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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.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 22, 2015, 08:28:31 PM »
Sart is my favorite Pjusk release. Didn't care much for the latest one with the trumpet.

Recent thangs:

Gapfield - Abyss
Picked this up thanks to a lead from Castleview. Experimental ambient from Jacob Newman & Devin Underwood. This feels a bit more electronic than their previous collaboration on dataObscura.

Jaja - Stellamare
Deep space synths. Quiet and relaxing, with some nice subtleties that are best studied with headphones.

Altus - The Time Collection
Free download on Altus' website. Awesome ambient compositions. Somewhat moody and mysterious.

Congrats, Castleview!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 14, 2015, 04:08:23 PM »
Gapfield - Abyss

Great ambient music from Jacob Newman and Devin Underwood.

Thanks for the head's up!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 08, 2015, 07:12:08 PM »
I agree. I've streamed it once or twice and just can't get excited enough to hit the "buy" button.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 07, 2015, 08:23:44 AM »
Inland was such a disappointment from Tetsu.  By far my least favorite of his Fax releases.  Same with 2350 Broadway 4.  What a weak end to a previously flawless series.  But what do I know.  I'm just an ambient redneck.

What are some of your favorites? I really enjoyed Inland a lot.

Some other things I've been enjoying recently:

Veronique Vaka - Erlendis
Processed cello and piano, tapping into the the spirit that organizes most of the modern acoustic-electric drone ambient. Really powerful stuff, with slightly dark corners in several places.
Digital only:

Purl - Stillpoint
New ambient dub on Silent Season. The mixing (or mastering?) is really interesting: the recording sounds a bit as if it is submerged under water. There are few high frequencies and the sounds are not very crisp; they tend to bleed into one another. But the effect is really neat. I'm really loving this one.
Buy/Stream:  [3 copies left as of this writing]

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 01, 2015, 03:37:53 PM »
Alex Cobb - Marigold and Cable
Deep dronescapes.

Siavash Amini and Heinali - When No Wind Whirled
Glacial drone work with some nice processed guitar and violin. Digital only.

Tetsu Inoue - Inland
Bought this on iTunes; Discog prices seem steep. Thanks for the tip, thirdsystem. @#$@#$ so amazing!

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: New loscil video
« on: June 01, 2015, 03:29:59 PM »
Beautiful images!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 22, 2015, 02:38:43 PM »
Frozen Thoughts - Calm Before the Storm
I held off on buying this for a long time in hope that a physical version would eventually be released. I've given up now. (Damn you, Glacial Movements!  ;)  ) Absolutely brilliant piece of work; I would love to see more from this artist in the future.

Hammock - The Sleepover Series Vols 1 + 2
A more traditional ambient release from the contemporary kings of shoegaze instrumentals. Most of the tracks sound like stretched walls of sound. Lovely. The first volume has a more experimental feel, which is a bit surprising given the sleepy dronescapes on Vol. 2.

Max Corbacho - Splendid Labyrinths
In my opinion, this is similar in spirit to The Ocean Inside.  Deep and expansive sounds, with occasional hints of dissonance that tend to build dramatic tension. Like The Ocean Inside, I suspect I won't play this in large doses, but will probably find myself compelled to return to it at unexpected moments for years to come.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CD vs. CDR
« on: May 20, 2015, 05:39:56 AM »
That would be most kind, Poaalpina. I'll send you a private message. I recall filling in a few gaps in my collection during that phase, but was too shortsighted to download the ones I already owned. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CD vs. CDR
« on: May 19, 2015, 02:01:02 PM »
Thanks for the input, gang! I'm sad. I'm afraid to pull down some of the older CDrs out of fear of what I might discover.

Looks like James Johnson's website is dead: I've sent an email to Dark Duck Records to see if Stephen will receive it. I appreciate your suggestions.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CD vs. CDR
« on: May 19, 2015, 09:05:49 AM »
Hi, gang. Quick question from a novice's point of view:

I went to listen to my copy of Lost at Dunn's Lake (Johnson/Philips) last night, but it wouldn't read on my stereo. I loaded the CDr into my computer, and no luck there either.

Is there a solution you use when and old CDr appears to be giving up the ghost? I really like this album and was pining for it a bit last night. I'm sad to realize that the music might be lost to me forever.

I searched around the forum and found a great thread, but it is now locked:

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