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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: March 26, 2008, 06:08:06 PM »
Somehow I knew this was coming....

I don't think I'd have to be "highly" cynical unless I had good reason to be, and judging by the fact the label itself is stuck with what, 1,000 copies that aren't selling forcing them to practically give it away, and then discovering, by coincidence, 80 sets of only the other two discs...when I read the "explanation" for all of this my intelligence was insulted. I am not forcing anyone to take my side, just stating my opinion.  On a side note, I've noticed most of the "on sale" CD's at the SR site are the weakest and least popular.  Prices are usually reduced on products (not just CD's) that don't move.  It is simple economics. Projekt is not going to reissue the other two discs and take another loss. Take care. --Drone On

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: March 26, 2008, 12:49:38 PM »
Those 80 sets sold out already?? I don't believe it.  I think only 20 sold and the rest will be put in storage until 2015 and then miraculously "unearthed"  ;)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: March 26, 2008, 07:10:15 AM »
Exactly! (thanks Undershadow).  Even Projekt has "Somewhere Else" at a budget price now. Along with "Inner Zone" (which didn't sell either).  I guess my point was why give a dubious explanation for not reissuing the other Ascension discs when the real reason is obvious. Nothing to do with the quality of the music, of course. Both discs mentioned above are excellent. I don't think it has to do with any oversaturation, either. Simply that there was not enough demand for product.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: March 25, 2008, 10:25:45 PM »
Not to be a smartarse, but I noticed recently on the SR site a two-disc set of the remaining "Ascension of Shadows" discs ("Somewhere Else" was reissued on Projekt, and the others were to follow).  The description states Projekt decided to scrap the idea of reissuing the other two to "focus on other SR projects."  Is this really the case? Or is it that the first reissue sold miserably?  I have noticed the "Somewhere Else" reissue at Soleilmoon for $6.99.  Sounds like they are not moving and gathering dust. And how did Projekt suddenly "discover/uncover" 80 discs 2 and 3 which were thought to be "sold out" long ago?  Sorry, I guess my cynicism sometimes gets the best of me.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: WURM SERIES: OOPHOI
« on: March 24, 2008, 06:26:54 PM »
Wow, that was fast.  This just showed up in my mailbox today.  Although this is one long track, it does change direction throughout into some different zones.  Very ambient and quiet work, not too experimental or dark and quite pastoral in spots.  The artwork is great, too, like the previous GM releases.   

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: WURM SERIES: OOPHOI
« on: March 23, 2008, 12:19:02 PM »
Darkened Soul--
You could have ordered Rapoon's GM disc from for (I think I paid) $18, or could have been $16, shipping included.  Direct ordernig from Mr. Storey has been very cost effective for me. :-)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Music From Italy
« on: March 23, 2008, 12:13:59 PM »
I know nothing about Stefano Scala.  Can someone please enlighten me about his PREVIOUS Hic Sunt Leones release, or the new one?

As for Sostrah Tinnitus, he has two excellent discs not mentioned above, but I think they came out before the Umbra and Mystery Sea ones: "L'odore del Ramo Spezzato" and "Les Debris de Lete", both pressed CD's on Beyond Productions. Don't know if they are still in print.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambientlive and SynGate labels
« on: February 28, 2008, 01:07:53 PM »
Hi Phrozenlight, been enjoying your deep ambient soundscapes lately.  Looking forward to receiving "Far Side of the Galaxy"!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient Sub-genres
« on: February 28, 2008, 01:04:50 PM »
This thread = Waste-of-Timebient ::)

Hypnos Label Releases / Re: CD release: Austere - Solyaris
« on: February 24, 2008, 02:55:37 PM »
Another excellent Hypnos disc, perfect for outer space traveling.  HOWEVER, I have to say the mastering on this could have been improved. Is it just me, or are the volume levels cranked up way too high? My speakers are straining and creaking under the weight, and they are no cheapie Radio Shack specials.  It is especially noticeable on track 2, "Striae." There are also some faint pops throughout the track. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Ambientlive and SynGate labels
« on: February 23, 2008, 03:23:04 AM »
I've discovered two really great ambient spacemusic labels recently.  The UK label Ambientlive releases cosmic space music with an experimental edge in the tradition of Stearns, Schulze, TDream, and the retro/Berlin School sound of RMI, Redshift, Free System Projekt, etc.  Syngate is a German label releasing music in similar territory although a bit more melodic and accessible.  Some excellent artists to investigate would be Syn, 4m33s, Peter Tedstone, Ebia, and Erik Seifert, if you like the retro/cosmic/analog sound. 

Mike I'll send you a copy of "Hypnotics," I would be interested in your opinion on this album.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Seren Ffordd Thread
« on: January 31, 2008, 12:24:25 AM »
The Quiet Labyrinth is a very spooky trip indeed.  It's not what I expected after the "outer space" journeys of previous Umbra releases "Stellar Nurseries" and "Realms Beyond the Stars and Light."  This one is some kind of inner space/terrestrial-based deep zoneworlds not for the faint of heart.  Another winner for Umbra and S. Ffordd...

It's either Stokes, Pearce, Bone, or A Produce...(i get four guesses cuz I'm special!)

I have to say the artwork for all these upcoming releases is absolutely incredible!!!

Good to hear Nebula(e)'s Path of White Clouds getting the royal Hypnos treatment.  I would like to see Suso Saiz' "Hypnotics" (1992, limited to 500 copies) reissued on Hypnos.  This is an absolute lost gem of psychoactive guitar-drones from Suspended Memories/Roach collaborator, right up Hypnos alley...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Silentes interesting releases
« on: January 29, 2008, 09:57:40 PM »
I just picked up a couple Silentes CD's that are quite good--Hall of Mirrors (Amon, Nefelheim and Nimh collaborative effort), spooky and dark, Oophoi-like with a more experimental edge. And Nimh's "Missing Tapes," which I think people into Zoviet France/Rapoon's "fourth world" sounds would enjoy. Cool stuff.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Most recent Umbra releases
« on: January 29, 2008, 09:54:04 PM »
Hello, does anyone have the Umbra release by Kenji Siratori and the compilation "Other Side of the Sky"? Haven't seen any reviews of these. Thanks.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Infraction, Some Great Music
« on: January 29, 2008, 09:52:10 PM »
GReat label!!! Both the Beautumn releases are stellar, especially Northing.  Deep ambience with glitchy-type rhythms, maybe Budd/Eno meets Zoviet France for a comparison(?)...Zimmianvian Night 2 is great--quiet static drone album. World Receiver by Tetsu is a classic.  I too have just ordered Koda and Aloof Proof, can't wait to hear these.  Will have to check out those two new ones as well. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Favorite ECM releases
« on: January 23, 2008, 04:14:31 PM »
My favorite would HAVE to be:

Vladimir Peter Mohavishnu--"Music for Bells, Trombone, and Banjo Echoing in the Void of Eternal Obscurity" 

I betcha nobody's heard THIS one before!  ;-)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Alio Die
« on: January 22, 2008, 06:06:38 PM »
I listened to Seren's "Realms Beyond the Stars and Light" on headphones last night and drifted out of my body...

What do people here think of the new Alio Die releases (End of an Era, Raag Drone Theory, Eleusian Lullaby)?  Eleusian was the best of the three for me, Raag Drone left me a bit cold and seemed a bit redundant after the better "Sunja" release.  I've been a fan since about '93.  The only release I did not like was Angel's Fly Souvenir, with the strange snoring sounds.  It put me to sleep, literally....!

Hi Phil,

Great issue this month!  I really enjoyed the interview.  Your picks for 2007 included many of my top discs.  I think we are on the same space wavelength, brother!  Keep up the great work...

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