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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 18, 2014, 07:17:25 AM »
Lost Trail- How An Absence Creates A Presence- A strange brew of drones, meandering piano notes, seemingly random voice/music samples, and tape hiss. The music is beautiful, but it has a very lonely vibe to it. Well worth checking out, especially since you can buy the download at your own price.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 13, 2014, 05:54:03 AM »
Vidna Obmana- Monument Of Empty Colors- Great soundtrack for these gray, misty mornings.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 10, 2014, 07:18:25 PM »
n p recents

vidna obmana | ending mirage


Oh man, I love that album, but I haven't heard it in years. I must get it out again... love vidna's old stuff.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 08, 2014, 01:36:25 PM »
........ But without the "burden" of titles, your imagination is free to roam where ever. Anybody else feel this way?


"...I'm really digging the third track by Steve Roach on his third album out this year....."
"....is that the track with no rhythms on the album where all the others have rhythm?...."
"...No, it's the track with glurpy sounds and what sounds like a hypatpotamus hiccuping...."
"....oh, I thought that was the fourth release this year - but then I was counting the collaberation with Lady Gaga - you know, the album that sounds like her second one but with the deep space track followed by the australian desert one...."
"....oh, I heard that last week, I was counting it as her 5th album this year, not Steve's fourth!!..."
:o ;D :o

Lol! Yes, I can see how no titles could lead to such confusion  :)

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 07, 2014, 07:39:05 PM »
Again: Specta Ciera & The Circular Ruins- Middle Distance- Yes, it's magical. I'm not sure why it resonates with me so well... Track 8 is hallucinatory and absolutely riveting, but far too brief in my opinion. This could have been extended into a truly mind-bending 15 minute experience.

I should learn the names of the individual tracks, but I find that more and more, I purposely ignore the titles when listening to ambient music. Titles often steer you into pre-determined mindsets. But without the "burden" of titles, your imagination is free to roam where ever. Anybody else feel this way?

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 06, 2014, 05:58:16 PM »
Thanks for the head's up on Sea Change, Joe. That absolutely belongs in my Wish List--along with Anthony's new one. (I just wish the Wish List wasn't growing so fast!)


Yes, those damn wish lists- a guy just can't keep up with 'em.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 06, 2014, 06:04:32 AM »
This morning:

I revisited Specta Ciera & The Circular Ruins- Middle Distance- Yup, this one is destined to become one of Anthony's great albums.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 05, 2014, 05:34:58 PM »
I had a feeling that you might like it, Anthony. I bet Joe R. will too; it has a Porya Hatami quality to it.

Chris- you and Anthony are both right! Excellent album, I downloaded it at Bandcamp after I read your post this morning. I also downloaded Sea Change, a previous album by Ginns. More of the same- wonderful stuff!

Please keep up your musical explorations, Chris. You're discovering some real beauties :)

I'm also getting into Anthony's collab, Middle Distance. The first and ninth track are incredible, and probably the most accessible tracks on it. Tesla, (the ninth track) is especially tense and eerie, a really captivating piece. The rest of the album is falling into place for me, and although it was disorienting at the first listen, I think I'm really gonna love this one. It was a matter of becoming familiar with the uncharted musical terrain that I was treading through- it has a very unusual, unpredictable quality that's rapidly sounding like a strength to me --the music morphs continuously, but seamlessly. Quite magical really, a trip into a cryptic fairy world...  I don't even know why "fairy world" comes to mind, but somehow that's what it reminds me of.

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Looking forward to this one! The samples sound really interesting...

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 09, 2014, 07:16:34 PM »
I encourage everyone who hasn't heard One Thousand Dreams to take a listen to the samples. But the music is subtle, so it won't grab you by the throat at the first listen. The music is deep and complex, and reveals itself layer by layer- kind of like peeling an onion down to it's core. You will be rewarded when you take the time to listen and assimilate the sounds. A great, great disc, but unfortunately it took me a few years to appreciate it's brilliance.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 09, 2014, 02:45:54 PM »
Chris, I think you're gonna love Unstable.

Meanwhile, I'm looking up the M. Ostermeier disc...

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 09, 2014, 12:13:07 PM »
Right now:

Nunc Stans & Mystified- One Thousand Dreams- One of Anthony's unsung masterpieces. This is so good and so trippy, but I never see anyone else talking about it. Definitely needs more exposure.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 09, 2014, 06:01:42 AM »
Thanks for the tip on that new Porya Hatami, Chris. Unstable is good as well, you can pick that up on Bandcamp.

Meanwhile, I took Dave Michuda's tip and downloaded Optical Frameworks- Vibrant. I love this stuff. It's a very diffuse, distant-sounding recording. Listening through headphones, I get that same vague sense of aching distance that I get when I stand in a empty field at twilight, all alone. Beautiful and peaceful and still, yet so isolated...


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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 01, 2014, 07:13:18 PM »
Grey Frequency- Cold Geometry- Dark, grainy, desolate, windswept, and a little creepy. This has become one of my favorite downloads in the last few months. Favorite tracks: Dyatlov Pass and Rain Hill. Read about the Dyatlov Pass incident on the internet. Really fascinating!

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 27, 2014, 05:50:56 AM »
Porya Hatami- Unstable; So far, I love everything this guy does. Another Bandcamp download. The last three tracks move away from the overt Taylor Deupree microsound vibe, into a very playful drone/glitch/clicks mode. Excellent! I'll have to explore more Bandcamp downloads--  he has several more.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 25, 2014, 08:20:02 PM »
Chris- That new release is called "shallow", I presume? I read a very glowing review about that album, which lead me to search Bandcamp for his other albums. Please tell us what you think about "Shallow" when you've had time to digest it.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 25, 2014, 03:04:54 PM »
Porya Hatami- Land- another brilliant Bandcamp release. The music resembles Taylor Deupree's micro-glitch soundworlds, but a bit more melodic, with a backdrop of field samples that add flavor to the mix. A stunningly beautiful release, I'm really loving this. Very blissful and incredibly relaxing. I actually prefer this to Taylor Deupree's best music.

And he's from Iran. How often do you hear about an Iranian ambient musician?

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 18, 2014, 06:38:42 PM »
I'm always happy to recommend good music; perhaps you'll find it to your liking, perhaps you won't.

Hey thirdsystem: Good luck on those Zoviet France discs! They've been out of print for years, and are quite costly due to high demand. I bought them many years ago used, on ebay, and they were ridiculously high then. In fact, I believe I payed $85 for Shadow, thief Of The Sun. An insane price, I know.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 15, 2014, 07:19:26 PM »
Zoviet France- Shadow, thief Of The Sun
Zoviet France- Just An Illusion

I haven't hauled these out in a long time, and they sounded so good that I wish I'd have done it earlier. Both are ground-breaking masterpieces of... well... something! Now I'm gonna plug in Mohnomishe and play it LOUD, just to blow my hair back :)

I wouldn't be doing this if the wife & kids were home, I'd get too much grief.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 13, 2014, 09:13:05 PM »
Grey Frequency- Cold Geometry; Underneath the eerie murk and industrial grime, there are so many fascinating details going on. Great album! And it really is COLD.

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