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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 10, 2016, 09:04:27 PM »
Marsen Jules - Shadows in Time
Generative music, released in a standard static form on CD and with multiple unique, one-of-a-kind variants on USB and vinyl. The atmospherics are nice, but the listening gets a bit dull after a while. I wished the sounds evolved a bit more.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 27, 2016, 12:44:17 PM »
Steve Roach just uploaded a new long-form drift piece to Bandcamp, This Place to Be. I'm listening right now; it reminds me of some of the Immersion pieces.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 26, 2016, 06:48:10 AM »
I agree, cvac. This one and Memory Shell stand out for me; some of the other releases seem forgettable.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 20, 2016, 05:25:33 PM »
Well of Souls = two thumbs up

Forrest: What are your thoughts on the new Robert Rich album you mentioned? I've only been able to find short samples of it online and can't really gauge it well from those alone.

Recent plays:

Aes Dana, featuring Miktek - Far & Off
A compilation of EPs from Ultimae. Masterful hybrid of ambient and various electronic styles.

Lav - Awareness
Nice ambient pads with lots of breathing room and a few special quirks to keep things interesting.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: recording for beginners
« on: May 15, 2016, 10:48:37 AM »
Thanks for the info. Would something like this also be helpful for listening to music from a PC vs. exclusively recording?

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: recording for beginners
« on: May 15, 2016, 06:48:55 AM »
May I chime in with a noob question, Julio?  ;D

Can you say a bit more about the link between the mic or line-in and the computer? I've read that one wouldn't want to simply plug a device straight into the computer without what you called the "audio interface." What exactly is that? Is that akin to a nice sound card? Is it a separate piece of equipment? Is an "analog to digital converter" something that doesn't natively exist in most computers?

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 15, 2016, 06:30:33 AM »
I miss done on's contributions; I'm eager to learn more about what he's listening to these days.

Some recent spins:

Steve Roach and Robert Logan - Second Nature
I absolutely adore this album; it has been on repeat around here on many occasions since its release. I noticed that Ekstasis thought the quality of the recording wasn't as good as it could have been. But I don't have the technical ears that he has to evaluate it in that way. What I really appreciate about this album is the mood or atmosphere. It is dark and mysterious and fills the room like an aural cloud. This will be a favorite for 2016.

Ishq - Nutopia and Uvanayatu
The two newest Hillier releases on Virtual World. In some respects, Nutopia distills the essence of the experimental blend of Hillier's Ishq soundscapes and his futuristic, sci-fi visions. There are some really nice tracks on here. The album doesn't really flow well, but that is part of what makes it interesting too: there is never a dull moment, and it works best with headphones. Uvanayatu is the latest in his efforts to create tribal otherworld soundscapes. This is a pretty remarkable album if you're into that style (it isn't the typical sound one might expect from Hillier). It takes some of the themes explored in Flowering Mountain Earth and, more recently, in his Omni vu Deity projects, and pushes them to the extreme. Lots of rhythm and rich, immersive layers of sound. Worth a spin, although I realize it won't be a keeper for most.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 07, 2016, 08:28:20 PM »
Klaus Wiese & Tomas Weiss - Adrift
Wonderful, deep drones.

Fictions and Poetics - Anatomy of Melancholy
New release from APK. I love the title track in particular.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 02, 2016, 06:49:36 PM »
Murkok - Dialectic and assorted works
I decided to hunt down some material for this guy after ...txt announced they were releasing his first proper CD. This is some really cool stuff. It is mostly slow-moving ambient soundscapes, but processed in some creative ways. As a result, it seems traditional and novel at the same time. I hope his new CD will sell well. I like the way Lee is investing in artists who haven't had the opportunity to have properly pressed CDs.

Of the various albums on bandcamp, dialectic stands out:

Everything and Nothing / Re: R.I.P. Jeff Kowal aka Terra Ambient
« on: April 27, 2016, 03:03:25 PM »

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 26, 2016, 05:02:57 PM »
cvac: Kevan Revis just told me that he knows you from your WI days. Crazy, small world: He and I went to high school and college together.

Speaking of which:

Kevan Revis - Sollicitudo

Experimental soundscapes with a lot of ear candy. Not necessarily ambient, but likely to appeal to those who like the Hafler Trio, Organum, NWW, and other outfits that helped define a unique form of sound sculptures in the 80s/90s.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 24, 2016, 11:52:14 AM »
AOC-Broken Apart by Sunlight on BC.5 long form tracks that I much prefer to Polydeuces.Very spacey and FAX like.Excellent.Buy do not stream.

I've been listening to this all weekend too. Fantastic work! Like you said, much more spacey than Polydeuces. A bit more experimental too, which I like a lot. I'm particularly fond on the second track, KELT-4Ab.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 22, 2016, 08:06:39 AM »
cvac: Check out ASC's Time Heals All. Really amazing stuff. If you liked the new one, you'll really love this.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 19, 2016, 05:03:04 PM »
Steve Roach and Robert Logan - Second Nature + Biosonic
I'm enjoying both of these releases quite a bit. Second Nature is exactly what I had hoped Etheric Imprints would be: slow moving piano compositions, loops, and incidentals that seem mysterious and frozen in time. I'm having a tough time turning this one off.

Biosonic is nice too, but has a completely different atmosphere. As Robert noted in another thread, there is A LOT of attention to detail on this release. Rhythms, pulses, and pads: everything has its place and merits a careful listen. My favorites here are the first and third tracks.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: April 19, 2016, 04:56:59 PM »
Nice. Nice. Nice. Congrats, Mike.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 14, 2016, 06:23:13 PM »
Sinepearl - Reflections of Indra
New digital-only release from Björn Ekegren. Björn's first release was on Ishq's Virtual label, a reflection of the fact that Björn's music captures a similar atmosphere and spirit as some of the early Ishq releases. Although Ishq's sound has naturally evolved as a function of the pursuit of esoteric and otherworldly spaces, Sinepearl has managed to distill the essence of that early Ishq spirit and kept it alive, while creating his own signature sound in the process. This new album is beautiful: slow moving textures; hypnotic pulses; and a wide range of sound sources, including the yaylı tambur.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 09, 2016, 11:18:50 AM »
Mick Chillage - (M)odes
New from Carpe Sonum. An incredible journey through Mick's ambient imagination. This might be my favorite of the various solo releases I've heard of his. Each track has its own distinct flavor, some of which are dark and brooding, some of which are alien and foreign, and some of which are dreamy and ethereal. I'm not a huge fan of beats, but the last song pulls it all together and layers in some percussion and, honestly, it seems perfect.   

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 06, 2016, 06:09:09 PM »
Thomas Köner - Tiento de la Luz
New release on Denovali. Slightly dark, minimal compositions, based mostly on piano and various acoustic and electronic treatments. I'm enjoying this a lot, but it functions best as background music; there isn't a lot going on that commands attentive listening.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Game of Thrones
« on: April 03, 2016, 06:30:30 AM »
Is Season 6 the one where the producers have to part ways from the books due to the lack of books? Or is that a future season?

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 01, 2016, 06:18:46 PM »
The two new Alio Die and also Aglaia on Spotify . Especially like the Leaves and Thunderstorms album ....... apart from the track Last Straw which has a horrendous, grating, irritating, ambient dog whistle ( in fact dog screetching device ! ) Why on earth is that there? Fortunately it is a very short track and the rest of the album is wonderful.

Agree! That track is awful. I've deleted the digital version from my iTunes and will simply pull out the CD if I ever need to scare away my guests.

With that exception, however, I love the two new Aglaia releases. I think I might have a slight preference for Angelus.

I've also been enjoying Alio Die and Zeit's Il Giardino Ermeneutico, which I only picked up recently. There is something really special about that album, and I can't believe I passed on it when it was originally released.

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