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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best of 2013
« on: November 03, 2013, 08:32:23 AM »
Not anticipating much more in the way of last minute releases, I offer my favorite albums of 2013:

. . . as if millions of voices from artists with CDs still at the pressing plant suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced . . .

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 02, 2013, 08:07:47 AM »
Antonymes - There Can Be No True Beauty Without Decay
A new release from the Hibernate label. This album mixes together, in an anonymous manner, 7 minimal, largely piano-based pieces, with remixes from Ian Hawgood, Isnaj Dui, Offthesky, Field Rotation, Wil Bolton, Spheruleus and James Banbury. There is no attribution for each of the remixes, so part of the fun of listening to this is trying to discern who is doing what and how they have manipulated the original source material.

This is a beauty in many respects. The packaging is lovely and many of the core tracks are so emotionally moving that they force me to stop what I'm doing and listen with awe. Check this out if you're a fan of "modern classical" and its interface with ambient and experimental minimalism.

Samples/Buy: https://hibernaterecordings.bandcamp.com/album/there-can-be-no-true-beauty-without-decay-2

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 31, 2013, 03:29:33 PM »
Kids who visit our house tonight get to listen to Stalker by Robert Rich & Lustmord and Faust by Current 93;D

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Serafini's Codex Seraphinianus
« on: October 31, 2013, 03:08:29 PM »
Really cool

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 29, 2013, 06:17:42 PM »
The Angling Loser - Author of the Twilight
A 2-CD release by Lee Anthony Norris (Autumn Of Communion) and friends from the Time Released Sound label. This is fantastic--and well off the beaten path if you're in the mood for something unique. The music is mostly acoustic guitar and soft synths, with a subtle amount of experimentation. The atmosphere is a pastoral and gentle one. The second disc contains remixes by Stormloop, Ishq, Porya Hatami, and others. Some of the remixes are great; a few of them distort the material too much. Regardless, excellent package all around.

Samples/Buy: http://timereleasedsound.com/releases/the-angling-loser/

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 27, 2013, 10:13:43 AM »
Check this out, Joe:

http://anmoku.bandcamp.com/album/of-mirrors

A recent Virlyn collaboration that is similar in spirit to Man Asleep. (In fact, permutations of the track Mirror appear on here and on Man Asleep.)

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Marketplace / Want to Buy: Hummingbird + ASC
« on: October 26, 2013, 08:49:10 AM »
If anyone has a copy of these releases and is willing to sell, please send me a private message with information on how much money it would take for you to part ways with these discs.

ASC - The Light That Burns Twice As Bright (Silent Season) -- Looking for a repress that doesn't have the rumored problem of the tracks cutting off prematurely

Hummingbird - Our Fearful Symmetry (Fluid Audio) -- Not the remixes; the original CDr release from 2010.
 

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 26, 2013, 08:42:32 AM »
Field Rotation - Fatalist: The Repetition of History
Great 2013 release from Christoph Berg. Lots of cello, loops, and melancholy.   

Samples/Buy: https://fieldrotation.bandcamp.com/album/fatalist-the-repetition-of-history

Dave: Love that Vytis album.

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Phobos - Monolith
« on: October 24, 2013, 03:30:13 PM »
Sounds great!

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Something I'd like to add:

tonefloat:ikon- streams of consciousness 132406

I hadn't heard that; thanks for the head's up. I streamed it on Bandcamp this evening. Quite lovely, but pricey.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: A Favor from my Hypnos friends.
« on: October 21, 2013, 06:37:37 AM »
From the office: the system is still accepting votes. Trang is behind by 4 votes.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: A Favor from my Hypnos friends.
« on: October 21, 2013, 05:43:04 AM »
Thank you, we have already counted your vote.

I'll try again from the office in 30 mins if the poll is still open.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 18, 2013, 07:20:21 PM »
Sonmi451 - Hummingbird
My sentiment is similar to Dave's. This release is pretty good, but somewhat forgettable; I've already found myself returning to previous Sonmi451 releases since Hummingbird came out. Despite saying that, there is clear evolution here: this album feels a bit more polished than some of the others and it has quite a bit of acoustic sampling as opposed to the more prototypical bubbling digital sounds. So, if you're a fan, you should definitely give it a listen; there is a chance that some of the new stylistic components will appeal to you.
Samples/Buy: https://sonmi451.bandcamp.com/album/hummingbird

Porya Hatami - Land
Excellent. This reminds me a bit of some of the bubbly digital sounds that I referenced above mixed with the recent experimental-acoustic leanings of 12k. Inner Ocean Records has also released a CD of remixes, featuring Pleq, the Green Kingdom, and others.
Samples/Buy: http://shop.inneroceanrecords.com/album/porya-hatami-land

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 15, 2013, 06:43:48 PM »
Spinning the three releases by Broken Harbor, thanks to his October Bandcamp sale: http://brokenharbour.bandcamp.com/

Excellent stuff. I had streamed some of this at 128 in the past, and enjoyed it, but now that I've dived in and given everything a deep listening with headphones, I must say that this is really impressive work. I'm not sure if I have a favorite. The self-titled release has the darker feel of the three, but I think I find the imagery and atmosphere of Gramophone Transmissions to be really compelling.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: October 15, 2013, 06:38:50 PM »
Dave Eggers - The Circle
Fiction. The Circle is a Bay Area tech firm modeled after Google and Facebook--a company that is increasingly focused on making the private public as a way of enhancing social relationships, reducing crime, and facilitating transparency. The novel focuses on a young woman, Mae, who lands a job at The Circle and slowly becomes involved in its ethos. Mae eventually becomes an Internet celebrity and the "face" of the company, but at the expense of her relationships with parents and friends.

This is a pretty good read. In many respects it feels like an Orwellian 1984 for the Social Media Age, but one in which we are Big Brother. This particular story hit me pretty hard because I'm someone who can see the benefits of social media, but am reluctant to auction off my privacy. The book does a nice job at capturing that tension without being overly preachy. Eggers clearly has an opinion on these matters, but actually reserves his most sophisticated writing for the monologues of the anti-privacy advocates.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: A Favor from my Hypnos friends.
« on: October 15, 2013, 04:32:49 PM »
Vote cast--and will do so from home and office tomorrow.

I agree with Mike: Both the music and the art were great.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Drone Masters
« on: October 12, 2013, 08:15:32 AM »
haha  ;)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Drone Masters
« on: October 11, 2013, 04:21:47 PM »
I have a weird feeling that you might get a different answer to this question from everyone who chooses to answer.

I define drone music as music that emphasizes texture and tone over melody and rhythm. Incidentally, I think it also tends to be more repetitive, utilizing loops and sustained sounds over carefully structured and dynamic pieces. I'm not a music historian, but I wouldn't be surprised if someone made the case that modern drone work has some distal connection to meditative, trance-induced rituals and practices (e.g., chants, didgeridoo, singing bowls).

In our ambient neck of the woods, I tend to identify the following as some of the more salient Drone Masters of the last 15 years: Alio Die, Mathias Grassgow, and Oophoi. 

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 09, 2013, 07:51:09 PM »
The Ashes of Piemonte - Datura Notes
A brilliant new release from Wil Bolton and Lee Anthony Norris, from the Perth-based Twice Removed label. This double CDr album contains four long-form drone works based primarily on acoustic samples with a mix of environmental sounds and light, distant synths. The tracks are airy and ethereal and, combined with the track titles (e.g., "Endless Sleep in the Garden of Dreams"), serve as a guide along a foggy path between dreaming and waking. This is pretty fantastic stuff and I strongly encourage folks to give it a listen if you haven't heard it already.

Samples/Buy: http://twicerememberedtwiceremoved.bandcamp.com/album/datura-notes

BTW, M. Griffin, there are some blatant Lovecraft overtures here; share it with your friends.  ;)

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 05, 2013, 04:50:06 PM »
 :)

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