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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 21, 2014, 07:29:28 PM »
The Humble Bee - Instruction Booklet N. 1232
Audio memorabilia as seen through the lens of tape loops, vinyl pops, and tape hiss.

Also been listening to some miscellaneous audio scraps by Thomas Köner that he released recently on Bandcamp. These appear to be processed field recordings that were used for the La Barca album in 2009. Some of these are excellent (e.g., (BTW, if anyone is looking to sell their La Barca CD, I'll pay 30 USD for it.)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 18, 2014, 08:44:47 PM »
jdh -- I gave the Sleepover Series a listen. Great stuff! I might have to order that.

Boris Lelong - Perdide
Lush, tropical-sounding environmental atmospheres with slow moving and light ambient textures interspersed. Took me a few listens to really get into it, but now I'm mesmerized by it and have been returning to the album over and over again. Digital only.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 16, 2014, 06:36:27 PM »
Porya Hatami - Vari
This is a collection of various tracks that have appeared on various compilations. They hang together nicely. Glitchy, acoustic ambiance and drones. Name your price and digital only at

That was pretty cool. I especially liked those sounds you're creating around the 6:45 mark.

Thanks, Anthony. That was a great description.

So I explained the tell tale signs of CD vs CDR to him... he changed the listing to say pro-cdr.  :-) 

What are the tell tale signs? I can clearly tell the difference between a CD-R style data disc that I would buy at the store and a pressed CD. The DataObscura CDRs and other discs that forum members sell (e.g., El Culto) are also clearly distinct from other discs. But I'm not sure how to tell the difference between the pro-CDRs and regular CDs.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 14, 2014, 06:23:07 PM »
Enjoying the Quiet Friends compilation--the Steve Roach tribute

Also got blissed out listening to Landscape in Obscurity (Vidna Obmana) on repeat earlier today.

How do you tell the difference? I have a copy of this and just pulled it out. It looks professional. I guess I always assumed that anything that had on-disc printing was a non-CDR. I feel naive suddenly.

I love these Sam posts. So much to think about.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach - Bloodmoon Rising
« on: October 09, 2014, 03:10:35 PM »
I gave this a listen last night. Excellent track!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 09, 2014, 03:06:35 PM »
A Winged Victory for the Sullen - Atomos
I've been waiting all year for this O'Halloran/Wiltzie CD to come out. If you're a fan of "modern classical"--especially the variety that is often associated with Nils Frahm and others--this will be a treat. It is similar in structure to the first AWVFTS release--melancholy strings, with incredible swells and powerful melodies. This particular release features a bit more electronics and some experimental flourishes, which spice things up in some cool ways. The production on this is top notch; everything sounds so clear and crisp. 

Sample here:

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: October 09, 2014, 02:54:12 PM »
Gillian Flynn - Gone Girl
This is an excellent novel. I'll try not to give too much away, but the story begins with Nick Dunne discovering that his house has been ransacked and that his wife is missing. As the days pass by, it becomes more apparent to the investigative team that Nick may have been involved in his wife's disappearance. Chapters that explain the events from Nick's point of view are interwoven with entry's from his wife's diary in the months leading up to the disappearance. The story is outstanding, but Flynn deserves some real kudos for the super clever way in which the story is told.

A film based on the novel was released earlier this week or last. My wife and I are going to see it tomorrow (she recommended the book to me) and I'm eager to see where the two converge and diverge.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 08, 2014, 07:30:53 PM »
Nice, Dave. I'm going to have to hunt some of this stuff down and give it a listen.

DUSKER_ -- the new HTDC is beautiful. Nice tip!

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Twin Peaks revisited
« on: October 07, 2014, 07:07:51 PM »
I'm really excited about this. It could turn out to be, well, bad. But I'm going to hope for the best.

We used to have Twin Peaks parties in 90/91, complete with pie, coffee, and donuts. Happy memories.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 06, 2014, 06:04:39 PM »
Robert Scott Thompson/James Johnson- Forgotten Places.  Serene, melancholy music.  Gorgeous and very Harold Budd like. 

That's a beautiful album.

Non-ambient playing:

Sea Oleena - Shallow
New release from Charlotte Loseth. Ethereal music with a nice mix of piano, reverb'd guitars, and strings. Beautiful and haunting female vocals.
Buy/Sample: or

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 03, 2014, 05:57:01 PM »
Zen Lu & Grzegorz Bojanek - Live in Shenzhen
Minimal and simple, with a nice use of reverb. Some of the acoustic sounds trail off for miles.

Christopher Sisk - 8​.​extended
Part of a generative music series. This is lovely and has been my bedtime listening for the week.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Echospace Detroit CD's
« on: October 02, 2014, 04:42:34 PM »
Ear/Rational often carries ...txt releases. I'm not sure if there are any other US distributors that do so reliably, however.

The small print orders do seem a bit counterproductive. I wonder if some of the labels lack the capital to do large print runs and/or are investing the money in equipment and gear rather than in funding future releases.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 02, 2014, 01:32:16 PM »
Yeah, and $45 is on the low end too for some of the deluxe editions.

I've never felt inspired to buy one of the TRS deluxe editions. Fortunately, many of the recent releases have an affordable "standard" edition too, released as digipak (nice), creative envelopes with inserts (neat), and sometimes card sleeves (meh).

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 01, 2014, 03:34:48 PM »
Porya Hatami - Arrivals and Departures
New release on Time Released Sound. This represents more of Porya's softer, synth work as opposed to the more acoustic, glitchy soundscapes that he's better known for. Great stuff: It is easy to get lost in this; the sounds feel like sonic clouds, making it easy to imagine yourself floating through the sky.


Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: October 01, 2014, 03:31:02 PM »
Just finished Lock In, by John Scalzi. I listened to the audio version, which was narrated by Wil Wheaton (who is awesome, btw). The story is set in the near future: The world is recovering from the spread of a virus that has killed millions of people and left others as "lock ins"--individuals who are conscious, but have no volitional control of their bodies. After the initial containment, the government and industry develop ways for lock ins to interact in the word via remote-controlled robots or to interact in virtual communities. That is the context around which Scalzi develops a clever murder mystery. This is an excellent story--it is suspenseful, the characters are interesting, there are a few twists, and the the way the science fiction is worked out is at exactly the right depth (i.e., one step ahead of the reader and in ways that open up the possibilities in creative ways).   

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