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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sigur Ros - Route 1
« on: July 28, 2016, 03:19:18 PM »
Glad you enjoyed it, guys.  I think the music and visuals go together very well.  Takes my mind to a different place.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Sigur Ros - Route 1
« on: July 27, 2016, 12:32:23 PM »
For those who may have missed it, Sigur Ros recently streamed a 24-hour trip up Route 1 in Iceland with a generative ambient soundtrack based on material from its upcoming album. They've posted all 24 hours on YouTube.  Here's the last 6-1/2 hours:

Michael's long-overdue planetarium album "Music for the Dome" is finished & already at TrepStar ready to be uploaded to BandCamp. But, it's holding off on releasing it 'till September when college radio is back 'online' for the fall semester.

Looking forward to it!  It was inspiring to see him perform at Ambicon 2013.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Thoughts on Mychael Danna?
« on: July 26, 2016, 09:55:22 AM »
I'm not that familiar with Danna's solo work, but I like his North of Niagara album with Clement.  Melancholy, moody and soft, but without sappiness.


Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum Inactivity
« on: July 24, 2016, 09:50:56 AM »
Over the years, this forum has had its periods of inactivity.  I know Mike has been busy because his first book was published this year and he has been promoting that and probably has less time to spend on the label.  I haven't been here much lately, partially because I've been busy working on another album and partially because I've been trying to be less tied to my computer this summer.  Facebook can also be a time sink, but I've found it very useful for finding out recent developments in the ambient music scene and other related things.


One suggestion.  I would try to move the echoing pulse drone a little further back in the mix and maybe bring that slower moving "melody" towards the front of the mix a little more.  It might add a more contrast between the back and front of your mix.  Maybe a bit more chorusing to bring warm mids in or maybe a delay pan to break the sound field up a bit.


I like listening to both long and short ambient pieces.  But for longer pieces, I want them to morph over time.  Otherwise, they might work better as short pieces.  I find that shorter pieces work better as a part of larger group of pieces that have a variety of textures, like Eno's Music For Films.


Some of Kit Watkins' releases have been appearing in digital form on CD Baby on the last year or so, including two newer releases--an EP called "Land" and a soundscape album called "Mockingbird Mantras":


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 20, 2016, 09:23:52 PM »
Forrest: Thanks for the tips.  I really enjoyed Fellirium - Mermaids. Two of the tracks in particular (Ghost in the Water and Dreaming Fish) are outstanding.

My pleasure, Chris.  Thanks to Richard, too, for uncovering these obscure ambient gems.  The packaging for many of the Pantheon releases is exceptional, too.  The "Halos" release sounds interesting.  Have bookmarked it for further investigating...:)


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 18, 2016, 11:10:35 AM »
Chris, you might also like the Russian Pantheon label.  Some great floating/drone-basedambient there.  I heard about it from Richard Gurtler.  I've enjoyed these:

Furthers - Pineal Dreamer

Fellirium - Mermaids

Creation VI - Reminiscence

Creation VI - Myth About Flat World


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 15, 2016, 09:26:32 AM »
I've been enjoying Christopher Short's latest one under the name, "Cosmicdreamscapes"--"Narration of Butterflies and a Crystalline Sky:"

Also enjoying Jeff Pearce's latest one, "Follow The River Home":

Very tasty processed guitar on both.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 15, 2016, 09:20:43 AM »
Marsen Jules - Shadows in Time
Generative music, released in a standard static form on CD and with multiple unique, one-of-a-kind variants on USB and vinyl. The atmospherics are nice, but the listening gets a bit dull after a while. I wished the sounds evolved a bit more.

Thanks for the heads-up.  I've liked some of his earlier releases, but I have a feeling I probably wouldn't take to this.  Sounds like a longform piece that should have been a lot shorter.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: June 15, 2016, 09:15:31 AM »
I get a little excited every time I look in this thread.   :o

Yes, I'm getting some vicarious enjoyment out of it, too.  Makes me wants to plug patch cords into things.   ;)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 27, 2016, 02:38:06 PM »
Klaus Wiese made wonderful music for instance "Towers of the Night part I" that I absolutely love.
There is such a mystery and inner calm within the music. The music is so lively and played with such a sensitivity.

Yes, Ming Noir's a nice one.  My favorites of his are Uranus, Soma and Allah Infinity (Ruh).  He really gets a great organic sound from those processed Tibetan bowls.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 20, 2016, 06:42:33 PM »
Forrest: What are your thoughts on the new Robert Rich album you mentioned? I've only been able to find short samples of it online and can't really gauge it well from those alone.

Chris, I'm probably not the most objective person to answer this, since I heard a bit of while it was in progress and contributed some sounds that Robert manipulated and processed for his piece.  It's a slightly dark work, given the subject matter (life after humans are gone, but with other lifeforms emerging).  In terms of textures, some are abstract and soundscape-y, though there are also familiar ambient and melodic voices and tonal beds, too, and occasional percussion.  The pieces flow into each other nicely, much like Robert's other works.  I like it.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 20, 2016, 06:33:09 PM »
.Im intrigued how most piece that I have listen to start with  long single note drones out of the left channel and the right comes in a fair bit later. Curious and at first annoying in a way or better put attention demanding.

Julio, I think some of her pieces may have been intended for multi-channel playback or for at least speaker playback.  I prefer headphones, too, for the detail, though I'm probably missing some of the effect of having the sound bounce around in my space.

Another album you might like from an early 70s EM pioneer is David Behrman's On The Other Ocean.  He uses algorithmic software to interact with live musicians (oboe, cello).  Some of it is very beautiful:


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 19, 2016, 06:26:51 PM »
Thanks, Julio.  Radigue is very unique.  Once I got past my initial reaction ("test tones??"), I could hear more subtle textural things happening on almost a subconscious level.  I'm also just getting into her "Jetsun Mila" release on Lovely Music.  Will have to check out transamorem transmortem soon.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 18, 2016, 09:33:32 AM »

Recent listens:

Eliane Radigue - L'ile Re-Sonante

Awesome. I thought I was the only one here who listened to her music.

Hi Castleview,

I had a hard time tracking this album down, but am glad I did.  She manages to say so much with seemingly so little.  My favorite kind of minimalism.

That Shirotsubaki sounds nice.  Reminds me of Hakobune's work.


Saul Stokes has a new release/art object coming out soon.  Really nice design:

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 17, 2016, 09:16:41 AM »
Dreams is a really nice one--probably ranks among Gigi's best.

Recent listens:

Robert Rich - What We Left Behind
Fellirium - Remembrance
Eliane Radigue - L'ile Re-Sonante
Schneider Kacirek - Shadows Documents
Von Zamla - No Make Up!
Creation VI - Myth About Flat World
Erik Wollo - Silent Currents 4

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