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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.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 20, 2015, 05:32:05 PM »
Ghost and Tape - Shift
New release from the recently resurrected Slaapwel label. Gentle, drifting guitar meanderings, with low-fi dusting. This doesn't really stand out in any special way, but it is executed well if that's your jam.


2814 -  新しい日の誕生

I'm not sure what Vaporware is exactly, but this is one of a few exemplars from that genre that has really resonated with me, probably because it has a clear ambient component to it.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 13, 2015, 04:09:11 PM »
Omni vu deity - Nuiemiu Rift + Vuunayatu

Two new releases from Ishq and part of the Virtual World series.

Nuiemiu Rift is fantastic--an experimental journey to imaginary worlds, containing a nice fusion of "world music," expansive soundscapes, and mysterious atmospheres. I don't think this is for everyone, but I think it is a true jewel in the recent wave of Ishq releases. Sci-fi anthropology.

Vuunayatu is nice release too, but it hard not to compare it against the other when they are released simultaneously. This one is a bit more on the safe side. Frankly, parts of it are a bit monotonous (e.g., the first track), but the title track--along with a few others--are fantastic.

Available on digital and CD:

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Alio Die on BC
« on: October 13, 2015, 04:01:05 PM »
Excellent! Thanks for the info, Richard.  Not only am I looking forward to listening to these releases, I'm also looking forward to your reviews of them. ;-)

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?

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