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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Embers Below Zero
« on: April 23, 2015, 05:55:13 PM »

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 18, 2015, 09:12:37 PM »
Midnight Tales - Eternalism (2015)
The new collaboration of Wolf Maps and Biblo.

How To Disappear Completely
- Remnant (2015)
New ep from HTDC. For fans of Hammock and Belong. Nocturnal drift.

Hakobune - Sinking Stars (2015)
Space drift.

Good tips!

Also, APK, that Aplink track was pretty swell.

Recently enjoying the Autumn of Communion 5. Truly excellent, especially the second track, Communion, which could be one of my favorites from the AoC outfit.

Also picked up the re-release of Everyday Feels Like a New Drug by Porya Hatami and Lee Anthony Norris, which is a really beautiful album. Listen:

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl Reissues vs Originals
« on: April 18, 2015, 08:59:30 PM »
I didn't realize digital-cut vinyl was a thing. Learn something new all the time...

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 12, 2015, 06:28:24 PM »
Two new and excellent "name your price" releases on Bandcamp. Both involve dark, slowly evolving soundscapes. The Corbacho one makes great use of silence and pauses and has been my favorite soundtrack for sleeping over the past week.

Max Corbacho - Future Terrain

Steve Roach - Bloodmoon Rising Night 3

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 08, 2015, 07:44:07 PM »
Marsen Jules - The Empire of Silence
A majestic new release from Marsen Jules. Eight tracks, each named after a unique Inuit term for snow, that are relatively simple in their instrumentation (mostly organ-like synth work), but complex in their composition.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich - Filaments
« on: April 07, 2015, 04:11:10 PM »
By the way, does anyone have  Seven Veils? What are your thoughts on this one?

I really liked Seven Veils, although I don't think I've listened to it in over a decade. It was a bit more rhythmic and traditional than most of the stuff I like, but something about the production was so beautiful and crisp that it was hard to not get lost in it.

Regarding Roach, inspiration, and change: I go through phases in terms of what I find exciting and what strikes me as uninspired. I assume artists do too. Sometimes I'm "in phase" with certain artists and sometimes I'm not.

The great thing about really talented artists like Roach is that the quality is almost always there regardless of whether the album moves you at the specific moment of its release. I recall not caring much for Blood Machine, Light Fantastic, and some of the other atmo+pulse albums when they originally came out. But, years later, they really started to resonate with me. I still don't dig the highly percussive stuff, but can see how others might like it.

Another Roach-bonus is that, although he still continues to experiment and explore new sounds, he returns to his roots often enough that I never feel alienated by his work. Some artists evolve and, although you publicly respect them for doing so, you can't help but pine for the kinds of sounds that caused you to fall in love with them in the first place. Roach (and Robert Rich) manages to maintain some continuity while also changing. The trick, I think, is that they are willing to explore new sounds and identities without dismissing their origins. Other artists sometimes behave as if the only way forward is to break from the past.

Everything and Nothing / Re: April Fools Day ignored and denied???
« on: April 02, 2015, 07:18:46 PM »
Maybe the same post it is on your mouse now.  ;)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 01, 2015, 06:05:55 PM »
Good tip! I just hunted down some samples. Sounds great--and a bit spooky.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 01, 2015, 03:26:45 PM »
Heezen - Abandoned Memory
Got a tip on this from Jason of Infraction on the listserv. Super cool stuff--reminds me a bit of Andrew Thomas's work on Kompakt. Lots of crackling, tape hiss, and finely sliced samples that are arranged in beautiful, atmospheric ways.

Blake Gibson & Robert Davies - Quiraing
I think Drone On nailed this with his summary of the disc. This album strikes me as one of the "must owns" of 2015, and I'm worried that it might fly too far under the radar. If you haven't ordered this, please do so. Each track is special and represents an extraordinary blend of drone, composition, and organic ambiance.  The best part: The artists have the balls to include a track titled Only Rain that is, yup, almost 6 minutes of a rain storm. And it fits so well.

Looks like a teaser for a teaser! :-)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 29, 2015, 05:16:18 PM »
Oh God. You just baroque the thread.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 23, 2015, 08:31:11 AM »
Some recent stuff:

Federico Durand - Musica para Manuel
New release from Hibernate. Basic lo-fi tape manipulations of music boxes, piano, and guitar with some really eerie resonance. Nice background music.

Mick Chillage - Pixels II
Upcoming release on Anodize, with the digital version available now. I fell in love with this the first time I streamed it and have listened to it over and over since then. Slowly evolving soundscapes with lush washes and loops and some fun headphone ear candy. Pure awesomesauce.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum software upgrade coming up
« on: March 19, 2015, 03:06:22 PM »
Looks nice!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 15, 2015, 04:51:08 PM »
Recent spins:

Offthesky & Pleq - A Thousand Fields
Pretty neat experimental ambient from two of the most creative forces in that niche. Very dark, lonely, desolate tracks, featuring the sounds of broken machines, wistful violins, and some dramatic cinematic overtures. This wasn't the masterpiece I was hoping for, but it is a great album nonetheless and well worth a careful listening. Beautiful packaging from Infraction.
Buy/Stream: (I'm partial to the 4th track.)

Steve Roach - Bloodmoon Rising
I enjoyed this when it came out in October, but I've been finding myself drawn to it over and over again of late. Dreamy, mysterious, and hypnotic.

Nice find! Thanks for the head's up.

(I can see why you'd be drawn to that. The image reminds me a bit of the one you use on some of your sites.  ;)  )

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich - Filaments
« on: March 08, 2015, 02:18:45 PM »
Thanks for the input, gang.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich - Filaments
« on: March 07, 2015, 09:02:49 AM »
I'm still not sure whether to order this. Seems like people have mixed thoughts on it. The audio samples are too brief for me to really gauge it well. Any more thoughts from those who have had some time to digest it? Is it still getting a lot of play in your life?

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 07, 2015, 09:01:12 AM »
Cool, I hope you enjoy them, Dave. I've also been listening to the new Offthesky and Pleq on digital and really like it a lot. Hoping the vinyl will arrive next week--I'm eager to hear the extra 7-inch tracks too.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 05, 2015, 07:46:07 PM »
Recent plays:

twincities - memoirs: to dust
The Polaroid equivalent of an album: sonic structures that have been so heavily processed that their original forms are barely discernible. Sounds both fade into view and fade away just as easily. Truly beautiful stuff.

Bill Seaman - f (noir)
A new release from the crazy prolific Eilean Records outfit. Vocals, piano, trumpet--not really the mix of things I would typically highlight as making for good ambient. But the way the sounds are arranged, processed, and mixed makes for an incredible ambiance. Very moody, isolationist, and nostalgic. There is a bit of Tattersall dusting in there too, giving everything a "just found this in an old record bin" feel. I wouldn't be surprised if this ends up as one of my favorites for 2015.


Purity Ring - Another Eternity
Ethereal pop from 4AD. There are some super catchy tunes on here. And, best of all, my kids don't think I'm weird for listening to it.  ;)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 22, 2015, 09:06:05 PM »
Sonmi451 - The Limbic System
Standard edition from Time Released Sound. Typical Sonmi451, but the sampling has more of a jazz feel to it than some of his earlier work. Overall, a nice album with a few super strong tracks.

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