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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Alio Die on BC
« on: February 09, 2015, 05:32:30 PM »
That makes sense.

I tend to buy things that I can listen to in full and know I'll like. (And I tend NOT to buy things I can't preview ahead of time.)

But I realize I might be in the minority. For every person like me, there are may be two or more who will chose not to buy at all if they can merely stream the release.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 07, 2015, 07:19:51 PM »
Alio Die + Parallel Worlds - Elusive Metaphor
This album is nearly perfect. The artists have really combined their talents in the ideal way--to create something that feels familiar and yet which transcends what either one of them could have done alone.
A few samples/Buy:

Alio Die + Lorenzo Montana - Holographic Codex
Also super cool. I agree with folks who have noted that the first track feels a bit out of place. Which is too bad because it is the highlight of the release. But the rest of it is excellent too.
A few samples/Buy:

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Alio Die on BC
« on: February 07, 2015, 07:09:21 PM »
Exciting news. I'll probably use this as an opportunity to fill some holes.

I also wonder why there are only a few songs available for streaming. It does kind of defeat the purpose of having a single location to sample music, buy it, and share it with and promote it to your network.

Independent Music Reviews / Re: PDFs of Wind and Wire, the magazine
« on: February 04, 2015, 05:46:27 PM »
Really cool, Bill. I wasn't a subscriber, but it is fun to read some of this stuff in the present. Thanks for taking the time to make these available.

BTW, I'm really enjoying your discussion on the ambient listserv. You should consider posting your favorites list here (and some of the issues you're struggling with in crafting it) and see if it generates any discussion.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 03, 2015, 06:17:35 PM »
Sakamoto + Illuha + Deupree - Perpetual
Recording of a live, improvisation session. As Anthony noted, it is [almost] worth every cent. There are parts of it that, not surprisingly, don't really hit the mark. But, on the whole, this recording is full of surprises and nice atmospheres, with some truly captivating moments.

Steinbrüchel - Parallel Landscapes
Another new one from 12k. This has a few good tracks (track 03, for example), but, all in all, I didn't find the music very inspiring. Nice packaging though--with some beautiful nature prints.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich - Filaments
« on: January 31, 2015, 12:31:45 PM »
Cool. Looking forward to hearing this.

Picked this up last night and spent a good part of the day listening to it. Super cool! Well done, Scott! I'm enjoying this immensely.

Excellent... Thanks Chris! Feedback from the deep ambientheads here is truly appreciated.   :)

* Please allow me to be a pain-in-the-butt and request that anyone digging Ephemeral City to leave a rating or a little review at the App Store. I'm told that this is an important aspect of promotion within the Apple environment. THANKS!  8)

Cool. I just submitted a brief review and gave it a 5/5, but the app stores says it needs a few more reviews before it can display anything. I wonder if that is code for "the developer needs to pay us."   ;)

Picked this up last night and spent a good part of the day listening to it. Super cool! Well done, Scott! I'm enjoying this immensely.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 26, 2015, 04:57:39 PM »
Well since Projekt took over a month of pre order status, I got a refund and download ed from iTunes.

Doh. I think the shipment from Italy just arrived this weekend; I got a 'package sent' email from Projekt today for the two recent Alio Die releases.

Jacob Newman and Devin Underwood - The Vivid Unmapped
A 2011 release from DataObscura. I recall Joe R. and others singing the praises of this album a while back. I picked up the digital version on Bandcamp last week and have been enjoying it immensely. It has a little bit of everything: a classic ambient feel with warm, drifting synth notes and a bit of an experimental angle, with found founds, interesting sonic manipulations, etc. The atmosphere is great--not too dark, not too fluffy, and somewhat mysterious.


Sounds great, thank you.  Also, remember that AWE does leave the podcasts up so you can at least listen to it.

Oh, neat. I didn't realize that. Downloading the podcast now.  ;D

Didn't remember to tune in until 6:30 CST and missed it, Blake. Darn! Will order it sometime next week, unless it sells out too quickly!

Everything and Nothing / Re: RIP Edgar Froese
« on: January 23, 2015, 08:37:58 PM »
That's sad news. I remember discovering TD in high school and being completely floored by some of the things they were doing. /bow and rest in peace.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 21, 2015, 06:39:59 PM »
jdh: I streamed AOC5 and it is fantastic--like crazy, sell-your-soul good. I plan to order this as soon as it is listed on Databloem.

Recent listens:

Spheruleus - Chronota
A new digital-only release. This is Spheruleus/Harry doing what he does best: low-fi acoustic drones. But there is something special about this one--the atmosphere and sounds all lock together perfectly. The tracks transport me to that moment in time when day is breaking, the birds are singing, and I have the house all to myself because everyone else is asleep. Damn, now I want to brew some coffee...

Purl - Cosimo di Rondò
Digitial release on bandcamp; billed as his first release, but I'm only hearing it now. It is quite lovely. This guy has some chops.

Steve Roach - The Magnificent Void
This album was a life-changing purchase for me in the 90s and I often return to it for inspiration (Infinite Shore and Altus are some of my favorite tracks in the genre). But I rarely find the time to listen to it from start to finish, in one listening. I did so this past weekend and it was a religious experience. I know some people consider this album to be over-hyped; I'm not one of those people.

The clips sound great! Will this be a CD or a CDr?

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 16, 2015, 02:23:59 PM »
Robert Davies - Nightshade
Robert Davies - Arboreal

I'm slowing turning into a Robert Davies fanboi. Nightshade is the most recent Davies release and, like the others that I've heard, it rests in that fragile space between dark and light. The tracks can either be slightly unsettling or comforting and soothing, depending on your state of mind. Great stuff!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 13, 2015, 06:23:29 PM »
That cover is a beauty.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 10, 2015, 06:05:19 AM »
Janek Schaefer - Unfolding Luxury beyond the City of Dreams
Outstanding release from Dekorder. Minimal ambient with great samples, creative layering, and the perfect blend of mystery and familiarity. Schaefer had a excellent album on 12k in 2014--this is a notch better.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / 12k on Bandcamp
« on: January 06, 2015, 09:24:52 PM »
12k is gradually uploading their catalog to Bandcamp. Some nice OOP releases listed too, including an older Dan Abrams album.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 02, 2015, 07:49:11 AM »
I agree with your agreement!  ;D

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)

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