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Looks like the Bandcamp site has both discs, based on doing some basic napkin math on the track times.

I'm pre-viewing it right now; love that first selection.

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: December 03, 2015, 07:41:16 PM »
Very intriguing cover art!

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 02, 2015, 07:53:00 PM »
Went a bit nuts and bought a bunch of older and newer Ishq releases:

Older/compilations:
Ishq - Fluid Earth + Sunflower + Bloom
Each of these discs contains b-sides and unreleased/compilation tracks recorded over the years. Fluid Earth contains the second disc that accompanied Orchard in the Dakini release. The lead track is a smooth one with some light percussive components: hypnotic and serene. Out of this bunch, I would say that Bloom is the stand-out: It best represents the ambient side of Ishq that I appreciate: basic synth work with a nice mixture of organic and other-worldly elements. One of the tracks, Amaryllis Dreams, may be one of my favorite tracks in the Ishq cannon. Bloom, even if it is merely a collection of varied songs, holds together incredibly well as an album and, in my opinion, deserves more recognition.

Newer:
Onirojenik - Mundus Imaginalis + Onirojenik World
Two new Ishq releases in the Virtual World series. I'll be honest: These are not easy listens. On the one hand, these two discs represent a truly innovative direction for Hillier. They pick up where the lush, tribal themes that characterized Flowering Mountain Earth leave off, but then push those themes into what might be best described as an acid-inspired trip through tribal cultures on another planet. It is super interesting stuff and involves sound palettes that I've never heard before. On the other hand, I'm not sure these discs have a lot of replay value. They deserve careful study, but they wear out their welcome after a few listens. I might feel differently about this after a bit of time, but I find myself listening more to the releases I described above than these newer ones.

Of the two new discs, I'd say that Mundus Imaginalis is the best. It stays relatively true to some basic ambient roots. Onirojenik World requires a bit more patience.

https://virtual1.bandcamp.com/album/mundus-imaginalis
https://virtual1.bandcamp.com/album/onirojenik-world

 



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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steaming services
« on: November 30, 2015, 06:09:31 PM »
Great topic!

I stream albums on Bandcamp as a way of exploring the genre and trying to figure out what I want to buy. I haven't tried the Apple service. And, although I've explored Spotify, I didn't like the fact that there wasn't an integrated way to move from listening/sampling to purchasing--something that Bandcamp has aced.

I'm still a bit wary of the streaming concept, for many of the reasons others listed (e.g., too much money is diverted away from the artist, the quality isn't quite there--yet). And, although most of my listening is via digital files, I'm still a sucker for owning physical copies. I find it harder to "respect" the music if it doesn't have a physical representation. I know that sounds like mystical mumbo jumbo; I can't defend it rationally.

I'm open to streaming, however. Maybe in 5 to 10 years it will be the obvious way to do things. But, in addition to quality and bandwitdh issues, I hope two issues will be solved: (a) how to make sure artists are fairly compensated for their work and (b) how to solve the mumbo jumbo problem I described above. (That issue might solve itself when my generation passes away; it is almost certainly unique to those of us who grew up with tapes, vinyl, and/or CDs).


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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 27, 2015, 08:35:44 PM »
Jeff Pearce - Winter Calm
Digital only. Nice, slow-moving soundscapes. The second track, A Long Winter's Sleep, is perfect: serene and ethereal. I continue to be amazed by what this guy can do with a guitar.
Buy/Sample: https://jeffpearcemusic.bandcamp.com/album/winter-calm


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I haven't used the option yet (as a fan), mainly for the reasons you noted. Even with a discount, it isn't cost effective if you already own your favorites from an artist's catalog.

Having said that, however, I think this would be a really neat option if I just discovered someone's work for the first time and wanted to splurge and acquire it all. I had an experience like this with sonmi451's music a couple of years ago: I heard two releases (Ruis & The Quiet EP) and then wanted the rest of his catalog.

So I'm glad the feature now exists on Bandcamp.

I think artists have the option to elect into it; it isn't forced on you.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 17, 2015, 07:06:59 PM »
Ishq - In a Rainbow Air
Great new release on Virtual.  Vast ambient expanses with plenty of quirky Hillier electronics.
Buy/Listen: https://virtual1.bandcamp.com/album/in-a-rainbow-air

Yunomi (Ishq) - Floracopia
I'm not sure what to think of this. The album has some fantastic tracks on it, but, as an album, it doesn't really flow well; I find myself skipping around to get to my favorite parts. It is much more experimental than the previous Yunomi release, which felt more like a psychedelic journey through a garden.
Buy/Listen: https://ishq.bandcamp.com/album/floracopia


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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 11, 2015, 05:28:58 PM »
nom nom. I love that first AoC disc.

Markus Guentner - Theia
Amazing drone work from a legend. Recently released by A Strangely Isolated Place, on vinyl and digital.
Buy/Listen: https://astrangelyisolatedplace.bandcamp.com/album/theia

Grimes - Art Angels
Not ambient, but super fun, quirky electro-pop on 4AD.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 04, 2015, 06:23:46 PM »
I loved Fire Dances back in the day. Good stuff! I think Dominator was my favorite track from that release.

Some recent downloads:

Rudy Adrian - Moonwater

2006 release on Spotted Peccary. Really nice, with a range of instrumentation.
https://ambientelectronic.bandcamp.com/album/moon-water

Arovane & Hior Chronik - In-between
A perfect collaboration: The sum is greater than the parts.
https://astrangelyisolatedplace.bandcamp.com/album/in-between


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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 02, 2015, 06:33:36 AM »
 ;D

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 30, 2015, 08:34:32 PM »
Aglaia - Florealia Nocturna + Ephemeral Blue
New ambient from Gino Fioravanti. The first of these releases is composed of drifting, ethereal soundscapes, and is somewhat reminiscent of Absolutely Deep. The second one is a bit more experimental, but not quite as edgy or alien as some of the releases from last year. Both are fantastic. And, as usual, the art work is beautiful.

https://aliodie.bandcamp.com/album/florealia-nocturna
https://aliodie.bandcamp.com/album/ephemeral-blue

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: History of Sleep Music
« on: October 23, 2015, 07:17:09 PM »
That was a great read.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 20, 2015, 05:32:05 PM »
Ghost and Tape - Shift
New release from the recently resurrected Slaapwel label. Gentle, drifting guitar meanderings, with low-fi dusting. This doesn't really stand out in any special way, but it is executed well if that's your jam.

Buy/Listen: https://slaapwel.bandcamp.com/album/shift

2814 -  新しい日の誕生

I'm not sure what Vaporware is exactly, but this is one of a few exemplars from that genre that has really resonated with me, probably because it has a clear ambient component to it.

Buy/Listen: https://dreamcatalogue.bandcamp.com/album/--18

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 13, 2015, 04:09:11 PM »
Omni vu deity - Nuiemiu Rift + Vuunayatu

Two new releases from Ishq and part of the Virtual World series.

Nuiemiu Rift is fantastic--an experimental journey to imaginary worlds, containing a nice fusion of "world music," expansive soundscapes, and mysterious atmospheres. I don't think this is for everyone, but I think it is a true jewel in the recent wave of Ishq releases. Sci-fi anthropology.

Vuunayatu is nice release too, but it hard not to compare it against the other when they are released simultaneously. This one is a bit more on the safe side. Frankly, parts of it are a bit monotonous (e.g., the first track), but the title track--along with a few others--are fantastic.

Available on digital and CD:
https://virtual1.bandcamp.com/album/nuiemiu-rift
https://virtual1.bandcamp.com/album/vuunayatu
 

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Alio Die on BC
« on: October 13, 2015, 04:01:05 PM »
Excellent! Thanks for the info, Richard.  Not only am I looking forward to listening to these releases, I'm also looking forward to your reviews of them. ;-)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Alio Die on BC
« on: October 12, 2015, 06:03:23 PM »
I just noticed this evening that there are two new Aglaia releases listed on Alio Die's bandcamp page. Does anyone have any scoop on this (e.g., whether there will be physical releases)? The samples are wonderful; I would hate to impulsively buy these digital albums and find out next week that the CDs are being pressed.

No newsletter updates or updates on Stefano's website yet.

Example:
https://aliodie.bandcamp.com/album/florealia-nocturna

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 11, 2015, 07:01:02 AM »
Josh Mason - Hellified Isle
An interesting release from Fet Press. A short paperback book, containing reflections on growing up near the ocean, musings on recording, and general nostalgia. The book is accompanied by a download code that contains some of Mason's trademark glitchy guitar meanderings, along with some surf-music style riffs. Really unique and interesting. 
Sample/Buy: http://www.fet-press.com/

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 05, 2015, 05:21:27 PM »
Mick Chillage - Pixels III
The third in the long-form Pixels series, on Anodize. This is excellent. It is essentially four movements that are woven into one another sequentially. The second quarter is a bit on the dark side (soundtrack to a bloody awful stabbing), but the rest of it is truly outstanding.
Buy/Sample: https://anodizesound.bandcamp.com/album/pixels-iii

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach - Bloodmoon Rising
« on: September 28, 2015, 08:43:51 PM »
Did anyone else geek-out and listen to Disc 4 while watching the lunar eclipse last night? My daughter and I shared some ear buds as we gazed at the sky. It was lovely.
 


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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 27, 2015, 06:34:00 AM »
Andrew Heath - Flux
I'm really enjoying this one a lot. It is a bit like taking an audio tour through a curio cabinet full of unusual sounds, contemplating each one for a bit, and moving on. Great use of field recordings, simple synth pads, and piano. Quiet, subtle, and immersive.
Buy/Sample: https://andrewheath.bandcamp.com/album/flux

Wil Bolton - Inscriptions
This is one of my favorites of his recent releases. It has a bit of an older Marsen Jules vibe (looped acoustic sequences) that I really appreciate. The recording is based on processed guitar, environmental sounds, and some light glitchy dusting. On dronarivm.
Buy/Sample: https://dronarivm.bandcamp.com/album/inscriptions


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