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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 26, 2014, 09:24:42 AM »
Listening to the samples on Bandcamp, thirdsystem. You're right: beautiful.


Off Land - Tidewater Pulse is one of my most played albums in the last few months, glad you liked it. I see the lad has a separate bandcamp page for other stuff..............

http://offland.bandcamp.com/

I have checked the Voyage/Home album..........on my bandcamp urgent list  ;)

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 26, 2014, 09:20:30 AM »
Al Gromer Khan & Klaus Wiese - The Alchemy of Happiness

I've returned to this album after a long break and have to say I appreciate it more than ever! A real gem, full of warm and open feelings.

Beautiful album indeed, thanks for mentioning.

Recently playing: Two exceptionally well priced digital releases on Bandcamp:

Araf˙ra - HUMORES I - IV
Ethereal ambient with strings and some experimental touches. This is excellent. So excellent.
https://arafura.bandcamp.com/album/humores-i-iv


Wow, as you say Chris, excellent, will have to get this !! :)

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 23, 2014, 11:52:11 AM »
Some interesting stuff to check out on the three posts above, cheers.

Currently listening to;

Off Land - Tidewater Pulse, beautiful haunting, drifting ambient. Especially effective for extremely late night listening, but also effective at the current hour ie 1850 hours  ;)

One of my top ten releases of 2013.........http://psychonavigation.bandcamp.com/album/off-land-tidewater-pulse

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 17, 2014, 01:49:55 PM »
Exit in Grey - Shadow... on bandcamp so will give that a listen. That is beautiful artwork on the Distant Shadows release.........will have to check this out  :), also need to find out about Zoviet France.  So cheers for the tips.

Currently playing this.........



Robert Rich - Morpholgy on Anodize. Fantastic  8)

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Cell - Live at Kumharas is superb.

As is the studio one on Ultimae, hope he releases another soon.




Also have a few of the Din download albums, very good music indeed.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: February 14, 2014, 01:24:24 PM »
Just finished "Sand" by Hugh Howley.  Similarly to how he released "Wool", "Sand" was published as a serial with all the books being collected in the omnibus edition. 
...
 Highly recommended, as is his Wool Omnibus.


Thanks for this, Dave. I've heard good things about Wool, and though Howley is a polarizing figure in the publishing world at times, I've heard Wool is a good read. Sand sounds even more interesting to me, based on your review.

Read the first two Wool and Shift, excellent writing and story. The third one Dust is about to be released in paperback here so can't wait to read how this all ends !!!

That "Sand" sounds great, will check that out also, cheers.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 12, 2014, 12:43:53 PM »
Mick Chillage - Saudade
Thanks for the head's up, thirdsystem. Loving this. Synth-driven ambient from Carpe Sonum.

Glad you like it Chris, getting plenty plays here, beautiful album.


Two new ones this week, on constant play ;

After much patient waiting  ;) for the CD to be in stock at Kudos, UK, received my Thomas P Heckman - The Lost Tales III. Former FAX artist. Some ambient tunes but a good mixture of beats and melodies also. Very nice. Stunning artwork.......



http://carpesonum.bandcamp.com/album/the-lost-tales-vol-iii


And another former FAX man ; Lorenzo Montana - Leema Hactus. Again some ambient but more beat and melody orientated electronica. Excellent. Another beautiful album cover......



http://psychonavigation.bandcamp.com/album/lorenzo-montan-leema-hactus

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 07, 2014, 01:14:35 PM »
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.

That's some nice stuff! Thanks for making note of it; I hadn't heard that before.


Cheers. Likewise had not heard his music. Very impressed.




My favorite of his is "IBM 401, A User's Manual," which has an interesting backstory.


I have seen this recommended elsewhere also. Will check it out, thanks.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 06, 2014, 01:27:13 PM »

Steve Stoll: Praxis.  Very nice ambient from this famous techno producer.


Interesting album that from Steve Stoll. A fitting tribute to Daphne Oram and the electronic pioneers. I like it.

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Heres a little video on the Bunnahbhain 18...sounds closer to what you describe Thirdsystem

18YR OLD.mp4



That sounds exactly like my dram Julio. Also can tell by the colour that has been in sherry wood.

Funnily enough it must be over 5 years since I scoofed that bottle of 12 year old, which tends to suggest the current 18year old Bunnahabhain is bottled from a similar quality of high class sherry oak. I will therefore have to check out the 18yo  ;D 8)

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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.
https://carpesonum.bandcamp.com/album/saudade

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.


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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.

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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


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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.

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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.

https://carpesonum.bandcamp.com/album/saudade

Utterly gorgeous ambient magnificence  8)

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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  :)

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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  :'( :(.

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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.

NP
 

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

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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...



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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.

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