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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 03, 2013, 08:03:08 AM »
Julio,  I love Deep Listening!  I'm happy for you that you discovered it.

Now playing...

Nobuto Suda - Transitoriness - awesome drones and ambience
Darkside - Psychic - Nicolas Jaar & Dave Harrington collaboration thats kinda spacey, kinda poppy, kinda experimental.
Arve Henriksen - Places Of Worship - new one from Arve Henriksen is awesomely awesome, but then I love all of his stuff.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 25, 2013, 08:18:02 PM »
Pop spins...

San Fermin - San Fermin - excellent chamber-pop.
The Reigning Monarchs - Black Sweater Massacre - surf + ska + punk = awesome.
The Clash - Sound System - I'd forgotten how much I love this band.
The Avett Bros. - Magpie And The Dandelion - I'm not overwhelmed with this one yet.  I think I just OD'd on The Avett Bros the last few years.


Optical Framework - Aether Blueprints - nice ambient, dub that ebbs & flows beautifully.
Deepchord - Electrostatic Soundfields - more good ambient dub.
Vytis - Deepchord Avenue - even more ambient dub.
Hibernate - We Like Ambient, Curated by Isnaj Dui - One of 4 different samplers, I recently bought at Bandcamp of Hibernate records ambient music available for name your price.  Each curated by a different Hibernate artist.,

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 16, 2013, 06:59:02 PM »
A few more Bandcamp purchases...

Old Joy - It Slowly Disappears - sometimes glitchy, sometimes post-rock, sometimes ambient.  Good stuff.
Sonmi451 - Hummingbird - very similar to other Sonmi451 releases, good but nothing groundbreaking.
Colorlist - Sky Song - this one is jazz, but just a bit off, a little something mixed in that gives it a slightly different tinge than straight jazz.
Myke Dodge Weiskopf - ShortWaveMusic - The Muezzins of Mali

Does anybody else have the new Arovane album?  I've had it for about a week and I hate it.  I am a big Arovane fan but this release has totally left me cold.  Maybe about ten years ago I would have been fascinated with the syncopated beats & glitches but I've grown tired of that sound.  There are some good tracks here but mostly they just annoy me.  Definitely my most disappointing release of the year.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 30, 2013, 07:48:43 PM »

Thanks for the heads up on Optical Frameworks.  I just picked up his latest, "Little Piece Of Perseverance" on Bandcamp.  Just the right combo of dubby & spacey.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 25, 2013, 07:29:52 PM »
Blamstrain - Disfold  -  bought this and a few other Blamstrain releases based on chris23 recommendation.  Thanks!
Moby - Innocents  -  I've listened to this at NPR Music but don't have it yet.  I haven't listened to Moby in years but his new single, "The Perfect Life" really clicked with me so I tried the new album & it sounds pretty good.
Simon Bainton - Visiting Tides  -  another Bandcamp discovery, good ambient with a sea/water/ocean/tides feel.
Esmerine - Dalmak  -  the music combines "DIY rock, new folk and modern classical/contemporary sensibilities," with a Turkish/middle eastern feel.  Excellent!

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: September 19, 2013, 05:31:21 PM »
Literally just finished "Lexicon" this morning.  I really enjoyed it.  I agree on the structure, definitely kept me on my toes.

Having read two Max Barry novel's, and liking both, I will definitely check out some of his other work.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: September 04, 2013, 06:15:47 AM »

Just Finished "Jennifer Government" by Max Barry.  A fast-moving, creative book that was definitely a quick, fun read.  American corporations rule the world and People take names of the corps they work for such as John Nike, Halley McDonald's, Billy NRA.  Jennifer Government works for the government and wants to go after Nike for some crimes but can't do it without outside funding.

I just started another Max Barry book - "Lexicon."  So far so good.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 04, 2013, 06:03:39 AM »
Volcano Choir - Repave - The new project from Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, very nice.
Marco Madia - Music For Plants - pretty straight forward ambient.
Washed Out - Paracosm - nice indie dream pop.
Paris DJs Soundsystem - rise of the troubadour warriors - tropical grooves & afrofunk international vol.3 -  excellent afro-funk/jazz

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: August 13, 2013, 08:02:41 PM »
I'm in the middle of two good books at once.

One is the audio version of Neil Gaiman's "the Ocean at the End of the Lane."  This is the first Gaiman novel I've read/listened to and I like it a lot.  A thoughtful fairytale about a seven year old boy who discovers some supernatural secrets about his neighbors down the lane.  One review put it perfectly describing the book as "poignant and heartbreaking, eloquent and frightening."  As I said I'm l;istenign to the audio version which is read by Gaiman himself which is excellent because I love his voice.

The other book is "The Darwin Elevator" by Jason M. Hough.  Set about 200 hundred years in the future it has lots of action, mysterious aliens, a virus that turns humans into subhumans(zombie-like) and of course a space elevator.  This is the first of a three part series & so far so good.  I found the book via John Scalzi's blog.  Here's a link to the post...


Thanks for the props given to Low Light Mixes! 

When you mentioned Bandcamp I went back & looked at my list and 7 of the 12 favs were Bandcamp purchases.

I agree, it's been a slow year so far.  These aren't necessarily the best of 2013, just a few of my favorites...

Marsen Jules Trio - Présence Acousmatique
infinite_coil - transmit
Field Rotation - Fatalist: The Repetition of History
Cyber Zen Sound Engine - Cooperation
Maps and Diagrams - timbre
Wouter Veldhuis - blue forest
The Green Kingdom - Dustloops - Memory Fragments
Unrecognizable Now - Two Rooms
Brian Green - Subtle Ripples
Linear Bells - I can Dream
Marconi Union & Jah Wobble - Anomic
Justin Walter - lullabies and nightmares

As I said these are some favs but not all will end up on a year-end best-of list.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Bandcamp
« on: July 13, 2013, 02:00:55 PM »
Another big thumbs up from me.  I agree with all the reason given so far.  I am more inclined to buy something the moment I see it's on Bandcamp.

I think my last two posts in the Now Playing thread have been all Bandcamp purchases.

I agree with Chris, I really like the collections as a way to discover new stuff.

Here's my collection...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient cover tunes
« on: July 07, 2013, 03:34:22 PM »
Thanks for the suggestions. 

Chris23 - you're right this is a bit of a stumper.  As I was searching I came across a bunch of Eno covers.  Thanks to Scott for pointing me in the direction of the Icebreaker release, very nice.

So anyway I ended up doing an Eno covers mix and will hopefully do a mix of other ambient covers as I collect more material.

Here's a couple links to the Eno covers mix...

Low Light Mixes blog



Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: June 29, 2013, 07:36:48 PM »

Just finished Wool--the omnibus edition. Fantastic stuff. Part of the fun is the journey you take with the protagonists in trying to learn exactly what their world is all about, why certain things are taboo (e.g., speaking of the outside), and why certain things they've taken for granted might carry a different meaning if the world doesn't work the way they've been taught (e.g., the price of cables/texts vs. the use of porters). The final segment seemed a bit unfocused and ad hoc to me. But, overall, great storytelling.

Glad you enjoyed Wool!  I have the next three books in the silo series, 1st, 2nd & 3rd shift, but I haven't gotten around to reading them yet.  And now I see there is a new silo book, called Dust, due in August.  Also, I just noticed a bunch of Kindle singles by different authors written in the silo universe.  I have a lot of catching up to do.

Just finished the third in the Expanse series, Abaddon's Gate by James S.A. Corey.  An excellent trilogy that takes place(mostly) in the outer solar system.  Lots of great characters & action.  Good old fashioned space opera sci fi.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 29, 2013, 07:16:44 AM »
Thanks for the heads up on the Bubble release, just downloaded it.  :)

Other recent Bandcamp purchases...

Bjorn Rohde - Forgotten Hearts
100 Minutes - Loscil
Nikosf - Silence Speaks When The Words End
too many fireworks records - Variations of Chopin

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Ambient cover tunes
« on: June 18, 2013, 10:32:24 AM »
I'm thinking of doing a mix of ambient covers, but I'm not sure how much is out there.

Right off the top of my head there is Bang On A Can's version of Music for Airports and Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto did a couple of versions of By This River which were very good.

I guess suggestions could include ambient covers of other ambient tunes and ambient cover versions of tunes that weren't originally ambient(wow that sounded confusing).

Any ideas? 

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 11, 2013, 06:10:01 AM »
Two of my favorite releases of the year both come from singer/song writer/indie artist John Vanderslice.  The first is his new studio album, Dagger Beach.  The songs are all have meticulous musical arrangements and at times remind me of Sufjan Stevens.  He apparently recorded to two inch tape without the aid of computers.  I love the unique feel & sound of this entire album.

You can stream it here... Dagger Beach

His second release is a cover of Bowie's entire Diamond Dogs album.  It's stripped down & psychedelic and awesome.  I love the original version & this is a fun compliment.  Here's a link to his cover of Big Brother... BIG BROTHER.

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