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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best of 2014
« on: December 27, 2014, 05:54:42 PM »
Personally I think it has been a superb year for ambient music.

I agree. I typically try to think of which 3 albums are my absolute favorites and I'm having a damn hard time with that this year. The first half of 2013 seemed a bit dry to me. But 2014 has been one great release after the next.

What do the *'s reference in your list, thirdsystem?

Everything and Nothing / Re: Best of 2014 - non-ambient
« on: December 22, 2014, 02:24:22 PM »
Same here, drone on. Thanks for giving me a map for sampling contemporary music, Dave. Looking forward to exploring some of these artists.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 19, 2014, 12:47:54 PM »
APK: I followed your advice and obtained a copy of Alio Die's Honeysuckle. You're right: This is absolutely amazing! I steered away from this for a while because, based on the samples, the first track just seemed a bit blah and I never really paid attention after that. I still feel that way about the first track. But the remaining tracks are fantastic--especially the Honey Mushroom series, which is some of the best drifting, ethereal music in his catalog. 

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Interstellar
« on: December 16, 2014, 08:10:12 PM »
Saw it today. I enjoyed it, but wasn't as blow away by it as I had hoped I would be. I agree with those who summed it up by noting that it attempts to do too much, without really connecting all the dots. (Is it a movie about love? Is it a movie about the will to live? Is it a movie about ambition? a movie about trust?) The soundtrack was unremarkable.

I love Nolan. I'm not disappointed--I was just hoping this would be a game changer and it wasn't.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 16, 2014, 03:42:33 PM »
I didn't discover AoC1 until last year. It is one of my favorite albums. Ever.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 14, 2014, 11:21:41 AM »
I'm having a tough time getting into Ishqamatics, which is weird because I have an almost unconditional affection for anything else done by these artists. :(

Speaking of which: Recently enjoying the new Autumn of Communion 4 on Carpe Sonum. The disc is on the way, but I've been listening almost non-stop to the download over the past few days. Great stuff--especially the first and fourth tracks.


My son and the neighborhood kids and I are playing Clash of Clans now and really enjoying it. It is a mobile game in the spirit of farm for resources, build an army and defense, and do battle with others. Free to play, but has some in-app ways to spend money to speed things up (not really worth it unless you're hardcore).

I have a feeling I'm about to drop way too much money! And I have so many gifts to buy too.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Did you ever like KISS?
« on: December 13, 2014, 08:23:16 AM »
I never really had a strong opinion about their music, but, as a kid in the 70s, I really enjoyed their theatrics.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Yagya
« on: December 08, 2014, 06:17:05 PM »
For the second year in a row, Yagya is offering "name your price" downloads on Bandcamp in celebration of his birthday. Chances are that many folks here already have his CDs, but, if you've been curious or needed to fill a gap in your collection, this is a fine opportunity to do so.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 07, 2014, 09:48:39 AM »
Joe, that The Boats release seems to be majorly OOP. So, if you want to mail it to me for safe keeping, I'll understand.

Recent stuff:

Christopher Sisk - The Water in the Wind
I really like this. Generative ambient samples and loops that drift across one another like clouds. Great for reading and sleeping. Digital only.

Steve Roach & Jorge Reyes - The Ancestor Circle
A nice homage to Reyes. Subtle tribal ambiance with a strong spiritual vibe.

thirdsystem: streaming Forestscapes now. Seems interesting.

It is a shame that the knife is not included.  ;)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 01, 2014, 04:47:15 PM »

Loscil - Sea Island
Nothing unexpected or new here, but, in my opinion, this is Scott Morgan at the top of his game. It captures everything that I have loved about the Loscil sound since the early days. This might be my favorite Loscil release, but time will tell. The second track, In Threes, is particularly awesome.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 28, 2014, 11:23:51 AM »
Csillagköd - Silent World
Expansive space music with an occasional dark motif. Pretty neat.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 19, 2014, 08:53:12 PM »
The Circular Ruins - Full Circle
A new APK release. Excellent music, spanning a range of styles. Anthony: My favorite track is the first; I love the way the echoed sounds synchronize.

Robert Davies - What the Moon Reveals
I've never really given Robert Davies much attention, probably because I've never heard samples of his work in full. When Anthony uploaded this to Bandcamp a couple of weeks ago, the first few tracks really grabbed me. I've had a difficult time NOT listening to this ever since. I'm looking forward to exploring more of the Davies back-catalog.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 16, 2014, 09:01:14 PM »
Those new Loscil tracks sound great, Dave. Thanks for posting the link. Can't wait for this to be released!


This article has generated some intense discussion on the 3six Facebook page. In summary, Bandcamp is creating options for artists/labels to offer subscriptions services. To be clear, this isn't *instead* of what is currently offered, but an additional alternative for artists/labels who are looking for ways to lock in a certain form of cash flow.

I don't think I would subscribe to a specific artist myself; I like having the freedom to buy at will and I think that such a tit-for-tat process of doing so is a legit way to support the artists I love. I'm curious to know what others think of this.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 11, 2014, 06:33:19 PM »
Pleq - Sound of Rebirth
Chopped up, glitchy, moody electronic ambiance. Really looking forward to the collab with Offthesky on Infraction, which has been in production for almost a year.


Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: November 11, 2014, 06:25:58 PM »
Gillian Flynn - Dark Places
Such an awesome and disturbing book about Libby Day--a woman whose mother and sisters were murdered when Libby was a little girl. A local club of people who research crimes and collect murder-related items (the "kill club") hire Libby to share some information about her family's murder. Some of them are convinced that her older brother, Ben, who was arrested for the crime, is innocent, and they offer her money to visit people from her past and to learn more about what really took place that night. The narrative goes back and forth from the present to the past, culminating in the night of the murder when all is revealed. Great story writing. Super suspenseful and creepy.

Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning - Brown, Roediger, and McDaniel
Nonfiction. A nice book on learning and memory full of summaries of cool research. What makes this a particularly fascinating read is the discussion of discrepancies between the intuitions many of us have about learning and practice and the kinds of strategies that actually maximize long-term learning. For example, we often encourage people to practice a skill (e.g., 3 pt shots, performing a piece of music, learning a poem) repeatedly until they perfect it. But, holding study/practice time constant, intermixing that with other activities--activities that disrupt the practice--actually leads to better performance in the long-term.

Yay, Bandcamp!

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