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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


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

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Lo-Fi Ambient Recommendations
« on: January 12, 2017, 08:42:04 AM »
That does seem pricey. Nice sounds, though.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 10, 2017, 03:16:24 PM »
Wow!  That 23 Degrees piece is great. Had not heard it before.

Agree! Very nice.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Lo-Fi Ambient Recommendations
« on: January 09, 2017, 07:19:11 AM »
I almost listed that Ghost and Tape release! It is great.

If you come across anything else that you're particularly fond of, please repost. I love exploring new sounds. There is a nice Porya Hatami release on Dronarivm too.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Lo-Fi Ambient Recommendations
« on: January 07, 2017, 07:58:17 AM »
Here are some of my favorites, all streamable on Bandcamp:

Porya Hatami - Land

Richard Ginn - In Float

The Seaman and the Tattered Sail - Light Folds

Spheruleus - Chronota

Twincities - Memories: To dust

The Humble Bee - Instruction Booklet N. 1232

Federico Durand - Musica para Manuel

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 04, 2017, 07:56:25 AM »
Steve Roach - Painting in the Dark
This is fantastic! Much like the cover art, the sounds gradually morph and bleed into one another in fascinating ways. I agree with Ekstasis that the one weak part is track 2 which has a lot of chaotic electronics, much like Indigo Shift from in Etheric Imprints. But the chaos works a bit better here because it is situated in the context of other electronics and is not salient in the mix.

Steve Roach - Fade to Gray
This is okay, but goes on too long without any obvious metamorphosis. I suppose the same can be said for other longform works by Roach, but there isn't a "hook" here to grab me.

Jaja - Beyond the Horizons
New digital release from Jana. Four beautiful tracks that bring to mind stars and the limitless.

Cousin Silas - Dronescape 035
Wonderful bedtime ambience. Digital only.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Blade Runner Sequel
« on: December 28, 2016, 06:54:18 PM »
Agree, Arrival was fantastic. And the soundtrack, by Johann Johannsson, is spectacular as well.

I'm also looking forward to the new Bladerunner, but I'm skeptical about whether it will be as compelling as the original.

I thought it would be fun to carry on drone on's tradition of asking people to list some of their favorite releases of the year. It doesn't have to be a list of 10 per se, but I'd love to know what really stood out for people so I can insure that I didn't miss anything that deserves a good listen.

Here are some of my favorites from 2016. The first four are my absolute favorites of the year; the rest are listed in no specific order.

Steve Roach and Robert Logan - Second Nature
Unlike anything in the Roach catalog. I love the serene, Budd-like quality of the piano and the way the synths wash over those notes like waves over stones.

Alio Die - Seamlessly Bliss
Pure and deep ambient bliss with Stefano's distinctive signature sounds.

Ishq - Space Simulator
Six longform ambient-drone pieces delivered from outer space.

Nacht Plank - Alien
This is such a unique, odd, and quirky recording: modular experiments with alien melodies.

Mick Chillage - (M)odes
Such great tracks on here, and a lot of ground covered, including drifting ambient and an up-tempo closing.

Autumn of Communion - Broken Apart By Sunlight
This is easily one of the better AoC releases.

Jacob Newman - Biospherica
Bubbling and glitchy ambient. CD coming on Carpe Sonum in 2017.

Remember - Route Back Home
Technically released in 2015, but the CD came out in 2016. Ambient vapourwave inspired by lost love, wanderlust, and rainy nights in the city.

Forrest Fang - The Sleepwalker's Ocean
I'm especially fond of the Sleepwalker's Ocean suite, as well as the longform track on the second disk. Lots of depth, and chock full of interesting sounds.

Andrew Heath - Europa
Found sounds and field recordings mixed with ambient textures. Each track is like a sonic tapestry.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 25, 2016, 09:12:12 PM »
Yay, Alio Die.

Been listening to his two new ones a lot around here: An Unfathomable Convergence and Imaginal Symmetry. The first one feels like an extended mix of Seamlessly Bliss. It is good, but it makes me want to listen to SB instead (which is one of my favorites of the year). Imaginal Symmetry is beautiful and is my favorite of the two new releases. Again, it has some familiar motifs, but the sounds flow nicely and have a nice meditative quality.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Season's Greetings
« on: December 25, 2016, 03:13:45 PM »

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: December 25, 2016, 01:09:24 PM »

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 22, 2016, 09:59:35 PM »
Sounds like you had a great day, thirdsystem!  :)

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