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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: On Inspiration - Chuck Close quote
« on: September 12, 2014, 04:33:45 PM »
I liked the quote. I do a lot of writing in my profession. It is easy to fall into a rut and blame it on writer's block, a lack of inspiration, etc. But, the truth of the matter is that there is no better cure for such a state than simply writing and seeing where the words take you. I imagine this is the case in music and art as well.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 10, 2014, 03:43:33 PM »
Miguel Isaza  - Uji
Nice release from the Eilean label. Acoustic drones, field recordings, minimalism and mystery.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 07, 2014, 12:18:02 PM »
I enjoy many of the Celer releases, but, with so many albums, I'm afraid I'll never do more than scratch the surface.

Lisa Gerrard - Twilight Kingdom
Only available digitally (thanks for the head's up, Judd). This is frigging amazing. This album really highlights the vocals rather than trying to give equal part of the music, and the result is wonderful. As Judd noted in the other thread, it is quite somber and dark, but extraordinarily powerful and emotionally evocative. I don't think Lisa does all the vocals, but perhaps they are simply processed in a way that makes her voice less obvious; many of the vocal tracks seem slowed down, but maybe I'm simply underestimating the low end of Lisa's range. Great stuff!

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: September 05, 2014, 06:12:47 PM »
Just finished Far from Streets. Nice work, Mike! The story is about a couple, Dane and Carolyn, who inherit several acres of property in the wilderness of Oregon, far from civilization. Dane uses this as an opportunity to break free of what he construes as the constraints of modern living, and, over a period of time, builds a cabin on the property where he and Carolyn can escape to on weekends. There is a sense in which they are living off the land,  but, on Mondays, they return to their normal life--a life that Carolyn seems to value more than Dane. As the story progresses, however, the new life that Dane has forged becomes increasingly disjointed: it is unclear whether he and Carolyn are alone in the woods, they often feel they are trapped "inside" the wilderness like a bird inside a house, and time itself seems to move in unexpected ways. This is a solid story and a nice debut novella for M. Griffin.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Lisa Gerard's new one- Wow!
« on: September 05, 2014, 05:41:47 PM »
Nice! Thanks for the head's up. Sampling now; sounds lovely.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Any Genesis fans?
« on: September 05, 2014, 03:08:10 PM »


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 04, 2014, 02:11:55 PM »
Akamoi - Enki
Ambient microsound. Will appeal to Raster Noton fans.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Bad Ambient
« on: September 04, 2014, 01:59:31 PM »
There are many albums I listen to once and go... ummm ... no - I'll be deleting that from the ipod... 

But I'm not sure that means it's bad - it just means I didn't like it at all. 

Well said.

Some of my favorite artists have released albums that just didn't resonate with me. The vidna obmana one Drone On referenced is one that comes to mind. I also didn't really enjoy some of the collaborations with Asmus Tietchens.

One of the nice things about the interwebs is that it makes it easy to listen to samples before buying. These days I rarely end up with something that I don't enjoy.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 29, 2014, 06:07:43 PM »
Wil Bolton - Bokeh
New release on Home Normal. Field recordings, guitar, and electronics, layered over sketchy drones. Pretty nice.

The Ashes of Piemonte - Datura Notes
One of my favorite releases from 2013, featuring Wil Bolton and Lee Anthony Norris. Guess I was on a Wil Bolton kick today!

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: August 28, 2014, 06:19:36 PM »
Recent reads:

Stieg Larsson - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire
I'm a bit late to the Dragon Tattoo Party, but my wife read these when they came out and really enjoyed them. After re-watching the David Fincher movie, I was inspired to read the series. Will read the third book next.

George Orwell - Animal Farm
Some books are more equal than others. A classic and a good re-read, but it always makes me pessimistic about the nature of human and pig affairs.

Christopher Hadnagy - Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking
Non-fiction. A book about the kinds of tricks or hacks that people use to obtain personal information (e.g., bank accounts, passwords). The emphasis is on the social or human side of security rather than the tech side of it. Really interesting.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 28, 2014, 06:08:09 PM »
Max Corbacho - Ars Lucis
Recently bought this 2009 release digitally on Bandcamp. So beautiful and serene.

I have also read up on the dock felt good.

bot maybe?

That's a good question.

Sam's new post was nice. I like this "return" to non-Facebook ways of communicating.  :)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Slowdive reunion and tour 2014
« on: August 25, 2014, 06:37:45 PM »
Good luck, Drone On. I see that the Chicago show--the one near me--is sold out too.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 23, 2014, 12:54:42 PM »
Castleview: I gave that Dronny Darko and SandSpace release a listen and enjoyed it. Good recommendation!

Andrew Lahiff - Intangible Imbrications
This guy seems to know the secret to producing beautiful, floating, ambient.  Digital only (and "name your price").

I find the new work just as interesting as the old work. I've never been a fan of 100% of his releases, but, if I were to compile a list of my favorites, I think they'd span the time spectrum pretty evenly.

I wrote a few lines about the Subradial release in the Now Playing thread. I enjoyed it. Some of the tracks are super cool, and I generally appreciate albums that blur the lines between experimental and ambient. Having said that, I didn't get a lot of replay value from it. I'll listen to it again today now that you've primed me.

The Antonio Testa samples didn't resonate strongly with me, so I didn't buy that release. I would be eager to know if others who bought it enjoyed it.

What did you think?

Now Playing / Re: FILE://Access/Rip/Play
« on: August 23, 2014, 12:41:35 PM »

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 19, 2014, 01:40:27 PM »
Deaf Center - Recount
Recount is a new EP of two Deaf Center sessions from a few years ago. The two tracks are amazing. The mood is dark and mysterious, not unlike that evoked by some of the tracks from Pale Ravine. Most of the sound comes from piano, bowed guitar, creaking piano stools, and the subdued swells of organ and strings. The packaging is unique and interesting also--the outer case contains an intricate laser cut pattern that reveals, in a mysterious manner, the imagery on the inner sleeve.


I think everyone missed the big point here: Julio offered to buy everyone a pint of beer.  ;)

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