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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Korg MS20 remake
« on: January 24, 2013, 05:45:50 PM »
Remake of the analog version. Just a little smaller.

Looks like it will be a decent price.
Kinda fun to have.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Star's End :: year in review
« on: January 13, 2013, 06:20:20 PM »
Some interesting things in Chuck's year's end roundup.
Though it worth posting.  APK


* 2012 - Year in Review Part One *


Robert Schroeder - Esthetique - Esthetique (spheric)
Dan Pound - Life Stages - Cocoon (self-released)
Liquid Stranger - Cyra - Cryogenic Encounter (interchill)
Superpitcher - Jackson - Pop Ambient 2012 (kompakt)
Berlin Heritage - Spectral Enso - Land of the Rising Sun (spheric)
Mark Harris - Softly Lies Sleeping.In Slow Motion - An Idea of 
North/Learning to Walk (n5md)

Synk24 - Sequor - Comfortable Void (ultimae)
Marconi Union - Always Numb - Different Colours (just music)
Gentoo - Light - Light EP (simulacra)
Forrest Fang - Tailing Wind - Animism (projekt)
Bruno Sanfilippo - The Grey Umbrella - Urbs (hypnos)
Strom Noir - Poppy Seeds - Standing Out Against the Sea (dataObscura)
Seren Ffordd/Oophoi - Unremembered - The Martian Chonicles (hypnos)
Loren Nerell - Persistence of Dream Imagery - Slow Dream (projekt)
Caul - Oblivion and Holy Drunkenness - Let the Stars Assume the Whole 
of Night (hypnos)

Glenn Main - Floating.Outward Bound - Ripples (ad music)
loscil - Fifth Anchor Span - Sketches from New Brighton (kranky)
Parallel Worlds/Dave Bessell - Heterodyne - Morphogenic (DiN)
The American Dollar - Faces in the Haze - Ambient Three (yesh)
The Circular Ruins - Q.E.D. - The Birth of Tragedy (dataObscura)
Darshan Ambient - The Immense Window - Falling Light (lotuspike)
BT - Our Dark Garden - If the Stars Are Eternal
Mike Wall - Reflections - A Time for Healing (self-released)

Wave World - The Desert Riding the R'yad - Hieroglyphs (virtual factory)
JR Plankton - Regen - Neon (karaoke kalk)
Alio Die - Layer's of Faith - Deconsecrated and Pure (projekt)
Porn Sword Tobacco - Painting World War 3 - Lost in the Humming Air (oktaf)
Amalaise - Ancient Astronauts - Twinning Pools (slobor)
The Tangent Project - Signals in Between - Fuse (self-released)

Phillip Wilkerson - Among the Nebula - The Stars and Afterward (self-released)
Air - Moon Fever - Le Voyage Dans La Lune (emi)
Nunc Stans - This Forgotten Place - Peninsula (dataObscura)
Amongst Myselves - Greybox Shadow.Bay of Dreams Ambient Landscape and 
Space (self-released)
Sam Rosenthal - Rae - The Passage (projekt)
Pjusk - Granitt - Tele (glacial movements)
Cygna - Broken Dream of a Little Snail - Greenosophy (ultimae)
U Schnauss/M Peters - Underrated Silence - Underrated Silence (bureau)

STAR'S END  1-6AM SatNight/SunMorning  Playlist for 1 January 2012
88.5fmWXPN Philadelphia|99.7fmWXPH HarrisburgPA|90.5fmWKHS Worton/BaltimoreMD|
Host: Chuck van Zyl

On WINTER GARDENS (63'21") Anthony Paul Kerby and Robert Davies
achieve a tranquil and understated sonic poetry. Recording their
fourth CD together as The Winterhouse the duo goes deep into sound's
relationship with space. The result is marvelously direct. WINTER
GARDENS conjures snow, ice and frost and a sense of scale -
registering in both the brain and the gut. In a genre where there
still is room for intuition this music is not about how your ears hear
the tones but how your body reacts to its cold emanations. This album
has its own drifting rhythm - and it is easy to lose one's bearings in
the quiet force of its slow storm. More than just a self-swallowing
void WINTER GARDENS is comprised of six tracks across several sections
of slowly shifting drones. The seemingly static opening segments are
meant to turn the attention of the listener inward. Once safely
chilled the music becomes more harmonically active. Synthesized
strings create tension and release as crystalline tones tinkle and
twinkle in the hovering reverberation. Maybe there is an electric
organ sound, a stretched flute, or some kind of bell ringing through
an echo. There might be breathing or metal grinding, and possibly some
tape feedback. It is impossible to know. The sounds arise, combine,
change and melt away - slowly, as all things sub-zero must. When we
play this CD we may feel as if we are hearing something pure, but
maybe we are not supposed to be listening - too personal, too dark,
too cold.

Please tune in to STAR'S END this weekend (Dec 22) for new music from
The Winterhouse and their CD WINTER GARDENS

For more on WINTER GARDENS please access:


STAR'S END Solstice in Space

To mark the Winter Solstice, Christmas, Festivus and other regional
holidays... this weekend the 12.23.12 broadcast of STAR'S END will
present a Winter Soundscape edition. Please tune in for a true
Chillout session featuring our favorite Wintertime Spacemusic
classics, as well as some new additions to the ever-growing library of
cold weather, low Ambient temperature Music - including a traditional
carol turned electronic by synthesist Terry Furber, performing on his
restored vintage 1969 Moog 1P modular synthesizer.

Happy Holidays!


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STAR'S END broadcasts every Saturday night/Sunday morning
from 1am-6am (EST) on:

88.5fm WXPN Philadelphia, PA
88.7fm WXPH Middletown, York and Lancaster, PA
90.5fm Worton/Baltimore, MD
99.7fm Harrisburg, PA
104.9fm Lehigh Valley, PA
W285DH Whitehall, PA

and live on the web at

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Cloud Atlas
« on: November 26, 2012, 04:55:54 PM »
Anyone seen this from the Matrix guys?
It looks very good.

New release now available from DataObscura:


Arboreal spins a gossamer web of natural field recordings and delicate
synthesiser pads that will both entrance and transport the listener to a
secluded earthly sanctuary, a sonic Eden. Masterfully crafted, subtly detailed,
and serenely beautiful, this is ambient music at its very best.

Here is an excerpt from the title track:


Samples from all tracks are at the link below (in a convenient flash player and as regular mp3 files).

The album is available as a physical release or as a download :

Robert Davies - Arboreal @ DataObscura
Please do have a listen. It's a beauty.

Many thanks for checking it out.
Comments and questions always welcomed.


New release now available from DataObscura:

THE CIRCULAR RUINS :: The Birth Of Tragedy

The Birth Of Tragedy is a finely crafted and intimate album of sonic storytelling. 
The tracks flow like an enigmatic existential jigsaw, composing a broad introspective
tapestry of melancholic and harmonic visions. Expect lots of interesting details, moody
atmospheres, and subtle leads.

Performed by Anthony Paul Kerby (Canada).
My first solo release of 2012.

Here is an mp3 of the full 3rd track.
- Simple Truths

Samples from all 10 tracks are at the link below (in a convenient flash player or as regular mp3 files).

Available on disk or as a download :
The Birth Of Tragedy @ DataObscura
Please do have a listen.

Many thanks for checking it out.
Comments and questions always welcomed.


Independent Music Reviews / It's like ...
« on: June 11, 2012, 11:45:02 AM »
the battle of the reviewers in here !


For a month or two there is a 2hr podcast of tracks from various
DataObscura albums available for listening on soundcloud.
The collection is composed by neonlogic (StillStream).
Settle back and have a listen ... its an excellent collection.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / 10 from John @ Echoes
« on: May 11, 2012, 11:30:24 AM »
John Diliberto (Echoes) posted these to the Hyperreal group recently.
They are "some thoughts about electronic music".
I kinda liked them, and agree ... except perhaps with the last one.  ;)


1. Hitting the laptop space bar for play is not a live performance.

2. If youíre going for a cheesy sound, you canít go wrong with saxophone or trumpet patches.

3. Before you create that loop, just consider:  How many drone zone CDs do you think anybody really needs?

4. If you arenít a very good keyboard player, playing a piano or piano patch will only highlight your deficiencies.

5. Does a remix mean you always have to put a thudding dance beat on it?

6. A sample of a complete musical phrase is not your creation.

7. Unless youíre doing something really interesting on top, the same rhythm for 30 minutes is not trance-inducing.  Itís just boring.

8. You can modulate the key signature.

9. Itís okay to have some stage presence.

10. There is electronic music after 1978.


Very absorbing and intelligent history of the German post war avant-garde electronica movement.
Thanks to Robert Davies for pointing this documentary out.


New release now available from DataObscura:

THE WINTERHOUSE :: Winter Gardens

Winter Gardens is an intriguing set of wintery landscapes crafted with an underlying
blanket of sonic beauty, a flurry of ambient details, and an icy delicacy. Expect something
a little more experimental than their previous outings ... but every bit as magical.

Performed by Anthony Paul Kerby (canada) and Robert Davies (usa) using a variety of
synthesisers, with occasional field recordings. Final compositions and mastering by APK.

This is the fourth Winterhouse release.

Here is an mp3 of the opening track.
- Winter Hymn

Samples from all tracks are at the link below (in a convenient player).

Available on disk or as a download :
The Winterhouse @ DataObscura

Many thanks for checking it out.
Comments and questions welcomed.


New release now available from DataObscura:

STROM NOIR :: Standing Out Against the Sea

On his first DataObscura release, Strom Noir (Emil Maťko) from Slovakia delivers
a collection of mesmerizing transmuted guitar textures and noise drones that
show a keen persistence of vision, with dark tensions that draw the listener
into all-encompassing sonic depths.

Emil has previously recorded on such labels as Hibernate, U-Cover,
and Resting Bell.

Here is an mp3 of the opening track. Its fairly mellow compared to what follows.
- Poppy Seeds

Samples from all tracks are at the link below (in a convenient player).

Available on disk or as a download :
Strom Noir @ DataObscura

Thanks for checking it out.
Comments and questions welcomed.


New release now available from DataObscura:


ROBERT DAVIES :: The Alchemy of Nature

Composed over the latter half of 2011, this new ambient collection from Robert Davies
further solidifies his name as a leading light in pastoral ambient. These six tracks seem
to meld into a sustained aural treatise, revealing a more intimate, veiled, and perhaps
mystical side of nature. Both relaxing, immersive, and exquisite, this is a work to nestle
down with and simply let it work its magic.

Here is a long excerpt from the opening track:
- Intrinsic Essence

Samples from all tracks are at the link below (in a convenient player).

Available on disk or as a download :
The Alchemy of Nature @ DataObscura

Thanks for checking it out.
Comments and questions welcomed.


Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Out now : NUNC STANS - Peninsula
« on: December 02, 2011, 06:45:59 AM »
New release now available from DataObscura:


NUNC STANS :: Peninsula

A new collection of beautifully sculpted aural landscapes inspired by
isolated coastlines and their desolate but curiously intimate vistas and

Expect a contemporary flowing northern drone-based ambient style,
but of course with a host of subtle melodic lines and other interesting

Here are MP3 samples from all tracks :

- Peninsula
- November Rain
- We Must Leave
- Fathoms
- The Sea Becomes Still
- The Clarity of Darkness
- When The Sea Burns
- This Forgotten Place

Samples are also at the link below (in a convenient player).

Available on disk or as a download :
NUNC STANS: Peninsula -- at DataObscura

There is a full track on the DataObscura Radio page: HERE

Thanks for checking it out.
Comments and questions welcomed.


Everything and Nothing / Phones Recording Everything You Do !!!!
« on: November 30, 2011, 01:57:55 PM »
Just read this on Gizmodo about Android Phones:

Scary invasive privacy issues, and probably on a lot more than just Android phones :o
Worth a quick look.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / new Max Richter
« on: October 27, 2011, 08:28:17 AM »

Muisic for the film Perfect Sense.
The page has an itunes link for samples.
Sounds good ... as usual.


Tomas Weiss & Anthony Paul Kerby :: Appearances

Appearances by Tomas Weiss and Anthony Paul Kerby is their second collaborative
composition, building upon the solid foundations of Distant Shadows from Spring 2011.
This new work forms an uninterrupted story of images and visions varying from bright
expansive spaces to mysterious dark grounds, wind-swept caverns, and pools of pure
emotional depth. Appearances is an immersive, expressive ambient release that is
both lush and timeless, and will certainly reward enthusiasts of deep listening.

Available on CD from el culto in Germany :

Now also in a download version from DataObscura :

Both links will take you to many track samples.

Thanks for checking it out.


New release now available from DataObscura:


The Circular Ruins :: We Leave Everything Behind

Composed over the first half of 2011 these 12 compositions are very much a response
to the nostalgia and loss of passing time. Lives that were waiting for us in the future,
all too soon fall away behind us ... beyond our vision, beyond our memory, beyond
retrieval.  We Leave Everything Behind is a unique and mesmerizing tapestry of sound
that contains all the sonic drama and poetic delicacy we have come to expect from
The Circular Ruins.

Here are MP3 samples from 8 of the 12 tracks :

- Introduction
- Seance
- The Things We Cannot Do
- We Leave Everything Behind
- Lost Time part 3
- Perpetuum Mobile
- Reunited
- Dust of the River
- Lost Time part 4

Samples are also at the link below (in a convenient player).

Available on disk or as a download :
TCR: We Leave Everything Behind, at DataObscura

Thanks for checking it out.
Comments and questions welcomed.


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