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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 15, 2016, 03:52:03 PM »
My two favorite Bowie LPs are Low and Heroes.It was the ambient sides that took me in (and still do) but the other song oriented tracks are equally as good.It has to be said that you cannot underestimate the influence of Eno and Visconti on those two albums.

Heroes is my all time favorite song.I was never into anything pre Station to Station or post Lets Dance though Reality and certainly Blackstar are up there.On Blackstar,I am simple stunned that his voice sounds so good,considering how sick he must have been when they were recorded.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Obsidian
« on: January 15, 2016, 03:41:30 PM »
Yeah,I know the name.Newbie on Hypnos judging from the icon.No matter.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Obsidian
« on: January 14, 2016, 05:35:48 PM »
What a complete waste of time.Nearly 400 views.For whatever reason,if you do not like it (and I do not) then move on.
Bowie just passed away and there is way less talk about a man who influenced generations and was an icon than this project from some unknown newbie.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: David Bowie 1947 - 2016
« on: January 11, 2016, 02:26:55 PM »
I am certainly emotional today.

There was always a Bowie track from 1975-1981 on play in my household.

Shell shocked.

Now I know that the track Lazarus was about him.

I have read his books, seen his films and videos, his exhibition,seen him live from 82-2002.
If you were in a band that started in the late 70s, of the type of music we here listen to,it was only because of Bowie and Kraftwerk,maybe as a spark the Pistols.

There will and can never be another David Bowie. He was truly a person from another dimension.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Biosphere on BC
« on: January 09, 2016, 06:37:16 PM »
He has been on BC for some time.Nothing new recently.Plenty of archive stuff.Last few LPs were kind of dull.I think all his Touch material reverted back to him.Just put up both Fires of Ork with Namlook.I always enjoyed him.Substrata is still my # 1 ambient LP ever.That says something since it came out late 90s.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / FAX Re-issues
« on: January 06, 2016, 06:27:12 PM »
I have received several notices from artists websites recently about FAX co-productions be available again.I think the rights are reverting back to the artists or some deal was struck with the Namlook estate.Several of them involved Pete such as the Richie Hawtin or Biosphere or Sultan project.Lets hope more become available but none of that will replace the FAX original CD releases,both in terms of the hard copy value and nostalgia factor.

Anyone see anything new re-issued?

In Canada on Apple Music,all of his projects are available to buy on Itunes but only 4 are available to stream so someone must be still controlling it,his family I imagine.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CD Shipping costs.
« on: January 05, 2016, 04:39:38 PM »
Yes,shipping costs are all over.I actually find from the UK to USA or Canada is not too bad.Europe is quite expensive.USA to Canada is very high.I have shipped within the USA ( as I am there often) and it is very competitive.You can mail a giant box full of heavy items for $15.That same box to Canada is $70.What is odd is that same box can go to .5 KM of the border for $15,go .7 KM across the border,$70.

One more reason I only do downloads (if I can) is to save on shipping.Then you have currency exchange which no one seems to talk about.So while an artist in the UK charges in pounds or an artist in the USA charges in USD ( which makes sense since they live there) with exchange it becomes way more money depending on where you live.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Biosphere on BC
« on: December 30, 2015, 01:35:22 PM »
Biosphere are putting up most if not all of their catalog on BC.All the Touch releases.Plus one really strange one on his Biophon label.Trap/hip hop!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Harold Budd website!
« on: December 10, 2015, 03:22:13 PM »
A few decent questions,yes.Interviewer claims he is a huge fan of Sylvian but did not know he had lived in the USA for over 10 years? Common knowledge by anyone who was following him.Sorry,interviewer grated on me.Plus he sounds like he is 17.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Harold Budd website!
« on: December 09, 2015, 06:18:26 PM »
Interesting words by Budd.The interviewer is boring and not that thoughtful,like he is reading a script and sounds like a kid..Love his music from the mid seventies to the late nineties.His solo work and with Eno and Guthrie are special.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steaming services
« on: November 30, 2015, 08:08:07 PM »
Great answers.

I see that everyone is mentioning Bandcamp (which is by far my favorite site to buy) as a method of streaming but I do not think Bandcamp was set up as a streaming service in the first place but became that by default.They charge no  monthly fee and some artists block out certain tracks for that very reason.But to my mind,they were the first to offer samples of complete songs and albums.

I cannot speak from the artist side as I am a listener not creator.But I know that is a major issue with artists.Royalty payments.

I went to my local Apple store today to clarify the listening offline thing.Yes,you can listen to as many tracks as will fit on your device offline over and over,as long as you are a member of Apple Music.So if you have a 128G unit,you could listen for weeks never to the same track for $10.In that sense,I think buying is over.I prefer owning my music and for the reasons I mentioned,am not hooked up to the internet all the time.But this offline listening is really something.Plus I only want lossless so that also will greatly limit my serious listening to FLAC or CD.But to sample every option under the sun,Apple is hard to beat.Will have to try Spotify in the future as well.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Steaming services
« on: November 29, 2015, 06:23:47 PM »
Maybe I am behind the times but I just subscribed to my first streaming service today with Apple Music.Choose them simply because I use Itunes and Idevices and it was easy.
I have always owned my music with thousands of CDs and hundreds of purchased downloads and will continue to do so but what are your thoughts on streaming as far as the listener,not the artist ?(another subject)
So far,after a day,it would seem to me,why would anyone buy anything ever gain,if they can stream it.I have always been a lossless user so will probably go over to Tidal if I stay with this.
I know it has been many years you can stream for free as well,You tube being a prime example.
My original idea was to have a service where I can sample whole albums (similar to Bandcamp) before buying,including major artists.Then if interested,buy.I listen mostly at home and with my portable device (Astell & Kern AK 240,look it up) where I have no internet access so streaming does not work in that capacity but at work,stream while there.
Does anyone have a preferred service that caters more to ambient and electronic artists that we listen to here on this site,maybe Spotify or Tidal?
So far,on Apple,there have only been a few artists I could not find.

I agree with Julio.Receiving the same offers for the last week.Guess it is like a promotion sale.

On the other topic,depending on what currency you are paying and shipping,I have paid for a download far more than what a physical CD would cost.In 2015,some download sites are still charging a premium for FLAC VS MP3.It is similar to what I receive on my shipping invoices from Fed Ex,fuel surcharge of $,like in 2004.What? When fuel is the lowest it has been in years,still a surcharge.It cost less now to store FLAC files than it did a year ago,same analogy with fuel.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 12, 2015, 05:54:28 PM »
AOC 1 is a masterpiece.New AOC in 2016.

That Markus Guentner is lovely.Similar feel for me as the first one he put out on Kompakt way way back.

No 1 by No. artists on BC.The label is No.Material Object and Atom.I find that MO always seems to have a constant drone or cohesive feel to his ambient tracks.Also uses some of the same samples over and over which ties his many works together.

Anamorph Specimens,also on No. on BC-A bit more techno here and there but again,its a whole mix.1 long ambient remix by MO included too.

Yagya-Will I dream during the Process on Sending Orb.Always enjoyed this.1 long mix with his usual dub-ambient-techno thing going.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Alio Die on BC
« on: October 13, 2015, 07:13:36 PM »
Florealia is beautiful.Perfect late night drifting music.Most of the Aglaia releases are spot on.Some are not my taste but the purely ambient ones are.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 30, 2015, 07:37:53 PM »
Martin Gore-MG on Mute.
This is very cinematic.Unlike anything Depeche Mode has done with the exception of a few tracks in the mid eighties.No vocals.If you enjoy Aphex Twin,BOC or "IDM" this is for you.Recording quality is high.The short clip below shows his studio and modular racks.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / AWVFTS Live
« on: March 18, 2015, 06:44:54 PM »

If you want to see a 6 min clip of AWVFTS,here it is.I prefer the first LP to the second but I would see them live if I could.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 07, 2015, 05:12:30 PM »
I found out about PSB several years ago first with their EP and then album.It was outstanding.The idea was unique.The recording quality superb on CD.The new LP is as good.A bit more varied in tempo.Some tracks are quite sombre,others nearly R&B. See them live if you can.On tour now.

Martin Gore has a new LP coming out.The first track shows great promise.Very retro sounding and my first thought was Aphex Twin Ambient,then BOC.I lost interest in Depeche Mode a long time ago but this could be interesting.

Transonic-Virtual Current on FAX.2 long tracks by Robert Musso whom I think was the engineer for Bill Laswell.My favorite of a series of 3.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Alio Die on BC
« on: February 20, 2015, 08:09:51 PM »
Aglaia added,now that is exciting.I have the first three on CD but after that,looking to downloads.Maybe we will see other HSL titles soon enough

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Alio Die on BC
« on: February 09, 2015, 06:55:11 PM »
I am like Chris.
I simply will not buy anything anymore that I cannot preview.Then if there is one track that does not fit in,I can edit it out myself.The days of 30-90 second samples or selective songs are over.
I will never be into streaming as I want to own it in the best download format possible,FLAC.Even lossless streaming services will never have the obscure music I like and then there are copyright issues in my country.
With certain artists like Alio Die you sort of know in advance what you are getting so the risks for an obscure track are rare.
But that is the trade off I guess for the artist.Only give 3-4 songs out of 8-10 for preview,risking the loss of a sale to a potential buyer/fan versus having a person streaming for free.I am guessing that if someone does not want to pay for listening (something I do not believe in) then they will find an outlet where they can listen for free or move on to another artist doing a similar thing.
Unless I really want it,I will move on if I cannot preview all tracks.That is the new reality.

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