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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 01, 2013, 07:58:25 AM »
Steve Roach/Vidna Obmana- Well Of Souls- OMG, I forgot just how good this is. This might be my favorite disc from either Steve OR Dirk.
The Circular Ruins- Degrees Of Separation- Some magical moments in this one. Especially love Doon Hill and Empty Hands, but it's all good.
The Boats- Ballads Of The Darkroom- How can you not love this? It's The Boats!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 23, 2013, 08:50:08 PM »
Marcin Wasilewski Trio- January- great, rather minimal jazz: piano, bass, and drums, and that's everything they need to make beautiful music. Ya gotta love these Polish jazz masters ;-)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 23, 2013, 08:32:43 AM »
Maps & Diagrams- Foal, Koom, and Toopudus- 3 extremely relaxing EPs of pure, floating ambience, but with enough strange glitchy details to keep you actively listening. Excellent!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 29, 2013, 07:49:25 PM »
I did some Lou Reed yesterday in honor of his passing. Mainly Velvet Underground stuff.

Kraftwerk: Tour de France

Yes! The Velvet Underground-- I played some yesterday myself, assorted tracks from The Velvet Underground & Nico, and from the self titled one, and from Loaded. This weekend I'll play White light/White Heat. I always loved that album in spite of, or maybe because of, the harsh and unrelenting chaos in some of the tracks.  Hard to explain. There are so many intricate details of sound underneath that howling blast...

And Lou Reed had so many great albums scattered amidst mediocre ones- Transformer, Berlin, The Blue Mask, Legendary Hearts, Rock & Roll Animal, Cony Island Baby, New York... he will be missed.   

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 27, 2013, 03:30:20 PM »
A Taylor Deupree day:

Shoals, Weather and Worn, and Transcriptions (With Stephan Mathieu)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 27, 2013, 03:27:05 PM »
Check this out, Joe:

A recent Virlyn collaboration that is similar in spirit to Man Asleep. (In fact, permutations of the track Mirror appear on here and on Man Asleep.)

Interesting! I'm buying the download for sure. Thanks Chris, for the tip, and for your superb taste in music  ;)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 26, 2013, 02:32:37 PM »

Optical Framework- Aether Blueprints- I agree Dave, very nice ambient dub built around various field recordings. Which led me to:
Optical Framework- Little Piece Of Perseverance- Similar to "Blueprints", you can buy this download at Cold Tear Records- an interesting little music label.
Virlyn- Man Asleep- I love this album! It has a bit of everything- dark ambient, field recordings, classical/ambient, mournful but beautiful vocal dirges...  It all blends together seamlessly. There's nothing at all cliché about this album.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 13, 2013, 04:03:03 PM »
I've been on an APK musical binge lately:

Nunc Stans- Peninsula, and Stanzas From The Museum Of Dreams. Both are high quality, rather dark albums, and since "Stanzas" is a free download you can't beat the price.

But what's really surprising me is two APK discs I had bought years ago- Nunc Stans and Mystified- One Thousand Dreams, and Anthony Kerby and Tomas Weiss- Distant Shadows. When I first got these, I listened to them a few times each, and neither one clicked with me for some reason. I revisited them recently and am amazed at what I've been missing- both of these are powerful albums that reveal mysterious, dark worlds of isolation. 1000 Dreams is the trippier of the two, due to a backdrop of strange crackling and rumbling sounds, and other sound samples. Both discs are highly recommended... 

I have this, and it's a beauty! Sweetly sad and wistful, like all Lammergeyer releases, but with a bit more variety in mood and music, in my opinion.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 06, 2013, 01:11:05 PM »
Forrest: yes, I ordered the less expensive CD/DVD version ... the "few extra copies" in Chris' above post.
Received the codes the day after. Was a bit of an odd/obscure email, so I'd check that you have not overlooked it.

Seems that above page for those extra copies is no longer available. Can't find the page again.

Dang.  I think you were lucky, or I was too late, or both.  Oh well.  Maybe I'll get lucky when the physical copies come in.


I wonder if there are plans to release a downloads version of this in the future? I hope so, but I haven't seen a mention of that anywhere.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 01, 2013, 07:23:52 PM »

Thanks for the heads up on Optical Frameworks.  I just picked up his latest, "Little Piece Of Perseverance" on Bandcamp.  Just the right combo of dubby & spacey.

You're welcome, Dave! ...and I wasn't aware of that Little Piece Of Perseverance download. Will have to check that out, thanks for the tip.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 29, 2013, 12:45:50 PM »

I just listened to the samples for Aether Blueprints. This seems like pretty dark stuff too. ;-)  I really liked certain tracks, and the "listening to the far off sounds of life and activity" really captures the spirit of the album well. Glad I followed up on this!

Glad you liked it. You'd probably like Surrounded Fog even more. It's a bit more fleshed out with ominous, foggy synthwork.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 28, 2013, 08:55:18 PM »
The Circular Ruins- Land Of The Blind- A swampy, psychedelic brew; "busy" music, with 83 different things going on all at the same time, but without being chaotic or disorganized. This is another great Anthony Kirby recording I seldom seen mentioned on the forum. Too bad-- there's nothing else quite like it.

Optical Frameworks- Aether Blueprints- a Bandcamp discovery. I love this guy's stuff. These tracks feature field recordings enhanced by synth, percussion, etc. Moody and foggy and very lo-fi, but with a great sense of distance... Like standing in a barren field alone, listening to the far off sounds of life and activity.  I prefer his Surrounded Fog disc, which is similar, but with more emphasis on the synth work, but this is good in it's own right.

Hey Chris- I used to love ANYTHING by Oophoi, and played it almost constantly, but somehow I lost the feeling for his music, and most other dark ambient as well. I don't understand it!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 26, 2013, 07:41:20 PM »

Pleq & Segue- The Seed; I forgot how great this disc is! I'll bet I haven't listened to this in 2 years... glitchy, atmospheric and lazy ambient, with some looping that provides a slowly evolving rhythm without use of percussion. A very relaxing listen... I've discovered this all over again, and it makes me wonder why in the world I stopped listening to it in the first place.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 23, 2013, 02:22:22 PM »
Chris- it's sold out already?! Well, that certainly solves the problem of whether I'm going to order it or not. I agree that the samples sound great, but I have no use for any other musical format than CDs. I have no turntable, and my DVD player is not connected to my stereo... though I suppose that could be done rather easily, even for a technology challenged guy like me.

By the way, you mentioned that the Virlyn- Man Asleep album has the potential to be-- a "sleeper". Well said ;-)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 22, 2013, 05:03:50 PM »
Blamstrain - Disfold
A favorite of mine from the Sending Orbs label, released in 2006. Airy ambient music with very subtle beats. The details are wonderful; great for headphones listening. Samples/Buy:

Description without a Place - Filaments
Experimental ambient from APK and Entia Non/James McDougall on dataObscura. I don't want to make Anthony blush, but this is a pretty badass release and one of the better collaborative discs I've heard. APK's artistic keyboard skills combined with Entia Non's "let's throw bits into a ceiling fan" approach work surprisingly well together. Samples/Buy:

Virlyn - Man Asleep
From ETALABEL. This is a moderately dark ambient release, focusing mostly on experimental manipulations of acoustic sources. This is likely to appeal to folks who enjoy Deaf Center and some of the Miasmah releases.  Samples/Buy:

I downloaded that Virlyn- Man Asleep album, and was very impressed! Yes, it's fairly dark ambient, but not clichéd at all. Rather eerie and beautiful, with some violin and cello to flesh it out, and a track or two has beautiful, if mournful, female vocals. Good stuff!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 17, 2013, 04:59:23 PM »
Hey Anthony, I emailed you at dataobscura, please let me know if you don't receive it. My email's been acting weird lately.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 17, 2013, 01:38:15 PM »
Thanks hjalmer! I don't think I got the email, or at the very least I overlooked it. I'd have answered if I had known about it. I didn't leave for any one particular reason, lots of things contributed. Things got crazy at work, a few family problems, and a bizarre streak of health issues distracted me a bit, and by then I was just out of the habit of visiting Hypnos, I guess.

I did visit this forum from time to time, but only as a spectator, just to read musical recommendations. This is where I learned of Gigi's passing, which was very sad. There was a time that we emailed very frequently. Such a gifted, passionate and considerate man, he will be missed.

By the way, you might want to check out the Optical Frameworks download that I mentioned. Dark, dense, and eerie (Most of it anyway). Think I found it at bandcamp...

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 16, 2013, 04:50:40 PM »
Other stuff I've been fixated on recently:

The Boats- Ballads Of The Research Department, and The Ballad Of The Eagle. These are both great, the addition of Norbury on cello adds so much to these albums. Some tracks on "Eagle" are surprisingly dark and gloomy, though still beautiful.
Optical Frameworks- Surrounded By Fog; dark and dense synth fog, with some eerie background voices and mysterious sound samples.
A-Sun Amissa- desperate In Her Heavy Sleep;  Dense, thick violin/cello/synth workout. Very gloomy and desolate, like winding your way through a haunted forest at twilight. 
Pedestrian Deposit- East Fork/North Fork, and Austere. Oh, I guess you could call this ambient/industrial. Cold, machine-like synths and glitches, with treated cello passages. Sometimes rather harsh, at other times strangely hypnotic.
The Circular Ruins- Falling Into The Sky, and Invisible Cities. These are also perennial favorites of mine from Anthony.
Taylor Deupree- Faint; heard it all before, but that doesn't stop it from being a nearly perfect ambient album.
Also, selected tracks from The Remote Viewer and The Archivist. The man behind this music is Craig Tattersall, a member of The Boats.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 16, 2013, 04:23:32 PM »
Oddly, I've been revisiting Description Without Place a lot myself lately, and I agree that it IS fantastic. For sure one of my favorite releases from Anthony. By the way, how ya been, Anthony? :)

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