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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best of 2012
« on: January 01, 2013, 09:30:00 AM »
I totally forgot about the Brambles release!  Thanks for the reminder.  :)

Everything and Nothing / Best of 2012 non-ambient
« on: December 31, 2012, 08:26:53 PM »
I posted my favorite ambient releases in the Other Ambient Music thread so I figured here I'd post my favorite "normal" music of the year.  I probably listened to more "normal" music than ambient this year.

Best Albums:
1) Andrew Bird - Break It Yourself & Hands of Glory
2) Lord Huron - Lonesome Dreams
3) Neil Young - Psychedelic pill
4) Deep Sea Diver - History Speaks
5) Of Monsters & Men - My Head is an Animal
6) Father John Misty – Fear Fun
7) The Lumineers - The Lumineers
8] Michael Kiwanuka  - Home Again
9) Best Coast - The Only Place
10) The Avett Brothers - The Once and Future Carpenter
11) Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Here
12) Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist
13) Arrange - New Memory
14) Grizzly Bear - Shields
15) The xx - Coexist
16) Elbow - Dead in the Boot
17) Patrick Watson - Adventures in Your Own Backyard
18) DIIV - Oshin
19) Sun Kil Moon - Among the Leaves
20) Tallest Man on Earth - There’s No Leaving Now
21) David Byrne & St. Vincent – Love This Giant
22) Vic and Gab - Bridges and Guns
23) Daniel Rossen - Silent Hour/Golden Mile
24) Divine Fits - A Thing Called Divine Fits
25) Alt-J - an awesome wave

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Same Love
Icona Pop - I Love It
Tilly And The Wall - Heavy Mood
The Lumineers - Hey Ho
Kishi Bashi  - bright whites
Cloud Nothings - Stay Useless
Best Coast - The Only Place
Gregory Porter - Be Good
Japandroids - The House that Heaven Built
Scarlett Johansson - Before My Time

Beasts of the Southern Wild
Cloud Atlas
Chasing Ice

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Best of 2012
« on: December 31, 2012, 08:22:30 PM »
Not really a best of 2012, more of a list of favorite ambient releases from this year(at least some of the ones I can remember).

1) Kyle Bobby Dunn - Bring Me The Head of Kyle Bobby Dunn
2) Bersarin Quartett - II
3) Mohn - Mohn
4) 36 - Lithea
5) Taylow Deupree - Faint
6) Forrest Fang - Animism
7) Loops of Your Heart - And Never Ending Nights
8] Loscil - Sketches from New Brighton
9) Sonmi451 - four peaks
10) Steve Roach & Dirk Serries -  low volume music
11) Spheruleus - Cyanometry
12) VA - lost in the humming air (music inspired by harold budd)
13) Willamette - always in postscript
14) Marconi Union - Different Colours
15) Eivind Aarset - Dream Logic
16) Nils Frahm - Screws
17) John Adams - Harmonielehre - Short Ride in a Fast Machine
18) VA - Air Texture Volume II
19) Andy Stott - luxury problems
20) Peter James - Landfall

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: December 31, 2012, 07:57:38 PM »
Michael Harrison & Maya Beiser - Time Loops [2012]

Recomposed by Max Richter - Vivaldi, The Four Seasons

J. Ralph - Chasing Ice Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 31, 2012, 07:49:00 PM »
Ringing in the new year with some old ambient...

Saul Stokes - Burning Igloo [1995] -
Michael Brook - Hybrid [1985]
Diatonis - edge of the dream world [1989]
Stars Of The Lid - The Ballasted Orchestra [1996]

Everything and Nothing / Re: Northwest Passage Mixtape
« on: December 20, 2012, 08:10:19 PM »
taylor deupree - snow
duncan ó ceallaigh - distant voices, still lives
tim hecker - haunt me, haunt me, do it again
Cliff Martinez - Solaris
dakota suite - the night just keeps coming in
maps and diagrams - get lost

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 20, 2012, 07:41:15 PM »
Andrew Bird - Useless Creatures - part of my quest to gather up everything Andrew Bird has done since falling in love with his two 2012 releases.
Japandroids - Celebration Rock  - This album and the Cloud Nothings, listed below, are great fun & kick all sorts of ass!
Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory

a m b i e n t :
Loscil - Sketches from New Brighton
Paul Horn - Inside the Taj Mahal
Robert Rich - Nest
Kane Ikin - Sublunar

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Compilation - "...and darkness came"
« on: December 12, 2012, 08:56:07 PM »
My friends at Headphone Commute have put out a massive compilation of 87 tracks, over 6 hours of music.  It's called "...and darkness came."

I'll quote from their site :
"Headphone Commute is incredibly proud and honored to announce a colossal benefit compilation, with 100% of the proceeds being donated towards two charitable organizations, Doctors Without Borders and The Humane Society, to help all those affected by Hurricane Sandy!"

Artists include Max Richter, Clint Mansell, offthesky, Julien Neto, Ólafur Arnalds, Dakota Suite, Christopher Willits, Loscil, Lawrence English, Maps And Diagrams, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Nils Frahm, Talvihorros, Bersarin Quartett, Antonymes, Simon Scott, Dustin O’Halloran, Machinefabriek, :papercutz, and many, many, more.

Go here to find out more...

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 09, 2012, 11:17:17 AM »
I haven't been listening to as much ambient as I used to(been listening to more "normal" music).  I was starting to wonder whether I'd lost my taste for it.  The along come two great ambient albums, Forrest Fang - Animism & Taylor Duepree - Faint, to make me remember what I love about the genre.

a m b i e n t :
Forrest Fang - animism
Taylow Duepree - Faint
Kyle Bobby Dunn - In Miserum Stercus
Michael Stearns - Planetary Unfolding

Alt-J - an awesome wave
Gregory Porter - be good
Wadada Leo Smith - ten freedom summers
Cloud Nothings - attack on memory

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 01, 2012, 09:20:01 PM »
Eivind Aarset - Dream Logic

Nils Frahm - Screws

Brian Eno - LUX

Paul Vnuk - Silence Speaks In Shadows

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 09, 2012, 07:19:05 PM »
ambient/electronic oldies but goodies:
Michael Stearns - Planetary Unfolding [1981]
Tangerine Dream - Stratosfear [1976]
Klaus Schulze - Timewind [1975]

Andrew Bird - Hands of Glory  -  Awesome folk music recorded in a barn with his band all crowded around a solitary microphone.  One of my favorite records this year.
Neil Young with Crazy Horse - Psychedelic Pill  -  still loving this one.  Worth it for two songs, the 27 minute "Drifting Back" & "Walk Like a Giant".
Vic and Gab - Bridges and Guns  -  good release from a local band.

Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / stretched & slow mo-ed
« on: November 07, 2012, 07:13:25 AM »
I haven't posted updates in a while but I thought my latest mix was odd enough to warrant a mention here.

The mix is called "s  t  r  e  t  c  h  e  d   beyond recognition".  All the music has been stretched or slowed down so much that the tunes are unrecognizable from the originals.

I used a great little program called Paul Stretch which you can find here...
It take music and stretches or slows it down dramatically but still keeps it very musical.  I've used the program a few times for mixes in the past but never for creating an entire mix.

All the tracks are slowed by at least 10x to 15x.  The slowed down result is perfect for meditation, sleeping or daydreaming.  It's kind of amazing to me how it was possible to create something entirely new from the source material.  Steve Reich's Six Marimbas seemed to work well because it's so repetitive that you still got a sense of movement even slowed way down.

You can find it here...

or here...

00:00    Cliff Martinez - First Sleep
05:30    Steve Reich - Six Marimbas
12:15    Noto & Sakamoto - By This River
21:00    Anonymous 4 - medie noctis tempus
21:40    Tangerine Dream - Tangram
34:45   Steve Reich - Six Marimbas
52:50    Budd & Eno - A Stream with Bright Fish
1:00:00    end

Thumbs up on First Aid Kit.  They do a cover of Patti Smith's "Dancing Barefoot" which is pretty darn good.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 31, 2012, 05:51:00 PM »
a m b i e n t :
Brian Mcbride - when the detail lost its freedom (Kranky)
Eluder - the most beautiful blue(infraction)
James Johnson - Entering Twilight (Hypnos)

non-ambient :
Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Psychedelic Pill  -  awesomely epic!
Lord Huron - Lonesome Dreams  -  good folky, indie stuff in the same vein as Fleet Foxes.
DIIV - Oshin  -  really nice dreamy gangly guitar pop.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 24, 2012, 05:55:52 AM »
afterhours - sleepwalker - good slow beats with cinematic ambience.
andy stott - luxury problems  -  More slow techno beats with haunting vocals & atmospherics.
pleq & spheruleus - a silent swaying breath

Cloud Atlas Original Motion Picture Soundtrack  -  Listening to this in preparation for the movie coming out this weekend.
Elbow - Dead in the Boot - I'm really liking this one so far.  It's a collection of B-sides, but some are better than actual album cuts.
Icona Pop - I Love It  -  This is just a single not an album.  Easily the most infectious pop/dance tune of the year.  I love it!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 18, 2012, 06:59:57 PM »
a m b i e n t :
Endless Melancholy - Music for Quiet Mornings
VA - Air Texture Volume II
Olan Mill - Home

non - ambient :
Bruce Woolley and The Camera Club  - English Garden -  Does anybody besides me remember this one? Love it!
Hidden Orchestra - Archipelago
The Dig - midnight flowers

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now watching...
« on: October 13, 2012, 05:38:02 PM »
Just started re-watching "The West Wing."  I haven't seen it since I watched it in real time years ago.

I am loving every minute of it!  Such a wonderful show.  I'm really looking forward to plowing through 6 or 7 years all over again.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: October 07, 2012, 07:09:49 AM »
Just finished Caliban's War.  It's the second of a planned trilogy.  The first was Leviathan's Wake.  Both are excellent examples of good old fashioned science fiction.  I hesitate to say "old fashioned" because I don't want to give the impression that the books feel old or out of date.  They are old school in the sense that they take place in space, have lots of shooting & fighting, have some monsters, but above all have good characters.

Two fast paced books with a lot of action that have me excited for the third in the series.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 05, 2012, 03:42:49 PM »
Olan Mill - Home [preservation]
Harold Budd - Lovely Thunder
Sonmi451 - four peaks [time released sound]
Mohn - Mohn [kompakt]

Yo Yo Ma, Chris Thile, etc - the goat rodeo sessions
Neil Halstead - palindrome hunches
Field Report - Field Report
Carole King - Tapestry

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 30, 2012, 07:44:10 PM »
Matt Borghi - The Phantom Light
Jason Sloan - the space between beginnings
Monty Adkins - fragile.flicker.fragment
jasper tx - singing stones

Joe Jackson - Big World
Efterklang - Piramida
The Avett Brothers - The Carpenter
Band of Horses - Mirage Rock

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