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Hi, Julio. I downloaded this last night and spent the better part of the day at work listening to it. Great work! I especially like the opening and closing tracks.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 06, 2015, 06:54:11 PM »
The Frozen Vaults - 1816
New release from Pleq, Spheruleus, Mrenca, and friends. Much better than their debut--and much less noisy. Dark, isolationist acoustic ambient.

Sounds like my cup of tea, APK. Will check it out.

The kids and I are all about the Five Nights at Freddy's series these days. Jump scares galore!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich - Filaments
« on: May 03, 2015, 07:56:40 AM »
My daughter and I attended the Robert Rich performance in Peoria, IL on Friday evening and had a wonderful time. The show was based mostly on Filaments, with a reworked opening from Numena. It was an excellent and well attended show. He performed in a planetarium so, not only was it a more comfortable (and less obnoxious) venue than a bar, but the setting was  intimate and the visuals were outstanding. The person who runs the planetarium improvised the visuals on the dome during the performance, so, as we were listening to Rich, we were treated to a variety of fractals, traveling through Saturn's rings, moving constellations, and many other beautiful treats.

I've been enjoying Filaments a lot too. My only complaint is that, at times, the lap steel guitar seems a bit out of place along with the modular, sequenced sounds. I generally like the way Rich uses this instrument, but it sometimes has a "wailing guitar solo" feel in many of the Filaments tracks. Sometimes I just want to drift along with the sequenced electronic mosaics. But, overall, a really impressive piece of work.

My daughter enjoyed it. I hope I have a budding ambient traveler in my midst!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 30, 2015, 06:55:52 PM »
Caught in the Wake Forever - The Places Where I Worship You
Nice drone work drawing largely on acoustic source material.

Andrew Heath - The Silent Cartographer
Superb. Piano and light synths weaving their way among found sounds, field recordings, and other experimental flourishes. At times, the album reminds me of James Johnson's generative releases.

Yunomi - Amaryllis Dream
Beautiful 2014 ambient release from Ishq, leaning towards the experimental organics of Elve, but with a softer touch.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: "Mythos and Music"
« on: April 23, 2015, 06:02:59 PM »
> I wondered if anybody had any suggestions about what might be covered in a discussion like this?

APK's reference to Davies is a good one because, although some of the themes, titles, and whatnot are Lovecraftian, the music doesn't always strike me as dark per se. I sometimes wonder if it is too easy to play into the dark side of Lovecraft when making music rather than emphasizing the mystery or the sense of other-worldliness. 

Here is something I like that is clearly inspired by Lovecraft, but not sinister or overly dark in its atmosphere--one of my favorites from 2013: The Ashes of Piemonte - Datura Notes

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Embers Below Zero
« on: April 23, 2015, 05:55:13 PM »

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 18, 2015, 09:12:37 PM »
Midnight Tales - Eternalism (2015)
The new collaboration of Wolf Maps and Biblo.

How To Disappear Completely
- Remnant (2015)
New ep from HTDC. For fans of Hammock and Belong. Nocturnal drift.

Hakobune - Sinking Stars (2015)
Space drift.

Good tips!

Also, APK, that Aplink track was pretty swell.

Recently enjoying the Autumn of Communion 5. Truly excellent, especially the second track, Communion, which could be one of my favorites from the AoC outfit.

Also picked up the re-release of Everyday Feels Like a New Drug by Porya Hatami and Lee Anthony Norris, which is a really beautiful album. Listen:

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl Reissues vs Originals
« on: April 18, 2015, 08:59:30 PM »
I didn't realize digital-cut vinyl was a thing. Learn something new all the time...

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 12, 2015, 06:28:24 PM »
Two new and excellent "name your price" releases on Bandcamp. Both involve dark, slowly evolving soundscapes. The Corbacho one makes great use of silence and pauses and has been my favorite soundtrack for sleeping over the past week.

Max Corbacho - Future Terrain

Steve Roach - Bloodmoon Rising Night 3

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 08, 2015, 07:44:07 PM »
Marsen Jules - The Empire of Silence
A majestic new release from Marsen Jules. Eight tracks, each named after a unique Inuit term for snow, that are relatively simple in their instrumentation (mostly organ-like synth work), but complex in their composition.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich - Filaments
« on: April 07, 2015, 04:11:10 PM »
By the way, does anyone have  Seven Veils? What are your thoughts on this one?

I really liked Seven Veils, although I don't think I've listened to it in over a decade. It was a bit more rhythmic and traditional than most of the stuff I like, but something about the production was so beautiful and crisp that it was hard to not get lost in it.

Regarding Roach, inspiration, and change: I go through phases in terms of what I find exciting and what strikes me as uninspired. I assume artists do too. Sometimes I'm "in phase" with certain artists and sometimes I'm not.

The great thing about really talented artists like Roach is that the quality is almost always there regardless of whether the album moves you at the specific moment of its release. I recall not caring much for Blood Machine, Light Fantastic, and some of the other atmo+pulse albums when they originally came out. But, years later, they really started to resonate with me. I still don't dig the highly percussive stuff, but can see how others might like it.

Another Roach-bonus is that, although he still continues to experiment and explore new sounds, he returns to his roots often enough that I never feel alienated by his work. Some artists evolve and, although you publicly respect them for doing so, you can't help but pine for the kinds of sounds that caused you to fall in love with them in the first place. Roach (and Robert Rich) manages to maintain some continuity while also changing. The trick, I think, is that they are willing to explore new sounds and identities without dismissing their origins. Other artists sometimes behave as if the only way forward is to break from the past.

Everything and Nothing / Re: April Fools Day ignored and denied???
« on: April 02, 2015, 07:18:46 PM »
Maybe the same post it is on your mouse now.  ;)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 01, 2015, 06:05:55 PM »
Good tip! I just hunted down some samples. Sounds great--and a bit spooky.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 01, 2015, 03:26:45 PM »
Heezen - Abandoned Memory
Got a tip on this from Jason of Infraction on the listserv. Super cool stuff--reminds me a bit of Andrew Thomas's work on Kompakt. Lots of crackling, tape hiss, and finely sliced samples that are arranged in beautiful, atmospheric ways.

Blake Gibson & Robert Davies - Quiraing
I think Drone On nailed this with his summary of the disc. This album strikes me as one of the "must owns" of 2015, and I'm worried that it might fly too far under the radar. If you haven't ordered this, please do so. Each track is special and represents an extraordinary blend of drone, composition, and organic ambiance.  The best part: The artists have the balls to include a track titled Only Rain that is, yup, almost 6 minutes of a rain storm. And it fits so well.

Looks like a teaser for a teaser! :-)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 29, 2015, 05:16:18 PM »
Oh God. You just baroque the thread.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 23, 2015, 08:31:11 AM »
Some recent stuff:

Federico Durand - Musica para Manuel
New release from Hibernate. Basic lo-fi tape manipulations of music boxes, piano, and guitar with some really eerie resonance. Nice background music.

Mick Chillage - Pixels II
Upcoming release on Anodize, with the digital version available now. I fell in love with this the first time I streamed it and have listened to it over and over since then. Slowly evolving soundscapes with lush washes and loops and some fun headphone ear candy. Pure awesomesauce.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum software upgrade coming up
« on: March 19, 2015, 03:06:22 PM »
Looks nice!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 15, 2015, 04:51:08 PM »
Recent spins:

Offthesky & Pleq - A Thousand Fields
Pretty neat experimental ambient from two of the most creative forces in that niche. Very dark, lonely, desolate tracks, featuring the sounds of broken machines, wistful violins, and some dramatic cinematic overtures. This wasn't the masterpiece I was hoping for, but it is a great album nonetheless and well worth a careful listening. Beautiful packaging from Infraction.
Buy/Stream: (I'm partial to the 4th track.)

Steve Roach - Bloodmoon Rising
I enjoyed this when it came out in October, but I've been finding myself drawn to it over and over again of late. Dreamy, mysterious, and hypnotic.

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