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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 31, 2008, 09:06:12 PM »

The Notwist: Neon Golden

Everything and Nothing / Re: happy new year
« on: December 31, 2008, 08:58:02 PM »
Same to you, Jim.
And to other forum/ambientites.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Now Watching
« on: December 31, 2008, 12:23:53 PM »
Last night

- The Illusionist - which is 10 out of 10 in my book. Think this is my 3rd viewing. Excellent Philip Glass score.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Contact info to Todd Fletcher
« on: December 31, 2008, 09:40:17 AM »
Hi Richard
A lot of us were wondering where he went. No answers so far though.
I used to email with him regularly.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 30, 2008, 09:27:36 PM »
And it looks quite remarkable. Well done !

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 30, 2008, 08:18:16 PM »
9dragons -  how about posting a link or two to the covers? be great to see them.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Now Watching
« on: December 30, 2008, 05:36:24 PM »
Gattaca - hadn't seen this since its release. Fine piece of work. Jude Law is excellent in it.

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.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: December 30, 2008, 05:29:59 PM »
- I'm re-reading Sartre's little autobiography "The Words".  Charming thing.

- And finally reading "Foucault's Pendulum" by Umberto Eco. Been sitting around here for many years. Good so far.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient Survey 2008 - time to Vote!
« on: December 30, 2008, 12:58:01 PM »

time is almost up for this !

Many thanks for posting, Joe. I always appreciate your observations.

I have indeed been working on more long-form and stylistically consistent pieces in all of my recent solo albums.

With this new TCR release I wanted to get back to an earlier expressive and a more dynamic style, like my early TCR albums, and with some darker/heavier tracks. But a return will always bring the present with it so there are, of course, elements of my recent works woven in.

I'd actually like to move TCR into a more rhythmic domain and separate it from the drone/noise-based style of Nunc Stans. But we shall see. These things are so unpredictable. In the end it's all about embodying a certain beauty and mystery, no matter how.

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



Everything and Nothing / Re: Happy Holidays to all here at Hypnos
« on: December 25, 2008, 08:35:35 AM »
to everyone

APK / DataObscura

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: DataObscura - News
« on: December 25, 2008, 08:20:06 AM »
And a Merry Christmas to you too Joe  :)

The new TCR is now available

and if anyone buys the CD, they can also have an instant download, just email me.

Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: Blue Oasis radio
« on: December 25, 2008, 08:15:40 AM »
Thanks, Joe.
Yes, its more in the style of earlier TCR, and a bit more eclectic than recent works of mine.

Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: Blue Oasis radio
« on: December 24, 2008, 01:05:29 PM »
Just added a full track from the new release by
The Circular Ruins: Before The Colors Deepened

That new release will be available in the Dataobscura store on December 25.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 23, 2008, 10:43:31 PM »
This evening

- Miwon: a to b
loved his Pale Glitter, this is also a well-crafted release.
Its beat-driven subtle electro stuff, kinda in the Boc Scadet or Maps And Diagrams style.

- Robert Davies: Geography of Memory
yes, I released this ... but only because its an excellent piece of work.
I think its his best yet. Here is a full track

- Múm: Finally We Are No one
its an Icelandic regular here. Love their titles too:
"We Have a Map of the Piano"
"Don't Be Afraid You Have Just Got Your Eyes Closed"
"Now There's That Fear Again"

Everything and Nothing / Re: CD-R Deterioration
« on: December 23, 2008, 03:04:04 PM »
The cause of bad cdr's is, I believe, simply a chemical breakdown caused by exposure to air/radiation/heat. It happens are varying rates, but presumably faster with cheaper blank cdr's. Its fairly unpredictable. Of course, the technology has improved over the years, so even cheaper ones are now better than they were 10 years ago. People/companies are naturally concerned with getting something with archival quality.

And don't forget that some cdr's are just bad to begin with ... production errors that get through the quality check. I used to especially find this with memorex brand ... they were rubbish.

I think hard disks last so well because they are a sealed/unexposed unit. Just don't knock them around though :)

Everything and Nothing / Re: CD-R Deterioration
« on: December 23, 2008, 11:17:45 AM »
Back in the joint running of Databloem and Dataobscura we used sticky labels on taiyo yuden disks for the Dataobscura releases. I did find them a problem occasionally, particularly in some car players where there is a narrow slot the disk goes in. Maybe that design is especially sensitive to thickness.

Since the separation a year ago of Databloem and Dataobscura, all Dataobscura releases (including the early ones) have on-disk printing with no sticky labels.  Thought I'd mention that.


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