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Audio CD, May 14, 1990
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  • Audio CD (May 14, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: May 21, 1996
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Mammoth/Fontana
  • ASIN: B0000018AB
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #460,897 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Halo Form
2. Kaon
3. Neper
Disc: 2
1. Corona
2. Terminus
3. Maser

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By loteq on March 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
"Hz" is a compilation of six monthly released EPs. It's always very hard to describe Main's sound, but I suggest this stunningly prismatic album falls between the moody guitar-rock of early Main efforts like "Motion pool" and the metallic sonic fragments of the "Firmament" series. Disc 1 starts with "Corona", a mighty soundscape with hazy, ethereal guitar riffs, nautical bass lines, and barely audible vocals. Quite possibly one of the greatest ambient-rock songs ever. Within the first five tracks, Main reveal their entire musical cosmos. Disc 2 is rather ambient-oriented, with rumbling, scratching and scraping noises, but everything here is slightly calmer and more melodic than on the "Firmament" series. All in all, "Hz" is an extremely complex and adventurous affair. Even if you listened to this album all day long, it's impossible to keep all the sounds and textures in mind. I guess it provides you listening enjoyment for the rest of your days. I can't say more because there's nothing else like this in rock music. Main's obvious intention is making people speechless.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 28, 1999
Format: Audio CD
In my humble opinion, this is one of the greatest ambient/soundscape records that I have ever heard. Disc 1 is more musical with repetive bass lines and guitar textures playing a predominant role while the vocals remain distant and vague. Listening to Disc 2 is something akin (I imagine) to what it must be like aboard a deep space vessel and being only slighly aware of the rumble of the engines and the grumbling of the metal hull. Not your typical ambient type of music. Give this album some time in peaceful setting and you will be rewarded. Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven Yates on March 18, 2000
Format: Audio CD
MAIN is the moniker Robert Hampson is using now, and with Hz he's completed the transition from the dark post-psychedelic trance rock of his late-80s band Loop and the first Main releases (available now as Hydra-Calm) to a brand of vaguely industrial ambient music all his own. Brian Eno has said that what is wrong with a lot of the stuff that gets called this is that it is "too busy" (full of drum machines, samples, etc.). Not a problem here. Hampson knows when to play and when to back off and let the tape loops and devices take over. I've no idea, of course, but I'd like to think Eno would approve of this. "Corona" has a dark bass line that will haunt you for hours afterwards, but it's the second of the two discs in this set that really shines! "Haloform" and "Kaon" may be some of the best ambient ever made.
Given that some of Main's material has gone out of print--I can't find the very first Firmament recording anywhere--if you're an afficionado of true ambient (as opposed to "ambient dub" or some such) I wouldn't waste time tracking this one down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Johnson on April 22, 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Main grew out of the band, Coil. The Hz double CD really does contain some of the best ambient sounds from Main. This recording is NOT like Motion Pool or Hydra-Calm. Main travels into a newly defined ambient space and sound tapestry where each composition is uniquely different from the last piece. I personally find the record a calming listen that keeps my interest as well.

Excellent spin!
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By Noel Pratt on February 3, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If you've found this page, congratulations. You may decide to take the chance I took on this one and be happily bodiless, as I am now. I ended up on "Main" street after searching the 'Net for something that would do even more for me than Klaus Schulze or Bohren & der Club of Gore. In fact, something that might combine the best of those two, that might give me space, spook, and an eternal-sounding silence. Everything I hear on this album is welcome; meaning it feels like everything comes at the right time and meaning maybe more than I know how to say. Read the other guys below... On one listen I'm finding change enshrouded by wholeness, journey cradled by rest, and the tingling embrace of the unknown. So lucky.
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