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quality review sites featuring ambient/experimental music?
« on: July 24, 2008, 08:40:37 AM »
Good sites that write about ambient music are a bit hard to find...

I've always enjoyed the guys taste on this blog, Mapsadaisical
http://mapsadaisical.wordpress.com/category/album-reviews/page/3/
He gives some interesting reviews and has a short mp3 clip or two of the album being discussed.

This one though is very well written and enjoyable too
http://classicaldrone.blogspot.com/

Point me in the right direction to acquire more along the same lines as those above, or plug your own as well if you dare

 

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Re: quality review sites featuring ambient/experimental music?
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2008, 08:42:39 AM »
This is a good subject that I'd like to see pursued, but I'm moving it to the appropriate area since it's not about specific artists or labels.  Follow the link...

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Re: quality review sites featuring ambient/experimental music?
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2008, 08:55:57 AM »
Oh thanks!  I wasn't sure if it was the appropriate area actually.  My fault

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Re: quality review sites featuring ambient/experimental music?
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2008, 08:56:52 AM »
There are sites mentioned on this forum frequently that are great places to start.  Links to all of them are available here & there, but I'll poke around when I have more time and update this post with links.

There's ElectroAmbientSpace, Phil Derby's webzine. 

There's Igloo and Furthernoise which appear in Alan Lockett's sig at the bottom of each post.

There's e/i which is about to relaunch after a period of inactivity.

Wind and Wire has lots of reviews to read, even though Bill keeps talking about stopping his efforts.  Dene Bobbington's site, same thing.

I know there are others I'm forgetting...

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Re: quality review sites featuring ambient/experimental music?
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2008, 09:01:54 AM »
I'd love to see where I should be reading again also - it seems most of my favorites called it a day and stopped writing.

ElectroAmbient Space - Phil Derby
Whereever Alan / Underworld is posting - I need to look at his signature.
e/i - Darren Bergstein has hinted that he's relaunching the website

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« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2008, 09:03:09 AM »
There's a bit of coincidental posting - I saw when I tried to post that someone else had posted while I was typing but just hit post anyway...    seems we're thinking rather similarly today.
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« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2008, 10:02:31 AM »
I have been laboring under a reviewer's version of EXTREME writer's block since winter. No need to go into details since I don't want to look like I'm asking for sympathy; just offering an explanation as to why my normaly prolific reviewing is in the doldrums. I feel terrible and even ashamed about how little I've written especially since I have many ambient CDs I want to favorably review and could do so if I could just tame this damned beast in my psyche. Anyway, Wind and Wire will eventually get back to regular reviews being posted - hopefully soon. If you've submitted recordings to me in the last 6-10 months, your patience is sincerely appreciated.

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Re: quality review sites featuring ambient/experimental music?
« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2008, 10:07:05 AM »
Don't sweat it, Bill, and certainly don't be ASHAMED.  My recommendation would just be to change something significant about your reviewing process... such as reviewing into a voice recorder off the top of your head, or starting each review as an email to the artist to tell them what you think about the disc.  Just something to change the routine, since some aspect of your routine seems to be "sticking" right now.  Good luck!
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« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2008, 11:10:47 AM »
I would say it would be a very daunting task to review all the CDs submitted.  I especially like the reviewers who take the time and effort to review the newer artists.  Bill Binkelman comes to mind as well as The Hypnagogue and Dene.  It seems that the big names often get preferential treatment by some reviewers, but who can deny the contributions of Roach, Rich, Vidna, etc.?  However, I believe it is the effort of the new artists that will keep this genre alive and current.  Reviewers are an important element in the promotion and continuation of our fragile musical genre.

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Re: quality review sites featuring ambient/experimental music?
« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2008, 11:17:00 AM »
Yep, Hypnogogue is one I forgot and also Bert Strolenberg.  And Frans DeWaard came up on the Forum recently... Vital Ezine is worth reading.

Also, Chuck VanZyl at Star's End will not only play your disc on the radio if he likes it, if he "features" it he'll write a short review.
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Re: quality review sites featuring ambient/experimental music?
« Reply #10 on: July 26, 2008, 05:09:11 PM »
Thanks for the Classical Drone and the mapsadaiscal sites- they are great interesting projects-  I sometimes become overwhelmed at the amount of beautiful electronic music in the world right now- it's like we're compensating for something dark, through sound.  I believe in that idea.  Not to put some tacky 'healing' label on this sort of music- but to look at music in the old baroque sense in that it 'moves the affections' and can change your own reception of your surroundings and your life.  I know that music moves with my moods, and seems to transform and accompany me, wherever I am, whether it's on a crowded train with my ipod, or sleeping in my bed with ambient music quietly playing. 
This sounds like a new topic.  I might start it.

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« Reply #11 on: July 28, 2008, 12:37:54 PM »
Thanks for tossing me into the mix, friends! I've been out of the game for several months, but the new HQ is almost in live-in condition, and my 'puter's at the doctor's. Back to reviewing soon, I hope.
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« Reply #12 on: July 28, 2008, 03:44:33 PM »
I have been laboring under a reviewer's version of EXTREME writer's block since winter. No need to go into details since I don't want to look like I'm asking for sympathy; just offering an explanation as to why my normaly prolific reviewing is in the doldrums. I feel terrible and even ashamed about how little I've written especially since I have many ambient CDs I want to favorably review and could do so if I could just tame this damned beast in my psyche. Anyway, Wind and Wire will eventually get back to regular reviews being posted - hopefully soon. If you've submitted recordings to me in the last 6-10 months, your patience is sincerely appreciated.

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Re: quality review sites featuring ambient/experimental music?
« Reply #13 on: July 30, 2008, 05:28:30 AM »
Man, I get so off-topic sometimes. :)   Sorry about that.

I've had a look at e/i and they reviewed two of my albums last year.  I was impressed by the depth of knowledge the reviewers displayed.  I'd like to see that site relaunched.  They did seem to be overwhelmed with the amount of releases being released.  I sometimes imagine people like Phil Derby or Bert Strolenberg slowly asphyxiating under the mountain of ambient and electronic cds they are trying to review.  I wonder if they ever run out of stars and have to run to the shop to buy new ones. ;)




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« Reply #14 on: July 30, 2008, 07:53:40 AM »

I've had a look at e/i and they reviewed two of my albums last year.  I was impressed by the depth of knowledge the reviewers displayed.  I'd like to see that site relaunched.  They did seem to be overwhelmed with the amount of releases being released. 


Hi, Mirko. That reviewer was me :)
Actually the ei-mag.com website is only in a cryogenic state rather than dead and buried. It wasn't being overwhelmed with the volume of releases that led to the hiatus. I, for one, like to think I can manage a mound of 'for review' discs on my work/computer desk so that it doesn't reach toppling over stage ;)
There were in fact other contextual factors which led to e/i being put on hold for an indefinite period. You never know, reawakening may yet come.




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« Reply #15 on: July 30, 2008, 08:25:25 AM »
Darren recently said with what seemed like some kind of certainty that e/i would be re-starting soon.

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« Reply #16 on: July 30, 2008, 11:42:51 PM »

I've had a look at e/i and they reviewed two of my albums last year.  I was impressed by the depth of knowledge the reviewers displayed.  I'd like to see that site relaunched.  They did seem to be overwhelmed with the amount of releases being released. 


Hi, Mirko. That reviewer was me :)
Actually the ei-mag.com website is only in a cryogenic state rather than dead and buried. It wasn't being overwhelmed with the volume of releases that led to the hiatus. I, for one, like to think I can manage a mound of 'for review' discs on my work/computer desk so that it doesn't reach toppling over stage ;)
There were in fact other contextual factors which led to e/i being put on hold for an indefinite period. You never know, reawakening may yet come.


Hi Undershadow! 

It's always nice when the reviewer can spot influences and aspects of your work that others may miss.  I don't know about you, but I spot too many music reviewers (mainly rock/pop music critics I should add) that have the depth of knowledge of an enthusiastic casual music listener, and don't go beyond the initial obvious comparisons and also lack knowledge of historical aspects of the particular artist and style they are reviewing.  Worse, they get by on a prose-like approach to everything, and are more concerned about the rhythm and composition of their review, instead of creating an informed and helpful opinion of the music.  As if to create the illusion that sounding all clever and witty is enough. 

A mix of both knowledge and reviewer style are good in my mind, which is what I enjoyed in your e/i reviews, I must say.

So, are you doing any other review work, apart from e/i?
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« Reply #17 on: July 31, 2008, 04:38:53 AM »

Thanks for asking. If you look at the sig at the bottom of my Forum posts, you'll see a little cluster of URLs pointing to where my music-related doodle is published. To kill two birds with one stone, you asked elsewhere (in another Forum thread) for more info about mwvm, so here's a review I did - serves to display the review site too:

http://www.furthernoise.org/index.php?url=page.php&ID=221&iss=66

More recent reviews are here, for example:

http://www.igloomag.com/reviews::1722::Lull_Like_a_Slow_River_Glacial_Movements_

and a few here, such as:

http://www.dataobscura.com/reviews/artists/nunc-stans/timeless_AL.html

I get around :)






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Re: quality review sites featuring ambient/experimental music?
« Reply #18 on: July 31, 2008, 01:15:11 PM »
I spot too many music reviewers (mainly rock/pop music critics I should add) that have the depth of knowledge of an enthusiastic casual music listener, and don't go beyond the initial obvious comparisons and also lack knowledge of historical aspects of the particular artist and style they are reviewing.  Worse, they get by on a prose-like approach to everything, and are more concerned about the rhythm and composition of their review, instead of creating an informed and helpful opinion of the music.  As if to create the illusion that sounding all clever and witty is enough. 


I think I'm a little offended!  LOL!   ;)
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« Reply #19 on: July 31, 2008, 02:57:18 PM »
I spot too many music reviewers (mainly rock/pop music critics I should add) that have the depth of knowledge of an enthusiastic casual music listener, and don't go beyond the initial obvious comparisons and also lack knowledge of historical aspects of the particular artist and style they are reviewing.  Worse, they get by on a prose-like approach to everything, and are more concerned about the rhythm and composition of their review, instead of creating an informed and helpful opinion of the music.  As if to create the illusion that sounding all clever and witty is enough. 


I think I'm a little offended!  LOL!   ;)

I know it's a sensitive topic, but could you offer some examples of who you are referring to, if any exist in this genre? I'm just curious.