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Here are my favorites from 2015. These are listed roughly in the order they were released. I've tried to challenge myself by narrowing the list down to my top three favorites; I've placed a * next to those. (But I've learned that these rankings can change easily. In hindsight, Echo Ark was the 2014 release that got the most playtime in 2015.)

Blake Gibson & Robert Davies - Quiraing *
Haunting drone work, with a majestic, grand atmosphere. Wonderfully done. Shortly after this was released, Blake claimed he was taking time away from recording. I hope that will be a short-lived vacation.

Alpha Wave Movement - Earthen *
This is not necessarily radically different from other Kyryluk releases, but I really like the way this particular album hangs together, and the serene washes that hold it together are both fascinating and soothing. The title track is a work of art.

Autumn of Communion - Autumn of Communion 5
This was supposed to be the last release, but it wasn't. It wasn't even the penultimate release! Anyhow, it is incredible. I'm a bit ambivalent about the remix by Stormloop at the end, but the first two tracks are incredible: Beautifully evolving soundscapes.

Bill Seaman - f(noir)
This is an unusual release. It makes me feel like I'm in a David Lynch film, sitting in a dimly lit basement bar, apprehensively awaiting a meeting with a stranger. That probably doesn't sound like a ringing endorsement, but, if that is your jam (it is mine), you'll love this.

Mick Chillage - Pixels II
This isn't Mick doing what Mick does best, but this particular release really grabbed me for reasons that are difficult to explain. It is mostly looped material with incidentals and a really cool (deep) base line that emerges like a whale from the sea. It is mesmerizing.

Ře - Unseed
This is outstanding ambient glitch work, much in the spirit of Porya Hatami. This particular slice-and-dice style isn't uncommon, but it is rare for artists to truly merge the billowing, drift quality of ambient music that I find attractive with deft experimental processing. This album excels in that regard. It flew way too low under the radar; please check it out.

Steve Roach - Bloodmoon Rising
This represents my favorite Roach Style: Dark loops that lead your imagination to otherworldly spaces. The scope of the work is attractive too; I'm a sucker for multi-disc releases.

Max Richter - Sleep *
There are things I don't like about this release (it is not good for sleeping). But, overall, I love it. The tracks are well crafted, the instrumentation is fantastic, and the way Richter processes classic acoustic performances to create novel ambient dronescapes is magnificent. A CD version is being released in the US soon and I'll probably buy that too.

Omni vu deity - Nuiemiu Rift
Tribal otherworlds. Ishq had many, many releases this year. This one was the stand out for me. I'm not sure that it is necessarily his best or even my favorite, but it is so different from everything else that I couldn't help but be impressed with it. It also ends up being played on repeat a lot.

Virlyn - Arctic Radio
Creative dark ambient, built around unusual acoustic samples. This was released in late December, so it is probably not fair to include it in a "favorites of" list. But I love it. And, this guy releases things so infrequently that I can't help but savor it and delight in every sonic moment.

Good stuff! I see some of my favorites on your list, and a few things that I clearly need to check out.

I'm traveling at the moment, but will post some stuff when I get home and don't have to type with thumbs. Eager to read more favorites for 2016.

Yay! Beautiful layout and images.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 19, 2015, 09:21:57 PM »
Andrew Heath and Peter Maynard - Dust
Digital only. Found sounds and light synth and piano overlays. Great drifting songs, with much ear candy.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Discogs experiences (good and bad)?
« on: December 19, 2015, 09:16:23 PM »
I have had positive experiences with Discog purchases up to this point. But I've only bought things that had one edition; no room for screw ups.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 10, 2015, 07:22:22 PM »
Mick Chillage - Zen Diagrams
Digital only. Excellent stuff, from the Nagual USB release on ...txt.

Jacob Newman - Invisible Autumn
Single track, two mixes. Slow-moving synth washes. Beautiful and calming.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Harold Budd website!
« on: December 09, 2015, 06:24:42 PM »
Has anyone seen The Little Glass for sale in the US? I see the digital version on Bandcamp, but no physical listing.

Dude has a confusing website:

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 06, 2015, 08:03:05 AM »
yum, thirdsystem

Goldmund - Sometimes

Keith Kenniff's previous releases under the Goldmund moniker were compositions for piano, with minimal accompaniment or treatment. This one maintains that spirit, but has some additional layers of processing that give everything a rich flavor: It is true to the classical side, but with a hint of "how did he chop that sustained note into 500 pieces and why didn't I notice it the first time?" side. It is hard to explain. But it is lovely minimal work. One of the tracks is performed with Ryuichi Sakamoto--a neat bonus.

Stream/Buy: or

Looks like the Bandcamp site has both discs, based on doing some basic napkin math on the track times.

I'm pre-viewing it right now; love that first selection.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: December 03, 2015, 07:41:16 PM »
Very intriguing cover art!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 02, 2015, 07:53:00 PM »
Went a bit nuts and bought a bunch of older and newer Ishq releases:

Ishq - Fluid Earth + Sunflower + Bloom
Each of these discs contains b-sides and unreleased/compilation tracks recorded over the years. Fluid Earth contains the second disc that accompanied Orchard in the Dakini release. The lead track is a smooth one with some light percussive components: hypnotic and serene. Out of this bunch, I would say that Bloom is the stand-out: It best represents the ambient side of Ishq that I appreciate: basic synth work with a nice mixture of organic and other-worldly elements. One of the tracks, Amaryllis Dreams, may be one of my favorite tracks in the Ishq cannon. Bloom, even if it is merely a collection of varied songs, holds together incredibly well as an album and, in my opinion, deserves more recognition.

Onirojenik - Mundus Imaginalis + Onirojenik World
Two new Ishq releases in the Virtual World series. I'll be honest: These are not easy listens. On the one hand, these two discs represent a truly innovative direction for Hillier. They pick up where the lush, tribal themes that characterized Flowering Mountain Earth leave off, but then push those themes into what might be best described as an acid-inspired trip through tribal cultures on another planet. It is super interesting stuff and involves sound palettes that I've never heard before. On the other hand, I'm not sure these discs have a lot of replay value. They deserve careful study, but they wear out their welcome after a few listens. I might feel differently about this after a bit of time, but I find myself listening more to the releases I described above than these newer ones.

Of the two new discs, I'd say that Mundus Imaginalis is the best. It stays relatively true to some basic ambient roots. Onirojenik World requires a bit more patience.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steaming services
« on: November 30, 2015, 06:09:31 PM »
Great topic!

I stream albums on Bandcamp as a way of exploring the genre and trying to figure out what I want to buy. I haven't tried the Apple service. And, although I've explored Spotify, I didn't like the fact that there wasn't an integrated way to move from listening/sampling to purchasing--something that Bandcamp has aced.

I'm still a bit wary of the streaming concept, for many of the reasons others listed (e.g., too much money is diverted away from the artist, the quality isn't quite there--yet). And, although most of my listening is via digital files, I'm still a sucker for owning physical copies. I find it harder to "respect" the music if it doesn't have a physical representation. I know that sounds like mystical mumbo jumbo; I can't defend it rationally.

I'm open to streaming, however. Maybe in 5 to 10 years it will be the obvious way to do things. But, in addition to quality and bandwitdh issues, I hope two issues will be solved: (a) how to make sure artists are fairly compensated for their work and (b) how to solve the mumbo jumbo problem I described above. (That issue might solve itself when my generation passes away; it is almost certainly unique to those of us who grew up with tapes, vinyl, and/or CDs).

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 27, 2015, 08:35:44 PM »
Jeff Pearce - Winter Calm
Digital only. Nice, slow-moving soundscapes. The second track, A Long Winter's Sleep, is perfect: serene and ethereal. I continue to be amazed by what this guy can do with a guitar.

I haven't used the option yet (as a fan), mainly for the reasons you noted. Even with a discount, it isn't cost effective if you already own your favorites from an artist's catalog.

Having said that, however, I think this would be a really neat option if I just discovered someone's work for the first time and wanted to splurge and acquire it all. I had an experience like this with sonmi451's music a couple of years ago: I heard two releases (Ruis & The Quiet EP) and then wanted the rest of his catalog.

So I'm glad the feature now exists on Bandcamp.

I think artists have the option to elect into it; it isn't forced on you.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 17, 2015, 07:06:59 PM »
Ishq - In a Rainbow Air
Great new release on Virtual.  Vast ambient expanses with plenty of quirky Hillier electronics.

Yunomi (Ishq) - Floracopia
I'm not sure what to think of this. The album has some fantastic tracks on it, but, as an album, it doesn't really flow well; I find myself skipping around to get to my favorite parts. It is much more experimental than the previous Yunomi release, which felt more like a psychedelic journey through a garden.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 11, 2015, 05:28:58 PM »
nom nom. I love that first AoC disc.

Markus Guentner - Theia
Amazing drone work from a legend. Recently released by A Strangely Isolated Place, on vinyl and digital.

Grimes - Art Angels
Not ambient, but super fun, quirky electro-pop on 4AD.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 04, 2015, 06:23:46 PM »
I loved Fire Dances back in the day. Good stuff! I think Dominator was my favorite track from that release.

Some recent downloads:

Rudy Adrian - Moonwater

2006 release on Spotted Peccary. Really nice, with a range of instrumentation.

Arovane & Hior Chronik - In-between
A perfect collaboration: The sum is greater than the parts.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 02, 2015, 06:33:36 AM »

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 30, 2015, 08:34:32 PM »
Aglaia - Florealia Nocturna + Ephemeral Blue
New ambient from Gino Fioravanti. The first of these releases is composed of drifting, ethereal soundscapes, and is somewhat reminiscent of Absolutely Deep. The second one is a bit more experimental, but not quite as edgy or alien as some of the releases from last year. Both are fantastic. And, as usual, the art work is beautiful.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: History of Sleep Music
« on: October 23, 2015, 07:17:09 PM »
That was a great read.

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