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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.  ;)

I don't hear any problems with those tracks. But my hearing isn't great anyhow.

Is the low frequency issue in those MC&SS tracks something that can be demonstrated by studying the wave forms? (I'm not a musician, so I have no idea how the technical end of this works. But it seems like the purported problem is something that could be illustrated objectively rather than subjectively.)

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.

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