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Metal / Re: Ambient
« on: May 18, 2015, 02:13:36 AM »
Actually, the ultimate ambient music was probably experienced by me in my very house, while resting on my very lounge last summer: There I was and there I lay, retired for the evening, with discman and good headphones on the ready, when suddenly it occurred to me that something very profound and mysterious was about to unfold. Perhaps this wasn't anything all that unusual as I had often enjoyed the process of the deep, inward ambient electronic journey. Thus, I wasted no more time and pressed the 'play' button on the portable CD player, so that at that very moment, the mystery CD seemed to spin and the world seemed to drift.

It must have been no more than 5-10 minutes later when I began thinking things like:
"Wow... this is deep"    and   "holy heck, this is minimal as all hell..."

Then at that point the sense of mystery or mysteriousness started to deepen and became increasingly unsettling, indeed it was something too weird for words. So I sat up and flicked on the table-side lamp, only to realize that the device had been set to lock/hold and thus the CD hadn't even been playing. What a revelation! that I had merely confused what I was expecting to hear for the droning sound of an air-conditioner (yet again).  And what a relief for existence also! which had since reverted back to being a laughing matter yet again.

Still the sense of mystery lingered on and gradually re-intensified until the point where it finally and rather suddenly hit me with the force of an F-18 producing the sonic boom, throwing my consciousness from this end of the couch to other.

And it was at that moment that the true essence of ambient fully manifested itself to me.

Without intending, I had momentarily confused the non-spinning state of the CD with it's spinning state, and the muffled soundwaves of the world beyond the headphones, with the expectation of the inner world within them.
 
And such as it was, that one experience, or lack thereof served as a catalyst for a billion splinter thought-variations, and for each of them a non-thought counterpart. Everything went inside out; the expectation inherent in what makes music musical had dissolved, pre-conceptions of what 'is' and 'is not' dissolved - and everything just sort of 'was' -  all on account of accidentally having listened to 'not-listening' and/or being a lone wolf who reserves the preference for hyper-connectivity over insanity, not that he'd know.
 
(a huge big echo chamber with just me in it)

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Metal / Re: Ambient
« on: May 08, 2015, 02:34:38 AM »
The ultimate ambient musik is just some guy from a failed civilization wandering through the woods humming melodies to himself; trying to figure it all out, but often-times just too blissed out (to try and figure it all out).

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Metal / Re: Tangerine Dream
« on: May 08, 2015, 01:57:52 AM »
Hey Spinal, nice find! I did hear it but not for a long while. Just started re-listening now and it's actually not half bad (if one can handle the cheesy 80s synth aesthetic), but I'm actually enjoying it now a lot more than I remember. So thankyou!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnBQ_Ffz0Cg

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Metal / Re: Slower
« on: April 30, 2015, 11:14:03 AM »
Like prozak's sexily ironic voice slowly whispering into your left ear as he tucks you into bed and you fade off into some morbid internal dream world:
". . . o n l y  d e a t h  i s  r e a l . . ."

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Metal / Re: Ambient
« on: April 29, 2015, 03:19:08 PM »
Tholen - Sternklang
Klaus Schulze - Irrlicht
Troum - Seeing Ear Gods
Fripp and Eno - Evening Star
Mirror - Die Spiegelmanufaktur

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Metal / Nidhogg - s/t MLP Release Promo
« on: April 28, 2015, 01:43:09 PM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxfGLbT5Y1I&feature=youtu.be

Been looking forward to this since the day I first heard it was in the works.
Sounding norsome as always...


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Metal / Slow
« on: April 25, 2015, 11:55:17 AM »
Whether it's the epic, majestic, fantasy realms of Summoning
or the hard, cold, industial reality of Godflesh

Nothing quite says what it says, or in the way it needs to be said
when it says it nice and  s l o w  ... .. .

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Metal / Re: Context
« on: April 25, 2015, 11:15:25 AM »
However, I do wish they would write more tracks in the style of 'Might and Glory'.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmXOb2fgybg

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Metal / Re: Context
« on: April 25, 2015, 11:12:07 AM »
(As regards Summoning, there is a blatant tendency amongst contemporary efforts to cloak a latent heavy-metal element in the tried-and-tested aesthetic of the forefathers. When I first heard Summoning's vocalist repeatedly screeching the chorus "Take a ride, why not?, on your rotting horse on the deadly ground" I was in a caught in a paradox of laughter and embarrasment)

No truer words have been spoken.  ;D

But actually it isn't all that bad, the first couple of tracks at least left pheromonal traces of vir in their wake. It's almost worth it just for that. So without experimenting and taking the risk on Stronghold, I doubt they could have achieved what they did on those last two albums with such mastery.

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Metal / Re: Percussion
« on: April 25, 2015, 10:48:01 AM »
Fenriz once said something to the effect of how the style of their music is so primitive, he therefore doesn't actually play the drums, but rather hits them.

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Metal / Re: Tangerine Dream
« on: April 19, 2015, 06:19:14 AM »
Hmmm...

An 'orange cover' sounds as though you might be thinking of that Tangram album, which was basically just a big cheese fest for moog enthusiasts after the band almost entirely lost every shred of creative potential; plus momentum flounders that ever there was.

Needless to say, do give them another chance. I would say the starting point for newcomers from a metal background would undoubtedly be their earlier material, mid 70s and earlier but most definitely starting with Phaedra.

http://www.deathmetal.org/forum/index.php/topic,18658.0.html

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Metal / A Helpful Guide To Better Ambient Listening
« on: April 19, 2015, 05:32:06 AM »
Quote from: Adam Douglas, Redwood City, 1993
First things first: Ambient music can be many things, but there are three things it most definitely is not:

It is not merely techno slowed down.
It is not just a bunch of sound effects records played at the same time.
It is not boring.

If the ambient music you are used to hearing is any of these things, chuck it in the garbage, because it's a waste of your time. Ambient music requires one to listen, and these elements are all shortcomings to actually listening. It is the easy way out. And that's called 'pop music.'

Like Muzak, ambient music creates an environment that you enter while listening. Notice how no other sense is necessary for this experience: no fractals to look at, no patchouli to smell, no bean bags to lie on. These are all superfluous. All you need are your ears and an active, open mind. Ambient music can get you there—minus the jet lag, minus the come down. All it requires of you is to listen.

And when you've turned off the stereo, keep listening. Ambient music is constant. Birds, wind, cars, people—a rhythm of random, natural sounds perpetually performed: the concert of life. As John Cage has said: "Music is all around us, if we only had ears." So listen, listen to your own rhythms: your heartbeat, the sub-bass rumble of your circulating blood, the music bubbling forth in your brain. Don't tune them out because you've heard it before—it's beautiful, and it's free.

Travel deeper than your surface perceptions, listen behind the sounds, around the silent spaces. Beats begin to emerge from the clutter, voices from seemingly unintelligible sounds (my first ambient experience was hearing rhythmic voices from a running dishwasher as a child). And listen actively—we have been conditioned into passive listening, an activity that requires virtually no action. Ambient music can help you fly, but you still have to flap your arms. How hard you flap only depends on how high you want to go.


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Audiofile / Tangerine Dream
« on: March 14, 2015, 12:54:28 AM »
TANGERINE DREAM was a German electronic music group founded in 1967 by Edgar Froese (1944 - 2015). Early works are notable for bringing to life a new form of ambient music characterized by immersive and infinitely mysterious use of atmospheric effects coupled with an insatiable addiction for unorthodox instrumentation. May appeal to fans of Neptune Towers (Fenriz of Darkthrone side-project), for which Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze served as direct inspiration.




Tangerine Dream - Alpha Centauri (1971, Mega)




Tangerine Dream - Zeit (1971, Mega)




Tangerine Dream - Atem (1973, Mega)




Tangerine Dream - Green Desert (1973, Mega)




Tangerine Dream - Phaedra (1974, Mega)




Tangerine Dream - Rubycon (1975, Mega)




Tangerine Dream - Ricochet (1975, Mega)




Tangerine Dream - Stratosfear (1975, Mega)




Tangerine Dream - Soundmill Navigator: Live at the Philharmonics 1976 (2000, Mega)

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