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Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: Dishwasher drone
« on: February 17, 2015, 07:05:17 AM »
The extent of my musical abilities is slowing down sounds or falling asleep with my head on my son's keyboard.  So if anyone wants to grab the track and mess with it, please go right ahead! 

Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: Dishwasher drone
« on: February 17, 2015, 06:59:47 AM »

Everything and Nothing / Frippertronics on Midnight Special 1979
« on: February 16, 2015, 07:04:55 AM »
This clip brings back memories of seeing Fripp play at a Peaches record store in 1979...

Fripp - "Thank you very much Rick James." 

Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: Dishwasher drone
« on: February 16, 2015, 06:51:47 AM »
Good idea!  Here's the original recording...


Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Dishwasher drone
« on: February 15, 2015, 02:43:14 PM »

This is as close as I will come to making ambient music(or any music for that matter). 

My dishwasher was making weird noises the other day, kind of sounded like some alien playing a didgeridoo was trapped inside.  So I recorded it and then processed it using Paul's Extreme Sound Stretch.  And whaddya know it actually sounds pretty good.

The only other ambient track I ever made was about 30 years ago so I guess that means my next track will be released when I'm in my 80s.

Everything and Nothing / two sad tape recorders
« on: February 15, 2015, 06:18:16 AM »
Strangely beautiful...

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 04, 2015, 07:46:31 PM »
Ultimae Artists - ENFOLD 01
Spheruleus - Chronota
Janek Schaefer - Unfolding Luxury beyond the City of Dreams
Loren Nerell - Indonesian Soundscapes

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 24, 2015, 03:08:36 PM »
Deep into Justin Vernon's universe right now...

DeYarmond Edison - Silent Signs (2005)  - Vernon's first band, very good folk, Americana sound.  From the ashes of this band would rise Bon Iver, Megafaun & Field Report.

Amateur Love - It's All Aquatic (2003 - re-released in 2012) - This album is from his friend & fellow Wisconsin resident, Josh Scott.  The main reason Justin Vernon formed his own record label was so he could re-release this album.  Excellent straight forward indie rock.  Josh Scott is said to be working with Vernon on a new record as Aero Flynn.

Megafaun - Bury the Square (2008)  -  Three members from DeYarmond Edison went on to form Megafaun based in North Carolina, actually 2 of them were also in Amateur Love as well.  Good folk/psych music, definitely more psych than Vernon's music.

S. Carey - All We Grow  -  Sean Carey is the plays piano & drums for Bon Iver and is a fellow Wisconsonite.  I've been playing this in preparation for an intimate show he is playing tonight a couple miles from my home.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 21, 2015, 07:39:52 PM »
Chris,  thanks for the heads up on that Spheruleus album.  I got Harry's email about it but never got around to listening.  Just bought & downloaded.

Other spins...
Janek Schaefer - Unfolding Luxury beyond the City of Dreams
Porya Hatami - Shallow

The Decemberists - What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World  -  Another excellent release from these guys.  Can't wait to see them in March.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 15, 2015, 08:14:16 PM »
I just picked up three Bandcamp releases from Man Watching the Stars.  Excellent violin based ambient.

Man Watching the Stars - Dusk
Man Watching the Stars - Qoheleth
offthesky & Man Watching the Stars - Afar- Farewell

Find them all here...

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 11, 2015, 07:44:56 PM »

I just bought the Janek Schaefer album tonight then I look and see it on your now playing post.  Great minds.

Other recent spins...

Shaded Explorer - Between The Blue  -  more silent season lush dubbiness.
Dan Deacon - America  -  I love the huge, driving sound of this album.  Can't wait for his new one coming soon.
Steve Roach & Dirk Serries - Low Volume Music -  still a fav for sleeping.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Best of 2014 - non-ambient
« on: December 22, 2014, 05:45:56 PM »
Here's a link to my Spotify playlist of 2014 albums...

And here's a link to my Spotify profile which has all the various playlists I listen to regularly at work...

Everything and Nothing / Best of 2014 - non-ambient
« on: December 21, 2014, 09:57:17 AM »

2014 was another year where I continued to listen to more "normal" music than ambient or electronic music.  I'll just repost here much of what I said on my low light mixes blog.

Part of the shift in my tastes can be directly attributed to Spotify.  I listen to Spotify at work a lot and I have used it more and more to discover new music.  I keep a playlist called "2014 albums worth listening to" that now has 4113 tracks in it.  Not all the albums in there are great or even good, necessarily.  The playlist is just a collection of things in my musical wheelhouse that are worth exploring.  I'm constantly on the prowl for new things to add to it.

On Tuesdays, when new music is released, I go here...  to find out what's new and if it looks interesting I sample it on Spotify & maybe add it to a playlist.  Finding new music has become close to an obsession over the past couple of years and with so much stuff out there coupled with ease of access, it's a great time for music lovers.

Most of the albums on this list you can probably find on lots of other indie lists like NPR, Consequence of Sound, Pitchfork, etc.  A couple records not on the national lists are from Wisconsin bands, Phox & Field Report.  Both record for the fine label, Partisan Records, as does Sylvan Esso which came in at #9 on my list.  Another album with a Wisconsin tie is Paradise Outlaw by Pieta Brown.  A beautiful, ethereal album recorded at Justin Vernon's studio in Wisconsin.

Another odd ball selection is the awesome album by Dylan Howe - Subterranean - New Designs on Bowie's Berlin.  It is a collection of jazz versions of Bowie instrumentals from his Berlin period.  I love this record!  Find it & buy it here...

I included Loscil - Sea Island on this list, even though it's electronic not indie, because it's very, very good and deserved to be on both lists.

The only other album that doesn't fit under the indie umbrella is Piers Faccini & Vincent Segal - Songs of Time Lost.  It's a subtle record of soft vocals, guitar and cello.  If you like Nick Drake you will love this record.

The rest of the list is all variations of indie music, some loud, some soft, some electric, some acoustic, some straight forward and some a bit more odd - all of it good stuff worth the effort of seeking out.

What were your most played albums this year?

BEST OF 2014:

  1. The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream
  2. Damien Jurado - Brothers & Sisters of the Eternal Son
  3. Field Report - Marigolden
  4. The Rural Alberta Advantage - Mended with Gold
  5. Phox - Phox
  6. Strand of Oaks - HEAL
  7. Dylan Howe - Subterranean - New Designs on Bowie's Berlin
  8. Pieta Brown - Paradise Outlaw
  9. Sylvan Esso - Sylvan Esso
 10. Phantogram - Voices
 11. The Antlers - Familiars
 12. Saintseneca - Dark Arc
 13. Damien Rice - My Favourite Faded Fantasy
 14. The Barr Brothers - Sleeping Operator
 15. Real Estate - Atlas
 16. St. Vincent - St. Vincent
 17. Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots
 18. Eno & Hyde - Someday World
 19. Blaudzun - Promises of No Man's Land
 20. Bill Callahan - Have Fun With God
 21. Loscil - Sea Island
 22. Warpaint - Warpaint
 23. Piers Faccini & Vincent Segal - Songs of Time Lost
 24. Gem Club - In Roses
 25. alt-J - This Is All Yours

Hypnos forum folks, we all must listen to some stuff that's not ambient.  What are a few of your favorites from this year?

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 19, 2014, 02:13:57 PM »
Illuha - Akari  -   Pretty good typical 12k stuff.
GoGo Penguin - v2.0  -  Contemporary piano jazz.  I think they are up for the Mercury Prize in England.
John Luther Adams - Become Ocean  -  Basically a classical version of drone music.  Nice.
Danish String Quartet - Wood Works  -  Very nice traditional tunes that don't get jiggy(?) or annoying, perfect balance.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Best of 2014
« on: December 17, 2014, 02:35:18 PM »
Here's my list of my favorite ambient/instrumental albums of 2014:

1. Loscil - Sea Island
2. Dylan Howe - Subterranean - New Designs on Bowie's Berlin
3. Janek Schaefer - Lay-by Lullaby
4. tonepoet - Headspace
5. A Winged Victory For The Sullen - Atomos
6. Dirk Serries - The Origin Reversal
7. The Circular Ruins - Full Circle
8. Kyle Bobby Dunn - Kyle Bobby Dunn and the Infinite Sadness
9. Jordan De La Sierra - Gymnosphere: Song of the Rose
10. Benoît Pioulard - Hymnal Remixes
11. 36 - Dream Tempest
12. Locust - After the Rain
13. Thomas Koner - LA BARCA complete edition
14. Steve Roach - The Delicate Forever
15. ASC - Truth Be Told
16. eternell - Kalimba Ambience
17. John Luther Adams - Become Ocean
18. Brian Reitzell - Auto Music
19. Dirty Beaches - Stateless
20. Tangerine Dream - Sorcerer(Cinematographic Score)

Most of the selections are ambient/electronic with a few excepts like Become Ocean by John Luther Adams and the fantastic album, Subterranean - New Designs on Bowie's Berlin by Dylan Howe.  I've linked to the Dylan Howe album on the forum before & I'll link to it again, cuz it's awesome...

Any other forumites with year end lists?

Clark has posted a 34 minute mix featuring music from all 8 discs.  Nice.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 23, 2014, 09:25:22 AM »
The Circular Ruins - Full Circle  -  Thanks to Chris for this recommendation.  Just downloaded it from Bandcamp today.  Very nice & I agree the opening track is awesome.
Locust - After the Rain  -  This has a 70s electronic vibe to it.  At times sounding like Cluster, Eno or A Bowie instrumental.  Spacey, moody and getting better with each listen.
VA - Kollektion 1 (SKY Records)  -  Speaking of 70s electronic music, this is a great collection of music from Sky records.  Featuring music from Roedelius, Cluster, Michael Rother, Moebius, Asmus Tietchens, etc.  Excellent!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 18, 2014, 05:17:53 PM »
Totally agree on the Lanois album.  Some interesting cuts but generally I'm not enthused with it.  My favorite Lanois release is the triple CD "Omni Series," very nice instrumentals in that collection.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Pink Floyd in Fall
« on: November 16, 2014, 11:00:03 AM »
I've been listening to the new album for a few days now.  I definitely like parts of it, but my overall impression is that it's boring.  It's not a bad album, just kind of boring.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 16, 2014, 10:55:42 AM »
Loscil - Sea Island  -  Another absolutely perfect album from Loscil.  I don't actually have it yet as it will be released on the 17th.  But it's streaming here...   I've been listening to it all weekend and love it so far.

Dirty Beaches - Stateless  -  A departure from his previous albums, these 4 songs are all instrumental featuring viola, tenor sax and synths.  A couple nice drones here, a slow moving chamber music piece and a track called "Displaced" which is worth the price of the album. It's a repetitive & droney, with the sax pulsating over the top.  It has a Steve Reich feel to it.

Thomas Koner - La Barca Complete Edition - Thanks to Chris for the recommendation on this one.  Excellent combo of synths, atmospherics & field recordings, many of which sound like they were recorded in train stations or airports.

Heathered Pearls - Loyal  -  very nice recording that perfectly balances ambience & noise.

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