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My new ambient album... DEEP SPACE BLUE is released on 1 August 2017.

You can check out album availability options and hear samples of the album at this link:

DEEP SPACE BLUE is my follow-up to the electronic album TIMELESS e-MOTION released in January 2017 and is my first full ambient album since the release of the international award-winning SOUTHERN CROSS in 2016.

You can also check out the album on Bandcamp:

 Best wishes... Jim
 Gold Coast

Siddhartha Barnhoorn "Structures Of Light" CDr

Siddhartha Barnhoorn is a brand new name on the map of ambient drifters, however, this Dutch composer is a very experienced sound designer, who has worked since 2004 extensively on the musical scores (over 70!!!) for films, documentaries, games, commercials... "Structures Of Light" is his second ambient album, but first one self-released on a physical format. He debuted with "Pillars Of Light" back in 2011. Its follow-up is out since the end of May 2017 in a really attractive 4-panel digipak featuring stunning visuals by acclaimed digital painter Gary Tonge, who has contributed his art also to "Pillars Of Light". The album was released in a limited edition of 80 copies. To complete the credits list, the mastering was done by Aaron Marshall, another ambient musician and composer for film and media.

"Streams From Stillness", with running time 4 and a half minutes the shortest one on "Structures Of Light", straightly unfolds with free floating expansive washes navigating the listener towards tranquilly immense solitudes, where colossal drifts serenely commingle with nuancing dramatic horizons. A very strong introduction of Siddhartha Barnhoorn's soundscaping, well-done! Much longer "Place Of Now", clocking to 12:30 mark, quietly shifts into more monumental drone zones, continuously rising and ebbing through breathtakingly graceful panoptic sceneries. Cinematic elegance at its most splendorous! 8-plus minutes long title composition "Structures Of Light" bridges titillating glimpses of sudden invasive meridians with soothingly meandering and evanecescing voluminous panoramic quietudes, while inconspicuously permeated by ephemeral silent vistas. "Slowly Becoming" reveals with expressively flavored staggering cascades reinforced by high-pitched vertexes with few gossamer subterranean traceries thrown in. Then clandestinely metamorphosing into rather monochromatic, spaciously sweeping and intensely engrossing drone sheets, yet continuously percolated by occasional translucent flickers. "Inner Being" has most likely the most vintage-driven sound, while again melting warmly evocative atmospheric grace with ear-tickling ringing signals. The closing 21 and a half minutes long epic "Sanctuary" dives right away into thrillingly magnificent sonic realms, exquisitely amalgamating utterly grandiose magmatic stratums, unfathomably enigmatic and tenaciously tight, with diminuendoing humming subtleties, while ambiguous click-clacks with auxiliary glimmering sequences surreptitiously pervade across stunningly monolithic walls. Additional intriguingly dissonant fragments join this profoundly enveloping scenario as well. Gliding through awe-inspiring elevations, where infinitely magnifying layers collide with engulfing ambrosial decrescendos. A pure aural bliss is fully revealed, a grand finale indeed!!! Bravo, Sid, this certainly must be your magnum opus and an all-inclusive path to be taken and blossomed in the future!!!

With nearly 61 minutes long "Structures Of Light" Siddhartha Barnhoorn introduces his soundsculpting potential on the drifting side of immersing ambient canvas. Although described as a "newcomer", this Dutchman has masterfully utilized all his undisputable skills in carving powerful scores. Once again, kudos to you, Sid, and keep on creating your own atmospheric insignias!!! Yes, new tracks are in the works at the Timecave, some of them even featuring ethereal voice magic of kindred soul Lara Ausensi (btw, they sound really impressive!!!), so definitely don't go away and give a listen to "Structures Of Light" (and also to digital download of "Pillars of Light")!!! Siddhartha Barnhoorn definitely deserves his spot on the ambient scene as he is ready to chase allied drifters par excellence!!!

Richard Gürtler (Jul 30, 2017, Bratislava, Slovakia)
Everything and Nothing / Re: Robert Rich's 'Crow Blog'
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Very observant  ;)
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Thanks Scott
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RIP Edgar.
Hi folks, I've just released a new album for my drone/dark ambient project Caustic Reverie.

Here and Away comes from a film-soundtrack that I deconstructed and put back together. It's synth-heavy with a smattering of guitar.



Independent Music Reviews / My review of "Nocturnes" CD by Max Corbacho
« Last post by richardgurtler on July 28, 2017, 06:15:00 AM »

Max Corbacho "Nocturnes" CD

If I recall correctly, the title "Nocturnes" has been resonating in the connection with Max Corbacho for few years already. For the first time announced by Hypnos, roughly about 3 years ago, unfortunately it was in the period of time when Mike and Lena were slowly evanescing from their publishing activities (yet Hypnos is still alive as a mail-order and forum). Secondly, I have encountered "Nocturnes" back in the summer of 2016, when hanging in Max Corbacho's studio in Barbera del Valles, near Barcelona. Lots of great memories revive... along with fruitful discussions held with Max about the long-deserved release of this recording. And now finally the dreams came true, "Nocturnes" CD is here!!! Out on Max Corbacho's newly created label Silentsun since May 19th, 2017, the album comes in a catchy matte 4-panel digipak graced by immersing nocturnal photographs taken by the artist himself in Aragon, a northeastern region of Spain, these photography sessions also remain as the biggest inspiration for "Nocturnes". Additional credits are given to visual master Michael Rodriguez Pletz, who has already collaborated with Max Corbacho on "Splendid Labyrinths" and "Future Terrain" artworks. The mastering credit goes to Ian Hawgood, his name can be found also on "Future Terrain".

The journey is ignited with quietly expanding "Dark Sky Opening", a title precisely reflecting its name as well as awe-inspiring immenseness of arid landscapes of Aragon. Max Corbacho's multidimensional expansive gracefulness sweeps across effortlessly like refreshing nightly breeze. Inconspicuous climaxes with ear-tickling glimpses persistently percolate throughout the grandiosely panoramic magnitudes, known as a purely quintessential sonic insignias of this Spanish Maestro. Yeah, this nearly 53 minutes long epic composition proficiently displays the soundcarving magic of Max Corbacho, where phenomenally engrossing spatial vastness is meticulously reinforced by infinitely billowing and warmly tenebrous meridians. Max gives the max again, these utterly powerful quietudes will always be my sonic medicine!!! A jewel like "Nocturnes" was worth the long wait!!! The next piece, "Stellar Time", reaching almost 12-minute mark, straightly dives into gargantuan depths, where celestially infused drones exquisitely amalgamate with magmatic humming monoliths, titillating dissonant perplexes and balmily nuanced undercurrents. A truly mind-blowing odyssey transporting the listener into jaw-droppingly unfathomable nothingness, where monstrous serenity with disastrous reverberations are tenaciously engulfing. This track undoubtedly showcases Max Corbacho at the very top of his most intense abysscaping!!! So it's quite obvious "Ghost Of The Moon" clandestinely enters this scenario and glides on the wings of diminuendoing thickness, with less density, yet more resonating sharpness with oscillating vertexes, bridged with hidden, but glimmeringly emerging yearning sceneries, before surreptitiously transmuting into tranquilly vanishing horizons.

74-minute "Nocturnes" album again reinstalls Max Corbacho to the foreground of atmospheric soundscaping, his signature sonic meditations belong to the most colossally expansive and breathtakingly immersing listening experiences. This Spaniard is a stalwart soundforger par excellence, certainly don't miss his stellar discography filled with many other gems like "The Ocean Inside", "Ars Lucis", "The Talisman", "Splendid Labyrinths", "Nocturnal Emanations"... The flame is still burning brightly and as far I know, few more chapters of "Nocturnes" are in the stove, so stay tuned for more!!! Bravo, Max!!!

Richard Gürtler (Jul 26, 2017, Bratislava, Slovakia)
Wickedly dark and unsettling! Nice work.
Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Signal Thrice Variations
« Last post by CausticReverie on July 26, 2017, 02:29:21 AM »
I like the way these build. Nice work!
Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Do in particular old synths have a soul
« Last post by Scott M2 on July 25, 2017, 10:52:19 AM »
Craig Anderton once wrote that he felt the player would imbue an instrument with "soul" which would continue after it changed hands and could influence a new owner.

Craig was talking guitars then. I feel that when I'm designing and storing patches in my synths, then I'm storing pieces of my "soul" in them... but, so easy to erase them.
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