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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

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

Beasts of the Southern Wild
Cloud Atlas
Chasing Ice

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

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...

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.

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.

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...

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

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]

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

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.

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.

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.

Everything and Nothing / Top concept albums of all time
« on: January 06, 2011, 02:47:13 PM »
I stumbled on an article at 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...

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.

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

Everything and Nothing / vocoder songs
« on: October 02, 2010, 06:09:17 PM »

I ran across a Boards of Canada tune that uses vocoder(in a beautiful place out in the country) & I got to thinking about doing a vocoder mix.

So do you guys have any suggestions for vocoder songs?

Here's a some of the ones I already have & might use...

Laurie Anderson - O Superman
Kraftwerk - several choices
Eno - and then so clear
Air - Sexy Boy
Peter Baumann - This this day
Trans Am - futureworld

Any other ideas would be cool.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Cliff Martinez downloads
« on: October 04, 2009, 05:06:15 PM »
I came across a page at Cliff Martinez's website that has a bunch of his soundtracks available for free download.  I figured Hypnos forumites might be interested so here's the link...

I just posted a new mix.  But instead of just adding it to the Low Light thread, I created a new one for it because I figured the title might catch everyone's attention.

I listen to music every night when I go to bed.  I try to keep the sleep play list fresh, but there are definite favorites that I return to again & again.  I wanted to do a new sleep mix so I could incorporate a couple favorite Steve Roach cuts, from Dynamic Stillness & Deeper Silence.

So I dumped some tracks to a portable hard drive, brought it to work & starting mixing in between "real work". I had 4 or 5 tracks laid down & I was listening to one of the transitions & literally fell asleep at my desk, hence the title of the mix. A lot of the tracks sound very much like each other which I guess is good in this case because one track stretches into another, in a long, trance inducing, ambient lullaby. At 90 minutes, the mix is longer than most, but I thought the length worked a bit better for sleeping.

Sweet dreams...

download :
I fell asleep at my desk making this mix

T R A C K L I S T :

00:00 St. Kilda - You are in every dream
03:30 Steve Roach - Slowly Revealed
12:20 Scott Solter - Cypress Road
16:00 Stars of the Lid - The Kraut
23:30 Ashera - Fellini's Cat
28:30 William Basinski - 92982.1
33:20 Ten and Tracer - Falling asleep in sadness
36:40 Irezumi - Endurance
42:50 Jasper, TX - This Barren Land
47:30 Hammock - 3 sisters
51:15 Manual - Last Light
56:40 James Johnson - In then Out
1:06:00 Brian Eno - Discreet Music
1:15:00 Steve Roach - A Deeper Silence
1:30:00 end

Everything and Nothing / Cool remixable ambient/youtube/grid thingy
« on: May 17, 2009, 06:49:11 PM »
I just discovered this excellent youtube experiment...

Now Playing / Best of 2008
« on: December 25, 2008, 06:50:49 PM »
I can never limit my choices to a top ten list.  I keep track all year & trim it down as the year comes to a close.  So somehow this year I ended up with the random number of 24 in my "Best of" list.  Here is the list in alphabetical order...

Alio Die - aura seminalis - alio die released some great music this year.  I guess I could group all of them together here but I'll list this as my favorite.  The cd "tries to recreate the solemn atmospheres of the courts of the Italian Renaissance", and amazingly it comes off as transcendent instead of cheesy.  Stefano Musso's recent releases all do this very well, like his collaboration with vocalist Martina Galvagni, Elusian Lullaby.  He takes concepts, that would not work in the hands of another, and makes them work beautifully.

Arve Henriksen - cartography - a beautifully layered recording from trumpeter henriksen.  Texture is more important than virtuosity here.  A melancholy, tranquil landscape works perfectly with Henriksen's vocal-like trumpet.

Belong - Same Places (Slow Version) - crushing, shimmering drones dissolve & decay in a wonderful wall of sound.

Bersarin Quartett - bersarin quartett - actually this is a one man show of cinematic music.  Strings, ambience, some occasional beats combine for a lush, melancholy trip.

bvdub - dreams of red chambers - a release that is more ambient than the usual dubby sound form bvdub.

David Tagg - Waist Deep Seas Of Milk - gorgeous, expansive guitar-based drones.  His “Stele” split release was excellent as well.

Deaf Center - vintage well - More great cinematic music.  I guess there was a lot of fantastic cinematic music this year.

Disturbed Earth - Butterfly - An excellent ambient release from Atmoworks.  From a live "living room" concert in August 1977.  The album
was recorded live with no overdubs using a double neck guitar   
and a violin bow on the 12-string and playing the 6-string.   He   
used two tape decks set up about 8 feet apart in a continuous loop.  A classic ambient feel that is even more amazing knowing how & when it was recorded.

Elbow - Live from London – Beautiful, intimate, live iTunes only release.  Any fan of Elbow MUST own this.

Elbow - the seldom seen kid – There isn’t any other band that evokes beauty, melancholy & joy like Elbow.  This is an absolutely fantastic recording.

Eluder - the most beautiful blue - deep layers that never get too dark or too light.  A just right mixture of drifting textures & aquatic sounds.

Grouper - Dragging a Dead Deer Up A Hill - a good collection of eerie folk songs wrapped in reverb & hazy ambience.

Hakobune - melting reminscence - an excellent release for lovers of guitar-based drone.

Hans-joachim Roedelius & Tim Story - inlandish - I love how this release sounds old & new at the same time.  Some of the tunes just have this indescribable retro Roedelius feel to them, like the song "Beforst".  A warm, melodic beauty.

Jacaszek – treny – Real instruments played by real musicians with some electronic manipulation make this a stellar release in a year filled with great cinematic music.

Jeff Pearce - Rainshadow Sky – I know this one is a bit too close to New Age for some regular forumites, but I found it to be beautiful without being too sappy.

Johann Johannsson – fordlandia – This cd from Johannsson takes the cinematic/orchestral theme of this year to another level.  He does it with a 60 piece orchestra, piano, organ, choir & electronics.  The music is lush and intense.

Marconi Union - a lost connection – more dubby ambient music.  I listened to a lot of dubby stuff this year & Marconi Union does this style wonderfully.

Martin Grech - march of the lonely – this one actually came out in 2007 but I discovered it right at the beginning of this year and I listened to constantly from then on.  From an online review “…a moody acoustic delicacy, dreamlike calm and layered vocals which recall monastic plainsong or a lovelorn choir.”

quantec - unusual signals – great dubby ambient-ish beats.

Rameses III – Basilica - A double cd of live recordings & remixes, the two discs contain some beautiful, quiet, and moving instrumental compositions.

Rod Modell - incense & blacklight - noisy, shifting dub rhythms, and way deep bassy goodness.

Steve Roach - a deeper silence – I played this for days all through the house, the slow washes & low bass hum rumbling from room to room.  I felt like I was on some inter-stellar spacecraft.  Great sleep music too.

the caretaker - Persistent repetition of phrases - Similar to his other releases in that it sounds like he is channeling the haunting atmospherics of The Shining.  However, this one is a bit more ambient.

---- I know these don’t count as actual releases, but I think I listened to the guitar mixes of Alan Lockett more than anything else this year.  You can find them here… .  These mixes are a great collection of ambient guitar meanderings that introduced me to a lot of new artists & music.

Honorable mentions :
stephan mathieu – radioland
Bohren & der Club of Gore – Dolore
taylor deupree - sea last
The Winterhouse - Lost
jasper tx - this quiet season
the caretaker - recollected memories from the museum of garden history
emanuele errante - humus [2008]
Richard Skelton - Marking Time
Hammock, ‘Maybe They Will Sings For Us Tomorrow
sigur ros - Međ suđ í eyrum viđ spilum endalaust
Sans Serif - Tones For LaMonte

Now Playing / ambient music video
« on: September 20, 2008, 01:28:36 PM »
I just posted a short little experiment in ambient video over at the Low Light Mixes blog.

I'll just quote directly from my blog..."Several years ago I made a short ambient video from shots of dust floating in a beam of sunlight in a dark room. I made the video black & white & slo mo, so that it looked at times like stars. It was very cool, most viewers had no idea they were looking at shots of dust.

I’ve always wanted to repeat that experiment and this is the result. I could have gone out shot tons of video and sorted through it looking for interesting shots. I could have planned out shoots & locations & themes. But that would require time & effort, so instead I kept it simple. It can be interesting, creatively, to limit your choices. Like an ambient musician limiting the sound source to only guitar or only using acoustic instruments.

As in the dust video, the source is one location, all shots of basically the same thing. I shot with my son’s camcorder in about an hour one afternoon. I then edited at at work using an Avid Newscutter editing system. The contrast, brightness & saturation have been changed on every clip and fx have been added in few cases. The finished product is interesting, to me anyway. I’m not sure how many other people will find it so.

It was fun to start with a limited number of clips, all of essentially the same thing & try to make something out of it. Although, I was actually trying to make nothing from something - take what would have been recognizable video & turn it into a psychedelic, ambient experiment, where the original source is obscured & unimportant.

The music is from two Infraction Records artists, Adam Pacione & Northern. I hope you find it interesting at some level."

Everything and Nothing / Album Covers Galore
« on: July 29, 2008, 06:07:45 AM »

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