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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 02, 2014, 01:35:39 PM »
I've been hunting down samples from various "favorites of 2013" lists and discovering lots of neat things. I appreciate everyone taking the time to highlight some of their favorites from the year!

NP: Deepchord - Electrostatic Soundfields

On the topic of el culto news: I am eagerly awaiting my copy of the new Tomas Weiss release!!  :)

I use iTunes on my PC.

That's remarkable. After reading your post, I did a similar search and found a ton of releases under their own names. These guys don't rest! I had no clue that they were so active.

Thanks for the head's up!

Everything and Nothing / Re: 2013 Favorite Albums("normal" music)
« on: January 01, 2014, 10:30:53 AM »
I didn't buy a lot of "normal" music either, thridsystem. My favorite non-ambient release of 2013 was, without a doubt, Vampire Weekend 's Modern Vampires of the City.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best of 2013
« on: January 01, 2014, 10:22:47 AM »
If I had to flee the country without much notice, these would be the three 2013 releases I would take with me:

1. ASC - Time Heals All (Silent Season)
2. The Seaman and the Tattered Sail - Light Folds (Facture)
3. Ashes of Piemonte - Datura Notes (Twice Removed)

Here are some other 2013 releases (or Dec 2012 releases) that I thought were great. In some cases I liked them because, well, they conformed well to the prototype of the kind of ambient music I enjoy. In other cases I liked them because they challenged that prototype just a little bit, forcing me to listen more deeply.

Billow Observatory - Billow Observatory (Felte)
Aglaia - Hymns (Hic Sunt Leones) (prob not just a recency effect)
Ithaca Trio - Music for Piano & Patience (Home Normal) (probably a recency effect; will have to see how well it holds up)
Resonant Drift - Full Circle (Flow Space Music/FloBob Music)
The Angling Loser - Author of the Twilight (Time Released Sound)
Viryln - Man Asleep (ETALABEL)
Martin Fuhs - Grauton (self-released; digital only)
Orla Wren - Book of the Folded Forest (Home Normal)
Antonymes - There Can Be No Beauty Without Decay (Hibernate)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 30, 2013, 08:00:58 PM »
Ithaca Trio - Music for Piano & Patience
Two 30-minute piano tracks. Simple and straight-forward, right? Despite the apparent simplicity, this is an absolutely mesmerizing and complex album. The improvised piano tracks are looped and layered on top of one another, using multiple channels, and recorded to a degrading reel-to-reel tape. The result is ghostly and hypnotic. I love this.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best of 2013
« on: December 29, 2013, 04:05:55 PM »
With those caveats in mind, Anthony, what were some of the 2013 releases you enjoyed the most? And you're NOT allowed to list Lammergeyer!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 29, 2013, 03:03:46 PM »
stormloop - Arctic Conditions
Downloaded this today, thanks to a "name your price" sale that Kev Spence is hosting on Bandcamp. It is excellent; I wish I had picked up the CD before it sold out. Slow moving and expansive synth soundscapes.

Great review, Richard. This is a truly excellent album.

Hilarious. I was listening to this last night and, once again, my daughter asked me to turn it off. You're freaking out 8-year olds in the US! (I think it is a great release, however!)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 28, 2013, 08:57:01 AM »
Offthesky and Pillow Garden - A Dream in a Dream
This is a digital EP from 2011 on the Audio Gourmet netlabel. This is excellent. It isn't typical of Offthesky's work and reminds me a lot of some of Alio Die's more majestic cathedral-style drone work. Check this out.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Binaural Recordings?
« on: December 27, 2013, 06:36:13 PM »
Sounds like fun.

Downloaded and have listened a few times. Really cool!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 26, 2013, 11:29:39 AM »
Avalon Sutra is one of my favorites too. Wasn't that billed as his "last album" when it was released?

Moskitoo - Mitosis
A unexpected Christmas gift from a family member. Japanese experimental pop meets ambient, from 12k. 

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: R.I.P. XP
« on: December 26, 2013, 11:25:23 AM »
You've inspired me to do the overnight backup this evening.

If I inspired just ONE backup, the effort to write the message was worth it.  L :) L

And thank goodness, too. I had to restore from this backup this morning! Long live tech advice from the Hypnos Forums!

Everything and Nothing / Re: Greetings from Bratislava!!!!
« on: December 25, 2013, 12:18:22 PM »
Merry Christmas and Happy New Years, Richard and everyone else on the Hypnos Forums!

Those qualities are some of the things that I really appreciate about the album!  One of Tattersall's strengths, in my opinion, is his ability to make a recording feel modern, yet sound as if he just pulled it out of a closet where it has been stored for three decades.  :)

Nonetheless, I'm glad you chimed in with a different take on the release. I like to read contrasting opinions on albums--doing so gives me more to think about as a fan and listener.

Great timing! I was looking for some non-cheesy Christmas music to play for the kids!

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