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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: May 03, 2014, 08:52:11 AM »
Reading the final Ian Banks novel :: The Hydrogen Sonata
Great stuff.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 03, 2014, 08:49:26 AM »
Honeysuckle :: highly recommended.   
Call me crazy, but I often leave it on repeat all evening.   :)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 30, 2014, 01:40:14 PM »
- Alio Die ::  Honeysuckle

Can't get enough of this. A wonderful work.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 26, 2014, 02:22:43 PM »
- Sonmi451 :: A Phosphorus Spot
- Sonmi451 :: Probes and Prisms

Adorable little albums.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 08, 2014, 11:55:42 AM »
Many thanks Joe and Thirdsystem for comments on Middle Distance.
Great to see it getting some enjoyment and praise.

I want to give a big thanks to Devin Underhill (Specta Ciera) for this one. He did some very fine work to start the project off. I just took it to its final state.

Just put that on our iPad ... looking forward to it. Be a little shared thing with the wife. Thanks Chris.

A very nice review from Chuck at STAR'S END radio.


Congratulations to The Winterhouse. Each disc in their two CD set
GATHERING AUTUMN tracks like a well-executed deep dark hour of STAR'S
END Ambient Radio. Combining Robert Davies' penchant for sustaining
environmental atmospheres and Anthony Paul Kerby's high-concept
soundcraft the 13 sonic scenarios found on their 5th collaboration
bend, expand and recede along an arc sensitively conceived for the
sleeping listener. Accompanied by the beautiful sounds of the wild
outdoors the minimal realizations rise and sustain with slowly
shifting synth beds and deliberately paced melodies, eventually
falling back into the monumental simplicity of field recordings -
sometimes standing alone without musical accompaniment. GATHERING
AUTUMN progresses gradually through its moods, climates and phases
much like the earthly season its title is drawn from. A forest
nightwalk, a twilit beach or dawn in a meadow - the darker chords
provide a sense of the ominous while the brighter ones renewal and
hope. To the inattentive GATHERING AUTUMN will seem like just another
album full of drones and chirping birds - something for their
background ambience. But through more sensitive listening we will find
well recorded sounds of nature, interestingly conceived and created
sound elements and well constructed arrangements. Bells? Piano?
Strings? Flute? Guitar? Exploring both consonance and dissonance the
sounds used within this work only hint at real-world instruments. Some
motion results from building chord progressions or echoing muted
keyboard play, but it is hard to map this work as it continually slips
into and out of the focus of our attention. GATHERING AUTUMN is quite
diverse, but can our over-stimulated senses perceive its many colors
and textures? This is music from a separate place. Islands of
melancholy calm, graceful and dignified - leading to deep thoughts and

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.

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