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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Bandcamp subscriptions - thoughts ?
« on: February 17, 2020, 08:03:25 AM »
I think artists and labels should do whatever suits them. If they want to offer subscriptions, that is fine.

RE: Steve Roach, I am sure he has a very large quantity of unreleased music he's made over the years, so quality of material would not be my concern. I would not want artists to feel pressured just to make material on demand. I think they'd be better off building up an archive of material over time and then releasing as they see fit to subscribers.

I personally do not do any monthly subscriptions because I do not like recurring billing charges. I would prefer to pay up front for the releases I want, or pay a bulk fee to buy a whole catalog at a reduced price. Most often I just buy the releases I want individually.

A couple years ago I tried out a Drip.FM subscription with an artist I like. This platform is no longer active but the subscription fee was around $40 a year or so which I paid up front to the artist. I thought it was a good value for fans because a large amount of unreleased music was offered to subscribers as well as the artist's complete back catalog at the time.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 17, 2020, 07:57:49 AM »
Not strictly ambient, but been listening to these older electronic releases lately:

Lucky & Easy - Hookahs CD

Various Artists - Ruts DVD compilation - Ampoule and Meakusma label collaboration.

Pub - Legless CD

St. Germain - Tourist 2xCD

I always like reading these lists because I am typically so far behind on new releases.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 17, 2020, 10:51:13 AM »
Running quite a bit behind on newer ambient related releases, but have played the following recently, not all strictly ambient:

Circular Ruins - Clock House

Atrium Carceri/Cities Last Broadcast/God Body Disconnect - Miles to Midnight

Yoshimi - Fragile + Failed Stories

Mick Chillage - Epinaz

Everything and Nothing / CD Duplication Plants
« on: September 12, 2018, 12:14:56 PM »
A friend is looking at having a CD manufactured (not ambient music). He hasn't decided on CD or CD-R yet but the run will probably be 100-150. I know people here have had experience with small run CD manufacturing so I thought I would ask. He's located in the U.S. but might be open to a non-U.S. plant if the pricing and quality are right. Thanks.

I like that BC does these types of articles but they always seem to miss out on certain artists that really should be mentioned...

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 28, 2018, 08:00:40 AM »
Jaja - Music for Space Observation CD
LoveSpiralsDownwards - Ardor CD
Tor Lundvall - Nature Laughs as Time Slips By CD Boxset

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 28, 2018, 07:59:29 AM »
Steve Roach - To the Threshold of Silence from the early album World's Edge.

One of my very favorite SR albums...

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 13, 2018, 07:29:11 PM »

Biosphere - Cirque (2016 Version) [2016], Patashnik II [1994]

Another master of his craft, whether that be expressed in nocturnal wanderings like "A Circular Path" or heartbreaking daydreams like "Too Fragile to Walk On". Jenssen just truly achieves something otherworldly with his music, his minimalism is so sharp and poignant.

Cirque was the first album by him I ever heard, still sounds incredible to me now. Haven't heard the latest reissue yet...

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 13, 2018, 07:26:29 PM »
Amir Baghiri: Rooms
Oophoi: Hymns to a Silent Sky
Kloob: Remarkable Events
Robert Rich: What We Left Behind
Biff Johnson: Mirage at the Crossroads
Johan Agebjorn & Mikael Ogren: We Never Came to the White Sea

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 09, 2018, 03:37:07 PM »

Seetyca: Winterlicht
Bridge to Imla: Radiant Sea
Amir Baghiri: Autumn
Ashley/Story: A Desperate Serenity
Steve Roach: Dreamtime Return - 30th Anniversary 24/96
Ryuichi Sakamoto: Async

Everything and Nothing / Re: Where do you purchase your cd's
« on: March 09, 2018, 03:33:45 PM »
I buy via Discogs since 2007 and I find it a good source for old vinyl, and CDs too. Of course I read the seller ratings and listen to my gut feeling. And I always pay with Paypal to have buyer protection.

One technique I've used to assess unfamiliar sellers is to ask a question about verifying condition on the items I want to buy. If they simply don't respond, or if they respond in a rude manner, I simply don't buy from them.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Where do you purchase your cd's
« on: March 05, 2018, 04:38:48 PM »
Julio: Have you ever tried Discogs. You have a huge marketplace there for used and new media.

All you need is to look for "Mint" condition if you searching for unplayed CDs.

I've bought quite a bit of records and CDs from Discogs over the years. The biggest problem with buying records on there is overgrading. That's started to infect higher priced, OOP CDs too. If it's a seller I've never done business with before, I keep the order small, sometimes just one item, and see how they do. Lots of good sellers on there but amateur hour ones as well that don't know how to grade or pack items properly. Feedback on there is a guide only, as it's pretty easily to manipulate feedback ratings. Same thing with eBay.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Where do you purchase your cd's
« on: March 05, 2018, 04:35:00 PM »
Hi cvac,

I returned several items to amazon ($300 worth, not cds) that still has not arrived and I was charged for them, that is after they issued a credit.  They are listed as "in transit"  Its not amazon's fault per se, perhaps UPS. Maybe they will arrive at their return center one day.  Im not doing any large purchases with them again though.

Hey, thanks for posting

Yikes. Were these sent UPS or USPS? Lately USPS has been terrible with lots of delays. That said any carrier could screw up like that. Have you tried talking to a customer service rep at Amazon? IME reps are easier to deal with over chat, but for an issue like this you may want to try more than one route until you can get someone that can fix this for you.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 05, 2018, 07:53:22 AM »
Thanks for mentioning the new Northaunt Chris. Superb piece of work.

Cvac - FAXology is a great album indeed. Totally get the name thing  ;D I thought exactly the same when this was recommended to me when released on FAX. I would also recommend Mick’s release on Carpe Sonum - Modes and the ...txt epic Exulansis if indeed you haven’t already checked them out. Both available on bandcamp. He is also half of Autumn Of Communion , which I am sure you will be aware of.

cp; Kloob - Remarkable Events

Thanks for the Mick Chillage recommendations.

Re: Kloob, I liked his last one quite a bit, just need to decide if I want to wait for that new CD to make it to the US or if I should just purchase the FLAC off BC.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 04, 2018, 03:21:47 PM »

Steve Brand: Leaving the Hive
Meg Bowles: the Shimmering Land
Robert Silverman: Chopin's Last Waltz
Jorge Reyes & Antonio Zepeda: A La Izquierda Del Colibrí
Between Interval: Legacy
CSILLAGKÖD: All the Time
Experiments in Silence: Escape to the Skyline

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: March 03, 2018, 11:50:32 AM »

Thanks for posting about EIS and the Winter-Light releases. I grabbed EIS off BC and liked it a lot. The WL discs are in-route, should be here next week.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 02, 2018, 06:36:25 PM »
Thank you for the confidence and support, cvac. Very glad you are enjoying The Circular Ruins.

I've enjoyed some of your other projects as well. Keep up the good work.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Where do you purchase your cd's
« on: March 01, 2018, 04:56:51 PM »
I don't think you're going to find any place that has the selection Amazon has for non-specialized stuff. I purchase CDs from all sorts of places: local shops, Bandcamp, eBay, Discogs, genre-specialty stores, independent record shops that have websites, etc.

I have had a few issues here and there with Amazon but typically they are good about correcting things with something goes wrong, even if it involves a third party seller. What was your issue if you don't mind me asking?

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