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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 24, 2014, 04:59:33 AM »
Nachtplank - Echo Ark will be in my top 5 for 2014. Stunning album.

Late evening walk along the deserted beach and coast last night listening to ......

Autumn of Communion 3 and also 2. Very enjoyable experience.

Now checking out Nachtplank - Birth, on bandcamp.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 23, 2014, 04:34:24 AM »
Cheers for the info men. Got the ipod/phone app last night. Very impressed with the concept. Listened to it through the headphones on my evening stroll and it worked superbly blending with the surrounding environmental sounds.

I will get the download first ( both) then probably the DVD also. I was aware of Robert's music previously and had listened to several of his works, also with Ian Boddy, however Somnium has raised his profile with me. Listened to "Nest" last night, utterly superb.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 22, 2014, 04:45:29 AM »

Robert Rich - Somnium. There is a short version on spotify which is really excellent.

Excellent disc

On researching, this is available as an edited download ( which is what I am listening to on spotify), a DVD 7 hour job  :) and also amazingly as an iphone app.

Almost 10 years after its initial release, this project return in the (revolutionary?) form of an App Album . Designed to run endlessly on your iPhone/iPod, it can play uninterrupted for much longer than the original seven hours. It will simply run until you stop it, or until your iPhone/iPod batteries run out.

As an App, the Somnium App  is extremely 'bare-bone'. It was designed to liisten,  not to watch.
In fact, there's only one page with the cover art, a slider (from 'slow' to 'slower') and a start button. After hitting Start and setting the volume, you're supposed to turn the device screen off and just need for any further visual distraction.

For the Somnium App version, Robert Rich has selected and isolated different passages which are sequenced randomly. This approach means that the music remains interesting enough to actively listen to when in 'slow' mode. When set to 'slower', there are less changes so the pace suits sleeping.

This also means a bit of a conceptual distraction from the original DVD, which followed the sleep cycle (relatively active, to deep sleep, to relatively active again before waking up).
The app version randomly cycles  through various parts of the composition, so it does not exactly follow that 'cycle'. In the 'slow' (most active') setting, the music is indeed constantly changing, and stays interesting enough for active listening for a long time.

Really not so sure about the DVD as I prefer to listen to my music on the ipods and hifi's away from the main dvd surround system. Will think about it though. Definitely fancying the download and especially trying out said app on iphone/ipod touch.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 22, 2014, 04:14:32 AM »
Having been mentioned elsewhere just checked out.......

Robert Rich - Somnium. There is a short version on spotify which is really excellent.

Also discovered.......

Music From Atlas Die..........superb.

Everything and Nothing / Re: World Cup ?
« on: July 19, 2014, 04:10:29 AM »
Well that was an excellent World Cup. Good football and in the main very sporting behaviour from the teams.

Germany by far the deserved winners, they are some team.

21 days and three hours until the real football season commences  :)

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: July 19, 2014, 04:04:03 AM »
Just finished the following....

Poul Anderson - Tau Zero A space ship malfunctions and continues to accelerate indefinitely. Hard SiFi but good human aspects within.

Phillip Mann - The Disestablishment of Paradise

Very interesting concepts and stories on an alien world that is being abandoned by human colonists after things start to go wrong. There was a bit in the middle of the book that lost me for a while as it was just a bit too long winded. However overall this is an excellent read with an interesting writing style and I will read it again.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 19, 2014, 03:53:37 AM »

Thom Brennan - Vibrant Water and Mist Currently completely addicted to these two.

Now - Steve Roach - Structures From Silence 30 th, all 3 discs one after the other. Also just ordered the two new releases....The Delicate Forever and The Desert Collection 1 ( great cover btw ! )

Everything and Nothing / Re: World Cup ?
« on: July 09, 2014, 11:07:53 AM »
Good wee vid that. Harsh but fair ;)

Germany looking good

Ein, zwei, drei, vier, funf, sechs, sieben against Brazil in the World Cup semi , blimey !

Can't see a scorline like that tonight somehow.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 09, 2014, 10:59:05 AM »
Oh Yes, Thin Lizzy  8). Phil Lynott's vocals, lyrics, songwriting and bass playing really were something. Great band.

Just recieved...........

Olver Lieb - Inside Voices CD has been on absolutely constant play past two days. FAX ambient orientated with appropriate and excellent beats on several tracks. This release just oozes FAX, brilliant !!!!!!!!!

Bandcamp download should be available on 14th July.....

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Pink Floyd in Fall
« on: July 08, 2014, 02:54:26 AM »
Certainly looking forward to this Floyd project.

I have that Orb - Metallic Spheres album, hardly listened to it. Might stick it on today. Youth also worked in McCartney's "ambient" project ....The Fireman. I have the "Electric Arguments" album but again have hardly listened to it. From memory it was mainly vocal rock/pop but there were some ambient pieces on it. McCartney apparently into and interested in ambient !?

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Pink Floyd in Fall
« on: July 07, 2014, 04:42:18 AM »
This is very interesting indeed.

Dave Gilmour, one of my favourite musicians of all time, and Pink Floyd one of the best bands of all time.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 07, 2014, 03:57:44 AM »
Also checked out Stanislav Vdovin - Wake Me Up When It's Gone on anodize.

That is really superb. Will have to acquire same. Cheers again Chris for highlighting.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 07, 2014, 03:54:18 AM »
Just been checking out the bandcamp of Nemesis having seen it recommended elsewhere....

Tagged as "ambient electronica instrumental synthesizer Finland" I would say whilst there is some ambient on this album it leans more towards Berlin School and also with a couple of tracks more almost rock orientated synth.

It is however very good indeed. Thinking about getting the CD.

Now checking out Earth Orbit. Sounding very promising indeed. Notice this lad buys a lot of the same music on bandcamp as myself so that augurs well.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 04, 2014, 04:43:48 AM »
Will be checking Wintersilence and Anodize today then  :) ^^^^^^^^^^^

First on this morning was....

Encomiast - Laurentide. I got this on Amazon UK for 0.79 download. I have played it many, many times as the album slowly releases it's secrets. It is a dark, disturbing at times, but serene journey through an alien landscape, probably a frozen world, might even be would be a cool listen there  ;) I love this album, absolute bargain.

Now playing....
Lee Anthony Norris & Porya Hatami - The Longing Daylight yet again. What can I say except absolutely beautiful music yet again from Lee and Carpe Sonum. Porya is a musician based in Sanandaj, Iran !! Interesting that such ambient beauty can come from that area.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 01, 2014, 12:26:57 PM »
Glad you like that Chris, it really is a cracker. I think its on a par quality wise with Nachtplank- Echo Ark. Similar ambient magnificence.

My Carpe Sonum CD from Kudos has arrived.........

Lee Anthony Norris & Porya Hatami - The Longing Daylight. This is wonderful.

Everything and Nothing / Re: World Cup ?
« on: June 29, 2014, 11:08:47 AM »
Brazil v Chile. One of the best International Matches I have seen in a while. Entertaining, some good football and skills, tense, intense, exciting and won on a dramatic penalty shoot out. Terrible way to lose and go out.

Netherlands v Mexico. The Dutch win it with the last kick of the ball in the 90th + 4 minutes.  Not the best game, massively affected by the intense heat but dramatic stuff.

Knock out format is far more entertaining and intense than the group stages.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 28, 2014, 09:49:20 AM »
Checking out the bandcamp stream of...Mystified - Eschate Thule

Dark, disturbing, cold and very interesting......

Everything and Nothing / Re: World Cup ?
« on: June 28, 2014, 09:44:33 AM »
Hey Pete, aye  ;)

Would also say in relation to your points and Mike's;

1) I think the feigning injury tends to be more prevalent in some of the continental European and South American countries. Having said that it does certainly happen in UK football and diving is also prevalent with certain players. No time for cheats ! and cheating is what it is. Having said this over the years ( many) of attending games I have seen some horrendous injuries including two leg breaks and two completely dislocated knee caps, right round the other side of the leg  :-\ terrible to actually witness something like that at a game.

3) Some of the best games of football I have been at have been draws, including nil nil draws, end to end exciting football. I have also seen many complete and utter pants, boring draws  ;)

4) Re the boring midfield nature of certain matches. I reckon this depends on the style of play in certain countries again. Also heat/humidity/weather conditions etc. Most games in Scotland and England tend to be played at a fair pace with attacking football required by the fans. Also confess to having witnessed some totally s.hite games also  ;D

In respect of finance, I also have distinct distaste for some of the massively over-inflated salaries, debt levels of some clubs and the bad feeling there can be between clubs/supporters at times. But then again other sports can be like this I am sure.

PS  Fitba sounds much cooler  ;) ;)

Everything and Nothing / Re: World Cup ?
« on: June 27, 2014, 04:06:03 PM »
Just noticed this topic  :D

Congrats to the USA on getting out the group and into the knock out stages. Best performance for me so far has been the Netherlands absolutely thrashing Spain. Germany looking good and Belgium.

Bit of a European bias there, but hey ho  ;)

Close season in the football season here in the UK so massive withdrawal symptoms till August. The World Cup helps a wee bit though. Good luck to the US. Would be great to see fitba (ok ) continue to progress over the pond.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 27, 2014, 03:39:55 PM »
This Friday a quiet house......for once.

Rush - Vapour Trails - remastered and remixed - vinyl. Utterly Superb.

Boards Of Canada - Music Has The Right To Children - vinyl. Check those bass frequencies out !!


having been recommended on the FAX forum , currently checking out......

Martin Nonstatic - Back On Earth

Ambient dub. So far first two tracks are excellent indeed.

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