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Innesti "Parenthetical" CDr

Delving deeply into exquisitely balm and intimately immersing terrains, where dreamily enveloping blankets meticulously commingle with gossamery organic quietudes, where infinitely monochromatic glides amalgamate with soulfully introspective traces, where crepuscularly charming serenities bridge with gently cascading reflections... Innesti continuously keeps on carving exceptionally transporting and warmly ethereal images, pure sonic medicine awaits here...

60-minute "Parenthetical" album is self-released by the artist since January 5th, 2020. The CDr features cover photographs by Katia Chausheva, it comes as a 4-panel digipak and the edition is limited to 100 copies. For more hazily engulfing gems, don't hesitate to explore also "In Currents", "Formless" and "Between Worlds" albums released by Innesti since the end of 2018.

Richard Gürtler (Jan 26, 2020, Bratislava, Slovakia)

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Aglaia "Astrolabio" CD

Fabulously transporting odyssey filled with transcendentally reverberating helixes, perplexingly piquant meridians, weepingly embracing reflections, balmily euphoric quietudes and biotically crepuscular flickers... Enter now exceptionally fascinating and intriguingly engulfing aural fantasies...

65-minute "Astrolabio" CD is packaged in a 6-panel glossy digipak, it's out on Hic Sunt Leones since the beginning of December 2019 and the release is limited to 200 copies. Credit list includes Arianna Tondo (photography) and Hic Sunt Leones (artwork). Extensive discographies by Aglaia and related projects as Nada Experiences and Momenti Per L'Armonia deserve to be explored!!!

Richard Gürtler (Jan 21, 2020, Bratislava, Slovakia)

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Sequentia Legenda "Five" CDr

Glisteningly mesmerizing, invigoratingly infinite, gossamery ear-tickling and introspectively traversing Berlin School-driven sequences persistently commingle with celestially expansive, gracefully sublime and monochromatically engulfing, yet awe-inspiringly transporting luminosities, while insistently euphonious melodies with intangibly organic piquancies pervade across too...

"Five" album is 66 minutes long, the CDr edition comes as a 6-panel digipak with additional 12-page insert, it's designed and self-released by Laurent Schieber/Sequentia Legenda. It's out since December 25th, 2019.

Richard Gürtler (Jan 18, 2020, Bratislava, Slovakia)

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Space Megalithe "Ancient Trances" CD

Exquisitely bridging enigmatically expansive drone insignias with intangibly engrossing Berlin School mesmerism and soothingly languid tribal artifacts...

66 minutes long "Ancient Trances" album comes in a cardboard sleeve and it was self-released by Space Megalithe during December 2019. It's another very strong sonic installment by this gifted French duo, don't miss also their previous two CD albums, "Psyché Energy" (2014) and "Abstract Dimension" (2015)!!!

Richard Gürtler (Dec 10, 2019, Bratislava, Slovakia)

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Roy Mattson "Music Of The Smoky Rainbow" CDr

Sonic curandero exquisitely amalgamates mesmerizingly primordial rhythms with breathtakingly immersing vistas and tranquilly embracing euphonies...

61-minute album is self-released by Roy Mattson in a standard jewel case featuring front cover image of Ralph Prata's carved concrete "The Enchanter", it's out since July 31st, 2019. For all aficionados of physical editions, highly recommended is also Roy Mattson's collaboration with Steve Brand entitled "Meltstream", this one was released on Relaxed Machinery in 2014.

Richard Gürtler (Jan 08, 2020, Bratislava, Slovakia)

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David Helpling "ᛚ" CD

Aural and visual bliss fully unfolds all its magic, lyrically euphonious, lushly pristine and shimmeringly ear-tickling melodies exquisitely juxtapose with introspectively narrative, soothingly embracing and gracefully subaqueous blankets... Bravo, David, and all involved, a true piece of art!!!

I have been craving for the physical release by this gifted Californian ambient guitar virtuoso since the masterful, digital only album "A Sea Without Memory" (July 2017). My dreams came finally true at the end of November 2019, when Spotted Peccary Music has released "ᛚ". The 68-minute album comes in a stunningly immersing 6-panel eco wallet with additional 8-page foldout insert. The credits for the packaging splendor go to Daniel Pipitone (design) and Joseph Abreu (photography), while the sonic part features Howard Givens (mastering) and Steven Schreier (additional recording and special processing).

Richard Gürtler (Dec 26, 2019, Bratislava, Slovakia)

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A very sad news, thank you so much, Forrest, for sharing. My sincere condolences for the family, friends and Spotted Peccary Music. Rest in peace, Michael Allison.

Richard :'(

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Independent Music Reviews / My review of "Brittleroots" CDr by Med Gen
« on: January 09, 2020, 02:34:58 PM »


Med Gen "Brittleroots" CDr

Med Gen "Brittleroots" CDr album was released September 22nd, 2018 on Russian label ΠΑΝΘΕΟΝ, as a part of "Autumnal Equinox" handmade box with another two CDr titles, Sun Through Eyelids "Glacial Iridescence" and Dronny Darko & Apollonius "The Sea Of Potentials", but the album is available also separately. I believe the CDr album was released in a limited edition of 50 copies, while 20 of them were included in the box. As usual for this label, driven by Tim Six, each of their releases is a true piece of art, all created with love and passion! It's highly recommended to discover!!! The album itself is packaged in a black cardboard envelope with blue ribbon and front/back cover pictures. Credit for the artwork goes except Med Gen also to Tim Six. Since I was not familiar with this Russian project led by Mikhail Selitsky, who carves immersing soundworlds since 2013, this release was for me a really big revelation.

Secluded hums announce almost 15-minute "Peat Accumulation", which straightly dives into perplexingly engulfing subterranean realms, eerily organic, yet magnificently frightening. Languidly helixing and aeonianly transporting drone layers guard above and persistently coalesce with ear-tickling cavernous field recordings. Towards the last third slowly paced tribal beat sneak in along with ephemeral cinematic traceries. "Thallophyta", another longer piece clocking past 11-minute mark, dives into abysmal sceneries, although illuminated by glimpsing subaquatic gurgles and intangibly echoed throbs. Later metamorphosing through slightly calmer, but ghostly roaring domains into massively enveloping stratums. "Nelumbo" safely glides through gracefully lachrymose and sonorously immense realms with inconspicuously permeating mysterious howls and swampy rattles. "Man From The Bog" maintains its enigmatic trace, but this time the biotic rumbles and calls juxtapose with twisted cyber-tech glimmers and subdued beat. "Silt", at 5:01 by far the shortest track on "Brittleroots", merges nebulously undulating crepuscular vistas with mesmerizingly low-pitched drumming. 18 minutes long "Oxalis Poisoning" drifts towards voluminously spellbinding and euphoniously blossoming euphoria, after 7 minutes transmuting into amplifying tides of drone billows softened by abundantly organic sparkles. Then evanescing through thrillingly vertexing magnitudes reinforced by tenebrous voice samples, indeed an epic ride!!! Closing "Typha" keeps the denser scenario, where reverberating, rising and ebbing monochromatic drone sheets amalgamate with chirping consonances and transient hazy rhythm fragments.

79-minute "Brittleroots" album is a strikingly immersing journey, masterfully amalgamating heavier drone signatures, ambiguously monolithic, with lushly surrounding and tranquilly shimmering wetland symphonies, coexisting in balmily resonant equilibrium. A superb recording by Med Gen, big applaud to Mikhail Selitsky!!! It's one of my fave albums released by ΠΑΝΘΕΟΝ! Med Gen's discography features more than ten other albums plus one collaboration with lost-radio project, all available in digital formats, but I hope for more releases in the future on a rounded silver object. And by the way, the digital edition of "Brittleroots" includes a bonus track, over 21-minutes long "Fallen Woods". Keep an eye and ear on this gifted soundsculptor from Russia!!!

Richard Gürtler (Jan 06, 2020, Bratislava, Slovakia)


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Oops, I forgot to add these two:

Max Corbacho "Echo Of Longing" CD
https://maxcorbacho.bandcamp.com/album/echo-of-longing

David Parsons "Chakra" CD
https://gterma.bandcamp.com/album/chakra

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Hi guys,

I usually try to avoid such list, but let's make an exception. But I am afraid the line-up will be quite long, I am unable to squeeze it and most likely I didn't mention all titles I wanted..., in random order...

Richard :)

Telomere "Supergiant" CDr (released 2018, got it during 2019)
https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/telomere4

Iluiteq "Soundtracks For Winter Departures" CD
https://txtrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/soundtracks-for-winter-departures

Martin Stürtzer "Seven Pieces For Synthesizer" cassette
https://phelios.bandcamp.com/album/seven-pieces-for-synthesizer

Sōzuproject "Fragility Can Fly" CDr
https://sozuproject.bandcamp.com/album/fragility-can-fly

Innesti "Formless" CDr and "Between Worlds" CDr
https://innesti.bandcamp.com/album/formless
https://innesti.bandcamp.com/album/between-worlds

Jarguna "Archetypes" CDr
https://projektrecords.bandcamp.com/album/archetypes

Jarguna "Sogni Di Sutra Nei Venti" CDr (released 2017, physically released 2019)
https://projektrecords.bandcamp.com/album/sogni-di-sutra-nei-venti

Robert Davies "Sylvan Glen" CDr
https://dataobscura.bandcamp.com/album/sylvan-glen

Robert Rich "Tactile Ground" 2CD
https://robertrich.bandcamp.com/album/tactile-ground

ASC "The Waves" CD
https://shop.silentseason.com/album/the-waves

Radiant Mind | Steve Roach "HelioSphere" CD
https://steveroach.bandcamp.com/album/heliosphere

Forrest Fang "The Fata Morgana Dream" CD
https://projektrecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-fata-morgana-dream

Massergy "Fire Opal" CD
https://ambientelectronic.bandcamp.com/album/fire-opal

Thom Brennan "Soundgardens" CDr
https://thombrennan.bandcamp.com/album/soundgardens

Sverre Knut Johansen "Precambrian" CD
https://ambientelectronic.bandcamp.com/album/precambrian

Alan Lidden "Sea Change" CDr
https://alanlidden.bandcamp.com/album/sea-change

Crows Labyrinth "All Will Perish" CD
https://crowslabyrinth.bandcamp.com/album/all-will-perish

The Circular Ruins "Curious Geometries" CD
https://dataobscura.bandcamp.com/album/curious-geometries

Alpha Wave Movement "Polyphasic Music" CDr
https://hrresonance.bandcamp.com/album/polyphasic-music

Peter James "Senessence" CDr
https://aatma.bandcamp.com/album/senessence

Poemme "Frozen Passages" CDr
https://shop.poemme-ambient.com/album/frozen-passages

Lingua Lustra "Emotive Motifs" CD
https://databloem.bandcamp.com/album/emotive-motifs

Logic Moon "I See Planets" CDr
https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/i-see-planets

Mathias Grassow "Ascending Rosespirals" CDr (older album from 2017, physically released in 2019)
https://mathiasgrassow.bandcamp.com/album/2017-ascending-rosespirals

Jeff Pearce "Skies And Stars" CD
https://jeffpearcemusic.bandcamp.com/album/skies-and-stars

Kelly David "Meditation In Green" CD
https://ambientelectronic.bandcamp.com/album/meditation-in-green

Drifting In Silence "Away" CDr
https://driftinginsilence.com/album/away

James Bernard "Fragments" CDr
https://pitp.bandcamp.com/album/fragments

AOOM "Aequinoctium" CD
https://pantheophania.bandcamp.com/album/aequinoctium

36 "Fade To Grey Reinpreted" CD
https://astrangelyisolatedplace.bandcamp.com/album/fade-to-grey-reinterpreted

Simon Lomax "How The Shadow Falls" CD
http://www.simonlomax.com/howtheshadowfalls.html

Steve Roach "Trance Archeology" CD
https://steveroach.bandcamp.com/album/trance-archeology

Phobos "Celestial Harmonics" CD
https://frozenlightlabel.bandcamp.com/album/celestial-harmonics

Rudy Adrian "Woodlands" CD
https://ambientelectronic.bandcamp.com/album/woodlands

Netherworld "Algida Bellezza" CD
https://glacialmovements.bandcamp.com/album/algida-bellezza

David Helpling "ᛚ" CD
https://ambientelectronic.bandcamp.com/album/rune

Music For Sleep "Background Music: Shard Of The Ancient" CDr
https://mforsleep.bandcamp.com/album/background-music-shard-of-the-ancient

Andromalar "Nunquam" CD (released 2018, got it during 2019)
https://reversealignment.bandcamp.com/album/nunquam

Space Megalithe "Ancient Trances" CD
https://www.facebook.com/SpaceMegalithe/

Steve Brand "Archaism" CDr
https://steve-brand.bandcamp.com/album/archaism


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Independent Music Reviews / My review of "Lie Symmetry" CD by Aperus
« on: January 04, 2020, 04:24:36 AM »


Aperus "Lie Symmetry" CD

The sole protagonist behind Aperus, Brian McWilliams, has released this album through his Geophonic Records during June 2018. I had the great pleasure to meet Brian a few months earlier in Tucson and Santa Fe when he showed me some of the accidental landscape photographs to be used for this recording, so I was really curious about the final outcome. Yeah, no matter if Aperus or Remanence (sharing on this one creative insignias with John Phipps), both these projects were always exceptionally distinctive in their sonic and visual expressions. "Lie Symmetry" is no exception, the glass mastered CD, limited to 300 copies, is packaged in a double pocketed plastic sleeve featuring two separate 6-panel fold-out inserts, one matte, one satin, with extensive liner notes and already mentioned photographs. Mastering credits go to Ron Sunsinger, Jan Roos and Jason Goodyear.

6-plus minutes long "VLA 1" reveals this thrillingly exuberant journey with an array of marching percussive elements, some nearly jazzy-infused, blended with radio transmission field recordings and monochromatic drone gliding serenely above. I believe VLA means here Very Large Array, a radio astronomy observatory located in central New Mexico. Another coincident here, I visited this breathtakingly immersing place with 28 colossal radio telescopes on the Plains of San Agustin only a few days after meeting with Brian. "VLA 1" is uniquely immersing and intricately disturbing. "Frozen, Broken" sounds quite appropriately to its name. Meditatively engulfing bells are exquisitely juxtaposed here and there by some intangibly arising intrusions, while the remote drone is hanging and nuancing atop. "When The Mountains Wear Black Hats", I love this title so much, moves to more perplexing, yet minimal sceneries, where quietly emerging murmurs are delightfully illuminated by unfathomably vague rumbles as well as by introspectively cinematic beacons. Wow, this is a really jaw-dropping listening experience, awesome soundsculpting, Brian! Shorter "Himalaya" is driven by high-pitched rhythmic patterns, mesmerizingly spicy and ear-tickling with a gentle touch of Tibetan fragrances. "VLA 2" continues the ride mapped on "VLA 1", but the flatlined drone is more buzzingly disruptive. At 9:02 the longest track on the album, "Marsh Lake, October" delves deeply into subaqueously echoed and ambiguously traversing domains, mysteriously submerging, where various metallic rumbles and eerie squeaks bridge with softly glimmering and elusively secluded clickety-clacks. "Ephemeral River" is propelled by enigmatically isolated heartbeats, while permeating cyber-tech sparkles, transient locomotions and escalating tensions add a peculiarly flavored feel. "Unfrozen, Unbroken" closes the ride with shadowy bells, warmly gliding meridians and glimpsing bass reflections.

48 and a half minutes long "Lie Symmetry" is spectacularly transporting recording with a massive amount of rewards, it's extraordinarily colored exploration just like all those unexpectedly occurring photographs. Abstractly enveloping and sophisticatedly polished, yet organically provoking! Top-notch sound quality with fascinatingly engrossing visuals on top of all that. Maybe I am not the biggest fan of the type of packaging chosen for this release, but "Lie Symmetry" CD is a truly magnificent release from beginning to end! And the same can be easily written about the complete discography of Aperus and Remanence. Another great job, Brian!!!

Richard Gürtler (Jan 02, 2020, Bratislava, Slovakia)

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Merry Christmas
« on: January 04, 2020, 04:21:34 AM »
I love Richard's Holiday photos. They are always gorgeous.

Happy New Year.

Thanks a lot, Castleview, for your kind words, they are much appreciated!!! We just got our first snow yesterday (in Bratislava, Slovakia), just a little bit, the first one after about a month, so I couldn't resist, went out and took some new pictures, few of them are quite immersing.

Have a wonderful 2020!!!

Richard :)

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Radiant Mind | Steve Roach "HelioSphere" CD

Anonymous project Radiant Mind found its safe home at steveroach.com label back in October 2014 with his applauded second album "Strands". Now teaming up with the Master himself, "HelioSphere" CD is out since February 2019 in an immersing 4-panel digipak designed by Sam Rosenthal. Howard Givens gets the credit for his mastering expertise.

Divided into 8 untitled parts, "Sphere 1" unfolds with almost 12-minute prodigiously expansive, sonorously engulfing and continuously circling soundscape. As much nebulously transporting and gracefully magnificent as the heliosphere itself, a grand opening indeed! Drifting away almost without noticing the next chapter, "Sphere 2", which clocks to 6 and a half minutes, keeps tightly on the path and flows as the solar wind, where tranquil meridians continuously commingle with intangibly distant piquant subtleties. What a journey! Longer "Sphere 3" bridges balmily infinite stratums with distant drone hums. "Sphere 4" immediately shifts into utterly euphonious and monumentally free-gliding realms, where splendidly panoptic expansions are bridged with warmly embracing cinematic blankets. A pure sonic medicine is served here and it's impossible to perceive the next piece. So it's quite obvious "Sphere 5" maintains its colossal elegance, what an infinitely engulfing beauty!!! 11-minute "Sphere 6" enters intenser domains, where perpetually helixing vertexes juxtapose with elusively rumbling glimpses, while dimly flickering sequences arise here and there. "Sphere 7" mesmerizingly gallops through introspectively remote landscapes. The closing chapter, "Sphere 8" delves deeply into bottomlessly mysterious drone realms. Tenaciously humming and tenebrously engrossing zones fully reveal all its magic. A truly jaw-dropping finale!

"HelioSphere" is another fruitfully rewarding collaboration featuring creative forces of the Master, the iconic Steve Roach, who connects his eternally blossoming artistic signatures with someone, who prefers to share his gifted wizardry incognito. It's since 2012 when Radiant Mind's debut CDr album "Sense" was released by Darren Bergstein's Periphery label. Yeah, as always with each Radiant Mind recording, the obscurity of its protagonist really drives me crazy, but it's the sonic odyssey that always counts the most. Over 66 minutes long "HelioSphere" is a brilliant interstellar exploration entering the Pantheon of deep space soundscaping milestones!!! Bravo!!!

Richard Gürtler (Dec 29, 2019, Bratislava, Slovakia)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Were did TELOMERE go?
« on: December 31, 2019, 08:33:03 AM »
All Telomere albums can be ordered directly from Chris or through CD Baby.

https://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/Telomere

Richard


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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Were did TELOMERE go?
« on: December 31, 2019, 08:16:24 AM »
Supergiant (2018)
The guy is as mysterious as ever.

Yes, Chris aka Telomere keeps on recording and self-releasing his albums quite incognito. But the more magnificent they are and the last "Supergiant" CDr is no exception. Definitely worth all the efforts to track it down!!!

Richard😉

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 31, 2019, 08:03:45 AM »
Steve Roach - Stillpoint
This is my favorite kind of Roach music: Drifting minimal synth work, with a few melodic hooks to elevate the experience. A perfect ending for 2019.
https://steveroach.bandcamp.com/album/stillpoint

Agree, Chris, this a true sonic medicine!!! All the best and keep on creating!!!

Richard🙂

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 31, 2019, 08:00:44 AM »
Innesti - Formless

Chris did a great job on this one, just like he did on his debut release. Great soundscapes.

...and the third album "Between Worlds" by Innesti released at the end of June is stunningly immersing too!!! Another must-have recording by this gifted US soundscaper!!! And btw, the fourth album is in the pipeline, it should be out very soon. Stay tuned, I am sure Chris will share it on these pages soon. Really looking forward!!!😉

Richard

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Jaja
« on: December 27, 2019, 01:07:27 PM »
Okay, Jaja's Bandcamp site works, but email address still doesn't.

Richard :)

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Jaja
« on: December 27, 2019, 12:17:28 PM »
Hi, guys, I am just trying to find out what's going on with German deep space soundscaper Jaja. Jana aka Jaja is also known on this forum as "stargazer". Her Bandcamp site disappeared and also her email address doesn't work anymore...

Thank you and all the best!!!

Richard

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Merry Christmas
« on: December 27, 2019, 12:08:07 PM »
Sorry, guys, I am a bit behind with my X-mas greets, have wonderful 2020!!!

Richard :)

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