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Everything and Nothing / Downloading Music and Rights
« on: April 19, 2009, 12:51:09 PM »
MOVED from the Steve Roach new release thread.

Immersion said:
This is an philosophical debate, I respect your opinion I hope you respect mine. Even though we live in an capitalistic market economy I think, no music holds an financial value, I do not agree with the thought that you must "pay" to hear music. It might have been so in the past when labels did not gives any other choice,  but now and in the future the music will flow free thanks to internet and file sharing, and I see this a good thing to let culture and information flow free.

I have no interest to protect Hollywood or the MTV top 100 mass produced crap industry. I only care about independent music which is not made to gain financial profit but only inner satisfaction and pleasure. We live in an time where almost every person can create music, build their own home studio and record music, you no longer need expensive studios to record music. Anyway, I have no respect for artists who "demand" money in return to listen to their music, it is something very wrong about that.

Maybe you are unaware, but the cd format and physical music media is dying a slow death. In future, we will need no labels or middle hands...who steals the artists income... And remember, the cd sale has always been a very little part of the income for artists, since the labels take everything, unless you have your own label of course... you get the most of the income by doing live shows and sell shirts etc

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Sandboxie
« on: April 01, 2009, 02:00:28 PM »
Immersion mentioning Sandboxie on John's imac thread reminded me to post something here about it.

For those who don't know the program, its a super useful (and simple to use) program for avoiding malware/spyware and viruses. I've been using for quite some time.

If you are from a programing background you will know that a sandbox is where you do trials of your web software ... you run your software in a simulated, "sandbox", web environment AS IF you were on the real web and see if it performs as expected. Sandboxie does this with any Windows program you might want to run.

So, for example, instead of cruising the web with Firefox (or whatever web browser you use) and letting web sites put whatever junk they want on your computer, you run Firefox in Sandboxie, and Sandboxie restricts Firefox to a section of memory that simulates Windows. If ANYTHING is written to memory/hard disk it is actually only written to a fake Windows system in a controlled Sandboxie enviroment. Then when you exit Firefox, that memory area is wiped clean by Sandboxie. Thus protecting your computer from junk. It's very effective ... and, in my mind, way better than using any anti-virus-malware program.

Its free, but registration gets rid of the nag screen. Its well worth it if you are on Windows.

It is, of course, also good for hiding any web-trails you might otherwise leave in your illicit browsing  ;)
And for running programs you know have a virus, but simply have to run anyway (some of you will know what I mean).

And if you are downloading something (like mp3 files) that you really want, you can tell it to actually save them (outside the sandbox) on your desktop.

Its one of the rare REALLY useful programs of the Windows computer world.



Now Playing / HELP: name this artist
« on: March 16, 2009, 01:51:11 PM »
Alan L. and I are stumped on who these tracks are by.
We need YOUR help. They have titles, but searches have
turned nothing up. They are also fine bits of guitarish (so
it would appear) ambient. Here are 2 mp3 tracks to listen to:

lost in the details.mp3

Any ideas ?


Now available:

Nunc Stans: Meridian
Nunc Stans has always been inspired by far northern landscapes and the subjective states
that accompany or are induced by them. Much of this collection is a sonic analog of those
landscapes ....... drawn in sound across the silence.

A sublime journey through expansive soundworlds, rich with detail, immersive atmospheres,
and an underlying grandeur.

tracks & mp3 samples:
(samples are worth a thousand words, please have a listen)

- Meridian
- Where The Figures Were Drawn
- Departure Arrival
- Svalbard
- Nothing But The Sky
- We Do Not Know
- Excursion
- The Promise Of Return
- Watery Grave
- True North

Available as either CD or a Download encoded at 256kbs : DataObscura
Buy the album and you can have a free instant download if you email me or put a note in the order.

A full track can be heard on the Radio page --  Here

Many thanks.


(thought I'd copy the earlier post down to this area where it is probably more useful)

Available now as a FREE download:

The Circular Ruins: Retrospective 2009

The perfect introduction to the Circular Ruins sound - a full 75 minute
sampler album of TCR tracks selected from various albums by the artist.
Encoded as quality 256kbs MP3.

Available on the Dataobscura Free Stuff page :
Or you can download it right now :


Other Ambient (and related) Music / THE CIRCULAR RUINS: Retrospective 2009
« on: February 13, 2009, 09:33:43 AM »
Available now as a FREE download:

The Circular Ruins: Retrospective 2009
The perfect introduction to the Circular Ruins sound - a full 75 minute
sampler album of TCR tracks selected from various albums by the artist.
Encoded as quality 256kbs MP3.

Available on the Dataobscura Free Stuff page :
Or you can download it right now :



A note from Chuck at Star's End.
Good of him to be interested in this release by myself and Entia Non.
I thinks it one of the very best in the DataObscura catalog.


The CD FILAMENTS (55'35") by Description Without Place
presents seven ambient stopovers - each inviting the listener
into its own unique atmosphere. With this work Anthony Paul
Kirby and James McDougal demonstrate the capability to
re-create, on an aural plane, the imaginings of the mind. The soft
tones and cloudy languor of these sound designs give the
impression of a deeper, unspoken meaning. Each piece
conveys a sense of environment - perhaps fog shrouded, frost
covered or, bathed in moonlight. The range of moods dispensed
by this album will engage the listener or, for those asleep and
dreaming, bestow the feeling of slowly moving between
amorphous territories. By combining digital clicks and grit with
synthesizer tones, reverberant piano and altered nature
recordings Kirby and McDougal realize a variety of soundworlds
that unfold over time. Indistinct rumbling beneath sparse
electrical snaps are a curious companion to the lovely ethereal
pads that materialize amidst layers of subliminal effects. The
bleak beauty and submerged perspective of FILAMENTS makes
for a penetrating experience. The soundfield it manages to
realize is so much bigger that what we can see.

Tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for music from FILAMENTS
by the duo Description Without Place

For more on FILAMENTS, please access:

Chuck van Zyl
Host of STAR'S END Ambient Radio

Everything and Nothing / LOST - new season starts today, 21 Jan.
« on: January 21, 2009, 02:12:23 PM »
Looking forward to it.  8)


Everything and Nothing / Eno on singing
« on: January 07, 2009, 02:22:11 PM »

Singing --- "The key To A Long Life"


Everything and Nothing / Now Watching
« on: December 30, 2008, 05:32:53 PM »
Thought I'd start a thread for films and related things people are enjoying
and might want to mention. Think of it like the Now Playing or Now Reading threads.

A brand new 5 minute unreleased track.
Much more in the early TCR style than my recent releases ... rhythmic, serious leads, berlin feel, its lively and it must be played up loud  :)

The Kingdom

(on windows, right click, save link as)
(or just click it and listen)

A little xmas treat.



Now available:

The Circular Ruins: Before The Colors Deepened
The music of Before The Colors Deepened drifts between a deep, expansive, and sometimes
ominous-sounding, experimental spacemusic, and a more tender, often melancholic, classical
style of slowly developing melodic structures and subtle layering. The result is a complex and
imaginative series of immersive soundworlds that reward attentive listening, and that will take
you on a journey only hinted at in the individual track titles.

tracks & mp3 samples:

- Before the Colors Deepened
- Nothing Has Changed
- Listening To The World - 1
- Time Dilation
- Quiet Sun
- Metaphysical Incident
- To Receive Her Shadow
- Listening To The World - 2
- And If There Is No End
- Stratosphere
- No Longer Here

Available as either CD or Download encoded at 256kbs : DataObscura
Buy the album and you can have a free download.

A full track can be heard on the Radio page --  Here



Other Ambient (and related) Music / DataObscura - News
« on: December 09, 2008, 06:06:10 PM »
I'd like to mention a few of quick things.

1 - Lots of fascinating Dataobscura/Blue Oasis releases are now available in the
Hypnos store, including the new Winterhouse, Entia Non, Description Without Place,
and Robert Davies releases.

2 - If you are in Europe, Databloem has all of the newer Dataobscura releases available.

3 - At dataobscura there is a load of samples to listen to, and a Radio page with many full tracks. Well worth a listen.

4 - Upcoming release, late December: 
The Circular Ruins: Before The Colors Deepened
Bit of info about that HERE. Samples soon.

Many thanks.

Now available:

Entia Non: Updrafts
On Updrafts, Australian sound artist James McDougall serves up another gorgeous
helping of scrambled field recordings, reconstructions, brittle textures, warm mechanisms,
environmental rumblings, and a host of minute sonic abstractions and abrasions. The aural
canvas is a rich shimmering, and sometimes skittering, collage of our human sound-world.
Ripe with details, subtle developments, and underlying ambience, but flowing down
unforseen channels like a stream-of-consciousness narrative.

Microtonal and minimal, yet often lush and so very human, Updrafts is a welling up of the
sonic world surrounding us every day. It is a testament to a world heard ... but not heard.

An admirable follow-up release to the earlier Fold.

tracks & samples:

- still
- with Paucity
- vmr 81 seaway tower
- endemically speaking
- in all things divided
- cast

Available as either CD or Download encoded at 256kbs : DataObscura

A full track can be heard on the Radio page --  Here



Now available from DataObscura:

Robert Davies: Geography of Memory
There is a thread running through all of Davies' work, it can perhaps best be
named phantasy. Song titles signify these very visual, phantastic worlds, and the
music moves us through them as in a dream. We drift, transfixed, within uncertain
landscapes suffused with evolving visions, shadows, and apparitions. The land of
faerie, of phantoms, and of the unconscious. Robert's music is founded in this
subterranean, subconscious realm, and is grounded with deep drones that gently
weave a sombre and mysterious web of enveloping sound through which we return
to something more primal, but also to something more magical.

A geography of memory is not a remembering, it is a mapping ... the mapping of a
terrain. This is a cloudy dreamscape of innumerable hidden pathways and intriguing
solitary recesses; and it is home to the vast realm of the immemorial that flows
beneath our experience like a great, dark river. Immerse yourself in this river.

tracks & samples:

- Secret Cove
- Vista of Solitude
- Aurora
- Undulating Terrain
- Underworld
- Recesses of Time
- Persistent Presence

Available as either CD or Download encoded at 256kbs : DataObscura

A full track can be heard on the Radio page --  Here

Its a beautiful and immersive trip !



Everything and Nothing / Yoda Dog
« on: October 30, 2008, 10:24:27 AM »

Now available from DataObscura:

Description Without Place: Filaments
Filaments brings together, for the first time, the field-recording & sample
manipulations of James McDougall (Entia Non) with the more synth-based
skills of Anthony Paul Kerby (The Circular Ruins, Lammergeyer, Nunc Stans).
The result is a remarkable and unified flow of creativity that is ripe with juicy sonic
details and moody atmospheres, and that is woven through with subtle melodic
threads. Contemporary, glitchy, detailed, and musically absorbing, this is a work
to come back to again and again.

Filaments was composed via long-distance collaboration - Australia to Canada.
Final compositions and mixing by APK.

tracks & samples:

- The Gold Tree Is Blue
- Physical World
- Nostalgia
- Cloister
- Sunday Morning
- Perifery
- She Conceals Herself

Available as either CD or Download encoded at 256kbs : DataObscura

A full track can be heard on the Radio page --  Here
Enjoy !



Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Fascinating Effect Boxes
« on: October 03, 2008, 11:50:47 AM »
I have a Kaoss Pad 3 and use it a lot -- does stuff I haven't found elsewhere.
Plus it's just a ton of fun to play with.

Got me wondering what FX boxes people have that they really enjoy.
Especially boxes that do quirky, interesting things, or that you use in interesting and gratifying ways.

I'm only thinking of hardware here. Lets leave the crazy software world for another thread.

Now available from DataObscura:

The Winterhouse: Lost
Follow-up to the acclaimed debut album, Slow Promises, by the combined talents of
Robert Davies and Anthony Paul Kerby (The Circular Ruins, Lammergeyer, Nunc Stans). 
The drone mastery of Davies is overlaid with Kerby's melodic subtlety and sonic creativity
in an organic, addictive, and flowing musical narrative. Lost stands as another testament
to the power and depth of contemporary ambient music and its ability to open remarkable
sonic vistas and moving landscapes.


- Lost
- Leaving
- Solitary Lives
- The Four Corners of Night
- Clearing

Available as either CD or Download encoded at 256kbs : DataObscura

A full track can be heard on the Radio page --  Here

Please have a listen.

Thanks !



Now available for free download from DataObscura:

The Circular Ruins: A Treatise On Navigation
This is collection of the very best unreleased tracks from 2007.
And they make a fine 42 minute album.


- A Treatise On Navigation
- Cerulean Blue
- Looking Glass
- Waterfront
- By The Telling Of It

It's MP3 encoded at 256kbs.

You can find it, along with other free downloads, on this page:

Or you can download the zip file directly right HERE



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