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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: True Detective
« on: March 07, 2014, 04:58:15 PM »
I've been loving True Detective.  I really like the storytelling format used for most of the show.  I was a little worried at first that it would be a parade of gruesome murders.  But it's been a great ride.

I agree with you Mike, there are a lot of choices for good tv.  I'm looking forward to the new season of Veep & the new series Silicon Valley, both starting in April on HBO.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 05, 2014, 08:02:19 PM »
Optical Frameworks - Vibrant  -  more ambient & less musical than the other Optical Frameworks releases but still interesting.
cv313 - dimensional space  -  very typical Echospace music, good dubby beats & synth washes.

Elbow - The Take Off And Landing Of Everything  -  haven't really listened to this yet as I just pre-ordered it today but got the immediate download.  First time through sounds excellent.
St Vincent - St Vincent  -  Excellent!  But then I have a thing for Annie Clark.  ::)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 23, 2014, 09:45:52 AM »

Thanks for the heads up on those two releases.  I just bought & downloaded both.

Other recent spins:

Paul Vnuk - Silence Speaks In Shadow  -  an all-time fav.
Kraftwerk - Ralf & Florian  -  Being an electronic music fan for a looooong time, I can't believe I hadn't really heard this excellent album until last year.
Roedelius - wenn der südwind weht  -  This just seemed a natural album to play after the Kraftwerk.
Oliveros, Dempster, Panaiotis - Deep Listening  -  One of my favorite ambient tracks of all time is the first cut, "Lear".

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: February 12, 2014, 08:25:10 PM »

Just finished "Sand" by Hugh Howley.  Similarly to how he released "Wool", "Sand" was published as a serial with all the books being collected in the omnibus edition. 

Howley is very good at creating unique worlds and in this tale old world America has been buried under shifting dunes of sand.  We never find out why the world is the way it is but that doesn't matter.  I got totally sucked in by this at once familiar and alien world. 

Some of the characters are "sand divers," they somehow literally dive deep into the sand to forage for relics from the old world.  Special suits allow them to move through the sand almost like divers in water.  The tech is never explained but, again, it didn't matter.  I totally bought every part of this story.  Highly recommended, as is his Wool Omnibus.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 09, 2014, 02:31:22 PM »
My favorite of his is "IBM 401, A User's Manual," which has an interesting backstory.


That's my favorite Johannsson recording as well.  I like many of his other albums but I keep coming back to that one.

Other recent, classical, listening...
Philip Glass - From the Philip Glass Recording Archive Vol. II - Orchestral Music
Caleb Burhans - Evensong
David Lang - Death Speaks

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 30, 2014, 06:41:19 PM »

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 29, 2014, 07:19:30 PM »
Bohren and Der Club of Gore - Piano Nights - Dark jazz, doom jazz ,noit jazz - whatever you call it, it's awesome.
Benoît Pioulard - Hymnal Remixes - still playing this one cuz it's so good.
Billow Observatory - billow observatory

Bill Callahan - Have Fun With God - Last year Callahan released "Dream River" to good reviews.  I thought it was okay, not bad but it just didn't do anything for me.  This new one a dub remix of the Dream River album and it's fantastic.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 22, 2014, 08:19:55 PM »
Benoît Pioulard - Hymnal Remixes - excellent collection of artists & styles with remixes by Loscil, Remote Viewer, Field Rotation, Brambles, Segue, The Green Kingdom & more.
Recondite - Hinterland - late night, lonely electronic music with beats, maybe too upbeat for something described as lonely but overall it's a melancholy trip.
stormloop - arctic conditions - pretty much what it sounds like, drone-like arctic ambience.

And one non-ambient release:

Damien Jurado - Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son - the first great record of 2014.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: January 21, 2014, 07:05:33 PM »

Your critique is spot on.  I'm thinking the same way, I'll read the third book because I want to see how it turns out for Kvothe.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: January 20, 2014, 07:32:42 PM »

I just re-started "A Wise Man's Fear."  I can't remember why I put it down, maybe something new came out that caught my interest.  But I'm back into it now & am looking forward to finishing it off.  I really enjoyed the first in the series.  I'm not usually a fan of the fantasy genre but these books are excellent.

Other recent books...

"Something More Than Night" by Ian Tregillis  -  I absolutely loved Tregillis' "Milkweed Triptych" about Nazi supermen & British warlocks.  Yes, I know that sound ridiculous, but it works.  Definitely one of my favorite set of books in the ten years.  His new one is "Something More Than Night" & it's a bit hard to describe.  According to the Amazon description it's "a Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler inspired murder mystery set in Thomas Aquinas’s vision of Heaven. It’s a noir detective story starring fallen angels, the heavenly choir, nightclub stigmatics, a priest with a dirty secret, a femme fatale, and the Voice of God."  Very bizarre premise and setting that actually works.

"The Human Division (Old Man's War)" by John Scalzi  -  I'm very happy to have new stories set in the universe of Old Man's War even if this book is a bit unfocused.  It started out as a 13 part online serial then was put together with a new coda as this book.  I still enjoyed it even though the stories jump around a bit.  Scalzi's writing is very readable & you can crank through the material quickly and it's a lot of fun along the way.

The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu  -  A normal, everyday programmer wakes up with a voice in his head.  That voice is actually an alien life form that resides in human hosts.  The programmer gets drawn into a war being fought by factions of the alien race here on earth.  I liked this well enough & enjoyed the concept but I'm not sure yet whether I'll continue with the next books that are sure to come.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 17, 2014, 06:25:19 PM »
Anyone who likes the Parix, Texas soundtrack from Ry Cooder, try this one...

Bruce Langhorne - The Hired Hand - it's the soundtrack to a 1971 Peter Fonda film and it's just been re-released.  Great stuff!  Available at bandcamp...

And some excellent neo-classical ambient...

From the Mouth of the Sun - Woven Tide
Orla Wren - Book Of The Folded Forest
Aaron Martin & Orla Wren - The Blizzard That Birthed Her
The Ashes of Piemonte - Winter's Fire

Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / chris23 mix!
« on: January 17, 2014, 03:12:51 PM »
I haven't posted about any of my mixes in a while but I figured this one was worth calling attention to.

It's a guest mix by the Hypnos Forums' own chris23.  Chris had never done a mix when I asked him to do one and he was a little hesitant but decided to give it a shot.  the result is an outstanding mix of neo-classical ambient goodness.

Download it here:
Low Light Mixes

Stream it here:

t r a c k l i s t :
Field Rotation - The Repetition of History
Ekca Liena and Spheruleus - Scrambling Radiosonde
From the Mouth of the Sun - Sitting in a Roofless Room
Orla Wren - Five Acre Ladder (Reprise)
Antonymes - Misshapen Beauty [ii]
The Seaman and the Tattered Sail - Her Whispers
Christoph Berg - Coda

Thanks Chris!!

Everything and Nothing / 2013 Favorite Albums("normal" music)
« on: December 30, 2013, 09:25:09 AM »
Every year I come up with two lists of favorites, one of ambient/electronic music & one of "normal" music.  By normal I mean music that may actually be played on the radio.   Indie, alternative, rock, Americana, whatever you want to call it, most of my list would be played only on college or indie stations, not regular commercial radio.

So here are my personal favorites from 2013...

Favorite albums of 2013:

1. Blaudzun - Heavy Flowers
2. John Vanderslice- Dagger Beach
3. Volcano Choir - Repave
4. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
5. Phosphorescent - Muchacho
6. Kacey Musgraves - Same Trailer Different Park
7. The National - Trouble Will Find Me
8. John Vanderslice - Diamond Dogs
9. Mikal Cronin - MCII
10. Darkside - Psychic
11. Jon Hopkins - Immunity
12. Vic & Gab - Love of Mine
13. Elvis Costello & The Roots - Wise Up Ghost
14. Boards of Canada - tomorrow's harvest
15. The Flaming Lips - Peace Sword ep
16. Wavves - Afraid of Heights
17. Rhye - Woman
18. Daughter - If You Leave
19. Public Service Broadcasting - inform - educate - entertain
20. San Fermin - San Fermin

The songs of 2013:

1. Phosphorescent - Song for Zula
2. Mother Falcon - Dirty Summer
3. Kacey Musgraves - Merry Go Round
4. Vampire Weekend - Unbelievers
5. Moby - The Perfect Life (with wayne coyne)
6. The National - I Need My Girl
7. Jose Gonzalez - Step Out
8. Jonathan Boulet - You're a Animal
9. Volcano Choir - Bygone
10. Nonono - Pumpin Blood
11. Postino - I Love It(Mo Funk Mix)
12. Mikal Cronin - Weight
13. Bonobo - Cirrus
14. MIA - Bring the Noize
15. Laura Mvula - Like the Morning Dew
16. Daniel and the Lion - The Dark Red Waltz
17. Hardwell - Spaceman
18. Jon Hopkins - Open Eye Signal
18. Night Beds - Ramona
19. Oscar Isaac & Marcus Mumford - Fare Thee Well
20. Andrew Bird - Pulaski at Night

You can find audio samples to the best album list here...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best of 2013
« on: December 30, 2013, 08:57:10 AM »
This is the list of 25 favorites from 2013 that I posted on my mix blog.  As I said there, the list is a collection of ambient/electronic/instrumental music which is mostly ambient but also includes a few other styles.

1. The Seaman and The Tattered Sail - Light Folds
2. infinite_coil - transmit
3. Arve Henriksen - Places Of Worship
4. Esmerine - Dalmak
5. Moritz von Oswald & Nils Petter Molvaer - 1/1
6. Optical Frameworks - Little Piece Of Perseverance
7. Justin Walter - lullabies and nightmares
8. Jon Hopkins - Immunity
9. Boards of Canada - tomorrow's harvest
10. Marsen Jules Trio - Présence Acousmatique
11. Saffronkeira + Mario Massa - Cause and Effect
12. The Green Kingdom - Dustloops - Memory Fragments
13. Field Rotation - fatalist: The Repetition of History
14. Roedelius - Stunden
15. Marconi Union & Jah Wobble - Anomic
16. Tessellate Recordings - Earthtones
17. Deepchord - Electrostatic Soundfields
18. Maps and Diagrams - Timbre
19. Coppice Halifax - Inland By Night
20. Spheruleus - The Possibility Of Loss
21. Paris DJs Soundsystem - Rise of the Troubadour Warriors - tropical grooves & afrofunk international vol.3
22. Nobuto Suda - Transitoriness
23. CALIBRO 35 - said
24. Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument - Shemonmuanaye
25. Icebreaker & BJ Cole - Apollo

I'll try to post my list of favorite "normal" albums of the year over in Everything and Nothing.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 14, 2013, 07:31:43 PM »

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 06, 2013, 08:58:36 PM »
Inside Llewyn Davis Original Soundtrack Recording - awesome, can't wait for the movie.
Saffronkeira + Mario Massa - Cause and Effect - another new album of electronics & trumpet, yay!
Cross My Heart - Hope to Die - EP - a four song ep that's worth buying for the awesome sample of King Crimson used in the song "Lover."
John Vanderslice - Diamond Dogs - Vanderslice covers Bowie's entire Diamond Dogs album and it's awesome.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 09, 2013, 10:30:31 PM »
Andrew Bird - The Quietest Show on Earth - I've been in an Andrew Bird mood for the past week or two & was happy to discover this download of a small live show in the Mojave Desert.  You can find it here...

seaman and the tattered sail - light folds - Might be my favorite ambient recording of the year.

Moritz von Oswald & Nils Petter Molvaer - 1/1 - This one is fantastic.  Dubby electronics with Molvaer's trumpet over the top.  I'm not sure when it will be available on the US but I didn't want to wait so I broke down & bought it on ebay for $30.

tonefloat-ikon - streams of consciousness 132406 - Got this at Bandcamp thanks to an earlier post here.  Very nice.

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.,

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