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Bass Communion

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3.51 | 45 ratings | 6 reviews | 23% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2004

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1. Ghosts on Magnetic Tape I (12:45)
2. Ghosts on Magnetic Tape II (7:02)
3. Ghosts on Magnetic Tape III (10:15)
4. Ghosts on Magnetic Tape IV (8:17)
5. Ghosts on Magnetic Tape V (18:48)

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- Steve Wilson / all instruments

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3.51
(45 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(23%)
23%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(36%)
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Good, but non-essential (33%)
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Collectors/fans only (5%)
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Review by Tom Ozric
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4 stars Steven Wilson is a very busy individual, dividing up his time between production duties, various collaborations and side-projects outside of his main occupation, Porcupine Tree. Rarely does his quality and inspiration dip. BASS COMMUNION is his minimalist ambient experiment, and 'Ghosts on Magnetic Tape' is a fine creation of subtle murmurings, scratching noises and soft, dark drones. These various noises are reputed to be actual recordings of hauntings and super-natural phenomena. Wilson has incorporated these sounds with some eerie atmospheres, and it's quite creepy to listen to in the dark - well, it just doesn't have the same vibe during the day. The closest similarity that I can muster would be with the David Sylvian and Holger Czukay projects, or maybe even Peter Hammill on his 'Loops and Reels' release (the track entitled 'The Bells! The Bells!' for those that are curious), but stripped down. Each part of this album bares a similar mood, sound and structure, very difficult to differentiate, but the side-long Part V stands out, with help from Theo Travis, adding some sublime flute sounds. As with most SW things, this has received a double LP pressing on murky, olive-green vinyl (a very fitting colour), and expanded with a 16 min+ out-take accommodating the fourth side. This piece is somewhat relentless and ever more sinister than the rest. This one actually scares me ! I probably cannot justify this album in such few words as this, and it's a very daunting task to rate such a thing, but if the idea of taking a transcendental voyage through the netherworld sounds exciting, then this may be your thing. I'll leave it with 4 stars.

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Posted Sunday, February 03, 2008

Review by Nightfly
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3 stars Porcupine Tree mainman Steven Wilson seems to have his musical fingers in more pies than just about anyone I can think of. Bass Communion is one of his ambient projects. I've never been the biggest fan of ambient soundscapes, they're usually something I can only listen to in small doses but I must admit to rather liking Ghosts On Magnetic Tape. It's based around apparently genuine recordings of the dead communicating with the living which Wilson has weaved into his soundscapes. Now whether you believe in this sort of stuff or not is another matter but what I can say is that Wilson has successfully created a suitably eerie backdrop for these recordings on 5 separate pieces.

Supernatural crackles and vague voice sounds are heard over droning ambient backdrops creating a genuinely dark and disturbing at times sounding album. Definitely an album to lay back and listen to in the dark for maximum impact.

Since its original release it has now been re-released with a bonus disc containing the Andrew Liles reconstructions. Steven Wilson is of the opinion that this version is even creepier than his original mixes but I must admit to for the most part preferring Wilson's versions; the album just seems to flow that much better.

I don't think I'll be tempted to go out and buy all the Bass Communion Cd's but for the occasional eerie chill out this one will do fine. 3 ½ stars.

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Posted Saturday, February 28, 2009

Review by colorofmoney91
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3 stars Ghosts on Magnetic Tape sounded intriguing to me. I don't believe in ghosts, but they usually make for a great concept.

Unfortunately, with this album, I found myself losing interest quite quickly. Ghosts on Magnetic Tape is dark ambient, like Lustmord, but much more minimalist and, honestly, a little bit creepier. I do enjoy some dark ambient (much more so than happy ambience), but this album is not engaging at all. The electronic portion of this album consists of dark and airy drones and resonances that are barely audible sometimes, and they fade in and out of the soundscape. There are some field recordings incorporated into the mix, created from various areas and maybe even possibly authentic ghost communication recordings from a seance. The field recordings mixed with the electronic soundscape really does make for a highly atmospheric album, soundtracking your nightmares, but I personally just can't get sucked in by it or enjoy it at all. For the ambience that I enjoy listening to, this album is just too ambient.

After being satisfied with Bass Communion (I), I have to say that I will continue listening to Bass Communion in hopes of finding similarly pleasing music that I can be sucked into, enjoying all of the soundscape in its entirety with out becoming restless. I'd recommend Ghosts on Magnetic Tape to fans of Lustmord's chillest music.

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Review by Warthur
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4 stars Steven Wilson comes over all Brian Eno on his Bass Communion projects, and Ghosts On Magnetic Tape is no exception. Actually, I'd be inclined to say a better comparison this time around is Tangerine Dream's Zeit, since the compositions here have the same slow, glacial, drone-like quality to them. With crackling and spitting tape noises emerging here and there, the impression that we are listening to an impossible transmission from the netherworld is expertly evoked, creating a haunting and sombre experience for the listener. Not a place to go if you're after more lively psychedelic fun in the vein of Porcupine Tree, but if your musical tastes tend towards the minimalistic ambient there's a lot of joy to be found with these ghosts.

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4 stars Bass Communion was always a mystery to me. First time I have heard this, I found out myself thinking why was Steven Wilson losing his precious time, working in so many musical projects. BS was for me, his worse. It his nothing compared with PT, or No-man, even less Blackfield. So, I found out m ... (read more)

Report this review (#576246) | Posted by hogarth | Sunday, November 27, 2011 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Well....I love Porcupine Tree....and Blackfield.....and No-Man....so I thought I would try Bass Communion.... This is nothing like any of those bands.....Steven Wilson is really out there tryng something different here..... I also enjoy Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze....and a few other Electr ... (read more)

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