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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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Everything and Nothing / Re: Austin TX Record Store Suggestions
« on: February 17, 2014, 04:24:43 PM »
I managed to visit both End of an Ear and Waterloo during my visit. Both were great stores, but End of an Ear was a truly special treat. They had a great selection of classic and modern experimental, ambient, and electronic music. It was nice to have a physical browsing experience again!

I appreciate the tips, guys.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: ROACH Road Trip. . . .the Long Trip
« on: February 17, 2014, 04:22:24 PM »
Sounds like a great experience.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 17, 2014, 04:13:33 PM »
Thanks for the tip, Joe. I will give Exit in Grey a listen!

Recently playing:
Alphaxone - Living in the Grayland
New release from Cyro Chamber. Dark ambient for Iran. Pretty good with a nice use of textures and varying frequencies.
https://cryochamber.bandcamp.com/album/living-in-the-grayland

Sabled Sun - Signals III
Lost in deep space, from Cyro Chamber's curator.
https://cryochamber.bandcamp.com/album/signals-iii

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Austin TX Record Store Suggestions
« on: February 12, 2014, 08:02:32 AM »
Thanks for the suggestions!

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Everything and Nothing / Austin TX Record Store Suggestions
« on: February 11, 2014, 08:35:40 PM »
Anyone on the forums familiar with good record stores in Austin, TX? I'll be there for a few days this week. Wouldn't mind hitting something that has a good selection of ambient, new age, em, world, etc.

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Got to agree on the Cell album - excellent stuff. 

I just stumbled across something last week and now I'm totally forgetting what it was.  Ack!  I can't remember.

Temporal Arc?  ;)

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I recently pulled out Broken Voyage by Kelly David--after the new release with Roach came out. I recall liking this when it came out 12 years ago, but I had completely forgotten about it. It stands the test of time well. But, I'm a bit reluctant to admit that some of the tribal ambient layers don't quite resonate with me the same way they used to.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 10, 2014, 03:20:14 PM »
Mick Chillage - Saudade
Thanks for the head's up, thirdsystem. Loving this. Synth-driven ambient from Carpe Sonum.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 08, 2014, 06:18:30 PM »
Ian Hawgood and Friends - Wolven (A Modern Interpretation)
According to Hibernate, Wolven is based on "modern interpretations" of the 2009 release Wolfskin by Ian Hawgood." The first disc contains reworkings of Wolven by Ian Hawgood with assistance from Aaron Martin, Dag Rosenqvist, Spheruleus, Pillowdiver, y0t0, and Hakobune. The second disc contains three beautiful tracks by bvdub. Each track is outstanding, and although some of the tracks are derivations on the same theme, it is really cool to see how each artist approaches it. Seriously cool stuff.

Sample/Buy: https://hibernaterecordings.bandcamp.com/album/wolven-a-modern-interpretation

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 06, 2014, 10:22:13 PM »
Johann Johannsson - Fordlandia. New discovery for me on spotify. Utterly beautiful music. In fact I am gobsmacked at the beauty of this. Hints of Baroque, beautiful haunting melodies, gorgeous.


That's some nice stuff! Thanks for making note of it; I hadn't heard that before.

Today has been an Ithaca Trio day:

Ithaca Trio - New Music from the Delta Quadrant
Experimental ambient on Hibernate. Not a coherent package, but each track is neat for its own reasons.
Sample/Buy: http://hibernaterecordings.bandcamp.com/album/new-music-from-the-delta-quadrant

Ithaca Trio - Music for Piano and Patience

I think I've mentioned this one before. Great stuff from Home Normal. Reminds me a bit of the Basinski's Disintegration Loops meets The Caretaker meets a piano meets that sensation of passing seamlessly through solid objects.
Buy/Sample: http://homenormal.bandcamp.com/album/music-for-piano-patience

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