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My review of "The Spirits Of Starlight" CD by Hollan Holmes

Wow, I will start this straightly as the visual splendor is immediately delivered at the first sight. I am holding in my hands a true piece of art, a glossy 6-panel disc eco wallet with magnificent cover image and design by the artist himself. As I said once, Hollan Holmes is living his dream and his newest…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on August 18, 2014 at 11:11am — No Comments

My review of "muichi motsu" CD by Maneki Neko

Maneki Neko, a project of Al Mikula, based in Austin, Texas, certainly belongs to the best kept secrets on the contemplative verges of ambient soundsculpting. It took me quite long time before I was able to explore his soothingly immersing debut album "Auracle", released back in 2005. "muichi motsu", the second…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on August 16, 2014 at 4:45am — No Comments

My review of "Ad Lucem" CD by Gleisberg & Grassow

German drone kaiser Mathias Grassow has found his safe home longer time ago at applauded Swedish label gterma. After several solo albums and one collaboration with Carsten Agthe on this label, Mathias Grassow teams up with another kindred spirit, Rüdiger Gleisberg, with whom he extensively worked on acclaimed…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on August 5, 2014 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

My review of "Highlands Outtakes" CDr by Phillip Wilkerson

Prolific US drifter Phillip Wilkerson has released "Highlands" album originally back in 2012 through Free Floating netlabel, while a CDr edition is still available through Phillip's store at Kunaki. "Highlands Outtakes", released in the middle of May 2014, features three additional tracks from "Highlands"…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on August 4, 2014 at 11:16am — No Comments

My review of "clarOscuro" CD by Bruno Sanfilippo

In Barcelona based Argentinian composer Bruno Sanfilippo keeps on his virtuosic journey into modern classical realms. While in his acclaimed "Piano Textures" series he bridged expressive piano textures mostly with tranquil natural sounds, with this newest album Bruno Sanfilippo demonstrates his full transition…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on August 2, 2014 at 4:21am — No Comments

My review of "The Long Night" CD by Steve Roach / Kelly David

Long awaited collaboration between iconic Steve Roach and in Colorado based capable kindred spirit Kelly David, who is responsible for two remarkable, highly adventurous albums "Broken Voyage" (2002) and "Angkor" (2006), was released during January 2014. The album's title as well as its awesome cover image by…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on July 9, 2014 at 11:46am — 2 Comments

My review of "Meltstream" CDr by Steve Brand, Roy Mattson

Steve Brand needs no bigger introduction here, he is constantly confirming his reputation as one of the giants of primordial shamanistic electroacoustic soundsculpting. But Roy Mattson comes here as a new name on the ambient map. Based in Stony Creek, NY, Roy Mattson has been making music for many years, but…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on May 21, 2014 at 10:53am — 1 Comment

My review of "Reflection Of Time" CD by John Lyell

"Reflection Of Time" CD by John Lyell is out since March 31st, 2014, as a self-release by the artist himself. I must say that the name of John Lyell is a brand new to me, but this is already 5th album by this US ambient composer, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. First two albums are collaborations with…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on May 9, 2014 at 5:24pm — No Comments

My review of "Arboreal" CDr by Robert Davies

"Arboreal" was released at the beginning of November, 2012, on Robert's usual DataObscura mainstay and it's supported by an eye-catching front cover image. As far I remember, it was his second album during 2012, following "The Alchemy Of Nature". Robert Scott Davies is a very crafted soundscaper and painter, who…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on May 8, 2014 at 8:24am — No Comments

My review of "Zeitlos" CDr by Tomas Weiss

Tomas Weiss is rather known for his numerous collaborative projects with Anthony Paul Kerby or Mathias Grassow, but he has already left strong track also with his solo works. After exuberantly flavored solo album "Dato" released on Databloem back in 2011, German mastermind Tomas Weiss returns to ultra deep…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on May 5, 2014 at 10:43am — No Comments

My review of "Centurion" CD by Aglaia

Highly praised duo Gino Fioravanti and Gianluigi Toso, known as Aglaia, have released their "Centurion" album back in June 2013 on Hic Sunt Leones. As usual, packaged in elegant 6-panel digipak, but this time featuring stunning photos by Mire L'azur, with the artwork executed by Stefano Musso's Hic Sunt Leones.…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on April 27, 2014 at 12:22pm — No Comments

My review of "Atmospheres" CD by Rudy Adrian

Almost four years have passed since magnificently absorbing deep space odyssey "Distant Stars" CD (out on Lotuspike in August of 2010). In the meantime Lotuspike gang has joined their kindred spirits at Spotted Peccary and this label welcomes and celebrates the newest album by Rudy Adrian entitled "Atmospheres",…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on April 27, 2014 at 2:00am — No Comments

My review of "Future Flows" CD by Steve Roach

Long time on the waiting list in my reviewing schedule, now finally the right time has come. Released one year ago on Projekt, at the end of April, 2013, just few days before the legendary Ambicon 2013 gathering. The cover images feature breathtaking stone balance art by Michael Grab, known as Gravity Glue.…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on April 21, 2014 at 3:04am — No Comments

My review of "Celestial Chronicles" CDr by Alpha Wave Movement

Gregory Kyryluk of Alpha Wave Movement is always busy and effectively productive, no matter if with his main AWM project or with his Within Reason offshoot. After 5 releases during 2013 (two as AWM, two as Within Reason and one with Thought Guild), February 2014 brings newest album "Celestial Chronicles" by Alpha Wave…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on April 19, 2014 at 11:02am — No Comments

My review of "Gathering Autumn" 2xCDr by The Winterhouse

"Gathering Autumn" is the 5th collaborative album between DataObscura's Anthony Paul Kerby from London, Ontario and Robert Scott Davies from Ithaca, New York. Released on DataObscura at the beginning of January 2014, this double album comes with an eye-catching front cover image by Robert. The same image is also…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on April 15, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

My review of "Amidst The Circling Spires" CD by Alio Die & Sylvi Alli

The long awaited collaboration between Italian sound explorer Stefano Musso/Alio Die and in Berkeley, California based singer Sylvi Alli was released during January, 2014, on Projekt. While prolific Italian sculptor Alio Die is widely recognized, the name Sylvi Alli was new to me, thus she deserves here a little…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on April 8, 2014 at 10:47am — No Comments

My review of "Music For Spaceports" CDr by Sylken

I will start straightly, there is no need to evade the truth, Sylken is certainly one of the best kept secrets on the ambient scene!!! In Toronto based Eric Hopper, the main driving force behind Sylken, is known for his extensive collaborations with many other members of The Ambient Ping gang, the creative community…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on March 31, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

My review of "Urban Blues" CD by Strom Noir

Slovak guitar drone wizard Emil Maťko, acting under Strom Noir, was quite silent during 2013, but with "Urban Blues" demo in his hands, which was recorded already in 2012 (between February and November), it was just a question of time before it will end up in the right hands. And all this happened during the last…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on March 24, 2014 at 12:21pm — No Comments

My review of "Process Of Being" CD by Zero Ohms

Richard Roberts, the sole creator behind Zero Ohms, equipped with flutes and wind synthesizer controllers, returns with a brand new CD "Process Of Being", his 11th solo album, released during February 2014 on Californian Spotted Peccary label. This highly respected US flute wizard is known also for his numerous…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on March 23, 2014 at 3:13am — No Comments

My review of "The Last Winter" 2xCDr by Shambala Networks

This is for the first time I am going to dive into an ambient soundworlds by an artist coming from Romania. From Transylvania region comes Olivér Dombi, electronic music producer and mastermind behind Shambala Networks. "The Last Winter" double album was originally released as a download on Olivér's own label…

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Added by Richard Gürtler on March 19, 2014 at 10:49am — No Comments

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