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Origins and Artifacts are great, but for me there is no greater tribal ambient than the first disc of Well Of Souls. Fantastic... that disc is tribal, ambient, and Twilight Zone-ish all at the same time.

I miss the earlier Steve Roach music...

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich - Filaments
« on: April 08, 2015, 04:25:27 PM »
Yeah, I imagine this is a fine line for musicians as well. You don't want to repeat yourself, yet you strive for your own signature sound as well.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich - Filaments
« on: April 07, 2015, 05:43:01 PM »
It just occurred to me that I'm complaining about both sides of the coin-- some musicians changed too much, while others changed too too little. It's probably more accurate to say that I've simply lost touch with certain musicians that I used to love.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich - Filaments
« on: April 07, 2015, 05:12:36 PM »
I know what you mean- some artists who I really loved continued to "evolve" until they lost me completely. In a way, it was admirable, I suppose, that they followed their muses so passionately, but on the other hand, if you lose half of your audience while doing so, is that a constructive approach? (Some would argue "yes"). 

For instance, I was passionate about Dirk Serrie's Vidna Obmana project, but his other projects after that left me completely flat.

I'm not arguing that Steve Roach is not talented; it's just that for me, his new releases, in spite of great variety from album to album, all seem very derivative of previous albums.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich - Filaments
« on: April 07, 2015, 10:26:31 AM »
By the way, does anyone have  Seven Veils? What are your thoughts on this one?

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 07, 2015, 07:25:02 AM »
Hessien- Their first untitled EP, and Skurjn, their second EP. Airy and floaty guitar and synth based ambient, some of the most relaxing music I've ever heard.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich - Filaments
« on: April 07, 2015, 07:19:18 AM »
The last Robert Rich album I really loved was Echo Of Small Things, but after that, his releases had a strange lack of passion and inspiration for me. But maybe it's just me who has changed...

I have the same problem with Steve Roach these days. It seems to me he's just churning out the same uninspired themes over and over again, with minor changes, as though he's run out of original ideas... which seems inevitable, given the amazing number of albums he's released. Anyone else feel this way?


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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 21, 2015, 07:18:52 PM »
Christopher Hipgrave- Slow, with Pages Of Fluttering Interference- beautiful, calming, keyboard ambiance, with patches of glitch and hiss. Nothing groundbreaking here, just a wonderful, well-constructed ambient experience. Highly recommended.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 16, 2015, 07:04:20 PM »
Recent spins:

Offthesky & Pleq - A Thousand Fields
Pretty neat experimental ambient from two of the most creative forces in that niche. Very dark, lonely, desolate tracks, featuring the sounds of broken machines, wistful violins, and some dramatic cinematic overtures. This wasn't the masterpiece I was hoping for, but it is a great album nonetheless and well worth a careful listening. Beautiful packaging from Infraction.
Buy/Stream: https://infraction.bandcamp.com/album/a-thousand-fields (I'm partial to the 4th track.)


I'm glad you suggested this, Chris! I was intrigued by your description so I bought the download, and I'm glad I did. It definitely defies all of the conventions of "ordinary" ambient, and it really took me down some unfamiliar paths. I really love that last 14 minute track... the title escapes me right now.

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Nightfall is definitely a keeper. It's a very busy and eclectic album, with a definite night time vibe. Some of these reveries are rather peaceful, but other tracks have a more sinister feel  -like on those nights when, deep in the throes of insomnia, every unknown shadow becomes an ominous, breathing entity. Altogether a very captivating experience.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 14, 2015, 05:53:02 PM »
Bob Dylan & The Band- The Basement Tapes- played this several times the last few weeks just to re-acquainting myself with an old classic. Very enjoyable!

Robert Rich- Trances And Drones- Another old classic that I blew the dust off of.

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Just ordered this... sounds great, and quite strange (but in a good way!) Looking forward to getting this!

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 29, 2015, 08:12:55 PM »

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Jacob Newman and Devin Underwood - The Vivid Unmapped
A 2011 release from DataObscura. I recall Joe R. and others singing the praises of this album a while back. I picked up the digital version on Bandcamp last week and have been enjoying it immensely. It has a little bit of everything: a classic ambient feel with warm, drifting synth notes and a bit of an experimental angle, with found founds, interesting sonic manipulations, etc. The atmosphere is great--not too dark, not too fluffy, and somewhat mysterious.

Samply/Buy: https://dataobscura.bandcamp.com/album/the-vivid-unmapped

I knew you'd like it, Chris. And your description is spot on. Beautiful stuff! Some tracks have an amazing sense of distance, as though you're hearing sounds of life and nature from miles away.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best of 2014
« on: January 11, 2015, 05:19:53 PM »
My favorite ambient disc last year was Specta Ciera and The Circular Ruins- Middle Distance. A near perfect album, for me- not one weak track. Lots of strange and fascinating details...

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 11, 2015, 05:13:02 PM »
Today:

Deaf Center- Pale Ravine and Levende; A slightly creepy blast from the past.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 07, 2014, 05:23:47 PM »
Joe, that The Boats release seems to be majorly OOP. So, if you want to mail it to me for safe keeping, I'll understand

Heh ;D... yeah, I was lucky enough to snag a copy when it first came out, and it was out of print pretty quickly. Hopefully, they'll re-release this someday.

Tonight:

Aidan Baker & Matt Borghi- Undercurrents- deep, mysterious, ghostly and diffuse. A blast from the past, and I forgot how great this is. Murky drones created from processed reverb-drenched guitar, with lonely piano notes that meander through the fog.

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Hypnos Label Releases / Re: Outfolding CD Cover Art
« on: December 06, 2014, 07:25:06 AM »
Lol! I hadn't seen this thread before, but it's hilarious 8)

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 01, 2014, 08:10:32 PM »
Chris- thanks for your input on the new Loscil release. I may just have to buy it, even though I have several.

Just listened to The Boats- The Ballad Of The Eagle- for me, this is The Boats best album. The middle tracks of the album are palpably sad, very diffuse, with many random sounds that come and go in a slow wave. But there are a few tracks that are quite upbeat, and a welcome break from the overall melancholy mood. Lots of Danny Norbury's cello in here. A fantastic album.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 29, 2014, 05:47:02 AM »
Tord Gustavsen Trio- Being There- slow, mellow, minimal jazz. Love this stuff.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 08, 2014, 06:58:34 PM »
Jacaszek- Treny- Haven't listened to this in years, and I forgot how good it is. Classical/ambient with an unconventional glitchy feeling. Lots of violin and cellos, with rather mournful female vocals.

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