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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 30, 2013, 08:00:58 PM »
Ithaca Trio - Music for Piano & Patience
Two 30-minute piano tracks. Simple and straight-forward, right? Despite the apparent simplicity, this is an absolutely mesmerizing and complex album. The improvised piano tracks are looped and layered on top of one another, using multiple channels, and recorded to a degrading reel-to-reel tape. The result is ghostly and hypnotic. I love this.
Buy/Listen: http://homenormal.bandcamp.com/album/music-for-piano-patience

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best of 2013
« on: December 29, 2013, 04:05:55 PM »
With those caveats in mind, Anthony, what were some of the 2013 releases you enjoyed the most? And you're NOT allowed to list Lammergeyer!

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 29, 2013, 03:03:46 PM »
stormloop - Arctic Conditions
Downloaded this today, thanks to a "name your price" sale that Kev Spence is hosting on Bandcamp. It is excellent; I wish I had picked up the CD before it sold out. Slow moving and expansive synth soundscapes.
Listen/Buy: https://stormloop.bandcamp.com/album/arctic-conditions

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Great review, Richard. This is a truly excellent album.

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Hilarious. I was listening to this last night and, once again, my daughter asked me to turn it off. You're freaking out 8-year olds in the US! (I think it is a great release, however!)

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 28, 2013, 08:57:01 AM »
Offthesky and Pillow Garden - A Dream in a Dream
This is a digital EP from 2011 on the Audio Gourmet netlabel. This is excellent. It isn't typical of Offthesky's work and reminds me a lot of some of Alio Die's more majestic cathedral-style drone work. Check this out.
Listen/Buy/DL: http://music.audiogourmet.co.uk/album/a-dream-in-a-dream

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Binaural Recordings?
« on: December 27, 2013, 06:36:13 PM »
Sounds like fun.

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Downloaded and have listened a few times. Really cool!

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 26, 2013, 11:29:39 AM »
Avalon Sutra is one of my favorites too. Wasn't that billed as his "last album" when it was released?

Moskitoo - Mitosis
A unexpected Christmas gift from a family member. Japanese experimental pop meets ambient, from 12k. 

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: R.I.P. XP
« on: December 26, 2013, 11:25:23 AM »
You've inspired me to do the overnight backup this evening.

If I inspired just ONE backup, the effort to write the message was worth it.  L :) L

And thank goodness, too. I had to restore from this backup this morning! Long live tech advice from the Hypnos Forums!

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Greetings from Bratislava!!!!
« on: December 25, 2013, 12:18:22 PM »
Merry Christmas and Happy New Years, Richard and everyone else on the Hypnos Forums!

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Those qualities are some of the things that I really appreciate about the album!  One of Tattersall's strengths, in my opinion, is his ability to make a recording feel modern, yet sound as if he just pulled it out of a closet where it has been stored for three decades.  :)

Nonetheless, I'm glad you chimed in with a different take on the release. I like to read contrasting opinions on albums--doing so gives me more to think about as a fan and listener.

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Great timing! I was looking for some non-cheesy Christmas music to play for the kids!

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: December 24, 2013, 07:25:55 AM »
Jonathan Safran Foer - Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
A story about a young boy, Oskar Schell, who is coping with the loss of his father. He discovers a key in his father's belongings, along with the simple word "Black", and undertakes a quest to visit every Black in the NYC phone book to see if they know anything about the key or what it might unlock. This book has super interesting characters, some great one-liners, and is charming in all the right ways.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 22, 2013, 05:21:52 PM »
Orla Wren (with Aaron Martin and Isnaj Dui) - The Blizzard the Birthed Her
A relatively new release from Facture. The artwork/packaging is beautiful, in a way that is typical of the hand crafted efforts of Dan Crossley at Facture/Fluid Audio. The music is mostly in the experimental electo-acoustic tradition and is organized around two core tracks. Each of those recordings is is then expanded by adding processed cello from Aaron Martin and flute from Isnaj Dui. The core tracks, at least in my opinion, are pretty weak. I don't know if that was by design to allow the remixed versions to evolve in interesting directions. Some of the revamped versions, though, are quite lovely.

Buy/Samples: https://facture.bandcamp.com/album/the-blizzard-that-birthed-her

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 20, 2013, 11:35:34 AM »
The Seaman and the Tattered Sail - Light Folds
Still loving this. It has been released on digital now for anyone who was curious and didn't grab a physical copy on release.
Buy/Stream: https://facture.bandcamp.com/album/light-folds-2

Virlyn - Man Asleep
Joe made me revisit this again. So much awesome.
Buy/Stream: https://etalabel.bandcamp.com/album/man-asleep

36 - Memories in Widescreen
Outstanding ambient. This might be either my favorite or second favorite (Lithea might be first) in the 36 collection. Buy/Stream: https://3six.bandcamp.com/album/memories-in-widescreen

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: ???
« on: December 19, 2013, 05:36:50 PM »
does any one really use this ? :)
I never would :)

I bought the first version of this for my ipod a long time ago; I didn't realize there were newer editions. It is fun to play with. It is certainly not something designed for musicians, but, as a "fan toy," it was super-neat.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 17, 2013, 07:11:02 PM »
Ekca Liena & Spheruleus - Mapping the Boundary Layer
This is an exceptionally strong experimental ambient collaboration between Ekca Liena (Dan MacKenzie) and Spheruleus (Harry Towell). The tracks are organized around the theme of atmospheric conditions, and, as a listener, it is easy to sense oneself transitioning between dense fog, tranquil seas, and clashing storms. This is truly brilliant; check it out if you haven't already.

Buy CD/Stream Samples:
http://ekcaliena.bandcamp.com/album/mapping-the-boundary-layer
http://homenormal.bandcamp.com/album/mapping-the-boundary-layer

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 16, 2013, 08:35:12 PM »
Max Corbacho - The Ocean Inside
I've been listening to this a lot lately. I don't remember being blown away by it when it was first released, but, a year later, I find that it is still in regular rotation. That counts for something, no?

Seren Ffordd & Oophoi - The Martian Chronicles
Something I failed to buy on release, and now I'm staving off the regret. Wonderful and dark; minimal and mature.

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