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This amazing sonic document was released at the end of April 2014 on German Vinyl-On-Demand label run by Frank Maier, who passionately focuses on releasing various limited vinyl editions, which are mainly taken from various rare tape releases or feature unpublished material. VOD's catalog includes huge list of artists from industrial, noise, avantgarde, ambient... scene and each release with its packaging is a true piece of art. "Premonitions 1980-1985", released as a 4LP Box Set in limited edition of 500 copies with extensive liner notes about each track and including an official hand-numbered certificate card for each customer, is no exception, a pure visual bliss awaits after its unwrapping!!! So no wonder this release was a triggering point for me to finally acquire a turntable shortly after the release of this box set. Shame on me, I didn't get it earlier, but it's always better later than never... To all those who follow my reviews it's no secret that Robert Rich belongs to my top fave artists, so I simply couldn't resist... and now, 15 months later, I am still exploring the magic of these dusted off recordings by this Californian sound venturer.
The first LP opens with "Selene & Ether", a 27-minute piece recorded in the summer of 1980. Well, this must be around the time when Robert Rich turned his 17th birthday!!! The track enigmatically meanders across hauntingly nuanced sceneries, ranging from rather ominously dissonant motions to more tranquilly droning expansive vistas. Wow, this is undoubtedly a jaw-dropping listening experience and exploration, perfectly showcasing the innate artistry of Robert Rich at his young age and confirming his status of a teenage soundsculpting genius. And by the way, as mentioned by Robert, this was his first recording that ever…
I've got a list of questions and comments I'd like to address, but not enough time to do so right this moment.
Later today or tomorrow I'll post on my Ello page about the move - a condensed summary of what led us to Ello vs. any other place. The impending death of Ning. The fact Ello isn't perfect and is clunky at times, but it's growing features and evolving by the week. What I know is coming (groups!) in the future.
If you have questions - comment here and I'll be sure to address them.
ello could be a good alternative to fakebook - but lamentably it isn't. (yet)
and less it could be an alternative to a ning.community like rM was. not one of the arguments in favor of moving to ello is convincing - community features, etc. are worse than at ning at its worst breakdowns :)
so, what are the real reasons to liquidate rM at ning and to re-construct a non-working fake community at ello?
supposedly to get rid of unwanted trouble-makers (like me:), people who don't fit into the money-making holly-bollywood-dreamlands (in the heads of disadvantaged garage-band ambienteers:)) so eagerly beloved and promoted all the last 2 years here.
I suspected some similar move yet then when john announced his (unmotivated urge out of the blue) to join google+ without forwarding any reason why to join a notorious spyware/copyright-theft institution like google last year.
now, it's over. (for good I hope)
maybe the remaining anti-elloers could mount their own rM v.2.0 at ning...?
I say many thanks to john and all other engagés of the old relaxed machinery for all their good work they did - and many thanks, but no move to ello with me.
So this place is closing soon. I hope everyone has made the migration to ello, and enjoys it. I don't. Quite fed up instead. So naïve, I thought I could be on @elloambient and "say hello", but my posts are not wanted there, they're always published on my own page, from where I can't repost it since I'm on my own page... Anti-social network, that's what ello is to me. John, I tried to leave a message on your personal page, this doesn't seem possible either. Too many obstacles, I bet the creators of this thing are video-games addicts, well I don't like video games and I suppose that tells a lot about me. It was a pleasure being here, now the pleasure's gone and I'm no masochist, ello just ate my time & hopes for three months now, good reason to stop.
GALACTIC TRAVELS ON WDIY
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Tonight at 11 pm EDT/GMT-4 on Galactic Travels, I'll continue the month-long Special Focus on Modulator ESP. The Featured CD at Midnight will be disk 1 from "The Sound of Walking Backwards into Infinity." The Special Focus page is at http://soundscapes.us/gt/playlists/2015/focus.html#jul
You'll also hear new music from Steve Roach and Eric Wollo.
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Howard Givens, the mastering wizard and one of the driving forces behind Spotted Peccary Music label, and also a member of Brain Laughter project, has teamed with one the label's most respected composers, Craig Padilla. "Life Flows Water" album is a result of live improvised recording from March 2013 in Portland, when both sculptors have finally squeezed this session into their plans, although both artists were waiting for this opportunity for quite some time. Packaged in traditional Spotted Peccary 4-panel disc eco wallet showcasing the visual artistry of Daniel Pipitone, with additional imagery by Jourdan Laik and artist photographs by Linda Brown, the album was released at the end of February, 2015.
"Life Flows Water" unfolds with "Opening To New Perspectives", the longest piece on the journey, which clocks over 19 minutes. Rather monochromatic scenario emerge, permeated by ephemeral translucent tinkles. Warmly nuanced cinematic washes slowly arise as well and continuously glide across these gracefully grandiose sceneries. Amorphously euphonious listening delight is promptly achieved as my ears are bathed in vast expanses of contemplative subtlety. Delicately rawer traceries keep on emerging throughout the second half along with radiating sequences and remain in magnetic symbiosis with magnificently spacious tranquilness. It's a truly immersing experience, so the next composition, "Awakened Consciousness", arrives almost stealthily. Distant, yet freshly bouncing sequences keep on expanding, prevailing and cascading, but always guarded by soothingly gliding blankets. Organic trimmings sneak in towards the end and announce the following track, "A Step Achieved". A calmly meandering sweep is carefully bridged with smoothly rising joyful melody. "Reflection And…