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Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: Low Light Mixes
« on: August 26, 2008, 08:07:25 PM »

Fresh from a vacation in Wisconsin's northwoods, comes the latest Low Light mix, clouds in my coffee.

I made this one for sitting around the cabin & drinking plenty of coffee on cool, misty mornings.  Because it's a morning mix it is a bit lighter, more airy than the stargazing mix that will be posted here soon.

DOWNLOAD :
clouds in my coffee

T R A C K L I S T :
    * 00:00 Barsarin Quartet - nachtblind
    * 03:50 Jacaszek - rytm to niesmiertelnosc
    * 08:30 Jonathan Hughes - monoline
    * 11:41 Shirk - stupid dick
    * 12:50 Segue - a glass darkly
    * 16:20 Max Ritcher - found song for P
    * 18:20 Yellow 6 - kulterhuset
    * 26:25 Goldmund - clement danes
    * 30:20 Milieu - mirage
    * 32:05 bvdub - different place different time
    * 38:40 Planivaar - adrift
    * 43:30 Barsarin Quartet - geschichten von interesse
    * 48:05 Marconi Union - buildings without people
    * 51:31 Koda - the tension was beautiful
    * 55:18 Library Tapes - fragment V

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 25, 2008, 09:05:08 PM »
Trespassers William - Different Stars - dreamy, melancholy tunes that I love for some reason.
David Byrne & Brian Eno - Everything That Happens Will Happen Today - I love the first single, Strange Overtones, but am unsure about the rest of the album.  I believe it'll grow on me.
Manual - Lost Days, Open Skies And Streaming Tides - a nice collection of unreleased, b-side & compilation tracks.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Most disappointing movie from book?
« on: August 25, 2008, 08:52:48 PM »
Maybe not the MOST disappointing film from a book, but the recent "Jumper" was pretty bad. 

I loved the book and really cared about the main character.  But in the movie I didn't care about anyone.  No sympathetic characters at all.  Hayden Christensen was typically awful.  The whole idea about "jumper hunters" might have worked for a sequel after establishing characters that we give a shit about.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 09, 2008, 08:10:36 PM »
Alan,

Than ks for the heads up on the OffTheSky.  I have most of Jason's stuff so I am always up for more.  Thanks.

NP - Segue - A Glass Darkly [resting bell 2008]

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Hypnos Label Releases / Re: CD release: Sans Serif - Tones for LaMonte
« on: August 06, 2008, 05:31:06 AM »
This is a wonderful cd.  Every drone-loving Hypnos listener should give it a shot.  The drones here are not too dark or dissonant but aren't candy coated bliss either.  They have a very organic feel to them, which is what I love in minimal/drone pieces.  The textures evolve & shift in subtle ways, definitely not a "hold down one key on the synth" type of drone.  Excellent music that will continue to reveal itself with repeated listens.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 05, 2008, 09:18:27 PM »
David Tagg - Waist Deep Seas Of Milk
cowboy junkies - trinity revisited
Whitley - The Submarine

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Watchmen trailer now online
« on: August 05, 2008, 09:13:45 PM »
This trailer totally kicked-ass on the big screen before Dark Knight.  The Spirit trailer looked great as well.  So did the new Terminator.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: August 05, 2008, 09:10:49 PM »
Recent reads...

Axis by Robert Charles Wilson - the sequel to Spin.  Good, but not as good as Spin(which I loved).
Reflex by Steven Gould - the sequel to Jumper.  Like Axis, this was good but not nearly as good as Jumper(which I loved).
Brass Man by Neal Asher - another quality book from Asher that takes place in his Polity universe.  There are now a ton of books that take place in that universe, looks like I've got a lot of reading to do.
Scardown by Elizabeth Bear - another sequel, the first was Hammered, the next is Worldwired.  I've read several books by Elizabeth Bear & these are fairly straight forward sci-fi, with good characters & a good story.  Undertow by Bear was nomintated for a few awards last year and is a worthwhile read.

I'm just starting Darwinia by Robert Charles Wilson and am finally getting around to reading Watchmen.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 04, 2008, 07:03:50 PM »
Allan,

Thanks for the link to the mixes, some good stuff there.

NP - David Byrne & Brian Eno - Strange Overtones - the first song from their upcoming album.  A nice track, maybe too nice?  Definitely not Bush of Ghosts territory.  Just a pretty straight forward pop tune.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 03, 2008, 02:33:42 PM »
bvdub - dreams of red chambers - Thanks to Allan(Undershadow) for turning me on to bvdub in his wonderful ambient dub mix.
Segue - A Glass Darkly - new release from the netlabel Resting Bell.  Some very good stuff on that label.
goldmund - the malady of elegance - more excellent piano music from type records.

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

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I've been listening to the mix & the Cismarine comp all day. 

Excellent stuff!  Thanks so much.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: What does this music do to you?
« on: July 27, 2008, 10:47:02 AM »
deepspace,  I know exactly what you mean.  I have music playing everywhere, almost all the time.  So much so that I'm now exploring ways of having one central music server play throughout my entire house.  Like you said, the music accompanies me through the day.  So a piece will have a different feel to it if I'm listening while going to sleep vs mowing the lawn vs stargazing vs taking the dog for a walk.

I remember listening to Yagya - Rhythm of Snow while walking & loving the way the sound & pacing of my footsteps on gravel worked with the subtle rhythm in the music.  Having music around me enhances what I'm doing.  The ambidubtechno mix the Allan posted in a thread in "Now Playing" will work well for walks but will also be great for floating in the lake with a beer(which I will be doing next month!).

Ambient music can make mundane tasks more bearable and make cool activities like stargazing even more special.  It can make me forget the real world or help me deal with whats going on in it.  It provides a soundtrack for reading the paper, folding laundry, cleaning the house, watching my son's baseball games, sitting on the deck with a frosty beverage, etc.

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Woo hoo!!  This looks great!  Downloading now.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 24, 2008, 09:13:02 PM »
Andrew Deutsch - The Sun - I absolutely love the album.  Thanks to Brian Bieniowski for the recommendation.

Nunc Stans - Land - very nice, floaty ambience.  good stuff.

Marconi Union - a lost connection - I really like their other two releases, hopefully this will be right up there.  So far so good.

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Looking forward to listening at work, then on the deck this evening.  Thanks.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Shirk - 'The Long Game' Album
« on: July 21, 2008, 12:54:31 PM »
Excellent release!  I've been listening at work today & really enjoying it.  I love ambient guitar & this satisfies my abi-guitar itch right now.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 20, 2008, 07:23:54 PM »
James Taylor - Fillmore East, New York City [1971] - old JT has always been a guilty pleasure of mine.

Jonathan Hughes - Circumflex [atmoworks 2008]

Music From The 21st Century - This is an old album from 1986 that I had on vinyl back then, but now only have the sleeve.  It's a compilation featuring Steve Roach, Tangerine Dream, Richard Burmer, Neil Norman, Michael Garrison, Alex Cima, Don Preston & Bruce Curtois.  It's never been released on cd as far as I know, but I just found an mp3 version on Amazon.  Only 5 of the original 8 songs are on the download version.  But it's still very cool, brings back a lot of memories.  The music is essentially sequencer driven electronic music.  Here's the link... 21st Century

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Everything and Nothing / Re: American Cancer Society - Relay For Life
« on: July 15, 2008, 04:21:09 PM »
Thanks for the link, Mike.  I used to donate to a local team but they didn't do it this year, so I might as well support your team.

Here's a musical sidebar to the Relay for Life discussion...
My son & I were hitting some baseballs in a field next to the track that was running Relay for Life.  They were playing music through loud speakers for the runners & walkers.  Unfortunately it was all "inspirational" music.  The most insipid, annoying, soft rock crap you can imagine.  I have even more respect for the teams that had to run under those conditions.  I would have gone around the track once & just kept going straight after the last turn.  Maybe your team can start a nationwide trend towards ambient Relay for Life soundtracks.

Good luck.

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