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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 15, 2013, 05:38:08 PM »
Sonmi451 - Probes & Prisms
Sonmi451 - Vladivostok

OMG. I just discovered this artist after (slowly) following up on leads from various "best of" lists, such as Dave's. I don't know how I missed Sonmi451, but I'm absolutely in love with these two disks.

Why, why, why are there two out of print discs on Time Released Sound?! I think God hates me.

For folks who took an interest in Charcoal by Brambles last year, you might want to check this out:

Brambles is releasing a series of pieces (sound, text, visual) over the next year or so. The first edition was posted today--and it is a beautiful track: Half-Gramme Holiday.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 09, 2013, 08:29:08 PM »
Rumforskning - Himmelhvælv
The first two Rumforskning releases on DataObscura were some of my favorite albums from the 2000's. Somehow this Gears of Sand release slipped me by. It is solid, but hasn't quite grabbed me in the way that the other two albums did. I'm fond of it nonetheless.

Kiloton - Language Lost
A 2010 release by Mads Weitling (Rumforskning) of which I was not aware. Really interesting (and occasionally  noisy) soundscapes. The music is designed to compliment some visuals; the "soundtrack" can be freely downloaded via the artist's website at

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 05, 2013, 03:21:12 PM »
Between (Corey Fuller, Tomoyoshi Date, Simon Scott, Marcus Fischer, & Taylor Deupree) - Between
This is pretty good. The sounds and atmosphere are highly similar to that represented in Faint.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: March 05, 2013, 03:10:47 PM »
I think I'll check out Ender's Game next. I've heard so many good things about it over the years.

Just finished:

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
This is the kind of book that some people hate and others love. I'm one of the people who loves it, but not ravenously so. This novel is a celebration of human innovation, creativity, and intellect. But it also contains a critical and thoughtful analysis of the way in which society and its various institutions function to suppress human potential. This is my second read of the book and it was just as enjoyable the second time around. I do wish, however, that the "love story" part of the novel wasn't so god awful.

14 by Peter Clines
This was incredible. If you were a fan of Lost--and if you have an appreciation for some of the strangeness of HP Lovecraft--you will absolutely love this novel. This narrative is so well constructed that is is absolutely impossible to know where the story is going next and, better yet, there is no sense that the author is bs'ing his way around to pull it all together by the end. Suspenseful, imaginative, and unsettling. Highly recommended.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 02, 2013, 09:12:29 AM »
Andy Stott - Luxury Problems
Creative slice n' dice job with vocal samples. 

My Bloody Valentine - m b v
This is excellent. I realize that there is an expectation that artists will grow or evolve in their sound over a couple of decades. But, in this case, I feel that I've been teleported back to the early 90's and I'm happy to be there. Their ability to capture what was special about their old sound without literally reproducing it is remarkable.

Near the Parenthesis - L'eixample
Warm electronic ambient with sophisticated melodic structures. Highly recommended.


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: DataObscura New Releases
« on: February 17, 2013, 09:54:43 AM »
I really like the artwork for Fantastic Journey. Is that a mashup you created based on various images?

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: February 13, 2013, 04:34:06 PM »
World War Z by Max Brooks (Audible Version; abridged)
This was pretty interesting. It is designed to be an oral history of the zombie invasion and how humanity confronted the invasion. The oral history twist gives things a nice twist. And what is particularly compelling is the way in which the author weaves in the political, economic, and social elements of the war--which is emphasized much more than action, horror, and suspense that is often used in "zombie apocalypse" style stories. The Audiobook version of this is particularly good due to the use of multiple voice actors in the telling of the stories.

The Shadow Scholar: How I Made a Living Helping College Kids Cheat by Dave Tomar
Nonfiction. The fascinating story of a student, Dave Tomar, who earned his living for over a decade by writing papers for college students. He makes many interesting observations about the sense of entitlement that many young people have, the ways in which many colleges have exploited Pell grants to increase revenues, and how each of these factors plays into the general problems facing the economy, the labor market, and America's stance toward education more generally. As a university professor, I found this an incredible read. I haven't fully digested it yet; I'll probably be pondering some of the issues for weeks to come--if not longer.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 07, 2013, 06:17:52 PM »
Krill.Minima - Sekundenschlaf
I'm really enjoying this release. Nice dub electronic ambient. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: My Bloody Valentine new CD 2013
« on: February 07, 2013, 06:15:54 PM »
All of your dreams may be coming true. Perhaps they'll also deliver mail for cheap on their US tour. ;-)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: My Bloody Valentine new CD 2013
« on: February 05, 2013, 07:30:23 PM »
I'm really looking forward to this. Based on the tracks the band posted to youtube, I think you're right: they haven't skipped a beat in over 20 years.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: February 02, 2013, 10:28:48 AM »
Dave: I'm not familiar with Boingboing. I'll take a look at that later today; thanks for the suggestion. I typically explore things that friends recommend or, in the case of The Postmortal, things that Amazon recommends based on other books I've ordered.

A friend of mine is encouraging me to explore the Wheel of Time series, but, honestly, the sheer bulk of that series looks overwhelming!

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: February 02, 2013, 06:43:26 AM »
Recently read two Lee Child (the Jack Reacher author) books after being prompted repeatedly by my mother-in-law: Killing Floor and The Affair. The first was a decent mystery/thriller; the second one was a bit trashy (characters making out at midnight so they could capitalize on the vibrations of the midnight train).

Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. This was fantastic. The story focuses on a young web designer who is out of work and ends up taking a non-tech, night job at a 24-hour bookstore. Lots of quirky characters, an intriguing mystery, and a few thought-provoking insights about the interface of analog and digital cultures.

Now reading: The Postmoral by Drew Magary. So far, so good. In the future a "cure" for aging has been invented. It is still possible, of course, for people to die, but not via growing old. This is a work of fiction, but I love the way the author explores the implications of this for the way society functions, how it impacts marriages, and the impact it may have on religion.

Independent Music Reviews / Re: My review of "Lithea" CD by 36
« on: January 30, 2013, 05:37:28 PM »
If anyone missed this the first time around (such as myself), CDs from a second limited pressing went on sale today.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Video awesomeness
« on: January 25, 2013, 05:29:29 PM »
That was incredible!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 24, 2013, 07:27:19 PM »
Aus - Light in August, Later
Nice mix of acoustic and digital, glitchy textures. A few nice vocal flourishes too.

Resonant Drift- Full Circle
A perfect album in many respects. Soft, gentle ambiance that gradually and non-obtrusively builds to some rhythmic soundscapes. There are some wonderful melodies embedded in the tracks too. Highly recommended.

Taylor Deupree - Faint
This is growing on me. My first reaction was that there was too fine a line between this release and Shoals. But now I'm loving it--especially the first and last tracks. I splurged on the box set and haven't yet digested the extra disc.

CD Baby
Quick (and well packaged!).  ;)

This release is absolutely fantastic.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Amazon Cloud Player
« on: January 13, 2013, 08:37:36 AM »
I've been slowly uploading my entire collection to the Amazon cloud player(it's taking  f o r e v e r). . .

Dave had mentioned this the other day. What are your thoughts on it after having time to upload things, Dave? Anyone else explored this? I'm curious.


8 Shades of Sound - Formaria is one of my top 10 favorite releases ever. I also love OXANA.

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