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Pande-reviews: 2009.0 (FSOL - EBS Vol.4)

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Re: Pande-reviews: 2009.0 (FSOL - EBS Vol.4)

PostWed May 03, 2017 2:31 pm

Thank you for the warm welcome. It's awesome to see others even discussing these epic FSOL albums nowadays. I agree, ISDN is a truly amazing album. After falling in love with Papua New Guinea from the soundtrack, I purchased Lifeforms as soon as it was released. I had many other ambient albums but nothing even came close to it. The amount of intricacy and layers to the music was purely masterful. I was absolutely blown away by it, and was hooked. I ended up getting the ISDN album but at first I wasn't as blown away as I was when first listening to Lifeforms. My friends and I spent many LSD sessions over the years listening to Lifeforms, Expander, and ISDN. FSOL became my goto comedown music to listen to with headphones after the insanity of countless rave, club, and festival nights. So much so that it became a sort of "mental security blanket" to me. If ever things were getting out of control I could always put throw my headphones on, pop on FSOL and all of the negative energy of a bad trip would flow away in an almost shamanistic way. As time passed I found myself listening to ISDN more and more, and realized it is just as much a masterpiece as Lifeforms ever was. I still habitually listen to FSOL to this day and always will.

P.S. - On a side note, I grew up in Bedford UK in the 80's. In 1991, at the airport before the flight over to the US where I live now, I grabbed a music magazine to read on the plane. The magazine had a question in it asking if you were to die and be in heaven and you could only have one album to listen to for eternity, which would you choose? I spent many years thinking about the answer to this question. What could I possibly spend eternity listening to as my single source of music? I tried to think of albums that would cover the various styles of sound to suit whichever mood I may be in. Some days I'd like to hear a song with a beat, others something a bit more chill. Finally after many years of thought, I had come to a definite conclusion... ISDN.
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Re: Pande-reviews: 2009.0 (FSOL - EBS Vol.4)

PostWed May 03, 2017 3:12 pm

Are you aware of the stuff the band put in the Pod Room on fsoldigital.com ?

http://www.fsoldigital.com/product-category/pod/

Amongst the shows available are mp3 downloads of The Kitchen (NY) – 11/05/94 and VPRO (Netherlands) – 09/09/94 from which a large part of ISDN appears to be derived. It's a bit like having two extended versions of the album. There's quite a few very illuminating shows in the Pod Room, sadly not quite as much as there used to be though due to licensing problems.
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Re: Pande-reviews: 2009.0 (FSOL - EBS Vol.4)

PostWed May 03, 2017 4:43 pm

Yes, those two shows are perfect for understanding how ISDN came together - the earlier one is much more based around the ambient side of it, the overlap with Lifeforms (You're Creeping Me Out, the full eight minute It's My Mind That Works), while the later show is a lot darker and more percussive.

To this day I find ISDN an almost harrowingly dark album.
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Re: Pande-reviews: 2009.0 (FSOL - EBS Vol.4)

PostWed May 03, 2017 7:10 pm

Yes, many of those POD room recordings I had retrieved back in 99' when Napster was still running. Excellent stuff.
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Re: Pande-reviews: 2009.0 (FSOL - EBS Vol.4)

PostWed May 03, 2017 11:53 pm

They're not the same ones that were available as bootlegs back in 1999 - at least most of them aren't.
When the POD Room released the Kiss Series, the ISDN bradcasts, the MPB series and later the EBS series,
we saw that we only had bits and pieces before (in low quality too).
You can read about the 'official' mixes in this very thread, just go to page 1 and see the links :)
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Re: Pande-reviews: 2009.0 (FSOL - EBS Vol.4)

PostThu May 04, 2017 3:16 pm

Well that is excellent news then! I will most definitely go through this thread. Thanks!
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Re: Pande-reviews: 2009.0 (FSOL - EBS Vol.4)

PostTue Oct 24, 2017 4:06 pm

BUMP :)

no, nothing new here :)
just updated some links / samples.

can't get this going... maybe because next for review is the Falling Down single :P
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