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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: MP3 vs. FLAC
« on: January 17, 2012, 09:07:50 PM »
To be honest I've never been able to tell the difference between a LAME Encoded Mp3 @ 320kbps and CD or Flac....  Anything lower than 320kbps and the difference is (to me) obvious, especially cymbals on a drum track.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: The Broken Harbour Thread
« on: January 14, 2012, 03:54:47 PM »
New review courtesy of Ping Things:

Also featured on Hypnagogue Podcast 72, thanks John!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 27, 2011, 12:39:25 PM »
I've been on a bit of a Dataobscura binge recently...

The Circular Ruins - Invisible Cities ---> In my opinion one of APK's finest moments, I really like how the field recordings were integrated on this one.  Pretty minimal in instrumentation and movement, which I always like.

APK & Tomas Weiss - Distant Shadows ---> Quite possibly one of the best ambient albums I heard all year, nice artwork too.

Nunc Stans - We leave Without Speaking ---> Nice long form piece, nice to listen to in the dark.

Machinarium OST ---> Soundtrack to a PC game, it's a little short, but it's great, especially the song "By the wall".  Cool game too.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 29, 2011, 08:23:22 PM »
Jim: looking in to ordering that Bass Communion myself, as it's the only one of Wilson's side projects I like (not a PT fan, or care much for anything else he records as).

Heresy!!!  All kidding aside, Cenotaph is really great, SW says its a sequel to Ghosts on Magnetic Tape, but it's quite different.  It sounds old, and actually has a rhythm element to it, I really liked it.

with Broken Harbor :: Gramophone Transmissions lined up next

Funny you should mention that because I was I was sampling a bunch of APK albums last night on the dataobscura website!  ;D

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: The Broken Harbour Thread
« on: November 28, 2011, 08:17:39 PM »
Brutal Resonance Review:

Thank you for all the orders, quite a few of you on this forum have bought my music.

Episode 66 is here, an uninterrupted flow. O'Hearn, Preston, Hahnesuanto, Canartic, Nebulae & more. Enjoy.

Well now I know what I'm listening to tonight....  ;D

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 20, 2011, 08:38:41 PM »
Phelios - Passage
Steve Roach: Nada Terma

Been on a tribal/ambient phase the last week or so, looking for some rhythm....and been checking out Mystified a bit this week as well.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: The Broken Harbour Thread
« on: October 19, 2011, 04:53:04 PM »
Sonic Immersion Review, quite positive...

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 01, 2011, 03:13:01 PM »
Robert Davies - "Pond"
Northaunt - "Horizons"
Devin Townsend - "Deconstruction" (obviously not ambient, but I've always appreciated his production style on metal releases, plus the music on this release is amazing.)

The artwork issues have been (mostly) resolved and CD's are shipping monday.  Thank you for your patience while I sorted this out!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: September 20, 2011, 07:22:26 PM »
Steve Roach - Quiet Music: The Original 3-Hour Collection 3CD

Listening to Air and light right now..... great purchase.

I picked up the first Broken Harbour from Bandcamp and like it a lot. Looking forward to hearing the new album!

Thanks Scott!  Feel free to play it on the show.  ;D

Gramophone Transmissions releases tomorrow!

Well.....sort of....

The first pressing of "Gramophone Transmissions" came in the mail today and there are color issues with some of the artwork.  Being that there is no way to get them reprinted by tomorrow for the release, the physical album has been delayed for a week or two.  The digital album will release tomorrow as planned, but if you're one of the few people who still likes CD's, then you'll have to wait until it's sorted out.  Apologies galore especially for those that have pre-orders that are supposed to go out tomorrow.   If you do decide to order the CD version of the album now, you will get an immediate download of it, and the CD will ship once ready.  Again apologies are in order and thank you for being patient.  And thanks for all the pre-orders! I got a shockingly high amount!

Excellent graphics. 8)

Thanks, Michal Karcz is a very, very gifted man.  I had this seemingly impossible vision for the artwork and he worked with me for over a year to create it!  I just wish more people were pre-ordering the actual CD instead of the digital album, because it's just so original and beautiful!  More people need to see it.

The previews are nice for the new album. Some good sounds.

Thanks as well, I sat on this album for quite a while because it sounds so different.

But I like it!   ;D  It must be heard!

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / The Broken Harbour Thread
« on: August 29, 2011, 05:36:20 PM »
I've been lurking on here for a little bit, but I guess now it's time to officially introduce myself...

My name is Blake and I create music under the pseudonym Broken Harbour.  While originally a guitar player, I eventually grew tired with traditional guitarish things (metal/blues/rock/etc...) and decided to start recording ambient & drone music as Broken Harbour in 2008. 

Gramophone Transmissions - September 13 2011

September 13 will mark the release of Broken Harbour's second album, entitled 'Gramophone Transmissions'.  It's a bit of an odd album, firmly in ambient territory, but there are no synthesizers on it.  All the source material for the record was samples and loops derived from classical vinyl records, and choral, mellotron and piano recordings. This lends it a bit of a lo-fi character that I found really interesting, hopefully you do too. Michal Karcz (Steve Roach, Erik Wollo, Conjure One) created some incredibly cool artwork for the physical CD release, and is well worth the price of admission alone.  ;D 

The album is currently available as a pre-order ($9.99 digital, $12.99 CD) on my Bandcamp store:

Broken Harbour - August 8 2009

This was the first Broken Harbour release, the self titled album was done in a more traditional ambient style.  It was released independently, and was fairly well received, and even garnered some airplay on a few ambient radio stations and podcasts, including the Hypnagogue Podcast. (Thanks John!)  Currently the CD is out of stock, pending a re-press, so in the meantime the digital release has been marked down to $0.99 for a limited time on my Bandcamp store.

If you'd like to hear samples I encourage all to visit any of the websites listed in my signature below.

Hopefully you like the music as much as I like creating it.  In October I will return to the studio and hopefully emerge in the spring with a few more albums of material.

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