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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 31, 2021, 07:02:48 AM »
Sunshine Ambient, Vol. 1 by Ambient Ashera on Spotify --

Current? music by the elusive and aloof Anthony Wright . . .

Thanks for the update. One of my favorite artists. I wonder if the Spotify account is legit or whether it is someone else uploading his work.

I sort of doubt it -- most likely is Anthony doing this -- glad to see he is still active in some way. I am on Spotify and they are pretty good at only getting legit material and artists added in my own experience. 8)


Not sure how long ago I got the original release but as far as I can recall I thought Apollo referred to the Greek God. ::). Never was a favorite Eno album and did not get played much though there are a few amazing gems on it.  The country & western styled tracks made no sense to me until I saw this video today and it really changed my opinion about the music.

Thanks for the heads-up on this! Just snapped up a mint copy off of Discogs.  :)

I was digging into the net looking up new Ashera & old Ashera and stumbled upon "Ambient Ashera" on Spotify here:

It appears Anthony has created some compilations of his back catalogue there and perhaps some newer material maybe offered in all these ambient offerings.

On Amazon these same offerings are available digitally here:

Lastly, you may listen to Ambient Ashera on YouTube here:


I wish there was a way to contact Anthony . . .

I remember Anthony once mentioned to me he stopped making/releasing new stuff privately due to the massive illegal copying and internet downloads back then....I'll remember him a nice and kind guy of which I hoped he had made some more fine ambient records...

I was digging into the net looking up new Ashera & old Ashera and stumbled upon "Ambient Ashera" on Spotify here:

It appears Anthony has created some compilations of his back catalogue there and perhaps some newer material maybe offered in all these ambient offerings.

On Amazon these same offerings are available digitally here:

Lastly, you may listen to Ambient Ashera on YouTube here:


I wish there was a way to contact Anthony . . .

Huge electronic music & other eclectic genres CD/DVD sale online now. I just added dozens of rare CDs, LPs, and even rare release cassette tapes. Some of these items are signed by the artist and even the whole band.

Find all this great music here:

I also sell at Amazon (since 2005) but Amazon recently removed individual sellers' "storefront" pages to get us to pay for such once-free service. Anyway if you are looking for a particular release on Amazon, just look for the item's being offered by listing by phatcds4younow. I am 99% of the time the lowest price or just use Discogs or MusicStack. (I ship internationally via MusicStack.)

Here's a sample review about phatcds4younow: (customer bought my personal copy of Tonto Rides Again by Tonto's Expanding Head Band)

"I must confess, I was a little nervous about parting with $250 for a CD. However, it arrived in great condition and on time, as promised. Several emails also served to keep me informed of progress. I'm very satisfied." By Amazon Customer on September 27, 2006.

(I was actually the lowest priced seller at $250!)

This is Amazon's info about us:
"phatcds4younow" is committed to providing each customer with the highest standard of customer service. We are known best here for our super FAST shipping. We do make mistakes rarely but quickly resolve them no questions asked. Shop here with no worries. We strive to provide the best deal on what you need here. Contact us direct if you need a special item and we will try to find it for no extra fee and list it here. Feel free to haggle our prices as we do reduce the sale price if we can. We ship all orders within 2 days of order entry. Free upgrade of all CD orders to First Class Mail. Our competitive prices reflect 1) Scarcity of the item. 2) Amazon's 30+% cut of all CD sales 3) and the increased current-day USPS shipping fees that Amazon refuses to cover for sellers even though we have asked them to do so. No cancellations or address changes after Amazon has forwarded the order to us. We use USPS-approved air filled bubble mailers. All damage caused to fragile jewel cases in transit is not our responsibility. Please contact your local post office. We answer all your e-mails within 24 hours on regular business days. We list the condition of used items by following the criteria posted on the Amazon website and we add extra notes as well. Please contact us with order number and order date 30 days after order entry in case your order has not arrived. Thanks for shopping with us. I am not only selling here but you can find my rare jazz fusion, progressive rock and electronic music at Discogs and MusicStack.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / AudioKit Synth One synth app
« on: December 06, 2020, 06:30:14 AM »
I just discovered AudioKit Synth One for iPad today:

And this is my first creation:

It's a great synthesizer app and it's FREE.

Recommended by

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Codex Hypnos II Mutation Mix
« on: October 30, 2020, 12:20:05 PM »
15 years ago, I released Codex Hypnos. I have unearthed the original files and mutated and remixed them. Original release was 77 minutes long. The new release is 108 minutes long.

Listen and purchase here:

Independent Music Reviews / An article on Ambient Music
« on: May 24, 2020, 04:40:31 PM »
Ambient Space: An InnerView
By John W. Patterson

Take a breather. Kick off your shoes. Set down the backpack and gaze now across dusk-hazed valleys of the past. Reflect, breathe out fatigue and adjust your soul's perspective. Listen.

In this silence is ambience. Beyond those sunset-dappled ridges is infinite space. Between those respiratory rustlings of breathing and the invisible churnings of mountain thermals lifting the soaring hawk, is ambience. Within each moment's malleable measure is space, ambient space.

Sense and sensations, time and timelessness, conscious thought and unseen filtering grids of perceptive experience all flow together. They are fused, in a matrix, stored, altered, processed, and recycled. Layered, looped, lilting, and sometimes "lost" our life experiences are a miasma, a mosaic that we define as being alive -- being aware. We each attempt to modify our personal ambient space in a multitude of ways for diverse purposes. It may be for comfort, relaxation, and excitement, for pleasure, for inspiration, healing or even walking "the valley of the shadow of death".

So we buy yet another CD, yet another piece of music. Will this be the one? We each know that no single piece of music will ultimately satisfy our cravings for what music can provide for our preferred ambient space. That "head-room" we seek to fill is infinite and constantly changing. For years it was pop rock for many, then maybe you found jazz or jazz fusion. Perhaps you immersed yourself in classical music, art rock, or reggae. Whatever worked to satisfy, to give that certain rush of brain chemistry, you would listen to -- you were your own expert on yourself. Whether you were a musician doing it or an avid fan you made your ambient space as you wished.

But how often did you buy a piece of "music" or a sonic experiment that confused you because it was so amorphous? Maybe it lacked rhythm, had endlessly droning tones, or was arranged in patterns of sound that lacked predictable norms. If you are like most people, this at first is a bit unsettling. Such creations require a certain psyche -- an openness to "let go".

Beyond jazz, apart from rock, in a whole separate genre to itself is a "music" or an aural experience called Ambient Space. It may incorporate noise or near-silence. It may approach musicality with sparse rhythms and vagaries of melody. This is a music that induces imagery and feeling, alters mood and thought, and somehow generates a sense of expanded personal "presence" and opens inner spaces beyond their typical horizons. Ambient Space music may be airy and light, simple and pristine or it can be dense, heavy, and dark. Ambience as an art form has its history and heroes. Allow me to take a look now across the "valley of the past".

I digress into a "possible" pre-history of ambient music. Sometime in our extended pasts, we well-brained hominids found certain sounds pleasing  -- they spoke to us. Environmental, organic sounds communicated feelings. Sounds soon became tools. We imitated and augmented nature's song. We hummed and shouted, sang and danced -- we discovered ways to evoke sound from silent objects. We answered the Creation. Heightened awareness of ambient sound generated a semi-structured music. Patterns, tones, textures, rhythms and sonorities became associated into a schemata of "song". In ritual, ceremony, revelry, battle, and to pass the time we used sound as a tool to modify ambient space. Sound was power. Sound opened inner realms, groomed our consciousness, changing us forever.

And after so many millennia various artists have sensed that need to listen to the original spaces between "song" again, to return to hearing what Man first listened to before song. How does one do this? How do we re-create primeval ambience and reproduce that pre-music sense? This is the challenge of creating quality and power-laden ambient space "visual musick".

I sit here writing this article, immersed in the ambient spacescapes of Brian Eno. The current "mood" I have chosen is Eno's The Shutov Assembly, set on endless loop. Eno is considered by most to be the one of the first pioneers, the "forefather", and knee-jerk name associated with ambient music. His '70's ambient releases, his Music for Films volumes, the tribute to the Apollo space missions, and other releases are some of the finest ways to begin adjusting your head for ambient works. Be it Wendy Carlos' Sonic Seasonings, Klaus Shulze's non-sequenced, synth fugues and expansive organ drones or Harold Budd's minimalist keys, each nudged opened the way for Ambient Space to return.

Tape loops, processed "found sounds", organic nature samplings, synthesized voice, electronic winds and waves all made their way to vinyl and were cast upon the whims of record labels' marketing stratagems. Ambience made its ripple in a select group minds. Most fans of electronic eclectica wanted trippy complexity, layer upon layer of tracks, more structures, intricate sounds, hurried flurries of notes beyond human capacities, positive feedbacks, and overdriven mayhem. Minimalism was too easy, placidly boring, and if used as a "space-out" break, most groups kept it at a minimum. Tangerine Dream used this effect early in their career but cut back on such "wide open drifting moments" almost completely. The masses wanted more "song" and less "scape".

In the '80's the New Age music explosion allowed a renewed platform for artists seeking Ambient Space creations. Out of this explorative and introspectively experimental decade survived and thrived a certain group of artists that had finally carved a deep niche, etched new petroglyphs on the stone of pre-music and best of all -- their music was selling. It was gaining a foothold. Some of these ambient artists leaned towards inner space works, others effectively evoked a sense of outer space. That sense of seeing alternate dimensions, entering timeless voids, and a journey into the Meta-world was strong in these releases. Standing now as the '80's and '90's pioneers of Ambient Space "music" or pre-musicks we have Steve Roach, Jonn Serrie, David Parsons, Michael Stearns, Robert Rich and others. The late '‘90s has been very good for a re-birth of great Ambient Space releases. New labels and artists are coming on the scene each month it seems. Vir Unis, Vidna Obmana, James Johnson, Stephen Philips, Richard Bone, Darshan, Ashera, Richard Tyler, Robert Carty, Zero Ohms, and many, many more are all giving the world some truly fine ambient works.

Synthesizers, samples, loops, voices, midi, and an ever-evolving computer tweaking of sound is allowing some of the most fascinating listening experiences I have ever heard. Some composers have even found ways to sample visual data, digitize it, and turn it into sound -- ambient signatures that echo visual information. You have to hear it to see it.

What excites me so, is that these artists are on a pilgrimage to find, unlock, and stimulate deep areas in the human psyche. In doing such, they are explorers wandering across uncharted lands. Each shares what is discovered along the way with the listener. We then are allowed to retrace their treks into Ambient Space.

We can never replace the truest effect of "being there" -- in the desert vast, sinking 'neath ocean depths, standing on frost-covered hillsides or entranced enroute to walk the red-oxide terrain of Mars. We each should seek out such realities if at all possible. Yet in between such finer moments of reality, between songs, whether at home, at work, or on the road, with Ambient Space "music" the luxury of "inner travels" is available. Doors are opened. It is as simple as pushing a button or inserting a compact disc. This is music that not only gets inside you but you can also walk, fly, soar, or drift inside this music-space.

I end with saying this, Ambient Space is not an art form for people in a hurry nor is it music for the narrow-perspective'd, the nonvisually-oriented, and unimaginative listener. Ambient Space music can both be an ignored listening experience or you can fully immerse yourself in its power. Some will claim it heals, relaxes, transfixes or alters the psyche. Well it shifts this author and music reviewer's mood and inspires creativity. Best of all it allows me to enter a space all my own -- an Ambient Space beyond the music and back to the Source.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Jim Butler on Bandcamp
« on: May 08, 2020, 10:52:57 AM »
I just wanted to give a shout out for Jim Butler's ambient music. Look for him on Bandcamp. He's very prolific and does quality ambient works. His May 2020 releases during the pandemic really good.

Now Playing / Re: Heavy music: turn it up to eleven!
« on: May 08, 2020, 10:15:00 AM »
Bands that are heavy enough for volume at 11: Skinny Puppy, Ministry, The Obsessed, Spirit Caravan, White Zombie, Sepultura, Corrosion of Conformity and of course... Metallica but my preferences these days are jazz rock fusion and ambient...

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 08, 2020, 09:57:52 AM »
Listening to Jim Butler's latest release: Sound of Seclusion Vol 1 - 5
He has to be THE most prolific ambient artist I know of. He is here:
Enjoy! He's a solid ambient composer.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / New release by SourceCodeX
« on: April 10, 2020, 01:18:25 PM »
I have a new "name your price" release on Bandcamp just for these trying times.

 Hello friends of music,

These are trying times. I hope you are well. You have supported my music in the past. I thank you. As has closed their online retail store, I have moved all my releases and some unreleased pieces to Bandcamp. Please have a look around there where you can stream most all my releases. Enjoy.

Again, many thanks! Stay well.

I have been checking song stats at iTunes, Pandora, Spotify and elsewhere. Above all others the most listened to and downloaded piece is "Time Warps in Alternate Worlds". Have a listen here:
Enjoy. From The Persistence of Ambience 2008 release...

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Anyone here ever use GoldWave?
« on: March 12, 2020, 09:49:48 AM »
I have found this GoldWave program very useful in manipulating sound. It is like a Swiss Army Knife for me. I have used it extensively on many of my dark ambient releases and producing online radio shows. It is made by a guy in Newfoundland. It is also quite affordable. Only $45 USD

Hello everyone. I am not exactly a newbie here really but I have indeed posted very little. I am John W. Patterson who started doing music reviews in the late 90s. My reviews can be found here and there of ambient, progressive rock and jazz fusion. I shifted gears away from doing written reviews and started doing online radio shows to promote artists. Back in 2004 I started releasing my own ambient music. I record as SourceCodeX. I have released ambient, dark ambient, progressive rock and improv live jam rock. My last release was Rebirth in 2015. That's about it really. I discovered ambient via Steve Roach and found fusion rock via The Mahavishnu Orchestra. Yes introduced me to progressive rock. And Tonto's Expanding Head Band simply blew my mind. Enough said...

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 11, 2020, 11:06:47 AM »
I am really enjoying the Low Volume Music of Steve Roach and Dirk Serries.
The minimalist flow and murmurs are just right to soothe after a hectic morning... quality ambience by two masters.

FYI: IASOS' "Angels of Comfort" was indeed the music most like that which may be heard during an NDE. However after Steve Roach had his NDE after an accident, he set out to recreate the sounds he heard during his NDE and thus was born his famous "Structures from Silence". And now those who have heard music during their NDE experience say Roach's music is closer  to what they heard. Curious...

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