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Messages - Joe R

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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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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 13, 2014, 09:31:40 AM »
Exit In Grey- Shadows Of Stillness- Russian ambient. The first two tracks are rather ominous, with windy, thick drones predominating, with occasional distant voice/radio samples adding flavor. The mood lifts significantly in the last two tracks. Peaceful dronework with beautiful half-melodies drifting lazily around the drones, with bird and voice samples. Very calm and uplifting.

Chris23, this might be right up your alley!

Anthony Kerby and Tomas Weiss- Distant Shadows; Ah, those vast, windy shorelines...

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 25, 2014, 10:17:57 AM »
Tord Gustavsen Quartet- The Well; great, minimal, slow jazz.
Grey Frequency- Cold Geometry; grainy, foggy drone work. Excellent! Bleak and "cold", but not as cold as the damn weather.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 19, 2014, 07:49:42 PM »
"Chris has suddenly become my new music guru- everything he suggests really hits the spot for me."

Couldn't agree more. Though I do have trouble keeping up with his voracious appetite.  ;)

Lol! I have trouble keeping up with him too. He eats music the same way Chris Farley ate cheeseburgers.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 19, 2014, 05:32:06 PM »
From The Mouth Of The Sun- Woven Tide- Really great neo-classical/ambient that's not afraid to wear it's passion on it's sleeve. A Dag Rosenqvist and Aaron Martin collab. Incredibly moving.

Thanks to Chris23 for sending me his extra copy!

Also, another great bandcamp release, suggested to me by Chris- Virlyn- Aquirre; A free download, so you can't go wrong. Rather tense and sad dark ambient with excellent use of distant cello and piano fills.

Chris has suddenly become my new music guru- everything he suggests really hits the spot for me.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 15, 2014, 08:16:20 PM »
Aglaia - Hymns
This is a pretty cool release, but out of sync with the typical Aglaia vibe. Throughout each track there is a highly processed voice submerged in the mix. I can't understand what it is saying (if it is saying anything in particular), but it has a spooky, robotic quality to it. That voice, combined with the more typical Aglaia synth work, gives this album a really unique sound--something that is both alien and yet strangely familiar. I imagine this is what hymns may sound like if they were performed by humanoid insects on another planet.

Samples/Buy: http://www.aliodie.com/index.php?_l=1&_w=1&__fidSez=89&cnt=203&__pg=


Strange that you should mention that; I've been breeding humanoid insects from other planets as a hobby, and strangely, they DO have an affinity for singing hymns. The damn things are keeping us awake at night! I have to throw cold water on them to quiet 'em down  ...but seriously, I love that description, will have to look that up.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 12, 2014, 01:35:41 PM »
Talkingmakesnosense- The Winter Drones- an oldie, but goodie. Forgot how nice this is... I wonder what happened to this guy- he made two really good albums, and then disappeared.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 12, 2014, 07:04:16 AM »
This morning:

Anthony Paul Kerby & Tomas Weiss- Revelation- very nice space drift. Unlike their previous collaboration, Distant Shadows, which was fraught with restlessness and tension, this disc is a relatively peaceful and benign journey- no troublesome asteroids and comets to dodge :) The production and sound design is flawless, of course. Highly recommended to those who like the darker side of ambient.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 11, 2014, 08:09:42 PM »
It's up on Bandcamp already. Listened to one of the tracks on it and it's great. Might buy it too.


Gulp. Grant me the power to resist the temptation to buy the digital version before the physical CD arrives!


I have not really checked out Alio Die properly, which is surprising tbh.

Is this the new album ?;

http://projektrecords.bandcamp.com/album/amidst-the-circling-spires

Not really keen on vocals usually on ambient pieces but have to say this is very, very good indeed.


Wow, that really DOES sound good! I loved Apsaras, I may have to buy this one as well.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best of 2013
« on: January 02, 2014, 03:19:17 PM »
2013

riverun | new cartographies
seetyca & etheocles stevens | sulphur VII
circle of pines | tulpa raiser
frozen thoughts | calm before the storm
phragments | new kings and queens
cryobiosis | within ruins
oophoi & ran kirlian | the physics of heaven
abandonded asylum | endless path of loneliness
alphaxone | the curtain of silence
oophoi | i hear the woods whispering | r i p
ran kirlian | complex silence 38
optical frameworks | surrounded fog | thanks joe

thanks to all the artists       h

Glad you liked the Surrounded Fog album, hjalmer. That's one of my favorites this year.

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