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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 14, 2016, 06:23:13 PM »
Sinepearl - Reflections of Indra
New digital-only release from Björn Ekegren. Björn's first release was on Ishq's Virtual label, a reflection of the fact that Björn's music captures a similar atmosphere and spirit as some of the early Ishq releases. Although Ishq's sound has naturally evolved as a function of the pursuit of esoteric and otherworldly spaces, Sinepearl has managed to distill the essence of that early Ishq spirit and kept it alive, while creating his own signature sound in the process. This new album is beautiful: slow moving textures; hypnotic pulses; and a wide range of sound sources, including the yaylı tambur.

https://sinepearl.bandcamp.com/album/reflections-of-indra

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 09, 2016, 11:18:50 AM »
Mick Chillage - (M)odes
New from Carpe Sonum. An incredible journey through Mick's ambient imagination. This might be my favorite of the various solo releases I've heard of his. Each track has its own distinct flavor, some of which are dark and brooding, some of which are alien and foreign, and some of which are dreamy and ethereal. I'm not a huge fan of beats, but the last song pulls it all together and layers in some percussion and, honestly, it seems perfect.   


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I spent the day listening to Second Nature. Outstanding! I think it is really hard to get the right combined sound from synths and piano. This is perfect. The way the grand piano is processed makes it seem more mysterious, while still being a majestic acoustic source. And the lightly mixed synths and electronics function like wisps in the background, always filling the space but without commanding too much attention.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 06, 2016, 06:09:09 PM »
Thomas Köner - Tiento de la Luz
New release on Denovali. Slightly dark, minimal compositions, based mostly on piano and various acoustic and electronic treatments. I'm enjoying this a lot, but it functions best as background music; there isn't a lot going on that commands attentive listening.

http://denovali.com/thomaskoner/

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I got a bit of a nostalgia buzz watching the first episode of the new miniseries. But, after the second episode, I didn't have any incentive to continue watching. I can't quite put my finger on it, but things just seemed contrived and silly.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Game of Thrones
« on: April 03, 2016, 06:30:30 AM »
Is Season 6 the one where the producers have to part ways from the books due to the lack of books? Or is that a future season?

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 01, 2016, 06:18:46 PM »
The two new Alio Die and also Aglaia on Spotify . Especially like the Leaves and Thunderstorms album ....... apart from the track Last Straw which has a horrendous, grating, irritating, ambient dog whistle ( in fact dog screetching device ! ) Why on earth is that there? Fortunately it is a very short track and the rest of the album is wonderful.

Agree! That track is awful. I've deleted the digital version from my iTunes and will simply pull out the CD if I ever need to scare away my guests.

With that exception, however, I love the two new Aglaia releases. I think I might have a slight preference for Angelus.

I've also been enjoying Alio Die and Zeit's Il Giardino Ermeneutico, which I only picked up recently. There is something really special about that album, and I can't believe I passed on it when it was originally released.


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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 29, 2016, 03:19:04 PM »
They didn't give any credits to an 18th century map maker or a pressed flower?  ;D

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 29, 2016, 05:33:41 AM »
I agree. Post away, cvac. I love reading about the music you're exploring and celebrating.

Hummingbird - Glade
The follow-up to the much celebrated 2010 release on Fluid Audio by a musician who opted for anonymity. This is heavily processed electro-acoustic ambient with a dizzying array of sound sources. Having said that, I don't really feel a connection to it, which is disappointing. I never heard the original Hummingbird release, Our Fearful Symmetry, due to its rarity, but I did buy the remixes on Bandcamp and was really impressed with that album.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 24, 2016, 03:51:19 PM »
Beautumn - Bordeaux
New release on Infraction. I like this a lot more than the previous Beautumn album. This has a minimal, isolationist feel, complete with cold, windswept sonic landscapes. 
https://infraction.bandcamp.com/album/bordeaux

I've just picked this up.  It's my favorite of the Beautumn releases.  His first ("Blanket") is also pretty good, but hard to find.  He has also been a member of IDM band Sleepy Town Manufacture, which has free netlabel recordings on the archive.org website.

Forrest

Oh neat. I didn't realize he was part of Sleepy Town Manufacture. Thanks for filling me in. I really like "No Traces."

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 21, 2016, 07:45:35 PM »
I bet you'll love it. The title track, in particular, is excellent.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 20, 2016, 06:47:49 PM »
Beautumn - Bordeaux
New release on Infraction. I like this a lot more than the previous Beautumn album. This has a minimal, isolationist feel, complete with cold, windswept sonic landscapes. 
https://infraction.bandcamp.com/album/bordeaux

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 17, 2016, 08:05:59 PM »
Nacht Plank - Alien
Relatively simple. And relatively strange. As thirdsystem noted elsewhere: This doesn't follow in the footsteps of Echo Ark, but it is a wonderful album for other reasons. These are the songs a robot might hum to itself as it explores a new planet.

https://carpesonum.bandcamp.com/album/alien

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Now Playing / Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
« on: March 11, 2016, 04:30:57 PM »
cvac: Are you patient_ot on Bandcamp? I've been unknowingly following you on Bandcamp! (I'm rcfraley.)

Is "patient ot" an Einstürzende Neubauten reference?

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 10, 2016, 01:17:48 PM »
Plank and Ishq - Crows an Wra Volumes 1 - 3
These albums have been on repeat around here for the past week or so. Lee Norris + Matt Hillier team up for some other-worldly, altered states of consciousness-inspired electronic improvisations. The result is hypnotic. There are a lot of cool subtleties here, fun effects, and a whole lot of quirk. I can easily see this becoming one of my favorites of the year.
Samples: https://ishq.bandcamp.com/album/crows-en-wra-volume-1


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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 06, 2016, 07:27:43 AM »
Autumn of Communion - Polydeuces
This is the new release by AoC. It is still "in press", but is available digitally. Great stuff: sequenced structures and vast ambient washes. AoC's own description notes that the album was largely improvised. I suspect that if Mick and Lee were to simply smash their faces on their equipment that the result would nonetheless move me to tears. Thanks for the head's up, thirdsystem.
https://autumnofcommunion.bandcamp.com/album/polydeuces

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Mine get sent to my email. There might be an option for toggling on-and-off that action.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 29, 2016, 05:28:32 PM »
Christina Vantzou - No. 3
Solid ambient + drones from Kranky. Lots of orchestral work on here, with some mysterious moods and atmospheres.

Sample track: https://soundcloud.com/kranky/christina-vantzou-shadow-sun

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Everything and Nothing / Re: New Cars and CD Players
« on: February 29, 2016, 05:25:17 PM »
Haha. Our car was broken into a few years ago and the thieves DIDN'T steal Hidden CD, by Parks (Infraction). I was actually kind of offended! The police dusted the darn thing too!

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I would assume some (unknown) portion of the people with an item on their Discogs want lists are simply monitoring the price of things--maybe even things they already own.

Having said that: I wouldn't pay a lot (e.g., more than $30) for something that I could buy digitally on iTunes or Bandcamp unless I considered it absolutely essential for my CD collection.

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