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I think this was released in 2017, but I can't make enough effort to be sure:

Taylor Deupree - Somi
Robert Davies - River's Edge
Steve Pacheco - Constellate
Warmth - Home
 
Halftribe - Daydreams in Low Fidelity - The bestest of the best by far.  An ambient/experimental soft noise, clicky, loopy composition that will easily endure the test of time.  This might be my #1 Ambient/Experimental album for the past 5 years.  Definitely in the top 5.

Thanks to Chris for making me aware of the excellent label Archives.   :)


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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 02, 2017, 05:35:15 PM »
15% of my posts have been negative opinions and none of them were directed at a forum member.  There are no rules prohibiting this. 

No, I'm not someone you banned before.  It's my first account.  It's my last account.  I won't be posting here anymore.  Congratulations.

Enjoy your fantasy land wrapped in a bubble of perpetual fake positivity. 

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 28, 2017, 06:14:16 PM »
Either that or a trust fund.

I Googled it for them.  It took less than a minute to determine Spotted Peccary has been mentioned less than 10 times in the past 24 hours and as far as I can tell, no one actually said anything about Spotted Peccary.  Their internet mentions occurred in playlists on automated blogs, etc.  My mentions should be present tomorrow.

I will cross my fingers and hope they will see it without a heads up from Mike.  Because I want some real answers here on behalf of the fine artists they claim to represent.   :o

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 28, 2017, 05:17:19 PM »
One thing I forgot to mention to cvac is Spotted Peccary can purchase very affordable software that instantly lets them know anytime someone says Spotted Peccary on the internet.    They could also Google it for free with a time limited search.

They don't have to read this or any forum on a regular basis.  However, they should be reading this right now or a week from now.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 28, 2017, 04:34:02 PM »
I found Lull - Continue in a secret vault of derelict CD's I bought a long time ago, listened to a few times and hastily put into storage.  The smell of decaying paper filled the room while I resurrected this CD during editing and remastering last week. 

It's a 60 minute monotonous LP track that was trimmed down to 40 minutes of enjoyable music in 5 parts.  Major EQ and compression was necessary.  It is one of the most bass heavy drone recordings that I have evaluated.  Frankly, the original recording was ridiculously bad in terms of mastering.   

Sounds good now, tho!   8)

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 28, 2017, 04:01:52 PM »
Because I have no shortage of music on my wishlist and I don't feel the need to directly tell Spotted Peccary how to market music more effectively.  I prefer indirect methods that they may or may not see, such as this.

Since there aren't many places on the internet where people enthusiastically talk about purchasing Ambient music, perhaps they should be reading this message.  ;)

While I'm at it, the free Spotted Peccary compilations I downloaded at Bandcamp should have required an email for marketing purposes.  As a label, they aren't doing much to promote their artists to me and others like me. 



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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 28, 2017, 03:38:51 PM »
It would be nice if I could listen to the whole album, but Spotted Peccary has the 'brilliant' marketing strategy of not providing a complete listen at Bandcamp.  I'm betting this album would have more than 10 sales at Bancamp if people could preview more than 2 tracks.       

Most of the stuff on their label is only going to appeal to a very niche audience. Probably an older demographic that would rather have a physical CD. 10 sales on BC sounds about right for most of their releases, especially given that the BC prices are almost as high as simply buying the CD via Amazon Prime. I don't buy a lot of Spotted Peccary albums on BC for this reason. I'd rather just wait until I can get the actual CD. If the BC downloads were more like $7-8 I'd probably get the BC downloads more often.

That said, if you want to hear Spotted Peccary releases before buying, many of them are on Tidal.

If Spotted Peccary wants to sell more at Bandcamp, they need to let potential customers preview more than two tracks at Bandcamp.  Why wouldn't they want to sell more at BC?  It pays more than Amazon or iTunes. 

Their marketing strategy at BC has not produced any sales to me.  If I could preview the entire album or 70% of it, then there would be some sales.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 28, 2017, 02:42:05 PM »
Zero Ohms



https://ambientelectronic.bandcamp.com/album/process-of-being

Listening to "Glimpsing the Eternal" that was sourced from a free Spotted Peccary sampler.  It's a very good ambient flute track. 

It would be nice if I could listen to the whole album, but Spotted Peccary has the 'brilliant' marketing strategy of not providing a complete listen at Bandcamp.  I'm betting this album would have more than 10 sales at Bancamp if people could preview more than 2 tracks.       

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 28, 2017, 02:05:08 PM »
Cities Last Broadcast - The Cancelled Earth

https://citieslastbroadcast.bandcamp.com/releases



Post apocalyptic drone from the Kammerheit guy.  This style can easily get too intense for me, but this one is within my comfort zone.   

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 28, 2017, 01:49:47 PM »
Kloob - Deep Emotional Phases



Another good one from Relaxed Machinery from an artist few people mention.  The whole album is good.  Drifting ambient drone.  It may not be super impressive on the first listen.  It took a few Spotify listens before it made a lasting impression.


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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 28, 2017, 01:27:03 PM »
Dilate - Cyclos  (1996)



He only made two albums in the 90s, then disappeared.  It has some ambient space tracks that still sound good today.  Defunct record label.  Still available at Amazon.

The cd jewel box was textured which gave the cover a low tech holographic look.


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I was kidding.  I'm still going to buy the Monolake singles.  Not upgrading Ableton because the old version works fine and it doesn't get used much.

I'm not outraged.  It was faux outrage.

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Goodbye iTunes..Hello MusicBee!
« on: February 28, 2017, 12:53:03 PM »
Glad you like it.  The gapless does work very well especially in conjunction with the crossfader.  I was never happy with the 10 second maximum fade time with iTunes.

It would be nice if crossfade times could be set differently per playlist.  Ambient can sound great with long cross fades.  Jazz, not so much.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: The Art of Listening.....a movie
« on: February 24, 2017, 05:05:07 PM »
It's more than art?  Perhaps they should have called the movie Beyond the Art of Listening.

I do not understand your intent and question?

It was a response to this

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The art of listening, this is more than an ability, and more than art, it is just to sink into...

It was a rhetorical question followed by a supposition that does not have a specific intent beyond summation.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Lo-Fi Ambient Recommendations
« on: February 24, 2017, 04:52:27 PM »
The new Halftribe falls into this category.  It even says lo-fidelity in the title.

https://archivesdubmusic.bandcamp.com/album/daydreams-in-low-fidelity

It's a good recording, so I'll call it hi-fidelity lo-fi.  Soft noise and ambient synths.  Not much crunchy sounds or clicks.


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In this instance, a not very popular musician penalizing fans to make a lame political statement accomplishes nothing more than disappointed fans.

As a result, I will be hosting a burn your Monolake CDs party this summer.  And that 10 single Monolake wishlist I recently made?  Kiss that goodbye, Monolake!  Plus, I'll never upgrade Ableton or buy another Ableton product again.   

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: The Art of Listening.....a movie
« on: February 24, 2017, 04:15:27 PM »
It's more than art?  Perhaps they should have called the movie Beyond the Art of Listening. 

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Independent Music Reviews / Re: New Ambient/Experimental Music Blog
« on: February 22, 2017, 04:11:03 PM »
For people who like to explore the more experimental side, the Unexplained Sounds Group has some quality examples.  They have some compilations with 100+ songs for the price of a regular album and a lot of the songs are very good, if you like experimental.  Most of them aren't super abrasive or intentionally annoying as some experimental music tends to be.

https://unexplainedsoundsgroup.bandcamp.com/music

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: The Art of Listening.....a movie
« on: February 22, 2017, 03:49:11 PM »

My understanding is that he was not deaf his entire life. If that is true, he likely imagined what his scores would sound like in his head while composing them.

The type of music he composed is essentially math.  A highly skilled composer can write music without hearing anything.  He could write and understand something like this in a similar manner to the way a brilliant mathematician can look at a complex equation and understand what it means.



If he was deaf from birth, it's unlikely he would have risen to legendary status, but deaf people can be taught to write music. 

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 22, 2017, 02:54:28 PM »

Never understood why anyone would want to listen to partial albums. I guess that means I'm old fashioned.


Because buying and listening to tracks I don't like would be a waste of money and an un-enjoyable listening experience.

I don't know where in the world you're located, but over here in the U.S. it is rarely cheaper to buy albums digitally track by track vs. buying the whole album. By the time you've bought 3/4 of the tracks you're up to the price of the whole album or you have exceeded the price. The money argument doesn't really work from what I've seen.

I suppose you save a little storage space by doing this but storage is getting cheaper all the time these days. If you really dislike certain tracks I guess leaving them out of your digital music library saves you the pain of having to listen to them.

In general I try to take artists' work as a whole. To use Monolake as an example, IIRC, the Interstate album features tracks that segue into each other. Without the index markers, it's basically one long track. Lots of ambient and ambient related do this. Breaking everything up, leaving out tracks, and putting it into one big shuffle playlist feels cheap and half-assed to me.

My 2 cents...

In the case of my recent singles instead of albums Monolake wishlist.  It would cost 7x-10x more to buy the entire albums to get a bunch of tracks I don't want to hear.  I'm happy to buy a whole album if most of it is something I want to hear. 

In the case of Interstate or other albums that have tracks fading into each other, the beginnings and ends of songs are edited in a manner that is better suited to how I like to listen to music. 

All the music I buy might be customized.  Some tracks might get shortened substantially to prevent monotony.  Some tracks might get reprocessed to permanently adjust level, dynamics, eq, etc.  Some tracks don't get modified at all. 


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