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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.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 02, 2015, 04:32:04 PM »
Ishq - Futurology, Beyond Time, Deep Space Objects
Every once in a while I get into a mad Ishq craze. I've been in one for the past few weeks, listening to various discs on repeat, dropping stupid amounts of cash on Discogs to pick up discs to replace digital files, and dissecting the art and aesthetics of the releases.

Right now I'm obsessed with the side of Hillier's work that focuses on space, time, and imaginary worlds. The most recent of these releases, Martian Chronicles, is really funky, with a nice retro-future vibe. 

I enjoyed reading the blog; thanks for sharing! That's too bad about the injury, but it sounds like you two found a way to make the most of the trip. What a great experience.

And amazing photos too! Beautiful!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 28, 2015, 03:33:28 PM »
Finally back online after a house move. Almost 2 months for British Telecom to sort out my phonel ine and broadband in my new build. Incompetence abounds!

Ugh. Welcome back!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 27, 2015, 06:12:14 PM »
Jacob Newman & Devin Underwood - Sending the Past
Excellent new release from Carpe Sonum. This is classic drifting ambient, with lots of experimental flourishes. Despite having a traditional feel to it, this duo has a few signature moves that makes their sound distinctive. Love this.
Buy/Listen: (Note: CD delayed a bit, but digital is available now.)

Motionfield - Luftrum
Another recent Carpe Sonum release. Well paced ambient washes and sequences, punctuated with the occasional layer of beats. Some of the tracks get a bit monotonous, but the overall diversity across the album is perfect.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 22, 2015, 08:09:00 AM »
Question for those of you with AoC6: Is it mostly a remix of older tracks? (The first track sounds like a reprise of the first track from AoC1.) Regardless, it sounds nice. I'll have to pick up the digital at some point; it does look sold out from the sources I normally scout.

Sinepearl - Through Water She Spoke  + The Dance of Affinity
Excellent psychedelic ambient from Björn Ekegren in Sweden. The first of these releases really shines: drifting electronic ambient soundscapes with some really clever experimentation with sequencing. The latter was released originally on the Ishq Virtual label and is now OOP, but available digitally on Bandcamp. It is my least favorite of the two, but nonetheless reveals some really creative ways of using sounds. If you're a Hillier fan, you'll love this stuff.

Digital: Name Your Price

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.

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