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2015-03-26
RIP John Renbourn – John Renbourn, the Scottish guitarist and founding member of the influential folk-rock-jazz band Pentangle, has died at the age of 70. His elaborate style of playing, as well as his willingness to experiment with sounds from around the world, were hugely influential in the folk music as well as being precursors to what was later called World Music. » Read more

2015-03-13
Seaprog 2015 First Band Announcements – The Seaprog festival in Seattle will present its third instalment in August, and the organizers have announced their first signings to perform. Italian artist Debora Petrina will appear, along with California prog darlings MoeTar. The festival will take place August 7-9, 2015. » Read more

2015-03-13
Daevid Allen RIP – After battling cancer, Gong founder and musical visionary Daevid Allen has left the planet Earth. He will live on in our memories and in the multitude of recordings he left behind as a solo artist, with Gong, and with a wide range of other artists. He was 77. » Read more

2015-02-17
RIP Sam Andrew – Sam Andrew, guitarist and founding member of Big Brother and The Holding Company, passed away on February 12th, at the age of 73. His death stemmed from complications related to a heart attack ten weeks earlier that left him in critical condition. » Read more

2015-01-27
Magma to tour North America in 2015 – Something that doesn't happen very often is in the works for the spring on 2015: Christian Vander and Magma will be touring North America, even including some West Coast shows. European performances are going on as of the time of writing. » Read more

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Rudy Adrian — Atmospheres
(Spotted Peccary SPM 2601, 2014, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2014-04-09

Cover artPerfect title if there ever was one, and atmospheres are something synthesist Rudy Adrian is a master of, on this title and so many that have come before it. This is in fact his first release since Distant Stars around four years ago, and concentrates more in floating realms that some of his earlier sequenced works. Each of the nine tracks here are fueled by the inspiration of the beauty and terrain of his native New Zealand, slowly evolving sonic landscapes rich in textures and coloration, like thoughts, dreams and memories unfolding all at once. This is eyes-closed and headphones-on music that sparks the imagination from every direction, full of power, bright colors of chromatic purity interleaving with subtle shimmering layered pastel shades, occasionally pulling in some found sounds and voices providing added imagery. The descriptive titles offer a clue to Adrian’s inspiration for each piece: “Through a Cave into Another World,” “Amber Skies,” “The Temple on an Island,” “Willow Bank.” The liners mention his experiences as a boy, hiking and kayaking with his father in these places in the south of New Zealand. Two of the pieces, “Dreams of SUBAntarctica” and “Beyond the Silver River” were taken from previous projects, the latter never released, but they fit in perfectly with the other seven titles presented here. All taken, Atmospheres is another well conceptualized ambient masterpiece that provides a rich sonic backdrop for a private world of mental imagery and spiritual release.

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