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I purchased a lot of great music in 2016, but most of it wasn't released in 2016.   :P

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 06, 2017, 05:50:54 PM »
Microstoria - Snd

I wish Microstoria made more music.  It's a Mouse on Mars and Oval collaboration.  The full album is here.  It's quiet minimal music that begs for higher volume.  If you are aware of similar music from another artist, let us know.

Mouse on Mars - Instrumentals

Unique Ambient techno with warm saturated harmonic sounds, soft glitch, deep dubby bass.  If you are aware of similar music from another artist, let us know.           

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Lo-Fi Ambient Recommendations
« on: January 06, 2017, 04:52:56 PM »
Greetings Ambient peoples.  I was wondering if you have any recommendations for Lo-Fi Ambient.  LFA in this context means Ambient music that features soft noise beds, clicks, pops, ambiguous percussive noises, etc.  It could also mean low bit depth resolution as long as it isn't too harsh.  Granular synthesis is another possibility.  Neo-classical and electro acoustic elements are fine, but not required.  It could be beatless.  It could have minimal beats.     

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 23, 2016, 07:16:19 PM »
Flowers for Body Snatchers

Somber piano, muted synths and field recordings.  Dark, serene and beautiful.  One of my favorite new-ish Dark Ambient artists.

The audio quality of this youtube is a joke compared to the real thing.  People who rip from youtube apparently don't care about audio quality, but they would still like to know how to burn this rip to CD at the highest quality.   ;D   

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 23, 2016, 06:48:08 PM »
Paul Schütze – New Maps of Hell (1992) Full album

Count me as a fan. He recorded several great albums in the 90s. I'm glad he also maintains a bandcamp page and makes most of these OOP recordings available. My favorite is probably still Surgery of Touch.

Surgery of Touch is good.  It's slightly disturbing and probably unappealing to the Ambient fan who needs to be in a very comfortable place all the time.  It's semi-dark mystic music that leans towards acid hell sometimes, but never gets close enough to harm a strong soul.

"Apart" is a Paul Schütze album that is most likely to appeal to the Ambient drone fan.  Gentle and somewhat haunting.  I also have "Rapture of Metals" which is similar to "New Maps of Hell" in some ways, but less cinematic and not as good.

His 90s works made a lasting impression.  They will never be deleted.  They are cherished pieces of music.  When they appear at random on shuffle, I pay close attention and wonder what makes them so special.  The question never gets answered.  I simply accept they are timeless compositions to be enjoyed.

His later works do nothing for me.  I wanted to like them, but couldn't.  This is a common occurrence in music.     

Tardigrade, thanks for your comments.

I'd originally put far more bass parts on the tracks, but later felt that they were too much of a feature. I plan to use the bass (fretless and fretted) much more so on future releases.
Yes, environmental field recordings can be a cliche. I was aware of this and decided (like my previous 'Ocean Sighs' album) to have them throughout the album - as opposed to as an occasional bit of ambiance. Also, my take on this was to use binaural recordings, so they would have more spatial interest than standard stereo recordings. I employed them to add a bit of 'context' to the tracks - the vocal parts being the primary element really. Lastly, they are significant to me as I recorded them all locally and remember where and when I recorded them, I dare say that doesn't really matter for the listener (?)

Sorry for the delayed reply Pete, I was recovering from a facial transplant.  I hope you understand. 

My comments were genuinely intended as constructive criticism and you accepted them as they were intended.  This rarely happens on the internet in this context, so I feel obligated to purchase one of your albums at random soon.  Well maybe not entirely random.  I shall choose an album with artwork that speaks deeply to me at the time of purchase.  I have previewed many of your works and have already determined there are no duds.

The things I criticized weren't deal breakers from the perspective of a discerning music consumer.  The bass passages would have been more pleasing with just one more repeat of the phrase.  Three would have been the magic number with space in between.  One phrase seemed incomplete.

We agree environmental sounds can be cliche.  IMO, your environmental sounds avoided being cliche and did not detract from the quality of the music.  It is difficult for me to describe what would make an environmental sound cliche.  I know it when I hear it.  You probably do too. 

Generally, environmental sounds are less likely to be cliche if they are processed in a manner that makes them less like reality via filters, modulations and various subtle or not so subtle effects.  This can evoke a welcome subliminal memory of sound for the listener who has no idea what effects are.  The same sound can be appreciated in the same way and even further by someone who knows or ponders what you did to the water to make it a more interesting sound.  I suppose "alternate reality" environmental sounds escapes cliche because they are familiar enough to be pleasant and sufficiently different from reality to be intriguing.

Keep up the good work.  You are still evolving.   :)       


I listened to the entire BC stream a few days ago.  It's a quality production.  One thing that left me wanting more was the implementation of bass guitars.  I can only recall a single phrase per song and was hoping for a few bass sentences per song even if they said the same thing more than once.  It's possible there was more than I can recall.

The tones of the synths were nice.  The dynamics were good.  The water sounds were pleasant, but common environmental sounds can easily be an Ambient cliche and uninteresting depending on how they sound and how frequently they occur.  In this case, they didn't ruin anything or enhance anything for me. 

The initial listen didn't immediately entice me to buy, but listening to the entire album without a skip tells me I should listen to it once more.         

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 07, 2016, 03:01:24 PM »
Oophoi - Space Forest

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl is really back
« on: December 07, 2016, 01:29:18 PM »
Vinyl may experiencing a niche market resurgence, but it still accounts for less than 1% of music sales.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl is really back
« on: December 07, 2016, 01:26:08 PM »
Vinyl outsold downloads for the first time in the UK recently.  48% of of recent purchasers of vinyl don't even listen to the record.   :o

Some people will buy music just because it's on vinyl especially if it will have less than 500 copies made.  I haven't noticed a lot of recent Ambient on vinyl, but those who offer it tend to sell 300 records pretty quickly.  Some Kranky artists are a good example.       

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 05, 2016, 05:18:19 PM »
Paul Schütze – New Maps of Hell (1992) Full album

The first 20 minutes is wicked Avant Garde Jazz.  The rest is something that might please the Ambient peoples with a Tribal Ambient interest.  I think the entire album is a work of art.  It may take a few listens to sink in.  Bandcamp has a better sound quality preview.

I don't think Paul ever achieved much commercial music success, but suspect he does pretty well with high brow music for art installations these days. 

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 05, 2016, 04:33:56 PM »
This might appeal to the Ambient peoples. 

Northern Valentine - The Distance Brings Us Closer (2008) - Already Gone

Lovely drone guitar paired with synth loops and ambient noises.   The original recording is much better than the YouTube.  Not crazy about most of the album, but this track was a keeper. 

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 03, 2016, 08:24:35 PM »

Taylor Deupree and Marcus Fischer - In a Place of Such Graceful Shapes

A single long play I divided into shorter segments.  Shorter works better in the shuffle.   

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 03, 2016, 07:11:34 PM »
The only song I kept from a Harold Budd CD I bought before we could actually listen to music before we bought it.  Can't remember the name of the album.  The Photo of Santiago McKinn is the song.  Daniel Lanois plays the guitar in this one.  Beautiful song.

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