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Ditto. I forgot to mention that. Nice track!  :)

works well here (midwest USA)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 13, 2015, 08:55:50 PM »
Andrew Forrest - One: Source Quartet, Vol. 1
Decided to check this out after reading Bert's recommendations here: . This is some really beautiful work; ethereal and drifting, with crisp electronics. The second track is a bit too day spa for me, but the other tracks are outstanding. A bit of an Alpha Wave Movement vibe here. Digital only.

Jordan De La Sierra - Gymnosphere: Song of the Rose
This is a CD reissue of a double album that came out in the 70's with which I wasn't familiar.  Four long-form tracks featuring prepared pianos, lots of repetition, morphing, and an atmosphere that is somewhere between Budd and the mystical. The physical reissue, by the way, is lovely: detailed and lengthy inserts with an incredible slipcase.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 11, 2015, 08:50:22 PM »
Really loving these new Jacob Newman and Underwood/Newman releases on Bandcamp:

Beautiful, percolating sounds and textures. Plus, you can't beat their low, low prices.

Everything and Nothing / Re: People proof CD jewel cases
« on: August 07, 2015, 07:24:46 PM »
I like digipaks the best. Jewel cases scuff and crack too easily. But I still want a plastic tray in my digipaks. I appreciate the desire for some labels to release eco-friendly sleeves and to not use trays, but the collector in me isn't planning to place my collection a landfill anytime soon. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Grassow on BC
« on: August 06, 2015, 07:54:58 PM »
Glad to hear the praise on some of the other GS discs. The 4-disc set arrived here a couple of days ago and I'm loving it. You're right: It is a lot to absorb. I'm especially fond of the first disc. The second one is a bit monotonous, even for drone work. The artwork is lovely.

Everything and Nothing / Re: People proof CD jewel cases
« on: August 06, 2015, 07:52:12 PM »
lol, I've had the problem too. Sometimes the discs arrive in the mail with the spindle half-way smashed. And sometimes it seems that the spindle is stronger than the disc.  ;)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 04, 2015, 07:28:35 PM »
Tambour - Chapitre
Compositions for piano and strings, from the new and impressive Moderna Records label.

Dronny Darko & protoU - Earth Songs
Conceptual dark ambient from Cryo Chamber. The album provides a chronicle of the Earth's history, starting with the Big Bang, passing through early life and the singularity, and, finally, our leaving of the planet. This is really captivating stuff. There are a few minor production issues, but the soundscapes are spot on.


Lorelle Meets the Obsolete - On Welfare + Chambers
Great dream-pop, with an edge, from Mexico.

Never heard of it. But it sounds like fun--and a challenge. Good luck! I hope you have a great time.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Grassow on BC
« on: July 27, 2015, 08:05:23 PM »
I ordered the box too; the Bandcamp tracks really hooked me, not to mention the beautiful artwork.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 27, 2015, 07:57:50 PM »
pinkcourtesyphone - description of problem + three themes
Two great releases from Richard Chartier and friends. Experimental soundscapes that belong in a David Lynch film. Love this stuff. The digital releases are 30% off for the next month on LINE; good chance to pick up some stuff.

Ishq - Summer Light
An hour-long piece that is dense with field recordings and light electronic flourishes. Like some of the other releases in this series, this one seems improvised and spontaneous rather than deliberate. Some of the environmental sounds and effects really shine with headphones.

I like that we bring these matters to be discussed. I think it's good.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 20, 2015, 08:47:40 PM »
Dave: I just noticed today that Marconi Union now has a bandcamp page. As time and money permits, I'll probably use this as an opportunity to fill some gaps.

Chihei Hatakeyama - Mist
Guitar drones with environmental samples. Really good drift music.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Bird Sounds Visualized
« on: July 16, 2015, 06:55:55 PM »
This seems pretty cool. Particle effects + art + bird song = neato

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: July 16, 2015, 02:40:11 PM »
I'm eager to hear what you think about the Peter Clines books, Dave. I just re-read (or re-listened on Audible) 14 again and loved it.

Just started the new book from Ernest Cline, Armada. Loving it so far.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 16, 2015, 02:37:34 PM »
Ishq - Spring Light
Part of the 4-seasons series from Ishq. Most of these releases have seemed unremarkable to me, but this one has a nice meandering drifting quality that is conducive to daydreaming, relaxing, and reading. I suspect this is Matt noodling rather than composing, but that doesn't seem to detract from the work.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 15, 2015, 03:15:41 PM »
for shame  ;D

Everything and Nothing / Re: R.I.P. Susumu Yokota
« on: July 14, 2015, 01:58:37 PM »
That's terrible news. I had two of his albums, Sakura and Grinning Cat, both of which were really innovative and fun to listen to. RIP.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 12, 2015, 07:51:34 AM »

As a fan, and not an artist, I haven't found the subscriptions to be enticing.

There is so much good music out there. I'd rather spend my money on buying what exists and what I know I'll like. That way I can support the artists who are producing work that I enjoy.

Subscriptions are a gamble.

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