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


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.


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.

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...

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

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

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.


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.

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)

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.

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.

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.

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 :)

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.

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.

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)

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.

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.

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.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 28, 2014, 07:19:26 PM »
I think Weird Al did a cover of an Ooophi album that he called Behind the Wall of Sheep. You can have it both ways, Joe.

 ;D Thanks Chris, but I snapped that up as soon as it hit the market. That very same day, I bought Signals From The Great Behind. An instant classic!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Top Oophoi discs
« on: July 28, 2014, 07:11:03 PM »
I need a list of everyone's top 5 Oophoi discs, just because I plan on making a serious attempt to get back in tune with his otherworldly music.

My top 5 (from what I recall) would be:

Arpe Di Sabbia
Bardo (intense!)
Hymns To A Silent Sky
The Rustling Of Leaves (So evocative!)

I'd love to hear other opinions/suggestions...

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 28, 2014, 04:22:16 PM »
Lol! Okay, are the comedians on this forum through yet, or should I wait for more smart-ass remarks?  :)

I truly don't understand the Oophoi thing either, I should try again...

What's truly alarming is that I'm actually enjoying my son's Weird Al Yankovic Greatest Hits album. Seriously; especially the song "Albuquerque :o

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 27, 2014, 07:27:47 PM »
Lol! Yes, I realize that it's a deep psychological malfunction, and I am currently seeking medical solutions and support groups that specialize in this sort of problem.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 27, 2014, 04:17:45 PM »
Currently listening:

Nautic Depths & Nunc Stans- Falling Silent- Kudos to Anthony and Tomas for putting together a very deep and ponderous album-- works wonderful with headphones. Anthony's contributions here are usually under the surface, so to speak, and a perfect compliment to Tomas' smooth, hypnotic drone work. Well done, guys!

Steve Roach & Jorge Reyes- Vine- Bark & Spore- Pure Magic! This may be my favorite tribal-ambient album, except for Well Of Souls
A-Sun-Amissa- Desperate In Her Heavy Sleep- gothic and dense cello/violin/synth work. Quite beautiful and tragic, if you're in the mood for an impending sense of doom ;-)
Talking Heads- Remain In Light

And I've been attempting to listen to various Craig Tattersall projects (Seaman & The Tattered Sail, The Humble Bee), but strangely, I've lost all connection with this music-- I invariably turn it off after 15 minutes or so. It just doesn't hold my interest anymore. Over-saturation, maybe? ...but this happens to be sometimes. Years ago, I lost all connection to Oophoi's music, and I rarely listen to it anymore, along with other dark ambient projects that I loved at one time. Not sure how this happens...

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