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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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The first listen to Middle Distance was disorienting for me, but fascinating--  it's unconventional, even for ambient music. The second time, things started falling into place. The third time, everything clicked, and I loved it. An amazing album... the sound design is always one step ahead of my expectations, so it's always a fresh experience, no matter how many times I hear it. It's always just beyond my grasp, if that makes any sense (and it probably doesn't).

And Richard, keep up the good work with your reviews :)


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And in fact, the newCircular Ruins is now available, I just ordered it. Sounds interesting, more rhythmic than usual for Anthony's music, but in a subtle, understated way.

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Excellent review, Richard! "Middle Distance" is mesmerizing from start to finish, and gets my vote for best ambient album of 2014. It's that good! To be fair though, I've probably bought only 25 discs/downloads this year, maybe a little more or less.

And thanks for the news on Devin Underwood.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 14, 2014, 03:33:30 PM »
Thanks for the tip on that Surr - Asparna download. It sounds great, and I'm downloading it now  8)

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 03, 2014, 07:10:32 PM »
Good stuff, Joe. 
I don't have The Rustling of Leaves. Will have to find a copy.

I think you'll love it. It captures those unexplainable sensations you feel when you're standing alone in an empty field, listening to the wind whistling through half bare branches, while all around you, everything has turned to brown and red and yellow.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 03, 2014, 05:29:12 PM »
The last several days I've been revisiting my long neglected Oophoi discs: Archaic Oceans, The Dreams Of Shells, The Time Fragments Series, Arpe Di Sabbia, The Rustling Of Leaves, Nebula- Genesis, Bardo, Hymns To a Silent Sky, Subterranea, Athlit, Mare Imbrium. I've been loving this! Seven years away has made it all seem fresh and new again. The Rustling Of Leaves really stands out, as does Nebula- Genesis and Subterranea.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Top Oophoi discs
« on: July 29, 2014, 02:25:45 PM »
Thanks for all the suggestions, guys...

 The Rustling Of Leaves seems to be on several lists, and I remember that also being one of my favorites. That may be the one I plug in first tonight. And Lord Of The Starfields is indeed a beautiful track... and I completely forgot about Nocturnes- that was terrific.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 28, 2014, 07:19:26 PM »
I think Weird Al did a cover of an Ooophi album that he called Behind the Wall of Sheep. You can have it both ways, Joe.

 ;D Thanks Chris, but I snapped that up as soon as it hit the market. That very same day, I bought Signals From The Great Behind. An instant classic!

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Top Oophoi discs
« on: July 28, 2014, 07:11:03 PM »
I need a list of everyone's top 5 Oophoi discs, just because I plan on making a serious attempt to get back in tune with his otherworldly music.

My top 5 (from what I recall) would be:

Arpe Di Sabbia
Subterranea
Bardo (intense!)
Hymns To A Silent Sky
The Rustling Of Leaves (So evocative!)

I'd love to hear other opinions/suggestions...

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 28, 2014, 04:22:16 PM »
Lol! Okay, are the comedians on this forum through yet, or should I wait for more smart-ass remarks?  :)

I truly don't understand the Oophoi thing either, I should try again...

What's truly alarming is that I'm actually enjoying my son's Weird Al Yankovic Greatest Hits album. Seriously; especially the song "Albuquerque :o

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 27, 2014, 07:27:47 PM »
Lol! Yes, I realize that it's a deep psychological malfunction, and I am currently seeking medical solutions and support groups that specialize in this sort of problem.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 27, 2014, 04:17:45 PM »
Currently listening:

Nautic Depths & Nunc Stans- Falling Silent- Kudos to Anthony and Tomas for putting together a very deep and ponderous album-- works wonderful with headphones. Anthony's contributions here are usually under the surface, so to speak, and a perfect compliment to Tomas' smooth, hypnotic drone work. Well done, guys!

Steve Roach & Jorge Reyes- Vine- Bark & Spore- Pure Magic! This may be my favorite tribal-ambient album, except for Well Of Souls
A-Sun-Amissa- Desperate In Her Heavy Sleep- gothic and dense cello/violin/synth work. Quite beautiful and tragic, if you're in the mood for an impending sense of doom ;-)
Talking Heads- Remain In Light

And I've been attempting to listen to various Craig Tattersall projects (Seaman & The Tattered Sail, The Humble Bee), but strangely, I've lost all connection with this music-- I invariably turn it off after 15 minutes or so. It just doesn't hold my interest anymore. Over-saturation, maybe? ...but this happens to be sometimes. Years ago, I lost all connection to Oophoi's music, and I rarely listen to it anymore, along with other dark ambient projects that I loved at one time. Not sure how this happens...

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Just pre-ordered this. The sound sample, with headphones, sounds great, and the cover art is intriguingly bleak. I'm really looking forward to it!

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 07, 2014, 06:57:35 PM »
Okay, I screwed up the quote and reply thing, but I recommend you to check out Description Without Place on Dataobscura.

Checked out the "Description Without Place" samples Joe. Nice, on the list (extensive  ;))

Currently listening to The Circular Ruins: Retrospective 2009 Some really great stuff on this free download.

Glad you checked, I think you'll like it! There's nothing else quite like it.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 06, 2014, 07:39:54 PM »
Okay, I screwed up the quote and reply thing, but I recommend you to check out Description Without Place on Dataobscura.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 06, 2014, 07:32:22 PM »

Last night I listened to: Specta Ciera & The Circular Ruins- Middle Distance. Pure magic!
Brilliant album, play it frequently.

Have you ever heard Anthony's disc, calledDescription Without Place- Filaments? Check it out on Dataobscura, it's amazing.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: RIP Pete Namlook
« on: May 06, 2014, 03:20:39 PM »
Psychonavigation sounds great as well, especially that first, lengthy track- deep, dark, and hypnotic...

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 06, 2014, 01:55:14 PM »
Interesting to hear from those who still appreciate cassettes. I always took good care of my cassettes, but STILL they got "eaten" more times than I care to remember. I also cleaned the cassette head, but never did clean the capstans, (I believe they were called). Perhaps that's the source of my problems.

Also I had several cassettes where the felt pad fell off of the copper band that supported the tape. Grrr...

From a business standpoint alone, it seems unwise to sell a product in a format that, right off the bat, eliminates maybe 80% of your potential clientele. On the other hand, these little cassette music labels keep chugging right along, so there must be a big enough market to support them.

Last night I listened to: Specta Ciera & The Circular Ruins- Middle Distance. Pure magic!

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 05, 2014, 07:29:13 PM »
I can understand bringing back the vinyl record format, simply because so many people claim that vinyl has a fuller sound, with higher frequencies and lower lows. I'd love to hear feedback from forum members here who hold that view. But what I don't understand is... WHY DID THEY RESURRECT THE CASSETTE TAPE? In my opinion, it's a very flawed format that I was glad to see dead and buried. Does anyone else remember painstakingly rewinding, by hand, the cassette tapes that had been "eaten" by your cassette player? You seemingly had miles of tape to wind back in without tangling it up. Sometimes you were successful, but the tape never sounded quite the same because of the wrinkles that occurred during the rewinding. Grrrr... and back then I was a real stoner, and rewinding the tape was a real buzz-kill.

What's next? Re-introducing the 8-track tape? 

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