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Ambient, Landscape and Space

by Amongst Myselves

Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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1. Greybox Shadow (Into the Light Mix)
7:41 $0.99
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2. Bay of Dreams (Through the Memories Mix)
4:36 $0.99
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3. Shoreline Fading
1:09 $0.99
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4. Argo Navis (Blinded Mix)
4:54 $0.99
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5. Southern Lights (Black Hole Mix)
10:40 $0.99
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6. Interstellar Message
0:51 $0.99
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7. Ship of Dreams (The Journey Continues Mix)
5:59 $0.99
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8. Syene (A New World Mix)
5:07 $0.99
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9. Demon Haunted World: Somnium
4:51 $0.99
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10. Interlude: The Dark and Cold
5:20 $0.99
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11. Up Into the Air and Over the Edge (Between the Trees and Clouds Mix)
10:24 $0.99
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12. Tales (It's Been a Good Trip Mix)
7:43 $0.99
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Morpheus Music

Ambient, Landscape and Space
STYLE
Ambient landscape and space music.
As the title suggests, this album explores broad panoramic audio vistas both earthbound and bound for the infinite. There are vast landscapes where wide open skies stretch forever and ever-changing cloud patterns twist and flow over lonely horizons; there are immense galactic expanses of dense darkness and evolving, colourful nebulae. Amongst Myselves delivers an absorbing package that constantly changes character: one moment the music meanders with sighing pads and slowly heaving drones - smooth and open; then it is dense, dark, faintly percolating with synthetic twinkles and punctuating bird calls; then the drones take on a multi-layered celestial spacey tone - a contrasting tribal beat of sonorous electronic drumming reverberating among the stars; technical computer sounds and electronic chatter; disturbing zones of peculiar tension and unsettling shadow. Never settling for long into a particular mood - this is an ambitious release that boldly transports the listener from light to dark and from warmth to lonely cold.

IN DEPTH
For this album Steve Roberts is joined by with Bernard Haseloff on guitar synth and Garry Roberts on electronic percussion. The sound is accordingly colourful and varied: Shoreline Fading fills over a minute with the sibilance of waves breaking upon a shore; Interstellar Message is a fifty one second stream of flickering blips and bright bleeps upon a mechanical bed of noise; at almost ten and a half minutes, Up Into The Air And Over The Edge (Between The Trees And Clouds Mix) opens with a sonic stream consciously reminiscent of air movement and proceeds to fly the listener through harmonious cloud banks and brooding atmospheric regions. The darkest passage on the album ventures into a cold place of alien sound forms and abrasive textures - a punchy beat stabs then thuds for a while before being shredded apart by distorted bell tone and squealing noise. Possibly evocative of dank subterranean caverns but equally suggestive of wet night air and exposed insecurity. Rain and thunder, whistling winds and the clank of untuned bells forms the main fabric of Interlude - The Dark And Cold; strange disturbances and disturbing strangeness eventually displacing the elements. There passages of more structured music, where guitar textures lazily waft or electro-beats clatter in time with ponderous bass lines - a fresh terrain at every turn.

ARTWORK
Ambient, Landscape and Space is presented in a double disc jewel case with a folded insert of three panels. The front panel contains no text - just a section of a time-lapse rotating light image that spreads across all three outer sections. Titles are neatly confined to the transparent spine of the case. When opened out, brief creation, mastering and contact details are found on the central section. Flipping the insert a second, soft focus version of the light rings form a backdrop to a series of small performance photographs on the right. To the left performance credits list the gear employed by each of the contributing musicians. Track titles are on the back cover.

OVERALL
Steve Roberts' Amongst Myselves project here delivers a self-released twin package of DVD (with audio in both stereo and 5.1 surround) and Audio CD. The DVD holds a morphing visual presentation of attractive time-lapse movie footage; grainy black and white statuary; vividly lit performance recordings; moving viewpoint oil painting imagery and 3D graphics. Roberts gathered the material over a four year period collaborating with artist Bernard Haseloff to create a seamless visual accompaniment to Amongst Myselves audio. There are three new compositions here as well as remixes of older tracks, all strung together into a single listening experience. If you visit the Amongst Myselves website you can explore the music and experience a taster of the kind of visual material found on the DVD.
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Richard Gurtler

Highly distinctive, unique and courageous approach!!!
It's always very interesting and challenging to see an ambient artist who pays attention also to the visual part of his compositions. But a CD/DVDr combined release is nothing new for Australian Steve Roberts, the protagonist of Amongst Myselves. Back in 2007 he has released his album "Auburn Silhouette" with bonus DVDr featuring 3 short films. Now he returns again with this format, only pressed CD is this time replaced by a CDr, but again nicely packaged in standard 2CD jewel case with printed 6-panel front cover. The album, released at the beginning of March 2012 through Steve Roberts' own Amongst Projects label, consists of 12 tracks, 9 of them are remixes of previously released pieces plus 3 unreleased. Even is solo project, Steve Roberts is joined on this album by Bernard Haseloff on guitar synth and Garry Roberts on electronic percussion. The journey opens with "Greybox Shadow (Into The Light Mix)", serenely washing organic ambience, here and there spiced by drums or electric guitar as well as by some gracefully floating celestial choir-like sounds. A very tranquil and relaxing intro! "Bay Of Dreams (Through The Memories Mix)" merges all kinds of environmental recordings (bird calls, child's voices, everyday's rumlings...) with smoothly drifting soundscapes, various buzzing and tinkling sounds and heavenly choirs. Richly colorful and enchanting piece of organic ambience! Recordings of ocean waves lead "Shoreline Fading", a short, transitional piece. "Argo Navis (Blinded Mix)" opens with buzzing effects, then the texture gets more richer, mysteriously droning on the back, with melodramatic expressions on the fore, although the piece remains rather minimal, but still quite effective and evocative. "Southern Lights (Black Hole Mix)" invade the journey with deeper, aerial drones enhanced here and there by high-tech effects, distant choir-like sounds. The texture keeps on expanding until it changes like chamaeleon into rhythm-infused, tribal adventure colored by few catchy sounds of birds. A very nicely bridged serenely gliding cloudscapes with stirring allegros. "Interstellar Message" is the next filler, sculpted with cybernetic experiments. "Ship Of Dreams (The Journey Continues Mix)" is invaded by crystalline tinkling and buzzing sounds, interplaying with the moments of silence. The piece keeps on cascading until it reaches fully orchestrated and cinematic feel leaded my marching rhythms. "Syene (A New World Mix)" holds its soundtracking mood, based on slightly distorted lazy, Mediterranean melody, with ocassional voices and shoutings appearing on the back. A very unique composition within ambient genre!!! "Demon Haunted World - Somnium" fits precisely its title, organic drifts are joined by sharper industrial rumblings, distorted grooves, alienating sounds and children's cryings. Another really strange, nearly cacophonic piece!!! "Interlude - The Dark And Cold" is painted by rainy, thunder and windy sounds as well as by assorted sonic experiments, rumblings and creakings, and strange voices. "Up Into The Air And Over The Edge (Between The Trees And Clouds Mix)" starts with arctic, windy atmospheres, slowly elevating into more massive and immersing level, enriched by expressively tender strings and fragilely tinkling bells, to capture a beautifully picturesque experience!!! The album reaches its finale with "Tales (It's Been A Good Trip Mix)", a truly ear-catching, melodic piece with its euphoric rhythms and atmospheres, infectiously blending synths, guitar and drums. Absolutely stunning closer, the name of the mix fits perfectly!!! Hats off to these Aussies for their highly distinctive, unique and courageous approach, when combining elements of various styles into richly sculpted and enormously diverse recording!!! And I am awarding this work with extra points also for audiophile sound quality.

I would like to pen few words also on the visual content. According to the infos, the visual pieces on the DVDr were created by Amongst Myselves' leader, Steve Roberts and visual artist, musician Bernard Haseloff. Loaded with 75 minutes of visuals, mostly based on time-lapse technique used by Steve Roberts and supported by oil paintings by Bernard Haseloff. Some pieces are leaded by time-lapse sceneries, presenting spectacularly beautiful, vast Australian landscapes, but also scenes from Egypt or Paris for example can be seen, some visuals are drifting into deeper space, some capture shadowy nocturnal beauty, while some others feature manipulated images. Few spooky paintings enter the show as well. The more rhythmed parts feature also some live performance footage. There are also polyhedra and rudimentary 3D graphics, created by Steve Roberts, and appearing on "Tales" track, on the first version interacting with live performance footage and time-lapse technique, while on the later version the 3D graphic take the dominating role, with time-lapse landscapes, but without live footage this time. I must say the visuals magnificently portray the music, a very nice work, guys!!!

"Ambient, Landscape And Space" is an all-inclusive audio/video package, explore it and be transported to many different adventurous places, a must have!!!

Richard Gürtler (Apr 10, 2012, Bratislava, Slovakia)
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