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I may be there.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 25, 2015, 07:08:25 PM »
The Caretaker-An Empty Bliss Beyond This World. On BC.This is a strange one.The name and music is inspired by The Shining.I heard of this person in the media from reviews but never his music and his various side projects.Something about this one that is disturbing and ghostly and at the same time innocent and comforting.Interesting.

Labraford-Prazision.I think this was the first ever Kranky release.This was the band that started for me what I call the new lo-fi movement.Sounds like it was recorded on a 4 track cassette and was I think the template for the Kranky sound.Sort of post rock and similar to the first few SOTL releases.

RIP Edgar.I was never that into TD more Kraftwerk but no denying that TD were highly influential in the 70s.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 21, 2015, 03:20:08 PM »
Autumn of Communion-AOC 5.The final installment I am told.Judging by the artistic cover of tombstones,I guess it is the end.Great series.

Ishq-Winter Light.1 long track,very serene with all the usual sounds.Lovely.

Chameleons-Peel Sessions.Always amazing.Big North American tour of the Vox version in 2015.

Cabaret Voltaire-Red Mecca.My favorite Cab period is 78-83.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Bandcamp to collect tax on EU sales?
« on: December 30, 2014, 04:32:06 PM »
I read about this today.Though it does not affect me (for now) as I am in Canada, my understanding is that any music sold on BC including downloads will be subject to tax for the buyer.Seems it depends on where the buyer is located,not the seller.I am not sure how I feel that tax is to be collected on something like digital downloads when I am in another country.Nothing physical being transferred.More expensive for everyone involved.Plus you already have to deal with currency conversation.For myself,when I pay in pounds or Euro,it is way more.This will not stop me from purchasing on BC,love the site as they do not rip off the consumer by charging more for lossless and you can stream full tracks,both a huge plus.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Grassow on BC
« on: December 23, 2014, 03:48:18 PM »
Saw this today.Mathias Grassow is on BC.Now you can enjoy his drones as a lossless download.Mostly box sets are available.Morpheus is of interest to these ears.He is certainly the master of drone with a gigantic amount of output.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 15, 2014, 04:08:21 PM »
Waterbound is quite the set.I have enjoyed every track except one.It is dubby at points but I just make playlists with the ambient parts and beat parts separate.I was not sure about the whole Ishqamatics either at first but it has grown on me.Space is my favorite.
AOC 4 is also excellent,again every track except one for me.The whole AOC series has been stunning.AOC 1 is up there in my top ten all time.

Harold Budd/Robin Guthrie:White Bird ST-Saw this came out some time ago.Previewed,more of the same from both.Did not buy.Still great though if you enjoy their trademark sounds.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Pink Floyd in Fall
« on: December 07, 2014, 04:15:24 PM »
It certainly will not go down as a historical PF album in any way.But I think that was not its intention.Its origins were from the DB sessions and was originally an ambient album,meant as a companion to the DB.In that context,it works.I combined this album with the DB in Itunes using the crossfade function on my Ipod and made my own 2 hour album,took out a few tracks and it works very well.But yes,most of it is quite dull.On the other hand,this will be the last ever music by PF.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Interstellar
« on: November 12, 2014, 03:27:17 PM »
Saw it yesterday.It was mediocre at best,5/10.There have been many comparisons with 2001.Kubrick would be turning in his grave. 50 years later,2001 is still a reference.In about a year,this film will be more or less forgotten. I really wonder what passes for culture now.Was it entertaining,sort of yes.Did it say anything,no. Music was OK,a bit cloying.Good point Drone on.Blockbusters use the same 2 or 3 composers for everything.You think a sci-fi pic would use more electronic based music like the film Under the Skin but it will never happen.

Anne Hathaway-Every scene she looked like she stepped out of a Vogue photo shoot.Do they have lipstick,eyeliner and rouge in hyper space.One scene Michael Caine is an old man,next scene it is supposed to be 20 years later,he looks exactly the same.BTW-He is the best thing about this.In the spaceship,one crew member has his helmet on and continues with it on,the other no helmet-Why the helmets men? What is with that TARS robot-I really laughed out loud when I saw that. Is that Nolans answer to HAL.What is with the "They" all time.You want to sound deep and mysterious,use "They".

I can relax and say it was just a film and that is fine.But when I read reviews comparing it to masters like Kubrick or that they consulted NASA and so on.Come on.

BTW-Dave is right.Boyhood is truly wonderful.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Pink Floyd in Fall
« on: November 10, 2014, 04:18:25 PM »
LP released today.I listened to all the samples on Itunes while I wait for my CD.Some of the sounds are a bit Wish You Were Here,The Wall and of course The Division Bell.You can also see video samples at the end of the preview of the band in the studio.Will it be a classic as the final PF product,time will tell.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 08, 2014, 05:31:53 PM »
Seems the AWVFTS concert is back up for viewing here.Outstanding.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 26, 2014, 08:16:50 PM »
That first AWVFTS is incredibly moving.It brings out an array of emotions in me.I have had it for a few years now and it is always enjoyable.I would encourage anyone to see them live in 2014 if they go through your home town.I found it interesting to watch Adam on the guitar clearly going through pedals and other items.I guess with the Star of the Lid connection,I gravitate towards him but Dustin is the other half.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 20, 2014, 06:52:01 PM »
Further to the above.If you go to the link and click on it and the concert is over then go to the You Tube channel for Boiler Room,seems to be playing on a loop.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 20, 2014, 04:46:08 PM »
I just saw this but here is the link-live A Winged Victory for the Sullen in London playing now.It may be re-broadcast.
Stunning is the only word.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 17, 2014, 03:18:23 PM »

The Sleepover Series, Volume Two by Hammock-Just as the title says.I drifted off and fell asleep.Volume One is excellent as well.This is more in the Stars of the Lid drift.Other music by Hammock is post rock-ambient.Perfect walking alone music. On Bandcamp.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 10, 2014, 07:05:50 PM »
Robert Rich-Perpetual.This is an 8 hour recording on Blu-Ray or download of his most recent sleep concert.A companion piece to Somnium.I have been a long time listener of the latter so this will be a must buy.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Pink Floyd in Fall
« on: October 09, 2014, 07:37:30 PM »

3 minute video clip of David Gilmour recording the new LP.Rare that you can see the studio monitors and vocals.I am looking forward to this.But as he states,this is the end of P.F.
(and no comments on how it ended with Roger leaving)

Fun.You really have to know Bowie/Low to get the humor.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Pink Floyd in Fall
« on: September 22, 2014, 02:05:51 PM »
Here is a complete track listing for The Endless River:

1. "Things Left Unsaid"
2. "Itís What We Do"
3. "Ebb and Flow"
1. "Sum"
2. "Skins"
3. "Unsung"
4. "Anisina"     
1. "The Lost Art of Conversation"
2. "On Noodle Street
3. "Night Light"
4. "Allons-y (1)"                         
5. "Autumní68"                         
6. "Allons-y (2)"                       
7. "Talkiní Hawkin'"
1. "Calling"
2. "Eyes To Pearls"
3. "Surfacing"
4. "Louder Than Words"

I can only say that I greatly enjoyed The Division Bell,more so the instrumental parts so I am looking forward to hearing this.No vocals except 1 track,no Roger.I agree that in some ways if it was not good enough in 1994 for release,why now.But with the reworking of tracks,who knows.I remember hearing the 30 minute ambient sounds intro during the  D.B. tour and thought it was actually a very cool way to start the show.It was not music but the way they did it.In a stadium setting very slowly bringing the volume up with left/right panning made my ears pay attention.

In the below $200 mark for portable use,I would look to the JDS C5.Neutral,digital volume control,fast shipping and service.Fiio make some interesting budget amplifiers,warmer sounding,less expensive but not for me.For the ultimate portable use,look at the Headamp Pico Slim.I have both the C5 and Pico,wonderful with my Ipods.Forget about listening through any device using the headphone out-Ipods,stereos or consoles.Using an amp will help greatly to drive headphones of all types.Now,I recently heard the AK 240,at $2500 expensive but worth it.Without a doubt,the best device I have ever heard.

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