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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 22, 2017, 01:03:52 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.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 22, 2017, 12:54:20 PM »

Arecibo - Trans Plutonian Transmissions

Love that album.  There were rumors of a follow-up, but it never materialized.

Lustmord's newest album Dark Matter could be considered the follow up.  Both use recordings from outer space.  The newer album doesn't have the industrial sound like Arecibo.  I only listened to the first 20 minute track.  The other two tracks may be different.   

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: The Art of Listening.....a movie
« on: February 22, 2017, 12:31:04 PM »

You cannot paint with out seeing.  I have not painted anything in some 20 years but I can tell you seeing, looking, is as much an art as is the act of put paint on a canvas. Same goes with listening for the composer. 

One of the greatest composers of all time was deaf.

There are many blind painters.  A blind man painted this.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 21, 2017, 07:23:16 PM »
Arecibo - Trans Plutonian Transmissions

Dark Ambient Space music with Industrial overtones.  This was a one time side project of Lustmord made many years ago and it still sounds good today.  Not sure what the YouTube sounds like. 

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 21, 2017, 06:44:17 PM »
This is an album I guarantee no one here has.

It's soft experimental IDM that could appeal to Ambient fans that like Autechre. 

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 21, 2017, 06:35:39 PM »
The Monolake chatter inspired me to update my collection.  I already have Cinemascope and Interstate and kept about 3/4 of the songs on those albums.   

A Spotify skip around preview of everything he produced in the last 15 years has lead to a wishlist of no complete albums and about 10 singles. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Lo-Fi Ambient Recommendations
« on: February 21, 2017, 06:20:01 PM »
Several good lo-fi examples at Audio Gourmet.  Most of them are name your price or less than 4.

A net label run by Spheruleus.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: The Art of Listening.....a movie
« on: February 21, 2017, 06:02:12 PM »
Do painters practice the art of seeing?  No.  They practice the art of painting.  Art is a clearly defined thing and it doesn't include listening. 

The term art can be used in the figurative sense.  Now, if they called the movie "The Figurative Art of Listening", then I would have no problem with it.

I will listen to the soundtrack of the movie by Christopher Willits who currently has less than a handful of sales at Bandcamp.


Sunday, January 29 2017. I decided that travelling to the U.S. in my profession as performing artist has to be suspended.

I enjoyed the United States for its cultural and social diversity, as a melting pot of different races, opinions and beliefs. For more than two decades I have given concerts, workshops, and talks, and I was invited as artist in residence at Stanford's computer music department. Just now I was in the middle of preparing and planing for upcoming performances. But the current government is massively propelling an atmosphere of hate and fear, which is very much against my own values.

Moreover, by applying severe travel restrictions to whole countries, that government - in my personal opinion - is destroying a big part of what made the U.S. the nation which I've admired. As long as scientists, doctors, students, artists, film makers, refugees and many others cannot enter the U.S. anymore simply because they were born in the wrong country, I don't want to have the privilege to be allowed in. My decision to not apply for a U.S. visa again in the current political climate is a personal act of solidarity with those who have no choice.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 19, 2017, 09:53:54 AM »
It's hard for me to choose favorites.  I guess these are my favorite albums in the Ambient and Dark Ambient categories. 

Eno - Apollo, Shutov Assembly, Ambient 4 On Land

Steve Roach - Magnificent Void, This Place to Be
Roach & Vidna Obmana - Well of Souls
Roach & Jorge Reyes - El Costumbre

Vidna Obmana - Spiritual Bonding, Echoing Delight

Robert Rich - Somnium, Filaments
Rich & Lustmord - Stalker
Rich & Alio Die - Fissures

Lustmord - Carbon/Core, The Place Where Dark Stars Hang

Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works 2

Namlook / Fax - Shades of Orion 2, 2350 Broadway 1, Dreamfish 1, Ambient Gardener series

Spacetime Continuum - Seabiscuit

ISHQ - Orchid

Silent Records - From Here to Tranquility series

Biosphere - Substrata, Polar Sequences, Patashnik

Jeff Pierce - With Evening Above

KLF - Chillout

Oophoi - Static Soundscapes: Three Lights At The End Of The World, Celestial Geometries

Thom Brennan - Mist

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

Sleep Research Facility - Deep Frieze

Thomas Koner - Nuuk

Microstoria - Snd

Flowers for Bodysnatchers - Aokigahara

Apocryphos, Kammerheit & Atrium Carcei - Onyx

Paul Schutze - Apart, New Maps of Hell

Carbon Based Lifeforms - World of Sleepers

Autumn of Communion 4

Robert Scott Thompson - Arcana

Delirium - Spheres

Psychic Warriors of Gaia - Ov Biospheres and Sacred Grooves

Future Sound of London - Lifeforms

Plus everything on Hypnos Records and everything the forum members have produced.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Teufelsberg Reverb
« on: February 18, 2017, 05:06:31 PM »
I'll check those out, thanks.  I have some fancy hardware reverbs, but won't hesitate to use something free if it sounds good.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 18, 2017, 05:02:43 PM »

Loscil has a loyal fanbase.  Most of his work makes me wonder why.  This track is my favorite by Loscil.

One of those artists I passed by or missed out on for no real reason. I've heard some stuff here and there over the years but can't even remember what it sounded like. I had planned to check out his last few albums at some point.

What are some of your favorites, out of curiosity?

You pretty much hit the nail on the head for me.  "Listened to it but can't remember what it sounded like".  That is what most of Loscil's music does for me.  I find his music to generally be well crafted, unoffensive and ultimately boring.  I've seen him live because friends wanted to go.  Zzzzzzzzzz.  He has fans though.  More than most Ambient artists.

I'm not sure which favorites you are asking about.  Do you mean Ambient in general?  Probably that is what you meant.

Favorites are hard to list because I either like something or not.  Everything I keep is a favorite.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: The Art of Listening.....a movie
« on: February 18, 2017, 04:43:30 PM »
After thinking about it, I don't think there is an art to listening for consumers.  Art implies creation.  There might be an art to listening during musical creation, but most musicians don't have unique or creative methods of listening during production.  It generally boils down to: does this sound good through trusted speakers and headphones at various volumes.   

Except for me, because I make sure my music sounds good underwater.  If it sounds good underwater, it will sound very good in air.  ;)

I'm still not sure what the movie is about.  Maybe I should watch the trailer.  I'll have to wait for a day when I can risk a feather ruffling.       

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 17, 2017, 04:50:36 PM »
Loscil - First Narrows

Loscil has a loyal fanbase.  Most of his work makes me wonder why.  This track is my favorite by Loscil. 

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Teufelsberg Reverb
« on: February 17, 2017, 04:18:44 PM »
Since this free Teufelsberg reverb is marginally useful and mostly a novelty created for the purpose of creating awareness for a mastering company I won't be using, perhaps we should discuss your favorite free Reverb plug ins?

I only have one permanent free Reverb plug in on my hard drive and many have been evaluated and deleted.  Variety of Sound's Epic Verb has exceeded my expectations in the longer than 5 second freeverb category.  20 seconds is the max.

There are several free plug ins worth using here.  I'm quite fond of the tube emulations.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: The Art of Listening.....a movie
« on: February 17, 2017, 03:58:59 PM »
I didn't play the video.  A movie about the so called "art of listening" is likely to ruffle my feathers.

However, I am very interested to know what the phrase "art of listening" means to the forum in the context of listening to music recreationally, professionally or both. 

The glaring omission of the scientific aspect of listening from the title of the movie enables pretentiousness, so perhaps it would be prudent to discuss what the "art and science of listening" means to you.

Internet rules written in stone dictate the first response to this unexpected thread interjection should come from the OP, our very own and recently MIA, Julio Di Benedetto.

Come on down!


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Teufelsberg Reverb
« on: February 17, 2017, 03:24:58 PM »
If you know the location from actually having been there, you will have found out it is a rotten, crumbling, run-down, filthy place (I was tempted to write "piss-hole") with (bad) graffitis all over the place. The qualities of the place in terms of "ambience" or "reverb" are pretty much non-existing -- the only intriguing bit would be the cold-war connotations it evokes.


The initial allure of the free plug in certainly has something to do with the cold war spy tower association because many musicians fancy themselves as clandestine operators. 

However, the structure is a hemisphere with walls made of hexagons and the floor is concrete. The history of the building is musically irrelevant.  The structure provides an unusual space for reverberation.  This is what intrigued me the most.

Having tried it, I can't say I'm thrilled with the reverb.  It's not bad.  It's not great.  It was interesting to try.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Goodbye iTunes..Hello MusicBee!
« on: February 17, 2017, 03:05:06 PM »
MusicBee has many downloadable extras.  Not as many as Foobar.  I don't need extras for either program.  90% of the Foobar extras are pretty arcane.

I don't use headphones for recreational listening.  The sound from the computer gets connected to an amp.  The analog output of the computer is good enough to avoid using a DAC.  Upsampling sounds like a good idea, but it doesn't impress me enough to do it.  I could output 24bit and 192khz if I wanted to.  I don't want to.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 17, 2017, 02:43:15 PM »
llya Glebov (Murkok) & Joe Fujinoki - Glimmers
Dronescapes crafted from guitar and various electronics. Beautiful and spacious. On the amazing Archives label.

This is good, thanks.  It has long sustained notes without much note variety, which is often a recipe for monotony, but it manages to be musical and interesting based on layers of modulation.  Wishlist material.  Maybe a purchase in 2018?

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Teufelsberg Reverb
« on: February 15, 2017, 11:54:45 AM »
The plug in worked fine on a newer system.  Clicking this link will play an mp3 file I made with it.

The mix is 60% wet and 40% dry.  It can sound good on some sources.  One major disadvantage is not having control of the length of the reverb time.   

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