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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 02, 2014, 06:03:40 PM »
Richard Ginns - In Float
A 2014 release on Tattersall's Cotton Goods label. This is electo-acoustic ambient at it's finest. The atmosphere is a fragile one with sounds hovering, sustaining, and then vanishing. Listening to the album brings to mind the image of motes of dust floating through a sunbeam. 

To tie this into the YouTube thread: This is an album that I never would have bought if the artist hadn't uploaded it to Bandcamp. The cost of buying this limited edition release, combined with the shipping from the UK, was prohibitive. I just didn't want to take a chance based on the few samples I heard on the Cotton Goods website. But after streaming the album once on Bandcamp, I found myself returning to it over and over again and finally bought the digital version as a way of showing my support.

Stream/Buy digital: (Curves on the Surface is my favorite track)
Buy physical: (which is now on sale!)

That's a beauty!  Thanks for the discovery, Chris.


A collaboration between Specta Ciera (Devin Underwood) and The Circular Ruins (APK),
and as you might expect it is a rich electro-ambient offering, full of depth and subtle
sonic surprises. Both artists exhibit a range of working methods and styles in their
solo releases, and it is that diversity and the remarkable collaborative synthesis achieved
that make this release so musically fascinating. From the lush dronescape of the title track,
through the solo piano of Solitary Window, to the stray electrics of Tesla, the album seems
to present a new face at each turn, and yet there is a pervading mood and continuity
throughout that will certainly reward discerning listeners.

The album is available as a physical release or as a download.

There is a player with a full set of samples and tracklist on the album page:
Middle Distance @ DataObscura

Or here are the straight samples::[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]

Please do have a listen.

Comments always welcome.
Many thanks.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: What is Youtube to you?
« on: March 30, 2014, 11:34:09 AM »
Isn't it the case that you can upload higher quality audio with YouTube if you want? As with their video options too. It isn't all the same low quality.

And not everyone feels the need for the very best quality audio, many are using low budget audio systems/ear buds etc. and would probably be happy to have the album for free at that quality.

I'm surprised that people don't mention the streaming on Bandcamp. If all the tracks are streaming and it is so easy to record that stream, then it is like having free albums to download. I only just discovered that on Bandcamp you have to be a Pro user and pay a monthly fee to be able to turn a track into non-streamable.

I'm on the side of an artist's personal rights. Putting up an odd sample or perhaps a track is not so bad, but putting up a whole album without permission is ignoring those rights and ownership. People should be more respectful.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 23, 2014, 03:49:58 PM »
I've had to drive around town a lot recently, and that means:

- Saul Stokes :: Vast
- Saul Stokes :: Fields

Sophisticated and wonderfully idiosyncratic.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: blofeld, nord lead 3
« on: March 21, 2014, 12:34:36 PM »
You could keep both and look out for an inexpensive used weighted controller keyboard on eBay, local kiji, or wherever that won't set you back too much cash.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 20, 2014, 12:30:49 PM »
Here it has recently been:

- A Winged Victory For The Sullen
- Collin Thomas :: summer:porch:night (he does very minimal work, often with lots of field recordings)
- Steve Roach :: Destination Beyond  (I like his rhythmic works the best)
- Múm :: Finally We Are No One (very very precious)
- The Boats :: Words Are Something Else (can't have enuf Boats)

Thank you, Richard !
Very much appreciate your review.


Nice comments and descriptions, as usual, Richard.

This is actually my favourite style of Steve Roach.
A very enjoyable album, and also great with a bit of volume.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 09, 2014, 05:11:52 PM »
Right now:

Nunc Stans & Mystified- One Thousand Dreams- One of Anthony's unsung masterpieces. This is so good and so trippy, but I never see anyone else talking about it. Definitely needs more exposure.

Thanks Joe.
A track was actually played on HOS a few weeks ago, so not completely overlooked.
Here is its page if anyone would like to hear some samples:

"... some hipster shit."
I like that  :)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 20, 2014, 02:41:35 PM »
- Loscil :: Sketches From New Brighton  (tis a lovely thing. Some dubbyness, some ambient bliss)
- The Archivist :: The Wooden Laser  (Tattersail of Boats fame)

"Cell--Live at Kumharas 2006.  This is simply a psy trance masterpiece."

Totally agree. It's in my all-time favorite list. Brilliant piece of work.

I certainly didn't do everything in the main game either. I'm at 55.
Both of the main addons are very good. I didn't go for the build your own place one.

I recently picked up the Dawnguard addon for Skyrim.
It was excellent !

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Good software EQs
« on: February 07, 2014, 06:59:26 AM »
Yep, nothing against its sound quality, Julio. I have used it. But probably outside Castleview's "low budget". An EQ like apQualizer is under $100 and is like having two quality plugins.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Good software EQs
« on: February 06, 2014, 09:52:08 PM »
Good to hear it's working for you. I find it clean and very flexible. Couldn't live without it. Have it on the master out as a default in my DAW (along with PSP's Vintage Warmer plugin).

Quite often I'm just using it for the spectral readout to keep an eye out for resonances and booming bass end. When you work with a spectrogram a lot you get used to what a sound profile should look like.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Good software EQs
« on: February 06, 2014, 07:38:30 AM »
I do find the Sonnox overpriced, and am not keen on iLoc. Plus too much room given to knobs vs the curve screen for my taste. Also, I don't think it has a Mid/Side option.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Good software EQs
« on: February 05, 2014, 07:11:24 PM »
Having at least one with the spectral readout is invaluable. It's also light on the cpu so you can use a bunch of them. You can adjust the speed/responsiveness of the spectral readout as well. Well worth trying the demo.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Good software EQs
« on: February 05, 2014, 06:14:13 PM »
I use EQs on tracks and mixes way more than any other type of effect. So yep, I think its good to have some reasonable EQ plugins in your arsenal. I also think a built-in spectral readout is a great addition to a software EQ so you can see the initial signal, what needs work, and the result of EQ changes.

A favorite that I use on everything is apEQ, which is now called apQualizr :

There are similar things by other companies, like the excellent one by DMG Audio called EQuick. Little more expensive though, but very good and has a feature or two apEQ doesn't have:

I use little else except a Waves EQ, but I only use it for mastering. The above ones I think of as great for track and everyday use EQs.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 29, 2014, 10:40:24 AM »
New purchases;

The Circular Ruins - Birth Of Tragedy. One listen so far , fantastic.

Very pleased to hear you enjoyed it so much.  8)

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