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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 23, 2009, 06:22:31 PM »
Jay Farrar & Ben Gibbard - Kerouac's Big Sur - One Fast Move Or I'm Gone - very good stuff so far, sort of stripped down Son Volt with a few Gibbard tunes thrown in.
Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson - Break Up - pleasant, poppy stuff.  Scarlett J. has an interesting voice, though Yorn sings most of the tunes.
kings of convenience - declaration of dependence  - very laid back acoustic pop, even more quiet than their last release.  nothing earth shattering here but very enjoyable.

That's enough pop, how about some ambient...I'll start with some Leyland Kirby & see where that takes me.

Thanks Fern!

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now watching...
« on: October 13, 2009, 07:32:14 PM »
Favorite new show of the year is "Modern Family" on ABC.  Anybody else catch this yet?  It's a no laugh track comedy done in a sort of "Office" documentary style.  All three shows have been great so far.

"30 Rock" returns this week!  Woo Hoo!           

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 10, 2009, 11:41:18 AM »
bvdub - we were the sun - a little too sweet & light.
evan caminiti - digging the void - guitar dones, random plucking & generally excellent ambient tunes
Aidan Baker - Dry - more excellent guitar based ambient.  The day I got this in the mail I accidentally left it outside on the deck.  It poured rain that night so the next day Aidan Baker's "Dry" was soaking wet.  Artwork is shot but the cd plays.

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 at low light mixes.  It's a sequel to the Sustain & Decay mix from last year and it's called "revenants of the past."

Just like last year's mix, this one uses recordings that are 80 to 100 years old & combines them with current ambient music to create a ghostly, ambient mix.

revenants of the past

T R A C K L I S T :

    * 00:00 Around the world on a phonograph 1888
    * 00:15 Szilágyi Imre Zenekara - kurucz motak (from 78rpm record)
    * 02:25 SIGHUP - city heart (from the album "end of")
    * 05:20 Cylon - 4feb1912pt12 (from the ep "winter")
    * 12:30 Joe Belov - Air for G String 1920 Edison cylinder
    * 12:30 Krzysztof Orluk - the girl the melody in the head (from the album "blurred reflection")
    * 16:00 Glim - puszta (from the album "music for field recordings")
    * 19:00 Okkyung Lee - sky (from the album "nihm")
    * 25:30 Montauk - Tranquility (from the album "the moment lasts a second but the memory lives on forever")
    * 26:15 Skye Boat Song (from 78rpm record, Edinburgh, Scotland)
    * 26:30 The Caretaker - Fact Mix #45, May '09 (excerpt from Fact Magazine mix)
    * 35:40 Asher - Minatures #11 (from the album "minatures")
    * 38:00 Rae Eleanor Bal - Gypsy Love Song 1927
    * 40:20 Lucky Pierre - velbon (from the album "touchpool")
    * 42:40 Jaudas Society Orchestra - Beautiful Ohio Waltz 1919 Edison cylinder
    * 43:10 Philip Jeck - 1986(Frank was 70 years old) (from the album "surf")
    * 44:00 relmic statute - 1rhet ednalnge (from the album "sitting under the lantern's glow")
    * 47:30 Bronnt Industries Kapital - maggots in the rice (from an untitled cd)
    * 49:50 Alessandro Moreschi - Ave Maria 1904 Edison cylinder
    * 51:50 36 - signal (from the album "Hypersona")
    * 53:00 Sub Loam - ohr (part 3) stones, sunlight, morning (from the album "Ohr")
    * 55:50 William Basinksi - dlp 3 (from "The Disintegration Loops")
    * 1:00:00 end

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 24, 2009, 03:44:49 PM »
Volcano Choir - unmap - Being a Wisconsinite myself, I was interested to hear this collection of Wisconsin artists recording together for the first time.  It's Justin Vernon, who records as Bon Iver, and an instrumental band called Collections of Colonies of Bees.  so far it's a wonderful album.  Part folk, part post-rock, at times atmospheric.  A very nice listen.

Also playing the Steve Roach box set quite a bit.(#145)  I like Afterlight & Immersion 4, expecially Immersion.  Destination beyond is okay.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 13, 2009, 02:29:50 PM »
new discoveries...

Thomas Feiner & anywhen - the opiates revised - This is an updated release on David Sylvian's Samadhisound label.  Originally recorded in 2001, the recording has cool, atmospheric arrangements with very Sylvian-like vocals.    I like it so far, not sure how much I'll end up liking it.  But for now I'm glad I found it.

Perry Blake - still life - I discovered this when researching the Feiner album.  I'd never heard of Perry Blake, anybody else familiar with his stuff?  Definitely has a Bryan Ferry, David Sylvian feel to it.  I like this one & will have to check out some of his others.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 26, 2009, 06:14:14 PM »
Robert Henke - Signal to Noise
Loren Dent - Anthropology Vol. 1

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 22, 2009, 07:36:34 PM »
That Lawrence English release is excellent, I have it in my tentative best of 2009 list.

ambient listening...
David Tagg - Wind Blown Guitar
Quiet Sounds - show24
Klaus Schulze - Moondawn

recent non-ambient discoveries from my daughter...
The Acorn
Conor Oberst

I am looking forward to listening this weekend.  Looks great.  Now if the weather turned hot & humid it'd be perfect.  Thanks.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 04, 2009, 07:39:26 PM »
Two different listening threads...


David Tagg - Wind Blown Guitar - I am enjoying this one very much.  Not covering any new ground here, but it's enjoyable nevertheless.
Marconi Union - Tokyo - Nothing dramatically different from their other releases, but I am a huge Marconi Union fan so I like this one.  Nice ambience with some beats & some dub.
Tu M' - Monochromes Vol 1 - This recording is on the Line label, which usually releases some fairly challenging music.  This one, however, is quite accessible.  It is simply beautiful, stretched out loops of vaporous ambient sounds.

Elton John - Madman Across the Waters - been on an Elton kick lately, brings back fond memories.
Great Lake Swimmers - lost channels - fantastic album of acoustic/folk/pop.
Bruce Springsteen - Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J - This is the only Springsteen album I still like.  I love playing it loud while driving & singing along with it.  I am trying introduce my daughter to the charms of this album

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: July 31, 2009, 09:32:58 PM »
I am starting "Heaven's Reach", the 6th & final book in David Brin's "uplift" series.  I read the first trilogy a long time ago & recently returned to the series to read #4 & 5.  I really enjoyed those & am looking forward to #6.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 13, 2009, 06:53:48 PM »
the tumbled sea - melody summer - very pretty neo-classical stuff. some is good, some is too sweet.
the orb - orbus terrarum - wow! I can't believe I'd never heard this album until recently.  I heard Slug Dub on LastFM & had to get the album.  Loving the spacey beats.
klotzsch & krey - through all these years of trying to belong - very interesting recording from the 12rec netlabel.  Here's a portion of their description..."Home alone, Emil arranged subtle piano miniatures. Listening to these recordings via headphones, bassetthornist Ruediger Krey improvised over Emils' introspect piano dashes sitting somewhere out in the field with wind and birds and rustling leaves around him." What's a bassetthorn?  sounds like an oboe or clarinet.  Free download here...12rec
Arc Of Doves - Impressions - maybe a bit too pretty.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now watching...
« on: July 13, 2009, 05:56:16 PM »
I just went on a binge of buying TV series on DVD and picked up...

IT Crowd season 2
Extras seasons 1 & 2
Curb Your Enthusiasm season 6
Arrested Development season 1
Eastbound & Down season 1

That should keep us busy for awhile.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 07, 2009, 07:28:15 PM »
Also eagerly awaiting Arc of doves - Impressions on Quietus

np -

David Sylvian - Gone To Earth
Danny Norbury - light in august
DJ Shadow - Endtroducing

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 05, 2009, 08:07:14 PM »
Gregg Kowalsky - Tape Chants
Segue - Into The Fall
Ten and Tracer - Tsotsitaal
Martin Herterich - Silent Fileds

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

Two new mixes are up at Low Light Mixes.

They are both "rain" mixes that make generous use of field recordings mixed in with the music.  Of course some of the tunes have their own rain sounds mixed in.  Every cut in each mix has the word "rain" in the title. 

One mix is a vocal mix called "I Love the Rain".
Download it here...
I Love the Rain

t r a c k l i s t :
    00:00    Susanna & The Magical Orchestra - It's Raining Today
    04:40    The (real) Tuesday Weld - I Love the Rain
    08:37    Asche & Spencer - A Walk in the Rain
    09:49    The Handsome Family - Famous Blue Raincoat
    14:40    Daniel Lanois - Rain Weather
    18:20    The Decemberists - Raincoat Song
    20:40    Joe Purdy - I Love the Rain the Most
    25:00    Oblong - Rain Over the Deverils
    28:54    REM - I'll Take the Rain
    34:15    Rivulets - Rain All Winter Long
    40:00    end

The other mix is an instrumental mix, more like a traditional Low Light mix.
Download it here...
still falls the rain

t r a c k l i s t :
    00:00 August Stars – Inland Rain
    04:25 Part Timer – Rain on My Window
    06:50 Letna – Raining Day
    09:30 Jon Hassell – Delta Rain Dream
    12:55 Manual - After the Rain
    14:00 Mark McGuire – A Pocket Full of Rain
    15:20 Sense - Early Rain
    19:00 Cyber Zen Sound Engine & Matt Borghi – Endless Rain
    22:10 Foxx & Budd – Raindust
    27:55 Jeff Pearce – Rainshadow Sky
    30:37 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...

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