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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...

Admittedly I like pretty-pretty guitar plucking etudes more than you Alan, but you are partially correct.  Yellow 6 is not the most original music out there.  Post-rock-lite is a fairly good description. 

I have "The Beautiful Season has Past"  which can be a bit hit & miss.  But it hit enough with me that I listened to it quite a bit back in 2006 when it was released.  I'm a sucker for guitar-based ambient.

Combine Infraction Records with a review that mentions Yellow 6, William Basinski & Harold Budd and I'm good to go. :) Just ordered my copy.  Thanks Jason.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 05, 2008, 09:59:08 AM »
devotchka - a mad & faithful telling - like the decemberists meets sufjan stevens meets gypsy folk music. good stuff.
rem - accelerate - still digesting this one, it's very electric.  I really like on or two songs the others are growing on me.
Tonto's Expanding Head Band - Tonto Rides Again - thanks to the quietsounds podcast for turning me on to this one.


Thanks for this latest mix!  I listened to it a couple of times a work, excellent stuff.

Somehow I missed podcast #16 so I just finished listening to that as well.  Your intro was great, helped me appreciate was I was about to hear.  Even with all the mentions on the forum I'd never gotten around to listening to any Tonto music.  Now I'll have to seek some out.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 01, 2008, 08:05:49 PM »
DeVotchKa and Mychael Danna - Little Miss Sunshine Soundtrack - great collection of tunes with odd, folk eastern european feel.
bitcrush - epilogue in waves
hans-joachim roedelius & tim story - inlandish - really enjoying this one. a few of the tunes have this nice "old" feel to them that I really like.
Roedelius - Wenn der Sudwind weht - also known as the "feet in water" album.  I pulled this one out after listening to the new one.  Track one is one of my favorite songs ever recorded.  I'm sure there is a bit of nostalgia mixed in there but I do love that track.

I've been listening to more drone music than normal, mostly due to Paul Bradley & David Tagg.  I know that there are more than a few drone lovers here on the forum so I decided to make a drone mix.

Nothing extraordinary here from a technical standpoint, just one drone slowly slipping into the next.

I'm sure most forum regulars will recognize most of the artists.  Much of the music here is fairly new. Almost all of it released this year or last, except of course for the Aloof Proof, which almost counts as new because of the reissue last year. This was fairly easy to put together but it flows nicely. Should be excellent for sleeping.

Download(right click/save as)
Suspended in Air

T R A C K L I S T :

    * 00:00 Paul Bradley - Irenic
    * 05:45 Stars of the Lid - Virgina
    * 09:00 Andrew Chalk - Suspended in Air
    * 14:00 David Tagg - Waist Deep in Seas of Milk #6
    * 20:30 Emeralds - arbol del tule
    * 28:05 Belong - Vowel
    * 35:00 Nelson Foltz & Tom Lynn - still life interlude
    * 43:00? David Tagg - The 25th Door
    * 49:30 Aloof Proof - The Last Leaf
    * 59:30 Paul Bradley - Chroma #1
    * 02:30 The Beautiful Schizophonic - cantiques la gloire du soleil

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 24, 2008, 04:30:44 PM »

Thanks for the link.  I've downloaded some Severence mixes in the past but had totally forgotten about checking back until now.  Can't wait to listen.  I've been listening to Quantec quite a bit lately so this will fit right in.


NP - hans-joachim roedelius & tim story - inlandish

Everything and Nothing / Arthur C. Clarke 1917 - 2008
« on: March 18, 2008, 07:10:18 PM »
What sad news.

I remember reading RENDEZVOUS WITH RAMA in high school and absolutely loving it.  I don't know how it would hold up today, but I loved it then.  It started me off on thirty years of reading Arthur C. Clark books.  I still remember staying up until 5am in order to finish 2010.

I believe read about 15 or so of his books, some better than others(3001 was a stinker).  He was an visionary and will be missed.

I'm sure we would not have had men on the Moon if it had not been for Wells and Verne and the people who write about this and made people think about it. I'm rather proud of the fact that I know several astronauts who became astronauts through reading my books.
       Arthur C. Clarke, Address to US Congress, 1975

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 18, 2008, 06:24:57 AM »
David Tagg - Waist Deep Seas Of Milk - lovely drones, thanks to Alan for the recommendation.
Kaki King - Dreaming Of Revenge - more pop leaning than her other recordings but a wonderful record. About half vocal, half instrumental.
Rain Cloud - Rain Cloud - very nice ambient-acoustic offering.
Martin Grech - March of the Lonely - still digging this melancholy collection of vocal tunes, it'll probably end up on my best of list at the end of the year.  Actually the Kaki King & David Tagg releases may also make the year end list.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: The Necks
« on: March 06, 2008, 07:28:27 AM »

I love the Necks.  I think Chemist was my first introduction and I worked back from there.  All of the catalog is worthwhile, each in it's own way.

Your description of the music as "hypnotic" is perfect.  The repetitive nature of the music can really put you in a zone.  I've heard some extended clips from "Townsville", a live album released late last year & while it's good it didn't do enough for me to buy it.

I haven't listened in a while so I 'll have to pull some out & give it another spin.  I think I'll start with Chemist then try Drive By, Aether, Hanging Gardens, and more.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Free Music
« on: March 06, 2008, 07:14:04 AM »

Thanks for this piece of music.  It's like an excellent mix of different tunes as it seamlessly blends from one idea to another.  I'll be playing this all day at work today.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 29, 2008, 06:51:46 PM »
Entia Non - Remora ep [dataobscura 2008]
off the sky - evolute of an ion apple (iod002 2008)
Irezumi - endurance [snowblood 2007]
Dave Zeal & Daniel Maze - small airports [test tube 2007]

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 22, 2008, 06:31:02 PM »
Nik Bärtsch'S Ronin - Holon - all the praise elsewhere on the forum is correct, great cd.
Emmy Lou Harris - Wrecking Ball Demos - I love this album & the demos & outtakes are excellent as well.
Tangerine Dream - Hyperborea - pulled out an old casstte I had of this album, I used to listen to this constantly at work for a year or so in 1995.  Not sure how it ranks in the overall TD catalog, but I like it.
Juno OST - it's hard to believe this is the number one album in the US(or at least it was a couple of weeks ago.)  Very fun, quirky folk collection.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Favorite toys from when we were kids
« on: February 16, 2008, 07:48:15 PM »
Major Matt Mason!!!!  Woo Hoo!!

Being a science & space geek, I had a ton of Mattel's Major Matt Mason stuff.  I had this glider & I think it sort of worked.  I actually still have Major Matt himself.   Found him in my parents basement a few years ago & he's been living in my bedroom ever since.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: ECM: Nick Bartsch's Ronin: Holon
« on: February 14, 2008, 08:59:30 PM »
Thanks for the heads up, I just downloaded the mp3 album.

That lead me to "The Spaces In Between" by John Surman, which sounds very good.  May have to get that as well.


I agree, your mix is definitely not 'dark' per se, just that it's darker, maybe noisier, more dissonant, than mine.

If it was "full-on long-dark-staring-into-the-black-abyss mode" I would have listened for about 10 seconds.

Think I'll go cue up the 'evil twin' right now.


Excellent job on the mixes.  Thanks for posting them.  These will definitely get airplay around here, may use them as sleep music as well.

I did a similar mix last year called "Breathing", same sort of rise & fall feel to it.  Although your mix is a bit darker & more droney.  That is a good thing because you've got tunes in there that I wouldn't have thought of, have forgotten about, never heard of, etc.  So it makes for an interesting listen.

Thanks again.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient with lots of rain sounds?
« on: February 08, 2008, 08:15:35 PM »
Here's a link to a mix I did in August.  It features ambient-ish music & rain sounds that I added to the mix.  Worked pretty well if I do say so.

You can find it here...There Will Come Soft Rains

I'd like to add another thumbs up to the Paul Vnuk recording.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Belong
« on: February 04, 2008, 08:48:53 PM »

Thanks for the heads-up!  Absolutely gorgeous stuff.

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