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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Android needs more synth apps.
« on: April 05, 2016, 01:45:22 PM »
Yeah, I know the quality of Android devices is all over the place but there are Android devices that can easily handle professional synth apps, like the Nvidia Shield Tablet. Plus, Android has a bigger market share than iOS. It can't be that hard to develop for it.

It's a shame because I'm actually enjoying the few synths that I've found so far for my Shield.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 31, 2016, 07:05:25 PM »
Experimental Audio Research - Mesmerized

Great experimental album from Sonic Boom of Spacemen 3 fame.

Also, I love cvac's taste in music overall. He name-drops a ton of great acts.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 11, 2016, 08:40:04 PM »
The Verve - A Storm In Heaven

Not ambient but I love it.

A big favorite of mine. Too bad they never made another album quite like it.

This album has a somewhat similar vibe:

They also never made one as consistent either. I love the style they had on A Northern Soul but there's some tracks that drag it down a bit. I actually don't mind Urban Hymns as a pop album but it's too long for its own good.

Thanks for that recommendation.

Also, you should check out Vidna Obmana's collaborations with Steve Roach if you haven't already. You really can't go wrong with any of them. Well Of Souls is a good place to start. The textures are amazing.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 10, 2016, 08:50:56 PM »
The Verve - A Storm In Heaven

Not ambient but I love it.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Obsidian
« on: January 13, 2016, 07:45:02 PM »
Have to say, I'm pretty surprised to see this pricing decision elicit so much drama here. I'm speaking only of the initial responses. Perhaps I'm wrong, but I just assumed this was an artist not as well known for darker ambient music having a little fun with some of the more cliched tropes of the genre. Even if I did have reason to suspect the price reflected a sincere religious conviction, the label "Satanist" is pretty damned uninformative. A self-identified Satanist is at least as likely to be a nature-loving peacenik or a theatrically inclined but otherwise harmless atheist as the depraved caricature the term traditionally connotes.

It's a fine album, btw.

Yeah, a lot of Satanists are like that. They basically view Satan as a part of nature but in the background. The self is more emphasized than Satan.

That being said, I don't blame people for being uncomfortable with Satanism and the occult in general.


Found it on Bandcamp. Pretty pricey at $15 but considering how rare it is to get a physical copy, that might be worth it.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 29, 2015, 08:26:13 PM »
I don't know how I would deal with losing internet for 2 months. 2 hours is bad enough.

Mo Boma - Jijimuge One: Hut Song/Chronos

Jijimuge is a great album. Not a lot out there quite like it. The closest comparison point would be Jon Hassell, who actually discovered the band and helped them to get signed to Extreme Records back in the day.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 15, 2015, 08:38:39 PM »
Terry Riley - Descending Moonshine Dervishes

Not really ambient but great music.

Great new track

I think it's a great track. I think you nailed the Halloween atmosphere.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: NEW: Castleview - Spirit
« on: August 12, 2015, 04:15:18 PM »
No problem. Your new piece is great too.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 11, 2015, 08:56:11 PM »
Really loving these new Jacob Newman and Underwood/Newman releases on Bandcamp:

Beautiful, percolating sounds and textures. Plus, you can't beat their low, low prices.

Yeah, they've been on a role this year. Transitions was great too, even though that was with Darwin Raymond instead of Underwood.

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / NEW: Castleview - Spirit
« on: August 11, 2015, 07:24:48 PM »

Here's my latest release. It's a warm drone ambient piece inspired by Mathias Grassow and Eliane Radigue. Special thanks to petekelly for mastering advice.

I hope everyone enjoys it.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 30, 2015, 08:28:51 PM »
The Light & Day - Memory

I really like this. An impressive ambient album done with acoustic instruments and field recordings.

I love this forum And I talked to a friend.

Everything and Nothing / Re: R.I.P. Susumu Yokota
« on: July 14, 2015, 04:00:19 PM »
I only listened to one or two of his albums, but he was great.

R.I.P. Susumu Yokota

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach Etheric Imprints
« on: July 13, 2015, 04:07:03 PM »
I understand he's trying to do something different but I feel like it's a bit too washed out and there are certain frequencies poking out of the mix that I don't care for, but I'm a little funny about frequencies so it might just be me.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach Etheric Imprints
« on: July 08, 2015, 03:59:39 PM »
There's a 9 min preview of this album on Projekt Bandcamp.  You can really hear the Harold Budd influence here.  Very gloomy track with piano bathed in reverb plus thick droney Steve ambience.  I would describe this as Lovely Thunder (Budd's 1986 album) meets Magnificent Void.  Nice to hear some piano, seems like Dreamtime Return was the last one to use it (or was it Desert Solitaire?)

New Life Dreaming had some piano in it.

Congrats, Castleview!

Thanks. I remember you really liking Oceanscape when it first came out so thanks for purchasing it last year.


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