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Lotuspike records update.


Check out the new reviews on the Melliflua website. Featuring
Dene Bebbington's reviews.

Click here.


Miles Tones
by General Fuzz

 

Logical Drift
by Logical Drift

 

Orange Skies
by Patrick Geren

 

Avatara
by Steve Brand

 

Paradigm Shift
by Steve Halpern

 

The Desert Inbetween
by Steve Roach
and Brian Parnham

 

Immersion Five -
Circadian Rhythms
by Steve Roach

 

Among the Nebulae
by Phillip Wilkerson

 

Eprom
by Willaim Edge

 

 

Ambient Visions News from Around the web

Posted 12/31/2013

 

Posted 12/30/2013

  • Best New Age music artist 2013 is.....
  • John Diliberto’s Top 10 CDs 2013
  • Pianotes # 368 December 2013 from Mainly Piano
  • 2013 SoloPiano Album of the Year Nominations
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    • January 1, 2013

    Summons of Shining Ruins – Takeshi OUT NOW! 

    And here is the sibling of Shinobu's former release "Shiho". "Takeshi" was recorded with the same setup as "Shiho", an electric guitar and a feedback device, and also in it's duration it is quite similar, four tracks and about 35 minutes long. 

    Oscillating guitar tones, little shifts in tone an color, enjoy the extended trip into Shinobu's wonderful and exciting soundworld with both releases "Shiho" and "Takeshi". 

    Thanks to Shinobu for this wonderful release. Thanks to all other artists on Resting Bell for your work and passion and thanks to all the listeners and fans for your support. Farewell 2012, Welcome 2013. 

    More information:  http://www.restingbell.net/releases/rb115-takeshi


    This isn't new (the music is from 2005-2008, and it was originally released in 2008 as a CD-R), but I have changed the terms on BandCamp to "name your price" (which can be $0). 

    http://mysterybear.bandcamp.com/album/sublimation 

    I didn't do much in the way of netlabel releases this year (except for a collaboration with Doug Seidel on Stomoxine), instead mostly doing a bunch of individual track releases on SoundCloud, but I'm hoping that 2013 will be different.  - Dave 

    http://mysterybear.net
    http://soundcloud.com/mysterybear

    http://mysterybear.bandcamp.com


    Afterglow and Thought Radio on WMUH 91.7 FM This report is only for the Eclectic Mix portion of the shows; Afterglow Phase 1 and Thought Radio, Phase 2.

    Top 10 Report for December, 2012.

    Reported in non-ranked, alphanumeric order. 

    ARTIST - ALBUM TITLE - LABEL

    Jill Haley - Zion and Bryce Canyon Soundscapes - none
    Kevin Keller - The Day I Met Myself - none
    Luna Blanca - Obsession - none
    Mark Wingfield and Kevin Kastning - An Illustrated Silence - greydisc
    Mehran - Subterranea - none
    Michele McLaughlin - Breathing in the Moment - none
    Paz del Castillo - Eleven Drops - Neuronium
    Project Trio - When Will Then Be Now - none
    Timothy Crane - Pianoforte - none
    Various Artists - The Gathering - West River 

    http://soundscapes.us/afterglow/playlists/2012/top10-12dec.html 

    Bill Fox

    Host of Afterglow every Thursday at 8:00 am EDT/GMT-4.
    Phase 1: Mixed bag of acoustic, World, New Age, and more.
    Phase 2: Progressive Rock from past masters to contemporary bands.
    Web Site:
    http://soundscapes.us/afterglow
    Host of Thought Radio, the Saturday edition of The AM/FM Show every other Saturday at 6:00 am EDT/GMT-4.
    Phase 1: Electronic, ambient, and space music.
    Phase 2: Mixed bag of acoustic, electric, pop, or New Age.
    Phase 3: Progressive rock from past masters to contemporary releases.
    Website -
    http://soundscapes.us/thoughtradio

    Listen to WMUH Allentown locally at 91.7 FM or on-line at http://www.muhlenberg.edu/wmuh/stream.html

    • December 17, 2012

    Michele Ippolito's Drifting In Dreams Makes Best Electronic Albums of 2012 List

    New Age Music World names the best electronic albums of 2012 including Meditation by Chuck Wild, Windows by Bryan Carrigan, Connected by David Wright and Mysterious Garden by Julian Ray. Check out the complete list by clicking here.

    • December 8, 2012

    Real Music artist Omar Akram nominated for a Grammy award. Check out the other nominations by clicking here.

    Hear the Echoes interview with Manual a.k.a. Jonas Munk in the Echoes podcast. Check out the Echoes blog by clicking here.

    • May 28, 2012

    Bruno Sanfilippo is a classically trained musician and composer, resident of Barcelona, Spain, and cofounder of the ad21 label <http://www.ad21music.com/> . He has collaborated with such notable artists as Mathias Grassow, Byron Metcalf, Max Corbacho and Alio Die.  

    Sanfilippo's work ranges from more melodic and structured to ambient drones with more a subtle and subdued musical component. *Urbs*, Sanfilippo's first project released with Hypnos Recordings, falls nicely in the middle ground among the artist's previous work. It's an intriguing combination of ambient textures with location sound recordings, along the lines of the classic Hypnos releases Sonic Continuum (Modell and Mantra) and Silence Speaks in Shadow (Paul Vnuk Jr.), but with more of an urban or cityscape flavor.  

    The title *Urbs* derives from the prominent incorporation /urban/ sound environments, recorded by Sanfilippo in urban environments such as train stations, streets, bars and other public areas to explore the boundaries between the textural sounds which surround all of us day to day, and the nature of composed sound art such as music. These "real world" sound textures merge with more traditional electronics such as synthesizers and samplers, leaving no doubt as to the composed and "intentional" nature of these soundscapes.  

    Gentle and evocative, subtly textural and transporting, *Urbs* is something we genuinely expect to become a long-term favorite among Hypnos releases.

    Purchase for $12.99 ($8.99 until May 28) on Hypnos Online Store

    • April 1, 2012

    The Return of Planet X - Ron Boots, REMY & friends
    Live at the Great Church of Haarlem
    Saturday May 19th, 2012 
    Doors open: 19:00 / Start: 19:45 

    The three part programme combines electronic music with classical elements at the unique site of the Grote of St.Bavokerk, situated in the city centre of Haarlem. Headlining musicians Ron Boots and REMY (Stroomer) will play in front of the world famous C. Müller organ.

    REMY performs one hour of music, exclusively composed for this occasion. Besides using electronics and the grand piano, he will be accompanied by violinists Wouter de Ruyter and Dick Bijlsma and cello player Martine de Ket, members of the Symfonie Orkest Bloembollenstreek.

    Ron Boots' part consists of a 45-minute set, inspired by the late 70s period music of Klaus Schulze and also contains completely exclusive music. He will be accompanied by fellow synth player Eric van der Heijden and percussionist Harold van der Heijden. Two musicians Ron has collaborated regularly with in the past twenty years.

    The third part of "The Return of Planet X" will see Ron Boots and REMY performing together. Details about this set will be announced shortly. 

    Schedule
    19:00                Doors open
    19:45 - 20:45    Concert REMY
    20:45 - 21:05    Break
    21:05 - 21:55    Concert Ron Boots
    21:55 - 22:15    Break
    22:15 - 23:00    Concert REMY & Ron Boots 

    Tickets

    Tickets (12 euros) are now available from:
    Internet:
    http://shop.desertedislandmusic.nl/greatchurch
    Physical: Great Church of Haarlem, Grote Markt, Haarlem / VVV, Verwulft, Haarlem 

    More information
    Website:
    www.desertedislandmusic.nl/greatchurch
    Information and contact:
    info@desertedislandmusic.nl

    • Posted January 22, 2012

    James Murray set to release Floods on February 1, 2012

    On the flood plain where James Murray grew up, twin rivers rose each winter fed by rainfall from nearby Welsh mountains. Breaking their banks they swept over pastures and hedgerows, tore at the fabric of the land and isolated remote villages. It was here, in a makeshift studio on high ground, that James began to explore sound using scavenged instruments and homemade electronics. 

    Floods returns to that landscape; an acknowledgment and celebration of the destructive and regenerative power of the waters. It is also an attempt by the artist to reconcile with his personal floods, those mental waters that rise to submerge the will, that can at times be opposed and must at others be allowed to overwhelm.   _____________________ 

    Written, produced and performed by James Murray at Slowcraft Studio. Dedicated to the Waters.   (c) & (p) Slowcraft Records 2011

    • Posted January 21, 2012

    Kori Linae Carothers Kickstarter project for funding her new album Fire In the Rainstorm

    I really want to continue to create and release my music. The past year, I have been writing some very innovative songs. Being influenced by so many things this time, friends, family, the ocean, poetry, history, current events - this album has been an extremely emotional journey. ( Which is a good thing! )  I am very excited to share with you, the music that is coming out of me. 

    Will Ackerman ,  founder of Windham Hill Records, and,  Grammy Award Winning guitarist, is my producer. This is my fourth album and is the second album he and I will be working together on.  He believes in my ability as a composer otherwise - he wouldn't work with me in order to create a solo piano album worthy of a Windham Hill production. 

    Everything is set in place; the producer, studio, engineer, songs. I need a little help from you to make this happen!  Every dollar will go towards the album: paying  engineer(s), studio time, getting the piano in tune, mixing/mastering everything that makes a record a truly wonderful creation of music.  

    DiN releases Ian Boddy & Erik Wollo-Fronties on March 13th 2012

    Frontiers (DiN39) is a musical travelogue through lands unknown although the sonic climate is very much influenced by the two musicians shared Northern European heritage. The album is book-ended by Vista & Ascension which feature Wøllo's panoramic chordal backdrops over which Boddy plays his now famous "Ondes Martenot" glissando synth lead lines. Between these two beautiful, haunting tracks the album is built around four sequencer driven pieces, each gaining in intensity and culminating in the intense penultimate title track Frontiers. These are interspersed with more abstract and atmospheric interludes, featuring field recordings the two artists have made in their own personal travels through their respective native landscapes. Constantly shifting in mood and tone, the album leads the listener across vast, open, icy sonic landscapes whilst periodically sheltering in more warm humane zones.  

    Expertly crafted by two renowned musicians Wøllo & Boddy produce a work of complex musical maturity that will open up it's secrets over repeated listenings.

    • Posted January 20, 2012

    New Deep Exile Podcast now online from David Helpling & Jon Jenkins

    This 16th Deep Exile Podcast is filled with adventure as we embark on an epic quest to deliver a message that will change the world forever.  Start your journey now and hear from the artists themselves:  listener mail, new exclusive ringtones, iPod craziness AND a sneak peek of the new record currently in production.

    • Posted January 6, 2012

    WVKR-FM Secret  Music Top 25 Albums for 2011

    See if your favorite albums from 2011 are on WVKR-FM's list of  best of 2011. While you are on the Charts and Playlists page be sure to check out what other shows around the web are playing this week and be sure to visit their pages for more information about the music they play.

    • Posted January 4, 2012

    New Age Music World talks with Al Conti about his Grammy nomination and more

    John Olsen of NewAgeMusicWorld.com check's in with Al Conti for this in-depth interview oabout what inspires and moves the 2012 Grammy-nominee...and how it feels to be he only new nomininee in the New Age Album category

    Saito Koji - Guide OUT NOW!

    And December ends with another new release by Saito Koji. His follow-up to the earlier released album "Music" is called "Guide". The eight tracks are 3 minutes long, the classical radio hit length. The music is very dense. Starting with very distorted, thick and layered sounds shifting to a clear and calmer atmosphere in the end. All pieces are rather short in the field of ambient or drone music but Saito filled the pieces with an enormous richness and concentration. Overtones are swirling around in your head, layer over layer of crackling noise is added to a this warm blanket of sounds.

    New releaese coming from Berlin Heritage called Land Of The Rising Sun in February

    Berlin Heritage is a new name in the field of electronic music, who is going back to the roots of the 70s era of electronic music: At that time Berlin school artists like Klaus Schulze or Tangerine Dream took their time to develop long compositions.

    You can hear mysterious, hypnotic slow motion-like atmospheres that lead to old-fashioned sequencer patterns that sometimes remind us of the early work of Bernd Kistenmacher.

    The nostalgic mellotron sounds and the deep space sound clouds create a fascinating bizarr atmosphere.

    By the excellent blend of timeless soundscapes and lovely old sequences you can enjoy the whole album like a smooth and unique Berlin School journey. Dream and drift away!

    Audiocast Productions releases new album by Kifthi Graßner

    Even though kifthi is more well known as a writer (poet) of different kind of lyrics, you could say that he has also some artistic musical abbilties.

    His debut album now released by Audiocast Productions will demonstrate his talent. Each track describes his feelings (admiration, love, affection and faith) These feelings are packed in his tracks and he wants to share every single track with the most important audience  YOU and hopes you'll enjoy listening as much as he enjoyed creating.

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