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Everything and Nothing / Re: Pavilion game
« on: October 23, 2016, 05:45:24 AM »
Looks cool! Added to my Steam wishlist.

Speaking of ambient puzzle adventures: Anyone try Obduction? It is the Cyan followup to Myst and Riven. Great game.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 18, 2016, 07:26:49 PM »
Thirdsystem: I've been listening to Aerial Service Area and really enjoying it! Glad you called attention to that.

Recent buys/spins:

Legiac - The Voynich Manuscript
Experimental electronic soundscapes from Roel Funcken and Cor Bolten. This is fascinating and works really well with headphones.

Lav & Purl - Earth and Beyond
A digital EP of spacious and smooth ambience, with dub techno hints.

Igenous Flame - Ocean Sighs
Love the ocean sounds and the way the processed vox ebbs and flows over the currents.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Hurricane Mathew
« on: October 06, 2016, 08:00:41 PM »
Actually moved a major part of my gear to the center of the house.  The studio is on the north east corner of the house which will get the full force of the storm...140 mph sustained wind power are not to be taken lightly.


I'm watching some of the reports now. This looks dangerous. We'll be thinking of you; be sure to report back safely as soon as you can.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Hurricane Mathew
« on: October 06, 2016, 05:22:29 PM »
Be safe. And make field recordings.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Holy Crapintosh Batman!!!
« on: October 02, 2016, 09:37:37 AM »
I've been a Windows guy for my adult life. I've always appreciated how easy it is to swap out video cards and parts, as needed.

But I've leaned toward iPhones for my mobile needs. And just got my first Macbook last month, and love it.

I might be one of the few people who likes both Windows and Macs/iOS equally!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 02, 2016, 09:33:18 AM »
Biosphere - Departed Glories
Lo-fi loops and processed sounds from vocal and folk music from Eastern Europe (I think). Very moody and haunting.

Carbon Based Lifeforms - World of Sleepers
Picked up the new CD pressing from Blood Music. Beautiful new artwork.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 27, 2016, 08:55:12 PM »
Johann Johannsson - Orphee
Modern classical with some excellent experimental flourishes. Some of these tracks make me melt. Beautiful.

Ishq - Fhorm
New from ...txt. This is pretty cool stuff: experimental electronics, but not too far "out there." Many of the tracks retain some structure, making the album feel like the right balance between composition and improvisation.

I downloaded it earlier this evening and was able to listen to a few tracks with headphones. Lovely stuff!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 21, 2016, 04:01:43 PM »
語り部 - Sketches
This has a spiritual, Alio-Die-like vibe that I really enjoy. Slow moving textures and some organic elements. Digital only.

Purl - Form is Emptiness
Spacious ambient with dub elements from the master. This is better than much of his celebrated work on Silent Season. Worth a listen.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 11, 2016, 02:36:59 PM »
Robert Rich - What We Left Behind
I finally picked this up after Robert Rich opened his Bandcamp store last week. This feels like a mature release: the mood, the details, and the instrumentation all fit together nicely. Lovely artwork too.

Erik Wollo - Stars End 2015
One continuously evolving and flowing journey through space. Love it.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich on BC
« on: September 06, 2016, 07:21:39 PM »
Super exciting!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 03, 2016, 02:49:55 PM »
No Mask Effect - Nothing Out There
From Psychnavigation's Keith Downey. This release combines urban field recordings with lush, rich synth textures to create some deep and mysterious atmospheres. The first two No Mask Effect releases seemed interesting, but I didn't feel compelled to press the "buy" button. This one was worth it.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 26, 2016, 07:29:18 PM »
Jacob Newman - Biospherica
I agree with thirdsystem: this is a fantastic release and one of the noteworthy albums of the year. Bubbly, glitchy, and occasionally dubby ambient textures, with nice melodies, field recordings, and atmospheres.

somni451 - Alice
New one--and self-released. This feels like "classic" sonmi451, but with slightly trippy atmospheres and some obvious Wonderland influences. Some of the tracks are reminiscent of the newer work, but what I like about this is that it integrates those sounds with the older sonmi451 style in a way that is both familiar and fresh.

I love this album. It is so soft and quiet, yet full of fascinating details.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 23, 2016, 05:55:12 PM »
Maybe it's the sounds used, which has changed his music. I find most of his new compositions nice but not the sounds used.

I've listened to it a few more times now and have a better appreciation for the tracks. But I think you're right: The sound palate doesn't seem very rich on this release.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 23, 2016, 05:50:44 PM »

Went to that link.Enjoyed that Remember.Never heard of Vaporwave? I must not be with it.What is it? Much off that label Dream seems pretty generic.

jdh: I don't find the vaporwave genre appealing; much of it is trite and dull. Most of the music is deliberately lo-fi, sample-heavy, and seems to celebrate a by-gone era when people watched Miami Vice, used Windows 95, and thought that phones would would work better if they looked like palm trees.

But the ambient vapourwave / dreampunk arm that has spun off from this fad is really cool. Dream Catalogue represents much of this work (but also caters to dull stuff too). In addition to Remember, here are some of my favorites; you might enjoy these too:

Virtual Dream Plaza

Long-form ambient drones

Beat driven and dreamy


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: August 20, 2016, 08:34:53 AM »
I'll second that: Biospherica is fantastic.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 18, 2016, 05:37:30 PM »
Remember-  ルートバックホーム
Ambient vaporwave. Beautiful urban soundscapes, with a haunting emotional vibe. There is a lot of garbage in this genre, but this is a true gem.

2 8 1 4  - Rain Temple
Also from Dream Catalogue: New collaboration from HKE and telepath. Great stuff with a nice mixture of pulsed tracks and neon sound collages.

Steve Roach - Shadow of Time
I enjoyed listening to this when it first arrived. But it is a bit one-dimensional. Perhaps it is that simplicity that makes it attractive on a first listen, but there isn't much here to captivate me and draw me back for repeated spins.

I had held off on this because I couldn't find good samples. It never occurred to me to hunt it down on Spotify. Listening now. (And turning on Spotify for the first time in a while.)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 11, 2016, 05:48:47 PM »
Glad you enjoyed it! It has been playing on repeat around here every night at bedtime.

Porya Hatami & Arovane - Kaziwa
This feels like the soundtrack for a David Lynch film. The primary sound source is piano. The majority of the tracks are slow moving, mysterious loops with subtle manipulations in the background. Great stuff. with a smokey, noir atmosphere.

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