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The PiNG presents Sylken with URM & Anomalous Disturbances

THE AMBiENT PiNG   http://www.theambientping.com
Tuesdays @ HACiENDA - 794 Bathurst Street at Bloor
(directly across from the Bathurst subway station) - Toronto
Doors open at 9pm - 1st set at 9:30 - PayWhatYouCan
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This Tuesday Nov. 22nd - Sylken with URM & Anomalous Disturbances

To celebrate the release of Sylken's new "Terraforms" CD, Sylken
invites you to THE AMBiENT PiNG to bask in some liquid sound
paintings, spacious atmos and ambient vibes to float your mind on.
Eric Hopper (Sylken), Terry O'Brien (Anomalous Disturbances -
visiting from Vancouver) and Jamie Todd (URM, dreamSTATE) team up
to bring you an evening of spacey synth washes, looping ambient
guitar cascades, rhythmic grooves and virtual laptop soundshaping
for your pleasure. 

Between Sets CD - "Land Of The Blind" by The Circular Ruins
Sparce pulsations mix with swirling synthesizers in a series of pieces
recorded 2002-2004 by London Ontario's Anthony Paul Kerby (APK).
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Coming Tuesday November 29th 2005 . PHOLDE and INSIDEaMIND
http://www.pholde.com    http://insideamind.net
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rik maclean's *ping things* CD Reviews

"Terraforms" by Sylken

Eric Hopper's project Sylken returns with "Terraforms", a beautiful
example of the ambient ideal. Working with some of the brightest
talents in the AMBiENT PiNG community including frequent collaborator
Steven Sauve, along with Wally Jericho, Jamie Todd of dreamSTATE,
Terry O'Brien of Anomolous Disturbances and Gregory Kyryluk of
Alpha Wave Movement, Hopper has collected a series of melodic
ambient tracks of great beauty and wonder.

>From the throbbing pulse of opening track "Terra Rising", where
graceful arpeggios and deep pads blend together with each other to
form a delicate web of sound, the listener is caught up in the beauty
inherent in all of Sylken's work. A lovely way to start the disc.

"Landfalls" follows, a track that suggests a rainforest, an
environment rich with vivid colour and beauty, lush keyboard washes
bringing to mind thick forests of greenery. A wonderful example
of environmental ambience.

Track three "Breath of Life" slows down the tempo slightly, a
fragile and beautiful piece where occasional piano dances around
sweeping soundscapes that pass through the soundfield like a
slow wind. Fragile and lovely.

"Enfoldment" brings about a womb-like listening experience where
the senses become focussed entirely on the music, Wally Jericho's
sax bringing an otherworldly beauty to the piece.

"The Shores of Space" is a fine example of space music, a track
that evokes the sensation of slow orbits around alien planets.
Oblique movement and gently building waves of sound are
underscored by soft melodies suggestive of stars. Beautiful.

Title track "Terraforms" is a lovely percolating soundscape that
brings to mind the birth of planets, continents slowly taking shape
over the course of millions of years. Wally Jericho appears again,
lovely trumpet work giving the track an organic feeling, the spark
of a soul that reminds us that the earth is just as much of a
living thing as you or I.

"World of One" blends pads and drones, echoing tones and keening
notes to suggest a pulse, a heartbeat, the beginnings of life.
Subtly shifting tones and the tinkling of glass play throughout,
a stunning work of minimalist wonder.

Track eight, "Gaia's lament" is a poignant piece, a slowly drifting
series of pads that float around the senses, playing on the edge of
our awareness. Nuance and infrequent shifts give shape to the track,
a million instants of change so subtle that they're lost in the
blink of an eye if you aren't already in tune with them.

"The Drift of Time" follows, a delicate melodic ambient track where
pads rise and fall in strength overtop a mesmerizing tonal pattern.

"Zen Sky", featuring a guest appearance by Gregory Kyryluk of Alpha
Wave Movement, closes the disc. A shimmering otherworldly piece
filled with glittering notes and musical phrases, "Zen Sky"
encapsulates the whole disc experience for the listener.
A wonderful piece, and a lovely way to close the disc.

Listening to "Terraforms" I can't help but be put under the spell
of Sylken's charms. All of the tracks bring to mind a variety of
different emotions and feelings throughout the course of the disc's
length, a testimony to the talent and artistry inherent in the music
that it can be so evocative. Once again Sylken has succeeded in
creating music that brilliantly captures a mood, a feeling, a time
and a space. Stunning work that comes highly recommended, as does
the rest of the Sylken catalogue.

rik maclean - rik@pingthings.com

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