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it sounds like a air valve which seeps constantly while the "pressure " in this "valve" does vary the sound does come and go a little bit.. disappear for a few seconds but always come back...
Hmmm . . . this sounds like the exact same problem I hear in "Nest". It starts up around the end of track 3, and continues through to the end of track 5. The entire album is bathed in forest environmental sounds, but these field recordings are quite noisy. There's something very raw about the recordings that I can appreciate though, and I figure that was Robert's intent, but the hiss during those parts is especially distracting.

Looking at the spectral analysis, those tracks have a wide band of noise covering 3.5-10k range. From your description, this seems like the hissing sound you're talking about. As you said, it's not a consistent hiss. It sort of reminds me of bad noise reduction where the noise is sitting on the threshold of being removed or not.
The noise actually extends beyond that to the ceiling, but there's a clear drop in gain beyond the 10k range. It looks similar to MP3 compression, but without the smearing.

I wonder if it's a bizarre chorus of bugs of some kind.
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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Interstellar
« Last post by Ekstasis on November 09, 2014, 01:52:50 PM »
I have only seen the trailer..but I am pretty sure it is very good..
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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Missing in action--where are they now?
« Last post by Ekstasis on November 09, 2014, 01:49:54 PM »
drone on...  I can answer the Vir Unis question as he's an old friend (since teens).  He's semi-active on Facebook - and is about to release The Book of Mutations 2 after a long break from releasing ambient.

Posted Oct 22 by John / Vir:  "This a 20+ minute preview of an upcoming Vir Unis album on AtmoWorks. I plan to work with some very talented and creative musicians on this throughout this Autumn and Winter. It's s continuation of Book of Mutations, which can be purchased at store.atmoworks.com "

Listen at:   https://soundcloud.com/johnstrate-hootman/book-of-mutations-pt-2-preview

Looking forward to new Vir Unis album, while his latelest album has not been so good..
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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New David Sylvian, Steve Roach
« Last post by Ekstasis on November 09, 2014, 01:48:54 PM »
the new steve roach album is really good.. Ancestors circle
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Old news  ;)

For me it was anyway, since is updating cycles are not so frequent on his website so I do not check it often.

First expression is that it is not as good as somnium at all.  There is not much flute atmospheres as on sominum and envoirment sounds.

My biggest problem with the album is that there is a constant "noise" sound between the 4khz-6khz area, this is a constant noise and a constant irritating element. It is not a good sign that Robert Rich make this pass the pressing.. it sounds like a air valve which seeps constantly while the "pressure " in this "valve" does vary the sound does come and go a little bit.. disappear for a few seconds but always come back... to hear what I talk about you can always in your EQ max the 4khz  and 6khz  you will hear that this should definitely not be there.. it is not sound just pure noise.. for me it does ruin the music experience totally..  My guess is that it is more audible on some speakers then others..  Anyway I do not hear much progress here, it seem that not as much time and passion was put into this then Somnium, , it sounds worse then somnium in all regards but still good contribution to ambient genre in 2014, but his older somnium is way better.

I do did not expect it to top the somnium (online version) so all in all it is a very appreciated release.. but seriously this 4khz-6khz  noise I find to be a big problem..I hope I am not the only people who hear it..
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Independent Music Reviews / My review of "Hymns" CDr by Aglaia
« Last post by richardgurtler on November 09, 2014, 11:51:52 AM »


Aglaia "Hymns" CDr

Aglaia, an Italian ambient duo extraordinaire, leaded by composer virtuoso Gino Fioravanti and backed by editing mastermind Gianluigi Toso, has released this CDr album as a special item on Stefano Musso's Hic Sunt Leones label in December 2013. The album was recorded between August 2010 and September 2011. As usual for all these releases, each CDr is packaged in a 6-panel digipak, hand-made by Sara Luciani, and it's limited to 99 copies. So far, 8 various titles were released this way, among them also Aglaia's live recording "Out Of The Way" CDr from February 2012. Other artists or collaborations featured in these art editions involve Robert Davies, Nacht Plank, Luciano Daini, Zeit, Alio Die & Zeit and Memory Geist. "Hymns" visual credits include Lu (photography) and Hic Sunt Leones (artwork). Thus the visual bliss is immediately guaranteed, while the aural paradise is entered shortly.

The album unfolds with "The Flow Of Time", a gorgeously hypnotic dreamscape hazed by intangible tinkles and guarded by peculiarly sounding processed voices. These voices have strongly elusive quality, I am unable to understand to them, somewhere between organic sci-fi and phantasmal perplexity, but the overall feel of this soundsculpture is incredibly distinguishing and stunningly mindscaping, otherworldly nuanced, yet fascinatingly euphonious and high-spirited. Timeless soundmagic of Aglaia is back!!! "Nymphs" invade enthralling sunlight forest sceneries, catchy rumbles float throughout along with blossoming traceries and earmarking mesmeric euphoria that can be only Aglaia. And all exquisitely counterpointed with an array of piercing and ear-tickling voice fragments. Join this journey, a truly transcendental listening experience awaits here!!! "Full Moon Lepidopter", with 10 minutes the longest "Hymn", takes the voice sculpting into a newer level, where it becomes a new instrument and an essential complement for spirally undulating nocturnal symphony. "Memorabilia" shifts through soothingly floating transitions into graciously expansive realms augmented by ethereal voice relics. A deeply reminiscent and contemplative walk!!! "Morning Star" remains on the path, when painting subtly repetitive helixes, again mesmerizingly embracing. "Owl Light" is carried by magnificently mind-bending voices and spellbindingly oscillating drone expansions. The next piece, "Holy Relics", unveils with absolutely warm and tranquilly evocative, lushly organic texture. Shimmeringly enigmatic, yet balmily scenic!!! "Pranava" ceases the album with deeply subterranean ride melting insistent drone hums with oddly apparitional voices and groans. Astoundingly weird, mind-blowing conclusion!!!

Both protagonists of Aglaia make sure on "Hymns" to take the listener a way beyond the borders of his/her most bizarre expectations. But what it's the most exceptional on these adventures, the journey will always be enough earthy and always filled with fabulous insignias of these Italian sound sorcerers. And now on "Hymns" with the bonus voice treatments that transport Aglaia even further. Magnifico, Gino & Gianluigi, bravo to all other contributors!!! Don't know Aglaia yet? Keep in mind, there is no excuse for that!!!

Richard Gürtler (Nov 09, 2014, Bratislava, Slovakia)
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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Interstellar
« Last post by APK on November 09, 2014, 10:16:22 AM »
It's a long, slowly developing movie. A bit of a 2001 mood in places. Don't expect non-stop action. Yep, overlook the science and just enjoy the mood, characters, sets and cinematography.
We enjoyed it.
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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by Dave Michuda on November 09, 2014, 08:29:17 AM »
Underworld - Dubnobasswithmyheadman  -  I'd forgotten how much I love this album.
Disasterpeace - FEZ  -  Excellent 8-bit video game soundtrack on Bandcamp here... http://music.disasterpeace.com/album/fez-ost
Cyber Zen Sound Engine - Auslander  -  nice combo of electronic & ethnic/tribal.
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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« Last post by Dave Michuda on November 09, 2014, 08:03:11 AM »


Just finished Exo, the fourth book in the Jumper series.  I have enjoyed every book in this universe and this one is no different.  The lead character, Cent, is a teenage girl.  She and her parents, can teleport.  Which in past novels has lead to all sorts of action & intrigue.  In this one it leads to space.  Cent figures out how to teleport herself to orbit and begins her own little space program.  There is an awful lot of technical detail is this story about her spacesuit, orbital mechanics, etc.  At times the technical stuff can get to be a bit much, I just skipped through some if it got boring.

Over I had a good time with this book.  Definitely one of my favorite series.
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