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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 02, 2016, 10:38:25 PM »
Robert Rich - Vestiges
Dark, moody, and atmospheric. My favorite RR album in the last 10 years.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 25, 2016, 11:24:45 AM »
Ishq - Evergreen Ocean
Similar in spirit (and sound) to Blue Infinity. Wide-reaching sonic washes with occasional sequenced pulses. Quite lovely.

Ishq - Pureland
Many of the tracks on here seem like re-processed versions of the same opening chime-like samples. But, buried within this theme are several unique tracks that are remarkable, including Endless Worlds which is a fantastic drone piece and Distant Horizons which captures the "other world" quality that inspires much of the Ishq work.

I streamed the available tracks and really enjoyed it! I appreciate the extra backstory too. The album is on my "wishlist."

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 16, 2016, 07:30:47 PM »
Loscil - Monument Builders
Too much trumpet. (Or trumpet-like sounds.) But some of the tracks are amazing, including the first, which is now one of my all-time favorites from him.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 07, 2016, 06:15:49 PM »
I think it is a quirk specific to Silent Season rather than ASC per se. A lot of their releases are on the expensive side. I've assumed it is because many of the cases are assembled by hand, but that wouldn't explain the digital price.

The releases coming from El Culto/Arc/Tomas tend to be on the expensive side too, including digital. I wonder if both labels have a set of repeat customers that make it viable to price in that range.

It is weird: I'd probably buy just about any interesting digital release for 5$. But once it goes past that threshold, I start doing weird maths to figure out whether I'd rather spend money on album A or album option B. With the exception of Silent Season, anything over 12$ in the digital realm is an automatic "no."

Now playing:

Sangam - You Forget This
Short, wistful pieces of urban ambience from Dream Catalogue. Works best at low volumes. Well priced. ;-)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 04, 2016, 05:08:16 PM »

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 03, 2016, 07:03:01 PM »
I streamed some of the Michael Neil music on Bandcamp. I agree: quite beautiful.

Material Object - Artefacts Digitaux II
Sonic experiments: sometimes harsh and sometimes serene. A real headphone treat.

ASC - No Stars Without Darkness
New release on the Silent Season label. Slow-moving ambient space music. This is much in the spirit of his previous SS releases, but with less looping and more live synth-based electronics. I think this album will appeal to many people here. The CD is priced a bit high, but new ASC releases are in the "instant buy" category for me.  ;)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Pavilion game
« on: October 23, 2016, 05:45:24 AM »
Looks cool! Added to my Steam wishlist.

Speaking of ambient puzzle adventures: Anyone try Obduction? It is the Cyan followup to Myst and Riven. Great game.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 18, 2016, 07:26:49 PM »
Thirdsystem: I've been listening to Aerial Service Area and really enjoying it! Glad you called attention to that.

Recent buys/spins:

Legiac - The Voynich Manuscript
Experimental electronic soundscapes from Roel Funcken and Cor Bolten. This is fascinating and works really well with headphones.

Lav & Purl - Earth and Beyond
A digital EP of spacious and smooth ambience, with dub techno hints.

Igenous Flame - Ocean Sighs
Love the ocean sounds and the way the processed vox ebbs and flows over the currents.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Hurricane Mathew
« on: October 06, 2016, 08:00:41 PM »
Actually moved a major part of my gear to the center of the house.  The studio is on the north east corner of the house which will get the full force of the storm...140 mph sustained wind power are not to be taken lightly.


I'm watching some of the reports now. This looks dangerous. We'll be thinking of you; be sure to report back safely as soon as you can.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Hurricane Mathew
« on: October 06, 2016, 05:22:29 PM »
Be safe. And make field recordings.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Holy Crapintosh Batman!!!
« on: October 02, 2016, 09:37:37 AM »
I've been a Windows guy for my adult life. I've always appreciated how easy it is to swap out video cards and parts, as needed.

But I've leaned toward iPhones for my mobile needs. And just got my first Macbook last month, and love it.

I might be one of the few people who likes both Windows and Macs/iOS equally!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 02, 2016, 09:33:18 AM »
Biosphere - Departed Glories
Lo-fi loops and processed sounds from vocal and folk music from Eastern Europe (I think). Very moody and haunting.

Carbon Based Lifeforms - World of Sleepers
Picked up the new CD pressing from Blood Music. Beautiful new artwork.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 27, 2016, 08:55:12 PM »
Johann Johannsson - Orphee
Modern classical with some excellent experimental flourishes. Some of these tracks make me melt. Beautiful.

Ishq - Fhorm
New from ...txt. This is pretty cool stuff: experimental electronics, but not too far "out there." Many of the tracks retain some structure, making the album feel like the right balance between composition and improvisation.

I downloaded it earlier this evening and was able to listen to a few tracks with headphones. Lovely stuff!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 21, 2016, 04:01:43 PM »
語り部 - Sketches
This has a spiritual, Alio-Die-like vibe that I really enjoy. Slow moving textures and some organic elements. Digital only.

Purl - Form is Emptiness
Spacious ambient with dub elements from the master. This is better than much of his celebrated work on Silent Season. Worth a listen.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 11, 2016, 02:36:59 PM »
Robert Rich - What We Left Behind
I finally picked this up after Robert Rich opened his Bandcamp store last week. This feels like a mature release: the mood, the details, and the instrumentation all fit together nicely. Lovely artwork too.

Erik Wollo - Stars End 2015
One continuously evolving and flowing journey through space. Love it.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich on BC
« on: September 06, 2016, 07:21:39 PM »
Super exciting!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 03, 2016, 02:49:55 PM »
No Mask Effect - Nothing Out There
From Psychnavigation's Keith Downey. This release combines urban field recordings with lush, rich synth textures to create some deep and mysterious atmospheres. The first two No Mask Effect releases seemed interesting, but I didn't feel compelled to press the "buy" button. This one was worth it.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 26, 2016, 07:29:18 PM »
Jacob Newman - Biospherica
I agree with thirdsystem: this is a fantastic release and one of the noteworthy albums of the year. Bubbly, glitchy, and occasionally dubby ambient textures, with nice melodies, field recordings, and atmospheres.

somni451 - Alice
New one--and self-released. This feels like "classic" sonmi451, but with slightly trippy atmospheres and some obvious Wonderland influences. Some of the tracks are reminiscent of the newer work, but what I like about this is that it integrates those sounds with the older sonmi451 style in a way that is both familiar and fresh.

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