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Didn't remember to tune in until 6:30 CST and missed it, Blake. Darn! Will order it sometime next week, unless it sells out too quickly!

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Everything and Nothing / Re: RIP Edgar Froese
« on: January 23, 2015, 08:37:58 PM »
That's sad news. I remember discovering TD in high school and being completely floored by some of the things they were doing. /bow and rest in peace.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 21, 2015, 06:39:59 PM »
jdh: I streamed AOC5 and it is fantastic--like crazy, sell-your-soul good. I plan to order this as soon as it is listed on Databloem.

Recent listens:

Spheruleus - Chronota
A new digital-only release. This is Spheruleus/Harry doing what he does best: low-fi acoustic drones. But there is something special about this one--the atmosphere and sounds all lock together perfectly. The tracks transport me to that moment in time when day is breaking, the birds are singing, and I have the house all to myself because everyone else is asleep. Damn, now I want to brew some coffee...

https://spheruleus.bandcamp.com/album/chronota


Purl - Cosimo di Rondō
Digitial release on bandcamp; billed as his first release, but I'm only hearing it now. It is quite lovely. This guy has some chops.

http://eternell.net/album/purl-cosimo-di-rond


Steve Roach - The Magnificent Void
This album was a life-changing purchase for me in the 90s and I often return to it for inspiration (Infinite Shore and Altus are some of my favorite tracks in the genre). But I rarely find the time to listen to it from start to finish, in one listening. I did so this past weekend and it was a religious experience. I know some people consider this album to be over-hyped; I'm not one of those people.

https://heartsofspacerecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-magnificent-void

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The clips sound great! Will this be a CD or a CDr?

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 16, 2015, 02:23:59 PM »
Robert Davies - Nightshade https://dataobscura.bandcamp.com/album/nightshade
Robert Davies - Arboreal https://dataobscura.bandcamp.com/album/arboreal

I'm slowing turning into a Robert Davies fanboi. Nightshade is the most recent Davies release and, like the others that I've heard, it rests in that fragile space between dark and light. The tracks can either be slightly unsettling or comforting and soothing, depending on your state of mind. Great stuff!


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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 13, 2015, 06:23:29 PM »
That cover is a beauty.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 10, 2015, 06:05:19 AM »
Janek Schaefer - Unfolding Luxury beyond the City of Dreams
Outstanding release from Dekorder. Minimal ambient with great samples, creative layering, and the perfect blend of mystery and familiarity. Schaefer had a excellent album on 12k in 2014--this is a notch better.

Samples/Buy: https://dekorder.bandcamp.com/album/unfolding-luxury-beyond-the-city-of-dreams

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / 12k on Bandcamp
« on: January 06, 2015, 09:24:52 PM »
12k is gradually uploading their catalog to Bandcamp. Some nice OOP releases listed too, including an older Dan Abrams album.

https://12kmusic.bandcamp.com/music

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 02, 2015, 07:49:11 AM »
I agree with your agreement!  ;D

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best of 2014
« on: January 01, 2015, 07:45:33 PM »
Here are my three favorites from 2014:

1. Porya Hatami - Shallow (Tench)
2. Experiments in Silence - Hidden Harmonic (...txt)
3. Otto A. Totland - Pina (Sonic Pieces)

Some other albums that I loved include:

ASC - Truth Be Told (Silent Season)
Ashlar - St. James' Gardens (Hibernate)
Deaf Center - Recount (Sonic Pieces)
Faures - Continental Drift (Home Normal)
Loscil - Sea Island (Kranky)
Lorenzo Montana - Haemus (Carpe Sonum)
Nacht Plank - Echo Ark (...txt)
Orla Wren - Soil Steps (Oak Editions)
Tomas Weiss - Zeitlos (Sleep Edition) (Musical Philosophy)
Yair Elazar Glotman - Northern Gulfs (Glacial Movements)

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Christmas greetings!!!
« on: December 31, 2014, 07:17:15 AM »
Happy holidays, Richard and all. And good luck with any new year's resolutions you make.  ;)

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Amazon sucks!!(?)
« on: December 31, 2014, 07:16:01 AM »

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http://blog.bandcamp.com/2014/12/30/eu-digital-vat-changes-and-bandcamp/

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EU digital VAT changes and Bandcamp

If you’ve seen the recent news of changes to EU tax law, you may be wondering how this affects you as an artist or label selling on Bandcamp. The good news is that for digital sales, there is no need for you to register for VAT, submit quarterly reports, and so on. We will take care of all of that for you.

If you happened to see our earlier help item about this, we planned to roll out a temporary solution where artists submitted the tax themselves. We’ve decided to accelerate the changes to our system such that the interim step is unnecessary.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 30, 2014, 03:40:20 PM »
Listening to the two new Aglaia CDs: Intangible Opacity and Primeval Nebula. They are both pretty cool. I really like Intangible Opacity--it is a bit more dreamy and drifty than Primeval Nebula, which is a bit more on the experimental side. (It is also neat, to be clear. But it is hard to not like one more than the other.)

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Amazon sucks!!(?)
« on: December 28, 2014, 07:17:20 AM »
Amazon can be a bit funky at times. Having said that, I like it for at least two reasons. One, if you're a member of Amazon prime, you can get the CD within 2 days--which helps with the 'instant gratification' component that is often missing in online ordering. Two, although I rarely start at Amazon for buying music, sometimes I end up there simply because it is the cheapest and fastest way to get imports that have not been restocked at some of my other favorite stateside online shops.

You're fortunate to be in the Bay Area where there are some wonderful record shops! I'm stuck in a cornfield in the Midwest where we only have two record stores left, neither of which cater to ambient and experimental music. Amazon can be a blessing for people in my situation.  ;)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best of 2013
« on: December 27, 2014, 06:10:33 PM »
/bump

This was fun to revisit. In retrospect, I would add Nacht Plank's Psychology of Religion and Understanding St. Catherine to my list. I don't think I heard this until 2014 and it stays in heavy rotation.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best of 2014
« on: December 27, 2014, 05:54:42 PM »
Personally I think it has been a superb year for ambient music.

I agree. I typically try to think of which 3 albums are my absolute favorites and I'm having a damn hard time with that this year. The first half of 2013 seemed a bit dry to me. But 2014 has been one great release after the next.

What do the *'s reference in your list, thirdsystem?

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Best of 2014 - non-ambient
« on: December 22, 2014, 02:24:22 PM »
Same here, drone on. Thanks for giving me a map for sampling contemporary music, Dave. Looking forward to exploring some of these artists.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 19, 2014, 12:47:54 PM »
APK: I followed your advice and obtained a copy of Alio Die's Honeysuckle. You're right: This is absolutely amazing! I steered away from this for a while because, based on the samples, the first track just seemed a bit blah and I never really paid attention after that. I still feel that way about the first track. But the remaining tracks are fantastic--especially the Honey Mushroom series, which is some of the best drifting, ethereal music in his catalog. 

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Interstellar
« on: December 16, 2014, 08:10:12 PM »
Saw it today. I enjoyed it, but wasn't as blow away by it as I had hoped I would be. I agree with those who summed it up by noting that it attempts to do too much, without really connecting all the dots. (Is it a movie about love? Is it a movie about the will to live? Is it a movie about ambition? a movie about trust?) The soundtrack was unremarkable.

I love Nolan. I'm not disappointed--I was just hoping this would be a game changer and it wasn't.

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