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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 23, 2014, 09:25:22 AM »
The Circular Ruins - Full Circle  -  Thanks to Chris for this recommendation.  Just downloaded it from Bandcamp today.  Very nice & I agree the opening track is awesome.
Locust - After the Rain  -  This has a 70s electronic vibe to it.  At times sounding like Cluster, Eno or A Bowie instrumental.  Spacey, moody and getting better with each listen.
VA - Kollektion 1 (SKY Records)  -  Speaking of 70s electronic music, this is a great collection of music from Sky records.  Featuring music from Roedelius, Cluster, Michael Rother, Moebius, Asmus Tietchens, etc.  Excellent!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 18, 2014, 05:17:53 PM »
Totally agree on the Lanois album.  Some interesting cuts but generally I'm not enthused with it.  My favorite Lanois release is the triple CD "Omni Series," very nice instrumentals in that collection.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Pink Floyd in Fall
« on: November 16, 2014, 11:00:03 AM »
I've been listening to the new album for a few days now.  I definitely like parts of it, but my overall impression is that it's boring.  It's not a bad album, just kind of boring.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 16, 2014, 10:55:42 AM »
Loscil - Sea Island  -  Another absolutely perfect album from Loscil.  I don't actually have it yet as it will be released on the 17th.  But it's streaming here...   I've been listening to it all weekend and love it so far.

Dirty Beaches - Stateless  -  A departure from his previous albums, these 4 songs are all instrumental featuring viola, tenor sax and synths.  A couple nice drones here, a slow moving chamber music piece and a track called "Displaced" which is worth the price of the album. It's a repetitive & droney, with the sax pulsating over the top.  It has a Steve Reich feel to it.

Thomas Koner - La Barca Complete Edition - Thanks to Chris for the recommendation on this one.  Excellent combo of synths, atmospherics & field recordings, many of which sound like they were recorded in train stations or airports.

Heathered Pearls - Loyal  -  very nice recording that perfectly balances ambience & noise.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Interstellar
« on: November 10, 2014, 07:48:30 PM »
I saw Interstellar over the weekend & enjoyed it very much.  Not my favorite movie of the year, that would be Boyhood, but it sure was an excellent ride.

It's a bit long, probably could have cut 20-30 minutes from it.  I love the big, grand scale of the film.  The score, while maybe not as bombastic as usual for Zimmer, is still very intense at times.  The volume in the theater I was in was just on the edge of too loud.  Overall I liked the score.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 09, 2014, 08:29:17 AM »
Underworld - Dubnobasswithmyheadman  -  I'd forgotten how much I love this album.
Disasterpeace - FEZ  -  Excellent 8-bit video game soundtrack on Bandcamp here...
Cyber Zen Sound Engine - Auslander  -  nice combo of electronic & ethnic/tribal.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: November 09, 2014, 08:03:11 AM »

Just finished Exo, the fourth book in the Jumper series.  I have enjoyed every book in this universe and this one is no different.  The lead character, Cent, is a teenage girl.  She and her parents, can teleport.  Which in past novels has lead to all sorts of action & intrigue.  In this one it leads to space.  Cent figures out how to teleport herself to orbit and begins her own little space program.  There is an awful lot of technical detail is this story about her spacesuit, orbital mechanics, etc.  At times the technical stuff can get to be a bit much, I just skipped through some if it got boring.

Over I had a good time with this book.  Definitely one of my favorite series.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Amazon Fire TV Stick
« on: October 30, 2014, 07:29:16 AM »
I pre-ordered one as well.  I don't really need it as I have a roku on one tv and a PS3 on the other, but I couldn't resist at that price.  My college age son will be moving out soon(I hope) so he'll probably take the PS3 and then I get some use out of the fire stick.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: October 17, 2014, 06:26:22 PM »
Love the new track!

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: October 17, 2014, 06:01:26 AM »
Just finished Lock In by John Scalzi.  It was a fast paced, enjoyable read.  I don't think I've ever read a book with so much dialog in it.  Because of that style it's easy to just breeze through the book very quickly.  Like Chris said earlier, it's well done & exciting.  Apparently Scalzi has three different TV series in the works, all based on his books, including Lock In.  The other two series are based on Old Man's War and Redshirts.  I hope at least one of the three will be good.

Next up is Exo by Steven Gould, the next book in the Jumper series.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 11, 2014, 06:06:00 AM »
A Winged Victory For The Sullen - Atomos  -  f-ing awesome!
36 - Dream Tempest
Bill Frisell - Guitar in the Space Age

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 08, 2014, 06:54:07 PM »
Chris,  I've been enjoying the Sea Oleena album as well.  Here are some other non-ambient spins...

Field Report - Marigolden  -  excellent release from a local Wisconsin band with ties to Bon Iver(Justin Vernon).  This is an understated album of spacious folk recordings, with just a few synth touches & intricate percussion.

Steve Reich - Radio Rewrite  -  a five-movement piece built on themes from Radiohead songs.  I just got this tonight so haven't listened much yet but sounds good so far.

alt-J - This Is All Yours  -  Very similar sounding to their debut, which can be a good and bad thing.  I really like the "An Awesome Wave" album but I wish they'd taken a few more chances on this new record.  They do win the award for best use of a Miley Cyrus sample on the song "Hunger of the Pine."

Nick Cave - Murder Ballads  -  I've always meant to get into Nick Cave but never really got around to it.  A friend suggested starting with Murder Ballads.  Good idea.

Pieta Brown - Paradise Outlaw  -  Another tie in with Justin Vernon.  This record of folks tunes was recorded at Vernon's studio in Wisconsin.  Sometimes ethereal, sometimes sexy, with banjo and lots of reverb.

The Rural Alberta Advantage - Mended With Gold  -  More excellent acoustic indie-pop-folk from this Canadian trio.  They often get loud and raucous, which is a good thing.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 04, 2014, 01:18:58 PM »

I think it's worth picking up but the I've been a little obsessed with Crimson lately.  The tracks with the new band are disappointing because they are very short.   The 4 tracks are :23, :54, :44 & 1:11.

I like CD #1 better, as it's mostly older stuff.  My favorite from that is the instrumental mix of Fallen Angel from Red.  There are several "extracts" that are just short tidbits, :14, 1:14, 1:18, 2:35, 2:39.  They are interesting just a bit short. 

All in all I'm glad I got it, partly as a memento of the Madison show.  For other folks, you've got to be a pretty big Crimson fan to make it worthwhile.

BTW, their show in Madison was f-ing phenomenal!  They played half of Red, which is my favorite Crimson album.  Plus the three drummers were incredible.  I literally almost cried when they played Schizoid Man.  The song has been part of my musical life for 40 years & to see it played live was kind of overwhelming.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 03, 2014, 06:48:19 PM »
dirk serries - the origin reversal
Arve Henriksen - The Nature of Connections
Tangerine Dream - Phaedra Farewell Tour Concerts
King Crimson - Elements Tour Box

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: October 02, 2014, 06:16:46 AM »
Great to see your review of Lock In.  I'm about to start it myself.  I'm reading Unlocked right now, Scalzi's novella which is an oral history of Haden's Syndrome, the disease that causes lock in.  It gives a nice background and setup for Lock in.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Interactive ambient
« on: September 23, 2014, 09:22:21 AM »
Here's a link to an online interactive installation.  The music comes from Marconi Union and the site allows you to create your own unique version of their song "Weightless" with a few clicks.

This is similar to other endless ambient generators I've tried but I like this one because I love Marconi Union's music.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 16, 2014, 06:38:56 PM »
Some recent Bandcamp purchases...

Dylan Howe - SUBTERRANEAN - New Designs On Bowie's Berlin  -  Jazz versions of Bowie's Berlin instrumentals.  Nice.

tonepoet - Headspace - excellent guitar-based ambient.

eternell - Kalimba Ambience  -  pretty ambient tunes all based on kalimba recordings.  Thanks for the heads up, Castleview.

Deep Sea Diver - Always Wating EP  -  not ambient but very good indie music.  I loved their first album and was hoping for a new release but this ep will have to do.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 15, 2014, 07:06:24 PM »

I hopped on the tix right away.  At first I saw that they had a first row VIP package and I thought this might be one show that I'd pay a little extra for.  Well those VIP tix were around $275 a piece.  Needless to say I stuck with the normal price tickets.  For $275, Robert Fripp should come & play in my living room.

Here's the set list from a show last week:

Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part One (1973)
Pictures of a City (1970)
A Scarcity of Miracles (2011)
(Jakszyk, Fripp and Collins cover)
The ConstruKction of Light pt. 1 (2000)
One More Red Nightmare (1974)
Hell-Hounds of Krim
("solo" for three drummers)
Red (1974)
The Letters (1971)
Level Five or VROOOM or Coda:Marine 475 (2003)
Hell Bells
(Percussion piece)
Sailor's Tale (1971)
The Light of Day (2011)
(Jakszyk, Fripp and Collins cover)
The Talking Drum (1973)
Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part Two (1973)
Starless (1974)
HooDoo (new improv)
21st Century Schizoid Man (1969)

I'm a little excited.  ::)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 15, 2014, 06:33:22 AM »
Getting ready for King Crimson coming to Madison, WI next week.

King Crimson - Larks' Tongues In Aspic (Alternate Takes & Mixes)
King Crimson - Red
King Crimson - Islands
Fripp, Jakszyk & Collins - A Scarity of Miracles

Oh my this is funny...

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