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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.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 01, 2013, 01:07:12 PM »
David Byrne & St. Vincent - Brass Tactics EP - a nice free live ep from their current tour, well some live some remixes..  Get for free here
harmony & decay - illumination
the green kingdom - dustloops memory fragments
Phosphorescent - muchacho

My latest mix is up & running.  It's another in the Sunday Morning Music series.  This one is subtitled "1970s Recollections."  It's basically mellow, "Sunday morning" music from the 1970s.

Stream it here:

Download it here:
Low Light Mixes

Kraftwerk - Heimatklange 1973
King Crimson - Peace a Theme 1970
Nick Drake - Riverman 1969
Cat Stevens - The Wind 1971
Ralph Towner - Icarus 1974
Nue! - Leb Wohl 1975
Cluster - in ewigkeit 1976
Miles Davis - Recollections 1970
Kraftwerk - ananas symphonie 1973
Brian Eno - Julie With 1977
Eberhard Weber - Moana I 1976
Genesis - Horizons1972
Loudon Wainwright III - Lullaby 1973
Steve Tibbetts - The Secret 1977
Heldon 2 - In the Wake of King Fripp 1975
Brian Eno - Taking Tiger Mountain 1974

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 23, 2013, 06:31:55 PM »
Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City - So far so good, different enough from previous releases but with the same Vampire Weekend sound.
infinite_coil - transmit - lovely guitar-based ambient, available at Bandcamp.
Taylow Duepree - Faint - nearly perfect ambient album.
Steve Tibbetts - Steve Tibbetts  - his first album from all the way back in 1977, great stuff.

Everything and Nothing / Coolest thing ever!
« on: May 12, 2013, 04:38:14 PM »
Guitar & vocals recorded on the international space station by astronaut Chris Hadfield, who comes home tomorrow. Awesome!

Space Oddity

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 05, 2013, 06:48:14 PM »
infinite coil - transmit - some excellent guitar based ambient found on Bandcamp -
Cluster - Sowiesoso - Love this!  Last time I posted that I somehow had never heard Kraftwerk - Ralf & Florian.  The same goes for this Cluster album, not sure how I missed it but I'm glad I found it!
Olafur Arnalds - For now I am winter - beautiful orchestral semi classical pieces that can get too pretty for their own good, though overall still a very nice release.
Tessellate Recordings - Earthtones - an excellent compilation featuring 26 tracks & 2 hours of music.  Each artist provided a photo of home or local surroundings that pops up whenever the digital track is played.  Cool.

Also listening to Justin Beiber!  Yes, Justin Freakin' Beiber!  Although it's the 800% slowed down version of Mr. Beiber.  It's pretty good actually.


Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: May 04, 2013, 06:50:53 PM »

Just finished "The Martian" a fun read about an astronaut that get left behind on Mars & has to try and survive on his own until a possible rescue.  The book gets very technical about things like trying to grow crops, making water, scrubbing CO2, power consumption, etc.  All the tech talk makes it feel very real, very suspenseful.  The timeframe is the near future so all the engineering & tech is current.

The main character is and engineer & a botanist and those skills come in handy as he tears apart equipment, creates new tools, seals & re-seals habitats, rovers & tents.  You really root for him throughout the ordeal.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 28, 2013, 11:32:01 AM »
Kraftwerk - Ralf & Florian - I can't believe I had never listened to this until recently, I love it.
Francis Monkman - Tempus Fugit - an old library music release on Bruton.  Cheesy but still somehow cool.
Eberhard Weber - The Following Morning - The first ECM album I ever bought, picked it up in college back in 1980 or so.  Still wonderful.
Linear Bells - I Can Dream - A Bandcamp purchase.  Nice drifting, droning ambient.

Yikes!  I haven't posted about any new mixes in this thread for a long time.  I've uploaded a bunch of mixes since the last post in this thread & they are all available at Low Light Mixes.

This is the latest mix, "Sci Fi Adventures Vol. 1 - All These Worlds."  The whole mix is about a science fiction feel, whether it's music used in sci-fi or just tunes that sound like they should be in a sci-fi film.

Download it here...
All These Worlds

Or stream it here...

t r a c k l i s t :
Vangelis - Blush Response
Synergy - A Presuming to be Modern
Richard Pinhas - L' Ethique
Lights Out Asia - All These Worlds are Yours
Black Dog - Lounge
Frank Comstock - The Dark Side of the Moon
Michael Garrison - Escape
Synergy - Disruption in World Communications
Bowie - Abdulmajid
Elf Machine - Evolutions Arrow
Underworld & John Murphy - Capa Meets the Sun
Vector Lovers - Girl Robot
Maps & Diagrams - Skynet
Bruce Courtois - Inside the Black Hole
Vangelis - Longing
Solar Fields - Blue Moon Station
Cliff Martinez - First Sleep
Rena Jones - Problem of Time
Schengen - Me n' U
Lopside - To the Point of Obscurity
Vangelis - Fading Away

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 16, 2013, 08:42:39 PM »

I picked up the Wouter Veldhuis release on Bandcamp.  Really nice recording, nothing groundbreaking, just good ambient. 

I also have Wouter Veldhuis - Satumaa, a 2008 release, which also very nice.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 13, 2013, 02:53:38 PM »

m83 - hurry up, we're dreaming
Cyber Zen Sound Engine - Cooperation
wouter veldhuis - blue forest

non ambient:
Mother Falcon - Alhambra - for fans of Beirut, Sufjan Stevens & Efterklang.
Kacey Musgraves - same trailer different park - now this is what country music should be, not that Band Perry shit!  Classic country sound with good lyrics.
Phox - Confetti - a Wisconsin band that got a lot of pub at SXSW.  Good indie, folk-pop with a nice quiet/loud dynamic.

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