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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 11, 2015, 08:50:22 PM »
Really loving these new Jacob Newman and Underwood/Newman releases on Bandcamp:

Beautiful, percolating sounds and textures. Plus, you can't beat their low, low prices.

Everything and Nothing / Re: People proof CD jewel cases
« on: August 07, 2015, 07:24:46 PM »
I like digipaks the best. Jewel cases scuff and crack too easily. But I still want a plastic tray in my digipaks. I appreciate the desire for some labels to release eco-friendly sleeves and to not use trays, but the collector in me isn't planning to place my collection a landfill anytime soon. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Grassow on BC
« on: August 06, 2015, 07:54:58 PM »
Glad to hear the praise on some of the other GS discs. The 4-disc set arrived here a couple of days ago and I'm loving it. You're right: It is a lot to absorb. I'm especially fond of the first disc. The second one is a bit monotonous, even for drone work. The artwork is lovely.

Everything and Nothing / Re: People proof CD jewel cases
« on: August 06, 2015, 07:52:12 PM »
lol, I've had the problem too. Sometimes the discs arrive in the mail with the spindle half-way smashed. And sometimes it seems that the spindle is stronger than the disc.  ;)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 04, 2015, 07:28:35 PM »
Tambour - Chapitre
Compositions for piano and strings, from the new and impressive Moderna Records label.

Dronny Darko & protoU - Earth Songs
Conceptual dark ambient from Cryo Chamber. The album provides a chronicle of the Earth's history, starting with the Big Bang, passing through early life and the singularity, and, finally, our leaving of the planet. This is really captivating stuff. There are a few minor production issues, but the soundscapes are spot on.


Lorelle Meets the Obsolete - On Welfare + Chambers
Great dream-pop, with an edge, from Mexico.

Never heard of it. But it sounds like fun--and a challenge. Good luck! I hope you have a great time.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Grassow on BC
« on: July 27, 2015, 08:05:23 PM »
I ordered the box too; the Bandcamp tracks really hooked me, not to mention the beautiful artwork.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 27, 2015, 07:57:50 PM »
pinkcourtesyphone - description of problem + three themes
Two great releases from Richard Chartier and friends. Experimental soundscapes that belong in a David Lynch film. Love this stuff. The digital releases are 30% off for the next month on LINE; good chance to pick up some stuff.

Ishq - Summer Light
An hour-long piece that is dense with field recordings and light electronic flourishes. Like some of the other releases in this series, this one seems improvised and spontaneous rather than deliberate. Some of the environmental sounds and effects really shine with headphones.

I like that we bring these matters to be discussed. I think it's good.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 20, 2015, 08:47:40 PM »
Dave: I just noticed today that Marconi Union now has a bandcamp page. As time and money permits, I'll probably use this as an opportunity to fill some gaps.

Chihei Hatakeyama - Mist
Guitar drones with environmental samples. Really good drift music.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Bird Sounds Visualized
« on: July 16, 2015, 06:55:55 PM »
This seems pretty cool. Particle effects + art + bird song = neato

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: July 16, 2015, 02:40:11 PM »
I'm eager to hear what you think about the Peter Clines books, Dave. I just re-read (or re-listened on Audible) 14 again and loved it.

Just started the new book from Ernest Cline, Armada. Loving it so far.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 16, 2015, 02:37:34 PM »
Ishq - Spring Light
Part of the 4-seasons series from Ishq. Most of these releases have seemed unremarkable to me, but this one has a nice meandering drifting quality that is conducive to daydreaming, relaxing, and reading. I suspect this is Matt noodling rather than composing, but that doesn't seem to detract from the work.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 15, 2015, 03:15:41 PM »
for shame  ;D

Everything and Nothing / Re: R.I.P. Susumu Yokota
« on: July 14, 2015, 01:58:37 PM »
That's terrible news. I had two of his albums, Sakura and Grinning Cat, both of which were really innovative and fun to listen to. RIP.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 12, 2015, 07:51:34 AM »

As a fan, and not an artist, I haven't found the subscriptions to be enticing.

There is so much good music out there. I'd rather spend my money on buying what exists and what I know I'll like. That way I can support the artists who are producing work that I enjoy.

Subscriptions are a gamble.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach Etheric Imprints
« on: July 12, 2015, 07:47:17 AM »
I just finished streaming the complete album. I agree with you.

I actually love the first piano track. But the other three tracks seem like filler. The second one in particular is filled with sequenced notes that don't cohere in any meaningful way. I can actually imagine appreciating the track in a different context because it does have a creepy, descent into madness atmosphere. But is clashes so completely with the beauty of the first track that my ears feel betrayed.

I think I'll end up buying the CD regardless (unless it is a cardboard sleeve). But I almost wish the first track was a 50-min long form piece and that it had been left at that.

I also appreciate the fact that Roach is doing something out of the ordinary. But, for me, the first track is what really strikes me as a departure from his typical sound. And it is exceptional and a success. If I heard it blind (i.e., without knowing the artist), I wouldn't have guessed Roach. The last two tracks could have appeared in several of his recent releases without notice.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 10, 2015, 07:05:28 PM »
Ře - Unseed
Excellent glitchy ambient soundscapes from Fabio Perletta. This reminds me a lot of the flickering, crackling melodies that Porya Hatami is well known for.

Non ambient, car-trip listening:
Death in June - Brown Book + Nada
Sisters of Mercy - First, Last, and Always
Clan of Xymox - Medusa

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach Etheric Imprints
« on: July 08, 2015, 02:52:55 PM »
Wow, that sounds amazing. I'm really looking forward to this release. Thanks for the head's up!

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