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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!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 04, 2014, 07:34:49 PM »
Marconi Union - Weightless (Ambient Transmissions Vol. 2)
Relatively new release from Marconi Union, containing their popular Weightless track and 5 other tracks that are similar in spirit. One of the songs feels a bit out of place, but, overall, this is a pretty nice album.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 03, 2014, 08:33:44 PM »
Thomas Koner - La Barca
I ended up paying silly Discog prices for this on vinyl a couple of weeks ago. Two days after it arrived, Koner released this long out of print album for "pay what you want" prices on Bandcamp. I feel a bit silly now.  ;)  Anyhow, this is an excellent piece of experimental ambient from 2009, based largely on field recordings, treated sounds, and melancholy instrumentation. A true treat for fans of dark ambient: a bit creepy in parts with disorienting sounds, low bass rumbles, and disembodied voices.

I'm glad to have it now, but sad to know that I didn't discover this 5 years ago. If you missed out on the original pressings, give the digital a shot:

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 24, 2014, 05:47:24 PM »
Robert Rich-Perpetual.This is an 8 hour recording on Blu-Ray or download of his most recent sleep concert.A companion piece to Somnium.I have been a long time listener of the latter so this will be a must buy.

Robert Rich - Perpetual - A Somnium Continuum
I've been "listening" to this for two nights, and two working days now. This release draws on some of the material Robert had prepared for a sleep concert in late 2013. The soundscapes are more on the electronic end of the electronic to organic spectrum, especially compared to Somnium.

Perpetual is incredible, to be honest. Not only is it expansive (8 hours of material), but each "phase" of it feels perfect. (Parts of Somnium felt inessential to me when listened to actively rather than passively.) My only minor gripe with this is that, like Somnium, the volume fades substantially over time, which is a sensible artistic choice given the intent of the music. But, at least in my bedroom, if I don't start the album at relatively high levels, I can't really hear anything 2 hours in.

Easily a contender for one of the most impressive albums of the year.


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

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