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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 16, 2017, 10:53:11 AM »
Robert Rich and Markus Reuter - Lift a Feather to the Flood
This is reminiscent of Rich's last album, with a focus on piano and dark atmospheres. Reuter brings a novel angle to the work, with highly processed touch guitar. In fact, it is so highly processed, that I wouldn't have pegged it as such if I didn't know better. This is a real headphone treat.

Independent Music Reviews / Re: New Ambient/Experimental Music Blog
« on: April 11, 2017, 02:57:57 PM »
Nice write-up. How did you learn so much about the process/instrumentation for the album?

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 06, 2017, 05:29:31 PM »
Billow Observatory - II: Plains/Patterns
A melding of shoegaze guitar styles, electronic sequences, and ambient atmospheres. This manages to sound both retro and contemporary at the same time. Excellent release.

This is really cool; I enjoyed it a lot.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 01, 2017, 09:33:16 AM »
Snufmumriko - At First Light
Fantastic lo-fi ambient, with glitchy nature sounds, processed electronics, and reflective moods. Reminds me of Porya Hatami.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 24, 2017, 08:53:21 AM »
Robert Farrugia - Slow Morning
Soft, mostly beatless, ambient textures from Archives. Beautiful packaging, featuring photos from losingtoday.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 18, 2017, 12:42:33 PM »
Eternell (Purl) - Children of Infinity
Ethereal mixture of acoustic sources, electronics, and voices. Love this.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 11, 2017, 02:44:59 PM »
That Poemme album is on my radar. Going to check it out on Tidal and see if it needs to go on the shopping list. What do you think of other releases on that label? They seem to have a decent following on Bandcamp.

I've streamed some of the other releases and think they're fine, but not captivating enough to buy. Let me know if you come across something on there that really strikes your fancy.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Keith Berry Elixir
« on: March 10, 2017, 06:18:27 AM »
I have Towards the Blue Peninsula, which I thought was pretty good. But I haven't explored his other releases. I'll have to check out fish and elixir.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 10, 2017, 06:15:44 AM »
cvac, I love Fissures. It is one of my favorites.

Poemme - Arboretum
Light and breezy ambient with environmental samples.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 02, 2017, 07:33:36 PM »
I'm always glad to see a post that is a bit critical; it is too easy for everyone to pat everyone on the back. But, I hope--or take for granted--that such criticisms come from a place of respect.

Recent plays/now playing:

Snufmumriko - Driftwood
Abstract ambient, built on field recordings and incidentals. On the Archive label.

Snufmumriko - Chimera
Highly processed samples, sculpted to form a quilt of drones. Pretty neat.

Interesting article, but a bit all over the place.

I'm a collector too, and can resonate with the notion that digital collections don't "feel" the same as physical ones. I have the same problem with books: I don't necessarily need a physical copy to read a book, but I don't get the sensation of owning and collecting books unless I have a version I can pick up, hold, and place on a shelf.

Having said that: I welcome the digital age with open arms. I love having the ability to hear music from all over the world, to discover artists who I never would have even heard of previously, and to be able to browse various curated playlists. The platform has opened doors for me that I never knew existed.

Where the author of the article falls short, in my opinion, is in his or her assumption that these two worlds can't co-exist. The presence of Spotify does not prevent people from buying CDs or vinyl. The ability to create and curate digital playlists does not stop people from collecting albums. The ability to listen to music on our phones does not preclude us from collecting beautiful audio equipment.

It may be the case that many people in the younger generation will never have the opportunity to experience music the way we older folks did. Perhaps what we hold sacred about music has been cheapened over the last decade or more. But, to be frank, when I was growing up, I only knew of a handful of people who deeply appreciated music, the process of creating it, and the thrill of discovering and collecting it. Even then, music, for most people, was largely a disposable product. Why buy an album when you hear it for free on the radio? I'm not sure if people--and their relationships with music--have changed that much, even if the technology has.

The thing I like about busting a long play up is it works better in the shuffle and you can play the whole album in a proper row if you want.  The fades are made in a way that sounds good when the album is reassembled and crossfaded.   

Sounds like the art of listening.  ;)

Independent Music Reviews / Re: My review of "Percipient" CDr by Super Fata
« on: February 24, 2017, 04:56:24 PM »
This album is ridiculously good. I'm streaming it now for the first time and plan to buy it. This is the price I pay for not immediately listening to an album when Richard recommends it!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Lo-Fi Ambient Recommendations
« on: February 24, 2017, 04:53:36 PM »
Agree. Already one of my favorites of the year--and it is only February!

I'm enjoying this new one. It doesn't strike me as having a sorrowful vibe on its own, but in the context of some of the statements Roach made about it, I can appreciate that side of the recording.

Regarding long form works: I think the format works really well in this specific case. The style of the recording gradually evolves from dense textures, to discrete synths with interesting progressions, and back again to a cloud of sound. Without the long form, the evolution would be less subtle and more jarring.

Having said that, some of Roach's long-form works would work just as well as 10-minute pieces. In fact, albums like "A Deeper Silence" and the Immersion series, as much as I adore them, already seem to be nothing more than loops designed to fill up 70-ish minutes of CD space. I'd be just as happy to have shorter versions that I can play on repeat.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 22, 2017, 05:23:22 PM »
Purl - Childhood Dreams
Lovely 20-min track from the archives.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 21, 2017, 06:36:37 AM »
Reminds me to play Gas :: Pop again ... one of the very best.

Cheers. I think I'll do the same today.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 19, 2017, 12:36:26 PM »
Taylor Deupree - Somi
Tape loops, tape hiss, and wind-plucked guitars. Nice and soothing; similar to Faint in atmosphere.

Re: Loscil/Scott Morgan. As a fan, the thing that I really appreciate about his music is that he has a distinctive style. I can hear a few seconds of a Loscil track and identify the artist right away. Of course, that on its own wouldn't be cool if I didn't like the music he produced, but I think having a sonic signature is a challenging thing to accomplish in this genre. His last few releases were good, but they didn't get many repeat listens around here. My favorite album of his is Plume.

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