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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Drunk Mohel Circumsizing
« Last post by CortezTod on March 12, 2017, 10:13:24 PM »
Can I still contact them?
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I fullfilled me another long time dream this year: A professional audio interface, the RME Fireface 802.



I will post a photo of my new studio devices (now integrated in a 3U rack) soon ;)

Congratulations RME do some good stuff, especially good and stable drivers.
I got the RME HDSPe AES card, AES is still the best way for low latency audio.
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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Steve roach album the passing
« Last post by Ekstasis on March 12, 2017, 05:34:54 PM »
I think that the the passing is kind of addicitive, problem is it feels half finished, an raw, in a bad way. It is especially the higher notes that sound bad to me, maybe it is the  Studiologic Sledge to blame ? as he  list in the album notes he use more then oberheim synths on this one.
Also in general as with latest steve roach albums, it so dry sounding, gives us more reverb, longer decay and wetter sound, Just because some people is analog purists does not mean you are not allowed to use reverb..

I still consider this as one of his better albums it is honest, it almost have a cinematic quality, I like the chord structure a lot it is addictive,  it is not the chord structure I blame but the actual synth patches used. If he have the midi saved he could easily transform it to something much better. I would like some more sounds like environmental sounds etc to be filled in. I really like that "Minor" chord in the chord structure, it sound very emotional, I guess it that specific minor chord that gives the overall sad feeling.

I have only been listening to this album in headphones, I am very sure it will sound better in the speakers since speaker listening is usually more forgiving on such details
 

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Steve roach album the passing
« Last post by DeepR on March 12, 2017, 04:16:10 PM »
Just listened on Bandcamp.
Not a typical long form drone piece at all, but quite "melodic" actually. It's beautiful. Beautiful tones, harmonies and atmosphere. Yet I still feel there is some untapped potential. I think a piece like this could benefit from being just a little less repetitive and just a little more advanced in its harmony and development without losing its ambient, atmospheric qualities. Somewhere in between music that's born from the moment and music that is thoroughly composed like classical music. Or maybe I'm asking for the impossibe.
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I fullfilled me another long time dream this year: A professional audio interface, the RME Fireface 802.



I will post a photo of my new studio devices (now integrated in a 3U rack) soon ;)
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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: The Circular Ruins : Pathways
« Last post by richardgurtler on March 12, 2017, 11:28:52 AM »
I loved this album too. I ended up getting the 2xCD.



Yeah, once again, beauty like this is an ultimate must-have!!! A truly masterful work by Anthony Paul Kerby!!! Kudos to both, APK and Dennis of Databloem!!!

Richard
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If anyone is thinking of getting this album, I can confirm that the 2xCD looks as well as sounds great.



Aural and visual bliss, it's quite obvious for each album of Hollan Holmes, including his Common Ground collaboration with Resonant Drift guys. Explore and enjoy!!!

Richard
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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by richardgurtler on March 12, 2017, 11:15:10 AM »
Passing by Steve Roach - extended version of a tack called (I think) The Passing Time from a compilation album years ago - loved the original and really enjoying this one

Yes, after phenomenal "Invisible" here comes another long-form monument by The Master, I can't wait for the physical copy!!! It's time to keep an eye on my mail lady...  ;)

Richard
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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by richardgurtler on March 12, 2017, 11:03:44 AM »


Robert Rich + Alio Die - Fissures

Probably considered a classic by now, but I only just heard it for the first time today. Great album. Distinctly different from the solo albums I have from either artist.


Great Album indeed 8)

Yeah, certainly one of my all-time fave albums!!!

Richard
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Independent Music Reviews / My review of "Mystery Of Life" CD by Siyanie
« Last post by richardgurtler on March 12, 2017, 10:54:26 AM »


Siyanie "Mystery Of Life" CD

Sergey Ilchuk and Dmitry Shilov are the two protagonists behind Russian miraculous drone ambient project called Siyanie, which I have already reviewed during summer 2013, particularly their jaw-dropping "Homo Multidimensional" album. Yeah, no wonder, I am deeply fascinated by these Russians since the very first day, sometime during April 2013, when they firstly landed on my radar. Always offering a top-notch visual delight, available in two editions, "Mystery Of Life" comes in one regular run limited to 300 copies, while the second one, a special collector's edition, counts 24 copies. This richly expanded version contains 17 A5-sized cards printed on silver cardboard featuring reproductions of Sergey Ilchuk’s artwork created during 2012-2016 as Siyanie Art. The CD comes in a really gorgeous 6-panel eco wallet precisely displaying Siyanie's thrillingly mesmerizing sonic alchemy. It's out since July 21st, 2016 as a collaborative effort between Russian labels Moonsun Productions (home of Siyanie), Frozen Light and Zhelezobeton, which is credited as a distributor. I should also add that 10 of 11 tracks on "Mystery Of Live" are recorded live during Siyanie's three performances during 2012 and 2013 (two in Moscow, one in Yaroslavl). The mastering credit goes to Sergey Bulychev of respected Kshatriy project.

On the opening 9-minute "You Are Self" Timofej Zaozerov with his sitar joins Siyanie for a pure, hypnotically transporting ride, when intriguingly coalescing perpetually spiraling images with piquantly ear-tickling stringed tapestries, intangibly dissonant glimpses and balmily nocturnal quietudes. The magic of Siyanie is back in full bloom!!! Enigmatic flute calls announce "The Moment Of Truth", with 6 minutes the shortest piece on "Mystery Of Life", while ethereal choir-like drones ride atop along with occasional industrial flavored, yet diaphanously solitary fragments and hissy perplexing breaths, which inconspicuously metamorphose into voluminously transcendental and audaciously blissful listening experience. Wow!!! "Circling Eternity" safely follows the vestiges of breathtakingly engulfing terrains, when meticulously amalgamating titillating cyber-organic rattles, contemplative chimes, hallucinogenic drone helixes, stinging flute patterns and shamanic voice opiates. Another indigenously jaw-dropping sonic kaleidoscope! "Invocation" calms down this exciting journey a bit, when merging secluded monochromatic drones with resurrecting expressive guest sitar wizardry by Timofej Zaozerov with some high-spirited Middle East fragrances thrown in. But psychedelic chants with overtone-like vistas shift this opus into the forefront of mind-bending electro-acoustic magnificence!!! "Chant For Beauty" dives deeply into mysteriously sculpted subterranean sceneries, where spellbindingly flatlined meridians, guarding above, are propelled by mesmerizingly immersing potpourri of chants and gossamer ephemeral rumbles. Trance-driven reverie at its most engrossing! 10-minute "Deep Tenderness" glides tranquilly on the wings of enigmatic spaciousness, where sweeping blankets are commingled with gossamer cyber-biotic traceries, swirling crescendoing subtleties and longing mirages. The next composition, "The Sky Is Not The Limit", brings back Timofej Zaozerov's sitar with additional flute work by Nikolay Kalmykov of Hladna project. Healing stringed helixes, euphorically cascading and evanescing synthetic bleeps, voice transmissions, remote whistles, warmly hypnotic yearning expanses... Another amazingly nectarous blend! "Everflowing Stream", the only studio track on this album, unfolds with weirdly weeping intro, but soon transient tribal infusions step in, although the main theme moves into more drifting scenario, smoothly evolving into gracefully immense celestial dimensions, reinforced by some phantasmal groans and backed by liturgic-like choirs and female voice samples. The closing, 14-plus minutes long "Shine If You Will" is divided into three parts. The opening passage keeps on the route of enveloping grandness driven by choir-like drones with auxiliary voice harmonizations, here and there spiced by some scraps, both palpable and vaporous. Cyber-organic embellishments magnify the drifting healings during the second passage, while the final part is highlighted by mesmerizing male verbalizations in Russian.

Each album of Siyanie sounds exactly as it looks like, so "Mystery Of Life" is obviously no exception, visual and aural installments are masterfully melted into a phenomenally challenging, galvanizingly authentic and triumphantly immersing 77-minute spectacle. These Russian guys, as one of the most unique voices on the scene, are always utilizing very distinctive insignias in order to deliver an all-inclusive eargasmic sensation taking the listener way beyond the ordinary. Deep respect, Sergey and Dmitry, you are true Masters of your art!!! And kudos to guests as well!!! Enter now the transcendental Eden of Siyanie displayed as "Mystery Of Life"!!!

Richard Gürtler (Mar 12, 2017, Bratislava, Slovakia)

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