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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



Other Ambient (and related) Music / NUNC STANS: Land - free download
« on: July 23, 2008, 10:04:39 AM »

Now available for free download on the Ping Things net release label:

Nunc Stans: Land
"Land is a stunning work that captures the sound of Nunc Stans at a turning point
where drone-based sensibilities blend seamlessly with melodic work to create a stunning
sonic environment for the listener to explore. Influenced by the stark beauty of Northern
Canada, Kerby has created a set of aural landscapes that inspires and delights from the
cold drones of opener "Before the Colors Deepened", through the sparse melodies and
underlying urgency of "Journey of a Thousand Days", to closing track "Ice Field" with it's
beautiful humming tones and found sounds."
- rik maclean (Ping Things)

tracks (40 minutes)

- Before the Colors Deepened
- Journey of a Thousand Days
- Land
- Submerged Island
- Sitka Sound
- Ice Field

Get it  HERE

Starts with a couple of attractive openers, then gets into deeper, darker waters
with the title track, "Land". 



Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Musician's Joke
« on: July 21, 2008, 06:12:45 PM »
Dear Abby...

I think my wife is cheating on me.

I am a working musician and, as you would expect, travel a lot. I have been noticing strange things when I get home. Her mobile phone rings and she steps outside to answer it or says quietly "I'll call you back later".

When I ask her who called she gets evasive. Sometimes she goes out with friends and comes home late.

A buddy of mine plays guitar in a band and he told me that my wife and some guy have been to his gigs.

He wanted to borrow my guitar amp so hat's when I got the idea to find out for myself what was really happening. I said "sure, you can use my amp but I want to hide behind it at the gig and see if my wife comes in and who she comes in with".

He agreed.

At the gig I slipped behind my Marshall JCM800 half stack to get a good view. I could feel the heat coming off the back of the amp. It was at that moment, crouching down behind the amp and watching the entrance to the club, that I noticed that one of the tubes was not glowing as bright as the other 3.

Is it possible my tubes are mismatched and is this something I can fix myself or do I need to take it to a technician?

Very Concerned.

Everything and Nothing / Tour de France
« on: July 19, 2008, 05:22:46 PM »
Anyone else watching / following the race this year.

I think its great, not only for the cycling but also the tour around the towns and landscapes of France.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / new Eluvium Live Set to download
« on: July 17, 2008, 11:35:01 AM »

Seems to be a good quality recording.
Haven't heard it yet.

PERCEIVED DISTANCES (78'08") is an anthology CD that
represents the Ambient aesthetic of the Blue Oasis label. Works
by Saul Stokes and Kwook express the more energetic side of
this concern. With ear-friendly melodies and thought-pushing
beats their tracks are wonderful jaunts across a diverse digital
terrain. Other tracks on this collection exemplify explorations of
tone in the broadest sense of the word. Through fascinating
variations in timbre and texture music by the likes of The Circular
Ruins, Off the Sky and Cymphonic produce a range of moody
impressions and time-stretching atmospheres. These artists
understand that negative space is much more than merely the
area between two positive points. Subtle digital distortion, voices
and noises imbue some of these realizations with a kind of
environmental feel. In contrast, other tracks are full of air and
light, and offer drifting moods at cosmic heights. As a collection,
PERCEIVED DISTANCES works very well. It brings together
15 interesting musicians. By provoking the listener to reflection, it
works even better as a statement on the genre - proclaiming the
power of this music to be greater than the individual.

Tune into STAR'S END this weekend for music from the CD

For more on PERCEIVED DISTANCES, access:

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

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

and live on the web at


Chuck van Zyl
Host of STAR'S END Ambient Radio

June 2008 - on DataObscura

The Palm at the End of the Mind

Loaded with grainy flowing richness, subtle details and field recordings, and threaded
with intriguing leads, served over a bed of melancholic icy northern dronescapes.

Composed and performed by Anthony Paul Kerby (The Circular Ruins / Lammergeyer)
during the first half of 2008. This work extends the style developed in the earlier
Timeless, and opens with an epic 30 minute title track ... this is quality
contemporary ambient music that takes you places. Headphones are recommended.

Available on disk or as a download encoded at 256kbs mp3, graphics included.

Track List and Samples:

1 - The Palm at the End of the Mind - MP3
2 - Casual Solitudes - MP3
3 - Ice Caverns - MP3
4 - Spring Thaw
5 - The Imperfect Is Our Paradise - MP3
6 - Gaspé Passage - MP3
7 - The Sleepers In Their Sleep Shall Move - MP3

Available now in the DataObscura Store


Just put up on a neat mix by Entia Non  (James McDougall).

Get it here --->

there is a "Direct Link" at the bottom of the page for downloading.

track list:
000:00 01 Nigel Wright: Killing Time
005:45 02 Yui Onodera: Track 3 (Substrate)
009:13 03 Kazumichi Grime: Vertical
014:36 04 Tod Dockstader: Harbor
017:40 05 David Sylvian & Holger Czukay: Plight
023:19 06 Brian Eno : Lantern Marsh
028:44 07 Holger Czukay: Float Space
031:54 08 Juan Jose Calarco: Raiz de Invierno
039:20 09 Christopher McFall: Scent is to the Chorus
043:39 10 Entia Non: Still
050:55 11 Refat & Lang & Zimoun: Statics 09 (Statics II)
056:54 12 B.J. Nilsen: Finisterre
106:10 13 Lawrence English: Fleck
111:52 14 Peter Prautzsch: Daheim
116:40 15 Scott Taylor: A Dawn Frost on Cathedral Spire
119:48 16 Brian Eno & Harold Budd: Still Return

Minimal / drone / noise in general style. Good stuff.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Reaper
« on: May 03, 2008, 05:44:15 PM »

Thought I'd sing the praises of Reaper (DAW/sequencer).  Windows only (mac version in the works).
I recently permanently switched to it from one of the bigger, more expensive and bloated programs.

I've owned it for a year or so.
Its constantly being updated/improved.
It has a surprisingly small install, and loads projects really fast.
It can also run off a memory stick ... so is very portable.
Its inexpensive. It's stable. It has most of the features you'd expect from a pro DAW.
You can record audio or midi into the same track.
Its skinnable. It has highly flexible track routing.
VST / DX / rewire plugins.
Great audio quality and excellent automation.

And, most importantly, I find it works right for me.

Terrific program. Well worth checking out if you are in the market for such a thing.

This just in. Review of Kwook: Skywave (Blue Oasis),
and some tracks this weekend on Star's End radio.


At first, it's hard to say why SKYWAVE (57'47"), the CD by Kwook,
sounds so nostalgic. Is it the occasional Mellotron sound? The
buzzing lead lines or sweeping synth pads? Or just the overall
electronic aura that seems to engulf this album? All of these
qualities (as well as a hint of IDM beats) and more make for a
captivating release. But it's more the positive attitude of this artist
that gives his music its nostalgic feel than any riff or melody.
Comprised of subtle yet beautifully varied tracks SKYWAVE
glows in transfixing simplicity. The piece "Sunspots" is a
standout. With its catchy bassline and melodious flute, it
produces an ample amount of momentum and intrigue. A
common thread throughout is the insertion of squelchy
short-wave radio fragments. These lost communications add the
sensation of floating through the ether and are used to great
effect in the lengthy title piece, which spans three tracks at the
end of the disc. Our friend Kwook believes that "sound is a
playground". His inventive approach, full of joy and clarity, makes
the journey new.

Tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for music from SKYWAVE
by Kwook

Chuck van Zyl - Star's End


Kwook album details & samples:

There is also a full track on the Radio page:


Nunc Stans: Timeless  (DataObscura)

A few years back, Anthony Paul Kerby (APK) - curator of the DataObscura label and of musical entities The Circular Ruins and Lammergeyer – sought to give fuller voice to the drone, conceiving a discrete project where this element in his sound palette could range more freely. To distinguish it from his other electro-ambient work, he chose to don the guise of Nunc Stans. A key element of The Drone is persistence through time, making the moniker especially apt, referring to the place we always are, signalling the protentions and retentions of the present, enfolding within it future and past (for anorak-y academic types, the term comes from a concept in Husserlian phenomenology, meaning literally the “standing now”). With third album, Timeless, the name-concept is rendered more symbolic, as a musical expression of timelessness in its suspension of conventional time-tempo markers, and as a representation of our experience of a vast landscape like the timeless extremities of APK’s adopted homeland. By all accounts much of the inspirational heft of Nunc Stans comes from contemplation of zones like northern Canada where a timeless sense may be more keenly felt - unchanging, undefined, free from human particularity and interruption.

Both Timeless and companion piece, Ellesmere Island (free EP download), come along at a time when no small number of ambienteers and droners are looking to the earth’s extremities, especially the polar and the chthonic, for inspiration. Whether knowingly or not, this work falls most obviously under the flag of “Isolationist Ambient”, a sub-genre line conceptually born in the early 90s with Virgin's Ambient 4: Isolationism compilation, and lately revisited, for one, by Netherworld’s Glacial Movements label, whose mission statement - “confronts the individual with forces beyond his control, while trying to mirror the beauty of epic, barren landscapes with immeasurable dimensions” – could apply equally well to that proposed by Nunc Stans (who, incidentally, was making glacial movements  long before GM). There’s a shared topography and sensibility with these and other Nordic polar-drifters – with the neo-environmentalist strains of a Biosphere, or the ‘soft’ isolationism of the likes of Cyclic Law’s Northaunt. Obvious peers such as Oöphoi, Alio Die or Mathias Grassow may be invoked too in considering what is fundamentally a work of layered drones uniting organic and electronic textures. But Timeless is more musically active, less dust in the wind than expanding horizons - a deal more earth and fire mixed in with its air and water, allowing slivers and shreds of melodic leads to slip through and bob in its oceanism. It’s a dark-hued ambient soundscapery whose not entirely serene meditations will be familiar from previous releases, Night Vision and Cerulean Suite. But for all its frosty alien quality, it’s run through by thermal currents, and a rich textured feel. The Shower-curtain of Sound APK often drapes across his backdrops is pronounced, and particularly dense on Ellesmere Island, where a filmy field-recording infusion creates a murky soup in which sunken harmonics may be dredged for by deeper-diving ambient treasure-hunters.

After the keynote for the collection is sounded by opener, “Some Things You Missed”, “Labrador Sunrise” ghosts in with a distant air of the ominous, musical matter swimming up from chthonic rumble, the whole enshrouded in field-haze and reverb-mist. The title track is not a pure floating undifferentiated timeless, but rather a passing over an alien landscape, a voyage across the unfamiliar, the non-human - traversing the remote and icy far northern landscapes. “I Will Forget” provides a very human interlude, with an emotive melodicity reminiscent of Lammergeyer - languorous and melancholic, a dynamic and mood at which APK excels. Before long, though, we are into “We Ought Not To Be Awake”, which takes a turn back towards the alien unknown, with a foreboding feeling that suggests maybe we should not be here. Ultimately less dark than stark, it conjurs up winter light, frost-flecked haze, and glints in the boreal dawn. Later tracks relent in intensity, “Suspension of Belief”, for example, playing on Coledridge with chamberesque synthetic strings. Overall, though, Timeless strikes an effective balance between the composed refinement of an older space music tradition and the grainier indeterminacy of contemporary experimental drone-ambient.

Alan Lockett

To see the full review + links to sound samples go here:

The album is here:

Various Artists: Perceived Distances (Blue Oasis CD)
The very first Blue Oasis compilation. Over 88 (edit: make that 78) minutes of original
and moving works spanning various styles of ambient electronica
by some of the best contemporary practitioners:

Off The Sky, The Circular Ruins, Saul Stokes, P is for Prue,
Beta Two Agonist, Entia Non, False Mirror, Cymphonic, Subradial,
Dreaming The Seed, Rumforskning, Robert Davies, and Marco Lucchi.

It is a fascinating set of original works that takes you on a vast
musical journey. 

Available as pressed CD or as a digital download.

For album details & lots of audio samples :

Here are a few quick samples:
TCR + Off The Sky
Saul Stokes
P is for Prue

The opening collaboration track by Off The Sky + The Circular Ruins
is on the Blue Oasis Radio page

Enjoy !


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