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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 13, 2015, 07:58:19 AM »
offthesky - The Serpent Phase
I have a confession to make. When Jason Cordor debuted Cold Distances (dataObscura/databloem) in 2003, I thought it was the bee's knees. I listened to that disc on repeat for weeks and practically wore it out. I continued to follow Cordor's work over his next few releases, but I eventually started to feel that he was moving in directions that did not always sync with my audio palette. Sometimes his work hit the right spot, but often it didn't.

With that as context, The Serpent Phase really resonates with me in a way that none of his releases have since 2003, even though this album is nothing like Cold Distances. The Serpent Phase is seven short tracks based largely on acoustic instrumentation (flutes, violin) that, of course, are treated in the ways you might expect with modern processing methods. The atmosphere is serene and mysterious; the sounds bellow and fill the sky. This is great drifting ambiance and will likely be one of my favorites of the year. Frankly, if I had heard this one "blind" with no knowledge of the artist, I never would have pegged it as offthesky.

I'm a sucker for good art and packaging too. The cover reminds me of something that might be seen in the v23 days of 4AD, and the digipak itself is a 6-panel matte finish. Lovely.

Buy/Stream: https://hibernate.bandcamp.com/album/the-serpent-phase

Nice to hear your thoughts on Cold Distances, Chris. It was a great collection of tracks with an exceptional unity and flow. A very early album for Jason. Unfortunately we no longer have the rights at DataObscura to sell it. Jason was going to re-release it in some form or other. Don't know if he has. Databloem might still have some physical copies.

I'm with you on many of the Offthesky releases, some very good pieces here and there, but not too much that has excited me overall. Will have to head to bandcamp though and give Serpent Phase a good listen.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: ...a few thoughts on communities
« on: September 11, 2015, 02:01:13 PM »
Ha yep, the Haunted Stick.  :o
And I do miss the outspoken and endearing Jim B.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / NI Reaktor 6
« on: September 10, 2015, 01:48:50 PM »
Nice development of this platform:

www.native-instruments.com/en/products/komplete/synths/reaktor-6

especially the modular Blocks concept.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 20, 2015, 06:05:22 PM »
Terry Riley :: A Rainbow In Curved Air
Mum :: Yesterday Was Dramatic - Today is OK

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: That Audiophile thing again
« on: August 18, 2015, 06:52:12 AM »
Now on the subject of audiophilia...yes it gets crazy. Many of these guys have playback systems better than the gear used to originally record the music.

Yep, so often people with very expensive gear are looking for qualities and subtleties in recordings that are simply not there.

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Thought I'd mention here that I currently have Perceived Distances (2008) available
for just $2.50 at Bandcamp should anyone be interested.
It's a fine collection if you don't have it :

https://dataobscura.bandcamp.com/album/perceived-distances


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Just saw the Martin Sheen movie. Very good experience. Excellent.

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Wow! Great thing to attempt, Julio. Excellent !
It's going to be hot  !!!

Reminds me that La Vuelta a Espaņa is later in August, last of the three big cycle races.

Do people ever cycle the Camino, I wonder?

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 28, 2015, 03:25:31 PM »
Been playing:

Arovane -- Atol Scrap, Lilies, Icol Diston. These are fine things.

Checked on Bandcamp :  arovane.bandcamp.com

Good time to check out the early releaes if you don't already have them ... euro is not always this low !   8)

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"I'm not interested anymore in having a synth museum."

I liked that  :)

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Just released on DataObscura.

   
 
DARWIN RAYMOND and JACOB NEWMAN :: transitions

Darwin Raymond (Ohio) and Jacob Newman (Colorado) combine their talents to create an original
and immersive album of wintry and autumnal drones, textures, and subtle melodies built around
the yearning guitar work of Raymond. Granular treatments and synth additions form evolving layers
of textures and drifting atmospheres that place the listener firmly in the grip of our colder seasons
as they slowly transition towards the hope of spring. It is a fascinating aural journey. 

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:

transitions @ BANDCAMP - best for listening.

transitions @ DataObscura - has samples from all tracks.

Please do have a listen.

Comments always welcome.
Many thanks.

APK

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I have a new Winterhouse album just out on DataObscura.
This is of course a collaboration with Robert Davies.

   
 
THE WINTERHOUSE :: Slow Awakening

The Winterhouse (Robert Davies and APK) continue to bring us deftly crafted organic landscapes
that are tinged with melancholy and rich with the shadows and details of intimate natural spaces.
Spaces of beauty, seclusion and refuge that appear to emerge from slowly dissolving blankets of
morning mist. The work is both mysterious and enchanting, and is an admirable addition to the
Winterhouse collection.

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:

Slow Awakening @ BANDCAMP - best for listening.

Slow Awakening @ DataObscura - has samples from all tracks.

Please do have a listen.

Comments always welcome.
Many thanks.

APK


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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.

APK

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

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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