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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 20, 2008, 06:46:10 PM »
Some new...
Stars of the Lid - Carte De Visite [kranky] - very nice, if you liked 'Refinement' you'll like this.
The Green Kingdom - Laminae [the land of 2008] - sort of ambient, sort of glitchy, toss in some field recordings & you've got a very nice release. Definitely on the lighter side of ambient.  You can find it here... Green Kingdom

Some old...well not really old just not new...
Saul Stokes - Vast [foundry 2006] - wow, I hadn't listened to this one in a long time.  Not my favorite Stokes release, but better than I remembered it.  I like it a lot.
Chris Short - Duende [atmoworks 2002] - excellent guitar ambient.  a double cd full of great music.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 14, 2008, 10:44:10 PM »
Recommendations to make your summertime listening more fun...

cut copy - in ghost colours - at times very 8p's synth pop sounding but in a totally good way, very nice pop music that I'll be listening to all summer.
the ting tings - we started nothing - bouncy, shiny pop that has no substance or staying power but is fun for awhile.
Coconut Records - Nighttiming - a collection of different styles that works pretty well.  I absolutely love the song "West Coast", very sunny & poppy, perfect for summertime listening.
duffy - rockferry - Duffy is a white soul singer with '60s styling, like fellow brit, Amy Winehouse, but better, less annoying.  Good production & instrumentation makes this a fun throw-back listen.
vampire weekend - vampire weekend - sort of ska, indie, afropop, tralking heads meets graceland.  tons of memorable hooks & melodies.  my daughter & I will be singing these tunes in the car a lot this summer.
Atlas Sound - Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel - I bought the Amazon mp3 version of this on a recommendation from Brian Bieniowski.  He describes it as "bedroom, ambient pop".  Good description, good record.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sigur Rós
« on: June 11, 2008, 07:46:18 PM »
Thanks!  I just pre-ordered.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 11, 2008, 06:47:35 PM »
Good to see that Emeralds will release an LP version of Allegory of Allergies, a great drone record.  I wish they'd release more cd's or cdr's.

other recent spins...
Holger Czukay - On the Way to the Peak of Normal [1982]
Happy The Man - Happy The Man [1977]
Terry Riley - Persian Surgery Dervishes [1971]
Clara Mondshine - Luna Africana [1981]

I guess I was in the mood for some old music.  Happy the Man & Clara Mondshine both remind of college, at least what I can remember of college.

Everything and Nothing / Re: frog sounds
« on: June 10, 2008, 05:03:12 PM »

Thanks for 'bullfrog pond'.  Great quality recording!  The sense of space is brilliant! 

It has definitely inspired me to go out again this weekend & do some recording.  Now I need a better mic.


Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Low Light Mixes
« on: June 06, 2008, 09:52:53 PM »
Rather than post a new topic every time I do a new mix, I figured I'll make one Low Light Mixes thread for all the new mixes.

So here is the new mix, A Ghost in the Phase.  It's the sequel to A Drift on the Signal.  Which basically means I had no new ideas so I just ripped off a previous theme.

This mix, like the first one, combines recordings of shortwave radio & ambient music with shortwave elements.  Somehow in the first mix I never included anything from Tetsu Inoue's World Receiver, but I've rectified that this time.  Don't forget you can get World Receiver from Infraction Records.  New music from Rameses III, Rod Modell and Sylvain Chauveau is in there along with Stephen Mathieu's Radioland because it's constructed from shortwave broadcasts.


a ghost in the phase

T R A C K L I S T :

    * 00:00 - Pulse Wave FX & JBO Tokyo Radio
    * 00:16 - Entia Non - Cultural Plagiarism
    * 01:28 - Fennesz - A Year in a Minute
    * 04:33 - Myke Weiskopf - Shortwave Condensation
    * 05:55 - Djivan Gasparyan - dle yaman
    * 06:56 - Cairo Radio
    * 07:45 - Punkt - Speechless
    * 08:24 - Cairo Radio
    * 09:13 - Rod Modell - Aloeswood
    * 12:38 - Tetsu Inoue - Elevator Drops
    * 19:05 - Stephen Mathieu - Aufder Gasse
    * 22:45 - Fennesz & Sakamoto - Aware
    * 26:37 - Radio RASD
    * 26:54 - My Fun - Signal Drift
    * 29:06 - Felicia Atkinson with Sylvain Chauveau - Aberdeen
    * 34:11 - Chris Bissonnette - Traveling Light
    * 40:00 - WEWN
    * 40:46 - Post-Soviet Melancholia Pt. V: "Мой Рок и Ролл" via Russian International Radio
    * 42:40 - krill.minima - Projektor
    * 45:34 - Myke Weiskopf - The Grotesque
    * 46:23 - Unproduct - Radio Canvas 3
    * 46:52 - numbers
    * 47:40 - pulse transmission
    * 50:30 - Rameses III - Origins IV May 25, 2007
    * 53:20 - Stephen Mathieu - Radioland
    * 02:30 - Pulse Wave FX

Everything and Nothing / frog sounds
« on: June 06, 2008, 06:25:28 AM »
It has rained quite a bit here the last few days, which seems to have really brought out the frogs.  I like the sounds of the frogs at night(at least I think they are frogs) so last night I went to the pond across the street & did some recording. 

Here's the mp3 for any interested listeners...


I used a portable, stereo mp3 recorder.  Not the best recording in the world but it's in stereo & the frogs were in great form.


Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: June 02, 2008, 08:45:59 PM »
Blind Lake sort of follows that same format as well.  In this case it's a wildly fantastic technology that has already been developed when the book starts.  There is a young kid who is a central character.  Similar format, but I definitely enjoyed the book.  Axis will be here on Thursday. :)

Just started Line of Polity by Neal Asher, a sequel to the excellent sci fi novel, Gridlinked.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 31, 2008, 08:50:27 PM »
The Winston Jazz Routine - Sospiri
Skyphone - Avellaneda
Rameses III - Basilica
hans-joachim roedelius & tim story - inlandish

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: May 31, 2008, 08:21:56 PM »

I loved Spin.  Like you said, great from start to finish.  I have Axis, the sequel, on order.

I also just finished another book by Robert Charles Wilson, Blind Lake.  Another excellent book.  Maybe not quite as good as Spin but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 14, 2008, 07:33:51 PM »
I just listened to Pop last weekend, love that cd.

Sawako - Bitter Sweet [12k]
Brael And Tokyo Bloodworm - Living Languages
hosomi - open silence
death cab for cutie - narrow stairs

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: May 14, 2008, 07:21:38 PM »
I just started Spin as well based on the recommendations of Brian & Mike.  I am really looking forward to it.

I also just finished a book called "The Traveler" by John Twelve Hawks.  I bought with no thought or research.  I was leaving Border's, stuck my head in the sci fi section saw it & bought it.  It was just okay.

As I was approaching the end of the book I started to realize that there was no way it was going to resolve everything in time.  Sure enough I get to the end & its says "The End of Book One of the Fourth Realm".  Crap!  What a freakin' waste.  The book wasn't good enough to make me want to read the next ones.  And it sure doesn't work as a stand alone novel.  If I had known it was the first in a series I may not have bought it.  Nowhere on the book does it indicate that it's part of a series.  I wouldn't have minded so much if the story just had some sort of resolution.  I guess that's what I get for an impulse buy.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 10, 2008, 06:20:28 PM »
David Tagg & Brian Grainger - Sawdust Aromatics [rope swing cities 2008]
Entia Non - Lilt [test tube 2008]
Genesis - Live in Leicester 1973
nrvnet - light cycles - a new mix from The Hydrogen Cafe

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 03, 2008, 01:41:17 PM »
Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid
Tape - Luminarium
Felicia Atkinson with Sylvain Chauveau - Roman anglais - beautiful release featuring spoken words by Atkinson & music by Chauveau.  Atkinson speaks in French & English, and at times sounds a bit like Laurie Anderson in pacing & feel.
Van Morrison - Astral Weeks - I've had this one for years but hadn't listened to it recently.  I gave it a spin because I just finished editing a piece on Richard Davis.  He's a 78 year old bass player who played on that album & has played with Sarah Vaughn, Springsteen and others.  He's a music professor at UW-Madison and is one cool guy.  Here's a link to the story if anyone is interested...;jsessionid=0AA0AFDFEDBA91EFB21E12F78F6E7321?contentId=6444377&version=1&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=VSTY&pageId=1.1.1&sflg=1

Just got my copy of Koda and fell asleep to it last night.  It definitely is a worthy addition to the ambient guitar discussion.  Anyone that likes ambient guitar would enjoy this cd.  Another wonderful Infraction release.  Thanks for the heads up, Jason.

There's not much that I can add to that excellent review, other than this is a great freakin' album!  I have a feeling it'll end up on my best of the year list.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Astronomy Music
« on: April 25, 2008, 10:26:26 PM »
Here's a big recommendation for my friend, Rick's, "Music for Stargazing" mix.  It features Eno, James Johnson, Steve Roach, Ashera, Michael Sterns, Jeff Pearce & more. 

It's a great mix and you can get it here...

I almost forgot there is another stargazing mix posted at Hydrogen Cafe, it's called "The Stars My Destination".  Another fantastic mix.

Find it here...

Good stuff.

Everything and Nothing / I want one of these...
« on: April 22, 2008, 08:00:28 PM »

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 19, 2008, 05:04:47 PM »
  REM - Accelerate - I'm totally digging this.  Great for playing loud while driving with the windows open!

  Sibylle Baier - colour green - an album of songs from home reel-to-reel tape recordings Baier made in Germany between 1970 and 1973, collected together by her son as a gift to family members over three decades later.  It's an intimate, stark recording of folk music.  Sometimes the recording quality is a bit off but in general a very enjoyable listen.

  Bon Iver - for emma, forever ago - another home recording of "spare intimacy".  This supposedly was recorded during time spent secluded in the woods in Wisconsin.  It's not going to make my top ten list but it's a good record.

  Steve Roach & Robert Rich - Strata - I had to list at least one ambient album here.  Still excellent after all these years.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Ambient Guitar
« on: April 14, 2008, 08:18:52 PM »
I love electric guitar as a ambient instrument.  I totally agree with SunDummy's thought "I love how 'organic' guitar samples can be".

One of my favorite ambient guitar albums is "one River" by Scott Solter.  A beautiful, slowly evolving recording that rises & falls with guitar washes.  I wish Solter would do a follow up.  I know that there are some "One River" fans here at the forum and there should be more.

samples & purchase...

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