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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 29, 2017, 11:29:34 AM »
Some recent listens/highlights:

The Circular Ruins - Pathways

Very impressive epic double album, need to play it again soon. Lots of variety and little details.

Very glad to hear it, cvac. Thanks !

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / The Circular Ruins : Pathways
« on: January 29, 2017, 11:27:18 AM »
Latest The Circular Ruins release ::

THe Circular Ruins: Pathways

Physical 2 CD album (pressed) released on the Databloem label in Holland, late 2016.

"Looking back on 15 years of Databloem, thoughts of gratitude and admiration go out to Anthony Paul Kerby,
who has been an inspirational and ever helpful mastermind and mentor for the label and its artists. We can still
feel the excitement of releasing his The Circular Ruins debut CD album Realm of Possibility, back in 2002.
From there Tony has taken his sound and composition skills to higher skies and has been very active the past
decade, spreading his ambient explorations through his own dataObscura label. Last year we asked APK if he
was willing and able to create another masterpiece for Databloem.... so he did and here it is, a storytelling
Ambient work of complex beauty, spread over 2 Discs."
Dennis Knopper
, Databloem

At DataObscura we now have the download version available on Bandcamp ---->  Pathways
It's the place to listen to the album.

I also have a few physical copies for sale here at DataObscura in Canada. Just contact me if interested.
Email address is here:

Otherewise it is of course available at in the Netherlands.

Please do have a listen.
It's a good one !!

Enjoy !


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Tech Talk with Jaja
« on: January 28, 2017, 06:00:54 PM »
That's a gorgeous unit. I hope you find in it what you are after.  8)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Korg Electribe 2
« on: January 23, 2017, 09:57:06 AM »
Video shows why this is not just a beat machine, but a deep electro/ambient synth &
sequencer, once you tame it and get into its other underlying osc and fx strengths.

Ekstasis:: Yep, you are right, Lush is a very fine synth, looks great too. I've owned it for a few years. Great for layering and also for rhythmic/arp things.

Another fine sounding newer VA synth is the xils PolyKB. You might like this one. Just came out with v2. I'm tempted.

Video is of the earlier version.


Might as well buy the software and map a controller to it, lot cheaper than the hardware and sounds the same !

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: NI Maschine Jam
« on: January 17, 2017, 11:51:56 AM »
Scott :: These are the best I have ever used. Very sensitive (no pressure needed). Very immediate. Feel very accurate. And the side leds really help.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 17, 2017, 10:36:52 AM »
Murkok :: Dizziness -- grainy, noisy, pads/drones. Would be excellent sleep music.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 17, 2017, 10:19:07 AM »
Biosphere :: Departed Glories -- A curious album. Often with great beauty and subtlety.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: NI Maschine Jam
« on: January 16, 2017, 08:39:20 PM »
I don't just do drone ambient, I work on rhythmic and experimental music too. The thing is it's a great controller for whatever you might want to do. Different paradigm than yer standard keyboard, but not so distant, just a few degrees more complex and deeply integrated with it's software. Flexible is probably the best word for it. As with the new Korg Electribe I bought recently, the demos all tend to be nothing but layered dance beats, but they can be put to many more purposes than that if they have the flexibility.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / NI Maschine Jam
« on: January 16, 2017, 03:25:59 PM »
Was not intending this purchase, but could not resist.
The Maschine Jam controller is excellent. Well built, very flexible. Handsome !
But the big surprise if how good the Maschine software is that comes with it.
Remarkable !

My latest work on DataObscura

Nunc Stans: Crossing Bridges

Deep, monumental ambient journeys, in the style of the earlier "Elementa" from 2016.
Drone based, expansive, musical, and always in flux. 

The download version is available here on BandcampCrossing Bridges
It's the place to listen to the album.

Also available as a physical release at DataObscura:  DataObscura

Please do have a listen.
Comments always very welcome.

Enjoy !


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Lo-Fi Ambient Recommendations
« on: January 11, 2017, 05:49:32 PM »
It sounds good, but the price is indeed over the top. $15 for the digital   !!!

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: TC Electronic VSS3 Native Reverb is here
« on: January 11, 2017, 09:53:52 AM »
Let us know what it's like after you try it Julio.
I may have to give the demo a spin myself.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 10, 2017, 10:37:16 AM »
Thanks for the info. Appreciate it.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 10, 2017, 09:39:51 AM »
Wow!  That 23 Degrees piece is great. Had not heard it before.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 09, 2017, 09:14:39 PM »
Sorry Niclas, it is not a matter of outright restriction, just a matter of being more appropriate to the forum direction of electro / ambient and not flooding it with material that would be better off elsewhere, especially when it gets no interest or discussion from members. It's also useful, for example, if people say a few words about the music they are playing, and why others might like it.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 09, 2017, 02:13:56 PM »
Ekstasis, why on earth do you keep putting up a style of music that does not fit the style of this community
and its users, and that gets no comments or interest from anyone, and that just keeps filling up page after page with videos.
Please, try to keep the interests of the people here in mind. It is pretty obvious what they are.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 08, 2017, 09:27:15 AM »
No, right now they don't work.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 25, 2016, 09:32:16 PM »
I'm with you Chris. I also liked Imaginal Symmetry quite a lot, but did not pick up Unfathomable Convergence.

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