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OK ... I confess  ::)


Confess to what? Whatever do you mean, Anthony? ???

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I'd be quick and have a go at Ellesmere Island, Joe. It's like the Nunc Stans you already know, but submerged deeper in shadows and fog and a grainier undulant backdrop that, for me, has traces of the British Dronemeisters (TM) we discussed late last year in its sonic architecture  :)

I listened to it late last night, Alan, and I know what you mean. It's moody and murky, and has a subtle, repetitive "groove" in it that reminds me a little of Monos. This Nunc dude, whoever he may be  ;), has put together quite an evocative landscape.

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I haven't heard the "Ellesmere Island" download yet, but I'm really liking the "Timeless" disc. Has a lazy, distant, and mysterious feeling that pulls me right in. And great, expansive atmospheres that leave me feeling a bit nostalgic for something or someplace that I can't even name...  "Timeless" is an accurate description as well as an appropriate title for this. Wonderful stuff, and highly recommended!

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Favorite toys from when we were kids
« on: February 21, 2008, 07:08:41 PM »
[my youngest brother still has my baseball cards from the 50's and 60's that i gave him years ago.    Harry

Baseball cards! Oh yeah, I collected them for years, everyone in the neighborhood did. I literally had more than 5000 of 'em... some were collector's items that would be worth some nice bucks today. When I moved out on my own, I told my younger brother to take care of them for me. I found out later that he sold the rare ones off a little at a time, to buy beer.  >:( 

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Favorite toys from when we were kids
« on: February 21, 2008, 06:51:44 PM »

The Thingmaker!! That was a weird, wacky hotplate toy that made plastic bugs and monsters, from colored goop. Don't know how that thing could sell today, what with kids eating the raw goop and the hotplate being an unavoidable fire and burn hazard. Now that I think about it, I wonder how Mattel ever got that thing past the FDA....







Yeah, I remember that, the chemically goop smelled just AWFUL,  my mom made us play with it on the porch, (with an extension cord going out the screen door)... ;D I also remember when they came out with EDIBLE Creepy Crawlers, and those things tasted TERRIBLE, although I did love the idea of eating "bugs", (long before the invention of gummy worms)...


Believe it or not, they still make The Creepy Crawler Bugmaker (in China, of course). We bought it for our son 2 years ago. Perfecctly safe, as long as you're there to supervise... though I can't believe it's still on the market, what with the lawsuit-happy world we live in. It comes with a list of instructions and warnings about the length of your arm.

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Headphones applied, Anthony. And it's all pleasantly disorienting from this point of view. 8)

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Whoa- Surprisingly, I'm really loving this Entia Non stuff! Maybe it's partly because of the weather around here- it's been so gray and cold and grim lately that I'm feeling housebound and claustrophobic. This airy and glitchy stuff cuts right through it. Refreshing is the word.

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Wow, I'm not usually a fan of the "glitch & random sound effects" thing, but these downloads sound very airy and refreshing. Nice stuff!  -thanks for the heads-up on these, guys.  :)

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Oui.

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Right you are about Desert Landscapes. It's one of my favorite "nap" discs. And I don't mean that in a demeaning way -nap discs are very important! ;)

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Hypnos Label Releases / Re: CD release: Austere - Solyaris
« on: February 13, 2008, 05:29:03 PM »
And where the heck are the Austere dudes lately? ???  Mike- have you heard from them?

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Hypnos Label Releases / Re: CD release: Austere - Solyaris
« on: February 13, 2008, 05:27:22 PM »
I really need to order some of this "much-overlooked ambient duo's" work!

Yes, you do!

Solyaris is a wonderful and droney piece of work, very lush, very subtle, and almost bottomless. It's one of those albums where you notice more layers of sound each time you listen... white music... peaceful music... on the last track, eerily beautiful "wailing" sounds ride over the top -whether it's synth or guitar, I can't tell, but it really doesn't matter. Cool stuff. 8)

And I believe that's a photo of Jupiter's moon, Io, that graces the cover.






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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Luca Formentini
« on: February 11, 2008, 03:46:19 PM »

I got the impression for a moment (which I now think is probably wrong) that this is kind of a rip-off of ambient music with some annoying elements (like the silent bits you mentioned) to make it seem edgy. This seems similar to stuff from the Tzadik label, which has the perennial problem of being belligerantly annoying for the sake of newness...


I don't get the impression that he's ripping off ambient music. It doesn't really resemble ambient... maybe Somnia's description of this as "post jazz" is the most accurate way to describe it.

In any case, this is not annoying or belligerent  -just different. Try it! All you have to lose is money. ;)

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Everything and Nothing / Re: dave k
« on: February 10, 2008, 02:12:38 PM »
Sorry, Jim. It's a terrible thing, I know... :'(

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Very impressed by the samples and the EP.

I agree! Wonderful sounds, and as usual, gorgeous artwork- I love that bluish-greenish-grayish hue. Must order this...

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Luca Formentini
« on: February 09, 2008, 02:37:13 PM »
I bought this at iTunes, they have a 256kb version over there. Great disc! I can't even begin to describe it, I've never heard anything like it before. It starts off in unfamiliar territory and constantly keeps morphing into something new. No track sounds like any of the others, and yet they all fit perfectly together somehow. 60 plus minutes of beautiful and strange curiosities...

The one drawback for me is that some passages are too damn quiet, which I always find distracting. I prefer volume at an even keel. But still, this is a minor quibble. 


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Nice web-mag! 8) [...]

Nice comment, Joe.

Furthernoise has quite a wide ambit, within which it's odd to find myself in the unaccustomed position of occupying the safer end of the musical spectrum - most of the stuff under review is much more 'avant' experimentalism than my musical catchment area, such as the Formentini track you picked up on.




I hear ya. The Formentini track is a tad more "out there" than I'm ordinarily attracted to, but it sounded so damn interesting!

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Luca Formentini
« on: February 06, 2008, 04:17:57 PM »
Somnia-

I know what you mean about "Tacet". The MP3s sounded really intriguing, so I ordered it myself.

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Hypnos Label Releases / Re: Solyaris
« on: February 05, 2008, 05:18:26 PM »
Well, if you're gonna start an "official" Austere thread, you may as well delete this one.

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Hypnos Label Releases / CD release: Austere - Solyaris
« on: February 05, 2008, 04:52:15 PM »
Hey, the new Austere disc, Solyaris is now up for sale at Ye Olde Hypnos Store. 8)

I think I'll celebrate by playing their black masterpiece, Monodia.

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