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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best of 2014
« on: January 01, 2015, 07:45:33 PM »
Here are my three favorites from 2014:

1. Porya Hatami - Shallow (Tench)
2. Experiments in Silence - Hidden Harmonic (...txt)
3. Otto A. Totland - Pina (Sonic Pieces)

Some other albums that I loved include:

ASC - Truth Be Told (Silent Season)
Ashlar - St. James' Gardens (Hibernate)
Deaf Center - Recount (Sonic Pieces)
Faures - Continental Drift (Home Normal)
Loscil - Sea Island (Kranky)
Lorenzo Montana - Haemus (Carpe Sonum)
Nacht Plank - Echo Ark (...txt)
Orla Wren - Soil Steps (Oak Editions)
Tomas Weiss - Zeitlos (Sleep Edition) (Musical Philosophy)
Yair Elazar Glotman - Northern Gulfs (Glacial Movements)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Christmas greetings!!!
« on: December 31, 2014, 07:17:15 AM »
Happy holidays, Richard and all. And good luck with any new year's resolutions you make.  ;)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Amazon sucks!!(?)
« on: December 31, 2014, 07:16:01 AM »


EU digital VAT changes and Bandcamp

If you’ve seen the recent news of changes to EU tax law, you may be wondering how this affects you as an artist or label selling on Bandcamp. The good news is that for digital sales, there is no need for you to register for VAT, submit quarterly reports, and so on. We will take care of all of that for you.

If you happened to see our earlier help item about this, we planned to roll out a temporary solution where artists submitted the tax themselves. We’ve decided to accelerate the changes to our system such that the interim step is unnecessary.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 30, 2014, 03:40:20 PM »
Listening to the two new Aglaia CDs: Intangible Opacity and Primeval Nebula. They are both pretty cool. I really like Intangible Opacity--it is a bit more dreamy and drifty than Primeval Nebula, which is a bit more on the experimental side. (It is also neat, to be clear. But it is hard to not like one more than the other.)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Amazon sucks!!(?)
« on: December 28, 2014, 07:17:20 AM »
Amazon can be a bit funky at times. Having said that, I like it for at least two reasons. One, if you're a member of Amazon prime, you can get the CD within 2 days--which helps with the 'instant gratification' component that is often missing in online ordering. Two, although I rarely start at Amazon for buying music, sometimes I end up there simply because it is the cheapest and fastest way to get imports that have not been restocked at some of my other favorite stateside online shops.

You're fortunate to be in the Bay Area where there are some wonderful record shops! I'm stuck in a cornfield in the Midwest where we only have two record stores left, neither of which cater to ambient and experimental music. Amazon can be a blessing for people in my situation.  ;)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best of 2013
« on: December 27, 2014, 06:10:33 PM »

This was fun to revisit. In retrospect, I would add Nacht Plank's Psychology of Religion and Understanding St. Catherine to my list. I don't think I heard this until 2014 and it stays in heavy rotation.

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.

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