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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by amandaarmain on March 30, 2015, 06:06:24 AM »
Elizabeth Fawn "fairy rings"

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Abandoned Toys
« Last post by amandaarmain on March 30, 2015, 06:05:21 AM »
I really enjoy the classical - ambient crossover music of Abandoned Toys.  I can't really think of much else that sounds like them.  Any suggestions?
Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by chris23 on March 29, 2015, 05:16:18 PM »
Oh God. You just baroque the thread.
Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Hollan Holmes New Release - Incandescent
« Last post by hhh on March 29, 2015, 04:36:51 PM »
My fifth CD, Incandescent, is now available via Bandcamp (if you have Paypal) and soon, all the other usual places (amazon, iTunes, CD Baby, etc.)

The CD comes in a six-panel four-color glossy eco-wallet.

Incandescent was composed and recorded between October 2014 and January 2015. It is comprised of nine songs, running a total of about 67 minutes. The first three songs are sequence-oriented, Berlin School-esque songs, with the remaining six songs of a much slower nature, much like many of my past sound world drone oriented compositions.

Mastering was done by Chad Kettering at Soniclayers Mastering in Dallas, TX and may be his best mastering of my work yet. The man knows his stuff.

Incandescent was composed entirely within Reason 8. The following
synths and Rack Extensions were used:

Rob Papen Quad
kiloHearts kHs ONE

These are all proprietary to Reason. Mixdown and cleanup was done in
Presonus Studio One II, then passed on to Chad Kettering for mastering,
which was also accomplished in Presonus SO II and various VST plugins.

The CD design and layout was done by me, using various photographs that I took on a recent trip to Monument Valley Arizona. Layout was acheived in Photoshop CS5, after which the designs were converted to .pdf and sent to the factory.

The CD is dedicated to composer Richard Burmer, who passed away in 2006. He was a profound influence on my own musical direction. His picture is displayed inside the eco-wallet and was graciously provided to me by Richard's family, along with many other photo from which I was allowed to choose. Song number four on the CD, "Valley Of The Rocks" features a piccolo-like riff at the end, which was composed by Richard Burmer and first appeared on his album, On The Third Extreme, on a song called "Celebration In The Four Towers". Again, Richards family allowed me to re-compose the part into my own work. I kept it subtle and is meant as a respectful ode to Richard and his incredible music. The part is used with permission from Richard's family.

This CD marks the last CD I'll compose using only Reason. Moving forward, I'll be using Presonus Studio One II as my main music writing environment, using various VST instruments and hardware synthesizers, including some classic analog monsters...

Moog Prodigy
Dave Smith Instruments Prophet 12
Sequential Circuits Prophet 600
Korg MS2000b
Korg MS2000r
Oberheim Matrix 12

Arturia Moog Modular
NI Massive
NI Absynth
Sonic Projects OP-X
FabFilter Twin2

Thanks to everyone here at Hypnos Forum who continue to support my musical endeavours.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by APK on March 29, 2015, 04:06:35 PM »
What are you doing in that piano?
I'm Haydn.
Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by DeepR on March 29, 2015, 02:54:39 PM »
Enjoying baroque music at the moment. Can you Handel it?

Independent Music Reviews / Re: My review of "Filaments" CD by Robert Rich
« Last post by richardgurtler on March 29, 2015, 08:00:10 AM »
Thank you so much for your kind words, thirdsystem, I really appreciate that!!! Yes, already a very strong competitor for the Best of 2015!!!

Independent Music Reviews / My review of "Anátēxis" CDr by Jarguna
« Last post by richardgurtler on March 29, 2015, 07:34:01 AM »

Jarguna "Anátēxis" CDr

Italian soundexplorer, photographer and ethnobotany adventurer Marco Billi aka Jarguna returns with his newest "Anátēxis" album self-released during January 2015. Recorded between 2013 and 2014 at his Sound Course Studio, the album comes with attractive jewel case design, which include except stunning photos also painted and signed tray.

"Anátēxis" journey reveals with 21-plus minutes long "Lithogenesis", which straightly dives into deeply mysterious subterranean realms, where echoed organic sounds amalgamate with ghostly rumbles and undulating dronescapes. Heavier dissonant layers slowly permeate through before metamorphosing into cascades of industrial-infused rhythm movements. These sonic elevations are soon joined by perplexing voice ventures with didgeridoo howls. Expanding, intensifying and climaxing, then around the middle part relievedly diminishing into quieter terrains, yet hauntingly flavored with assorted cavernous and primordial traceries. Wow, a very immersing exploration awaits here!!! Primal rumbles announce the next piece, "Compression", on which Jarguna is joined by Tucson based soundcarver Nathan Youngblood, who is mostly known for his "Asunder" debut CD released in 2007 on label. Although the overall mood of this composition is rather cacophonous, its soundpalette is richly organic and acoustically hallucinogenic. Don't know exactly who is responsible for what, maybe Nathan might control most of those primordial scrapings. In any case, according to the pictures of Sound Course Studio, Marco is equipped with lost of toys and Nathan's studio is the same story, I can confirm that personally as few jam sessions still deeply resonate. Dense circles of menacing clouds persistently hang above, at times stealing the center stage, but the listening experience of this bridged archaic and technology remains always fascinatingly irritating. "Lithification", the longest 26-minute track, safely retains its mindscaping scenario with swiftly helixing and surging reverberations reinforced by ear-tickling cyber-biotic fragments, which silently alchemize into magnificently transporting cavernous discordances. Expansive drone layers clandestinely pervade through the prehistoric nether sceneries, moving from warmer vistas through tensely crescendoing cinematic sweeps to mind-blowingly enigmatic cybernetic culminations. A magnum opus!!! Shorter "Cooling" blends lush organic manipulations with freakily traversing drone stratums, the sole protagonist of Jarguna again shares his soundsculpting passion on this composition with Nathan Youngblood. The closing chapter "Geodes" explores rather serene panoramic drifts, even if riding on massively undulating waves, where piercing vertexes and consonant vibrations are contrasted with amorphously meandering warm blankets. A really nice outro!!!

With "Anátēxis" album Marco Billi/Jarguna, with the help of his connate spirit Nathan Youngblood, takes each devoted journeyer into unique shadowy wonders, where all ancestral memories are amply awaken and excavated. Full, almost 77 minutes long immersion is guaranteed!!! I think Jarguna still might be unexplored by many ambient/dark ambient devotees, so don't miss this thrilling experience, because the discography of this gifted Italian soundsculptor features no less than 10 solo or collaboration albums plus few additional digital only releases. Available through Marco's Shangri-la Association dedicated to supporting and preserving local cultural traditions in many countries. Keep on adventuring, Marco, and have a safe journey!!!

Richard Gürtler (Mar 29, 2015, Bratislava, Slovakia)
Just a note to remind anyone who may pass through this thread tonight (Friday, March 27th) that the Soma FM virtual CD release party is tonight at 5:00 PM PST (in just a few minutes!). This broadcast is presented by Soma FM and will stream on their Drone Zone channel. The broadcast will feature both "Through the Gate to Nowhere" and "Broken Stars Through Brilliant Clouds" (my collaboration with Zero Ohms on the Spotted Peccary Music label).

Simultaneously, myself and Richard Roberts of Zero Ohms will be engaging in a live chat over at Relaxed Machinery.  Please join in if you'd like.

If you want to join in on the chat, be sure to register with the rM community here:

Soma FM Drone Zone station:

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