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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: DataObscura - News
« on: December 13, 2008, 10:50:52 AM »
that was the new Circular Ruins, not Nunc Stans. I was going to call
it Quiet Sun, but recently renamed it to Before The Colors Deepened.
They are both tracks on the album.
I will have some preview samples up soon.

Everything and Nothing / Re: CD-R Deterioration
« on: December 13, 2008, 08:43:27 AM »
"Inspection of the CD-R reveals no damage."

And you are sure its not just your player acting up?

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 12, 2008, 03:13:50 PM »
Martini time here  :)

- Jeff Greinke: Soundtracks
Haven't heard this in a while ... but its totally enjoyable as usual.
If you don't know it, its a cinematic/classical style.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 11, 2008, 07:43:14 PM »
Just arrived from APK's Data Obscura:

Entia Non - Updrafts

Description Without Place(Entia Non/Anthony Paul Kirby) - Filaments

Excellent releases, both.

Very glad to hear it, Antdude. Thanks !


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 10, 2008, 07:45:14 PM »

- Thomas Köner: Nuuk
- Robert Henke: Signal to Noise
- Pub: Single

enjoyable evening so far.

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 Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 08, 2008, 07:25:55 AM »

- Deaf Center: Pale Ravine
Thats great Stuff. Love their Levende download only Release.

Don't think I have that download release, will have to look it up .... thanks for mentioning it.  :)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 07, 2008, 08:47:19 PM »

- Deaf Center: Pale Ravine

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 06, 2008, 09:06:48 PM »
This evening

- beta2agonist: zero point field  (finely composed album that deserves more exposure)
- Maps and Diagrams: polytuft-tech  (one of my regular plays)
- Fennesz: black sea (bit bombastic and scattered in places, but when its good its very good)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Periskop
« on: December 03, 2008, 08:53:24 AM »
Again, the whole link will have to be copy/pasted.

Looking forward to giving these a listen, Danny.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 01, 2008, 05:20:57 PM »
The double LP doesn't have all that text on the back, its very similar to the front.
But it also has 8 full size pages inside of photos and text and interesting musical score examples.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: December 01, 2008, 05:13:54 PM »
I was reading Anathem by Neal Stephenson, but after 150 or so pages I gave it a thumbs down and stopped.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 01, 2008, 05:10:49 PM »
X is great. Certainly one of my favourite Schulze. I still have to 2 lp vinyl release here ... and Mike, those graphics are even bigger !

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 28, 2008, 09:00:55 PM »

- Plastikman: Artifakts (favourite Hawtin release)
- Carbon Based Lifeforms: Hydroponic Garden (classic)
- Keith Berry: A Strange Feather (maintains its value)
- Murcof: Remembranza  (ahh, if only there were more like this!)
- All Sweels and Billows 2  (the Alan L. mix compilation of Brit-type drones. A tasty dish.)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 28, 2008, 08:47:32 PM »
Which reminds me: good to see the US dollar getting up against the euro again.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 26, 2008, 08:28:56 AM »
- Biosphere: Autour De la Luna

this undestated release from 2004 has really grown on me.

Everything and Nothing / Re: CD-R Deterioration
« on: November 23, 2008, 03:13:48 PM »
I was going to add that I've had more CD Drives go bad than CDs. One just this past week.
They are mechanical and simply wear out with a lot of use, then they don't read/burn so accurately.

Everything and Nothing / Re: CD-R Deterioration
« on: November 23, 2008, 02:38:03 PM »
This is an oft discussed topic.

I've actually had more regular CDs go bad than CDR's. Which surprises me. People's mileage varies though. It has a lot to do with how they are treated and stored. The sun is a major enemy. But there is the problem of some CDR blanks simply being better than others, and labels/individuals should not blindly use the cheapest they can find.

Of course backing up the music is a good thing to do to all disks. I used to backup vinyl to tape back in the day ... but the disks lasted much longer than the tape  ;D

At DataObscura I will automatically replace any CDR that goes bad. But I've had to do that with just 2 or 3 in total over the years.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Nekton Falls 3-CD compilation
« on: November 22, 2008, 03:35:57 PM »
Had an earfull. Yep, its an odd thing throughout.

Metallic underwater sounds. Sometimes cavernous and warm. Grainy, & watery drones. Hiss. Curious samples. Deep and lush, occasionally rising to intense & piercing. Underwater insects and winds blowing on a mic. Only a couple of clearly rhythmic tracks. Experimental pieces more than composed and overtly musical. Some very nice atmospheres. An odd collection for sure, and lots of it, but more or less unified by the watery detritus throughout. Certainly a fascinating listen.

Its a 3 disk digipack thing, and the cover is almost unreadable. You need a good light to decipher it. Looks cool though.

If I could edit it I'd have it down to 2 disks at most.

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



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