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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.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 16, 2017, 02:00:15 PM »
Halftribe is fantastic! I picked up the new one that was released on Archives a few days ago and can't stop listening to it. It is a perfect mix of dub elements, my favorite Pleq tracks, and lo-fi sonmi451 looping and reverb sensibilities.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 15, 2017, 06:16:33 PM »
llya Glebov (Murkok) & Joe Fujinoki - Glimmers
Dronescapes crafted from guitar and various electronics. Beautiful and spacious. On the amazing Archives label.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 11, 2017, 02:23:09 PM »

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 11, 2017, 07:34:06 AM »
Elegi - Bånsull
I'm so excited about this! Elegi released one of my favorite albums, Sistereis, on Miasmah in 2007. And, with one exception, then disappeared into radio silence. His new album, Bånsull , was just released on Dronarivm and is outstanding. This music is difficult to describe. I would categorize it as "dark ambient" for lack of a better label, but it isn't electronic and doesn't play into the apocalyptic themes that often characterize modern dark ambient soundscapes. This recording is more or less a soundtrack to exploring a haunted Victorian mansion. Most of the sounds are organic/acoustic, but treated in ways that make them both familiar and unsettling. You can hear the sounds of creaking floorboards, distantly bowed string instruments, pages turning in books, etc. Spooky atmospherics without any sudden spooks.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Goodbye iTunes..Hello MusicBee!
« on: February 11, 2017, 07:20:24 AM »
I find iTunes a bit limiting (doesn't play FLAC), but haven't explored other options because it is an obvious one-stop-shop for backing up my iPhone and loading music onto it. Is it safe to assume you're not an iPhone user? I'd be curious to learn more about how people manage music across their computers and mobile devices among Apple users.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Lo-Fi Ambient Recommendations
« on: February 09, 2017, 07:25:56 AM »
I'm streaming Prismatic now and really enjoying it. Some of the recent Green Kingdom releases are too polished for my tastes; this is a refreshing listen.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 09, 2017, 07:24:00 AM »
Ishq - Organic Electrified Forms 1
Brief and midrange quirky sonic experiments spread over 120 minutes. Some of the tracks are fantastic. Most of them are in the spirit of the 2015 Floracopia release.

Independent Music Reviews / Re: New Ambient/Experimental Music Blog
« on: February 05, 2017, 01:24:05 PM »

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 01, 2017, 06:33:32 PM »
Sinepearl - Psithurism
Beatless psybient with some awesome touches.

Alphaxone & ProtoU - Stardust
Dark ambient from Cryo Chamber. The first two tracks are outstanding, with a cool mix of field recordings and low frequency electronics.

Closing the Eternity - Forever and a Day
Deep dronework; Easily mistaken for some of Oophoi's more organic soundscapes.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 17, 2017, 07:55:53 AM »
Subaeris - The City in Rain
Urban dronescapes

Everything and Nothing / Re: What did you buy for black Friday?
« on: January 14, 2017, 10:45:58 AM »
Glad to read your review.

I don't really understand how the cancelation works. When I flip the switch, like you, my sense is that the volume increases by a notch, which seems like a "trick" for improving the signal rather than true cancelation.  Regardless, they sound good either way. So this is more of my skepticism shining through rather than a genuine complaint about the headphones.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 13, 2017, 01:22:55 PM »

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