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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 06, 2014, 01:10:23 PM »
Today's listening;

Mick Chillage - Saudade. Beautiful, stunning ambient release from Carpe Sonum.

Kammarheit - The Starwheel (also cheers to Phobos  ;))

Johann Johannsson - Fordlandia. New discovery for me on spotify. Utterly beautiful music. In fact I am gobsmacked at the beauty of this. Hints of Baroque, beautiful haunting melodies, gorgeous.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 28, 2014, 05:47:25 AM »
New purchases;

The Circular Ruins - Birth Of Tragedy. One listen so far , fantastic.

Just received the ....txt  release of Move D - The Silent Orbiter. Dave Moufang's tribute to Pete Namlook. Lovely words inside from Dave and a deep space ambient release that I am sure Pete would love.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 28, 2014, 05:42:49 AM »
Rush have been with me since I was a 13 year old lad. Have all the studio albums. First purchase though was the live All The Worlds A Stage  8)

Subdivisions is wonderful. Recently bought it on 7" vinyl  ;D

Hey Julio, that is very disappointing about the Bunnahbhain. That is why I stated I hoped they were still bottling from the same wood source as the one I enjoyed. Clearly not. This can be one of the issues with single malts in particular, particularly low volume bottlings, where the variance in the wooden cask can change the entire quality and overall experience of the dram. The Bunnahabain I consumed  ;D was utterly beautiful. More like an 18 year old, rounded, dripping with mature sherry overtones with a hint of peat. One of the best drams ever. It was going to be my next purchase but I will research further on that first.

Interestingly I was out on Burns night on Saturday there and saw they had Bunnahabain on their Whisky Shelf in the Pub. Was very tempted but stuck to pints of Tennants Ice Cold Lager  :o.

In a previous life I worked in the Whisky blending industry as a blender and quality controller. Paid for drinking whisky  ;D although as I am sure you know it is all done on the nose  ;).

Glad you liked the Auchentoshan, always fancied a bottle.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 27, 2014, 01:16:32 PM »
First listen to Mick Chillage - Saudade.

Got the download initially from bandcamp whilst waiting for the Carpe Sonum CD to be in stock at Kudos.

Utterly gorgeous ambient magnificence  8)

Thanks for your nice post Julio. It is great to hear from other whisky lads as enthusiastic as myself on this magnificent alcoholic nectar  ;D

I see Auchentoshan was mentioned earlier in this thread. Now that is a very interesting one. What would be described as a light, lowland malt. It is triple distilled. I have been in the still house. We are talking magnificent here.....

This was a constituent part of one of the whisky blends I used to work on. I always liked the nose, and the taste  ;), on it. Sweet, light, delicate but refreshing. Have not tasted it for about 25 years. Will have to put that right  :)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 23, 2014, 06:11:17 AM »
Ahhhh, Elektronik II.  Think this was Peter's last really good release on fax.  Inspired music.

The Cartesian I-III tracks really are superb elektronik FAX music  8) The fourth track "Planular" is a bit of a challenge I find. Quite dark and disturbing. Interesting though.

Last FAX release I bought direct from Pete was Labyrinth V from the superb series with Lorenzo Montana. I was then waiting on delivery of the then new Autumn Of Communion. Wondering why it was taking so long which was highly unusual. Emailed Pete to see if all was okay only to learn later that day he had passed on a few days previousy. Devastated, even now over a year on I still get upset listening to his music  :'( :(.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 23, 2014, 06:03:18 AM »
The Circular Ruins and Mystified - Fantastic Journey..........this, along with Moss Garden - In The Silence Of The Subconscious, has been on constant play since I discovered same last week. Both really are stunning ambient works.


Harold Budd - Avalon Sutra. For some reason I have not played this very often at all. Looking forward to hearing it again. Love the album cover.

I will thereafter be checking out the music in all the posts above  :D

If you go for the Bunnahabhain 12 Julio I really hope you get a similar sherry oak matured dram. I scoofed that bottle about 4 years ago, so hopefully they have still been bottling from a similar quality of wood.

Definite strong hints of peatyness still but in a more restrained, rounded, gentle nature when compared with other Islays.

Amazing you mention Glendronach. Many, many years ago ( in fact in a different life it seems  ;)) I had a two week work attachment there and at it's sister distillery at the time Ardmore.

Picturesque wee distillery in the Aberdeenshire Hills...

Now Playing / Re: Too much music?
« on: January 22, 2014, 07:05:58 AM »
I really should slow down on the music purchases. Storage has been becoming an issue for all my Cds, vinyl and cassettes  :o. I still have all my stuff from my teenage years onwards. Can't bring myself to get rid of all the old rock, metal and more mainstream stuff even.

I once sold my entire vinyl collection when CDs came out  :'( Spent the last 15/20 years trying to buy it all back. All for the sake of buying about 5 new CDs at the time. Deeply regretted that massive mistake.

Downloads, especially itunes and bandcamp, have been a great thing for me. Perhaps too convenient. However as stated I really have to slow down on this. I have too much, no doubt about it. However I also feel it is very important to support artists and labels, especially in the ambient and electronic field, and thus it is a difficult task.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 22, 2014, 06:50:08 AM »
Hmmmm, don't know if I'd call "Russian Spring" a FAX classic, as it's one of the more obscure projects, which didn't get a whole lot of press.  Nonetheless, it's a good album to chill out to.   8)

Should have stated "for me" it is a real classic FAX ambient release. Would agree it is not, in the grand scheme of things, a FAX classic, and may be obscure, but hey I love it man  ;) 8)

Current play - Namlook/Material Object - Elektronik II. Class.

What a great topic.

Ahh...................Talisker.............made on the western side of Skye, nectar of the gods  8) . Not too peaty but with sufficient to hint at its Island origin.

One of my favourite Islay malts......Bunnahabhain (pronounced Buna-hah-ven)

Last time I bought this islay malt it had been matured in sherry casks. One of the most beautiful whiskys I have ever consumed. Stunning.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 20, 2014, 03:23:30 PM »
Pete Namlook and New Composers - Russian Spring.

Good mix of ambient styles on this one. Wee bit of guitar and bass occasionally with some nice melodic hints throughout. Atmospheric and beautiful.

A real classic FAX ambient release

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: January 20, 2014, 03:20:31 PM »

Half way through this...........Terry Pratchet/Stephen Baxter - The Long Earth.

Interesting tale about parallel Earths.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Oblivion - 2013
« on: January 20, 2014, 03:15:07 PM »
Really need to see Oblivion, Gravity and, as a result of this topic, Europa Report, which I was unaware of.

Moon.......... fantastic film as is District 9. Also check out Sunshine if you haven't yet  8).

Recently enjoyed the Blade Runner Blu Ray ( many years since viewed ) and also "2010 The Year We Made Contact" which I was quite surprised was not too bad at all considering the quality of the original masterpiece 2001.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 18, 2014, 09:30:51 AM »

"thirdsystem", not sure if you are aware, but Circular on Ultimae is a different project, from Norway, (featuring one member of Pjusk), it has nothing to do with German Circular project of Johannes Riedel, who is the guy behind "Radiating Perpetual Light". For full discographies, go to Discogs, Norwegian Circular is listed as Circular, while the German Circular can be found under Circular (2):


Aha, cheers for clarifying, thought there was a fair difference in the musical style. Great music on both.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 17, 2014, 04:38:35 PM »

Circular - Radiating Perpetual Light.
Beautiful Dark Ambient

On Spotify checking this right now. What a brilliant album this is. Always been meaning to get Circular - Substans on Ultimae but will have to get this first. On the urgent list.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 15, 2014, 05:10:45 AM »
Aglaia - Hymns
This is a pretty cool release, but out of sync with the typical Aglaia vibe. Throughout each track there is a highly processed voice submerged in the mix. I can't understand what it is saying (if it is saying anything in particular), but it has a spooky, robotic quality to it. That voice, combined with the more typical Aglaia synth work, gives this album a really unique sound--something that is both alien and yet strangely familiar. I imagine this is what hymns may sound like if they were performed by humanoid insects on another planet.


This description alone means I will HAVE to check this one out  ;D

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 15, 2014, 05:08:35 AM »
Thirdsystem: I recently put a full set of samples up for Revelation:

Nice, like it. Any plans for a download on that one ?

Just checked The Winterhouse - Gathering Autumn also, excellent. But first purchase is going to be......The Circular Ruins and Mystified: Fantastic Journey  8) Great concept, excellent album cover, amazing music ! and one of the best reviews I've read in a long time  ;D

Nice looking and very interesting site there.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 14, 2014, 01:25:04 PM »
Nachtplank - Second Sacraments Council

Really deep ambient with a hint of ancient cathedral like voices......... Perfect for reading the final few pages of the novel - Iron Winter - Stephen Baxter.

Now checking out ; Anthony Paul Kerby & Tomas Weiss - Revelation on utube and Stormloop on bandcamp. The Oophoi and Radigue also on the check out list.

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