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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 06, 2016, 07:27:43 AM »
Autumn of Communion - Polydeuces
This is the new release by AoC. It is still "in press", but is available digitally. Great stuff: sequenced structures and vast ambient washes. AoC's own description notes that the album was largely improvised. I suspect that if Mick and Lee were to simply smash their faces on their equipment that the result would nonetheless move me to tears. Thanks for the head's up, thirdsystem.

Mine get sent to my email. There might be an option for toggling on-and-off that action.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 29, 2016, 05:28:32 PM »
Christina Vantzou - No. 3
Solid ambient + drones from Kranky. Lots of orchestral work on here, with some mysterious moods and atmospheres.

Sample track:

Everything and Nothing / Re: New Cars and CD Players
« on: February 29, 2016, 05:25:17 PM »
Haha. Our car was broken into a few years ago and the thieves DIDN'T steal Hidden CD, by Parks (Infraction). I was actually kind of offended! The police dusted the darn thing too!

I would assume some (unknown) portion of the people with an item on their Discogs want lists are simply monitoring the price of things--maybe even things they already own.

Having said that: I wouldn't pay a lot (e.g., more than $30) for something that I could buy digitally on iTunes or Bandcamp unless I considered it absolutely essential for my CD collection.

Everything and Nothing / Re: CD Disc Rot
« on: February 28, 2016, 03:56:10 PM »
I have a Coil CD (Horse Rotovator) that suffered from disc rot. When I attempt to play it, it sounds like digital screechy static. It is most unfortunate because the CD would cost a lot to replace via Discogs and I wouldn't be sure, without a trustworthy seller, that the replacement hasn't suffered the same fate.

I'm not sure how many others in my collection are messed up. I'm a bit scared to check on things I haven't listened to in a while.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 26, 2016, 05:16:03 PM »
ironomi - niji
Awesome acoustic-ambient 3CD set from Junya Yanagidaira and Yu Isobe, featuring a wide array of guest musicians. This will be of interest to folks who enjoy the intersection of ambient and modern composition. Lovely cover too.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 22, 2016, 05:32:02 PM »
No. Inc. (Material Object & Atomô) - G​@​ng5ta
This should win a prize for the most creative ambient album of the year: Gangster rap meets electronic ambient. At first I thought this was a joke, but it isn't; it is absolutely fantastic. The album begins with a gun shot, the sound of which is suspended in time as electronic meanderings spiral into the scene. The rest of the album builds on that atmosphere, with a smattering of processed police radios, occasional beats, a distant turntable sample, and lots of beautiful textures.

by "separately," I mean they sent a link to a different page where the files could be downloaded; they didn't send a bunch of wav files via email. Thank goodness!


There is an option to buy the album digitally on that page (i.e., the label's page). GSP doesn't seem to "do" bandcamp right, however. If you buy it, you can download the featured track immediately, but not the rest of the album. The wav files were sent separately via email by the label.

I ended up buying a digital copy on Bandcamp. I think the album is nice: deep drones that fit well with an interstellar theme. It doesn't really stand out in any special way though.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Twin Peaks revisited
« on: February 15, 2016, 07:18:33 AM »
It hasn't aired yet; I'm not sure if they've finished filming or production. Anyone have some updates from the dark corners of the interwebs?

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 14, 2016, 09:43:58 PM »
Alio Die - Standing in a Place + Seamlessly Bliss
I've been spending a lot of time listening to the digital versions of these releases while waiting for the CDs to arrive. Both of these albums are representative of the more slow-moving and subtle Alio Die releases. Standing in a Place features environmental sounds and zither; Seamlessly Bliss seems to involve a number of sounds and instruments, but stretched out across long spaces. It reminds me a bit of the Honey Mushroom suite from Honeysuckle: dreamy, hypnotic, and yet full of life.

Seamlessly Bliss is my favorite of the two new ones from Stefano and, dare I say, one of the best Alio Die releases in recent memory; I can't stop listening to it.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Modular Synthesizer Thread
« on: February 07, 2016, 08:52:15 AM »
These are some really neat setups.

Slightly off topic: When someone--a friend or acquaintance--steps into your space for the first time, are they awestruck? Or do they think you're completely nuts?

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 06, 2016, 06:42:39 PM »
Best Of Dream Catalogue, 2814​-​2815
Compilation of tracks from Dream Catalogue--a UK outfit that curates some of the better ambient vaporwave. This particular release has some fantastic tracks and, importantly, they hang together nicely.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 03, 2016, 07:29:02 PM »
New releases out now on Virtual and txt...

I haven't bought these but been streaming on Bandcamp. 

The two on Virtual are very mediocre and I wouldn't order the CD's.  On the other hand, the new Autumn of Communion on txt, called "Polydeuces,"  is pretty good.  It has some psytrance beats like the Ultimae label (Solar Fields, Carbon Based Lifeforms, etc.).  Very similar to CBL and Namlook in spots.  More active style than the previous long series they did.

I just streamed the first few tracts from Polydeuces. It seems pretty neat; I'm looking forward to the release.

The Virtual samples are great too. But I'm a sucker for that stuff. ;-)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 31, 2016, 10:57:58 AM »
Looks like it is going to be a sweet year for ...txt, Carpe Sonum, and affiliated artists. My wallet senses a disturbance in the force.

36 - Ghost Vault
Collection of tracks that didn't quite make the cut for Lithea in 2012. Some of these are true gems; I'm glad he released them.

Moss Garden - In the Silence of the Subconscious
Speaking of Norris and crew: This is an outstanding 2014 release. I didn't really give it the attention it deserved when it first came out, but it has been on repeat around here over the past week. Great stuff.

I agree; that is a lovely piece. It nicely captures for me a kind of ambient that makes you feel as if you're suspended in the clouds, floating effortlessly over vast spaces.

I think Mike is spot on: Max Corbacho's work seems most similar. The album of his that I think best captures the atmosphere in question is Ars Lucis. The entire album is great, but check out the track Light-Matrix Portal in particular.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 22, 2016, 08:24:44 PM »
Rudy Adrian - Atmospheres
Solid work with a classic touch. Each track is relatively short, giving the full album a lot of depth and variation.

Eternell - Self
Glacial soundscapes from Ludvig Cimbrelius/Purl. Nice sleepy time music.

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