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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 14, 2017, 04:03:45 AM »


Jonn Serrie - The Sentinel

Had this disc for 3 weeks and it has been on constantly. Absolutely stunning space ambient. Beautiful, drifting, always interesting. This will be my release of 2017 I just cannot see it being bettered. One of my alll time favourite ambient releases, it is actually a masterpiece.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now watching...
« on: March 18, 2017, 06:15:49 AM »
Finished Season2 of Fortitude.

What can I say. I think "enjoyed" would be the wrong word. Very, very dark , disturbing, brutal but addictive. Stunning scenery and 2 or 3 very good acting performances.( some not so good but insufficient to spoil the overall )

As said, disturbing stuff.


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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 18, 2017, 06:07:29 AM »
Recent plays,

Hatfield and the North - great Canterbury Prog.
Escape - The Futurescape , Pete Namlook/ Dr Atmo
Be Bop Deluxe - Modern Music

Currently-



Alio Die and Parallel Worlds - Elusive Metaphor , absolutely beautiful.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 18, 2017, 06:02:42 AM »
Recently:

Tangerine Dream - The Virgin Years '77-'83 5xCD boxset

https://www.discogs.com/Tangerine-Dream-The-Virgin-Years-1977-1983/release/3659996

Not my favorite era of TD, but I was surprised at how much I liked most of the music in this set. I guess this is where the classic era sort of ends for most people.

I am an early to mid 70s TD man, probably like most TD folk. However Force Majeure and Tangram would have to also be in my all time stunning album list.
 
Actually have every studio album and eps right up to the present day . There is still a lot of good stuff in the more recent releases like Springtime/Summer in Nagasaki and the sonic poem series, Island of the Fey for instance. Acquired the most recent ep "Particles" which is very good and has a real 70s vibe on disc 1. Also streamed their recent gig on a riverboat in Budapest . It was absolutely excellent, very hopeful for the new album which is planned.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: March 18, 2017, 05:49:16 AM »


Possibly the greatest album of all time   ;)

Yes - Close to the Edge . The Steve Wilson (of Porcupine Tree fame)  remix. Difficult to get hold of this version now. The new stereo mix is excellent great clarity in the vocals and instrumentation. Possibly even an improvement on the original.

I will listen to the Blu Ray 5.1 surround at the weekend and possibly completely and utterly blow my mind  :)

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Independent Music Reviews / Re: New Ambient/Experimental Music Blog
« on: March 08, 2017, 01:51:48 PM »
That Keith Berry album sounds interesting, looking forward to hearing it. Cheers for the review link cvac.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 08, 2017, 01:48:44 PM »
Re: Eno, I don't have anything after 1986. I guess I should check out some of his recent work. I've heard some good comments.

Since '86 I only have The Shutov Assembly, which I enjoy.  I did not like "The Ship" and I wasn't keen on Small Craft although need to check that again. Still need to hear Lux. New one sounds very promising from that wee snippet and I have read other positivity elsewhere.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 08, 2017, 01:41:13 PM »


John Lyell - Planetary Artifactcs . New artist for me. Listening to this on spotify right now.

Atmospheric space music with many elements. This is very, very good indeed,

Will be checking out more from Mr Lyell. http://www.johnlyell.com/

Also - No Mask Effect - Drift To You Have to say the earlier releases just didn't do it for me. This however is very good, quite original, fairly dark ambient . I like it. https://whereambientlives.bandcamp.com/releases

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Just noticed this is on Spotify, will check it out today. Briefly heard some on BC a couple of weeks ago and thought it was very good. Looking forward to a proper in depth listen and suspect it will be added to thei urgent list.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: March 05, 2017, 05:34:22 AM »


Namlook / Moufang - Raumland Sphare. Possibly my least favourite of The Raumland trilogy, more beat orientated, but still very good indeed.

DTS surround mode will be activated for a listen later .

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 05, 2017, 05:28:19 AM »
The new Eno ambient album is out. Just listened to the very short snippet that is on Spotify, sounds very promising. I can feel a double vinyl purchase in the planning here.

Current play ;

Specta Ciera + The Circular Ruins - Middle Distance

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 02, 2017, 12:03:38 PM »
Steve Roach - The Passing

This has been on constantly, (along with the new Mick Chillage) since I got it a couple of weeks back. Steve really does seem to be on a roll with his recent ambient works. This one in particular is something special.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 02, 2017, 11:57:36 AM »
To my taste, too much badmouthing in the air, Tardigrade...

Almost sounds like a reincarnation of Orion 32/drone on.


More along the lines of this character IMHO:

http://www.hypnos.com/smf/index.php?action=profile;u=5673

Seems to be outspoken negativity frequently, can't be arsed reading it personally.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 09, 2017, 09:41:41 AM »
Steve Roach - The Delicate Forever and The Desert Collection Vol 1.

Interesting new interview with Steve on bandcamp btw;

https://daily.bandcamp.com/2017/02/08/steve-roach-interview/

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now watching...
« on: February 07, 2017, 10:09:03 AM »
Really enjoyed Fortitude series 1, there is something about the North that draws me in.

Looking forward to season 2 , watched the first episode and the rest is loading on the Sky box. It will keep me going until the imminent return of The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones  8) 8) 8).

Also been watching the BBC series Taboo . Dark, dark, dark !!!

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: February 07, 2017, 10:01:32 AM »


Mick Chillage - Exulansis

Almost 4 hours of high class ambient mastery. Mostly over drone work , some with hint of melody, space ambient, and some dark atmospheres. Amazing piece of work and still taking it all in.

https://mickchillage.bandcamp.com/



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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 31, 2017, 08:07:08 AM »
Jon Anderson - Olias of Sunhillow LP , wonderful .



Steve Joliffe - Journeys Out Of the Body
Mick Chillage - Exulansis , almost 4 hours of absolutely epic ambient mastery . Just checking this out for the second time on Bandcamp . Urgent , if not immediate , acquisition required.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: January 31, 2017, 07:55:43 AM »
Pete Namlook / Dave Moufang -

XVIII- Sexoid , there's a track on this called "Retro Future" , check it out and it will blow your mind  ;) especially in surround DTS.
XIX - Dawning Of A New Decade, a more ambient offering and again wonderful in DTS mode

and finally got hold of this.......................



Gert Emmens - Triza....................Love it. Some ambient parts but mainly Berlin school late 70s/early 80s Tangerine Dream vibe.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 17, 2017, 08:38:20 AM »

That is one good album, but listening to ambient is sad it is total destruction of audio. I feel bad of people growing up today, with bad audio quality everywhere.

I don't feel bad for people growing up today.  They can use YouTube to preview a full album in lower audio quality before they buy it.  When I was a kid, I didn't get to listen to music before I bought it.

The unfortunate thing is a large percentage of young people don't buy music and don't know what good audio quality is.  I'm betting the Thom Brennan album sounds pretty good at Spotify.  Sadly, someone has to listen to it 1000 times to pay the artist $10.  Most people won't stream Mist 1000 times in their lifetime.

Think it's more than just young people in this scenario. I know many adults, all ages, who do not have the first clue about sound quality, Hi Fi, bit rates , or even remotely decent music.

Conversely I know a lot of young people who are right into music, buying vinyl and looking at better equipment etc.

I can confirm the Brennan albums on Spotify are pretty damm good quality. I stream on the highest quality choice which I think is 320kbs. I have most of the Brennan albums on purchased download but still listen on Spotify occasionally. Have to confess I like Spotify very much. I use it mainly for researching artists that I might like to follow further by purchasing their music. But also listen to artists that I would never consider purchasing their music so I guess they get some support from that. As a result of spotify I have bought several albums I may not have otherwise.

Is that actualy what the payment rate is then 1000 plays for $10? If so that is poor. I do recall a Projekt email where Sam said it was 247 plays for one dollar also. Mmmhh not great.


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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: January 17, 2017, 08:18:26 AM »
Hey cvac, sorry I missed your reply to that.

I am actually just listening to Topographic in DTS surround right now. Amazing job by Steve Wilson remixing this in surround. Quite an experience listening to it. Hearing several things I have never heard before buried in the mix. Wonderful album that jostles for top position with Close to the Edge for me.

Also has to be said the 2016 stereo remixes are also excellent, quite apparently different in bits and worth checking out. This album has lived with me for about 40 years , I know it well, but still hear new stuff every listen.

It is probably my greatest album of all time, all genres. A few contenders for that though.

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