Archive for February, 2007

608 CDs, is it a lot?

Posted in Music on 11:23, February 19th, 2007

Well, I’ve decided to write about the history of my music collection. It turned over 600 items these days, so I think I’ll tell about how I managed to waste so much money through all these years. Read the rest of this entry »

New music, again

Posted in Music on 22:39, February 18th, 2007

606_1.jpgThree new CDs just arrived making me feel stuffed with the music. Anyway, first release is MВІ – “Nyx”. This CD brings new sound once again. Good old Panacea doesn’t stagnate. This release is very minimalistic, in the same time there’s still dark vibes which is trademark of the project. I’d say this one sounds not as Squaremeter as we know it. Sporadic cuts and clicks, and dark ambient background create eerie and spacious atmosphere. The text in the sleeve says “this is 24-bit recording, listen with care”, so I do exactly that :)

606_2.jpgNext comes Tribe of Circle – “Children of a Weakened God”. New album of this French martial industrial project. Well this one is again quite different from the previous works. It’s not as gloomy and dark but it’s more cruel if you allow me to tell so. untitled-1.jpgVivacious martial drums and industrial noises create strong atmosphere, add here some 40s music samples and you’re diving back to the WWII times. Very good and fresh release.

Third CD is of the Russian project Adriva – “Losung” released on the friendly Strely Peruna records. This is interesting drone ambient with a lot of radio-noises on background. Also, there’s that nice ritualistic hint and some female chants. Good release from the Russian underground scene you won’t be able to get because there’s just 100 copies ;)

Random Image

Posted in Photo on 12:10, February 15th, 2007

The morning was very impressive with all this snow on the trees.


New music

Posted in Music on 12:32, February 13th, 2007

pmp_small.jpgAfter the long silence I’ve received this new little pack of music. The first CD is by Land:Fire – “Physical Mental Psychological”. I started collecting Land:Fire right after I visited their concert in Moscow, it’s strange I missed them before because I’m also a big fan of Herbst9 project by the same people. The album is dedicated to the first nuclear test called Trinity, so the music brings that military industrial secrecy feel of 50s. This CD is the predecessor of the recently released “Live at Sonic Lodge” which greatly inspired me. The original album turned to be no less interesting. It’s more detailed and varied, but maybe not as powerful as the live one.

dn_ero.jpgDeutsch Nepal – “Erotikon”. Well this one is the latest from the Lina. This album turned to be rather different from the previous Deutsch Nepal albums: it’s more rhythmic and has more vocals. I’d say it’s pretty much in Janitor vein, but still keeps that Deutsch Nepal’ gloomy feel. Good to see that Lina still evolves and brings fresh stuff, even being such an alcoaddict as we know him ;)


Next comes Isomer – “Zero Lounge”. This is an interesting dronenoise project from Australia, though it’s released on good old Tesco. This album has erotic background as well (seems erotica’s becoming a big trend in industrial music again), but you won’ t hear any sex samples there, everything is quite gentle yet dark. There’s even guitar track which adds variety to all these droning rustles. All in all, this album is a solid work.

dv.jpgDerniГЁre VolontГ© – “Les Blessures De L’Ombre”. I quite liked the mp3 samples I’ve found on the web and decided to get a couple of albums of this french military pop project. Their first albums are quite raw but the latest ones are very cool blend of military loops, dark ambient and neofolk (in DerBlutharsch vein) and very pleasant vocals of Geoffroy D. I’ve ordered their latest album as well, can’t wait to get hold of it.

And last but not least comes the obscure release of the Russian label Linija Shuma – Tsaraas – “Agrimony”. This is 3″ cd-r release has 16 minutes of very quality dark ambient music. A pity label has no site, so I cannot point you on details and such. Also the edition is 31 copies, so you won’t get it anyway. I’m not sure why did I mention it here, but still, if you ever happen to hear about the Tsaraas project, be warned this is very quality dark ambient, just remember that ;)

Oh, and now the quantity of releases in my collection turned over 600. I must celebrate that or something?

Return to proper books

Posted in Books on 14:54, February 12th, 2007

1857231465.jpg At last! I’ve returned to my fave Banks :) This book belongs to The Culture universe and tells the story about some elite player of some weird games of future who got bored of life and ignored the saying “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush” and went to seek for the never before tried challenge. I’m in the middle of the book already, and I like the nice mix of rather interesting relationships between humans and drones. There’s also new Empire involved with civilisation which has three sexes. I wonder how main hero is going to live with them. The book feels fery fresh and, as usual, with trade mark Banks’ sharp humour and eccentricity.

Der Brushwerk

Posted in Levels on 12:07, February 1st, 2007

The Jesse have started this interesting project which you can hold in your hands: the book. This is indeed interesting, at least for the level designers who spent so much time polishing their skills and whos work is decaying in the digital depths of the internet. This book might turn the attention (at least for some minutes) of the people who’s far from all this gaming stuff. I wish good luck to Jesse with this project and hope there will be alot of contributors and the book ships and everyone will be happy :)