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1501
Its a single pressed CD with just over 88 minutes of music.
Yep, its magic, but they can press them with that much.
Some really old players might have trouble because it exceeds
the red book standard.

I've not had any complaints though.

Its certainly a lot of music for your money   ;D

(I wonder if it's a record for longest pressed, regular audio CD release ? )



1502
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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

1503
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


1504
Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 13, 2008, 06:54:01 PM »
NP

- Namlook & Spyra: Virtual Vices V

Great if you like a laid back jazz-influenced beat driven style, with a fair bit of Namlook guitar.

1505
Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Manitou- All Points North
« on: April 12, 2008, 08:41:37 AM »
I think its a mighty fine release too.

http://slobormedia.blogspot.com/2007/04/discography.html

1506
Everything and Nothing / Re: Hello Hypnos!
« on: April 11, 2008, 12:16:10 PM »
Always good to see a new face on the forum. Look forward to the music.

1507
Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 05, 2008, 03:08:32 PM »
Now

- Stewart Walker: Reclamation

an older bit of minimal beat.

1508
Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 05, 2008, 01:18:11 PM »
Good stuff Antdude  8)

I've been listening to

- Solo Andata: Live in Melbourne

a fasicinating and attractive album of fine minimal 12K quazi-ambient excursions. Lots of guitar.
 

1509
There are now some updates to the playlist.
Its a nice set.

1510
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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



1511
Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 03, 2008, 10:06:26 AM »

- Willits & Sakamoto - Ocean Fire

An album I find to be almost great. Its stuffed with fascinating & contemporary sonic manipulations, and awash with grainy drawn-out beauty. The thick glitchy opening of 'Sentience' and the warm flow of 'Cold Heat' are worth the price of admission. But some tracks, I feel, become strained and wander a tad too aimlessly and industrially. Neat work though.

1512
Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: March 31, 2008, 07:31:28 PM »
Quote:    1) He's a little like Sara Lee ("Nobody doesn't like Sara Lee") and I mean that sincerely. With his deep and broad discography, everyone seems to like at least one Steve Roach album, whether his Berlin school stuff, his fractal grooves, his ethno-tribal, his dark ambient, his desert spacemusic well, you get the idea. So, hardly anyone ever comes into a discussion and says "Who is this Steve Roach of whom you speak?"

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Who the heck is Sara Lee ?

1513
Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 31, 2008, 07:16:32 PM »
This evening

- Murcof: Cosmos

Good stuff. But I do prefer the masterful Remembranza, overall.

1514
Everything and Nothing / Re: Confused about DVD regions
« on: March 27, 2008, 01:19:18 PM »
Some DVD players can be 'flashed' to make them region free. Most can't. You'd have to check into it on the web.

I'd suggest buying the cheap DVD british versions, then copying them using a program that removes the region specific stuff. Easy to do and there is no reason the copy would not be the same quality as the original. Little program called AnyDVD is particularly good.

1515
Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: March 27, 2008, 07:26:06 AM »
I remember saying something negative about Roach a couple of years ago ... and immediately got jumped by a couple of SR card-carrying thugs. Them were heated times, fer sure  ;D

1516
Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 26, 2008, 05:18:20 PM »
- David Kristian: Rhythms for a Rainy Season

Always enjoyable. Quirky rhythmic idm stuff.

http://www.davidkristian.com/rhythms.htm

1517
Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: March 26, 2008, 05:15:17 PM »
Movie

- The Darjeeling Limited

Haven't enjoyed a movie this much for some time.

1518
Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 26, 2008, 07:09:50 AM »
This morning

- Klaus Schulze: Drums 'n' Balls

one of my favourites.

1519
Everything and Nothing / Re: Worlds most expensive musical instrument
« on: March 26, 2008, 05:40:14 AM »
I think it can also play two other tunes, but unfortunately has no memory for user presets  ;D

1520
Its surprising how that Wikipedia excerpt does not describe what space music is, in musical terms ... its only about where they put the category amid other categories.

But maybe space music is defined more by mood than instrumentation and the like.

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