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MUSIC, AMBIENCE AND SOUND ART => Now Playing => Topic started by: mgriffin on December 06, 2007, 03:02:28 PM

Title: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: mgriffin on December 06, 2007, 03:02:28 PM
I'm sure we all remember the very popular and never-ending posts about what people are currently listening to.

I find those posts a great way to learn about new things that I might enjoy... though I find them less useful when someone just posts the artist & title, without any kind of comment or description.   I mean, if you write even a 10-word description, it helps me determine whether it's interesting or not. 

On the other hand, I'm not going to ban anybody or delete any posts if you just post:

"Radiohead - OK Computer"

So, here's a headstart on the new "Currently Listening" thread.  Thanks to new moderator APK for the idea of keeping these separate from the "Everything and Nothing" section, since they really ARE about music and should be in the "Music, Specifically" part of the Forum.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: mgriffin on December 06, 2007, 03:05:14 PM
As for me, I'm listening to:

Various Artists - Sounds of a Universe Overheard

If I hadn't been buried under a mountain of hellish website troubleshooting the past 48+ hours, I would have announced on here that the CDs are done, and I've checked them out for quality and they're fine... so they'll be up on the Hypnos store very very soon.

For those of you who don't know, this is a great new compilation on the Hypnos label.

Track listing:
Jonathan Block "The Language of Rocks"
M. Peck "Somna"
Freq. Magnet "Nitrous"
Kirk Watson "Scarecrow"
dreamSTATE "Ghost Nebula"
Seren Ffordd " Strange Attractor"
Dwight Ashley " Behold the Trampled Wheat"
Justin Vanderberg "Infection"
Igneous Flame "Pandora"
Tau Ceti "Float"

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Antdude on December 06, 2007, 04:03:00 PM
Looking forward to this one a lot. Damn, if only there was more money and time in my day.

Edit: False Mirror's new album, North arrived in the mail today. Dark and churning ambient mixed with incredible field recordings. You can almost see the glaciers....
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: kawera on December 06, 2007, 04:04:21 PM
Lately, these discs have been spinning:

Steve Roach - Magnificent Void -- I had forgotten just how good this really is. I'm looking forward to getting the latest one (Arc of Passion) from Roach. The audio previews sound good!

Vir Unis - Mercury & Plastic -- This really is the most sublime release from Vir Unis. I love the blend of atmospheric pads and clicky electronic percussion.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: MarkJohnson on December 06, 2007, 07:51:02 PM
For me it's...

- Vidna Obmana: An Opera for Four Fusions Works (Act 3, Reflection on Scale). All four volumes have their merits, but I love the intentional static on this disc; I miss the pops and scratches of vinyl, and this, in addition to being interesting, sparse, well-constructed music, sounds oddly nostalgic as well.

- Mathias Grassow: Himalaya
- Mathias Grassow: Morpheus. I love Mathias's music and I never tire of it. Some might say it's one note droning on forever, but there are layers of music here and I feel after years of listening to these releases that there is so much yet to hear in them.

- Saul Stokes: Fields. This is the only release from Saul that I'm familiar with, though I've been told to check out others. Ambient? IDM? Something like that.

- Sigur Ros: Hvarf-Heim. 'New' release from Sigur Ros, half studio, half live performances. The studio tracks are apparently rerecordings of older tracks and the live tracks are acoustic performances which rival their studio counterparts. It might be old stuff, but it's new all over again. If you like them and haven't heard this album, don't write it off as a rehashing.

- Radiohead: In Rainbows. Better than 'Hail to the Thief', more song-oriented than 'Kid A' and 'Amnesiac', I think this is a great record.

- Bill Laswell: Dub Chamber 3. Like the title says, it's dub. Bill Laswell rarely does wrong as far as I'm concerned. This is a mellow dub album.

- Trentemøller: The Last Resort. Electronic music, sometimes driving beats, but well-conceived and composed. Sample the tracks on iTunes if you can - I think this is one of the best electronic music albums ever. Really.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: mgriffin on December 06, 2007, 07:55:54 PM
- Vidna Obmana: An Opera for Four Fusions Works (Act 3, Reflection on Scale). All four volumes have their merits, but I love the intentional static on this disc; I miss the pops and scratches of vinyl, and this, in addition to being interesting, sparse, well-constructed music, sounds oddly nostalgic as well.

That reminds me of when we were planning this release, and talking with Dirk (Vidna Obmana) about the glitches and static, and whether people would misunderstand it, since it doesn't appear throughout the whole recording.  It was my idea to include a note about this inside the booklet and I don't know whether that was the right decision or not, but at least nobody has complained and said "my CD is defective, it has all this static on it."
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on December 06, 2007, 08:44:54 PM
right now

- Paul Bradley: Anamnesis (addictive droning)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Elvenraad on December 07, 2007, 12:02:25 AM
Just finished listening to:

Robert Rich - Calling Down the Sky
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Paul Vnuk (Ma Ja Le) on December 07, 2007, 12:17:03 AM
I am on a huge Grateful Dead kick, which is actually a phrase I never thought I would say...

For years I just let all of my misconceptions about them keep me from listening to them and then a friend of mine lent me their entire collection of official studio and live albums, plus many of the Dick's Picks and I am hooked!!!


Paul
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jblock on December 07, 2007, 06:32:38 AM
Utopia: Nov. 9, 1974 (St. Louis) and Nov. 11, 1978 (Hartford). A bunch of live Utopia shows have become available through iTunes. Pretty good quality and inexpensive too.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on December 07, 2007, 06:52:34 AM

Listening to a couple of friend's albums lately...

(http://www.virunis.com/images/driftinside.jpg)Vir Unis - The Drift Inside  - From 1999.  Great drifting floating ambient.    Perfect for background or foreground listening.  *** Definitely Recommended if you like beatless drift, but good luck finding it. ***
(http://www.dataobscura.com/prodimages/bo002_300.jpg)The Circular Ruins - Falling Into the Sky - I'm not positive yet, but this may be my favorite album from APK yet - and I've been lucky enough to hear quite a few of them...   I've spun it at work about 7 times at work this week and it's great.  Beatless, moving, feeling.  Background or foreground listening.  APK is about as consistent an artist as can be - each album shows a logical progression of growth as an artist.  *** Highly, Highly, Highly Recommended ***
(http://www.dataobscura.com/prodimages/bo001_300.jpg)The Winterhouse - Slow Promises - APK and Robert Davies team up for a great release.  Also beatless like APK's new Falling Into the Sky. I've spun this a number of times at work and once much louder in the car on the drives to and from work... Some great drones and textures, some moving stringlike synth parts slowly moving things forward.   Field recordings pop up from time to time and their inclusion is perfect.  One minor thing bugged me a bit - I was lost in this wonderful drone and then a clicky noise popped in (not sure if it was synth or field recording) - one of those moments where at first I didn't like it and then it grew on me.  Things like this have a habit of becoming my favorite parts of an album as I listen repeatedly.  So we'll see how that goes.   *** Also - Highly, Highly, Highly Recommended ***
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Parallel Worlds on December 07, 2007, 11:43:43 AM
Steve roach - Possible Planet
Plaid - Greedy Baby
Stephen Parsick - Traces Of The Past redux
Tangerine dream - Bootleg Box Vol.1 disc 1
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on December 07, 2007, 01:54:31 PM
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Paul Vnuk - Silence Speaks in Shadow - one long trek through field recordings and synth washes - a really nice beatless journey.   Police siren throws me every time - especially if I'm listening while driving.  Today was just at my desk at work.  :)

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on December 07, 2007, 02:23:00 PM
Now

- Tom Opdahl: Black Smoker  (still in my all-time top 10. Must for Biosphere fans I'd reckon)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Bill Binkelman on December 07, 2007, 03:20:09 PM
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Paul Vnuk - Silence Speaks in Shadow - one long trek through field recordings and synth washes - a really nice beatless journey.   Police siren throws me every time - especially if I'm listening while driving.  Today was just at my desk at work.  :)



This probably ranks in my top 25 ambient releases of all time (surely in my top 50) . Works as an amazing Doppleganger to Lost at Dunn's Lake from James Johnson and Stephen Philips.

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Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SunDummy on December 07, 2007, 04:19:15 PM
Tons of random Acid Mothers Temple today, mixed with Roach's Fever Dreams series.  Very nice...
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Dave Michuda on December 07, 2007, 07:10:22 PM
paul bradley - chroma [twenty hertz 2007] - gorgeous drones.  In another thread, I think Alan(Undershadow) described Chroma as "wide open".  Perfect.
tetsu inoue - world receiver [1996] - I'd almost forgotten just how good this one is.
pantha du prince - this bliss [2007] - irresistible techno.
robert plant and alison krauss - raising sand [2007] - I don't listen to 'normal' music very much anymore, but this one I am really enjoying.  Some beautiful tunes on this record.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: g.@.b. on December 07, 2007, 09:38:12 PM
Fripp & Eno - The Cotswold Gnomes DGM, 2006

I hesitated buying this @ first (and listened to the samples several times prior to $). In a nutshell, recycled (all but one never released) sounds & sketches from the last 15 or so years (circa 1992~2005), but a solid album, IMO. They offer 2 methods of download, FLAC & MP3 (I took the cheaper route @ 9.95) and separated the songs (they're fused together) in Roxio Music Editor, as I plan on using a half dozen of 'em in a mix that's on the drawing board.

Some beautiful ambient pieces ("Hopeful Timean"), some searing Fripp guitar work (“The Idea Of Decline”) and some middle ground ("Ringing Beat") make up the album. One song ("Voices") that's an obvious retread/alternate off their Equatorial Stars release, but all in all, 9-10 good songs out of 13, which satisfies my F&E jones. 

MP3 samples: http://www.dgmlive.com/archive.htm?show=1099
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: mgriffin on December 08, 2007, 10:50:37 AM
This morning:

Momus - Ping Pong (a wacky and whimsical set of songs in an electronic-pop style, I'd say one part Nick Cave, one part Tom Waits, one part Pet Shop Boys)

Sample lyrics, from "His Majesty the Baby"

I hate his majesty the baby
His bowels and bladder uncontrolled
Sitting astride a throne of nappies
As though his shit were made of gold
As though a cherub on a fountain
He suckles breasts as big as mountains
Then pisses freely on the women
Who so lovingly surround him



Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: mgriffin on December 08, 2007, 02:01:02 PM
After Momus, moved on to:

Robert Fripp - Radiophonics 1995 Soundscapes, Live in Argentina
I'm always fond of everything Fripp does, and I love the fact that although he's a very established and "mainstream" artist in many ways, his ambient work has a rough and naive quality to it, very improvisational and always interesting.  I may like A Blessing of Tears better than this one, but this is good too.  Oh, and I love these CD covers.

Just now, listening to an M. Peck demo and think it's great!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Parallel Worlds on December 08, 2007, 02:40:18 PM
Arovane - Lilies
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: mgriffin on December 08, 2007, 02:47:07 PM
Arovane - Lilies

I like the earlier Arovane that I've heard, but don't know this one yet.  Could you add any sort of comment or evaluation?
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Parallel Worlds on December 08, 2007, 03:06:36 PM
Arovane - Lilies

I like the earlier Arovane that I've heard, but don't know this one yet.  Could you add any sort of comment or evaluation?
second try(i have problems with the new forum... sometimes i get a "cannot find server" message)

hello Mike,    :)

i like it but i like some earlier albums a bit better ("atol scrap" and "icol diston")
best regards,
Bakis.

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on December 08, 2007, 03:17:16 PM
I 2nd that - 'atol scrap' is better, although 'lilies' isn't bad - just not a stand out.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Antdude on December 08, 2007, 03:34:58 PM
After listening to M. Griffen's Sudden Dark this morning, I let iTunes keep playing, and suddenly I found myself back in a '70's vibe and listening to the original Mahavishnu Orchestra. So today it's been:
Mahavishnu Orchestra - The Inner Mounting Flame, Birds of Fire, Apocalypse, Between Nothingness & Eternity, and The Lost Trident Sessions.

Currently, Tangerine Dream - Phaedra
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on December 08, 2007, 09:56:11 PM
Paul Bradley - Twenty Hertz (nice ambiguous drones.  I think this is Bradley's first solo.)
Ubeboet - Spectra (I agree with Alan, this is a very fine drone disc.  Sounds like choral samples processed in a  very complex and interesting manner.)
Adam Franklin - Bolts of Melody (lead singer for the defunct band Swervedriver steps out with a great solo disc that brings back much of that band's great "wall of guitar" sound)

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Viniator3 on December 09, 2007, 08:23:35 AM
Wagon Christ - Tally Ho!
Muslimgauze -  Opaques
Sasha - Essential Mix from 5/21/95 (the Holy Grail of Essential Mixes)
Pete Namlook - Air 4 -- Elle a Du Shell
Miles Davis - Cool & Collected
Pan American - Quiet City
Mathias Grassow and Jim Cole - The Last Bright Light (went to bed on this one)
Bill Laswell - Divination: Sacrifice
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on December 09, 2007, 10:33:50 AM
paul bradley - chroma [twenty hertz 2007] - gorgeous drones.  In another thread, I think Alan(Undershadow) described Chroma as "wide open".  Perfect.
[...]

Dave - thanks. Actually, I think your description of my description of "Chroma" is perfect ;)

pantha du prince - this bliss [2007] - irresistible techno.

I agree. I'd add that this artist is one of the best doing techno and tech-house with a sort of leftfield quasi-ambient sensibility. In fact, I'd add further that Dial Records is great for this sort of stuff (cf. Lawrence, Carsten Jost, Efdemin), every bit as good as Kompakt's best techno stuff.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on December 09, 2007, 10:40:23 AM
I 2nd that - 'atol scrap' is better, although 'lilies' isn't bad - just not a stand out.

Arovane would be in my top three of 'IDM' artists 1995-2005 (taking those 10 years as the main years of endeavour in this somewhat loosely defined sub-genre). I agree with jkn - "Atol Scrap" is easily his finest work; a stand-out release in the field of beat-driven electronica that draws on Autechre's legacy of skittery beats and abstraction, then, in my view, improves upon it by introducing a quite individual melodic sensibility. I'd also put Bola (a much underrated artist) up in that category.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on December 09, 2007, 11:01:02 AM
Ubeboet - Spectra (I agree with Alan, this is a very fine drone disc.  Sounds like choral samples processed in a  very complex and interesting manner.)

Glad you can dig it, Forrest. "Spectra" is currently my favourite album on Twenty Hertz, though I do like the eponymous disc by Bradley you mention. It's a mood thing: most of "Spectra" is radiant and winsome whereas "Twenty Hertz" is dark and mysterious.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on December 09, 2007, 11:10:54 AM
Merell, Baker & Jordan - Diomedea
well, the new Disc from Aidan is perfect .... its a live performance from 2004
with Merell and Jordan .... huge thing
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: mgriffin on December 09, 2007, 02:40:40 PM
Now playing:

(http://www.hypnos.com/catalog/infx030.jpg)


Aloof Proof - Piano Text

One of the great, long-lost ambient classics I had never been fortunate enough to hear, until today. 

Just plain beautiful, simple, and inspiring.  Definitely looking forward to future Aloof Proof reissues... thank you, Infraction!  Not sure why you jumped from INFX024 to INFX030, but this album's worth 6 regular albums, so maybe that's why. 

We do have these for sale in the Hypnos store now too, in case anyone's interested, for $13.99:
http://www.hypnos.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=infx030 (http://www.hypnos.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=infx030)

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on December 09, 2007, 02:50:05 PM
Mike, I believe Jason numbers his planned INFX releases in advance and their release dates are not chronological. The intervening catalogue numbers (apart from INFX 025, which was the "Jessa" bonus disc that went with special editions of Northern "Drawn") are, AFAIK, those projected to drop in coming months by Eluder, Celer, Ourson, and Craig Bethell (the last being a non-ambient alt-pop release :o).

Review of "Piano Text" with associated soundclips here: http://www.furthernoise.org/index.php?url=page.php&ID=210&iss=65 (http://www.furthernoise.org/index.php?url=page.php&ID=210&iss=65)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: dwight on December 09, 2007, 03:01:04 PM
Inlandish - Lunz (Roedelius/Story)

The second release by these two. The first track is very similar to the material on the first incarnation. The remaining 11 tracks go further down the road of quirky beats and subtle noise.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on December 09, 2007, 03:13:06 PM
Bobo Stenson - "Serenity"

This double CD on ECM is really gorgeous. For fans of the abstract-yet-lyrical piano trio music the label excels in producing. I'm slowly working on more Stenson releases having been inititally bewitched by "Goodbye" a couple of years ago.

Biosphere - "Microgravity", "Patashnik" and "Insomnia" (all newly re-issued)

Geir just sent me these. I always loved "Insomnia" and now I can pass on the original version with the awful cover! The other two are new for me. I never knew his more techno, pre-Substrata work. A nice treat with typically fine production values. The re-packaging is nicely done!

And to Mike Griffin:

Thanks again for your dedication and professionalism!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: mgriffin on December 09, 2007, 03:35:49 PM

And to Mike Griffin:

Thanks again for your dedication and professionalism!

You're welcome, but I think you must have me confused with someone else!

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: darkenedsoul on December 09, 2007, 03:43:20 PM
New Risen Throne/Locust Reign - Prophets From The Abyss
Herbst9 vs Z'ev
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on December 09, 2007, 05:32:54 PM

And to Mike Griffin:
Thanks again for your dedication and professionalism!

You're welcome, but I think you must have me confused with someone else!

Oh. Wait a minute. You're right. I meant Merv Griffin! Know where I can reach him? ;)

Currently awaiting an Infraction infusion to report back on...
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SunDummy on December 09, 2007, 05:45:26 PM
Chemical Brothers, "Loops of Fury".  From back when they were still interesting; this is frantic, driven, and pretty damn good.  With "Exit Planet Dust", their high water mark.

Black Lung, "Silent weapons for silent wars" and "Profound and sentimental journey".  Both interesting, full of fascinating sounds and superb production.  Not especially memorable, but worth a listen.  I think one (or more) Black Lung members are/were also in Soma, a truly fantastic band; check out their three releases on Extreme records; "Hollow Earth" is essential.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on December 10, 2007, 11:36:48 AM

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was:  M Griffin - The Pulse Meditations

Listened three times this morning - nice backdrop for an icy morning at work. 

now:  Various - Annex 2 (Tresor)

A Tresor label comp of Detroit/Berlin techno stuff.   Mostly a good release - a couple I tend to skip over - but mostly good.

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on December 10, 2007, 01:44:53 PM
SunDummy got me thinking about Chemical Brothers - Exit Planet Dust so I tossed that on.   Still an excellent record.   I like Loops of Fury - got that in the stacks somewhere...

np:  Miles Davis - Kind of Blue  Not much more to say about this that hasn't been said already.  Utter classic, influential to tons of musicians on this planet and a few others.

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Viniator3 on December 10, 2007, 02:15:12 PM
Dave Clarke - Live @ Locomania (Not too bad, not too good, but the spontaneity is to be relished.)

Klaus Wiese - Ming Noir (Played this for my early morning read. Wiese, Grassow, and Oophoi are my holy trinity for bedtime or sub-chill relaxation [However, Dead Weather Machine by the Sleep Research Facility proves to be the winner among stand alone bedtime tracks.] The last track, "Rosewood Room," is sheerly gorgeous.)

Lustmord - The Place Where the Black Stars Hang (This is his best solo outing, no question. The early section with the "riding a giant winged beast in the air" effect is worth the price of admission here.)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jim brenholts on December 10, 2007, 04:24:25 PM
i am listening to headquarters by the monkees, the first album on which they played their instruments. according to the credits there was some extra bass and guitars, winds and strings but most of the disc is by the monks themselves. they are not awful, either.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on December 10, 2007, 05:34:56 PM
NP

Keith Berry: A Strange Feather  (primarily foreboding soundscapes, but low key, inventive and very enjoyable)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on December 11, 2007, 06:42:42 AM
(http://wizard.gearsofsand.net/images/drifts-01.jpg)

Ben Fleury-Steiner - Drifts

Semi-drifty synth chords, subdued rhythmic movement, the occassional tinkly bit, leans towards glitchy moments without diving headlong into all out glitch territory.    Gets a bit meandery for my tastes in some of the later tracks.    One thing that bugs me is the lack of movement in the bass range - which Ben has told me is intentional.   This is where my being a bass player and loving the low end pulls me a back a bit on this album - I love a bit of a bass line... :)    But just because I wouldn't have written it this way doesn't mean it's not a good album.

I like this album and spin it about every three months or so, a good effort from Ben and probably one most ambient fans will enjoy.   
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: kawera on December 11, 2007, 08:17:36 AM
Ginormous - Our Ancestors Intense Love Affair -- Really good album. Interesting and distorted beats with some beautiful melodies thrown on top.

Off The Sky - Form Creek EP -- Probably some of the best he's done. Really restrained and beautiful audio-poems.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: darkenedsoul on December 11, 2007, 10:43:40 AM
Worship - Dooom
Limbonic Art - The Ultimate Death Worship

And no, don't read a trend into it just because the holiday is approaching! I love DOOM and Limbonic Art are an interesting pair of musicians who play some brutal black metal (older stuff is more symphonic/keyboard use)
but is kinda unique.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jim02 on December 11, 2007, 02:21:05 PM
running crazy on cd's lately.. however some i enjoy;

-alio die/martina galvagni - eleusian lullaby (another winner here,   fantastic vocal-ambient charm)
-alio die/nick parkin - aquam metallicam (i initially found this a bit too harsh but recently i happen to like it quite a bit)
-willits/sakamoto - ocean fire (beautiful!)
-darren tate/paul bradley - sometime today (at least as good as Joe mentioned here before :-))
-sleep research facility - deep frieze (Koner goes Antarctica..)
-brian parnham - mantle (deep cavernous ambient-soup..)
-seed - vertical memory (schutze's more accessible work, quite nice)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on December 12, 2007, 05:03:56 AM
Jim-

I'm glad you like "Sometime Today" as much as I do! It's a good one. 8)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: spunknik on December 12, 2007, 07:40:26 AM
I've been listening to the reissue of Bass Communion ii.This is a superb album but I'm not sure where the music falls categorically.Also, the guitar ambience of MWVMs c.d. "Rotations" is excellent.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on December 12, 2007, 07:50:57 AM
Various - Transmissions from the Planet Dog

It's an enjoyable compilation of trance stuff from Planet Dog label acts - see http://www.discogs.com/release/166558 for more info.   Not great, but fun.  Some of the sample heavy tracks crack me up a bit.   I tend to like disc 1 with Eat Static and Banco de Gaia tracks the best.

Laurent Garnier - Unreasonable Behaviour

This album is half brilliant and half merely really good.   Has a nice range of different styles - mostly in techno territory.   
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: 9dragons on December 12, 2007, 02:56:18 PM
Hawkwind - Space Ritual...live double album of some of the most mind-blowing sounds on earth. So driven, so exquisitely weird, a primitive-futurist feast of jams infused with wondrous sci-fi lyrics, divinely inspired instrumentation, all resting on a loamy bed of absolutely amazing mutant electronics. Music of the spheres!

Tangerine Dream - Phaedra...wow, only recently and finally got some albums by this group. How did I neglect this for so long?
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: spore on December 12, 2007, 05:26:31 PM
Tau Ceti - Todahnlich
Very minimal dark drones. Often compared with Oophoi but I don't think they sound similiar. Tau Ceti is even more minimal of nature and darker too. Amazing release, great for listening late at night and of course alone.

Telomere - Astral Currents
Spacey ambient. Nothing worldshocking in my opinion but still a good listen.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SunDummy on December 12, 2007, 08:35:18 PM
Hawkwind!!!  Yep, they were one amazing band...  the recordings are hit or miss, sound-wise; but Space Ritual is fantastic.

As for me, tonight I'm gonna party like it's... 1971.
Up first is Wolfgang Duren's "Eyeless Dreams".  I love this; it's like the soundtrack to some strange seventies sci-fi film.  Tinges of early Kraftwerk, mixed with Klaus Schulze; very cool.  The LP has been out of print for 35+ years; I found this online somewhere as a download.  Worth hunting for.  The cover is priceless, too:  it even has a label that says "electronic album" so you won't confuse it with real music...  :-\

Next up is Klaus Schulze's "X"; an old favorite.  Sometimes cheesy, sometimes deep; always worthy of attention.  At least while I'm doing laundry, anyway...

Earlier, it was Rapoon's "Just Say the Faith".  Not one of his better disks, says I.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: cromag on December 12, 2007, 10:00:27 PM
Recently stumbled on a used CD site that had five Michael Garrison CDs.  I've been looking for these (and some others) for a lo-ooo-ong time.  I'm going to have to take the headphones off before I get algae in my ears.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Parallel Worlds on December 13, 2007, 03:47:55 AM
Tangerine dream - Bootleg box vol.1 disc 3, 4, 5
Paul Schulze - New Maps Of Hell II
Plaid - Tekkon Kinkreet OST
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Brian Bieniowski on December 13, 2007, 08:07:53 AM
Up first is Wolfgang Duren's "Eyeless Dreams".  I love this; it's like the soundtrack to some strange seventies sci-fi film.  Tinges of early Kraftwerk, mixed with Klaus Schulze; very cool.  The LP has been out of print for 35+ years; I found this online somewhere as a download.  Worth hunting for.  The cover is priceless, too:  it even has a label that says "electronic album" so you won't confuse it with real music...  :-\

I read "seventies sci-fi film" and all of my green-lights went off.  Thanks for the tip!

Here's the link to the legal, free download:

http://dueren.waldorfian.info/
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Bill Binkelman on December 13, 2007, 09:46:14 AM
Liquid Mind's (a k a Chuck Wild) career retrospective Relax: A Liquid Mind Experience.

You know, if you really listen to Chuck's music intently, esp. on headphones, you hear all kinds of stuff going on...gentle yet energetic sequence notes, Ray Lynchian-type synth work, all manner of electronic textures, etc. So many people dismiss his music as nothing but lush flowing new age music, but it's more sophisticated than that. Besides those more overt synthesizer textures and noises in the background, he also actually varies the main melodic instrumentation a lot from album to album, sometimes featuring strings, at other times chorals, or he may switch to woodwinds or a solo wind instrument. I remember interviewing him way back in 1997 and he made it clear how much care and quality he puts into his recordings, spending (IIRC) about 80 grand making each one. The mix on his albums is always textbook, again IMO.

Anyway, while a person might consider his albums as being overly similar or even monotonous, they're really not, IMO. As pure background music, though, they are excellent soothing "ambient" music ...almost too relaxing in fact (I'm listening on headphones at work and it's hard to concentrate, to be honest).
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on December 13, 2007, 03:01:21 PM
Been playing a bit of

- Hooverphonic: Blue Wonder Power Milk
- Mouse On Mars: iaora tahiti

a little different, but needed.

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on December 14, 2007, 03:36:59 PM
np

- The Cinematic Orchestra: Ma Fleur   (not really my thing ... but occasionally is)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jim brenholts on December 14, 2007, 08:03:45 PM
as lonely as dave bowman by pod - recommended at roach's website, this is a fairly cool atmospheric disc.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on December 15, 2007, 08:48:36 AM
Stars Of The Lid - Live at "Whelan's" in Dublin (23-11-2007) (November 23, 2007)

A really great performance from Stars Of The Lid recorded from a short distance from front of the stage on a MiniDisc Player. Sound quality very decent only when the band play quiet you can hear people talking in the pub next door. Enjoy.

http://www.archive.org/details/SOTL2007-11-23.AIFF (http://www.archive.org/details/SOTL2007-11-23.AIFF)
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Pretty good quality considering the unpromising-sounding recording device. This was recorded on their recent UK tour; I saw their gig at Redland Park Church in Bristol, where they played an identical set, complete with a string quartet. Two tracks from "Tired Sounds of..." and two from "And Their Refinement of The Decline".
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on December 15, 2007, 09:40:13 AM
Last two days:

The Circular Ruins- Falling Into The Sky; I initially thought this was excellent, but amazingly it gets even better with repeated listens. Essential!

Led Zeppelin- Physical Graffiti

Coleclough/Potter- Low Ground; Intense and sinister drones.

Coleclough- Makruna/Minya





Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: spunknik on December 15, 2007, 02:10:59 PM
It's raining here so...

Curtis Mayfield-Curtis
Miles Davis-Bitches brew and Birth of the cool
Isley brothers-Shout
Fear falls burning-When the mystery prevades the well...(very eerie stuff!)
Ex-wise heads-Celestial disclosure-(laid back jazzy ambience)
Porcupine tree-Fear of a blank planet(great and Crimson like)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on December 15, 2007, 06:12:45 PM
That's great about the new Circular Ruins, Joe.

I'm now playing

- Biosphere: new forms festival 2002


Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: merri2 on December 15, 2007, 09:21:24 PM
In addition to the Sigur Ros twin EP set already mentioned by Mark, I've also been listening to and viewing their new DVD called Heima.  The 2 disc set features a concert documentary filmed during their 2006 'home' tour of Iceland, plus a disc of just concert footage.  It is amazing so far!  (I'm not done with it yet.) 
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: MarkJohnson on December 15, 2007, 10:05:10 PM
Merri, I can't listen to the new Sigur Ros enough. That said, I've spent the day listening to Stars of the Lid's 'And Their Refinement of the Decline'. Great music while it snows outside.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Scott M2 on December 15, 2007, 11:38:39 PM
I watched/listened to a large chunk of the live disc from the Heima DVD earlier today.
Very beautiful... shot on film and with regular cutaways to lovely Icelantic scenery
and a wonderful variety of locations for each piece.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on December 16, 2007, 04:37:45 AM
Stars Of The Lid - Live at "Whelan's" in Dublin (23-11-2007) (November 23, 2007)

A really great performance from Stars Of The Lid recorded from a short distance from front of the stage on a MiniDisc Player. Sound quality very decent only when the band play quiet you can hear people talking in the pub next door. Enjoy.

http://www.archive.org/details/SOTL2007-11-23.AIFF (http://www.archive.org/details/SOTL2007-11-23.AIFF)
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Pretty good quality considering the unpromising-sounding recording device. This was recorded on their recent UK tour; I saw their gig at Redland Park Church in Bristol, where they played an identical set, complete with a string quartet. Two tracks from "Tired Sounds of..." and two from "And Their Refinement of The Decline".
Oh yeah, thanks a lot. Finally a SotL Bootleg in my Collection.
and a wonderful sounding one too. Cheers for this. :)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Viniator3 on December 16, 2007, 08:44:00 AM
V/A - Beirut Cafe Vol.2  -  Don't have volume one for some odd reason, but two serves just fine. Good ambient, electronic, lounge-ish material here. Perfect for a, uh, cafe, actually. The vocal tracks balance well with the pure electronica interspersed within, and if Beirut were as laid back as this album, send me there.

Blank and Jones - Relax Edition Two  -  More chillative work, but not as solid as the aforementioned Beirut Cafe. However, the tracks featuring Mike Francis are exceptional, and they make this disc worth having.

Steve Roach - Immersion: Two  -  Good night. Literally.

Saul Stokes -  Fields  -  Can't say why, but this is an eerily organic album with that quintessential element that grows on you. Can't explain it; all I can do is listen and enjoy.

Oöphoi - Dreams 3 - No too much to be said here, save for the fact that I fell asleep blissfully to this one. The tonal shifting in the first track is a treat for sure.

Jah Wobble and Bill Laswell - Live at the Knitting Factory This could have been one of their better collabs if it were not for the shifty, random execution of it all. But it's live, improvised, and it does bring key elements of Laswell's and Wobble's work together. That's always fun to hear.

Vir Unis - The Drift Inside This is his finest work. Never heard anything of his approach the magnitude of this tour de force.

Daft Punk - Earthbound Before Daft Punk became, well, "Daft Punky." Straightforward, yet solid trance on this venture.

Alio Die - Incantamento Goodness almighty. This album is almost unnecessarily good. Serene, natural, beautiful.

Mylo - Destroy Rock & Roll One of the most innovative, quirky, and rocking electronic albums out there. "Drop the Pressure" alone is worth the album. Bonus for Mylo being a Mac user.

Jah Wobble - Umbra Sumus Although I like his heavier bassic exploits, this world music groove outing is bouncy enough, bassy enough, and worth a passive listen.

Aril Brikha - Ex Machina Thank the Lord for Sweden. Brikha seems to have mastered the ambient minimal techno thing, and his sophomore effort showcases it. Had to listen twice; it was soothing, engaging, and replete with flair. Highly recommended.

Kerri Chandler - Essential Mix 9/23/06 Essential Mix. What more can I add? I give it a 7/10.

Ashera - Enviro Gorgeous. Simply gorgeous. Everything Ashera produced is essential. This album slides in right behind Cobalt 144, but the vocals on this one are beyond heavenly, among the best he's done.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: MarkJohnson on December 16, 2007, 08:47:39 AM
Saul Stokes's Fields is in regular rotation for me, and I have trouble saying why I like it as well. It's a great album.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on December 16, 2007, 11:14:27 AM
Recently picked up Wobble's collaboration with Bill Laswell (Radioaxiom - A Dub Transmission).  I think it's up there with each of their bests.

Besides all of the Paul Bradley stuff, I've recently also been getting into somewhat obscure Czech indie (and sometimes ambient) music with somewhat of an emphasis on real time playing and improv.  A lot of these releases seem to center around guitarist Pavel Richter, who released a great album in the early 90s (Richter Band) of Ash Ra Tempel-sounding guitar ambient with a real band.  Here are some of those releases:

Richter Band - Dead Line (a more recent one, with Saxophone and the group stripped down to a duo)
Pavel Richter - Richter Music (a three decade (!) retrospective))
Michal Koran - Etain (I really like his stuff, he's more keyboard ambient, though he has Richter and others playing, too.  A little bit of fourth-world influence creeps into some of his pieces.)

A few Richter related releases are available stateside through Wayside Music, though I ordered the above directly from the Czech Republic, through Blackpoint Music.

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jblock on December 17, 2007, 02:28:58 PM
Downloaded a bunch of Robert Fripp shows from 2006 from his site and have been listening to them all day: Feb. 25, 2006 (Atlanta), March 4, 2006 (St. Louis) , June 14, 2006 (UK), August 28, 2006 (Estonia), and November 28 and 29, 2006 (Tokyo).
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SunDummy on December 17, 2007, 03:35:31 PM
It's a space-rock marathon today; working from home has its perks!

Pressurehed, "Explaining the Unexplained" - crazy jams and samples, all with a 'paranormal' theme.  Funny, and pretty damn good too. 
Helios Creed, "Planet X" and "Cosmic Assault" - I had forgotten how good these are; heavily warped vocals, super-distorted wah-guitar; very niiice.
V/A, "Space Box: 1970 and Beyond" - Three full CD's of space rock, with Hawkwind, Cluster, Kraftwelt, Faust, Popul Vuh, and much much more.  Very good mix, all ove rthe map stylistically, but all good.  Recommended.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on December 17, 2007, 05:13:38 PM
Just finished watching and listening to

- Koyaanisqatsi
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on December 18, 2007, 01:38:37 AM
Atomine ElectrineNebulous (Essence)
I’ve enthused about this one before, but on the old forum - that’s my excuse to blather about it again ;) This is a great disc that seamlessly fuses the more modern sounds of post-techno Berlin (BC/CR division) with the Kosmische electronic of the 70s ‘Kraut’ scene, while retaining signature elements of Master of Swedish Dark Arts, Peter Andersson (aka Raison D'Etre, Necrophorus, et al.). A truly er.... cosmic atmosphere pervades, but one that’s energised rather than torpid, somehow managing to achieve a subtle rhythmic kinesis without ever resorting to explicit beats [cf. a kind of (un)holy Trance, with no cheese]. Beatless pulse’n’atmo!

Comes in a digifile with a slightly opaque tracing paper film over the sleeve. Nice.
(http://www.sound-control.org/catalog/images/Artikel/197017.GIF)
http://www.discogs.com/release/922214 (http://www.discogs.com/release/922214)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on December 18, 2007, 07:05:34 AM
Listening to the lovely subtle dub techno sounds of the Basic Channel - CD this morning.   It never gets old to me.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: mgriffin on December 18, 2007, 10:40:23 AM
Most recently:

(http://www.hypnos.com/catalog/ap-1000t.jpg)

A Produce - Land of 1000 Trances

Yes, there's a special edition version of this one now, but I pulled out this old copy of the original issue to check out the packaging (an interesting letterpress folder on heavy paper board) and ended up listening to it.  Still one of my favorite A Produce recordings, it has a dark, spooky and sort of tribal feel.  Includes contributions from Chas Smith, who was recently discussed here on the Forum in a case of mistaken identity... "Chas Smith R.I.P." some of you may remember.


(http://www.hypnos.com/catalog/ap-rlmrle.jpg)

A Produce - Reflect Like a Mirror, Respond Like an Echo

A more recent A Produce solo album, in fact, now that I think about it, this is the latest A Produce album of new recordings other than Smile on the Void (which was on Hypnos).  This one is even more polished than 1000 Trances and includes some of the best piano work Ruben Garcia has ever done, as well as contributions from Pierre Lambow, Scott Fraser, and more Chas Smith.  The album opens with a short edited version of "A Smooth Surface," the full-length of which was released on its own EP and which was my own introduction to A Produce's music.

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Bill Binkelman on December 18, 2007, 12:24:15 PM
Man, I LOVE Land of a Thousand Trances! It's such a great mixture of driving rhythmic tribal and eerie textural ambient. I still have my copy from when I bought it at Dark Star in Milwaukee way back in the early '90s (damn, that was a good store for music). And I agree that the packaging was also cool. I'm surprised my cardboard sleeve has stood up as well considering how often I played the CD.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on December 18, 2007, 12:40:45 PM
Currently listening to a mix cd from Phonaut  He was a dj at Northwestern's WNUR radio station in Evanston (north Chicago) - Jimmy Johnson and Vir Unis played about 4 or 5 live shows there (I joined them for one - loved it!) - and many of their "live transmissions" discs originate from those shows.     
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on December 18, 2007, 02:28:41 PM
Supersilent 8

Despite moments that could have been culled from a King Crimson improv session (circa 1969) the chemistry in this group can be electrifying and thus worth wading through the less inspired cuts. And it's always a treat to hear Arve Henriksen play in any context.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on December 19, 2007, 12:01:57 PM
np

- Murcof: Martes  (wonderfully constructed stuff)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on December 19, 2007, 07:47:08 PM
Vidna Obmana/Asmus Tietchens- Motives For Recycling; I love this, especially disc 1. A misty & faraway dreamworld.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Antdude on December 19, 2007, 09:09:21 PM
Austere - Fade/Faded w/Stephen Philips

I actually hadn't listened to this in a long while and just pulled them out, and am very much enjoying this collaboration. I love when I re-discover something in my own collection that might not have 'hit' me when I first listened to it, and realize I've found another gem in my library. I think it goes back to what someone else here in the forums said, about having enough room in your brain to enjoy all the new stuff. It probably also means I spend too much money on all this good stuff.  :)


/clicks 'Buy'
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on December 20, 2007, 02:50:49 AM
Quosp - Soundscapes I (U-cover cd-r series) - a set of ambient celestiality replete with enough dream device to put stars on your lid. Patches into the sub-orchestrality of Eno’s more harmonically resolved ambient pieces and draws on later rummagers through his spatial textural ambient drawers. The likes of Aphex Twin, Markus Guentner and Milieu spring to mind on various tracks, while others reside at the edges of Another Green World. Recommended.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Bill Binkelman on December 20, 2007, 10:53:37 AM
Manitou All Points North
19 ambient "miniatures" most in the 2 to 3 minute range...this is the best thing I've heard on SLO.BOR. Don't know if it has wide appeal since the tracks are almost over before they begin, but the music is delightfully evocative, mixing drones with tones, melodic elements, and melancholic textures. How can you NOT love a CD with track titles like:

"Dirty Streets of Winter"
"Snowy Night Riding the Peoplemover"
"Remembering the Afternoon Downtown"
and
"Listening to Classical Music, Sipping Tea on the Veranda...Time Stood Still"
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on December 20, 2007, 06:04:19 PM
Most recent

- Paul Bradley: Anamnesis  (not heard anything by him yet that I don't like)
- Carbon Based Lifeforms: Hydroponic Garden  (great acid beats and atmospheres)
- Atomine Electrine: Nebulous  (An Alan L. suggestion. Follows nicely on from CBL. Abstract and gritty sounds draped over heavily treated rhythms. Interesting stuff.)


And to pick up on Bill's post. I also admired the Manitou release. Was a refreshing little album.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on December 20, 2007, 07:40:35 PM
Moved on to

- Jeff Greinke's very fine Soundtracks album. Relaxed & introspective.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: MarkJohnson on December 20, 2007, 07:53:30 PM
Burial - Untrue. The kids call it 'dubstep'; whatever it is, it's great electronic music. Maybe to beat-based for some here, but a great new electronic album. I can't stop listening to this album lately.



Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: mgriffin on December 20, 2007, 08:27:54 PM
The Circular Ruins - Falling Into The Sky

In case some of those reading don't know (as there are some new people around here lately), The Circular Ruins is this Forum's own APK.  Just received this (along with the new Winterhouse release, also on APK's new Blue Oasis label).  The presentation of both CDs is top-notch, and I'm really enjoying these sounds.  I admit I've had a "thing" lately for brighter-sounding ambient music, with plenty of higher-frequency stuff going on and not just a bunch of deep drones... this definitely fits the bill.  It's very crisp and detailed sounding, very "present."  Still not done with my first listen yet, but I can already tell I'll recommend this one.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on December 20, 2007, 08:45:59 PM
The Who - Endless Wire (a lot better than I expected it to be, maybe it helped that Townshend overdubbed a lot of the instruments himself).

Reformed Faction of Soviet France (initially liked this, but it doesn't seem to stick with me.  The pieces meander a little too much for my taste.)

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on December 21, 2007, 07:00:04 AM
Bob and Tom show on the drive in - they played the hilarious Paul Thorn song about it being a 'great day for me to whoop somebody's ass'.   

np:

Maurizio - CD I'm still in my basic channel / chain reaction mood.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on December 21, 2007, 10:24:09 AM
The Circular Ruins - Falling Into The Sky

In case some of those reading don't know (as there are some new people around here lately), The Circular Ruins is this Forum's own APK.  Just received this (along with the new Winterhouse release, also on APK's new Blue Oasis label).  The presentation of both CDs is top-notch, and I'm really enjoying these sounds.  I admit I've had a "thing" lately for brighter-sounding ambient music, with plenty of higher-frequency stuff going on and not just a bunch of deep drones... this definitely fits the bill.  It's very crisp and detailed sounding, very "present."  Still not done with my first listen yet, but I can already tell I'll recommend this one.

Many thanks for the comments, Mike.
Great to hear that you appreciate "Falling...".

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: mgriffin on December 21, 2007, 10:37:07 AM
One concern, though, APK... with that design template, what are you going to do if you ever have to release a CD with more than 10 tracks?  There won't be room to list the titles on the back flap!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on December 21, 2007, 10:56:32 AM
:)
I will either restrict albums to no more than 10 tracks (which sounds fair),
or use my secret weapon ... the dreaded smaller font, and have 3 columns
of 5 tracks. 

Actually my Lammergeyer: Borowed Time album had 18 tracks ...
and they fit ... just.


Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on December 21, 2007, 01:05:18 PM
I can see the label submissions requirements list now...

a)   You must enjoy the color blue, if not, go away
b)   Thou shalt not have more or less than ten tracks
c)   Nine shalt not be the number
d)   Nor shalt thou write eleven
e)   and twelve is right out


 
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on December 21, 2007, 01:33:55 PM
 ;D
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Dave Michuda on December 23, 2007, 10:52:28 AM
(http://a105.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/38/m_5635dd0f93371947ca7b83f33448ece8.jpg)
Canon Blue - Halcyon EP - Great little four song ep.  I really like the earlier Canon Blue release "Colonies" and this ep continues their run of excellent music.  It's part pop, part folk, some electronics(in the album rather than the ep), just a great combination.  One of the best features of this ep is it's FREE!  Here's the link to the Myspace page for downloading the ep...http://myspace.com/canonblue (http://myspace.com/canonblue). 

This is the letter comes with the ep..."The story goes that in the old days, during the winter solstice, all the oceans in the world would lay calm and the bad weather would subside. It was then that the kingfisher bird would fly out into the open sea to build its nest and lay its eggs, believing they would hatch in time before the waves began to rise again.  This time came to be known as the halcyon days.

The Halcyon EP was recorded in my bedroom during the month of November, 2007. Winter always seems to be a more creative time for me, and the sudden cold and slower pace that was settling in over Nashville provided a welcome excuse to stay inside and work. A few friends came by as well, each with their own special sounds from cellos to horns to live drums, adding new colors to the mix.

This EP, for me, is a way to reflect on yet another year quietly slipping by,  enjoying the present stillness of a tennessee winter, and looking forward to what is coming up over those yon there hills. I hope you are to able find something in it too.  thanks for listening...

- daniel james (sunday december 9th, 2007)


Give yourself a Christams present and download it now.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: forestmage on December 23, 2007, 06:14:16 PM
(http://www.hypnos.com/catalog/hss-sf-vs.jpg)

perfect for the weather at the moment.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: kawera on December 24, 2007, 05:45:19 AM
Loscil - Submers -- Always loved this one a tad more than his other albums. Don't really know why, something just clicks.

Dub Trees - Nature never did betray the heart that loved her --  The absolute best psychedelic chill-out album. Phenomenal!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on December 25, 2007, 07:27:38 AM
I think we'll be listening to Christmas with the Rat Pack on the drive to Heidi's mom's to make cappellettis today. 
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on December 25, 2007, 08:06:58 AM
xmas morning

- Rudy Adrian: Moonwater

have to keep it innocent ... family over.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: judd stephens on December 25, 2007, 04:21:28 PM
Merry Christmas to all celebrators,

Pretty low key around here, but I picked up some nice used cd's at the music store on Christmas eve:

David Parsons- Dorje Ling:  This is my favorite David Parsons that I've heard, very deep and powerful textures.  Makes good use of Tibetan chanting throughout.  Parsons' sound reminds me a little bit of Michael Stearns in a way.  It's macrocosmic ambient music- dramatic at times but always broad and far-reaching.   Dorje Ling makes me want to go hiking in mountains.

Robert Rich -Inner Landscapes:  A little bleak, but not altogether dark ambient though it would make a good companion to an album like Stalker in the cd changer.  Some sort of prehistoric horn-like groans in the first track set the tone for what followed. 
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on December 25, 2007, 04:34:05 PM
I've since moved on to a bunch of old 30s songs, and now back with a few Biosphere albums.
Currently

- Shenzhou

Hope people are having fun.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: g.@.b. on December 26, 2007, 03:05:57 PM
The Winterhouse - Slow Promises

Mmmm...Metallic drifts, haunting drone beds, echoing alien transmission blips and a glitchy synergy throughout.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Bill Binkelman on December 27, 2007, 01:45:05 PM
The new one from Telomere, The Stellar Sea. Yet another soaring floating majestic slice of classic spacemusic played on the mighty Serge and other synths, Chris MacDonald may not be the most prolific artist out there (this is his third release in, I think, 10 years) but if you like old-fashioned spacemusic, a la Stearns, Braheny and demby, he's your best bet, IMO. Probably is unbelievably cool listening on 'phones late at night while stargazing.

(http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l92/billbink/telomere3.jpg)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on December 27, 2007, 02:17:00 PM
Tanakh - In every Villa......
damn, this is brilliant
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Ben Fleury-Steiner on December 27, 2007, 02:42:37 PM
Spring Steel by Richard Crandell

(http://www.aquariusrecords.org/images/cranspricd.jpg)

Very addictive minimalist kalimba work that have been constantly playing yesterday and today....
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: g.@.b. on December 27, 2007, 08:42:51 PM
This evening:

Robert Rich - Electric Ladder, followed by

Steve Roach - Core
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on December 28, 2007, 03:18:28 PM
NP

- Van Morrison: Veedon Fleece  (classic)
- Van Morrison: Into The Music (has an amazing last 3 tracks)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SunDummy on December 28, 2007, 10:20:08 PM
Oooh, variety...

Pavement, "Slanted & Inchanted".  Classic, simply classic.  Sloppy, tight, clear, muddy rock-n-roll.  One of the best albums of the 90's, by FAR.
Unrest, "Cath Carroll" promo EP.  Well worth the price of admission for "Hydro", a 30+ minute jam that never lets up.  One of the great lost bands of the nineties, IMO.
Alio Die, "Hidden Spring".  Nice; very murky and foggy, I tried to crank this but it just refuses to be "present"; like a ghost of an album, barely out of reach.
Lost in Translation, "Domestic Bliss".  Saw this guy live back in the 90's, reminded me of Rapoon.  This CD reminds me that I need to do my laundry.  Oh, and shovel my walk...
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on December 29, 2007, 01:21:46 AM
Great to hear about the new Telomere album, Bill.  I enjoyed the first two very much, though they are very similar sounding.  Kind of what I imagined Michael Stearns would be doing if he hadn't gone into soundtrack work.

I've been enjoying a piano trio double album this week from Alan Pasqua called "Live At Rocco" that features the very nimble Peter Erskine on drums.

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on December 29, 2007, 04:17:38 AM
Rapoon - Ice Whispers
well, a very fine piece ..... the mid section kind of reminds me of something aidan baker could have done .....
there is only one negative fact with the whole cd ..... i think he used this "pan effect" a bit to much
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: MarkJohnson on December 29, 2007, 07:55:08 AM
- Somnia Podcast 002. Subscribe to the Somnia podcast if you haven't done so already. Check out Evan's posts re: this podcast in the Non-Hypnos Artists section of the forum).

- Tord Gustavsen Trio - Being There. Airy jazz, as recommended by this forum's Joe R (thanks again!)

- Djam Karet - Suspension and Displacement. Trying to get into this album, but not succeeding...
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Brian Bieniowski on December 29, 2007, 09:36:11 AM
The new one from Telomere, The Stellar Sea. Yet another soaring floating majestic slice of classic spacemusic played on the mighty Serge and other synths, Chris MacDonald may not be the most prolific artist out there (this is his third release in, I think, 10 years) but if you like old-fashioned spacemusic, a la Stearns, Braheny and demby, he's your best bet, IMO. Probably is unbelievably cool listening on 'phones late at night while stargazing.

(http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l92/billbink/telomere3.jpg)

Thanks for the tip, Bill.  I love Telomere and I'll order this ASAP.   8)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jim brenholts on December 29, 2007, 11:11:26 AM
justus by the monkees - pretty cool. new recordings writen and performed by dolenz, nesmith, tork and jones
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on December 29, 2007, 11:49:47 AM
- Somnia Podcast 002. Subscribe to the Somnia podcast if you haven't done so already. Check out Evan's posts re: this podcast in the Non-Hypnos Artists section of the forum).

Hearing the White Rainbow track “Waves” off Somnia’s podcast led me to check back on the Prism Of Eternal Now (Kranky) album it was culled from. Initially I’d dismissed it as a hodgepodge of indie-post-kraut-shoegaze-kitchen sink experimental extravagance (‘tis by sometime Jackie-O-MoFo collaborator, Adam Forkner, so hardly surprising), but thanks to Somnia’s good podding works I find there are at least two tracks to be retrieved and cherished; two tracks that withhold the array of instrument-bashing in favour of long languorous SOTL-cum-Labradford ambient blissouts in that old Kranky spacerock(hold the rock)-drone tradition. The track “April 25th 11.14pm” sits next to “Waves” in this respect, and, listening to its the surrounding trakcs, it’s now apparent that the set throws the listener with its initial indie-gruzzier 4 tracks, the latter 5 making a satisfying homogeneous almost-whole. Since the album comes in at 71 mins overall, there’s actually a very good album in here if you go in at track 5  ;)
(http://treblezine.com/reviews/albumcovers/WhiteRainbowPrismofEternalNow.jpg)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: g.@.b. on December 29, 2007, 12:35:24 PM
Just unwrapped the cellophane on...

Sounds of a Universe Overheard
- V/A (Hypnos, 2007)

I'm about halfway through M Peck's brushed metallic landscape, 'Somna'...

Mmmmmmore to follow...
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: darkenedsoul on December 29, 2007, 07:41:53 PM
Uaral - Sounds of Pain (FINALLY I have a real copy...took me forever to find it!)
Uaral - Lamentos a Poema Muerto (official debut)

They're from Chile, play doom but use flute, organ, piano acoustic guitars (beautiful stuff here), a variety of vocal styles (growls, screams, black metal, clean, in native tongue and I think some english) but it's really REALLY cool stuff! Beautiful guitar work (classical/acoustic/spanish style). They have a fan page over at myspace where you can check out a couple tracks or so. A real jewel in the rough as first time I listened I didn't really pay a lot of attention, on a burn to CD it was a whole new thing! Floored me!.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on December 31, 2007, 05:35:24 PM
New year's eve listening, so far

- Opium: Sympathetic Flying Objects
- Tycho: Sunrise Projector
- Martinez: Solaris

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: darkenedsoul on January 01, 2008, 12:19:45 AM
Deinonychus - War Machines
New Risen Throne/Locust Reign - Prophets From The Abyss
Megaptera - Staring back at you
The Knell - Harm (gotta throw some doom in there ;-) )

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on January 01, 2008, 08:14:28 AM
FRANK BRETSCHNEIDER : Rhythm
SIGNAL : Robotron

http://www.ei-mag.com/verite0015.php#03 (http://www.ei-mag.com/verite0015.php#03) for descriptions/appraisals of both albums – both recommended - on the excellent minimal electronica label, Raster-Noton (http://www.discogs.com/label/Raster-Noton (http://www.discogs.com/label/Raster-Noton)), run by Carsten Nicolai (aka Alva Noto), Frank Bretschneider (aka Komet) and Olaf Bender (the three of whom work collectively as Signal)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jim brenholts on January 01, 2008, 09:31:29 AM
immersion 3, disc 2 - sleep chamber by steve roach
i absolutely love this set! nobody does atmospheric space music better than steve! the textures and timbres on this piece are deep and wide. they flow around, through, above and below each other seamlessly.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Kent M on January 01, 2008, 12:14:30 PM
[CAM100] V.A. - Cycles
A 44-track compilation from the Camomille netlabel including artists such as Julien Neto, Khonnor, Lackluster, Twerk, Sense . . .  Download for free here: http://www.camomillemusic.com/ (http://www.camomillemusic.com/)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Chad Hoefler on January 01, 2008, 12:30:51 PM
Charles B. Kim:Polis--a wonderfully sublime CD
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on January 01, 2008, 03:39:11 PM
This evening

- Spyra: Headphone Concert   (just the first long track ... love it. Tres Berlin, but well played.)
- Weigl & Hoffmann: Examples of a Medusa  (kafkaesque lyrics and addictive simple music)





Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Bill Binkelman on January 01, 2008, 06:50:43 PM
Pat Metheny and Charlie Haden - Beyond the Missouri Sky
Nice mellow music while preparing a beef and broccoli stir-fry... just a bass and a guitar (well, some very minimal synths here and there) and loads of atmosphere
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: g.@.b. on January 01, 2008, 07:13:31 PM
Almost in that same vibe, Bill.

NP: Pat Metheny - One Quiet Night (solo Baritone Guitar)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Dave Michuda on January 01, 2008, 08:18:18 PM
(http://www.nativestaterecords.com/somnia/images/logo.gif)Somnia Podcast 002 - brilliant mix from http://somniasound.blogspot.com/ (http://somniasound.blogspot.com/)
(http://brainwashed.com/brain/images/rapoontimefrost.jpg)Rapoon - Time Frost - picked one of the last copies from the Hypnos store.   Excellent cd that uses the Blue Danube Waltz as a source.
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/410b3dSzkgL._SS75_.jpg)Martin Grech - march of the lonely - a melancholic release featuring guitar piano & mournful vocals.
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/21bapXsO15L._AA115_.jpg)Murmur - Undertone - good dubby eletronics
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on January 02, 2008, 03:43:25 PM
Hey, Dave has upped the ante ... we have to post covers now.

:)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SunDummy on January 02, 2008, 10:24:06 PM
Years ago, I picked up a curious little box set by OMIT called "QUAD".  It was a triple CD set, with insanely detailed and obsessive notes outlining the sounds contained therein.  I tried to get into it, but it was so busy, so dense with ideas that it just never clicked.  I finally sold it a few years ago.

I recently discovered that I had MP3's of these disks on a backup drive, so tonight I'm giving them another listen.  WOW.  I mean, WOW.  This is really, really interesting; a crazy sound collage, sometimes just loops of environmental sounds, sometimes odd voices, strange clangs, weird instrumental interludes, and a whole lot more.  I wish I still had the box set; this is really clicking with me now. 

So sorry, no picture to be found online...   ;)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on January 03, 2008, 08:20:33 AM
np:

jeff greinke - lost terrain - somewhat foggy, melancholy, washed out, lovely ambient

was:

the circular ruins - confluence - I've always liked this one from APK.  Weird thinking that this is now almost an "older" release... ha.

Sorry - no pics this time.  :)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on January 03, 2008, 01:35:29 PM
np:

Lennie Kravitz - Let Love Rule - great album - when I'm in the mood there's nothing better.

was:

Jill Scott - Who is Jill Scott?  Words & Music Vol. 1 - Worth the price of admission just for the track "It's Love" - what a great groove.   Jill's voice is beautiful.

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on January 04, 2008, 11:51:50 AM
I'm retroactively looking into Alison Krauss after the wonderful recent disc with Bob "Percy" Plant. So I'm listening to "New Favourite" (with her group Union station). It's quite nice but I think she'd really soar with more sophisticated arrangements which are hinted at on the "Raising Sand" CD.

Like the Portuguese singer Madradeus (whose voice Alison's recalls at points) the supporting band doesn't quite push far or high enough to reach the sublime. Maybe next time? Or is the Nashville milieu too conservative?
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on January 04, 2008, 03:10:51 PM
This afternoon

Spyra: Orphan Waves (excellent, if you like his old-school style. Very Pink Floyd in places.)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Dave Michuda on January 04, 2008, 06:31:24 PM
Mark,

I too am about to delve into other Alison Krauss music based on the latest release.  She has a track on a compilation cd, "Beautiful Dreamer - The Songs of Stephen Foster (http://www.amazon.com/Beautiful-Dreamer-Songs-Stephen-Foster/dp/B0002M64Z6/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1199495733&sr=8-1)", that I love.  The track is called "Slumber My Darling" & features Krauss & Yo Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer and Mark O'Connor.  It is absolutely gorgeous!  Worth the price of the cd alone.

Other recent spins...
johann johannsson - ibm 1401, a user's manual
belbury poly - the owls map
Takeshi Nishimoto - Monologue
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: rdj on January 04, 2008, 10:03:48 PM
Happy New Year to everyone here.

Celer - Bells (great loop based drones)
Loscil - Stases (more fine drones)
Tom Heasley - Where The Earth Meets The Sky (I don't think a description is needed as most know about this man and his awesome set of pipes!)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: mgriffin on January 05, 2008, 11:04:36 AM
Happy New Year to you too, RDJ.

Lots of great listening lately around here.  Last night:

(http://www.nativestaterecords.com/releases/nscd008.gif)

Kilowatts - Ground State (Native State Records)

Based on the description on the Native State web site I expected this to be edgier and glitchier, but I'd say overall it's very accessible and fun, even "catchy," nothing off-puttingly experimental here.  I'd call it well-crafted, lower-tempo techno with occasional glitch elements, and very prominent melodic/musical content.  In thinking of how to describe it, I keep wanting to use the word "fun."  Definitely will be getting regular play around here.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: mgriffin on January 05, 2008, 11:53:56 AM
Later last night:

(http://www.nativestaterecords.com/releases/nscd007.gif)

krill.minima - Nautica (Native State Records)

Another case of confounded expectations from Native State Records (see mini-review of Kilowatts CD above).  Based on what I knew of Marsen Jules, and what else I'd heard of Native State, I expected this to be much more rhythm-oriented and with a brighter, more typically electronic tone.  This album is quite restrained ambient, definitely something that would appeal to most people on this Forum.  It's not really drone-oriented or too minimal, though, actually there's a bit of activity under the surface, and rhythmic components that are buried and subtle, more like low-key churning or cyclical sounds than "beats" in most places.  Everything is very restrained and "cool" but there are none of the typical ambient-minimalism cliches here.  Very pleasing material, and having heard this, I will definitely have to seek our more krill.minima and more Marsen Jules.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Numina on January 05, 2008, 05:41:32 PM
Here's what I purchased today and am quite enjoying listening to:

Echo & the Bunnymen ~ "Flowers"
Children Within ~ "Walkabout" CD Single
Covenant ~ "Brave New World" CD Single
A-Ha ~ "Hunting High & Low"
Children Within ~ "Freedom of Choice"
Ambassador 21 ~ "Fuck All Systems"
Depeche Mode ~ "Ultra" - remaster

J.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Brian Bieniowski on January 06, 2008, 09:38:53 AM
A few recent acquisitions:

Bibio—Fi
Pretty, pastoral folky ambient, somewhere between the ambient works of Milieu and Boards of Canada.  A really nice record.

Taj Mahal Travellers—August 1974
I always heard a lot about this album and it was always tough to find (Japanese import, often out of print).  They just repressed it to coincide with the new Julian Cope book about crazy Japanese psych rock, so I picked it up.  Not sure if it really hits the spot for me, since it's a lot of freeform noise, but there are some genuinely interesting and beautiful moments spread over the two discs.  Maybe it'll grow on me.

Telomere—The Stellar Sea
Outstanding space music in the grand tradition, as I've come to expect from Telomere.  Love it.

Steve Roach—Arc of Passion
One of Steve's recent best, in my opinion.  Nice to hear him return to more "classic" sounding stuff again.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Antdude on January 06, 2008, 02:41:39 PM
Stuff I've gotten this past week:

Stephen Philips - Into the Dark
Between Interval - Radio Silence
Austere - Pulse
Saul Stokes - Fields (How did I not pick this up sooner?!  Great stuff.)
Tomita - Daphnis et Chloe, Pictures at an Exhibition

Daphnis et Chloe was a Japanese import with amazing quality. The subtleties of the album are far clearer than on vinyl. Thankfully, you can skip past the wretched 'Bolero' track. Other than that, it's amazing how well this holds up 27 years later (God, I feel old).
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: spore on January 06, 2008, 06:42:41 PM
Bohren & Der Club of Gore - Daumen
Still one of my all time favourite bands. Really relaxing stuff. Not as dark and haunting as Black Earth. For the ones that are not familiar with Bohren: they play a very, very slow style of jazz. It could be called the 'funeral doom of jazz'. :)  Recommended to everyone!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on January 06, 2008, 10:58:21 PM
Kind of a motley bag for listening this past week--

Bach  Keyboard Concertos Vol 2 (Angela Hewitt, piano)--very nicely done.  I think even prefer her Bach to Glenn Gould's.
VA - Frannce (very wierd monster 3-CDR comp of avant folk on Ruralfaune.  For the very adventurous only.)
Gianluca Becuzzi/Fabio Orsi - Please Don't Count the Clouds (interesting 3-3" CDR release with some ambient, some found sound, and little ambient grit--a disc each for them separately, and one disc together.  On the interesting microlabel Foxglove)
Opium - Algorithms (a little noiser than I expected.  I think I like the Sympathetic Flying Objects disc more, but I'll keep listening.)

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on January 07, 2008, 08:33:09 AM
exuviae - settling density - a fine minimal ambient journey

tom heasley - where the earth meets the sky - always love this tuba soundworld... great stuff.

the jam - greatest hits - got in the mood...  the hits collections are fun seeing the swing in music style from the earliest albums to the last (it's almost as drastic as Japan's hilarious first album compared to their last...)

underworld - second toughest in the infants - even though this is so beat oriented - this album works great in the background. 

recoil - unsound methods - actually - I forget the title - that may not be right.  Anyway - from around 1997-ish - some really neat stuff, some not so.   I pretty much in general like Alan Wilder's stuff - always enjoyed his b-sides in Depeche Mode.   This album is fairly dark in sound and lyrics.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on January 07, 2008, 11:36:21 AM
Bohren & Der Club of Gore - Daumen
Still one of my all time favourite bands. Really relaxing stuff. Not as dark and haunting as Black Earth. For the ones that are not familiar with Bohren: they play a very, very slow style of jazz. It could be called the 'funeral doom of jazz'. :)  Recommended to everyone!
Sunset Mission is the love of my life. really. there is nothing that comes
close to this beauty. i adore it. if i had to choose one CD that i would
need my whole life, then i would pick the Sunset Mission.

But i would rather call the music "ruhr bar doom jazz". :)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Bill Binkelman on January 07, 2008, 02:10:41 PM
Doing "first listens" on a big batch that just arrived over the last few days:

Numina - Symbiotic Spaces (so far just the first disc but very cool stuff)
Devin Sarno and G.E. Stonson - Heart Cell Memory (I'll be reviewing this for my gig at Furthernoise (http://www.furthernoise.org)
Autistici - Volume Objects

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on January 07, 2008, 03:23:38 PM
Bohren & Der Club of Gore - Daumen
Still one of my all time favourite bands. Really relaxing stuff. Not as dark and haunting as Black Earth. For the ones that are not familiar with Bohren: they play a very, very slow style of jazz. It could be called the 'funeral doom of jazz'. :)  Recommended to everyone!
Sunset Mission is the love of my life. really. there is nothing that comes
close to this beauty. i adore it. if i had to choose one CD that i would
need my whole life, then i would pick the Sunset Mission.

But i would rather call the music "ruhr bar doom jazz". :)




"Doom jazz"? :o

That does it. I have to check that out!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on January 07, 2008, 05:00:21 PM

"Doom jazz"? :o

That does it. I have to check that out!

I think a quick glance at the paltry new offerings in the jazz sections of the world pretty much spells it out!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on January 07, 2008, 08:09:01 PM

"Doom jazz"? :o

That does it. I have to check that out!

I think a quick glance at the paltry new offerings in the jazz sections of the world pretty much spells it out!

Actually, from what I heard on the (admittedly too brief) MP3s, it sounds pretty good! I guess I was expecting something more dissonant and abrasive, but this sounds like slooowww jaazzzz...
very smooth & serene, nothing harsh about it at all.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Somnia on January 08, 2008, 10:44:56 AM
Ah yes, Bohren is amazing.

You should also check out the Kilimanjaro Dark Jazz Ensemble for some similar sonic territory. 
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Bill Binkelman on January 08, 2008, 11:02:06 AM
M. Peck Glacial....first rate drifting electronic ambient soundscapes with undertones of drone and elements of retro EM plus some abstract electronic effects! (I shouldn't be surprised at how good this with it coming from Messr Peck, though).

On a sidenote, the most frustrating thing for me as a reviewer is how I wish I had more time to listen to music and stay current on what's submitted to me. Glacial was sent to me a while ago (several months, I think) but I'm only finding time to listen to it now and already it's making a strong case for being on my best of the year list...which is why my "best of the year" list is always so late...I try my damndest to give everything sent to me before year's end a shot at making the list.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on January 08, 2008, 12:25:20 PM

"Doom jazz"? :o

That does it. I have to check that out!

I think a quick glance at the paltry new offerings in the jazz sections of the world pretty much spells it out!

Actually, from what I heard on the (admittedly too brief) MP3s, it sounds pretty good! I guess I was expecting something more dissonant and abrasive, but this sounds like slooowww jaazzzz...
very smooth & serene, nothing harsh about it at all.

I’d say that B&dCoG’s sound isn’t especially well served by the sub-genre descriptor “doom”, since that term is typically associated with sludgey guitar riffs creating a dirty dronewall. As Joe remarks, there’s none of that present in the typical B&dCoG piece, which is quite a clean sound, with luxuriant Rhodes piano, the colourings coming from haunted minor key mellotron touches. I don’t find the “jazz” element to be particularly pronounced; I’d characterize it more as a kind of gothic noir lounge, with some minimal post-rock influence (esp. in the plodding tempos). The nearest mood/sound reference, for me, would be that warped dark blues-jazz hybrid that Lynch/Badalamenti cooked up for the red room scene with the backwards-talking midget (my memory is possibly errant here) in Twin Peaks (and wasn’t there something like it in Blue Velvet too?).
Anyway, genre designations aside, the best Bohren album to start with is "Black Earth".
(http://www.ipecac.com/promo/thumbs/minis/048mini.jpg)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on January 08, 2008, 12:44:44 PM

"Doom jazz"? :o

That does it. I have to check that out!

I think a quick glance at the paltry new offerings in the jazz sections of the world pretty much spells it out!

Actually, from what I heard on the (admittedly too brief) MP3s, it sounds pretty good! I guess I was expecting something more dissonant and abrasive, but this sounds like slooowww jaazzzz...
very smooth & serene, nothing harsh about it at all.

I’d say that B&dCoG’s sound isn’t especially well served by the sub-genre descriptor “doom”, since that term is typically associated with sludgey guitar riffs creating a dirty dronewall. As Joe remarks, there’s none of that present in the typical B&dCoG piece, which is quite a clean sound, with luxuriant Rhodes piano, the colourings coming from haunted minor key mellotron touches. I don’t find the “jazz” element to be particularly pronounced; I’d characterize it more as a kind of gothic noir lounge, with some minimal post-rock influence (esp. in the plodding tempos). The nearest mood/sound reference, for me, would be that warped dark blues-jazz hybrid that Lynch/Badalamenti cooked up for the red room scene with the backwards-talking midget (my memory is possibly errant here) in Twin Peaks (and wasn’t there something like it in Blue Velvet too?).
Anyway, genre designations aside, the best Bohren album to start with is "Black Earth".
(http://www.ipecac.com/promo/thumbs/minis/048mini.jpg)

gothic noir lounge is also a kind of funny genre to put Bohren in, Alan.
Even tough i dont like the term "gothic" with bohren.

Black Earth is great. But i kind of like the more positive Sunset Mission.
I do have a great Quality Bootleg of them from a Concert in Hamburg
i think. They a hilarious live. Really funny Comments about their Song titles.
But kind of hard for people who dont understand the german language.

Oren Ambarchi - Remedios the Beauty
just love this men :)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Bill Binkelman on January 08, 2008, 01:27:02 PM
Autistici - Volume Objects
Glitchy, scratchy, abstract textural and some slight dissonance with occasional hints/teases of melody, a note here, a tone there, sparsity that can be light and cheery and veering to noisy and abrasive with abrupt bursts of the assaultive.

(http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l92/billbink/1045mini.jpg)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on January 09, 2008, 01:55:45 PM
squarepusher - hard normal daddy frenetic drum programming over jazzy chords and jammin' bass playin'.

black rebel motorcycle club - take them on on your own taking the torch from love & rockets and jesus & mary chain on this one and their earlier self titled album - some really great tunes, a few not so great.  they get a bit religious now and then.   i bought a more recent album of theirs and they'd totally shifted into raw country/bluesish/folk stuff.   interesting and definitely the same band, but definitely a shift in gears.   

two lone swordsmen - tiny reminders a little warp goodness...

david sylvian - everything and nothing -been awhile since i pulled out this 2 disc comp of his work.   there's very little sylvian that I don't like... :)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: hjalmer on January 10, 2008, 11:14:42 AM
Blade Runner Soundtrack | The Esper Version...Great hearing it all.
Hammock | The Sleep Over Series 1
Grassow/Weiss | Mercurius
Jaaportit | Uumenissa (Deep Below)
Igneous Flame | Tolmon
Gowlan Roberts/Etheocles Stevens | Strom...Another excellent free download from Darkwinter.

H.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: modulator_esp on January 10, 2008, 04:05:23 PM
Siniaalto - Tallentumattomat (http://www.ut3.org/siniaalto/download.html)

Finnish Krautrock with vintage electronics
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: g.@.b. on January 10, 2008, 07:36:37 PM
Classical mode today:

Gidon Kremer/Kremerata Baltica - Silencio
(Arvo Part, Philip Glass, Vladymir Martynov)
Nonesuch, 2000 (http://www.amazon.com/Silencio-Arvo-Part/dp/B00004YR5P)
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31RY140R5BL._AA240_.jpg)


Vaughan Williams - Norfolk Rhapsody/In Fen Country/5 Variants of Lazarus
Chandos, 1987 (http://www.theclassicalshop.net/details06MP3.asp?CNumber=CHAN%208502)
(http://www.theclassicalshop.net/Catalogue/CatalogueImages/CHAN%208502.JPEG)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on January 11, 2008, 09:19:40 AM
This morning. Couple from my 2007 favourites list

- Oophoi: Arpe di Sabbia  (flowing drones)
- Last Days: These Places Are Now Ruins (which resembles a shoegazer, ambient, lofi crossbreed to my ears. Delicate stuff.)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Bill Binkelman on January 11, 2008, 10:48:22 AM
Manitou - All Points North, prepping for writing the review
also on the docket, hopefully, for today:
Greg Plummer - Vast (floating ambient and spacemusic)
V/A - max.chillroom (selected, sequenced and produced by Lloyd Barde, an assortment of rhythmic ambient, electronica, chill-out and a little bit 'a glitch; nicely done by Lloyd)
Di Evantile - Inertia (quirky blend of retro and contemporary electronic music, accessible but not pedestrian)

And, by the way, I just a copy of a new collaboration between Tim Story and Roedelius, Inlandish and while I've only listened to the first seven tracks, it's excellent. Muted minimal piano themes intermixed with subtle applications of synths and electronic textures/sounds, painting sepia-toned somber soundscapes.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on January 12, 2008, 04:30:36 PM
This evening is beginning with a
chardonnay, a fire, and

- BJ Nilsen: The Short Night

This is a great quirky disk of drones, sounds, atmospheres, that shift and meld in serious ways ... like an impending storm over the North Sea.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: uhurit on January 13, 2008, 12:00:09 PM
1. K Wiese, Touareg
2. Darren Tate/Paul Bradley, Sometime Today
3. Dronaement, Esoterick Musick
4. Penumbra EP collection, Vol 7
5. Evan Bartholomew, Caverns of Time
6. Robert Rich, Temple of the Invisible
7. Matt Borghi/Ben Fleury-Steiner, What the Night Leaves Behind
8. Budhaditya Mukherjee/Anindo Chatterjee, Rag Ramkali

And really looking forward to get the new Cuni/Cage collaboration
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on January 13, 2008, 04:50:03 PM
Now:

- Eluvium: Talk Among The Trees

Can't tire of this.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Dave Michuda on January 14, 2008, 07:12:28 AM
Pulusha - Isolation
Autistici - Volume Objects
martin grech - march of the lonely
krill.minima - nautica
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on January 14, 2008, 09:10:06 AM
Hypnos box arrived... queued up for today:

Seren Ffordd -Veils, Shadows
various - Sounds of a Universe Overheard
Nverxion - A Look Within


Comments after I've listened a few times...   always fun to get a box of ambient goodness in the mail!
Title: Now Playing - music
Post by: LNerell on January 14, 2008, 12:13:56 PM
Here's my current list:

Brain records History of German Rock 1972-1976
Craig Leon - Nommos
Danzindan-Pojidon - Inoyama Land
Harald Grosskopf - Synthesist
Steve Roach - Traveler

I picked up an old receiver that I can plug my turntable into (my newer suround system doesn't support record players) so I've been on a bit of a vinyl bing lately.  All of the above are LPs, not a single CD in the mix. I don't think I've listened to this much vinyl in one sitting in 15 years. :D
Title: Re: Now Playing - music
Post by: mgriffin on January 14, 2008, 12:16:06 PM
I just noticed we don't have a now playing thread for music, what gives?  ???

Ok so let me start one.  ;D

Here's my current listening list:

Brain records History of German Rock 1972-1976
Craig Leon - Nommos
Inoyama Land - Danzindan-Pojidon
Harald Grosskopf - Synthesist
Steve Roach - Traveler

I picked up an old receiver that I can plug my turntable into (my newer suround system doesn't support record players) so I've been on a bit of a vinyl bing lately.  All of the above are LPs, not a single CD in the mix. I don't think I've listened to this much vinyl in one sitting in 15 years. :D

I moved this post of Loren's over from the  "Everything and Nothing" area into this section specifically devoted to "now playing" lists.  I'll 'PM' Loren about this move in case he never checks out the Forum's main screen!

Title: Re: Now Playing - music
Post by: LNerell on January 14, 2008, 12:19:50 PM
I moved this post of Loren's over from the  "Everything and Nothing" area into this section specifically devoted to "now playing" lists.  I'll 'PM' Loren about this move in case he never checks out the Forum's main screen!

No need, I was in the middle of deleting it to move it myself when you moved it.  ;D

Sorry, I forgot about this section until after I posted my thread.  :o
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on January 15, 2008, 12:46:12 PM
Alva Noto & Sakamoto - Logic Moon4
lately i'm really enjoying these glitched piano drones :)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on January 15, 2008, 08:02:47 PM
Eluvium- Talk Amongst the Trees; What a great disc, especially "New Animals From the Air" (sounds like a beautiful & slow moving merry-go-round), and "Calm of the Cast-Light Cloud".
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on January 16, 2008, 04:53:56 AM
Eluvium- Talk Amongst the Trees; What a great disc, especially "New Animals From the Air" (sounds like a beautiful & slow moving merry-go-round), and "Calm of the Cast-Light Cloud".

Hey, Joe. Talk Amongst the Trees is my fave Eluvium too. I know others here who prefer Copia, but I found that release a little over-precious with all its post-classicisms (a bit like how I feel about SotL's drift from their early-mid period to their more recent post-orchestralisms), and though Copia's a nice enough disc, I prefer the grittier more particulate textures of TAtT. There's also a great 19-minute Eluvium track, "Time-Travel Of The Sloth Parts I, II, & III", on this split vinyl (with nu-shu-metal-gazers, Jesu):

(http://www.temporaryresidence.com/images/covers/trr126.jpg)
http://www.discogs.com/release/1022143 (http://www.discogs.com/release/1022143)

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on January 16, 2008, 11:24:55 AM
Eluvium- Talk Amongst the Trees; What a great disc, especially "New Animals From the Air" (sounds like a beautiful & slow moving merry-go-round), and "Calm of the Cast-Light Cloud".

Hmmm. I actually found this disc so wanting I traded it in...which is rare for me. I tried for months but just found it made all the right moves...but didn't have "the touch".

Anyway:

Jon Hassell - Delta Rain Dream from "4th World-Possible Musics" I hope Astralwerks is going to re-master/re-issue this!

Paul Bradley
- Chroma Now here's someone who has the touch! I don't share the view that this is "drone" music though. Too warm and expansive for the term IMO.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on January 16, 2008, 12:04:20 PM
Jeff Pearce - Written in Water
oh how i love this sound :'(
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on January 16, 2008, 03:52:20 PM
Eluvium- Talk Amongst the Trees; What a great disc, especially "New Animals From the Air" (sounds like a beautiful & slow moving merry-go-round), and "Calm of the Cast-Light Cloud".

Hey, Joe. Talk Amongst the Trees is my fave Eluvium too. I know others here who prefer Copia, but I found that release a little over-precious with all its post-classicisms (a bit like how I feel about SotL's drift from their early-mid period to their more recent post-orchestralisms), and though Copia's a nice enough disc, I prefer the grittier more particulate textures of TAtT.



"Precious". Yes, exactly. I thought several of the Copia tracks were plagued by piano playing that was too-sweet, too-prominent, and too predictable. I also thought it sounded kind of "crowded"- no room for the instruments to breath. Having said that though, it's still a half-great disc.

And thanks for the tip on "Time Travel". :)


Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on January 17, 2008, 12:22:56 AM
Paul Bradley[/b] - Chroma Now here's someone who has the touch! I don't share the view that this is "drone" music though. Too warm and expansive for the term IMO.

It isn’t actually a “view” that Chroma is drone-based music. It simply is by definition. “Drone”, put simply, refers to the use of sustained sounds, notes, or tones-clusters, and is typically characterized by lengthy passages or pieces with relatively slight harmonic variations throughout as compared to other musics. It's true that many drone-based musicians are associated with somewhat forbidding unwelcoming works, but there’s nothing in the nature of the drone per se which precludes drone-based music from being “warm and expansive”. In fact, a lot of drone-based music is expansive by dint of the drawn-out nature of drone content. Chroma happens to be one Bradley’s lighter drone works, with its sustains and tone-clusters being located in the mid to high end, but drone-based it undeniably still is. It’s the tonal and harmonic nature of the material in combination with its soft translucent timbres that create the sense of warmth. There are other examples of this warm expansive drone-based style, such as in most of Andrew Chalk's work.
(http://www.volcanictongue.co.uk/images/farawaypress/timeofhayfield.jpg)
http://www.volcanictongue.com/artist.php?art=Andrew+Chalk (http://www.volcanictongue.com/artist.php?art=Andrew+Chalk)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: mgriffin on January 17, 2008, 11:13:50 AM
Been playing Matt Borghi - The Phantom Light fairly regularly lately. 

A very nice minimal ambient piece, shame about it being such a limited run (only 30 copies).  One of my favorite things by Matt that I've heard (though I have a few more of his things on the way).

(http://www.mattborghi.com/shoppe/images/phantom.jpg)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on January 17, 2008, 01:47:38 PM
Paul Bradley[/b] - Chroma Now here's someone who has the touch! I don't share the view that this is "drone" music though. Too warm and expansive for the term IMO.

It isn’t actually a “view” that Chroma is drone-based music. It simply is by definition. “Drone”, put simply, refers to the use of sustained sounds, notes, or tones-clusters, and is typically characterized by lengthy passages or pieces with relatively slight harmonic variations throughout as compared to other musics. It's true that many drone-based musicians are associated with somewhat forbidding unwelcoming works, but there’s nothing in the nature of the drone per se which precludes drone-based music from being “warm and expansive”. In fact, a lot of drone-based music is expansive by dint of the drawn-out nature of drone content. Chroma happens to be one Bradley’s lighter drone works, with its sustains and tone-clusters being located in the mid to high end, but drone-based it undeniably still is. It’s the tonal and harmonic nature of the material in combination with its soft translucent timbres that create the sense of warmth.

Well I'm glad you've said "drone-based" because that's more accurate. My use of the singular "drone music" was to indicate something less varied and coloured which most (frequently self-described) electronic "drone music" is IMO. Very few do it well.

"Chroma" reminded me of Paul Dolden's "Veils: Studies in Textural Transformations" from 1985. But that piece was oft comprised of 300 tracks of voice, cello etc. "Drone-based" but well beyond being merely referred to as "drone music". I've been listening to Indian classical music for 25 years now so I'm well aware of how a drone functions.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: mgriffin on January 17, 2008, 02:57:42 PM
Just since lunch:

Mico Nonet - The Marmalade Balloon

A wonderful and charming mix of gentle, ambient chamber music, and modern electronic elements.  Real music by real musicians, really nice!

(http://cdbaby.name/m/i/micononet.jpg)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on January 17, 2008, 09:06:36 PM
This evening

- SleepResearch Facility: Deep Frieze

Images of deep storm rumblings and icy winds blowing masterfully across frozen tundra.
Very listenable, very mellow, very sleepy music.
Real sounds, by a real composer  ;)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on January 17, 2008, 10:31:45 PM
So after Alan's post I thought I'd revisit Paul Bradley's "Chroma" and listen more closely to the elements within. As soon as the disc started I thought "Wait a minute! This is more accurately described as 'loop based' music with a simple repeating half-melody, almost like...William Basinski."

Then I realized...it was William Basinski! So, now playing:

William Basinski: Disintigration Loops IV

I wish Paul and Bill would call each other about cover art! It's like they showed up to the same dinner party in identical black pantsuits! ;)

 
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on January 18, 2008, 01:17:04 AM
This evening

- SleepResearch Facility: Deep Frieze

Images of deep storm rumblings and icy winds blowing masterfully across frozen tundra.
Very listenable, very mellow, very sleepy music.
Real sounds, by a real composer  ;)

Like Anthony, I’ve been listening to SR_F’s Deep_Frieze. He seems to me a soulmate of glacial-cum-chthonic types like Köner, Lull, Netherworld, with occasional leanings towards Biosphere, and the less lush more atonal passages of Roach and Rich. Throw in an Oöphoi there maybe too.

And I do like this somewhat laconic description from the liner notes of his previous release Dead Weather Machine (Manifold): "As an exercise in sample manipulatiom, DWM draws exclusively from source audio generated by swinging a cheap microphone in front of a misfiring heating unit, itself congested with the fibrous dust of advanced decrepitude and exhuming a near death-rattle from its fractured internal respiratory systems."

A kind of mission statement I pulled off a site somewhere:
“About
SleepResearch_Facility explores notions of awareness and perception in the sub/unconcious listener. Focusing primarily on sound bereft of rhythm based energies, SRF(acility)’s goal is to provide listening environments wherein the music simply adds texture to the silence. SRF entertains the idea that music can forgoe notions of compositional architecture, resulting in noise which draws attention away from itself, leaving room for the listener to focus on other things (or, focus on nothing at all). SRF puts emphasis on these aesthetics in the search for a kind of “play me quiet” sound suitable for listening to actively or passively depending on circumstances, creating an aural experience which guides the mind through gentle misdirection rather than forcing its attention, allowing listeners to drift in their own diversified thoughts.”


Also, for the interested, an interview with Kevin Doherty aka SleepResearch_Facility:
http://www.heathenharvest.com/article.php?story=20070927180203617 (http://www.heathenharvest.com/article.php?story=20070927180203617)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on January 18, 2008, 01:20:10 AM
So after Alan's post I thought I'd revisit Paul Bradley's "Chroma" and listen more closely to the elements within. As soon as the disc started I thought "Wait a minute! This is more accurately described as 'loop based' music with a simple repeating half-melody, almost like...William Basinski."

Then I realized...it was William Basinski! So, now playing:

William Basinski: Disintigration Loops IV

I wish Paul and Bill would call each other about cover art! It's like they showed up to the same dinner party in identical black pantsuits! ;)

I hadn’t made the Basinski connection, but listening again I can see Mark’s point that this Bradley release has a foot in the loop- as well as the drone-based camp. Interestingly Bradley’s more recent Cede, though having a insistent almost repetitive air to it as if it were looped, actually on more careful listening appears to be a live take, as there are regular and distinct micro-variations that sound like accidental harmonics coming off the action of the fingers (or an ebow?) on/off the guitar strings.

And I reckon Paul wins the darkest pantsuit comp ;-)
(http://distorsom.no.sapo.pt/webzine1/Resources/b07basinski.jpg) (http://img02.shop-pro.jp/PA01009/976/product/3136002_th.jpg)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Bill Binkelman on January 18, 2008, 10:11:24 AM
M. Peck Glacial...love the track "A Past Reflected" with its muted sonar beeps and retro synth swells as well as the percolating rhythms and general cheeriness of "Debris from a Thousand Landscapes" which reminds me of china radio sunshine. Nicely done, Mr. Peck!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on January 18, 2008, 10:52:17 AM
Nadja - Ossification
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on January 18, 2008, 10:58:18 AM
This morning

The Winterhouse: Slow Promises

Yep, I of course listen to it regularly :)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: LNerell on January 18, 2008, 12:20:03 PM
Eric Wollo - Dreams of Pyramids
Steve Tibbetts - Safe Journey
Chas Smith - Nakadai
Rudger Lorenz - Southland
Daniel Lentz - On The Leopard Altar
Morton Subotnick - Touch
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on January 18, 2008, 03:20:02 PM
Early evening

- Miles Davis: Porgy and Bess

Summertime could be the best tune ever.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on January 18, 2008, 03:31:18 PM
Jonathan Coleclough & Lethe - Long Heat: predominantly a murderous onslaught of filtered drones and field recordings. Ouch!

(http://media.brainwashed.com/brain/images/jonathan_coleclough_and_lethe-long_heat.jpg)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Scott M2 on January 18, 2008, 04:45:06 PM
Early evening

- Miles Davis: Porgy and Bess

Summertime could be the best tune ever.

I love Miles' music and his (and Gill Evans') Porgy and Bess is very highly regarded
but I find Miles' pitch to be regularly off on this recording. Does anybody else notice this?
It regularly puts me off when I listen to this one.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on January 18, 2008, 06:13:02 PM

I wish Paul and Bill would call each other about cover art! It's like they showed up to the same dinner party in identical black pantsuits! ;)

I hadn’t made the Basinski connection, but listening again I can see Mark’s point that this Bradley release has a foot in the loop- as well as the drone-based camp.
And I reckon Paul wins the darkest pantsuit comp ;-)
(http://distorsom.no.sapo.pt/webzine1/Resources/b07basinski.jpg) (http://img02.shop-pro.jp/PA01009/976/product/3136002_th.jpg)

Ah, but you've put the El Camino Real cover beside that of Chroma. Try the Disintigration Loops IV cover and you'll have trouble telling them apart even in a well lit room!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on January 18, 2008, 07:45:47 PM
I put on Supersilent 8 last night. The first time I listened to it I didn't have time to make it all the way through. Now that I've let it unfold completely on a good sound system I'm once again convinced these guys have a rare ability to pull off a kind of improvised intensity that few can match. A cumulative wallop that puts most improv groups to shame! And the delicacy of Arve Henriksen's voice/trumpet amidst and preceding much cacophony is delicious!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on January 18, 2008, 10:17:59 PM
Ah, but you've put the El Camino Real cover beside that of Chroma. Try the Disintigration Loops IV cover and you'll have trouble telling them apart even in a well lit room!

Aha. I see what you mean:

(http://static.rateyourmusic.com/album_images/s285971.jpg) (http://www.twentyhertz.co.uk/twentyhertz/images/chroma.jpg)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on January 19, 2008, 09:59:32 AM
Ballustrade Ensemble - Capsules (really nice instrumental release that falls somewhere bewteen His Name Is Alive and the Album Leaf.  Would be right at home on 4AD.  Scott Solter is involved with this one.)
Mike Tamburo - Language of the Birds and Other Fantasies (beautiful multi-CD with DVD box and elaborate art package with interesting guitar pieces, some more straightforward in a John Fahey style, others more overtly experimental with processed guitar and other sound sources)

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jim brenholts on January 19, 2008, 11:45:50 AM
new shipment from the hypnos store - 2 secret sounds, a couple klaus wiese discs, some robin storey and some lustmord! sweet stuff!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Infraction on January 20, 2008, 11:52:44 AM
I sprang/sprung (?) for the 5LP Fear Falls Burning set, "Once we all walk through solid objects".  Dirk is getting the remix treatment from Final, Bass Communion, Frieband, Cantu-Ledesma, Aidan Baker and others.  I've made it through 2 LPs so far...the Bass Communion reminds me of something that would've been on their s/t "II" disc.  A wonderful thing.

Jason
infractionrecords.com
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on January 20, 2008, 12:38:03 PM
I sprang/sprung (?)

I believe it's "spronged!" ;)

Fripp & Eno - "Beyond Even 1992-2006"

Hmmm. I bought this expecting the worst...but am pleasantly surprised. The "bits and pieces" factor wasn't as bad as anticipated and it all hangs together enough. The obvious problem, though, is the limited and too familiar palette (which extends to the Russell Mills cover art as well) If you bought Equatorial Stars and thought "Nice! But not brilliant" you can stop there. If you followed Eno through his "squelchy" period and have actually downloaded all the Fripp "bits and pieces" from the DGM site, this will serve as a proper compendium of sorts. Interesting and worth having for fans.

The "bonus disc" with the first pressing is nothing more than a continuously sequenced version of the main disc...a real waste of petroleum IMO.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on January 20, 2008, 12:48:41 PM
I sprang/sprung (?) for the 5LP Fear Falls Burning set, "Once we all walk through solid objects".

Have to check out that FFB, Jason. It sounds sprawling :)

In the meantime I've been enjoying the more intimate pastorally-inclined music of Hakobune, and, yep, you guessed, it’s more of those lulling languorous minimalist guitar-scapes that I will insist on droning on about here.

(http://www.n5md.com/mailorder/images/ucdr042big.jpg)
Soundclips to stream at: http://www.u-cover.com/mailorder/description.php?II=4065&UID=2008012020194489.240.83.74&lang=&currency=eur (http://www.u-cover.com/mailorder/description.php?II=4065&UID=2008012020194489.240.83.74&lang=&currency=eur)

Other goodies on his myspace player: http://www.myspace.com/hakobunemusic (http://www.myspace.com/hakobunemusic)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on January 20, 2008, 12:54:56 PM
Jason Sloan - STATIC [thelema.dawning]
i have fallen in love with this piece that jason sent me ..... its like you would
take the best from Steve Roach's Space Ambient Music and mix it with Vidna Obmana's
more atmospheric works and add a big portion of originality

i couldn't be happier to release this Work on my Label :)

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: mgriffin on January 20, 2008, 03:27:40 PM
Jason Sloan seems to me to be on a bit of a roll lately.  But he was supposed to send me some CDs to sell on the Hypnos store and they never arrived yet.  Maybe building his mystique by keeping everything difficult-to-find?  ;)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on January 21, 2008, 01:15:40 AM
Richard Chartier & Taylor Deupree - "Specification Fifteen"

Soundscape commission for an exhibition of Hiroshi Sugimoto's photographs. Fans of Koner will appreciate this. Effective use of very low frequency rumble and judicious panning (take note Rapoon!) Works well with the monochrome seascape images.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on January 21, 2008, 06:49:05 AM

Several cd's that I've been spinning a ton in the last week or two that I'll sum up with "I love 'em" - all great - all recommended - I'm very happy with all of these.

The Winterhouse - Slow Promises
Seren Ffordd - Veils, Shadows
Various - Sounds of a Universe Overheard
Nverxion - A Look Within
Parallel Worlds - Obssessive Surrealism


now playing:

Lightwave - Tycho Brahe
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: g.@.b. on January 21, 2008, 09:04:52 AM

Fripp & Eno - "Beyond Even 1992-2006"

Hmmm. I bought this expecting the worst...but am pleasantly surprised. The "bits and pieces" factor wasn't as bad as anticipated and it all hangs together enough. The obvious problem, though, is the limited and too familiar palette (which extends to the Russell Mills cover art as well) If you bought Equatorial Stars and thought "Nice! But not brilliant" you can stop there. If you followed Eno through his "squelchy" period and have actually downloaded all the Fripp "bits and pieces" from the DGM site, this will serve as a proper compendium of sorts. Interesting and worth having for fans.

The "bonus disc" with the first pressing is nothing more than a continuously sequenced version of the main disc...a real waste of petroleum IMO.

I was of the same mind regarding this "collection", Mark. Then last December, over the period of a few weeks, I listened to the mp3 samples on DGM and decided to purchase. I went a slightly different route, however, and grabbed the digital download under the moniker “The Cotswold Gnomes”. It contains 3 additional tracks, not included on “Beyond Even”: ‘Glass Structure’, ‘Voices’ & ‘Cross Crisis In Lust Storm’). I agree that it is an interesting collection for the Fripp & Eno fan.

I’ve also put a mix together as a sort of “audio review” of the album. I divided the tracks into “slow” and “fast” tracks along with tracks from solo Fripp/solo Eno projects (Exposure, Let the Power Fall, The Drop, The Shutov Assembly, etc) & a few other ambient artists, including Hypnos' resident cellist...the fabulous Lena!. I'll provide a link to the mix (2 discs) for any who may be interested.

Cotswold Gnome
samples can be found here: http://www.dgmlive.com/archive.htm?show=1099

NP: The Cotswold Remix, disc one.


Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on January 21, 2008, 11:10:40 AM
I went a slightly different route, however, and grabbed the digital download under the moniker “The Cotswold Gnomes”. It contains 3 additional tracks, not included on “Beyond Even”: ‘Glass Structure’, ‘Voices’ & ‘Cross Crisis In Lust Storm’).

These three tracks are on the disc! In fact, in one of the preciously few critical comments posted on the DGM site, the doubling up of "exclusive downloads" and legit releases was noted!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on January 21, 2008, 11:37:32 AM
Jason Sloan seems to me to be on a bit of a roll lately.  But he was supposed to send me some CDs to sell on the Hypnos store and they never arrived yet.  Maybe building his mystique by keeping everything difficult-to-find?  ;)
Could send you a few of them when i release them.
As well as a few of the True Colour of Blood and the Taiga Remains.
Just if you want.

I can tell with every single heartbeat of myself, that all 3 are
breathtaking in every single sense. Especially the Taiga Remains
and the Jason Sloan.

Taiga Remains - Descend from Ivory Cliffs
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: mgriffin on January 21, 2008, 12:02:08 PM
Jason Sloan seems to me to be on a bit of a roll lately.  But he was supposed to send me some CDs to sell on the Hypnos store and they never arrived yet.  Maybe building his mystique by keeping everything difficult-to-find?  ;)
Could send you a few of them when i release them.
As well as a few of the True Colour of Blood and the Taiga Remains.
Just if you want.

I can tell with every single heartbeat of myself, that all 3 are
breathtaking in every single sense. Especially the Taiga Remains
and the Jason Sloan.

Taiga Remains - Descend from Ivory Cliffs

Yes, we will want to sell all of these, so send me an email just before you're ready to release them and I'll place another wholesale order.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: LNerell on January 21, 2008, 12:47:26 PM
Richard Pinhas - L'Ethique (LP)
The Strato Ensemble - Drawn Straws (CD)
Michael Hoenig - Departure From The Northern Wasteland (CD)
Jalan Jalan - Bali (CD)
Richard Pinhas/Heldon - Compilation 1976-1982 (LP)
Pekka Pohjola - Everyman (LP)
Saul Stokes - Vast (CD)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on January 21, 2008, 01:14:24 PM
Loren's post reminds me that Saul did not get a new Stokes album out last year ... though he has been working on one for some time.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on January 21, 2008, 01:21:28 PM
Today

- Lead : Music For Storms on Adastra (this is from 1999 and its an exceptional work ... one half is John Micheal Zorko (electronics) whom you may know from his synth work alongside female vocalists, the other is Scott Biven on guitar, and its an excellent drone/space/experimental work that I had not played for quite some time.

- Jonathan Coleclough: One hour as sixty million years (basically ripping up the fabric of space-time in this intense space/drone orgy)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: hjalmer on January 22, 2008, 07:14:08 AM
APK...

The Jonathan Coleclough drone (One hour as sixty million years) is truly deep and black vast...
I like how it ends at exactly 60 minutes. Also a free download too     H.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: dwight on January 22, 2008, 11:16:28 AM
Re: Currently listening, part 1

Sounds of a Universe Overhead - Enjoying this again on second listen

Weightless, Effortless - Haven't heard this in a while. Good Stuff!

Gregory Taylor - Amalgam:Aluminum/Hydrogen A very good live performance.

A collection of my material I contributed to on various projects in 2007
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: g.@.b. on January 23, 2008, 08:20:30 PM
Steve Kuhn - Remembering Tomorrow (the ECM thread got me perusing my collection)

Pat Metheny Group - Imaginary Day
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Kendall Station on January 24, 2008, 12:32:51 AM

I've been really into the bluemars.org webcasts lately....just three channels of continuously streamed music, each with a different vibe.  My fav is the "Cryosleep Channel".  Personally I think the playlists might be a bit restrictive but the aesthetic of the site is great and I believe its just someone's pet project (no I am not hawking my own site lol)

http://www.bluemars.org  ...check it.

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on January 24, 2008, 07:13:44 AM

np:

plastikman - artifakts  - still a fave.

was:

the winterhouse - slow promises - really beautiful stuff.

various - chain reaction... compiled - not the best cr release - but there aren't any bad ones in my book.

next up:

foy vs. elf machine - 10,000 headless budhas - one of my all time favorite titles for an album...
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on January 24, 2008, 11:43:06 AM
various - chain reaction... compiled - not the best cr release - but there aren't any bad ones in my book.

True. My favourite CR disc has always been this one by Fluxion:
(http://basicchannel.com/images/records_297/crd-07a.jpg) (http://basicchannel.com/images/records_297/crd-07b.jpg)

But I have a currently listening favourite track I just discovered on 12" by Shinichi Atobe - a bloke I never heard of. This one is just gorgeous, and properly termed, ambient techno
(http://basicchannel.com/images/records_297/cr-34b.jpg)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on January 24, 2008, 12:15:30 PM
Nadja - Bliss Torn From Emptiness
better than ever .... i can simply not go wrong
with aidan baker or nadja ..... its a fucking curse ;D
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on January 24, 2008, 12:27:35 PM

But I have a currently listening favourite track I just discovered on 12" by Shinichi Atobe - a bloke I never heard of. This one is just gorgeous, and properly termed, ambient techno
(http://basicchannel.com/images/records_297/cr-34b.jpg)

Color me jealous!   I don't have any vinyl from cr/bc... on my wish list for some day.   I have 7 or 8 of the cd's I think... Fluxion 2 is very nice.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: sio on January 24, 2008, 12:42:23 PM
Well, JKN , i am jealous too of your copy of Vibrant Forms II  ;), because i've been  searching everywhere for a copy but haven't found one so far. You lucky owner of Chain Reaction Cd, hold on to them because they have become very difficult to track down and quite expensive.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on January 24, 2008, 01:54:35 PM
various - chain reaction... compiled - not the best cr release - but there aren't any bad ones in my book.

True. My favourite CR disc has always been this one by Fluxion:
(http://basicchannel.com/images/records_297/crd-07a.jpg) (http://basicchannel.com/images/records_297/crd-07b.jpg)

That's funny. I was just listening to that yesterday! The package IIRC is also recycled and or biodegradable. I have the first one too and the one after VF2, [Spaces], which is a bit wanting in freshness. I think the first VF was in the metal tin and I swapped it into a jewel case...must dig out soon!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on January 24, 2008, 02:39:54 PM
I got both Vibrant Forms I and II in the "NaturePac", as it seems to have been called.

The only thing I have in those nice-concept-shame-about-the-practicality metal boxes is this little baby:

(http://i6.ebayimg.com/07/i/000/9b/c5/1ed5_1_b.JPG) Maurizio - M-series

and I never press the disc back onto the spindle when I put it away for fear that it'll weaken over time, and crack/split, so I leave it rattling around loose in the tin.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jim brenholts on January 24, 2008, 04:27:12 PM
listened to cyborg bu klaus schulze in the car today. this is a great space music set! ks did some awesome work back in the 70's and this one was truly ahead of its time.
currently i am listening to caul's epiphany/fortunate from the golden epiphany 3 disc set - great dark ambience.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Kendall Station on January 25, 2008, 03:51:54 AM

np:

plastikman - artifakts  - still a fave.


Yeah, I love old Plastikman stuff.... I just wish Mr. Hawtdog were doing better things these days than playing bad techno and drinking Grey Goose. (sorry, got a chip on my shoulder maybe).

What you think of Consumed?
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on January 25, 2008, 05:16:11 AM


Yeah, I love old Plastikman stuff.... I just wish Mr. Hawtdog were doing better things these days than playing bad techno and drinking Grey Goose. (sorry, got a chip on my shoulder maybe).

What you think of Consumed?

Yeah - it was funny to see his face on all the magazines a couple years back as the poster boy of techno...  of course, nice that the music was getting center stage at all.

Consumed is my favorites of his by far... followed closely by the earlier releases - Artifakts and Musik.  I still toss on Sheet One from time to time.  Closer I thought was really mediocre/bad/sucked - on the first few listens - I came back to it 6 months later and found I liked part of it more than I thought... There are some good moments.

Back to the BC/CR stuff discussed earlier...

I've got a few of the metal tin releases - yes - first thing I did was pull the discs and put them in something else.  Nasty packaging...   here's the collection..   (nice site for this stuff:   http://www.circonium.de/music/cr.html )

porter ricks - biokinetics
various - decay product (although I've misplaced it lately...)
monolake - hongkong
various - ...compiled
fluxion - vibrant forms II (non-tin)


I admit that I have a few copies of other CR albums (not listed).

I've also got the tin versions of BC-CD and the Maurizio M-CD.

I was so close to buying one of the complete set BC vinyl reissues... but didn't.  :(

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on January 25, 2008, 11:19:32 AM
It's been an Infraction Fest around here lately:

Beautumn - Northing
Adam Pacione - From Stills to Motion
Koda - Movements

Along with Northern's Drawn, I think these are my favourite Infraction releases. Still have a few more to hear though. Lovely stuff. Fully realized and no filler!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on January 25, 2008, 01:44:32 PM
Yep, Infraction fests are a regular occurrence over here too. Those 4 are among my faves too, along with Kiln and Milieu.

(http://img02.shop-pro.jp/PA01009/976/product/1546728.jpg) (http://img02.shop-pro.jp/PA01009/976/product/1549428.jpg)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on January 26, 2008, 02:05:49 PM
(http://www.releaseentertainment.com/mechanics/lull/coldsummer.jpg) LullCold Summer: a fairly compositionally rudimentary exercise in sullen drone-based ambient by Mick Harris from way back in 1994 that I keep coming back to for all its unloveliness. Chill drones, a sombre ebb-flow like a slow-mo death throe, attended by breaths of ill wind. I dunno why but I still find this recording’s eldritch crawl a compelling listen, while finding 90% of the stuff out there designated “dark ambient” to be an ordeal.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on January 26, 2008, 04:49:26 PM
Today

- Saafi Brothers: Supernatural  (fine beat-dance stuff)
- Justin Vanderberg: In waking moments  (Hypnos SS) (a first listen, and strikes me as an accomplished and interesting piece of work.)
- Taylor Dupree: Stil.  (very listenable minimalism)
- Deaf Center: Pale ravine  (always goes down well here)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: g.@.b. on January 26, 2008, 08:38:44 PM
Earlier today, in the car:

The Winterhouse - Slow Promises (Blue Oasis)

this evening, while computing/surfing:

V/A - Sounds of a Universe Overheard (Hypnos)

Both excellent listens (and very compatible)!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on January 27, 2008, 08:35:00 AM
Yui Onodera - Synergetics # 1
wonderful peace of music on drone records
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on January 30, 2008, 11:20:58 AM
A Tzadik day:

Derek Bailey - Ballads

A thorny, committed set of ballads as only one who's spent his life doing things his own way can! A return to familiar tunes after a long and unique journey.

Ned Rothenberg - The Lumina Recordings

At last! the "Trespass" album appears along with much other material. Essential for fans of extended solo techniques applied to sax & clarinet. Listenable for non-specialists and still exciting!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jblock on January 30, 2008, 12:55:33 PM
Klaus Schulze - Cyborg
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on January 31, 2008, 06:49:02 AM
np:   photek - modus operandi - moody fun slower slightly jazz tinged dnb.

was: 

the elf machine - i/o
vir unis - return of the locust queen
vir unis - henry hud


a trio of atmoworks downloads.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: kawera on January 31, 2008, 09:29:48 AM
Lately:

Tim Hecker - Harmony In Ultraviolet -- I remember APK leaving a comment on the old forum that he had had enough of this album halfway through. After listening again, I understand the comment, but I have to say that I find this album cleverly balanced. Whenever you've just about had it with the noise, the album breaks into a slightly somber ambient mode. I love this album.  :)

Deepchord presents Echospace - The Coldest Season -- Very cool (no pun intended), ambient dub techno.

Vladislav Delay - Demo(n) Tracks -- Diverse glitchy electronica. I like this one.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Bill Binkelman on January 31, 2008, 06:41:43 PM
Tim Story and Hans-Joachim Roedelius - inlandish

This is certainly the best ambient album of 2008 that I've heard so far. I'd hazard a guess it's going to land on my "best of" list next year. Roedelius' Budd-like piano minimalism and lots of quirky yet accessible electronic textures and effects from Story (many sincere thank to Jeff Pearce who corrected me on the original reversed order of crediting these musicians). It's like a cross between their previous release Lunz and solo Story efforts like The Perfect Flaw and Shadowplay. Really a superb effort on both artists' parts, IMO. A balancing act between romantic neo-chamber minimalism and quasi-abstract electronic tonalities. Very highly recommended if you're into this kind of music (subdued, melancholic, but a little edgy too).
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: michael sandler on January 31, 2008, 07:50:17 PM
I've been listening to Andrew Lahiff over and over awake and asleep for about a year now and it never gets old.

Mike S.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Brian Bieniowski on February 01, 2008, 05:36:51 AM
Thanks again for the reminder about Inlandish, Bill.  Tim Story was kind enough to send me a copy of Lunz after he read my review of the Roedelius biography back in 2004[ish], and the CD quickly became a big favorite of mine.  Just ordered the new one.  (And I also look forward to their Gathering appearance in November!)   8)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Dave Michuda on February 01, 2008, 07:14:37 AM
Thomas Dolby - the sole inhabitant LIVE - Great live record.  A lot of artists from the 80's I wouldn't really care to see live anymore, Thomas Dolby would be an exception.
Eberhard Weber - Fluid Rustle - Dug this up after reading the ECM thread.  Excellent album.
yagya - rhythm of snow - Another one I pulled out based on another thread.  Also played it in honor of all the freakin' snow we keep getting, it just never seems to stop.
philip glass - koyaanisqatsi & glassworks - I needed some Philip Glass for a piece I am editing at work, so I played these two repeatedly yesterday.  Glassworks was the first Glass recording that I heard, back in the 80's, and I still love it.  The song Rubric works great with timelapse or sped-up video.  Gotta be the only TV station in Milwaukee using Philip Glass for some crap health story.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on February 05, 2008, 09:44:27 AM
blur - moddern life is rubbish
underworld - dark & long e.p.
the circular ruins - falling into the sky
vir unis - mercury and plastic

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on February 05, 2008, 04:29:08 PM
Thanks, John :)

Today:

-Leonard Cohen: Songs of Love and Hate

Yes, sometimes I tumble backwards !

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on February 07, 2008, 01:51:46 AM
Several recent Peter Wright albums.  His recent live one, "Pretty Mushroom Clouds" on Archive is really stunning.  Some really powerful guitar drone with fine sense of flow.

Also pulled out Chris Short's Duende, which is a really nice guitar-based album, too, though more in the ambient guitar sense.

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: g.@.b. on February 07, 2008, 06:34:16 PM
NP:

proJJeXx.1: decelerated recycling (files I've been playing with).

All the tracks here are experimental drones, created from compositions, samples & sections of larger works...via software; scanned into Audacity (freeware: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/)...then worked (and re-worked) until they sounded right for ambient mixing. D/L zip-file includes a list of original artists used (some Jazz, some Ambient).

And, don't worry, I'm not quitting my day job  :D

(http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd27/gablabs/Mix%20Art/ProJJeXx_1_small.jpg)

D/L:
http://www.divshare.com/download/3723773-2d6
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on February 07, 2008, 07:19:32 PM
Looks interesting g.a.b.

Menawhile, this evening has been
- Brian McBride : When the detail lost its freedom.
- Stars of the Lid: Their Refinement ... (both disks)
- Nunc Stans: Timeless


Was very much in the mood for the Stars  Kranky sound.

And the Nunc Stans is just about to be released here at DataObscura,
along with a free EP download. Perhaps as early as tomorrow :)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on February 08, 2008, 07:17:08 AM
I'm still listening to the Run Lola Run soundtrack in the car between listening to Bob and Tom and NPR stuff...   The soundtrack is mostly good - it has the same themes throughout the disc so it gets a bit weary to listen to all the way through - but in short bursts it's quite nice.

Enjoying Meat Beat Manifesto - Subliminal Sandwich at my desk.  Some brilliant stuff on this 2-discer.   Also - Underworld - Pearl's Girl was also on the player yesterday.   
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: kawera on February 11, 2008, 12:45:56 AM
This weekend I watched and listened to Time of the Earth for the first time in a couple of years. Oh boy it's still fantastic! Thank you Steve & Steve! Can anyone suggest something similar to this for me to check out?
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on February 11, 2008, 05:12:49 AM
Time of the Earth is very nice!  I had that on a few months ago (I play it about once or twice a year...).

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: LNerell on February 11, 2008, 03:15:44 PM
This weekend I watched and listened to Time of the Earth for the first time in a couple of years. Oh boy it's still fantastic! Thank you Steve & Steve! Can anyone suggest something similar to this for me to check out?

Yeah just about any of the films by Ron Fricke. Try "Chronos," "Sacred Site," "Baraka" or even "Koyaanisqatsi."
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on February 12, 2008, 07:41:34 AM
Starting the day with a few Atmoworks beats

- The Elf Machine: IO
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on February 12, 2008, 09:19:21 AM
I like IO quite a bit - love that cover art.

I've been listening to

(http://www.atmoworks.com/ethereal_files/holding on letting go 150.jpg)  Peter James - Holding On Letting Go

Also on Atmoworks.   I've been diving through Peter James' and Dean Richards' work all week long and loving it.   
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jblock on February 12, 2008, 12:21:04 PM
Miles Davis, The Complete On The Corner Sessions
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: kawera on February 12, 2008, 03:26:43 PM
This weekend I watched and listened to Time of the Earth for the first time in a couple of years. Oh boy it's still fantastic! Thank you Steve & Steve! Can anyone suggest something similar to this for me to check out?

Yeah just about any of the films by Ron Fricke. Try "Chronos," "Sacred Site," "Baraka" or even "Koyaanisqatsi."

Thanks for the recommendation!

This evening:

Saul Stokes - Outfolding -- I never get tired of this album. Personally I think it's one of the best electronic albums I've ever heard. It's beautiful, restrained and varied.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on February 13, 2008, 07:09:01 AM
Outfolding is truly gorgeous.   Zo Pilots is still (and probably always) a favorite as well.

np:   Muse - Absolution

was:  Rufus Wainwright - mix.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: MPECK on February 13, 2008, 09:08:03 AM
Battles-Mirrored: Zappaesque to say the least. Its always a pleasure to listen to the modern state of rock sans the eyeshadow and whining voices of poor broken hearted white kids that their greatest life tragedy is that their parents forgot to pay their SUV payment last month.

Neurosis-The Eye of Every Storm:
An epic album that reveals yet another side and sound of one of metal's most influencial bands.

The Blood Brothers - Young Machetes: The fifth and last album from this Seattle post-punk outfit. You'll either love it or hate it. My wife hates it...

Selected tracks from Mark Mahoney's upcoming album.

Squarepusher: Hello Everything
In one word-brilliant.

Mr. Bungle-Disco Volante: Spastic, experimental and amazing. I can't begin to count the hours I've devoted to deciphering this album.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: michael sandler on February 13, 2008, 05:25:46 PM
My head was going to explode so I took a shot of very strong drink and put on At The Gates, Slaughter of the Soul. Much better.  :P

Mike S.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on February 13, 2008, 09:50:33 PM
A mixture of things, all of which I'm enjoying quite a bit--

Peter Wright - Red Lion (yes, him again)
Boxhead Ensemble - Quartets (sort of postrock meets chamber ambient, very enjoyable)
Valerio Cosi - The Spiritual Committee
Meursault - Sleeping Debris

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on February 14, 2008, 07:36:51 AM

In my quest to clean, purge, and organize - I've been going through all of my cd's - pulling out the artwork and tossing the jewel cases.   To my somewhat surprise... I found I had a lot more cd's in tubs in the basement than I thought (I thought most of those tubs were already empty jewels!)  In fact - I have 100+ of those cd's I just 'rescued' from the basement. 

It's like they're all new again!    Some ended up there for a reason - they're just not as great - but some just ended up there accidentally due to a hurried cleaning up in my studio...  :)

now:   add n to x - I don't remember the title because they didn't see it as necessary to putting their band name or album title on the disc... however, I remember the cover art so I know it's them...  what a wild disc this is.   Lots of crazy analog synth punkish stuff.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: phrozenlight on February 15, 2008, 04:36:00 AM
Phrozenlight - Far Side of the Galaxy
( www.ambientlive.com/ (http://www.ambientlive.com/) )
(http://www.ambientlive.com/albums/phrozenlight_farside.jpg)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on February 15, 2008, 05:22:19 AM
Watched a few Vonfrickle videos on youtube... hilarious (in a great way).   I used to be in a band with one of the guitarists in Von Frickle.   It's instrumental prog stuff - really worth your time if you like prog!    Check out their myspace page...  http://www.myspace.com/vonfrickle

Also - continuing the trek through my cd's I had tossed in the basement...  all about the 80's at the moment...

Cabaret Voltaire - Eight Crepescule Tracks
Swans - Holy Money
Church - Remote Luxury
Robyn Hitchcock - Uncontrolled Personality Traights


 


Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: petekelly on February 15, 2008, 01:22:50 PM
The Gasman - bloody marvellous IDM. It's like some kind of warped mental excercise 'following' his stuff, such is it's quirk. Current faves from his 'The Grand Electric Palace of Variety' album:

'Electric Coconut' (says it all really)
'Bontempi Lutein'
'Bifidus'
'Imodium'

and 'Spector' from his 'Love Collection' album.
www.myspace.com/thegasman

Also listening to (and reworking) the fantastic Mrs Jynx
www.myspace.com/mrsjynx
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jim brenholts on February 15, 2008, 04:02:16 PM
three discs on the rotation today:
alio die - under an holy ritual, biosphere - substrata
these two are on my all time favorites list. this is the only biosphere disc that i really like. the alio die disc is an absolute classic
i am currently listening to rising by lustmord - a typically dark ambient cd by one of that style's best!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: g.@.b. on February 15, 2008, 07:17:27 PM
Nik Bartsch's Ronin  - Holon (ECM)

Nik Bartsch -  Piano
Sha - Bass Clarinets, Alto Saxophone
Bjorn Meyer - Bass
Kaspar Rast - Drums
Andi Pupato - Percussion

Crisp, experimental Jazz. Review: http://blogcritics.org/archives/2008/02/07/001708.php


Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on February 16, 2008, 12:52:13 PM
Today

- Tom Waits: Rain Dogs 
- Blur : Parklife
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: darkenedsoul on February 16, 2008, 02:35:30 PM
Herbst9 vs Z'ev - Through Bleak Landscapes - nice kinda noisy in a sense of what's going on. I like it. Interesting stuff.
After:
Sear Bliss: Glory and Perdition (if you like black metal check this band out, Trumpet/Trombone! AWESOME stuff! Excellent production, been in touch with Andras (singer/bassist), I have a few of theirs as well as Decade of Perdition DVD (unfortunately it's PAL....plays on PC but not on my Panasonic....grrrrrr. My old apex would have played it but I tossed it when it started having issues playing discs...). But it is pretty cool stuff for black metal. Well played, great production and again the use of Horns in it is a treat and not overdone at all, works very well in the music.

and after that...probably some DOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooommmmmmmmmm! ;-)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: hjalmer on February 16, 2008, 02:36:05 PM
darker on the edges...

simulacra | eidolon
taphephobia | anomie
netherworld | kali-the abyss where dreams fall
nether | abysmal
na koja abad | black serpent rising
northaunt | barren land
woob | 1194
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on February 16, 2008, 02:59:20 PM
Moved on to a first listen of

- Numina: Symbiotic Spaces  (I'm new to this, but so far some excellent pieces on disk 1, especially track 4 !)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: hdibrell on February 16, 2008, 05:47:57 PM
Picked up some used cd's on a trip to Austin, TX last weekend at Waterloo Records and Cheapo's.  I have all of these on vinyl, but seldom get them out to listen to. I guess I needed a little rennaissance style folk again. It's like running into some old friends.   Harry
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on February 16, 2008, 07:46:18 PM
I have about a dozen Incredible String Band albums. Used to be a big fan back in the day.
Good to hear someone else mention them  :)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on February 17, 2008, 03:27:54 AM
darker on the edges...

simulacra | eidolon

I liked this release: http://www.ei-mag.com/verite0015.php#11 (http://www.ei-mag.com/verite0015.php#11)
(http://www.triplebath.gr/releases/trb.004/trb.004.jpg)

netherworld | kali-the abyss where dreams fall

I found this one heavy going, though I liked his Mørketid: http://www.ei-mag.com/verite0010.php#16 (http://www.ei-mag.com/verite0010.php#16)
(http://distorsom.no.sapo.pt/webzine1/Resources/b07eq0503.jpg)                 (http://www.deltacomunicazione.com/LOGHI/morketid.jpg)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on February 17, 2008, 12:55:11 PM
Cliff Martinez - Will She Come Back?
anyone mentioned the brilliant OST for the Solaris Remake ..... perfect for falling asleep :)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on February 17, 2008, 02:00:22 PM
David Tagg: Waist Deep Seas of Milk - Endless waves and clouds of spaced-out guitar-drone bliss for those who like it long, sustained and milky. Fab stuff!

(http://www.second-sun.net/imgs/davidtagg_waistdeep.jpg) http://www.second-sun.net/CDcat_ssrcd_07.htm (http://www.second-sun.net/CDcat_ssrcd_07.htm)

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on February 17, 2008, 02:04:30 PM
Cliff Martinez - Will She Come Back?
anyone mentioned the brilliant OST for the Solaris Remake ..... perfect for falling asleep :)

SiF - That Martinez soundtrack is on my all-time best short-list. Enchanting work throughout.
Fine movie too.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on February 17, 2008, 02:17:32 PM
Cliff Martinez - Will She Come Back?
anyone mentioned the brilliant OST for the Solaris Remake ..... perfect for falling asleep :)

SiF - That Martinez soundtrack is on my all-time best short-list. Enchanting work throughout.
Fine movie too.

I agree. An absolute pearl of remote melancholia - I particularly like the tracks that hitch gamelanesque electronics with gorgeous (real) string swells.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on February 18, 2008, 09:14:52 AM
Cliff Martinez - Will She Come Back?
anyone mentioned the brilliant OST for the Solaris Remake ..... perfect for falling asleep :)

SiF - That Martinez soundtrack is on my all-time best short-list. Enchanting work throughout.
Fine movie too.
The Movie is a bit weak, when you know the original version.
But yeah, the OST is bloody brilliant.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: uhurit on February 18, 2008, 12:31:15 PM
Currently:
1. Amazing Grace, "Revival Times"
2. Ed Pias, "Ancestor's Halo" (an all-times tribal (?) classic from the Extreme)
3. Vladislav Delay, "The Four Quarters" and "Multila"
4. Cube 7 (Alio Die/James Johnson) "Sospensione D'Estate"
5. M. Grassow, "Deeper Purity"
6. Ahuradha Pal, "A Tabla Solo"
7. Vrindavan Mellows, Part 1
8. Rapoon, "Recurring Dream Circle"
9. Seofon, "Zero Point"
10. D Tate/Paul Bradley, "Some Time Today"
11. M. Askill/Omar Tekbilek "Fata Morgana"
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on February 22, 2008, 11:19:16 AM
John Tilbury - Barcelona piano solo

Saw him live a few years ago. Very gifted improviser. One of the few. And this one bears repeated listening especially the sections where he's working inside the piano.

Asmus Tietchens - Z Menge

I used to be really into Asmus but find much of his music is best appreciated as "truly" experimental ie. not so much interested in "musicality" as many would define it. Limited soundworlds that are best visited in small doses...or taken with collaborations (ie. w/ Koner et al)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: MPECK on February 22, 2008, 03:38:45 PM
Bruce Haak-Electric Lucifer Book 2:
I stumled across Bruce Haack watching the Documentary channel and was immediatley drawn to his story. Primitve and childlike come to mind when explaining his music. I say that in comparison to the innocence that permeates his work.

Explosions In The Sky-Those Who Tell The Truth...
 I took a chance on these guys from Austin TX. after reading several rave reviews and was/am mildly impressed.

Nathaniel Merriweather presents LOVEAGE "Music to make love to your old lady by"
Dan the Automator/Mike Patton/Jennifer Charles.... what more do you need for an instant classic?


Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Dave Michuda on February 22, 2008, 06:31:02 PM
Nik Bärtsch'S Ronin - Holon - all the praise elsewhere on the forum is correct, great cd.
Emmy Lou Harris - Wrecking Ball Demos - I love this album & the demos & outtakes are excellent as well.
Tangerine Dream - Hyperborea - pulled out an old casstte I had of this album, I used to listen to this constantly at work for a year or so in 1995.  Not sure how it ranks in the overall TD catalog, but I like it.
Juno OST - it's hard to believe this is the number one album in the US(or at least it was a couple of weeks ago.)  Very fun, quirky folk collection.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: kawera on February 23, 2008, 07:46:54 AM
Off The Sky - Cold Distances -- This is still incredibly beautiful stuff. The first couple of tracks are so deep and really does sound like, well, coldness. Excellent!

Rumforskning - Fremtiden -- Essential album. There's just something about the noises and drones in this album. It works!

 
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: spunknik on February 23, 2008, 03:29:01 PM
Mum-go go smear the poison ivy
Deerhunter-fluoresent grey
Golgatha-Tales of transgression and sacrifice
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on February 23, 2008, 03:35:01 PM
Off The Sky - Cold Distances -- This is still incredibly beautiful stuff. The first couple of tracks are so deep and really does sound like, well, coldness. Excellent!

Rumforskning - Fremtiden -- Essential album. There's just something about the noises and drones in this album. It works!

Yep, couple of mighty fine albums. I'm surprised that more people have not discovered Rumforskning. Can't say I've sold many, but they create some fascinating and addictive glitchy/noisy/drone music.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on February 23, 2008, 03:37:46 PM
Mum-go go smear the poison ivy


Spunknik : I'm a fan of Mum, but the Poison Ivy release didn't work for me. Found it quite a change. You enjoying it ?
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: spunknik on February 23, 2008, 07:58:50 PM
Yes,I really like it.The only other one I have is Please smile my noise bleed .I have also been listening to Troum's Sen album and I think it is incredible ritual music.I am looking forward to hearing the Aussie Room label 3" c.d.'s Mike is selling as I ordered the whole lot and the compilation.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on February 24, 2008, 01:15:03 PM
Some recent netlabel listening:

Intelligent Toys 4 (a varied set; has a great new Esem track)

Lackluster -CDR#2 (a 320 kbps version is available on Archive.org)

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on February 24, 2008, 05:58:44 PM
I've been jazzing a lot this weekend.

But on the electro-ambient side

- Paul Bradley : Twenty Hertz  (Interesting early work. Appears not to be guitar-based. Neat sounds)
- Alan Lockett: Swells and Billows 2  (MIX ... its a good set the Bristol Boy strung together)
- Keith Berry: A Strange Feather  (I'm addicted to these curious existential landscapes)
- Spyra: Headphone Concert (that 25min opening track , Jeden, is amazing .. if you like the berlin style its a must)

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Wayne Higgins on February 25, 2008, 10:07:32 AM
I found a mint copy on vinyl, deutsch gramaphone, 9 record set, of all the Beethoven Symphonies!

Also, Eric Burden declares WAR and The Hollies Greatest Hits.

CD:  The sound track for "There Will Be Blood"  Excellent!!!

Waiting for April.  I got tickets for Alison Krauss and Robert Plant in Birmingham, AL!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SunDummy on February 26, 2008, 12:44:44 PM
Yesterday I listened to the entire "Alice in Wonderland" set by Randy Greif; great stuff.  Made for a really unsettling work-day...  ;D
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on February 26, 2008, 01:38:46 PM
- Jonathan Coleclough: One hour as sixty million years (basically ripping up the fabric of space-time in this intense space/drone orgy)

One of the most intense, enfolding, and above all *kinetic* drone outings I've heard in a while. Phew!
Unfortunately, free download from the JC's site was no longer available at last view :(
http://www.coleclough.plus.com/pages/downloads.html (http://www.coleclough.plus.com/pages/downloads.html)

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jim brenholts on February 26, 2008, 06:56:08 PM
dead weather machine by sleep research facility
this was recommended on steve roach's site so i took a shot. it seems to be processed found sounds and nature samples - a technique of which i am extremely fond. it is very cool stuff, indeed.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Antdude on February 26, 2008, 07:23:31 PM
dead weather machine by sleep research facility
this was recommended on steve roach's site so i took a shot. it seems to be processed found sounds and nature samples - a technique of which i am extremely fond. it is very cool stuff, indeed.

Dead Weather Machine re:Heat, which is a further remix of the original material is even better, a 60-minute jump right off the cliff into the dark ether. If it's still available, get both of them...
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on February 27, 2008, 06:15:32 PM
Now playing

- Near The parenthesis: Of Soft Construction  (n5md)

A very good album in the idm kinda style common on the n5md label.
A sophisticated sound. Nothing over the top. Often beautiful.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jim brenholts on February 28, 2008, 04:37:40 PM
the new david parsons (are you there mr beck?) - surya
this is less worldly and more otherworldly by intent - more space music and less tribal ambience. it is awesome!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Dave Michuda on February 29, 2008, 06:51:46 PM
Entia Non - Remora ep [dataobscura 2008]
off the sky - evolute of an ion apple (iod002 2008)
Irezumi - endurance [snowblood 2007]
Dave Zeal & Daniel Maze - small airports [test tube 2007]
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Parallel Worlds on March 01, 2008, 01:47:52 AM
during the last days:

Vidna Obmana and Alio Die - Echo Passage
Five Thousand Spirits - Mesmeric Revelation
Radiohead - In Rainbows
Plaid - Parts In The Post
Aphex Twin - Druqks
Tetsu Inoue - Ambiant Otaku
Vidna Obmana - An Opera For 4 Fussion Works: act1, act2, act3
Move D Namlook - Raumland Exploration
David Morley - Ghosts
Five Thousand Spirits - A Tapestry For Sorcerers
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on March 01, 2008, 07:09:35 AM
Dark Suns - Free Of You
germany's best atmospheric progressive metal band .... very good album
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on March 01, 2008, 07:24:44 AM
(http://g.virbcdn.com/cdnImages/crop_200x200/Image-57202-47123-ben537_425.jpg)

talkingmakesnosensethe winter drones (benbecula) – appealing warm’n’cosy textured release from Scotland wrought by one Dom Dixon, whose blurry wooze of strung-out guitar (rendered otherwise) results in a kind of Benbecula label take on (Kompakt) Pop Ambient. For Kranky-fanciers it also loiters nicely around the crossroads between their Old (space/post-rock drift) and New (minimal and microsonic electronica) Schools.
Full-length samples here on his myspace:http://www.myspace.com/talkingmakesnosense (http://www.myspace.com/talkingmakesnosense)
From Benbecula:http://www.benbecula.com/release/talkingmakesnosense/the_winter_drones.shtml (http://www.benbecula.com/release/talkingmakesnosense/the_winter_drones.shtml)


Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jim brenholts on March 01, 2008, 05:09:21 PM
doing some shuffle play along 5 discs:
eleven questions - robert rich/markus reuter
i am a foreigner - rapoon
cyborg, disc 1- klaus schulze
wave mantra - sean washburn
unreleased material - life in balance
this is a very eclectic listen. it's cool when the shuffle hits one of the long tracks (there are 5 over 20' long.) the 5 discs are very dissimilar but that makes it fun - the contrasts become complimentary.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on March 02, 2008, 07:04:18 AM
(http://g.virbcdn.com/cdnImages/crop_200x200/Image-57202-47123-ben537_425.jpg)

talkingmakesnosensethe winter drones (benbecula) – appealing warm’n’cosy textured release from Scotland wrought by one Dom Dixon, whose blurry wooze of strung-out guitar (rendered otherwise) results in a kind of Benbecula label take on (Kompakt) Pop Ambient. For Kranky-fanciers it also loiters nicely around the crossroads between their Old (space/post-rock drift) and New (minimal and microsonic electronica) Schools.
Full-length samples here on his myspace:http://www.myspace.com/talkingmakesnosense (http://www.myspace.com/talkingmakesnosense)
From Benbecula:http://www.benbecula.com/release/talkingmakesnosense/the_winter_drones.shtml (http://www.benbecula.com/release/talkingmakesnosense/the_winter_drones.shtml)



Fuck, Alan. That is simply not real.
2 Days ago i contacted Dominic, if he is interested in releasing
something on Waterscape. No response till now.
But i think we both share each others mind, alan. :D
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Parallel Worlds on March 02, 2008, 08:12:41 PM
Steve Stoll - Earthling
Vidna Obmana and Asmus Tietchens - Syrenia 2
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on March 03, 2008, 07:52:45 AM
talkingmakesnosensethe winter drones (benbecula) – appealing warm’n’cosy textured release from Scotland wrought by one Dom Dixon [...]

Quote from: SiF
Fuck, Alan. That is simply not real.
2 Days ago i contacted Dominic, if he is interested in releasing
something on Waterscape. No response till now.
But i think we both share each others mind, alan. :D

Yeah, there is something more than a little unheimlich about how I keep 'prefiguring' your Waterscape candidates, Martin. I can assure you though, in re: sharing minds, I may have appropriated part of your mind, but haven't yet taken full control... I've left you with some free will intact ;)
Seriously though, I look forward to hearing you confirm a W'scape 3" from TMNS :)
Now how about that David Tagg...?    http://www.second-sun.net/CDcat_ssrcd_07.htm (http://www.second-sun.net/CDcat_ssrcd_07.htm)

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on March 05, 2008, 02:12:44 AM
Well talkingmakesnosense will not release on waterscape.
its hard for him to record new music, so a 3" wont happen
in the near future.

The same goes for Lähtö. Unfortunately. But different reasons.
Watch here.
http://bulletins.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=bulletin.read&messageID=5470480571&MyToken=703d61c1-a125-44dc-b61f-72b4e5c9f26e&hash=MIG3BgorBgEEAYI3WAPyoIGoMIGlBgorBgEEAYI3WAMBoIGWMIGTAgMCAAECAmYDAgIAwAQIqQ3Fqn0HMhYEECIWCTmlaFOocQNAOJG2JNIEaB4bdff9jVmQ13SC4OQ5Cymg1PdwTPVYnUNm2yVafaPSCJpWJ2CWD%2fZSD8xXUPntpMJgzd%2fbFuPLf1vY7bcM8qOF9B4QjllSld9RuQVGRRn4z9Whc1gF2%2bj1yCwJWWCZc2FZB%2bEb2Y3H

But i will listen to the Samples of David Tagg for sure.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jim brenholts on March 05, 2008, 04:48:50 PM
1st 3 discs of mystic chords and sacred spaces on shuffle. i think this might be one of the most underrated sets ever. steve was/is in the zone.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on March 05, 2008, 04:53:48 PM
This evening

- Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan & Michael Brook - Night Song

I think this was from 1996, and a class piece of groove/vocal ethnic it is. Gets regular play here.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on March 06, 2008, 01:41:02 AM
1st 3 discs of mystic chords and sacred spaces on shuffle. i think this might be one of the most underrated sets ever. steve was/is in the zone.
Yeah. That was perhaps on of the best buys i have ever did.
Great Set of Music.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Parallel Worlds on March 06, 2008, 02:00:03 AM
Vidna Obmana - Opera For 4 Fussion Works Act 2 : Phrasing the air
V/A - Chaos lovers
Ian Boddy - The Final Question
Depeche Mode - Playing The Angel
Five Thousand Spirits - Mesmeric Revelation
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jblock on March 06, 2008, 06:33:07 AM
On a fusion kick:

Jean-Luc Ponty: Live
Tony Williams: Spectrum (Anthology)
Billy Cobham: Total Eclipse
CTI All-Stars: California Concert
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on March 06, 2008, 02:02:54 PM
Well talkingmakesnosense will not release on waterscape. its hard for him to record new music, so a 3" wont happen in the near future.

Fair enough, but I wouldn't've thought 20 minutes of new music would be that hard to come up with.

The same goes for Lähtö. Unfortunately. But different reasons.
Watch here.
http://bulletins.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=bulletin.read&messageID=5470480571&MyToken=703d61c1-a125-44dc-b61f-72b4e5c9f26e&hash=MIG3BgorBgEEAYI3WAPyoIGoMIGlBgorBgEEAYI3WAMBoIGWMIGTAgMCAAECAmYDAgIAwAQIqQ3Fqn0HMhYEECIWCTmlaFOocQNAOJG2JNIEaB4bdff9jVmQ13SC4OQ5Cymg1PdwTPVYnUNm2yVafaPSCJpWJ2CWD%2fZSD8xXUPntpMJgzd%2fbFuPLf1vY7bcM8qOF9B4QjllSld9RuQVGRRn4z9Whc1gF2%2bj1yCwJWWCZc2FZB%2bEb2Y3H

Seems like he's beating himself up unduly. Lähtö's stuff was quite markedly influenced by other artists (not just Hammock, but also Eluvium, Sigur Ros, Tim Hecker, Fennesz), but I thought he did enough to make it his own. The line between plagiarism and intertextuality/recontextualiztion has become blurred anyway, as notions of authorship and originality have been problematized. Sure, own up to an error of judgement, but to jack it all in seems rather extreme as a self-punishment.

But i will listen to the Samples of David Tagg for sure.

David Tagg's Waist Deep Seas of Milk is an enveloping immersive altered guitar-scape that I rate very highly. Thinking about it, though, he may not be inclined to release on other labels as he owner/co-owner of two already, Expanding Electronic Diversity and Second Sun Recordings (with Milieu aka Brian Grainger), and has already put out a frightening (almost as frightening as his sidekick Milieu) amount of stuff the past year or so.


Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: petekelly on March 06, 2008, 02:24:57 PM
Quote
'The line between plagiarism and intertextuality/recontextualiztion has become blurred anyway, as notions of authorship and originality have been problematized.'


Alan, could you explain your point a bit more lucidly ?. I'm curious as to what you mean by this statement.
How has the the issue become 'problematized' ?  - is it a problem ? 

Transcontextuations !
Pete
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: uhurit on March 06, 2008, 02:46:48 PM
Just bought David Tagg's 'Waist Deep Seas of Milk'  : great music!!!!  I am always suspicious of the guitar drone/ambient music, wary of those guitars somewhere in the middle of the disc turning from soothing drones into wailing post-punk whatever. This CD is truly remarkable ambient/drone music, and the artist definitely deserves wider recognition.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on March 06, 2008, 03:08:03 PM
Quote
'The line between plagiarism and intertextuality/recontextualiztion has become blurred anyway, as notions of authorship and originality have been problematized.'


Alan, could you explain your point a bit more lucidly ?. I'm curious as to what you mean by this statement.
How has the the issue become 'problematized' ?  - is it a problem ? 

Transcontextuations !
Pete


Holy cow that's a mouthful, Alan.   But oddly enough - I think I know what you're saying and agree with you.


Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on March 06, 2008, 03:34:10 PM
Quote
'The line between plagiarism and intertextuality/recontextualiztion has become blurred anyway, as notions of authorship and originality have been problematized.'


Alan, could you explain your point a bit more lucidly ?. I'm curious as to what you mean by this statement.
How has the the issue become 'problematized' ?  - is it a problem ? 

Transcontextuations !
Pete

Holy cow that's a mouthful, Alan.   But oddly enough - I think I know what you're saying and agree with you.

Heh. Thanks for that, jkn. Well, Pete asked for it... so, yes, I’ll bite, though you should know that ‘lucidity’ isn’t one of my virtues ;-)
At the risk of typecasting myself as the resident pseudo-intellectual ;), some of the ideas to do with the authorship issue (and yes, it IS a problem, or at least, it has been problematized) can be found in the opening paragraphs of this chapter from a textbook on Semiotics. Caution is advised, though; bedtime reading it is not: http://www.aber.ac.uk/media/Documents/S4B/sem09.html
What it says about “text” and “writer” and “language” is, arguably, applicable to the context of music composition, and underlies my comment on Lähtö's admission of appropriation of Hammock's musical text.


Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on March 06, 2008, 03:35:55 PM
Just bought David Tagg's 'Waist Deep Seas of Milk'  : great music!!!!  I am always suspicious of the guitar drone/ambient music, wary of those guitars somewhere in the middle of the disc turning from soothing drones into wailing post-punk whatever. This CD is truly remarkable ambient/drone music, and the artist definitely deserves wider recognition.

I agree. WDSoM is getting regular spinnage in this listening space.

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on March 06, 2008, 08:29:00 PM
Quote
'The line between plagiarism and intertextuality/recontextualiztion has become blurred anyway, as notions of authorship and originality have been problematized.'


Alan, could you explain your point a bit more lucidly ?. I'm curious as to what you mean by this statement.
How has the the issue become 'problematized' ?  - is it a problem ? 

Transcontextuations !
Pete

Holy cow that's a mouthful, Alan.   But oddly enough - I think I know what you're saying and agree with you.

Heh. Thanks for that, jkn. Well, Pete asked for it... so, yes, I’ll bite, though you should know that ‘lucidity’ isn’t one of my virtues ;-)
At the risk of typecasting myself as the resident pseudo-intellectual ;), some of the ideas to do with the authorship issue (and yes, it IS a problem, or at least, it has been problematized) can be found in the opening paragraphs of this chapter from a textbook on Semiotics. Caution is advised, though; bedtime reading it is not: http://www.aber.ac.uk/media/Documents/S4B/sem09.html
What it says about “text” and “writer” and “language” is, arguably, applicable to the context of music composition, and underlies my comment on Lähtö's admission of appropriation of Hammock's musical text.


Interesting topic.

I think problematized is preferable to it being called a problem. The semiotic, and general postmodern, stress on intertextuality is a highlighting of the power of influence; that text and music production do not arise in a vacuum, but on the backs of precursors, from which it must borrow. New authors/composers re-write and re-arrange what has gone before, they don't create ex nihilo, and they therefore owe a great deal to the tradition in which they are nurtured ... it is what they work with, and within. But of course, we know this already, and its not really a problem. Its just that authorship, and the notion of author, are constituted within this system of exchanges, and can not be free from it. Appropriation is the name of the game, whether we like it or not. And whether we admit it or not. So given that authors must borrow, the notion of authorship is problematised. But not eradicated. We still attempt to make things our own and put our slant onto what we have borrowed and absorbed. Borrowing only becomes a problem with a shift in the direction of wholesale quoting or mindless mimicing (?) of other works, and leads to plagiarism of a bad sort when this quoting is not owned up to. The extreme is the cover band that pretends the works are their own compositions.

The upshot is that originality is somewhat overrated and misguided, especially in the western "culture of the individual"

But enuf of all that. Time for chardonnay,  and a new episode of Lost !   :)

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on March 07, 2008, 01:44:20 AM
Well talkingmakesnosense will not release on waterscape. its hard for him to record new music, so a 3" wont happen in the near future.

Fair enough, but I wouldn't've thought 20 minutes of new music would be that hard to come up with.

The same goes for Lähtö. Unfortunately. But different reasons.
Watch here.
http://bulletins.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=bulletin.read&messageID=5470480571&MyToken=703d61c1-a125-44dc-b61f-72b4e5c9f26e&hash=MIG3BgorBgEEAYI3WAPyoIGoMIGlBgorBgEEAYI3WAMBoIGWMIGTAgMCAAECAmYDAgIAwAQIqQ3Fqn0HMhYEECIWCTmlaFOocQNAOJG2JNIEaB4bdff9jVmQ13SC4OQ5Cymg1PdwTPVYnUNm2yVafaPSCJpWJ2CWD%2fZSD8xXUPntpMJgzd%2fbFuPLf1vY7bcM8qOF9B4QjllSld9RuQVGRRn4z9Whc1gF2%2bj1yCwJWWCZc2FZB%2bEb2Y3H

Seems like he's beating himself up unduly. Lähtö's stuff was quite markedly influenced by other artists (not just Hammock, but also Eluvium, Sigur Ros, Tim Hecker, Fennesz), but I thought he did enough to make it his own. The line between plagiarism and intertextuality/recontextualiztion has become blurred anyway, as notions of authorship and originality have been problematized. Sure, own up to an error of judgement, but to jack it all in seems rather extreme as a self-punishment.

But i will listen to the Samples of David Tagg for sure.

David Tagg's Waist Deep Seas of Milk is an enveloping immersive altered guitar-scape that I rate very highly. Thinking about it, though, he may not be inclined to release on other labels as he owner/co-owner of two already, Expanding Electronic Diversity and Second Sun Recordings (with Milieu aka Brian Grainger), and has already put out a frightening (almost as frightening as his sidekick Milieu) amount of stuff the past year or so.



Hi Alan.

Well i also think that coming up with a 20min Song should not
be that hard, but who am i to judge someone, right? Thats his
business.

I contacted David Tagg and he seems really interested in this
hole idea of releasing on waterscape. Gave me Links to 3
Records. 2 x 3" and one full length. So i can basically choose
which one to release. Thats great.

And yeah, i also bought his "WDSoM".

BTW: The new Taiga Remains is out on Waterscape.
Lovely Guitar Drone Stuff. One of the best i heard in quiet
a while to be honest.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on March 07, 2008, 06:36:40 AM
I agree with the raves here about David Tagg's "Waist Deep in Seas of Milk". This stuff is awesome, in fact I'm listening right now.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on March 07, 2008, 07:29:24 AM
speedy j - a shocking hobby
autechre - lp5
medeski martin & wood - uninvisible
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on March 07, 2008, 11:48:12 AM
Kiln - Thermals On endless repeat! Lovely stuff and a fitting title. On Infraction.
Richard Chartier - Set or Performance A quiet rumble for "installation style" listening.

Soon to get to Steve Jansen's "Slope"
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: spunknik on March 07, 2008, 03:38:34 PM
been listening to these lately:
M. Griffin-The pulse meditations(over and over again)
Matthew Florianz-Maalbeek and Drie(excellent on the phones)
Rose McDowall/Naevus/Sonver-a couple of songs by each artist on Music Box-Great!
Airport Symphony 1-V/a- Nice music and field recordings
Oh, I just got that Sugarcubes thing that compiles all their studio stuff(I always wanted that)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on March 07, 2008, 04:03:06 PM
Mike's Pulse Meditations is really nice - I've enjoyed that on repeat a number of times as well.  :)

I tossed on Speedy J's Loudboxer and Killing Joke's Laugh, I Nearly Bought One compilation for the afternoon try to stay upbeat at work because everyone wanted to get out of there...  (ambient just wouldn't really cut it this afternoon... :)  )
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Parallel Worlds on March 07, 2008, 07:29:36 PM
KS - ...Live... (rerelease)
TD - Bootleg Box vol.1 cd2
Chris Clark - Empty The Bones Of You
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on March 09, 2008, 12:24:47 PM
Bass Communion - Ghosts on Magnetic Tape III
well this is certainly my favorite headphone-listening trip
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Parallel Worlds on March 09, 2008, 04:45:56 PM
Autechre - Untilted
Experimental Audio Research - The Koner Experiment
Tetsu Inoue - Organic Cloud
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jim brenholts on March 09, 2008, 06:04:00 PM
believe it or not - a good life by joe grushecky, a semi-legendary blues rocker in the springsteen style. (the boss has guested on several of joe's albums and vice versa. they have also toured together several times.)
i helped joe feel a tad old today. i saw him at the home show at the pgh convention center today. he had a set up at the local rock stations booth. i told him that i first saw/heard him when he opened for patti smith at the leona theater (long gone) in homestead, pa (a suburb of pittsburgh) when he was the lead for the iron city houserockers. he smiled and remembered. i bought his newest cd telling him i wanted to hear how he sounded now. "not bad for an old man," he said, smiling. it was pretty cool!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Seren on March 10, 2008, 10:16:23 AM
Kluas weise - Ming Noir
Tavener - The Protecting Veil.
Tallis Scholars - the Palestrina masses
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on March 10, 2008, 12:28:06 PM

Disturbed Earth - Life Amidst Dreams
Parallel Worlds - Obsessive Surrealism
some of my old unreleased stuff
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Parallel Worlds on March 11, 2008, 08:25:06 AM
Vidna Obmana and Asmus Tietchens - Motives For Recycling
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on March 11, 2008, 01:58:28 PM
Theo Travies - Salad Noir
Flute based Ambient Album .... very gently and relaxing album
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Brian Bieniowski on March 13, 2008, 06:04:32 AM
Seems like he's beating himself up unduly. Lähtö's stuff was quite markedly influenced by other artists (not just Hammock, but also Eluvium, Sigur Ros, Tim Hecker, Fennesz), but I thought he did enough to make it his own. The line between plagiarism and intertextuality/recontextualiztion has become blurred anyway, as notions of authorship and originality have been problematized. Sure, own up to an error of judgement, but to jack it all in seems rather extreme as a self-punishment.

I checked out the two "offending" samples of Lähtö and Hammock and I think he's overdoing it too.  Let's be honest: those tracks are "generic" (not trying to use this word in a derogatory sense) enough to have been created by several artists at several different times.  I think it's admirable to admit the boo-boo, but not worth ditching a promising career in the lucrative ambient biz over.  Hell, he could simply have credited Hammock and treated it as a kind of "cover" version, I guess.  And if I'm being brutally honest: it's not like Hammock was the most original group to hit the airwaves to begin with, no?

Currently listening:

Alio Die & Antonio Testa—Prayer for the Forest
On the late, lamented Green House Records.

Exuviae—Response
Man was this guy underrated.  His three CDs (especially Settling Density) are tops in my collection.

Robert Wyatt—Shleep
Takes some getting used to, but quite addictive once it happens.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on March 13, 2008, 07:17:07 AM

Currently listening:

Exuviae—Response
Man was this guy underrated.  His three CDs (especially Settling Density) are tops in my collection.


Brooks is playing guitar in a metal band these days...  he was working up some great minimal techno for awhile that I don't think he ever released.   Maybe someday he'll circle back and do some more ambient stuff... :)     I agree - I really love Settling Density is a great release.

np:   Uusitalo – Vapaa Muurari Live
           great album of minimal techno goodness – Uusitalo is a pseudo for Vladislav Delay
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on March 13, 2008, 07:14:38 PM
This evening:

- Some excellent Jeff Greinke, a smattering of Saul Stokes (interesting new web site btw), and a flotilla of Robert Davies.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jim brenholts on March 15, 2008, 10:23:01 AM
believe it or not - horses by patti smith! the opening segment of land (horses) is a great musical moment - one of the all time top 100 and, in a strange way, very ambient.
when i ran into joe grushecky last week, that kicked in my nostalgic self and i picked this up at half.com. i am digging it.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: g.@.b. on March 16, 2008, 04:48:36 PM
This afternoon (both on headphones & in the car) a recent ambient mix:

01. Brian Eno - Dunwich Beach, Autumn, 1960
02. Numina - Lost on Silica Ridge
03. Robert Fripp - Requiem: Affirming
04. The Winterhouse - Winterhouse
05. Michael Whalen - The Heart Of Midnight
06. Lammergeyer- Against the Shore
07. Kirk Watson - Scarecrow
08. Vir Unis - A Mysterious Subatomic Fragment
09. Saul Stokes - Thick Streets
10. Jonathan Block - The Language Of Rocks
11. David Helpling - Moon Dreaming Thunder
12. Robert Rich - Sky Tunnel
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SunDummy on March 17, 2008, 11:17:54 AM
Going back to the '80s today:

Lime Spiders, "Nine Miles High" - a 'best of' collection.  Raw and hyper, I always liked these guys.
V/A, "Rockabily Psychosis and the Garage Disease" - Trashmen, Sonics, Meteors, Guana Batz, etc. - garage rock at it's most primitive.  Fun!
Skinny Puppy, "Remission" and "Bites" - This is the original version of "Bites", not the one with the crappy remix of "Assimilate".  I've always liked these two albums best of all their output, although the vocals can be a bit grating.  Cool sounds, funky beats, just so so good...
Severed Heads, "We Have Come to Bless This House" - just this track, over and over.  It's beautiful echoing vocals, simple beat, and synth lines mesh so perfectly...  their high-water mark for sure.
Stranglers, "Aural Sculpture" - This is their first album of more 'normal' pop tunes; not great, but worth a listen.  I much prefer the older stuff, like "Gospel According to the MenInBlack".

And going back to the 60's:
The Scramblers, "Cycle Psychos" - I bought this in about 1986, at a thrift store, for a quarter.  I bet I've listened to this more than any other album I've owned; it's primitive surf-music, very funky and well-played, with lyrics about riding motorcycles.  Seriously; there are even revving engines at the start of almost every track; "Bud Ekins" is credited on the cover with "cycle riding".  A sampling of the genius lyrics:

"He's got a souped-up bike and a real sked-led,
Leather pants, jacket, he's a crazy kid
And on his foot he's got a steel shoe
Get in his way and it's the end of you..."

This scratchy, beat-up LP was on almost constant rotation in my college house.  We would drink too much, and run around the house like maniacs, riding invisible cycles...   :-[
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on March 17, 2008, 02:54:55 PM
Nice freely downloadable drone gear from shadowy Scots bloke Erstlaub here:
http://highpointlowlife.com/webrelease.php?id=29 (http://highpointlowlife.com/webrelease.php?id=29)

(http://highpointlowlife.com/webreleases/erstlaub_hpw029/trying_hpw029.jpg) Blog: http://erstlaub.co.uk/wordpress/?p=23 (http://erstlaub.co.uk/wordpress/?p=23)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on March 17, 2008, 04:24:06 PM
Some very nice work in the Erstlaub.
Certainly well worth the download.

Thanks, Alan.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Dave Michuda on March 18, 2008, 06:24:57 AM
David Tagg - Waist Deep Seas Of Milk - lovely drones, thanks to Alan for the recommendation.
Kaki King - Dreaming Of Revenge - more pop leaning than her other recordings but a wonderful record. About half vocal, half instrumental.
Rain Cloud - Rain Cloud - very nice ambient-acoustic offering.
Martin Grech - March of the Lonely - still digging this melancholy collection of vocal tunes, it'll probably end up on my best of list at the end of the year.  Actually the Kaki King & David Tagg releases may also make the year end list.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on March 18, 2008, 01:55:59 PM
Glad you guys (Dave , Anthony) picked up on my recs in re: Tagg and Erstlaub releases.

(http://modisti.com/phpbb2/files9/9660.jpg) Now playing: Konntinent: All Lines Lead In
Hmm... I seem to be turning into a free download trainspotter. More nice stuff that involves no expense...
to be got here: http://www.serein.co.uk/music/ser015/ (http://www.serein.co.uk/music/ser015/)


Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on March 18, 2008, 04:20:41 PM
Konntinent: All Lines Lead In

Believe I've already heard this one, and particularly liked the last track. Less so the others.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on March 18, 2008, 05:55:06 PM
Now playing

- Thomas Koner: Teimo & Permafrost

great ambience when you turn it up loud so you feel it.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on March 18, 2008, 06:03:20 PM
I agree - those Koner discs are favorites!

I've been listening to Bola, Plaid, and Telefon Tel Aviv today...
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Parallel Worlds on March 19, 2008, 02:43:10 AM
I agree - those Koner discs are favorites!

I've been listening to Bola, Plaid, and Telefon Tel Aviv today...
all great.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on March 19, 2008, 11:29:31 AM
np

- Near the Parenthesis: Of Soft Construction

great album.
its on www.n5md.com
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: darkenedsoul on March 19, 2008, 02:11:31 PM
The Shining - Halmstad
Moonsorrow - forget title of album, good one though if you like pagan metal sung in native tongue mostly
Evoken - A Caress of the Void (man, I've been listening to this one QUITE a bit in the past week in the car....love em!)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: uhurit on March 19, 2008, 07:53:35 PM
1. Mandible Chatter, Of  Foreign Lands and People  (Track 7, A Sun to Lift Sleep From the Weary, is <the best> ambient-electronic-     ritualistic tune I've ever heard!)
2. A. Testa, "Inframundis"
3.Enrico Cosimi, Infinite Works
4. Extreme Special Editions, Extreme Sampler (the old Extreme re-inventing itself)
5. Shivkumar Sharma/Zakir Hussain, Rag Madhuvanti/Rag Misra Tilang<
6. Talk Talk, The Colour of Spring
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: skinmechanix on March 20, 2008, 02:44:11 AM
Trip down memory lane/nostalgia fix for the day... :)

Billie Currie "Stand up and Walk"

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on March 20, 2008, 05:41:59 AM
haujobb - polarity
peter james - holding on letting go
architect - the analysis of noise trading
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: skinmechanix on March 20, 2008, 08:01:29 AM
np "Oscilloscope" by Liquid Zen.

Rather good. :)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jblock on March 20, 2008, 02:34:17 PM
The new Van Der Graaf Generator - Trisector.

They work well as a trio. I don't miss Jaxon at all. Sorry David.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on March 20, 2008, 05:53:07 PM
Well, I was listening to the new Steve Jansen CD Slope but I've mis-placed it. Sadly, I'm not that motivated to locate it as I'm not overly fond of the singing. The problem seems to be that by selecting multiple "acquired taste" vocalists, you multiply the "difficult to warm to in a hurry" factor by a power of ten. Will give it another try. As usual, though, the percussion and arrangements are tasty.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on March 20, 2008, 08:22:50 PM
Coppice Halifax - S/T

Just got this in the mail today.  A very nice disc from Brain Grainger of Milieu fame, with equal parts analog drone, pulse and drift, and even occasional unobtrusive melodies for those that miss that sort of thing.  Comes in a very interesting swivel package and an "83" keychain.  On Expanding Electronic Diversity.  Don't know why the run on this is so small (60).  Looks like it's already sold out at the label.

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on March 22, 2008, 05:17:50 PM
this evening

- BJ Nilsen: The Short Night  been playing it regularly for many months. Its a keeper.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on March 23, 2008, 01:27:23 PM
Now playing: an excellent download from a new ambient-dub-techno bloke, Severence, apparently of one of his broadcasts on mpiii.com radio. This is a great reminder of how good it can get when ambient shifts to dub and dub to techno and back to ambient, an' t'ing. Includes a bunch of these new ambient-dub-techno fellahs like Quantec, Atheus, BvDub, Havantepe, and Severence himself, as well as more established torch-bearer of the BC/CR tradition, Rod Modell/Deepchord. For those who like ambient-dub and dub-techno, I haven’t heard this good a mix in a long time - no hype.

severence - severence live on mpiii.com radio 26-02-2008 (320 kbps mp3)

link: http://www.severence.net/sounds/severence.net-radio-26-02-2008.zip (http://www.severence.net/sounds/severence.net-radio-26-02-2008.zip)

Found a tracklist on his myspace page (http://www.myspace.com/severencespain) which I’ve cut and pasted:

(http://www.severence.net/images/myspace/mi-amigo.jpg) tracks:-
severence - cipralex clouds
atheus - history of dark matter
sirens of stlantis - phoenix (ft. rim)
quantec - 2082
audiostatic - light of day
channel 73 vs grit - lv 426
havantepe - topcular
shinsuke matsumoto - meditations
deepchord - vantage isle (cv313 reduction II)
deepchord - vantage isle (cv313 reduction)
rod modell - morning again
quantec - 2081 felicity
burial - in mcdonalds
bvdub - somewhere far away
m. von schommer - dc15
john foxx & harold budd - underwater flowers
krill minima - radiodub1
dubatech - five horizons
dubatech - sun tribe
quantec - 2079 contact
rod modell - temple
ryan teague - study for prepared violin
urban force – balanced

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: spunknik on March 23, 2008, 03:32:08 PM
Been listening to:
Paul Ellis-Into the Liquid unknown
Austere-Pulse
Austere/AAS-Evergone
also a little Martial Industrial:
A Challenge of Honor/Der Feuerkreiner split c.d.
Leger Des Heils-Aryana

March on boys!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Antdude on March 23, 2008, 04:31:34 PM
It's been a Stars of the Lid weekend. I'm in the middle of 'And Their Refinement of the Decline', but stopped to check out the Severence mix. Very nice indeed.

On to Seren Ffordd....
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on March 24, 2008, 05:46:34 AM
haujobb - polarity on the player.    I loved so much of Haujobb's stuff until I hit ninety-nine - and then I skipped Polarity.   I later picked up Vertical Theory which is nice... but Polarity's a keeper.   Too back I skipped over it at the time.


Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Dave Michuda on March 24, 2008, 04:30:44 PM
Alan,

Thanks for the link.  I've downloaded some Severence mixes in the past but had totally forgotten about checking back until now.  Can't wait to listen.  I've been listening to Quantec quite a bit lately so this will fit right in.

Thanks


NP - hans-joachim roedelius & tim story - inlandish
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: kawera on March 25, 2008, 02:04:04 AM
For those who like ambient-dub and dub-techno, I haven’t heard this good a mix in a long time - no hype.


You weren't kidding. That's a great mix! Thanks for the link!

Also spinnin' lately:

Saul Stokes - Outfolding -- This album never ceases to amaze me. It's the musical equivalent of some surreal yet achingly beautiful fantasy-world. Weird yet oddly familiar.

Alio Die & Amelia Cuni - Apsaras -- The most beautiful and serene music I've ever heard. Even after 7 years of frequent listening, I never grow tired of this.

Various free psychedelic trance releases from the www.ektoplazm.com (http://www.ektoplazm.com) site.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on March 25, 2008, 05:24:58 AM
For those who like ambient-dub and dub-techno, I haven’t heard this good a mix in a long time - no hype.


You weren't kidding. That's a great mix! Thanks for the link!

[...]

Alio Die & Amelia Cuni - Apsaras -- The most beautiful and serene music I've ever heard. Even after 7 years of frequent listening, I never grow tired of this.


It is a great mix, isn't it. As Dave indicated above, there are other Severence mixes available from his site. Haven't explored them - can't see 'em being as good as this, but will try a few. This Quantec is quality, and seems to be getting his name on lots of lips lately.

As regards Apsaras, here's a tip if you fancy a bit of a 'refresh': if you weren't already aware, there's a new collab between AD and another singer - one Martina Galvagni - called Eleusian Lullaby, which is in a similar vein, though the ethno-historo-cultural template is more one of 'medievality' rather than er... 'Indianity'. Some links to relevant verbiage and soundclips:-

(http://www.projekt.com/projekt/assets/product_images/PRO00208.jpg)

"[...] the concept of “Elusian Lullaby” has been pursued by Alio Die twice before. On “Apsaras”, he teamed up with experimental vocalist and dancer Amelia Cuni, which resulted in a daring experiment which the Wire dubbed “a serious attempt to make something new and expressive from within Indian art Art." “Mei-Jyu”, meanwhile, saw Musso engage in a handshake with Japanese duo Jack and Jive and a spiritual search within the cavernous halls of Zen. Instead of presenting a novelty, “Elusian Lullaby” constitutes a temporary acme performed with the self-confidence to leave out anything unnecessary."
from http://www.tokafi.com/newsitems/cd-feature-alio-die-martina-galvagni-eleusian-lullaby/ (http://www.tokafi.com/newsitems/cd-feature-alio-die-martina-galvagni-eleusian-lullaby/)

clips:
http://www.projekt.com/projekt/assets/audio/P208.01.mp3 (http://www.projekt.com/projekt/assets/audio/P208.01.mp3)
http://www.projekt.com/projekt/assets/audio/P208.02.mp3 (http://www.projekt.com/projekt/assets/audio/P208.02.mp3)
http://www.projekt.com/projekt/assets/audio/P208.03.mp3 (http://www.projekt.com/projekt/assets/audio/P208.03.mp3)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: kawera on March 25, 2008, 12:11:19 PM

As regards Apsaras, here's a tip if you fancy a bit of a 'refresh': if you weren't already aware, there's a new collab between AD and another singer - one Martina Galvagni - called Eleusian Lullaby, which is in a similar vein, though the ethno-historo-cultural template is more one of 'medievality' rather than er... 'Indianity'.

Wow, I didn't know about this one. I have the collaboration with Jack and Jive, and while that's a good album as well, it's not on par with Apsaras. The short clips you posted sound very good and more "apsaras-esque", which is a hit in my book! Thank you for the tip, I'll acquire a copy of this as soon as my economy recovers from my last trip to boomkat.com.  ;D

Thanks again!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jim brenholts on March 25, 2008, 03:43:02 PM
think standard - the three enemies, based on a set of poems by christina rossetti, this is some sonic depth from the folks at skean dhu.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: mgriffin on March 25, 2008, 03:43:08 PM
Saul Stokes - Outfolding -- This album never ceases to amaze me. It's the musical equivalent of some surreal yet achingly beautiful fantasy-world. Weird yet oddly familiar.

I really love this one too, and was just talking to Saul about the fact that so many people pick this as their favorite of his albums.  I'd say 90% of people I hear from either pick Outfolding or Fields, and probably more of them choose the former than the latter.

The album Saul is finishing up right now is, I'm told (having only heard one track so far myself), along the lines of his mid-period works like this.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: mgriffin on March 25, 2008, 03:45:18 PM
Well, I was listening to the new Steve Jansen CD Slope but I've mis-placed it. Sadly, I'm not that motivated to locate it as I'm not overly fond of the singing. The problem seems to be that by selecting multiple "acquired taste" vocalists, you multiply the "difficult to warm to in a hurry" factor by a power of ten. Will give it another try. As usual, though, the percussion and arrangements are tasty.

I had a chance to hear Slope this weekend, and I do think the vocals are as you described -- a succession of idiosyncratic vocalists, including Jansen himself doing his best (decent, not bad but not great) impression of his own brothers. 

But the music on this album is just fantastic, and I look forward to getting a copy of this album of my own (I was just listening to David Tollefson's copy which he brought over Saturday when we were working on Viridian Sun stuff) so I can give it some more careful attention.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Brian Bieniowski on March 26, 2008, 05:32:15 AM
I think Saul's Fields is my favorite, but Outfolding is certainly a close second.  I'm surprised that Vast didn't enjoy the same amount of attention (as far as I could tell).  At first listen it didn't strike me as strongly, but in the ensuing time I find I listen to that one most frequently.

Today:

Steve Roach—Arc of Passion and Piece of Infinity (MC&SS disc 4)
I wish Steve had done an entire album like Arc's "Moment of Grace."  That analog ambient sound from his old stuff is so good.

Penguin Cafe Orchestra—Music from the Penguin Cafe
Sometimes I love or hate this one.  The self-titled is probably better, but this is their most sombre and pretty.  They can get a little too clever and jokey for my tastes.

Fennesz—Transition 7"
The new album ought to be great, if this is any indication of what it's going to be like.   8)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on March 26, 2008, 06:17:13 AM
Zo Pilots is still my favorite with Outfolding nearly equal to it.    I loved Fields and Vast as well.  I think Vast needed more time to grow and unfold in my ears.   

I guess I'm a fan.   Yep, I'm a fan.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on March 26, 2008, 07:09:50 AM
This morning

- Klaus Schulze: Drums 'n' Balls

one of my favourites.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Bill Binkelman on March 26, 2008, 09:56:36 AM
Sanctum from Robert Scott Thompson. An evolution from his 2-disc release Acousma where the music is created from electroacoustic sound sources, some "real" musical in nature (chorals, gongs, percussion) and others not (water in a shower drain in a hotel in Rome, sounds made from styrofoam). IMO,Thompson records extremely "intelligent" abstract music. Sanctum, while more accessible than Acousma is no less stimulating or fascinating to delve into. However, since it is more "melodic" (in the very broadest sense of the word), it will appeal to drone-philes and open-minded ambientists too, hopefully.

Sound clips here:
http://www.lensrecords.com/detail.aspx?ID=30

(http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l92/billbink/sanctum.jpg)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: spunknik on March 26, 2008, 04:40:27 PM
Just got the new 13disc Brume boxed set entitled "Accident de Chase".Amazing stuff but you have to like experimental music and have a very short attention span.Those fancy frenchmen!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on March 26, 2008, 05:18:20 PM
- David Kristian: Rhythms for a Rainy Season

Always enjoyable. Quirky rhythmic idm stuff.

http://www.davidkristian.com/rhythms.htm
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on March 27, 2008, 11:22:57 AM
Well, I was listening to the new Steve Jansen CD Slope but I've mis-placed it. Sadly, I'm not that motivated to locate it as I'm not overly fond of the singing. The problem seems to be that by selecting multiple "acquired taste" vocalists, you multiply the "difficult to warm to in a hurry" factor by a power of ten. Will give it another try. As usual, though, the percussion and arrangements are tasty.

I had a chance to hear Slope this weekend, and I do think the vocals are as you described -- a succession of idiosyncratic vocalists, including Jansen himself doing his best (decent, not bad but not great) impression of his own brothers. But the music on this album is just fantastic.

I rediscovered my copy and gave it some more time. First impressions are right on this one. There are too many more solid and original works struggling to be heard for me to keep something like this based on a few instrumental snatches and a couple of vocal takes I like.

Anja Garbarek always sounds hideously mannered, precious and self-consciously "avant garde" to be taken seriously. She's another who's padded her work with "names" but then let's down the overall production...unlike the Batt Bros. I'd much prefer Steve Jansen (who I'll always lend an ear to and often really enjoy) meet up with Susanna Wallumrud.

Jansen was recently profiled in The Wire.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on March 27, 2008, 12:41:26 PM

I've had muse - absolution on repeat play all day.   It fits my mood today and I haven't really felt like switching it out.

Yesterday I had the new disturbed earth - sho album on all afternoon.

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on March 28, 2008, 01:26:55 AM
Willits + Sakamoto :: Ocean Fire (12k) 

"US nouveau pop-microsound surfer, Christopher Willits, and Japanese pioneer of proto-ambient cinematics, Ryuichi Sakamoto, bring something elemental to bear on Ocean Fire's ivory-stretching and string-wringing electronica.[...]"

(http://www.igloomag.com/pictures/1687-1.jpg)

http://www.igloomag.com/doc.php?task=view&id=1687&category=reviews (http://www.igloomag.com/doc.php?task=view&id=1687&category=reviews)

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on March 28, 2008, 06:48:42 AM
Alan-

I agree. Ocean Fire is a great disc!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: judd stephens on March 28, 2008, 10:14:28 AM

Yesterday I had the new disturbed earth - sho album on all afternoon.


Hey John I listened to the samples of Sho.  The first piece sounds cool- really zen with the bells and all.  The 2nd track I wasn't too sure about... could you describe the 2nd piece?  How does it unfold?
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Antdude on March 28, 2008, 01:43:50 PM
Entia Non - Fold
Rumforskning - Fremtiden, Livstegn

Thanks, APK!  :)

These are terrific.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on March 30, 2008, 06:36:24 AM
Now playing: an excellent download from a new ambient-dub-techno bloke, Severence, apparently of one of his broadcasts on mpiii.com radio. This is a great reminder of how good it can get when ambient shifts to dub and dub to techno and back to ambient, an' t'ing. Includes a bunch of these new ambient-dub-techno fellahs like Quantec, Atheus, BvDub, Havantepe, and Severence himself, as well as more established torch-bearer of the BC/CR tradition, Rod Modell/Deepchord. For those who like ambient-dub and dub-techno, I haven’t heard this good a mix in a long time - no hype.

severence - severence live on mpiii.com radio 26-02-2008 (320 kbps mp3)

link: http://www.severence.net/sounds/severence.net-radio-26-02-2008.zip (http://www.severence.net/sounds/severence.net-radio-26-02-2008.zip)

Found a tracklist on his myspace page (http://www.myspace.com/severencespain) which I’ve cut and pasted:

(http://www.severence.net/images/myspace/mi-amigo.jpg) tracks:-
severence - cipralex clouds
atheus - history of dark matter
sirens of stlantis - phoenix (ft. rim)
quantec - 2082
audiostatic - light of day
channel 73 vs grit - lv 426
havantepe - topcular
shinsuke matsumoto - meditations
deepchord - vantage isle (cv313 reduction II)
deepchord - vantage isle (cv313 reduction)
rod modell - morning again
quantec - 2081 felicity
burial - in mcdonalds
bvdub - somewhere far away
m. von schommer - dc15
john foxx & harold budd - underwater flowers
krill minima - radiodub1
dubatech - five horizons
dubatech - sun tribe
quantec - 2079 contact
rod modell - temple
ryan teague - study for prepared violin
urban force – balanced


Can someone tell me which artist i hear at
the minute mark 41:00 - 44:40 min.

I am to lazy to mark each beginning and end
of each track. It would be cool if severence
could post the exact start and end time of
each song.

That part between 41-44min is breathtaking.
Need more of it.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Parallel Worlds on March 30, 2008, 07:34:53 AM
Pete Namlook & Higher Intelligence Agency - S.H.A.D.O.
Ian Boddy & Chris Carter - Caged
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on March 30, 2008, 09:22:01 AM
Now playing: an excellent download from a new ambient-dub-techno bloke, Severence, apparently of one of his broadcasts on mpiii.com radio. [...]

severence - severence live on mpiii.com radio 26-02-2008 (320 kbps mp3) [...]

Can someone tell me which artist i hear at the minute mark 41:00 - 44:40 min.

I am to lazy to mark each beginning and end of each track. It would be cool if severence
could post the exact start and end time of each song.

That part between 41-44min is breathtaking. Need more of it.

Yep. I can make out Burial's "In Mcdonalds" coming in around that time (the soul diva ghost vocal gives it away), probably with the residue of Quantec's "2081 Felicity" still smearing itself over it (though I don't know this track of his - it's unreleased, AFAIK), and presumably the beginning of a kick drum from the next track gradually creeping up. But, yeah, the main source for that segment is the Burial track. I would, however, caution against the Burial album (Untrue - the 2nd album, not the first) as a whole - it's um... different from this, so you won't be getting the "more of it" that you're looking for.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on March 30, 2008, 10:22:10 AM
Now playing: an excellent download from a new ambient-dub-techno bloke, Severence, apparently of one of his broadcasts on mpiii.com radio. [...]

severence - severence live on mpiii.com radio 26-02-2008 (320 kbps mp3) [...]

Can someone tell me which artist i hear at the minute mark 41:00 - 44:40 min.

I am to lazy to mark each beginning and end of each track. It would be cool if severence
could post the exact start and end time of each song.

That part between 41-44min is breathtaking. Need more of it.

Yep. I can make out Burial's "In Mcdonalds" coming in around that time (the soul diva ghost vocal gives it away), probably with the residue of Quantec's "2081 Felicity" still smearing itself over it (though I don't know this track of his - it's unreleased, AFAIK), and presumably the beginning of a kick drum from the next track gradually creeping up. But, yeah, the main source for that segment is the Burial track. I would, however, caution against the Burial album (Untrue - the 2nd album, not the first) as a whole - it's um... different from this, so you won't be getting the "more of it" that you're looking for.

Thanks Alan.
I already thought about Burial, because of those
pitched Vocals. I had untrue, but did not liked it.
Will try his first one.

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on March 31, 2008, 12:14:13 AM
Now playing: an excellent download from a new ambient-dub-techno bloke, Severence, apparently of one of his broadcasts on mpiii.com radio. [...]

severence - severence live on mpiii.com radio 26-02-2008 (320 kbps mp3) [...]

Can someone tell me which artist i hear at the minute mark 41:00 - 44:40 min.

I am to lazy to mark each beginning and end of each track. It would be cool if severence
could post the exact start and end time of each song.

That part between 41-44min is breathtaking. Need more of it.

Yep. I can make out Burial's "In Mcdonalds" coming in around that time (the soul diva ghost vocal gives it away), probably with the residue of Quantec's "2081 Felicity" still smearing itself over it (though I don't know this track of his - it's unreleased, AFAIK), and presumably the beginning of a kick drum from the next track gradually creeping up. But, yeah, the main source for that segment is the Burial track. I would, however, caution against the Burial album (Untrue - the 2nd album, not the first) as a whole - it's um... different from this, so you won't be getting the "more of it" that you're looking for.

Thanks Alan.
I already thought about Burial, because of those
pitched Vocals. I had untrue, but did not liked it.
Will try his first one.



Ugh. I think you misunderstood, Martin. I didn't mean to advise caution against the 2nd album and suggest the 1st instead; I meant:
The track is off the 2nd Burial, not the 1st. Caution against Burial full stop/period/point/punkt/punto.
The s/t debut isn't so different from Untrue as to make it potentially appealing. It's still full of those annoying tippy-tappety herky-jerky UK-garage stumble-rhythms and those pitched diva-wraiths floating around among cheap'n'nasty post-rave-dancefloor mel-odrama/ancholy string sequences - queasy stuff. I can get how/why the Burial project appeals to those who've written swathes of prose analysing it, but I just can't like it.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on March 31, 2008, 02:00:58 AM
No misunderstanding, Alan.
Got you right away.
I am no big fan of burial too, but
i like Night Bus from his first record
as far as i listened.
Rain always gets me. :D
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Brian Bieniowski on March 31, 2008, 08:17:19 AM
I feel the same way about Burial: what's the big deal?  I was never much a fan of the trip-hop artists in the late, lamented 90s, (Massive Attack, Portishead, etc.) and I find that many fans of dubstep were—perhaps that's the difference.  To me, what little I've heard seems thin and simple, utilizing ghostly ambient textures to make the music sound more deep and spacious than it actually is.  Plus there's the inevitable hype machine around dubstep.  Why should Burial get more attention than that excellent Echospace record, for example?   ???

Today:

Alio Die—Password for Entheogenic Experience
Is there a trippier album on earth?!?  Like falling down a well on mescaline.

Michael Stearns—Planetary Unfolding
Inspired by the Stearns topic over in Non-Hypnos Artists.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: uhurit on March 31, 2008, 10:21:13 AM
I think Alio Die's Password for Entheogenic Experience takes the cake as the <trippiest album ever>, IMO
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on March 31, 2008, 01:37:33 PM
severence - severence live on mpiii.com radio 26-02-2008
what a wonderful mix .... keeps spinning for 4 nights in the
row .... thats my perfect "late night headphone session lying
in the bed and look into the sky" kind of thing .... especially the
last half is pure sex :D
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on March 31, 2008, 07:16:32 PM
This evening

- Murcof: Cosmos

Good stuff. But I do prefer the masterful Remembranza, overall.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on April 01, 2008, 04:44:29 AM
[...] Why should Burial get more attention than that excellent Echospace record, for example?   ???


Well, luckily, Brian, not everyone's got their heads up their Dubstep arses so far they can't see what's going on out in the the dubtechnosphere. Check Gutterbreakz [a well-known (in Dubstep circles) local (to me) practitioner of Dubstep]. His blog is second to none for documenting the music/culture around this 'scene'. Fortunately he manages not just to stay on the scene like a genre-machine, but to note currents feeding in from elsewhere. He's got Echospace/Deepchord/Modell on his radar:

http://gutterbreakz.blogspot.com/2007/08/blogariddims-25-echospace-odyssey.html (http://gutterbreakz.blogspot.com/2007/08/blogariddims-25-echospace-odyssey.html)  :)

(http://www.rubadub.co.uk/mediaLibrary/images/english/42849.jpg)(http://www.rubadub.co.uk/mediaLibrary/images/english/35285.jpg)(http://www.rubadub.co.uk/mediaLibrary/images/english/34475.jpg)(http://www.rubadub.co.uk/mediaLibrary/images/english/35824.jpg)(http://www.rubadub.co.uk/mediaLibrary/images/english/38215.jpg)

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Seren on April 01, 2008, 05:07:58 AM
Just done a home visit as part of work - noticed a pair of refurbished Quad electrostatic speakers, ascertained that quad amps and marantz CD player attached and was duly entertained with a brief burst of Bach Cello concertos....sounded bloody great
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Dave Michuda on April 01, 2008, 08:05:49 PM
DeVotchKa and Mychael Danna - Little Miss Sunshine Soundtrack - great collection of tunes with odd, folk eastern european feel.
bitcrush - epilogue in waves
hans-joachim roedelius & tim story - inlandish - really enjoying this one. a few of the tunes have this nice "old" feel to them that I really like.
Roedelius - Wenn der Sudwind weht - also known as the "feet in water" album.  I pulled this one out after listening to the new one.  Track one is one of my favorite songs ever recorded.  I'm sure there is a bit of nostalgia mixed in there but I do love that track.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Danisan on April 03, 2008, 07:51:36 AM
Thom Brennan - Mist

Really like this one.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Brian Bieniowski on April 03, 2008, 08:08:31 AM
hans-joachim roedelius & tim story - inlandish - really enjoying this one. a few of the tunes have this nice "old" feel to them that I really like.
Roedelius - Wenn der Sudwind weht - also known as the "feet in water" album.  I pulled this one out after listening to the new one.  Track one is one of my favorite songs ever recorded.  I'm sure there is a bit of nostalgia mixed in there but I do love that track.

To me, Roedelius is the ultimate nostalgia music.  It has that old, sepia feel—his early stuff, I mean.  It's a shame so much of it is out of print.

Today:
Neu! '75
Klaus Dinger R.I.P.

Mirror—Eye of the Storm
Bleak and windy.  Perfect for rainy Aprils.

Roedelius—Selbstportrait 1 & 2
This one's quite a rarity, I guess.  I recently sold my spare copy on eBay for over $100.  A shame it's all out of print.

Sola Translatio—Mother Sunrise
One of my fave Hypnos CDs.  Been on a big Alio Die kick with the new album out.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on April 03, 2008, 09:07:27 AM

np:   orbital - diversions - such a great remix album... really solid all the way through.   

was:  banco de gaia - last train to lhasa - this is another album I can generally toss on and let it spin a few times before bothering to switch discs.   
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: g.@.b. on April 03, 2008, 09:54:19 AM
Piano & Synths the last several days...

Toru Takemitsu - Piano Distance (Izumi Tateno, piano)

John Foxx / Harold Budd - Translucence + Drift Music

Jeff Greinke - Winter Light
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on April 03, 2008, 10:06:26 AM

- Willits & Sakamoto - Ocean Fire

An album I find to be almost great. Its stuffed with fascinating & contemporary sonic manipulations, and awash with grainy drawn-out beauty. The thick glitchy opening of 'Sentience' and the warm flow of 'Cold Heat' are worth the price of admission. But some tracks, I feel, become strained and wander a tad too aimlessly and industrially. Neat work though.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: kawera on April 05, 2008, 07:09:56 AM
Steve Roach - Arc of Passion -- I haven't been this excited about a new Steve Roach album since MCSS. Superb album!

Alio Die & Martina Galvagni - Eleusian Lullaby -- I like this one. It's still not as good as Apsaras, but I find myself listening to it all the time these days. Very beautiful.

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Dave Michuda on April 05, 2008, 09:59:08 AM
devotchka - a mad & faithful telling - like the decemberists meets sufjan stevens meets gypsy folk music. good stuff.
rem - accelerate - still digesting this one, it's very electric.  I really like on or two songs the others are growing on me.
Tonto's Expanding Head Band - Tonto Rides Again - thanks to the quietsounds podcast for turning me on to this one.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Antdude on April 05, 2008, 01:07:53 PM
Netherworld - Firmament in Obscurity, Eternal Frost, Hermetic Thoughts, Six Impending Clouds

Entia Non - Fold, Distal

Rumforskning - Fremtiden, Livstegn
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on April 05, 2008, 01:18:11 PM
Good stuff Antdude  8)

I've been listening to

- Solo Andata: Live in Melbourne

a fasicinating and attractive album of fine minimal 12K quazi-ambient excursions. Lots of guitar.
 
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on April 05, 2008, 03:08:32 PM
Now

- Stewart Walker: Reclamation

an older bit of minimal beat.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Brian Bieniowski on April 06, 2008, 06:48:52 AM
Got a Hypnos order on Friday:

Austere—Solyaris
Real nice stuff. Kind of reminds me of a lost Fax album (via Shades of Orion) or MLO's Io.  Verrry spacy.  Something wonky with the production (don't have the expertise to put my finger on it, but it's almost like I want to turn the volume down on some parts and up on others; does that make it "unbalanced"?), but I'm really enjoying this.

Busso de la Lune—Stream in City
Broke my CDR ban (as I occasionally do) because I liked the sound samples so much (and, hey, he's Polish  8)).  A little murky in places, but fun.  This one hasn't struck me quite yet, but I need more time with it.  I also bought Hidden, but haven't had the chance to play it. 

James Johnson—Entering Twilight
A Hypnos classic.  I'm not sure what happened to my original copy (might have been sold in the Great Ambient CD Trim-Down of '06-'07), but I missed it, especially now with spring coming.  A pleasant dream of a CD.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on April 06, 2008, 10:01:27 AM
Brian- Let me know what you think of Hidden. I LOVE Stream In City- reminds me of being in an aquarium somehow.

Recently:

Willets/Sakamoto- Ocean Fire; WOW, what a terrific disc!
Entia Non- Fold
Entia Non- Distal
Nunc Stans- Timeless

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: g.@.b. on April 07, 2008, 01:36:01 PM
Interstitial - vidnaObmana - Vir Unis - Saul Stokes - M. Bentley - Sub-Terra
(mft - mighty fine trumpet!)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on April 07, 2008, 02:12:42 PM
Thank you!   :)

Interstitial - vidnaObmana - Vir Unis - Saul Stokes - M. Bentley - Sub-Terra
(mft - mighty fine trumpet!)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Scott M2 on April 08, 2008, 06:39:29 PM
I'm listening now to the new NIN Ghosts I-IV
and enjoying it immensely. Not really ambient, of course,
but there's some beautiful quiet, sparse pieces
and a wonderful variety of textures and moods.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on April 09, 2008, 08:49:44 AM
I picked up two cd's at Best Buy yesterday...  both are fantastic so far...

Muse - HAARP (live cd and dvd combo)
Muse - Origin of Symmetry

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: g.@.b. on April 09, 2008, 08:56:26 AM
This morning, a Jazz Mix made last month for a 5 state business road-trip:

elements: roadtrip

01.    Pat Metheny - Don't Know Why
02.    Steve Kuhn, David Finck & Joey Baron - Trance
03.    Bill Frisell - Goodbye, Goodbye, Goodbye
04.    Nik Bartsch's Ronin - Modul 41_17
05.    Jan Garberek Group - Huhai
06.    Al DiMeola - Paradiso
07.    Medeski, Martin & Wood - Billy's Tool Box +
08.    M-M-W - Chubb Sub
09.    David Torn, Tom Rainey,Tim Berne & Craig Taborn - Neck Deep in the Harrow…
10.    Ornette Coleman + Pat Metheny - Endangered Species

http://www.divshare.com/download/3926952-45a (http://www.divshare.com/download/3926952-45a)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on April 10, 2008, 05:39:08 AM
http://www.second-sun.net/21MG/pillbox_A-G.htm (http://www.second-sun.net/21MG/pillbox_A-G.htm)
Got me this little beauty here. Wonderful.
Excited about this one.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on April 10, 2008, 05:53:15 AM
GABber... can't beat MMW stuff - looks like a nice mix of great tracks.

I've still got my two new MUSE cd's on infinite repeat.   Don't know why I love this stuff so much - or why it took me so long to buy more albums since I love Absolution so much.   Utterly fantastic to me, but of course, not for everyone... :)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: solyaris on April 10, 2008, 08:29:48 AM
Now I'm listening via web streaming some clips of great Master of "void" Klaus Wiese here: http://www.klaus-wiese.com

giorgio
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: spunknik on April 10, 2008, 04:45:17 PM
The Redundant Rocker-Collider
Arc-Arcturus
New Blockaders/Das Synthetische Mischgewebe-the monosyllabic bicycles tri-colored quadruples(nice musique concrete)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SunDummy on April 10, 2008, 06:03:24 PM
My 6-disk Onkyo player has been spinning a random mix of:

* Etant Donnes "Royaume", "Bleu", and "Offenbarung Und Untergang", the latter featuring Michael Gira doing vocals.
* M. J. Harris and Martyn Bates, "Murder Ballads", all three disks.

I've got it cranked, while I work in the garage.  It's a good thing I don't have neighbors.   ;)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Seren on April 13, 2008, 01:20:02 PM
Been working at home a lot recently - been listening to this lot
Hossam Ramsey - Source of Fire
Motorhead - Motorhead.
Robert Rich - Bestiary
Roach and Metcalf - The Serpent's lair
TD - the seven Letters From Tibet
TD - Zeit
Roach - Atmospheric Conditions and disc 2 of World's Edge.
KS - Body Love 2
Vangelis - 1492
Gyorky Ligeti - Requiem
Dido - No Angel.
Norah Jones - Come Away With Me
Capercaillie - Capercaillie
Lena - Extended Gestures for Cello
Ted Nugent - The Ultimate Ted Nugent (cranked up the volume and air guitared to cat scratch fever and snakeskin cowboys... 
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on April 13, 2008, 01:26:46 PM

OK, we're prepared to overlook the Ted Nugent as 'ironic', but I have already alerted the Ambient Police and they will be wanting to know the story behind the Dido and the Norah Jones :o ;)

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Seren on April 13, 2008, 02:04:46 PM
 ;D My wife was working in the other room and she asked for music that would not make her float off........but I have to admit the CDs are mine - sometimes I like to listen to well sung female voiced music, also Mary Black, Suzanne Vega, Laura Veirs, Clannad, even some Enya (the Celts), Madonna (Frozen)....

Hawkwind, Motorhead, Pink Fairies,Ted Nugent, Deep Purple, budgie, rainbow - even joy division comes from my youth listening - burnt some of the tracks indelibly into my brain...and sometimes I like a good jump around too in contraqst to the outer/inner space exploration.

I like what I like :o
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on April 13, 2008, 03:48:47 PM

I like what I like :o

Perfectly said!

I'm continuing my current Muse obsession, picking up two albums yesterday:

muse - black holes and revelations
muse - hullabaloo


Great stuff...
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on April 13, 2008, 05:21:48 PM
I guess we all like music than can curdle other people's blood. For instance, I've always loved The Dixie Chicks. Something about those sweet harmonies & melodies really floats by boat.

Recently:

Alio Die- Aura Seminalis; Whoa, this one is a real beauty! One of Stephano's best.
Manitou- All Points North; I've already raved about this one.
Hakobune- Sense of Place
Bob Dylan- Love and Theft
Alio Die- Eleusian Lullaby
Roach/Obmana- Spirit Dome



Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on April 13, 2008, 06:54:01 PM
NP

- Namlook & Spyra: Virtual Vices V

Great if you like a laid back jazz-influenced beat driven style, with a fair bit of Namlook guitar.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SunDummy on April 13, 2008, 10:51:03 PM
Quote
For instance, I've always loved The Dixie Chicks

(http://www.retrospectgalleries.com/artist_photos/jorghe/jorghe/detail/homer_simpson_scream.jpg)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on April 14, 2008, 04:14:45 AM
Quote
For instance, I've always loved The Dixie Chicks

(http://www.retrospectgalleries.com/artist_photos/jorghe/jorghe/detail/homer_simpson_scream.jpg)

I knew that would blow sombody's mind. :)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on April 14, 2008, 05:56:50 AM
Continued my Muse listening yesterday (admittedly, my wife is getting tired of his whining voice I think) with the live disc from Hullabaloo - a live gig from 2001...     

Now getting ready to listen to the couple of albums John posted to AtmoWorks last night - reissues of two of his earlier Vir Unis releases.  Thought I'd listen before I posted an advert on the forum... :)

And hey, c'mon - fess up... everybody listens to music we know others aren't going to like...  :)   of course - it's darn fun to poke fun at it anyway...   



 
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Seren on April 14, 2008, 08:00:32 AM
 :o :o I fancy doing a cover version of Chris Isaaks 'Wicked game' :o :o just not got round to it yet
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: uhurit on April 14, 2008, 09:50:00 PM
Alio Die, Aura Seminalis (good, good stuff...)
Stefano Scala, Impermanence
Aglaia, Unprofaned Twilight
Robert Davies, Shadow Dreams
Arcana, Le Serpent Rouge
Adam Pacione, From Stills to Motion
Zeit, Waves from the Sky
Corder/Opium, Autonno
Klaus Wiese, Perfume
Jorge Reyes, Bajo el Sol Jaguar
Robin Storey/Victor Nubila, About Breathing
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jim brenholts on April 15, 2008, 02:53:38 PM
twilight in the offing by chad hoefler
this amazing cd gets nowhere near enough notice or mention! i have been listening to it all day - in my office, in my car and now in my home studio. it is superb!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: spunknik on April 15, 2008, 04:11:41 PM
currently listening to:

The reformed faction of Zoviet France
Lena-Alchemy of Fingers and dark
Aidan Baker-pendulum
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Infraction on April 16, 2008, 05:10:50 AM
Tex La Homa - "Some Great Bliss"   Found them/him (Matt Shaw) after picking up the great 231 Divisadero 's/t' disc on Locust late last year.  I'm a sucker for anything that has that post-Talk Talk influence.  TLH is a bit more like Mercury Rev in spots - but still a nice listen.

Celer - "Salvaged Violets 1" & "2"   More Celer goodness. 

The Blue Nile - "Hats"  Never get tired of this one. 

Andrew Liles - "Auto Manipulator" LP  I've heard this variation by Andrew before, I know there's better out there.

Prefab Sprout - "Two Wheels Good" LP aka The U.S. version of "Steve McQueen".  I had heard so many good things about it, but so far a bit underwhelmed.   It'll take a few more listens I think.

...and I'm awaiting the new Rameses III disc I ordered from Ear-Rational.  Loved "honey rose" and this new 2CD set has a remix from Keith Berry, who can really do no wrong IMHO.

Jason
infractionrecords.com


Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on April 16, 2008, 10:23:50 AM
...and I'm awaiting the new Rameses III disc I ordered from Ear-Rational.  Loved "honey rose" and this new 2CD set has a remix from Keith Berry, who can really do no wrong IMHO.

I wouldn't say that KB can do no wrong for me, but he can do a great deal right, particularly in re: atmospheric dronescapes. Anyway, I found a link on the Rameses III site to an mp3, and guess what... turns out to be the Berry remix track. And a great foggy blast of tuned air it is too:

http://www.ramesesiii.com/MP3%5CBasilica_Basilica_128kb.mp3 (http://www.ramesesiii.com/MP3%5CBasilica_Basilica_128kb.mp3)


Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on April 16, 2008, 10:41:48 AM
I finally pulled Muse out of the player...

shuttle358 - understanding wildlife - minimal beauty - haven't heard this in a long while and it's a joy of an album.   it's not quite the level of optimal.lp for me - but it's close.   there's a quieter beauty here that optimal.lp doesn't have though...

disturbed earth - island - upcoming release from dean richards... dark minimal ambient.   ...and i'd be saying that even if it wasn't coming out on my label in a week or two... :) 

next up is dean's other new release edge of evening which completes the three album arc starting with sho.    i haven't heard it yet so don't know if it'll keep in darker territory or not.    the series is intended as 'healing' music - which fits sho rather well as a description.    island seems to be a darker aspect of healing to me.     
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Brian Bieniowski on April 16, 2008, 11:19:52 AM
Prefab Sprout - "Two Wheels Good" LP aka The U.S. version of "Steve McQueen".  I had heard so many good things about it, but so far a bit underwhelmed.   It'll take a few more listens I think.

Stick with it, I think it's a real grower. There is a certain showtune vibe I can do without on some numbers, but it has enough great stuff in my opinion to make it one of my very favorite pop albums. The 2-CD version has some great acoustic stuff on it that's worth the price.

The new Rameses III is also on my wants list (which has been growing a lot lately).  I play their Matanuska pretty frequently.

Today:

John Foxx & Harold Budd—Translucence & Drift Music
Robin Guthrie & Harold Budd—Mysterious Skin soundtrack
What a great collection of songs.  I've gotten such a large amount of enjoyment out of these over the last few years.  The Araki movie wasn't bad either, but the soundtrack is where it's at.

Parks—Umber
Speaking of Infraction....  Where the heck did this guy come from?  This record is terrific.

Bill Nelson—Quit Dreaming and Get on the Beam
I can't really get into this one.  A little too jittery, though I like certain tracks that get the Roxy Music vibe going.  I much prefer Nelson's Love that Whirls.

Ariel Kalma—Osmose  8) 8) 8)
Beta Lactam Ring is re-releasing Kalma's debut this month as well.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on April 16, 2008, 01:20:21 PM
Prefab Sprout - "Two Wheels Good" LP aka The U.S. version of "Steve McQueen".  I had heard so many good things about it, but so far a bit underwhelmed.   It'll take a few more listens I think.

Stick with it, I think it's a real grower.


I agree.  Some of the later Prefab works are little more uneven, but "Two Wheels Good/Steve McQueen" and their 1st full-length, "Swoon," have been long-time favorites of mine.  I have the vinyl for both to prove it;)

I picked up the new Rameses III at Amoeba a few days ago.  The 1st disc of remixes is nice and somewhat droney, but the 2d disc of live material from the band itself is pretty stellar.

I've also been enjoying two recent Students of decay CDR releases, Natural Snow Buildings' "Laurie Bird," and Cloak's "Serene."  NSB is a French free folk/psychedelia duo with almost an Amon Duul II feel.  The Cloaks (Spencer Doran) release is also nice (processed piano and guitar), though I think the press release comparisons to keyboard minimalist Charlemagne Palestine are overstated.  Doran's piano chops are pretty basic to my ears; on the first extended piece, he seems to be playing only the white keys on the piano with one finger.

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jim brenholts on April 16, 2008, 03:02:35 PM
the long walk home by peter gabriel - the soundtrack to rabbit-proof fence, a true story that appears to be quite inspiring. the music is absolutely awesome!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: uhurit on April 16, 2008, 09:45:48 PM
Just ordered a couple of Rameses III cd's from Amazon: never heard of them before, but the samples sound very, very nice!
Gentlemen, thanks for pointing them out!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: spunknik on April 18, 2008, 04:33:44 PM
From the Hypnos store:
Airsculpture-TranceAtlantic(Man,this stuff is great and they cover alot of electronic territory)
Tomorrow's Tuesday-The glimmer room(First class synth pop)
From Tonefloat:
Anja Garbarek-Smiling and Waving-very nice White vinyl edition with an added white vinyl 7".What a yummy voice she has!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Dave Michuda on April 19, 2008, 05:04:47 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41IXwginGKL._SL500_SS75_.jpg)  REM - Accelerate - I'm totally digging this.  Great for playing loud while driving with the windows open!

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51encwexeUL._SL500_SS75_.jpg)  Sibylle Baier - colour green - an album of songs from home reel-to-reel tape recordings Baier made in Germany between 1970 and 1973, collected together by her son as a gift to family members over three decades later.  It's an intimate, stark recording of folk music.  Sometimes the recording quality is a bit off but in general a very enjoyable listen.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51SewnAB32L._SL500_SS75_.jpg)  Bon Iver - for emma, forever ago - another home recording of "spare intimacy".  This supposedly was recorded during time spent secluded in the woods in Wisconsin.  It's not going to make my top ten list but it's a good record.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51TC9TRKPSL._SL500_SS75_.jpg)  Steve Roach & Robert Rich - Strata - I had to list at least one ambient album here.  Still excellent after all these years.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Seren on April 20, 2008, 11:32:59 AM
Vidna Obmana - Crossing the Trail

Robert Carty - Microspirals

Matthias Grassow - Dissolution
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: g.@.b. on April 20, 2008, 05:13:00 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41IXwginGKL._SL500_SS75_.jpg)  REM - Accelerate - I'm totally digging this.  Great for playing loud while driving with the windows open!

Does it make you accelerate, Dave?  :D

I'm enjoying it too (& die-hard REMers seem to dig it)... fave track so far is 'Mr. Richards'
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on April 20, 2008, 06:54:08 PM
That does it-- I'm gonna have to order the new R.E.M.. I loved that band from Murmer, up until they lost their focus after New Adventures In Hi-Fi.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: g.@.b. on April 20, 2008, 07:53:24 PM
That does it-- I'm gonna have to order the new R.E.M.. I loved that band from Murmer, up until they lost their focus after New Adventures In Hi-Fi.

You'll like it, Joe...it's a fun listen; all solid tunes.

Meanwhile, after 3 R.E.M. listens in a row...it's back to ambient via a recent mix:

01.  Stephen Philips - Into the Dark (excerpt)
02.  Lena - Pretty Sixteen
03.  Nest - Trans Siberian
04.  Lena - Meeting by the Cliff as Dark Turns to Light
05.  Frequency Magnet - Nitrous
06.  The Winterhouse - Beneath the Gray Walls
07.  Droneforest - Forest Floor
08.  M. Peck - Somna
09.  Krill.Minima - Einsiedelstein
10.  Ulf Lohmann - My Pazifik
11.  Robert Rich - Poppy Fields
12.  Jan Jelinek - Western Mimikry
13.  Thomas Fehlmann - Camilla
14.  Tosca - Pearl Off

(http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd27/gablabs/fractal.jpg)
http://www.artofthemix.org/FindAMix/getcontents.asp?strMixID=117207 (http://www.artofthemix.org/FindAMix/getcontents.asp?strMixID=117207)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on April 22, 2008, 10:33:09 AM

[...] and this new 2CD set has a remix from Keith Berry, who can really do no wrong IMHO.


I'm just playing a very nice DVD short by one Iain Stewart, a Scots photo artist, called 58º North. Picked it up mainly for a great textured drone-based soundtrack by Keith Berry. There's a decent sample at: http://www.iainstewartphotos.co.uk/frames/58n_film.html (http://www.iainstewartphotos.co.uk/frames/58n_film.html). It's in a frustratingly small window, but the expanse of the music is unaffected by the visual limitation

(http://www.iainstewartphotos.co.uk/gallery/58n/58_thumbnail.jpg)

(P.S. has a touch of the feeling of your Nunc Stans stuff, Anthony, if you're reading this :))


Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on April 22, 2008, 10:57:36 AM
Yes, has a Nunc Stans tone (especially some new Nunc I'm now composing), and sounds excellent. Particularly suits the darker opening graphics of the movie.

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Infraction on April 22, 2008, 06:35:44 PM
Berry-esque comparison to Nunc Stans material?  Where would I start - or is there only 1 to start from?

Naively,

Jason
infractionrecords.com

Onnow : Cleveland v. KC - Top of the 4th
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Infraction on April 22, 2008, 06:37:07 PM
Re: Nunc Stans - I just saw the review from Mr. Lockett.  Nevermind - well, kinda.

Jason
infractionrecords.com
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Seren on April 22, 2008, 11:53:32 PM
Michael Moorcock and the Deep Fix - New World's Fair. Arrived yesterday and I've not heard this for over 20 years. played it through twice....
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on April 23, 2008, 06:24:11 AM

np:

nverxion - a look within - great drifty beatless goodness

on deck:

seren ffordd - veils, shadows
the winterhouse - slow promises
parallel worlds - obsessive surrealism


Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: uhurit on April 23, 2008, 01:35:46 PM
1. Diatonis, "The Convolving Universe" (gorgeous choral ambient)
2. Paul Bradley, "Liquid Sunset"
3. Necrophorus, "Elinros"
4. The Winter House, "Slow Promises"
5. Peter Andersson, "Music for Film and Exhibition"
6. Kiln, "Thermals"
7. Paul Bradley, "Memorias Extranjeras"
8. The North Sea and Rameses III, "Night of the Ankou"
9. Nunc Stans, the 3CD's from Blue Oasis
10. Post-Asiatic, "Lost War Dream Music"
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Numina on April 26, 2008, 09:22:24 PM
Killing Joke ~ Revelations
Simple Minds ~ Live in the City of Light
Kraftwerk ~ Minimum Maximum
X Marks the Pedwalk ~ Abattoir
Front Line Assembly ~ The Initial Command
In Strict Confidence ~ Industrial Love/Predictions
Erasure ~ Drama CD Single
Arcana ~ Raspail
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Exuviae on April 27, 2008, 12:38:25 PM
Meshuggah-obZen
Jeff Pearce-To The Shores of Heaven, Bleed
Front Line Assembly-Artificial Soldier
Abba-Gold
Coil-Astral Disaster
Postal Service-Give Up
Pucifer-V is for Vagina
Pig Destroyer-Phantom Limb

...yes, I have undiagnosed multiple personality deficit disease disorder...or something...

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on April 27, 2008, 07:12:32 PM
Peacee F Moya- Mouth For Sore Sight- A weird, droney & chanty space-alien type thing from the Test Tube netlabel. Completely off the wall, fascinating, and free. Nice combination! 8)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Antdude on April 27, 2008, 08:29:42 PM
King Crimson ~ Thrakk, Red, Starless and Bible Black
Rumforskning ~ Fremtiden
Entia Non ~ Fold, Remora
Nunc Stans ~ Ellesmere Island

Coming up:
The Winterhouse ~ Slow Promises

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on April 28, 2008, 09:36:24 AM
Mighty fine set there Antdude !
Thanks.

And earlier to uhurit.

Great to see the music getting spins.
Much appreciated.


now playing
- Nunc Stans: Timeless

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on April 28, 2008, 01:12:57 PM

black rebel motorcycle club - howl
dj spooky vs. scanner - the quick and the dead
meat beat manifesto - dog star man
skinny puppy - back and forth series 2
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on April 28, 2008, 01:50:54 PM
np

- Glass: Koyaaisquatsi
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: kawera on April 28, 2008, 02:10:55 PM
Juno Reactor - Gods & Monsters -- The new one from Juno Reactor. I've been playing it over and over since I got it just a couple days ago. Funny thing is, I don't know if I really like it. The production sounds really "off" sometimes, and yet there's something mesmerizing about this album. It's certainly far away from the progressive techno and psychedelic trance they/he used to make in the mid 90's. Bible of Dreams is still my favorite JR album, but I just can't stop playing this one. I'm curious to know what others think of it!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on April 29, 2008, 04:15:06 AM
I didn't realize juno reactor had a new one out - the last one I bought was Shango and the Pistollero single (brilliant - much much better than the Shango version of the track!).    I tend to love those first three albums - yeah - Bible of Dreams rocks.

I'm still listening to the dj spooky/scanner album in the car - not through it all the way.   Parts are really good -parts are blah.

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: darkenedsoul on April 29, 2008, 11:42:41 AM
Virgin Black - Requiem - Fortissimo = GODLINESS!  WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Rowan can certainly growl with the best of him! This is the 3rd of the trilogy of releases, Requiem - Pianissimo is still to be released down the road and is the first of the three. Don't ask me why they released them in #2, #3, #1 in that order. #2 is very symphonic and this one revisits some of the music from the 2nd release. VERY heavy, angelic female vocals, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra used again on it. Utter despair on this baby! It'll be getting several rotations to allow me to let it all seep in! Plus they're coming on tour again to the US (were here last year but couldn't get to NY to see them during the week...  >:( ) with Amorphis, Leaves Eyes and Samael (gonna be a killer show!). Very much looking forward to this one to see them finally! I hope to meet them as well.

Disincarnate - Dreams of the Carrion Kind (james murphy - ex-death/obituary/testament) and this is a classic from '93 for technical death metal! I had to get it since I never owned the original and this is remastered with 3 bonus tracks.

Did I say how amazing the new VB is yet?!  ::) I've got all their releases except the EP which I can't seem to find....great musicianship/lyrics (interesting)/arrangements. NOT for the faint of heart.

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Infraction on April 29, 2008, 06:07:29 PM
Namlook & Schulze - Dark Side of the Moog 11

Sprang for this one...glad I did.   This 1st track is a bit like Shpongle.

Jason
infractionrecords.com
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on April 30, 2008, 08:24:22 AM
now playing

- Jeff Greinke: Lost Terrain & Wide View
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on April 30, 2008, 10:11:01 AM

- Tetsu Inoue: Ambiant Otaku

always a pleasure.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: kawera on April 30, 2008, 02:10:31 PM
I didn't realize juno reactor had a new one out - the last one I bought was Shango and the Pistollero single (brilliant - much much better than the Shango version of the track!).    I tend to love those first three albums - yeah - Bible of Dreams rocks.

I haven't heard the Pistolero single, I've only heard the album version, and that one didn't do much for me. For some reason, Shango never really caught on with me, apart from the last two tracks which are both excellent. I actually prefer Labyrinth (the one with a few tracks from the Matrix movies) over Shango. Gods & Monsters is growing on me. I quite fancy it now!

Also played lately:

Hallucinogen - Hallucinogen in Dub -- Excellent remix album, which slows down a bunch of the best Hallucinogen tracks and adds dubby basslines, plenty of tape delay and groovy beats. Highly recommended!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on April 30, 2008, 02:56:40 PM
I'm a fan of Hallucinogen ... will look out for that dub remix.


Now playing

--- Zenith: Zenith

Surely one of the most enjoyable albums since the birth of Aristotle.
And, if not, certainly one the best from the 90s.
Inoue/Vivanco.
Subtle ambient/sequences.
Doesn't put a foot (or measure) wrong.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on May 01, 2008, 07:58:17 AM

I haven't heard the Pistolero single, I've only heard the album version, and that one didn't do much for me. For some reason, Shango never really caught on with me, apart from the last two tracks which are both excellent. I actually prefer Labyrinth (the one with a few tracks from the Matrix movies) over Shango. Gods & Monsters is growing on me. I quite fancy it now!

Also played lately:

Hallucinogen - Hallucinogen in Dub -- Excellent remix album, which slows down a bunch of the best Hallucinogen tracks and adds dubby basslines, plenty of tape delay and groovy beats. Highly recommended!

Pistolero is a hilarious track in the original short single... humorous voice samples and the guitar is great.   They really watered down both the song elements and the production on Shango for some odd reason - I was highly disapointed with the track on that.   Shango grew on me over time - there are some really great tracks on it that are easy to overlook. 

Hallucinogen - I don't think I have a full album, but I think I've got some tracks on various artist releases.  good stuff.

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: 1000snakes on May 01, 2008, 10:37:29 AM
Recently I have enjoyed:

Perceived Distances (Blue Oasis) - A generous collection of various artists' tracks that flows quite nicely. Great job APK!
React (DIN) - Robert Rich and Ian Boddy recorded live at the Star's End 30th Celebration Concert last year. Sounds like it was a great show. They get their groove on in a serious way a couple of times!
Asunder (steveroach.com) - Nathan Youngblood
and
Mantle (steveroach.com) - Brian Parnham
Both of these offerings from Roach's new label are great textural/drone/ambient sound journeys. Very earthy. Recommended and available through the Hypnos store in addition to Steve's website.
An Opera for Four Fusion Works (Hypnos) - I finally listened to Vidna's series from beginning to end over two sessions. A wonderful exploration of possibilities.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on May 02, 2008, 08:55:01 AM
Many thanks for the comment on Perceived Distances 1000snakes  :)

np
- Mitchell Akiyama: Big Sur
minimal experimental glitchy noisy fascinating.


Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Zyp on May 03, 2008, 04:14:41 AM
Now playing:  A Produce/M Griffin - "Altara"

Earlier: 

Jeff Greinke - "Wide View"
Rapoon - "Time Frost"
Between Interval - "Secret Observatory"

Definitely a chilled start to my weekend with that playlist!  :)
         
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Dave Michuda on May 03, 2008, 01:41:17 PM
Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid
Tape - Luminarium
Felicia Atkinson with Sylvain Chauveau - Roman anglais - beautiful release featuring spoken words by Atkinson & music by Chauveau.  Atkinson speaks in French & English, and at times sounds a bit like Laurie Anderson in pacing & feel.
Van Morrison - Astral Weeks - I've had this one for years but hadn't listened to it recently.  I gave it a spin because I just finished editing a piece on Richard Davis.  He's a 78 year old bass player who played on that album & has played with Sarah Vaughn, Springsteen and others.  He's a music professor at UW-Madison and is one cool guy.  Here's a link to the story if anyone is interested...  http://www.myfoxmilwaukee.com/myfox/pages/Home/Detail;jsessionid=0AA0AFDFEDBA91EFB21E12F78F6E7321?contentId=6444377&version=1&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=VSTY&pageId=1.1.1&sflg=1 (http://www.myfoxmilwaukee.com/myfox/pages/Home/Detail;jsessionid=0AA0AFDFEDBA91EFB21E12F78F6E7321?contentId=6444377&version=1&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=VSTY&pageId=1.1.1&sflg=1)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on May 03, 2008, 06:19:48 PM
np

- Dac Crowell: The sea and the sky

I've always enjoyed Crowell's work. Kinda rich minimalist with repetition.
Thanks to whoever pointed this out a short while back in this thread.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on May 04, 2008, 05:48:14 AM
Yesterday was Zoviet France day:

Assault & Mirage
What Is Not True
Misfits, Looney Tunes & Squalid Criminals
Just An Illusion

Superb! 8)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Zyp on May 04, 2008, 08:24:49 AM
Earlier:

Austere - Pulse

Absolutely awesome,  I listened to this on headphones at a fairly low volume whilst sat down by the sea earlier.   Within 20 mins my mind was some place else totally due to combined effect of the music and the sound of gulls and the waves.  The old adage about "less is more" is definitely true with Austere's music.   
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: kawera on May 04, 2008, 01:49:14 PM
Pistolero is a hilarious track in the original short single... humorous voice samples and the guitar is great.   They really watered down both the song elements and the production on Shango for some odd reason - I was highly disapointed with the track on that.   Shango grew on me over time - there are some really great tracks on it that are easy to overlook. 

Hallucinogen - I don't think I have a full album, but I think I've got some tracks on various artist releases.  good stuff.


I'll have to give Shango a second chance then. The Hallucinogen In Dub remix album is fantastic. Psychedelic dub/downbeat at its finest.

now playing

- Jeff Greinke: Lost Terrain & Wide View

Uh, Lost Terrain is one of my favorites. Very brooding and melancholic. Love that one!

Played lately:
Celtic Cross - Hicksville -- Really great album by some really great musicians like Youth, Simon Posford and Martin Glover. I've always felt that this one was a little overlooked. It came out the same year as Shpongle's monumental Are You Shpongled? and was probably eclipsed by that one. But it deserves a lot of praise. Posfords usual trickery is toned down a bit here (probably due to the influence from Youth) and gives way to a much more organic and acoustic sound. Beautiful stuff.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on May 05, 2008, 06:02:20 AM

orbital - middle of nowhere

I think this is just an ok album from Orbital - preferring their earlier stuff quite a bit.   I rambled on about it a bit this morning on my blog... 

middle of nowhere blog post (http://atmoworks.ning.com/profiles/blog/show?id=2078313%3ABlogPost%3A1615)

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on May 06, 2008, 11:19:20 AM
np

- Brain McBride: When the Detail Lost its Freedom
I play this fairly regularly. Depressing stuff ... but great.

coming up

- Beautumn: Northing
 
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jim brenholts on May 06, 2008, 05:32:52 PM
i have been listening to distance to zero - the much overlooked yet excellent cd by paul vnuk and oophoi - and big science by laurie anderson. that is a very strange combo!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on May 07, 2008, 05:44:42 AM
deepchord - von schommer - dc15 - minimal dubby deepchord techno.   

killing joke - laugh?  i nearly bought one! - an amazing band that's dabbled in a ton of styles.   this is a compilation of stuff from mostly the 80's.

antonio testa and alio die - prayer for the forest - a nice ambient journey

underworld - second toughest in the infants - really good release - not quite up there with dubnobass or beaucoup fish - but very solid.

the clash - london calling - always great.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Chad Hoefler on May 07, 2008, 05:42:01 PM
Wendy Carlos- Sonic Seasonings
Tuu and Nick Parkin- Terma
Robert Rich- Some of his unreleased tracks/experiments
Dave Gahan- Hourglass
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on May 08, 2008, 03:46:12 PM

Murcof: Remembranza

Brilliant album. Preferred over the recent Cosmos ... an album that didn't quite come together for me in the end.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on May 09, 2008, 12:17:41 AM
Some of what I've been enjoying lately--

Paul Bradley/David Wells - Heart of Embra (split 3"--not bad, tho a little bit on the short side--1 piece for each)
Ubeboet - Prater EP (another shprt 3"--very enjoyable, parts of it remind me of 'Spectra'; only 25 copies were apparently made; on Con-v)
Joe Colley - Hive (another 3"--of ambient beehive recordings!  It must have getting the contact mics inside of the hive)
Evan Caminiti - Buried Light (limited cassette on Digitalis--heavily processed guitar that reminds me of Maeror Tri in places)
CDs of Turkish guitarists from Barry Cleveland

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: spunknik on May 10, 2008, 12:08:03 PM
Nurse with wound-Requital for lady day-Very nice ambient release from Steven
Kingfisher sky-Hall of dreams-lovely female vocals
Bass communion-Pacific codex-Sure wish I had surround sound
The Silverman-Blank for your own message-Nice electronical sound pieces
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Dave Michuda on May 10, 2008, 06:20:28 PM
David Tagg & Brian Grainger - Sawdust Aromatics [rope swing cities 2008]
Entia Non - Lilt [test tube 2008]
Genesis - Live in Leicester 1973
nrvnet - light cycles - a new mix from The Hydrogen Cafe
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Infraction on May 10, 2008, 07:00:13 PM
David Tagg & Brian Grainger - Sawdust Aromatics [rope swing cities 2008]
Entia Non - Lilt [test tube 2008]
Genesis - Live in Leicester 1973
nrvnet - light cycles - a new mix from The Hydrogen Cafe


Always good to see a new Hydrogen Cafe mix...I was just on the site today (before this new one popped up) wondering
where he was.  The last one was posted in January. 

Nrvnet and Dave's lowlight mixes are consistently the best ambient mixes out there. 

Jason
infractionrecords.com

ps - ah, relevancy - recent listening :

Coil - Ape of Naples LPs
Book of Dreams ambient mix (a Hydrogen cafe/nrvnet mix from 2006, superb)
http://hydrogencafe.blogspot.com/2006/09/book-of-dreams.html

Bark Psychosis - Game Over
Bark Psychosis - Codename : dustsucker
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Infraction on May 10, 2008, 07:03:34 PM

pps - Re: Ambient mixes...I forgot to mention Brian Bienioski's Quiet Sounds podcasts too.  I recently picked
up episodes 17 & 18.  Have only listened to the former so far, a brilliant mix.

http://www.asphalteden.com/?p=18

Jason
infractionrecords.com
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on May 11, 2008, 11:58:29 AM
Currently listening stuff:

(http://igloomag.com/pictures/1704-1.jpg)

William Basinski + Richard Chartier: Untitled 1-3 (Line) - cross between microsound/lowercase and drone. Engrossing stuff.

Some verbiage“[...] The communion of B + C emerges as a felicitous one. B, known for pulling out fragments of heartstring-tug big notes and simple hyper-expressive motifs and looping them on and on so as to transcend mere repetition-nonsense to become quasi-liturgy. C, on the other hand, famed for poking his microscope into those atoms of sound and opening up to wonderment all the protons and neutrons and all the bits and splits below only physicists know. And, it could be said, that here two heads better each one. For in combination, the two act as foils to mutual foibles - Fanciful B and Fastidious C.[...]”

Full review on igloo: http://igloomag.com/doc.php?task=view&id=1704&category=reviews (http://igloomag.com/doc.php?task=view&id=1704&category=reviews)

              B (http://www.xplosiva.com/en/wp-content/uploads/2007/07/02william-basinski.jpg) + C (http://www.blisspop.com/images/GUESTDJS/richard.jpg)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on May 13, 2008, 01:31:01 PM
Interesting stuff Mr. UnterShade.

-----------

I'm now listening to a load of early mp3.com tracks I have here
- red joy reid / O-D-K / angina p / carbon based lifeforms / hazen / mutagene / dream long dead / and many others

was a great time back when the old mp3.com originally started up.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on May 14, 2008, 02:11:38 PM
np

- Namlook/Schulze: Dark Side of the Moog 9

always great.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on May 14, 2008, 06:35:49 PM
Its all me in this thread today :)
That's what comes of not having a real day job !

- Gas: Pop
such a wonderful noisy, grainy, repetitive thing.

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Dave Michuda on May 14, 2008, 07:33:51 PM
I just listened to Pop last weekend, love that cd.

Sawako - Bitter Sweet [12k]
Brael And Tokyo Bloodworm - Living Languages
hosomi - open silence
death cab for cutie - narrow stairs
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on May 16, 2008, 03:30:54 PM
David Tagg - Skin Diagram (Archaic Horizon) - netlabel release. Not his best, but pretty nice for free.
Download here: http://www.archaichorizon.com/releases/ah025/ah025.html (http://www.archaichorizon.com/releases/ah025/ah025.html)

If you've heard David's stuff you'll know what to expect:
"'Skin Diagram' is able to achieve a mesmerizing solar glare, like the bouncing refractions of the sun rays underneath the water, that can transfix its listeners into a quiet serenity. Evoking this imagery with a youthful, kinetic sonic, David Tagg wraps a quivering stereo field with slow movements of warmly wavering drones. Deriving a thermal energy from a biological motif, the sound of his music posses a glowing translucence, as if lit from within.[...]"

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on May 16, 2008, 05:15:49 PM
Just a note, Alan: that blue is almost impossible to read on the grey/dark background version of the forum .. which a number of us use. Probably best to avoid.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on May 16, 2008, 10:29:34 PM
Hmmm... I thought you liked A Kind of Blue, Anthony  ;)

Have modified the post accordingly.

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on May 17, 2008, 09:17:20 AM
Aidan Baker - Thoughtspan
still one of my favorites when it comes
to aidan
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Exuviae on May 17, 2008, 09:44:24 AM
Formication - Agnosia
wow!
KMFDM - Naive
classic!
Burn the Priest - Burn the Priest
righteous!
Skinny Puppy - Dystemper Remix
so good in parts, so bad in others
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on May 17, 2008, 10:30:13 AM

Skinny Puppy - Dystemper Remix
so good in parts, so bad in others


yep - i agree with that comment!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on May 18, 2008, 06:01:33 AM
Implex Grace - Through Luminescent Passages I (netlabel release - download details here: http://www.distancerecordings.com/dist001.html (http://www.distancerecordings.com/dist001.html))

(http://www.distancerecordings.com/dist001250.jpg)

Really enjoying this. I noted from the site that it’s mastered by Joshua Eustis, which would explain why it reminded me of Belong, and their massive breaking waves of washed out harmonized dronefuzz, heard on their October Language. Draw a line with Hammock and Eluvium at one end, and Tim Hecker and Fennesz at the other, and you can locate this Implex Grace guy navigating back and forth round about the middle, somewhere bumping up against the vessel of Willits + Sakamoto’s Ocean Fire maybe.

Not the most original of artists, but certainly worth grabbing if you enjoy anything in the sonic zone whose coordinates I’ve outlined.


Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on May 18, 2008, 09:14:21 AM
Implex Grace - Through Luminescent Passages I

Some impressive/sonically fascinating & enjoyable things on this release.
Gets my stamp of approval.
Thanks, Alan.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: kawera on May 18, 2008, 10:52:53 PM
Implex Grace - Through Luminescent Passages I (netlabel release - download details here: http://www.distancerecordings.com/dist001.html (http://www.distancerecordings.com/dist001.html))

Really enjoying this. I noted from the site that it’s mastered by Joshua Eustis, which would explain why it reminded me of Belong, and their massive breaking waves of washed out harmonized dronefuzz, heard on their October Language. Draw a line with Hammock and Eluvium at one end, and Tim Hecker and Fennesz at the other, and you can locate this Implex Grace guy navigating back and forth round about the middle, somewhere bumping up against the vessel of Willits + Sakamoto’s Ocean Fire maybe.

Not the most original of artists, but certainly worth grabbing if you enjoy anything in the sonic zone whose coordinates I’ve outlined.

Thank you, thank you, thank you. What a gem! This release in particular reminds me of Tim Hecker, only perhaps this is a bit more optimistic in nature somehow. You're right, maybe it's not all that original, but I couldn't care less about that when it's this good. And it's free!  ;D :o
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on May 19, 2008, 11:23:33 AM
Stephan Mathieu - Auf der Gasse
what a lovely cd this is .... expensive as hell, but worth
every € .... manipulated shortwave radio ..... but so warm
and cozy just like Hecker
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on May 19, 2008, 11:31:42 AM
Stephan Mathieu - Auf der Gasse
what a lovely cd this is .... expensive as hell, but worth every € .... manipulated shortwave radio ..... but so warm and cozy just like Hecker

I agree, it's a very nice listen. The title is actually Radioland, "Auf der Gasse" being one of the tracks. Nice looker too!

(http://www.die-schachtel.com/img/mathieu2.jpg) http://www.die-schachtel.com/editions/dsa6.htm (http://www.die-schachtel.com/editions/dsa6.htm)

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jblock on May 19, 2008, 01:50:17 PM
Steve Hillage: Fish Rising
Grace Slick: Manhole
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: g.@.b. on May 19, 2008, 08:41:54 PM

(http://www.die-schachtel.com/img/mathieu2.jpg) http://www.die-schachtel.com/editions/dsa6.htm (http://www.die-schachtel.com/editions/dsa6.htm)

The link to the tracks is cool...& flexible from a listening perspective.

Once there, play around with opening all, then some, then turn others off & on...they all sound cool when mixed together...OR singly.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on May 20, 2008, 02:45:44 PM
Yep, on some sites pushing minimalism I don't realize one sample is still playing when I click on another, and its takes a while before I notice ... sometimes I have 3 or 4 going before I realize. And sometimes the samples sound better to my ears when more than one is playing. It does say something about the music.   :)

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jim brenholts on May 20, 2008, 03:10:51 PM
i recently received a shipment from spirit voyage (www.spiritvoyage.com) with 4 singing bowl cd's and the lou reed disc. i am listening to sacred bowls by michael perricone with seven metals by benjamin iobst, golden bowls by karma moffett and ocean bowls also by karma on the changer. this is deep stuff and almost narcotic in the listening experience.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: 9dragons on May 20, 2008, 05:49:10 PM
Acid Mothers Temple--Recurring Dream and Apocalypse

This is a blast, kind of like Slayer fused with Hawkwind, floating in a cosmic ectoplasm of blasting looping madness and Azathothian mad flutes being ripped away by the wind. Not quite a defining album in terms of structure, but then again neither is the majority of their music...

Still, clears the cobwebs and replaces them with cosmic rage...
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SunDummy on May 20, 2008, 09:37:17 PM
Quote
Still, clears the cobwebs and replaces them with cosmic rage...

HA!  Beautiful description of Acid Mothers Temple...   ;D

I love these guys; all-over-the-map jam sessions, hour-long tracks of freaked-out rock, strange voices declaring who-the-hell-knows-what, odd oscillating synth loops on top of bizarre time-signature drumming; amazing stuff.  I've yet to find an AMT CD or song that sticks in my mind, but everything I've heard has been a worthwhile listen.  And considering that they release a cd every week (or so it seems) that's a TON of great music out there...

I've been going through my old Pain Teens albums today; I had forgotten how great these freaks were.  "Beast of Dreams", their final disk, is essential.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on May 21, 2008, 01:13:12 PM

plaid - spokes
muse - black holes and revelations
telefon tel aviv - remixes compiled
haujobb - polarity
tipper - surrounded

some of my archive stuff

some future atmoworks releases in the works

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jim brenholts on May 21, 2008, 03:35:04 PM
huge shipment of gears of sand discs today (10)! listening to as a means through which i speak by ben fleury-steiner. this is a great disc from a fellow drone junkie!
i will not list all of them but i have lots of new listening to do this week and next!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: 1000snakes on May 21, 2008, 04:17:03 PM
Hello!
Hey jkn, is there a problem with the Atmoworks site? I have just returned from being away for over a week and can't seem to connect regardless of what server I use. I'm just wondering if I missed something?
Peace, Kirk
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on May 21, 2008, 04:24:43 PM
Hello!
Hey jkn, is there a problem with the Atmoworks site? I have just returned from being away for over a week and can't seem to connect regardless of what server I use. I'm just wondering if I missed something?
Peace, Kirk

I know its down for a little while. They are working out some new server (and other) details.

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: DeepR on May 21, 2008, 05:02:29 PM
Raison d'etre - Metamorphyses. Tracks 4 and 5 are fantastic.

Vidna Obmana - The River of Appearance

Speedy J - A Shocking Hobby. Listening to a lot of ambient needs a heavy counterweight sometimes.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: 1000snakes on May 21, 2008, 05:10:30 PM
Thanks Anthony!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on May 21, 2008, 05:32:17 PM
Tony - thanks for answering!   I should probably post something about what we're doing in another thread.   But the nutshell version is we migrated our site from one server to another and unfortunately it took a week longer than needed due to some technical glitches at our webhost (which has been rock solid for about about 6 years... guess we caught them on a bad day... :( 

The site should pop up soon - however, our store still won't be up for another week or so due to some programming that needs to happen.   (If you want to buy anything in the meantime - we'll figure it out!)

We're setting up an AtmoWorks community that we'd love for people to join.   You can post music, photos, and video's very easily - have your own blog, etc...  I'll definitely be promoting Hypnos, dataObscura/Blue Oasis, GOS, etc... releases there.    We want to compliment and encourage the larger music community that includes all of our labels.

http://atmoworks.ning.com   <-- this will be atmoworks.com in a month or so.   :)

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: mgriffin on May 21, 2008, 05:33:03 PM
Now listening to the album I've been working on since before the first Hypnos CD was ever released (started recording in January 1997), Fabrications.

I'm just updating the Hypnos store with it, and I'm so relieved and happy to have it finished!

(http://www.hypnos.com/catalog/hypnos-mg-f.jpg)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on May 21, 2008, 05:39:00 PM
What?!!!?   It's done!   Holy cow.   Congratulations - that's fantastic.   

I think I'll be ordering a few sometime this week!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jim brenholts on May 21, 2008, 06:04:05 PM
ben fleury-steiner/matt borghi - what the night leaves behind - sweeeeeeeeeeeeeet! this disc has great drones and dark timbres! i love it!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on May 21, 2008, 06:28:58 PM

- Philip Glass: Glassworks

Its an old one, but still sounds so contemporary to my ears. Love it.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: kawera on May 22, 2008, 11:54:25 AM
Tim Hecker - Harmony in Ultraviolet -- This is one album I simply can't grow tired of. So much noise and yet so damn beautiful. Abstract electronica at its finest!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Infraction on May 22, 2008, 01:39:40 PM
Onde - One LP (Ondemusic)  - Finally got around to picking this up.  This is the former Noise Maker's Fifes members (Jacobs, Wroblewski & Van Luijk) in their first collaboration after Geert Feyton's death.   Yes, a bit noisy...but with perceptable strands. 

Concert Silence - s/t.  This is an Eluvium side-project we're working on releasing at some point this summer on both LP & CD.  A bit of a departure from Eluvium, as this is more piano based, with a bit of digital smearing.  To me it sounds like what I hoped would come of the collab. between Fennesz and Sakamoto.

Rameses III - Basilica 2CD set on Important.  I was looking forward to the remixes more than the live tracks initially.  I've been listening almost exclusively to the live disc, just a beautifully compiled set. 

Pub - Making Traxcks .3.  It's Pub - which IMO, is always a worthwhile listen.  I'm upset I missed out on the first 2 installments of this micro-edition series.

Jason
infractionrecords.com
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on May 24, 2008, 02:45:19 PM

Never heard him sounding so lovely as he does here:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=9mkIxTM8eP0 (http://youtube.com/watch?v=9mkIxTM8eP0)

("The Lady in Red (is Dancing with Meat)" ~ from electronic terrorist V/Vm's Sick Love, details of which subversion are at: http://www.brainwashed.com/vvm/releases/vvmtest/offal03c.htm (http://www.brainwashed.com/vvm/releases/vvmtest/offal03c.htm))

Check out the version of "Imagine" too (if you ever hated this song as much as me, you'll enjoy hearing it lovingly mauled here: http://youtube.com/watch?v=H0FHn4VsU6Y (http://youtube.com/watch?v=H0FHn4VsU6Y))


Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: spunknik on May 24, 2008, 03:39:44 PM
Grim-The past is still in current use-So glad they compiled all their works-INDUSTRIAL
Uranium USSR 1972-Avarie- Deep beats.murky piano and just a great c.d.
Rome -Nero-just got this but have not heard it yet!
Tangerine dream-Richochet-I wish it lasted longer
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jim brenholts on May 24, 2008, 03:47:17 PM
well, my manic stage has kicked back in for a short visit and i have 37 new cd's for listening - including 6 promos for review in awareness. wow! this will be a superb week ahead.
right now i am listening to biomusique the 10,000 steps, coyote oldman under an ancient sky, johnny whitehorse (aka robert mirabal) totemic flute chants, david & steve gordon earth drum (the 25th anniversary collection vol 1) and scott august lost canyons. these are very cool native discs and review promos for awareness. can anyone guess what this issue's theme is? bingo! native peoples!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jim brenholts on May 26, 2008, 10:52:04 AM
today is a synthetic block day. i am listening to his ss and gos releases and i am impressed! jonathan has gone into some ambient territory without abandoning his obvious love of sequencer electronica. well done, jonathan!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on May 29, 2008, 10:36:23 AM
Per Tjernberg - Inside Information (large ensemble jazz project heavily influenced by Coltrane; very nicely done)
Juana Molina - Tres Cosas (charming low key songs from Argentinian singer with understated electronics; on Domino)
Robert Rich & Ian Boddy - React (excellent live disc from their performance at Star's End's 30th anniversary concert last year)

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: 9dragons on May 30, 2008, 11:15:53 AM
Anybody heard the new Fear Falls Burning? I am very curious to know...

Been listening to the Tetsu Inoue catalogue recently. So amazing what this man creates! Any fans of the Flowerhead Datacide album out there. I had put this one away for a long time, before recently bringing it out and getting blown away with its deep strangeness and beauty...
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on May 30, 2008, 03:23:48 PM
Datacide - Flowerhead is one of my favorites - and ironically - I think I've listened to it 4 times through this week.   It's goodness sneaks up on you.   Definitely a repeat listener.

Today I had the em:t comp from the more recent incarnation of em:t.  It's a nice album.   I think they went back under again though.

also had Muse - HAARP because I just can't get enough of Muse lately.

also listening to James Johnson, Vir Unis, and me live from a few years back.  I had so much fun playing with those two. 



Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: uhurit on May 30, 2008, 04:38:49 PM
Currently:
1. Philip Jeck,   7
2. Steve Roden, Three Roots Carved to Look Like Stones
3. Zoviet France, The Decriminalisation of Country Music
4. Paul Bradley/Adam Sonderberg,   Anoxia
5. Paul Bradley, Moraines
6. Aidan Baker, The sea Swells a Bit (good stuff!!!)
7. Paul Bradley, Mas Memorias extranjeras
8. Wander s/t
9. Asher, Landscapes Elsewhere
10. Michael Mantra, a/b
11. Philip Jeck/Janek Schaefer, Songs for Europe
12. colleen, Les Ondes Silencieuses
13. Bruno Sanfilippo, Piano Tectures
14. Max Corbacho, Vestiges
15. Dub Taylor, Detect
16. Kawabata Makoto, O Si Amos a Sighire a Essere Duas Umbras

As an aside, I just discovered a fine italian label that consistently produces  fine ambient drone music with a bite, A SILENT PLACE...a bunch of cd's on sale currently on e-bay
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: spunknik on May 30, 2008, 06:56:11 PM
Yes,Ominous drone is having one helluva sale on ebay.Oh yeah,I've been listening to Humas by Emanuele Errante.Some very nice piano there.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on May 31, 2008, 02:08:13 AM
Anybody heard the new Fear Falls Burning? I am very curious to know...

Been listening to the Tetsu Inoue catalogue recently. So amazing what this man creates! Any fans of the Flowerhead Datacide album out there. I had put this one away for a long time, before recently bringing it out and getting blown away with its deep strangeness and beauty...
Its a decent one.
The Titeltrack has gone completely wrong
imo. But the rest is really enjoyable and good.
The last track on the cd is a perfect example
of how to build up tension from second one
to the end.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Dave Michuda on May 31, 2008, 08:50:27 PM
The Winston Jazz Routine - Sospiri
Skyphone - Avellaneda
Rameses III - Basilica
hans-joachim roedelius & tim story - inlandish
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on June 01, 2008, 02:09:16 PM

Chris Herbert - very nice support set for SotL at their recent Birmingham gig – download link from disquiet.com website at http://disquiet.com/2008/05/26/live-chris-herbert-mp3/ (http://disquiet.com/2008/05/26/live-chris-herbert-mp3/)

(http://a964.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/00119/36/98/119748963_s.jpg)

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on June 03, 2008, 10:17:32 PM
Besides' Mike G.'s new one, I've been listening to Jack Rose's "Dr. Ragtime & His Pals + Self-Titled," an excellent double CD of acoustic guitar in a John Fahey-ish vein from Pelt's front man.

Uhurit, if Silent Place is run by the same guy as Small Voices, be careful.  I had to bring a PayPal complaint against Small Voices after two months of waiting in order to get a bunch of 3" discs I had won in an eBay auction.  Small Voices apparently is no longer listed as an eBay seller.  Too bad, as both Silent Place and Small Voices have released some excellent discs.

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Infraction on June 04, 2008, 04:53:58 AM
Quote
Uhurit, if Silent Place is run by the same guy as Small Voices, be careful.  I had to bring a PayPal complaint against Small Voices after two months of waiting in order to get a bunch of 3" discs I had won in an eBay auction.  Small Voices apparently is no longer listed as an eBay seller.  Too bad, as both Silent Place and Small Voices have released some excellent discs.

I believe it is the same guy Forrest.  I've not had any problems with him personally, but if you want to err on the side of caution, Soleilmoon.com has most of the Small Voices / A Silent Place discs in stock.

Relevancy... Celer + Mathieu Ruhlmann Mesoscaphe on the Spekk label.  I've heard of Spekk before, but this is the first disc I've actually picked up on this label.  Nao, who runs Spekk, and also does the designs on these lovely packages (sort of a mini hardback book) threw in a couple extra with my order.  So, I'm slowly going through the above, plus a v/a disc entitled "small melodies" (with Taylor Deupree, Tape, Stephan Mathieu, Sogar, Fenton, Ambarchi and others) and also a disc by Opitope entitled "Hau" which sounds promising.  Half of Opitope is Chihei Hatakeyama who did the fantastic 'minima moralia' disc on Kranky a few years ago.

Jason
infractionrecords.com
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: uhurit on June 04, 2008, 07:37:58 AM
Today:

Makoto Kawabata, Inui 4  (spectacular guitar drone from the VHF bunker)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on June 04, 2008, 11:45:09 AM
Relevancy... Celer + Mathieu Ruhlmann Mesoscaphe on the Spekk label.  I've heard of Spekk before, but this is the first disc I've actually picked up on this label.  Nao, who runs Spekk, and also does the designs on these lovely packages (sort of a mini hardback book) threw in a couple extra with my order.  So, I'm slowly going through the above, plus a v/a disc entitled "small melodies" (with Taylor Deupree, Tape, Stephan Mathieu, Sogar, Fenton, Ambarchi and others) and also a disc by Opitope entitled "Hau" which sounds promising.  Half of Opitope is Chihei Hatakeyama who did the fantastic 'minima moralia' disc on Kranky a few years ago.

Good score, Jason. I like that Opitope disc, and there've been a few other good ones on Spekk, best of which, for me, is Jefre Cantu-Ledesma's The Garden of Forking Paths, some of which put me in mind of your man Adam Pacione's excellent From Stills to Motion. Definitely worth seeking out if you haven't already.

(http://www.boomkat.com/media/stock_images/KK009_Cover.jpg)

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on June 04, 2008, 01:22:44 PM
Stephan Mathieu - Auf der Gasse
currently Radioland is one of my favorite albums .... so full of bliss
and static and still warm and cozy .... hmh, the way i like it
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on June 04, 2008, 02:00:36 PM

shuttle358 - understanding wildlife
roach/obmana - well of souls
madness - the business
scanner/dj spooky - the quick and the dead
jega - spectrum

and upcoming AtmoWorks releases
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on June 04, 2008, 04:10:47 PM
I've been so negligent in the last two months!

Christopher Bissonnette "In Between Words" - fantastic. Slightly more varied than Periphery. Slow-burning.
Christopher Willits "Plants and Hearts" - a bit short at 20 minutes but nice polished, processed guitar-based ambience.

And a lot of 12K...
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on June 06, 2008, 04:52:51 PM
Gavin Bryars - Hommages

Been years since I've heard this one.  Picked it up electronically through emusic.  Sounds much better than the noisy vinyl version, and there are bonus tracks, too.  I prefer this very early work of Bryars to some of his later ECM and Point Music releases.  There are suggestions of Harold Budd, Satie and minimalism here and there, all to the good.

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: drone on on June 06, 2008, 07:57:42 PM
I Awake-"The Core" (Ultimae). Another winner of ambient chill-scapes from this great great label.

Tangerine Dream-"Booster" Well the back cover says this sounds like Rubycon and Phaedra. Not by a longshot! But it's still a good album of modern TD, this one's all E. Froese.

Move D/Namlook-"Travelling the Silk Route" (Fax) Another good 'un on Fax.

Gary Numan-"Exile" One of this dude's best...

M. Griffin-"Fabrications" This dude sux (just kidding)

Klaus Schulze-"Virtual Outback" Tasty modern Schulze, sounds like about 50 of his other albums, but it's all good nonetheless

Rod Modell-"Incense and Black Light" Hella cool.

Gel-Sol-"Iz" Like some lost Fax album from the early 90's.  Sweet.

Evan Marc/Steve Hillage-"Dreamtime Submersible" It doesn't get much better than this...

Carbon Based Lifeforms-"World of Sleepers" Maybe the best Ultimae album to date.  A total masterpiece.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: deepspace on June 08, 2008, 05:35:01 AM
I've been listening to a lot of Telomere, a space ambient artist from San Francisco.

The Stellar Sea-
Astral Currents-
Zoetosis-

These three albums are just incredible.  They are the sound of the stars.  His music is largely written on a Serge modular, and the sounds he pulls out of that thing are just unbelievable.  You can point to influences such as John Serrie, but he really has a sound of his own.

Everytime I listen to Telomere, I'm a little boy again, looking up at the stars through my telescope. :)

Also, the new Roach album "A Deeper Silence" is getting spins right now.  It takes me back to his slightly older stuff, such as Darkest Before Dawn and The Dream Circle.  Well worth getting.
 
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jim brenholts on June 08, 2008, 07:06:34 AM
deepspace - i agree about telomere - very cool stuff although i have not listened for a while.
right now i am listening to your ep - subantarctic sessions - very nice. it reminds me of craig padilla's vostok and rudy adrian's subantarctica and some of vidna obmana's early dark pieces. it is very cool (pun intended).
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: deepspace on June 10, 2008, 05:57:35 AM
Vidna was defintely an influence- his old stuff, like "Over Clouds", from Refined on Gentle Clouds, just gets to me.  So that was definitely in there for Subantarctic Sessions.  Another album, that isn't Arctic themed, but had a strange influence on that EP was Donnacha Costello's "Together is the New Alone"   I love that album- it has such a distinct sound, especially the track "Dry Retch"  A fantastic piece of music that I am very jealous of. :)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: DeepR on June 10, 2008, 05:23:17 PM
Proton Kinoun - Apeiron

This is very, very nice free music in the style of Vir Unis/Steve Roach - Blood Machine and the like.

http://www.last.fm/music/Proton+Kinoun/Apeiron
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Infraction on June 10, 2008, 06:58:16 PM
Emeralds / Quintana Roo - split LP.   Ahh, the Emeralds.  Fuzzed out space-rock ambient gives you an idea of where they're coming from.  Mix in some guitar drone and a bit of distant chiming dotted throughout.  I've been intrigued by Emeralds as they're Ohio-based, and have a well-reputed discography.  The problem is, half of their output is on cassettes on obscenely obscure labels (Together Tapes, Gods of Tundra - anyone, anyone?) and are nowhere to be found.   There are a few other vinyls, split and upcoming that I'm on the hunt for too, including one on Ecstatic Peace.  Quintana Roo is a worthy split vinyl inhabiter - hints at something a bit sinister, sort of like when Hafler Trio were self-abusing back in the day instead of the latter-day bombardment of self-liturgies. 

www.emeraldsohio.com

Stephan Mathieu - Radioland.  Alan recommended this pretty whole-heartedly, and I have to agree - this is a stellar album.  I'm only on pass one, but it sounds like (judging from the lack of Mathieu) in my collection, I've been missing out.

Stars of the Lid - Carte-de-visite.  This was the tour CD.  I didn't get to see them - yeah, I know each performance was stunning - please don't rub it in.  I'm not bitter though, and I'll prove it  ;) If you're even remotely a SotL fan - kranky has some of these for sale on their site :

http://www.kranky.net/

Copies are probably not going to be available for too long.  It's worth the price wherever you are.  Outtakes from 'and their refinement', 'the tired sounds', pre-'tired sounds' unreleased and other rare gems.  Superb.

Lau Nau - Nukkuu LP on Locust.  Finnish Folk.  Doubt too many people care, but I'm loving this stuff along with other recent pick-ups by Islaja, Kuupuu, and Es

Jason
infractionrecords.com

 
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: hjalmer on June 11, 2008, 10:00:49 AM
Current Discoveries...
Love the spelunking for new ear treats...

Taphephobia | Anomie
Protoplasmic Reversion | Sunken Temples
Patrick Miller | Johnny on the Spot
Calib-Yau | Compactified
Gydja/Maru | Ma-mo-rbad-gtong
Nordvargr | Interstellar
Lucette Bourdin | Timeless Shore
Aegri Somnia | Nothingness
William Basinski | Camino Real
Blue Dark | Places of Mystery
Nverxion | A Look Within

H.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Dave Michuda on June 11, 2008, 06:47:35 PM
Good to see that Emeralds will release an LP version of Allegory of Allergies, a great drone record.  I wish they'd release more cd's or cdr's.

other recent spins...
Holger Czukay - On the Way to the Peak of Normal [1982]
Happy The Man - Happy The Man [1977]
Terry Riley - Persian Surgery Dervishes [1971]
Clara Mondshine - Luna Africana [1981]

I guess I was in the mood for some old music.  Happy the Man & Clara Mondshine both remind of college, at least what I can remember of college.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Phaenon on June 11, 2008, 07:17:17 PM
Well, I've received two recent albums from Malignant Records.
Caul and Kirchenkampf "Sleep-Night-Death"
Eidvlon "Idolatriae"
I'm really enjoying those CDs right now.

From older stuff"
Tangerine Dream "Ricochet", "Force Majeure", "Encore"
Klaus Schulze "Moondawn"
Very refreshing listening... Pre-laptops, pre-digital, a proof what creativity and imagination can bring...

Szymon
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: deepspace on June 12, 2008, 04:49:40 AM
Infraction,

I ordered one the other night. :) Can't wait to hear it.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on June 12, 2008, 04:58:09 AM
Infraction,

I ordered one the other night. :) Can't wait to hear it.

OOC, which Infraction did you order? There are 30-odd of those babies, give or take a few OOPs...
or were you addressing Jason aka Infraction about something else he mentioned that you've ordered...?

Just to clarify...


Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: avec on June 12, 2008, 05:49:25 AM
lately I've been listening a lot to

Stars of the Lid - Carte De Visite
Kranky recently announced that they have a lot of their tour CD left and they are selling them for $15ppd.  I'm liking it a lot so far. 

M83 - Digital Shades
This took quite a while to grow on me but now I love it. 

Steve Roach - Immersion Three

Matmos - Supreme Balloon

And (non Electronic)
New Weezer and Sun Kil Moon
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Ben Fleury-Steiner on June 12, 2008, 06:10:58 AM
Like Mark M, I too am immersed in the latest disc from Christopher Bissonnette, In Between Words recently released on Kranky.  I like the orchestral and oxygenated drones intermixed with the field recordings and metallic found-like sounds--a lot less stuffy than Periphery although I liked that work as well...It's like recent Stars of the Lid meets Thomas Köner...really an excellent offering from Mssr. Bissonnette.....

I know others have sung the praises of Willits-Sakamoto's Oceanfire but I'll sing them again - I love how noisy and experimental this work is - it's as if both artists known for their excellent spacious works have recently been influenced by the dinscapes of Tim Hecker or even some of Merzbow's bag of sound mutilation...These tracks are both beautiful and glitchy by often go beyond "error" into exquisite "failure"--crazy volume swells, stuttering undercurrents, and surprising twists into near sonic implosion...
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: deepspace on June 12, 2008, 02:32:28 PM
dinscapes of Tim Hecker!  haha. i like that description.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: mgriffin on June 12, 2008, 02:35:19 PM
Infraction,

I ordered one the other night. :) Can't wait to hear it.

OOC, which Infraction did you order? There are 30-odd of those babies, give or take a few OOPs...
or were you addressing Jason aka Infraction about something else he mentioned that you've ordered...?

Just to clarify...

I think he's telling Infraction/Jason that he ordered the SOTL tour disc from Kranky
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on June 12, 2008, 09:58:42 PM
Ben,  I couldn't quite get into the Willits-Sakamoto "Ocean Fire" CD, though I like many of their other solo works and works with other folks.  Maybe it was the recording, which sound very muddy and mid-rangy.  The CD also sounds like it was mixed on the fly, as opposed to, say the Sakamoto-Fennesz "Cendre" CD, which sounded much fuller to my ears.  The "Ocean Fire" disc brings back unpleasant memories of the "clicks and cuts" style of em, which for the most part sounded much too noodly and unfocused to me.

As for current listens, a hearty thumbs up to -

Starless & Bible Black -s/t (an eclectic folk group from the UK that sounds a lot like the Pentangle with occasional odd use of electronics)
The Threshold of Silence (great Umbra ambient comp with Aidan Baker, Propeller Island, and Paul Bradley, among others)

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on June 13, 2008, 10:49:13 AM
telefon tel aviv - remixes compiled
boards of canada - geogaddi
bola - kroungine
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Antdude on June 13, 2008, 01:09:47 PM
Stars of the Lid - Carte-De-Visite (The tour-only CD. Just arrived today. Magical. Buy this from Kranky before they're all gone.)

Thomas Koner - Nuuk, Kaamos (Isn't he working on a new CD for release this year? Please?)

Tim Hecker - Indigo Aerial

After listening to Carte, I have a feeling this will be another SotL weekend.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: spunknik on June 14, 2008, 05:41:00 PM
Oophoi-three lights at the end of the world
Tau ceti-Lifting the veil
Beequeen-sandancing
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Dave Michuda on June 14, 2008, 10:44:10 PM
Recommendations to make your summertime listening more fun...

cut copy - in ghost colours - at times very 8p's synth pop sounding but in a totally good way, very nice pop music that I'll be listening to all summer.
the ting tings - we started nothing - bouncy, shiny pop that has no substance or staying power but is fun for awhile.
Coconut Records - Nighttiming - a collection of different styles that works pretty well.  I absolutely love the song "West Coast", very sunny & poppy, perfect for summertime listening.
duffy - rockferry - Duffy is a white soul singer with '60s styling, like fellow brit, Amy Winehouse, but better, less annoying.  Good production & instrumentation makes this a fun throw-back listen.
vampire weekend - vampire weekend - sort of ska, indie, afropop, tralking heads meets graceland.  tons of memorable hooks & melodies.  my daughter & I will be singing these tunes in the car a lot this summer.
Atlas Sound - Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel - I bought the Amazon mp3 version of this on a recommendation from Brian Bieniowski.  He describes it as "bedroom, ambient pop".  Good description, good record.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: uhurit on June 15, 2008, 10:22:20 AM
Today:

1. Fabio Orsi, Find Electronica
2. Jonathan Coleclough & Lethe, Long Heat
3. Keith Berry, A Strange Feather
4. Exercises in Obscurism, SSR label, various
5. Arc, Arkhangelsk (Aidan Baker and co.)
6. Thuja, Pine Cone Temples
7. Jorge Reyes, Mort Aux Vaches
8. Hank and Slim, The World Turned Gingham
9. Verve Remixed (...it is my guilty pleasure for today...)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on June 15, 2008, 07:24:27 PM
I've been off in Europe for a couple of weeks.
Good to be back amid my gear and album collection ... missed the music !

This weekend a few favorites
- Tom Opdahl: Black Smoker
- Cell: Live at Kumharas - Ibiza
- Entia Non: Sub Routine
- Last Days: These Places Are now Ruins
- Loscil: Triple Point
- Pub: Summer
- Boc Scadet: Vessel in June
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Ben Fleury-Steiner on June 16, 2008, 10:50:58 AM
Ben,  I couldn't quite get into the Willits-Sakamoto "Ocean Fire" CD, though I like many of their other solo works and works with other folks.  Maybe it was the recording, which sound very muddy and mid-rangy.  The CD also sounds like it was mixed on the fly, as opposed to, say the Sakamoto-Fennesz "Cendre" CD, which sounded much fuller to my ears.  The "Ocean Fire" disc brings back unpleasant memories of the "clicks and cuts" style of em, which for the most part sounded much too noodly and unfocused to me.
hey forrest--first off cendre is fabulous.  we agree to disagree on ocean fire - what can be exciting (and most definitely is with this release) when one confronts the world of so called "clicks and cuts" (never liked that categorizing phrase much) is a total defiance of expectations.  Perhaps more precisely I hear sounds on ocean fire that are very interesting to me and I enjoy how organic and wonderfully bewildering the whole thing is.  Now one might respond by saying 'well, any one can just make noise.'  true enough, but not too many grab my attention and make me want to listen.  ocean fire does so in spades.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Seren on June 17, 2008, 05:51:18 AM
David Darling - Cello and Darkwood.
Lustmord - Zoetrope.
Oophoi - Bardo
Awakenings 2008 Vols 1 & 1.5
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: 9dragons on June 17, 2008, 06:48:12 PM
Wow, I've been in the Hawkwind cockpit for days now:

Xenon Codex
Electric Tepee
Chronicle of the Black Sword
etc.etc.etc...

It never ends...and I love it...
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Seren on June 18, 2008, 04:48:27 AM
Wow, I've been in the Hawkwind cockpit for days now:

Xenon Codex
Electric Tepee
Chronicle of the Black Sword
etc.etc.etc...

It never ends...and I love it...

Do you have a favourite Hawkwind period?
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: 9dragons on June 18, 2008, 11:52:00 AM
Hmmm...as far as a favourite period for Hawkwind, of course the "Golden" era with Lemmy is at the top (if I had to choose one): Doremi Fasol Latido, Space Ritual, Hall of the Mountain Grill, Warrior at the Edge of Time. But then I really got into the Calvert time, appreciating it for different reasons. Now I am on the (I guess late middle) period, digging into some of the stuff I had written off before. Electric Teepee, Xenon, and Chronicle of the Black Sword are sounding good to me, that bizarre melding of space rock/techno/ambient/electro with a Fritz Lang distopia aesthetic edge. I love the ambivalent attitude of Hawkind toward technology and industrialization. On the one hand they embraced all the technology and made totally out there music, eschewing nothing in the pursuit of a totally unique soundworld...on the other hand they have a retro pagan stonehenge type cosmicism. The most "literary" band I have ever encountered, not just in the lyrics but the whole experience, and literally, with sci-fi writers like Moorcock and poets like Calvert being deeply involved in the band. Then they've got the visual aspects covered, with incredible designers like Barney Bubbles completing the essence.

Oh, kind of got off topic...I love this band! But this later middle period is captivating me right now. It's really poppy and catchy, but strangely impregnated with electronica. Hawkwind seemed like they were taking in all these different threads of electronica (some of which they were instrumental in creating in the first place) and weaving them together. Hawkwind is a band that always took in a lot of influences in to the stew and made it all sound better than the practitioners of those individual styles ever could. Blues, Psych, Punk, New Wave, Techno/House, Ambeint...
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Seren on June 19, 2008, 11:53:26 AM
I missed the golden golden age of Lemmy etc, first seeing them in 77 for the Quark tour. Even so it was amazing and the only big gig I've ever seen where people just sat open mouthed until the encvore. Then saw them as often as possible (17 times on one tour when they were the Hawklords) - until 82 and the Levitation tour. Was amazing to see Tim Blake play New Jerusalem and (I think) Nati...

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on June 19, 2008, 10:02:57 PM
John Davis - The Gold Hooped Nature (this one is finally starting to grow on me; subtle drones, processing and field recordings; on Root Strata)
Natural Snow Buildings - The Wheel of Sharp Daggers (cassette)(this French duo is sort of an acquired taste; this release of extended tracks is spread a little thin, though there are some nice Popol Vuh-ish moments on side two; uses way too much compression; on Digitalis)

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Dave Michuda on June 20, 2008, 06:46:10 PM
Some new...
Stars of the Lid - Carte De Visite [kranky] - very nice, if you liked 'Refinement' you'll like this.
The Green Kingdom - Laminae [the land of 2008] - sort of ambient, sort of glitchy, toss in some field recordings & you've got a very nice release. Definitely on the lighter side of ambient.  You can find it here... Green Kingdom (http://www.thelandof.org/projects/lnd005---the-green-kingdom---laminae/)

Some old...well not really old just not new...
Saul Stokes - Vast [foundry 2006] - wow, I hadn't listened to this one in a long time.  Not my favorite Stokes release, but better than I remembered it.  I like it a lot.
Chris Short - Duende [atmoworks 2002] - excellent guitar ambient.  a double cd full of great music.

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: leech on June 20, 2008, 07:36:21 PM
last few evenings iv been listening to Tom Heasley's "where the earth meets the sky" - it has been giving me vivid dreams - i like the long holds of tuba sounds.

on the subject of tuba - i remember watching oren marshall perform at the adelaide in London with his tuba - he would play the instrument and slowly purposefully disassemble its part and create sounds/notes with it. it was intriguing to watch and listen. a mixture of slow deep brass sounds with sparse amount of clanging as he placed tuba parts on the wooden floor. the acoustic were great! i also liked how his goofy personality was portrayed through the performance.  :P

anyway - listening to heasley's album tonight  :-*
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: uhurit on June 21, 2008, 08:28:14 AM
Well, my Nah und Fern has finally arrived!!!

Can't wait to see, if I feel about it the same way I did 7-8 years ago.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on June 21, 2008, 07:11:15 PM
Been playing some Namlook this evening.
Particularly enjoyed

- Namlook: Air II - traveling without moving

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: 9dragons on June 24, 2008, 01:25:07 PM
I missed the golden golden age of Lemmy etc, first seeing them in 77 for the Quark tour. Even so it was amazing and the only big gig I've ever seen where people just sat open mouthed until the encvore. Then saw them as often as possible (17 times on one tour when they were the Hawklords) - until 82 and the Levitation tour. Was amazing to see Tim Blake play New Jerusalem and (I think) Nati...

Great to hear about this! I've never seen them live (I was born at the time of Space Ritual). But the more I hear, and the more I read about them, I imagine that seeing the Hawks live must have been a transformative experience. To me, their music actually wavers in and out of this dimension (while being pretty damn catchy too). I like the Calvert period a lot (even got the Centigrade 232 cd of him reading his poems, quite nice) for its crazy literaryness, magnificent lyrical content and the bizarre mix of sci-fi and art. What was it like to see these guys live at that time? Any events you care to relate in detail? (Maybe a Hawkwind thread should be started...will do so soon)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on June 24, 2008, 01:36:48 PM
np

Biosphere: Dropsonde CD

Was certainly an uneven beast.
But I find tracks like 2,3, and the wonderful last piece to be among his very best.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: uhurit on June 25, 2008, 08:02:23 AM
Jonathan Coleclough, Period (perfect integration of piano and drone!  Wow!)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on June 25, 2008, 09:26:27 AM
Shirk - Riesal
support your local ambient artists .... he not local to me but
one of my best friends on the i-net .... and a wonderful
artist to say the least ....
 
http://www.myspace.com/shirkuk 
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jim brenholts on June 27, 2008, 10:10:33 AM
live under a harvest moon - ma ja le and james johnson - what's not to love? this is a great cd featuring three of my favorite performers and three friends! i haven't listened nearly enough but i do love this disc!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: hdibrell on June 27, 2008, 01:10:21 PM
I started on a Jade Warrior binge yesterday and have continued some today. I go through periods where I listen to them a lot and then put them aside for long periods. Today I have been listening to some of their later albums like Horizen, At Peace, Breathing the Storm, Distant Echoes and Eclipse. I think they are a terribly underrated band that put out some unique pieces. I don't really know how to classify them. They have a new release called Now which is due out soon. More info on them at  http://www.jadewarrior.com/mainsml1.html       Harry
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on June 30, 2008, 06:10:11 AM

Finally back to work after 2 weeks off (and not much music listening - but a whole ton of tv watching and napping...)

np:   Cabaret Voltaire - The Conversation (disc 2)

I love this release - it's so 'not normal CV' stuff... it's more of a Richard Kirk solo album - completely instrumental. 
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: phrozenlight on June 30, 2008, 07:31:37 AM
yes I know a bit spam, but I am listening to it as a stream

http://www.archive.org/details/Spaceflight

playtime 78:34

fly through space


(edited to remove self-promotional content)
 
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on June 30, 2008, 11:15:20 AM
I always thought its a bit inappropriate to tell people
that you are listening to your own music, but maybe
thats just my type of thinking. :-\

Stephan Mathieu - Auf der Gase
such a beautiful record "Radioland" is .... love it :-*
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on June 30, 2008, 11:40:01 AM
Nah... I don't see a problem with listening to yourself or mentioning it.    This is a very informal thread.   :)    I do listen to my own stuff once in a while and sometimes I talk about it.   

Anyway...

was:   Saul Stokes - Vast

now:   a bunch of albums getting ready for release on AtmoWorks in July  (Vir Unis/Disturbed Earth, Jonathan Hughes, Steve Brand, Exuviae)

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: mgriffin on June 30, 2008, 12:44:14 PM
I don't have a problem with people mentioning that they're listening to their own music but this thread should absolutely not be used for self-promotion.  If you want to promote your own music, there's a section of this forum designed for that.  I'm going to edit Phrozenlight's post and remove the "advertisement" elements.

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: uhurit on June 30, 2008, 01:58:52 PM
I don't have a problem with people mentioning that they're listening to their own music but this thread should absolutely not be used for self-promotion.  If you want to promote your own music, there's a section of this forum designed for that.  I'm going to edit Phrozenlight's post and remove the "advertisement" elements.



Totally agree. I check out this section once a day specifically for the purpose of discovering new to me artists that someone else ls listening to.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: phrozenlight on July 01, 2008, 12:16:10 AM
I don't have a problem with people mentioning that they're listening to their own music but this thread should absolutely not be used for self-promotion.  If you want to promote your own music, there's a section of this forum designed for that.  I'm going to edit Phrozenlight's post and remove the "advertisement" elements.





that's alright for me  ;D ;D
told you it was spam  ;)

now playing : Klaus Schulze - Totentag
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mr.Eyeball on July 01, 2008, 06:11:50 PM
Thought Industry "Songs For Insects"

Residents "Duck Stab" Just because

Nathan Youngblood "Asunder" It's been a while

Steve Roach "Landmass" Going well with the looming monsoon sky
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Dave Michuda on July 01, 2008, 07:26:02 PM
sigur ros - Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust - Still sorting through this one. I like it, just depends on how much I like it.
Saul Stokes - Outfolding - I had to give this a spin after using a cut from Washed in Mercury in the last mix.  Excellent.
Grouper - Dragging a Dead Deer Up A Hill - Fantastic lo-fi, atmospheric folk tunes with a distinct, ghostly quality.  Songs are a bit more up front than previous albums.  Wonderful release.  Possible candidate for end of the year best of list.
mwvm - rotations - Any Stars of the Lid fans will like this record.  Just a bit darker & more dissonant than recent SOTL.  Excellent recording.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on July 02, 2008, 07:34:23 AM
Posted this lengthy post to AtmoWorks - reposting here:



Ok - so I finally found a spindle of 50 cd's that I'd misplaced in my studio months and months ago.   Somehow it ended up on the back of a shelf where I have a couple stacks of back up and archive cdr's from projects.    So finally listening to some stuff I've been missing out on lately!

medeski, martin and wood - uninvisible - you can't beat MMW for jazz groove goodness.   On later albums they added a dj - the earlier albums are much more traditional sounding piano/organ, bass, drums - later they just jam out.   Great, great stuff.   What absolutely kills me is they've played near my house twice in the last 4 years and I had no freaking idea they were playing.   

pan sonic - aaltopirri - the 2nd track off of this album ranks up there among the absolute best ambient (with beats) tracks ever made in my opinion.   Much of their music is very experimental sine wave feedback stuff - they're definitely not an ambient band... :)

supergrass - supergrass - some great tracks on this one - especially 'faraway'.   some very middling not as great tracks on this one as well.. overall - very solid if you like your britpop.

plug - drum n bass for papa - great jungle/dnb from luke vibert (he also records as wagonchrist).   this album mixes in frenetic drums with jazzier type bass and martial arts movie samples...  it came with a 2nd disc which inluded three ep's - some really nice stuff on that - less jazz - higher bpm...

prodigy - fat of the land - yeah yeah - poster boys of the mid-late 90's 'electronica' revolution (which technically never happened - but the press kept saying it was going to sweep the US by storm!   yeah right...   richie hawtin was supposed to do that this decade as well - but I've never run across anyone wearing a plastikman t-shirt in central illinois... ha.)  anyway - fat of the land has some dead on great tracks mixed in with mediocre stuff... when prodigy is on - they're on.

orbital - blue - this one I've been itching to listen to for months and couldn't find it...  the final track is a fitting end to their orbital career - truly a great track.   I still find that I connect on an emotional level with earlier albums like In Sides and Brown much much more... but this is a fine final album for them.

stone roses - second coming - another in the category of utterly brilliant tracks mixed with really mediocre tracks... I loved these egostical guys back in the day... still love most of the ablum before this and half of this one...

red hot chili peppers - blood sugar sex magik - oh yeah, fantastic album... saw them live on this tour with smashing pumpkins and pearl jam opening - great show - especially the openers (unfortunately when they opened up the sound for the chili peppers they blew out the bass - and lets face it - no low kick drum and not being able to hear flea play bass... ummm... yeah - not as good...)

 
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: spunknik on July 02, 2008, 03:39:12 PM
Wow Dave! I didn't realize anyone on this forum dug MWVM.I also love this group.

LIstening to:
SPK-Document boxset
Dimthings-Those unforgettable shamen
Tasaday-L'eterna Risata
Lull-Like a slow river
Nadja/Netherworld-Magma to ice
Joe Grimm-Brain Cloud
Mathieu Ruhlmann and Celer-Mesocaphe
Yair Etziony-Flawed
Sostrah Tinnitis-Piccola Musica per staglieno
Oophoi/Tau Ceti-Subterranea
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Phaenon on July 02, 2008, 08:27:15 PM
Klaus Schulze - Cyborg 1973, great album, chilly atmosphere; actually listening to bonus track "But Beautiful" from 1977; it does not fit so well to Cyborg's tracks; quite interesting recording though, typical sounds from that period;concert in Brussels; oh well, got already used to those bonus tracks on "revisited" editions  :P
                           
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on July 02, 2008, 09:47:10 PM
Some eclectic listening this week.  Been enjoying these--

18th Dye - Amorine Queen (a new album over a decade after their last one!  Crunchy pop punk in a Wire vein)
Hem - Funnel Cloud (very pleasant Americana with a faint 70s feel to the arrangements; reminds of the Cowboy Junkies)
Francisco Lopez - Belle Confusion 969 (I've heard his releases can be a mixed bag; this one has some great ambiguous drones in Koner-ish vein that build gradually)

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: phrozenlight on July 03, 2008, 12:36:16 AM
TD - Encore and some Hawkwind boots
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jim brenholts on July 04, 2008, 06:17:50 AM
man with a movie camera by biosphere. this is a pretty cool cd and the first one by geir to measure up to substrata, imo.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on July 06, 2008, 02:14:21 PM
np

- Namlook + Geir Jenssen: Fires of Ork II

A mighty fine collaboration.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on July 06, 2008, 05:20:08 PM
np
- Paulsal: Paulsal

I think this was a free ep download.
Its good stuff, in the vein of Stars of the Lid.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: rikm on July 06, 2008, 06:21:12 PM

"Spiders, Aether and Rain (The Finest Works of Ttts)" by Trance to the Sun - Brilliant surrealist Darkwave, "August Rain" may be one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard...

"The Cosmic Game" by Thievery Corporation - Wonderful sophisticate lounge-y stuff

"Nude and Rude" by Iggy Pop - Excellent music for cleaning the apartment and manic air guitar
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on July 07, 2008, 12:11:08 AM
np
- Paulsal: Paulsal

I think this was a free ep download.
Its good stuff, in the vein of Stars of the Lid.

Nice one, Anthony. The Pausal EP (without an 'l', BTW) is available for free d/l from Highpoint Lowlife here:

http://www.highpointlowlife.com/webrelease.php?id=24 (http://www.highpointlowlife.com/webrelease.php?id=24)

(http://www.highpointlowlife.com/images/webreleases/s/hpw024.jpg)

Good and SotL-y (pre-Tired Sounds...), like the man says.


Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on July 07, 2008, 05:59:48 AM
banco de gaia - last train to lhasa

Heading back to the 90's for sample heavy trancish fun.    I tend to like a lot of his albums.

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: avec on July 07, 2008, 09:38:54 PM
Just got the Tangerine Dream Bootleg Box Set (volume 1).  It's seven discs and it'll tide me over for a while
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Anglican on July 08, 2008, 01:26:20 PM
Steve Roach's latest work, "Landmass," just arrived in my mailbox today. I've been listening to it all afternoon here at the office, and it's a tonic I need. Really looking forward to a deeper listen later.

What do you guys think of "Landmass" so far?
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on July 08, 2008, 01:39:05 PM
Anglican: There was some talk of Landmass recently in the Non-Hypnos Artists and Labels section of the forum, in a Roach thread.
Maybe take a look in there.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: abasio on July 09, 2008, 09:05:14 AM
Just listening to The Circular Ruins - Falling Into The Sky  :)

Sounds good as all of Anthony's work. Most ambient producers who come out with a lot of music tend to produce some that disappoint me but I'm yet to find anything from this guy that I don't love.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on July 09, 2008, 11:12:04 AM
abasio - welcome to the forum!

np:

The Winterhouse - Slow Promises - excellent.
Steve Roach - Immersion One 
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on July 09, 2008, 11:46:05 AM
Earth - The Driver
such a wonderful album .... cant wait to get it on Vinyl :)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: avec on July 09, 2008, 07:30:06 PM
Sawako - Bitter Sweet (12k)
(http://www.boomkat.com/media/stock_images/sawako-bittersweet.jpg)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: rikm on July 10, 2008, 03:54:00 AM

"Loveless" - My Bloody Valentine (They're coming to town and I'm reacquainting myself with their work...)

"My Little Fire Filled Heart" - Tara Van Flower (Always an enjoyable listen...)

"Slow Promises" - The Winterhouse (A wonderful collaboration that I've had in constant rotation since I got it...)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: abasio on July 10, 2008, 09:56:47 AM
Sense Project - The Sublime

nice ambient guys, this is my first Hypnos purchase & what lead me to this forum. I especially like this style moody & deep with classical textures. I'm sure I can hear violin strings, piano etc. Anything else you guys would recommend in this vein?

np Isten (nice vocal drone & hints of strings)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on July 10, 2008, 04:58:19 PM
I'm also on a 12K kick lately:

Giuseppe Ielasi "August". I guess I should really wait a month before listening to this  ;)

I thought the primary instrument was guitar on this but I'm not so sure. Lovely in any case. A double bill with Christopher Willits seems right.

Shuttle358 "Chessa"

Described by my SO as "woobly" music. "In a bad way?" "No." "Good, then I concur. And warm." Thanks to Mike for the trade!


 
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: mgriffin on July 10, 2008, 05:01:56 PM
I'm glad it was woobly for you.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: uhurit on July 10, 2008, 05:53:57 PM
1. Aidan Baker/Ultra Milkmaids, At Home With (Great! Can't stop listening!)
2. Paul Bradley, Chroma
3. Colin Potter, See
4. Chihei Hatakeyama, Minima Moralia
5. Andrew Chalk, Over the Edges
6. Monos, Landscapes
7. Last Days, These Places are now Ruins
8. Arc, The Circle Is not Round (Aidan Baker again, great!)
9. Spiral Joy Band, Wake of the Dying Sun King (VHF guitar drone, Pelt style)
10. In Between Words + Periphery, Christopher Bissonnette
11. New Order (remixed)  (today's guilty pleasure)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: DeepR on July 10, 2008, 05:56:57 PM
Klaus Schulze - In Blue Deluxe Edition

I really adore the track Return of the Tempel (minus the keyboard-saxophone part ???).
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on July 10, 2008, 07:49:28 PM
I'm glad it was woobly for you.
Jeez, Mike. This is so awkward. Well, then...um...cigarette?
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on July 10, 2008, 10:58:07 PM
Jade Warrior - Now

(Yes, it's a new one!  A bit harder-edged, more like early JW--not surprising, since Glyn Havard has returned to the band, vocals intact.  Some interesting sentiments expressed on the tray inset:  "Modern CD mastering is producing CDs that are very loud by utilising a great deal of limiting and sometimes crude distortion techniques like clipping.  This produces albums that have no ebb and flow and can be very fatiguing to listen to."  I'd have to agree.)

Forrest

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: abasio on July 11, 2008, 08:06:17 AM
Nostalgia - The House On The Borderland

Nice creepy stuff  ::)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: hjalmer on July 11, 2008, 09:53:03 AM
more deep...

lustmord | other
subterranean source | relic
necropolis | necrosphere
oophoi/paradin | nocturnes
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on July 11, 2008, 02:06:38 PM
Just listening to The Circular Ruins - Falling Into The Sky  :)

Sounds good as all of Anthony's work. Most ambient producers who come out with a lot of music tend to produce some that disappoint me but I'm yet to find anything from this guy that I don't love.

Good to hear it, abasio.
Thanks !

And welcome to the Forum.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: spunknik on July 11, 2008, 03:09:43 PM
Loren Nerell-Alchemy(man,I love this cassette)
Maeror tri-Myein
Andrew Liles-Black Mamba(very cool and very weird)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Dave Michuda on July 11, 2008, 09:18:27 PM
stephan mathieu and janek schaefer - hidden name [2006]
lilienthal - lilienthal [1978]
implex grace - the black tapes ep [2008]
doublends vert - cistern [2005]
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: abasio on July 12, 2008, 09:24:39 AM
abasio - welcome to the forum!


Good to hear it, abasio.
Thanks !

And welcome to the Forum.

Thanks guys :D

np Atrium Carceri - Seishinbyouin

very creepy dark ambient. The Japanese samples about mundane mental hospital stuff manage to add to the atmosphere  :D
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on July 12, 2008, 03:11:37 PM

Ambient
Lull :: Like a Slow River (Glacial Movements)

(http://www.igloomag.com/pictures/1722-1.jpg)

http://www.igloomag.com/reviews::1722::Lull_Like_a_Slow_River_Glacial_Movements_ (http://www.igloomag.com/reviews::1722::Lull_Like_a_Slow_River_Glacial_Movements_)

Dub-techno
Quantec :: Unusual Signals (Echocord)

(http://www.igloomag.com/pictures/1721-1.jpg)

http://www.igloomag.com/reviews::1721::Quantec_Unusual_Signals_Echocord_ (http://www.igloomag.com/reviews::1721::Quantec_Unusual_Signals_Echocord_)


Soundscape-turntablism
Philip Jeck :: Sand (Touch)

(http://www.igloomag.com/pictures/1720-1.jpg)

http://www.igloomag.com/reviews::1720::Philip_Jeck_Sand_Touch_ (http://www.igloomag.com/reviews::1720::Philip_Jeck_Sand_Touch_)


Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: abasio on July 13, 2008, 09:35:34 AM
Black Hole

1. Netherworld - Kall Part 4
2. Atrium Carceri - Machine Elves
3. Evan Bartholomew - Light Reflecting Black In Shadow
4. Herpes o Deluxe - Tran
5. Atrium Carceri - Crusted Neon
6. The Circular Ruins - The Last Time
7. Nostalgia - The Plain Of Silence
8. Vudim Hondurenko - Smoking Zone IV
9. Sense Project - Death And After
10. Gas - Mathematics And Electronics
11. Danny Kreutzfeldt -Cloud
12. The Circular Ruins - Immer Du
13. Orbit Constructions - Abandoned Tomb
14. Atrium Carceri - Hidden Crimes
15. Sense Project - Erdo
16. Blamstrain - Spring/Summer
17. Legiac - Tretz Dizm
18. Atrium Carceri - Frosted Snowflakes
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on July 14, 2008, 08:29:23 AM
Just listening to The Circular Ruins - Falling Into The Sky  :)

Sounds good as all of Anthony's work. Most ambient producers who come out with a lot of music tend to produce some that disappoint me but I'm yet to find anything from this guy that I don't love.

I  agree.

I've been listening a lot to the Jonathan Block/Circular Ruins collab, Shadows On Water. You don't hear much about this one, and in fact I'd gotten out of the habit of listening to it myself. But I put it on again about a week ago, and BAM, I'm in love with it all over again. First rate!

Also:

Baker/Borghi- Undercurrents
Tate/Bradley- Sometime Today
Potter/Bradley- Behind Your Very Eyes
Roach/Obmana- Innerzone
Zoviet France- Just An Illusion
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Seren on July 14, 2008, 08:36:54 AM
more deep...

lustmord | other
oophoi/paradin | nocturnes

Nocturnes is great. What's 'Other' like? i love some Lustmord - Zoetrope and Black Stars, but find ones like Juggernaut and carbon core hard to get into. Not sure why.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on July 14, 2008, 02:09:31 PM
Thanks Joe !


I've been mainly been enjoying a few Biosphere releases the past couple of days.

Plus Saul Stokes "Vast" -- entrancing compositions, and that signature Stokes sound to everything -- analog, with the melodic content wedded to the rhythmic. Great stuff.

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SunDummy on July 14, 2008, 02:49:01 PM
Today's a Flying Saucer Attack kinda day:  "Further" and "New Lands".  Both kinda hazy and gritty, with "New Lands" having a bit more energy.  Great stuff.

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: zappamusic on July 15, 2008, 05:39:30 AM
Hello All,

now playing Jason Corder & Beta Two Agonist - further to find closer.
wonderful cd, there is a fantastic flow in it, in the begin quiet and towards the end more groove.

greetings,

z. 
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on July 15, 2008, 09:09:50 AM
My Bloody Valentine - Only Shallow
finally received my LP .... red Vinyl and the sound
is crystal clear :-*
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on July 15, 2008, 01:22:03 PM

Off The Sky: The Geist Cycles  (Databloem 2007)

Damn, I'd forgotten (or not quite realised) how good this album is.

A fascinating melange of Corder's treated guitar and quirky mixing, with various vibes, percussion, and strings artfully tossed into the mix. Totally unpredictable, very listenable, with a microsound-ish / glitchy feel, but a jazzy undercurrent. Love it.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: avec on July 15, 2008, 03:55:38 PM
Today's a Flying Saucer Attack kinda day: "New Lands". 

"Up in Her Eyes"  is a favorite of mine...hmm, I think I'll put that on now too
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: spunknik on July 15, 2008, 06:32:39 PM
I'm continuing to listen to the Umbra/Penumbra catalog as fast as Lena can send them to me.She is doing a fantastic job,I might add.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jim02 on July 16, 2008, 06:21:03 AM
hey Joe R, i've been hesitating about the Paul Bradley collab. Behind your very Eyes cd whether to order or not since i can't find any mp3's on this one as well as his Liquid Horizon cd..
I'm glad you mentioned as well the Baker/Borghi cd, Aidan Baker has becoming increasingly one of my very favorite artists.. the man is so very profilic
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on July 16, 2008, 02:00:53 PM
np

Weigl & Hoffmann: Elevate

Big fan of Weigl's poetic songs and rhythms.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on July 16, 2008, 02:17:12 PM


hey Joe R, i've been hesitating about the Paul Bradley collab. Behind your very Eyes cd whether to order or not since i can't find any mp3's on this one

Hesitate no longer, Jim. Go for it. You won't be sorry. Joe R would say the same too. I know, 'cos he told me so. We had a big Bradley/Potter/Tate/Coleclough Binge back earlier in the year, and Behind Your Very Eyes came out among our top listens.


Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on July 16, 2008, 03:02:07 PM
Hey Jim-

Alan's right, you should take the plunge, it's great stuff. I can thank Alan for introducing me to the whole bunch of those Droning Brits that he mentions. :)

I would describe Behind Your Very Eyes thusly:

Track one is a dark, intense drone with onimous nature samples.
Tracks 2 and 3 are black and turbulent, though not "scary", per se.
Track 4 is dark , drifting, and calm -reminds me of Oophoi.

All in all, a very fine album.
-------------------------------------------------

Now, about Aidan Baker-- which ones would you recommend?  I LOVE Undercurrents, but I have a few others that don't impress me so much -they sound rather ragged and unfinished. Maybe Baker is a bit too prolific?
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on July 16, 2008, 07:43:18 PM
I'll add a third to the recommendation on the Bradley/Potter collab--it's an excellent one, if occasionally intense.

Lena - Extended Gestures for Cello  (finally picked this up, and am glad I did.  Parts of it remind me of the bowed metal music of Harry Bertoia.  Nicely done, Lena!)
Richard Pinhas - Iceland (one of my favorite early Pinhas releases; nice balance between the keys and guitar)
Elbow - Cast of Thousands (an odd one that came recommended to me by Robert Rich; a strange mixture of late Talk Talk and David Bridie)

Forrest


Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on July 17, 2008, 12:48:21 AM
Hey Jim-

Alan's right, you should take the plunge, it's great stuff. I can thank Alan for introducing me to the whole bunch of those Droning Brits that he mentions. :)

I would describe Behind Your Very Eyes thusly:

Track one is a dark, intense drone with onimous nature samples.
Tracks 2 and 3 are black and turbulent, though not "scary", per se.
Track 4 is dark , drifting, and calm -reminds me of Oophoi.

All in all, a very fine album.
-------------------------------------------------

Now, about Aidan Baker-- which ones would you recommend?  I LOVE Undercurrents, but I have a few others that don't impress me so much -they sound rather ragged and unfinished. Maybe Baker is a bit too prolific?

When it comes down to Aidan Baker i surely would
recommend his "The Sea Swells A Bit" or his "Loop Studies One".
I could recommend mostly all of his stuff. Field of Drones is also
really calm and pretty good for low volume playback.

Bass Communion - Ghosts on magnetic tape part IV
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jim02 on July 17, 2008, 03:17:04 AM
hey Joe / Undershadow, thanks for taking away my hesitations on the Paul bradley cd, i'm gonna check it out now for sure ;-)
Joe, i saw you draw some comparisons with your admired artist Oophoi, well than i can recommend 2 cd's you REALLY cannot miss.. as Undershadow already mentioned, the new Lull disc Like a Slow River. It's the best i've heard from the GM label and certainly the deepest drone record in recent memory!
Another one is Andrew Deutsch, The Sun, imo one of the most exquisite drone cd's there is..

Back to Aidan Baker, yes he released so much stuff over the last few years, many of them are impossible to find but you'll see more labels deciding to re-release them on cd-format, that's good thing!

I agree with SiFi, that The Sea swells a bit is a good one. Also his Oneiromancer comes close to that one. I LOVE his Ice against my Skin, those tracks are so powerful but controlled.. and 2 free downloads from him i'd check out are;
Concretion and Within the Final Circle
He also recently released another dark folkish record, Scalpel, it's not the most typical style of music i like due to its whispering vocals.. but i happened to love that one! It's such a spacious, luscious sound.. but i'm not so sure if this one is your cup of tea, Joe


last 2 days;
steve roach - the dream circle
liquid ghosts - camera obscura
jeff greinke - lost terrain
baker/borghi - undercurrents
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on July 17, 2008, 04:32:42 AM

Aother one is Andrew Deutsch, The Sun, imo one of the most exquisite drone cd's there is..


I certainly second Jim's emotion on Deutsch's The Sun. I happened to be listening to this last night and was thinking of posting about how good it is - hadn't quite fully appreciated it when I first acquired it but I do now. In spades... I used to go on about his Loops Over Land, but this surpasses it.


I agree with SiFi, that The Sea swells a bit is a good one. Also his Oneiromancer comes close to that one.


I think those two would be my Aidan Baker recs too, though I'm not a massive fan of AB. Like Joe seems to intimate, I've come to feel  - the more I've been exposed to his work - that he puts out way too much stuff for his (or our) own good, and a little more judicious pruning would not go amiss. That said, others who are real Bakerophiles (like Martin/SiF) will doubtless pooh pooh such sentiments.



Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on July 17, 2008, 05:59:51 AM

Aother one is Andrew Deutsch, The Sun, imo one of the most exquisite drone cd's there is..


I certainly second Jim's emotion on Deutsch's The Sun. I happened to be listening to this last night and was thinking of posting about how good it is - hadn't quite fully appreciated it when I first acquired it but I do now. In spades... I used to go on about his Loops Over Land, but this surpasses it.


I agree with SiFi, that The Sea swells a bit is a good one. Also his Oneiromancer comes close to that one.


I think those two would be my Aidan Baker recs too, though I'm not a massive fan of AB. Like Joe seems to intimate, I've come to feel  - the more I've been exposed to his work - that he puts out way too much stuff for his (or our) own good, and a little more judicious pruning would not go amiss. That said, others who are real Bakerophiles (like Martin/SiF) will doubtless pooh pooh such sentiments.
I am not a Bakerophiles, though its a cool word. ;)
I just really dig Bakers Tunes a lot. But i also have
to admit, that sometimes he is a bit to prolific.
And sometimes that hurts the music quality just
like it did to his release called "Fragile Movements In Slow Motion"
which was a huge "low light" imo. But he also delivered
so fantastic works, i would especially recommend his
"I Will Always And Forever Hold You In My Heart And Mind" or
his "Still My Beating Heart Beats". But of course it depends
on my mood.

Shirk - Dipsy
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on July 17, 2008, 04:45:24 PM
Thanks dudes, for all the Aidan Baker tips. I'll certainly keep them in mind. :)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: lena on July 18, 2008, 07:36:17 AM

Lena - Extended Gestures for Cello  (finally picked this up, and am glad I did.  Parts of it remind me of the bowed metal music of Harry Bertoia.  Nicely done, Lena!)



Thank you!  :)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: avec on July 18, 2008, 09:19:56 PM
Another one is Andrew Deutsch, The Sun, imo one of the most exquisite drone cd's there is..

I just sampled some of this and think I'm going to buy it based on your guy's rec's.  It sounds fantastic. 

I'm fairly new to the and/OAR label.  Anyone have any other favorites on their roster?  I'm thinking of also picking up Wind by Francisco Lopez. 

NP
Windy and Carl - Dreamhouse
Numina - Sanctuary of Dreams
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on July 19, 2008, 12:59:47 PM
Another one is Andrew Deutsch, The Sun, imo one of the most exquisite drone cd's there is..

I just sampled some of this and think I'm going to buy it based on your guy's rec's.  It sounds fantastic. 

I'm fairly new to the and/OAR label.  Anyone have any other favorites on their roster?  I'm thinking of also picking up Wind by Francisco Lopez. 

NP
Windy and Carl - Dreamhouse
Numina - Sanctuary of Dreams
Get that disc from Yui Onodera. He is a true gem.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: g.@.b. on July 19, 2008, 04:44:40 PM
Steve Roach - Landmass + Core

Just received Landmass, via ground, yesterday & have listened via car & headphones. My first impression is "nice", second impression is "a decelerated Core", with interspersed percussive elements throughout.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: avec on July 19, 2008, 07:52:02 PM
Another one is Andrew Deutsch, The Sun, imo one of the most exquisite drone cd's there is..
I'm fairly new to the and/OAR label.  Anyone have any other favorites on their roster?  I'm thinking of also picking up Wind by Francisco Lopez. 

Get that disc from Yui Onodera. He is a true gem.

I ordered a copy of The Sun and the Lopez disc as well.  Onodera is on my list (I have to pace myself!)  but I do say that their prices are reasonable.  $10 ppd is a rarity nowadays

But if anyone has any suggestions about their roster I'm open to hear about it.   Or maybe I should just start a thread about the label instead of hijacking here.

NP
Portishead - Third
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jim02 on July 19, 2008, 11:20:41 PM
Avec, the Mnortham cd is also worth checking out. this one is very nice dronish cd as well, rather different again from the Sun but certainly one of the a/O cd's i would start recommending!

also the Osone cd is interesting as well, but with a more experimental touch, all inbetween the low and high frequency ends..
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on July 20, 2008, 02:18:55 PM
Been playing Alan's drone mixes from a while back

- Swells and Billows,  i and ii

enjoyable stuff, for the most part.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on July 20, 2008, 04:01:56 PM
And now

- Exit In Grey: Twilight Waters
- SleepResearch Facility: Deep Frieze


Couple of good, grainy, drone ambient works.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on July 20, 2008, 04:03:15 PM
Been playing Alan's drone mixes from a while back

- Swells and Billows,  i and ii

enjoyable stuff, for the most part.


Thanks, Anthony.
For those interested who missed it, the original posting I made about these mixes was here:

http://www.hypnos.com/smf/index.php?topic=371.msg3122#msg3122 (http://www.hypnos.com/smf/index.php?topic=371.msg3122#msg3122)

The sendspace links to the two files had expired in the meantime, so I have now re-uploaded them. They can be found here:

all swells and billows i - Download link: http://www.sendspace.com/file/3xrheq (http://www.sendspace.com/file/3xrheq)
all swells and billows ii - Download link: http://www.sendspace.com/file/me7o9r (http://www.sendspace.com/file/me7o9r)

(http://pics.livejournal.com/albient/pic/00001rq5/s320x240)



Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Dave Michuda on July 20, 2008, 07:23:54 PM
James Taylor - Fillmore East, New York City [1971] - old JT has always been a guilty pleasure of mine.

Jonathan Hughes - Circumflex [atmoworks 2008]

Music From The 21st Century - This is an old album from 1986 that I had on vinyl back then, but now only have the sleeve.  It's a compilation featuring Steve Roach, Tangerine Dream, Richard Burmer, Neil Norman, Michael Garrison, Alex Cima, Don Preston & Bruce Curtois.  It's never been released on cd as far as I know, but I just found an mp3 version on Amazon.  Only 5 of the original 8 songs are on the download version.  But it's still very cool, brings back a lot of memories.  The music is essentially sequencer driven electronic music.  Here's the link... 21st Century (http://www.amazon.com/Music-From-The-21st-Century/dp/B000QZVHLK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dmusic&qid=1216606509&sr=8-1)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: 9dragons on July 22, 2008, 01:53:13 AM
Tangerine Dream - Stratosfear

Why did no one tell me of this group before? It took me years to get to them! At least I have something new to love...
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: avec on July 22, 2008, 02:37:29 AM
Tangerine Dream - Stratosfear

Why did no one tell me of this group before? It took me years to get to them! At least I have something new to love...

Their first 6 releases are essential listening imo.  You should definitely at least hear Phaedra to compare their early period against music like Stratosfear.  I have a hard time getting into much of their later work so I'm biased (beside Green Desert, Exit and a few others).  Be aware, if you choose to listen further, that the main contributor remastered some of their music.  He overdubbed new sounds over the old recordings.  A lot of fans like the older versions of the albums a lot more, so you might want to search those editions out! 

This should be it's own thread really

Also they did just put out a new album, called Booster and it isn't bad!

Last night:
Francisco Lopez - Wind
I was very tired and just put this on in the background to fall asleep with.  It did the trick!  Looking forward to giving it a more concentrated listen in the future.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on July 22, 2008, 09:19:23 AM

squarepusher - maximum priest ep
vir unis - symbology
fsol - dead cities
various - a mix of mid-90's mostly big beat stuff I made for a friend... underworld, crystal method, chemical brothers, orbital, fluke, curve, etc...

 
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: mgriffin on July 22, 2008, 09:31:53 AM
Tangerine Dream - Stratosfear

Why did no one tell me of this group before? It took me years to get to them! At least I have something new to love...

As Avec hints, early TD has some wonderful treasures but many listeners have been surprised and disappointed by the turn the group took not too long after their best work (the Phaedra era).  Make sure you listen to sample clips before purchasing any TD album after 1977 or so.  There are a few good bits after that date but they are vastly outnumbered works that are very, very different in character and quality from the albums everyone falls in love with. 

A long discussion about this occurred in an older version of the Hypnos Forum but unfortunately all those posts were lost.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: abasio on July 22, 2008, 09:44:08 AM
Secede - Tryshasla  :D
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on July 22, 2008, 12:46:39 PM
Yui Onodera - Synergetics I
that 7" is one of the most touching records i have in my
collection .... Side A is sooo incredibly sad and touching
and on the other hand we got Side B, which is the extreme
opposite (uplifting and contemplative)

a true gem :)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on July 22, 2008, 03:06:40 PM
That’s a very nice 7”, I agree. I’d advise that the next piece of vinyl you need, Martin, is this:

Belong - Same Places (12”)
(http://cover6.cduniverse.com/MuzeAudioArt/Large/81/1031381.jpg)
http://www.cargorecords.co.uk/release/5876 (http://www.cargorecords.co.uk/release/5876)

Currently listening, and it’s a magnificient long trail of bleached out scuffed-up-shoegaze glazed-guitar fuzz-splendour. Pricey, but worth it for the devotees of this sub-genre.

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on July 23, 2008, 12:46:12 AM
I always feel a bit disappointed when i visit a website
and i don't see a chance to listen to a small excerpt.
Will try to find a way, and if i dig this, i will see if i
can effort it.

Birchville Cat Motel - Gunpowder Temple Of Heaven
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Brian Bieniowski on July 23, 2008, 05:52:08 AM
Yui Onodera - Synergetics I

I'd love to buy more Drone Records vinyl, but I wish they had reliable US distribution!

Alan, how did you get the new Belong before the release date?  Reviewers privilege?  ;D
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on July 23, 2008, 07:27:07 AM

Well, Brian, I know it's naughty, but I picked up a 'leaked' file, via a link. I intend to buy a copy when it comes out, so I don't feel *too* gulity about it ;)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on July 23, 2008, 09:51:30 AM

Well, Brian, I know it's naughty, but I picked up a 'leaked' file, via a link. I intend to buy a copy when it comes out, so I don't feel *too* gulity about it ;)
I also found this "leak link" and i also don't feel guilty because i already
deleted the album. Don't like this at all. Nope, sorry. A bit too much of
a rip-off from Tim Hecker and others. And i think the sound is poor.
Way to muddy.

William Basinski - disintegration loops 6
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on July 23, 2008, 10:33:20 AM
Ah well, there y'go. Different strokes... etc. I kind of feel towards Aidan Baker the way you do about the Belong release, so I guess this is the end of what could have been a Beautiful Relationship  ;)

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on July 23, 2008, 10:50:24 AM
Ah well, there y'go. Different strokes... etc. I kind of feel towards Aidan Baker the way you do about the Belong release, so I guess this is the end of what could have been a Beautiful Relationship  ;)


Oh no. We still love each other, Honey. :-*
Look, what do you think about Apalusa?
Lovely drone stuff, right? We still harmonize,
even we are not on the same page with
Belong.

David Tagg - Waist Deep Seas Of Milk
lovely, right? :-*
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on July 24, 2008, 12:20:24 AM
Thomas Koner - Zyklop

Very happy to finally snag a copy of this, even if it is a little dinged.  The first disc (a collaboration with environmental sound artist Yannick Dauby) is especially good.

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on July 24, 2008, 07:16:02 AM
Just got a great batch of music from Hypnos...  still sorting through first listens on most of these:

Sans Serif - Tones for LaMonte
Sense Project - The Sublime
Steve Brand - Bridge to Nowhere
Darkened Soul - Bathys
M Griffin - Fabrications

and also picked up the first two AtmoWorks discs - definitely wanted to see how these translated to disc - and I'm really pleased with how Mike and Lena make these.

Jonathan Hughes - Circumflex
Vir Unis / Disturbed Earth - Drawn from the Well

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: avec on July 24, 2008, 08:54:22 AM
I finally have a day off during the week.  I've been working 6 days a week for almost 3 months and I'm so burnt out from it, not to mention the "Pitchfork Festival" was this past weekend.

So I'm going to lay in my bed and catch up to some of the music that need deeper listens
Steve Roach - Landmass
Andrew Duetsch - The Sun
Francisco Lopez - Wind
Eno/Moebius et al - Begegnungen

The good old days when I would just sit and listen to an album straight through have dwindled since I left college.  Time to turn off my cell phone and tune out...
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: spunknik on July 24, 2008, 04:46:47 PM
Tangerine dream-One times one
Autechre-Quaristice
Herb Albert and the Tijuana brass-Whipped cream and other delights
Sarah Vaughan-Finest hour
Tau Ceti-Pulsar and Todstimmung
Barn Owl-Raft of serpents
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on July 24, 2008, 05:28:08 PM

Gotta fire this up at least once a year:

- Captain Beefheart: Strictly Personal
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on July 24, 2008, 06:49:05 PM
And now

- Jonathan Coleclough: One Hour as Sixty Million Years

Solid, gutsy, drone material. Intense, and with strong visual sci-fi associations for me.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on July 24, 2008, 06:58:35 PM
Vidna Obmana- Memories 1- Monument Of Empty Colors/Gathering In Frozen Beauty; Delicate and ghostly, and a definitive study of isolation. Any Vidna fan who hasn't heard these early classics should look these up.

Nunc Stans- Land
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Dave Michuda on July 24, 2008, 09:13:02 PM
Andrew Deutsch - The Sun - I absolutely love the album.  Thanks to Brian Bieniowski for the recommendation.

Nunc Stans - Land - very nice, floaty ambience.  good stuff.

Marconi Union - a lost connection - I really like their other two releases, hopefully this will be right up there.  So far so good.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: rikm on July 27, 2008, 03:25:17 PM

The Circular Ruins - A Treatise on Navigation (another fabulous work from APK, such a wealth of talent!)

Curve - The Way of Curve (memories of brief shining moments where anything was possible...)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: avec on July 27, 2008, 06:52:18 PM
mwvm - rotations - Any Stars of the Lid fans will like this record.  Just a bit darker & more dissonant than recent SOTL.  Excellent recording.

I completely love this release.  Very cold and celestial, gives me visions of being isolated on a space station (Solaris anyone?).  Highly recommended! 

Anyway, I'm streaming a live set he did, up here
http://www.pingthings.com/mwvmalmostlive.mp3

and follow the link for a remix of the album that he posted up for download
http://www.archive.org/details/silber066-mwvm-rotations-remixed

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: avec on July 28, 2008, 02:44:33 PM
OM - Pilgrimage

followed by

Seefeel - Quique

and maybe

Experimental Audio Research - Beyond the Pale

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: spunknik on July 28, 2008, 03:57:08 PM
Severed Heads-Adenoids boxset
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Seren on July 29, 2008, 07:10:13 AM
Vidna Obmana- Memories 1- Monument Of Empty Colors/Gathering In Frozen Beauty; Delicate and ghostly, and a definitive study of isolation. Any Vidna fan who hasn't heard these early classics should look these up.


I'd echo this in shimmering sorrowness. ;D the early Obmana is great stuff, with great titles.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on July 30, 2008, 02:19:31 PM
- Marconi Union: A Lost Connection

If you liked Distance, you will enjoy this too.

For the unknowing:
Marconi Union is an easy-listening beat driven duo from Manchester, UK. Its friendly, listenable, pleasantly rhythmic, sometimes dubby, usually with guitar, synth pads, a good dose of melody and a smattering of quirky little sounds. It's well-constructed music, and flows in a predictable and non-grating way. Shortish (5-7 minutes) tracks. I think of it as chill music that could easily have pop vocals over the top, and can be imagined behind many films. It's certainly heading towards ear-candy, but remains interesting enough for repeats. Great as non-distracting background music, despite the beats. Excellent for the car where you want something attractive, with movement, but not annoying/distracting. A tad on the pretty side for many deeper ears. Quality stuff though if this style is your cuppa tea.

http://www.marconiunion.com

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: deepspace on July 31, 2008, 02:52:52 AM
Vidna Obmana- Memories 1- Monument Of Empty Colors/Gathering In Frozen Beauty; Delicate and ghostly, and a definitive study of isolation. Any Vidna fan who hasn't heard these early classics should look these up.


I'd echo this in shimmering sorrowness. ;D the early Obmana is great stuff, with great titles.

Vidna's early stuff definitely had wonderful titles-  For a Belg, he seems to always have had a great grasp of English, and some of his titles are unparalleled- I really do think "Gathering in Frozen Beauty" is just a knock-out title- It's like Tennyson or something.  Musically too, his early stuff was just wonderful-  Some of the rare stuff like "Refined on Gentle Clouds" is just superb. 

Who else here has heard Vidna's collaboration with Alio Die "Echo Passage"?  My god, that is a stupendous slice of sound.  It knocks me for a six every time.



Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: deepspace on July 31, 2008, 02:57:15 AM
mwvm - rotations - Any Stars of the Lid fans will like this record.  Just a bit darker & more dissonant than recent SOTL.  Excellent recording.

I completely love this release.  Very cold and celestial, gives me visions of being isolated on a space station (Solaris anyone?).  Highly recommended! 

Anyway, I'm streaming a live set he did, up here
http://www.pingthings.com/mwvmalmostlive.mp3

and follow the link for a remix of the album that he posted up for download
http://www.archive.org/details/silber066-mwvm-rotations-remixed

Avec, tell me more about mwvm.  I listened to the sample, and yeah, i did get quite a bit of a stars of the lid feel.  Really haunting.


Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on July 31, 2008, 06:39:00 AM
Vidna Obmana- Memories 1- Monument Of Empty Colors/Gathering In Frozen Beauty; Delicate and ghostly, and a definitive study of isolation. Any Vidna fan who hasn't heard these early classics should look these up.




Who else here has heard Vidna's collaboration with Alio Die "Echo Passage"?  My god, that is a stupendous slice of sound.  It knocks me for a six every time.


I agree- Echo Passage is great! Haven't heard it in a while though- should get it back out and put it in the rotation for a while.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on July 31, 2008, 11:31:20 AM
Igneous Flame - Hydra (complex fog banks of treated guitar.  Great stuff.  He has a nice track on the Hypnos "Sounds of a Universe Overheard" comp, too.)
David Torn - Prezens (this one went right past me.  I think prefer his spacier "Cloud About Mercury" period, but it might just be a grower)

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: g.@.b. on July 31, 2008, 08:14:36 PM
Christopher Bissonette - In Between Words

New purchase, which I like...but...does anyone else have a disc that, on track one, has some really scratchy sounds showing up about 5 minutes into the piece (and continuing for 2-3- minutes), or do I have a defective disc?
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on August 01, 2008, 02:17:10 PM
Christopher Bissonette - In Between Words

New purchase, which I like...but...does anyone else have a disc that, on track one, has some really scratchy sounds showing up about 5 minutes into the piece (and continuing for 2-3- minutes), or do I have a defective disc?

You know we've entered a new paradigm when you can't tell whether the stuff on the disk is supposed to be there or not  8)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on August 01, 2008, 02:21:29 PM

- juxta phona & offthesky: !escape kit!  (Somnia)

Every bit as good and quirky and fascinating and enjoyable as I thought it would be.
Seriously recommend this if you are an Off The Sky fan.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on August 01, 2008, 02:35:45 PM
Christopher Bissonette - In Between Words

New purchase, which I like...but...does anyone else have a disc that, on track one, has some really scratchy sounds showing up about 5 minutes into the piece (and continuing for 2-3- minutes), or do I have a defective disc?

You know we've entered a new paradigm when you can't tell whether the stuff on the disk is supposed to be there or not  8)

Yeah, I know what you mean, but I don't hear anything on "Provenance" - the track in question - that sounds 'scratchy' - a bit of interesting DSP tweakery is all I hear from 5 mins onward. Not even verging on real glitchiness.
Very good release, anyway, in keeping with Kranky's late-period minimalist microsonic drone canon (as opposed to its post-Kosmische post-Kraut wig-outs a la Atlas Sound).


Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: drone on on August 03, 2008, 12:53:39 PM
Rod Modell-Incense and Black Light
Future Sound of London-Environments (wonderful "lost" FSOL album just reissued)
Gel-Sol-Iz (brilliant)
The Promises of Silence-various artists
Carbon Based Lifeforms-World of Sleepers (best thing Ultimae has released to date IMO)
Fanger & Kersten-Elektrik Massage
M. Griffin-Fabrications
Dead Can Dance remastered reissues (worth re-buying these classics)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Dave Michuda on August 03, 2008, 02:33:42 PM
bvdub - dreams of red chambers - Thanks to Allan(Undershadow) for turning me on to bvdub in his wonderful ambient dub mix.
Segue - A Glass Darkly - new release from the netlabel Resting Bell (http://www.restingbell.net/releases).  Some very good stuff on that label.
goldmund - the malady of elegance - more excellent piano music from type records.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on August 03, 2008, 02:56:30 PM

bvdub - dreams of red chambers - Thanks to Allan(Undershadow) for turning me on to bvdub in his wonderful ambient dub mix.


Nice one, Dave. Always happy to turn someone on to a good thing.
As an inveterate Mix-man yourself, you may be interested to know that Brock van Wey (aka bvdub) has a bunch of his own mixes up on his website here: http://www.bvdub.org/mixes.html (http://www.bvdub.org/mixes.html)

Useful piece on him here too: http://www.boingpoumtchak.com/2008/03/11/bvdub-quietus-recordings (http://www.boingpoumtchak.com/2008/03/11/bvdub-quietus-recordings)




Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Seren on August 04, 2008, 07:55:31 AM
Who else here has heard Vidna's collaboration with Alio Die "Echo Passage"?  My god, that is a stupendous slice of sound.  It knocks me for a six every time.

I agree, I love that album, and the Trilogy, and Forgotten Memories, and the Amplexus ep.... :)

and his more rhythmical outings like the Contemporary Nocturne, and Spore, And Tremor :). I think he creates in these albums as much of a magical space as in the glassy and dreamy albums, just in a different direction. And the titles are just as good.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: solyaris on August 04, 2008, 09:37:29 AM
apropos of ... today listenings:

Steve Roach & Vidna Obmana - Well of Souls
Steve Roach - A Deeper Silence
Alio Die & Zeit - Raag Drone Theory
Solyaris  - Ascension and Revelation (sorry .. I have the bad habit to resliste my music too :) )

giorgio
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Dave Michuda on August 04, 2008, 07:03:50 PM
Allan,

Thanks for the link to the mixes, some good stuff there.

NP - David Byrne & Brian Eno - Strange Overtones - the first song from their upcoming album.  A nice track, maybe too nice?  Definitely not Bush of Ghosts territory.  Just a pretty straight forward pop tune.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: g.@.b. on August 04, 2008, 07:52:31 PM
Steve Roach - Landmass

The Winterhouse - Slow Promises

Both extraordinarily listenable..!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: solyaris on August 05, 2008, 07:07:17 AM
- Podcast Quiet Sounds Episode 19: Moss Dance ( http://www.asphalteden.com )
- Mathias Grassow & Klaus Wiese - Gothic Passage
- Steve Roach - World's edge
- Steve Roach & Vidna Obmana - Well of Souls
- Robert Fripp - God Save the Queen
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: 9dragons on August 05, 2008, 01:36:09 PM
Hawkwind.....Space Ritual Double Live Album from 1973.....Headphones.

Finally realized that headphones are the way for this album. A total epic journey into space! Just trying to get a handle on all the strange sounds is a passtime in itself. I hear something new each time. I hear brief passages of ambient weirdness that are as (or more) mind-blowingly intricate and delightfully expressive than anything that has been achieved by ambient/electro arists in the intervening years.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: solyaris on August 05, 2008, 02:31:49 PM
European guys & girls mellow sampling-lyfestyle:

Colleen - Les Ondes Silencieuses
Marsen Jules - Golden
Marsen Jules - Les fleurs

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Dave Michuda on August 05, 2008, 09:18:27 PM
David Tagg - Waist Deep Seas Of Milk
cowboy junkies - trinity revisited
Whitley - The Submarine
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on August 06, 2008, 06:03:44 AM
np:

vidna obmana - the surreal sanctuary

yesterday:

jonathan hughes - circumflex
m griffin - fabrications
steve brand - bridge to nowhere
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on August 06, 2008, 11:07:25 PM
VA - Haruomi Hosono Strange Song Book (Tribute to Haruomi Hosono 2) (An interesting compilation of artists doing cover versions of Hosono's songs and a couple of instrumentals; Fennesz and Sakamoto cover a mid-80s instrumental tune; my favorite is a cover of Pleiocene with gamelan)
Brand X - Xcommunication (a early 90s fusion power trio release with John Goodsall and Percy Jones that isn't half bad, cheesy cover notwithstanding)

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on August 09, 2008, 02:16:19 PM

New offthesky material - free download on rope swing cities: http://ropeswingcities.com/?p=126 (http://ropeswingcities.com/?p=126)

Sounding quite intriguing - no guitar evident... noticed a trace of piano among the digital manipulations and field recording infusions. Pretty much acousmatic. May interest more questing Forum-ites.



Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Dave Michuda on August 09, 2008, 08:10:36 PM
Alan,

Than ks for the heads up on the OffTheSky.  I have most of Jason's stuff so I am always up for more.  Thanks.

NP - Segue - A Glass Darkly [resting bell 2008]
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on August 10, 2008, 01:51:02 PM

- Philipp Weigl: Land and Water

New release on Magnatune.
Its GREAT ... if you like Weigl's style of sullen rhythmic electronica and almost spoken vocals.

Have a listen to the whole thing here: http://magnatune.com/artists/albums/weigl-landwater
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on August 10, 2008, 03:10:32 PM

New offthesky material - free download on rope swing cities: http://ropeswingcities.com/?p=126 (http://ropeswingcities.com/?p=126)

Sounding quite intriguing - no guitar evident... noticed a trace of piano among the digital manipulations and field recording infusions. Pretty much acousmatic. May interest more questing Forum-ites.


Wonderful download! I love the slow pace, the lightness, the airiness. -But then again I've been enjoying the "lighter and airier" stuff lately, such as:

Various Artists- Perceived Distances
Jonathan Hughes- Circumflex
Kwook- Skywave
The Circular Ruins- Falling Into The Sky, A Treatise On Navigation
Nunc Stans- The Palm At The End Of The Mind

...and Igneous Flame/Achromus- Halo ...which is dark and airy.








Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on August 10, 2008, 05:58:51 PM
Thanks, Joe  :)

And good to see you picking up the Kwook  -- its a mighty fine thing.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on August 11, 2008, 06:45:48 AM
recent purchases... not absorbed yet:

eno / byrne - my life in the bush of ghosts
eno - another green world
thievery corporation - mirror conspiracy

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on August 11, 2008, 12:00:58 PM

- Off The Sky: Subtle Trees

Yep, this is yet another excellent free release by Jason.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on August 11, 2008, 09:03:38 PM
Randy Newman - Harps and Angels (a return to form like his 'Good Old Boys' period; am very jazzed that he will be performing in SF this fall)
Milieu & Quosp - Grassland Melodies (very nice split netrelease in an ambient vein that fell under my radar)

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on August 11, 2008, 11:03:18 PM

Milieu & Quosp - Grassland Melodies (very nice split netrelease in an ambient vein that fell under my radar)


Nice one, Forrest. I hadn't heard about this (free netlabel) release, and as I discovered Quosp last year when reviewing a bunch of releases on u-cover, I'm happy to find more. Milieu has had more than his fair share of exposure, but Quosp deserves to be more widely known. So here's what a certain person wrote about his u-cover release at the beginning of the year:

"Quosp is the chosen moniker of callow Colin Kay, and his Soundscapes I is a precocious set of ambient celestiality replete with enough dream device to put stars on your lid. The disc assembles selections from previous digi-EPs together with four previously unreleased tracks. In places it patches into the synth-mediated sub-orchestrality of Eno’s more harmonically resolved ambient pieces. In fact, parts sound more like the drawers of the later appropriators of the legacy of Blessed Brian’s spatial ambient being rummaged through. The beauteous “Bistre”, for example, could be a more mellifluous Milieu meeting a less careworn Basinski channeling one of Aphex’s sweeter SAWs. A thrumming fog of stringswell streams through the shadowier “Blue”, resembling more up-to-date post-orchestral touchstones, Celer, colluding with Prince of Kompakt Pop Ambient, Markus Guentner. “Beechwood”, meanwhile, is steeped in the same spirit of slowcore sacral minimalism by now the referential preserve of Stars of the Lid, while “Aqua” and “Night Coast” hover around a Discreet Music zone at the edges of Another Green World. A wholly successful assemblage."(from http://www.ei-mag.com/profile0014.php (http://www.ei-mag.com/profile0014.php))

(http://www.u-cover.com/u-cover/images/ucdr045bigb.jpg)

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on August 12, 2008, 12:00:33 AM
Talkingmakesnosense - Cloudcroft Mirror
got my 7" yesterday .... really good one ... and the packaging + the wax
is professional as hell .... recommended to all ambient guitar fans
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: g.@.b. on August 12, 2008, 07:42:06 PM
V/A - Message from a Subatomic World (Hypnos)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on August 13, 2008, 01:34:10 PM
The new Durutti Column CD "Sunlight to Blue...Blue to Blackness" is really lovely. Predominantly featuring his sunny-yet-mournful acoustic guitar and piano pieces it also sports a splendidly updated version of LC's "Never Known". Essential for fans.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: LNerell on August 13, 2008, 04:14:38 PM
The last few weeks I have mostly been listening to field recordings I made in Indonesia back in the 1990s. I'm transferring all my DAT tapes to my computer, after which I will burn them to CD for archiving and listening. Currently I'm listening to a recording I made in Java of Gamelan Sekatan from the Kraton Solo (central Java royal court) from 1994.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on August 14, 2008, 12:27:41 PM
past couple of days

- Jason Corder & Beta Two Agonist: further to find closer
- Beta Two Agonist: autumn perdue
- Sgnl_Fltr: exhalo

Databloem recent releases that I've only just started listening to.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: darkenedsoul on August 14, 2008, 05:22:52 PM
Daylight Dies - Lost to the Living (great doom band from North Carolina, was a pleasure to play with them last year!)
Opeth - Watershed (I bought the special edition with bonus DVD w/5.1 recording of whole CD as well as bonus tracks, videos, etc...plus I love em, go see them if they come to your area!)
Void of Silence - Criteria ov 666 (another awesome doom band, especially  Human Antithesis with singer from Primordial)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on August 14, 2008, 06:58:10 PM
past couple of days

- Jason Corder & Beta Two Agonist: further to find closer
- Beta Two Agonist: autumn perdue
- Sgnl_Fltr: exhalo



Anthony-

Quite a coincidence- I downloaded Autumn Perdue and Cymphonic-Strataradialis from i-tunes today, and listened to about half of each tonight. Both are excellent so far.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Zyp on August 15, 2008, 09:16:59 AM
Currently playing:  Between Interval - "Autumn Continent"

Definitely my favourite Between Interval album,  highlight for me is the brooding fourth track "the tides of time" with the gentle sequence accompanied by the haunting melody over the top. 
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: deepspace on August 16, 2008, 05:50:25 AM
I can't get enough of Alio Die right now.  Apsaras....who here has heard this album?  It combines Alio's drones and Emelia's Cunia's stunningly pure and steady voice.  It's simply ravishing.  Please, go and hear it, if you want to be blown away by beauty.

Also, Ellusian Lullaby and Meyjiu are stunning albums.  He occupies a place all by himself in my estimation-  He taps directly into my dreams. :)

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: uhurit on August 16, 2008, 04:35:50 PM
I have all Alio Die albums. He is the Master (forget about his analogue-sounding stuff, though!)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Ferngerms on August 16, 2008, 11:32:54 PM
This is my first post and hopefully not my last.  For the most part this is my favorite category in the forum simply because I have been introduced to a variety of new music. I also hope to contribute the little that I have :)

Today I have been listening to a 3" by
Migrations In Rust - An Emblematic Departure - Accretion Disk
(This is for all those that enjoy Chalk, Bradley, and the Drone.  I could see this being released on Waterscape or Twenty Hertz.  He has a new split release on Peasant Magick which is well worth checking out)

Darwin's Bitch - Induction E.P - Aphonia Recordings
(Download E.P. that took me in for a surprise! It's bleak and definitely has some Machinfabriek elements going on.  Highly recommended for anyone that enjoys Type records!  Here's the link http://www.aphoniarecordings.com/store/index.php)

Fern
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on August 17, 2008, 06:03:43 AM
Fern: always good to hear a new voice. Welcome aboard !
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: mgriffin on August 17, 2008, 09:53:19 AM
Welcome, Fergerms, hope to see you around!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Ferngerms on August 17, 2008, 05:56:39 PM
Thanks mgriffin and APK for the warm welcome!  On a beautiful Sunday afternoon I have been enjoying the sounds of:

Procer Veneficus - Deathwanderings - Students of Decay
(It's hard to describe this piece of music.  The first thing that came to mind was to imagine Erik Satie getting the William Basinski tape treatments. Although the artist says that the work is dedicated to the memory of Chopin I can't help but to continue thinking of Erik Satie. Secondly it also sounds like The Caretaker - Selected Memories From The Haunted Ballroom......but Procer Veneficus is not as eerie.  He also just released a new work on Stellar Auditorium "Saltwater And Glassroom" from the samples that I heard it seems more ambient than uncanny orchestral dirges.) 

Fern
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on August 18, 2008, 04:53:14 AM
Boris & Merzbow - Feedbacker | Vinyl
gotta love Rock Dream, especially for Feedbacker
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SunDummy on August 18, 2008, 06:10:36 PM
FLashback day:

The Lucy Show, UNDONE - a real gem from 1985, too bad these guys never got huge.
The Grapes of Wrath, TREEHOUSE - another 80's gem, one of the best live bands I've ever witnessed, just a killer show.  Their records are cool, but don't do them justice.  RIP.
Lloyd Cole & the Commotions, RATTLESNAKES - ah, college... this is one of the best albums to come out of the 80's; it still holds up beautifully.  HIGHLY recommended.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on August 19, 2008, 06:01:11 AM
Nice flashback - I've got vinyl from the Lucy Show and Grapes of Wrath.. :)

np:   Em:t 0004 - this is a various artists from the 'rebirth' of em:t a few years back.   Really a nice comp.

was:  Linkin Park - Minutes to Midnight

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Zyp on August 20, 2008, 12:46:54 PM
FLashback day:

The Lucy Show, UNDONE - a real gem from 1985, too bad these guys never got huge.


The Lucy Show - Wow!  There's a much missed blast from the past.  I remember discovering them by accident in a local record store.  This absolutely awesome track was playing and I had no idea what it was or who it was by.  I enquired and it turned out to be The Lucy Show's "Leonardo DaVinci" (extended version on the Ephemeral 12").   That was enough to get me hooked.  Undone was a brilliant album, it's a pity the band didn't get the recognition that their talent deserved.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on August 20, 2008, 01:14:10 PM

np:   kraftwerk - the mix

was:   human mesh dance - thesecretnumbertwelve
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on August 20, 2008, 05:24:07 PM
Besides the new Jason Sloan, I've been listening to:

Altus - Macro (very nice and varied collection of short ambient and quasi-orchestra pieces; reminded me in places of K. Leimer and Bill Nelson's short ambient instrumentals)
Pacific UV - Longplayer 2 (postrock in a Sigur Ros meets Slowdive vein)
VA- Great Axescapes -I've been listening to Pts. 2 and 5 of Alan's mixological drone opus.

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jim02 on August 21, 2008, 12:32:08 AM
i've been listening to Celer's new release NACREOUS CLOUDS on a/O. wow, this one is extremely nice!
it features 38 tracks clocking in with 79+ minutes! but all are so calm, serene, billowing -dare i say- mind cleansing.. :-)

and with random playing which both Celer and a/O suggest, the sound shapes every time into new directions..this one might end up -high- on my 2008 list.

others;
paul horn - tibet & inside the great pyramid
aidan baker - i fall into you (good one!)
celer - discourses of the withered & the everything and nothing (a name to watch for!)
david tagg - waist deep seas of milk (waiting for his new one on Second Sun)

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on August 21, 2008, 10:22:44 AM
Forgot to mention, I agree with the other Forrest, The Lucy Show's Undone is one great album.  Never understood why it was never reissued on CD.  I saw The Grapes of Wrath open for 10,000 Maniacs in the late 80s at the iBeam in SF--a great show.  I also was fortunate to see Lloyd Cole & his band at Wolfgang's (a Bill Graham venue that is long gone) during that first Rattlesnakes tour.

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SunDummy on August 21, 2008, 10:54:23 AM
I think you're my alter-ego, Forrest; sounds like we were into the same stuff at the same time, just 1500 miles apart...  but I'm not sure which of us is the evil twin.   ;)

I caught the Grapes in the late eighties in the 7th St. Entry in Mpls. - the place was as packed as I've ever seen it.  Small and intimate, they barely fit on the stage, and the audience (including me, front and center) was spilling onto what little space they had left.  They didn't care, and launched into the most intense, sweaty, rippin' show I've ever seen, laughing and smiling the whole time.  Truly a highlight of my college go-see-a-live-show-every-weekend days.

I've been ripping my CD collection to MP3 for the last week, rediscovering all kinds of gems I keep overlooking.  Today it's Piano Magic's "A Trick of the Sea" to start...
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on August 21, 2008, 12:50:23 PM
Currently playing:  Between Interval - "Autumn Continent"

Definitely my favourite Between Interval album,  highlight for me is the brooding fourth track "the tides of time" with the gentle sequence accompanied by the haunting melody over the top. 

Yep, that's a fine album. Nice drawn-out phrases, with a gentle grainy/noise flow to the whole thing. I really enjoy this style.
Just giving it a spin.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on August 21, 2008, 06:32:12 PM
Byrne & Eno - Everything That Happens Will Happen Today

This is a really lovely pop album that works perfectly alongside Another Day on Earth

"Strange Overtones" would make a great radio single...if radio was not a synonym for "a once great medium ruined by greed, sloth and corruption".

No new ground is broken...or revisited. It does, however, sound like content middle aged guys having fun! ;-)

The screensaver that comes with the deluxe edition is really nice too.
Downside: one turgid guitar-driven cut and occasional rhythmic constipation. And, like every download I've ever bought (ie. exactly five) there is a minor glitch. Thankfully I bought the actual CD too.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on August 22, 2008, 07:06:12 AM
Vidna Obmana - The Fragmented Dome
The Surreal Sanctuary is my favorite Hypnos and Vidna Obmana Release .... and god, how
i adore The Fragmented Dome with Roach on the Guitar .... so mysterious and eerie but
still gentle and overwhelming
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on August 23, 2008, 06:31:57 AM
Vidna Obmana - The Fragmented Dome
The Surreal Sanctuary is my favorite Hypnos and Vidna Obmana Release .... and god, how
i adore The Fragmented Dome with Roach on the Guitar .... so mysterious and eerie but
still gentle and overwhelming

Yeah, I love Fragmented Dome and Surreal Sanctuary too. 8)

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on August 23, 2008, 06:43:45 AM
Been listening a lot to some artists I first became aware of on APK's excellent Perceived Distances disc:

Beta Two Agonist- Zero Point Field; excellent!
Beta Two Agonist- Autumn Perdue; even better!
Cymphonic- Strataradialis; not what I expected, but very good anyway. Various moods and styles, and even gets dark and eerie in places.

Hey Anthony- I know you have the Jason Corder/Beta Two Agonist collab. What do you think of that one?

I can't believe I'm getting into all this glitchy stuff. ???
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on August 23, 2008, 07:59:57 AM
JOE
I agree, Beta Two Agonist: Autumn Perdue is an excellent album.
Here is a link for anyone interested: DATABLOEM (http://www.databloem.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&category_id=4&flypage=shop.flypage_vpri&product_id=319&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=2&vmcchk=1&Itemid=2).

The joint album with Jason Corder  ("further to find closer", also on Databloem) is a continuous work divided into 9 tracks. To my ears its a tad more Beta Two Agonist in overall style than Jason Corder, but it has a more free-flowing, open style than the more structured Autumn Perdue. It has a fair bit of xylophone/vibraphone once it gets going, which is more a trait of Corder. I'd say its fairly mellow and, not surprisingly, full of fascinating little glitchy sounds, and occasional subtle glitchy rhythms. It really sustains a similar mood and feel throughout its 50 minutes, like it was one large laid-back live set. I really like it once the mood settles in. So yep, well worth having (as with anything Jason has a hand in). I certainly think you will enjoy it, especially as you like the Beta albums.

It also has strong similarities to some tracks from the free release by OffTheSky: Subtle Trees. But much less to the the very recent !escape Kit!, which is a more heavy-handed, broken-beat-oriented album.



Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: drone on on August 23, 2008, 09:33:10 AM
HAWKWIND-Space Ritual.  Besides headphones, another good way to listen to this is in your car cranked up to 10 as you're driving down the freeway going 80!! This album kicks some serious ass...
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on August 23, 2008, 10:49:49 AM
Cluster Berlin 07

I'm liking this more than I'd expected to. A varied, idiosyncratic performance that seems to span and successfully blend aspects of both musicians' past and present work (both together and solo) However it doesn't contain any of the pastoral elements of Roedelius' solo work. That just wouldn't fit somehow.

I'm wondering if anyone knows the 90s live Cluster recordings and could compare. I think this is a must for fans. Even a TG element in there!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: 9dragons on August 23, 2008, 07:12:51 PM
HAWKWIND-Space Ritual.  Besides headphones, another good way to listen to this is in your car cranked up to 10 as you're driving down the freeway going 80!! This album kicks some serious ass...

Yes! I've been headphoning this album of late, and it has enhanced my experience a hundred-fold. It is mind-blowing how textured and deep Space Ritual is. I keep raging with the Hawkwind for weeks at a time, and just when I think I'm going to OD, I find some tiny detail that makes me love them even more. Just been listening to Lemmy's bass playing on "Time We Left This World Today" off the Doremi album (the Space Ritual version is much shorter) and I don't know how he does it, but it is diabolically good...
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on August 24, 2008, 10:03:03 AM


The joint album with Jason Corder  ("further to find closer", also on Databloem) is a continuous work divided into 9 tracks. To my ears its a tad more Beta Two Agonist in overall style than Jason Corder, but it has a more free-flowing, open style than the more structured Autumn Perdue. It has a fair bit of xylophone/vibraphone once it gets going, which is more a trait of Corder. I'd say its fairly mellow and, not surprisingly, full of fascinating little glitchy sounds, and occasional subtle glitchy rhythms. It really sustains a similar mood and feel throughout its 50 minutes, like it was one large laid-back live set. I really like it once the mood settles in. So yep, well worth having (as with anything Jason has a hand in). I certainly think you will enjoy it, especially as you like the Beta albums





Good enough for me, Anthony. Thanks for the info!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on August 24, 2008, 02:36:24 PM
You are welcome, Joe.

np

- Paul Shutze: Dressing The Air
think this was to accompany some show/presentation. Fine 37min piece.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: drone on on August 24, 2008, 11:20:44 PM
9 Dragons--are you referring to the ORIGINAL remastered (assuming you have this) Space Ritual, or this new one I just got which has about 13 minutes that were cut from the show, including a longer version of Brainstorming that is just sublime.  The bonus disc, however, is total crap, awful sound quality radio sessions that never should have seen the light of day, at least on a CD.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: g.@.b. on August 25, 2008, 03:44:29 PM
Exuviae - The White Underneath Sort of a glitchy, droney and, at times, EM mash-up. Very nice.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Dave Michuda on August 25, 2008, 09:05:08 PM
Trespassers William - Different Stars - dreamy, melancholy tunes that I love for some reason.
David Byrne & Brian Eno - Everything That Happens Will Happen Today - I love the first single, Strange Overtones, but am unsure about the rest of the album.  I believe it'll grow on me.
Manual - Lost Days, Open Skies And Streaming Tides - a nice collection of unreleased, b-side & compilation tracks.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on August 26, 2008, 02:14:10 PM
twinkly:

(http://www.normanrecords.com/images/covers/100512.jpg)

foggy:

(http://www.residentadvisor.net/images/reviews/2008/lawrence-english-kiri-no-ot.jpg)  http://www.touchmusic.org.uk/catalogue/tone_31_lawrence_english_kiri.html (http://www.touchmusic.org.uk/catalogue/tone_31_lawrence_english_kiri.html)




Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on August 27, 2008, 11:26:37 AM
Chris Carter Disobedient

I always forget how good his solo projects are. Busy and propulsive the way I'd prefer to hear TG's engine room these days.

Richard Chartier Further Materials

A compilation of compilation cuts. On first listen, much too disjointed and rarified. Will revisit soon.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on August 28, 2008, 04:49:30 PM
Been enjoying these today

- James Bernard: New Life
- Between Interval: Autumn Continent
- Disturbed Earth: Island
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on August 29, 2008, 05:01:51 AM
Storey time:

Rapoon- Darker By Light
Rapoon- From Shadows Sleep
Zoviet France- Shadow, Thief Of The Sun

I tried to listen to Time Frost, but I can't get into that anymore. It alternates between too shrill, too loud, too bright, and too quiet and too muddy. And the panning from speaker to speaker is very distracting.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on August 30, 2008, 11:00:53 AM
Mmmm. Niiiice.

(http://www.symbolicinteraction.net/img/PGT02.jpg)

New album of blissed out guitar drone from Hakobune.

http://www.symbolicinteraction.net/pgt02.html (http://www.symbolicinteraction.net/pgt02.html)



Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Infraction on August 30, 2008, 01:55:20 PM

foggy:

(http://www.residentadvisor.net/images/reviews/2008/lawrence-english-kiri-no-ot.jpg)  http://www.touchmusic.org.uk/catalogue/tone_31_lawrence_english_kiri.html (http://www.touchmusic.org.uk/catalogue/tone_31_lawrence_english_kiri.html)






When did Touch become ECM   :)

Jason
infractionrecords.com
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on August 31, 2008, 12:05:44 PM

Yeah, now you come to mention it, it is a bit coffee-table-perchingly uber-tasteful.
The audio contents, though, are decidedly un-ECM like.
Touch still have the touch.

Mr English explains the album's concept compellingly here: http://artforum.com/words/id=20874 (http://artforum.com/words/id=20874)

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on September 01, 2008, 11:45:19 AM

foggy:

(http://www.residentadvisor.net/images/reviews/2008/lawrence-english-kiri-no-ot.jpg)  http://www.touchmusic.org.uk/catalogue/tone_31_lawrence_english_kiri.html (http://www.touchmusic.org.uk/catalogue/tone_31_lawrence_english_kiri.html)






When did Touch become ECM   :)

Jason
infractionrecords.com


Somewhat later than Sony, I'd guess. But Wozencroft is of a generation that can't help but be influenced by ECM. Is anyone else as tired as I am of photos of skies and beaches and clouds and shells and ________?

At first glance I'd say this resembles the ECM LP "Dansere" from, what, 1975? Maybe riffing a bit on "Dis" by Towner/Garbarek? I love looking at mists and nature but really, its time for artists and labels to move on.

The Pjusk release on 12k is a nice photographic turn on an urban quasi-pastoral scene. It's a top down view of a leafless tree obviously viewed from an apartment on a grey day. It avoids the deathless romantic nature/weather view while still hinting at the kind of connections referred to in the Artforum piece Alan linked to. 

PS watch your mailbox Jason! Got an order coming shortly too!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on September 01, 2008, 07:58:03 PM
Alva Noto Unitxt

Nicely engineered, text-inspired, rhythmic seriousness from Carsten Nicolai. The beats pall a bit at the 3/4 mark but there's a certain thrill to this kind of music that's hard to describe. A great listen post-Obedience by Carter. Later kin perhaps.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Brian Bieniowski on September 02, 2008, 06:53:40 AM
I have to admit I've never been much a fan of the artwork on Touch's releases.  There was one instance where I thought the interior of the digipak was far more interesting than the choice on the cover (maybe Substrata?)  They just seem like random images sometimes, or that the artwork leads the theme of the music, rather than vice versa.

This morning I have been playing Vidna Obmana's Opera for Four Fusion Works.  Aside from the first act, I had not given this one much in the way of repeated listens.  It is a difficult work at times, especially the middle two sections, but I think I like it on the whole.  If you ask me, the fourth part is way too brief ... just when it's getting started (or so it seems), it's over.  I got the impression Dirk was running out of steam with the whole VO thing near the end, perhaps that's the reason.

Also played Antonio Testa's Inframundis, which is a good one if you like classic Alio Die.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on September 02, 2008, 02:32:57 PM


This morning I have been playing Vidna Obmana's Opera for Four Fusion Works.  Aside from the first act, I had not given this one much in the way of repeated listens.  It is a difficult work at times, especially the middle two sections, but I think I like it on the whole.  If you ask me, the fourth part is way too brief ... just when it's getting started (or so it seems), it's over.  I got the impression Dirk was running out of steam with the whole VO thing near the end, perhaps that's the reason.


Interesting... I'm just the opposite. I never play the first act, it's too darn normal. However, I've listened to the last three dozens of times, and I love 'em!

Now playing:

Saul Stokes- Radiate; I love this disc too. I'm not at all crazy about Saul's rhythmic stuff, but this one and Edge of the Forest is great.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: solyaris on September 04, 2008, 06:53:57 AM
Windy & Carl - Dedications to Flea
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: solyaris on September 05, 2008, 04:03:28 AM
Robert Rich and Alio Die: Fissures
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on September 05, 2008, 07:04:02 AM
now:

Eno - On Land  - I haven't heard this in at least a decade, maybe two... wonderful

was: 

Budd/Eno - The Pearl  - not sure I've ever heard it - absolutely perfect
Deepchord presents Echospace - The Coldest Season  - oh my oh my oh my this is fantastic

Just got these above three along with a few others in the mail last night... I'm flipping out with great 'new' music!

Eno/Budd - Plateaux of Mirror
Hassell/Eno - Possible Musics
Hassell - Dream Theory in Malaya
Various - Compounds + Elements - intro to All Saints Records (only $3!)



Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on September 05, 2008, 05:39:50 PM

- Charlie Haden: The Montreal Tapes 2

Some truly wonderful moments in these live trio pieces, especially the piano (Gonzalo Rubalcaba).
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on September 05, 2008, 05:53:54 PM
Matthew Sweet - Sunshine Lies (a new one, somewhat disappointing; the songs are there, but the voice sounds a bit ragged and tired)
Ryuichi Sakamoto - Playing the Piano 05 (DVD) (excellent DVD of a 2-hour solo piano performance from 2005)
Todd Rundgren - Todd (I always thought this was one of his best.  Some crazy stuff in there, but some great tunes, too, like "A Dream Goes On Forever")

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jeff pearce on September 06, 2008, 04:48:59 PM
Forrest,

I'll have to check out the Sakamoto dvd- I've spent some of the past week listening to "Alexi and the Spring"- quite wonderful soundtrack with a devastating solo piano closer- and it segues nicely into "Dark Intervals" by Keith Jarrett, too.  :)

Jeff
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on September 06, 2008, 09:19:19 PM
Jeff,

I think you'll like the Sakamoto DVD, but it's a Region 2 disc.  I found a way to burn a Region free copy so that I could watch it on my Region 1 DVD player, but it was a bit of a hassle.  The piece I really like on the disc is "Parolibre," which I hadn't previously heard in a solo piano version.  It's a amazing how prolific Sakamoto continues to be at his age, pretty good stuff, too.  His "Cendre" CD with Fennesz is worth checking out, too, if you don't mind a little processed guitar glitch with your piano.

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on September 07, 2008, 05:33:07 AM
Taylor Deupree- Stil; a bit too repetitive, but still very nice & grainy; "Small" music.
Taylor Deupree- Landing; this is beautiful! Should be much longer (Only 20 minutes long).
Disturbed Earth- Island;  subtle and deep landscapes, really absorbing stuff...
Chris Bissonnette- In Between Words; sounds great so far, still digesting it.

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on September 07, 2008, 08:02:27 AM

Hey, Joe. Nice currently listening selection, all of which I like, but that one of Bissonnette's is a favourite of mine. Great stuff!

(http://www.christopherbissonnette.ca/Christopher_Bissonnette/releases_files/Picture%201.png)  http://www.christopherbissonnette.ca/Christopher_Bissonnette/releases.html (http://www.christopherbissonnette.ca/Christopher_Bissonnette/releases.html)


Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on September 07, 2008, 09:49:37 AM
Hi Alan!

Yes, lately I find myself wandering into glitchy territories and enjoying it very much. 8)

And I think In Between Words is gonna be a frequent player for me.

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on September 07, 2008, 12:01:30 PM
Groovy, Joe. Though I'd hardly characterise In Between Words as a 'glitchy' album. Admittedly it does make use of post-digital jiggery pokery, but it's along the lines of much of Kranky's electronica of recent years; i.e. it taps into the drone-zone via microsound/laptop rather than the space-rock/guitar tradition of its early years (cf. Keith Fullerton Whitman, Tim Hecker, Chihei Hatakeyama & Co. vs. Labradford, early SotL, Bowery Electric, et al.)
I find the listening experience in re: In Between Words to be quite a 'smooth' one.

Topic shifting, but still in currently listening mode, if anyone is looking for a nice Throwback to the 90s Namlook/Global Comms/em:t label-ambient type album that's lush and billowy and pillowy but not too fluffy and blousy and overplumped, I've discovered a perfect candidate:

(http://www.properlychilled.com/images/releases/0025f35e6c2f4ed0cdd6e4bf5a16c8ed.jpg) Gel-Sol - IZ

"Andrew Reichel, aka Gel-Sol, has a great ambient work here with "IZ." The tracks are generally drones, but they are not repetitious and never wander on without purpose or sense of meaning. Gel-Sol hits the mark when, on his web site, he calls them "new directions in the orchestral ambient vein.""

short clips here: http://www.properlychilled.com/music/release/profile.php?view=593 (http://www.properlychilled.com/music/release/profile.php?view=593)

Lovely stuff, now playing, and not a glitch in sight.




Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Dave Michuda on September 07, 2008, 12:50:56 PM
trygve seim - sangam [ecm 2004]

area c - sea of rains [2008] - from their website..."an original score for Nasa's "Mission Moon: past, present, future" exhibit at the Museum of Natural History. SEA of RAINS is the resulting 55-minute soundscape, inspired by the names, colors, history and otherworldliness of this still-strange fixture in our sky."

Great Axescapes - an Archaeology of Drone-gaze Tone-haze Guitar-wranglings - I've listened to the first three volumes so far and they are spectacular!  Can't say enough about how good these comps are.  Great job by Alan(Undershadow) on each mix.  I am very jealous, I wish I'd done them.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on September 07, 2008, 01:42:55 PM
Groovy, Joe. Though I'd hardly characterise In Between Words as a 'glitchy' album. Admittedly it does make use of post-digital jiggery pokery, but it's along the lines of much of Kranky's electronica of recent years; i.e. it taps into the drone-zone via microsound/laptop rather than the space-rock/guitar tradition of its early years (cf. Keith Fullerton Whitman, Tim Hecker, Chihei Hatakeyama & Co. vs. Labradford, early SotL, Bowery Electric, et al.)
I find the listening experience in re: In Between Words to be quite a 'smooth' one.


I agree, I wouldn't call In Between Words glitchy either. I didn't make myself clear. I was referring to the Taylor Deupree Cds I listed, and other glitchy stuff I've been getting into lately, such as Beta Two Agonist(terrific!), Off the Sky, and yes, even a bit of Fennesz, I daresay.

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on September 08, 2008, 06:57:07 AM
np

- Off The Sky: Cold Distances

Yeah, I know I released this one, but I've been playing it again recently
(its from back in 04) and totally enjoying it. Its more consistently ambient
than his other releases.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on September 08, 2008, 12:07:48 PM
Alan - I've liked quite a bit of Gel-Sol's stuff though I haven't heard that one yet.   

np:  Echospace - Coldest Season   

Still waiting for my Vantage Isle Sessions to show up!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on September 08, 2008, 02:46:01 PM
np

- Off The Sky: Cold Distances

I've played that a bit lately too. In fact, that and the free one Jason released recently are the only Off The Sky I have. The samples for the others never seemed quite good enough to get me to bite.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Kaarinen on September 09, 2008, 02:57:45 PM
From immersive ambient - through perversely captivating contemporary classical - to magnificient, more percussive soundworlds:

Thom Brennan -  Mist
Charles Ives - Sonata no. 2
Byron Metcalf, Mark Seelig (& Roach) - Wachuma's Wave




Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: avec on September 09, 2008, 09:11:35 PM
Dead Texan
I hadn't really given this a concentrated spin until a couple weeks back and now I'm addicted.  Listened to it three times today at work alone.  It's gotten to the point where I'm envisioning stories to go along with the pseudo soundtrack. 

Jessamine/EAR
One of my friends had built a Dream Machine (a Brion Gysin/William Burroughs contraption) and this was one of the cd's he had playing in the room back in the day.  Always takes me back.

Stephan Micus - Twilight Fields
Never got around to listening to him.  Most of his out of print (and more sought out) recordings are a bit expensive unfortunately.  I'm giving this one a chance and like it a lot so far.   



Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: drone on on September 09, 2008, 11:26:57 PM
The Durutti Column-"Treatise on the Steppenwolf" Excellent disc, one of the most ambient DC albums I've heard, typical gorgeous guitars, etc.

Amir Baghiri-"Cages" His first (official) album, and still one of his best.  On the No-CD label.

Circular Ruins-"Falling into the Sky" Perfect music for a melancholy day

Harold Budd-"Agua" Live from Lanzarote music festival '89, he plays live over pre-recorded tapes, nothing groundbreaking but a good overview of his work and flows nicely.

Rod Modell-"Incense and Black Light"
Tetsu Inoue-"Slow and Low"
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: drone on on September 09, 2008, 11:33:56 PM
I SECOND THAT VOTE for "Iz" by Gel-Sol!! I was gonna start a thread on this disc.  The above description was perfect, so if you like Fax/Emit/Ultimae labels, you would probably love this disc as I do!!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on September 10, 2008, 01:35:47 PM
I've been absorbing my new Deepchord - Vantage Isle Sessions...   happy me.  happy me.
 
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on September 10, 2008, 09:01:04 PM
Today I've been digesting two new Machinefabriek-related releases:

Dag Rosenqvist (Jasper TX) & Rutger Zuydervelt (Machinefabriek) - Feberdrom (3") (enjoyed this, though it was little more abstract-microsoundy than I was expecting; the highs come through best over phones; the packaging is very cool--sort of an origami art piece that you have to unfold to get to the the CD)
MachineFabriek - Vloed (3 extended live pieces with guitar-driven drones and occasionally intense distortion)

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Wayne Higgins on September 11, 2008, 07:52:22 AM
I started out this morning with The Rolling Stones.  I had to drive the car.  Heavy rain's are possible, and I've got to drive to Tallahassee in the afternoon to the digestive disease clinic to set up the endoscopy (been going through hell lately).

Anyway, got to work: 
Aretha Franklin  Live at Filmore West
Curtis Mayfield  Live

Coming up:
Deep Purple  Live and Rare
Gentle Giant  Playing the Fool
Jimi Hendrix  Woodstock
The Byrds at Fillmore Ease

It's a LIVE day.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on September 11, 2008, 10:53:22 AM
Juana Molina Un Dia - a free download from www.juanamolina.com in anticipation of her new release. I can't say enough good things about her music!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: uhurit on September 11, 2008, 08:36:17 PM
Here's what's spinning:

1. Pauline Oliveros,  Deep Listening
2. Darren Tate, The Elves Are Coming
3. Coleclough/Hill, Beech for John and Miho
4. Phil Niblock, Disseminate  (wow!)
5. Phil Niblock, Touch Three
6. Nine Horses, Snow Borne Sorrow
7. Rammstein, Sensucht + Mutter (my industrial heavy metal fix for today)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on September 12, 2008, 01:12:43 AM
Juana Molina Un Dia - a free download from www.juanamolina.com in anticipation of her new release. I can't say enough good things about her music!
You are totally right. Juana is such an talented beauty. :)

Bohren & der Club of Gore - Dead End Angels
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Wayne Higgins on September 12, 2008, 06:25:20 AM
(http://chicagomerch.com/img/thumb/11.jpg)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Ferngerms on September 12, 2008, 06:53:58 PM

Today:
Hakobune - We Left The Window Open Sometimes - Symbolic Interaction
Tread Softly - For Those Who..... - Dead Pilot Records
Televise - Sometimes Splendid Confusion - Drifting Falling

What's Next:
Banks Bailey, Darren Tate, And Ian Halloway - Summerland - Queit World


Fern
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on September 13, 2008, 01:34:19 PM
Bit of a Kettel afternoon

- Kettel: My Dogan
- Kettel: Myam James
- Kettel: Cenny Crush

its addictive.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Celer on September 15, 2008, 03:03:52 PM
fonica - ripple (plop)
pola - même (plop)

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jkn on September 16, 2008, 11:39:54 AM
Still absorbed with my big Eno / Deepchord purchases...  :)

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on September 16, 2008, 12:23:29 PM

John, when you tire of the Deepchord, you probably should have a look at Quantec:

http://www.igloomag.com/reviews::1721::Quantec_Unusual_Signals_Echocord_ (http://www.igloomag.com/reviews::1721::Quantec_Unusual_Signals_Echocord_)

http://www.myspace.com/quantec (http://www.myspace.com/quantec)

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: 9dragons on September 16, 2008, 12:36:34 PM
Fear Falls Burning - "Frenzy of the Absolute"

This album is absolutely incredible...mind blowing impressionistic destruction of musical form. Gorgeous translation of doom metal/guitar scape ambience. So far beyond everything remotely in its category...

As for Hakobune, Undershadow, where can that tasty looking album be purchased?
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on September 16, 2008, 12:58:49 PM
9dragons, I picked it up from the label, Symbolic Interaction, in Japan, but if I were in the US, I'd pick it up from the n5md store for just $12:

http://www.n5md.com/mailorder/index.php?main_page=product_music_info&products_id=442 (http://www.n5md.com/mailorder/index.php?main_page=product_music_info&products_id=442)

Very nice album of ambient guitar drone by Hakobune, with some great remixes, including a good one by David Tagg, best of all being Jason Sloan's. The n5md site allows you to play short soundclips too.

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: 9dragons on September 16, 2008, 01:38:33 PM
Excellent, thanks for the link...

About to listen to the gorgeous "Villa Galaxia" again...
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Celer on September 16, 2008, 06:59:02 PM
michael santos - the happy error (baskaru)
*a really nice album.. everyone is comparing it to oval's work, and though it is similar, it has a nice, steady emotion to it.

yukitomo hamasaki - d+p (mAtter)
*a really terrific debut for this label, run by hamasaki. i've been listening to this almost every night on my bike, going home from work.
there's something about really high, low volume tones that come out of the darkess steadily. so much more when you pay attention, but i really love how
noise cuts through traffic noise, deadening those frequencies.




Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Ferngerms on September 16, 2008, 09:32:35 PM
I totally agree with "artificial colors" about the Michael Santos on Baskaru....his use of environmental recordings with a little warm glitch meandering through most of the songs brings to mind early 12k records.

Today I enjoyed the sounds of:

Taiga Remains - Glass Estuary - Monorail Trespassing
(Yes, that's right I still listen to cassettes. Perhaps some of his warmest sunlight drenched drones to date....although his cassette release on Callow God is comparable in some aspects)


A New Consciousness - A New Consciousness 2 - Fax +49-69/450464
(Wow....13 years later!)

What’s on right now?

The Inventors Of Aircrafts - Unknown Language - Serein
(I absolutely love net labels that release free music that could of very easily have been released on CD. Check it out here http://www.serein.co.uk/music/ser017/

Fern
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on September 17, 2008, 12:43:48 AM

John, when you tire of the Deepchord, you probably should have a look at Quantec:

http://www.igloomag.com/reviews::1721::Quantec_Unusual_Signals_Echocord_ (http://www.igloomag.com/reviews::1721::Quantec_Unusual_Signals_Echocord_)

http://www.myspace.com/quantec (http://www.myspace.com/quantec)



Actually, even better, you need the new Yagya, which I've just spotted on my radar - not arrived yet. Yagya's is more of an 'epic', cinematic, widescreen version of the minimal-ambient-dub-techno template, and as such may seem a little overblown to those who like their dub-techno stripped back, but I have to admit I'm a sucker for this:

http://www.livevideo.com/video/0B2F87936AE64EAA912B8E9914259E5B/-yagya-rigning-seven-.aspx
 (http://www.livevideo.com/video/0B2F87936AE64EAA912B8E9914259E5B/-yagya-rigning-seven-.aspx)
More in the player here: http://www.myspace.com/steiniplastik (http://www.myspace.com/steiniplastik)



Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Brian Bieniowski on September 17, 2008, 04:56:00 AM
New Yagya sounds outstanding.  Can't wait.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: 9dragons on September 17, 2008, 09:47:33 AM
I must chime in and say that the Yagya does indeed sound exciting, I have been loving the updated retro sound lately. Think I'll be picking it up myself. Happy to have discovered the Sending Orbs label, which has a great aesthetic, great music and uncommon attention to wonderful cover art.

http://www.sendingorbs.com/

The Legiac album "Mings Feaner" is sounding really good too. Any word on this one. (Oh, and the cover art makes me want to get it right now)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on September 17, 2008, 01:41:26 PM

The Legiac album "Mings Feaner" is sounding really good too. Any word on this one. (Oh, and the cover art makes me want to get it right now)


Word on the Legiac album from a year or so ago:

http://www.ei-mag.com/verite0013.php#06 (http://www.ei-mag.com/verite0013.php#06)

I wasn't totally convinced, as you'll see if you read the review, but definitely another of those widescreen epic everything-electronic-but-the-kitchen-sink-thrown-at-the-hard-disk-recorder productions that end up at least giving you the feeling that you've had a Big Audio Experience.

(http://www.sendingorbs.com/media/images/releases/10.jpg)


Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Ferngerms on September 17, 2008, 02:46:10 PM
Earlier today I went through my record collection and pulled out some old dub techno from a couple of producers that seem forgotten for the most part:

Moron - (Neo)Moronics Volume VII - Tektite Recordings
(Perhaps one of my favorite pieces of dub techno.  The main producer of this piece also records as Safety Scissors where he creates more experimental minimal techno…here however we have an ode to Basic Channel)

Dean DeCosta - Theorie E.P - Lo-Fi Stereo
(Dean DeCosta is one of those great unsung heroes of Dub Techno in America.  This piece in particular has a very heavy low-end and elegant chord sweeps in the Maurizio tradition.  I highly recommend any of his pieces on Mosaic Recordings….and while you’re at it grab all the Bluetrain you can find!)

Techniker / Delayvariance – Untitled – DeepChord
(Classic dub techno that for some strange reason seems overpriced.  I noticed that on discogs you can sell this piece for $75.  Yikes I bought the original for $5.99 at my local record store back in the days)

Anyhow the new Yagya sounds dreamy can’t wait till it’s released.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: 9dragons on September 18, 2008, 01:33:19 AM
I read your Mings review, Alan, and though you were hestitant about the album, your description of what was considered its downside actually increased my urge to get it! "...Slight concern with what feels like a Groundhog Day experience around halfway stage, perception of recurrent variations on a similar 10-minute pattern setting in: one of beatless vaporous atmospheres being suddenly irrupted onto by hyperactive beat structures then dragged off into clattering populous futurist symph-funk workouts. But when the Funckens and their Cor member get the blend right, it’s a heady brew: behemoth beatscapes like “Tretz Dizm” bristle with latter-day FSOL-isms, time-shifting near-d’n’b rhythms, liquid bass funkery, curious flamenco-esque percussion, and e-Vangelic syn-clouds, even spinning a few ethnoid flutings in a grandstanding kitchen-sink-too production..." I love the lingering vapors being blasted apart by beats, and then the return to atmosphere. That, along with the generous audio samples at the n5md site (it was the flute that finally got me!) and I was done. Overall, though, I think I got completely taken over by those freaking orbs of the cover artwork. Just too good to ignore.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on September 18, 2008, 06:01:13 AM

Sure, 9dragons, it's not that I couldn't hear the appeal, it just palled a little over a 70-minute expanse.

Conveniently, the track "Tretz Dizm" happens to have been uploaded on boomp3.com, so it's easily taste-tested:

http://boomp3.com/listen/bz23d0c1b_z/legiac-tretz-dizm (http://boomp3.com/listen/bz23d0c1b_z/legiac-tretz-dizm)

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on September 18, 2008, 11:06:59 AM

- Tangerine Dream : Ricochet

Great to hear this again.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: 9dragons on September 18, 2008, 11:40:05 AM
That Legiac track in its entirety is wonderful...quite excited to get the full album.

Listening:
Saul Stokes - Villa Galaxia. Can't get enough of this one. Does something weird to time. There are so many sonic surprises tucked away in this. Each listen is like a festival between the ears...
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Ferngerms on September 18, 2008, 10:35:47 PM
Earlier Today:
Robert Haigh - Written On Water - Crouton
(Some of the songs remind me of Brain Eno's "Neroli" or "Thursday Afternoon")

On Now:
Chris Watson - Cima Verde - Fondazione Edmund
(Music that seems to academic for my taste....not as good as Boomkat made it seem)

Fern
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: 9dragons on September 19, 2008, 12:53:39 AM
Bit of a Kettel afternoon

- Kettel: My Dogan
- Kettel: Myam James
- Kettel: Cenny Crush

its addictive.

Many thanks for mentioning this! I am listening to samples...have ordered Myam James and am about to order My Dogan...

I feel like getting the entire Sending Orbs catalogue...
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Wayne Higgins on September 19, 2008, 06:35:32 AM
Allman Brothers  "Eat A Peach"
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on September 19, 2008, 04:21:42 PM
Lawrence English- Kiri No Oto; very nice fog indeed! 8) Thanks for the recommendation, Alan.
Jefre Cantu-Ledesma- The Garden Of Forking Paths; another nice one. Mostly dark & smooth drones with shiny edges, but occasionally some good ol' grit thrown in for variety.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Ferngerms on September 19, 2008, 06:40:54 PM
Earlier today:
Talkingmakesnosense - The Winter Drones - Benbecula
(For some reason I have not tired of this one.  I keep playing this invaluable little gem every other week. It reminds me of a post Windy and Carl especially on the first four tracks of this album.)

At the Moment:
Wereju - Lost And Far From Home - Small Doses
(Very very deep....it almost seems to deep. From the albums I have listened too I enjoy "Gyres" the most.)

What's next:
Alistair Crosbie - Sad Faces Of The Moon - Peasant Magick

Fern
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on September 20, 2008, 11:21:16 AM

Some nice listening currently going on up there with the stuff by Lawrence English, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, talkingmakesnosense, and wereju (I have three of his discs and, like Ferngerms, find them extremely deep, and almost too murky/gloomy, but am still involved).

I wanted to alert anyone waiting for the new Yagya to hit, and wanting something slightly GAS-eous, to a 3" cd by Van der Papen entitled Majestic that gets nicely into that brooding ambient dub techno zone. CD baby has samples: http://cdbaby.com/cd/vanderpapen

Am liking it quite a bit.



Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on September 20, 2008, 11:59:42 AM

Interesting in a gruzzy kind of way. Sort of Aidan Baker meets :zoviet*france:. 2 or 3 excellent mini-dronefests in among some will-this-do? scrabbling around.

(http://www.ikuisuus.net/images/kannet/scansione0001cn5.jpg)

KANALKRANK: s/t - CDR (Centre of Wood, 2007)

"This is the first release by Kanalkrank, an enigmatic one man band oriented to drone sounds made by an electric guitar and lo fi field recordings. His music is a stream of raw and saturated sounds that play like a guitar recorded in a deep cave with a broken amp. The Cdr (hand numbered to 80 copies) is inside a raw cardboard packaging closed with a rope."



Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on September 20, 2008, 04:48:03 PM

- Philip Glass: Songs From Liquid Days

probably gonna play "Glassworks" after  8)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Ferngerms on September 20, 2008, 10:00:56 PM
Earlier Today:
Gregg Kowalsky - Through The Cardinal Window - Kranky
(What an amazing piece of drone this was when it first came out.  Although I hate to say it I have been disapointed with every other release from this artist.  I have tried again and again to enjoy "Tapechants Arroyo" and "Tendrils In Vigne" but I am left speechless at the end of them(not in a good way). Although somesay that "Tapechants A Million" is by far his best work but do to it's rarity I have never given it a proper listen.)

On Now:
Vikki Jackman - Whispering Pages - Faraway Press
(Ummm...this album is amazing)

Fern
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: 9dragons on September 20, 2008, 11:42:05 PM
Secede - Tryshasla...an absolutely lush and wonderful sci-fi draught of electro ambience and beats...highly recommended.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on September 21, 2008, 01:46:30 AM
Earlier Today:
Gregg Kowalsky - Through The Cardinal Window - Kranky
(What an amazing piece of drone this was when it first came out.  Although I hate to say it I have been disapointed with every other release from this artist.  I have tried again and again to enjoy "Tapechants Arroyo" and "Tendrils In Vigne" but I am left speechless at the end of them(not in a good way). Although somesay that "Tapechants A Million" is by far his best work but do to it's rarity I have never given it a proper listen.)


Agreed this is Gregg Kowalsky's best album by far, and one of the best of a good run of Kranky releases following on from the label's shift towards a more pronounced electronic base (Keith Fullerton Whitman's work being a keynote here).
Small pedantic point: this album is actually called "Through the Cardial Window", though I have seen it regularly rendered as 'Cardinal'. I would point out that there is good reason for the phrase 'cardial window', as can be seen from the following:

"[...] Kowalski began to immerse himself in the music that would become 'Through the Cardial Window' as he recovered from major heart surgery - the operation involved a 'cardial window' being made to drain fluid from the heart [...]" (http://www.boomkat.com/item.cfm?id=46928 (http://www.boomkat.com/item.cfm?id=46928))

(http://static.boomkat.com/images/73264/333.jpg)

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Ferngerms on September 21, 2008, 08:08:20 PM
Ooops...how could I miss such an important detail!  The whole time I thought it was called "Through the Cardinal Window." Perhaps I can see the music in a different light from now on and your point was well made and important. The only excuse I could make for myself is that the cover art was never that engaging to begin with and the spine for the most part is practically unreadable. Thank You Alan for bringing that point to my attention.

Earlier Today:
Koda - Movements - Infraction
(Who is this? Why has this artist remained silent? I am sure these questions have been asked before but seriously why have we only heard one album from this artist?)

At the Moment:
Bvdub - Return To Tonglu - Quietus Records
(For the most part the album is solid but not essential.  It sounds very similiar to a lot of releases he did for netlabels.  I have a feeling this release is going to gather a lot of dust on my CD shelves.)

What's Next:
Fabio Orsi & Mamuthones - The First Born - A Silent Place
(I have special time and place for Fabio Orsi pieces.  Ever since the Foxglove release "Please Dont Count The Clouds" I have been an addict going as far as collecting his ridiculously expensive vinyl pieces.)

Fern
 
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Scott M2 on September 22, 2008, 07:29:05 AM
"Cellardoor" by Solyaris.   Its solemn beauty has helped ease me into my workweek.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on September 22, 2008, 01:34:27 PM

What's Next:
Fabio Orsi & Mamuthones - The First Born - A Silent Place
(I have special time and place for Fabio Orsi pieces.  Ever since the Foxglove release "Please Dont Count The Clouds" I have been an addict going as far as collecting his ridiculously expensive vinyl pieces.)
 

I've been enjoying his Before Long, Before Anyone, The Stars Will Be Walls In My Mind on Students of Decay: http://www.tomentosarecords.com/studentsofdecay.html (http://www.tomentosarecords.com/studentsofdecay.html)

(http://www.studentsofdecay.com/fabio3_site.JPG)

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Ferngerms on September 22, 2008, 05:00:33 PM
That Students of Decay piece is absolutley immersive.  It reminds me a lot of the piece he released on Locus Of Assemblage "Birds Are Smart But They Cannot Speak." What I like about both of these pieces is that I would not consider them to be Drone or Experimental.  But instead it sounds like an "ambient" piece in the Jeff Pearce tradition with subdued Tim Hecker static in the background.  Although the guitar is used in all his music to a great effect some of his other works like the one's on Ruralfaune or Foxglove sound much more grittier and dirty.  I have'nt had a chance to listen to his new piece on Sentient Recognition Archive but from the description that I read on the website it sounds like his works on Students Of Decay, Waterscape, etc.  Can't wait to listen to this piece......

In the morning:
Aidan Baker - I Fall Into You - Public Eyesore
(This is with no doubt my favorite work from Aidan Baker.  I have about 26 releases from this musician and I listen to about 4 of them on a regular basis.  Why then do I have so many? His work is brilliant but often many of his limited releases sound like derivatives of grander works such as "I fall into you", "Oneiromancer", "The Sea Swells A Bit", etc.  I know that many Aidan Baker fans will probably tell me to stick it or that I simply do not pay enough attention to the subtleties in his work. Regardless, this work is genius and for anyone interested it just got re-issued on Basses Frequencies.  And it is actually a CD not a CD-R which makes it just as valuable.)

On Now:
Colourform - Visions Of Surya - Virtual Music Reality
(Ambient for ambient sake.  No drones, experiments, or pretentiousness. Just some smooth synths and wispy sounds effects to relax my head on.  Essential!)

Fern 
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: drone on on September 22, 2008, 08:49:23 PM
Takahiro Kido-Fleursy Music (Plop) This is a very enchanting album of melodic, soundtrack-like instrumental pieces that some might label as "new age" (pianos, guitars, violins, synths) but there is a coolness factor, perhaps in the sound processing, that sucks you in.  This is on the same label as Rod Modell's "Incense and Black Light," but is nothing like it.  But so far I really like the two Plop releases: any other recommendations for this label?  PS: Plop's sister label is called "Fizz Fizz." (just kidding). 
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: drone on on September 22, 2008, 08:59:59 PM
Ferngerms and Undershadow--I thought I was hip to the obscure experimental drone artists but whooaaa where do you come up with this stuff???!!! There's so much of this stuff out there doesn't it drive you crazy trying to keep up with it all?  Anyhow, interesting reading, always like to learn about new artists and labels I'm not familiar with. 
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Brian Bieniowski on September 23, 2008, 05:07:44 AM
But so far I really like the two Plop releases: any other recommendations for this label?

The Fenton CD on Plop is excellent—also known as Shuttle 358, of course.  I have not cared for many other Plop CDs, but the Kazumasa Hashimoto is pretty nice, too, if a little twee in parts.  I also really like the Deupree/Willits CD.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: soma611 on September 23, 2008, 08:14:01 AM
The Ministry of Inside Things Ambient Elsewhere; released at Saturday night's Gatherings Concert Series event.  Long awaited for here.  Two long pieces on a double CD compiled from various live performances (most attended by this groupie ;)); both shine.  Chuck van Zyl's infrared photography graces the cover.

David Parsons Yatra; Somebody somewhere else on the forum posted in regard to wanting to visit the Himalayas.  Much of Parsons' work is inspired by these mountains, the area, & the people, Yatra as much as any other.

John Martyn Cooltide;  Martyn rules.

Villa Galaxia
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on September 23, 2008, 12:40:56 PM
soma611 -- good to see a Martyn fan :)

np
- Steve Roach: Harmonia Mundi (from Empetus)
Entrancing !  bit like Terry Riley in this long piece.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Numina on September 23, 2008, 01:32:55 PM
Ah Cama-Sotz ~ "La Procesion De la Sangre"
Juno Reactor ~ "Gods and Monsters"
Hocico ~ "Memorias Atras"
Spetznaz ~ "Grand Design re-designed"
U2 ~ "October" re-issue
Tearwave ~ "Different Shade of beauty"
:SITD: ~ "Snuff Machinery" EP
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on September 23, 2008, 01:36:35 PM
I eventually grew bored with Hamonia Mundi,
and switched to

- Max Richter: Songs From Before
he knows what he's doing.

followed by
- B J Nilsen: The Short Night
which is always excellent (in the noise-drone arena).
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: kawera on September 23, 2008, 11:40:44 PM

Juno Reactor ~ "Gods and Monsters"


How do you like that latest Juno Reactor album? I can't make up my mind about it. Sometimes I like it, other times I don't. It feels like a rambling collection of interesting tracks, but that's it. It lacks that cohesive feel an album should have, in my humble opinion.

Last spins include:
Tim Hecker - Haunt me, Haunt me do it again -- There are some magnificent soundsscapes here, but also a couple of forgettable tracks. But it sure has that cohesive feel I was talking about above.
Saul Stokes - Villa Galaxia -- Nope, not tired of it yet!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Numina on September 24, 2008, 09:48:42 AM
How do you like that latest Juno Reactor album? I can't make up my mind about it. Sometimes I like it, other times I don't. It feels like a rambling collection of interesting tracks, but that's it. It lacks that cohesive feel an album should have, in my humble opinion.

I'm not a Juno Reactor completist, so only have a few of his other albums but I reallly like this one a lot.  It's really mellow and "ambient" in many ways.

I saw their live show here last saturday, though, and I did not care for it much.   Good thing I got in for free.  Way too much urban reggae/rap stuff going on and nothing like the albums.  I sort of knew what to expect having watched the live DVD but seriously a dissappointing show - the crappy venue didn't help much either.  The small crowd that did go seemed to eat it up.  The cool thing about going, though, was getting to meet Bill Leeb - the GOD of industrial.  (Delerium played the following night and while I wanted to go I was much too tired).

J.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on September 24, 2008, 06:25:20 PM
Fern,

The new Fabio Orsi ("The Wild Light of the Moon") is really good one--one continuous 35-minute piece that ebbs and flows nicely.

Been listening today to Saul's new one and to Jonathan Hughes' Circumflex.  Both are excellent and are well-crafted.

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Ferngerms on September 24, 2008, 11:13:00 PM
Forrest,
Thank you for giving me a breif description on the new Fabio Orsi.  I read on some other post that you will no longer order anything from "A Silent Place", sorry to hear that because the new ones that Fabio Orsi just released a few weeks ago were a very good pair of releases. Although they did'nt really linger in the ambient drone haze style but seemed to be a collage of "post psychedelic acoustic drone rock".
Perhaps I have listed to many genres but as you know the man is all over the area!

Earlier Today:
Alio Die - Suspended Feathers - Silentes
(This is an incredible release and one of my favorites from Alio Die.  Melodies, enviromental sounds, and ethnic soundscapes all come together to create a flawless album.)

In the afternoon:
Emaciator - Reflection - Accidie 2x12"
(An artist that I have currently been digging a whole lot.  His catalog is mostly made up of cassestes and a few records.  Although he did release a CD on the mighty Students of Decay label which started my infatuation. Supposedly this recording captures the stage in which Emaciator moved from "noise" to "drone". A sort of in between genres.....If your curious check out his myspace for sound bytes: http://www.myspace.com/emaciator
Like I said he does make noise so have the speaker volume low when listening.)

And now:
P. Jorgensen - Let The Sun Drag Itself Out In A Long Ray - Monotype Recs
(It's poignant! It's bold! It sounds like shapes and geometrical patterns.  I have not listened to this album since spring but it seems to make more sense to me now than it did then.  Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that I was listening to a lot of Andrew Chalk and Paul Bradley at the time. My ears were biased and I did not listen to this album on it's own merit.)

Fern
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on September 25, 2008, 10:23:48 AM
Fern,

I have quite a few of Orsi's releases, too.  One of my favorites of his is a limited postcard single called "One Thousand Years Red."  It's a great spacey 6-minute piece that should be on an infinite loop.  Too bad that I can't enjoy his releases on A Silent Place.  The bugger who runs that label never responded to my complaint that I never received my CD two months later, but PayPal refunded my money, anyway.  (I wonder if Jim02 ever received his CD after patiently waiting.)

Thanks for the heads up on the Inventors Of Aircrafts netrelease.  Downloaded it last night and am enjoying it.  I also picked up an Aidan Baker CD ("I Will Always Hold You Forever In My Heart and Mind") at the same time I picked up the new Orsi.  It's a really good one, much more focused than some of his other ones.

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on September 25, 2008, 11:31:13 AM

P. Jorgensen - Let The Sun Drag Itself Out In A Long Ray - Monotype Recs
(It's poignant! It's bold! It sounds like shapes and geometrical patterns.  I have not listened to this album since spring but it seems to make more sense to me now than it did then.  Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that I was listening to a lot of Andrew Chalk and Paul Bradley at the time. My ears were biased and I did not listen to this album on it's own merit.)


Nice album, and one I'd forgotten, what with the constant influx of The New, forever effacing The Recent. I happen to have a review up on the furthernoise site - last October's issue:
http://www.furthernoise.org/index.php?url=page.php&ID=200&iss=64 (http://www.furthernoise.org/index.php?url=page.php&ID=200&iss=64)

Interesting coincidence: I also had been mainlining Chalk and (maybe more so) Bradley at the time. In fact a review of Chroma appeared in the same issue:
http://www.furthernoise.org/index.php?url=page.php&ID=198&iss=64 (http://www.furthernoise.org/index.php?url=page.php&ID=198&iss=64)

 
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on September 25, 2008, 01:40:00 PM

More free ambient(dub)techno, and pretty good too:

The Sight Below - No Place For Us (free EP)

"The Sight Below is the ambient club project of Rafael Anton Irisarri, usually known for his post-classical work involving solo piano, glockenspiel and electronics."

Label blurb says, a propos: "On the release—his first for Ghostly—the reclusive, Seattle-based producer smears his waterlogged guitar in broad, oceanic strokes, swirling the haze around his tracks’ tantalizingly subtle electronic beats. It’s a sound that encompasses shoegazers’ obsessive tone layering, ambient’s mood-setting sprawl, and techno music’s horizon-spanning momentum at once. The EP opens with “No Place for Us,” a diamond-studded haze of hiss and pulse that recalls a beat-driven cousin of William Basinski’s Disintegration Loops; from there, “With Her Kiss (I’d Pass The Sky)” sends distant foghorns floating over a tiny kick and hi-hat; and on the melancholy closer “Twice Failed,” the artist preserves time in an ether bottle, all bleary-eyed piano and glinting nostalgia."

RIYL: Yagya, Gas, Echospace

Get it here, if you fancy: http://ghostly.com/releases/no-place-for-us (http://ghostly.com/releases/no-place-for-us)




Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Ferngerms on September 25, 2008, 11:35:15 PM
Actually Undershadow it was you who introduced me to P. Jorgensen after I read your review of the artist at furthernoise. Your review was convincing and your comparisons were right on point.  It was only after I received the album that it simply faded into the vault of unplayed discs.  If it wasn’t for the current reissue of the Aidan Baker I probably would have never dug it out.

The Ghostly net release was a fine little release….thanks for the head’s up on that.  This forum is a real pleasure when likeminded heads get together to share the finer moments of their listening experience.

Fern
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Ferngerms on September 25, 2008, 11:38:59 PM
Forrest,

The Aidan Baker on Small Doses is a real pleasure. When the release first came out it was a relief from all the Black Doom Metal he was releasing with Nadja.  Not that there is anything wrong with that type of music but it was seeping into all of his solo productions and I was beginning to wonder when he would return to the calm Aidan Baker that I liked most.

On another note the Fabio Orsi “One Thousand Years Red” was simply beautiful.  I think he only made 25 copies available?  The release was expensive “$16” for one 6:45 minute song.  But it was one of Fabio’s outright ambient moments.  Good to know that you got yourself a copy of that super limited release because it went out of print within a matter of days.

Fern
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Ferngerms on September 26, 2008, 08:14:07 AM
Today I listened to these:

Steve Moore – Vaalbara – Noiseville (LP)
(This is something you are bound to here on Starsend radio and if we don’t someone should tell Chuck Van Zyl about this guy.  I know I have blabbed about this artist on other parts of this forum….but if you like sequencer style music this is right up your alley. Absolutely essential with a 10/10 to boot in my opinion.)

Emeralds/Quintana Roo – Split – Arbor Records (LP)
(Emeralds side is a buzzing baseline with sci-fi effects thrown in at random intervals.  Quintana Roo creates more of a proto ethnic religious dirge.  I really like this release and recommend it to everyone who like’s the noisier experimental side of drone.)

Max Richter – 24 Postcards In Full Colour – 130701
(24 vignettes of modern classical music.  Somewhat similar to Celer’s “Nacreous Clouds” release on and/oar.  Not in the style of music but in the approach.  I don’t know something about this release bugs me……this pale’s in comparison to “Memoryhouse’” or “The Blue Notebooks.” It seems that the album starts well in the beginning but somewhere around the middle of the album I began to yawn and loose interest.  Maybe in a few weeks I will give it another listen. Although I do think Keith Fullerton Whitman puts it better at Mimaroglu music sales:

"of the hordes currently mining the joint modern-classical / ambient-electronic accounts, i’ve long had a soft-spot for mr. richter ; purely for the sheer beauty of his writing ... in spots this reads more like an electronic business card for richter’s immediately apparent marketability within the commercial / music-licensing sector (the terse nature of the individual pieces doesn’t help ; personally i’ve love to hear a few of these pieces in their full-length incarnations) but that’s just something i’m reading into the presentation of the album ; obviously the pieces themselves are beautiful miniatures worthy of a good, hard listen ..."

Fern
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on September 26, 2008, 10:18:33 AM
Fern,

I'm a sucker for elaborate packaging, and the packaging for "One Thousand Days Red" is probably one of my favorites, though it probably takes up a little extra space on the shelf because of the teaball.

I'm currently enjoying Ry Cooder's new one, "I, Flathead," which came with a book/novella that Cooder wrote for it.

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: drone on on September 27, 2008, 12:39:08 AM
Robin Guthrie-"3:19" (soundtrack) Perhaps his strongest solo disc to date, gorgeous production and some really great tracks here, some of his best since Cocteau Twins!!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on September 27, 2008, 01:18:25 PM
Actually Undershadow it was you who introduced me to P. Jorgensen after I read your review of the artist at furthernoise. Your review was convincing and your comparisons were right on point.  It was only after I received the album that it simply faded into the vault of unplayed discs.  If it wasn’t for the current reissue of the Aidan Baker I probably would have never dug it out.

The Ghostly net release was a fine little release….thanks for the head’s up on that.  This forum is a real pleasure when likeminded heads get together to share the finer moments of their listening experience.

Fern


Glad you appreciated it, Fern. I'm always pleased to find that someone is not only reading these reviews, but also finding the descriptions/appraisals contained sufficiently 'authoritative' to act upon them. You might be interested to know, since you made mention of him not too long ago, that the artist known as wereju (refer to myspace player here: http://www.myspace.com/werejumusic (http://www.myspace.com/werejumusic) - I find track no.4 in the player, "The End of Everything" quite beautiful and elegiac in a haunting way) has been in touch with me, following inclusion of an excerpt of his work in a DIY compendium of ambient guitar-dronology I curated. He sent me 4 discs, 3 of his own (Between Nowhere and Goodbye, The End of Everything, and The Gyres), and one by Nils Helstrom (Another Moment for the Memory) on the same label, Electric Requiems. I'll be documenting a response to this stuff fairly soon.

(http://www.myownsalvation.com/mailorder/covers/wereju_between_CD.jpg) (http://www.myownsalvation.com/mailorder/covers/wereju_theendofeverything_CD.jpg) (http://www.myownsalvation.com/mailorder/covers/wereju_thegyres_CD.jpg) (http://www.myownsalvation.com/mailorder/covers/nilshelstrom_anothermomentforthememory_CD.jpg)

Incidentally, I've just discovered this outlet/website, which seems a good source of music in this vein:
http://www.myownsalvation.com/mailorder/index.htm (http://www.myownsalvation.com/mailorder/index.htm)
http://www.myownsalvation.com/mailorder/catalog.htm (http://www.myownsalvation.com/mailorder/catalog.htm)


Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: darkenedsoul on September 27, 2008, 01:43:32 PM
Love Spirals Downward - Ardor (if you like All My Faith Lost (fabulous!)) you may like this duo as well. On Projekt label.
Katatonia - Live Consternation CD/DVD (we played with them up here in '06 = AWESOME!)
Antimatter - Lights Out (former singer from Anathema and Mick Moss, also Duncan Patterson from Anathema) and it's kinda pink floydish in parts (newer) but it's very mellow/dark in a sense. But an interesting listen.
Solitude Aeturnus - Alone (new release from '06 I finally got, pretty good!) and also got their live DVD.
Vinterriket - DVD long form album release with I guess still pictures for the video. I haven't gotten to this one yet (nor SA's DVD).
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Dave Michuda on September 27, 2008, 06:33:19 PM
Disturbed Earth - Butterfly - I just started listening to this one.  I was intrigued by the fact that it's from a living room performance from 1977.  Good stuff so far.
Minus Pilots - Central Industries EP - an excellent netlabel release you can find here... http://www.monocromatica.com/netlabel/releases/tube010.htm (http://www.monocromatica.com/netlabel/releases/tube010.htm)
Sans Serif - Tones For LaMonte - still digging theses open, organic drones.
Jeff Pearce - Rainshadow Sky - also still digging this absolutely beautiful cd.  I'm sure it's not for everyone here, a bit too pretty for some.  But when I'm in the mood, this is perfect, beautiful music.
the caretaker - recollected memories from the museum of garden history - the caretaker's music always reminds me of some lost soundtrack to The Shining.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Ferngerms on September 27, 2008, 11:05:08 PM
In The Morning:
Steve Roach – The Dream Circle – Soundquest
(Classic Steve Roach 14 years later!)

In The Afternoon:
Monostation – Greyscale E.P  - Smallfish
(It seems as though Monostation takes sandpaper to all the static and grittiness in order to create gleaming drone pieces)

On Now:
Machinefabriek – Dauw – Dekorder
(Listening to the last track at the moment and it seems to be the most beautiful of the bunch.  Very reminiscent of the release he just had on Sentient Cognition Archive.  A lot of people on different forums were hailing this as Machinefabriek’s greatest accomplishment to date.  Doubtful!  Depends on which perspective you evaluate his catalog by I mean he has covered so many genre’s that it is impossible to compare some pieces in his catalog amongst others.)

Fern
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Ferngerms on September 27, 2008, 11:24:47 PM
Undershadow,
I actually purchased some stuff from www.myownsalvation.com including some stuff from Wereju about 1 month back or so.  Within that purchase I bought Wereju - Monuments (Which is pretty much deep sea diving drones...but actually melodic and shifting.  I liked it very much) and the one album that left a big impression was "I Am Seamonster - Nebulum | Constellatrix" (If you like Belong.....I am sure you are going to like I Am Seamonster.  Very Very Good!)

Anyhow good luck with the reviews and can't wait to read them!
Fern
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jim02 on September 28, 2008, 09:15:28 AM
today;

vikki jackman - whispering pages (nice smooth sounds in the vein of Chalk's awesome Time of Hayfield..)

david tagg - fundamentals of orchid biology (another Winner from Mr. Tagg, a definitive 2008 favorite)

ARC - glassine I (from the 'sucking' managing ASP label, however it's a good one, very cool percussion!)

harold budd / clive wright -  a song for lost blossoms (simply beautiful austere music)

sawako / daisuke miyatani - hi bi no me (the more i play this one, the more i like it, all with Sawako's hazy ambience)

celer - nacreous clouds (top nutch stuff, 37 beautiful calming tone poems)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on September 28, 2008, 03:43:23 PM
Today
- Biosphere: Patashnik
- Roedelius: Jardin Au Fou  (little gem of an album)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on September 29, 2008, 12:23:12 PM

At the Moment:
Bvdub - Return To Tonglu - Quietus Records
(For the most part the album is solid but not essential.  It sounds very similiar to a lot of releases he did for netlabels.  I have a feeling this release is going to gather a lot of dust on my CD shelves.)
 

I'm with you, Fern. I'm listening to it now, and, though I've enjoyed his stuff before, this release sounds almost identical in sound design and mood to his last 5 or 6 4-track eps. The recipe:

- Take some long smears of floaty eroded synths and make them do their wistful swoony major and minor 7ths and 9ths,

- Stir them around and let them sit for a while and wallowing in the melancholy of it all, then

- Programme in some busy thunky kick drum patterns to go clod-hopping around,

- Garnish with the odd minimal bass figure

- Orchestrate it so it moves towards a build-up, but keep cheating the listener by never fully launching into anything, but keep breaking it down again for restatements of those boo-hoo chord swathes.

- let each track go on far longer than it should, for example 12 minutes should be about right

- Mix and serve on Quietus Recordings.




Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: 9dragons on September 29, 2008, 06:02:50 PM
Thanks to some discussions by forumites, notably the Undershadow, the guitar drone glory of Hakobune is melting my speakers. It's the new album "We Left the Window Open Sometimes" out on the Symbolic Interactions. Wow, and the remixes are quite nice. I'm looking at getting all other Hakobune I can find. Also just received a raft of Sending Orbs material. What honeycomb of treasures it is! Secede's "Vega Libre" is stunningly good, really kicks out from behind its Orb/Kruder and Dorfmeister veneer to deliver some amazing sci-fi lush beaty ambient, capped off by a Tetsu Inoue remix. Oh joy...

Blamstrain is sounding classic as well...check this one out...
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on September 30, 2008, 02:42:12 AM
Ryuichi Sakamoto - Undercooled from Playing The Piano
anyone else got this dvd? .... is the packaging always this
"cheap" .... i mean i can barely see the printing on the back
because of the bad resolution .... strange, because the dvd
is marvelous .... great sharp picture and good sound
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Brian Bieniowski on September 30, 2008, 11:39:49 AM
Thus far today:

Phenomyna—Unexplained
Redcell/Stasis split CD
Pub—Liltmor
Alio Die & Francesco Paladino—Angel's Fly Souvenir
Tim Hecker—Norberg 3"  (His new one with Aidan Baker sounds great, too.)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on September 30, 2008, 01:32:23 PM

Tim Hecker—Norberg 3"  (His new one with Aidan Baker sounds great, too.)


Hey, Brian, I hadn't heard about this collab. Have you got it/heard it/come across a link to samples somewhere?
I also noted another interesting collaboration in the pipeline while googling around, this one perhaps more obvious:
http://12kblog.wordpress.com/2008/09/17/taylor-deupree-dan-abrams-shuttle358-in-the-studio/


Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on September 30, 2008, 02:27:14 PM

Thanks to some discussions by forumites, notably the Undershadow, the guitar drone glory of Hakobune is melting my speakers. It's the new album "We Left the Window Open Sometimes" out on the Symbolic Interactions. Wow, and the remixes are quite nice. I'm looking at getting all other Hakobune I can find.


Glad to have been instrumental in this, 9dragons. I particularly like the Jason Sloan remix that closes the album. There are three other Hakobunes to find in order to complete your collection: one full-length (U-cover cd-r), and two 3"s - one on U-cover minidisc, one being a 3" on Forum-ite SiF's Waterscape label.
http://www.discogs.com/release/964219 (http://www.discogs.com/release/964219)
http://www.discogs.com/release/1015551 (http://www.discogs.com/release/1015551)
http://www.discogs.com/release/1388044 (http://www.discogs.com/release/1388044)

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Viniator3 on September 30, 2008, 02:48:40 PM
Andrea Marutti - The Subliminal Relation Between Planets

Holy dang. Just when I though Gel-Sol's "IZ" would dominate my playlist, along comes this on the jukebox. He sounds somewhat like Aglaia's dark side. That's a good thing.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Brian Bieniowski on September 30, 2008, 07:25:59 PM
Hey, Brian, I hadn't heard about this collab. Have you got it/heard it/come across a link to samples somewhere?
I also noted another interesting collaboration in the pipeline while googling around, this one perhaps more obvious:
http://12kblog.wordpress.com/2008/09/17/taylor-deupree-dan-abrams-shuttle358-in-the-studio/

It's not quite out yet, but you can stream the whole thing on the Alien 8 website:

http://www.alien8recordings.com/releases/fantasma-parastasie

That Abrams/Deupree collaboration is on my Must-Have list for sure!   8)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on September 30, 2008, 10:02:05 PM
Ryuichi Sakamoto - Undercooled from Playing The Piano
anyone else got this dvd? .... is the packaging always this
"cheap" .... i mean i can barely see the printing on the back
because of the bad resolution .... strange, because the dvd
is marvelous .... great sharp picture and good sound

I have this, too.  Yes, my package is pretty low budget, too.  Sakamoto's name is even misspelled 'Sakmoto,' and is appears that the label was printed over a Celine Dion DVD!  Thought it was a boot, but the DVD itself looks legit and sounds great.  Can't argue about the price (under $25 on eBay).

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on October 01, 2008, 07:59:09 AM
today
- Philipp Weigl: Land and Water
- Philipp Weigl: Monsters
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on October 01, 2008, 12:34:58 PM
It's not quite out yet, but you can stream the whole thing on the Alien 8 website:
http://www.alien8recordings.com/releases/fantasma-parastasie

That Abrams/Deupree collaboration is on my Must-Have list for sure!   8)

Thanks for that link. Hecker's work is a rare treat in that genre.

Hector Zazou (RIP) Sahara Blue
Loscil The Sleep Machine
Shuttle358 Frame
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: mgriffin on October 01, 2008, 01:18:33 PM
Lately:

Monolake - Momentum (I always love Monolake no matter what)

Zoviet France - Mohnomishe (wonderful stuff, gritty and bizarre, druggy and weird)

Shuttle358 - optimal.lp (very nice early 12k glitch work, more "naive" and lo-fi than I remembered)

Ken Ishii - Innerelements (so wonderful, rarely discussed)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on October 01, 2008, 07:31:53 PM
Quiet, relaxing drone evening here.
The butterflies piece is magical.

- Oophoi: Dust in the Wind (disk 1)
- Oophoi: Dream 5 - A flock of butterflies descends into a Zen garden.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Ferngerms on October 01, 2008, 09:09:12 PM
V/A – Resonant Embers – Twenty Hertz
(Only a few standouts on the comp: Ubeboet; Paul Bradley, and Andrew Lillies.  The rest seem to drown in obscure experimental minimalism.  Although the Andrew Liles song really did surprise me….a mediocre comp to say the least)

Aidan Baker – Exoskelton Heart – Crucial Bliss
(Not his best effort although I really like the second track.  The first cut is more of the same and not too different from his dozen other releases.)

Monolake – Hong Kong Remastered – Imbalance
(Very happy when I found out they were going to reissue the Hong Kong CD without the tin can.  Although I own the original one on Chain Reaction…track 5 always skips due to a couple of surface scratches.  The packaging was great but I still hated those tin cans.  I was always nervous something would happen to the CD’s…on another note the label Basses Frequencies uses these same tin cans and once again I had to get a fork to wrench one of them open.)

Fern
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Seren on October 02, 2008, 04:05:22 AM
Fear falls Burning, Infinite Sea of Sustain.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on October 02, 2008, 09:29:19 AM
Monolake – Hong Kong Remastered – Imbalance

I can't really imagine these needed remastering. Is there any appreciable difference?
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on October 02, 2008, 09:56:44 AM

Mark, I don't think so, personally. This from a recent review of mine:

"[...] Like Interstate, Hongkong has been remastered, though the gains claimed for this process by Henke are not that perceptible on initial listening (removal of the track "Index I" is more so, however, Henke feeling it to be incongruent, so heads up to those looking for an updated replica of the original release: this isn't it).[...]"
(http://www.igloomag.com/reviews::1748::Monolake_Hongkong_Remastered_Monolake_Imbalance_Computer_Music_ (http://www.igloomag.com/reviews::1748::Monolake_Hongkong_Remastered_Monolake_Imbalance_Computer_Music_))

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SunDummy on October 02, 2008, 11:27:35 AM
I've been enjoying a couple of electro-techno gems:

Oil 10 - "Beyond", "Arena", and "Links".

Not sure why this guy isn't more well known; this is great stuff.  Amazing production, lots of depth, and interesting sounds - recommended.  "Links" is more minimal, the others more beat-driven - all worth a listen.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Seren on October 03, 2008, 01:03:54 AM
Vir Unis - Pulse n Atmo.

Was listening to this for the first time in ages and realised that the rhythm i am often tapping out when at a traffic lights, or at home while thinking is the rhythm from the first track.......Somehow it has just stuck and as i tap it out unconsciously so often must count as my favourite rhythm in music!!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: DeepR on October 03, 2008, 04:46:32 PM
Klaus Schulze - Floating (from Moondawn: The Original Master)

A track that will remain a highlight in electronic music until the end of times.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Dave Michuda on October 03, 2008, 05:04:16 PM
I am ripping a bunch of older cd's & rediscovering music I haven't heard in awhile...

Casino Versus Japan - Go Hawaii
Robert Lippok - Falling Into Komëit
A Small Good Thing - Slim Westerns
Arovane - Tides
Cyber Zen Sound Engine - Auslander
Tom Heasley - Where The Earth Meets The Sky
Pan American - the river made no sound

In the rush to keep up with all the new music that is constantly coming out, it's easy to forget about gems like these.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jim02 on October 04, 2008, 03:14:44 AM
some beauties today..

taylor deupree - sea last EP
(imo it may be his best piece yet, such a graceful piece of sound.. i also look forward to his Shuttle358 collab.)

richard skelton - marking time 
(fantastic release, if you like Rameses III's Matanuska or their Night Of Ankou cd, you simply cannot go wrong on this one)

alio die & martina galvagni - eleusian lullaby 
alio die & saffron wood - corteggiando le messi
(if there's one artist only i can take away from my ambient collection, it would be Alio Die)

and;

pole - pole 1 2 3  (i think i'm one of the few but i like this re-issue better that GAS' recent one)

seth nehil & matt marble - ecclipses (an interesting one.. but features some horrible frequency riffs)

 
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: soma611 on October 04, 2008, 06:32:43 AM
Sacred Treasures lll Choral Music From Russia and Beyond 

slow

quiet

beautiful

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Parallel Worlds on October 04, 2008, 09:31:49 AM
Alio Die - Under An Holy Ritual
Klaus Schulze - Body Love (spv edition)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on October 04, 2008, 01:48:32 PM

mwvm - rotations (silber)

Still on the ambient guitar drone tip here. Keep coming back, and this album is one of the better digs in the archaeology. A video for the first track, "context. where?", has appeared on youtube here: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=F4uZ8Hx4Ka4 (http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=F4uZ8Hx4Ka4)

(http://www.terrascope.co.uk/Reviews/Images/mwvm_rotations.jpg)



Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: DeepR on October 04, 2008, 06:50:06 PM
Sacred Treasures lll Choral Music From Russia and Beyond 

Sounds interesting.
I've heard some choral music from Rachmaninov and I love it. Extremely beautiful. Although I'm not religious and dont know what they sing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiSiRAZRCVA

Maybe, in a certain way, it is the ultimate 'ambient' music. :)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Parallel Worlds on October 05, 2008, 02:08:55 AM
Namlook & Gaudi - Resonate
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on October 05, 2008, 01:59:07 PM
Dave M. in his earlier post got me playing

- Casino Versus Japan: Go Hawaii
bit of a classic. Certainly good to come back to it.

Also today
- Kraftwerk: Autobahn
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Parallel Worlds on October 05, 2008, 02:18:20 PM
Robert Rich - Electric Ladder
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on October 05, 2008, 04:03:08 PM

[...] and the one album that left a big impression was "I Am Seamonster - Nebulum | Constellatrix" (If you like Belong.....I am sure you are going to like I Am Seamonster.  Very Very Good!)


Listening to that I am Seamonster disc now, and you're right, Fern. Great stuff, and good spot. One of the guys that writes reviews at the estimable Aquarius Records effused nicely:

"[...] here, we have the debut (as far as we know) from the curiously (and cooly) named I Am Seamonster, and we knew we were were in for something special, after only a few seconds of "Nebulum". It's definitely drone music, but this is not cavernous doomy low end rumbles, or delicate high end shimmer (although we do love both), no, this is something much more akin to Fennesz or Tim Hecker or Philip Jeck. Washed out and gauzy, blurred and ethereal. It's like someone removed a 2 or 3 second chunk from a perfect pop song, and stretched it out to 500 times that, simple melodies pulled apart into indistinct streaks, notes and chords transformed into deep glowing slow burning drones. Or perhaps imagine taking some shimmery bit of pop and examining it under a microscope, glimpsing past all the surface stuff and examining the mysterious world within, the textures revealed offer up a whole new world of sound, all the various microscopic parts, music at the atomic level, a blurred soundscape of massive slow moving shapes, of slowly shifting textures, the sound all grainy and blurred, you can almost imagine this as the first shot in the musical version of that film when the camera pulls back from the inside of the molecule all the way back to the furthest reaches of the universe. Who knows what sort of song, or what kind of music might be revealed if we pulled back from the soft, intimate dreamlike sounds of I Am Seamonster, but it hardly matters, because if anything, we actually want to get closer, to go deeper, to shrink ourselves down and lose ourselves in I Am Seamonster's mysterious microscopic soundworld...[...]"

Nice package too!

(http://www.myownsalvation.com/bassesfrequences/iamseamonster/ias_disc.jpg)  play audio sample: http://www.archivecd.com/image/IAS.mp3 (http://www.archivecd.com/image/IAS.mp3)

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Ferngerms on October 05, 2008, 08:30:04 PM
Glad to here that you enjoyed "I Am Seamonster." That label(Basses Frequences) is really turning out some excellent stuff although I did come across a few shoddy ones.  I never cared for the Tamagawa and the Fordell Reseach Unit but the new Alistair Crosbie seems very interesting but the samples are very noisy.  I have a few releases from Alistair Crosbie's label Lefthand Pressing that are simply majestic.  What's your verdict on the Alistair Crobie?
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Ferngerms on October 05, 2008, 08:33:39 PM
Last Few Days:
Aidan Baker & Beta Cloud – An Open Letter To Franz Kafka – Laughing Bride Media
(Yes I have been on an Aidan Baker kick as of late.  This release captivated me for a few days as it was on infinite repeat day and night)

In The Morning:
Opitope – Hau – Spekk
(Natural sounds infused with guitar twinkles and cute effects.  Not bad…this release has actually grown on me over the last year.)

In The Afternoon:
Moustache Mountain/Forrest – Anyteazers / Swepstone Songs – I, Absentee
(Two cute little jewel boxes filled with drones of the year.  It just got a proper release on U-Cover featuring an Ontayso remix.  Pick it up if drones are your thing.)

On Now:
V/A – Chasing The Dawn: Ultima Thule Ambient Volume 01 – Ultima Thule
(I listened to this once last year and like many releases fell into oblivion.  If it wasn’t for Steve Roach “Approaching Kata Tjuta” I probably would have had never dug it out. As far as I know “Approaching Kata Tjuta” has never been released on an album)


Fern
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Bill Binkelman on October 06, 2008, 08:07:08 AM
Keiko Takeda (piano/sparse light percussion) and Ed Rosenberg (tenor sax): shikisokuzeku (all is vanity)

ECM-ish minimal improvisational meditations for the two instruments named above...very soothing without being numbingly sweet...perfect for while at work (which is where I'm listening to it now)

(http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l92/billbink/takedarosenberg.jpg)

http://payplay.fm/artist/Keiko+Takeda,+Ed+Rosenberg
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Parallel Worlds on October 06, 2008, 09:44:41 AM
System Error - Nothing
Klaus Schulze - Cyborg disc1 (spv edition)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: 9dragons on October 06, 2008, 10:22:28 AM
Hakobune - Melting Reminiscence...ambient guitar nectar (and such a unique object, the mini cd is reddish black and translucent, adorable)

Irezumi - Endurance...this is really something special.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on October 06, 2008, 10:42:27 AM
Glad you like the Hakobune cd i released. :-*
You should also check out the new Split
with David Tagg. I mean, c mon, what more
could my heart ask for? Tagg and Hakobune
in a breathtaking packaging for 10 Bucks.
You cant beat that.

David Tagg - Orchid I
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on October 06, 2008, 12:12:30 PM

[...] the new Alistair Crosbie seems very interesting but the samples are very noisy.  I have a few releases from Alistair Crosbie's label Lefthand Pressing that are simply majestic.  What's your verdict on the Alistair Crobie?[...]"


Have to confess I haven't heard it. Could you post a link to the 'noisy' samples you refer to? Also a pointer to those 'majestic' releases would be appreciated.

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on October 06, 2008, 12:17:04 PM

On Now:
V/A – Chasing The Dawn: Ultima Thule Ambient Volume 01 – Ultima Thule
(I listened to this once last year and like many releases fell into oblivion.  If it wasn’t for Steve Roach “Approaching Kata Tjuta” I probably would have had never dug it out. As far as I know “Approaching Kata Tjuta” has never been released on an album)


I was underwhelmed too (http://www.ei-mag.com/verite0007.php#19 (http://www.ei-mag.com/verite0007.php#19)), though the Roach track was great, I agree. Only one or two others rose above a morass of over-polite ethnoambientspacemusic blanderie.

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Ferngerms on October 06, 2008, 02:36:27 PM
I am a new-comer to the Alistair Crosbie boat but it seems that he has strong ties with Brain Lavelle.  Nonetheless I will get straight to the point and offer my opinion on a few Alistair Crosbie releases....

Alistair Crosbie - Sad Phases Of The Moon - Peasant Magick
(This was the first piece I picked up from the artist and obviously it piqued my interest
well enough.  However the cassette is more on the dark and brooding tip...somewhat in the Jim O’Rourke and Kevin Drumm train of thought.  Better yet think Monos on Twenty Hertz)

Alistair Crosbie - musicforlighthouses - Quinquaginta
(Now this is majestic shimmering!  It reminds me of a couple of works by Paul Bradley such as Sophia Drifts and Anamnesis.  My favorite of the bunch so far...but it is also a cassette)

Alistair Crosbie - Ascension Ceremony (Epilogue To The Lonesome Age Of Mirrors)
(More along the lines of Tim Hecker and Belong.  This is not by any means innovative but Alistair Crosbie has the ability to create this music like the best of them.  This release in particular is my favorite one among his Lefthand Pressing material...Majestic #2)

Alistair Crosbie - As I Remember Nothing, Nothing Happened
(This falls somewhere in between dark and light composition. I don't think it's that great but I have a friend who says it is his best to date.  Something about his most accomplished work but then again this friend spends a lot of money chasing after over whelming expensive works of music art...he spends a lot of money at Keith Fullerton Whitman's online shop)

Andrew Paine & Alistair Crosbie - Lightwells
(I like this noisy collaboration and some songs are not as static fueled as others.  Slight distortion on some works with acoustic guitar licks to compliment.  I liked this one "The Rose City" but beware it is noisy in a gentle way)

Just go to his myspace page for samples:

http://www.myspace.com/alistaircrosbie
http://www.myspace.com/lefthandpressings

Fern
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: 9dragons on October 06, 2008, 08:34:16 PM
Wow...just inhabited "Distance to Zero"...the attenuated weirdness of this record is enveloping...

And when will the Tagg/Hakobune on Waterscape be available?
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on October 06, 2008, 08:56:46 PM

And when will the Tagg/Hakobune on Waterscape be available?


It's not actually on Waterscape, but Install: http://www.installsound.net/ (http://www.installsound.net/)

Seems to be 2x 3" cd-rs in a sliding case. Dinky packaging - designed by David Tagg.

(http://www.installsound.net/imgs/mosaic.jpg)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: 9dragons on October 07, 2008, 12:26:37 AM
Another fascinating label to fawn over...such wonderful designs and sounds. Is that a wooden box?
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on October 07, 2008, 12:31:04 AM
Another fascinating label to fawn over...such wonderful designs and sounds. Is that a wooden box?
I think it is, since the Pill Box was also made out of wood.
Or am i wrong? It feels like wood, but perhaps i am to stupid
to realise that it isnt. ;D

Pyramids - Sleds
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Seren on October 07, 2008, 12:51:29 AM
Nice looking packaging on that box.

Gaudi - Robert Rich

Athlit - Oophoi.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Interior Landscaper on October 07, 2008, 01:18:24 AM
Another fascinating label to fawn over...such wonderful designs and sounds. Is that a wooden box?
I think it is, since the Pill Box was also made out of wood.
Or am i wrong? It feels like wood, but perhaps i am to stupid
to realise that it isnt. ;D

Pyramids - Sleds

It's made out of plastic, actually. We've wanted to do wood for a long time now but sadly it's very hard to find the right kind of wood that won't crack when you put bolts into it or just splinter all over your hands if it's been cut thin. Glad everyone is into the new design, I'm sure Dave will be happy to know people are appreciating it!

Oh and...since I can't tactfully come into this thread without posting what I'm listening to, I'm currently playing Komeda's CD Kokomemedada.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Brian Bieniowski on October 07, 2008, 09:37:09 AM
That is some hot packaging.  Worthy of the best of Vince @ Manifold.  Ordered my copy this morning.   8)

Today:

Glassacre—Slow Attack
This is some very mild shoegaze rock on the Hidden Shoal label.  I don't ordinarily buy MP3 only releases, but I liked the samples enough to take a chance.  Very nice, but don't expect groundbreaking stuff.

The Alps—Jewelt Galaxies | Spirit Shambles
This is the reissue on Spekk.  Great Krautrocky instrumentals; totally out there.

Songs of Green Pheasant—Aerial Days
Not sure what you'd call this, but it reminds me of Slowdive and Flying Saucer Attack mixed together.  A little maudlin, but sometimes this sort of thing fits an autumn day just right....
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on October 07, 2008, 12:30:04 PM
That is some hot packaging.  Worthy of the best of Vince @ Manifold. 


Dunno about hot, but this packaging has to be some of the downright weirdest, from woodland-spirit dark-ambient neo-folk project, Ruhr Hunter:

(http://www.glassthroatrecordings.com/media/ruhr_moss_den_large.gif)

More detail here: http://www.glassthroatrecordings.com/pages/index2.html (http://www.glassthroatrecordings.com/pages/index2.html)

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: judd stephens on October 07, 2008, 04:22:23 PM
Whoa, now.  You know it gets too ambient when critters come runnin' out of the packaging...
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: mgriffin on October 07, 2008, 04:29:10 PM
I've been trying to come up with something to do with all our extra yard debris, grass trimmings and tree branches and the like.  What a great idea!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Scott M2 on October 07, 2008, 06:45:44 PM
I've been trying to come up with something to do with all our extra yard debris, grass trimmings and tree branches and the like.  What a great idea!

Yeah - Lush flora from the Pacific North-West free with every Hypnos order!     (Save on bubble-wrap.)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on October 07, 2008, 09:24:00 PM
I've been trying to come up with something to do with all our extra yard debris, grass trimmings and tree branches and the like.  What a great idea!

Yeah - Lush flora from the Pacific North-West free with every Hypnos order!     (Save on bubble-wrap.)

Buy three or more titles and receive your "Fecund Forest Floor Litter" starter kit! Hours of fun for the whole family!

*Insects not included
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SunDummy on October 07, 2008, 10:45:16 PM
Quote
*Insects not included

Well, then count me out...
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on October 08, 2008, 12:10:14 AM
Quote
*Insects not included

Well, then count me out...

I'll wait for the special "compost" limited edition box.

Today:

Gregory Taylor - Voiceband Jilt (a little glitchier than his other projects, with very lyrical drones)

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: DeepR on October 08, 2008, 06:07:04 PM
Michael Stearns - Planetary Unfolding
Nothing will ever beat it.

Steve Roach - Kairos DVD
Almost forgot how much I like it.

Ozric Tentacles - Arborescence
One of their best.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Ferngerms on October 08, 2008, 09:12:18 PM
In The Morning:
The Circular Ruins – Falling Into the Sky – Blue Oasis
(Nothing short of spectacular….it’s been while since I listened to the album and I have to admit “It Is Always to Late” is one of best songs of the year when it comes to ambient)

In The Afternoon:
Ishq – Timelapse In Mercury – Virtual Musical Reality
(The album is good but something bothers me about the recording quality.  I get the impression that the album has not been mastered.  It sounds unpolished…come to think of it all of the albums I own from this artist sound like that)

On Now:
Deepchord Feat Echospace – The Coldest Season – Modern Love
(Dub techno at its finest moment!  Needed this after a few mediocre releases within the genre)

Fern
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Parallel Worlds on October 09, 2008, 12:28:34 AM
Vidna Obmana - An Opera for 4 Fussion Works: Act 1
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on October 10, 2008, 08:07:29 AM
In The Morning:
The Circular Ruins – Falling Into the Sky – Blue Oasis
(Nothing short of spectacular….it’s been while since I listened to the album and I have to admit “It Is Always to Late” is one of best songs of the year when it comes to ambient)

That's great to hear, Fern. Many thanks !

APK
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on October 10, 2008, 08:10:24 AM
Currently playing

- Intelligent Toys 4 (Sutemos)
some real gems in this free IDM collection: Esem / Near The Parenthesis / ... many more.

http://www.sutemos.net/en/
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on October 11, 2008, 12:33:09 PM
(http://i37.tinypic.com/huj22o.jpg)

This guy's hit a rich vein of radiant drone material just lately, and this one's right up there with his recent enchanting Before Long, Before Anyone, The Stars Will Be Walls In My Mind

http://www.naszczepanik.com/sra/Wild_Light_of_the_Moon.html (http://www.naszczepanik.com/sra/Wild_Light_of_the_Moon.html) (audioclip here)

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Ferngerms on October 11, 2008, 10:37:30 PM
Indeed....the Fabio Orsi was Gorgeous!  But it seems that the man is prolific at the moment although he has'nt missed a step in my opinion.  Some people have had mixed fellings about "We Could For Hours" and "The First Born".  None the less the man is back on point with "The Wild Light Of The Moon" and "Sound Postcards."  But better yet Undershadow check this out talk about prolific he has a new album on Last Visible Dog...that seems to umm improve on that "Ambient" sound of his....check the sample and purchase at all costs it is a Double CD album that purports to be his most ambient affair yet:

http://www.lastvisibledog.com/catalog.htm

What is that five CD's in the last month?

Fern
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Ferngerms on October 11, 2008, 11:01:51 PM
In The Morning:
Procer Veneficus - Saltwater & Glassmoon - Stellar Auditorium
(Bleak submersible atmospheres for the dead of night)

In The Afternoon:
Migrations In Rust/Diaphragm - Framed Of Remission - Peasant Magick
(I was'nt in the mood when I first popped it in.  Forced myself to listen to the album and was highly disappointed.  I'll give it another shot later but it doesn’t seem to be my cup of tea and a far cry from prior releases from Migrations In Rust)

On Now:
The Winterhouse - Slow Promises - Blue Oasis
(Finally a break from a bad day at the headphones.  A form of relief from a couple of disappointing cassettes and CD's.  Nice and easy drift for a chilly evening in Southern California!)

What's Next:
David Sylvian + Holger Czukay - Plight And Premonition - Virgin
(Has never let me down and it's been a few years)

Fern
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Infraction on October 12, 2008, 09:53:21 AM
Does anyone remember the Staalplaat issue of Nocturnal Emission's "Blasphemous Rumours"?
Came in a circular metal tin packed with sand. 

Sand. 

Jason
infractionrecords.com

onnow : Yui Onodera - Suisei (and/Oar)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on October 12, 2008, 10:02:23 AM
Does anyone remember the Staalplaat issue of Nocturnal Emission's "Blasphemous Rumours"?
Came in a circular metal tin packed with sand.  Sand. 
Jason
infractionrecords.com

Sounds like a CD player's worst nightmare.  Maybe it was intended as an homage to the sandpaper sleeve of the Durutti Column's first album.

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SunDummy on October 12, 2008, 08:08:16 PM
Quote
Does anyone remember the Staalplaat issue of Nocturnal Emission's "Blasphemous Rumours"?
Came in a circular metal tin packed with sand.

Sand. 

Wasn't it rocksalt?  Even worse...
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on October 12, 2008, 11:11:06 PM
Quote
Does anyone remember the Staalplaat issue of Nocturnal Emission's "Blasphemous Rumours"?
Came in a circular metal tin packed with sand.

Sand. 

Wasn't it rocksalt?  Even worse...

Worse than a nocturnal emission?  ;)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jim brenholts on October 13, 2008, 07:31:37 AM
angel provocateur - cloud street
a very cool experimental ambient project featuring the vocal ministrations of vanessa harvey backed with sparse instrumentation. vanessa's vocals are processed and manipulated extensively into an avant-garde soundscape. this is on ventricle out of seattle.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: drone on on October 13, 2008, 12:16:33 PM
How about Aube's "Aqua Syndrome" complete with water bag?
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Brian Bieniowski on October 14, 2008, 05:44:35 AM
Can't recall the name, but there was also an avant noise band who packaged one of their limited edition CDs with a portion of each member's freeze-dried poop.

POOP.

 :'(
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on October 14, 2008, 10:55:45 AM
Can't recall the name, but there was also an avant noise band who packaged one of their limited edition CDs with a portion of each member's freeze-dried poop.

POOP.

 :'(

Skinny Poopy? Oh, wait, that was their music.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on October 14, 2008, 12:07:50 PM
Can't recall the name, but there was also an avant noise band who packaged one of their limited edition CDs with a portion of each member's freeze-dried poop.


Obviously artists and connoisseurs of Manzoni's work.

(http://www.pieromanzoni.org/IMAGES/Gallery/Large/201.jpg)
Artist's Shit   1961
(Merda d'artista)
In May 1961, while he was living in Milan, Piero Manzoni produced ninety cans of Artist's Shit. Each was numbered on the lid 001 to 090. Tate's work is number 004. A label on each can, printed in Italian, English, French and German, identified the contents as '"Artist's Shit", contents 30gr net freshly preserved, produced and tinned in May 1961.' In December 1961 Manzoni wrote in a letter to the artist Ben Vautier: 'I should like all artists to sell their fingerprints, or else stage competitions to see who can draw the longest line or sell their shit in tins. The fingerprint is the only sign of the personality that can be accepted: if collectors want something intimate, really personal to the artist, there's the artist's own shit, that is really his.' (Letter reprinted in Battino and Palazzoli p.144.)

It is not known exactly how many cans of Artist's Shit were sold within Manzoni's lifetime, but a receipt dated 23 August 1962 certifies that Manzoni sold one to Alberto Lùcia for 30 grams of 18-carat gold (reproduced in Battino and Palazzoli p.154). Manzoni's decision to value his excrement on a par with the price of gold made clear reference to the tradition of the artist as alchemist already forged by Marcel Duchamp and Yves Klein among others. As the artist and critic Jon Thompson has written:

Manzoni's critical and metaphorical reification of the artist's body, its processes and products, pointed the way towards an understanding of the persona of the artist and the product of the artist's body as a consumable object. The Merda d'artista, the artist's shit, dried naturally and canned 'with no added preservatives', was the perfect metaphor for the bodied and disembodied nature of artistic labour: the work of art as fully incorporated raw material, and its violent expulsion as commodity. Manzoni understood the creative act as part of the cycle of consumption: as a constant reprocessing, packaging, marketing, consuming, reprocessing, packaging, ad infinitum. (Piero Manzoni, 1998, p.45)"


(http://www.tate.org.uk/servlet/ViewWork?cgroupid=999999961&workid=27330&tabview=text&texttype=10 (http://www.tate.org.uk/servlet/ViewWork?cgroupid=999999961&workid=27330&tabview=text&texttype=10))
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: judd stephens on October 14, 2008, 04:33:05 PM
What???  It's recycled material... how responsible!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Dave Michuda on October 16, 2008, 04:34:07 PM
In my continuing quest to rip all my cd's I've been listening to some older music....

Freescha - Slower Than Church Music [2004]
Baffo Banfi - ma dolce vita [1979]
richard pinhas - l'ethique [1982]
steve roach & vidna obmana - well of souls [1995]

Of course I need to get some new stuff in as well...

fabio orsi - the wild light of the moon
The Winterhouse - Lost [dataobscura 2008]
taylor deupree - sea last [12k 2008]
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: darkenedsoul on October 17, 2008, 04:45:57 PM
Dreams of Dying Stars - Buried in the Void - one hour of ambient/space music, peaceful (IMHO) and mellow. Very good!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jim02 on October 18, 2008, 04:10:04 AM
lately;

grouper - cover the windows and walls
(bloody fantastic :-) )

robert rich & faryus - zerkalo
(i think i like this one, quite detailed in effects, has some interesting things going on, hard to put my finger on it..)

windy & carl - songs for the broken hearted
(nice but not overwhelmed, i wish she left her vocals back home on most of the tracks..)

oöphoi - mare imbrium

gamelan son of lion - some selected tracks..

tetsu inoue - world receiver
(still an absolute favorite of mine, perfect)

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on October 18, 2008, 07:21:27 AM
This morning:

Gianluca Becuzzi/Fabio Orsi- The Stones Know Everything; I guess I'm the last to jump on the Fabio Orsi bandwagon. I love the sandpapery, hollow sound of this disc, and the sense of improvisation.

Description Without Place- Filaments; this is fantastic! Serene and yet a bit unsettling, like descending into some strange and primordial world.

Oval- Dok; always a nice listen.

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: spunknik on October 18, 2008, 08:43:38 AM
Eddy Grant-Killer on the rampage
Sonic youth-Rather ripped
Bass communion and Freiband-Haze/Shrapnel
Bass communion-Dronework
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: soma611 on October 19, 2008, 05:31:37 AM
Dean De Benedictis A Cambient Variations

An experimental all-sounds-created-by-single-voice release picked up at last night's Gatherings Concert Series performance with Dean and Vic Hennegan.  It works quite well first thing on a Sunday morning -- somewhat hushed, some subtle rhythms, polished, and often lovely.

Kate Bush Aerial

A favorite that never seems to leave my personal playlist. 
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jim brenholts on October 19, 2008, 11:19:10 AM
now by hemisphere, aka the late ralf knappe heinbockel. some of you might shy away from this artist because he is on the groove label. they are better known for their heavy berlin school and sequencer style electronica but this is an excellent ambient cd, as are all of hemisphere's releases. he sets it off with some rock'n'roll riffs here and there and, yes, there is some sequencing. all in all this is a great cd and comes with a very high recommendation. i'd suggest that you visit groove at www.groove.nl and check some samples of ralf's music. i think you'll be glad.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Dave Michuda on October 21, 2008, 08:27:47 AM
Getting ready for a new mix...

Andrew Deutsch - The Sun
The Caretaker - persistenet Repetition of Phrases
Hakobune - Melting Reminscence
David Tagg - Stele
Description Without Place - Filaments
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on October 21, 2008, 09:56:48 AM
David Tagg - Stele
if you want to get to the top of the ambient guitar drone league, you gotta face
Tagg at last .... once again a wonderful piece of music, just like "Orchids" and
"Waist Deep Seas of Milk"
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on October 23, 2008, 02:57:32 PM
Today

- Arovane: Tides   
- Berry: A Strange Feather
- Rumforskning: Livstegn
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: DeepR on October 23, 2008, 05:25:22 PM
Klaus Schulze - Mirage

There truly is such a thing as the greatest electronic album of all time. This is the one and there is no doubt in my mind.
(stay away from the 2005 'deluxe' edition, with bad remastering and a different, weaker version of track 1)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on October 24, 2008, 12:50:02 AM
Bohren & der Club of Gore - Black City Skyline
only a few hours left and i am going to see them :-*
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on October 24, 2008, 02:28:05 PM

- Klaus Schulze (Richard Wahnfried): Tonwelle

punchy stuff from back in 81.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on October 25, 2008, 01:14:53 PM

- Klaus Schulze (Richard Wahnfried): Tonwelle

punchy stuff from back in 81.

Just saw a new CD with Klaus and Lisa Gerrard. Can't imagine how awful that's likely to be!  ;)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Dave Michuda on October 25, 2008, 03:52:05 PM
Quote
Just saw a new CD with Klaus and Lisa Gerrard. Can't imagine how awful that's likely to be

It is awful!  Sounds like a cheesy sci-fi soundtrack.  Didn't like it at all.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on October 26, 2008, 12:01:47 AM

Fabio Orsi ~ Audio for lovers [Last Visible Dog, 2cd] - definitely his most complete release so far; Orsi is the best of the new ambient practitioners drawing together the strands of drone, ambient, psych-folk (not much thankfully), and electro-acoustic into a satisfying whole. Some forumites have correctly observed that 3 tracks out of the 4 on cd2 have been previously released as individual 3"s, but there's more than enough new material (all cd1 + closing 12min track, cd2) to keep the most exacting of Orsithologists happy. His most ambient release too, and one that should appeal to the frequenters of this forum - nothing scary or unkempt here; just beautifully put together tone poems and sonic dream devices.

(http://www.lastvisibledog.com/images/128.jpg) http://www.lastvisibledog.com/128.htm (http://www.lastvisibledog.com/128.htm)

buy here: http://www.lastvisibledog.com/catalog.htm (http://www.lastvisibledog.com/catalog.htm)

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on October 26, 2008, 09:59:51 AM
I've been ready to pounce on that new Fabio Orsi disc, all I needed was one recommendation -and here it is. So I'm heading now to Last Visible Dog...
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on October 26, 2008, 02:03:08 PM
I wasn't convinced based on the sample I heard, so be interesting to see what you make of it, Joe.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on October 26, 2008, 05:37:02 PM
Well I'm kinda taking a gamble here, but I like living on the razor's edge. :)

But I liked the sample I heard, and I really like his Stones Know Everything collab. And Alan's enthusiasm was the deciding factor...

And Alan promised me that he'd personally refund my money if I'm disappointed. ;)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on October 26, 2008, 06:22:15 PM
Ah, all well and good then   :)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Ferngerms on October 27, 2008, 11:57:13 AM
Various – Ambient Not Not Ambient – Audio Dregs
(Not a very good comp.  Only a few standout tracks among the eighteen on offer—the Christ Herbert and Yellow Swans are winners but the rest just sound like outtakes and scraps that never made it on full albums)

Off The Sky & Juxta Phone – Escape Kit – Somnia Sounds
(Jazz crafted collages that work to some extent.  Some songs have a groove and others just seem to leave me longing for more.  However the bonus track “10” is 34 minutes long and for my taste the best one on the album)

Brain Grainger – Milk Plus – Second Sun
(Not very good….others pills in this ongoing series have worked wonderfully.  This one however just seems to be there….a long 20 something drone affair.  It seemed like I fell asleep next to my refrigerator)

On Now:
Oneohtrix Point Never/Andrew Kirschner – Heart Of A Champion – Mistake By The Lake
(Super cool “New Age” sounds from Oneohtrix Point Never that seems to be ripping it at the moment.  I like this a lot but I know that some will bash the sounds and probably label it as a cheesy 80’s ambient affair)

In regards to the Fabio Orsi – Audio For Lovers – Last Visible Dog
(His best release yet!  If you liked it I highly highly recommend you pick up his release on Locus of Assemblage “Birds Are Smart But They Cannot Speak”)

Fern
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: DeepR on October 27, 2008, 06:31:51 PM
Joe Hisaishi - Princess Mononoke Symphonic Suite
I didn't really dig the manga movie but the music is very good.

Chopin - Ballade No. 4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_PBTGfhWD8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLyumz2jMZY
Seriously one of the greatest pieces of music ever.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Seren on October 28, 2008, 11:35:47 AM
Steve Hug - Organics.

Steve Roach - mystic chords & sacred spaces
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Ferngerms on October 28, 2008, 10:36:12 PM
Earlier Today:

Color Dream – Live In The Sky – Young Tapes
(The artists described this as “sky age dreaming.”  And you know what I wholeheartedly agree. It’s a new group with a lo-fi drone style infused with likes of crows and waves of racecars slashing through the haze.  I like this very much and would hope that some of these artists would begin releasing music on CD.  Apparently they have a new release available via Digitalis at the moment but once again it is a cassette)


Busso De La Lune – Stream Endlessly – Umbra
(Busso has a unique sound that is hard to compare.  This release in particular incorporates a vast diversity of sounds from ethno, drones, fractal, etc.  Yet he takes these sounds into directions that many ambient musicians have not.  It seems dark but then it seems ethereal.  The man is hard to pinpoint but no matter what I always seem to come back to his releases)

Rumforskning – Livstegn – Dataobscura
(Cold stark beauty…..landscapes of endless snow.  Topps!)

On Now:
Tobias Hellkvist & Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words – White/Gray/Black – It’s A Trap
(Wow….this was a free download and the quality is superb.  I hope we have future collaborations between these artists.  Simply the best download of the year so far!  As a matter of fact one of the best releases of the year period!  Get it here http://www.itsatrap.com/)

Fern
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on October 29, 2008, 11:59:59 AM
Yes, that Rumforskning certainly has a wintery beauty ... and fits well with our current weather up here in Ontario. Heavy snow this morning !

I've been relaxing with
- Oöphoi: Hymns to a Silent Sky
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on October 29, 2008, 06:41:54 PM
Yep, I'd have to agree that the new Orsi (Audio for Lovers) is a really nice one, even with the overlap with his prior 3" releases.  The only Orsi releases that haven't done that much for me are "Wildflowers Under the Sofa" and "Find Electronica," both of which sounded like 5 minute pieces stretched to album length.  "Audio for Lovers" reminded me in places of mid-70s instrumental Eno and maybe even Laraaji's "Day of Radiance" (Ambient 3) album.

Been enjoying Haruomi Hosono's new CD (Archives No. 1), which compares favorably with his ambient work in the mid-80s.

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: drone on on October 30, 2008, 12:46:51 AM
Echoes of Polyhymnia--these girlz rock!
Vestigial-Translucent Communion (Cold Meat Industry) Deep n'cosmic dark ambient
Neuronium-Heritage
Fripp/Eno-Evening Star reissue/remaster
"Summoning of the Muse" tribute to Dead Can Dance-a great disc, way better than the horrible Lotus Eaters tribute project released earlier than this
Namlook/Spyra-Virtual Vices VI. Disappointing, this series ran its course three albums ago.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on October 30, 2008, 08:22:15 AM

- Namlook/Schulze: Dark Side of the Moog 1

I always especially liked this first of the set.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Ferngerms on October 30, 2008, 05:01:20 PM
Today:

Faryus – Lucid Circles – Faria Records
(Subdued tone haze for a goodnight sleep.  It reminds me of Jonathan Broaddus “4 at 18” if anyone remembers that album.  Although I do think this release is much better than his collaborations with Robert Rich and Oophoi)

Steve Young – Wedge Of Light – Young Tapes
(Steve is one half of the duo known as Color Dreams which I mentioned earlier in the thread.  This tape features two tracks of extended environmental drone.  In certain parts it reminds me of old works from Klaus Wiese and Mathias Grassow.  It seems lately some of the best music I have been encountering is only available on cassette?  As strange as it seems I cant get enough of Emeralds, Mark McGuire, Steve Hauschildt, Treetops, Emaciator, Taiga Remains, Rale, Xiphidaee, Oneohtrix  Point Never, etc)

Pan American – The River Made No Sound – Kranky
(I love listening to this CD on gloomy autumn afternoons.  By the way does anyone know if he has a new album on the horizon?)

Fern
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on October 30, 2008, 05:07:47 PM
Pan American – The River Made No Sound – Kranky
(I love listening to this CD on gloomy autumn afternoons.  By the way does anyone know if he has a new album on the horizon?)


"[...] Pan American’s new album will be released in early 2009." (http://unsound.pl/en/festival/program/artists/2008/show/23 (http://unsound.pl/en/festival/program/artists/2008/show/23))

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jim02 on October 31, 2008, 01:02:18 AM
entering the drone-zone again 8)

aidan baker - field of drones 
(long warm stretched-out drones, especially the 1st and 3rd piece are stunning!)

paul bradley - liquid sunset
(i never gave this a proper listen till last night, but it's very nice...)

jacob kirkegaard - 4 rooms
(dark to almost quiet sinister atmospheres, richly layered, fans of oophoi won't shy away with this one..)

pauline oliveros + stuart dempster + panaiotis - deep listening
(timeless, completely wonderful..)

higuma - haze valley
(smokey ambience with a Grouper-kind of vocals..)

and;

steve roach + byron metcalf + mark seelig - nada terma
(has been some time that a Roach album hits me like this.. i like it very much, the percussions are simply great and to me quite entrancing to the mix..)

RV painting - trinity rivers
(powerful eastern-like droning and clattering.. a favorite of mine on the Root Strata label)

steven r. smith - tableland
(i think Steven's best one along with The Anchorite)

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Brian Bieniowski on October 31, 2008, 05:34:13 AM
Various – Ambient Not Not Ambient – Audio Dregs
(Not a very good comp.  Only a few standout tracks among the eighteen on offer—the Christ Herbert and Yellow Swans are winners but the rest just sound like outtakes and scraps that never made it on full albums)

I have to agree—I like a track here and there (Chris Herbert, Grouper, White Rainbow), but as a whole it's quite lousy.

Some recent stuff:

v/a—Exercises in Obscurism
Nice Second Sun compilation, though it's a bit uneven.  Some great ambient tracks mixed with a few noisier ones that don't always gel.  I no longer buy CDRs, but I've been making exceptions for the Second Sun/Milieu releases, because I always enjoy them.

Hakobune—We Left the Window Open Sometimes
I like the Hakobune records I've gotten, but don't love them.  The track on the David Tagg split is excellent, but the full-lengths, to me, are simply decent room fillers and not ultimately memorable.  I've never seen a CD packaged like this one on Symbolic Interaction—it's this weird mechanical jewel case; very cool.

Eluder—The Most Beautiful Blue
There have been some great ambient records this year, but I think this one is my favorite thus far.  Absolutely outstanding.  Similar to the Northern CD on Infraction but a bit more environmental.

Benoit Pioulard—Temper
I've played this repeatedly for about three weeks now.  Incredible ambient pop, and way better than his first one, which was also excellent.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on October 31, 2008, 07:12:02 AM
opeth - harvest
anyone else into them?
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on October 31, 2008, 08:13:43 AM
Well, after over half a year of waiting, my copy of Natural Snow Buildings, "The Dance and the Moon and Sun" finally arrived.  It was worth it (if you are into improvisational psychedelia, as I am).  The 2 bonus 3" CDRs are great, too (though they were only available for preorders).

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SunDummy on October 31, 2008, 10:47:45 AM
Going back to my youth:

Alan Parsons Project, "Tales of Mystery and Imagination".  Pretty cheesy in parts, but really brings back the memories...  Now I gotta dig out "I, Robot".
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on October 31, 2008, 12:20:06 PM
now on

- Klaus Schulze: X

Just happen to be in Klaus mood recently.
Should wear off soon.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on October 31, 2008, 01:07:24 PM
I've moved on:

Mum: Yesterday Was Dramatic - Today is OK

This is a long-time favourite, and so astoundingly delicate in places.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Bill Binkelman on October 31, 2008, 02:24:22 PM
Going back to my youth:

Alan Parsons Project, "Tales of Mystery and Imagination".  Pretty cheesy in parts, but really brings back the memories...  Now I gotta dig out "I, Robot".

I was always partial to "The Turn of a Friendly Card" myself. Which reminds me I need to buy it on CD. Thanks for reminding me of the band.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Ferngerms on October 31, 2008, 04:01:51 PM
Quote
v/a—Exercises in Obscurism
Nice Second Sun compilation, though it's a bit uneven.  Some great ambient tracks mixed with a few noisier ones that don't always gel.  I no longer buy CDRs, but I've been making exceptions for the Second Sun/Milieu releases, because I always enjoy them.

Very interesting...the both of us felt the same way about both comps.  Besides the Adam Pacione, Seht, Eluder, and VCV tracks I was left dumbfounded as to the amount of noise on the comp.  It seemed that it should of been a compilation for the "Install" label not Second Sun.  And I have a feeling that the both of feel the same way about the latest Michael Mantra "Mobius Logic". WTF?

Today:
Alistair Crosbie –  Sad Faces Of The Moon – Peasant Magick
(This release has grown on me with some intensity….perhaps a candidate for the best of 2008?  Magnificent drones on the dark brooding tip with subtle steel melodic overtones.  It seems that Peasant Magick has been on a roll this year with Gareth Hardwick, Wereju, Rale, and Xiphidaee releases.  Alistair’s release is something on an entirely different level…not to be missed)


Emaciator – Reluctant – Jugular Forest
(It is a sustained monistic drone that slowly unfolds all of it’s inner mechanisms.  You have to be patient with this release but I discovered that with each listen you cull out different details and textures.  The b-side is much lighter and perhaps my favorite of the two sides due to the air like quality of the drones.  Kind of like...look at the sky and observe the clouds pass…type drone)

Sleep Robot – Panicgrass & Feverfew – Dynamophone [Parcel Series]
(Super cool jewel box ambient tunes!  If you like Hammock or Hakobune this release should be in your CD player.  Undershadow featured it on his last axescapes mix and while you’re at it you should explore the other artists that have contributed to the parcel series.  For example if you like SOTL you should definitely check out The Lullaby League or if you like Pub they have stuff from an artist called Curium that I really dig.  Get them quick because they are limited….check here for samples www.n5md.com visit the shop.)

What’s Next:

Jefre Cantu-Ledesma – The Phantom Harp – Root Strata
(Something to do with an autoharp on a warm summer day.   All I know is that it is essential for all Jefre Cantu-Ledesma aficionados….it’s now out of print but if you ever happen to come across one for sale purchase at all costs)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on October 31, 2008, 05:17:14 PM

Sleep Robot – Panicgrass & Feverfew – Dynamophone [Parcel Series]
(Super cool jewel box ambient tunes!  If you like Hammock or Hakobune this release should be in your CD player.  Undershadow featured it on his last axescapes mix and while you’re at it you should explore the other artists that have contributed to the parcel series.  For example if you like SOTL you should definitely check out The Lullaby League [...]


The man Fern’s right. This little release is lovely guitar-drawn tableaux that's floaty and drifty with just the right amount of ambiguous edge to counteract excess fluffiness.

(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1057/820149523_cc3a5381ca.jpg?v=0)

And The Lullaby League is indeed a shoe-in for lovers of the new SotL-alike soft ambient droners.

(http://www.dynamophone.com/images/cantusbox2part.jpg)

A propos, have been listening to Apalusa’s Obadiah, and blow me down, what a creeped out trawl through undercurrents in dark water that is. Had expected more of the same (i.e. the SotL-alike stuff), but this is much more deep down and dirtily exploratory, without insisting too much on grinding your face down in the abyss (cf. Justin Broadrick’s Final). Reviews comparing this to SotL can only have been thinking of their earlier unrulier Ballasted Orchestra incarnation (e.g. “Taphead”). Will be posting a review elsewhere shortly, but definitely one for the more adventurous of ambientguitardrone-ophiles.

(http://a266.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/54/m_77ba14697d85672f21846d08da9fc2d9.jpg)

While in this area, there’s also Wereju to consider, who’s been ghosting greyly around my player too - another who likes to trail his strung out strings through a mix of muck and mist to keep us interested. Furthernoise on this gent soon.

(http://www.myownsalvation.com/bassesfrequences/wereju/monuments_disc.jpg)

And I still can’t get enough o’ that Orsi stuff, as Wild Light of the Moon makes its way onto my player yet again for 35 minutes of iridescent engripment (dunno if it’s a word, but there you go, I coined it, so slap me with your Websters)

(http://www.naszczepanik.com/sra/Wild_Light_of_the_Moon_files/moon03.jpg)

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Brian Bieniowski on November 01, 2008, 01:44:13 PM
And I have a feeling that the both of feel the same way about the latest Michael Mantra "Mobius Logic". WTF?

I really like Boolean Languages, and I heard clips that would suggest this one is similar (maybe too similar) ... I haven't gotten it yet.  What are your thoughts?
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on November 01, 2008, 05:23:09 PM

- Arvo Pärt: Spiegel Im Spiegel

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Ferngerms on November 01, 2008, 09:02:35 PM
Quote
I really like Boolean Languages, and I heard clips that would suggest this one is similar (maybe too similar) ... I haven't gotten it yet.  What are your thoughts?

The similarities are there all right....while listening to it the first time I could not help to think "Where have I heard this before?"  I got the impression that Mobius Logic was meant to elongate on the same ideas found on Boolean Languages.  This is not a bad thing altogether only that I had different hopes that were not fulfilled.  I wanted an album that would continue to build on the ideas of Cerulean Transmission which happens to be one of my favorites.  Come to think of it Mobius Logic and Boolean Languages should have come as a 2CD pack instead of being sold individually.  Perhaps Silentes broke them up and decided to release them as two separate albums.  Who knows just a hunch?

Fern
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: cookie monster on November 02, 2008, 04:39:32 PM
KETTEL MYAM JAMES PART1 ;)
I am listening the music, remember a lot of things. good memory for me.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: avec on November 03, 2008, 06:23:09 PM
Move D. and Benjamin Brunn - Songs From the Beehive
this is fantastic!!!  like a techno album turned inside out.  slow developing ambient grooves that are perfect for a sunny day.  I really think some people here would enjoy this one.

Eluder - The Most Beautiful Blue
looking forward to giving this a late night listen.  thanks jason!



Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on November 03, 2008, 08:09:04 PM
Ville Moskiitto - Thousands Fall Every Day (quirky electronics, sparse acoustics and loops; from Finland; comes in a handsewn cloth bag)

ThrouRoof - Infinity Less Moontales (spacey processed/bowed guitar with a slight psychedelic feel and occasional keyboards; from Italy)

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: 9dragons on November 03, 2008, 09:57:34 PM
Move D. and Benjamin Brunn - Songs From the Beehive
this is fantastic!!!  like a techno album turned inside out.  slow developing ambient grooves that are perfect for a sunny day.  I really think some people here would enjoy this one.

That person is me! I just got a Move D album recently and love it. Where did you find Songs From the Beehive?
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: cookie monster on November 04, 2008, 06:59:52 AM
Now playing:

(http://www.hypnos.com/catalog/infx030.jpg)


Aloof Proof - Piano Text

One of the great, long-lost ambient classics I had never been fortunate enough to hear, until today. 

Just plain beautiful, simple, and inspiring.  Definitely looking forward to future Aloof Proof reissues... thank you, Infraction!  Not sure why you jumped from INFX024 to INFX030, but this album's worth 6 regular albums, so maybe that's why. 

We do have these for sale in the Hypnos store now too, in case anyone's interested, for $13.99:
http://www.hypnos.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=infx030 (http://www.hypnos.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=infx030)



Love piano classics I try to it.
So now I am listing to wh109 Beyond Absence-Rarified
                            &wh099 The Nature of Light - Shores of Jupiter
And here free download http://www.webbedhandrecords.com/ (http://www.webbedhandrecords.com/)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on November 04, 2008, 12:14:59 PM
Move D. and Benjamin Brunn - Songs From the Beehive
this is fantastic!!!  like a techno album turned inside out.  slow developing ambient grooves that are perfect for a sunny day.  I really think some people here would enjoy this one.

That person is me! I just got a Move D album recently and love it. Where did you find Songs From the Beehive?

A very nice album, and one that really deserves to be assigned the label “ambient techno” - one unfortunately already deployed for something less suited to the name 15 years or so ago. This release’s ambient is more ‘Ambient’ while it’s techno is less ‘Techno’ than the early 90s variety. Added to which, it, and their previous, Let’s Call it a Day, show how much better a foil Brunn is for Moufang than Namlook, when you compare the results of their joint venture with the shedload of so-so collabs on FAX that Namlook and Moufang  have been churning out.

I’d suggest a good place to get copy of the album would be Forced Exposure:  http://www.forcedexposure.com/artists/move.d.and.benjamin.brunn.html (http://www.forcedexposure.com/artists/move.d.and.benjamin.brunn.html)

(http://static.boomkat.com/images/142615/333.jpg) (http://www.plong.com/MusicCatalog/M/Move%20D%20&%20Benjamin%20Brunn%20-%20Let%27s%20Call%20It%20A%20Day/Move%20D%20&%20Benjamin%20Brunn%20-%20Let%27s%20Call%20It%20A%20Day.jpg)


Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on November 04, 2008, 05:59:42 PM
Just received the Fabio Orsi- Audio For Lovers Cd today, will be spinning it very shortly. I hope it's as good as everyone says!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: avec on November 04, 2008, 06:15:12 PM
Move D. and Benjamin Brunn - Songs From the Beehive
this is fantastic!!!  like a techno album turned inside out.  slow developing ambient grooves that are perfect for a sunny day.  I really think some people here would enjoy this one.

That person is me! I just got a Move D album recently and love it. Where did you find Songs From the Beehive?
I’d suggest a good place to get copy of the album would be Forced Exposure:  http://www.forcedexposure.com/artists/move.d.and.benjamin.brunn.html (http://www.forcedexposure.com/artists/move.d.and.benjamin.brunn.html)

(http://static.boomkat.com/images/142615/333.jpg) (http://www.plong.com/MusicCatalog/M/Move%20D%20&%20Benjamin%20Brunn%20-%20Let%27s%20Call%20It%20A%20Day/Move%20D%20&%20Benjamin%20Brunn%20-%20Let%27s%20Call%20It%20A%20Day.jpg)


Oh yeah I'd support Forced Exposure although you can also get it through Amazon as well.

I listened to that Eluder release last night twice over.  A very immersive album!  I'll be going back for more again tonight.  Right now I'm tuned in to the election results  ;D
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on November 04, 2008, 06:38:52 PM
I've also been spinning

Move D. and Benjamin Brunn - Songs From the Beehive

its certainly ok in places, but I'm not too taken with it.
Sorry Alan, but I'd take some of the Namlook collabs over this effort. The relatively recent Art of Love for example, which is a tad more on the ambient side.

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on November 05, 2008, 03:51:51 AM
I've also been spinning

Move D. and Benjamin Brunn - Songs From the Beehive

its certainly ok in places, but I'm not too taken with it.
Sorry Alan, but I'd take some of the Namlook collabs over this effort. The relatively recent Art of Love for example, which is a tad more on the ambient side.



That's ok, Anthony. So we have different tastes... no need to apologise for it  ;)
You can have Namlook with your Move D, but I prefer Brunn.

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on November 05, 2008, 06:44:01 AM
Alan: did you say you like your Move D on a Bunn ?
 ;D
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Brian Bieniowski on November 05, 2008, 07:42:04 AM
I've never been all that into the Move D/Namlook collaborations, but I really enjoy the Raumland set.  A little bit ambient and a little bit techno.  Perhaps they could have squeezed those three discs into two (tell me another one about Namlook ;) ), but they're pretty enjoyable, especially Raumland Montage.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Wayne Higgins on November 05, 2008, 08:15:00 AM
JAMES BROWN!!!! 8)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: cookie monster on November 05, 2008, 05:13:23 PM
Ulrich Schnauss - Nobody's Home.  :)
I listened to about 100 times. But I do not get  bored.  ;)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: deepspace on November 06, 2008, 02:25:05 AM
I find that "Never Be the Same" and the title track from Ulrich Schnauss' "Goodbye" have the same effect on me.  I can listen to them over and over.  Just a sublime balance of melody, shoegaze and an melancholy that rings my bell loudly.

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Dave Michuda on November 06, 2008, 05:50:36 PM
Fabio Orsi - Audio For Lovers - excellent
The Green Kingdom - Jasmine - a nice recording, however, i am getting tired of delicate, pretty glitchy stuff.  the Fabio Orsi release is pretty at times, but in a different way, more organic.
eluder - the most beautiful blue - another winner from infraction.
various artists - 'raga for peter walker' - some great acoustic guitar tracks i discovered after checking out Boomkat's 14 tracks latest installment "Contemplating the Raga" - you can find the 14 tracks page here... http://14tracks.com/selections/28-14_tracks_contemplating_classical_indian_ragas
 (http://14tracks.com/selections/28-14_tracks_contemplating_classical_indian_ragas)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on November 06, 2008, 05:59:01 PM

- Paul Bradley: Twenty hertz

a dose of British existential drone.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on November 06, 2008, 08:20:18 PM
I guess I'm the only one on the forum who's a bit disappointed by Fabio Orsi's Audio For Lovers. The songs themselves are not bad (though somewhat redundant), but the sound itself seems rather brittle, too bright, and shallow. More to my liking is the second disc, which has a deeper and more "faraway" sound.

...although I've only heard it once, maybe I'll change my mind in time.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on November 07, 2008, 03:43:50 AM
Hang on a mo', Joe... you make it sound like you're a Lone Voice Crying in the Wilderness, or somethin', when in fact, AFAIK, there is a grand total of about three of us here who have that Orsi album, and even then only just taking it all in. I like it on first impresh but in a sort of non-specific overall 'I like the sound of this' kinda way; Dave says he likes it, but only thrown into a list of 'Stuff I'm Listening To That's Cool To Tell Forum Folks About'; maybe Forrest might've said something vaguely positive too, but I wouldn't go seeing it as a massive wave of established acclaim and consensus you're controversially swimming against, or anything. In fact, I've listened to Disc 1 a total of once, so I might actually agree with you when I go back and listen to it again with your comments in mind. Anyway, you've told me before that there have been things you just didn't 'get' when you first listened and then ended up with 'em being among your goddam Desert Island Discs, so give it time, dude...

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on November 07, 2008, 05:16:39 AM
give it time, dude...



I demand instant gratification! ;)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Brian Bieniowski on November 07, 2008, 07:55:23 AM
I recently got the Second Sun "Pill Box" which contains twelve 3" CDs, six by Brian Grainger and six by David Tagg.  Some ambient gems in here and some tracks that do absolutely nothing for me.  I would guess (though I haven't come anywhere near digesting all of the pills) that about half of it is truly to my liking, with a few disappointing, and distinctly monochromatic, drones that hum along for twenty minutes.  Tagg's "Metal Box Requiem" sounds just like Monos' fine Generators....

Also got the new Alio Die, Tempus Rei.  Don't miss this one, guys.  In the same vein as Password for Entheogenic Experience.   8)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on November 07, 2008, 12:35:04 PM
Lined up for the afternoon

- Biosphere: Cirque
- Tom Opdahl: Black Smoker
- Biosphere: Dropsonde

One of those rainy Biospheric days happening.
Its a good thing !
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on November 07, 2008, 06:02:58 PM
Joe,

I think that Orsi' Audio For Lovers will grow on you.  I've only heard it twice, and like it so far, though I think his "Wild Light of the Moon" CD is better and more focused.  One minor criticism I have with Orsi is that his production values are a bit rough for my taste (for example, his crude looping of simple guitar lines could be more interesting), but this may have to do with there being so many of his releases out there in a relatively short period of time.  Of course, you could make a similar argument about other similarly prolific artists like Brian Grainger/Milieu, who seems to release albums like they were newspapers.

Today's listening:

Arvo Part - Alina (minimal, beautiful and hypnotic; sparse piano and cello)
Juana Molina - Un Dia (even further out there than her prior releases, great!)

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: cookie monster on November 07, 2008, 07:01:49 PM
I can listen to them over and over. 
Agree with you ;)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: cookie monster on November 07, 2008, 07:09:29 PM
Fabio Orsi - Audio For Lovers - excellent
[http://14tracks.com/selections/28-14_tracks_contemplating_classical_indian_ragas
 (http://14tracks.com/selections/28-14_tracks_contemplating_classical_indian_ragas)
I visited  Fabio Orsi's site. I listened to "Fabio Orsi Gianluca BecuzziSPH" AWESOME! Checked it at Amazon.co.jp, but it was out of stock. >:(  Have to find out the rabbit.  :D
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: darkenedsoul on November 07, 2008, 07:15:46 PM
Skepticism - Alloy (GREAT funeral doom release as always from this enigmatic band!)
Judas Priest - Nostradamus - what can I say but.....METAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!
Enslaved - Vertebrae (mellower IMHO than Ruun and Isa (last 2 releases that I recall).
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on November 08, 2008, 07:38:59 AM
Description Without Place- Filaments; this is a great cloudy-morning CD, and one of the best of the year.

Last Night:

Fabio Orsi- Audio For Lovers; really liking disc 2, still absorbing disc 1.
Orsi/Becuzzi- The Stones Know Everything; grainy and sandpapery guitar atmospheres, really great stuff.

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on November 08, 2008, 11:19:02 AM
Today's listening:

Arvo Part - Alina (minimal, beautiful and hypnotic; sparse piano and cello)
Juana Molina - Un Dia (even further out there than her prior releases, great!)

Nice! Alina is great...though brutally sad in parts in a way that Budd skirts. I love the new Juana disc too but wonder if she could have left some more space in the arrangements.

Garth Knox & Agnes Vesterman "D'Amore" ECM New Series
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: cookie monster on November 08, 2008, 11:20:28 PM
Nalepa - Porcelain  ;)The music of this after music is really good, too ;D
from F*** Flow!  ;D
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on November 09, 2008, 03:40:22 PM

- Jonathan Coleclough, Bass Comunion, Colin Potter  (I think that's its title too)
Couple of fine mixes by Coleclough on this set.

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Dave Michuda on November 09, 2008, 04:07:51 PM
bohren & der club of gore - midnight radio
the lullaby league - cantus - another good discovery from Alan's Great Axescapes mixes.
Hakobune - Sothis & David Tagg - Stele - from their split 3" on Install.  Good music & beautiful packaging.
The Winterhouse - Lost - excellent recording, worth the price just for the title track.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: cookie monster on November 09, 2008, 07:47:54 PM
Kettel - Twinkle Twinke :) ;) :D ;D :D
looking forward to next month ??
Bluetech - Oleander (Phutureprimitive's Symbiotic Remix) :D :D :D :D
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on November 10, 2008, 10:25:33 AM
The Winterhouse - Lost - excellent recording, worth the price just for the title track.

Very glad to hear it. Thanks, Dave.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: hjalmer on November 10, 2008, 11:06:03 AM
recent

copal river | ancara
oophoi | bardo...loud
abandoned place | shadow of memory...haunted
procer veneficus | saltwater and glassmoon...wonderful
dark ambient radio vol. 1 | some a little abrasive but some gems too, especially svartsinn
stephen phillips/numina | from within the abyss
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on November 10, 2008, 11:34:17 AM
The Winterhouse - Lost - excellent recording, worth the price just for the title track.

Very glad to hear it. Thanks, Dave.


A review of Lost has just been posted, but as it's at the end of a rather long installment/update on e/i audioverite, I thought I'd post it here for the less down-scrolling-inclined reader:

Anthony Paul Kerby (APK), familiar to ambient-space adepts from his projects under the banner of The Circular Ruins, Lammergeyer, and Nunc Stans, here renews his file-exchange tryst with Robert Davies, himself with a number of accomplished DataObscura releases under his belt, to follow up their debut, Slow Promises. Davies’ euphonic take on ambient drone theory finds a compatible foil in APK. On such tracks as "The Four Corners of Night", the knowledge base of the latter’s spacemusic and EM schooling are well in evidence in embroidering around the former’s drone-deliveries which become fertile ground-level backdrops to spindles of sinewy synth figures. APK likes to steep his tonal material in a solution of environmental infusions so they end up with a filmy smearage, bringing out a teeming inner life of particulate detail. Lost is, overall, possessed of a brooding beauty and grainy grandeur, its soundings more electronic than Alio Die, less ethereal than Oophoi, less devotional than Mathias Grassow, while sharing something of the sonorous spirit of all of the above. And with this second work, The Winterhouse cement their credentials in sonic articulations of imaginary place, as creators of meditative yet resonant loci of repose and reflection, turning to loss and isolation. Closing piece, "Clearing", shows the pair are capable of surprising mood shifts, as the dominant doleful tenor of the preceding movements is dispelled, clouds lifting in gorgeous elegiac aperture. This data may be Obscura but its muted melancholy and existential poesis feel close to home. ALAN LOCKETT • www.dataobscura.com (http://www.dataobscura.com) (from http://www.eiaudioverite.blogspot.com/ (http://www.eiaudioverite.blogspot.com/))

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on November 11, 2008, 07:43:50 AM
If you guys like the sound design ofWinterhouse- Lost, then I think you'd like the Nunc Stans- The Palm At The End Of The Mind disc, especially the 30 minute title track. It's got that similar, distant sound, with the microscopic sound samples scattered throughout -or as Alan would say, "a teeming inner life of particulate detail". Very absorbing stuff.

In fact I'm gonna put it on right now. I have the day off from work, because it's Veteran's Day. :)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SunDummy on November 11, 2008, 01:02:27 PM
Hey Joe, you a Vet? 
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on November 11, 2008, 02:35:13 PM
No I'm not, but it's a paid holiday at my workplace. Hell, I'll take all the paid vacation I can get!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SunDummy on November 11, 2008, 02:54:28 PM
I hear that... I think I'm gonna call it a day.  If my boss calls me, I'll tell him you gave me the afternoon off.

 ;)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on November 11, 2008, 03:05:10 PM
 ;D
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on November 11, 2008, 04:00:38 PM

Ben Woods - Nymh: Realms of Detachment

Free download. Very nice if you like, say, Eluvium, and that sort of post-rock-tinged drone-based melodic gear with processed piano and soft-edged glitchery.

http://www.wiseowlrecords.com/releases/view/34 (http://www.wiseowlrecords.com/releases/view/34)

(http://www.wiseowlrecords.com/static/artwork/OWL-033.jpg)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: mgriffin on November 11, 2008, 04:12:00 PM
Getting a lot of play lately around here...

Black Rock by Djivan Gasparyan and Michael Brook.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/5160KG9BKFL._SL500_AA240_.jpg)

This album is a beautiful, haunting musical hybrid, something I feel would appeal to many ambient music listeners who enjoy a bit of "world music" flavor.  Gasparyn's own work is worth exploring as well, particularly I Will Not Be Sad In This World.

I've been on a big Michael Brook kick lately and I'm rediscovering his works with Gasparyan, and wonderful Armenian player of the duduk which is an oboe-like instrument.  Garparyan also appears on Brook's album Rock Paper Scissors.

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on November 11, 2008, 04:41:05 PM
You're right Mark, the new Juana Molina does seem to have very few breaks in it.  Still like it quite a bit.  Reminds me for some reason of Philip Glass' North Star album.

Today, I've been enjoying Tu M's "Is That You?" netrelease EP on Cronica.  A very nice slice of quiet melodic ambience that I think ranks up with their 'Just One Night' album on Dekorder.

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on November 11, 2008, 04:56:28 PM
You're right Mark, the new Juana Molina does seem to have very few breaks in it.  Still like it quite a bit.  Reminds me for some reason of Philip Glass' North Star album.

As a teen I first read about Glass' "North Star" in a Rolling Stone book of reviews from '79. However I never subsequently saw or heard it despite being exposed to many other of his works (and later photographing him after a lecture!) It seems to have slipped off the radar. How do they compare?

NP: Susanna & The Magical Orchestra Melody Mountain in anticipation of her new release on Rune Grammofon.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on November 11, 2008, 05:02:11 PM
Getting a lot of play lately around here...

Black Rock by Djivan Gasparyan and Michael Brook.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/5160KG9BKFL._SL500_AA240_.jpg)

This album is a beautiful, haunting musical hybrid, something I feel would appeal to many ambient music listeners who enjoy a bit of "world music" flavor.  Gasparyn's own work is worth exploring as well, particularly I Will Not Be Sad In This World.

Black Rock IS lovely...and beautifully produced without extra polish oozing out of the CD player. Michael Brook OTOH seems to have gone all stentorian and film soundtrack-y. I mean, using Richard Burton reading Dylan Thomas? Ack! Oh for the days at the aquarium!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: cookie monster on November 12, 2008, 05:35:49 AM
Waki - Hotaru  :D
http://www.discogs.com/release/295822 (http://www.discogs.com/release/295822)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on November 12, 2008, 06:10:20 AM
Good to see someone playing Waki  :D
I had a hand in putting that album together.
Very fine collection of delicate techno-ambient tracks.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Dave Michuda on November 12, 2008, 04:44:03 PM
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Iw4N9MaZL._SL160_AA115_.jpg)Genesis - 1970 - 1975 Box set   -   Just got this yesterday so I haven't spent too much time with it yet, but so far I am very happy.  Even tough I am a big Genesis fan I didn't have good quality cd's of everything.  I just never got around to completely replacing my vinyl collection.  I had Foxtrot & Trespass, but Selling England & Nursery Cryme were burned from friends.  So this box set is perfect for me. 

The sound quality is excellent from what I've heard so far.  The kids were out of the house when The Lamb got it's first playing so I cranked it up very loud.  So fun!  Felt like I was back in college.  There's a bunch of DVD extras that I haven't gotten to yet which should be cool to see.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on November 12, 2008, 05:42:45 PM

Lawrence English :: Kiri No Oto (Touch)

Title translates as 'sound of mist', and that says a lot about it. English’s assemblages set delicate pointillist tonalities against a rougher fabric of tweaked overtones and evanescent harmonics. Moments of clarity come wrapped up in clouds of confusion... apparent obscurity is shot through with lucid flashes of errant colour and tricky texture. Adds whole new resonances to one of the reviewer's favourite epithets for experimental ambient-electronica, 'foggy'.

(http://static.boomkat.com/images/147216/333.jpg)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on November 12, 2008, 07:26:59 PM

As a teen I first read about Glass' "North Star" in a Rolling Stone book of reviews from '79. However I never subsequently saw or heard it despite being exposed to many other of his works (and later photographing him after a lecture!) It seems to have slipped off the radar. How do they compare?


I think what Glass' "North Star" and Molina's "Un Dia" share is their hypnotic use of multitracked vocals.  The vocals almost sound like chants or incantations.  The melody of first track on Un Dia (Dar) is almost a dead ringer for "Ave" off of North Star.  If you like the vocal style of North Star, you'd probably also like Glass' Einstein On The Beach, which is from the same period.

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: drone on on November 12, 2008, 11:33:43 PM
Re: Move D

I'm a Move D enthusiast and have to agree the Brunn collab. "Let's call it a day" is excellent (better than Beehive).  The other Move D to get is Live at Johanneskirche, also on the label Let's call it a Day was released on (forget the label, it's German, duh).  Regarding Namlook collaborations, I agree there are too many Move D/Namlook collaborations, especially when you have to pay $28 and up for these DTS/CD double packs, but once a Fax addict, always a Fax addict, money will never get in the way I buy everything!  The Raumland trilogy overall was quite weak, except for "Montage," clearly the jewel in that crown.  Actually these guys have been on a roll with their last 3 discs: "Travelling the Silk Route," "There" (which I really love), and the new "Sexoid". All highly recommended.   
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: drone on on November 13, 2008, 12:01:30 AM
Re: Michael Mantra "Mobius Logic"

What a ripoff, it sounds exactly like Boolean Languages.  Even the liner notes were similar. The little "ambient grunts" get annoying fast, too.  AVOID this one.

On the other hand, I picked up recently an amazing Silentes release by Maurizio Bianchi called "The Testamentary Corridor."  For some reason it reminds me of Tau Ceti.  Great outer space droning environments on this disc.  Also on Silentes, the Bianchi/Nimh disc "Secluded Truths" and Nimh "The Unkept Secrets." 

3 great Mystery Sea titles: Moth Electret, Ninth Desert, Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words (thanks to a recent trip to Aquarius Records in San Francisco).

On the way:  Paul Bradley "Chroma". Don't have anything by him yet so it'll be my first, hope it's good. 

The new Alio Die "Tempus Rei"- classic stuff, doing what he does best, nothing groundbreaking but still essential listening.

Konrad Kucz-"Litania" What an amazing album!!! 
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on November 13, 2008, 12:51:57 PM
3 great Mystery Sea titles: Moth Electret, Ninth Desert, Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words (thanks to a recent trip to Aquarius Records in San Francisco).


For those interested in recent Mystery Seas, reviews of 2 of these 3 are posted here -  http://www.ei-mag.com/verite0015.php#01 (http://www.ei-mag.com/verite0015.php#01) - though they do seem to have been around quite a while now. In the meantime MS have moved on towards their 50th (actually they’re now on cat.no. MS49 by From The White Chimneys - a project involving Ben F-S, late of this parish)

(http://home.scarlet.be/~chalkdc/images/From%20the%20White%20Chimneys_nww_frontmax.gif)

On the way:  Paul Bradley "Chroma". Don't have anything by him yet so it'll be my first, hope it's good. 


Paul is a favourite of mine, though I’m not sure Chroma would have been the one to swing it for me as a novice. I’d have gone for a recent assemblage of short format releases entitled Sirens, covered in the first part of this profile of Twenty Hertz: http://www.furthernoise.org/index.php?url=page.php&ID=239&iss=68 (http://www.furthernoise.org/index.php?url=page.php&ID=239&iss=68)

That said, Chroma is a very winsome recording.

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Parallel Worlds on November 14, 2008, 02:57:49 AM
Alio Die - Tempus Rei
India Czajkowska - Cosmospiria
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on November 14, 2008, 12:11:37 PM

As a teen I first read about Glass' "North Star" in a Rolling Stone book of reviews from '79. However I never subsequently saw or heard it despite being exposed to many other of his works (and later photographing him after a lecture!) It seems to have slipped off the radar. How do they compare?


I think what Glass' "North Star" and Molina's "Un Dia" share is their hypnotic use of multitracked vocals.  The vocals almost sound like chants or incantations.  The melody of first track on Un Dia (Dar) is almost a dead ringer for "Ave" off of North Star.  If you like the vocal style of North Star, you'd probably also like Glass' Einstein On The Beach, which is from the same period.

I know Einstein and have a PBS doc on it on VHS. Robert Wilson does his best black turtleneck-clad pretentious artist cliche to the hilt! Sad that David Byrne then emulated his manner. Was Einstein ever remastered/released on CD? I don't recall seeing it.

NP: the two Celer discs from Infraction.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on November 14, 2008, 12:14:15 PM
Paul is a favourite of mine, though I’m not sure Chroma would have been the one to swing it for me as a novice. I’d have gone for a recent assemblage of short format releases entitled Sirens, covered in the first part of this profile of Twenty Hertz: http://www.furthernoise.org/index.php?url=page.php&ID=239&iss=68 (http://www.furthernoise.org/index.php?url=page.php&ID=239&iss=68)

That said, Chroma is a very winsome recording.

Sirens sounds great but I know I chose Chroma because it was not a CD-R. It can be a deciding factor for some.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on November 14, 2008, 02:30:58 PM
Friday  :D

- Northern: Jessa (georgeous, drawn-out, slow ambience)
- Robert Davies: Geography of Memory (been playing it for a month ... could be his finest)
- Martinez: Solaris soundtrack (still excellent)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Celer on November 14, 2008, 11:20:15 PM
Maju - 1-5 (Extreme)
Yann Novak - Our Nature (Dragon's Eye)
Shinkei - Biostatics (Bremsstrahlung)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on November 15, 2008, 02:01:17 PM

Just out:

(http://touchshop.org/contents/image.php?sizex=245&sizey=221&image[0]=images/products/TO76.jpg)

His usual blend of heartbreak lilt with caustic noise incursions. This one seems, on first listen, to be more beauteous under the buzz, more fetching in the face of the fuzz, than his previous releases.

Have a taste, if you fancy: http://albient.livejournal.com/6067.html (http://albient.livejournal.com/6067.html)

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on November 15, 2008, 02:29:37 PM
That sure is a slow developing and heavily bit-crushed intense piece of fuzz.  Nice !
Thanks for putting it up, Alan.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on November 15, 2008, 03:23:55 PM

Just out:

(http://touchshop.org/contents/image.php?sizex=245&sizey=221&image[0]=images/products/TO76.jpg)

His usual blend of heartbreak lilt with caustic noise incursions. This one seems, on first listen, to be more beauteous under the buzz, more fetching in the face of the fuzz, than his previous releases.

Have a taste, if you fancy: http://albient.livejournal.com/6067.html (http://albient.livejournal.com/6067.html)


Wonderful Release. Couldnt resist and downloaded it.
But i also ordered the Vinyl Version of course. :)
Its nice to see that he also played various parts at
live events of the last year. "Perfume For Winter" (3:00min)
for example. Really glad this album turned out this good.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on November 15, 2008, 04:16:38 PM
The Fennesz track prompted me to listen to

- Gas: Zauberberg
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: cookie monster on November 15, 2008, 10:52:31 PM
 kettle-church ;)
http://microsites.sendingorbs.com/so009/ (http://microsites.sendingorbs.com/so009/)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Ferngerms on November 17, 2008, 12:30:46 AM
Oneohtrix Point Never - Transmat Memories - Dreamtime Taped Sounds
(Super cool 70's sequencer type jams with melodic overtones.  Really really nice and looking forward to his new release on Gneiss Things.  If you like that old school sequencer sound you should check out his website and myspace page for samples: http://www.myspace.com/pointnever)

Mark McGuire - The Garden Of Eternal Life - Arbor
(If you were let down by Windy And Carl's latest offer on Kranky...I know I was.....you should check this one out if you happen to come across a copy.  Nothing new here just some nice ambient guitar drift in that old 90's kranky style.  I really like this release and it will probably be on my top 20 for the year)

NNA Tapes - Duane Pitre; Oak/Pink Desert; Sun Circle/Pregnant Moon
(Check out the samples: http://www.myspace.com/nnatapes.....enough said!)

Fern
 
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: cookie monster on November 17, 2008, 05:41:53 AM
  If you like that old school sequencer sound you should check out his website and myspace page for samples: http://www.myspace.com/pointnever)
it's not bad, not bad. :D Thank you for telling the information
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on November 17, 2008, 05:30:23 PM

Off The Sky: Gently Down The Stream

a great album !
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on November 17, 2008, 08:11:02 PM
Mark,

I have a CD reissue of the EInstein 70s version, so it must have been available at some point.  The Nonesuch version is longer and more recently recorded, but apparently not as good.

Recently played--Wire - Project 47 (great!)

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Ferngerms on November 18, 2008, 12:58:00 AM
Today:

Eleni Karaindrou - Music For Films - ECM
(It's cozy and nice background music for a relaxing evening.  It takes me out of my drone and ambient spells)

Goldmund - Corduroy Road - Type
(And the relaxing continues.....)

Arvo Part - Te Deum - ECM
(......and good night........)

Fern
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on November 18, 2008, 07:34:05 AM

(http://bp1.blogger.com/_L7iSdh9o-gE/R3wGOQvyc1I/AAAAAAAAADg/rluLxaEptkw/s200/IAS.jpg)

i am seamonster - The Sea Was Here

Very poor. As undistinguished as his Nebullum | Constellatrix was great.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on November 18, 2008, 08:32:58 AM

(http://bp1.blogger.com/_L7iSdh9o-gE/R3wGOQvyc1I/AAAAAAAAADg/rluLxaEptkw/s200/IAS.jpg)

i am seamonster - The Sea Was Here

Very poor. As undistinguished as his Nebullum | Constellatrix was great.
Yes. Its a total bummer. But i never got into his Music. Always way to
muddy in sound.

Christopher Willits - Love Wind
(http://static.ghostly.com/images/artists/42/albums/177/GI-54_300x300.jpg)
one of my all time favorites ..... Surf Boundaries is just a perfect almost 40min
Headphone Experience ..... lovely
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on November 18, 2008, 09:32:24 AM

i am seamonster - The Sea Was Here

Very poor. As undistinguished as his Nebullum | Constellatrix was great.

Yes. Its a total bummer. But i never got into his Music. Always way to muddy in sound.

Well, I kind of agree, just that the track Nebullum is gorgeously muddy and somehow strangely illuminated through the murk, whereas The Sea Was Here is just unrelieved muck. I'm prepared to believe that everything else he's done is dire, but this track is his salvation.



Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on November 18, 2008, 11:43:30 AM
Fennesz-Brandlmayr-Dafeldecker - Jets
really good album .... there is some typical fennesz trademark sound
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on November 18, 2008, 01:19:41 PM

- Robert Henke: Signal To Noise
very attractive noise.

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: 9dragons on November 18, 2008, 11:53:40 PM
Re: Move D

I'm a Move D enthusiast and have to agree the Brunn collab. "Let's call it a day" is excellent (better than Beehive).  The other Move D to get is Live at Johanneskirche, also on the label Let's call it a Day was released on (forget the label, it's German, duh).  Regarding Namlook collaborations, I agree there are too many Move D/Namlook collaborations, especially when you have to pay $28 and up for these DTS/CD double packs, but once a Fax addict, always a Fax addict, money will never get in the way I buy everything!  The Raumland trilogy overall was quite weak, except for "Montage," clearly the jewel in that crown.  Actually these guys have been on a roll with their last 3 discs: "Travelling the Silk Route," "There" (which I really love), and the new "Sexoid". All highly recommended.   

I think you mentioned MoveD in another thread (was it the Sending Orbs thread?) Anyway, I was able to track down "Kunststoff" and it is a real gem! Just got the "Songs from the Beehive" collab with Brunn and am enjoying it very much (though only been able to get in a couple early morning hectic listens)...What is the other Brunn collab you mention, and where can it be found?

And thanks for turning me on to this artist!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on November 19, 2008, 01:27:42 AM

Note the discussion here from a little while back: http://www.hypnos.com/smf/index.php?topic=10.msg10409#msg10409

You'll see the title there, but I note that it now seems to be unavailable from both Forced Exposure and amazon.com. Had a little browse around, but all the retailers I've found are in Europe, and the exchange rate is probably not favourable (albeit better than it was, e.g., against the GBP)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Dave Michuda on November 19, 2008, 06:05:27 AM
michel banabila - traces
manual - confluence
the lullaby league - cantus
Shirk - Radium Drops
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on November 19, 2008, 11:52:02 AM

While we’re on a Move D tip, I've been listening to: MOVE DDrøne

You can listen here: http://www.imeem.com/jbhj/music/5WrpRL6J/move_d_drone/ (http://www.imeem.com/jbhj/music/5WrpRL6J/move_d_drone/)

I like the way Moufang plays around with our expectations of beats, both confounding and meeting them. Initially the beats don’t seem to cohere into a perceptible rhythm, but the mind is configured to perceive order, and so tries to make sense, and struggles... then when the 4/4 kicks come in there's a sudden epiphany when suddenly sense is revelaed. Once you have the 4/4 fulcrum, the beats can shift around on that axis, creating kinetic variation. I think in English you are calling this 'groove', yes? The track goes on to develop into a smoother rhythmic entity as it progresses, occasionally breaking down, then re-building into motion. In the meantime, the drone has been doing its own thing with subtle filtering and textural tweaking techniques. 12 minutes go by without longueur. This track embodies the essence of the appeal of minimal techno... well, for me anyway.

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on November 19, 2008, 07:53:09 PM
Cymphonic- Strataradialis- a greatly varied yet cohesive disc that never fails to satisfy.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: drone on on November 19, 2008, 10:30:14 PM
For the Move D titles I'd try www.ear-rational.com.  If they're not in stock you can always ask them if they'd be able to order them for you. 
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on November 21, 2008, 02:31:19 PM
Fennesz - Black Sea
i love this Album .... at times so gentle and overwhelming
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: cookie monster on November 21, 2008, 10:24:52 PM
ulrich schnauss-monday paracetamol
http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=13456132 (http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=13456132) :D BRILLIANT :D
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: 9dragons on November 22, 2008, 11:17:01 AM
Waking up with some Move D this morning. Songs From the Beehive. I'm liking this one quite a lot...

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Parallel Worlds on November 23, 2008, 02:32:30 AM
recently:

Tangerine Dream - Bootleg Box 2 disc 1
Ian Boddy - Three Dreams
Portishead - Third
India Czajkowska - Cosmospiria
Vidna Obmana - Opera for 4 Fusion Works: Act 4
Pete Namlook & Klaus Schulze - Dark Side Of the Moog 11
Keith Fullerton Whitman - Playthroughs
Orbital - Snivilisation
Front 242 - Tyranny For You
Twine - Twine
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: drone on on November 23, 2008, 12:41:50 PM
Fabio Orsi-Wild Light of the Moon: very good, not as "experimental" as I would have thought, straightahead ambient mostly. Gorgeous cover art.

Fennesz-Venice: my first Fennesz album.  Very cool. Amazing David Sylvian track here.  Guess I'm a fan now so Black Sea on my list.

Xmal Deutschland-Tocsin: early 4AD album (think Cocteau Twins meets Siouxsie and the Banshees, all sung in German), they're okay, can't hold a candle to Cocteaus/Xymox but fun for 80's nostalgia. 

Procyon-X-The Ghost of Orion: one of the best space music albums I've heard this year.

The Threshold of Silence (Umbra compilation): awesome spacemusic w/lots of guitar drones courtesy SiF, A. Baker, P. Bradley, Troum, etc. Glad I snagged one of the last copies from El Hypnos Store.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on November 23, 2008, 01:06:49 PM
Steve Roach - Transmigration
really dig that one .... though i am not a fan of a more "beaty" roach
i still enjoy this one really much
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on November 23, 2008, 01:53:15 PM
Steve Roach - Monuments of Memory
yeah, thats how i want my Steve Roach Music .... perfect ....
now i am so fixed before going to bed, that i will take a little
"steve roach headphone listening expericence" before sleeping
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jim02 on November 24, 2008, 03:00:58 AM
arve henriksen - cartography
(another beautiful release from him, certainly a 2008-favorite of mine)

alio die - sempus rei
(good one. classic Alio Die, but still on rotation to fully appreciate it..)

aidan baker - i wish too, to be absorbed
(a perfect introduction/compilation of Aidan's various styles of guitar-ambient!)

eluder - the most beautiful blue
(fascinating cd on Infraction with a classic ambient touch, i like its overall grainy sound)

paul schutze - the third site
(this one goes away for dumpprices at many places, i think its a marvelous release from Schutze, the german spoken poetics from Thomas Koner may distract many listeners..)

liquid ghosts - camera obscura
(a fantastic collab. cd with oophoi, tau ceti & netherworld, i hope this one will some time in the future be re-released on cd-format..)

anzio green - autumn honey
(very nice spacious electronics which reminds me to the more gentle romantic moments of autechre, the guitar here even reminds of some of Thom Brennan's work)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on November 25, 2008, 11:02:33 AM
Christopher Willits - Fountain
cant beat this one .... love everything Willits did and i am sure i will love everything he will do in the future ....
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Celer on November 25, 2008, 06:36:47 PM
Mitsuhiro Yoshimura / Masahiko Okura - Trio (Presquile)
Mitsuhiro Yoshimura / Taku Sugimoto / Toshiya Tsunoda - Santa (Presquile)

So weird, so great.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on November 25, 2008, 07:55:08 PM
Mwvm- Rotations; Very nice! Wish I'd have picked it up sooner.
Fennesz- The Black Sea; a tough nut to crack. Really good in spots, but too many abrupt changes in volume, which I always find distracting.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on November 26, 2008, 01:24:25 AM
Mwvm- Rotations; Very nice! Wish I'd have picked it up sooner.

Yeah, what too you so long, Joe?!
If you like mwvm, you might be interested in a bloke called Wereju, who is similarly inclined toward the drone-guitar+effects thing, but tending to the eerier/heavier - though avoiding any fearful (FearFalls?) sludge. I have a mini profile posted here, with some decent length sound samples:

http://www.furthernoise.org/index.php?url=page.php&ID=261&iss=71 (http://www.furthernoise.org/index.php?url=page.php&ID=261&iss=71)

Having initially found his music somewhat gloomy, it emerged as having a real beauty to it despite its flirtations with bleakness and desolation. See what you think anyway.

Fennesz- The Black Sea; a tough nut to crack. Really good in spots, but too many abrupt changes in volume, which I always find distracting.

I tend to have the same problem with Fennesz albums, though I thought this one had several pieces that worked very well, and generally managed to integrate the more challenging noise element in such a way as to avoid frightening children, horses and Joe R.




Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on November 26, 2008, 08:28:56 AM
- Biosphere: Autour De la Luna

this undestated release from 2004 has really grown on me.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on November 26, 2008, 05:23:42 PM

If you like mwvm, you might be interested in a bloke called Wereju, who is similarly inclined toward the drone-guitar+effects thing, but tending to the eerier/heavier

Hey, that Wereju bloke sounds great! Was hoping I could get a disc or two stateside, but it seems that you have buy overseas.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: electroambientspace on November 26, 2008, 10:49:47 PM
NP:  Redshift's Last CD, track 1 "Tormentor."  Classic melodramatic aggressive Berlin school like only Redshift can do.

I fell asleep this afternoon listening to their new one, "Turning Towards Us," which is an interesting way to hear something, drifting in and out like that. 

At my parents' beach house for Thanksgiving this week, nice to get away.  As Laurie Anderson sings, you can see "kerjillions" of stars out here, away from the city lights.  Ahhh...

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on November 27, 2008, 12:16:29 AM
The Threshold of Silence (Umbra compilation): awesome spacemusic w/lots of guitar drones courtesy SiF, A. Baker, P. Bradley, Troum, etc. Glad I snagged one of the last copies from El Hypnos Store.

I enjoyed this one, too.  Probably my favorite of the Umbra comps I've heard.  The Paul Bradley piece is great, every bit as good as "Cede."

Tonight:  Adam Pacione - With Wakened Eyes (very fine (and limited) reissue of drone-based album that is a cousin of sorts to his 'Sisyphus' release.  Thanks to Jason of Infraction for carrying this.)

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on November 27, 2008, 12:03:14 PM

If you like mwvm, you might be interested in a bloke called Wereju, who is similarly inclined toward the drone-guitar+effects thing, but tending to the eerier/heavier

Hey, that Wereju bloke sounds great! Was hoping I could get a disc or two stateside, but it seems that you have buy overseas.

Hey, Joe. Look out for a lorry with a UK licence plate - they are notoriously unstable. In particular, a number of darkdronedrift-guitardroneambient files have recently been known to fall of the back of such metaphorical vehicles. Be vigilant!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: drone on on November 27, 2008, 03:50:41 PM
What a coincidence, Phil:

I cranked "Last" by Redshift in my car last night, NOBODY beats them for pulsating, haunting space music of the highest order.  I'm eagerly awaiting my copy of "Turning Towards Us"!!!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on November 27, 2008, 08:56:59 PM


Hey, Joe. Look out for a lorry with a UK licence plate - they are notoriously unstable. In particular, a number of darkdronedrift-guitardroneambient files have recently been known to fall of the back of such metaphorical vehicles. Be vigilant!


Hmmm... It's odd that these lorry's are always losing their cargo, but no matter-- if I should come across such files, I'll pick them up on one condition: If I enjoy the contents, I'll be sure to compensate the musician monetarily.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on November 28, 2008, 01:01:44 AM


Hey, Joe. Look out for a lorry with a UK licence plate - they are notoriously unstable. In particular, a number of darkdronedrift-guitardroneambient files have recently been known to fall of the back of such metaphorical vehicles. Be vigilant!


Hmmm... It's odd that these lorry's are always losing their cargo, but no matter-- if I should come across such files, I'll pick them up on one condition: If I enjoy the contents, I'll be sure to compensate the musician monetarily.

That's the spirit, Joe-ski. Here's an intermediary through which such compensation could be delivered:

http://www.myownsalvation.com/mailorder/catalog.htm#ns (http://www.myownsalvation.com/mailorder/catalog.htm#ns)

Only 3€ a disc wouldn't break the Joe Bank (or require a bail-out) even with P&P to the US on top. The three I recommend are all there:

(http://www.myownsalvation.com/mailorder/covers/wereju_thegyres_CD.jpg)
WEREJU : the gyres (electric requiems)

(http://www.myownsalvation.com/mailorder/covers/wereju_theendofeverything_CD.jpg)
WEREJU : the end of everything (electric requiems)

(http://www.myownsalvation.com/mailorder/covers/wereju_between_CD.jpg)
WEREJU : between nowhere and goodbye (fourteenten)



Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: petekelly on November 28, 2008, 04:08:32 AM
Cathal (Wereju) kindly sent me a copy of his 'through the depths of unknowing' 2006 double CD release. I
enjoyed it, very 'dank' and fog-like to these ears. Nice artwork/packaging too.

cheers
Pete
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on November 28, 2008, 06:53:22 AM

That's the spirit, Joe-ski. Here's an intermediary through which such compensation could be delivered:

http://www.myownsalvation.com/mailorder/catalog.htm#ns (http://www.myownsalvation.com/mailorder/catalog.htm#ns)

Only 3€ a disc wouldn't break the Joe Bank (or require a bail-out) even with P&P to the US on top. The three I recommend are all there:

(http://www.myownsalvation.com/mailorder/covers/wereju_thegyres_CD.jpg)
WEREJU : the gyres (electric requiems)

(http://www.myownsalvation.com/mailorder/covers/wereju_theendofeverything_CD.jpg)
WEREJU : the end of everything (electric requiems)

(http://www.myownsalvation.com/mailorder/covers/wereju_between_CD.jpg)
WEREJU : between nowhere and goodbye (fourteenten)



Hey, thanks Alan! :)  And what a price, at 3 euros a pop. (How do you make that "euro" sign? ???)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on November 28, 2008, 04:36:05 PM

Copy-and-paste from webpage, innit, Joe: € € € € €
BTW, don't expect a great package with those three Werejus - they're very much DIY productions in terms of aesthetic. The music is everything here.

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on November 28, 2008, 08:22:39 PM

BTW, don't expect a great package with those three Werejus - they're very much DIY productions in terms of aesthetic. The music is everything here.

Works for me! I'm only in it for the music anyway...  Had a chance to listen to all 3 of those downloads today, liked 'em all, but especially The End Of Everything. So I ordered all three. Thanks again!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on November 28, 2008, 08:47:32 PM
Which reminds me: good to see the US dollar getting up against the euro again.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on November 28, 2008, 09:00:55 PM
today

- Plastikman: Artifakts (favourite Hawtin release)
- Carbon Based Lifeforms: Hydroponic Garden (classic)
- Keith Berry: A Strange Feather (maintains its value)
- Murcof: Remembranza  (ahh, if only there were more like this!)
- All Sweels and Billows 2  (the Alan L. mix compilation of Brit-type drones. A tasty dish.)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: electroambientspace on November 28, 2008, 10:49:22 PM
My iPod is on random play at the moment.  Current track is "Starmaker" by Robert Rich, the version from Music From Atlas Dei.  Previous random selections tonight were from TD's Optical Race and Patrick O'Hearn's Beautiful World.  A nice variety...
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on November 28, 2008, 10:52:38 PM
- All Sweels and Billows 2  (the Alan L. mix compilation of Brit-type drones. A tasty dish.)

Glad to see it's had some longevity, Anthony. The mix is still available for download here, in case anyone else missed it and is curious: http://www.sendspace.com/file/me7o9r (http://www.sendspace.com/file/me7o9r)
Here's the tracklisting:

all swells and billows ii (continuous mix)

TRACK:START TIME-ARTIST-‘TITLE’-RELEASE-(LABEL)
01-0:00-rod modell & michael mantra –‘m’-sonic continuum-(hypnos)
02-4:27-sostrah tinnitus-‘novena di falene’-nebra-(umbra)               
03-8:22-the beautiful schizophonic-‘cantiques à la gloire du soleil’-musicamorosa-(cronica)            
04-11:56-tau ceti-‘in lapidem convertere’-todahnlich-(umbra)
05-16:20-aidan baker & matt borghi-‘sunken cathedrals’-undercurrents-(zenapolae)               
06-21:12-orphax-‘as the winter falls over’-in a long night-(self-released)
07-25:53-adam pacione-‘grey gardens’-sisyphus-(elevator bath)   
08-27:35-sleepresearchfacility-‘86s_115w’-deep frieze-(cold spring)            
09-32:07-apalusa-‘small environs 2’-small environs-(low point)               
10-36:24-gas-‘untitled 6’-pop-(mille plateaux)            
11-40:30-ulf lohmann-‘kristall’-pop ambient 2008-(kompakt)            
12-43:34-tim hecker-‘azure azure’-radio amor-(mille plateaux)               
13-45:48-colin potter & paul bradley-‘decline’-behind your very eyes-(icr)            
14-50:07-machinefabriek-‘still’-slaapzucht-(root strata)               
15-53:06-the caretaker-‘we cannot escape the past’-stairway to the stars (v/vm test records)         
16-55:0-stars of the lid-‘adamord’-music for nitrous oxide-(sedimental)         
17-60:05-william basinski-‘d|p 6’-the disintegration loops iv-(2062)      
end(63:07)


Anthony referred to them as 'Brit-style' drones. I'm not sure about whether that's their style, but to be accurate, a number of countries are represented here, with a distinct leaning towards North America:

USA – 4.5, UK – 3, Canada – 2.5, Germany – 2, Netherlands – 2, Italy - 2, Portugal - 1
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: electroambientspace on November 28, 2008, 10:56:29 PM
today


- Carbon Based Lifeforms: Hydroponic Garden (classic)


Second that Anthony, love this one.  I was really disappointed with the follow up, seemed like very generic downtempo chillout stuff with too many vocal samples repeated ad nauseum.  But this one is classic...
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on November 28, 2008, 11:18:13 PM
Nice one, Joe. Yeah, The End of Everything has a couple of his best tracks on. Pete mentioned another good one - 'through the depths of unknowing' - earlier on in the thread. That one's a double in a jewel case:

(http://www.myownsalvation.com/mailorder/covers/wereju_throughthedepthsofunknowing_2CD.jpg)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Ferngerms on November 29, 2008, 12:12:06 PM



Level – Opale – Spekk
(Solid release in that William Basinski style.   Very similar to previous releases on Smallfish but essential if you like elegiac piano loops drenched in effects)

The [Law-Rah] Collective – Inspiration – Ant-Zen
(It’s a strange one altogether that covers much ground from beat oriented ambient techno in that old chain reaction style to dark spacey drones)

The Sight Below – Glider – Ghostly International
(Earlier in this thread we had the opportunity to sample this artist via the free net release on Ghostly Sounds.  This is by all means necessary if you liked the DeepChord Presents Echospace or if you miss Yagya’s “Rhythm Of Snow”.  I would not call this Dub Techno (although some people have) it reminds me like the “Law-Rah Collective” of that old Ambient-Techno sound from the 90’s)

Richard Skelton  - Tide Of Bells – Sustain
This is really some outstanding music that I would hate to describe.  You should just listen and if you enjoy purchase: www.myspace.com/sustainrelease


Fern
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Dave Michuda on November 29, 2008, 03:38:20 PM
A few candidates for best of the year list....

arve henriksen - cartography
Elbow - Live from London
hans-joachim roedelius & tim story - inlandish

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: 9dragons on November 29, 2008, 07:04:20 PM

Richard Skelton  - Tide Of Bells – Sustain
This is really some outstanding music that I would hate to describe.  You should just listen and if you enjoy purchase: www.myspace.com/sustainrelease

Fern


This does sound quite nice. The packaging is elegant. I am wondering, how does the coverband that wraps around it connect to itself, with tape or is it cut and slotted? (I am making a cd package, and am trying to figure out the best way to make a band)...
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Ferngerms on November 29, 2008, 11:49:49 PM

It seems to be an adhesive coverband.....you should check out Dynamaphone's packaging as well: http://www.dynamophone.com

They seem to use a sticker to connect the coverband....the sticker is a nice touch since it seems to compliment the packaging. 

But the real cool thing about Sustain's release is that on that same coverband it says: This edition was made specially for such and such name.  Super cool if you ask me...it seems to personalize the music. 

I also ordered a few months back the Vinyl box set from Eluvium "Life Through Bombardment" and the box will also have the name of the person printed in the inside of the box.  Once again a cool touch if you ask me.  Check it out here if you are curious: http://www.temporaryresidence.com/

Fern
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Ferngerms on November 30, 2008, 12:24:41 AM
In the evening I snoozed away to the sounds of:

Wereju - Dream/Death - Peasant Magik - CS
("Dream" seems to capture's Wereju's most ambient moment yet...while "Death" seems to be his doomiest song yet.  Well worth a purchase if you like the deep Wereju sound)

Gareth Hardwick - Carnations - Peasant Magik - CS
(Really nice drones....it reminds me of his release on Blackest Rainbow which for my money has been his best to date.  But then again those splits he did with Machinefabriek and Taiga Remains were also A+ dronescapes)

Treetops - North - Arbor - CS
(Dirty sleazy boring drones....apparently they were recorded straight to walkman so you know what to expect when it comes to quality.  Drones that go nowhere similar to the Brain Grainger Sleeping pills on Second Sun....the only difference being the cassette hiss and redlining which if anything give the music some character)

Mountains - Mountains Mountains Mountains - Catsup Plate - 12"
(This release explores and collects the group’s diverse sound...it pretty much covers acoustic, field recording's, drone, and laptop glitch.  Which makes sense once you find out that the release collects a few 3" and some rare outtakes from a few years ago.  Really quite good and number 17 for the best of 2008)

David Daniell - i-iv-v-i - Table Of Elements - 12"
(Masterful drones on this release that seems to focus on different guitar themes according to some descriptions.  Really the best yet in the Table of Elements guitar series....although the Belong and Oren Ambarchi were stunning releases as well)


Fern
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Parallel Worlds on November 30, 2008, 03:13:24 AM
recently:

Ian Boddy - Elemental
Vidna Obmana & Asmus Tiechens - Syrenia
Pete Namlook & Jochem Paap - PP NMLK
Radio Massacre International - Septentrional
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: drone on on November 30, 2008, 03:52:15 AM
re: Carbon Based Lifeforms

I thought "World of Sleepers" was the best thing they've done, in fact it's one of my favorites out of my whole collection.  The samples are great, IMO. 
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on November 30, 2008, 05:53:29 PM
Recently:

Wereju- The End Of Everything;  Gyres;  Between Nowhere And Goodbye; deep, minimal and lovely guitar fog, not as despairing as the titles suggest- I'd call it pleasantly forlorn and ponderous. ;)
Fabio Orsi- Spring No More And Love Come In The Wind; a charming and sometimes joyful 38 minute drone work.
Oval-Dok; always a good listen.
Hakobune- We Left The Window Open Sometimes; sad and beautiful textures.


And some of The Circular Ruins' "faster numbers" that I've always liked, such as:
Epiphenomena; a wonderfully eclectic and spacey up-in-the-ionosphere thing.
Subspace-Overdrive; reminds me of Saul Stokes, but again, Stokes can't get this atmospheric.
Also- The Abyss Of Proof; Interior Distance; Standing In Violet Golds.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Brian Bieniowski on December 01, 2008, 12:28:51 PM
I also ordered a few months back the Vinyl box set from Eluvium "Life Through Bombardment" and the box will also have the name of the person printed in the inside of the box.  Once again a cool touch if you ask me.  Check it out here if you are curious: http://www.temporaryresidence.com/

I thought about buying this myself, but the only one I'm missing is Lambent Material.  I like vinyl, but it seemed an extravagant expense.  Absolutely beautiful packaging on it, though.  Have you heard the album he did under his own name on Gaarden records?  It's great.

Today, some new ones:

B12—Archives, Vol. 1
Finally, the B12 Records archives are open and reissued.  They could have done a little better at stuffing tracks on the discs (no reason for this to encompass seven double CDs), but the music is the best vintage IDM out there, in my opinion.

The Jewelled Antler Library
This is going to take a while to digest.  A four-CD reissue of the limited 3" CDR series.  Some of it is very nice ambient/folk and some of it is almost unlistenable freeform jam/noise.  I don't know whether to love it or hate it, so I guess it's doing something right.

Mountains—Mountains Mountains Mountains LP
Real nice pastoral ambient from these guys.  If you liked the last one they did on Apestaartje, this is more of the same.

Loren Dent—Empires and Milk
All you guys who love the guitar drones, (Undershadow, I'm lookin'atchu), you need to get this one.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on December 01, 2008, 01:05:36 PM
Celer - nacreous clouds

OK, but their recent releases on Infraction are far more developed and satisfying.

Kiln - Ampday

Delightful back-porch, warm fuzzy guitar ditties. Will appeal to ambient fans who also like Luna!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on December 01, 2008, 01:12:10 PM
Yep. RE: the Loren Dent, I was all over it like a rash last Aug, Brian (http://www.furthernoise.org/index.php?url=page.php&ID=190&iss=63 (http://www.furthernoise.org/index.php?url=page.php&ID=190&iss=63))

Awaiting forthcoming on Infraction (http://www.infractionrecords.com/newsinfraction.html (http://www.infractionrecords.com/newsinfraction.html)):

LOREN DENT - Anthropology CD (+ bonus material on memory device with first 50 or so copies) [INFX 034]

Note that, coincidentally, Eluvium having been mentioned at the top of BB's post, Jason@Infraction is releasing more from him, this under another project alias – once available online as a free d/l, then pulled, and now coming out on disc and vinyl:

CONCERT SILENCE (ELUVIUM) - s/t CD/LTD 2xLP [INFX 042] [INFX 042 LP]

And yeah, I agree - the one released under his own name (Matthew Robert Cooper, if I recall correctly) was a nice one.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on December 01, 2008, 01:22:24 PM

(http://i34.tinypic.com/k3rr4h.jpg)

http://gaardenrecords.com/main.html (http://gaardenrecords.com/main.html)

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Brian Bieniowski on December 01, 2008, 01:24:53 PM
I think side two of the Matthew Cooper LP is so nice—like the soundtracks to some of Tarkovsky's movies with the solo organ.  I'm a bit perturbed about the new Concert Silence disc, though.  I thought I read somewhere it's all solo piano stuff.  Not an Eluvium strong point, in my opinion.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Brian Bieniowski on December 01, 2008, 01:27:09 PM
I also meant to say that I think you're spot on in your review of Loren Dent, Alan.  He probably crammed a bit too much on the disc (I sort of lose attention by the end), but it's generally quite a pleaser.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Ferngerms on December 01, 2008, 03:23:16 PM
Matthew Robert Cooper - Miniatures - Garden Recs
(A nice 12" that left a good impression on me.  I was a bit nervous at first because I did not want another "An Accidental Memory In The Case Of Death" which for goodness sake sounded nothing like it.  If I want classical piano I prefer some George Gershwin or Claude Debussy....)

I was looking at the Jewelled Antler pack but was hesitant because I did not recognize a few of the musicians (Claypipes; Tomes; Muon's) and some of the musicians I did recognize although slightly obscure have never left a good impression on me...Uton.  Although I did receive in the mail today "Of - Rocks Will Open - Digitalis" it also contains a cassette of unreleased material from past sessions I believe.....have not listened to it yet but rarely has Loren Chasse failed to satisfy me in his solo monikers.  By the way did you get a copy of the new Blithe Sons and Loren Chasse 12"?  Lovely stuff!


Fern
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: mgriffin on December 01, 2008, 03:30:56 PM
(http://www.klaus-schulze.com/covers/1781xx1.jpg)

Klaus Schulze - X

I used to listen to old Schulze almost every day, and it occurred to me not long ago that I hadn't played a single Klaus Schulze CD in years, so I put on X and have played both discs several times.  Lena likes this album too and I think this is her first exposure to this sort of thing.

Some of the butt-ugliest cover art and package design ever witnessed by mankind, however.

I plan to give a listen to Timewind and Dune and Body Love and Blackdance and a few others soon as well.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Celer on December 01, 2008, 04:05:54 PM
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skaters - dispersed royalty ornaments
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Phaenon on December 01, 2008, 04:38:23 PM
X by Schulze is definitely one of the best album he has released. The most ambitious project, more complex than others, trying to incorporate elements of classic music into electronic compositions... Some people don't like it.
I find it interesting, different from how he used orchestra bits/tapes in Irrlicht and Cyborg.

I've been listening lately to his music, like Mirage, Body Love, Cyborg, etc.
I find it very inspiring, not only becasue of music content, but also how much you can achieve using quite limited number of tools, no computer, etc.
"Less is more?" Well, maybe if the vision is right and your muse is playing the right tone.. ;)


(http://www.klaus-schulze.com/covers/1781xx1.jpg)

Klaus Schulze - X

I used to listen to old Schulze almost every day, and it occurred to me not long ago that I hadn't played a single Klaus Schulze CD in years, so I put on X and have played both discs several times.  Lena likes this album too and I think this is her first exposure to this sort of thing.

Some of the butt-ugliest cover art and package design ever witnessed by mankind, however.

I plan to give a listen to Timewind and Dune and Body Love and Blackdance and a few others soon as well.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on December 01, 2008, 05:10:49 PM
X is great. Certainly one of my favourite Schulze. I still have to 2 lp vinyl release here ... and Mike, those graphics are even bigger !
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: mgriffin on December 01, 2008, 05:15:42 PM
X is great. Certainly one of my favourite Schulze. I still have to 2 lp vinyl release here ... and Mike, those graphics are even bigger !

Actually, the front cover is a bit ugly but the back cover is one of the ugliest things ever, at least on the CD version I have... just a jumble of text in different fonts, different sizes, and even different orientations (horizontal and vertical, I mean), with a nice prominent old-fashioned looking UPC symbol.  It hurts my eyes to look at it, and it hurts my brain to think about it!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on December 01, 2008, 05:20:57 PM
The double LP doesn't have all that text on the back, its very similar to the front.
But it also has 8 full size pages inside of photos and text and interesting musical score examples.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on December 01, 2008, 06:43:27 PM
Mike,  I think I must have had the same ugly reissue of 'X'.  I remember those crazy fonts on the back cover, too.  I think mine was a Thunderbolt reissue.

Paenon, Schulze's mid-70s tools were actually pretty expansive for the time.  He was (and probably still is) using a monster Moog analog console, and, I think, some kind of early cousin of the Mellotron for the choral sounds, though it was called something else.  Timewind, X and Mirage are probably my favorite Schulze albums.

Currently listening to my hardcopy of the new Byrne/Eno that came in today's mail.  It's a bit of a sleeper, but I kind of like it.  And my copy has David Bryne's autograph, so how can I complain?

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: DeepR on December 01, 2008, 07:19:03 PM
I find Mirage, Moondawn, Timewind and X his greatest albums as well. Mirage being the only one where I adore the entire album from start to finish. Too bad the recent reissue of Mirage (2005 with bonus track) has a different, weaker version of the first track Velvet Voyage.

X is a little uneven for me, because my favorite piece by far is Friedrich Nietzsche. Such an incredibly alive, organic and exciting piece of electronic music. I do like the rest, except track 4, disc 1.
I think there is a much longer version of 'Georg Trakl' on one of his mega-cd sets.

He's not using that big Moog anymore since a long time. He has this big wall of Quasimidi modules. Makes a cool backgound in concerts.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on December 01, 2008, 07:58:14 PM
Currently listening to my hardcopy of the new Byrne/Eno that came in today's mail.  It's a bit of a sleeper, but I kind of like it.  And my copy has David Bryne's autograph, so how can I complain?

Argh! I bought the special edition and they're having manufacturing difficulties so the hard copy version of that will be another month! That screensaver is really nice though.

As for the music; a bunch of lovely, uplifting pop songs...and a couple of clueless clunkers. Could it be their "Double Fantasy"?   ;)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: judd stephens on December 01, 2008, 08:29:52 PM
X is great. Certainly one of my favourite Schulze. I still have to 2 lp vinyl release here ... and Mike, those graphics are even bigger !

Actually, the front cover is a bit ugly but the back cover is one of the ugliest things ever, at least on the CD version I have... just a jumble of text in different fonts, different sizes, and even different orientations (horizontal and vertical, I mean), with a nice prominent old-fashioned looking UPC symbol.  It hurts my eyes to look at it, and it hurts my brain to think about it!

You think that's bad, check out the back of Nik Tyndall's "Trance in Space" CD- I think it's the back... could be the insert.  It's a picture of the artist with a hawaiian shirt sitting with his leg crossed over the other, wearing short-shorts.  He's wearing a visor or some kind of hat.  It's just the tackiest thing ever, but the music isn't bad at all.  Nik Tyndall's one of those artists whose music has held up over the years.  His Hearts of Space album Lagoon still sounds sublime.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Phaenon on December 01, 2008, 11:03:13 PM
Mike,  I think I must have had the same ugly reissue of 'X'.  I remember those crazy fonts on the back cover, too.  I think mine was a Thunderbolt reissue.
Paenon, Schulze's mid-70s tools were actually pretty expansive for the time.  He was (and probably still is) using a monster Moog analog console, and, I think, some kind of early cousin of the Mellotron for the choral sounds, though it was called something else.  Timewind, X and Mirage are probably my favorite Schulze albums.

Forrest, I was thinking more about the other albums I have mentioned, especially Cyborg (EMS synth, tapes, organs, and head full of ideas). Mentioned Timewind was recorded using much less equipment. Some parts directly recorded on 2-tracks.
On X he used his "Big Moog" modular synthesizer plus couple of other synths. He sold it later to Peter Namlook, and Namlook put it on Ebay after DSOTM series (I saw that auction... ). And yes, real Mellotron for choirs.
I have two versions of X, the newest one with horribly remastered tracks and old one from Brain. The back cover is a photo of Schulze sitting with his Big Moog in Planetarium (I guess it's London '77). So, no weirdness there...
DeepR, I've got one of the first copies of that 2005 reissue CD of Mirage, there are some pops and clicks on Velvet Voyage. I was also surprised to find a different version of it. I still prefer one from Thunderbolt reissue.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: judd stephens on December 02, 2008, 11:05:12 AM
It's a tad cheesy IMO.  However,I don't know why but given the time this was done, I kind of like this cover.  My only criticism is it would be better if it was a "straight-on" angle of the artist rather than from behind, but then again that wouldn't display all the synthesizers as well.  That would be a nice topic, favorite vintage covers.  I've always liked Steve Roach's original Structures from Silence cover.  Simple. Polygonal... very Tron-ish.


[ The back cover is a photo of Schulze sitting with his Big Moog in Planetarium (I guess it's London '77). So, no weirdness there...
(http://www.klaus-schulze.com/covers/1781xx1.jpg)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Seren on December 02, 2008, 01:07:52 PM
I had all Klaus's albums up to Live and X was one of my favourites, as they all were for different reasons. I liked the front cover, was like being pulled in Klaus's sonic slipstream and flying off......
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on December 02, 2008, 02:00:48 PM
Forrest, I was thinking more about the other albums I have mentioned, especially Cyborg (EMS synth, tapes, organs, and head full of ideas). Mentioned Timewind was recorded using much less equipment. Some parts directly recorded on 2-tracks.
On X he used his "Big Moog" modular synthesizer plus couple of other synths. He sold it later to Peter Namlook, and Namlook put it on Ebay after DSOTM series (I saw that auction... ). And yes, real Mellotron for choirs.


Phaenon,
I'm not familiar with Cyborg.  I remember that Timewind was very string synthy.  Especially liked side one (Bayreuth Return), though the white noise ending to that nearly jolted me out of my seat the first time I heard it.

Re Klaus' use of mellotron:  You're right--his website references a mellotron as of '76.  I guess I was fooled by Klaus' reference to a "voice computer" in the liner notes to his Mirage album.  A machine with multiple tape loops is no computer!  I thought for some reason that he might have been using a Chamberlin, but I guess not.

Currently listening to Hector Zazou's swansong, an ambient collaboration with Indian musicians called "In The House of Mirrors."  Very nice and meditative.

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on December 02, 2008, 03:03:53 PM
[quote author=ffcal link=topic=10.msg11216#msg11216 date=1228251648
Currently listening to Hector Zazou's swansong, an ambient collaboration with Indian musicians called "In The House of Mirrors."  Very nice and meditative.[/quote]

Looking forward to that very much. Very sad he's gone.

Eluder - The Most Beautiful Blue

Delicious! And "Ampland" by Kiln is fantastic too. I keep thinking of late Talk Talk (sans Hollis) with a more garage feel.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Seren on December 03, 2008, 01:19:27 PM
I put 'X' on as I had not listened to it for a long time and enjoyed it.

I noticed the latest version has a 26 minute version of George Trakl. Mine has the original 5:25 long piece - what's the long version like as the original is one of my favourite tracks on the album?
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Parallel Worlds on December 03, 2008, 01:22:33 PM
I put 'X' on as I had not listened to it for a long time and enjoyed it.

I noticed the latest version has a 26 minute version of George Trakl. Mine has the original 5:25 long piece - what's the long version like as the original is one of my favourite tracks on the album?

the long version of Georg Trakl is great, IMHO. that's the reason i bought the re-issue of "X".

i prefer the sound of the Brain edition cd though.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Phaenon on December 03, 2008, 11:16:37 PM
I put 'X' on as I had not listened to it for a long time and enjoyed it.

I noticed the latest version has a 26 minute version of George Trakl. Mine has the original 5:25 long piece - what's the long version like as the original is one of my favourite tracks on the album?

Well... Let me put it in this way. I think I know why the shorter version was included on "X". (I know about vinyl limitation, that's not it) ;)
IMHO, it sounds better that way, like a little gem placed between much longer tracks.
The added part is missing solo part. Schulze plays with the sequencers, tweaking sequences, transposing, etc. till the end. And Grosskopf plays along on his drum kit. It sounds interesting if you like it (sort of an extended improvisation on sequencers and drums). For someone else it might sound like it's not finished, the place was left for some more ARP, Moog solo or such... Structure and flow of that part reminded me a middle part of "Ludwig II von Bayern" track.  ;D

I didn't buy "revisited" "X" for that track since I have known it from The Ultimate Edition (disc 47) "Discover Trakl"
(BTW, the second track is live version of "Friedrich Nietzsche" called "Crazy Nietzsche"). ;)
That Trakl track lasts 28:01 on my player and sounds like the version from re:"X". I guess they shortened it because otherwise CD1 would be longer than 80 minutes (CD1 is 79:46)... I've bought it because i wanted to check that live version of "Ludwig II von Bayern" with Belgium string orchestra.

I find the last track very interesting and challenging, always pleasure to listen to...
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on December 04, 2008, 03:25:42 PM
Loscil - The Sleep Machine

Simple, subtle, classic Loscil.

Pjusk - Sart

One of the strongest 12k releases and the best cover photo too!

Taylor Deupree - Sea Last

Much prefer the Holga polaroid images in the book to the 3" CD.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Parallel Worlds on December 05, 2008, 03:57:22 AM
Ian Boddy - Slide (DiN)
Autistici - Volume Objects (12K)
Plaid - Double Figure (Warp)
India Czajkowska - Cosmospiria (Hic Sunt Leones)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jim02 on December 05, 2008, 04:32:56 AM
some digital beauty;

taylor deupree & christopher willits - invisible architecture

stephan mathieu - TheSadMac
(the guy knows what he's doing, amazing digital melancholia..)

and;

wouter veldhoven - satumaa 
(yes, after playing this last night again, it definately goes along with my favorites of the year, beautiful!)

arve henriksen - cartography
(incredible, another winner of 2008!)

the sight below - glider
(well, this one hits me in the face, GAS fans 'need' to check out this one for sure, than you know what i mean..!!!)



Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Infraction on December 06, 2008, 03:11:03 PM
I think side two of the Matthew Cooper LP is so nice—like the soundtracks to some of Tarkovsky's movies with the solo organ.  I'm a bit perturbed about the new Concert Silence disc, though.  I thought I read somewhere it's all solo piano stuff.  Not an Eluvium strong point, in my opinion.

The forthcoming Concert Silence disc is not solo piano.  It is though Matthew Cooper (Eluvium) and Charles Buckingham (has a solo project called "MFRS" - interpret as you see fit)  working together.  Cooper's description probably sums it up best:  "so there is sort of a lot happening mostly stemming from guitar/keyboard and sampling being torn apart and put back together again pretty much
all controlled live". 

It was up as a download for awhile and was taken down for obvious reasons.  Though the new recording, on top of being remastered, cleaned up etc. will feature an additional ep of material called 'rain furniture'.  This is new material that is otherwise unreleased and unposted. 

We're hashing out the details right now regarding how to present two different and distinct pieces, but will most likely be packed together as a 2xCD set (1 CD for the 9.22.07 recording, 1 as rain furniture ep) or a 3xLP (2xLP for 9.22.07 and 1 12" for the ep).  More soon...

Jason
infractionrecords.com
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on December 06, 2008, 09:06:48 PM
This evening

- beta2agonist: zero point field  (finely composed album that deserves more exposure)
- Maps and Diagrams: polytuft-tech  (one of my regular plays)
- Fennesz: black sea (bit bombastic and scattered in places, but when its good its very good)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on December 07, 2008, 12:48:52 PM
Wyndel Hunt / Thom Heileson: Unit of Selection (CD-R + DVD-R)
(http://www.dragonseyerecordings.com/catalog/de5016.html (http://www.dragonseyerecordings.com/catalog/de5016.html))

(http://www.dragonseyerecordings.com/catalog/de5000/de5016/cover.jpg)

Interesting collaboration on the Seattle-based Dragon’s Eye label between sound artist Wyndel Hunt and digital media artist Thom Heileson. Hunt shapeshifts pitches, tones (and volume), while Heileson parallels his shifts with images of growth and disintegration, construction and demolition, birth and death. (Or vice versa. You decide.) Hunt’s music has a minimal aesthetic, drones and a murky ambience that combines drone, minimalist, and post-shoegaze elements familiar from artists on the likes of 12k/_Line, Kranky and Touch. Heileson’s imagery can be best sampled by checking these clips on youtube:

“4” shows an architectural structure, human figures and trees representing nature and ‘bios’: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=UHVWKjCmMjI (http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=UHVWKjCmMjI)

“8” shows highways, cold winter trees, vanishing shapes, demolition sites and factories belching smog in an industrial landscape: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=nQXVC3FekOU (http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=nQXVC3FekOU)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on December 07, 2008, 08:47:19 PM

- Deaf Center: Pale Ravine
 8)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on December 07, 2008, 08:56:35 PM
David Borden - Music For Amplified Keyboard Instruments (on vinyl--still my favorite release of his; very listenable electronic minimalism)

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: drone on on December 07, 2008, 09:53:47 PM
Funckarma-Elaztiq Bourbon 5 (Sending Orbs) Amazing stuff.

Future Sound of London-From the Archives 5. Perhaps the best of this series.

Faryus-Night Forest Reality. Drones, drones, and more drones.

Ian Boddy-Slide (DiN) Wow, very strong album. The guy gets better with each release. 

Fabio Orsi-Birds are Smart.  The man can do no wrong.

Gas-Nah und Fern.  Great music, awful packaging.

Redshift-Turning Towards Us.  A bit disappointing knowing what they're capable of, but still a solid album.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: 9dragons on December 07, 2008, 11:28:05 PM
Wolfskin - "Hidden Fortress". Exquisite, a subtle gem of dark ambient.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on December 08, 2008, 01:01:10 AM

- Deaf Center: Pale Ravine
 8)
Thats great Stuff. Love their Levende download only Release.

Vidna Obmana - The Fragmented Dome
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: 9dragons on December 08, 2008, 01:52:14 AM
Roach and Wollo - "Stream of Thought". Been spinning this one all weekend, and digging it very much. It goes by so quickly, even for a 70 minute album. Very smooth but also involving and intriguing. Strange compared to a lot of his works recently. I want to put it up there with all the other great collabs, but will need to listen some more to be sure...
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: cookie monster on December 08, 2008, 02:25:23 AM
Kukan Dub Lagan - Psychedelic Child  8)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on December 08, 2008, 07:25:55 AM

- Deaf Center: Pale Ravine
 8)
Thats great Stuff. Love their Levende download only Release.

Don't think I have that download release, will have to look it up .... thanks for mentioning it.  :)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Brian Bieniowski on December 08, 2008, 07:51:32 AM
This morning in cold medication haze:

Tor Lundvall—Empty City
Just when this one really starts getting good, it's over.  The clankier (for lack of a better description) tracks don't really connect with me.

Eluder—The Most Beautiful Blue
A likely pick for my favorite ambient CD of the year.

Fabio Orsi—Audio for Lovers
Thanks, everybody, for this recommendation over in the other topic.  Great, great disc(s).
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on December 08, 2008, 11:04:20 PM
Stephan Mathieu - Radioland  (my copy arrived today, and it sounds great.  Beautiful packaging to boot.  This is apparently the 2d pressing, which is the size of a conventional CD case, if a little thinner.  Can't remember who was looking for this in the US, but Mimaroglu Music Sales has it for less than $20.)

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jim02 on December 09, 2008, 07:46:05 AM
i agree Forrest, Radioland is a great release! And i recently got his TheSadMac for $15 only (maybe Andrew Chalk got inspired by this LP heavy card sleeve cause the new Faraway cd's look the same), though this one is more difficult to find for a reasonable price.
Not sure which one i like more, maybe the latter..

and now waiting for his collab. with Taylor Deupree...
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on December 09, 2008, 01:31:51 PM
Eluder—The Most Beautiful Blue
A likely pick for my favorite ambient CD of the year.

For me it is a sure thing! And the new Arve Henriksen will no doubt be a 2008 fave as well...even though it looks like Universal won't get it in Canada til '09...as usual.

Milieu- Beyond the Sea Lies (grammar alert!) the Stars
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on December 10, 2008, 07:45:14 PM

- Thomas Köner: Nuuk
- Robert Henke: Signal to Noise
- Pub: Single


enjoyable evening so far.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: mgriffin on December 11, 2008, 11:18:24 AM
Lately:

Monolake - Plumbicon Versions (kinda worthwhile, I guess, for Monolake fans)

David Darling - Dark Wood (one of my all-time favorite albums -- if you have any interest in cello at all you absolutely must get this album)

David Darling - Cello (almost as good as Dark Wood)

David Sylvian  - Everything and Nothing (great Sylvian compilation, title obviously stolen from Hypnos Forum!)

I've got an urge to play some old Tangerine Dream this weekend.  I always pull out Phaedra when I'm in a mood like this but I'll try to play something different this time.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Antdude on December 11, 2008, 04:37:49 PM
Just arrived from APK's Data Obscura:

Entia Non - Updrafts

Description Without Place(Entia Non/Anthony Paul Kirby) - Filaments

Excellent releases, both.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SunDummy on December 11, 2008, 04:51:14 PM
I've been slowly ripping my collection to my laptop; I'm discovering all kinds of old gems I forgot I had.  Today:

Omit - Quad   A crazy, surreal journey over three disks - not "music" per se, but really really cool.  Reminds me of the mellower Nurse with Wound disks, but not quite as schizophrenic.  Highly recommend this.
Piano Magic - A Trick of the Sea and Mort Aux Vaches  Nice; mellow post-rock, some ambient moments, some spoken words.  I really like both of these, but the nod goes to Trick...
Mandible Chatter - Of Foreign Lands and People  This is simply brilliant; one of those disks that hits your brain as hard as your heart.  Amazing.
Kraken - For Lisa  Murky, under-water ambience and spookiness.  Flat in spots, but overall a good listen.
Heavy Winged - Hunting the Moon  Gotta cleanse the pallet every now and then with some dirgy rock-n-improv feedback skree.   ;)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on December 11, 2008, 07:43:14 PM
Just arrived from APK's Data Obscura:

Entia Non - Updrafts

Description Without Place(Entia Non/Anthony Paul Kirby) - Filaments

Excellent releases, both.

Very glad to hear it, Antdude. Thanks !

APK
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on December 12, 2008, 03:13:50 PM
Martini time here  :)

- Jeff Greinke: Soundtracks
Haven't heard this in a while ... but its totally enjoyable as usual.
If you don't know it, its a cinematic/classical style.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: 9dragons on December 12, 2008, 06:08:27 PM
Alio Die - Aura Seminalis

Haunting, captivating. On headphones things start to get really strange. Voices coming from nowhere...
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on December 12, 2008, 09:57:32 PM
Deadbeat - Roots & Wires

Scott Montieth delivers another solid dub session. "Babylon Correction" indeed!

Susanna - Flower of Evil

Sublime spare elevations of Tom Petty, Sabbath, Prince, Thin Lizzy et al. Oddly, her version of Nico's Janitor of Lunacy is lightweight.

Up next: Fred Frith, Durutti Column, Fennesz, Zazou...
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on December 13, 2008, 05:36:45 AM
Chartreuse - Smolder
wow .... what the hell of an album ... got it in today and i am
really suprised ... kind of in the vein of older Aidan Baker Stuff
mixed with the Loop Attitude of Basinski and the beauty of
Stars of the Lid ....
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on December 13, 2008, 09:48:23 AM
The Chills - Brave Words (time for some old school 80s New Zealand pop)

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on December 13, 2008, 10:11:47 AM
Fabio Orsi- Spring No More, and Love Come In The Wind; very charming and enjoyable- one of the best Orsi's, in my opinion.
Wereju- Lost And Far From Home; this is the first Wereju that does nothing for me. Lots of random industrial noise is interspersed through this disc, and no sustained flow to the music.

...though I AM impressed enough with Wereju to have ordered Monuments and Through The Depths Of Unknowing. Hope to get them next week. Thanks Alan, for recommending Wereju in this forum.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on December 13, 2008, 02:28:44 PM
More Wereju:

http://albient.livejournal.com/7127.html (http://albient.livejournal.com/7127.html)

Long-form stuff. Warning: it goes on for 38 minutes and doesn't change that much!



Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on December 13, 2008, 06:04:49 PM
This evening

- The Beloved
Lots of tracks. What a fine band they were ! 
Addictive.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Ferngerms on December 13, 2008, 08:17:59 PM
Quote
Posted on: Today at 05:36:45 AMPosted by: SiF 
Chartreuse - Smolder
wow .... what the hell of an album ... got it in today and i am
really suprised ... kind of in the vein of older Aidan Baker Stuff
mixed with the Loop Attitude of Basinski and the beauty of
Stars of the Lid ....

Right on!  I got my copy earlier this week......did you get the speacil edition package or the regular one?  Anyhow I believe the album is called "No More Paths To Sounder Sleep" and SiF provided a description that is dead on.....check out here:
http://thorsrubberhammer.com/

Fern
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Phaenon on December 13, 2008, 10:18:13 PM
Hoenig/Göttsching - Early Water
Interesting 48+ minutes trip to early Berlin School period. Recorded in 1976.
Sounds like combination of Ashra and TD (surprise, surprise!).  ;)
Guitar solos over ever-changing sequences, nice flow...

Hmm, maybe it's time to check Hoenig's solo album "Departure from the Northern Wasteland"...
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on December 14, 2008, 01:40:53 AM
Quote
Posted on: Today at 05:36:45 AMPosted by: SiF 
Chartreuse - Smolder
wow .... what the hell of an album ... got it in today and i am
really suprised ... kind of in the vein of older Aidan Baker Stuff
mixed with the Loop Attitude of Basinski and the beauty of
Stars of the Lid ....

Right on!  I got my copy earlier this week......did you get the speacil edition package or the regular one?  Anyhow I believe the album is called "No More Paths To Sounder Sleep" and SiF provided a description that is dead on.....check out here:
http://thorsrubberhammer.com/

Fern
Is there a special edition? Got the digipack one from a Distro.
But damn, well worth the money. Really good album. A grower.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Ferngerms on December 14, 2008, 03:32:27 AM
Yeah,  the speacil edition comes with an additional 3" Mini featuring some bonus music and different artwork.  Although I think the regular package is damm good deal for only $10!  Just a couple extra's I could'nt resist so I went with the speacil editions.

Fern
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Ferngerms on December 14, 2008, 04:08:02 AM
“V” – We Are Crossing Fences Through Rocky Fields – Housecraft - CDR
(Originally an edition of 50 limited cassettes get’s a CDR reissue with and additional song.  Cool folk-haze done in traditional Digitalis style…..not as noisy or experimental but perhaps spiritual?  It’s a cool release featuring a variety of found sounds, improv flutes, guitar meanderings, and vocal snippets)

V/A – Public Settings – Housecraft – CDR
(Five musicians on the Housecraft label deliver a couple live performances in middle of nowhere Florida……a mixed bag here featuring everything from Nurse With Wound sound collages, noise for noise sake, environmental drones, fold-haze, etc.  Not a bad comp but definitely not essential)

Alio Die & Martina Galvagni – Eleusian Lullaby – Projekt
(Not bad although I do prefer his collaborations with female vocalist Amelia Cuni.  The ambient environments are just right but it seems to be off in some way…..his later releases Aura Seminalis and Tempus Rei seemed much more accomplished in my opinion) 

Jefre Cantu-Ledesma – Black Is The Colour Of My True Love’s Hair – Static Caravan
(Jefre-Cantu Ledesman is the American response to the Brit drone-scrapers….definitely toe to toe with Chalk and Bradley.  Although “Garden Of Forking Paths” is his best release yet….”Black Is The Colour….” should be considered as his second best effort)

As a bonus note I would like to remind all those Ambient drone lovers that Brian Lavelle and Alistair Crosbie have a couple of new releases on AFE…..check here for the curious as you can download a couple of songs from Alistair Crosbie’s  disc “Music For Shipwrecks” which is an absolutely brilliant little album limited to 100 copies.  And you can download a 12 minute extract from Brian’s album “Ustrina” which is equally brilliant: http://www.aferecords.com/

Fern
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on December 14, 2008, 12:10:47 PM
Alio Die & Martina Galvagni – Eleusian Lullaby – Projekt
(Not bad although I do prefer his collaborations with female vocalist Amelia Cuni.  The ambient environments are just right but it seems to be off in some way…..his later releases Aura Seminalis and Tempus Rei seemed much more accomplished in my opinion)

I prefer my Al without whichever winsome wench warbling. That said, AD’s collabs with songbirds are far preferable to Oophoi’s ill-advised dalliance with Louisa-John Krol a few years ago. Queasy stuff.
 
Jefre Cantu-Ledesma – Black Is The Colour Of My True Love’s Hair – Static Caravan
(Jefre-Cantu Ledesman is the American response to the Brit drone-scrapers….definitely toe to toe with Chalk and Bradley.  Although “Garden Of Forking Paths” is his best release yet….”Black Is The Colour….” should be considered as his second best effort)

I do like JC-L's GoFP quite a lot, and can see parallels with Chalk/Bradley. Have to say I wasn’t much taken with BitComTL’sH when I got it - it’s been lying unplayed all year. Maybe I'll dig it out and slap it on and reassess.

As a bonus note I would like to remind all those Ambient drone lovers that Brian Lavelle and Alistair Crosbie have a couple of new releases on AFE…..check here for the curious as you can download a couple of songs from Alistair Crosbie’s  disc “Music For Shipwrecks” which is an absolutely brilliant little album limited to 100 copies.  And you can download a 12 minute extract from Brian’s album “Ustrina” which is equally brilliant: http://www.aferecords.com/

Good spot, Fern! This sounds like the best work I’ve heard from both of these artists. I had a couple of Crosbie’s and didn’t much like their noisiness (Ashenground, Everything Around Me has Somehow Broken). This seems quite different, and rather beautiful in a downcast way. A hint of the flavour of NWW’s Salt Marie Celeste in the concept, and that first sample perhaps...?
Thanks for the recommends.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: LNerell on December 15, 2008, 12:55:19 PM
I'm at work and am working on a project that requires me to listen to some old radio broadcasts of classical music concerts. Right now I'm listening to Vaughan-Williams, Prokofiev, and Britten. Not really ambient but what's coming through the speakers at this moment.  :)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: deepspace on December 15, 2008, 02:10:18 PM
That sounds interesting Loren.  Are you willing to reveal any more info about your project?

I love Vaughan Williams.  His 3rd Symphony is fabulous- it's like a giant ambient orchestral piece.  his fifth is sublime too.  And I really love his 'Sinfonia Antarctica' - in fact i bought a dvd a few years back, where someone got a whole lot of footage of antarctica landscapes and created a visual companion to the piece.  It was absolutely brilliant, and contained a lot of sped up footage of antarctic landscapes, so you could see the clouds swirling and the light changing on the landscape.  I recommend it to pretty much anyone on this forum.  Fantastic stuff.  The Landscape movement of that sinfonia is.....just listen to it if you can, and be amazed at how ahead of its time it is.  It's based in the musical language of the impressionists (Maurice ravel was williams' teacher for a start), but reaches forward somehow to now.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on December 15, 2008, 02:56:40 PM
I really enjoy Williams as well.
Lark Ascending and the Thomas Tallis piece, of course.
But also the little collection of Houseman songs, On Wenlock Edge. Wonderful things.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on December 15, 2008, 02:59:10 PM
Been listening to

- Jason Corder & Opium: thepresentday
has grown on me ... and I find the album gets better and better as you move through it.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: 9dragons on December 15, 2008, 03:30:27 PM
Nebulo Avutma, liquidly dark electronic, shimmering and intelligent...nice organ sounds...
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: DeepR on December 15, 2008, 03:47:31 PM
Listened to lots of piano music on youtube today. Here's a favorite:

Nikolai Lugansky plays Rachmaninov - Musical Moment No.4 in E minor
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhLDse5R8dQ
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on December 15, 2008, 10:18:09 PM
Been listening to:

Thom Brennan - Strange Paradise (very nice floating ambient CD from 2001; it used to go under the title of, "The Secret Faiths of Salamanders")

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Ferngerms on December 15, 2008, 10:22:03 PM
Paul Bradley – Twenty Hertz – ICR
(When I listen to this CDR I often feel that it should have been released on Mystery Sea records.  Even though a couple years later Bradley would go on to release “Sophia Drifts” on Mystery Sea it seemed that the aquatic environmental atmospheres of “Twenty Hertz” would have been a perfect match on the Mystery Sea label.  Dark, brooding, and tenacious drones like none other from Mr. Bradley)

Taiga Remains – Beneath The Weeping Beeches – Ekhein – Cassette
(Damm this is really freaking good….in the same line as the release on Waterscape earlier in the year.  Even though this would probably be categorized as drones it seems to have a much more uplifting feel and the drone is much lighter than usual.  Perhaps more ambient than drone?)

Xiphiidae – Wake Of The Hoods – Peasant Magick – Cassette
(It straddles that line of music and noise…although I think it is more music.  Hard to pinpoint this artist style….his last cassette was more drones with a wisp of acoustic guitar yet on this release I hear a lot of feedback and strange noises doused with reverb.  Not his best effort and perhaps one of his most challenging listens in his somewhat large catalog of releases)

Fern
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: orczy on December 16, 2008, 12:08:04 AM
I love Vaughan Williams.  His 3rd Symphony is fabulous- it's like a giant ambient orchestral piece. 

I am in complete agreement with you this. The Third is marvellous, easily one of my favourite symphonies.

My current listens are
Hansson and Karlsson: Man at the Moon (1969) & Rex (1968)
Sagor and Swing Orgelfarger (1998) & Melodier och faglar (2002).

I am loving this hammond based stuff at the moment. Bo is an original talent, and Eric from Sagor and Swing has one of the best melodic ears I have heard in ages: little repetitive fragments, innocent and childlike, but with a tinge of sadness.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: LNerell on December 16, 2008, 11:38:42 AM
That sounds interesting Loren.  Are you willing to reveal any more info about your project?

Yeah its no big deal. The schools conductor (I work at UCLA) is up for tenure, so I'm dubbing a bunch of recordings of concerts he's conducted over the years to show what's he's done. Most of them are on cassette and go back to the 1980s. Oh, the Vaughan-Williams piece was Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas  Tallis.

Right now I'm listening to the very first field recording I ever made. A recording I did in Guatemala in 1972 of a cheesy marimba band at a hotel I was staying.  :D
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on December 16, 2008, 12:29:45 PM
Isis - Wrists of Kings | Vinyl
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: 9dragons on December 16, 2008, 01:32:39 PM
Doublends Vert Cistern. acoustic music recorded in a giant cistern, which comes out sounding like amazing unique dark ambient. Very interesting record...
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on December 17, 2008, 09:25:23 PM
Still in the 80s time machine:

The Lucy Show - Undone (finally made a nice LP dub of this onto CDR)

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: 9dragons on December 18, 2008, 02:41:28 AM
Inade Aldebaran swamped my house in industrial glory sludge this afternoon. One of the tracks incorporates native american chanting in a way that no other ambient artist could accomplish. Along with the pounding drums (either from the band or the sample) this was a stunning track, really made me feel that indefinable sense of unease/wonder.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Dave Michuda on December 18, 2008, 08:19:45 AM
Getting together my year end list so I'm listening to some candidates...

David Tagg - Waist Deep Seas Of Milk
alio die - aura seminalis
johann johannsson - fordlandia
bvdub - dreams of red chambers
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: sio on December 19, 2008, 04:05:07 PM
(http://www.maxcorbacho.com/imagenes/cds/BreathStream.jpg)

Max Corbacho: Breathstream

Worth checking if you liked his previous cd "The Talisman". This one takes you further in a subdued and tranquil way...
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: DeepR on December 20, 2008, 07:29:54 AM
Raison D'Etre - Metamorphyses

A grand album. I love it. Especially phase 4 and 5.
Phase 5, wow. An achingly beautiful, dreamy and sad mood, created in a very subtle way.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: 9dragons on December 20, 2008, 04:24:45 PM
Metamorphyses is indeed an excellent album. Have you checked the new Raison d'Etre live album?

Listening to Fennesz Black Sea. Not sure yet. I own no other albums by this artist, and was curious enough to get this one.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on December 20, 2008, 05:45:41 PM
- Philipp Weigl: Land and Water

Can't say enough good things about this guy
http://www.philippweigl.com/main.html
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: sio on December 22, 2008, 03:21:53 PM
Variant: The Setting Sun  (Echospace Detroit)

Nice soundscapes from Variant (Modell? Hitchell? Both? You don't known after a while with so many aliases), the centrepiece "Falling Stars" is a 52 minutes track of gentle, icy pads.  The third track, "Time Stood Still" sound a bit more like a piece left out from "The coldest season".

Available as an exclusive Mp3/.Wav download at Beatport

https://www.beatport.com/en-US/html/content/release/detail/147384/the_setting_sun (https://www.beatport.com/en-US/html/content/release/detail/147384/the_setting_sun)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: DeepR on December 23, 2008, 06:00:48 AM
Klaus Schulze - In Blue Deluxe Edition

'Return of the Tempel' is, with the exception of the keyboard-saxophone part, completely brilliant.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on December 23, 2008, 02:16:44 PM
Robert Fripp - Let the Power Fall

Dedicated to the Pope after his latest missive. I still prefer this to all his later Frippertronics work. And the Gabriel 2 version of Exposure is great too.

WIRE - Object 47

Finally gave in and bought this. 3 man crew and in top form!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on December 23, 2008, 10:43:31 PM
This evening

- Miwon: a to b
loved his Pale Glitter, this is also a well-crafted release.
Its beat-driven subtle electro stuff, kinda in the Boc Scadet or Maps And Diagrams style.

- Robert Davies: Geography of Memory
yes, I released this ... but only because its an excellent piece of work.
I think its his best yet. Here is a full track http://www.dataobscura.com/radio.php

- Múm: Finally We Are No one
its an Icelandic regular here. Love their titles too:
"We Have a Map of the Piano"
"Don't Be Afraid You Have Just Got Your Eyes Closed"
"Now There's That Fear Again"
Brilliant!


Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Parallel Worlds on December 24, 2008, 01:35:26 AM
Keith Fullerton Whitman - Multiples
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Parallel Worlds on December 24, 2008, 01:52:59 AM
Well Suited For General-Purpose Audio Work - A Schematic records Compilation
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on December 24, 2008, 10:14:35 AM
Wereju- Monuments; whoa, this might be the best Wereju out there. Great, thick slabs of foggy dark ambient guitar.
Lammergeyer- Borders & Barrens; an old favorite revisited.
Stars Of The Lid- The Ballasted Orchestra; I forgot how much I love this! The Stars before the decline.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Parallel Worlds on December 25, 2008, 02:16:04 AM
Atom - Dots (10th anniversary Box II)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: judd stephens on December 25, 2008, 12:58:03 PM
Diatonis - The Convolving Universe.   Processed choir vocals with a little synth-drift.  Christmas ambient  :)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: spunknik on December 25, 2008, 07:28:01 PM
Steven Wilson-Insurgentes-very nice book with c.d.'s and dvd.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Parallel Worlds on December 26, 2008, 12:10:27 PM
Atom Heart - Shell Glove
Scorn - Greetings from Birmingham
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: 9dragons on December 29, 2008, 01:41:41 AM
Alio Die, Tempus Rei... a deep sense of emotion, enthralling esoterism, a sense of wonder, and the intricacy of the layers...
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Brian Bieniowski on December 29, 2008, 06:35:09 PM
And what's this I hear about a certain Hypnos Forum member doing the newest Alio Die CD covers?  ;)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: deepspace on December 29, 2008, 09:03:13 PM
Alio Die, Tempus Rei... a deep sense of emotion, enthralling esoterism, a sense of wonder, and the intricacy of the layers...


I can't get enough of Alio Die right now.  He operates from a very high place. 

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on December 30, 2008, 02:34:14 PM
Lots of Keith Berry. (hand-picked selection here: http://albient.livejournal.com/7772.html (http://albient.livejournal.com/7772.html))
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: DeepR on December 30, 2008, 02:47:35 PM
Tetsu Inoue - Organic Cloud

Track 3 & 4 are two of the most godly pieces in all of ambient.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: 9dragons on December 30, 2008, 08:15:12 PM
And what's this I hear about a certain Hypnos Forum member doing the newest Alio Die CD covers?  ;)

Yes! It's been quite exciting to me to have my art on two Alio Die releases, six-panel digipaks no less. He did an amazing job of the layout and design, the silver metallic ink is gorgeous. I've been having a fun time listening to them and seeing my art on them, strange in the context of all the other Alio Die albums I have, and all the hours I've used his music as inspiration to make art.

In the light of that, currently listening to Hidden Spring, Sit Tibi Terra Levis/Introspective, and the stunning Tempus Rei...
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on December 30, 2008, 08:18:16 PM
9dragons -  how about posting a link or two to the covers? be great to see them.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: 9dragons on December 30, 2008, 08:29:30 PM
From Stefano's myspace page:

http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=205245832&blogID=456084571

Thanks for mentioning it Brian, and for the request, APK!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on December 30, 2008, 09:27:36 PM
And it looks quite remarkable. Well done !
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Parallel Worlds on December 31, 2008, 06:16:39 AM
From Stefano's myspace page:

http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=205245832&blogID=456084571

Thanks for mentioning it Brian, and for the request, APK!
Great artwork, indeed.
Well done!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on December 31, 2008, 06:34:40 AM
Way to go, 9 Dragons! :)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Parallel Worlds on December 31, 2008, 09:42:43 AM
Steve Roach and Vidna Obmana - Spirit Dome
Harmonia - Deluxe
Keith Fullerton Whitman - Multiples
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Celer on December 31, 2008, 03:14:17 PM
Saito Koji - Endless End (Magic Book)

Really great work.. I really love one, just like the Gears of Sand release...
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on December 31, 2008, 09:06:12 PM

The Notwist: Neon Golden
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Dave Michuda on December 31, 2008, 09:18:29 PM
The Sight Below - glider
Elbow - Live from London
Claro Intelecto - Metanarrative
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Seren on January 02, 2009, 03:55:05 AM
From Stefano's myspace page:

http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=205245832&blogID=456084571

Thanks for mentioning it Brian, and for the request, APK!

Indeed, stunning artwork, very beautiful....
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jim02 on January 03, 2009, 03:37:21 PM
clouwbeck - a moraine
(more bowed beauty.. from Richard Skelton)

jim o'rourke - long night
(2 fascinating longform pieces, ever-changing feather-light overtone drones, i think yes, time-suspending would be the proper word here..)

bass communion - I
(probably his most accessible, the last 25 minute piece based on a Robbert Fripp sample is beautiful!)

aidan baker - green & cold
(for me top-rating post-rock ambient, with occasionally pretty vocals)

aidan baker - letters
(another fantastic release from Aidan, powerful and intense)

the sight below - glider
(this beats GAS for me easily.. oh ohh ;D)

off the sky - creek caught fire
(i love it)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Numina on January 03, 2009, 08:42:46 PM
I've been listening to Big Country lately... they were such a great band and their music still resonates with me.  Been listening to their albums "Steeltown" and "The Crossing".

Also:

Tearwave ~ "Different Shade Of Beauty"
The Daysleepers ~ "Drowned In A Sea Of Sound"
Disharmony ~ "Malignant Shields"
Wovenhand ~ "Ten Stones"
Leaetherstrip ~ "Retention No. 2"
Gary Numan ~ "Strange Charm"
Sunshine Blind ~ "rewind"
IKON ~ "Psychic vampire"
New Order ~ "Movement" reissue
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Ein Sophistry on January 03, 2009, 10:23:54 PM
Biomusique - "Empty Spaces"

Love this track; dark, swirling, mysterious, epic.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: 9dragons on January 04, 2009, 12:44:09 AM
Steve Roach albums last night/early morn. That Amplexus compilation with Vidna, Brennan, and Roach. The first and third/fourth tracks are some of the best I've heard from Vidna and Roach. The middle track, which I think is Brennan, I could do without.

Inspired to throw on disc one of World's Edge. Fantastic as well, weird sounds and full of deep feeling. Old school Roach...
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Parallel Worlds on January 04, 2009, 03:13:32 AM
FSOL - Environments
Cray - Undo
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on January 04, 2009, 05:45:06 PM

New Tim Hecker leaked.
Caught some drops here:http://albient.livejournal.com/8419.html (http://albient.livejournal.com/8419.html)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Brian Bieniowski on January 04, 2009, 06:39:08 PM
Hecker played some of this material in concert when I saw him in December.  I was hoping he'd have a new CD out.   8)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: 9dragons on January 04, 2009, 10:49:25 PM
Shinkiro - The Way of the Gods

Shinto flavored dark ambient from Athanor, interesting so far.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on January 05, 2009, 12:25:00 AM
Hecker played some of this material in concert when I saw him in December.  I was hoping he'd have a new CD out.   8)

It's sounding good!

Red Chamber - Redgrass

Chinese tradition meets bluegrass in a warm virtuostic flurry!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on January 05, 2009, 02:49:14 AM
Yeah, i mean when i am listening to "A Stop at the Chord Cascades"
then you could hear Hecker from a Million Miles away and you could
still identify his "Stlyle". Need to give this a full listen but it sounds
good already.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jim02 on January 05, 2009, 03:08:55 AM
i agree the new Tim Hecker sounds awesome though i'm not a Hecker fan! i'll buy it for sure once it is released.
due to the many blogs outthere that give great exposure, i order more than i want to..  :o

i saw on the 12k forum a topic that blamed one particular blog out of the amazon forests of music blogs while i saw that their music listings parallel with those blogs.. you tell me..
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Brian Bieniowski on January 05, 2009, 10:05:01 AM
I've played the new Tim Hecker a few times now and I really like it.  I can't say it's great like Harmony in Ultraviolet, but I do know it'll likely be a favorite of mine in 2009.

I'm not sure how I feel about the music blogs online.  On the one hand, it's awesome to be able to sample whole albums (I always buy the disc if I like it), on the other hand, it's easy to see lots of people just DLing what they want and never shelling out for the artists responsible.  Like booze, I suppose they're best when used responsibly.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on January 05, 2009, 11:07:28 AM

- Off the sky : Dwelling Spells

Yet another fine free release. At  http://www.zymogen.net
Last two tracks were especially enjoyable.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on January 05, 2009, 02:25:42 PM
I've played the new Tim Hecker a few times now and I really like it.
On the one hand, it's awesome to be able to sample whole albums (I always buy the disc if I like it), on the other hand, it's easy to see lots of people just DLing what they want and never shelling out for the artists responsible.

I think it's foolish to offer it all online. I've seen too many well-off people who would have, in the past, bought music settle into a sick, selfish "entitled" mode when it comes to accessing music. Ugly. I never miss an opportunity to lecture people on the need to buy music if they truly love and respect it.

Susanna - Flower of Evil
Cluster - Berlin 07
Lee Morgan - The Sidewinder
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Parallel Worlds on January 05, 2009, 02:35:15 PM


I've seen too many well-off people who would have, in the past, bought music settle into a sick, selfish "entitled" mode when it comes to accessing music. Ugly. I never miss an opportunity to lecture people on the need to buy music if they truly love and respect it.

and you're doing the right thing.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on January 05, 2009, 04:06:01 PM
Wouldn't be AS bad if sites only put up 64kbs versions of albums,
but putting up 320kbs versions is simply giving the album away
... making many labels wonder why they bother putting all their
time and effort into releasing this music. No surprise we are seeing
more cdr/download releases. Maybe in the future it will be only free
net releases ... with very little quality control,  embedded ads,
interspersed political slogans, and plenty of malware.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on January 06, 2009, 12:58:03 PM
Wouldn't be AS bad if sites only put up 64kbs versions of albums,
but putting up 320kbs versions is simply giving the album away
... making many labels wonder why they bother putting all their
time and effort into releasing this music. No surprise we are seeing
more cdr/download releases. Maybe in the future it will be only free
net releases ... with very little quality control,  embedded ads,
interspersed political slogans, and plenty of malware.

I read an article this past week which stated that CD sales had dropped 20% in the past year, and that the drop had not been covered by digital sales, so I'm not surprised that to hear that this has been happening.

I'm now listening to:

Steve Kilbey - Painkiller (much better than I expected)
The Kinks - The Kink Kronikles

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Ferngerms on January 06, 2009, 11:56:03 PM
The Tim Hecker samples sound tasty can't wait!  But if you need something to relieve your desire of the new Hecker I highly recommend you check this out:
Corey Fuller - The Fourth Way - Quite Design
http://quietdesign.us/index.html

(very good and done in that "Tim Hecker" "Belong" style if you know what I mean)

Colin Andrew Sheffield - Signatures - Invisible Birds
(Another disc from late 2008 that I just got around to listening and man is it good.  Superb work....very very good once again check the website for availability)

Brendan Murray - Wonder Never Cease - Intransitive
(I did my homework and did some research on this artist and found this little "gem" which is reminiscent of all the drones being dropped on Twenty Hertz.  At times I feel the work is challenging but quite honestly I am very happy with this disc and a pity I discovered it two years later.....)

Fern
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Parallel Worlds on January 07, 2009, 05:36:19 AM
Hazard - Wind
Vidna Obmana - An Opera for 4 Fusion Works: Act 1 (with Dreams in exile)
Vidna Obmana - An Opera for 4 Fusion Works: Act 2 (with Bill Fox)
Vidna Obmana - An Opera for 4 Fusion Works: Act 3 (with Kenneth Kirschner)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Parallel Worlds on January 07, 2009, 01:37:01 PM
David Sylvian - Gone To Earth
Keith Fullerton Whitman - Playthroughs
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on January 07, 2009, 02:06:18 PM

- Lawrence English: Kiri No Oto
Some of this has lovely rich musical textures (like 3 openers),
but after that I find it inconsistent and often mindlessly noisy.

- Description Without Place: Filaments
Recommended listening after English.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on January 07, 2009, 02:31:40 PM

- Exit In Grey: Twilight Waters
(2007)
Another noise-based work. Milder than the English.
Very nice.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on January 07, 2009, 02:44:10 PM
Moved on to a bit of minimal rhythm

- esem: serial human
and he does it so very well.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: mgriffin on January 07, 2009, 02:45:59 PM
You seem to be listening to about 5 CDs per hour, APK!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: mgriffin on January 07, 2009, 02:50:34 PM
Oh, and... my recent listens:

O Yuki Conjugate - Peyote
Such a great album... cool, weird, tribal, spooky.  Everyone reading this must buy this album!

Krill.Minima - Nautica
Also wonderful, a newer discovery.  A pleasant blend of subtle beats and ambient textures.  It does have a sort of "aquatic" quality, as one might guess from the title.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on January 07, 2009, 03:10:24 PM
You seem to be listening to about 5 CDs per hour, APK!

Cheap time-dilation !   we have that in Canada now  :)

But actually the first post was when I was well into Exit In Grey.
I'm still listening to Esem.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Ein Sophistry on January 07, 2009, 04:57:12 PM
Matthew Florianz - Winter
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: 9dragons on January 07, 2009, 07:13:17 PM
The Tim Hecker samples sound tasty can't wait!  But if you need something to relieve your desire of the new Hecker I highly recommend you check this out:
Corey Fuller - The Fourth Way - Quite Design
http://quietdesign.us/index.html

This label looks (sounds) quite interesting. You find great stuff!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on January 08, 2009, 11:01:46 AM

- Lawrence English: Kiri No Oto
Some of this has lovely rich musical textures (like 3 openers),
but after that I find it inconsistent and often mindlessly noisy.


One of the openers and one of the afters: http://albient.livejournal.com/7448.html (http://albient.livejournal.com/7448.html)

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Celer on January 08, 2009, 06:17:09 PM
I think that's Corey Allen, not Corey Fuller

The Tim Hecker samples sound tasty can't wait!  But if you need something to relieve your desire of the new Hecker I highly recommend you check this out:
Corey Fuller - The Fourth Way - Quite Design
http://quietdesign.us/index.html

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Parallel Worlds on January 10, 2009, 07:34:44 AM
Max Richter - Waltz With Bashir OST
Ian Boddy & Bernhard Wostheinrich - Hemispheres
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on January 10, 2009, 01:36:29 PM
VA - Intelligent Toys 5

(a massive "three disc" mp3 set on netlabel Sutemos.  Have only digested part of it so far.  No real impressions of it yet.)

Also listening to some nice Kyma sound streams from Richard Lainhart.

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on January 10, 2009, 02:33:57 PM

Advance of the new Yagya Rigning - to be released on Sending Orbs, though no release date published yet. The same sound, but deeper, fuller, bassier, and more texturally enfolding than previous. Sample here:

http://www.livevideo.com/video/5D6D160755C7446DAA4884C04AC7F354/-yagya-rigning-two-.aspx (http://www.livevideo.com/video/5D6D160755C7446DAA4884C04AC7F354/-yagya-rigning-two-.aspx)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on January 10, 2009, 03:28:35 PM
VA - Intelligent Toys 5

(a massive "three disc" mp3 set on netlabel Sutemos.  Have only digested part of it so far.  No real impressions of it yet.)

Forrest

That's great news. 4 was excellent !!!

APK
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: jim02 on January 12, 2009, 07:24:11 AM
isengrind - golestan
(well i finally found it..  i can't stop playing this one, it's a very good one, i like it most from all of the Natural Snow Buildings and- related stuff, i hope this release will eventually find a way to CD-format one day..)

MWVM - rotations
(thanks to Undershadow's multiple listings here, great droning with the right amount of suspense)

TwinSisterMoon - levels & crossings
(the other one-half (male) of Natural Snow Buildings, took me some time to really appreciate it, ritual ambient post pop rock or something  :o)

phill niblock - touch food
(endless droning from a 70-year old dronehead, powerful, the 2nd disc reminds me somehow of Deutsch's The Sun)

burial - untrue
(great dubstep, the 1st half the disc is quite catchy and uplifting)

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on January 12, 2009, 05:15:29 PM

- Soft Machine: Third
   
I was brought up on these guys. Compulsory listening in this house.

- Intelligent Toys 5  (Sutemos)
First listen. Didn't sound as spectacular as 4, but interesting stuff for sure.
3 albums and free. Have not heard it all yet.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: 9dragons on January 12, 2009, 07:09:52 PM
Left in a magical, dazed stupor late last night by back to back listenings of Discourses of the Withered and The Everything and the Nothing, both courtesy of the wonderful Celer. Such excellent work, and many unexpected sounds...
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on January 13, 2009, 09:58:12 PM
- Intelligent Toys 5  (Sutemos)
First listen. Didn't sound as spectacular as 4, but interesting stuff for sure.
3 albums and free. Have not heard it all yet.

Yeah, I'd have to agree.  I liked it, but it's a bit lower key than 3 and 4.

Recently played:  The Blue Nile - A Walk Across the Rooftops (still my favorite of theirs, their 1st)

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Parallel Worlds on January 14, 2009, 07:29:22 AM
Ian Boddy & Bernhard Wostheinrich - Hemispheres (great album)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on January 15, 2009, 01:45:07 PM
You might want to ask that in a separate thread, Michael. Could get buried in here.

np
- Weigl & Hofmann: Elevate (ep)

I love Weigl's work. But have not heard anyone else mention him.
So here is a link: http://www.philippweigl.com
There are a bunch of free releases.

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on January 15, 2009, 04:33:44 PM

New Yagya Rigning (Icelandic for "rain"). Samples now appear on the Sending Orbs microsite:
http://microsites.sendingorbs.com/so011/ (http://microsites.sendingorbs.com/so011/)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: 9dragons on January 15, 2009, 05:37:30 PM
New Yagya! Sending Orbs makes me happy...was hoping for another Advocaat cover, but it still looks beautiful.

Listening to some very fine Diophantine Discs albums lately. Brian Lavelle's Fallen Are the Domes of Green Amber is excellent. http://discs.diophantine.net/releases.html
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: sio on January 16, 2009, 04:37:27 AM
The new Yagya is in the basket :) Can't never go wrong with his music. Sounds even moodier thought.

Otherwise, now listening to :
(http://www.interstellarsounds.com/files/images/product_thumbnails/t_3010.jpg)

Intrusion: The Seduction Of Silence.

Not many copies of this one around. Samples here:http://www.juno.co.uk/ppps/products/340091-01.htm (http://www.juno.co.uk/ppps/products/340091-01.htm)

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on January 16, 2009, 11:26:56 AM

New Yagya Rigning (Icelandic for "rain"). Samples now appear on the Sending Orbs microsite:
http://microsites.sendingorbs.com/so011/ (http://microsites.sendingorbs.com/so011/)
Ordered. Excactly the kind of ambient-dubby-techno i need at the moment.
And Rain. Rain. Rain. Always melt away when Rain is used well in Music.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on January 16, 2009, 03:32:28 PM
Friday early evening:

- Hendrix: Electric Ladyland
- Doors: L.A. Women

a nice antedote to wussing out with some quiet drones ;)

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on January 16, 2009, 11:02:25 PM
Enjoying two very different discs I picked up at Amoeba today:

Shanghai Traditional Music Society - Jiangnan Sizhu (Traditional Music from Southesatern China)(on Hugo(!)--I never see these discs around here)

Manual - Azure Vista (I like this a lot more than a beatless ambient disc of his I heard a few years back).

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on January 17, 2009, 09:05:33 AM
A couple of Boomkat flac downloads:

Xela- In Bocca Al Lupo; Very odd, scratchy drones with processed church bells, violins, cellos, electronic noise. Very bleak and desolate, everything has a very distant feel. At first listen the sound field seems entirely "flat", but after a while a certain depth is uncovered. I'm not even sure I like it, and yet I can't stop listening to it.

Pjusk- Sart; a grainy, glitchy thing with a wide sound field. Shows promise.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: 9dragons on January 18, 2009, 01:35:41 AM
Taking post-midnight hours into the chill zone with the Yagya 'Will I Dream During the Process'. Such potent, emotional music for what appears to be clubby techno on the surfaces. Lots of subtle design elements here, very intelligently constructed...

And of course am drooling for the new one to arrive at the Aerie...
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Parallel Worlds on January 18, 2009, 04:13:59 AM
Clock DVA - Digital Soundtracks
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: sio on January 18, 2009, 05:46:03 AM
There is an half-hour extract of Robert Henke's upcoming release "Taptim", a piece recreated out of the track "Indigo" (From the Monolake album "Cinemascope") specially for an art instalation.
I play this in loop and find it quite mesmerizing, as if time had stopped. Minimal, yet hypnotic and powerful, try it, you might like it.

Looking forward to the cd

http://www.monolake.de/installations/taptim.html (http://www.monolake.de/installations/taptim.html)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Scott M2 on January 19, 2009, 07:40:28 AM
echo of small things by Robert Rich. Sparce and entrancing - a good start for my workweek.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on January 19, 2009, 03:18:09 PM

Manual - Azure Vista (I like this a lot more than a beatless ambient disc of his I heard a few years back).


A propos of Manual, I’ve always had a soft spot for him, but my sneaking regard never quite found a fully engaging album to patch into despite some great moments across several albums.

That is until now.

I just heard his latest, and, blimey, he’s finally cracked it. Confluence is a really gorgeous album that’s wholly satisfying.

Blurb from Darla: http://www.darla.com/catalog/desc.asp?id=14239 (http://www.darla.com/catalog/desc.asp?id=14239)
Clips from boomkat: http://www.boomkat.com/item.cfm?id=144515 (http://www.boomkat.com/item.cfm?id=144515)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on January 19, 2009, 03:52:01 PM
Occasionally I let myself go and deviate from my chosen path of righteous experimental drone minimalism and austere foggy microsonics. When I do, I confess I may end up indulging myself with a good wallow in a creamy sonic bubblebath of overproduced technology-driven downtempo-ambient-psy-trance-chill. And Solar Fields is currently one of the best at it. Not very original, even a bit 'obvious', but good to binge on. Like some big syrupy ambi-techy creamcake.

Video teaser for new album: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uY3pDUZIC1k (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uY3pDUZIC1k)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: deepspace on January 19, 2009, 06:46:23 PM
I've been listening to The Zombies a lot recently and in particular their album, "Odessey and Oracle" (Yes, the title was misspelt: long story there).  They are basically one of those bands that was just missed by the public, and never got the recognition they deserved.  If you're into psychedelic 60's baroque pop, then Odessey is one of the greatest albums you're likely to hear. 

Other stuff I've been listening to: The Action, another passed-over 60's mod pop band. 


Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on January 19, 2009, 08:06:12 PM
Yep, The Zombies were very special.
"She's Not There" is still one of the best pop songs of the era.
They were quite popular for a short while in England back in the day.
Love 'em.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on January 19, 2009, 09:32:26 PM
I just heard his latest, and, blimey, he’s finally cracked it. Confluence is a really gorgeous album that’s wholly satisfying.
[/quote]

Thanks for the tip, Alan.  It's available on emusic, so it should be relatively painless to check out.

I've been listening to The Zombies a lot recently and in particular their album, "Odessey and Oracle" (Yes, the title was misspelt: long story there).  They are basically one of those bands that was just missed by the public, and never got the recognition they deserved.  If you're into psychedelic 60's baroque pop, then Odessey is one of the greatest albums you're likely to hear. 

I remember hearing the Zombies' Time of the Season quite a bit on the radio when I was kid.  Great song.  A strange prog connection is that the Zombies' lead singer, Colin Blunstone, was a guest singer on Dave Stewart (of Canterbury fame, not the Eurythemics guy) and Barbara Gaskin's 1st 45, "What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted" (a great version, BTW).

I was in the time machine today, too.  Listened to Chris Squire's Fish Out of Water.

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on January 20, 2009, 12:16:11 AM
Sweeter than the Day (Wayne Horvitz/Keith Lowe/Andy Roth/Tim Young)

"Live at The Rendezvous, Seattle 2004"

A fantastic record of a great live band. Will be listening to the new one shortly.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: 9dragons on January 21, 2009, 02:40:53 AM
Caul / 'kirchenkampf' - Night, Silence, Death. Malignant records. Classic dark ambient that soars into luminous zones. Subtle deployment of sounds...
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: hdibrell on January 21, 2009, 02:36:04 PM
Ah, yes! "Odessey and Oracle"  is one of my all time favorites.It rates right there with "Sergeant Pepper..." and "Pet Sounds", IMO.    Harry
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on January 22, 2009, 10:15:04 AM
Bright mid-day music

- Saul Stokes: Villa Galaxia
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Parallel Worlds on January 22, 2009, 10:18:16 AM
Roedelius and Tim Story - Inlandish
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: petekelly on January 22, 2009, 03:24:28 PM
kettel live in Rotterdam

Free download from 'ere:

http://www.eclectro.nl/files/audio/eclectro-live1-kettel-2008-11-15-www.eclectro.nl.mp3 (http://www.eclectro.nl/files/audio/eclectro-live1-kettel-2008-11-15-www.eclectro.nl.mp3)

Bit pedestrian in parts - in others, truly super. Rock on Reimer, he knows his onions - for sure.

cheers
Pete
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on January 22, 2009, 04:04:47 PM
That's great, Pete. Thanks for the link.
Long time fan of Kettel.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on January 22, 2009, 10:47:48 PM
Richard Chartier and Taylor Deupree - Specification.Fifteen

...just because!  ;)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on January 23, 2009, 07:47:43 PM

- Gas: Pop

I admire this more and more as the years go by.
It's quite brilliant.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on January 24, 2009, 04:54:02 AM
I just heard his latest, and, blimey, he’s finally cracked it. Confluence is a really gorgeous album that’s wholly satisfying.

Thanks for the tip, Alan.  It's available on emusic, so it should be relatively painless to check out.

Pleasure, Forrest. I've made it even more painless (emusic doesn't give you full-length track samples from what I recall) with a couple of tracks - not necessarily the best... first and last, in fact - here:

http://albient.livejournal.com/8861.html (http://albient.livejournal.com/8861.html)

(Now playing: Manual - Confluence)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: drone on on January 24, 2009, 12:00:09 PM
Free System Projekt-"Narrow Lane". What a KICK ASS album!  The second massive 48 minute track has got to be the best retro TD-inspired recording of all time.  Don't believe me? Get it!!

Namlook/DJ Criss-"Sequential" Reissue of old school Fax album.  This is great stuff, reminds me of the other classics like "Air." 

Aes Dana-"Season 5" Another reissue on Ultimae, with new artwork.  Very immersive techno/chill that sounded great in the car driving through the San Francisco rain yesterday.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Dave Michuda on January 24, 2009, 12:46:41 PM
elegi - varde [miasmah]
a broken consort(richard skelton) - box of birch [Sustain-Release}
Interbellum - Over All of Spain The Sky is Clear [FSS]
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Ferngerms on January 24, 2009, 12:57:19 PM
Angel – Kalmukia – Editions Mego
(Hmmm….hmmm…I don’t know if I like it yet.  At times this group reminds me of Mirror and at others they sound like Continuum…then at others we have this free improv thing going on.  Hard to say but I think it will grow on me)

Summons Of The Shining Ruins – Summons Of The Shining Ruins 2 – Moufu Rukuon
(Kind of seems to compliment the previous recording but besides that I really like this disc.  It’s dirty in a wonderful way with those Keith Berry Haiku song titles….some songs are about five sentences long.  He had another release on Install but this one seems to have more direction and has plenty of beautiful moments…although he has another release on Milieu music which is collaboration with Brian Grainger that is also top notch stuff)

Chris Herbert – Mezzotint – Kranky
(What a wonderful recording…I hope we have the opportunity of listening to a brand new album from Chris Herbert this year)

Fern
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: 9dragons on January 24, 2009, 02:35:38 PM
Chris Herbert – Mezzotint – Kranky
(What a wonderful recording…I hope we have the opportunity of listening to a brand new album from Chris Herbert this year)
Fern

This is sounding quite nice. I am a sucker for any music that makes graphic arts connections in its titling or concept. Where do you acquire it?
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on January 24, 2009, 03:05:50 PM
Chris Herbert – Mezzotint – Kranky
(What a wonderful recording…I hope we have the opportunity of listening to a brand new album from Chris Herbert this year)
Fern

This is sounding quite nice. I am a sucker for any music that makes graphic arts connections in its titling or concept. Where do you acquire it?

It's a great little album, that Mezzotint. Being a Kranky release, it's not too hard to get hold of.
You could pick it up cheap through discogs marketplace: http://www.discogs.com/sell/list?release_id=757724&ev=rp (http://www.discogs.com/sell/list?release_id=757724&ev=rp)

Or otherwise you could go mainstream with amasszone: http://www.amazon.com/Mezzotint-Chris-Herbert/dp/B000HT38TO (http://www.amazon.com/Mezzotint-Chris-Herbert/dp/B000HT38TO)

or maybe Forced Exposure: http://www.forcedexposure.com/artists/herbert.chris.html


Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: DeepR on January 24, 2009, 04:13:38 PM
Vladimir Horowitz playing Alexander Scriabin - Etude Op. 2 No. 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSsKJIzwapA
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on January 24, 2009, 10:05:55 PM
Pleasure, Forrest. I've made it even more painless (emusic doesn't give you full-length track samples from what I recall) with a couple of tracks - not necessarily the best... first and last, in fact - here:
http://albient.livejournal.com/8861.html (http://albient.livejournal.com/8861.html)
(Now playing: Manual - Confluence)

Hey Alan,  Thanks for going to the trouble.  Sounds great.  I think it's best I've heard from Manual by far.  I've just bopped over to emusic to get a virtual copy of Confluence and will be enjoying it this evening.

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Mark Mushet on January 24, 2009, 11:46:55 PM
Chris Herbert – Mezzotint – Kranky
(What a wonderful recording…I hope we have the opportunity of listening to a brand new album from Chris Herbert this year)

Agreed. And the free live download version is great too! Doubt that's on-line anymore though. The graphics on raw card stock are a nice touch. Hope there's a new one due as well.

musica intima - Forgotten Peoples Choral music by Veljo Tormis.

One of the best small choirs going

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Parallel Worlds on January 25, 2009, 03:46:47 PM
Ian Boddy & Bernhard Wostheinrich - Hemispheres
Hazard - Wind
David Sylvian - Gone to Earth
Modulator ESP - Time Delation Effect

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on January 25, 2009, 05:35:15 PM
Popnoname - "Nightliner" (among others) from:

(http://www.berlinista.com/storage/images/2009/kompakt-pop-ambient-2009.jpg)

Mmm. Late Cologne delivery this year. Anyway, it's just about due (mid-February).

Teaser: http://albient.livejournal.com/8974.html (http://albient.livejournal.com/8974.html)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: 9dragons on January 25, 2009, 06:16:09 PM
Chris Herbert – Mezzotint – Kranky
(What a wonderful recording…I hope we have the opportunity of listening to a brand new album from Chris Herbert this year)
Fern

This is sounding quite nice. I am a sucker for any music that makes graphic arts connections in its titling or concept. Where do you acquire it?

It's a great little album, that Mezzotint. Being a Kranky release, it's not too hard to get hold of.
You could pick it up cheap through discogs marketplace: http://www.discogs.com/sell/list?release_id=757724&ev=rp (http://www.discogs.com/sell/list?release_id=757724&ev=rp)

Or otherwise you could go mainstream with amasszone: http://www.amazon.com/Mezzotint-Chris-Herbert/dp/B000HT38TO (http://www.amazon.com/Mezzotint-Chris-Herbert/dp/B000HT38TO)

or maybe Forced Exposure: http://www.forcedexposure.com/artists/herbert.chris.html

Thanks for the tips Alan. I actually called my local record store and they had it used. It's on hold and I'm getting it tomorrow...

As for listening:

Sleep Research Facility - Nostromo ... This is so excellent, great to discover previously unkown mastery such as this.

Funckarma - Vel Vagranz ... The new one from n5md, this is a mighty piece of work. Jazz funk electronica like psychedelic autechre in a blender. Highly recommended...
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on January 26, 2009, 01:37:34 PM
Chris Herbert – Mezzotint – Kranky
(What a wonderful recording…I hope we have the opportunity of listening to a brand new album from Chris Herbert this year)
Fern

This is sounding quite nice. I am a sucker for any music that makes graphic arts connections in its titling or concept. Where do you acquire it?

It's a great little album, that Mezzotint. Being a Kranky release, it's not too hard to get hold of.
You could pick it up cheap through [...edit...]

Thanks for the tips Alan. I actually called my local record store and they had it used. It's on hold and I'm getting it tomorrow...

Glad to hear it, Joseph. You may also be interested in some remarks I made in a review of Mezzotint when it came out, noting the title-artwork-music (text<-->image<-->sound) linkage at work: http://www.ei-mag.com/verite0001.php#18 (http://www.ei-mag.com/verite0001.php#18)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: soma611 on January 30, 2009, 01:15:05 PM
John Martyn Glorious Fool

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/30/arts/music/30martyn.html

Ouch.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYLVM560Fok

Rest in peace, John.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Parallel Worlds on January 30, 2009, 02:02:14 PM
Cisfinitum - Bezdna
V/A - Roulette Russe Pour Un Peu De Caviar (Monochrome Vision label compilation)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on January 30, 2009, 05:15:52 PM
Enjoying this Daizok - Autumn Scenes on Install very much (big ups to Fern for the spot!). The multi-short-track format of much of the release puts me in mind of Kiln’s Thermals (Infraction), a favourite from a few years back, and in fact, one or two tracks are dead ringers for tracks from that album (esp. “Reflections Pt. 3”). “Sonic-carousels, tonesheets, loopstrata, and slo-wave microsymphonies” was the subtitle of Thermals, and it'd apply to much of Autumn Scenes. In mid-late sections textures reminded of Tim Hecker (softer side), Gas (esp. Pop), Namlook/Inoue, and echoes of this-12k’n’that-Kranky.

“[...] A stately and elegant ambient album in the most traditional sense, which we really do not release much of here at Install. That just shows how striking it is! Wonderfully clear field recordings mingle with warm tonal passages to create what could be a travelogue of sorts, presented through 21 tracks that are sometimes short vignettes or connective pieces, and sometimes extended drones that never seem to end [...]” (from http://www.installsound.net)

(http://www.installsound.net/imgs/INSTALLATION9_cover.jpg) http://www.installsound.net/catalog.htm#i9 (http://www.installsound.net/catalog.htm#i9)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Brian Bieniowski on January 30, 2009, 07:28:20 PM
Enjoying this Daizok - Autumn Scenes on Install very much (big ups to Fern for the spot!). The multi-short-track format of much of the release puts me in mind of Kiln’s Thermals (Infraction), a favourite from a few years back, and in fact, one or two tracks are dead ringers for tracks from that album (esp. “Reflections Pt. 3”). “Sonic-carousels, tonesheets, loopstrata, and slo-wave microsymphonies” was the subtitle of Thermals, and it'd apply to much of Autumn Scenes. In mid-late sections textures reminded of Tim Hecker (softer side), Gas (esp. Pop), Namlook/Inoue, and echoes of this-12k’n’that-Kranky.

Sold!  Thanks for the tip—just ordered a copy. 

Also looking forward to Tagg's split with Jefre Cantu-Ledesma.  Hopefully it'll be in another of those beautiful slidey boxes.  8)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on January 31, 2009, 05:00:36 AM
Christopher Willits - Fountain
nice glitchy guitar work

John Kannenberg - Gelidus
anyone know this release? i never really was a fan of this minimal sound synthesis but
this work really blows me away everytime i listen to it .... its far away from ambient,
going a bit more into the noise genre, but breathtaking ..... this tape hiss always
reminds me of the sound of rain, and i guess thats why i love it so much .... the whole
work is a "sonic interpretation of extreme cold in six movements"
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: 9dragons on January 31, 2009, 01:29:18 PM
Listened to the new Yagya, Rigning, last night...

Such an excellent work. I don't know how he does it. It seems at first to be elegant techno on the surface, then just blossoms out from these subtle beginnings into deep emotion and soundscape. Wonderful first impression.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on January 31, 2009, 02:01:00 PM
Listened to the new Yagya, Rigning, last night...

Such an excellent work. I don't know how he does it. It seems at first to be elegant techno on the surface, then just blossoms out from these subtle beginnings into deep emotion and soundscape. Wonderful first impression.
Really great Record, thats right. Played this quiet often during the last week.

Trentemöller - The Forrest
also great Ambient Techno
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: sio on January 31, 2009, 03:46:59 PM
Na Koja Abad - Dreamfall:Veils and Visions.

Just rediscovered this one while browsing through the cds collection. A damp and murky tribal experience, you can almost smell the wet earth and fallen leaves. I like the level of attention to the cd packaging (Leaves and wood sticks encased in the jewel).

I wonder what happened to this interesting artist that seemed to have suddenly vanished....
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on January 31, 2009, 08:23:29 PM
Ryuta K + Sara Ayers - Kyzyl to Samarkand (very nice drone-based dark ambient CD with some great vocalizing from Sara)

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Seren on February 01, 2009, 02:54:00 AM
a bit of a gear change while shaving and bathing - Budgie, Rainbow and Van Halen... :o
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Parallel Worlds on February 01, 2009, 06:27:05 AM
Nikita Golyshev - Solaris
Alio Die/Ora - Door Of Possibilities
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: drone on on February 01, 2009, 11:18:59 AM
This weekend:

Radio Massacre International-Lost in Space (6CD box) This box runs the gamut from "great" to "ho hum," so I've been trying to digest it all and make a "best of box" compilation.  I'm just about RMI'd out at this point.

Syndromeda-his entire discography, for the same reason above.  To me he's hit and miss, I really like a couple tracks from each album but he tends to meander in blandness for a lot of it. 
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Ferngerms on February 02, 2009, 01:06:13 PM
A couple of listens over the weekend:

Ariel Kalma – Osmose – BLUR - CD
(While going through my CD collection on Sunday I noticed this wonderful album from back in 2007 that was part of my best of list.  Always had a hard time describing the sounds on this album without sounding to “new agey”….not that that is bad thing or anything it just has to do with the fact that he incorporates some chanting, synthesizers, drums, and rainforest sounds(and from the sound of that it seems like it is going to be total cheese).  In the liner notes it indicates that this recording was popular among meditation retreats during the 1980’s…anyhow top notch stuff when you look at the history of ambient, experimental, and new age music)

RST – Tomorrow’s Void – Utech Records - CD
(Not quiet what I expected but then again I should have not expected similarities with his last recording on Last Visible Dog since it came out on Utech.  Perhaps one could call this drone if it weren’t for seven other songs that seem to incorporate the metallic noise element present in many other recordings.  However the noise element is kept in restraint and is balanced well enough so that my ears aren’t ringing at the end of the album.  All in all a good recording and a welcome comeback from a rather obscure artist)

Celer – Tropical – Mystery Sea - CDR
(From one end of the spectrum to the other…Celer is located on the much quieter end of the spectrum.  Hard to describe the album because I don’t think there was much of an apex in this recording (not that it is necessary or anything).  I loved the Infraction and Spekk releases but this recording on Mystery Sea is nothing like those.  Despite the beautiful poetic song titles I found each piece to be very similar to one another.  Perhaps the album would have had a different effect if the pieces were all combined into one long track.  Anyhow it’s good for what it is.)

Fern
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Antdude on February 02, 2009, 01:06:45 PM
Over the weekend:

No idea why, but I felt the need to listen to Gentle Giant's In a Glass House. So now I've pulled out the old vinyl and played their whole catalog the last 2 days. It was a '70's binge.

I don't think I've listened to this stuff in 20 years. i loved it. Might be time to bust out the Hawkwind and ELP discs.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: DeepR on February 02, 2009, 01:55:55 PM
so much great piano recordings to discover on youtube

rachmaninov - prelude op. 32 no. 10
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxFI2cphuN0

incredible, what music
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on February 02, 2009, 04:52:42 PM
Pan American – The River Made No Sound – Kranky
(I love listening to this CD on gloomy autumn afternoons.  By the way does anyone know if he has a new album on the horizon?)


"[...] Pan American’s new album will be released in early 2009." (http://unsound.pl/en/festival/program/artists/2008/show/23 (http://unsound.pl/en/festival/program/artists/2008/show/23))


"[...] February 24 will see the release of another full-length, entitled White Bird Music. Kranky is letting this track off the album circulate in the weeks prior to the album's release."

Stream/download track at: http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2009/01/how-much-progress-one-makes (http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2009/01/how-much-progress-one-makes)

(n.b. the quote is slightly inaccurate: album is actually called White Bird Release https://www.boomkat.com/item.cfm?id=154133 (https://www.boomkat.com/item.cfm?id=154133))
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on February 03, 2009, 12:40:26 AM
Today's root canal serenade:

Radiohead - Kid A
Lydia Kavina - Music from the Ether:  Original Works for Theremin

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: 9dragons on February 03, 2009, 12:57:36 AM
World Music Library - Dombra Music of Kazakhstan

This is it...
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on February 03, 2009, 01:04:32 AM
World Music Library - Dombra Music of Kazakhstan
This is it...

Sounds cool.  A member of the pickup mandolin group I play with also plays the domra.

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on February 03, 2009, 02:12:55 AM
Sade - Cherish The Day | Lovers Live
wonderful
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: 9dragons on February 04, 2009, 01:28:27 AM
Damnit I have a secret (not any longer) love of Sade's music. It hits just right sometimes.

Listening this eve: Hawkwind - Doremi Fasol Latido: awesome beyond words, if the hair on the back of your neck does not stand up during Lemmy's grinding bass action in "Time We Left This World Today" you are dead to rock itself.

Hall of the Mountain Grill - this music is nectar of the gods. Hawkwind is the most texturally complex rock band out there. So many weird sounds and modulations...I get the same I do from it as from good ambient.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Ferngerms on February 04, 2009, 12:46:02 PM
In the last few days:

Andrew Chalk – Blue Eyes Of The March – Faraway Press – CD
(The first thing I realized about this release was the gatefold case.  It seems that the first song on this two track album is a representation the of the cover image; while the second song is a representation of the inside image.  It occurred to me that perhaps Chalk creates music in ode of the images or paintings he comes across (I believe he does paint some of his own stuff or does he paint every image on his release?).  It also seems that much of the music I have been consuming has some photo, graphic, or painting that the musician or label thinks best represents the music (and clearly it doesn’t).  Not the case with with Andrew Chalk although I can’t speak for his collaborations within Mirror or Isolde)

Michael Mantra And Charlz de la Casa – Cerulean Transmission – Silentes – CD
(The definable Michael Mantra elements are present in this recording….environmental water sounds, chirping birds, and his ever present drone found among all of his recordings even to those dating back in the mid-nineties.  A couple of new elements that I found in this recording (which I will attribute to de la Casa) was the use of the didgeridoo, and a few odd sounds (perhaps the musique concrete element that some have described present in the recording).  All in all this is my favorite of Michael Mantra’s work and a real winner if you enjoy environmental sounds with your drones)

Coppice Halifax –Ocean Lion - Milieu Music – 3” CDR
(Atmospheric breakbeats wrapped in a viscous layer of melodies.  I have come to enjoy his output  under Coppice Halifax more than any other alias…it seems to take me back to those old rave days chilling out in the ambient room)


Fern
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on February 04, 2009, 05:30:49 PM
Just got back from a glorious vacation south of Cancun, in a resort bordered on one side by jungle, and the other side by the Caribean Sea. Which got me into a serious tribal mood now that I'm back home:

Steve Roach/Jorge Reyes- Vine, Bark & Spore
Roach/Metcalf- The Serpent's Lair


And also-

The Winterhouse- Lost; I've always liked this one, now I'm loving it. Such fantastic detail!
The Fun Years- The Crippling Paranioa of Fluorescent Quinine; I have 3 of their CDs now, and really enjoy them all. Such nice, lazy, crackley goodness.

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: 9dragons on February 05, 2009, 01:49:14 AM
Funckarma : Psar Dymog

This album, released by Japan's Symbolic Interaction label, is damn amazing. Old time electronica aerated and spiced to a degree surpassing even the normally high level of genius of the brothers Funcken.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on February 05, 2009, 05:34:09 AM
Devin Townsend - Deadhead | Live from the Safe Zone DVD
best song ever written .... no doubt, and probably best performance ever .... Devin is a fucking
genius
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on February 05, 2009, 09:57:33 AM
This morning:

The Circular Ruins- Before The Colors Deepened; what a gem of a disc this is... quite magical.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on February 05, 2009, 03:12:53 PM
SublampCathedrals of Gravity

Free download: http://shiver.sublamp.com/recordings/ (http://shiver.sublamp.com/recordings/)

Very nice texturalism – could almost be a Twenty Hertz release... think Keith Berry doing something for Mystery Sea with some interference from Dragons Eye.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Dave Michuda on February 05, 2009, 07:52:51 PM
Inspired by Bebbo's post in the Non-Hypnos artists section I pulled some Johann Johannsson...

johann johannsson - ibm 1401, a user's manual [2006]
johann johannsson - fordlandia [2008]

other spins...
bernard szajner - some deaths take forever [1980]
sleepy town manufacture & unit 21 - no traces [2009]
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on February 06, 2009, 09:58:39 AM
Matthew Florianz- Niemandsland; atmospheric and spacious, a bit bleak, but excellent. I kind of forgot about Matthew's music until his sudden reappearance on the forum.
Nunc Stans- Land; Sounds like the soundtrack to a polar expedition. About the best free music you'll ever find!
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: 9dragons on February 06, 2009, 06:58:00 PM
Last Night:

Celer "The Everything and the Nothing". This is such an instantly engaging, extremely relaxing work. The atmospheres take me deep into strange memories. Kudos to Celer....

Tonight on the table: Sleep Research Facility "Dead Weather Machine Re:Heat". More SRF is always a good thing.

                             Maps and Diagrams "Antennas and Signals". Tasty electro beat journeys.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Ferngerms on February 06, 2009, 08:49:53 PM
Brian Grainger & Shinobu Nemoto – Brian Grainger & Shinobu Nemoto – Milieu Music – CDR
(The first three songs on this album are tight well produced hazy drones.  Just what you would expect from this combo, but once you hit track four “Smoke” we have a rather amazing use of drones, Basinski piano loop, and a strange cough that compliments the entirety of the piece….rather creative I must say.  Track five goes into VCV Second Sun vibes with thick slabs of guitar granite drones.  And then you have track six “Hanging Garden” which has a smooth interplay of environmental sounds, sweeping guitar drones, and a nice fat little bassline holding everything together.  Wow I could really keep mouthing off about this release but it comes with my highest recommendations and perhaps the underdog of 2008)

Machinefabriek – Rusland – Machinefabriek Music – 3” CDR
(A slow ebbing flow of environmental sounds and caressing dronescapes preside over this mini-CDR.  If you liked his release on Sentient Cognition Archive which was an anthology of live concerts, this piece should be to your liking.  The only difference is that Rusland focuses more on the environmental sounds (recorded in Russia) but this piece is better single handedly than any one piece on the Sentient Cognition Archive release.  And one more thing when you purchase this release you also get a free download of additional material that didn’t make it on this release which is also quite good)

Coppice Halifax – Ocean Lion – Milieu Music – CDR
(It’s soft music that reminds me a bit of GAS only in the repetition and elongated track lengths.  I like this release more than the 3” CDR due to the soft melodies, humming basslines, and mid-nineties feel.  I also noticed that the album as opposed to the 3” takes on a more 4/4 ambient techno feel.  The split between both makes more sense now that I had the chance to listen to both releases.  Another difference that I noticed on both releases is that the full album incorporates ocean surf sounds hence the title “Ocean Lion” but I don’t remember hearing any ocean sounds on the 3”)

Fern
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Ferngerms on February 06, 2009, 08:55:20 PM
Quote
Sublamp – Cathedrals of Gravity

Nice one Alan thanks for the head's up on this one....did you get a chance to listen to his prior release on IOD.  It's actually forgettable....I downloaded it played it once and have never felt the urge to replay it again.  This one on the other hand gives me another impression altogether.  Oh and thanks for the Pan American sample....can't wait!

Fern
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on February 07, 2009, 07:55:51 AM
Y'welcome, Fern. You've thrown some smart tips this way too. Hadn't heard any previous Sublamp, but seems I can remain happily oblivious after your unrecommend. The new Pan American has leaked, if you care to trawl the blogosphere - I know some prefer to remain untainted. But in the meantime... topic-shifting slightly, Eluder has become surprisingly unelusive - positively grabbable in fact:

Those who succumbed to The Most Beautiful Blue at the tail end of last year might be interested in a couple of free things available via net labels.

(http://distancerecordings.com/DIST009_125.jpg) Warm Warning: given a makeover by Distance, who put out some good stuff last year by Implex Grace: http://distancerecordings.com/dist009.php (http://distancerecordings.com/dist009.php)

(http://www.archaichorizon.com/releases/ah030/images/AH030_side.jpg) a newer EP, Drift: released by Archaic Horizon:
http://www.archaichorizon.com/releases/ah030/ah030.html (http://www.archaichorizon.com/releases/ah030/ah030.html)
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: ffcal on February 08, 2009, 02:09:10 AM
Today, more vocals:

Talk Talk - The Colour of Spring
Magnolia - Soundtrack (with Aimee Mann)

Forrest
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Parallel Worlds on February 08, 2009, 11:00:39 AM
Monolight - Free Music
Lakescene - Reality Flows
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Parallel Worlds on February 08, 2009, 11:46:12 AM
Deathprod - Morals and Dogma
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Dave Michuda on February 08, 2009, 12:55:59 PM
Eluder - warm warning
yagya - rigning
Loren Chasse - The Footpath
Skyphone - Avellaneda
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: SiF on February 08, 2009, 01:28:26 PM
Nadja - Ossification | Vinyl
you cant beat Nadja .... always a winner
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Undershadow on February 08, 2009, 02:33:24 PM
Flight of the Conchords - Sugalumps

Check it out: http://albient.livejournal.com/9584.html (http://albient.livejournal.com/9584.html)

("[...] All these bitches checkin' out my britches, put 'em in a trance when I wear track pants
My dungarees make them hun-ga-ree, they're over the moon when I don pantaloons [...]")
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: hdibrell on February 08, 2009, 02:41:58 PM
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on February 08, 2009, 03:33:33 PM
Harry: I was playing Songs of Love and Hate just the other day.
Wonderful album.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on February 08, 2009, 03:40:20 PM
This evening

- Entia Non: Escarpments  (2009)

Another free ep download by James McDougall.
Especially enjoying the 2nd track.
http://semlabel.com/iod/ep/IOD006/
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: hdibrell on February 08, 2009, 05:36:22 PM
Harry: I was playing Songs of Love and Hate just the other day.
Wonderful album.
That is a great album! I just ordered the I'm Your Man DVD the other day. I've heard good things about it.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Scott M2 on February 09, 2009, 09:14:34 AM
My Monday morning welcometotheworkingweek starter was also Sound Symbols by Numina - lush atmospheres to ease into.
Now playing - Emotional Landscapes by Erik Wollo.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: APK on February 09, 2009, 01:24:14 PM
This morning:

The Circular Ruins- Before The Colors Deepened; what a gem of a disc this is... quite magical.

Thanks Joe !!
and for your earlier comments on The Winterhouse "Lost" and Nunc Stans "Land".
Great to hear they are all being appreciated.
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Joe R on February 09, 2009, 03:45:15 PM
and for your earlier comments on The Winterhouse "Lost" and Nunc Stans "Land".
Great to hear they are all being appreciated.


Nunc Stans and The Circular Ruins are never far from my disc player, Anthony. :)

Last night:

Beta Two Agonist- Autumn Perdue
Beta Two Agonist- Zero Point Field

Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: Scott M2 on February 09, 2009, 04:07:51 PM
The Winterhouse "Lost" happened to be the next disc into my player after Wollo's.
Coincidence or Surge in the Collective Unconscious towards an APK Planet?
Title: Re: Currently listening, part 1
Post by: 9dragons on February 09, 2009, 05:19:50 PM
Sans Serif - Tones for LaMonte

Just received it and immediately began listening. Exquisite so