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Be honest now....  ;)

We are missing at least one person's answer.

 :)

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I buy an average of one CD a week and will sometimes buy a digital release on the side. That probably adds up to 100 USD a month.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / USB albums
« on: July 29, 2014, 07:06:56 PM »
What are your thoughts on releasing albums on USB sticks? I recall that machinefabriek did this earlier this year with an album + video collection and it seemed like a smart way to distribute a ton of data. ...txt also just released a USB of various Nacht Plank recordings: http://www.discogs.com/Nacht-Plank-Sacraments-Council/release/5852492

My collector instinct doesn't feel moved by USB sticks, maybe because I can't stick the darn things in my stereo. But I'm curious to know whether others collect these, buy them, etc.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Top Oophoi discs
« on: July 28, 2014, 07:46:30 PM »
My Oophoi collection is far from complete, but these are my favorite five releases among the ones I own:

Athlit
Celestial Geometry (with Tau Ceti)
Subterranea (with Tau Ceti)
Time Fragments (1-3)
The Rustling of Leaves

I have Arpe De Sabbia, which is on your list, but it never really grabbed me. I think I've only listened to it 2 or 3 times, tops.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 28, 2014, 05:13:35 PM »
I think Weird Al did a cover of an Ooophi album that he called Behind the Wall of Sheep. You can have it both ways, Joe.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 28, 2014, 06:18:58 AM »
Tattersall I can understand, Joe. But Oophoi? More meds!

Now re-re-re-re-playing:
Experiments in Silence - Hidden Harmonic
Steve Roach - The Delicate Forever

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 26, 2014, 09:12:12 AM »
Thanks for the Tattersail update Chris.

I think you might like "She possessed the . . ." quite a bit, Anthony. You might also really dig Falling Silent by Nautic Depths & Nunc Stans;)  It arrived a few days ago and is quite good. The improvised flourishes overlaying the deep harmonic drones makes for for rewarding headphones listening.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 25, 2014, 09:53:11 AM »
The Humble Bee - She Possessed the Secret for Listening to the Stars
Pretty standard Tattersall soundscapes: lo-fi electronics, tape loops, and dusting.

http://boomkat.com/vinyl/1043599-the-humble-bee-she-possessed-the-secret-for-listening-to-the-stars

V/A - Porya Hatami - Land Remixes
Remixes of various tracks from Porya's album, Land. Features remixes by Pleq, offthesky, Ruhe, and more.

http://shop.inneroceanrecords.com/album/porya-hatami-land-remixes

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 22, 2014, 12:15:05 PM »
Somnium is the reason I bought a DVD player. Really cool release.

Currently listening to Steve Roach's The Delicate Forever and The Delicate Beyond. This is great stuff. I had no idea there was more material inspired by the revisiting of the Structures for Silences seasons. What a pleasant surprise.

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Miss you Forrest!
« on: July 22, 2014, 03:04:06 AM »
I should have chimed in sooner, but I've been traveling and it is awfully hard to type with thumbs.

I fear that I might have played a non-trivial role in the reason Forrest left. I corresponded with him at that time and apologized if for having offended him via my comments in the youtube discussion. But I'd like to offer this post as a public apology too.

I've learned a lot from Forrest over the years and he was always thoughtful and helpful in his contributions.  It saddens me to know that I offended him and I hope one day that he'll return and continue to contribute share is experiences, insights, and opinions. Regardless of whether he chooses to return, I hope he understands that his contributions are valued and respected, even among those of us who are not always capable of expressing that clearly.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 06, 2014, 08:25:40 PM »
Good tip on Earth Orbit Audio System!

Now playing:
Saul Stokes - LFOUFO
Released digitally on Bandcamp yesterday. Really cool stuff. What I really like about Stokes is that you can immediately recognize his unique sound based on a few seconds of audio. How many artists in the EM scene can pull that off?

Buy/Listen: http://saulstokes.com/album/lfoufo

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Everything and Nothing / German & Swiss record store suggestions
« on: July 06, 2014, 08:18:09 PM »
I know this is a long shot, but who knows who might be lurking out there...

I'll be doing some work in Tübingen, Germany and Lausanne, Switzerland over the next two weeks. If any of you live near one of those cities or have visited them and have some good suggestions on stores to check out for ambient and related music, I'd love to hear your recommendations.


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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 05, 2014, 11:45:52 AM »
Yagya - Sleepygirls
A new and, for me and some others who adore Yagya's classics, a highly anticipated release. I have mixed feelings about this album though. Some of the tracks are brilliant and creative. The first three, for example, are fantastic--especially when played back-to-back. The album as a whole, however, misses the mark for me. What I really liked about some of his older records, such as Rhythm of Snow and Rigning, was the mix of beats and the super delicate and evocative melodies. Sleepygirls, in contrast, has a relatively invariant beat throughout (very club friendly) and there isn't much in the way of nuance to break up the monotony. The album is good for what it is though. But it can be hard, as a fan, to appreciate something on its own terms without comparing it to what you had hoped for.

Buy/Listen: http://www.delsinrecords.com/release/3783/yagya/sleepygirls

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Everything and Nothing / Re: A viewpoint of ambient EM music
« on: July 04, 2014, 05:52:04 AM »
People seem to take my music preferences more seriously when I don't refer to ambient as "music." For most people, the term "music" conjures a number of things (e.g., vocals, melody, verse-chorus-verse, drums) that are not always present in ambient.
 
Convincing them that it is something interesting worth exploring is a bit easier than convincing them that it is music.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 02, 2014, 07:19:28 PM »
Wintersilence - Submental Vol. 2
I've been playing this on repeat while going to bed for the past week. Great metamorphosing drone work.
Buy/Samples: http://www.el-culto.com/artists/submental/vol2wintersilence.html

Stanislav Vdovin - Wake Me Up When It's Gone
New release on Anodize by Unit 21 of No Traces (Infraction) fame. This is a real treat. Every song is unique, ranging from electro-acoustic guitar noodling to deep ocean ambient. 
Buy/Samples: https://anodizesound.bandcamp.com/album/wake-me-up-when-its-gone
 

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 30, 2014, 04:51:10 PM »
Experiments in Silence - Hidden Harmonic
On ...txt and featuring Matt Hillier on two tracks. Abstract soundscapes with lots of subtle details. This is truly excellent.
http://experimentsinsilence.bandcamp.com/album/hidden-harmonic-2

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 27, 2014, 07:15:57 PM »
Checked out those Martin Nonstatic samples. Excellent!

My daughter and I have been listening to 80's vinyl this evening while playing Minecraft together. Three releases that were fun to revisit:

Hex - Hex
A collaboration between Donnette Thayer (Game Theory) and Steve Kilbey (The Church) from 1989. Ethereal and folksy, in a way that might be appealing to folks who are seeking an aural missing link between Slowdive and Mojave 3.

Throwing Muses - House Tornado
Some good tunes from 1988 with distinctive, mesmerizing female vocals.

The Wolfgang Press - The Burden of Mules
Super quirky record from 1983. There is a lot of diversity in this, including tracks that are majestic, tracks that sound stoned, and tracks that are highly experimental.


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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 24, 2014, 06:08:44 PM »
It is probably an oversight on Deupree's part; 12k typically has 1 or 2 samples for each release. Check out the soundcloud page that I linked; it has one of the tracks in full.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 24, 2014, 05:02:26 PM »
Stephen Vitiello + Taylor Deupree - Captiva
This is a great new vinyl 2x10" + digital release from 12k. Most of the source material comes from improvised guitar and synths recorded at the historic Fish House near Captiva Island, FL. The environmental sounds, as you might expect, emerge in the mix, creating a nice seaside feeling to the ambient soundscapes. The last track is pretty neat, containing some soft piano sounds, treated with found objects from the bay.

Oh, and the art for the album is mesmerizing. The entire package is really nifty.


Buy/Samples: http://www.12k.com/index.php/site/releases/captiva/ 
https://soundcloud.com/12k

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 22, 2014, 07:06:57 AM »
Dave, I downloaded that Percival Pembroke release. Very neat!

Eivind Aarset - Dream Logic (ECM)
I read a brief discussion of this disc a few years ago on the Hypnos forums, but never got around to checking it out. My kids bought me a copy for Father's Day, however, and I've been enjoying it immensely. I love the mysterious, dreamy quality of the tracks.

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