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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Whatever happened to....?
« Last post by taalem on November 16, 2015, 10:38:20 AM »
Ben Fleury-Steiner
still creating music! less prolific than before perhaps. his latest was out a few moths ago, see
he also posted some tracks from a forthcoming disc on his soundcloud page
Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Whatever happened to....?
« Last post by modulator_esp on November 16, 2015, 07:16:08 AM »
I saw Stephen Parsick at the B-Wave festival at the weekend, he says he is about to return from some kind of self-inflicted sabbatical... he says he needed to have a break
Other Ambient (and related) Music / Whatever happened to....?
« Last post by drone on on November 15, 2015, 09:38:16 PM »
Ben Fleury-Steiner
Chad Hoefler
David Tollefson
Patrick O'Hearn
Thom Brennan (I ask this every few years. Sigh...)
Stephen Parsick (disappeared from the forum and music making apparently)
(Has anyone heard yet from?) Tetsu Inoue
Independent Music Reviews / My review of "Sanctuary" 2xCDr by Steve Brand
« Last post by richardgurtler on November 15, 2015, 11:45:48 AM »

Steve Brand "Sanctuary" 2xCDr

2015 is undoubtedly a very prolific year for Steve Brand, who has released so far four outstanding albums on his Pioneer Light Music label. "Sanctuary", being the third of them, is a double pro CDr album, which is out since the middle of June in limited edition of 50 copies and follows "Into The Current" (February) and "Second Spring" (March). The album features two long form pieces and it comes in a very elegant double eco wallet packaging with stunning cover and inside images. Regarding to this, Sarah Jane Hunt gets credit for inset art. As usual, the design is handled by Steve Brand himself, who is also the guy behind many nice layouts on various releases by Relaxed Machinery artists.

I am entering "Sanctuary" with disc one, 69-minute "Place Of Honoring (Inner Temple)". Calmly nuanced drone smoothly transmutes into humming reverberations, which mind-bendingly hang above. Ephemeral rumbles continuously permeate along with gossamer tinkles. Primordial cave fully reveals all its magic when Steve Brand's chants join these awe-inspiring sceneries. The distant drone constantly paints fascinatingly flatlined magnitude and primeval artifacts tickle the ears with delicately oracular diaphanousness. Metamorphosing drones evolve into voluminously expansive spirals, masterfully juxtaposed with sinuous dissonances, elusive, sweeping, buzzing, ear-bending. Wow, a truly jaw-dropping ride!!! Then Steve Brand rises his flute and delivers another breathtakingly mind-blowing pinnacle with his magnificently undulating whistling creativity. The listener constantly encounters absolutely unexpected surges of textural brilliance within this utterly enrapturing drone ambient scenario. Towards the 40th minute, this powerfully immersing journey diminuendoes into majestically relieving terrains, yet always secluded within grandiosely spectacular subterranean realms. But when glancing through the gates, this might be just a calm before the storm... After about 10 minutes quiet tides awake, escalate and intensely pervade across and commingle with emerging solitary magmatic flow. Spaciously sweeping drifts invade as well with warmer glimpses and navigate the closing passage through tranquilly grandiose expanses into intimate stillness. An epic listening delight!!!

"Place Of Unconditional Love And Acceptance (Valley)" unfolds with remote massive hums, which are promptly contrasted with nearly poetic waves, altering here and there during the opening 10 minutes into distinguishly disrupting high-pitched climaxes, later inconspicuously dissolving most of its intensity on the wings of warmly embracing drifts. Gorgeously panoramic vistas are revealed. Majestically immense and euphoniously resonant, yet persistently confronted with ear-tickling shimmers. Then flute calls ascend and float across this strikingly scenic valley. Elixir of natural water sounds joins the forefront, while graciously gliding blankets are surreptitiously invaded by progressing structure. Lucid tinkles also emanate, dizzy swirl and contemplatively bridge with field recordings, while humming dark nimbostratus clouds guard above meandering high-frequency evocativeness. Intricate didgeridoo growls clandestinely percolate for the closing 7 minutes, vivaciously interact with helixing drone murmurs and resurface soulful flute earmarks, before vanishing in the horizon of crepuscular depths and bringing the journey full circle back to the origin. 58 minutes of pure sonic bliss, what a ride!!!

After two phenomenal albums, "Into The Current" and "Second Spring", here comes another fascinatingly mindscaping listening escapade. These two long form pieces precisely display the reputation of this Kansan soundsculptor as one of the undisputable giant forces on the drone ambient scene nowadays. Steve Brand has a genius for powerfully transcendental soundcarving, meticulously amalgamating massively emerging unfathomable dronewalls, both diaphanous and prodigious, yet always ear-piercing discharges, enigmatically embracing acoustic insignias, subterranean voices, balmy organics, all thrillingly counterpointed with splendorous glimpses of graceful stillness. A real tour de force within the genre!!! If I would be forced to pick up my fave and most accomplished artist outside of the glass mastered CD "industry" releasing his music in small limited runs, most likely I would point to Steve Brand. Yes, hugely underrated, yet the more crafted, passionate and dedicated to his art!!! Bravo, Steve Brand!!! And last but not least, "Songs From Unknown Territory" is the title of the newest album by this soundexplorer, available on Pioneer Light Music since the end of September.

Richard Gürtler (Nov 15, 2015, Bratislava, Slovakia)
Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« Last post by thirdsystem on November 14, 2015, 08:04:53 AM »
Joerg Schaaf - Sonar Experience . This is very good indeed. A mixture of styles ranging through Berlin to ambient and experimental.  Geat stuff. Think I might email him and tell him how much I am enjoying his music ........

Southfacing - Make Way For The Young deep ambient and very good it is too......

And importantly Lorenzo Montana - Black Ivy / Serpe double disc set from Psychonavigation. The first is beat orintated melodic ambient with great tunes the second deep space ambient with some beautiful melodic content also. Also on bandcamp for ordering the discs/download if you are interested .

Edit .... Both of these were on FAX originally, my iTunes downloads have about worn out so nice shiny CDs it is.
Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« Last post by thirdsystem on November 14, 2015, 08:01:50 AM »
Be interested to hear what you think ^^^^^ both on the album and the vinyl quality.
Independent Music Reviews / My review of "Cyclic Movement" CDr by Frore
« Last post by richardgurtler on November 14, 2015, 01:06:24 AM »

Frore "Cyclic Movement" CDr

Paul Casper from Virginia Beach, the sole protagonist behind Frore, remains united with Relaxed Machinery gang and his second album for this label, entitled "Cyclic Movement", is out since January 2015. Featuring attractive new rM design concept with cover image by Jan Casper, Paul's wife, who is a professional portrait photographer. Since not every rM artist takes the path with physical releases, I am really grateful to see Frore available at least on CDr format, keep on going, Paul!!! Frore's previous rM release "Shadowlands" from 2013 still strongly resonates, so let's dive deeply into another thrillingly fragranced tribal ambient adventure!!!

"Spirit Call", an 11 and half minute long piece ignites the journey with slowly circling enigmatic expanses along with awaken intangibly rumbling primordial ephemeralness. Then primeval percussions permeate and soon this vivaciously emerging rhythmic parade steal the center stage and gratifyingly interact with evocative native flute nuances, intricate shamanic chants and weirdly twisted whistles. Undoubtedly all Frore's distinguishingly rewarding insignias are fully activated and trigger a truly fascinating ride to the forefront of the galvanizing ceremony to Mother Earth. Superb, full-bodied intro!!! "Northern Wind", almost similar in length with its predecessor, drifts on the wings of celestial tranquility, while elusive ear-tickling cyber-tech subtleties with smoothly increasing laid-back downtempos persistently mesmerize and balmily commingle with warmly cinematic meanders, transient flute calls and primitive artefacts. A true elixir for my ears!!! But Frore sturdily keeps on unfolding all his intrinsic magic also on the next piece entitled "Gavia", which reveals with heavenly washes counterpointed with progressing array of percussions and high-tech swirls. The texture graciously expands into magnificently panoramic sceneries reinforced by climaxing tribal wizardry, gossamer ocarina-like glimpses and organic tapestries. Wow, the acoustics and electronics are sophisticatedly sculpted and meticulously balanced in this prodigiously delightful composition, which might be one of the most phenomenal Frore has ever recorded, bravo, Paul!!! A 15 minutes of pure tribal ambient ecstasy awaits here!!! "The Bell Garden" calmly blossoms with spaciously scenic glides bridged with contemplative tinkles and high-pitched yearning undulations. Remote percussions surreptitiously pervade until they capture intensely ponderous and spellbindingly mindscaping magnitude, occasionally illuminated by primordial gleams. "Fading Embers", which clocks just over 9 and half minute mark, immediately overwhelms with its gracefully drifting scenario, later occupied by enrapturing percussive splendiferousness, both indigenous and cybernetic with additional twinkling sequences thrown in. "Luminary" incorporates a variety of native flavored whistles, tiding flute invocations, ear-piercing rattles, evanescent bells and clandestine didgeridoo roars, all masterfully surrounded by exuberant biotic zones. Then this natural cacophony is overran by ascending high-spirited and mesmerizingly circling tribal grooves with heavy pounding beats. Again a big one and a perfect closer for this splendidly carved album!!!

"Cyclic Movement" is another triumphant, 69 minutes long proof of Frore's peculiar voice within the tribal/ambient soundsculpting, exhibiting his exquisitely filigree signatures when fastidiously coalescing immersing primeval languages with galvanizingly provoking electro/industrial-charged cadence. Bravo, Paul!!! Certainly a must-have exploration!!! And don't forget, Frore is also responsible, together with his Arkansas based collaborator Shane Morris, for one of the highlights of 2015, entitled "Blood Moon", which followed few months after "Cyclic Movement" on Spotted Peccary.

Richard Gürtler (Nov 11, 2015, Bratislava, Slovakia)
Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by drone on on November 12, 2015, 07:31:58 PM »
I thought they said AOC 6 was the absolute last one!  Then again, Namlook said Dark Side of the Moog 6, or was it 8, was the end, and that series went to 11...
Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by jdh on November 12, 2015, 05:54:28 PM »
AOC 1 is a masterpiece.New AOC in 2016.

That Markus Guentner is lovely.Similar feel for me as the first one he put out on Kompakt way way back.

No 1 by No. artists on BC.The label is No.Material Object and Atom.I find that MO always seems to have a constant drone or cohesive feel to his ambient tracks.Also uses some of the same samples over and over which ties his many works together.

Anamorph Specimens,also on No. on BC-A bit more techno here and there but again,its a whole mix.1 long ambient remix by MO included too.

Yagya-Will I dream during the Process on Sending Orb.Always enjoyed this.1 long mix with his usual dub-ambient-techno thing going.
Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Harold Budd website!
« Last post by drone on on November 12, 2015, 12:00:54 PM »
Could be.  Although I don't think he really went anywhere in terms of popularity or sales, to come back from.  He's done a lot of projects the last 10 that's for sure.  I think it's amazing to see him still so active.  Art is life, as they say.
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