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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!

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.

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