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Everything and Nothing / Re: I want one of these...
« on: April 22, 2008, 08:31:29 PM »
Yeah I think everyone does :)   Fun device.
Finally for sale in north america. Expensive though.

You should also check out this Monome page and watch the video.

Nunc Stans: Timeless  (DataObscura)

A few years back, Anthony Paul Kerby (APK) - curator of the DataObscura label and of musical entities The Circular Ruins and Lammergeyer – sought to give fuller voice to the drone, conceiving a discrete project where this element in his sound palette could range more freely. To distinguish it from his other electro-ambient work, he chose to don the guise of Nunc Stans. A key element of The Drone is persistence through time, making the moniker especially apt, referring to the place we always are, signalling the protentions and retentions of the present, enfolding within it future and past (for anorak-y academic types, the term comes from a concept in Husserlian phenomenology, meaning literally the “standing now”). With third album, Timeless, the name-concept is rendered more symbolic, as a musical expression of timelessness in its suspension of conventional time-tempo markers, and as a representation of our experience of a vast landscape like the timeless extremities of APK’s adopted homeland. By all accounts much of the inspirational heft of Nunc Stans comes from contemplation of zones like northern Canada where a timeless sense may be more keenly felt - unchanging, undefined, free from human particularity and interruption.

Both Timeless and companion piece, Ellesmere Island (free EP download), come along at a time when no small number of ambienteers and droners are looking to the earth’s extremities, especially the polar and the chthonic, for inspiration. Whether knowingly or not, this work falls most obviously under the flag of “Isolationist Ambient”, a sub-genre line conceptually born in the early 90s with Virgin's Ambient 4: Isolationism compilation, and lately revisited, for one, by Netherworld’s Glacial Movements label, whose mission statement - “confronts the individual with forces beyond his control, while trying to mirror the beauty of epic, barren landscapes with immeasurable dimensions” – could apply equally well to that proposed by Nunc Stans (who, incidentally, was making glacial movements  long before GM). There’s a shared topography and sensibility with these and other Nordic polar-drifters – with the neo-environmentalist strains of a Biosphere, or the ‘soft’ isolationism of the likes of Cyclic Law’s Northaunt. Obvious peers such as Oöphoi, Alio Die or Mathias Grassow may be invoked too in considering what is fundamentally a work of layered drones uniting organic and electronic textures. But Timeless is more musically active, less dust in the wind than expanding horizons - a deal more earth and fire mixed in with its air and water, allowing slivers and shreds of melodic leads to slip through and bob in its oceanism. It’s a dark-hued ambient soundscapery whose not entirely serene meditations will be familiar from previous releases, Night Vision and Cerulean Suite. But for all its frosty alien quality, it’s run through by thermal currents, and a rich textured feel. The Shower-curtain of Sound APK often drapes across his backdrops is pronounced, and particularly dense on Ellesmere Island, where a filmy field-recording infusion creates a murky soup in which sunken harmonics may be dredged for by deeper-diving ambient treasure-hunters.

After the keynote for the collection is sounded by opener, “Some Things You Missed”, “Labrador Sunrise” ghosts in with a distant air of the ominous, musical matter swimming up from chthonic rumble, the whole enshrouded in field-haze and reverb-mist. The title track is not a pure floating undifferentiated timeless, but rather a passing over an alien landscape, a voyage across the unfamiliar, the non-human - traversing the remote and icy far northern landscapes. “I Will Forget” provides a very human interlude, with an emotive melodicity reminiscent of Lammergeyer - languorous and melancholic, a dynamic and mood at which APK excels. Before long, though, we are into “We Ought Not To Be Awake”, which takes a turn back towards the alien unknown, with a foreboding feeling that suggests maybe we should not be here. Ultimately less dark than stark, it conjurs up winter light, frost-flecked haze, and glints in the boreal dawn. Later tracks relent in intensity, “Suspension of Belief”, for example, playing on Coledridge with chamberesque synthetic strings. Overall, though, Timeless strikes an effective balance between the composed refinement of an older space music tradition and the grainier indeterminacy of contemporary experimental drone-ambient.

Alan Lockett

To see the full review + links to sound samples go here:

The album is here:

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: 1000 True Fans
« on: April 22, 2008, 11:05:06 AM »
Robert's blog post should remind everyone that even the most well-known artists in our genera are not at all making a living from their albums. And the less well-known are making a pittance (if anything). This is why we have trouble with the huge amount of free file sharing that is going on, and also why we very much appreciate what loyal fans and paying customers we do get.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 22, 2008, 10:57:36 AM »
Yes, has a Nunc Stans tone (especially some new Nunc I'm now composing), and sounds excellent. Particularly suits the darker opening graphics of the movie.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: 1000 True Fans
« on: April 22, 2008, 06:00:56 AM »
An informative read.
Thanks for pointing it out Pete.

Many thanks Forrest and Kirk !

Great to have some feedback on this one.
I appreciate it.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Don't believe the hype
« on: April 18, 2008, 11:44:44 AM »
Well done, Jason !
That must be some sort of record in our genre.


Forget everything I said .... its just over 78 minutes, not 88.
Sorry to mislead.

Max on a CD is indeed 80 minutes.

I repeat:  This CD is not 88 minutes, but just over 78 minutes. 

Still a respectable length though :)

Its a single pressed CD with just over 88 minutes of music.
Yep, its magic, but they can press them with that much.
Some really old players might have trouble because it exceeds
the red book standard.

I've not had any complaints though.

Its certainly a lot of music for your money   ;D

(I wonder if it's a record for longest pressed, regular audio CD release ? )

Various Artists: Perceived Distances (Blue Oasis CD)
The very first Blue Oasis compilation. Over 88 (edit: make that 78) minutes of original
and moving works spanning various styles of ambient electronica
by some of the best contemporary practitioners:

Off The Sky, The Circular Ruins, Saul Stokes, P is for Prue,
Beta Two Agonist, Entia Non, False Mirror, Cymphonic, Subradial,
Dreaming The Seed, Rumforskning, Robert Davies, and Marco Lucchi.

It is a fascinating set of original works that takes you on a vast
musical journey. 

Available as pressed CD or as a digital download.

For album details & lots of audio samples :

Here are a few quick samples:
TCR + Off The Sky
Saul Stokes
P is for Prue

The opening collaboration track by Off The Sky + The Circular Ruins
is on the Blue Oasis Radio page

Enjoy !


Other Ambient (and related) Music / NEW - Kwook: Skywave (Blue Oasis)
« on: April 18, 2008, 08:39:07 AM »

Kwook: Skywave  (Blue Oasis CD)
We have waited a long time for a new album from Kwook (Simon Bennett,
Australia) and it is finally here. A masterful and addictive set of electro-ambient
gems. Inspired by deep space & shortwaves, this album is mellow, spacious,
rhythmic, and with the laid-back musical joy we found in the earlier "UFO"
release. Gets my highest recommendation. (APK)

"Kwook is an ambient project of the Australian musician Simon Bennett.
Where his previous album UFO was quite outer-space themed, Bennett’s
second album “Skywave” is a musical survey of shortwave radio.

Sonically, a varied array of distorted signals are very nicely matched with
sequenced parts and minimal, flowing, melodic structures and occasional
rhythms. E.g. “Sunspots” feels like a warm blanket with it’s softly glowing,
positive approach, as does the three part 22-minute title track, found at
the closing of the album.

Overall, there’s this mellow, dreamy, hypnotizing effect embedded in all
twelve sonic ambient excursions, all delicately shaped and sculptured.
In its own right, it’s a kind of cleverly composed chill-out ambient with
a great high-quality sound.

So all who love spacious ambient music, make sure to check this one
out."   Bert Strolenberg - Sonic Immersion


Available either on disk (pressed) or as a digital download.
For track details & audio samples:

Here are a couple of samples
Calling All Stations
Stationary Waves

There is also a full track to listen to on the Radio page:



Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 13, 2008, 06:54:01 PM »

- Namlook & Spyra: Virtual Vices V

Great if you like a laid back jazz-influenced beat driven style, with a fair bit of Namlook guitar.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Manitou- All Points North
« on: April 12, 2008, 08:41:37 AM »
I think its a mighty fine release too.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Hello Hypnos!
« on: April 11, 2008, 12:16:10 PM »
Always good to see a new face on the forum. Look forward to the music.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 05, 2008, 03:08:32 PM »

- Stewart Walker: Reclamation

an older bit of minimal beat.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 05, 2008, 01:18:11 PM »
Good stuff Antdude  8)

I've been listening to

- Solo Andata: Live in Melbourne

a fasicinating and attractive album of fine minimal 12K quazi-ambient excursions. Lots of guitar.

There are now some updates to the playlist.
Its a nice set.

Another in a series of free DataObscura EP releases
for you to download & enjoy.

Robert Davies: Dawn

New, unreleased quality dronescape set.

Fans of Steve Roach should particularly enjoy these.
A little more intensity than earlier works by Robert.

Available here :

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 03, 2008, 10:06:26 AM »

- Willits & Sakamoto - Ocean Fire

An album I find to be almost great. Its stuffed with fascinating & contemporary sonic manipulations, and awash with grainy drawn-out beauty. The thick glitchy opening of 'Sentience' and the warm flow of 'Cold Heat' are worth the price of admission. But some tracks, I feel, become strained and wander a tad too aimlessly and industrially. Neat work though.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: March 31, 2008, 07:31:28 PM »
Quote:    1) He's a little like Sara Lee ("Nobody doesn't like Sara Lee") and I mean that sincerely. With his deep and broad discography, everyone seems to like at least one Steve Roach album, whether his Berlin school stuff, his fractal grooves, his ethno-tribal, his dark ambient, his desert spacemusic well, you get the idea. So, hardly anyone ever comes into a discussion and says "Who is this Steve Roach of whom you speak?"


Who the heck is Sara Lee ?

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