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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: February 26, 2010, 07:22:18 PM »

Thanks for all the recommendations.  I've picked up a few books from reviews in this thread over the years.

I am currently diving back into the "Polity" universe of Neal Asher.  Quoting from his wikipedia page..."most of his novels are all set within one future history, known as the "Polity" universe. The Polity encompasses many classic science fiction tropes including world-ruling artificial intelligences, androids, hive minds, aliens and time travel. His novels are characterized by fast paced action and violent encounters. While his work is frequently epic in scope and thus nominally space opera, its graphic and aggressive tone is more akin to cyberpunk."

I read 3 Polity books(Gridlinked, Line of Polity, Brass Man) a couple of years ago & just finished "The Skinner", which is a unique mash-up of cyberpunk & pirate stories(they're not really pirates but it's tough guys on sailing ships on the high seas, close enough).  I have 4 or 5 more Polity novels to read & can't wait.

Mike, I know you're a fan of Robert Charles Wilson & was wondering if you've read his latest "Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America"?  I enjoyed it but wouldn't go out of my way to recommend it.  It was a nice change of pace.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 20, 2010, 03:57:06 PM »
roedelius - lustwandel
relmic statute - morning tapes
chihei hatakeyama - ghostly garden
billy gomberg & offthesky - flyover sound


New mix for the dead of winter.  It's called "the landscape listens".

The music in this mix has a sort of lonely winter feel to it. The tracks are not too dark or depressing, they just seem to conger up images of vast, snowy landscapes.

download :
the landscape listens

T R A C K L I S T :

00:00 Savvas Ysatis & Taylor Deupree - Hourglass
06:20 Kyle Bobby Dunn - Butel
11:15 Nest - Far From Land
15:30 Shaula - O
20:20 Shaula - Under a Palpebra
24:20 Ian Hawgood - Before I let the sunshine rot
30:45 Chihei Hatakeyama - Illusion of Memory 2
32:50 Kyle Bobby Dunn - There is no end to your beauty
42:10 Parks - Franja
47:50 Chihei Hatakeyama - The moon reflecting on the surface of the ocean
49:50 Marconi Union - Nothing ever happens in Tunguska
54:45 Coldstream - Alarums
1:00:00 end

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 11, 2010, 10:19:03 PM »

I just got the Kyle Bobby Dunn double disc too & I love it, great blend of electronic & acoustic. Thanks for the recommendation, I think I initially saw it on your Facebook status.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: hibernate recordings
« on: February 05, 2010, 12:37:25 PM »
I've got several Hibernate recordings and have really enjoyed each.  I'm looking forward to more excellent releases this year.

Thanks for bumping this up.  I just ordered the Kyle Bobby Dunn, sounds excellent.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 04, 2010, 10:40:34 AM »
Another thank you to Fern for the heads up on Maps & Diagrams, it is indeed awesome.

Also listening to:
Nest - Retold
Shaula - Haze

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now watching...
« on: February 01, 2010, 10:19:18 PM »
Final season of Lost!!!!!  Should be a wild ride!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 25, 2010, 08:43:40 PM »
Tu M' - Monochromes Vol 1 - one of my absolute favorites from 2009
Jan Jelinek - loop finding jazz records - an "old" favorite from 2001
Underworld vs. the Misterons - athens - an interesting mix album from last year

A few early memories...

...falling asleep with a small transistor radio under my pillow, sometimes listening to music, other times listening to basketball or baseball games... best friend & I sitting in a small crawl space, in the pitch black, listening to the Beatles "Revolution #9" to see who would freak out first...

...getting four albums from my brother for my 13th birthday in 1973, David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust, Rod Stewart - Every Picture Tells a Story, Led Zepplin - 1 and Jethro Tull - Aqualung.  Changed my life.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Parks "Hidden" on Infraction
« on: January 24, 2010, 06:42:46 AM »
Love it.

Now Playing / Re: Downpipe
« on: January 17, 2010, 06:22:02 PM »
Thanks for the link to "Downpipe", I'd not heard it before, but what a great track!

Since this has sort of turned into dueling dance tracks, my vote for best dance track of all time is "Blue Monday" by New Order.

Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / New mix - slo mo
« on: January 17, 2010, 02:43:30 PM »
Here's the first mix for 2010. It's called slo_mo because all the tunes are slow & droney.

One aspect of this mix that makes it a bit different is the use of a few "stretched" tracks. I think I've mentioned this program here before, it's called "Paul's Extreme Sound Stretch". I couldn't find a link to it, but at one time, on the web, there was a version of Beethoven's 9th Symphony that had been stretched to 24 hours.

I stretched 3 songs for the mix, Eno - Music for Airports, Laetetur Cor (Choir of the Abbey of Saint Wandrille) and Budd & Eno - A Stream With Bright Fish. Those tracks along with the others combine for a very slow mix that works pretty well for sleeping(I couldn't make past the 20min mark twice last night).


T R A C K L I S T :

00:00 Eno - Music for Airports (s t r e t c h e d)
08:25 lexithimie - scale 1
12:35 Apalusa - Coventry, January 21, 2008
18:00 Laetetur Cor - Choir of the Abbey of Saint Wandrille (s t r e t c h e d)
22:20 Budd & Eno - A Stream with Bright Fish (s t r e t c h e d)
30:35 Celer - Gaited Florets
38:00 Porzellan - Rosen
47:10 Spheruleus - Time Fades
54:12 Language of Landscape - And The Rain Embraced Our Closing Words

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 13, 2010, 07:07:50 AM »
Laura Gibson - Beast of Seasons - a quiet folky record. slow & meditative.
Chihei Hatakeyama - Ghostly Garden - I agree w/ jim02. excellent release by a guy with several good ones.
Vampire Weekend - Contra - thanks to John for the reminder about this one.  I just downloaded it from Amazon minutes before this post for only $3.99.  Will be listening at work today.

For ambient artists it has to be Steve Roach.  I think it's in the area of 40 or so recordings.

As for non-ambient it's probably Genesis, if I include all the members' solo work the total must be in the 60's.(that also probably includes every recording format)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 04, 2010, 07:15:18 PM »
Fern, thanks for the heads up on some of those recordings, can't wait to investigate further.

Currently listening to live recordings from Iron & Wine and The Swell Season.  Found a cool site called Played Last Night that has a ton of their shows available to buy & download.  I picked up the Swell Season show from here in Milwaukee from 2008 and two Iron & Wine shows also from 2008.  Good stuff.

Also just discovered another cool site, Daytrotter Sessions.  They have a bunch of short sessions with artists like Bon Iver, Andrew Bird, Okkervil River, Great Lake Swimmers, Avett Bros., etc.  Tracks are available for free download.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now watching...
« on: January 02, 2010, 06:21:00 PM »

I agree with you about Up in the Air, great film.  It's not over the top with anything, the tone is just perfect.  You said it best when describing it as "mature".  I saw Invictus, Nine & Up in the Air this week & Air is by far the best of the three.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now watching...
« on: December 29, 2009, 06:11:59 PM »
The 3D Avatar is worth the extra money.  It's different from most 3D movies in that it doesn't constantly throw things at you, reminding you that you're watching a 3D movie.  In the case of Avatar, the 3D just sucks you right into the film.

As innovative as the tech is in this movie, it's disappointing that the rest of it is so cliched.  Story's been done before & the soundtrack is laughable.  But it's still a fun ride that I'd recommend to anyone.

Other recent viewing...

Man on Wire
Up in the Air

IT Crowd season 3
Curb Your Enthusiasm season 7

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: TOP 10 OF 2009
« on: December 27, 2009, 06:55:20 PM »
Tu M' - Monochromes Vol. 1
Sleepy Town Manufacture & Unit 21 - no traces
Yagya - rigning
Jon Hassell - Last Night The Moon Came.. .
Lawrence English - A Colour For Autumn
Elegi - Varde
shaula - haze
akira kosemura - polaroid piano
Emeralds - Emeralds lp
David Tagg - Wind Blown Guitar

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 22, 2009, 09:23:36 PM »
Listening to the last three(#12, 13, 14) of Adam Pacione's Still Life series.  More excellent additions to the group.

Also discovering good recordings on Under the Spire records.  Too bad so many are sold out.

Also trying to get into The Swell Season - Strict Joy .  It's the follow up to the Once soundtrack, which was a fantastic film & great album.  This new one sounds more like a full band recording.  It's not quite as charming & instantly likable as Once, but maybe that's a good thing.  I'm sure I'll like it, but probably just not as much as Once.

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