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Independent Music Reviews / Re: New Ambient/Experimental Music Blog
« on: August 10, 2017, 01:12:51 PM »
Today's featured album is Dual Craters by Ichinen.

https://everydayambient.wordpress.com/2017/08/10/ichinen-dual-craters/

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Independent Music Reviews / Re: New Ambient/Experimental Music Blog
« on: July 19, 2017, 11:15:46 AM »
Today's featured album is The Voyage by Y.G. Hanedan.

https://everydayambient.wordpress.com/2017/07/19/y-g-hanedan-the-voyage/

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Independent Music Reviews / Re: New Ambient/Experimental Music Blog
« on: June 17, 2017, 08:01:16 AM »
Today's featured album is Mayforest's self-titled debut album.

https://everydayambient.wordpress.com/2017/06/17/mayforest-self-titled/

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Independent Music Reviews / Re: New Ambient/Experimental Music Blog
« on: April 13, 2017, 09:34:16 AM »
Nice write-up. How did you learn so much about the process/instrumentation for the album?

Email correspondence with the artist.

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Independent Music Reviews / Re: New Ambient/Experimental Music Blog
« on: April 11, 2017, 02:20:38 PM »
The current featured album is Slow Morning by Robert Farrugia.

https://everydayambient.wordpress.com/2017/04/11/robert-farrugia-slow-morning/

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 04, 2017, 12:04:24 PM »
Recently:

Midori Takada - Through the Looking Glass

https://www.discogs.com/Midori-Takada-Through-The-Looking-Glass/master/1123608

poemme - Arboretum

https://stereoscenic.bandcamp.com/album/arboretum

Kloob - Solid Foundations

https://kloob.bandcamp.com/album/solid-foundations

Solitaire - Altered States

https://projektrecords.bandcamp.com/album/altered-states-25th-anniversary-edition


Also:


Giles Reaves, Nothing is Lost and Sea of Glass.

I also have his collaboration CD with Jon Goin but that one has not aged well IMHO. Oddly enough the stuff I heard off Goin's solo album from around the same time sounded a lot better.

I wish Reaves' catalog was at least available digitally as it all looks to be out of print right now.


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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 04, 2017, 11:52:00 AM »
Robert Farrugia - Slow Morning
Soft, mostly beatless, ambient textures from Archives. Beautiful packaging, featuring photos from losingtoday.
https://archivesdubmusic.bandcamp.com/album/slow-morning

A very good album IMHO. I'll be posting a review of it soon hopefully, now that I've had enough time with it. The Archives label has been on a roll lately too.

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Independent Music Reviews / Re: New Ambient/Experimental Music Blog
« on: April 04, 2017, 11:50:37 AM »
Today's feature is Different Spaces by Erik Wollo.

https://everydayambient.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/erik-wollo-different-spaces/

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 14, 2017, 07:01:00 AM »
Recently:

Tangerine Dream - The Virgin Years '77-'83 5xCD boxset

https://www.discogs.com/Tangerine-Dream-The-Virgin-Years-1977-1983/release/3659996

Not my favorite era of TD, but I was surprised at how much I liked most of the music in this set. I guess this is where the classic era sort of ends for most people.

Don Slepian - Sea of Bliss

https://donslepiannumero.bandcamp.com/album/sea-of-bliss-new-music-for-digital-orchestra

Found this when searching around for old school new age ambient that I might like. I guess this is regarded as a classic in some circles but I didn't know about it until recently. IMHO this has aged remarkably well. Numero has reissued a couple other works by him through Bandcamp also.

Erik Wollo - Different Spaces

https://projektrecords.bandcamp.com/album/different-spaces

Had my second full listen yesterday. This album is really good. Much better than his last solo album IMHO, which I found a little slick and overproduced.

Apne Sinn - Worlds Apart EP

https://apne-sinn.bandcamp.com/album/worlds-apart-ep

Didn't grab me as much as "En Seier" on first listen, needs more listens to sink in. Would love to see a new album from this artist. I think I read something about him making contributions to some upcoming works by Steve Brand.

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If anyone is thinking of getting this album, I can confirm that the 2xCD looks as well as sounds great.


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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 11, 2017, 02:47:29 PM »
That Poemme album is on my radar. Going to check it out on Tidal and see if it needs to go on the shopping list. What do you think of other releases on that label? They seem to have a decent following on Bandcamp.

I've streamed some of the other releases and think they're fine, but not captivating enough to buy. Let me know if you come across something on there that really strikes your fancy.

Will do.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 11, 2017, 02:40:24 PM »
Recently:

Hollan Holmes - Prayer to the Energy

Michael Stearns - Encounter

Giles Reaves - Wunjo

Shiho - Purple Sails

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From a couple years ago, but just saw this article today:

http://fusion.net/story/182285/music-streaming-transparency/

Sounds like a nightmare for small artists and labels.

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Independent Music Reviews / Re: New Ambient/Experimental Music Blog
« on: March 10, 2017, 12:48:42 PM »
Today's feature is Intersections by Fictions and Poetics.

https://everydayambient.wordpress.com/2017/03/10/fictions-and-poetics-intersections/

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Digital Dance to me is probably one of their worst albums, I remember getting it when it first came out and being disappointed. Their earlier albums are their best IMHO. My personal favourites are Beam Scape and Night Light.
I wouldn't have classed them as Vapourware, I tended to think they were sort of modern Berlin School, at that time, using digital instruments to provide teutonic soundscapes. For me they went off the boil after Syn Code.
And yes the saxophone is bloody terrible!

Thanks for your comments. I will look into those albums you mentioned. I noticed last night that they are all on Tidal as well. RE: the saxophone, I can't stand when it's used in certain types of music or used in certain ways. I guess that comes from being a fan of classic jazz.

Re: Vaporwave, I was speaking more the label and scene that is reviving interest in the group and reissuing them. Not necessarily the group Software, which obviously existed decades before "vaporwave" was even a thing...

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Never heard of Ulilith, interesting concept (the play from memory).

RE: Plex, I tried that for about an hour and quickly uninstalled it. Not only did it transcode files but there were latency issues as well. Junk IMHO.

Plex supports lossless audio it will not transcode, but you will need to set up a setting for it.

I couldn't figure out how to not make it transcode. I did play around with the settings. From everything I was reading online, the software transcodes (sounded like it too). Even if I could solve that the latency issues were a dealbreaker for me.

My chain was this:

Windows 10 PC > WIFI > PS4 > Toslink > DAC > Integrated Amp

Honestly it was such a PITA I'm not going to bother trying it again. At some point when I can afford it, I will set up a NAS and a dedicated music PC or DAC/Network streamer device. Not exactly cheap so that's why I haven't done it yet.

For now it is simply easier to run Foobar on a secondary laptop, then output USB to DAC. That or just play physical media.

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You hit on a lot of good points Ekstasis.

As you mentioned, portable devices are getting better all the time, but the problem is many are still stuck on crap $10 earbuds and lossy streaming. I can tell you that the cheapo $99 Sony CD/Tape/radio boombox I had as a teenager in the 90s sounded 100 times better than that. Same thing with the portable CD players and headphones I used at the time.

My thoughts are that the younger generation is being cheated here. Both in terms of what they get exposed to and the quality at which they are hearing it. It might not matter for disposable top 40 pop music but it does matter for a lot of other things and what we talk about here.

Even self-described music nerds are lazy nowadays. If a CD is OOP and not on streaming services, they won't buy it even if it's only $5-10. They'll either pirate it or not hear it at all. I think the latter is more common now, as young people get locked in to the streaming services.

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The article was interesting. Not a fan of the vaporwave scene at all really, but if they are helping to bring back old music I can support that. What's everyone's take on this group? I'm no expert on Berlin School electronica...I'm guessing the earlier releases would probably appeal to me the most.

FWIW I listened to a few tracks off Digital Dance and some of them were decent to quite good while others sounded very dated IMHO due to heavy use of what sounds like digital synth presets and out of place saxophone. Possibly two steps away from department store muzak I heard everywhere as a kid during the 80s. Not trying to trash this group or anything, just my initial impressions.

I'd be curious to hear opinions from people that know their catalog well...

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 10, 2017, 06:25:42 AM »
Recently:

Klaus Schulze - Picture Music

David Helpling and Jon Jenkins - Treasure

Steve Roach - Quiet Music

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 10, 2017, 06:24:15 AM »
cvac, I love Fissures. It is one of my favorites.

Poemme - Arboretum
Light and breezy ambient with environmental samples.
https://stereoscenic.bandcamp.com/album/arboretum

That Poemme album is on my radar. Going to check it out on Tidal and see if it needs to go on the shopping list. What do you think of other releases on that label? They seem to have a decent following on Bandcamp.

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