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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 28, 2015, 10:31:02 AM »
Dirk Serries - The Origin Reversal + Disorientation Flow
These two albums, both released on Projekt, are similar in structure. Guitar looping, layering, and processing. Light atmospherics and truly beautiful stuff, but works best for me as background music. I must confess, I'm really excited by these new releases; I couldn't really connect with the music Dirk was releasing after 2004 or so. These recent releases hit the right spot for me.

Alva Noto - Xerrox, Vol. 3
This was getting some attention on the ambient listserv, so I decided to give it a try. Some of the tracks are amazing (2ndevol, Isola). Good pickup if you're into the experimental side of ambient.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 24, 2015, 05:58:00 PM »

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: June 22, 2015, 08:32:20 PM »
Joan Didion - The Year of Magical Thinking
An insightful memoir concerning loss.

Peter Clines - The Fold
Super cool sci-fi/wierd-fi story about a group of researchers who build a portal. Won't say more. Between this and his book, 14, Peter Clines might be one of my new favorites. I need to check out his ex-heroes series.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 22, 2015, 08:28:31 PM »
Sart is my favorite Pjusk release. Didn't care much for the latest one with the trumpet.

Recent thangs:

Gapfield - Abyss
Picked this up thanks to a lead from Castleview. Experimental ambient from Jacob Newman & Devin Underwood. This feels a bit more electronic than their previous collaboration on dataObscura.

Jaja - Stellamare
Deep space synths. Quiet and relaxing, with some nice subtleties that are best studied with headphones.

Altus - The Time Collection
Free download on Altus' website. Awesome ambient compositions. Somewhat moody and mysterious.

Congrats, Castleview!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 14, 2015, 04:08:23 PM »
Gapfield - Abyss

Great ambient music from Jacob Newman and Devin Underwood.

Thanks for the head's up!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 08, 2015, 07:12:08 PM »
I agree. I've streamed it once or twice and just can't get excited enough to hit the "buy" button.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 07, 2015, 08:23:44 AM »
Inland was such a disappointment from Tetsu.  By far my least favorite of his Fax releases.  Same with 2350 Broadway 4.  What a weak end to a previously flawless series.  But what do I know.  I'm just an ambient redneck.

What are some of your favorites? I really enjoyed Inland a lot.

Some other things I've been enjoying recently:

Veronique Vaka - Erlendis
Processed cello and piano, tapping into the the spirit that organizes most of the modern acoustic-electric drone ambient. Really powerful stuff, with slightly dark corners in several places.
Digital only:

Purl - Stillpoint
New ambient dub on Silent Season. The mixing (or mastering?) is really interesting: the recording sounds a bit as if it is submerged under water. There are few high frequencies and the sounds are not very crisp; they tend to bleed into one another. But the effect is really neat. I'm really loving this one.
Buy/Stream:  [3 copies left as of this writing]

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 01, 2015, 03:37:53 PM »
Alex Cobb - Marigold and Cable
Deep dronescapes.

Siavash Amini and Heinali - When No Wind Whirled
Glacial drone work with some nice processed guitar and violin. Digital only.

Tetsu Inoue - Inland
Bought this on iTunes; Discog prices seem steep. Thanks for the tip, thirdsystem. @#$@#$ so amazing!

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: New loscil video
« on: June 01, 2015, 03:29:59 PM »
Beautiful images!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 22, 2015, 02:38:43 PM »
Frozen Thoughts - Calm Before the Storm
I held off on buying this for a long time in hope that a physical version would eventually be released. I've given up now. (Damn you, Glacial Movements!  ;)  ) Absolutely brilliant piece of work; I would love to see more from this artist in the future.

Hammock - The Sleepover Series Vols 1 + 2
A more traditional ambient release from the contemporary kings of shoegaze instrumentals. Most of the tracks sound like stretched walls of sound. Lovely. The first volume has a more experimental feel, which is a bit surprising given the sleepy dronescapes on Vol. 2.

Max Corbacho - Splendid Labyrinths
In my opinion, this is similar in spirit to The Ocean Inside.  Deep and expansive sounds, with occasional hints of dissonance that tend to build dramatic tension. Like The Ocean Inside, I suspect I won't play this in large doses, but will probably find myself compelled to return to it at unexpected moments for years to come.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CD vs. CDR
« on: May 20, 2015, 05:39:56 AM »
That would be most kind, Poaalpina. I'll send you a private message. I recall filling in a few gaps in my collection during that phase, but was too shortsighted to download the ones I already owned. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CD vs. CDR
« on: May 19, 2015, 02:01:02 PM »
Thanks for the input, gang! I'm sad. I'm afraid to pull down some of the older CDrs out of fear of what I might discover.

Looks like James Johnson's website is dead: I've sent an email to Dark Duck Records to see if Stephen will receive it. I appreciate your suggestions.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CD vs. CDR
« on: May 19, 2015, 09:05:49 AM »
Hi, gang. Quick question from a novice's point of view:

I went to listen to my copy of Lost at Dunn's Lake (Johnson/Philips) last night, but it wouldn't read on my stereo. I loaded the CDr into my computer, and no luck there either.

Is there a solution you use when and old CDr appears to be giving up the ghost? I really like this album and was pining for it a bit last night. I'm sad to realize that the music might be lost to me forever.

I searched around the forum and found a great thread, but it is now locked:

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 14, 2015, 07:31:27 PM »
Thanks for the tips!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 14, 2015, 05:13:50 PM »
I followed drone on's lead and downloaded a copy of Alpha Wave Movement's Earthen. Great stuff! The Structures from Silence comparison is an apt one.   

Speaking of following leads: I finally downloaded, via iTunes, a copy of Namlook & Inoue's 62 Eulengasse, given that thirdsystem claimed it was one of his desert island favorites. I can see why. This would have certainly been a favorite of mine if I had heard it 20 years ago. It stands the test of time well.

Also grabbed 2350 Broadway 2 while on that binge. The Invisible Landscape is frigging amazing.

Hi, Julio. I downloaded this last night and spent the better part of the day at work listening to it. Great work! I especially like the opening and closing tracks.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 06, 2015, 06:54:11 PM »
The Frozen Vaults - 1816
New release from Pleq, Spheruleus, Mrenca, and friends. Much better than their debut--and much less noisy. Dark, isolationist acoustic ambient.

Sounds like my cup of tea, APK. Will check it out.

The kids and I are all about the Five Nights at Freddy's series these days. Jump scares galore!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich - Filaments
« on: May 03, 2015, 07:56:40 AM »
My daughter and I attended the Robert Rich performance in Peoria, IL on Friday evening and had a wonderful time. The show was based mostly on Filaments, with a reworked opening from Numena. It was an excellent and well attended show. He performed in a planetarium so, not only was it a more comfortable (and less obnoxious) venue than a bar, but the setting was  intimate and the visuals were outstanding. The person who runs the planetarium improvised the visuals on the dome during the performance, so, as we were listening to Rich, we were treated to a variety of fractals, traveling through Saturn's rings, moving constellations, and many other beautiful treats.

I've been enjoying Filaments a lot too. My only complaint is that, at times, the lap steel guitar seems a bit out of place along with the modular, sequenced sounds. I generally like the way Rich uses this instrument, but it sometimes has a "wailing guitar solo" feel in many of the Filaments tracks. Sometimes I just want to drift along with the sequenced electronic mosaics. But, overall, a really impressive piece of work.

My daughter enjoyed it. I hope I have a budding ambient traveler in my midst!

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