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['ramp] -- debris
« on: September 08, 2009, 04:44:40 AM »
Hi all,

I have the great pleasure to announce the release of the new official ['ramp] album "debris" on 1st October, 2009. As some of you may know, Frank and I split a while ago so that this new album is a solo enterprise of mine.

"debris" actually took several years until it was finished the way I had envisaged it. Musically, it won´t be as calm as "ceasing to exist", the last ['ramp] album in its original line-up. "debris" will be based both on textural ambient soundscaping, ambient field recordings of steelplants, railway trajects, and factories at night, and grinding sequencer rhythms. I tried to get as close to my personal definition of what "industrial" means to me so people who listen to XXXX or YYYY might find it very "un-industrial". Well, anyway, that´s why "doombient" had been invented some years ago, right?

You can of course order your personal copy directly through me by sending an email to stephen at parsick dot com (no forum PMs, please!), or -- if you don´t want to order it blindly -- you can wait until some distributors have made audio snippets available online to listen to it first. Please don´t expect me to answer to your email between 11th September and 27th September as I will be away for a while.

Thanks for reading,

Stephen.
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Re: ['ramp] -- debris
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2009, 12:19:49 AM »
['ramp] is God, and Stephen Parsick is the son of God.  Can't wait to hear "debris"!!!

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Re: ['ramp] -- debris
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2009, 03:29:46 AM »
Thanks for your kind words :)...

The album is now available and can be ordered directly through me. Prices (with shipping, Paypal, and handling included) are as follows:

Germany: 16 Euro (bitte kein Paypal, nur normale Überweisungen)
Europe: 17 Euro
Worldwide: 18 Euro

If you have any questions, please feel free to get back to me.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

Thanks,

Stephen.
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Re: ['ramp] -- debris
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2009, 12:49:00 AM »
"debris" actually took several years until it was finished the way I had envisaged it. Musically, it won´t be as calm as "ceasing to exist", the last ['ramp] album in its original line-up. "debris" will be based both on textural ambient soundscaping, ambient field recordings of steelplants, railway trajects, and factories at night, and grinding sequencer rhythms. 

Neat! Your choice of field recordings sounds very interesting! :D

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Re: ['ramp] -- debris
« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2009, 09:44:53 AM »
Waiting for my copy to arrive :)

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« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2009, 03:30:12 AM »
The first "debris", written by Bert Strolenberg (bedankt, Bert!):

[‘ramp] – debris
CD, Private Release, 2009
“Debris” is a deep, strong organic flavoured ambient journey coming in four sections. It’s composed solely by Stephen Parsick, as he and Frank Makowski parted ways a while ago. As Stephen explains, the outcome (for which he used basic tracks composed between June 2000 and January 2005 as a start) is based both on textural ambient soundscaping, ambient field recordings of steelplants, railway trajects, and factories at night, and grinding sequencer rhythms, so there’s most certainly an industrial/experimental edge to it all. Those familiar with his privately released cd-r’s know what magical, cinematic and dense vintage ambient music can be like. “Debris” once more sees Stephen treat his gear expertly, triggering some great analogue sequencer patterns in the tradition of Node and Redshift, next to offering crispy, multi-layered synth pads which he masterfully mixes with industrial, organic and minimal flavours and a whole range of effects.

Although I highly recommend “Debris”, I’d like to remind those familiar with the album “Ceasing to Exist” to keep in mind there’s far more rhythmic, edgier electronic territory and alienating soundscaping covered on this new release, which won’t be everyone’s cup of tea.   

Bert Strolenberg
www.sonicimmersion.org
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« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2009, 04:11:40 AM »
Here´s another review, written and translated into English by Sylvain Lupari, published on the Canadian website www.gutsofdarkness.com (merci beaucoup, Sylvain!):

"A loud caustic wave wraps the intro of Rails, of which the starting engine sends ochre vapor which spreads a strange cosmic aura in a world nevertheless industrial. Recorded in the turmoil of a stormy separation from the other half of Ramp; Frank Makowski, Debris will take 3 years before being born. The result is an album which allies the dark weightiness of Ramp to tempestuous and strangely violent sequential movements.

Following the hard move forward of Rails wheels of which end on strange metallic percussions, Skeletarl moves blindly towards squealing and sweating feeble-lights with an arrhythmic pulsations bass line. A sound violence is pointing out. It is latent and shouts out with spectral rustles and scattered flickered percussions on a hesitating movement. A movement that is mold as roller coasters which have difficulty to pull their wagons. Biting reverberations and industrial sound environment, without knowing it but while feeling it, Skeletarl plunges us into a heavy and violent sound universe where resonances eat our eardrums on a rhythm strangely vague of which the essence is pulled out of the somber depths of Redshift. A magnificent hard and corrosive track which winds the meanders of lifelessness, while robbing the steel walls of sharp claws, which feed a twisted and howling metal. A track that depicts marvelously the raw and metallic atmosphere which overhangs this last Ramp release. Because from Girders to Residual Oxide, Ramp passes by all the subterranean levels to offer a sound slaughter, sometimes static sometimes sequenced, to the stabbing and terrifying roundness’s of a ruined factory. Some Ramp, but also some Stephen Parsick who likes cement mixers atmospheres stiff of ambient aromas. But who also exploits sequenced movements of an inebriating intensity as on Wreckage where drum roll on contaminated oil barrels which entangled to an abrasive sound universe full of howling sequences which are melting to sieved lights of Pieces, to continue to pulse in an industrial world adrift, before meeting the movements of sequenced ball bearings of the title track Debris who tears simply away the metal from the tarnish towers, before the sequential heaviness’s of Coventried and Hamburgised ends this work of demolition.

Sunk in concrete in tempered steal in only one long track segmented into 12 shutters, Debris offers few ambient or quiet moments. In fact, if there is a moment of tranquility it begins with Dresdened and its long atonal breaths which circulate among the fragments of a factory ground. Although heavy and incredibly disaster, Slow Corrosion hiccoughs of heavy sequences to random migrations, which pulse heavily under metallic and flickered percussions. A movement to the approach so sinister as Skeletarl, but who does not explode and who preserves the oscillatory linearity of a big starving tortoise who ruminates upon her appetite until the last biting breaths of Residual Oxide.

Debris of Ramp is a whole brainwave. While we had become used to the calm universe of tetanised atmospheres of the Doombient series, Debris arrives with its big clogs and kicks down the atonic armature of this suite as cold as biting. In fact, Debris is a sublime mix of both universes; Stephen Parsick molds subtly and skillfully the metallic and biting drones in sequences to heavy reverberations which literally melt the last vestiges of the Doombient series. Debris is a great album which suits very well the visions and the perspectives of Guts Of Darkness. A must for fans of Dark Ambient with heavy resounding oscillations. The underworld of Redshift!

Sylvain Lupari (Phaedream) from Guts Of Darkness

The French Magazine of Dark & Experimental Music"

Thanks for reading,

Stephen.

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Re: ['ramp] -- debris
« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2010, 05:31:43 AM »
Another review, lifted from www.electroambientspace.com (thanks, Phil!):

"Ramp “Debris”

12 tracks, 76.06 mins

Debris continues where Oughtibridge left off, a great combination of dark ambient and industrialized Berlin school on steroids. Interestingly, most discs like to grab your attention early, but Stephen Parsick (now the only force behind Ramp) starts with the gloomy, dark shifting textures of “Rail.” Really, though, it serves as a lengthy intro to the main course, the nearly 14 fantastic minutes that are “Skeletal.” Fans of  Redshift and Node absolutely must hear this stunning track. It is at turns edgy, moody, dramatic, and aggressive - an instant classic. The disc has great flow, going from active numbers like this one to the dark formless bridging piece “Girders” before rich, thick bass and gritty synths kick back in on “Wreckage.” After virtually abandoning sequencing for his foray into purely doombient releases, Parsick rediscovers the technique with a vengeance here, continuing seamlessly into “Pieces” and the title track. The album is divided into four parts of three tracks each. The third three-part epic reaches its peak on “Hamburgised”, another powerfully restless sequencer fest with rumbling pulsating bass. The fourth and final section is every bit as good as the rest. Debris is hands down the best, most potent electronic music album of 2009."

So if you haven´t got it yet... drop me a line :).

Stephen




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Re: ['ramp] -- debris
« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2010, 09:53:41 PM »
Believe the hype! It's great!  (Although I like Cambrium even more--see post) Congrats on the accolades, Stephen.

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« Reply #9 on: June 18, 2010, 01:52:04 PM »
Here´s a nice review, written by Archie Patterson of Eurock/USA (I especially like the Lou Reed bit  ). Thanks for reading.

http://www.eurock.com/reviews/default.aspx

Ramp - DEBRIS (CD)
Of all the German electronic "bands" ['ramp] (in fact, one Stephen Parsick), stands out as one of the most conceptually unique and electronically powerful German synthetic music experiments. Their "doombient" sound is literally suffocating in its densely sculpted and deeply subsonic vibrations. In some sense ['ramp] seems gene spliced from Lou Reed's METAL MACHINE MUSIC, and inhabited with a primal pulse that pounds and pulsates relentlessly giving it a living breathing energy that at times overwhelms your system. Beyond ambient, it's more like the sound and fury of the future, after environmental pollution has been totally unleashed and the air we breathe has become saturated with sonic DEBRIS that makes us dizzy in the head. Warning - listening to this on headphones is not recommended.
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Re: ['ramp] -- debris
« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2011, 02:22:22 AM »
Hi all,

I´ve uploaded some excerpts from the album on soundcloud:

http://soundcloud.com/doombient-music/debris-excerpts

I hope the link is working the way it should.

Enjoy (or not),

Stephen.





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