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

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: December 24, 2013, 07:25:55 AM »
Jonathan Safran Foer - Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
A story about a young boy, Oskar Schell, who is coping with the loss of his father. He discovers a key in his father's belongings, along with the simple word "Black", and undertakes a quest to visit every Black in the NYC phone book to see if they know anything about the key or what it might unlock. This book has super interesting characters, some great one-liners, and is charming in all the right ways.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 22, 2013, 05:21:52 PM »
Orla Wren (with Aaron Martin and Isnaj Dui) - The Blizzard the Birthed Her
A relatively new release from Facture. The artwork/packaging is beautiful, in a way that is typical of the hand crafted efforts of Dan Crossley at Facture/Fluid Audio. The music is mostly in the experimental electo-acoustic tradition and is organized around two core tracks. Each of those recordings is is then expanded by adding processed cello from Aaron Martin and flute from Isnaj Dui. The core tracks, at least in my opinion, are pretty weak. I don't know if that was by design to allow the remixed versions to evolve in interesting directions. Some of the revamped versions, though, are quite lovely.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 20, 2013, 11:35:34 AM »
The Seaman and the Tattered Sail - Light Folds
Still loving this. It has been released on digital now for anyone who was curious and didn't grab a physical copy on release.

Virlyn - Man Asleep
Joe made me revisit this again. So much awesome.

36 - Memories in Widescreen
Outstanding ambient. This might be either my favorite or second favorite (Lithea might be first) in the 36 collection. Buy/Stream:

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: ???
« on: December 19, 2013, 05:36:50 PM »
does any one really use this ? :)
I never would :)

I bought the first version of this for my ipod a long time ago; I didn't realize there were newer editions. It is fun to play with. It is certainly not something designed for musicians, but, as a "fan toy," it was super-neat.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 17, 2013, 07:11:02 PM »
Ekca Liena & Spheruleus - Mapping the Boundary Layer
This is an exceptionally strong experimental ambient collaboration between Ekca Liena (Dan MacKenzie) and Spheruleus (Harry Towell). The tracks are organized around the theme of atmospheric conditions, and, as a listener, it is easy to sense oneself transitioning between dense fog, tranquil seas, and clashing storms. This is truly brilliant; check it out if you haven't already.

Buy CD/Stream Samples:

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 16, 2013, 08:35:12 PM »
Max Corbacho - The Ocean Inside
I've been listening to this a lot lately. I don't remember being blown away by it when it was first released, but, a year later, I find that it is still in regular rotation. That counts for something, no?

Seren Ffordd & Oophoi - The Martian Chronicles
Something I failed to buy on release, and now I'm staving off the regret. Wonderful and dark; minimal and mature.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: 36- Hypersona
« on: December 15, 2013, 08:50:24 AM »
There is a holiday sale on-going at the 36 website for anyone interested in getting Hypersona, Memories in Widescreen, and Shadow Play CDs. 10 + shipping for the bundle.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 14, 2013, 03:56:47 PM »
I've been on a huge Docetism kick lately; great stuff, deep dub drones.  Not sure what the religious theme has to do with any of it, but the music is solid.  Highly recommended.

Agree--great stuff.

Non-ambient listening:

Victoria and Jacob - Victoria and Jacob
Female vocals, indie electo-pop. Samples/Buy:

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 11, 2013, 10:55:09 PM »
Pascal Savy - Receding
Ambient textures and bubbly microsounds.


I play Minecraft several hours a week with my kids. It is a ton of fun.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 08, 2013, 05:16:15 PM »
Doh. The Vivid Unmapped is on my bottomless "to buy" list. One day; one day.

Today has been a 1990's vidna Obmana and friends day, including:
Landscape in Obscurity
Well of Souls
Somewhere else

These are some of my favorites--especially Landscape in Obscurity. I love the synth washes that open the piece and the ethereal, fluttering flute samples that dominate the heart of the track.

Crikey! I keep forgetting about the Hypnos blog. Just saw some of the announcements regarding upcoming Hypnos releases. Exciting!

Thanks for the head's up.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: KVR Black friday/cyber monday sales list
« on: December 05, 2013, 09:20:45 PM »
I'm dying to know: What does "OVEN" mean on the display? Is this a truly flexible piece of equipment (also makes cupcakes)? Or is that tech-speak for something I don't understand?

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: December 05, 2013, 09:10:12 PM »
David Baldacci - Absolute Power
A solid, fast-paced thriller. My wife told me there was a movie for this one; I'll have to check it out now. The basic gist is that, while robbing a house, a thief becomes an unintentional witnesses a murder. Like a lot of Baldacci's work, what makes this clever is that there is no "mystery" or "who done it" per se. The story begins with an extraordinary situation and the "thrill" is how that situation unfolds.

Philip K. Dick - Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Yup, I'm over 40 years old and hadn't read this until recently. I don't know if this would be considered heresy around here with the on-going Vangelis ‎discussion, but I liked the book better than the Blade Runner movie.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 05, 2013, 09:03:21 PM »
Gurun Gurun - Gurun Gurun
Sawako - Bitter Sweet

Fun experimental pop and ambiance from Home Normal and 12k, respectively.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: MP3 vs. FLAC
« on: December 02, 2013, 09:32:05 PM »
EDIT: one thing more to add is that the CODEC of mp3s is important Lame is the best codec..the codec is more important then bitrate when you compare it can be good to know that codecs are being used...I wonder which bandcamp use for instance..I would feel fooled if it was not Lame.

The metadata for something I bought last night from Bandcamp lists LAME3.99

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 02, 2013, 04:27:21 PM »
Any good samples online for that Rale, Joe? I found the Bandcamp page, but they don't have samples on it. (Kind of defeats the purpose, imo.)

now playing: The Frozen Vaults - The Machine Stops
The Machine Stops is a new release from Wist Records as part of their book report series. The Frozen Vaults is a collective of musicians, including Pleq and Spheruleus, who focus on experimental electro-acoustic music (with an emphasis on strings and piano). I thought The Frozen Vaults had one of the strongest entries in the Headphone Commute ". . . and darkness came" compilation from last year, so I was eager to hear this release. Unfortunately, it is a mixed bag. The first track is quite cool; the second of the two tracks is a bit too cacophonous for my tastes. Nonetheless, I would recommend that people check it out if you're a fan of any of these artists.


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