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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.


Everything and Nothing / Re: A viewpoint of ambient EM music
« on: July 04, 2014, 05:52:04 AM »
People seem to take my music preferences more seriously when I don't refer to ambient as "music." For most people, the term "music" conjures a number of things (e.g., vocals, melody, verse-chorus-verse, drums) that are not always present in ambient.
Convincing them that it is something interesting worth exploring is a bit easier than convincing them that it is music.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 02, 2014, 07:19:28 PM »
Wintersilence - Submental Vol. 2
I've been playing this on repeat while going to bed for the past week. Great metamorphosing drone work.

Stanislav Vdovin - Wake Me Up When It's Gone
New release on Anodize by Unit 21 of No Traces (Infraction) fame. This is a real treat. Every song is unique, ranging from electro-acoustic guitar noodling to deep ocean ambient. 

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 30, 2014, 04:51:10 PM »
Experiments in Silence - Hidden Harmonic
On ...txt and featuring Matt Hillier on two tracks. Abstract soundscapes with lots of subtle details. This is truly excellent.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 27, 2014, 07:15:57 PM »
Checked out those Martin Nonstatic samples. Excellent!

My daughter and I have been listening to 80's vinyl this evening while playing Minecraft together. Three releases that were fun to revisit:

Hex - Hex
A collaboration between Donnette Thayer (Game Theory) and Steve Kilbey (The Church) from 1989. Ethereal and folksy, in a way that might be appealing to folks who are seeking an aural missing link between Slowdive and Mojave 3.

Throwing Muses - House Tornado
Some good tunes from 1988 with distinctive, mesmerizing female vocals.

The Wolfgang Press - The Burden of Mules
Super quirky record from 1983. There is a lot of diversity in this, including tracks that are majestic, tracks that sound stoned, and tracks that are highly experimental.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 24, 2014, 06:08:44 PM »
It is probably an oversight on Deupree's part; 12k typically has 1 or 2 samples for each release. Check out the soundcloud page that I linked; it has one of the tracks in full.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 24, 2014, 05:02:26 PM »
Stephen Vitiello + Taylor Deupree - Captiva
This is a great new vinyl 2x10" + digital release from 12k. Most of the source material comes from improvised guitar and synths recorded at the historic Fish House near Captiva Island, FL. The environmental sounds, as you might expect, emerge in the mix, creating a nice seaside feeling to the ambient soundscapes. The last track is pretty neat, containing some soft piano sounds, treated with found objects from the bay.

Oh, and the art for the album is mesmerizing. The entire package is really nifty.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 22, 2014, 07:06:57 AM »
Dave, I downloaded that Percival Pembroke release. Very neat!

Eivind Aarset - Dream Logic (ECM)
I read a brief discussion of this disc a few years ago on the Hypnos forums, but never got around to checking it out. My kids bought me a copy for Father's Day, however, and I've been enjoying it immensely. I love the mysterious, dreamy quality of the tracks.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 18, 2014, 04:00:01 PM »
I'm streaming Experiments in Silence right now, thanks to your recommendation. This is fantastic; thanks for the head's up!

Recent spins:

Illuha - Akari
A recent release by Tomoyoshi Date and Corey Fuller on 12k. The first couple of Illuha releases didn't appeal to me much, but this one is outstanding. The third track in particular, The Relationship of Gravity to the Persistence of Sound, is a stunning example of how to blend experimental microsound with emotionally powerful ambient.


Jeff Pearce - With Evening Above
Excellent guitar work. I've been craving something like this for a long time. Thanks, Mr. Pearce!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 15, 2014, 03:50:05 PM »
Wow...thanks for posting that video Chris.....Im going to listen again without the amazing visuals.  Often ambient music is the soundtrack to our lives or a life and just works so well with our imagination or film, case in point and where is that city?

Yes, totally cool. I think the city is Singapore.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 14, 2014, 06:30:07 AM »
A great video to promote the new Kyle Bobby Dunn release. This video captures everything perfectly: the tongue-in-cheek humor, the simplicity, and the beauty.

Spem in Alium & Her Unable on Vimeo

Yay! Downloading now.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 12, 2014, 08:06:19 PM »
Recent plays:

Subradial - Ice Diving
Experimental ambient from Hypnos. This is pretty interesting. The album as a whole hasn't yet grabbed me in a "repeat listening" kind of way, but certain tracks are incredible, creative, and unforgettable (e.g., Out & Dry).

Autumn of Communion - Autumn of Communion
This album is close to perfection. Drool.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: June 12, 2014, 07:59:48 PM »
I love to hear about people who still value and prize fine books! My own book collection is just as important to me as my CD collection.

My wife and I have an entire room in our house lined, from floor to ceiling, with bookshelves. I love books, but, frankly, don't read as much as I did pre-kids. But I value our book collection as much as my CD collection.

Just finished: Austin Grossman - You. This book seemed to have a lot of potential, but never really went anywhere that seemed compelling. The book is about Russell--a D&D kind of guy in the 1980's who, along with a few friends, developed an important engine for an early RPG computer game. After trying to fit into the mainstream by pursuing a law degree, he bows out and returns to the game studio, Black Arts Games, that his high school friends founded based on the success they experienced with their early titles. The book is largely a "coming of age" story--for someone in his 40's--and many of the issues he struggles with are narrated in the Infocom-style third person format ("You are standing in front of a white house...") as he plays through the games and projects his issues onto the characters.

This might have some nostalgic value for people who have fond memories of the early home computer days or who like old-school RPGs. Without that hook, however, the rest of it falls pretty flat. It is still fun, however, if you like to think about computer games.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 07, 2014, 11:01:02 AM »

Also downloaded Lee Anthony Norris & Porya Hatami- The Longing Daylight Equally magnificent.

Lee Anthony Norris & Porya Hatami - The Longing Daylight
I've been listening to this a lot too. It is a lovely collaboration, with a more delicate side than what I've heard from either of these artists solo. The first track in particular, Druid Liquid, is really neat: great melodies, nice use of water samples, and an atmosphere of mystery. Carpe Sonum is definitely a label to watch.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 04, 2014, 06:36:11 PM »
I agree as well. Lots of good leads in this thread!

thirdsystem: Keep us posted on Die Welt ist Klang. I'm tempted to order it, but it seems like a lot of money to spend at once. I suspect if I don't buy it, I'll regret it down the road.

ASC - Truth Be Told
Truth Be Told is the new ASC release on Silent Season and it picks up seamlessly where Time Heals All left off. The mood is a bit sorrowful and lonely, but with hints of hope. The tracks are beatless, floating ambient, with loops that build and evolve in fascinating ways.


Note: The physical is sold out, but the digital is available for sale. In addition, SS has made digital copies available for the previous two ASC releases on SS. If you missed Time Heals All last year, this is a great opportunity to grab it; it was my favorite of 2013.

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