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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 03, 2016, 07:29:02 PM »
New releases out now on Virtual and txt...

I haven't bought these but been streaming on Bandcamp. 

The two on Virtual are very mediocre and I wouldn't order the CD's.  On the other hand, the new Autumn of Communion on txt, called "Polydeuces,"  is pretty good.  It has some psytrance beats like the Ultimae label (Solar Fields, Carbon Based Lifeforms, etc.).  Very similar to CBL and Namlook in spots.  More active style than the previous long series they did.

I just streamed the first few tracts from Polydeuces. It seems pretty neat; I'm looking forward to the release.

The Virtual samples are great too. But I'm a sucker for that stuff. ;-)

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 31, 2016, 10:57:58 AM »
Looks like it is going to be a sweet year for ...txt, Carpe Sonum, and affiliated artists. My wallet senses a disturbance in the force.

36 - Ghost Vault
Collection of tracks that didn't quite make the cut for Lithea in 2012. Some of these are true gems; I'm glad he released them.
http://3six.net/album/ghost-vault

Moss Garden - In the Silence of the Subconscious
Speaking of Norris and crew: This is an outstanding 2014 release. I didn't really give it the attention it deserved when it first came out, but it has been on repeat around here over the past week. Great stuff.
https://carpesonum.bandcamp.com/album/in-the-silence-of-the-subconscious

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I agree; that is a lovely piece. It nicely captures for me a kind of ambient that makes you feel as if you're suspended in the clouds, floating effortlessly over vast spaces.

I think Mike is spot on: Max Corbacho's work seems most similar. The album of his that I think best captures the atmosphere in question is Ars Lucis. The entire album is great, but check out the track Light-Matrix Portal in particular. https://maxcorbacho.bandcamp.com/album/ars-lucis

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 22, 2016, 08:24:44 PM »
Rudy Adrian - Atmospheres
Solid work with a classic touch. Each track is relatively short, giving the full album a lot of depth and variation.
http://spottedpeccary.com/shop/atmospheres/

Eternell - Self
Glacial soundscapes from Ludvig Cimbrelius/Purl. Nice sleepy time music.
http://eternell.net/album/self

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Independent Music Reviews / Re: My review of "Endless" CDr by Jaja
« on: January 18, 2016, 07:29:27 AM »
Endless is my favorite of her releases. Great stuff.

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This is great stuff, Anthony! I'm a sucker for music that combines familiar ambient structures with glitchy experimentalism. I'm particularly fond of the 1st and 4th tracks.

I hope everyone here checks this out.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 16, 2016, 07:28:06 AM »
Andrew Heath & Peter Maynard - Threshold
Explorations in found sounds and minimal ambient improvisations. A continuation of Dust.
https://andrewheath.bandcamp.com/album/threshold

Simon Lomax - A Glimmer of Memory
Lovely drifting ambient from Maitreya. On ...txt.
http://simonlomax.com/product/a-glimmer-of-memory/

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 12, 2016, 02:56:30 PM »
Boris Lelong - The Green Planet, Act One
New digital-only release on BC. Drifting, ambient soundscapes that have a natural, organic, and evolving feel. The fun part about this release is that the parts that would seem to be field recordings are synthesized. Sections of this remind me of Roach's Possible Planet. It has that vibe, but with more warmth.

Listen/Buy: https://borislelong.bandcamp.com/album/the-green-planet-act-one

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: January 09, 2016, 06:22:29 AM »
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Maybe we could do an ambient album with only Marxophones!

That would be cool. You guys should at least do a track for the fun of it and see how it turns out.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 07, 2016, 03:57:46 PM »
Steve Roach - Vortex Immersion Zone + Alive in the Vortex
I'm enjoying these immensely. Even the dog whistle effect...  :) In all seriousness, the live set is well structured, diverse, and sounds great. I wish I could have seen that performance in person.

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: January 07, 2016, 03:41:20 PM »
I see a Lovecraft quote on the inside. Has Michael Griffin been hacking your layouts?  ;)

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 04, 2016, 04:08:46 PM »
Thanks, Forrest. Shea was kind enough to send me a BC download code and to reship the CD. I'm listening to the download now and am completely captivated by it. You've achieved something remarkable here, in my opinion.

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I can promise that there is no dark energy in the coaster. I had it tested.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 03, 2016, 09:16:26 AM »
I agree: The Sleepwalker's Ocean sounds excellent. I ordered a copy, but received someone else's order (different disc) instead! Now I have to practice patience. And patience hurts bad.

ASC - Fervent Dream
Silent Season went full multi-panel digipak for their fourth ambient ASC release. The packaging is beautiful. The music is great too, and there are some incredible tracks on here (the opening and the closing tracks, in particular). This particular release doesn't sound as strong as some of the previous ones, but that might be a timing/order effect.
http://shop.silentseason.com/album/fervent-dream

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I do it quite often, even with some tasteful IPA, because "Bloodmoon Rising" 4CD was shipped with additional "Bloodmoon Rising" printed coaster!!! Cheers!!!

That coaster is on my bedside table!

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 01, 2016, 03:45:28 PM »
Porya Hatami & Darren McClure - In-between Spaces
Nice collaboration on ...txt. This probably doesn't have a lot of replay value, but it is a a fun listen nonetheless--especially if you like these artists in particular.
Samples: https://darrenmcclure.bandcamp.com/album/in-between-spaces

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Everything and Nothing / Re: 2016
« on: January 01, 2016, 03:29:16 PM »
Happy New Year, everyone!

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 29, 2015, 02:50:08 PM »
Material Object & Ishq - Invisible Light
Dark ambient soundscapes, with occasional rhythmic pulses. Nice stuff.
https://no-ware.bandcamp.com/album/invisible-light


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Here are my favorites from 2015. These are listed roughly in the order they were released. I've tried to challenge myself by narrowing the list down to my top three favorites; I've placed a * next to those. (But I've learned that these rankings can change easily. In hindsight, Echo Ark was the 2014 release that got the most playtime in 2015.)

Blake Gibson & Robert Davies - Quiraing *
Haunting drone work, with a majestic, grand atmosphere. Wonderfully done. Shortly after this was released, Blake claimed he was taking time away from recording. I hope that will be a short-lived vacation.
http://databloem.com/home/766-blake-gibson-robert-davies-quiraing-.html

Alpha Wave Movement - Earthen *
This is not necessarily radically different from other Kyryluk releases, but I really like the way this particular album hangs together, and the serene washes that hold it together are both fascinating and soothing. The title track is a work of art.
https://anodizesound.bandcamp.com/album/earthen

Autumn of Communion - Autumn of Communion 5
This was supposed to be the last release, but it wasn't. It wasn't even the penultimate release! Anyhow, it is incredible. I'm a bit ambivalent about the remix by Stormloop at the end, but the first two tracks are incredible: Beautifully evolving soundscapes.
https://autumnofcommunion.bandcamp.com/album/autumn-of-communion-5

Bill Seaman - f(noir)
This is an unusual release. It makes me feel like I'm in a David Lynch film, sitting in a dimly lit basement bar, apprehensively awaiting a meeting with a stranger. That probably doesn't sound like a ringing endorsement, but, if that is your jam (it is mine), you'll love this.
https://eileanrec.bandcamp.com/album/f-noir

Mick Chillage - Pixels II
This isn't Mick doing what Mick does best, but this particular release really grabbed me for reasons that are difficult to explain. It is mostly looped material with incidentals and a really cool (deep) base line that emerges like a whale from the sea. It is mesmerizing.
https://anodizesound.bandcamp.com/album/pixels-ii

Ře - Unseed
This is outstanding ambient glitch work, much in the spirit of Porya Hatami. This particular slice-and-dice style isn't uncommon, but it is rare for artists to truly merge the billowing, drift quality of ambient music that I find attractive with deft experimental processing. This album excels in that regard. It flew way too low under the radar; please check it out.
https://arboretumrec.bandcamp.com/album/unseed-hanami-series-001

Steve Roach - Bloodmoon Rising
This represents my favorite Roach Style: Dark loops that lead your imagination to otherworldly spaces. The scope of the work is attractive too; I'm a sucker for multi-disc releases.
https://steveroach.bandcamp.com/album/bloodmoon-rising-complete-4-cd-set

Max Richter - Sleep *
There are things I don't like about this release (it is not good for sleeping). But, overall, I love it. The tracks are well crafted, the instrumentation is fantastic, and the way Richter processes classic acoustic performances to create novel ambient dronescapes is magnificent. A CD version is being released in the US soon and I'll probably buy that too.
http://www.deutschegrammophon.com/us/cat/4795267

Omni vu deity - Nuiemiu Rift
Tribal otherworlds. Ishq had many, many releases this year. This one was the stand out for me. I'm not sure that it is necessarily his best or even my favorite, but it is so different from everything else that I couldn't help but be impressed with it. It also ends up being played on repeat a lot.
https://virtual1.bandcamp.com/album/nuiemu-rift

Virlyn - Arctic Radio
Creative dark ambient, built around unusual acoustic samples. This was released in late December, so it is probably not fair to include it in a "favorites of" list. But I love it. And, this guy releases things so infrequently that I can't help but savor it and delight in every sonic moment.
https://virlyn-music.bandcamp.com/album/arctic-radio


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Good stuff! I see some of my favorites on your list, and a few things that I clearly need to check out.

I'm traveling at the moment, but will post some stuff when I get home and don't have to type with thumbs. Eager to read more favorites for 2016.

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