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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 30, 2015, 04:18:07 PM »
Mathias Grassow--The Darklight Quest Sessions.  Got this way back in early 2000s and I had so much Grassow I don't think I even listened to it until now.  Deep spacey coamic, great stuff.  Surprised this isn't on Bandcamp, at least not yet.

Independent Music Reviews / Re: My review of "Ephemeral Blue" CD by Aglaia
« on: November 30, 2015, 03:03:32 PM »
A euphoric plethora of adjectives abound in this enigmatically sublime review.

Hypnos Label Releases / Re: RELEASE: Subradial - Ice Diving
« on: November 29, 2015, 11:28:08 AM »
This album took awhile to discover its depths, no pun intended.  But an excellent Hypnos release it is.  I'd recommend hearing it on a home stereo system at low to medium volume, especially on a surround system. 

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 28, 2015, 05:15:32 PM »
Scion (Asianova side project).  Asianova was an early incarnation of Voice of Eye.  They created these really out there soundscapes of heavily processed female vocals, synth and guitar.  Like an intense acid trip, sort of scary actually.  Scion was Ure Thrall, of Asianova, with a different female vocalist.  I can't even find this on Discogs.  Bought at Amoeba about 7 years ago.  CDR.  Excellent nighttime headphone trip music.

In that video above, which live version of On this Planet is playing?  Sounds different from the CD version. 

Why does a book of photos cost $130???  This is excessive.  I can see paying $50 or $60 for something like this.  I bought William Lesch "Expansions" desert photography book from Roach back in mid 90s.  I think it was like $50.  Beautiful and well worth it.  I'll be content to see some photos from vortex concert in the CD booklet. 

Did you order these new Vortex titles?  I did the combo pack for $30.  No mp3 up so I'm buying on sheer faith.  I passed on the $130 book of images from vortex concert.  Both CDs and book for $160.  If you live outside the US it'll cost $60-$70 just to ship it.  So that's $220.  Holy shiiiiiit....

I hate to say it, but isn't this just a little too "too"??  (I mean the book part).  I don't know if pretentious is the word.  Seems a bit excessive.  Limited to 100 copies.  Well ok but who's going to pay that? 

Is the Tide Pool CD still happening? 

Chris23, too bad they didn't have this before you bought 100 Ishq CDs!   ;)

I can see this appealing to ambient newbies.  Purchase the entire DiN catalog for half off is a great deal actually.  If you like/don't mind downloads.  If you've got a bunch of DiN CDs already, chances are you've bought what you liked and passed on the unappealing releases, so you don't want stuff you'd never listen to.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Whatever happened to....?
« on: November 25, 2015, 12:34:55 AM »
I think he said that 3 years ago, but if it's true then I'm a happy camper!   ;D

I'd rather listen to Steve talk about his music than read descriptions, self penned or not.  Having had some in depth conversations with him back in the mid 90s, I was always impressed with his ability to describe the inspirations and  feelings about the music, in a very intelligent, visceral, insightful and almost poetic way.  His passion is really inspiring to hear.  Maybe the website CD descriptions can get a little samey, but as pointed out, it's a difficult to describe genre of music.  and I don't think there's any importance necessarily to sell or promote the music.  His fans are fans and they're gonna buy it regardless of a written blurb. 

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 20, 2015, 11:13:34 AM »
Ishq--In a Rainbow Air.  Not near as impressed as Chris is.  The Florascopia I liked more, but it's very uneven.

Aglaia--two new discs on hic sunt leones.  One of them has a brief glitch/dropout that's strange.  I thought my CD player was malfunctioning.  Mr. Alio Die never answer my email so  it's a mystery.  These albums are good but nothing new from the last few years. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Whatever happened to....?
« on: November 15, 2015, 09:38:16 PM »
Ben Fleury-Steiner
Chad Hoefler
David Tollefson
Patrick O'Hearn
Thom Brennan (I ask this every few years. Sigh...)
Stephen Parsick (disappeared from the forum and music making apparently)
(Has anyone heard yet from?) Tetsu Inoue

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 12, 2015, 07:31:58 PM »
I thought they said AOC 6 was the absolute last one!  Then again, Namlook said Dark Side of the Moog 6, or was it 8, was the end, and that series went to 11...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Harold Budd website!
« on: November 12, 2015, 12:00:54 PM »
Could be.  Although I don't think he really went anywhere in terms of popularity or sales, to come back from.  He's done a lot of projects the last 10 that's for sure.  I think it's amazing to see him still so active.  Art is life, as they say.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Harold Budd website!
« on: November 11, 2015, 11:23:03 PM »
Yes, you read that right.  15 years after the retirement announcement, His Royal Budd, definitely one of the gods of the ambient realm, is going online soon with his own site.  Can't wait to see this. 

Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Hypnos releases for 2015 ?
« on: November 09, 2015, 09:47:41 PM »
Are the Oophoi and Corbacho discs still coming out on Hypnos?

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Redshift new album
« on: November 08, 2015, 03:58:26 AM »
If you like the dark, gloomy Berlin school sequencer music, check out Cosmic Ground from Germany.  Two excellent CD's (or downloads) on Bandcamp. 

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 08, 2015, 03:24:43 AM »
Julio di Benedetto- Original Light.  This excellent album will easily rank high in my Best of 2015 list.  I buy so much music it's hard to devote enough time to everything.  Some stuff I literally listen to once and shelve it to return to months later because it didn't impress on the first or first couple listens.  I've been fighting to really make time for this album.  This disc has been mesmerizing every listen, the most recent in the car today on a sunny beautiful day.  It was an odd choice for the weather but somehow it fit perfectly.  To me the music has a strong early Vidna Obmana feel (e.g. The Trilogy on Projekt), with the hauntingly melancholic stretched out synth chords and a feeling of deep respect for the natural environment.  Whereas Vidna's sound was often cold, though, there is a warmth in this recording that envelopes like a warm blanket on a chilly day.  The CD moves through different moods, from dark, to shadowy, to glistening light, remaining amazingly cohesive from start to finish.  These are more like movements rather than individual tracks.  Although the Vidna comparison is what initially comes to mind, it's soon obvious there is an originality to this sound.  I'm very impressed by what I've discovered in this artist's music, and very much looking forward to more.  I hope the album reaches as many ambient fans as possible.       

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 07, 2015, 12:26:18 AM »
Urenga--Pacific Depths, As If--Havet.  2 latest CDs on the always excellent Gterma label from Sweden.  Both excellent deep ambient dub works, subtle and relaxing.  Some original ideas and sounds on these, too.  Highly recommended to fans of Silent Season.

Sraunus--Asperatus Clouds.  On Anodize recovery series.  Amazing ambient dub.  Near perfect record except for farting sounds on first track.  I'm not joking.  Funniest part is the track title is "Gut.". Must have eaten an extra large burrito.

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