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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.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach Etheric Imprints
« on: July 12, 2015, 07:47:17 AM »
I just finished streaming the complete album. I agree with you.

I actually love the first piano track. But the other three tracks seem like filler. The second one in particular is filled with sequenced notes that don't cohere in any meaningful way. I can actually imagine appreciating the track in a different context because it does have a creepy, descent into madness atmosphere. But is clashes so completely with the beauty of the first track that my ears feel betrayed.

I think I'll end up buying the CD regardless (unless it is a cardboard sleeve). But I almost wish the first track was a 50-min long form piece and that it had been left at that.

I also appreciate the fact that Roach is doing something out of the ordinary. But, for me, the first track is what really strikes me as a departure from his typical sound. And it is exceptional and a success. If I heard it blind (i.e., without knowing the artist), I wouldn't have guessed Roach. The last two tracks could have appeared in several of his recent releases without notice.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 10, 2015, 07:05:28 PM »
Ře - Unseed
Excellent glitchy ambient soundscapes from Fabio Perletta. This reminds me a lot of the flickering, crackling melodies that Porya Hatami is well known for.

Non ambient, car-trip listening:
Death in June - Brown Book + Nada
Sisters of Mercy - First, Last, and Always
Clan of Xymox - Medusa

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach Etheric Imprints
« on: July 08, 2015, 02:52:55 PM »
Wow, that sounds amazing. I'm really looking forward to this release. Thanks for the head's up!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 06, 2015, 02:50:09 PM »
Dave: Thanks for the head's up on the new Marconi Union. I just streamed a bit of it and it sounds really nice. It also sounds quite different from what I'm accustomed. It doesn't seem to have their signature sound; it seems more acoustic and experimental. I like it a lot.

Darwin Raymond and Jacob Newman - Transitions
New from APK's dataObscura label. This was a nice surprise! Guitar-driven soundscapes that are glacial in pace, deep in their reverberation, and expansive in mood.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 28, 2015, 10:31:02 AM »
Dirk Serries - The Origin Reversal + Disorientation Flow
These two albums, both released on Projekt, are similar in structure. Guitar looping, layering, and processing. Light atmospherics and truly beautiful stuff, but works best for me as background music. I must confess, I'm really excited by these new releases; I couldn't really connect with the music Dirk was releasing after 2004 or so. These recent releases hit the right spot for me.

Alva Noto - Xerrox, Vol. 3
This was getting some attention on the ambient listserv, so I decided to give it a try. Some of the tracks are amazing (2ndevol, Isola). Good pickup if you're into the experimental side of ambient.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 24, 2015, 05:58:00 PM »

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: June 22, 2015, 08:32:20 PM »
Joan Didion - The Year of Magical Thinking
An insightful memoir concerning loss.

Peter Clines - The Fold
Super cool sci-fi/wierd-fi story about a group of researchers who build a portal. Won't say more. Between this and his book, 14, Peter Clines might be one of my new favorites. I need to check out his ex-heroes series.

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