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Ascendant // Smoke Ring

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Phase47
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913 posts since 21 Aug, 2011

Postby Phase47; Wed Apr 30, 2014 5:09 pm Ascendant // Smoke Ring

As always, looking for feedback, comments, criticism - you name it. Also, given the lively discourse re: the definition of modern ambient music, what say you, sirs and madams and KVRians - what genre is this?

https://soundcloud.com/ambientascendant/smoke-ring
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annode
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4910 posts since 28 Mar, 2003, from Location: Location

Postby annode; Thu May 01, 2014 3:02 pm Re: Ascendant // Smoke Ring

Wow, nice. Beautifully executed.
Love your chosen sounds and how well they all blend together.
The production shines and is very pleasant to listen to.

I hear a repetitive, cyclical progression not much unlike a blues/rock progression.
It`s a slow tempo but I can definitely hear a marching rhythm.
So...is it a progressive march? Maybe an anthem?
The breaks break down to almost an atmospheric ambient but the lead instrument is still creating a melody,and it progresses forward, not static like a slow moving atmosphere might move. So it gets too close to new age for me, considering everything.
It`s structurally better them common new age and I actually like it, sort of...but not a lot...I just don`t get off much on this style. I liken your style to 'Chronos'. You may know him from Ambientonline? I really liked his 'Inspirational Power' cd enough to order it when he introduced it. He is new agey but also chillpsytrancey.
I like psytrance somewhat. So maybe I mean psybient? Who knows. :)

I find Ascendant having a similar style, but Ascendant sounds more new agey to me, just too many rainbows. :)

Really nice job on this track though, no matter if it`s a favorable style for me or not.

EDIT - Listening to the other 'Source Transmission' tracks now it hit me...your style is more similar to one of my favorite cds of all time, B-Zet - 'When I See' ;
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_ ... when+I+see
I`ll have a more focused listen to ...Transmission' now.
EDITII - I can see that listening to 'Source Transmission' as a whole experience changes my perception of it. I`m liking it much more this way. :) But hey...it`s no 'When I See'. But i`m liking this more... :lol: You know 'When I See' don`t you? :wink:
"It`s difficult to work in a group when you`re omnipotent." Q
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Phase47
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913 posts since 21 Aug, 2011

Postby Phase47; Thu May 01, 2014 4:12 pm Re: Ascendant // Smoke Ring

Hey - thanks Annode. That means alot. Yeah, it's hard to get the big picture just hearing ind. tracks sometime, I'm glad that you jumped into the full album for the immersive experience.

B-Zet - WOW - that's a blast from the past. You're talking about the mid-nineties artist/album right? German I think? I never owned it, but I had a friend who was into that whole stuff w/ B-Zet and I want to say Sven Vath and all that. I'll have to give that a fresh listen.

Cheers.
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annode
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4910 posts since 28 Mar, 2003, from Location: Location

Postby annode; Thu May 01, 2014 4:18 pm Re: Ascendant // Smoke Ring

Yeah do yourself a favor and immerse yourself in "Stevie" B-Zet - 'When I See'.
YouTube has the full cd. I own the real thing..hehe.

Just ordered your cd guys!
Have the .flac dload, but not the same as the actual article :)
"It`s difficult to work in a group when you`re omnipotent." Q
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S1gnsOfL1fe
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298 posts since 8 Jul, 2009, from Bay Area, California

Postby S1gnsOfL1fe; Thu May 01, 2014 4:32 pm Re: Ascendant // Smoke Ring

annode wrote:Just ordered your cd guys!
Have the .flac dload, but not the same as the actual article :)


Awesome! I really hope you enjoy it and from the sounds of it, we've converted you. :hihi: Been loving the back and forth all week...

Cheers to all,
-S1gns
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Phase47
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913 posts since 21 Aug, 2011

Postby Phase47; Thu May 01, 2014 6:22 pm Re: Ascendant // Smoke Ring

annode wrote:Yeah do yourself a favor and immerse yourself in "Stevie" B-Zet - 'When I See'.
YouTube has the full cd. I own the real thing..hehe.

Just ordered your cd guys!
Have the .flac dload, but not the same as the actual article :)


Thanks for that!
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seismic1
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6857 posts since 13 Mar, 2009, from UK

Postby seismic1; Sat May 03, 2014 5:32 pm Re: Ascendant // Smoke Ring

I've been playing the CD today. This track is one of my favourites, but I probably said that about the previous tracks. It's good here on the monitors, but I think it much sounded better from the CD/DAC via the main system earlier. I thought that the mix/production was clean and smooth, and the synths sound lovely, especially those higher, reverbed bell-like sounds.

Good work :)
Auragama
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2 posts since 13 May, 2009

Postby Auragama; Sat May 03, 2014 8:23 pm Re: Ascendant // Smoke Ring

Beautiful chill track. It has an emotional introspective ambience that lures you into a state of meditation. The backing pads remind me of some of David Helplings music. And a unique and thoughtful project name. Well done, keep it coming. :)
S1gnsOfL1fe
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298 posts since 8 Jul, 2009, from Bay Area, California

Postby S1gnsOfL1fe; Sat May 03, 2014 8:51 pm Re: Ascendant // Smoke Ring

Auragama wrote:Beautiful chill track. It has an emotional introspective ambience that lures you into a state of meditation. The backing pads remind me of some of David Helplings music. And a unique and thoughtful project name. Well done, keep it coming. :)


And we will! Stellar commentary, thank you so much.

The collaboration between Phase47 and myself is seamless...when listening back to the tracks on the album it's difficult to decipher where each other fit in. Truly magical.

Really glad you enjoyed it! Many more where that came from...

Cheers,
-S1gns
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Phase47
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913 posts since 21 Aug, 2011

Postby Phase47; Sun May 04, 2014 8:32 am Re: Ascendant // Smoke Ring

Thanks again, guys, for the impressions. Much appreciated.
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Phase47
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913 posts since 21 Aug, 2011

Postby Phase47; Sun May 04, 2014 12:45 pm Re: Ascendant // Smoke Ring

We're really pleased with the reception here, there and everywhere, so we're putting up a free track on Bandcamp. Name your price, and name it zero.

http://ambientascendant.bandcamp.com/tr ... s-desert-2
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ecamburn
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391 posts since 16 Dec, 2003

Postby ecamburn; Mon May 05, 2014 6:02 am Re: Ascendant // Smoke Ring

A lot to like with this track. Nice mellow melodies to push things along. Interesting percussion. Compelling synth sounds. The part around 2:53 where the bottom drops out and with a light rhodes solo over the top of pads is lovely. All in all a very enjoyable listen.
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jethrobull
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1221 posts since 5 Jun, 2011, from England,UK

Postby jethrobull; Mon May 05, 2014 6:11 am Re: Ascendant // Smoke Ring

Beautiful track,everything fits well.I love the the breaks.It really made my hairs stand on end.
Brilliant work!!! :tu:
All the audience cares about is being fed a stream of songs that they know and can sing along to.
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Phase47
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913 posts since 21 Aug, 2011

Postby Phase47; Mon May 05, 2014 8:19 am Re: Ascendant // Smoke Ring

Thanks, guys, for the insights and great comments.
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Phase47
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913 posts since 21 Aug, 2011

Postby Phase47; Tue May 06, 2014 8:27 am Re: Ascendant // Smoke Ring

A link to Glass Desert for the SoundClouders:

https://soundcloud.com/ambientascendant/glass-desert
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