Where Stalks The Sandman

Reviews & Airplay  . . . from a darker side.



Reviews:

 

"In the world of ambient/synth-based music it's nice to hear a release of dark, thought-provoking, ambient music, rich in depth and dimension, such music that is on my sort of level. Deep, dark, atmospheric (for the most part, anyway). Some of the music on Hypnos is that sort of thing, but this gets closer.

Kim Cascone's Pythagorean Sea II is very close to some of our own work as Endgame (plug plug) and Monocaine's Ars Moriendi using reverbed glass and tiles is in the darker vein of Jim Tetlow's
ONEIROMANCER. Steve Wilson (of Porcupine Tree) as Bass Communion, is represented by A Grapefruit in the World of Park, a track on the Bass Communion II bonus disc, which has him
doing an Eno job on a Robert Fripp guitar sample. Nice in this context, though the album was far too one dimensional. Karen Anderson's Ouroboros is apparently all constructed from a "3 second
sample" - of what we're not told, although the result are intriguingly bizarre. Don Falcone (ex-Melting Euphoria, aka Spaceship Eyes and Spirits Burning) gives us An Isolated Craft a vast 26
minute work that's totally different to the usual stuff he does, although it amounts to very little, all generated from a single 1kHz tone (now that's really basic!). Finally we have the hip funksters
Praxis (Bill Laswell, Pat Thrall & Co.) also against form, with Facism which is not ambient in any imaginable sense of the word, being a sound collage underpinned by pulsing synths and
occasional drum beats.

I guess the sandman loses out on that last track. Or, maybe, it's intended as a wake-up call? Don's track that precedes it is way over-long (well, it is his label) and is very somnific. It all adds up to a nice collection though." -- Alan Freeman, Audion, #46


"All in all, this is a hell of a standout release for the oversaturated genre." -- Chuck Rosenberg, Aural Innovations, Issue 17, September, 2001 [full review]

"... this is a good collection of (dark) ambient tunes." -- Henrik Stromberg, Igloo Magazine, Aug. 26, 2001

"A half dozen foreboding ambient recordings best heard far in advance of bedtime. This is sound etiolating as it unfolds." -- Marc Weidenbaum, disquiet.com, August 5, 2001

"... my favorite track on this recording is probably Kim Cascone's Pythagorean Sea II ... This piece is also my favorite type of Ambient because it changes very subtly very slowly, almost like it's not changing at all ... Another work that really stuck out to me as a sort of perfect Ambient piece was Steven Wilson's A Grapefruit in the World of Park. This is a weird, very quiet Ambient piece. It's definitely a slow drift atmospheric work ... this (CD) is a fantastic recording that clearly represents a new school of Ambient/ sound art ... Great job and great work. Definitely worthy of a listen."
-- Matt Borghi,, freelance music journalist/ AMG staff writer, July 2, 2001

"A great ambient space music compilation ... Wild, experimental space and recommended deep listening album." -- Dwight Loop, Earwaves Network, CD reviews Jan-Jun, 2001-2

"Just one of the very best rhythm-free space-ambient albums you'll find on the planet with six tracks of deep, dark, atmospheric, layered electronic music that is so chilled and cosmic as to transport you into new dimensions right from the start. Contributors include a twenty-five minute epic from Don Falcone, a thirteen minute slice of dark blissful space ambience from Kim Cascone, plus five, nine and twelve minute tracks from Monocaine, Karen Anderson & Steven Wilson, all equally ethereal and on the dark side of spacey. With all but one track exclusive to this album, and the other one being from a rare bonus CD anyway, this is fantastic from start to finish - you cannot live without this album." -- Andy G. CD Services


"Here is a new collection for those who prefer the darker side of ambient. ... Look into the face of dark, amorphous ambient; this is your music collection. This third release from San Francisco's Noh Poetry Records is a slick compilation." -- Lloyd Barde, Backroads Music



Airplay:



 Date  Artist/Track  Program/DJ  Station
 5.03  Steven Wilson  
 A Grapefruit in the World of Park
 Een Rustige Avond  Dutch Radio 4
 8.02  Various Cuts  Neptune Currents - Steve Davis and Carol Joyce  KKUP Cupertino, CA
 12.01  Steven Wilson  
 A Grapefruit in the World of Park
 Discreet Music - Dean Suzuki  KPFA Berkeley, CA
 11.01  Various Cuts  Neptune Currents - Steve Davis and Carol Joyce  KKUP Cupertino, CA
 9.01  Steven Wilson  
 A Grapefruit in the World of Park
 Brainwaves - Roger Greer  KXCI Tucson, AZ
 9.01  Monocaine Ars Moriendi  Brainwaves - Roger Greer  KXCI Tucson, AZ
 9.01  Steven Wilson  
 A Grapefruit in the World of Park
 Space Does Not Care - Chuck Rosenberg  KUCR Riverside, CA
 8.01  Karen Anderson  Ouroboros  Space Does Not Care - Chuck Rosenberg  KUCR Riverside, CA
 8.01  Various Cuts  Neptune Currents - Steve Davis and Carol Joyce  KKUP Cupertino, CA
 8.01  Steven Wilson  
 A Grapefruit in the World of Park
 Brainwaves - Roger Greer  KXCI Tucson, AZ
 8.01  Monocaine Ars Moriendi  Brainwaves - Roger Greer  KXCI Tucson, AZ
 7.01  Don Falcone  An Isolated Craft  Adventures in Consciousness- Darv Krizton  KKUP Cupertino, CA
 7.01  Kim Cascone  Pythagorean Sea II  Space Does Not Care - Chuck Rosenberg  KUCR Riverside, CA
 7.01  Steven Wilson
 A Grapefruit in the World of Park
 EMUSIC - Bill Fox  WDIY Allentown and   Bethlehem, PA
 7.01  Praxis  Fascism  Aural Innovations - Jerry Kranitz  Radio show #30
 6.01  Karen Anderson  Ouroboros  Planète Indie - Pierre Gerard  H  Etalle, Belgium
 6.01  Kim Cascone  Pythagorean Sea II  feedback monitor - Greg Clow  CUIT  Toronto, Canada
 6.01  Kim Cascone  Pythagorean Sea II  Star's End - Chuck van Zyl WXPN Philadelphia, PA
 5.01  Various Cuts  Mystic Music - Eric Mystic  KKUP  Cupertino, CA
 5.01  Karen Anderson  Ouroboros  feedback monitor - Greg Clow  CUIT  Toronto, Canada

 

 


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