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Now Playing / Re: Who else is listening to the new Grassow on repeat?
« on: September 02, 2013, 01:36:27 AM »
I also agree, DAGAZ didn't grab my attention that much until i started to play it on repeat.
Grassow's music is always richly layered and therefore has timeless quality to it..

However i didn't notice anything about Weiss' newly promoted mixing techniques, that graceful 2nd 28min. piece entirely resolves into a growing rustle towards the end, something i didn't hear before in Grassow's music.. and feels like something that accidentally happened during recording sessions..

Amother new CD is planned on Gterma sometime soon in early autumn

My favorite tracks of 2013 so far:

Dirk Serries "XXIII: There's A Light In Vein" (from "Microphonics XXI-XXV" CD)
Frore "A Name On The Wind" (from "Shadowlands" CDr)
Siyanie "Incarnation Mystery" (from "Homo Multidimensional" CD)
Steve Roach "Today" (from "Live Transmission" 2CD)
Steve Roach "In The Light Of Day" (from "Live Transmission" 2CD)
Steve Roach "The Future Flows From Here" (from "Future Flows" CD)
Luca Gherardi "Omega II - From Antares To Canis Majoris..." (from "Cosmosis" 2CDr)
Aglaia "Recidere" (from "Centurion" CD)
Telomere "Sol Zero" (from "Lux Primordia" CDr)
Netherworld "Polo Nord dell'inaccessibilita*" (from "Alchemy Of Ice" CD)
Phillip Wilkerson "Gates Of Mercy" (from "Sojourner" CDr)
Mathias Grassow "Pearls Of Ice" (from "Sonnenwende" 2CD)
Alpha Wave Movement "Awake" (from "Yasumu" CDr)


i think a list of our favorite tracks of the year is an even more personal and interesting one.
good for bringing this finally up, Richard!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Bvdub invasion...
« on: August 08, 2013, 05:44:38 AM »
now as i'm here already, 1 more;

that Hypnos track sounds very good so far...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Bvdub invasion...
« on: August 07, 2013, 02:44:35 AM »
that's the whole ambient scene already.
looking for something new we simply can't find

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Bvdub invasion...
« on: August 07, 2013, 12:41:11 AM »
can stream the whole release here; [as long as you move your cursor forward]

nowadays i 'happen' to like Bvdub's more upbeat works more than his pure beatless driftworks..

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Bvdub invasion...
« on: August 06, 2013, 03:14:06 AM »
just preordered his upcoming HOME 2CD on Echospace under his own name Brock Van Wey.
it's also available through Boomkat and Normanrecords.
it's rather expensive but i guess worth it!

and here a nice preview from his BORN IN TOKYO CD on N5MD;

his collaboration with Loscil will follow shortly titled EREBUS on Glacial Movements

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 14, 2013, 12:35:19 AM »
More Bandcamp purchases, with links...

36 - Shadow Play
infinite_coil - soar
Brian Green - Subtle Ripples
Marsen Jules Trio - Présence Acousmatique

i find that new 36 underwhelming so far, the typical 36 atmospheres and synths are sounding very thin here... while that Marsen Jules trio is quite good, very nice soundtrack-like atmospheres and vibes, perfect mastering..

there's way too much i've been playing as of late, just a few to mention here;

mathias grassow - calibration
mathias grassow - transpersonal
(very good Grassow material, has been playing this a lot over the last week)

bvdub - wolven [reworked]
2nd disc of Ian Hawgood's Wolven 2CD, just fantastic as always! didn't read much about it but it's simply great ecstatic stuff to me..

dj sprinkles - queerifications & ruins
(nice 2CD set of remixes of rather lush deephouse.. by mr. terre thaemlitz)

chronovalve - trace of light
(nice classic vocal based ambient, the enlightning atmospheres 'really' start to thicken with the 3rd track up till the last one..)

ornah-mental - excursions
(nice output from Carsten Agthe, solid ambient with good use of vocals and grooves through out)

alio die & zeit - a circular quest
(beautiful music for early summer mornings..)

aglaia - centurion
(up there with their best imo! refined diverse, colourful and vast atmospherics)

steve roach & elmar schulte - ritual ground
(still sounds so good till today)

rapoon - cidar
rapoon - recurring (dream circle)
(dusty bleak desert atmospheres as only Rapoon does...)

and more of course :-)


bvdub - born in tokyo (n5md)
bvdub & loscil - erebus (glacial movements)
ASC - time heals all (silent season)
duane pitre - bridges (important)
elaine radigue - adnos 1-3 (important)
harold budd - perhaps (root strata)
mathias grassow - tara
forrest fang - wolf at the ruins/migration (projekt)
taylor deupree & sakamoto - disappearence (12k)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 24, 2013, 10:46:45 PM »

Vir Unis - The Drift Inside

Yes, i do agree. I see here 3 great classics imo including that Celestial Geometries.

About the new 12k discs i was simply disappointed with the Deupree collab while the live Illuha CD is way better..
You can stream them on the Juno records website

Vidan Obmana and Alio Die - Echo Passage

Both great classics.

the 1st two tracks sound like a 3rd disc of "Expanding Horizon".
similar mood and high-pitched mastering, and sounds seem also being compressed too much somehow..
for Grassow standards slightly underwhelming so far..

on the other hand, his latest "Sonnenwende" has a distinct clarity and perfect volume-level of mastering imo.
a 2013 favorite for sure and to me one of Grassow's best releases!


here you can find some excellent output by drone-guitarist David Tagg.
i highly recommend his refiningly skilled drone music!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 01, 2013, 06:42:57 AM »
hello Brian,
there is no point of criticism here. i think the MP3s are giving a good idea about its overall sound and atmosphere. but after hearing the whole thing quite a few times now, i was rather surprised how good it is!
i'm also glad James got back after all those years.. his signature sound, piano is still there.
it's certainly up there with my favorites recently.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 30, 2013, 11:15:00 AM »
btw. just discovered a most terrific new Live CD by Benjamin Brunn, listen to the samples here;
had to order it instantly (fairly priced!) :-)
kind of jazzy old-school techno-electro ambient.. yummy!

so now i quit.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 30, 2013, 10:30:59 AM »
labels usually say that artists come up with their best work 'on' their label.. :-)
though this Harold Budd track is very nice indeed.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 30, 2013, 03:28:22 AM »
versalife (conforce) - vantage point
(another Conforce alterego featuring solid ambient techno. this young dutch fellow seems to have a nack for good sounds!)

james johnson & aperus - ecotone
(way better than i thought after hearing some preview samples. all delicate and timeless classic ambient, i especially like the gamelan elements)

robert rich - sunyata & inner landscapes
(nice digipak reissue, classic & deep Rich! curious for the Trances & Drones reissue artwork..)

oophoi - athlit
(very sad to acknowledge that the somehow shadowed master of mystic drone only play his sounds beyond our hearing from now on... Athlit is for me one of Oophoi's highlights, superb mastering by Mike @ hypnos)

kane ikin & david wenngren - strangers
(somewhat under the radar goodness, exquisite drones and textures here, rediscovered it lately with full pleasure)

steve roach - back to life
(have been playing this over the last few days and it evokes new layers and feelings which i didn't have before, that's our Roach!)

aidan baker - aneira
(very good longform drone piece on a 12-string acoustic guitar, the last excellent 12 minutes should have been longer.. )

federsen - phasespace ep
(i wish this' EP was a full album. one of the best new artists in the dubtechno scene i think..)

pan american - cloud room, glass room
(seriously rather heavy sounding album.. in crystal clear production on Kranky)


aglaia - centurion (hic sunt leones) Thanks!
ornah-mental - excursions (gterma)
ashtoreth's gate - s/t (gterma)
harold budd - jane 1-11
mathias grassow - dagaz (el culto)
leonardo rosado - washed away memories (pure wave)
ian hawgood & friends - wolven (hibernate/komu) [CD2 is a full re-work album by Bvdub!]
svarte greiner - black tie (miasmah)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 30, 2013, 01:56:07 AM »
steve roach - future flows
(i decided to go for the Flac download for now and purchasing my CD later on via Amazon when it comes by for a good price.
initially i didn't feel much for this release but after multiple listens over the last 2 days, i can feel it has enough depht to bite into it.. i agree the 2nd track feels a bit like the Ascension for Shadows sessions but halfway the track it unfolds into something very beautiful and graceful, i haven't heard from Roach for quite a while..)

eluder - through horizon
(digital edition while waiting for my CD to arrive, excellent release on Infraction! very nice breathing drones and sounds.. a current highlight for me)

marsen jules - the endless change of colour
(obviously a letdown for many 12k devotees but for me a 12k highlight. beautiful ever-shifting organ-like drones for 47 minutes)

vincent i watson - serene
(a classic sounding ambient album from the UK techno-head. surprisingly good, at times some tracks even remind me of Thom Brennan's majestic ambient works..)

iminazole - osaka and manipulated loops
(digital release on Cold Tear. heavy dub-techno reminiscent to Rod Modell's work, rather nice i would say)

celer - tightrope
(my warming up for his new Viewpoint CD)

seetyca - the luminous deep
(rather intense ambient-drone album divided in 3 long tracks, excellent one from Gterma)


V.A. - Gyalpo (Gterma)


alio die & zeit - a circular quest (HSL)
luciano daini - terrae incognitae (HSL)
mathias grassow & closing the eternity (Aquarellist)
mathias grassow - sonnenwende 2CD (Gterma)
celer - i, anatomy [CD-version] (Stillstream)
david tagg - leaving this planet (Install Sound)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 03, 2013, 10:02:59 AM »
Hey Jim02, as usual, thanks for heads up on the upcoming discs.  Don't forget the Alexander Saykov disc on gterma, which never came out as a cd from Cold Tear.  It is amazing.  BTW, I bought that Feather cd by the Koss guy and was very disappointed.  Some Koss like moments but most was well produced elevator music, with some really cheesy vocals.  Sad because I love that Ancient Rain cd and I just picked up his Four Worlds Converge disc, which is very good.

talking about the Saykov CD, i've been trying to get into it but i can't, after a few tracks i switch every time to another release.

Koss is a different thing, when he works under his own name, mostly his music is pushed into a more jazzy thing.. though very well produced and sets the mood for it, for me.

today some things i'm rather enjoying;

krill.minima - sekundenschlaf
(took me a few listens but simply excellent crispy-clear produced dub-techno!)

martin schulte - slow beauty
(good relaxing dub-techno that won't keep your head still for a moment..  :))

grouper - the man who died in his boat
(today i finally started to appreciate this release as i wanted.. so i pushed the order button for a psysical copy)

aidan baker - lost in the rat maze
(one my Baker favorites over the last few years)

mathias grassow - second gift of life
(excellent recording, typical Grassow, but in fine shape!)


steve roach - soul tones

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 28, 2013, 12:03:22 PM »
has been awhile since i'm not welcome to the forum residing within parts of asia..
some favorites as of late;

bvdub - a careful ecstasy
(definately best Bvdub album for me, fantastic use of sensual, soulful vocals all over, complete surprise as this album smashed me)

bvdub - at night this city becomes the sea
(this one comes damn close to ACE.. but throws succesfully soulful and more classical vocals into the mix, very nice grooves as well!)

moss garden - understanding holy ghosts
(very nice release with airy, transparent layers of sound with an eastern touch to it.. nice cover too)

amir baghiri - the serenity
(nice but doesn't reach the hights and dephts of his former Live Long & Prosper CD, i think..)

ethernet - opus 2
(6 tracks, first 4 tracks are truly stunning, i think the 2 final tracks left do not compliment the overall feeling of this release initially set..)

kuniyuki takahashi (koss) - feather world
(remarkable release, Mister Koss knows what he's doing, mixing different styles into a jazzy ambient mix with great care for detail! a great one and a grower!)

jefre cantu-ledesma - conversations with myself
(simple loops of guitar/zither with some soft-hued drones, but quite elegant and effective. at times it could sound as a young Klaus Wiese, in love..)

federsen - for future time & beings
(good dub-techno, might be new CD by him there on ZeCc this year..)

robert rich - inner landscapes
(a Rich classic i would say, the tropical dark jungles and swamps come alive here)

b/b/s - brick mask
(terrific new collab. with Aidan Baker, Andrea Belfi and Erik Skodvin, way too short)


marsen jules - the endless change of colours (12k)
aidan baker - aneira (glacial movements)
earth house hold (bvdub) - see through you (peach)
eluder - through horizon (infraction)
dirk serries - microphonics XXI – XXV (tone float)
parikrama - manusyaloka (gterma)
hakobune - if it were to fade (gterma)
celer - viewpoint (murmur)

next week his Careful Ecstasy on Darla and 1 week later 8 );

listens like a bit of retro-sampled Bvdub.. but as Bvdub fan, i just pushed the order button :)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 09, 2013, 01:12:40 AM »
sinepearl - the dance of affinity
sinepearl - through water she spoke
(beautiful dreamy fairytale soundtrackmusic ala Ishq, his' music is something to watch for! a 3rd installment is planned for early this year on bandcamp)

andrea belfi - wege
(got this somewhere last year, never gave it full attention until i did last week, good stuff, excellent percussion parts)

between - between (12k)
improvational music by some established musicians who have a knack for a great atmospheric set of sounds and music.. should be accompanied by some nice cup of herbal tea..  :D)

yannick dauby/john grzinich/murmer - lind, raud, aastaajad
(definately one of the best things of last year for me. disc 1 features mostly fieldrecording along with some gong-like rumbling frequencies. disc 2 is a set exquisite fieldrecordings mixed with soft subdued glowing drones, very good if you ask me)

steve roach - soul tones
(typical Roach here, nothing groundbreaking 'so far', but as a lot of his music takes time to resonate on me, i'm still behold of some potential treasure inside of this..)

abstract ballet - mk ultra
(good dubtechno from the solid french ZeECc label)


krill.minima (marsen jules)- secundenschlaf
ethernet - opus 2

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Taylor Deupree "Faint" Box Set
« on: January 08, 2013, 12:54:02 AM »
i first bought the regular edition but after hearing the downloads on the net i found the extended 38-minute Thaw reprise that good, i had to order the complete edition/box ltd for a slightly lower price at n5mailorder.
if you ask me, i think the price is too steep for this box. i personally don't care much for the photo's that comes with it. and i think for this price they should include the full digipak (as the regular edition) inside the box.

speaking about the music, it might be Deupree's finest.. and of the best things i've heard last year.

btw. i just got the latest Between CD from 12k, and that's a rather fine disc as well!

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