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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 01, 2015, 03:26:45 PM »
Heezen - Abandoned Memory
Got a tip on this from Jason of Infraction on the listserv. Super cool stuff--reminds me a bit of Andrew Thomas's work on Kompakt. Lots of crackling, tape hiss, and finely sliced samples that are arranged in beautiful, atmospheric ways.

Blake Gibson & Robert Davies - Quiraing
I think Drone On nailed this with his summary of the disc. This album strikes me as one of the "must owns" of 2015, and I'm worried that it might fly too far under the radar. If you haven't ordered this, please do so. Each track is special and represents an extraordinary blend of drone, composition, and organic ambiance.  The best part: The artists have the balls to include a track titled Only Rain that is, yup, almost 6 minutes of a rain storm. And it fits so well.

Looks like a teaser for a teaser! :-)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 29, 2015, 05:16:18 PM »
Oh God. You just baroque the thread.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 23, 2015, 08:31:11 AM »
Some recent stuff:

Federico Durand - Musica para Manuel
New release from Hibernate. Basic lo-fi tape manipulations of music boxes, piano, and guitar with some really eerie resonance. Nice background music.

Mick Chillage - Pixels II
Upcoming release on Anodize, with the digital version available now. I fell in love with this the first time I streamed it and have listened to it over and over since then. Slowly evolving soundscapes with lush washes and loops and some fun headphone ear candy. Pure awesomesauce.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum software upgrade coming up
« on: March 19, 2015, 03:06:22 PM »
Looks nice!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 15, 2015, 04:51:08 PM »
Recent spins:

Offthesky & Pleq - A Thousand Fields
Pretty neat experimental ambient from two of the most creative forces in that niche. Very dark, lonely, desolate tracks, featuring the sounds of broken machines, wistful violins, and some dramatic cinematic overtures. This wasn't the masterpiece I was hoping for, but it is a great album nonetheless and well worth a careful listening. Beautiful packaging from Infraction.
Buy/Stream: (I'm partial to the 4th track.)

Steve Roach - Bloodmoon Rising
I enjoyed this when it came out in October, but I've been finding myself drawn to it over and over again of late. Dreamy, mysterious, and hypnotic.

Nice find! Thanks for the head's up.

(I can see why you'd be drawn to that. The image reminds me a bit of the one you use on some of your sites.  ;)  )

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich - Filaments
« on: March 08, 2015, 02:18:45 PM »
Thanks for the input, gang.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich - Filaments
« on: March 07, 2015, 09:02:49 AM »
I'm still not sure whether to order this. Seems like people have mixed thoughts on it. The audio samples are too brief for me to really gauge it well. Any more thoughts from those who have had some time to digest it? Is it still getting a lot of play in your life?

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 07, 2015, 09:01:12 AM »
Cool, I hope you enjoy them, Dave. I've also been listening to the new Offthesky and Pleq on digital and really like it a lot. Hoping the vinyl will arrive next week--I'm eager to hear the extra 7-inch tracks too.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 05, 2015, 07:46:07 PM »
Recent plays:

twincities - memoirs: to dust
The Polaroid equivalent of an album: sonic structures that have been so heavily processed that their original forms are barely discernible. Sounds both fade into view and fade away just as easily. Truly beautiful stuff.

Bill Seaman - f (noir)
A new release from the crazy prolific Eilean Records outfit. Vocals, piano, trumpet--not really the mix of things I would typically highlight as making for good ambient. But the way the sounds are arranged, processed, and mixed makes for an incredible ambiance. Very moody, isolationist, and nostalgic. There is a bit of Tattersall dusting in there too, giving everything a "just found this in an old record bin" feel. I wouldn't be surprised if this ends up as one of my favorites for 2015.


Purity Ring - Another Eternity
Ethereal pop from 4AD. There are some super catchy tunes on here. And, best of all, my kids don't think I'm weird for listening to it.  ;)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 22, 2015, 09:06:05 PM »
Sonmi451 - The Limbic System
Standard edition from Time Released Sound. Typical Sonmi451, but the sampling has more of a jazz feel to it than some of his earlier work. Overall, a nice album with a few super strong tracks.

Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: Dishwasher drone
« on: February 19, 2015, 09:10:22 PM »
Nice, Castleview!

Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: Dishwasher drone
« on: February 18, 2015, 07:26:04 PM »
Wow, that was awesome, Forrest!

Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: Dishwasher drone
« on: February 17, 2015, 06:09:43 PM »
Dave's Dishwasher Bandcamp site going up soon.  ;)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 17, 2015, 06:08:39 PM »
I really like The Delicate Forever--especially the first track.

Recent spins:

Alio Die + Parallel Worlds - Circo Divino
I had passed this up a few years ago. But, after really digging Elusive Metaphor, I decided to give this a go when it landed on Bandcamp. It is excellent, much like the recent collaboration. These two really do some innovative work when they put their heads together.

Eeem - Leaves Stories
A single long-form track that combines field recordings and ambient textures. Nice and soothing. Digital only.

Si Matthews - Tales of Ten Worlds
New release from Carpe Sonum (CD isn't out yet, but the digital version is available for purchase). According to the CS cite, this is an album that Namlook declined to publish on Fax, but it still managed to gain some attention in the back channels. It is a treat. There are some absolutely amazing tracks on here (World 1 - World 4 are incredible, the first one being the "play it on repeat" stand out, for me). It has a bit of a retro feel and might make diehard Fax Heads feel a bit nostalgic.

Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: Dishwasher drone
« on: February 16, 2015, 07:29:53 PM »
Pretty cool.

You know what would be awesome? If some of the musicians on here took this, tweaked it a bit more, leading to the creation of some kind of bizarre Hypnos Forum track featuring Dave's dishwasher.

Independent Music Reviews / Re: PDFs of Wind and Wire, the magazine
« on: February 10, 2015, 09:18:47 PM »
I would be subject to a lot of (good natured) ribbing, trust me...don't forget, I am someone who thinks new age and ambient crossover a lot more than most folks do.

Haha. I wouldn't necessarily disagree with you.  ;)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Alio Die on BC
« on: February 09, 2015, 05:32:30 PM »
That makes sense.

I tend to buy things that I can listen to in full and know I'll like. (And I tend NOT to buy things I can't preview ahead of time.)

But I realize I might be in the minority. For every person like me, there are may be two or more who will chose not to buy at all if they can merely stream the release.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 07, 2015, 07:19:51 PM »
Alio Die + Parallel Worlds - Elusive Metaphor
This album is nearly perfect. The artists have really combined their talents in the ideal way--to create something that feels familiar and yet which transcends what either one of them could have done alone.
A few samples/Buy:

Alio Die + Lorenzo Montana - Holographic Codex
Also super cool. I agree with folks who have noted that the first track feels a bit out of place. Which is too bad because it is the highlight of the release. But the rest of it is excellent too.
A few samples/Buy:

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