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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 11, 2016, 02:36:59 PM »
Robert Rich - What We Left Behind
I finally picked this up after Robert Rich opened his Bandcamp store last week. This feels like a mature release: the mood, the details, and the instrumentation all fit together nicely. Lovely artwork too.

Erik Wollo - Stars End 2015
One continuously evolving and flowing journey through space. Love it.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich on BC
« on: September 06, 2016, 07:21:39 PM »
Super exciting!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 03, 2016, 02:49:55 PM »
No Mask Effect - Nothing Out There
From Psychnavigation's Keith Downey. This release combines urban field recordings with lush, rich synth textures to create some deep and mysterious atmospheres. The first two No Mask Effect releases seemed interesting, but I didn't feel compelled to press the "buy" button. This one was worth it.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 26, 2016, 07:29:18 PM »
Jacob Newman - Biospherica
I agree with thirdsystem: this is a fantastic release and one of the noteworthy albums of the year. Bubbly, glitchy, and occasionally dubby ambient textures, with nice melodies, field recordings, and atmospheres.

somni451 - Alice
New one--and self-released. This feels like "classic" sonmi451, but with slightly trippy atmospheres and some obvious Wonderland influences. Some of the tracks are reminiscent of the newer work, but what I like about this is that it integrates those sounds with the older sonmi451 style in a way that is both familiar and fresh.

I love this album. It is so soft and quiet, yet full of fascinating details.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 23, 2016, 05:55:12 PM »
Maybe it's the sounds used, which has changed his music. I find most of his new compositions nice but not the sounds used.

I've listened to it a few more times now and have a better appreciation for the tracks. But I think you're right: The sound palate doesn't seem very rich on this release.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 23, 2016, 05:50:44 PM »

Went to that link.Enjoyed that Remember.Never heard of Vaporwave? I must not be with it.What is it? Much off that label Dream seems pretty generic.

jdh: I don't find the vaporwave genre appealing; much of it is trite and dull. Most of the music is deliberately lo-fi, sample-heavy, and seems to celebrate a by-gone era when people watched Miami Vice, used Windows 95, and thought that phones would would work better if they looked like palm trees.

But the ambient vapourwave / dreampunk arm that has spun off from this fad is really cool. Dream Catalogue represents much of this work (but also caters to dull stuff too). In addition to Remember, here are some of my favorites; you might enjoy these too:

Virtual Dream Plaza

Long-form ambient drones

Beat driven and dreamy


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: August 20, 2016, 08:34:53 AM »
I'll second that: Biospherica is fantastic.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 18, 2016, 05:37:30 PM »
Remember-  ルートバックホーム
Ambient vaporwave. Beautiful urban soundscapes, with a haunting emotional vibe. There is a lot of garbage in this genre, but this is a true gem.

2 8 1 4  - Rain Temple
Also from Dream Catalogue: New collaboration from HKE and telepath. Great stuff with a nice mixture of pulsed tracks and neon sound collages.

Steve Roach - Shadow of Time
I enjoyed listening to this when it first arrived. But it is a bit one-dimensional. Perhaps it is that simplicity that makes it attractive on a first listen, but there isn't much here to captivate me and draw me back for repeated spins.

I had held off on this because I couldn't find good samples. It never occurred to me to hunt it down on Spotify. Listening now. (And turning on Spotify for the first time in a while.)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 11, 2016, 05:48:47 PM »
Glad you enjoyed it! It has been playing on repeat around here every night at bedtime.

Porya Hatami & Arovane - Kaziwa
This feels like the soundtrack for a David Lynch film. The primary sound source is piano. The majority of the tracks are slow moving, mysterious loops with subtle manipulations in the background. Great stuff. with a smokey, noir atmosphere.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 05, 2016, 08:49:08 PM »
Just finished listening to Track 1 , the title track , oh yes !!!! Epic .

How is the second track?!?! Don't leave me hanging!

I ordered the CD, so it will be a few days before I'll get to hear it all. I'm excited.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Nobody Cares about your Photography!
« on: August 05, 2016, 07:36:01 AM »
I enjoyed that video. A little bit. He's making some good points, but not connecting them in a way that I find useful.

1. No one cares.  He's right. No one cares about your photographs. No one cares about your music. No one cares about your writing. No one cares about your art.

Granted, some artists are capable of attracting a sizable fan base. But, even in those cases, I think a lot of followers are just bandwagon fans. Very few people will be able to connect in a deep emotional way to anything you produce.

Once an artist fully appreciates that, I think it can be a source of liberty rather than a source of despair.

2. Do work that is meaningful.

Sure. I think everyone strives to do that. The problem is that he is suggesting this as a means to make people care about your work. I think that is a mistake.

I have an Ayn Rand way of thinking about art: The most important critic is yourself, and an artist must always be accountable to that critic.

If you're trying to make a living off your art, of course, then you have to appease others. And that is where the gray lines emerge.

But, outside of commerce, the goal should never be to create art that others will care about. It should always be about creating art that you care about. And one of the joys in life is finding those connections--meeting people who resonate with your art--whether it is visual, aural, or writing--in the way that you do. But that is a bonus; it isn't the endgame.

Any updates on Ashera (Anthony Asher Wright)? I pulled We Gaia off the shelf tonight for the first time in a while and was reminded of how much talent this guy had. Such a lovely recording.

And if anyone has a copy of Cobalt 144 that they'd like to sell, let me know. I seem to be missing that disc. . .

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 02, 2016, 06:43:09 PM »
Eternell - Portals
Drifting and floating wisps of sound from Purl. This is fantastic; I wish it were on CD. There are two versions of this with slightly different mixes. I've linked the most recent below.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sigur Ros - Route 1
« on: July 28, 2016, 01:29:08 PM »
I skipped around a bit to briefly sample it. There is some really cool stuff in there! (The first few minutes were annoying to my daughter though.) Thanks for the head's up!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 28, 2016, 01:28:14 PM »
I really like that release, Julio. I ended up buying the digital on Bandcamp. 

So is US Amazon selling a different product than what Boomkat was selling? I almost ordered from Boomkat months ago because the pics looked great. I think I'd flip out if I received a CDr on demand in cheap packaging.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum Inactivity
« on: July 23, 2016, 08:19:08 AM »
As others have noted, I think the label inactivity is a big source of the problem. There isn't much happening at Hypnos per se, and, as a result, there is nothing driving new people to the forums.

But another issue that is easy to overlook is that there are numerous places for people to chat and learn about ambient music these days. The forums were a good mechanism for internet communities in the "old" days, but I think Facebook and similar outlets changed that. Ambient is alive and well, but people have multiple channels to communicate, learn, and exchange ideas. For example, I get most of my listening leads from Bandcamp these days--simply following people with similar interests and checking out the things they are buying. And I assume artists have less incentive to interact with the community on forums when they can update their Facebook pages with studio pics, new releases, and have immediate interactions with people who are seeking out their music in the first place.

I like the group here. But I do wish it was more active. People seem to fade away as they get busy with their lives. And, perhaps because it is an easy forum for exchanging ideas, people also tend to piss each other off and become reluctant to come back. Some people seem quick to offend, and others seem quick to take offense.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 23, 2016, 08:05:49 AM »
murkok - Pangea
Short ambient pieces with acoustic samples. Nice and serene with some drifty atmospherics.

Aestrata - Submental Vol. 3
Drones upon drones.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 13, 2016, 06:46:55 AM »
Ishq - Space Simulator
I bought the digital version of this. The physical version is a box with a set of Polaroid photos and 6 mini-CDrs. The 6 tracks are designed to capture the sci-fi and space-inspired elements of Ishq's work. In some ways, this release feels more pure than some of the recent experimental albums released on Virtual. Each soundscape is a 20-minute drone, with subtle shifts and layers. It is peaceful and hypnotic. Great stuff.

Experiments in Silence - Encrypted Transmissions
New self-released CD. The EiS release on ...txt in 2014 was one of my favorites of the year. This new one is outstanding too, but is much more sequenced than the previous release. I think it would fit well in the Carpe Sonum catalog and is likely to appeal to many Fax fans. Great use of space, bass, and atmosphere.

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