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Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / OnLine Noise Generator
« on: September 12, 2015, 02:10:58 PM »
I discovered this wonderful site recently  -

The site has several different categories of "noises" to choose from such as Tonal Drones(Indian, Northern Lights, Singing Bowls, Tibetan Choir, etc.), Natural Noises(Rain, Wind, Distant Thunder,Waves, etc.), Industrial Noises(Railroad, Laundromat, Traffic, Fireworks, Aircraft Cabin, etc.), Atmospheres(Subaquatic Dreams, Church, Sailboat, Spring Walk, Fairy Pond, Tibetan Spirit, etc.).  And many, many more.

The best part is the player has faders which allow you to control the mix or you can animate the faders and have the mix change over time.  I've tried having more than one tab open with different sounds playing simultaneously, such as Tibetan Choir playing with Singing Bowls.  Pretty cool.

Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: Mixcloud favorites
« on: September 12, 2015, 01:45:26 PM »
Figured that I'd add a few recommended mixers to add to John's excellent list.  -  strictly ambient and space music.  Good stuff.  -  great variety of sounds from dub, to ambient to neo-classical.  -  intricate mixes, each a work of art on its own.  -  mixes by former Hypnos forum contributor Alan Lockett.  Ranges from techno to ambient guitar scapes.  -  jazz and all its combinations and permutations.  Listening to "Ambient Jazz & Modern Classical" right now & it's excellent.  -  an eclectic collection of mixes that hit on just about every style & genre - indie, prog rock, electronic, ambient, folk, world music & more.

Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: Mixcloud favorites
« on: September 11, 2015, 06:56:20 PM »
Thanks John!  There are a few new ones in there that I am now following.  And thanks also for the shout out.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 07, 2015, 09:50:55 AM »
Max Richter - Sleep - Impossible to resist an 8-hour sleep album.  It's not quite as good for actual sleep as good 'ol ambient music but overall it's very good.

Mauro Beltrán - Mueren De Pie Los Árboles Que No Saben Crecer  -  a long album, almost 2 hours, with quite a variety of sounds & styles.  Some works better than others.

Olan Mill - Cavade Vorlem  -  gorgeous, drifting ambient.  One of my favorites of the year.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: September 06, 2015, 07:24:44 PM »
Finally getting around to The Fold by Peter Clines.  Very good so far.

Just finished The Affinities by Robert Charles Wilson.  I really like everything RCW has done before but this one didn't do much for me.  A few interesting ideas but nothing that really connected with me.

Also finished The End Of All Things by John Scalzi.  It was okay, just too much dialogue. In fact it was almost all dialogue. I listened to the audio book version so I suppose it's possible it was slightly different than the printed version but not that different.  There is some action but just not enough to make up for the tons of exposition.  I know Scalzi's books are easy reads and most do have a lot of dialogue but this took that to an extreme.

Other recent books...
The Annihilation Score by Charles Stross - good new twist in his Laundry series.
Seveneves by Neal Stephenson  -  enjoyed this one pretty well, just too long.

In the queue...
Nemesis Games by James S.A. Corey
Beacon 23 by Hugh Howley
Time Salvager by Wesley Chu

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Windows ambient
« on: August 26, 2015, 02:13:29 PM »
The startup sounds from Windows 95 to Windows Vista, played back at 4000% of their original duration.

Published to mark the occasion of the 20th birthday of Windows 95. Happy birthday, Windows 95.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 16, 2015, 03:18:10 PM »
Spheredelic: V.A.Edgar Froese – Special Tribute vol. 1 & 2 -  nice compilation in honor of Edgar Froese and it's free!

Moesko - Stealthy Fading  -  nothing ground breaking here, just good ambient music.  I recently used a couple cuts on a mix of music for the Perseid meteor shower.

moon ate the dark - moon ate the dark ii  - solo piano with a bit of electronics.  Nice.

Good luck & Godspeed!  Can't wait to hear about the trip.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 22, 2015, 06:37:29 AM »
Chris thanks for the heads up on Marconi Union.  I'll check my MU collection to see if there are holes to fill.

36 | Sine Dust & Sine Dust Versions
En | The Absent Coast

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 18, 2015, 11:41:07 AM »
Robert Fripp & Andrew Keeling & Metropole Orkest | Wine of Silence  -  I just discovered this release from 2012.  It's orchestral arrangements of pieces taken from Fripp's solo performances.  Very nice.

Josh Mason | Timecode Beach  -  A nice collection of lo-fi, sometimes glitchy ambient guitar noodlings.

Alva Noto | Xerrox vol.3  -  Best ambient/electronic album I've heard this year.

Benoît Pioulard | Stanza  -  The companion piece to his Sonnet album.  This is a good collection of dusty, slightly noisy ambient tunes.

Non-ambient spins:

Dengue Fever | Deepest Lake  -  Cambodian surf music - enough said.

Tame Impala | Currents  -  Excellent pop tunes.

Phil Manzanera | The Sound of Blue  -  Worth it for the song "No Church in the Wild" which is a cover of a Kanye West tune.  The Kanye song samples a Manzanera guitar riff from the album K-scope released in 1978.  Both versions are very good.  I don't believe Manzanera was ever paid for the sample even though the song was on a platinum album, tv ads and movies.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach Etheric Imprints
« on: July 13, 2015, 06:56:51 PM »
I agree with many of the comments so far.  First track is very good but the others are uninteresting.  I'm still deciding whether to buy or not, probably will.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 05, 2015, 07:15:12 AM »
Chris - You are exactly right with regards to the recent Dirk Serries albums.  I like his return to vidnaObmana style ambience.  I love ambient guitar so these two releases are right in my wheelhouse.  I actually didn't know about "Disorientation Flow" until I saw your post, so thanks for the heads up.

Other recent spins:

Alva Noto | Xerrox vol.3  -  Chris, you are right on this one too.  Some spectacular cuts on it & overall one of my favorite ambient albums of the year.

Marconi Union | Departures  - Good spacey ambient from Marconi Union who never disappoint.

Steve Roach | Skeleton Keys  -  I haven't really liked Roach's berlin school stuff in a long time but this one worked for me, I like it a lot.

David Cross & Robert Fripp | Starless Starlight  -  A collection of tracks that play off the song "Starless" from the King Crimson album Red.  The tunes are essentially ambient violin, loops & electronics with the occasional guitar noodling from Fripp.  I love the original track so much that it is great to hear this new take on that theme.

Everything and Nothing / RIP Chris Squire
« on: June 28, 2015, 09:02:12 AM »
So sad to hear of the passing of Chris Squire of Yes.  He was the heart & soul of the band throughout the many lineup changes over the years.  I have always loved his playing.

Here's a cut from his excellent solo album released in 1975.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: June 27, 2015, 09:23:30 AM »
Chris, thanks for the heads up on the Peter Clines books. I just bought them & added them to my Kindle queue.  It might be awhile before I get to them because of a bunch of new stuff coming out all at the same time.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Max Richter 8-hour lullaby
« on: June 17, 2015, 08:45:19 AM »
8-hour single piece of neo-classical music from Max Richter coming in September...

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 14, 2015, 05:43:12 PM »
John - thanks for the heads up on this mix!  Now I want to do one of my own.

listening to "Vintage Ambient Jazz - ECM and Illbient Mix - De Benedictis" on youtube - ECM

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 09, 2015, 09:29:05 PM »
Assembler-Responder - Bishop & Clerk
Halftribe - Shells (dewtone)
Steve Roach - Skeleton Keys
Benoît Pioulard - Stanza

I have not posted anything in this thread in a long time but I wanted to call attention again to the Ambient Dishwasher mix that Hypnos forum members made happen.

For anybody not familiar with "Dave's Dishwasher Drone" take a look at the original Hypnos forum thread here...

The mix features great music from forum members Forrest Fang, Igneous Flame, Castleview, The Circular Ruins and Seren Ffordd.  Plus my son's first attempt at ambient.  All the tunes use the same :20 sec recording of my dishwasher as the starting point.

Streaming version on Mixcloud is here...

Downloadable version is here...

Thanks so much to all the members who participated in this random experiment. :)

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: April 28, 2015, 07:06:23 PM »
Mike, thanks for the heads up on Vermilion, I just ordered it.

I just finished one of the best books I've read in awhile, "The Mechanical" by Ian Tregillis.  I first came to Tregillis' work in his Milkweed Triptych, a trilogy about British warlocks versus Nazi super-soldiers in an alternate history of World War II.  It sounds ridiculous but it was excellent.  Next up was "Something More Than Night," a noir detective story about angels.  Again it sounds sort of ridiculous but it worked.

This new book is the start of a new series called The Alchemy Wars.  Sometimes I wish people would stop writing series and just a write a stand alone novel for once.  But with Tregillis I don't mind because this is setting up to be a great series.

Tregillis goes back to alt history with The Mechanical.  It's the early 20th century and the Dutch rule the world, mostly through their use of sentient mechanical beings. The mechanicals, or Clakkers, are programmed through alchemy, magic & clockwork.  These automatons are capable of intelligent thought but are basically slaves to their masters through a series of geasa which require them to fulfill the orders of their masters or suffer pain. The Dutch consider them objects without free will.

In this first book we follow three main characters - Jax, a Clakker, and a French spy & a member of the French court.  France has be relegated to "New France" in Canada and still tries to oppose the Dutch.

It's an engaging story that has me very excited for the next book.  Highly recommended.


Thanks again to all the dishwasher contributors!!

I took all your fine compositions and made a 20 minute low light mix.

Mixcloud link -

Download page  -

The pieces flow together nicely, which makes sense because they are all based on the sound source.  This whole project/experiment was a lot of fun and it exemplifies why this forum is still a great place to hang out even after all these years.  Thanks!   :)

00:00    Dishwasher original sound
00:17    Dave Michuda - Dishwasher Stretch
01:00    Forrest Fang - Dave's Dishwasher(Zen Cycle)
02:42    AXX - Dishwasher Drone AXX Rework
05:15    Igneous Flame - Chthonic Cycles
09:25    Castleview - Cavewasher
11:20    The Circular Ruins - The Circular Ruins Over Dave's Dishwasher
15:00    Dave Michuda - Dishwasher Stretch part 2
16:55    Seren Ffordd - Rin-Se
20:43    end

Here are the links to all the pieces used in the mix in order of appearance...

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