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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by chris23 on September 03, 2016, 02:49:55 PM »
No Mask Effect - Nothing Out There
From Psychnavigation's Keith Downey. This release combines urban field recordings with lush, rich synth textures to create some deep and mysterious atmospheres. The first two No Mask Effect releases seemed interesting, but I didn't feel compelled to press the "buy" button. This one was worth it.
https://psychonavigation.bandcamp.com/album/no-mask-effect-nothing-out-there
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Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum Inactivity
« Last post by Oenyaw new on September 02, 2016, 04:35:32 AM »
I closed my Facebook account, so I'm back. Been away too long. I'll write more soon. Gotta clean up after the hurricane!
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Independent Music Reviews / My review of "Novemberlys" CD by Havdis
« Last post by richardgurtler on September 02, 2016, 02:04:48 AM »


Havdis "Novemberlys" CD

Swedish gterma certainly belongs to my fave drifting ambient-focused labels. This fastly emerging sympathetic label, run by Johan Rehn, started, if I am right, during 2011 and now their portfolio features around 50 CD releases, counting not only iconic veterans such as Mathias Grassow (also with Rüdiger Gleisberg), David Parsons, Markus Reuter and the late Oophoi (as Aqua Dorsa with Enrico Coniglio) or acclaimed Hakobune, Jason Sloan or Seetyca, but several other lesser known, yet ambitious and potential projects. Norwegian one man Havdis is one of them. The only thing I know about this project is the name of its main sculptor, Odd Jensen. The rest remains wrapped by intriguing mystery. Yeah, it drives me a bit nuts at some points, but on the other hand I respect Odd Jensen's privacy and I don't mind, because as Havdis he is always able to deliver a top-notch dronescaping work. That was the case of previously reviewed CDs, "Nightbreeze", released in October 2013, and "The Hidden Islands", which is out since March 2012. As usual for each Havdis' album, Nina Benjaminsen is responsible for stunningly immersing photographs of Norwegian, mostly coastal natural terrains, masterfully portraying Havdis' enigmatic soundworlds. An 8-panel front cover insert of "Novemberlys" with back tray card is obviously no exception. Well-done, Nina!!! Johan Rehn takes care of the design duties, while A.P aka Anders Peterson expertly utilizes his mastering skills. "Novemberlys" was composed between 2012-2015 and was released during January 2016.

4-minute "The Waterhorse" opens with shoreline recordings, which are soon joined by warmly embracing washes and permeated by enigmatic glimpses and utterly gorgeous unfathomable choir-like drones. Additional, hauntingly ominous subterranean traceries sneak in as well. Strikingly graceful panoramas are counterpointed by perplexingly hypogean subtleties. A very strong intro!!! "Dressed In Dark Water" delves deeply into fascinatingly shadowy underwater domains with persistently rising and ebbing magnitudes, eerie effusions, reverberating helixes, cyber-biotic vestiges and climaxing silent ephemerons. What a beauty!!! "Deepsea Dweller", as announced by its title, dives into bottomless domains guarded by undulating ambiguous drones, while ear-tickling clinks are confronted with tenebrously rumbling bell echoes. This must be Havdis at its most submerging!!! "The Wind On A Lonely Hill", with 19 minutes the longest piece on "Novemberlys", unfolds with continuous drone, rather monochromatic, although crepuscularly serpentine and perpetually reinforced by gossamer cyber-tech fragments, while clandestinely solitary wind drifts and sweeps steeply sloping maritime cliff. "Glass Atmosphere" clocks just over a 13-minute mark and immerses the listener into an ultimate atmospheric opus, where magnificently flatlined drone coalesces with transient elusive pulses and oracularly encircling tinkles and glides through staggeringly enrapturing twilight sceneries, no matter if startlingly dramatic landscapes or beautifully silent meadows. "Wintersleep" unlocks the gates to the darkest caves in snow-capped forested hills, meticulously merging abysmally sinister drone breaths with glimmering primordial images and transcendental echoes of ringing enigmas. 17 and a half minutes long "The Strange Sighting At Søftan" closes this breathtaking journey with slightly lighter, yet abundantly dark tapestries, highlighted by mesmerizingly relentless oscillating meridians and guarded by warmly nebulous panoptic drones, serenely gliding into tenaciously expansive horizons, with inconspicuously permeating rhythmic vagueness. Havdis' aural insignias are fully activated and splendorously blossoming, atmospheric grace at its most enigmatic!!!

Almost 79 minutes long "Novemberlys" is another thrillingly accomplished installment by this obscure soundcarver, as usual, intensely exhibiting all his strikingly immersing signatures. A truly rewarding listening journey awaits for all connoisseurs of fascinatingly amorphous drone zones!!! It's no secret this project is one of my most favorites coming from the Scandinavian territories. Bravo and keep on droning, Odd!!! And kudos for your always good eye, Nina!!! So don't miss "Novemberlys"!!! And of course "Nightbreeze" and "The Hidden Islands" too...

Richard Gürtler (Aug 29, 2016, Bratislava, Slovakia)
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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by stargazer on September 01, 2016, 05:37:03 AM »
Max Corbacho - Ars Lucis

Finally I purchased the CD via Discogs Market Place. His best album imo. Love it.

Yeah, you are lucky as Max doesn't have any copies left. Definitely a milestone along with "The Ocean Inside" 2CD. "Light-Matrix Portal" is a magnum opus!!! Max has a lot of new material ready, including "Nocturnes" which was supposed to be released on Hypnos. He certainly deserves a very strong label. Keep on enjoying "Ars Lucis"!!!  :)

Richard



Hi Richard, great to hear about the news from Max. Really excited to hear new sounds. The ocean inside is a nice composition too.
greetings, Jana
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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by richardgurtler on August 31, 2016, 10:01:17 AM »
Max Corbacho - Ars Lucis

Finally I purchased the CD via Discogs Market Place. His best album imo. Love it.

Yeah, you are lucky as Max doesn't have any copies left. Definitely a milestone along with "The Ocean Inside" 2CD. "Light-Matrix Portal" is a magnum opus!!! Max has a lot of new material ready, including "Nocturnes" which was supposed to be released on Hypnos. He certainly deserves a very strong label. Keep on enjoying "Ars Lucis"!!!  :)

Richard

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Last post by Julio Di Benedetto on August 30, 2016, 03:17:12 AM »
Hi Forrest,

That is a very good idea.....the problem is me trying to write music, not really the machine. I have my lets compose a serious piece of music hat on and need to take it off and put on the experimental fun hat again.  Just build some sounds and have fun and record those structures for a future day.   That is the way to go.

Thanks for the direction Forrest!
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Hi everyone  ;D
I have just have released my debut-album; entitled ‘4-Chapters’. The album can be bought and downloaded from my ‘Bandcamp’ page. The entire album can furthermore, be streamed at my ‘Youtube’ page. I have created a playlist for the four chapters on Youtube, in order to be certain that the album is played in its correct order. On my ‘Soundcloud’ and ‘Reverbnation’ pages, it is possible to hear some of the tracks from the album.

Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC18Ogt3OpE2YOvAgxS_E1Sw

Bandcamp link: https://theenvironsproject.bandcamp.com/

Best regards
André Grande (The Environs Project)
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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by stargazer on August 29, 2016, 09:56:07 PM »
Max Corbacho - Ars Lucis

Finally I purchased the CD via Discogs Market Place. His best album imo. Love it.
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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« Last post by ffcal on August 29, 2016, 09:21:11 PM »
the modular synth, at least me with mine does not like being forced to do something or put another way, it will not bend to my will.

Hi Julio,

Maybe your modular output could be used in a different way.  I like to keep my unused material in a subdirectory as "odds and sods" material that might find its way into a future project if I want to depart from my existing musical palette.  I've been doing this for the past 15 years, and have found it an especially interesting way to work when I'm exploring new ways to process sounds.

Forrest
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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Bill Laswell's Bandcamp page
« Last post by Julio Di Benedetto on August 29, 2016, 08:08:36 PM »
Got you.....the mystery remains then!
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