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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 11, 2014, 07:49:28 PM »
Janek Schaefer - Lay-by Lullaby
This release has three noteworthy qualities. First, the sounds and imagery do a good job at creating a psychological space. When I listen to this, I feel as if I'm sitting on the side of an infrequently traveled highway, watching the sun go down, and hearing the occasional car speeding past. Second, the tracks are named after radio stations and the transition between tracks occasionally resembles the spinning of an old radio dial. Finally, the music itself is nice. It is familiar ambient in many respects, but captures some of the Western vibe that is represented in Roach/King. Adding to the sense of place and atmosphere in a subtle amount of radio static layered into the mix. Anyhow, this is a stand-out release for 12k. I'm not sure if it will appeal to everyone, but I feel that Schaefer accomplished something noteworthy. 
Samples/Buy: http://www.12k.com/index.php/site/releases/lay-by_lullaby/

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 09, 2014, 12:51:45 PM »
Hi, Joe. I streamed Unstable earlier today. You're right--great stuff. I might have to place an order for it. Also gave Optical Frameworks a listen. Good stuff too.

thirdsystem: I gave Northaunt a listen too. It freaked me out a bit--in a way I can appreciate. Nice find.

Now playing:
M. Ostermeier - The Rules of Another Small World
From the curator of Tench Records. Very similar in spirit to the Porya Hatami release from the same label. One part piano, one part electronics, one part found sounds, and one part dusty processing. This is a really neat CD. And the cover art is crazy compelling.
Samples/Buy: http://www.tenchrec.com/TCH04.html


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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 08, 2014, 07:37:25 AM »
Porya Hatami - Shallow
New release from the Tench label. I'm a sucker for this kind of stuff: electro-acoustic looping and noodling with a mixture of field recordings, clicks, and pops. The sounds feel as if they are bubbling up to the surface. Joe R--this is a great followup to Land and quite similar in style. Porya also seems to have a lot of new releases lined up across the world, including new collaborations with Lee Anthony Norris on Carpe Sonum and ...txt.

Samples/Buy: http://www.tenchrec.com/

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: True Detective
« on: March 07, 2014, 07:34:41 PM »
My wife and I watched the first episode last night. I'm curious and want to see more. Thanks for the tip!

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: True Detective
« on: March 06, 2014, 08:30:26 PM »
Darn. Hadn't even heard of it. Will have to give it a look.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 05, 2014, 05:30:34 PM »
Forrest: I hope you enjoy Fragile Existence. Musically, I think the last two tracks (Brook and Wood) are the highlights of the release. But the photos are what make the experience a true treat.

Recent spins:
Wintersilence - Submental Vol. 2
Excellent drone work with great depth from the El Culto label. This is encoded as one 55 minute track, but there are clearly discrete tracks on here that morph into one another in the smooth ways that I'm accustomed to in some of Tomas' work. I'm not exactly sure who Wintersilence is, but drone on suggested that Grassow is involved and Discogs corroborates that possibility.
Samples/Buy: http://www.el-culto.com/artists/submental/vol2wintersilence.html

Tomas Weiss - Zeitlos (Sleep Edition)
One of my favorite tracks of the year expanded into a 60 minute epic journey. Not an essential purchase if you have the proper Zeitlos album, but a beautiful, supplemental dessert nonetheless.
Samples/Buy: http://www.el-culto.com/artists/tomasweiss/zeitlos-sleep-edition.html

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 03, 2014, 04:26:14 PM »
Anthony Paul Kerby & Tomas Weiss - Revelation
Great electronic-ambient music from two of our forum members. Nice and varied, and well worth headphone listening. Favorite track: Discovery

Samples/Buy: http://databloem.com/home/12-antony-paul-kerby-tomas-weiss-revelation.html

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 28, 2014, 09:11:14 PM »
William Basinski - The Disintegration Loops
I bought the first dlp disc when it came out in 2002. I enjoyed it, but didn't find myself listening to it much after the first few spins. The concept and process behind the release captured my imagination more than the music itself. As a result, I did not buy the other discs when they came out. Recently, however, my wife bought me the CD box set for my birthday and I've really been enjoying all of the discs. Hearing them all back-to-back rounds out the experience nicely and gives me a better appreciation for the work.

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Is this using the Bandcamp app? Or visiting the website it self via a smartphone browser?

I don't use the app. But when I visit the website on my iphone via safari it acts funny about 10% of the time.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 26, 2014, 06:24:22 PM »
Otto A. Totland - Pin˘
This is a cool new release from Sonic Pieces (DE). The album is comprised of 18 relatively short (i.e., < 3 mins) compositions for piano. The tracks are slow paced, somewhat rustic, and sorrowful in tone. This album would make a good soundtrack to a film about ghosts, nostalgia, or, better yet, nostalgic ghosts.  Adding to the atmosphere are the occasional creeks of old, wooden floorboards, hurried breaths, and the squeaking of the piano bench. Otto Totland is one-half of Deaf Center. If you are a fan of that duo and like the modern composition end of their recordings, you'll find this Pin˘ to be quite the treat.

Samples/Buy: http://experimedia.net/index.php?main_page=product_music_info&cPath=1&products_id=11271

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Regarding the Lost Island
« on: February 25, 2014, 07:03:55 PM »
That was a great series. My wife and I would spend hours speculating about the origins/meaning of the Smoke Monsters. Lost was a bit incoherent in from a big picture point of view, but I loved the character development, the way the pre-island stories would evolve into island stories, and the mystery of the island, the others, etc. I hope another series comes along that inspires the same sense of awe and immersion.

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Thanks for the link, John. I'm not sure how I missed that the first time around!

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 25, 2014, 06:56:23 PM »
Porya Hatami- Land- another brilliant Bandcamp release. The music resembles Taylor Deupree's micro-glitch soundworlds, but a bit more melodic, with a backdrop of field samples that add flavor to the mix. A stunningly beautiful release, I'm really loving this. Very blissful and incredibly relaxing. I actually prefer this to Taylor Deupree's best music.

And he's from Iran. How often do you hear about an Iranian ambient musician?

I agree; great album. He has a new release out on Tench. Hoping it will arrive in the mail sometime this week!


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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 24, 2014, 08:26:36 PM »
Mark Harris - The Angry Child
A new release on the n5md label. The title of the album almost makes this seem as if it would be an abrasive album. But, in fact, this is serene, slowly moving, synth-driven ambient. The tracks evolve in an organic way, and, much like a dream, you don't really notice how things have changed until after the fact. Good music for sleeping or spacing out.

Samples/Buy: http://n5md.com/discography/223/The-Angry-Child

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Anyone have a link to some samples? I can never get the Cyan Music site to load.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 23, 2014, 04:14:41 PM »
Listening to the samples on Bandcamp, thirdsystem. You're right: beautiful.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 23, 2014, 07:58:14 AM »
Recently playing: Two exceptionally well priced digital releases on Bandcamp:

Araf˙ra - HUMORES I - IV
Ethereal ambient with strings and some experimental touches. This is excellent. So excellent.
https://arafura.bandcamp.com/album/humores-i-iv

Moon Eye Lids - Moon Eye Lids
A digital release from the Wounded Wolf Press (UK). Parts of this bring me to a same place that Roach's Dream Circle takes me. With song titles such as "The Boy Who Watches the Reflection Of The Living Room Lamp on the Glass as a Galaxy in Universe with Binoculars Mesmerized and the Girl Used to Cry to the Same Old Cartoon About a Poor Dog whenever they were at Their Friends House / PART A ", how can you go wrong?  ;)
https://weikeeditions.bandcamp.com/album/moon-eye-lids-2

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 20, 2014, 06:17:54 PM »
Faures - Continental Drift
Faures is RenÚ Margraff/Pillowdiver, Le Berger, and Elintseeker/Fuzz Lee. This release is beautiful--really unique. The primary form of instrumentation is layers upon layers of guitar, with occasional piano, synth, and glitchy electronics. The result is a shoegazing style "wall of sound," but much more restrained and delicate than what might be expected. The music is thick, but delicate. And the melodies, when they emerge, will melt you. Give this a shot; the first two tracks, in particular, are outstanding.

Listen/Buy: https://homenormal.bandcamp.com/album/continental-drift

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: February 19, 2014, 07:27:35 PM »
Sand looks really interesting. I'll have to check that out.

Just re-read Ready Player One. Couldn't help myself.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 18, 2014, 07:20:57 PM »
I streamed Exit in Gray via Bandcamp and enjoyed it quite a bit--especially the last track.

Playing Today at Work:
R. Andrew Lee - Dennis Johnson's November
This is a four-disc release containing a modern performance of Dennis Johnson's November by pianist and minimalism scholar, R. Andrew Lee. There is a detailed description of the history of the piece on the webpage linked below, but, in a nutshell, the original composition was written in the late 50's, lost in time, recently rediscovered, translated from bad audio cassette to sheet music, and rapidly became beloved among a number of folks. It is an intensely minimal work for piano and, if you're into the kind of experimental modern composition that is often celebrated by labels such as Sonic Pieces, early Type releases, or Hibernate, you'll probably enjoy this greatly.

I was only tangentially aware of this release after reading some rave reviews of it last year. But, while I was in Austin, TX this past week, I stumbled across a live performance by R. Andrew Lee and had the opportunity to hear him play. (He is quite talented, by the way. Sometimes these minimal pieces don't always showcase a performer's true skills.) It was a serendipitous event, to say the least, and I bought the November box set as a way of memorializing and celebrating the occasion.

Sample/Buy: http://recordings.irritablehedgehog.com/album/dennis-johnson-november-2

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