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Oh, this is a lovely album. Beautiful, organic sounds, lucid, sometimes fragile and sometimes more edgy. The structure and feeling overall is close to a peaceful walk in the spring.

But there are also some SURPRISES: two of the pieces (track 2 "Immer Du" and 4 "A Day Without Secrets" -- if I remember correctly) contain MELODY traits! First I was perplexed by this rare use of explicit melody in ambient music. But after a couple of spins I began to see the context. In my mind the melodies resemble hymns, even Christmas carols. As much as the melodies stand out, they do defend their inclusion if you see this album as sort of an pastoral poem.


Thanks for the praise, Jussi ... much appreciated.

Yep, some pieces on "Falling" are straight melodic-based.
Rather than composing on a bed of atmospheres/drones/pads, those tracks were first and foremost a melodic line, with a few additions made after. I would include the very short ending track to the list as well. You could add lyrics to them. And yes, a piece like "Immer Du" or "A Day Without Secrets" is very hymn-like.

I like your description of this as a "pastoral poem". I think of my recent Lammergeyer works in that way also. Especially "Beneath The Sky".

I do know other melodic-based ambient works, though very often the strong use of melody can easily get you into the dreaded new age camp or just sound too commercial. Influences for me in this area would be artists like Múm and Eluvium.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: The holiday food you're waiting for
« on: December 19, 2007, 10:26:43 AM »
That curry does sound great !
One of my favourite meals.
I'd happy substitute it for the inevitable turkey.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 17, 2007, 05:13:38 PM »
Just finished watching and listening to

- Koyaanisqatsi

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Best Friend
« on: December 16, 2007, 10:03:50 AM »
These thing are a shocking, tragic loss. The loss will remain.
I wish all concerned the very best in dealing with it.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 15, 2007, 06:12:45 PM »
That's great about the new Circular Ruins, Joe.

I'm now playing

- Biosphere: new forms festival 2002



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Everything and Nothing / Re: avatars
« on: December 15, 2007, 04:48:38 PM »
Hi Jim.
So you went to your 'Profile', 'forum profile information' section, added an image and you see the image there (top left under 'Personalized Picture', and yet it does not show in your posts.

Couple of things.
Perhaps try clicking the 'Personalized Picture' button (rather than loading your own) and choosing one of the supplied pictures, just to see if that works when you go back to one of your posts. If that also does not work then we have a problem ... and Mike should look into it (he has higher admin priviliges).

And perhaps the picture you loaded is not in the format or size the board accepts for posts (even though it is showing in your profile). Not sure on the exact size allowed, but maybe you should stick to images no more than 100 x 100 in size.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 14, 2007, 03:36:59 PM »
np

- The Cinematic Orchestra: Ma Fleur   (not really my thing ... but occasionally is)

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: December 14, 2007, 02:07:38 PM »
I actually read more non-fiction than fiction.
I even enjoy reading manuals ... odd but true.

Now reading
- Warblers of the Great Lakes Region by Chris Earley (what can I say, I like birds)
- Derrida: Margins of Philosophy (a re-read in this case. I have a doctorate in philosophy, and just can't kick the habit)
- Designing Interactions by Bill Moggridge  (a book you dip into rather than read from beginning to end. Its a fine big book on contemporary technological design, especially digital, its history and its effect)


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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 13, 2007, 03:01:21 PM »
Been playing a bit of

- Hooverphonic: Blue Wonder Power Milk
- Mouse On Mars: iaora tahiti

a little different, but needed.


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This is a great new double album from Robert Davies.
Totally listenable, drone-based material in the tradition
of Grassow, Alio Die, Oophoi ... but unmistakably Robert Davies.

Here are some samples.
CD1 - Aura Sublime
http://www.dataobscura.com/samples/do028-1-01.mp3
http://www.dataobscura.com/samples/do028-1-02.mp3
http://www.dataobscura.com/samples/do028-1-03.mp3
http://www.dataobscura.com/samples/do028-1-04.mp3

CD1- In Darkness Dreaming
http://www.dataobscura.com/samples/do028-2-01.mp3
http://www.dataobscura.com/samples/do028-2-03.mp3
http://www.dataobscura.com/samples/do028-2-08.mp3
http://www.dataobscura.com/samples/do028-2-11.mp3

And a link to the album on the new DataObscura site
www.dataobscura.com/proddetail.php?prod=DO-028

There are also 2 full tracks on the Radio page on the site.

Please do listen. This is a fine piece of work beginning to end.


APK



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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: December 11, 2007, 08:51:56 PM »
Talking of sci-fi ... recently finished Alastair Reynolds "Revelation Space". Found it to have some great concepts and ideas, but in the end an unsatisfying plot. Little ponderous.

Now re-reading "The Sybil" by Par Lagerkvist.  Not sci-fi. Classic.


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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Twin Peaks fans should have a look
« on: December 11, 2007, 12:19:17 PM »
Some very neat shots !

We are into the new Gold box set right now.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Pet Sounds
« on: December 10, 2007, 08:30:05 PM »
Let us know the name when its decided.

Mine was called "Nico".


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Everything and Nothing / Re: TV: Lost
« on: December 10, 2007, 06:21:31 PM »
Lost is great. No point recording when that is on !

I'm looking forward to season 4.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 10, 2007, 05:34:56 PM »
NP

Keith Berry: A Strange Feather  (primarily foreboding soundscapes, but low key, inventive and very enjoyable)

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Good to hear it, Hallu. Thanks !

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Everything and Nothing / Re: This new SMF forum
« on: December 08, 2007, 03:10:24 PM »
I take that back ... Mesh does not color-separate posts and is narrower.
Back-n-black is better.


but could be time to head over to
http://custom.simplemachines.org/themes/
and see what others they have. Good to find something
easy on the eyes & with a bit of character.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: This new SMF forum
« on: December 08, 2007, 03:07:49 PM »
I take that back ... Mesh does not color-separate posts and is narrower.
Back-n-black is better.


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Everything and Nothing / Re: This new SMF forum
« on: December 08, 2007, 03:01:44 PM »
Yep, I also miss the bottom of page navigation.

Mike: on the template thing, I particularly like Mesh ... another dark theme similar to the one you suggest.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Pet Sounds
« on: December 08, 2007, 02:48:13 PM »
Beautiful dog, gab.
I used to have a brown/white springer. Full of energy !

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