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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 05, 2014, 05:21:35 PM »
Recent plays:

Vir Unis - The Drift Inside
A favorite of mine. The last track, Deepest Dreams, blows me away.

Jaja - Stars
Nice deep space ambient.

Wintersilence - Submental Vol. 2
Drones on top of drones.

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Speaking of Robert Rich and buying turntables, etc. I was one of those sad people who held on to my VHS player instead of buying a DVD player until Robert Rich's Somnium was released on DVD in 2001. That was the event that led me to finally update my system!

According to Robert's newsletter, Premonitions will be available digitally once the vinyl is sold out. I'm tempted to buy the vinyl, but it has a hefty price. And I'll probably regret passing on it years from now.  :(

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 03, 2014, 09:00:32 AM »
I bet your wife calls you crazy when you do that.  ;)

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: May 03, 2014, 08:29:54 AM »
Just finished Hugh Howley's, Sand, which was a lot of fun (thanks Dave). I enjoyed it a lot, but, like the Silo series, I felt that it lost its fizzle about 3/4 of the way in. A great premise, but then a less than stellar story evolves from it.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 03, 2014, 08:26:28 AM »
Honeysuckle is one of a handful I never picked up. I'll have to give it a try sometime.

I've been enjoying this week some digital downloads from the recent Projekt sale:

Steve Roach - Live Transmission and Future Flows


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Independent Music Reviews / Re: My review of "Centurion" CD by Aglaia
« on: April 29, 2014, 03:25:08 PM »
I love this release.

Very nice and thoughtful review, Richard.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 29, 2014, 03:14:47 PM »
I was saddened to learn yesterday that the SEM label has closed its doors. The label is continuing to sell some old physical stock on their bandcamp site, however. Moreover, the label owners (Alexandre Navarro and Letna/Sasa Vojvodic) have made their digital releases available for free. If you didn't get a chance to check some of those out in the past, this is a good time to do so. I've posted links to two of my favorites from the label owners below. I've spent the day at work revisiting these. 

Letna - Adria
http://semlabel.bandcamp.com/album/adria

Redfish - Redfish
http://semlabel.bandcamp.com/album/redfish

Sem released some really neat stuff, including some work by offthesky. the Green Kingdom, and Segue's most recent album. The website hints at some kind of rebirth in the future. Fingers crossed.


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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 27, 2014, 10:23:00 AM »
Working in the garden with Current 93's Of Ruine or Some Blazing Starre.

Sample/Buy: https://current931.bandcamp.com/album/of-ruine-or-some-blazing-starre

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 26, 2014, 08:27:38 AM »
Orla Wren - Soil Steps
Soil Steps is a sonic journey constructed from sounds Tui (Orla Wren) recorded during his travels through the Iberian wilderness and its border villages. Although most of the sounds are natural (e.g., brooks, insects, birdsong) or incidental (e.g., a car passing by, people talking on the street), they are mixed in with some of Tui's atomistic, micro-sound experimentation, which gives the piece a surreal quality--as if it is part natural history and part fiction. Listening to this in a single sitting is an incredible experience because the album truly transports you to another place.

This is easily a contender for one of my favorite releases of the year. It might not appeal to everyone here because it is on the far extreme acoustic/field end of the ambient/drone continuum; the electronics and synthesis are not the focus. But, if you have any interest in this kind of experimental work, Chris Watson's recordings, or organic dronescapes, this is worth a careful listen. 

Buy/Listen: http://oak-editions.com/release/soil-steps or http://orlawrenmusic.bandcamp.com/album/soil-steps-oak-editions-2014

This peacock makes a vocal appearance around 22 mins in to the album. Tui was kind enough to send me a disambiguating photo after I inquired about what my daughter had described as "the sounds of a loud and strange cat."



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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 23, 2014, 05:48:15 PM »
Loren Nerell - Slow Dream
Picked up the digital download during Projekt's weekend sale. I should have grabbed this album in 2012. Deep subterranean drones and textures. Absolutely mesmerizing.

Sample/Buy: https://projektrecords.bandcamp.com/album/slow-dream

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I love these two new CDs. They are the sonic equivalents of chocolate cupcakes. Yum.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: April 21, 2014, 06:53:57 PM »
Re-read Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. That took forever. But worth it. I love that book, despite not resonating with her philosophy fully.

Ransom Riggs - Hollow City
A follow up to Miss Perregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, which I liked a lot. Hollow City wasn't that great. Not much of a story and all the character development points and quirks got spent in the first novel.

Gabrielle Zevin - The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry
This was excellent. A.J. Fikry owns a bookstore on Alice Island--a small island resort that essentially thrives on summer visitors. Three important things happen early in the novel: A.J. is awfully rude to a book representative, his ultra-rare copy fo E.A. Poe's first book is stolen, and a woman abandons her baby in his book store with a note that says that she wants the girl to grow up among books and people who love books. The way in which the implications of these three events are woven together is excellent. Plus, each chapter opens with A.J.'s brief review of of classic and popular books, which start in a normal fashion, but, as the novel progresses, become notes to his daughter. Super cool story.

Just picked up Sand. Looking forward to starting it.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 21, 2014, 04:17:13 PM »
Twincities - Variations for Celesta
This is the first release for the new Eilean Records label (http://www.eilean-records.com/), run by Monolyth & Cobalt. Grainy dronescapes based largely on processed celesta, with occasional appearances of guitar and a basement furnace. Pretty neat stuff and likely to be appealing if you like the acoustic/experimental side of ambient.

Buy/Listen: https://eileanrec.bandcamp.com/album/variations-for-the-celesta (The second track is especially good.)

Also recently playing 36's Lithea. I really, really love that CD.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Projekt sale
« on: April 18, 2014, 04:56:32 PM »
Projekt is having a 50% sale this weekend on their Bandcamp site. The discount code and further information is available here: https://www.facebook.com/ProjektRecords?ref=hl

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Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: 2014 Hypnos release schedule?
« on: April 17, 2014, 06:08:18 PM »
Seriously. I can't stop starting at it. Very cool.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 16, 2014, 05:40:36 PM »
I gave Butterfly a listen. What a great album! Thanks for the heads up, Dave and drone on!

Purl - Behind Clouds
New release from Dewtone. This is omg excellent ambient dub. My favorite release yet by Purl. The spacey, electronic soundscapes are perfect, rich, and wisp-like. The beats, while largely being subtle, are quirky (in a nice way) and draw upon a variety of sound sources, making them feel both familiar and alien. I really wish there was a CD for this one; digital only at Bandcamp.

Buy/Listen: http://dewtonerecordings.com/album/behind-clouds-dtr032

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / ASC's Studio
« on: April 13, 2014, 09:10:33 AM »
I'm not a musician, but I know that those of you who are enjoy swapping gear and studio pics.  ;)

Here are some pics of ASC's setup.

http://imgur.com/a/NKwGN#0

ASC has done a lot of dnb and techno work, but has also recently begun to venture more explicitly into ambient territory in his releases on Silent Season. His double CD last year, Time Heals All, was my favorite ambient release of the year. He has a new one coming out sometime in the next few months.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 13, 2014, 08:07:19 AM »
Segue - The Here and Now
Ambient dub with nice tempo shifts and some really catchy melodies from the Sem label. A nice follow up to last year's Pacifica on Silent Season.

Samples/Buy: http://shop.semlabel.com/album/the-here-and-now

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 08, 2014, 03:46:53 PM »
That cracked me up.  :)

David Newlyn - Disintegrating Suburban Dream
New release from Hibernate. Urban field recordings (a recent theme in many of the electro-acoustic ambient releases form the UK, it seems) and minimal piano, with subtle strings and electronics on occasion. My wife liked this, which is either great news or cause for alarm.

Listen/Buy: https://hibernaterecordings.bandcamp.com/album/disintegrating-suburban-dream

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Someone turned me on to Monument Valley yesterday. It was a blast. It is an iOS iPhone/iPad kind of game; I don't think it is meant for a desktop, but I could be wrong.

The graphics are beautiful and there is a quasi-ambient soundtrack that accompanies the 10 levels.

It is a puzzle game in which you have to navigate your character from one end of the "maze" to the other. What makes it unique, however, is that it embodies Escher-like principles in which two paths might be broken from one angle, but, if you rotate the display, you might be able to find an angle that enables those paths to connect. Many of the puzzles require thinking in 4 dimensions, which is a fun exercise.

Anyhow, if you're in the US and you're looking for something interesting to do during commercials of the NCAA tournament, this is your answer. ;-)

http://www.monumentvalleygame.com/

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 06, 2014, 06:59:37 AM »
Thanks for the head's up on Sea Change, Joe. That absolutely belongs in my Wish List--along with Anthony's new one. (I just wish the Wish List wasn't growing so fast!)

Recently playing:
Ashlar - St. James' Gardens
A neat collaboration between Wil Bolton and Phil Edwards. It is mostly guitar and various electronics being looped and processed over urban field recordings. It seems kind of meh on a first pass, but it quickly grew on me. It is easy to get lost in these soundscapes; supreme mind-wandering music.

Sample/Buy: http://hibernaterecordings.bandcamp.com/album/st-james-gardens

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