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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach 2012 Box Set
« on: December 13, 2011, 04:19:34 PM »
I am sorry i sent this link in the first place, wasn't aware of the disagreement between Projekt/Steve and Juno. They are no pirates for sure, but a well established online store in the UK. I wonder how they managed to get the album in its entirety in the first place.

Update: I have removed the link.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Where are they now? another edition
« on: December 11, 2009, 05:51:42 PM »
Sorry about diggin' up this topic from the past...Was just playing Dreamfall by Na Koja Abad...It's an artist that was just developing nicely with an interesting take on a the tribal ambient genre and then suddenly...nothing, disappeared. His website has been down for some times. The Blue Water label hasn't had a release since 2007 and the Dreamfall cd. Any news, anyone?

I am also tracking down cds print of "Black Serpent Dreaming" & "Fleeting Glimpse". If any of you known of anywhere or anyone that still has copies to sell...Much appreciated...

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 20, 2009, 03:21:45 PM »
Rediscovering after years since i've last listen to it:

Saul Stokes: Washed In Mercury

Truly excellent.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 01, 2009, 03:03:45 PM »
Brock Van Wey - White Clouds Drift On and On.

Moritz Von Oswald Trio - Vertical Ascent

Got this one the other day.

I suppose i have not been able to fully appreciate CD 1 yet (The Original). It is one of those cd that may take a few listening. Althought i can feel the permeating sense of longing and melancholy emanating from the music, something about the looping and especially the voice on some tracks took me out of the experience. I will wait in time for that magic opening and the right mood.

Now so far, Stephen Hitchell's Intrusion Interpretation is where it's at for me. Layers of hisses and phases laid on gentle pulsing grooves and bass makes for a great aural massage. Traces of the original tracks haunt the harmonic and melodic tapestries, but the mood is a bit more contemplative. Fans of Yagya need apply for this cd alone. At time it actually make me think of a 45 RPM Vynil Yagya played in 33 RPM. (Something about the sound quality and pitch of the beats).

For some it might be the opposite, CD1 might be the real catcher. But a great release nonetheless...

"Phantoms" is truly excellent. Yes, there is more acoustic instruments and it sounds in general brighter than "Gongland" but it still has that electronic mystical aura and some nice processing on the percusions and strings. "The Hallucinations Of Hung Tung" is pure musical opium, an intoxicating and exhilarating ride in different parts that remind me a bit of an extended "Sonosphere" from "Gongland"  but more developed.
A magnificent journey and the most originals sounds i've heard for a while. Well worth the wait, "Phantoms" is that all too rare cd.

Got my copy this morning...reserving it for some deep listening later on.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 13, 2009, 05:11:29 AM »
Currently in the cd player:

P Laoss - Landscapes and Machines

Nice hybrid of electronica/ dub techno on Evan Bartholomew's Somnia.

The upcoming release by Bvdub on echospace sounds great. Some lenghty samples here:

Some words from Playing By Ear

"[all information came from a newsletter from PBE]

White Clouds Drift On And On 2CD (ECHOSPACE AIR1). San Francisco's Brock Van Wey (also known as bvdub) has been spreading his ambient-textured deep techno to the world for the past few years with releases on Styrax, Millions Of Moments, Southern Outpost, Meanwhile, and his very own Quietus imprint. His love of abstract shapes and forms of electronic music caught the echospace label's attention -- so much in fact, that Stephen Hitchell (Intrusion, Echospace) has made his own interpretive versions as an additional album, included along with the original. This is a soundscape of subtle beauty which paints a picture of lands yet to be explored, a sonic collage filled with heartbreak, love and happiness, all played in the same key. A pure, refined sonic collage, filled with influences that could easily be said to border the surface of works by Steve Roach, Gas, Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Brian Eno, Philip Glass, Steve Reich, John Cage, or even the ambient works of Basic Channel, and yet, this still has an identity all its own. Beautiful layers of sound rush over you like waves in the ocean, a tidal wave of organics and textures so subtle, soft and virtually hypnotizing. There is a sense of space felt here which cannot be described in words, a sense of displacement which takes the listener out of their normal environment and away to someplace else. These spare musical fragments voyage off into the land of dreams, a place where everything appears to move in slow motion and hours feel like seconds. Simplicity in its own world is the most beautiful of things, an art of restraint -- not to do too much but to do everything at the same time, which is exactly what Brock has perfected here. This is an absolutely gorgeous gem of the highest caliber and one that the folks at echospace consider an integral part of any ambient or electronic music lover's collection.

Excellent!! I've been hoping for some sort of follow-up to "Gongland" for a while. The samples sounds very good, July can't come soon enough.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 31, 2009, 03:46:59 PM »
Na Koja Abad - Dreamfall:Veils and Visions.

Just rediscovered this one while browsing through the cds collection. A damp and murky tribal experience, you can almost smell the wet earth and fallen leaves. I like the level of attention to the cd packaging (Leaves and wood sticks encased in the jewel).

I wonder what happened to this interesting artist that seemed to have suddenly vanished....

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach Starting Point ?
« on: January 29, 2009, 06:22:15 AM »
I was disappointed to not be able to buy a CD of the new Max Corbacho "Breathstream." This is a download only as well.

I known how you feel, i was disappointed too at first, but hey, you can download it as FLAC, decompress,  burn your own CD as.Wav and print the artwork for yourself. I suppose this is the next best thing to a cd release. Just a bit more work (It lets you get involved with the cd product creation i suppose).

Great album by the way....

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach Starting Point ?
« on: January 18, 2009, 01:34:30 PM »
I also agree with "Dreamtime Return". This and "The Dream Circle" were my entry points to Steve's music back in the mid-nineties... On a personal level, i often felt that "Core" was a nice representation of Steve's more electronic/dynamic style. It's got some sequencer-based pieces and some in the "Blood Machine/Light Fantastic" spirit and also two of his most furious tracks "Core Meditation" and "Hyperportal".

...Or there's always that cd compilation "Space and Time: An Introduction to the Soundworlds of Steve Roach". Cheap if you're afraid to take any risks ....

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 18, 2009, 05:46:03 AM »
There is an half-hour extract of Robert Henke's upcoming release "Taptim", a piece recreated out of the track "Indigo" (From the Monolake album "Cinemascope") specially for an art instalation.
I play this in loop and find it quite mesmerizing, as if time had stopped. Minimal, yet hypnotic and powerful, try it, you might like it.

Looking forward to the cd

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 16, 2009, 04:37:27 AM »
The new Yagya is in the basket :) Can't never go wrong with his music. Sounds even moodier thought.

Otherwise, now listening to :

Intrusion: The Seduction Of Silence.

Not many copies of this one around. Samples here:

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 22, 2008, 03:21:53 PM »
Variant: The Setting Sun  (Echospace Detroit)

Nice soundscapes from Variant (Modell? Hitchell? Both? You don't known after a while with so many aliases), the centrepiece "Falling Stars" is a 52 minutes track of gentle, icy pads.  The third track, "Time Stood Still" sound a bit more like a piece left out from "The coldest season".

Available as an exclusive Mp3/.Wav download at Beatport

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Where are they now? another edition
« on: December 22, 2008, 02:58:20 PM »
Paul Schutze I've heard a bit about recently - but I forget exactly where I saw it.  He's releasing with someone.

He's due a release on Glacial Movements i think

Thom Brennan's new album did in fact come out - hit his site.

That last Thom Brennan didn't quite do it for me..i don't known, maybe the samples i've heard don't pay justice to it enough...Any reviews or comments on this one?

Ma Ja Le...  I know Paul Vnuk still posts here from time to time.   He played the City Skies festival in Atlanta this year - and plans to release that with AtmoWorks at some point.   Christ Short - I got an email from him a month or so ago

Would love to hear something new from these guys, if they still play together as Ma Ja's being a long time...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Where are they now? another edition
« on: December 21, 2008, 01:25:43 PM »
Not sure i wanted to start a new topic, so bought this one up...I was wondering, what happened to Todd Fletcher? i really enjoyed his releases and the one under the Psychetropic alias...His website has been down for sometimes now...Any news?

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 19, 2008, 04:05:07 PM »

Max Corbacho: Breathstream

Worth checking if you liked his previous cd "The Talisman". This one takes you further in a subdued and tranquil way...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Is Yanni really all that bad?
« on: September 14, 2008, 03:39:45 AM »
Sacrilege  :o :o Yanni has shaved his moustache and cuts his hairs !!

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