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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.


That's really neat, Fern.    8)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 20, 2008, 05:45:41 PM »
- Philipp Weigl: Land and Water

Can't say enough good things about this guy

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Dreamlike/ambient Classical Music ?
« on: December 20, 2008, 05:15:09 PM »
I'm only hearing the youtube version, and I'd have to say it has drama when tied to the images. But considered musically its seriously in need of renovation.

So many of these re-interpetations/re-samplings are initially "fascinating", but not something one comes back to with any degree of enthusiasm.

Fascination is so often momentary, like visceral shock.
But not a lasting value.

(and if you find out it was someone else's work merely fed through a simple effects chain, it can easily appear much less fascinating, and less artistic/individual/valuable)


Everything and Nothing / Re: How do I change my log-in name?
« on: December 18, 2008, 07:40:42 PM »
Try going to "Profile"
then under "Modify Profile" click on "Account related settings".
Looks like you can change the displayed name people will see.
Give it a try.


Everything and Nothing / Re: 2008 winter weather
« on: December 17, 2008, 08:19:27 PM »

May 2009 be a great year for you all!!!

Same to you, Bill ... and to other forum inhabitors  (posters and non-posters).


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 15, 2008, 02:59:10 PM »
Been listening to

- Jason Corder & Opium: thepresentday
has grown on me ... and I find the album gets better and better as you move through it.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 15, 2008, 02:56:40 PM »
I really enjoy Williams as well.
Lark Ascending and the Thomas Tallis piece, of course.
But also the little collection of Houseman songs, On Wenlock Edge. Wonderful things.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 13, 2008, 06:04:49 PM »
This evening

- The Beloved
Lots of tracks. What a fine band they were ! 

Everything and Nothing / Re: ebow
« on: December 13, 2008, 05:45:55 PM »
Now Jim, that is just overdosing !


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