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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...

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.

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