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Need I say more?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4dT8FJ2GE0&feature=share

PS - How do I make the video show up in this post, rather than just the link?

(APK ... below)
Árstíđir - Heyr himna smiđur (Icelandic hymn) in train station

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Everything and Nothing / 2013 Favorite Albums("normal" music)
« on: December 30, 2013, 09:25:09 AM »
Every year I come up with two lists of favorites, one of ambient/electronic music & one of "normal" music.  By normal I mean music that may actually be played on the radio.   Indie, alternative, rock, Americana, whatever you want to call it, most of my list would be played only on college or indie stations, not regular commercial radio.

So here are my personal favorites from 2013...

Favorite albums of 2013:

1. Blaudzun - Heavy Flowers
2. John Vanderslice- Dagger Beach
3. Volcano Choir - Repave
4. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
5. Phosphorescent - Muchacho
6. Kacey Musgraves - Same Trailer Different Park
7. The National - Trouble Will Find Me
8. John Vanderslice - Diamond Dogs
9. Mikal Cronin - MCII
10. Darkside - Psychic
11. Jon Hopkins - Immunity
12. Vic & Gab - Love of Mine
13. Elvis Costello & The Roots - Wise Up Ghost
14. Boards of Canada - tomorrow's harvest
15. The Flaming Lips - Peace Sword ep
16. Wavves - Afraid of Heights
17. Rhye - Woman
18. Daughter - If You Leave
19. Public Service Broadcasting - inform - educate - entertain
20. San Fermin - San Fermin

The songs of 2013:

1. Phosphorescent - Song for Zula
2. Mother Falcon - Dirty Summer
3. Kacey Musgraves - Merry Go Round
4. Vampire Weekend - Unbelievers
5. Moby - The Perfect Life (with wayne coyne)
6. The National - I Need My Girl
7. Jose Gonzalez - Step Out
8. Jonathan Boulet - You're a Animal
9. Volcano Choir - Bygone
10. Nonono - Pumpin Blood
11. Postino - I Love It(Mo Funk Mix)
12. Mikal Cronin - Weight
13. Bonobo - Cirrus
14. MIA - Bring the Noize
15. Laura Mvula - Like the Morning Dew
16. Daniel and the Lion - The Dark Red Waltz
17. Hardwell - Spaceman
18. Jon Hopkins - Open Eye Signal
18. Night Beds - Ramona
19. Oscar Isaac & Marcus Mumford - Fare Thee Well
20. Andrew Bird - Pulaski at Night


You can find audio samples to the best album list here... http://lowlightmixes.blogspot.com/2013/12/best-of-2013.html

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Ambient cover tunes
« on: June 18, 2013, 10:32:24 AM »
I'm thinking of doing a mix of ambient covers, but I'm not sure how much is out there.

Right off the top of my head there is Bang On A Can's version of Music for Airports and Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto did a couple of versions of By This River which were very good.

I guess suggestions could include ambient covers of other ambient tunes and ambient cover versions of tunes that weren't originally ambient(wow that sounded confusing).

Any ideas? 

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Everything and Nothing / Coolest thing ever!
« on: May 12, 2013, 04:38:14 PM »
Guitar & vocals recorded on the international space station by astronaut Chris Hadfield, who comes home tomorrow. Awesome!


Space Oddity

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Video awesomeness
« on: January 25, 2013, 03:49:25 PM »

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Everything and Nothing / Explicit Loscil
« on: January 04, 2013, 02:36:23 PM »
Today at work I was listening to the latest release from Loscil, Sketches from New Brighton, on Spotify.  And every song is listed as "Explicit"!!   ???   There must be some subliminal f-bombs hiding under the synths.

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Everything and Nothing / Best of 2012 non-ambient
« on: December 31, 2012, 08:26:53 PM »
I posted my favorite ambient releases in the Other Ambient Music thread so I figured here I'd post my favorite "normal" music of the year.  I probably listened to more "normal" music than ambient this year.

Best Albums:
1) Andrew Bird - Break It Yourself & Hands of Glory
2) Lord Huron - Lonesome Dreams
3) Neil Young - Psychedelic pill
4) Deep Sea Diver - History Speaks
5) Of Monsters & Men - My Head is an Animal
6) Father John Misty – Fear Fun
7) The Lumineers - The Lumineers
8] Michael Kiwanuka  - Home Again
9) Best Coast - The Only Place
10) The Avett Brothers - The Once and Future Carpenter
11) Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Here
12) Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist
13) Arrange - New Memory
14) Grizzly Bear - Shields
15) The xx - Coexist
16) Elbow - Dead in the Boot
17) Patrick Watson - Adventures in Your Own Backyard
18) DIIV - Oshin
19) Sun Kil Moon - Among the Leaves
20) Tallest Man on Earth - There’s No Leaving Now
21) David Byrne & St. Vincent – Love This Giant
22) Vic and Gab - Bridges and Guns
23) Daniel Rossen - Silent Hour/Golden Mile
24) Divine Fits - A Thing Called Divine Fits
25) Alt-J - an awesome wave

Singles:
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Same Love
Icona Pop - I Love It
Tilly And The Wall - Heavy Mood
The Lumineers - Hey Ho
Kishi Bashi  - bright whites
Cloud Nothings - Stay Useless
Best Coast - The Only Place
Gregory Porter - Be Good
Japandroids - The House that Heaven Built
Scarlett Johansson - Before My Time

Soundtracks:
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Cloud Atlas
Chasing Ice
Drive

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Best of 2012
« on: December 31, 2012, 08:22:30 PM »
Not really a best of 2012, more of a list of favorite ambient releases from this year(at least some of the ones I can remember).

1) Kyle Bobby Dunn - Bring Me The Head of Kyle Bobby Dunn
2) Bersarin Quartett - II
3) Mohn - Mohn
4) 36 - Lithea
5) Taylow Deupree - Faint
6) Forrest Fang - Animism
7) Loops of Your Heart - And Never Ending Nights
8] Loscil - Sketches from New Brighton
9) Sonmi451 - four peaks
10) Steve Roach & Dirk Serries -  low volume music
11) Spheruleus - Cyanometry
12) VA - lost in the humming air (music inspired by harold budd)
13) Willamette - always in postscript
14) Marconi Union - Different Colours
15) Eivind Aarset - Dream Logic
16) Nils Frahm - Screws
17) John Adams - Harmonielehre - Short Ride in a Fast Machine
18) VA - Air Texture Volume II
19) Andy Stott - luxury problems
20) Peter James - Landfall

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Compilation - "...and darkness came"
« on: December 12, 2012, 08:56:07 PM »
My friends at Headphone Commute have put out a massive compilation of 87 tracks, over 6 hours of music.  It's called "...and darkness came."

I'll quote from their site :
"Headphone Commute is incredibly proud and honored to announce a colossal benefit compilation, with 100% of the proceeds being donated towards two charitable organizations, Doctors Without Borders and The Humane Society, to help all those affected by Hurricane Sandy!"

Artists include Max Richter, Clint Mansell, offthesky, Julien Neto, Ólafur Arnalds, Dakota Suite, Christopher Willits, Loscil, Lawrence English, Maps And Diagrams, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Nils Frahm, Talvihorros, Bersarin Quartett, Antonymes, Simon Scott, Dustin O’Halloran, Machinefabriek, :papercutz, and many, many, more.

Go here to find out more...
http://reviews.headphonecommute.com/2012/11/08/and-darkness-came/

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Ambient music from non-ambient sources
« on: September 02, 2012, 01:01:20 PM »
I think we had a thread on this idea in one of the previous incarnations of the forum. 

I'm looking for suggestions of ambient tunes from non-ambient artists.  A perfect example is "Silent Sorrow in Empty Boats" by Genesis, great ambient tune from a band not known for ambient music.

I'd like to eventually do a mix of these kinds of tracks so if you guys have any more ideas or examples please post them here.


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I saw this thread at NPR Music & thought we could give it a go here.

Right off the bat I'm going to cheat & say three bands were a big part of my college life...

1. Ultravox
2. Snopek
3. The Police

University of Wisconsin - Madison '78 to '83.

Snopek was a local band that I saw at least a hundred times.  Even though nobody else knows them or cares I had to put them in here.

The Police were ever present during my college years.  They played a small club across the street from my dorm in the spring of '79.  They had to play Roxanne twice because they didn't have enough material for an encore.

But I'd say the first band that comes to mind when I think of college is Ultravox. I remember falling in love with new wave synth & playing the crap out of "Vienna".  We played "Sleepwalk" & "All Stood Still" at every party we had and if you stood in the middle of the living room during those songs, you didn't need to dance because the floor shook & waved & bounced so much.  I still make party mixes but I miss the dancing.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Shortwave Radio music
« on: February 13, 2012, 07:26:20 PM »
Myke Weiskopf runs an excellent site devoted to  to preserving and disseminating indigenous sound and music as heard via international radio.  I've downloaded & listened to some wonderful recordings over the years.

In honor of World Radio Day, Myke is making a 5 cd set of recordings available for free download!  But it's only for one day.

Here's the link to his post...
http://www.myke.me/wordpress/?p=1872

A great opportunity to grab some fascinating, sometimes spooky, always cool recordings.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / 2011 electronic/ambient favorites
« on: December 14, 2011, 07:27:44 PM »
I started a topic in Everything & Nothing for year-end lists of favorite "normal" music.  Adn this is the companion topic for year-end electronic/ambient lists.

What music did you love this year?  There was so much music it gets difficult to keep track of everything.  I know I probably forgot some notables but here's my top 20 list(in alphabetical order)...

1. A Winged Victory for the Sullen - s/t [Kranky}
2. A Produce & Loren Nerell - Intangible [hypnos]
3. Aglaia - Nights in Nubiland [hic sunt leones]
4. Balam Acab - Wander Wonder [Tri Angle]
5. Chris Watson - El Tren Fantasma [touch]
6. David Tagg - I am the Wolf [second sun recordings]
7. Dustin O'Halloran - Lumiere [fatcat]
8. Grouper - aia - alien observer & dream loss [yellowelectric]
9. Holy Other - With U ep [Tri Angle]
10. Koss, Henriksson & Mullaert - The Mollan Sessions [mule]
11. Kyle Bobby Dunn - Ways of Meaning [desire path recordings]
12. Maps & Diagrams - Lights Will Call On You [Nomadic Kids Republic]
13. Maps & Diagrams - Get Lost [time released sound]
14. Maps & Diagrams - The Town Beneath The Sea [Nomadic Kids Republic]
15. Maps & Diagrams - The Voices of Time [handstitched]
16. Marconi Union - Beautifully Falling Apart (Ambient Transmissions Vol. 1) [just music]
17. Nils Frahm - Felt [erased tapes]
18. Sonmi451 - Star Atlas [time released sound]
19. Steve Reich - WTC 9-11, Mallet Quartet, Dance Patterns [Nonesuch]
20. Willamette - Echo Park [infraction, 2011]

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Everything and Nothing / 2011 Favorites
« on: December 14, 2011, 07:15:09 PM »
'Tis the time for year-end lists.

In this thread let's post some of our favorite "normal" albums of the year.  I'll start another topic for electronic/ambient favorites.

Here are some of my 2011 favorites...

1. Atlas Sound - Parallax
2. Bon Iver - Bon Iver
3. Boy & Bear - With Emperor Antarctica
4. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
5. Foster the People - Torches
6. Gem Club - Breakers
7. Givers - In Light
8. James Blake - James Blake
9. Kate Bush - 50 words for snow
10. Of Monsters and Men - my head is an animal
11. Paul Simon - So Beautiful or So What
12. Sarah Jarosz - Follow Me Down
13. The Antlers - Burst Apart
14. The Dark Water Hymnal - Collapse the Structure
15. The Rural Alberta Advantage - Departing
16. Yacht - Shangri-La

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Everything and Nothing / ambient bike ride
« on: July 06, 2011, 07:08:58 PM »
This evening's bike ride had a sort of ambient feel to it because of the names of some the roads & places I passed.

First was Cedar Creek Road which made me think of field recordings of water or Maps & Diagrams - Get Lost, which has a great aquatic feel to it.  Then I hit Country Aire Drive which has a wide open feel to it like some spacious drones from Paul Bradley's Chroma cd.

Further on, I road past a farm called Whispering Pines, great ambient vibe in that name.

Finally, I came upon a subdivision on Night Pasture Road which congers up images of laying out in the field, gazing up at the stars with Saul Stokes - Outfolding playing in the background.

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Everything and Nothing / 8-Bit Dark Side of the Moon
« on: March 28, 2011, 08:12:15 AM »
The entire Pink Floyd classic remade using a Nintendo sound chip.  The results are pretty good and actually very listenable.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2011/03/27/134899880/8-bit-dark-side-of-the-moon-remake

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Everything and Nothing / video experiment
« on: March 02, 2011, 03:55:51 PM »
I was bored a couple weeks ago & cut this little video experiment & thought a few forumites might be interested.

This is what happens when you combine too much time on my hands + a half gallon milk + food coloring + dish soap + music.

It turned out kinda cool.


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Everything and Nothing / Top concept albums of all time
« on: January 06, 2011, 02:47:13 PM »
I stumbled on an article at gibson.com about the greatest concept albums of all time.  It's an interesting discussion, not the least of which is, what makes an album a concept album?  

Here's a link to the original article... http://www.gibson.com/en-us/Lifestyle/Features/concept-albums-1230-2010/

It's not a bad list, although there is no way I'd put that schlocky Alice Cooper album in there.  What do you think?

Here's my personal top ten...

1. Genesis - Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
2. Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
3. David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders from Mars
4. The Who - Quadrophenia
5. Green Day - American Idiot
6. David Bowie - Diamond Dogs
7. Pink Floyd - Animals, Wish You Were Here, The Wall
8. Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
9. Jethro Tull - Thick as a Brick
10. Moody Blues - Days of Future Passed

I think I'd like to add one more to the list, maybe bump down the Moody Blues & put William Basinski - The Disintegration Loops at #10.

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Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Free Christmas Music
« on: December 24, 2010, 02:22:13 PM »
Here's a little free holiday cheer fro your stocking...
I'll Be Hometapes for Christmas

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