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Got my bundle yesterday. Fantastic albums, both of them.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: April 29, 2011, 03:35:37 PM »
Perhaps a new thread is in order...

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: April 27, 2011, 03:03:51 PM »
Nice. Did you have a particular area of emphasis? I'm starting a grad program in neurophilosophy in a few months.

I take it from your parenthetical comment that you're either a noncognitivist or an error theorist...?

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: April 23, 2011, 01:40:00 AM »


Great news for the less-than-hip crowd. I'm glad Umbra and Penumbra are still around. Regarding some of the older CDr releases, will these be newly burned copies? Some of the ones I'd purchased previously had I think been sitting around too long and degraded slightly, resulting in audible pops and clicks (this was certainly the exception and not the rule). I'd love to be able to replace these with fresh copies.

Many thanks.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Your scariest ambient track
« on: March 07, 2011, 01:09:00 AM »
About Place Where The Black Stars Hang: I listened to it in bed with headphones one time and found parts of it very relaxing in a special kind of way, especially the fantastic track Metastatic Resonance. Personally I don't think it's a scary or creepy album.

Agreed. I would nominate Zoetrope as Lustmord's scariest album. Some very eerie, bleak stuff on that one.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Your scariest ambient track
« on: March 02, 2011, 11:08:37 PM »
Gotta mention the first track of I.Corax's album, The Cadaver Pulse I: Sealed in a Radiant Larval Maelstrom.

Sounds like being digested by Satan...or something.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Your favorite O÷phoi releases!
« on: February 10, 2011, 01:22:03 PM »
Man...this certainly isn't easy.

For full length recordings, I'd say:

Time Fragments Vol. 2: Requiem for the Green Planet
Celestial Geometries (w/ Tau Ceti)
The Rustling of Leaves
Mare Tranquillitatis
Archaic Oceans (w/ Tau Ceti)

There are a lot of great Penumbra EPs too:

Leteph (w/ L.E.M.)
The Sun is Falling in a Sea of Blood
Lifting the Veil (w/ Tau Ceti)
The Gates of Aldebaran (w/ L.E.M.)
As We Slip Away to Dream
A Call, an Echo (w/ Klaus Wiese)

The whole Dreams collection is amazing too.

Still haven't delved into scotch much, but I love me some of this:

*Edit: didn't catch the post that spawned this thread until now. Kudos, Wayne; I like your taste.

Everything and Nothing / Re: NCAA football 2010
« on: December 04, 2010, 04:49:09 PM »
Evil in a good way, I meant!

Looks like the civil war is all but won, but Oregon's really gonna have to get it together for Auburn. They can't afford their usual number of penalties and turnovers.

Everything and Nothing / Re: NCAA football 2010
« on: December 03, 2010, 10:21:26 PM »
The Ducks have been amazing this year. Chip Kelly really is an evil genius. The last few games, though, have been a little worrisome. Hope they can keep it together for the Civil War and bring their best game to the Championship.

And that video is hilarious, especially if you've seen the previous year's as well.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Koude Handen
« on: October 10, 2010, 10:19:32 PM »
I'm still digesting this release, but I have to say I'm really entranced by it. It has a great deal of movement, while still being very relaxing. The sounds are very evocative and the progression of the album really makes me feel like a part of some great geological drama. One of the best albums I've heard this year.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Igneous 2010 releases
« on: October 06, 2010, 12:20:09 PM »
That did the trick for me. Thanks!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Igneous 2010 releases
« on: October 04, 2010, 09:00:15 PM »
Seems to be a Firefox thing too. Anyone with Chrome tried it?

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient with singing bowls?
« on: September 30, 2010, 08:17:32 AM »
Every once in a while, I'll browse Amazon's mp3 section for cheap ambient albums (tracks are usually sold at $0.99 each, even if they're 70+ minutes long). Most of the time, these are cheaply made, simplistic recordings, but I'll occasionally find a few gems.

Recently discovered this album made entirely with singing bowls: Despite the new-agey vibes the name and artwork give off, it's pretty pure ambient. Quite tasty.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Halo
« on: September 21, 2010, 06:54:33 PM »
Big fan here. I've picked up Reach, but have only had time to play a few minutes into the campaign so far. Seems promising, though, and it's quite pretty to look at.

You didn't really miss much by skipping ODST.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 15, 2010, 12:19:05 PM »
Cello and Dark Wood are brilliant 8)


Been listening to a lot of Bruno Sanfilippo's piano stuff lately, including his two collabs with Mathias Grassow. Really evocative minimalism.

On the non-ambient side, I've been cranking Boris and Russian Circles. The latter are perhaps the only post-rock band that can hold my interest for more than 15 minutes.

Getting back to the original point. There's some irony here, when a lot of 'glitch-ambient' is full of 'audio errors' (from a technical / mastering point of view) ) and its completely accepted as being part of the music.

Context eh ?

I actually can't stand glitch-ambient, even though I know it's intended. Conditioned response, probably.

I decided to incur the slightly smaller monetary risk of purchasing the mp3s from Amazon, vaguely hoping that maybe they were derived from a source closer to the original recording than the pressed CD (though, given Rudy's response as reported by drone on, this may not have mattered). A fool's hope, I know. Track 2 had the most obvious problems, but I found unwanted noises on all of the first four tracks. It's sad and frustrating, as there really is some good music here. I've resorted to opening the affected tracks up in an audio editor and cutting out out the untarnished pieces (fading them in and out) so I can listen to them undisturbed.

Sadly, I've noticed this issue on the last couple Mathias Grassow/Thomas Weiss collabs as well (Siberian Winter and Farewell); has this happened to others too?

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 21, 2010, 03:44:23 PM »
This gives me an idea - take some Glitch albums and run them through a Click/Pop/Noise removal program. Whole new albums?

If only those programs ever actually worked worth a damn...

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