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Bass Communion 2 Import


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  • Audio CD (March 18, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hidden Art
  • ASIN: B00008J2RH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #677,074 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Advert
2. 16 Second Swarm
3. Grammatic Oil
4. Drugged III
5. Dwarf Artillery
6. Wide Open Killingfeld
7. A Grapefruit In The World Of Park

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Customer Reviews

If you like Porcupine Tree's more ambient and spacious work, you should really like this album.
djhexane
Christian does a very good job of describing this album, so I just wanted to point out the one thing he missed - this is BC's second album.
Amazon Customer
This album, whether on a hard copy or downloaded is definitely worth a listen --especially the two songs mentioned above.
Dan Leithauser

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By loteq on June 1, 2000
Format: Audio CD
BC's first album is a very enigmatic piece of music. The inside photo shows an abandoned mill in the middle of a bleak landscape, and that would be a nice place to listen to this carefully packaged double-disc set. BC's forte is the slowly evolving, traditional ambient piece, with shifting layers of synth sounds and alienated guitar samples. It looks back to Brian Eno's famous ambient albums, but it also injects a more engaging passion into the music, with scratching background noises ("16 second..") and muffled rhythms ("Dwarf..") which are so typical for '90s ambient artists like Main or The Orb. Not to forget, there are also some "Frippertronics" here, these constantly changing, humming noises created by guitar manipulation. It's not as innovative and challenging as some of Fripp's solo work, but "BC" stands out as an intriguing, relaxing listening adventure. An album which will probably only be discovered by Steve's and Robert's hardcore following, however, it deserves a far wider audience.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 14, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Christian does a very good job of describing this album, so I just wanted to point out the one thing he missed - this is BC's second album. The first one, also eponymous, was released a couple of years ago on the Third Stone label, STONE 036CD, and is now quiet difficult to obtain.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mike Reed VINE VOICE on December 22, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Yet,another one of Porcupine Tree's main man Steve Wilson's side projects.He's got several,so I hear,like the three releases by Incredible Expanding Mindf**k(check them out).This is my first ever listen to Bass Communion and I like what I hear. In my humble opinion,it's best described as 'ambient progressive'. Tracks that make this import title a true keeper are the spaced out "Advert", "16 Second Swarm" and the thirteen minute, atmospheric "Wide Open Killingfield". Also liked the bonus two-track EP, but I don't understand why they simply couldn't tag those songs onto the one CD. Good release to have,just the same. Might appeal to fans of Flower Kings, Translantic, No Man and Flying Saucer Attack.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Fred de Lepper on October 31, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Though an avid admirer of Porcupine Tree [S.Wilson`s brainchild],Bass Communion was unlike anything I expected.
The music can best be described as a sonic experiment of ambient nature. Although interesting,the tracks a very long and sleep inducing. I recommend this for; insomniacs,space travellers and curious potheads. I imagine this music to be interesting after you have done some time in an isolation tank, things would get weird quick.
No offense to S.Wilson`s brilliance. If you really want to hear his talents at work check out Porcupine Tree esp;``Lightbulb Sun``,``Sky Moves Sideways``and``Recordings``.
Fred
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dan Leithauser VINE VOICE on May 6, 2012
Format: MP3 Music Verified Purchase
There is simply so much music to filter through that some of it never seems to make to to my head. Thank the distributor outlets that publish compilations of reviews or blurbs of what is out there (eg, Ear-Rational, SpeakerFire, Soleilmoon, even PitchFork) otherwise I would never have discovered this gem.

Bass Communion has been around for a number of years as a solo project for Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree. While I am not a huge follower of PT, I have heard a number of their albums... and Bass Communion is totally disconnected from that sound. This current album is like the first time you listen to an ambient artist (true ambient--as in "generally going no where fast" ambient) with headphones. You do not so much listen to music like this, but more let it carry you somewhere or nowhere. It is a true find when this effect occurs without the headphones...as it did on my first listen. This Bass Communion album carried me into the sounds that bounce around in my head every day but remain at some place underneath even the subconscious. "Drugged" and "Sleep Etc" clearly demonstrate this effect. And this effect only comes after allowing yourself to relax after a number of minutes of listening. There is nothing and everything to hear. It is between spaces and extradimensional.

If I had to compare it to anything I would say it is very similar to certain aural qualities in "Made to Measure Vol. 15: Douzieme journée - le verbe, la parure, l'amour" and the followup "Made to Measure, Vol. 16 : À propos d'un paysage" recorded by Benjamin Lew & Steven Brown (of TuxedoMoon, on the Crammed Label). Both albums seemed to have a stream of subconsciousness about them... sounds crossing but not touching, melody just on the fringes of the expected.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 11, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I think this is a brilliant record. Not to over rate the record but it is very good. Not many ambient music makers lately have made an album like this one. I own the new 2002 version w an extra track but the rest is the same.
Couldn t resist to review it.
Expect a very straightforward yet mature and complete record from S Wilson here. I leave the rest to you. Get this cd, put on headphones or crank it up and enjoy it.
J G
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