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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 06, 2014, 07:32:22 PM »

Last night I listened to: Specta Ciera & The Circular Ruins- Middle Distance. Pure magic!
Brilliant album, play it frequently.

Have you ever heard Anthony's disc, calledDescription Without Place- Filaments? Check it out on Dataobscura, it's amazing.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: RIP Pete Namlook
« on: May 06, 2014, 03:20:39 PM »
Psychonavigation sounds great as well, especially that first, lengthy track- deep, dark, and hypnotic...

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 06, 2014, 01:55:14 PM »
Interesting to hear from those who still appreciate cassettes. I always took good care of my cassettes, but STILL they got "eaten" more times than I care to remember. I also cleaned the cassette head, but never did clean the capstans, (I believe they were called). Perhaps that's the source of my problems.

Also I had several cassettes where the felt pad fell off of the copper band that supported the tape. Grrr...

From a business standpoint alone, it seems unwise to sell a product in a format that, right off the bat, eliminates maybe 80% of your potential clientele. On the other hand, these little cassette music labels keep chugging right along, so there must be a big enough market to support them.

Last night I listened to: Specta Ciera & The Circular Ruins- Middle Distance. Pure magic!

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 05, 2014, 07:29:13 PM »
I can understand bringing back the vinyl record format, simply because so many people claim that vinyl has a fuller sound, with higher frequencies and lower lows. I'd love to hear feedback from forum members here who hold that view. But what I don't understand is... WHY DID THEY RESURRECT THE CASSETTE TAPE? In my opinion, it's a very flawed format that I was glad to see dead and buried. Does anyone else remember painstakingly rewinding, by hand, the cassette tapes that had been "eaten" by your cassette player? You seemingly had miles of tape to wind back in without tangling it up. Sometimes you were successful, but the tape never sounded quite the same because of the wrinkles that occurred during the rewinding. Grrrr... and back then I was a real stoner, and rewinding the tape was a real buzz-kill.

What's next? Re-introducing the 8-track tape? 

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: RIP Pete Namlook
« on: May 04, 2014, 08:08:51 PM »
Again, thanks for the suggestions, everybody. Outlands 1 sounded fantastic, and so did Dreamfish, especially the last track. I'll have to check out Outlands 2, and the others.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: RIP Pete Namlook
« on: May 04, 2014, 12:24:21 PM »
Thanks, drone on. The sheer volume of releases is overwhelming, so it's helpful to have a few suggestions.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: RIP Pete Namlook
« on: May 04, 2014, 10:25:20 AM »
I've heard his name a thousand times, but I have never heard his music. If you had to assemble a Pete Namlook "starter kit" of music, what would you include? I'm thinking of dipping in...

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 04, 2014, 09:06:25 AM »
Well thanks, Richard! That's one I must have missed.

This morning: Robert Rich- Calling Down The Sky- I'm on a definite Robert Rich kick.


Joe, I am now spinning "Premonitions 1980-1985" 4LP Box Set by Robert Rich. If you are also into vinyl, definitely a must-have sonic document showcasing huge talent and creativity of Robert when aged between 17 and 22!!! I just bought yesterday a turntable because of this beauty. :) The Box Set is available directly from Robert, for US orders only, while all others should go directly through German Vinyl On Demand label. Once again, it's highly recommended!!!

http://robertrich.com/premonitions-1980-1985-is-here/
http://www.vinyl-on-demand.com/-1-402-472.htm




Richard


Wow... I'll bet that's really good. Is it along the lines of Trances And Drones? I'm gonna pass on this one, simply because I don't feel like buying a turntable again. If I had known years ago that vinyl was going to make a reappearance, I would have kept my turntable...

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 04, 2014, 03:27:32 AM »
Well thanks, Richard! That's one I must have missed.

This morning: Robert Rich- Calling Down The Sky- I'm on a definite Robert Rich kick.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 03, 2014, 07:17:48 PM »
And I'll have to look into Honeysuckle.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 03, 2014, 07:16:37 PM »
It's one of those very consistent albums that flows wonderfully, I don't think she even knows its repeating.  ;)

If your wife is anything like mine, she'd be oblivious to ALL the music you play. For instance, I could play in succession... oh, let's say your new one, Middle Distance, then Taylor Deupree, and then something by Alio Die. She wouldn't notice a difference, seriously. She'd say it all sounds the same  ???

Right now I just listened to Robert Rich- Echo Of Small Things- I love this album. Magical, mystical, and mysterious. And as an added bonus, it really un-nerves  our cats  :)  They look nervously around the room while their ears revolve like little radar dishes, as they try to assimilate the sounds. Very entertaining!

By the way, has anyone heard Robert Rich's Nest? Opinions would be appreciated, good, bad, or indifferent.

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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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