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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 20, 2014, 08:16:54 PM »
Playing at the office today:

Vidna Obmana - Memories Compiled 2
Steve Roach - The Dream Circle
Wintersilence - Submental Vol. 2
Steve Roach - Early Man

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 17, 2014, 07:19:04 PM »
I bought it on the mp3 store on Amazon since I have some gift credits there. But I've also seen it on iTunes. Both stores distribute HSL releases (at least in the US).

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 17, 2014, 06:09:00 PM »
That new structures track is lovely; order placed!

Now playing:
Nacht Plank - Psychology of Religion and Understanding St. Catherine
A 2013 release from Hic Sunt Leones featuring some of Lee Anthony Norris's recordings made shortly after his move to Italy. This album fits with the HSL vibe in a surprisingly natural way: field recordings that merge with digital manipulations, hypnotic waves of sounds, and an underlying sense of the mystical. There are some familiar, recycled sounds here that Norris fans will recognize, but, in my opinion, this is one of his masterpieces and really helps demonstrate the range of his artistry. 

I bought the digital version of this to save on shipping. But the limited edition CDrs can be ordered (and samples streamed) via the Alio Die website:


Projekt recently announced a 30-yr anniversary release of this that contains two extra discs with new material inspired from the same themes.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 15, 2014, 08:45:37 AM »
Listening a lot to Mick Chillage's Saudade still. He's hit the sweet spot on this release.

Recent arrival that is interesting:

Various Artists - Liquified Sky
A data DVD from the LINE imprint with music and videos from Francisco López, Evelina Domnitch & Dmitry Gelfand, COH, Paul Prudence, and Asmus Tietchens. This is pretty neat stuff if you're into microsound or experimental electronic music. I'm not sure that this has much replay value, but the first few listens are excellent, especially with headphones.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 11, 2014, 07:49:28 PM »
Janek Schaefer - Lay-by Lullaby
This release has three noteworthy qualities. First, the sounds and imagery do a good job at creating a psychological space. When I listen to this, I feel as if I'm sitting on the side of an infrequently traveled highway, watching the sun go down, and hearing the occasional car speeding past. Second, the tracks are named after radio stations and the transition between tracks occasionally resembles the spinning of an old radio dial. Finally, the music itself is nice. It is familiar ambient in many respects, but captures some of the Western vibe that is represented in Roach/King. Adding to the sense of place and atmosphere in a subtle amount of radio static layered into the mix. Anyhow, this is a stand-out release for 12k. I'm not sure if it will appeal to everyone, but I feel that Schaefer accomplished something noteworthy. 

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 09, 2014, 12:51:45 PM »
Hi, Joe. I streamed Unstable earlier today. You're right--great stuff. I might have to place an order for it. Also gave Optical Frameworks a listen. Good stuff too.

thirdsystem: I gave Northaunt a listen too. It freaked me out a bit--in a way I can appreciate. Nice find.

Now playing:
M. Ostermeier - The Rules of Another Small World
From the curator of Tench Records. Very similar in spirit to the Porya Hatami release from the same label. One part piano, one part electronics, one part found sounds, and one part dusty processing. This is a really neat CD. And the cover art is crazy compelling.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 08, 2014, 07:37:25 AM »
Porya Hatami - Shallow
New release from the Tench label. I'm a sucker for this kind of stuff: electro-acoustic looping and noodling with a mixture of field recordings, clicks, and pops. The sounds feel as if they are bubbling up to the surface. Joe R--this is a great followup to Land and quite similar in style. Porya also seems to have a lot of new releases lined up across the world, including new collaborations with Lee Anthony Norris on Carpe Sonum and ...txt.


Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: True Detective
« on: March 07, 2014, 07:34:41 PM »
My wife and I watched the first episode last night. I'm curious and want to see more. Thanks for the tip!

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: True Detective
« on: March 06, 2014, 08:30:26 PM »
Darn. Hadn't even heard of it. Will have to give it a look.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 05, 2014, 05:30:34 PM »
Forrest: I hope you enjoy Fragile Existence. Musically, I think the last two tracks (Brook and Wood) are the highlights of the release. But the photos are what make the experience a true treat.

Recent spins:
Wintersilence - Submental Vol. 2
Excellent drone work with great depth from the El Culto label. This is encoded as one 55 minute track, but there are clearly discrete tracks on here that morph into one another in the smooth ways that I'm accustomed to in some of Tomas' work. I'm not exactly sure who Wintersilence is, but drone on suggested that Grassow is involved and Discogs corroborates that possibility.

Tomas Weiss - Zeitlos (Sleep Edition)
One of my favorite tracks of the year expanded into a 60 minute epic journey. Not an essential purchase if you have the proper Zeitlos album, but a beautiful, supplemental dessert nonetheless.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 03, 2014, 04:26:14 PM »
Anthony Paul Kerby & Tomas Weiss - Revelation
Great electronic-ambient music from two of our forum members. Nice and varied, and well worth headphone listening. Favorite track: Discovery


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 28, 2014, 09:11:14 PM »
William Basinski - The Disintegration Loops
I bought the first dlp disc when it came out in 2002. I enjoyed it, but didn't find myself listening to it much after the first few spins. The concept and process behind the release captured my imagination more than the music itself. As a result, I did not buy the other discs when they came out. Recently, however, my wife bought me the CD box set for my birthday and I've really been enjoying all of the discs. Hearing them all back-to-back rounds out the experience nicely and gives me a better appreciation for the work.

Is this using the Bandcamp app? Or visiting the website it self via a smartphone browser?

I don't use the app. But when I visit the website on my iphone via safari it acts funny about 10% of the time.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 26, 2014, 06:24:22 PM »
Otto A. Totland - Pinô
This is a cool new release from Sonic Pieces (DE). The album is comprised of 18 relatively short (i.e., < 3 mins) compositions for piano. The tracks are slow paced, somewhat rustic, and sorrowful in tone. This album would make a good soundtrack to a film about ghosts, nostalgia, or, better yet, nostalgic ghosts.  Adding to the atmosphere are the occasional creeks of old, wooden floorboards, hurried breaths, and the squeaking of the piano bench. Otto Totland is one-half of Deaf Center. If you are a fan of that duo and like the modern composition end of their recordings, you'll find this Pinô to be quite the treat.


Everything and Nothing / Re: Regarding the Lost Island
« on: February 25, 2014, 07:03:55 PM »
That was a great series. My wife and I would spend hours speculating about the origins/meaning of the Smoke Monsters. Lost was a bit incoherent in from a big picture point of view, but I loved the character development, the way the pre-island stories would evolve into island stories, and the mystery of the island, the others, etc. I hope another series comes along that inspires the same sense of awe and immersion.

Thanks for the link, John. I'm not sure how I missed that the first time around!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 25, 2014, 06:56:23 PM »
Porya Hatami- Land- another brilliant Bandcamp release. The music resembles Taylor Deupree's micro-glitch soundworlds, but a bit more melodic, with a backdrop of field samples that add flavor to the mix. A stunningly beautiful release, I'm really loving this. Very blissful and incredibly relaxing. I actually prefer this to Taylor Deupree's best music.

And he's from Iran. How often do you hear about an Iranian ambient musician?

I agree; great album. He has a new release out on Tench. Hoping it will arrive in the mail sometime this week!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 24, 2014, 08:26:36 PM »
Mark Harris - The Angry Child
A new release on the n5md label. The title of the album almost makes this seem as if it would be an abrasive album. But, in fact, this is serene, slowly moving, synth-driven ambient. The tracks evolve in an organic way, and, much like a dream, you don't really notice how things have changed until after the fact. Good music for sleeping or spacing out.


Anyone have a link to some samples? I can never get the Cyan Music site to load.

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