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The samples sound excellent !
Good to see a digital version for sale ... off to grab one  ;D

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: BeatMaker for the iPhone
« on: July 31, 2008, 11:45:16 AM »

The first half of this century will be known as
the Era of Gadgets.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 30, 2008, 02:19:31 PM »
- Marconi Union: A Lost Connection

If you liked Distance, you will enjoy this too.

For the unknowing:
Marconi Union is an easy-listening beat driven duo from Manchester, UK. Its friendly, listenable, pleasantly rhythmic, sometimes dubby, usually with guitar, synth pads, a good dose of melody and a smattering of quirky little sounds. It's well-constructed music, and flows in a predictable and non-grating way. Shortish (5-7 minutes) tracks. I think of it as chill music that could easily have pop vocals over the top, and can be imagined behind many films. It's certainly heading towards ear-candy, but remains interesting enough for repeats. Great as non-distracting background music, despite the beats. Excellent for the car where you want something attractive, with movement, but not annoying/distracting. A tad on the pretty side for many deeper ears. Quality stuff though if this style is your cuppa tea.

Everything and Nothing / Re: What does this music do to you?
« on: July 30, 2008, 10:37:37 AM »
"I do believe we are capable of a deeper appreciation of art."

Of course, Bill, you surely can't disagree that he believes this  ;)

You actually think his belief is wrong/misguided.

But the thesis is far from being easy to either prove ... OR disprove.


Now available for free download from DataObscura:

The Circular Ruins: A Treatise On Navigation
This is collection of the very best unreleased tracks from 2007.
And they make a fine 42 minute album.


- A Treatise On Navigation
- Cerulean Blue
- Looking Glass
- Waterfront
- By The Telling Of It

It's MP3 encoded at 256kbs.

You can find it, along with other free downloads, on this page:

Or you can download the zip file directly right HERE



Looks like a fine mix.
Shall certainly listen.

Oh yeah, it's a good one. Anthony comes through in the clutch once again!

 :)  I wouldn't let you down, Joe.

And .......
very soon there will be a free The Cicular Ruins ep to download.
Next couple of days on the DataObscura site. Just putting it together now.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 24, 2008, 06:49:05 PM »
And now

- Jonathan Coleclough: One Hour as Sixty Million Years

Solid, gutsy, drone material. Intense, and with strong visual sci-fi associations for me.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 24, 2008, 05:28:08 PM »

Gotta fire this up at least once a year:

- Captain Beefheart: Strictly Personal

I corrected your URL.

Many thanks for listening, guys.
And great to hear you are enjoying the music.

I think you will enjoy this set quite a bit, Joe.
Let me know.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / NUNC STANS: Land - free download
« on: July 23, 2008, 10:04:39 AM »

Now available for free download on the Ping Things net release label:

Nunc Stans: Land
"Land is a stunning work that captures the sound of Nunc Stans at a turning point
where drone-based sensibilities blend seamlessly with melodic work to create a stunning
sonic environment for the listener to explore. Influenced by the stark beauty of Northern
Canada, Kerby has created a set of aural landscapes that inspires and delights from the
cold drones of opener "Before the Colors Deepened", through the sparse melodies and
underlying urgency of "Journey of a Thousand Days", to closing track "Ice Field" with it's
beautiful humming tones and found sounds."
- rik maclean (Ping Things)

tracks (40 minutes)

- Before the Colors Deepened
- Journey of a Thousand Days
- Land
- Submerged Island
- Sitka Sound
- Ice Field

Get it  HERE

Starts with a couple of attractive openers, then gets into deeper, darker waters
with the title track, "Land". 



Everything and Nothing / Re: Tour de France
« on: July 22, 2008, 06:08:12 AM »
Into the high Alps today.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, is the biggest peak.
Dramatic scenery.

I do find the race to be enjoyable and tense whether or not the very best in the world are in it.
But I'm also interested for the visual tour of the countryside.

And it helps that where I am it's on OLN around 8:30 most days, not 5:30.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Musician's Joke
« on: July 21, 2008, 06:12:45 PM »
Dear Abby...

I think my wife is cheating on me.

I am a working musician and, as you would expect, travel a lot. I have been noticing strange things when I get home. Her mobile phone rings and she steps outside to answer it or says quietly "I'll call you back later".

When I ask her who called she gets evasive. Sometimes she goes out with friends and comes home late.

A buddy of mine plays guitar in a band and he told me that my wife and some guy have been to his gigs.

He wanted to borrow my guitar amp so hat's when I got the idea to find out for myself what was really happening. I said "sure, you can use my amp but I want to hide behind it at the gig and see if my wife comes in and who she comes in with".

He agreed.

At the gig I slipped behind my Marshall JCM800 half stack to get a good view. I could feel the heat coming off the back of the amp. It was at that moment, crouching down behind the amp and watching the entrance to the club, that I noticed that one of the tubes was not glowing as bright as the other 3.

Is it possible my tubes are mismatched and is this something I can fix myself or do I need to take it to a technician?

Very Concerned.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Tour de France
« on: July 21, 2008, 12:25:50 PM »
 :D   I think that was back in 1994.
Though it did of course start in England last year too.

Yep, watching it on a flat stage & near the beginning would be a bit of a let down given how fast it goes by. Dramatic though.

Late into a mountain stage would be more satisfying ... side of the road with a few good chilled bottles of french white  8)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Tour de France
« on: July 21, 2008, 04:46:23 AM »
Yep, its on OLN in the morning live (about half the day's race), and repeated in the evening again (with some additions).
There are lots of commercials (annoying for sure), but they do pack them in early so they can show the final stretch commercial free.
Haven't checked for a streaming feed ... there are usually some illegal ones you can find though.

Ah, biking through the Alps, great!  Good for you!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 20, 2008, 04:01:56 PM »
And now

- Exit In Grey: Twilight Waters
- SleepResearch Facility: Deep Frieze

Couple of good, grainy, drone ambient works.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 20, 2008, 02:18:55 PM »
Been playing Alan's drone mixes from a while back

- Swells and Billows,  i and ii

enjoyable stuff, for the most part.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Tour de France
« on: July 20, 2008, 09:33:44 AM »
I think its just 3 or 4 out of 170 or so.

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