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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: September 18, 2013, 06:10:24 PM »
Finished Lexicon, by Max Barry. Excellent novel. The basic premise is that there is a secret organization of linguists (or modern "wizards") who have uncovered ways of manipulating language in order to bypass people's normal psychological defenses and, thereby, control their behavior.  The story is focused on one girl, Emily, who is recruited into the organization and, depending on which characters you identify with, either loses her way or transcends the organization. The narrative structure is quite clever (I wont' reveal the details). The only downside for me was that the "magic" of the world requires too many sky-hooks (just take the author's word for it kind-of-stuff). In addition, many of the themes reminded me of Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash--maybe too much so. Recommended, nonetheless.

Nice review. Order placed!

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Nominated for an Emmy Award
« on: September 18, 2013, 05:57:44 PM »

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 15, 2013, 10:16:31 AM »
Blamstrain - Disfold
A favorite of mine from the Sending Orbs label, released in 2006. Airy ambient music with very subtle beats. The details are wonderful; great for headphones listening. Samples/Buy:

Description without a Place - Filaments
Experimental ambient from APK and Entia Non/James McDougall on dataObscura. I don't want to make Anthony blush, but this is a pretty badass release and one of the better collaborative discs I've heard. APK's artistic keyboard skills combined with Entia Non's "let's throw bits into a ceiling fan" approach work surprisingly well together. Samples/Buy:

Virlyn - Man Asleep
From ETALABEL. This is a moderately dark ambient release, focusing mostly on experimental manipulations of acoustic sources. This is likely to appeal to folks who enjoy Deaf Center and some of the Miasmah releases.  Samples/Buy:

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 10, 2013, 05:57:52 PM »
Letna - Adria
Letna - White City

Interesting stuff. Adria is an album containing minimally processed guitar with subtle clicks and pops. If someone had told me it was a Deupree/Scott/Fischer collaboration, I would have fallen for it. Organic and lovely. Highly recommended. Samples here:

White City also has a similar minimalist, glitchy atmosphere, but is more obviously electronic in its perspective.  Samples and free/legit download here:

I enjoyed the first few tracks. But then my daughter told me to turn if off because it was making her feel unsettled.  :)

Everything and Nothing / Re: My coworker stopped talking to me
« on: September 07, 2013, 08:02:21 AM »
How would you deal with this situation?

If she is a coffee fan, get her an inexpensive gift card to a near-by cafe with a note that says something along the lines of "I get the sense that something isn't right between us. I value your friendship, so please let me know if you want to chat. Sincerely, Mr. Drone On." If she's mad at you for something you did (e.g., gossip) or didn't do, probably the best thing you can do is give her some time, but drop the hint without being intrusive that you're on her side.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 06, 2013, 06:18:51 PM »
Nunc Stans - We Leave without Speaking + Peninsula
Excellent recordings from the talented, prolific, and versatile APK. Both of these releases contain a nice mixture of electronic ambiance, isolationist atmospheres, and subtle yet unobtrusive experimentation. Of the two discs, I have a preference for Peninsula. The title track is particularly incredible with headphones.

Samples here:

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: September 04, 2013, 04:39:24 PM »

I just started another Max Barry book - "Lexicon."  So far so good.

Just started this too! Eager to hear your thoughts when you're done.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 02, 2013, 05:55:28 PM »
36 - Shadow Play
This didn't really grab me at first. I left it on repeat one day, however, and it really started to grow on me. It is much simpler in structure than some of the other 36 releases, but with great melodies and a nice retro feel.

Marco Madia - Music for Plants
Fantastic music from the Dewtone label. Reminds me a bit of some of Segue's work combined with Sonmi451.
DL/Samples here:

Welcome. Interesting background. Enjoyed your sounds.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 27, 2013, 06:43:58 PM »
The new Stay Theories release sounds great.

Listening to some City Centre Offices favorites from the early to mid 2000's:
Porn Sword Tobaco - ST
Swod - Gehen
Marsen Jules - Herbstlaub
The Remote Viewer - You're Going To Love Our Defeatist Attitude

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: August 26, 2013, 05:29:16 PM »
The Innocent: A Novel - David Baldacci
Finished this one recently. Baldacci has a talent for writing fast-paced thrillers that don't make you want to roll your eyes. This one tells the story of Will Robie, an assassin working with the U.S. government, who is being hunted for reasons he has yet to uncover. What stands out about this novel is that the set of events that set everything in motion are really quite simple. But, when you don't have the benefit of seeing how it happens, sorting through the resulting complexities is quite difficult. I appreciate it when the premise of a novel is actually simple because I think authors sometimes assume that complex outcomes must derive from complex causes. 

I'm currently reading the next in the series, The Hit. Also a good Will Robie story (so far). He is charged with assassinating another assassin.  That's a whole lot of scopes and rifles!

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« on: August 25, 2013, 08:27:22 AM »
The package from Projekt arrived well over a week ago and I've given everything a few listens now. My first introduction to Forrest Fang was Gongland. That album always struck me as containing a creative mixture of various eastern instrumentation and styles and em-based ambient. It is really unique album and one that has remained in rotation around my house despite its age. With that as context, it is really fascinating to hear releases prior to Gongland that seem more firmly rooted on one side of that coin vs. the other. I'm really enjoying Wolf/Migration, but I, must confess, I also feel a bit like an archeologist who is uncovering the origins of the modern Forest Fang sound; it is hard for me to appreciate the albums on their own terms. Some of the tracks really stand out as brilliant. I'm particularly fond of The Luminous Crowd, A Quiet Place, Silent Fields, and Karina. I also prefer Wolf over Migration. Many of the songs on Migration have a one-track quality and don't have the richness of the multi-instrumentation contained in Wolf.

I'm somewhat reluctant to note, given the fact that this is a re-release celebration, that what I really enjoyed from this package was the "free with your order" copy of Unbound.  That is some of the best drone work I've listened to lately. It is just as good with head phones and deep listening as it is as background ambiance. A true gem.

No comments at alL?  :-X

I think it sounds great. When will we hear more?

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 20, 2013, 06:26:34 PM »
Meg Bowles - The Shimmering Land
Nothing unusual here. Good, solid ambient. It is easy to drift away listening to this. Samples here:

Now Playing / Re: Heavy music: turn it up to eleven!
« on: August 19, 2013, 05:55:35 PM »
The side of me that likes "heavy" music leans more towards 1980's American/British punk rock than metal, death metal, etc. Some of my favorites include Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Crass, D.R.I., and 7 Seconds. I also have a soft spot in my heart for some of the heavy metal and rock bands I grew up with, such as Rush, Van Halen, etc.

I'll have to check out Skullflower.

Now Playing / Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
« on: August 18, 2013, 02:59:35 PM »
Brian B. recently posted in another thread:
"What's the music you've listened to with regularity over the long term?"
Which made me think this would be an excellent topic of its own.

Necro, I know.

I have opinions on what some of my long-term favorites are. But I thought it would be interesting to see what iTunes has recorded as my most-played albums over the last two years since a lot of my listening in that time has been iPhone or iTunes mediated. (Yes, I can hear the sighs from CA all the way over here in IL.  ;D  )

Here are the albums--in order--that I have listened to the most during the past two years. Each of them has been played over 200 times. Some of these would be on my "all time favorites" lists (e.g., I think I'm one of the few people in the world who actually thinks Midnight Moon was frigging amazing). Some of them I was surprised to see appearing (e.g., Absolutely Deep--an album I adore, but had no idea I had listened to it so much). Many of these are the kinds of albums that I'm likely to listen to on repeat; they fade into the background nicely when reading or writing.

Some of my self-nominated favorites, it turns out, have not been in heavy rotation in recent years despite the esteem in which I hold them (e.g., Roach's The Magnificent Void, Budd's The White Arcades, Rich/Alio Die's Fissures ). That's kind of interesting too.

Aglaia - Absolutely Deep
Steve Roach - Immersion: Three
James Johnson - Cube 4 Voices
Steve Roach - Midnight Moon
James Johnson - Entering Twilight
Steve Roach - Immersion Four
Steve Roach - New Life Dreaming
A Winged Victor for the Sullen - ST
Max Corbacho - Breathstream
8 Shades of Sound - Formaria

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Geosonics ?
« on: August 17, 2013, 12:52:49 PM »
Way cool

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 17, 2013, 08:43:33 AM »
The Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
Deep ambient synth washes. Occasional dub influences. Great music for going to sleep and relaxing.  ;)

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