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dronescape - Tue Aug 08, 2017 10:58 am
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Hi all,

after five years of silence, I am delighted to present ['ramp]'s tenth release to you: synchronize or die. In order to commemorate the 20th anniversary of ramp's first-ever live concert in 1997 and celebrate twenty years of unsolicited noise, the album will be released officially on 29th august 2017.

Those past twenty years were busy not only in terms of musical adventures: artistically and personally, some more or less desired changes took place, and here and there some obstacles and new challenges had to be dealt with – not only on a musical level.

This was the very reason why i decided to pull all plugs after the 2012 concert performance at bochum planetarium and the subsequent album release astral disaster: I simply realized I was running out of stamina and steam as the past ten years had taken their toll on me. Rather than carrying on, releasing half-baked albums just for the sake of it, I decided to have a sabbatical for an indefinite period of time, to recover from the strain and to focus on new musical visions.

synchronize or die is the result of this sabbatical. I decided to elaborate on the technique I had discovered for creating complex sequencer tracks and multi-layered rhythmical patterns, without employing computers running audio software: making use of some old-fashioned synchronizers from the 1980s, I recorded multiple layers of sequences onto a digital eight-track recorder, using a clicktrack to tie in additional sequencers while overdubbing or mixing down to stereo. This is the reason why the trusty old friendchip src units adorn the album sleeve.

Most of the tracks were created on my own in the seclusion of my dachgeschoss recording space, with one notable exception: Torque was created in collaboration with fellow synthesiser enthusiast Axel Jungkunst who helped me out with his massive modular synthesiser rig and additional sequencer backings which resulted in one of ['ramp]'s most accessible titles of all time – whatever that means.

I am taking orders now through stephen at parsick dot com (and through bandcamp from 29th august onwards). If you would like to have the album along with the digital download, please wait until 29th August.

The albums ordered after 20th august will start shipping after 11th september 2017 so please bear this in mind when ordering. Direct orders through me will include a free download code for one exclusive track.

Thank you for your support,

Stephen
Bert - Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:59 pm
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I trust this is at last a happy return to the "scene" with some fine crafted and captivating electronics...
Starwalker - Tue Aug 08, 2017 3:41 pm
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Look fwd to this CD.
dronescape - Tue Aug 08, 2017 5:10 pm
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« Bert » wrote:
I trust this is at last a happy return to the "scene" with some fine crafted and captivating electronics...


Well... I tried my very best (as always)... Razz

Stephen
BruecknerAmbient - Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:20 pm
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Shocked Shocked


...can't wait!

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klockwerk - Wed Aug 09, 2017 4:43 am
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This sounds wonderful, can't wait says it for many of us.
VinceL - Fri Aug 11, 2017 5:43 pm
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Sent in my payment yesterday.

Now to stare at my mailbox until the CD arrives. Smile
Richard S. - Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:18 pm
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Arrived today, number 18/222.
trickl - Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:40 pm
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Received my copy today. (30/222).
Now listening for the first time.
Like what I hear Very Happy
GrahamH - Sat Aug 12, 2017 8:23 pm
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Got mine today (11/222).

Listening to it now for the second time. Without question, a worthy addition to the ['ramp] discography.... Very Happy
Starwalker - Sun Aug 13, 2017 2:38 am
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Damn im jealous, i cant wait to hear it, probably a good 2 weeks until i get mine. Listening to the soundbyte on bandcamp nice phat bass.
dronescape - Sun Aug 13, 2017 11:06 am
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Thanks to all who have placed an order already -- I must say I am surprised at how quick postal services were this time around. Last time I shipped out orders, some shipments took up to three weeks to be delivered (and those weren't overseas shipments, mind you, they went to places like Amsterdam or Birmingham).

I'm keeping my fingers crossed to have all of you covered until 29th August -- I won't have a car next week which means all deliveries to the post office are done by bike (I live in the countryside, the next office is five kilometres away).

Stephen
BruecknerAmbient - Mon Aug 14, 2017 8:33 am
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Cool thing - found my copy this morning on my desk when returning to work; boy, that's a good way to start into the new week!!!!

Shocked Laughing

It's even still quiet around here, allowing me to give the album a good first listen - and it indeed turns out to be "yet another fantastic doombient release", as traditionally promised in the booklet (and of course as expected)!

The doom factor however seems slightly reduced compared to some of earlier ['ramp] masterpieces in favour of a somewhat more traditional approach, giving us a tad more of that TD / Hoenig feeling (one title seeming to be a nod towards the latter), and some (not all) tracks seem a bit more mellow than before - are You going to mellowed with age in the end, Stephen...? Laughing

Well, hard to imagine... Wink

All in all - I love the album already, thanks a lot.

Favorite track (at this point):

2600

P.S. Also thanks a lot for the bonus track - I have put it between "2600" and "Hanging Garden" in my iTunes playlist, where it seems to fit in very well...

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dronescape - Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:39 am
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The doom factor however seems slightly reduced compared to some of earlier ['ramp] masterpieces [...]


I suppose you're right. Like Genesis P-Orridge once said, it's about time to do something different when people believe to have the right to anticipate something specific. Then it has become nothing but a cliché.

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in favour of a somewhat more traditional approach, giving us a tad more of that TD / Hoenig feeling (one title seeming to be a nod towards the latter),


Hoenig was indeed a major yardstick when it came to arranging the album -- I still am in awe of his Departure album, particularly when bearing in mind how he had to record it. I used a very similar approach (eight-track recorder, trigger generators, analogue sequencers etc.), and Conny Plank was lurking around every corner.

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and some (not all) tracks seem a bit more mellow than before - are You going to mellowed with age in the end, Stephen...?


I suppose so. Fighting windmills gets a bit tiring in the end.

Stephen
Phobos - Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:16 pm
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Mine arrived yesterday, but I haven't had chance to listen to it yet, which is really silly of me I know Smile
(017/222)
waveman2.3 - Sat Aug 19, 2017 5:48 pm
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@Stephen and Michael........ the shortest track from "synchronize or die" I'll play friday 25th on the radio..... http://emportal.info/viewtopic.php?t=11174&sid=964db5a8d6f93bf3f18702f2f5c280ba
VinceL - Tue Aug 22, 2017 10:49 pm
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US Postal Service tracking tells me my CD left the Jamaica, NY International Distribution Center on Sunday.

I fully expect our mail carrier to show up with a CD for me tomorrow. Smile
Starwalker - Wed Aug 23, 2017 12:01 am
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« VinceL » wrote:
US Postal Service tracking tells me my CD left the Jamaica, NY International Distribution Center on Sunday.

I fully expect our mail carrier to show up with a CD for me tomorrow. Smile


Im in Fla, mine is due anyday now, hoping today, but didnt arrive, so like you hopefully tomorrow.
GrahamH - Wed Aug 23, 2017 12:41 am
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« Starwalker » wrote:
« VinceL » wrote:
US Postal Service tracking tells me my CD left the Jamaica, NY International Distribution Center on Sunday.

I fully expect our mail carrier to show up with a CD for me tomorrow. Smile


Im in Fla, mine is due anyday now, hoping today, but didnt arrive, so like you hopefully tomorrow.


You won't be disappointed Mike, it's a great album, perhaps a little mellower than Stephen's previous albums, but sequencer heaven, and having listened to it half a dozen times since it arrived, I wouldn't be without in in my collection.... Very Happy
Starwalker - Wed Aug 23, 2017 1:37 am
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Thanks Graham for the heads up, look fwd to it.
dronescape - Wed Aug 23, 2017 10:01 am
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Thanks to all for your kind words, much appreciated.

I'm glad I decided to send all CDs as signed-for letters, I had the first couple of shipments getting lost (UK and The Netherlands... TNT is simply dreadful as a courier). Now I can file a claim with Deutsche Post and have them find out where the shipment has ended up.

Mike & Vince, your CDs should be on their way to you, according to the DP website, "shipment has been forwarded to its destination".

Stephen
Starwalker - Wed Aug 23, 2017 12:22 pm
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Thanx Stephen, great. Youre welcome as well.
Alvaro - Wed Aug 23, 2017 4:20 pm
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Received today, so I am synchronized. Therefore I will not die Laughing

Great music, Stephen
Starwalker - Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:04 pm
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« GrahamH » wrote:
« Starwalker » wrote:
« VinceL » wrote:
US Postal Service tracking tells me my CD left the Jamaica, NY International Distribution Center on Sunday.

I fully expect our mail carrier to show up with a CD for me tomorrow. Smile


Im in Fla, mine is due anyday now, hoping today, but didnt arrive, so like you hopefully tomorrow.


You won't be disappointed Mike, it's a great album, perhaps a little mellower than Stephen's previous albums, but sequencer heaven, and having listened to it half a dozen times since it arrived, I wouldn't be without in in my collection.... Very Happy


Graham, i concur, remarkable album by Stephen, i have most of his music, and i must say this could be his best work yet, IMO. Definitely a sequencer fest album , with some nice dark passages now and again creating really cool atmospheres. Nice phat phat BASS.... Love it!!!!!!!!!!

Way to go Stephen. Very Happy
VinceL - Fri Aug 25, 2017 8:48 pm
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It sounds like you received your copy, Mike. I'm jealous. Sad

Alas, no CD yet for me.

USPS tracking said it left Jamaica, NY on Sunday. On Mon, Tues, and Weds, there are no scans, just the usual BS posts saying it is in transit to destination. I know they are BS because all 3 days, the timestamp is 9:03 am. Really?

Yesterday and today there are no tracking posts at all. I have submitted a "Where's my package?" email to USPS. In the past I have actually received responses to these emails. So, I'll see.
Starwalker - Sat Aug 26, 2017 2:01 am
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« VinceL » wrote:
It sounds like you received your copy, Mike. I'm jealous. Sad

Alas, no CD yet for me.

USPS tracking said it left Jamaica, NY on Sunday. On Mon, Tues, and Weds, there are no scans, just the usual BS posts saying it is in transit to destination. I know they are BS because all 3 days, the timestamp is 9:03 am. Really?

Yesterday and today there are no tracking posts at all. I have submitted a "Where's my package?" email to USPS. In the past I have actually received responses to these emails. So, I'll see.


I sure did Vince. Twisted Evil

US Mail is so backwards, i have had stuff take 2 months from Europe before.
Daniel - Mon Aug 28, 2017 1:46 pm
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Well, my download took a sluggish 38 seconds - deplorable service - but the wait was worthwhile in the end Cool
GrahamH - Mon Aug 28, 2017 3:15 pm
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« Daniel » wrote:
Well, my download took a sluggish 38 seconds - deplorable service - but the wait was worthwhile in the end Cool


38 seconds? Shocked
That's a ridiculous amount of time to be kept waiting.... Laughing

Seriously I wish I could do download only Daniel, it would save me a fortune on postage etc, and of course space at home, but sadly I'm still very much into the physical format wherever possible.... even when a download is the only option, it's promptly burned onto a CD-R.... Laughing

I'll be getting back into cassettes next..... Rolling Eyes
qwave - Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:32 pm
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I really enjoy Torque very much. Nice driving sequence in the good old classic Berlin school style and some mysterious sounds in the back.
BruecknerAmbient - Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:23 am
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Just found a new review of the album at the "Babyblaue Seiten" by Achim Breiling - 12 points, Stephen, that means they like it... Wink

(...actually, it only happens very rarely for an electronic album to score more than 11 points there)


Here's the way to the review (in German)...

http://www.babyblaue-seiten.de/album_16794.html#oben

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Audioot - Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:44 am
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Listened on Bandcamp, immediately ordered through Groove. (That's just around my corner Smile )

Update: LOL Very fast service Ron/Monique: ordered at 9:30, at the doormat when I came home at 16:30 SmileSmileSmile
VinceL - Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:21 pm
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F**king US postal service!!! Mad Evil or Very Mad

I received a package from Mr. Parsick today (it took 2 weeks to get from NY to me in North Carolina...usually takes 2-3 days), and the package was EMPTY!!! Evil or Very Mad It appears the flap on the padded envelope was ripped and allowed the CD to slide out. Some idiot figured he would help out and put some packing tape over the ripped flap. It appears to have been successful in not allowing anything else to slide out of what was already an empty envelope. Mad
GrahamH - Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:46 pm
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« VinceL » wrote:
F**king US postal service!!! Mad Evil or Very Mad

I received a package from Mr. Parsick today (it took 2 weeks to get from NY to me in North Carolina...usually takes 2-3 days), and the package was EMPTY!!! Evil or Very Mad It appears the flap on the padded envelope was ripped and allowed the CD to slide out. Some idiot figured he would help out and put some packing tape over the ripped flap. It appears to have been successful in not allowing anything else to slide out of what was already an empty envelope. Mad


Vince that's utterly shocking, I'm sorry to hear that mate.

Only a complete clown would tape up an empty envelope.... Shocked

Thankfully I believe Stephen sent them by tracked mail, so hopefully you should be able to claim the postal service for this and get another one?

Some day they'll invent packaging that's 100% idiot proof i.e. guaranteed to protect the contents from the postal service.... Rolling Eyes

That's possibly the most bizarre/unfortunate story I've ever heard in all my years buying music... you really couldn't make this stuff up...

Hope you get it resolved soon Sir.... Smile
Starwalker - Fri Sep 01, 2017 12:07 am
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« VinceL » wrote:
F**king US postal service!!! Mad Evil or Very Mad

I received a package from Mr. Parsick today (it took 2 weeks to get from NY to me in North Carolina...usually takes 2-3 days), and the package was EMPTY!!! Evil or Very Mad It appears the flap on the padded envelope was ripped and allowed the CD to slide out. Some idiot figured he would help out and put some packing tape over the ripped flap. It appears to have been successful in not allowing anything else to slide out of what was already an empty envelope. Mad


US Postal carriers are fat , old and lazy azzes. Ive had similar issues too, how retarded, sorry you had to go through that.
Naus - Fri Sep 01, 2017 4:03 pm
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Just ordered it from bandcamp (together with ceasing to exist and return), listening to the download.

What a great album this is!
Alvaro - Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:59 pm
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Well, I received my copy 9 days ago. First impression was great, and I've been waiting along the days to see if that impression lasted after several listenings. But the more I listen to this album, the more I like it.

It's an extraordinary work of art.

All the sequencing in the album is outstanding, but track 3, "hanging gardens" contains the best sequencing I've ever heard. EVER. And there's no MIDI nor computers nor quantizing. Astounding Shocked

Total pro, Stephen Very Happy Cool
Starwalker - Fri Sep 01, 2017 11:14 pm
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« Alvaro » wrote:
Well, I received my copy 9 days ago. First impression was great, and I've been waiting along the days to see if that impression lasted after several listenings. But the more I listen to this album, the more I like it.

It's an extraordinary work of art.

All the sequencing in the album is outstanding, but track 3, "hanging gardens" contains the best sequencing I've ever heard. EVER. And there's no MIDI nor computers nor quantizing. Astounding Shocked

Total pro, Stephen Very Happy Cool


Agreed, however my favorite track is Godzilla, go figure Very Happy Shocked
dronescape - Tue Sep 05, 2017 10:38 am
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« VinceL » wrote:
F**king US postal service!!! Mad Evil or Very Mad

I received a package from Mr. Parsick today (it took 2 weeks to get from NY to me in North Carolina...usually takes 2-3 days), and the package was EMPTY!!! Evil or Very Mad It appears the flap on the padded envelope was ripped and allowed the CD to slide out. Some idiot figured he would help out and put some packing tape over the ripped flap. It appears to have been successful in not allowing anything else to slide out of what was already an empty envelope. Mad


I am appalled to hear that. I will file a claim with Deutsche Post when I'm back in the office next week.

That's why I keep sending shipments abroad as signed-for letters, and even this doesn't help. Which is annoying.

I think I will have to generate some download codes for those folks who have ordered directly from me but whose shipments got lost along the way. Will look into that as well.

Thanks for your patience, and -- of course -- for all your kind words. Much appreciated.

Stephen
klockwerk - Thu Sep 07, 2017 6:58 am
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Really enjoying this release also. I hope Stephen makes enough money on this to release more like this. This is really a top tier release everyone should own (and probably my favorite of the year).
Starwalker - Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:20 pm
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« klockwerk » wrote:
Really enjoying this release also. I hope Stephen makes enough money on this to release more like this. This is really a top tier release everyone should own (and probably my favorite of the year).


He will, Stephen is a big supporter of physical copied music.
Bert - Sat Sep 09, 2017 5:27 pm
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a very well done album, congrats Stephen;
for those interested in my review:
www.sonicimmersion.org/review.php?letter=r&review=73581

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