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21 April 2008 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 30 Nov 1992
  • Label: Headphones
  • Copyright: (C) 1996 Headphone Records
  • Total Length: 59:09
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  • ASIN: B001ERG7WS
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,224 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By robin a mcc on 24 July 2011
Format: Audio CD
I really like this music. It is very different from any other kind of music that i have ever heard. It is hypnotic in its insistent theme.The HIA use the full possible stretch of the musical scale.In parts the bass extention is extreme and the next moment the top of the scale is being reached. If you like to listen to music that is different and will give your speakers a work out buy this disc.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Top 10 Dec 1999
By Tommy - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is one of my favourite holiday/driving CD's. The only ambient/electro music that I've found that's tripped out with balls - none of that blipping about for no reason. Very calming and otherworldly- useful for those early morning come-downs, basically. Top Bananas all round.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Good, not great 11 Aug 1999
By serotonin - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The first time I heard the Higher Intelligence Agency was on the "sympathy in chaos2" compilation, with their song "Mainting scan for UFO's". This album is.. well, good, but none of it parallels the beauty of that song, which I assume their other work is more like.
The CD itself is impressive technically, but it seems to lack any flair. Sure, it's cool listening to a whole song evolve from a single percussion loop, but it doesn't matter if the melody is banal. Which is the case with most of the songs here.. though I liked Conoid Tone, Orange and Ketamine Entity especially.
Overall, it's a good CD for those inclined towards ambient electronic music, but its abstractions may frighten away those used to more melodic, mainstream music.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Ambient Dub at its Finest 25 Aug 2006
By Grunt Hog - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Damn this is a good CD! This is one of the first and best of the "ambient dub" sub-genre of electronic music -- a beautiful, bass-heavy, laid-back set of electronic soundscapes that sound great when you're chilling at home or too stoned to move.

Ambient dub is an offshoot of electronic music that never really dominated the charts anywhere as far as I can tell, but it's a tasty, organic-sounding, and highly agreeable approach to digital music nonetheless. Higher Intelligence Agency piles colourful bloops and bleeps on top of mesmerizing basslines and relaxed beats to excellent effect. This CD is tough to track down, but well worth the effort.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
"England's Electronic Ambient Wizards" 10 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
These words appear on a sticker applied to my copy of "Colourform," and I agree completely. In a world of endless, hyped-up and heartless techno, HIA quietly goes about their business of producing some of the most compelling electronic music imaginable. While the majority of so-called electronic music these days relies on mad tempos and pyrotechnics, HIA relies instead on their complete mastery of the synthesizer, their unparalleled production values and their ear for creating beautiful soundscapes. All these tracks are presented mid-tempo, such that each of the countless percussion and synth textures can have their own sonic space. I'm now listening to track 4, "Influx." It starts with a simple but fascinating percussion track. This is quickly joined by a bass-like synth texture and countless other subtle synth textures. It is impossible to describe these textures, since each one is unique and have never been heard before by any human. These textures shift constantly and take the general form of a song, always propelled forward by masterful drum programming. The key to all of this is subtlety. It requires that you actually listen. But this active listening pays off immensely by tranporting the listener to uncharted sonic territory, where he/she can float along blissfully for the duration of the track. HIA are truly "Ambient Wizards."
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
WOW! 23 Feb 2004
By Jason Bosh - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I lucked into this CD from ebay and I am absolutley CRAZY about it. This almost beats my Orb collection. These days, the ORB are not doing much. The genre is slacking but I believe it will regain momentum. There is still fresh material and new artist to stand in the arena.
This CD is spectacular in that while listening I actually feel as if I am floating 3 feet above my bed and I am soaking in a pleasant warm bluishgreen liquid that soothes all tension and smells of the sweetest berries. AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!
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