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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 21, 2015, 07:18:52 PM »
Christopher Hipgrave- Slow, with Pages Of Fluttering Interference- beautiful, calming, keyboard ambiance, with patches of glitch and hiss. Nothing groundbreaking here, just a wonderful, well-constructed ambient experience. Highly recommended.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 16, 2015, 07:04:20 PM »
Recent spins:

Offthesky & Pleq - A Thousand Fields
Pretty neat experimental ambient from two of the most creative forces in that niche. Very dark, lonely, desolate tracks, featuring the sounds of broken machines, wistful violins, and some dramatic cinematic overtures. This wasn't the masterpiece I was hoping for, but it is a great album nonetheless and well worth a careful listening. Beautiful packaging from Infraction.
Buy/Stream: https://infraction.bandcamp.com/album/a-thousand-fields (I'm partial to the 4th track.)


I'm glad you suggested this, Chris! I was intrigued by your description so I bought the download, and I'm glad I did. It definitely defies all of the conventions of "ordinary" ambient, and it really took me down some unfamiliar paths. I really love that last 14 minute track... the title escapes me right now.

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Nightfall is definitely a keeper. It's a very busy and eclectic album, with a definite night time vibe. Some of these reveries are rather peaceful, but other tracks have a more sinister feel  -like on those nights when, deep in the throes of insomnia, every unknown shadow becomes an ominous, breathing entity. Altogether a very captivating experience.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 14, 2015, 05:53:02 PM »
Bob Dylan & The Band- The Basement Tapes- played this several times the last few weeks just to re-acquainting myself with an old classic. Very enjoyable!

Robert Rich- Trances And Drones- Another old classic that I blew the dust off of.

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Just ordered this... sounds great, and quite strange (but in a good way!) Looking forward to getting this!

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 29, 2015, 08:12:55 PM »

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Jacob Newman and Devin Underwood - The Vivid Unmapped
A 2011 release from DataObscura. I recall Joe R. and others singing the praises of this album a while back. I picked up the digital version on Bandcamp last week and have been enjoying it immensely. It has a little bit of everything: a classic ambient feel with warm, drifting synth notes and a bit of an experimental angle, with found founds, interesting sonic manipulations, etc. The atmosphere is great--not too dark, not too fluffy, and somewhat mysterious.

Samply/Buy: https://dataobscura.bandcamp.com/album/the-vivid-unmapped

I knew you'd like it, Chris. And your description is spot on. Beautiful stuff! Some tracks have an amazing sense of distance, as though you're hearing sounds of life and nature from miles away.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best of 2014
« on: January 11, 2015, 05:19:53 PM »
My favorite ambient disc last year was Specta Ciera and The Circular Ruins- Middle Distance. A near perfect album, for me- not one weak track. Lots of strange and fascinating details...

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 11, 2015, 05:13:02 PM »
Today:

Deaf Center- Pale Ravine and Levende; A slightly creepy blast from the past.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 07, 2014, 05:23:47 PM »
Joe, that The Boats release seems to be majorly OOP. So, if you want to mail it to me for safe keeping, I'll understand

Heh ;D... yeah, I was lucky enough to snag a copy when it first came out, and it was out of print pretty quickly. Hopefully, they'll re-release this someday.

Tonight:

Aidan Baker & Matt Borghi- Undercurrents- deep, mysterious, ghostly and diffuse. A blast from the past, and I forgot how great this is. Murky drones created from processed reverb-drenched guitar, with lonely piano notes that meander through the fog.

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Hypnos Label Releases / Re: Outfolding CD Cover Art
« on: December 06, 2014, 07:25:06 AM »
Lol! I hadn't seen this thread before, but it's hilarious 8)

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 01, 2014, 08:10:32 PM »
Chris- thanks for your input on the new Loscil release. I may just have to buy it, even though I have several.

Just listened to The Boats- The Ballad Of The Eagle- for me, this is The Boats best album. The middle tracks of the album are palpably sad, very diffuse, with many random sounds that come and go in a slow wave. But there are a few tracks that are quite upbeat, and a welcome break from the overall melancholy mood. Lots of Danny Norbury's cello in here. A fantastic album.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 29, 2014, 05:47:02 AM »
Tord Gustavsen Trio- Being There- slow, mellow, minimal jazz. Love this stuff.

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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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