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I've been spending waaaaaayyyyy too much time playing games when I should be recording my next album. (Shame I know)

Get to work!

Ack! And Shadow of the Colossus. I bought a PS3 just to play that and Journey. (And, well, because my son wanted one.) This is an incredible adventure/ landscape exploration-style game. Watch a few videos. Most of the youtube videos depict battle scenes (the core game mechanic involves defeating 15 or so giants), but 80% of the game involves exploring the breathtaking landscape to locate the sleeping giants.

Damn, I almost forgot:

You absolutely must try Journey if you have a PS3. It is one of the best atmosphere + sandbox games I've ever played:

The soundtrack is frigging amazing too. Stream it here, starting with the track "Temptations":

I was wondering if anyone has suggestions for another free roaming game like Skyrim ?
I'm not into industrial/zombies and the like. The beauty of the Skyrim landscape was one of its big appeals for me.

Have you tried Minecraft? It has some beautiful landscapes. They are not photo-realistic, but it is fun game for exploration, roaming, creative-building purposes.

I also downloaded Dear Esther a while back, but never found time to play it. It sounds like it might be of interest:

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: what Tv series should I see ?
« on: November 24, 2013, 10:16:45 AM »
It is a bit silly, I suppose. I like it because it is a unique mixture of silliness, mystery, and "otherworldlyness." If it wasn't for Twin Peaks, I'm not sure I would have discovered as quickly my love of coffee.

Something my wife and I enjoyed a ton was Damages. I think there are 3 to 5 seasons available on Netflix, DVD, etc.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: what Tv series should I see ?
« on: November 24, 2013, 09:18:38 AM »
By "cheesy" you mean the "best thing that ever appeared on network television", right?  ;D

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: what Tv series should I see ?
« on: November 24, 2013, 08:27:12 AM »
If you want to go "old school," Twin Peaks is excellent.

If you like comedy, 30 Rock is hilarious.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Digital to analog converters
« on: November 23, 2013, 09:46:22 AM »
I haven't done anything serious with music in over 20 years, but I'm really enjoying this thread. There is a lot to learn here even for those of us who are mere listeners and fans of ambient music.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 22, 2013, 06:07:55 PM »
I preordered it too, Forrest. I didn't want to take a chance since Facture's stuff sells out so quickly!

I think you're right: there is the potential for powerful synergy between music and art/packaging. Part of what makes Facture's Light Folds such a powerful release is the art, the photographs, the posters, and the varied media for the music. The music itself is wonderful, but the packaging (both the detail and the depth) elevates it to a level that it would not have achieved on its own. Both Facture and TRS have mastered this process in a way that few other indies have.

Now playing:
Finval - Voyager
A new ambient release from the U-Cover label. Long-form, space synth tracks. I think fans of Oophoi and other like-minded artists will enjoy this. (But, like an Oophoi release, be prepared to turn up the volume if you actually want to bathe in the details.)


I hear that Steve Roach pirated a copy of Windows on an iOS system.

Thanks for the head's up!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 16, 2013, 01:01:16 PM »
Birch and Meadow - Butterflies and Graves
Experimental ambient meets folk-like vocals by David Wenngren (aka Library Tapes) and Sara Forslund. On the Time Released Sound label. Pretty good.
Samples here:

Orla Wren - Book of the Folded Forest
Incredible. This also includes occasional vocals, but is largely a curious combination of glitchy manipulations and modern composition. I bought a digital copy, but there is a (somewhat pricey) physical copy that comes with a DVD that includes videos for selected tracks. I might break down and buy it too simply because this is Quality Stuff. Facture is releasing a new Orla Wren album in early December that contains reworkings of tracks from these sessions.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Bandcamp
« on: November 16, 2013, 12:50:24 PM »
They note the 128 rate on their FAQ page.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 10, 2013, 08:54:09 AM »
Moritz von Oswald & Nils Petter Molvaer - 1/1 - This one is fantastic.  Dubby electronics with Molvaer's trumpet over the top.  I'm not sure when it will be available on the US but I didn't want to wait so I broke down & bought it on ebay for $30.

I looked up some youtube samples of this after reading your description. Sounds awesome!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 09, 2013, 09:57:36 PM »
Another gem !

Woven Tides is pretty swell, no?

The Humble Bee - Henrietta
A new vinyl (and digital) release by Craig Tattersall. This is pretty neat stuff. From what I can gather, Tattersall took a brief vacation in Cornwall in 2011 and mapped features of the landscape to musical notes, creating some interesting piano rolls for a music box and other stringed instruments. (The picture below probably conveys the idea better than I can with words.) Anyhow, the album is pretty interesting: a mixture of Cornwall field recordings, tape loops, "dusting," electronics, and this other crazy "nature's music box" stuff.

More information, including Fluid Audio streaming of a slightly different version, here: . For sale at Boomkat:

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: November 06, 2013, 08:01:35 PM »
Margaret Atwood - Oryx and Crake
Fiction. Oryx and Crake is a story about Snowman--one of the last surviving humans in a post-apocalyptic age. The story opens with him going on an adventure in which we learn about, through Snowman's recollections, the series of events that led to the sudden demise of humanity. I was hoping to enjoy this more, having liked The Handmaid's Tale a lot when I read it in college. The book has some truly great moments, but the motivations behind the characters are not well developed.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 06, 2013, 07:53:49 PM »
From the Mouth of the Sun - Woven Tide
Excellent collaboration between Dag Rosenqvist (Jasper TX) and Aaron Martin.
Samples/Buy (on sale):

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best of 2013
« on: November 03, 2013, 06:44:39 PM »
Huh?  You know, I hope you are joking here dude because that kind of sarcasm is neither wanted nor appreciated.  If you got some bone to pick then PM me...

No sarcasm; just a Star Wars reference that didn't play out well.  :'(

I'm still holding out hope for a few releases, like the one that has been posted as upcoming on Alio Die's webpage since the middle of the summer. The clips sound great.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best of 2013
« on: November 03, 2013, 08:32:23 AM »
Not anticipating much more in the way of last minute releases, I offer my favorite albums of 2013:

. . . as if millions of voices from artists with CDs still at the pressing plant suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced . . .

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 02, 2013, 08:07:47 AM »
Antonymes - There Can Be No True Beauty Without Decay
A new release from the Hibernate label. This album mixes together, in an anonymous manner, 7 minimal, largely piano-based pieces, with remixes from Ian Hawgood, Isnaj Dui, Offthesky, Field Rotation, Wil Bolton, Spheruleus and James Banbury. There is no attribution for each of the remixes, so part of the fun of listening to this is trying to discern who is doing what and how they have manipulated the original source material.

This is a beauty in many respects. The packaging is lovely and many of the core tracks are so emotionally moving that they force me to stop what I'm doing and listen with awe. Check this out if you're a fan of "modern classical" and its interface with ambient and experimental minimalism.


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