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Everything and Nothing / Re: What's HOT and what's NOT
« on: January 04, 2008, 07:49:02 PM »
I agree that the move towards acoustic or traditional instrumentation in ambient music is a good thing.  Let's face it, even for ambient connoisseurs, this musical niche can become stale.  I think the using acoustic instruments can help keep things fresh. 

Of course, as with any music, just because you use acoustic instruments doesn't automatically make it good.  It takes a talented artist to walk the line when using more melody & traditional instruments and keeping the music from becoming too sickly sweet.  You don't want the music to wander off into the realm of something that gets played on the "Soundscapes" channel on digital cable.

Here are just a few recordings I pulled from some recent playlists that make use of acoustic instruments.  Although, I'm sure that there are plenty of forumites who would think that many of these would fall into the sickly sweet category I was just talking about.

christian fennesz & ryuichi sakamoto - cendre
Library Tapes - Sketches
rameses iii - honey rose
rafael anton irisarri - daydreaming
alio die & zeit - raag drone theory
slow six_nor'easter
slow six - private times in public places
marsen jules - golden

Although I am not a huge drone fan, I do like it when drones make use of traditional instruments or somehow gets an organic sound.  Chalk sometimes achieves this, the alio die & zeit release does as well and much of the Emeralds recording, "Allegory Of Allergies", has a great organic feel to it.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Best of 2007
« on: January 04, 2008, 07:00:16 PM »
In no particular order...

> Stars of the Lid - And Their Refinement of the Decline (kranky)
> Alio Die & Luciano Daini - End of an Era (hic sunt leones)
> Alio Die & Zeit - Raag Drone Theory(hic sunt leones)
> Tetsu Inoue - Inland (fax)
> Taylor Deupree - Landing (room40)
> Adam Pacione - from stills to motion (infraction)
> Paul Bradley - Chroma (twenty hertz)
> Emeralds - Allegory Of Allergies (gods of tundra)
> Fennesz & Sakamoto - Cende (touch)
> Northern - Drawn (infraction)
> Tim Hecker - Norberg (room40)
> Rameses III - Honey Rose ( important)
> sonmi451 - probes & prisms (u-cover)
> Meursault - Sleeping Debris (students of decay)
> Wes Willenbring - Somewhere someone else (Aquarius Records)
> Library Tapes - Sketches (make mine music)
> Kiln - Dusker (Ghostly Int'l)
> Iron & Wine - The Sheperds Dog (sub pop)
> Trespassers William - noble house ep
> various - Box of Dub (soul jazz)
> Once - soundtrack (columbia)
> Canon Blue - Colonies (Rumraket)
> Dakota Suite - Waiting for the dawn to crawl through and take your life (glitterhouse)
> P.G. Six - Slightly Sorry (Drag City)

I guess this is a good place to post a Best of 2007 mix.  It's not everything on my best of list, just cuts that worked well together.
Download it here...Best of 2007 Mix

TRACKLIST:

   1. 00:00 - 04:30 Stars of the Lid - Even(out)
   2. 04:30 - 07:30 Paul Bradley - untitled #1
   3. 07:30 - 09:40 Adam Pacione - Warming Trend
   4. 09:40 - 15:30 Emeralds - arbole del tule
   5. 15:30 - 20:30 Alio Die & Luciano Daini - Crucibulum
   6. 20:30 - 24:24 Fennesz & Sakamoto - Aware
   7. 24:24 - 25:45 Library Tapes - Snowleaf
   8. 25:45 - 31:54 Dakota Suite - Because our lie breathes differently
   9. 31:54 - 35:20 Wes Willenbring - While my lungs fill with water
  10. 35:20 - 41:20 Sonmi 451 - Outer Shell
  11. 41:20 - 46:05 Kiln - Flycatcher
  12. 46:05 - 50:45 Rameses III - Theme 5
  13. 50:45 - 54:20 Meursault - Ivy
  14. 54:20 - 58:50 Alio Die & Zeit - Raag Drone Theory
  15. 58:50 - 06:20 Taylor Deupree - Landing
  16. 06:20 - 10:45 Tim Hecker - Norberg
  17. 10:45 - 14:30 Northern - Cinema
  18. 14:30 - 19:53 Stars of the Lid - Even if you're never awake



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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 04, 2008, 06:31:24 PM »
Mark,

I too am about to delve into other Alison Krauss music based on the latest release.  She has a track on a compilation cd, "Beautiful Dreamer - The Songs of Stephen Foster", that I love.  The track is called "Slumber My Darling" & features Krauss & Yo Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer and Mark O'Connor.  It is absolutely gorgeous!  Worth the price of the cd alone.

Other recent spins...
johann johannsson - ibm 1401, a user's manual
belbury poly - the owls map
Takeshi Nishimoto - Monologue

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 01, 2008, 08:18:18 PM »
Somnia Podcast 002 - brilliant mix from http://somniasound.blogspot.com/
Rapoon - Time Frost - picked one of the last copies from the Hypnos store.   Excellent cd that uses the Blue Danube Waltz as a source.
Martin Grech - march of the lonely - a melancholic release featuring guitar piano & mournful vocals.
Murmur - Undertone - good dubby eletronics

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Thanks so much for this excellent mix.  I am loving every track.  I haven't listened to Hassell in a long time so that cut was particularly nice to hear.  Please keep us informed whenever you post new podcasts.

Thanks,
Dave

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Time to fire up the gift card
« on: December 23, 2007, 01:03:08 PM »
O Yuki Conjugate - The Euphoria of Disobedience

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 23, 2007, 10:52:28 AM »

Canon Blue - Halcyon EP - Great little four song ep.  I really like the earlier Canon Blue release "Colonies" and this ep continues their run of excellent music.  It's part pop, part folk, some electronics(in the album rather than the ep), just a great combination.  One of the best features of this ep is it's FREE!  Here's the link to the Myspace page for downloading the ep...http://myspace.com/canonblue

This is the letter comes with the ep..."The story goes that in the old days, during the winter solstice, all the oceans in the world would lay calm and the bad weather would subside. It was then that the kingfisher bird would fly out into the open sea to build its nest and lay its eggs, believing they would hatch in time before the waves began to rise again.  This time came to be known as the halcyon days.

The Halcyon EP was recorded in my bedroom during the month of November, 2007. Winter always seems to be a more creative time for me, and the sudden cold and slower pace that was settling in over Nashville provided a welcome excuse to stay inside and work. A few friends came by as well, each with their own special sounds from cellos to horns to live drums, adding new colors to the mix.

This EP, for me, is a way to reflect on yet another year quietly slipping by,  enjoying the present stillness of a tennessee winter, and looking forward to what is coming up over those yon there hills. I hope you are to able find something in it too.  thanks for listening...

- daniel james (sunday december 9th, 2007)


Give yourself a Christams present and download it now.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 07, 2007, 07:10:22 PM »
paul bradley - chroma [twenty hertz 2007] - gorgeous drones.  In another thread, I think Alan(Undershadow) described Chroma as "wide open".  Perfect.
tetsu inoue - world receiver [1996] - I'd almost forgotten just how good this one is.
pantha du prince - this bliss [2007] - irresistible techno.
robert plant and alison krauss - raising sand [2007] - I don't listen to 'normal' music very much anymore, but this one I am really enjoying.  Some beautiful tunes on this record.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: December 07, 2007, 05:46:19 PM »
I just finished William Gibson's latest, "Spook Country".  I guess I enjoyed it, sort of.  I just never really got into it.  I just kept reading because I wanted to finish it, not because I couldn't put it down.  It wasn't bad, it just didn't pull me in.

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