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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 01, 2013, 02:49:12 PM »
For me Lux is just okay. 

Anthony, I like your description of it sounding "algorithmic ... and a little mechanical."  It sounds too much like some of his other installation pieces.  I already have 4 or 5 of those recordings and this just didn't do much for me.

Scott, I agree that the special edition version of Drums is definitely better.  And also agree that the poetry is cool at the right time & place.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 30, 2013, 07:40:15 PM »
krill.minima - Sekundenschlaf - Martin Juhls hasn't released a krill.minima album in a while so this was a welcome surprise.  Good scratchy, dubby electronics.
Philémon Chante - Les Sessions Cubaines - Found this on Bandcamp, very nice acoustic jazz sung in French, recorded in Cuba.
Matt Chamberlain- Viktor Krauss- and Dan Phelps - MODULAR  -  Another Bandcamp disovery.  Good post-rock.
Blaudzun - Heavy Flowers - Good indie rock - like a combo of Beirut, Frightened Rabbit and The Lumineers.  God stuff.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Video awesomeness
« on: January 25, 2013, 10:32:30 PM »
I think the link should be working now.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Video awesomeness
« on: January 25, 2013, 03:49:25 PM »

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Spotify - your experiences ?
« on: January 20, 2013, 12:14:21 PM »
As a listener I use the free version and I use it mainly at work.  Aside from the issues surrounding royalties I like using it for discovering new music.  I subscribe to playlists maintained by friends and I like to see what new stuff they are adding.

I like discovering playlists posted in articles & blogs as way to find music as well.  I remember the New York Times msuic writers writing about the CMJ music festival last year.  Both writers talked about bands that they really liked and then posted Spotify links.  All I had to do was click the link to listen to all the music they referred to in the article.  A great way to supplement the article and to discover music I may never have found.

Here's a couple of links to some of my own playlists...

Best albums of 2012:

Fav Songs of 2012:

Fav ambient of 2012:

The last link for best 2012 ambient is missing more than half of my year end list simply because Spotify doesn't have all of the oddball music we all listen to.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: William Basinski- where to start?
« on: January 17, 2013, 07:15:24 PM »
I have Water Music II.  I'm listening right now & had forgotten how nice it is.  It's very repetitive, like all of his stuff, very soothing.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 16, 2013, 07:01:51 PM »
Because of the Basinksi thread started by jdh elsewhere in the forum, I dug up some Basinski that I haven't played in a while.

William Basinski - Melancholia
William Basinski - El Camino Real

Other recent spins...

Roedelius - wenn der südwind weht
Max Richter - Recomposed by Max Richter_ Vivaldi, The Four Seasons
Simon Scott - below sea level

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: William Basinski- where to start?
« on: January 16, 2013, 06:55:19 PM »
I agree, maybe starting off with just one of the loops would be a good idea.  I'd go for Disint Loops #1.  One of my other favs is "Melancholia."

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Amazon Cloud Player
« on: January 15, 2013, 05:59:02 AM »
Amazon does provide a song matching service so that not every single tune in your library will have to be uploaded.

Quoting from Amazon..."Music that is matched to Amazon's eligible catalog by the Amazon Music Importer will be delivered to your Amazon Cloud Player as a high-quality 256 Kbps MP3. This feature may not be available for all content in our catalog, as eligibility may be limited.  Eligible music includes songs that are available in the Amazon MP3 Store catalog and for which we have rights to provide this feature. File formats supported for this feature include non-DRM MP3, AAC, OGG, WAV, ALAC, AIFF, FLAC, and MPG audio formats."

Of course most of the electronic music we here at the forum listen to won't be matched because it's not in their content library or part of the copyright agreements they've signed with Sony, Universal, Warner, etc.

I'm pretty sure that John Tesh - Live at Red Rocks is owned by Universal so you should be good for matching with that one. ;)  However, all your Tesh bootlegs probably one be matched.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: January 14, 2013, 08:38:52 PM »

Good to see that you picked up Disintegration Loops, one of my all time favs.  I thought you might interested in this NPR concert, where dlp 1.1 is played live(along with some other interesting pieces.)

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Amazon Cloud Player
« on: January 14, 2013, 08:33:59 PM »
I haven't really used it much.  I've just been uploading for what seems like forever.  I probably will only use it for listening at work, which I did today for the first time in weeks.  It was a little glitchy but that was really only one or two songs in two hours.  I haven't used the iPhone app yet so I can't speak to the performance of that.

I'm not wild about the web player interface, I like the look & feel of Spotify better.  Spotify is what I usually use for work listening.  I'm an Amazon prime member so I'm able to upload up to 250,000 songs for $25 a year.  So even if it's not perfect I figure for $2 a month it's worth a try.  Once I start using it a bit more, create some playlists, access my entire library from anywhere, I'm sure I'll like it even more.  If nothing else it can serve as a remote backup for all my music.  Of course it'd take a couple of months to re-download everything.

I'm curious if anyone else has taken the cloud player plunge.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 13, 2013, 08:30:57 AM »
A few very good recent ECM releases...

Eivind Aarset - XDream Logic
Manu Katché - Manu Katché
Eberhard Weber - Resume

This one is a few years older but I had to at least mention it because I love Jon Hassell...

Jon Hassell - Last Night The Moon Came Dropping Its Clothes In The Street

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: January 12, 2013, 10:06:09 AM »

Just finished the one.  The earth is about to be hit by a large asteroid in six months, industry is grinding to a halt, suicides are up, everyone is going to die.  So if you're police detective, why do you keep investigating a murder?  The lead character is this book just can't let it go despite everyone else not giving a shit about anything anymore.  Excellent, engaging book.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 08, 2013, 06:17:13 PM »
I've been slowly uploading my entire collection to the Amazon cloud player(it's taking  f o r e v e r).  So I've run into things I haven't listened to in a long time.

Jan Jelinek - loop finding jazz records
Casino Versus Japan - Go Hawaii
Gas - Pop
krill.minima - nautica

Everything and Nothing / Explicit Loscil
« on: January 04, 2013, 02:36:23 PM »
Today at work I was listening to the latest release from Loscil, Sketches from New Brighton, on Spotify.  And every song is listed as "Explicit"!!   ???   There must be some subliminal f-bombs hiding under the synths.

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]

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