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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: Today at 07:40:55 AM »
Celer - Tape At Two Speeds

This is now one of my favorite Celer releases. It stands out even in Celer's massive and ever-growing discography.

Nice. Also, what's it like to collaborate with Alio Die?

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach & Robert Rich
« on: June 15, 2018, 01:41:31 PM »
Keep in mind there are 2 different versions of "Western Spaces", one on IC, the other on Fortuna;
I once wrote a small article ("Ultimate Desert Soundtracks: Western Spaces & Desert Solitaire" on this album which can be found on my site in the Features-section:

Just my 2 cents......

That's a great article. Thanks for posting it.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 14, 2018, 07:13:38 PM »
I love Quadrant Dub.


Mathias Grassow - Divinations

A beautiful drone ambient album from a true legend in the genre.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 13, 2018, 06:24:58 PM »
Gigi Masin - KITE

Great stuff. Haven't listened to much of Gigi Masin's work in the past but I might have to deep deeper in the future.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 10, 2018, 06:48:13 PM »
Oophoi - Wurm Series 1

A pretty good longform piece.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 06, 2018, 06:01:37 PM »
Aidan Baker - Periodic

I really like Baker's earlier ambient albums. They get overshadowed by Nadja but he almost always got a lot out of his guitar. Albums like this, Letters, and Field Of Drones are all great.

Some interesting work being done by ZoStream; supposedly true lossless digital.

Their patent was granted last fall; they're currently chasing funding and working up prototypes.

Long discussion thread about it here:

I feel like vinyl manufacturers would try to prevent that from becoming a reality any time soon.


It would never occur to me to remaster someone else's music. I try to get into the mind of the composer - but I also prefer instrumental music because I am free to imagine whatever the music inspires in my mind, rather than having my thoughts directed by lyrics. 

But I suppose the remastering Tardigrade describes is just an extension of how I used to record tracks to cassette to create compilations - taking what is given and changing it for my own preference. It's amazing that the technology to achieve it is now so easily available.....(showing my age there a little....)

The purpose of me remastering my collection of 10,000+ songs is not to disrespect artists that I admire.  It's intended to make my entire collection of music significantly more compatible when played randomly.  If I didn't do this, it would be impossible to enjoy a random play from my entire collection unless I rode the fader, several EQs and compressors. 

I have unapologetically remastered Brian Eno, Steve Roach, Robert Rich and pretty much everyone famous and not really famous in Ambient.  I'm very happy with the way they sound now and don't think anyone would object to what I have done if they listened to it with my system.

I wouldn't be surprised if most of what you do is getting the volumes more consistent between different albums with some subtle EQ'ing here and there.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 04, 2018, 11:25:40 AM »
I was just listening to Roach and Obmana's Live Archive album yesterday. 8) 8)


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 03, 2018, 04:04:36 PM »
Vidna Obmana - Live At Deep Listenings, Italy July 8th 1997

So this dropped in May and it's a brilliant performance from 1997. It was performed live at Oophoi's place and is dedicated to him.

I'm sad that Dirk Serries is going to stop making ambient music. Apparently, Epitaph is supposed to be a farewell to that style for the time being.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 03, 2018, 12:11:50 PM »
Foghorn / The Afterglow by Mount Shrine

meditative, beautiful, sublime

Thanks for sharing this. I just downloaded it.

I think the discussion around digital Vs analogue is very circular - there are pros and cons for all formats - all have their individual artefacts.

That sums up my thoughts on it. Those discussions never seem to go anywhere but it's amazing how heated some of them can get. Now this has been a totally civil discussion but I still remember Ekstasis going at it with other users here and I always thought it was so silly to see him argue with musicians who had far more experience in the subject because he was such an analog audiophile.


It's been over a year since I've put out a new Castleview album, but my new one is finally done. I decided to go back to my roots a bit and experiment with noisier textures, incorporating touches of granular synthesis and pink noise to create a hybrid of dark ambient, shoegaze, and drone music.

As usual, feel free to give me feedback. Hope you guys enjoy the album.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 26, 2018, 07:33:29 PM »
Autoditaker is great but I have to be in the right mood for it.

Hotel Neon - Means of Knowing
This group is interesting. Technically, I don't sense that they're doing anything innovative; most of the sounds are guitar based, with a surprising amount of distortion. But somehow they manage to pull of really interesting soundscapes that are nearly impossible to mistake as anything other than Hotel Neon. This latest release is a double CDr from Spain's Archives label.

ARCHIVES is awesome.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 23, 2018, 06:57:25 PM »
Oval - 94diskont

A glitch masterpiece and one of the pioneering albums of the genre.

I just heard this for the first time. Nice stuff!

Halftribe - For the Summer, or Forever
New release on Dronarivm. Amazing work. Very similar in spirit to his previous release on Archives: Soft ambient melodies and loops, with glitched out textures and flourishes. I love all the little details in this; true sonic candy.

I think you'd also like Microstoria. Check out SND and Init Ding. It was a duo of Markus Popp from Oval and Jan St. Werner from Mouse On Mars.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 16, 2018, 07:00:39 PM »
Oval - 94diskont

A glitch masterpiece and one of the pioneering albums of the genre.

Zoviet France - What Is Not True

An excellent dark ambient album that might be the most accessible album in the group's discography

Vladimir Martynov - Dances On The Shore

Listened to this last night and it's a great modern classical piece.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 19, 2018, 06:19:38 PM »
AMM - From A Strange Place

There's nothing else quite like AMM.

I prefer having some ownership over my music, which is what downloading music allows me to do. That's not to say that I never stream but I prefer downloading.

I like that BC does these types of articles but they always seem to miss out on certain artists that really should be mentioned...

True. I don't think the music they picked was bad but there are plenty of major names they missed.

Where's Celer? Robert Rich? Michael Stearns? Gas? Bill Laswell? Windy & Carl? Amp? How about anything from the Japanese and Russian scenes which are red hot right now?

Also, I really like Experimental Audio Research but Peter Kember hasn't made an album under that alias in forever.

At least they had Steve Roach but I would have highlighted Structures From Silence instead of one of his sequencer based albums.

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