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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.
APK


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

- Deaf Center: Pale Ravine
 8)
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.  :)

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

- Deaf Center: Pale Ravine
 8)

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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)

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Everything and Nothing / Re: How the CD format compromise the music
« on: December 06, 2008, 03:04:34 PM »
Of course, download releases (flac, mp3 ...) have no such limit.
But yes, the CD is a sort of artificial imposition on artists. So its good that there are now ways around it.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: How the CD format compromise the music
« on: December 06, 2008, 02:43:09 PM »

I think not...in case you prefer superficial ambient...Myself prefer psychoactive and contemplative ambient...that does bring me in a state beyond space & time.

One person's "psychoactive and contemplative ambient" is another person's aimless noodling.  It's a matter of personal taste.  Having composed and released ambient music for the better part of 20+ years, I have my own opinions about what is and is not useful in ambient music, but certainly do not consider my enjoyment of it "superficial."

Forrest

Well said, Forrest.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: How the CD format compromise the music
« on: December 06, 2008, 01:23:37 PM »
"Steve has released many 2cd and even 4cd albums haven't he ?
He has no problem to maintain the listeners interest for such a long time."

Have to say that I disagree in this case, I have very rarely had the inclination to listen to a Steve Roach album all the way through. I really enjoy parts of his albums, but I usually tire of them before the end.

Of course this is also a matter of taste.
What you especially love you can listen to again and again.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: How the CD format compromise the music
« on: December 05, 2008, 09:43:27 AM »
When listening to music I usually find that I want to hear something (or someone) different after about 65 minutes, so the current CD length is fine with me.

As I've said before, I do think there is some important satisfaction to listening to a whole album all the way through ... actually finishing it (I'm only talking about quality albums), and that becomes more difficult the longer the album. There are, sadly, only so many hours in the day.

Yes, there are exceptions ... like Eno's 10,000 pictures (or whatever its called) which I sometimes leave on all day for its pleasant morphing soundtrack. But even that is a craftily changing set of repeating samples, not a long single work.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 !

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

- 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.)

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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.

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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.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Black Hole Reverb
« on: November 25, 2008, 10:57:28 AM »
Paul: that Bricasti is indeed a mighty fine reverb unit. Heard some gorgeous samples of it in action.

My general take on reverbs is that hardware units are the very best, and yep you have to pay a lot to get that final transparency and finish. But you also have to look at what its going to be used for. No point spending a couple of thousand dollars to add some reverb to a glitchy/noisy bit of grunge ambient. Its rather like the issue of microphones ... if you are recording fine vocals and orchestras you need the best quality you can afford so you capture it true and clean, but if its yer average garage band that money could probably be better spent elsewhere. In electronic styles of music we are not exactly aiming at truth to life, so that extra (and very expensive) 5% or so of quality often makes little or no difference in the mix.

I also like (and use) the CSR reverb set, they are very flexible. Also the Wizoo verb (bought by Steinberg), which is a neat mix of algorithm and convolution. And as Pete points out, Ambience is excellent quality for a 'free' plugin.




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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.

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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.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Black Hole Reverb
« on: November 23, 2008, 08:53:14 AM »
Do you have a URL for this Black Hole thing ?

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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.

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