less utilize same instrumentation (synths, field recordings, percussions), with few extras on Vlad Sikach's side (noises, guitar, voice, toy piano), while Ilya Fursov gets further credit for mixing and mastering duties. The listener experiences several truly outstanding compositions, each track is carefully detailed and the album safely hangs in profoundly intriguing fissures between ambient and dark ambient soundcarving. SiJ has already confirmed many times his reputation among renowned drone ambient aficionados and for Textere Oris this is a very gratifying introduction on a glass mastered format. Kudos to Simon Heath/Cryo Chamber as well!!! And by the way, don't miss on Cryo Chamber also SiJ's newest solo album "The Time Machine", released during February 2017, which features among guests also Textere Oris on one track!!! And that's still not enough, since the end of March 2017 is out SiJ & Item Caligo "Queer Reminiscence" collaboration on Swedish Reverse Alignment label, who have previously released other two albums by SiJ, "Vale Of Forgotten Sounds" and "The Lost World".

Richard Gürtler (Apr 29, 2017, Bratislava, Slovakia)
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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« Last post by richardgurtler on April 30, 2017, 03:58:52 AM »
Between Interval - The Edge of a Fairy Tale . Had the download for years but just purchased the CD as it is sooo good. . Atmospheric themes from another world. Class. He also has a new release out - Legacy - which I have heard on Spotify . Urgent list !!!!

Yeah, can't agree more, "Legacy" is definitely urgent, another big one from this Swedish ex-wunderkind!!! Each album by Between Interval is highly recommended!!!

Richard  ;)
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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« Last post by thirdsystem on April 30, 2017, 03:49:16 AM »


Between Interval - The Edge of a Fairy Tale . Had the download for years but just purchased the CD as it is sooo good. . Atmospheric themes from another world. Class. He also has a new release out - Legacy - which I have heard on Spotify . Urgent list !!!!

Jonn Serrie - Daystar . Yet more space ambient mastery from the space ambient master.
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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« Last post by Seren on April 29, 2017, 11:32:47 AM »


Now available on Bandcamp

https://serenffordd.bandcamp.com/album/ydd-hwnt-y-seren-a-llygedin

Synth only album, first released on Oophoi's Umbra label in 2006.
   I bought the Novation from Gigi and it was used in various of his releases including The Dreaming of Shells.
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Our new Web Synth is free, please try it! MIDI enabled for Chrome and Opera web browsers.

https://electrictelepathy.com/web-apps/fluoresynth/

VSTi/AUi files are on sale today!

https://electrictelepathy.com/product/fluoresynth/

Fluoresynth synthesizer by Electric Telepathy


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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« Last post by Seren on April 27, 2017, 12:33:48 PM »
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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Last post by APK on April 27, 2017, 06:17:27 AM »
Yes, modular used to be totally hands on 100% analog tweaking. No presets, no cheating   :D
Now it appears that everything that digital can offer is being ported over to it, and you see more SD cards hanging out of the modules. :o
It had to happen I guess.
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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Last post by LNerell on April 26, 2017, 09:35:21 PM »
Damn, I was waiting for the Rossum sampler module but this may be better for live use. I'll be checking this one out soon.

Dave Rossum showed his sample at Superbooth in Berlin.  Seems it maybe more powerful for sound manipulation.  Loren I do think for live performance the Bitbox maybe it.  Im using the Bitbox more like a Daw but it would be so straight forward to record parts of a set prior to a performance and trigger those sounds live as well as the unit has 12 presets available so that actually is 12 x16=192 possible sounds depending on micro sd memory.

Good to know, that was what I was thinking about using if for. Right now I use Mainstage on my laptop for that, it works pretty well. I actually just bought a newer but used (mid 2012 model, the last with firewire) Macbook Pro to use Mainstage 3 for my upcoming performance on June 3rd. I guess if I do some sort of modular only show I could get a bitbox and use that instead, not sure if that would be considered cheating though.  ;D
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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« Last post by Seren on April 26, 2017, 01:55:30 PM »
and the first is



https://serenffordd.bandcamp.com/album/aurora

music from two releases on Oophoi's Penumbra label in 2005 and 2006.

Recorded on very basic equipment - Aurora on a borrowed kids keyboard and Korg D-16 - no effects units or anything.
   Gateway and The Portal's Dreaming was on a technics keyboard and the same D-16.
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