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I have a new album just out on DataObscura.

NUNC STANS :: Further Afield

Ten tracks of lush and subtly inventive drone-style works that flex and evolve, and conjure up
vast landscapes, imaginary flights, and curious excursions. These are works of emotion and are
ripe with fascinating details. So strap on some headphones, settle back, and enjoy the trip as
you travel Further Afield. 

The album is available as a physical CDr release at DataObscura, or as
a download from our Bandcamp site, where you can stream a bunch of full tracks:

Further Afield @ BANDCAMP - best for listening.

Further Afield @ DataObscura - has samples from all tracks.

Please do have a listen.

Comments always welcome.
Many thanks.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 15, 2015, 08:37:23 PM »
I'm seeking treatment for it  ;)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 14, 2015, 05:55:43 PM »
- Alio Die and Montana :: Holographic Codex    -- The opening track on this release is wonderful.

(I often play it on repeat for longer than I will admit)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: New Toy for Studio
« on: July 12, 2015, 03:23:08 PM »
Nice !   8)
Be interesting to hear why you were attracted to this particular synth.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 12, 2015, 01:01:13 PM »
- Fripp & Eno :: Equatorial Stars --- nice to hear this again, been a while.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 07, 2015, 08:50:45 AM »
Very pleased to hear your comments on the new Raymond / Newman release, Chris. Thanks !

I've also sent you a personal forum message.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Folktek Conduit
« on: June 25, 2015, 08:22:35 AM »
Yep, that looks like a fun instrument, Harry. I could see feeding it through a multi-effect box for some chorusing, delay, and reverb and away you go !    8)

Always a fun and controversial topic.

The "everything you need to know" guide you point to is useful for who's making what available, but the technicals are not really there, and that means the factual science. The assumption that greater resolution equates to better music is questionable.

It is very tempting to see this high resolution revolution as a commercial one, as a way to get the public to upgrade all their listening gear and re-purchase all their music collection (yet again). And even if high res audio were better, you'd also need to know what released music would benefit from being reproduced at that level. You'd need to know that the audio path of the recording artists you enjoy is all happening at these higher sampling and bit rates ... which could well not be the case.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 18, 2015, 06:40:56 PM »
This evening

Echo Delta :: Digital Lifeforms -- picked up this dubby thing last week on Bandcamp. On close listen it didn't work for me. Too generic.

Moved to some Loscil --- always very special and unique. Sort of in the way Biosphere is, if you know what I mean.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Max Richter 8-hour lullaby
« on: June 17, 2015, 09:00:23 AM »
Thanks for the heads up Dave. I'll be getting that for sure !

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 08, 2015, 05:56:43 PM »

Klaus Shultze :: Big In Japan
Philip Weigl :: Prisma
Shuttle358 :: Can You Prove I Was Born  (hit and miss on this one)
and a bunch of Robert Davies

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CD vs. CDR
« on: May 22, 2015, 02:06:18 PM »
I don't think John meant anything negative by that word.
It's admirable that you jumped in and offered to make the music available.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 22, 2015, 10:30:09 AM »
The new Shuttle358 on 12k :

Track 9 is a standout for me.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: May 21, 2015, 11:42:36 AM »
Ha ...  I was going to try out the Audio Technica ATH-M50x phones when at a store again. I'd heard very good things about their quality given their relatively affordable price point. Now I may have to spend more for the M70x !!!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CD vs. CDR
« on: May 19, 2015, 02:17:02 PM »
I think these days its wise (and relatively easy) to make sure you have a good MP3 (or whatever) rip
of physical albums saved somewhere. That way when your wife throws you out you don't have to
take all those damn CDs with you.  ;)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CD vs. CDR
« on: May 19, 2015, 09:29:28 AM »
Don't think there is much you can do if you have cleaned the disk and it won't read anymore.
I think the solution is to contact either artist and see if they will send you a replacement disk or a good digital version.

A number of labels were not always using the best blank CDr media for their releases.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ambient music and Mastering
« on: May 12, 2015, 08:26:48 PM »
Well you know, there are a lot more people creating finished music now than back in the previous century. Creating and recording good quality audio is itself a lot easier now that we have computer DAWs. And a lot of artists do get better not only at playing their preferred instrument(s) but also at editing and recording their own compositions, and mastering the final album, the end product. So the need for expensive studio time has certainly been drastically reduced. But it is not that the need has completely gone away, that would be presumptuous. It would presume that everyone gets everything right on their own albums. It would presume that a second pair of ears is not needed. It would presume that their album could not be improved in its audio quality or balance or overall arrangement. I think they generally can be ... in the hands of a skilled engineer. Of course, in the hands of a not so good engineer you may be wasting time and money, that goes without saying. But so often I hear albums that could have benefited from having better editing and mastering. That aside, I do share your view that ambient is a peculiar beast, and can be quite different from recording real world instruments where veracity of sound is the big thing, and different from the pop world where pumping things up and adding a new twist  to standard 4 piece bands and vocals is important. There is no way ambient should be. A particular way it should sound. It can be glitchy and lofi, for example. But no matter what it's style, there is still a musicality that should be achieved and it should be polished to the best it can be. Time and nurture should be given to it.

I have little interest when someone announces: I'm going to do an album a week for the next couple of months !  Am I not amazing !
No, you are not. It's probably gonna be crap.

Just finished The Talos Principle (on Steam). 
If you like puzzles and realistic environments, and some quirky philosophy thrown in, this is a winner.
Very much enjoyed it.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: "Mythos and Music"
« on: April 23, 2015, 12:58:41 PM »
Just a note. Much of the music of Robert Davies is influenced by Lovecraft, particularly in relation to a sort of nature mysticism or animism. He often quotes Lovecraft on the covers and uses brief lines for track titles.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 19, 2015, 05:34:58 PM »
This evening (and many prior ones)

- Saul Stokes :: Formation   "Turn of Phrase" is wonderful !!

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