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

http://www.archive.org/details/eluvium2008-05-06.peluso.flac16

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

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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
PERCEIVED DISTANCES

For more on PERCEIVED DISTANCES, access:
http://www.dataobscura.com

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 http://xpn.org

-

Chuck van Zyl
Host of STAR'S END Ambient Radio
http://www.starsend.org




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June 2008 - on DataObscura

NUNC STANS
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
http://www.dataobscura.com/products.php?cat=7


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

Get it here --->  http://playmytape.net/page.php?id=62

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.

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

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.





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

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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
http://www.starsend.org

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Kwook album details & samples:
http://www.dataobscura.com/proddetail.php?prod=BOCD-003

There is also a full track on the Radio page:
http://www.dataobscura.com/radio.php

Thanks.
APK

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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:
www.dataobscura.com/reviews/artists/nunc-stans/timeless_AL.html

The album is here:
www.dataobscura.com/proddetail.php?prod=DO-029



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Various Artists: Perceived Distances (Blue Oasis CD)
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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 :
www.dataobscura.com/proddetail.php?prod=BOCD-004

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
http://www.dataobscura.com/radio.php


Enjoy !

APK

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / NEW - Kwook: Skywave (Blue Oasis)
« on: April 18, 2008, 08:39:07 AM »

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Kwook: Skywave  (Blue Oasis CD)
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We have waited a long time for a new album from Kwook (Simon Bennett,
Australia) and it is finally here. A masterful and addictive set of electro-ambient
gems. Inspired by deep space & shortwaves, this album is mellow, spacious,
rhythmic, and with the laid-back musical joy we found in the earlier "UFO"
release. Gets my highest recommendation. (APK)



"Kwook is an ambient project of the Australian musician Simon Bennett.
Where his previous album UFO was quite outer-space themed, Bennett’s
second album “Skywave” is a musical survey of shortwave radio.

Sonically, a varied array of distorted signals are very nicely matched with
sequenced parts and minimal, flowing, melodic structures and occasional
rhythms. E.g. “Sunspots” feels like a warm blanket with it’s softly glowing,
positive approach, as does the three part 22-minute title track, found at
the closing of the album.

Overall, there’s this mellow, dreamy, hypnotizing effect embedded in all
twelve sonic ambient excursions, all delicately shaped and sculptured.
In its own right, it’s a kind of cleverly composed chill-out ambient with
a great high-quality sound.

So all who love spacious ambient music, make sure to check this one
out."   Bert Strolenberg - Sonic Immersion

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Available either on disk (pressed) or as a digital download.
 
For track details & audio samples:
www.dataobscura.com/proddetail.php?prod=BOCD-003

Here are a couple of samples
Calling All Stations
Stationary Waves

There is also a full track to listen to on the Radio page:
www.dataobscura.com/radio.php

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APK
www.dataobscura.com


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Another in a series of free DataObscura EP releases
for you to download & enjoy.
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Robert Davies: Dawn

New, unreleased quality dronescape set.

Fans of Steve Roach should particularly enjoy these.
A little more intensity than earlier works by Robert.

Available here : www.dataobscura.com/free.php



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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / CDR / DVDR life expectancy
« on: March 13, 2008, 07:25:28 PM »
Just noticed on a cheap stack of 50 Ridata blank DVD disks the following statement:

"Storage acceleration tests guarantee safe storage for more than 30 years."

That this is actually printed on the outside of the case really does mean something.

I think the days of thinking these things will only last 10 years or so are over
(unless the disks are abused of course).

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / DataObscura: Rumforskning
« on: March 10, 2008, 02:50:10 PM »
The 2 excellent Rumforskning releases, Livstegn and Fremtiden, are now available
for the first time as cheaper digital downloads (also on CD).

http://www.dataobscura.com/proddetail.php?prod=DO-021
http://www.dataobscura.com/proddetail.php?prod=DO-015

These are contemporary glitchy drone works by Danny Kreutzfeldt accompanied by Mads Weitling.

"For me, listening to the opening tracks of Fremtiden is like being able to hear events on an atomic level, perhaps in a cloud chamber where elementary particles trace minute trajectories, constantly colliding, releasing and absorbing tiny packets of energy. When we reach track 4, however, this subtle sonic ambience has somehow taken on cosmic proportions and the interactions surround us as we float, weightless, in a much larger outer-space. It is a fascinating journey in contemporary drone-based electronica."



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Everything and Nothing / State of the music business
« on: March 06, 2008, 07:51:21 PM »
A discerning article on the current state of the music business
by Alan Wilder  (ex-Depeche Mode)

http://www.side-line.com/interviews_comments.php?id=29640_0_16_0_C

I agreed with much of this.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / NEW - Entia Non - free EP and new Album
« on: February 15, 2008, 09:18:30 AM »
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Yes, another fine release + EP from DataObscura
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- Entia Non : Fold - new full-length album

- Entia Non : Remora - free EP download



Entia Non, from Australia, creates contemporary experimental ambient.
Shimmering glitchy samples over warm beds of quirky atmospheric drones and
pads. The music is rich with treated field recordings and samples. His releases
on U-cover, Resting Bell, and Test Tube were highly praised. This is complex
and crafted music that rewards close listening. Headphones recommended.

You can find the album HERE

You can find the free EP HERE

Or download the EP directly FROM HERE

Enjoy !


APK
www.dataobscura.com

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A couple of excellent new things available on DataObscura
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- Nunc Stans: Ellesmere Island -- this is a free download  EP, with graphics.

- Nunc Stans: Timeless -- a new album.



Both releases contain rich and flowing drone-scapes, cut through with glacial undertones
and fascinating details. A product of far north geography and the immensity, and isolation,
of that landscape. Another deep and complex sonic delight from Canada.

There are lots of samples, and the EP is of course freely available for download.

- The EP is AVAILABLE HERE
- And the new Album and samples are AVAILABLE HERE

OR

You can also directly download the EP with THIS LINK, its 35 megs.


Many thanks.
APK

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Star's End: The Winterhouse
« on: February 02, 2008, 04:52:35 PM »
You can catch some tracks form The Winterhouse this weekend  :)
Here is Chuck van Zyl's mini-review:

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The Winterhouse (the duo of Anthony Paul Kirby and Robert
Davies) sonifies the cold interior isolation of the digital age.
While SLOW PROMISES (62'57") is dense with drones, beneath
its surface churns a contemplative atmosphere. Their electronic
poems are made up of notes and chords gradually changing
over time, both in harmony and color. Layers of sounds float like
clouds across a desolate landscape of muted tones and
abandoned thoughts. Each track moves slowly through its
course, and thoroughly examines a unique aspect of stillness
and quietude. By searching the shadows, The Winterhouse finds
overcast themes to be the more interesting to explore.

Tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for music from SLOW
PROMISES by The Winterhouse
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www.starsend.org

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From Chuck van Zyl at Star's End
http://www.starsend.org
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The Circular Ruins (Anthony Paul Kirby) is exploring a personal
realm of assertive, emotional ambient music. A fascinating
series of electronic poems that invent a sonic sphere all their
own, FALLING INTO THE SKY (64'11") attempts to liberate the
mind of the listener from its own self-impression. As
soundscapes gradually shift and unfold, textures transform and
we linger easily within a wondrous soundworld. Synthesizer
pads churn behind fluttering atmospherics while further in a
digital wind stirs up strange cosmic debris. Narrative runs adrift
and the hiss and murmur of distant chords occupy the
foreground. Vibrating with energy, FALLING INTO THE SKY
inhabits the amorphous area between the earth's surface and
outer space, and continually reveals itself in revelations revealed
in repeat visits.

Tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for music from FALLING
INTO THE SKY by The Circular Ruins

For more on FALLING INTO THE SKY, access:
http://www.dataobscura.com

-

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / The Winterhouse: Slow Promises
« on: December 23, 2007, 02:53:05 PM »
This announcement got lost with the demise of the old Hypnos forum.
Thought I'd remind people.

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The Winterhouse: Slow Promises (Blue Oasis CD)
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First collaboration between Anthony Paul Kerby (The Circular
Ruins, Lammergeyer) and Robert Davies. Intricate and
haunting dronescapes.

For album details & audio samples :
www.dataobscura.com/proddetail.php?prod=BOCD-001

There is also a full track on the Radio page.


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This is a great new double album from Robert Davies.
Totally listenable, drone-based material in the tradition
of Grassow, Alio Die, Oophoi ... but unmistakably Robert Davies.

Here are some samples.
CD1 - Aura Sublime
http://www.dataobscura.com/samples/do028-1-01.mp3
http://www.dataobscura.com/samples/do028-1-02.mp3
http://www.dataobscura.com/samples/do028-1-03.mp3
http://www.dataobscura.com/samples/do028-1-04.mp3

CD1- In Darkness Dreaming
http://www.dataobscura.com/samples/do028-2-01.mp3
http://www.dataobscura.com/samples/do028-2-03.mp3
http://www.dataobscura.com/samples/do028-2-08.mp3
http://www.dataobscura.com/samples/do028-2-11.mp3

And a link to the album on the new DataObscura site
www.dataobscura.com/proddetail.php?prod=DO-028

There are also 2 full tracks on the Radio page on the site.

Please do listen. This is a fine piece of work beginning to end.


APK



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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Xmas December Special at Databloem
« on: December 06, 2007, 09:07:44 PM »
For the month of December on the Databloem site there is
a buy 3, get another album of your choice for free sale.
Lots to choose from -- Databloem, DataObscura, Practising
Nature and other albums.

www.databloem.com

details on that main page.

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