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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 07, 2014, 08:05:24 AM »
Just been checking out John Serrie - Daystar on spotify.

Very nice space ambient album indeed. Don't know what his other stuff is like but this one is very good indeed.

PS There are an additional 25 copies of Ishqamatics - Waterbound been made available on ...txt due to demand, if anyone is interested. They will disappear quickly I suspect.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Any Genesis fans?
« on: August 07, 2014, 07:58:17 AM »
Genesis  8)

Seconds Out  is one of the greatest albums of all time imho. Magnificent. Wonderful album cover.

I like all the earlier Gabriel ones but studio wise I would say "Lamb Lies Down" is an amazing work. Post Gabriel "A Trick Of The Tale" and "Then There Were Three" are my favourite albums, possibly of all Genesis releases. Duke is pretty good but I found anything after that a bit disappointing and those "Live The Way We Walk" albums are utter pish and an affront to ones aural cavities  :(

Peter Gabriel, for me, is probably the best vocalist that has sung a song.

Everything and Nothing / Re: TunesCore Payments for Spotify Streams
« on: August 06, 2014, 04:47:59 AM »
In respect of Spotify....

As a user, I have found it to be excellent. I have been amazed at the amount of ambient, electronic, prog rock and music for my tastes that are on there. I though it would be more for the younger generation and thus full of utter pish music  ;) This is not the case.

I use it to stream on the higher quality setting which I believe is 256kbs , might be 320, and the quality is not too bad at all. Whether over the PC and cambridge PC speakers or through my ipod into the main hifi.

Whilst it would appear income from plays may be on the low side I have found myself buying several CDs and downloads as a result of researching on Spotify. So perhaps that should also be considered, ie a way to showcase ones music also generating sales. Off course there is no way to quantify that.

Personally I think Spotify is superb.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 06, 2014, 04:36:57 AM »
Started working through Dave's recommendations above....

Imprints - Data Trails.... very interesting, the last track in particular, The Sea and Electricity, is superb. Beautiful melody and chord progression.

I only recently got into Steve's music thanks to the 30 years Structures From Silence release, so there is much to still discover.

I am listening to The Magnificent Void which is on spotify , deep dark and magnificent !!

Unfortunately Mystic Chords and Sacred Spaces is not on Spotify, so it sounds as if it is one to order urgently, thanks for the tip.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 05, 2014, 11:35:14 AM »
Experiments in Silence- Hidden Harmonic have played this one so many times since receiving it from...txt. One of my favourite ambient albums.

Meant to post on here when I pre-ordered the new Ishqamatics - Waterbound album from ...txt. It is apparently sold out already !

In this vein, I missed out on Reverbrant Evenings mentioned by Drone on above but I see it is available on bandcamp. Also missed out on the Ishqamatics Spacebound CD but got the download. Looks like you have to be quick and on the ball with ...txt if you want a physical copy.

Re the Moufang - Silent Orbiter, I am still having to work at that one. I find that bouncing/ rolling about marble type noise irritating. Bit of a strange album but I will persevere with it, might be better in the winter weather for atmosphere.

And finally Die Welt ist Klang..............I just love the whole thing. Magnificent tribute to Pete. It will be one I will return to for years and I am also still finding my way round this massive work.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Any other photography people out there ?
« on: August 02, 2014, 03:39:25 AM »
Indeed. Those Iceland shots are absolutely stunning.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: USB albums
« on: August 02, 2014, 03:37:27 AM »
I was tempted by the recent Nachtplank usb release. There were a couple of albums on that which I do not have. However resisted. I see there is an Ashes of Piemonte usb release on ..txt available now.

Think I will just stick to CD and downloads.

Probably about 30 ($50 US) per month on CDs. However if important stuff, from TD or Carpe Sonum or ...txt for instance, is released than that budget goes out the window. Downloads tend to be as and when required  ;) on top of that, from itunes, bandcamp and amazon in the main.

I am also much more selective when purchasing physical media now. Have to be as storage and display  :) can be a problem in the family home. Must try to buy less, especially vinyl, and also move more to downloads.

Ambient music will be my main priority from now on in respect of CDs, with only Yes and TD being important otherwise probably.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 30, 2014, 02:10:26 PM »
Checking out on Spotify.............

Robert Rich - Calling Down The Sky, Echo Of Small Things and Electric Ladder Very nice indeed. Away to put in an order for Nest and one of these discs.


Steve Roach - The Desert Collection, Vol 1 CD. Really loving this desert ambient. Superb collection. Nice artwork also.

Just received my discs from Steve. Beautiful album indeed, several listens pending between this and the Desert Collection which is equally superb.

Will be in Steve Roach mode for a good while methinks  8)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Any other photography people out there ?
« on: July 30, 2014, 02:00:13 PM »
Nice photos Pete.

I am thinking about getting back into photography. Used to have my own darkroom set up etc when I was a young lad........... then sold my Nikon and all my lenses  :( to buy another guitar. Just been using my iphone and ipod touch for pictures. Not quite the same.

Trees especially silhouettes and landscapes were my thing. Like your tree pictures very much and your doggie ! Just had to put my 15year old cross colly/lab  Brodie to sleep this after a very sudden deterioration this week. Gutted  :'(.

Will have to do some research on a reasonably priced digi SLR camera and get back into this.

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.

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