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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: Today at 02:38:43 PM »
Frozen Thoughts - Calm Before the Storm
I held off on buying this for a long time in hope that a physical version would eventually be released. I've given up now. (Damn you, Glacial Movements!  ;)  ) Absolutely brilliant piece of work; I would love to see more from this artist in the future.
https://glacialmovements.bandcamp.com/album/calm-before-the-storm

Hammock - The Sleepover Series Vols 1 + 2
A more traditional ambient release from the contemporary kinds of shoegaze instrumentals. Most of the tracks sound like stretched walls of sound. Lovely. The first volume has a more experimental feel, which is a bit surprising given the sleepy dronescapes on Vol. 2.
http://shop.hammockmusic.com/album/the-sleepover-series-volume-two

Max Corbacho - Splendid Labyrinths
In my opinion, this is similar in spirit to The Ocean Inside.  Deep and expansive sounds, with occasional hints of dissonance that tend to build dramatic tension. Like The Ocean Inside, I suspect I won't play this in large doses, but will probably find myself compelled to return to it at unexpected moments for years to come.
https://maxcorbacho.bandcamp.com/album/splendid-labyrinths

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CD vs. CDR
« on: May 20, 2015, 05:39:56 AM »
That would be most kind, Poaalpina. I'll send you a private message. I recall filling in a few gaps in my collection during that phase, but was too shortsighted to download the ones I already owned. 

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CD vs. CDR
« on: May 19, 2015, 02:01:02 PM »
Thanks for the input, gang! I'm sad. I'm afraid to pull down some of the older CDrs out of fear of what I might discover.

Looks like James Johnson's website is dead: http://www.james-johnson.net/. I've sent an email to Dark Duck Records to see if Stephen will receive it. I appreciate your suggestions.

 

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CD vs. CDR
« on: May 19, 2015, 09:05:49 AM »
Hi, gang. Quick question from a novice's point of view:

I went to listen to my copy of Lost at Dunn's Lake (Johnson/Philips) last night, but it wouldn't read on my stereo. I loaded the CDr into my computer, and no luck there either.

Is there a solution you use when and old CDr appears to be giving up the ghost? I really like this album and was pining for it a bit last night. I'm sad to realize that the music might be lost to me forever.

I searched around the forum and found a great thread, but it is now locked:
http://www.hypnos.com/smf/index.php?topic=1352.60



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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 14, 2015, 07:31:27 PM »
Thanks for the tips!

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 14, 2015, 05:13:50 PM »
I followed drone on's lead and downloaded a copy of Alpha Wave Movement's Earthen. Great stuff! The Structures from Silence comparison is an apt one.   

Speaking of following leads: I finally downloaded, via iTunes, a copy of Namlook & Inoue's 62 Eulengasse, given that thirdsystem claimed it was one of his desert island favorites. I can see why. This would have certainly been a favorite of mine if I had heard it 20 years ago. It stands the test of time well.

Also grabbed 2350 Broadway 2 while on that binge. The Invisible Landscape is frigging amazing.

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Hi, Julio. I downloaded this last night and spent the better part of the day at work listening to it. Great work! I especially like the opening and closing tracks.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 06, 2015, 06:54:11 PM »
The Frozen Vaults - 1816
New release from Pleq, Spheruleus, Mrenca, and friends. Much better than their debut--and much less noisy. Dark, isolationist acoustic ambient.
Buy/Listen: https://voxxov-records.bandcamp.com/album/1816


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Sounds like my cup of tea, APK. Will check it out.

The kids and I are all about the Five Nights at Freddy's series these days. Jump scares galore!

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich - Filaments
« on: May 03, 2015, 07:56:40 AM »
My daughter and I attended the Robert Rich performance in Peoria, IL on Friday evening and had a wonderful time. The show was based mostly on Filaments, with a reworked opening from Numena. It was an excellent and well attended show. He performed in a planetarium so, not only was it a more comfortable (and less obnoxious) venue than a bar, but the setting was  intimate and the visuals were outstanding. The person who runs the planetarium improvised the visuals on the dome during the performance, so, as we were listening to Rich, we were treated to a variety of fractals, traveling through Saturn's rings, moving constellations, and many other beautiful treats.

I've been enjoying Filaments a lot too. My only complaint is that, at times, the lap steel guitar seems a bit out of place along with the modular, sequenced sounds. I generally like the way Rich uses this instrument, but it sometimes has a "wailing guitar solo" feel in many of the Filaments tracks. Sometimes I just want to drift along with the sequenced electronic mosaics. But, overall, a really impressive piece of work.

My daughter enjoyed it. I hope I have a budding ambient traveler in my midst!





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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 30, 2015, 06:55:52 PM »
Caught in the Wake Forever - The Places Where I Worship You
Nice drone work drawing largely on acoustic source material.
https://dronarivm.bandcamp.com/album/the-places-where-i-worship-you

Andrew Heath - The Silent Cartographer
Superb. Piano and light synths weaving their way among found sounds, field recordings, and other experimental flourishes. At times, the album reminds me of James Johnson's generative releases.
https://andrewheath.bandcamp.com/album/the-silent-cartographer

Yunomi - Amarylis Dream
Beautiful 2014 ambient release from Ishq, leaning towards the experimental organics of Elve, but with a softer touch.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: "Mythos and Music"
« on: April 23, 2015, 06:02:59 PM »
> I wondered if anybody had any suggestions about what might be covered in a discussion like this?

APK's reference to Davies is a good one because, although some of the themes, titles, and whatnot are Lovecraftian, the music doesn't always strike me as dark per se. I sometimes wonder if it is too easy to play into the dark side of Lovecraft when making music rather than emphasizing the mystery or the sense of other-worldliness. 

Here is something I like that is clearly inspired by Lovecraft, but not sinister or overly dark in its atmosphere--one of my favorites from 2013: The Ashes of Piemonte - Datura Notes https://twicerememberedtwiceremoved.bandcamp.com/album/datura-notes

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Embers Below Zero
« on: April 23, 2015, 05:55:13 PM »
Welcome!

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 18, 2015, 09:12:37 PM »
Midnight Tales - Eternalism (2015)
The new collaboration of Wolf Maps and Biblo.
Bandcamp: https://sacredphrases.bandcamp.com/album/eternalism

How To Disappear Completely
- Remnant (2015)
New ep from HTDC. For fans of Hammock and Belong. Nocturnal drift.
Bandcamp: https://htdc.bandcamp.com/album/remnant

Hakobune - Sinking Stars (2015)
Space drift.
Bandcamp: https://hakobune.bandcamp.com/album/sinking-stars

Good tips!

Also, APK, that Aplink track was pretty swell.

Recently enjoying the Autumn of Communion 5. Truly excellent, especially the second track, Communion, which could be one of my favorites from the AoC outfit.
Buy/Stream: https://autumnofcommunion.bandcamp.com/album/autumn-of-communion-5

Also picked up the re-release of Everyday Feels Like a New Drug by Porya Hatami and Lee Anthony Norris, which is a really beautiful album. Listen: https://leeanthonynorrisporyahatami.bandcamp.com/album/every-day-feels-like-a-new-drug
 

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl Reissues vs Originals
« on: April 18, 2015, 08:59:30 PM »
I didn't realize digital-cut vinyl was a thing. Learn something new all the time...

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 12, 2015, 06:28:24 PM »
Two new and excellent "name your price" releases on Bandcamp. Both involve dark, slowly evolving soundscapes. The Corbacho one makes great use of silence and pauses and has been my favorite soundtrack for sleeping over the past week.

Max Corbacho - Future Terrain
Buy/Listen: https://maxcorbacho.bandcamp.com/album/future-terrain

Steve Roach - Bloodmoon Rising Night 3
Buy/Listen: https://steveroach.bandcamp.com/album/bloodmoon-rising-night-3

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 08, 2015, 07:44:07 PM »
Marsen Jules - The Empire of Silence
A majestic new release from Marsen Jules. Eight tracks, each named after a unique Inuit term for snow, that are relatively simple in their instrumentation (mostly organ-like synth work), but complex in their composition.
Buy/Listen: https://oktaf.bandcamp.com/album/the-empire-of-silence-bonus-track-version

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich - Filaments
« on: April 07, 2015, 04:11:10 PM »
By the way, does anyone have  Seven Veils? What are your thoughts on this one?

I really liked Seven Veils, although I don't think I've listened to it in over a decade. It was a bit more rhythmic and traditional than most of the stuff I like, but something about the production was so beautiful and crisp that it was hard to not get lost in it.

Regarding Roach, inspiration, and change: I go through phases in terms of what I find exciting and what strikes me as uninspired. I assume artists do too. Sometimes I'm "in phase" with certain artists and sometimes I'm not.

The great thing about really talented artists like Roach is that the quality is almost always there regardless of whether the album moves you at the specific moment of its release. I recall not caring much for Blood Machine, Light Fantastic, and some of the other atmo+pulse albums when they originally came out. But, years later, they really started to resonate with me. I still don't dig the highly percussive stuff, but can see how others might like it.

Another Roach-bonus is that, although he still continues to experiment and explore new sounds, he returns to his roots often enough that I never feel alienated by his work. Some artists evolve and, although you publicly respect them for doing so, you can't help but pine for the kinds of sounds that caused you to fall in love with them in the first place. Roach (and Robert Rich) manages to maintain some continuity while also changing. The trick, I think, is that they are willing to explore new sounds and identities without dismissing their origins. Other artists sometimes behave as if the only way forward is to break from the past.


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Everything and Nothing / Re: April Fools Day ignored and denied???
« on: April 02, 2015, 07:18:46 PM »
Maybe the same post it is on your mouse now.  ;)

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 01, 2015, 06:05:55 PM »
Good tip! I just hunted down some samples. Sounds great--and a bit spooky.

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