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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.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 07, 2014, 08:20:29 PM »
Boris Lelong - Incubation
This hits all the sweet spots for me. Synth-driven ambient soundscapes that create the sensation of floating on clouds. Mixed in among field recordings are sounds that feel as if they are being triggered by random events or being improvised; kind of in the way that some of James Johnson's work appears at times. Good use of high frequencies without melting my ears. Quite lovely.

Richard Ginns - Fall, Rise
Purportedly inspired by a near death experience. Acoustic and electronic, low-fi drone/ambient in the spirit of Hatami and others.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: August 07, 2014, 08:10:54 PM »
Oh snap. Far From Streets arrived yesterday. Looking forward to reading it.

Be honest now....  ;)

We are missing at least one person's answer.


I buy an average of one CD a week and will sometimes buy a digital release on the side. That probably adds up to 100 USD a month.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / USB albums
« on: July 29, 2014, 07:06:56 PM »
What are your thoughts on releasing albums on USB sticks? I recall that machinefabriek did this earlier this year with an album + video collection and it seemed like a smart way to distribute a ton of data. ...txt also just released a USB of various Nacht Plank recordings:

My collector instinct doesn't feel moved by USB sticks, maybe because I can't stick the darn things in my stereo. But I'm curious to know whether others collect these, buy them, etc.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Top Oophoi discs
« on: July 28, 2014, 07:46:30 PM »
My Oophoi collection is far from complete, but these are my favorite five releases among the ones I own:

Celestial Geometry (with Tau Ceti)
Subterranea (with Tau Ceti)
Time Fragments (1-3)
The Rustling of Leaves

I have Arpe De Sabbia, which is on your list, but it never really grabbed me. I think I've only listened to it 2 or 3 times, tops.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 28, 2014, 05:13:35 PM »
I think Weird Al did a cover of an Ooophi album that he called Behind the Wall of Sheep. You can have it both ways, Joe.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 28, 2014, 06:18:58 AM »
Tattersall I can understand, Joe. But Oophoi? More meds!

Now re-re-re-re-playing:
Experiments in Silence - Hidden Harmonic
Steve Roach - The Delicate Forever

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 26, 2014, 09:12:12 AM »
Thanks for the Tattersail update Chris.

I think you might like "She possessed the . . ." quite a bit, Anthony. You might also really dig Falling Silent by Nautic Depths & Nunc Stans;)  It arrived a few days ago and is quite good. The improvised flourishes overlaying the deep harmonic drones makes for for rewarding headphones listening.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 25, 2014, 09:53:11 AM »
The Humble Bee - She Possessed the Secret for Listening to the Stars
Pretty standard Tattersall soundscapes: lo-fi electronics, tape loops, and dusting.

V/A - Porya Hatami - Land Remixes
Remixes of various tracks from Porya's album, Land. Features remixes by Pleq, offthesky, Ruhe, and more.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 22, 2014, 12:15:05 PM »
Somnium is the reason I bought a DVD player. Really cool release.

Currently listening to Steve Roach's The Delicate Forever and The Delicate Beyond. This is great stuff. I had no idea there was more material inspired by the revisiting of the Structures for Silences seasons. What a pleasant surprise.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Miss you Forrest!
« on: July 22, 2014, 03:04:06 AM »
I should have chimed in sooner, but I've been traveling and it is awfully hard to type with thumbs.

I fear that I might have played a non-trivial role in the reason Forrest left. I corresponded with him at that time and apologized if for having offended him via my comments in the youtube discussion. But I'd like to offer this post as a public apology too.

I've learned a lot from Forrest over the years and he was always thoughtful and helpful in his contributions.  It saddens me to know that I offended him and I hope one day that he'll return and continue to contribute share is experiences, insights, and opinions. Regardless of whether he chooses to return, I hope he understands that his contributions are valued and respected, even among those of us who are not always capable of expressing that clearly.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 06, 2014, 08:25:40 PM »
Good tip on Earth Orbit Audio System!

Now playing:
Saul Stokes - LFOUFO
Released digitally on Bandcamp yesterday. Really cool stuff. What I really like about Stokes is that you can immediately recognize his unique sound based on a few seconds of audio. How many artists in the EM scene can pull that off?


Everything and Nothing / German & Swiss record store suggestions
« on: July 06, 2014, 08:18:09 PM »
I know this is a long shot, but who knows who might be lurking out there...

I'll be doing some work in Tübingen, Germany and Lausanne, Switzerland over the next two weeks. If any of you live near one of those cities or have visited them and have some good suggestions on stores to check out for ambient and related music, I'd love to hear your recommendations.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 05, 2014, 11:45:52 AM »
Yagya - Sleepygirls
A new and, for me and some others who adore Yagya's classics, a highly anticipated release. I have mixed feelings about this album though. Some of the tracks are brilliant and creative. The first three, for example, are fantastic--especially when played back-to-back. The album as a whole, however, misses the mark for me. What I really liked about some of his older records, such as Rhythm of Snow and Rigning, was the mix of beats and the super delicate and evocative melodies. Sleepygirls, in contrast, has a relatively invariant beat throughout (very club friendly) and there isn't much in the way of nuance to break up the monotony. The album is good for what it is though. But it can be hard, as a fan, to appreciate something on its own terms without comparing it to what you had hoped for.


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