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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Alio Die on BC
« on: October 12, 2015, 06:03:23 PM »
I just noticed this evening that there are two new Aglaia releases listed on Alio Die's bandcamp page. Does anyone have any scoop on this (e.g., whether there will be physical releases)? The samples are wonderful; I would hate to impulsively buy these digital albums and find out next week that the CDs are being pressed.

No newsletter updates or updates on Stefano's website yet.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 11, 2015, 07:01:02 AM »
Josh Mason - Hellified Isle
An interesting release from Fet Press. A short paperback book, containing reflections on growing up near the ocean, musings on recording, and general nostalgia. The book is accompanied by a download code that contains some of Mason's trademark glitchy guitar meanderings, along with some surf-music style riffs. Really unique and interesting. 

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 05, 2015, 05:21:27 PM »
Mick Chillage - Pixels III
The third in the long-form Pixels series, on Anodize. This is excellent. It is essentially four movements that are woven into one another sequentially. The second quarter is a bit on the dark side (soundtrack to a bloody awful stabbing), but the rest of it is truly outstanding.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach - Bloodmoon Rising
« on: September 28, 2015, 08:43:51 PM »
Did anyone else geek-out and listen to Disc 4 while watching the lunar eclipse last night? My daughter and I shared some ear buds as we gazed at the sky. It was lovely.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 27, 2015, 06:34:00 AM »
Andrew Heath - Flux
I'm really enjoying this one a lot. It is a bit like taking an audio tour through a curio cabinet full of unusual sounds, contemplating each one for a bit, and moving on. Great use of field recordings, simple synth pads, and piano. Quiet, subtle, and immersive.

Wil Bolton - Inscriptions
This is one of my favorites of his recent releases. It has a bit of an older Marsen Jules vibe (looped acoustic sequences) that I really appreciate. The recording is based on processed guitar, environmental sounds, and some light glitchy dusting. On dronarivm.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 19, 2015, 12:57:23 PM »
Sinepearl - Cycles within Cycles Within
Nice electronic music with a spiritual, chilled, and psychedelic vibe. There are some great tracks on here. He has a new one coming out soon; I'm looking forward to the release.

I'm giving it a listen on Bandcamp now. Quite lovely stuff. It is hard to believe this was all recorded live. Outdoors. Cool!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach Etheric Imprints
« on: September 18, 2015, 06:46:38 AM »
I've grown to appreciate parts of it too. But, frankly, I still hate the second track. And because that motif begins in the first track and ramps up over 10 minutes or so, it kills half the disc for me.

I just read the Forbes article too, Julio. Thanks for the link, Forest.

It is a bit depressing. Julio: I think you're right. Once you have a ton of resources at your disposal, you can bend anything to your will. Even if someone finds a way to break into the market via an unforeseen route, the majors can just buy them out.

Re: Subscriptions
I don't find these compelling, as a fan. I'd rather trade cash for something tangible/complete--even if the release is digital rather than physical.

Re: Streaming
Like thirdsystem, I have found streaming services, like Bandcamp, wonderful for discovering new artists. But I can appreciate that streaming platforms may not be a net win for artists. For every person who discovers an artist via a service like Bandcamp and makes a purchase, there may be many more who would have made a purchase if they didn't have the streaming option. Ultimately, I don't know how the economics work. But, speaking as a fan, I really appreciate having the opportunity to listen and then buy rather than "buying blind."

Re: Support
I continue to believe that fans need to invest actively (i.e., financially) in artists in order to show their support. As Forest stated, Spotify simply is not going to provide the returns that artists deserve for their work.  My general rule of thumb is that, if I stream a release more than twice on Bandcamp, I'll purchase it. If I like it enough to hear it a third time, then I want to support the artist. And, hopefully, that process represents a fair trade. Personally, I like that "model" better than the subscription model, the Patreon model, or the Spotify model. Spotify rips off the artists and subscriptions and fundme options don't represent real models of trade.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 13, 2015, 03:25:23 PM »
Antdude: I'm still debating whether to buy the physical version of this, partly because I've been spending too much lately. How is the packaging? Is it beautiful as a set?

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 13, 2015, 09:23:14 AM »
I also don't know if there is a physical reprint. He has Cold Distances for sale digitally on his bandcamp page:

along with Studies of Lifeform in Transit, which is also amazing. Niello Tryst and Mileece's Reduction are some of his best tracks.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 13, 2015, 07:18:45 AM »
offthesky - The Serpent Phase
I have a confession to make. When Jason Cordor debuted Cold Distances (dataObscura/databloem) in 2003, I thought it was the bee's knees. I listened to that disc on repeat for weeks and practically wore it out. I continued to follow Cordor's work over his next few releases, but I eventually started to feel that he was moving in directions that did not always sync with my audio palette. Sometimes his work hit the right spot, but often it didn't.

With that as context, The Serpent Phase really resonates with me in a way that none of his releases have since 2003, even though this album is nothing like Cold Distances. The Serpent Phase is seven short tracks based largely on acoustic instrumentation (flutes, violin) that, of course, are treated in the ways you might expect with modern processing methods. The atmosphere is serene and mysterious; the sounds bellow and fill the sky. This is great drifting ambiance and will likely be one of my favorites of the year. Frankly, if I had heard this one "blind" with no knowledge of the artist, I never would have pegged it as offthesky.

I'm a sucker for good art and packaging too. The cover reminds me of something that might be seen in the v23 days of 4AD, and the digipak itself is a 6-panel matte finish. Lovely.


Max Richter - Sleep
This has been resurfacing in my listening over the course of the week. This is a really ambitious and lovely release. I complained about it a bit in the thread dedicated to this album, largely because it is not conductive to sleep. But is an outstanding piece of work for waking.

Richard Allen nails my thoughts on this album in his review at A Closer Listen: If you're not a huge fan of modern classical/composition, then at the very least check out the "space" tracks (what Allen refers to as his "space playlist"). Those tracks alone are worth the price of admission.

Everything and Nothing / Re: ...a few thoughts on communities
« on: September 11, 2015, 04:35:29 PM »
I recall the "Lisa Franklyne" incident; I thought that was amusing too. And the Haunted Stick. I was trying to find some backup saves of the image on an old computer, but it seems lost forever. Something about eBay page that cracked me up. Ooooo. I miss Jim Brenholts, his tireless engagement,  and his silly jokes.

Anyhow, one thing I've always appreciated about this place, past and present, is that it is a comfortable place to exist, even as a fan rather than an artist. I don't have any clue what you guys are talking about half the time when you go into Gear Mode, but I always appreciate the passion, energy, and engagement. 

Like Pete, I'm a bit wary of Facebook. So, although I'll check out a variety of sites, artist pages, and the like, this is the only site to which I actually contribute and participate.  I do wish it had a bit more active participation from members, but, then again, I kind of like the current pace too.

Everything and Nothing / Re: ...a few thoughts on communities
« on: September 10, 2015, 04:45:50 PM »
This is a special place that unfortunately lost a ton of it's core group years ago during a time of troubles.

What happened? I disappeared for a few years, starting around 2007, due to being distracted with fatherhood and a WoW addiction. I didn't get back until 2012 or so and it is so much quieter than it used to be.  I really miss the input of Brian B. and others.

Regarding Ello and rM: I would check out the rM Ning site about once a week and enjoyed it. I didn't participate in anything, but I tried to keep up with what was scrolling down the front page, the new releases, and the fun robot-retro-future pics that John would post occasionally.

I'm not sure if I understand yet what Ello is. I only see things that John posts or reposts. Is that the point? At least until it has the "groups" functionality?

Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: Mixcloud favorites
« on: September 09, 2015, 06:26:31 PM »
Nice leads. Thanks! I've never really explored mixcloud before, minus checking out Dave's lowlight mixes.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Excuses Used by Ebay and Discogs Sellers
« on: September 07, 2015, 11:30:32 AM »
i am very sorry to say that the album is not available anymore :(
I put all my items in a bulk action offline before my holiday and when i put them online again it seems that discogs also made my already sold album available again.
Please apologize, i wasn't aware of this.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Max Richter 8-hour lullaby
« on: September 06, 2015, 04:10:22 PM »
I ordered it via iTunes; I don't think I'd want a FLAC version of something that is 8-hours long.

I've listened through it twice thus far, but not in an attentive way. Overall, I think the release is pretty cool, and certain tracks are incredible (e.g., Sublunar).

The album makes for great work/reading music. However, in my opinion, it fails spectacularly as sleeping music, partly because the frequencies used and the volume is too variable from track to track. If the first few tracks lull you to sleep, for example, the fourth one, Path 3 (7676), will wake you up with loud (even if lovely) vocal loops.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 05, 2015, 11:42:09 AM »
Jaja - Endless
Quiet, reflective synth-based ambient, perfect for stargazing and contemplation. This particular release also features electronic piano, which gives the tracks a nice Budd-like vibe at times. Excellent release, with beautiful artwork/packaging to boot.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 03, 2015, 08:36:01 PM »
It is tough to give recommendations because there are a diverse number of styles explored across the various releases. If you sample them on Spotify, you'll probably find something that resonates with you pretty quickly. And, from there, it is down the rabbit hole. . .

My personal favorites are Infinite Garden and Emerald (under the Elve alias) and Under a Hexagon Sky (under the Ishvara alias). Those first two are unlike anything I've heard before; truly remarkable recordings.

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