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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.

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.

Hi there,

Just finding my way around Hypnos here  :) Is the download shop up and running as I can't find a link or indication ? Downloads would be a good option for the likes of myself as postal costs from the US to UK really add a fair bit of additional expense.

Also can I ask what the bit rate for MP3 will be ?

I have just checked out the samples there on your weekly sale item, John Duval - Hells Canyon , very interesting. Will be keeping an eye on Hypnos label etc from now on  :)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 11, 2014, 04:17:48 PM »
It's up on Bandcamp already. Listened to one of the tracks on it and it's great. Might buy it too.

Gulp. Grant me the power to resist the temptation to buy the digital version before the physical CD arrives!

I have not really checked out Alio Die properly, which is surprising tbh.

Is this the new album ?;

Not really keen on vocals usually on ambient pieces but have to say this is very, very good indeed.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 10, 2014, 04:59:53 AM »
Just noticed the Ishqmatics - Spacebound album is now on bandcamp. I missed out on the CD so downloaded and third listen now.

Absolutely superb space ambient music. Straight into my best of 2013 albums at about number 4  ;) 8)

Give it a listen, it's worth it  :)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 06, 2014, 04:56:35 AM »
They are both great tracks.

Spheruleus - Voyage

Excellent electro-acoustic ambient that serves as a soundtrack of sorts for a doomed nautical voyage.


Checked that out. Nice album, like the concept also.

Currently playing;

The Angling Loser - Silent Authors Of Texture, remixes of the Author Of the Twighlight album, by assorted colleagues of Lee Anthony Norris. Like a completely different album altogether. Equally magnificent !! I really like this music  ;) 8)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 04, 2014, 12:36:03 PM »
Just checked these two tracks ............................great stuff to chill to  8)

4) The Sunken Land 19.55m
6) Daily Catachresis 4.46m

It's like track 6) is an extension of the sunken land but in a different key with subtle differences in the melodic structure. Also has different background sounds going on. Interesting comparison though and can definitely see where you are coming from there.

Interesting  ;) :D

I have always used itunes, since I obtained my first ipod in about 2007.

Once you get used to its idiosyncracies and issues it is very good I have found. I am happy enough with the sound quality and love the compatibility with all my ipods and the itunes store.

I have very briefly tried various other mediaplayers and found them to be complete and utter pants ;) so itunes it is for me.

I have recently tended to play a lot of music direct from the PC when working, browsing etc and have found it to be so convenient. Quite a good quality set of speakers/subwoofer (Cambridge audio) helps with that enjoyment. However................. Santa brought me a new pair of Mission speaker stands and speakers which I have direct wired from my main hifi into my adjacent office/lounge/man room and so it will now be mainly CDs/vinyl/and downloads through the main hifi  8)

Still like itunes though  :D

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 04, 2014, 11:59:38 AM »
NP Moss Garden -  In the Silence of the Subconscious, just ordered from Carpe Sonum and listening to the download..........FANTASTIC  8)

I'm streaming this now and like it. The sixth track is virtually identical to "The Sunken Land" from Norris's Datura Notes release as The Ashes of Piemonte, however. Weird.

Really ? Never noticed that, will check, both are excellent albums.

Currently streaming and checking out........ Celer | Climbing Formation, very nice ambient indeed.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best of 2013
« on: January 04, 2014, 08:04:11 AM »
BOARDS OF CANADA--Tomorrow's Harvest.  Absolutely brilliant album!!!  Adding this to my list.

Bought this on vinyl with a free download. Still haven't listened to this enough to do its quality justice. It is a great chunk of BOC which has been long awaited.

Will have to wait and get "spacebound" on download as massive music spend overload has been reached............well almost  ;)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 04, 2014, 08:00:21 AM »
Gert Emmens and Ruud Heij - The Sculpture Garden

Material Object and Phonaut - Indiana Drones ........ the album due to be released on FAX but Pete passed on  :(. Extensive ambient soundscapes, a real grower this album.

NP Moss Garden -  In the Silence of the Subconscious, just ordered from Carpe Sonum and listening to the download..........FANTASTIC  8)

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