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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Daniel Lanois Omni Series
« on: November 29, 2009, 07:34:54 AM »
I have this set and it's fantastic.  Of the three discs the only one with a bunch of steel guitar is of course called "Steel". 

The disc titled "Purple Vista" doesn't have any steel guitar.  This disc has the most ambient feel of the three, although it's definitely not ambient.  It consists of beautiful, laid back instrumentals.  Lanois says it's "a mixture of my laboratory sonics and hand played instruments.  When I listen to Purple Vista, memories of night sessions come to mind.  The time of night before the sun rises brings a clean feeling of starting again."

The music on the disc called "Santiago" is Lanois playing with his band.  Again the cuts are all instrumentals with many sounding like they could be made into vocal tunes someday.  Lanois says the disc was recorded in 2 days and has a sort of easy, live feel to it.  There is some steel guitar on these tunes, maybe 4 of the 10.

All of the songs in the whole set are introspective, beautiful tracks that have a sort of "western" tinge to them.  I love this set & can't recommend it enough.

I found a site that has more sound samples...

I hope that helps.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 24, 2009, 07:33:38 PM »
Just got 4 discs in the mail from Hibernate records.

simon james french - anthem
hakobune - isobel
strom noir - sen zimnej noci
porzellan - the fourth level of comprehension

After a quick sampling of each, they all sound excellent.  I'm looking forward to deeper listening.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best of 2009!!!1
« on: November 18, 2009, 07:08:47 PM »
Here are my picks, also in no particular order.  At the end of the year I may post a more detailed list on the low light mixes blog.

David Tagg - Wind Blown Guitar 8)
Forest Fang - Phantoms
Tu M' - Monochromes Vol. 1 8)
Sleepy Town Manufacture & Unit 21 - no traces 8)
Yagya - rigning
Jon Hassell - Last Night The Moon Came.. 8).
Lawrence English - A Colour For Autumn 8)
Ambrose Field - Being Dufay
Alio Die & Aglaia - private history of the clouds
Hildur Gudnadottir - Iridescence
Chihei Hatakeyama - Saunter & August
Nils Petter Molvaer - hamada
Emeralds - Emeralds lp
Field Rotation - Licht und Schatten
Jonsi & Alex - Riceboy Sleeps
Elegi - Varde 8)

Jay Farrar & Ben Gibbard - Kerouac's Big Sur - One Fast Move Or I'm Gone
Volcano Choir - Unmap
Sufjan Stevens - The BQE
Great Lake Swimmers - Lost Channels 8) 8)
Danielle Ate The Sandwich - Things People Do 8)
The Decemberists - Hazards Of Love
Daniel Lanois - Omni Series 8)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 13, 2009, 06:33:11 PM »
U2 - The Unforgettable Fire (Super Deluxe Edition 2CD+DVD) - one of my favorite albums of all time.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 11, 2009, 07:22:11 AM »
Just received two new ones from Experimedia.

ryonkt - small conversations
billy gomberg + offthesky - flyover sound

Between the two I like the Ryonkt disc better.  It's sort of neo-classical drone ambient.  At least that was one description I read & that seems fairly accurate.  It has a sort of delicate, organic feel.  It's only an ep, I wish it were a full cd.  The off-the-sky collab is pretty good.  I'm getting tired of recordings with lots of little sounds/noises, pops, bubbles, twinkling, bright tiny glitches, etc.  There are some nice moments in this disc though.

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.

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