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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 04, 2014, 02:11:55 PM »
Akamoi - Enki
Ambient microsound. Will appeal to Raster Noton fans.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Bad Ambient
« on: September 04, 2014, 01:59:31 PM »
There are many albums I listen to once and go... ummm ... no - I'll be deleting that from the ipod... 

But I'm not sure that means it's bad - it just means I didn't like it at all. 

Well said.

Some of my favorite artists have released albums that just didn't resonate with me. The vidna obmana one Drone On referenced is one that comes to mind. I also didn't really enjoy some of the collaborations with Asmus Tietchens.

One of the nice things about the interwebs is that it makes it easy to listen to samples before buying. These days I rarely end up with something that I don't enjoy.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 29, 2014, 06:07:43 PM »
Wil Bolton - Bokeh
New release on Home Normal. Field recordings, guitar, and electronics, layered over sketchy drones. Pretty nice.

The Ashes of Piemonte - Datura Notes
One of my favorite releases from 2013, featuring Wil Bolton and Lee Anthony Norris. Guess I was on a Wil Bolton kick today!

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: August 28, 2014, 06:19:36 PM »
Recent reads:

Stieg Larsson - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire
I'm a bit late to the Dragon Tattoo Party, but my wife read these when they came out and really enjoyed them. After re-watching the David Fincher movie, I was inspired to read the series. Will read the third book next.

George Orwell - Animal Farm
Some books are more equal than others. A classic and a good re-read, but it always makes me pessimistic about the nature of human and pig affairs.

Christopher Hadnagy - Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking
Non-fiction. A book about the kinds of tricks or hacks that people use to obtain personal information (e.g., bank accounts, passwords). The emphasis is on the social or human side of security rather than the tech side of it. Really interesting.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 28, 2014, 06:08:09 PM »
Max Corbacho - Ars Lucis
Recently bought this 2009 release digitally on Bandcamp. So beautiful and serene.

I have also read up on the dock felt good.

bot maybe?

That's a good question.

Sam's new post was nice. I like this "return" to non-Facebook ways of communicating.  :)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Slowdive reunion and tour 2014
« on: August 25, 2014, 06:37:45 PM »
Good luck, Drone On. I see that the Chicago show--the one near me--is sold out too.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 23, 2014, 12:54:42 PM »
Castleview: I gave that Dronny Darko and SandSpace release a listen and enjoyed it. Good recommendation!

Andrew Lahiff - Intangible Imbrications
This guy seems to know the secret to producing beautiful, floating, ambient.  Digital only (and "name your price").

I find the new work just as interesting as the old work. I've never been a fan of 100% of his releases, but, if I were to compile a list of my favorites, I think they'd span the time spectrum pretty evenly.

I wrote a few lines about the Subradial release in the Now Playing thread. I enjoyed it. Some of the tracks are super cool, and I generally appreciate albums that blur the lines between experimental and ambient. Having said that, I didn't get a lot of replay value from it. I'll listen to it again today now that you've primed me.

The Antonio Testa samples didn't resonate strongly with me, so I didn't buy that release. I would be eager to know if others who bought it enjoyed it.

What did you think?

Now Playing / Re: FILE://Access/Rip/Play
« on: August 23, 2014, 12:41:35 PM »

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 19, 2014, 01:40:27 PM »
Deaf Center - Recount
Recount is a new EP of two Deaf Center sessions from a few years ago. The two tracks are amazing. The mood is dark and mysterious, not unlike that evoked by some of the tracks from Pale Ravine. Most of the sound comes from piano, bowed guitar, creaking piano stools, and the subdued swells of organ and strings. The packaging is unique and interesting also--the outer case contains an intricate laser cut pattern that reveals, in a mysterious manner, the imagery on the inner sleeve.


I think everyone missed the big point here: Julio offered to buy everyone a pint of beer.  ;)

I don't hear any problems with those tracks. But my hearing isn't great anyhow.

Is the low frequency issue in those MC&SS tracks something that can be demonstrated by studying the wave forms? (I'm not a musician, so I have no idea how the technical end of this works. But it seems like the purported problem is something that could be illustrated objectively rather than subjectively.)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 14, 2014, 03:40:07 PM »
Porya Hatami - The Garden
A new ambient release on Dronarivm. Simple acoustic soundscapes inspired by a garden theme. Each track is named for a common garden denizen (e.g., ladybug) and I am assuming that at least some of the field recordings are magnified and processed recordings of said creatures. Really neat stuff with beautiful artwork to boot.

Video for the track titled Snail:

Porya Hatami - Snail on Vimeo

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 11, 2014, 03:32:14 PM »
Kyle Bobby Dunn - Kyle Bobby Dunn and the Infinite Sadness
Excellent guitar drones: somber, deep, and beautiful. And, as usual, good titles (e.g., the "Boring Foothills of Foot Fetishville").

People often tell me that in order to keep Projekt alive, I have to get with the times: I have to run a label based on the modern way the record industry works.

That seems odd. I've always thought of Projekt is being one of the most visible examples of how a label can be old school (i.e., nurturing a specific image and advocating for the artists) while also pushing the boundaries of modern technology and distribution platforms. Projekt, at various points in time, for example, has made albums available on Spotify, releases digitally on Bandcamp and iTunes, and, of course, sells CDs via good ole' fashioned mail order. I'm not sure I understand what Sam's critics are advising him to do.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Loscil?
« on: August 08, 2014, 08:21:00 PM »
I just watched the movie, Divergent, with the kids. Imagine my surprise to hear a Loscil song in the movie. Anyone notice that?! My kids now think I might have "okay" taste in music.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 07, 2014, 08:28:18 PM »
Re: txt label.  Not sure why they keep pressing so few copies when the demand is so obviously high.

I don't get it either. And I hate that feeling that I need to buy now or miss the opportunity.

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