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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: Yesterday at 12:22:42 PM »
I have all versions,each is outstanding and for a different mood.
The 7 hour version is the one to get.You can find the full download in lossless FLAC here-

http://www.musiczeit.com/album.php?album=164&Robert+Rich+Somnium

This site also has many of Robert's other titles,including some wonderful live concerts.
I have the DVD which does play in any player and some high end CD players.It came out way before the download.
The Itunes version is OK but very edited,proper for quick naps.
The Itunes App is most likely the best version as it can continue forever,a very cool idea.It does not have anywhere near the sound variations of the DVD but has I think 5 loops that can morph from slow to slowest.
Of course,the audio quality is also quite low on anything Itunes.For me,it has to be lossless.
This music is designed to be played at very low levels so do not crank it.It should be barely audible as you drift to sleep.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Pink Floyd in Fall
« on: July 07, 2014, 07:29:46 PM »
A bit more news.

This afternoon, Pink Floyd's Facebook page and their website have confirmed the news that broke over the weekend of the forthcoming new album.

They state: "Pink Floyd can confirm that they are releasing a new album The Endless River in October 2014. It is an album of mainly ambient and instrumental music based on the 1993/4 Division Bell sessions which feature David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright. The album is produced by David Gilmour with Phil Manzanera, Youth and recording engineer Andy Jackson. Work is still in progress, but more details to come at the end of the Summer".

Interesting about the Youth comment.Youth of The Orb and Killing Joke.Gilmour did a project with him as The Orb a few years ago (and not very good at that)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / New Pink Floyd in Fall
« on: July 06, 2014, 01:15:07 PM »
I just read there is a new Pink Floyd LP coming out in the Fall.
Based on The Division Bell sessions,modified in 2014 by Gilmour.So featuring 3 of the 4 members.
All instrumental with maybe 1 vocal.
I remember seeing them live in 1994 and the pre show music was about 30 min of ambient sounds.Still ranks as one of the best.
Who would have thought.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 28, 2014, 03:35:18 PM »
Donato Dozzy,this is more minimal/ambient techno in the Kompakt or Moritz Von Oswald vein but I do enjoy the vintage sounding drum machine and sort of aquatic flow.

http://furtherrecords.org/album/k

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 28, 2014, 01:45:03 PM »
This is quite pleasant.A side project of Material Object.Has a certain oriental feel.No beats.

https://no-ware.bandcamp.com/album/alpha-txt-live-at-labyrinth-2012


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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 17, 2014, 07:28:43 PM »
Those Autumn of Communion releases are quite special.I enjoy 1-3.
Biosphere-Das Subharchord.1 track that is similar in feel to Kraftwerk Radio-Activity.Not been into his latest but still rotate Substrata on a regular basis.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 04, 2014, 01:55:09 PM »
Agree as well.Many discoveries here.I think we should thank Mike for the forum!

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 24, 2014, 05:07:30 PM »
Ha,yes I noticed that beforehand.Zenith is not a solo project but who was Carlos anyway.He never did anything else on Fax.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 23, 2014, 03:01:03 PM »
Ishq-Deep Space Objects,recently discovered artist.Going through it.
I listened to Blue Infinity just now.Some keyboard sounds reminded me of Floyd,1974 the rest not.I did not detect any distortion but was not in critical mode.What tracks and where is it? Quite nice though,like a glider as it says.
Ashes of Piedmonte-Winter's Fire-Superb.I wonder about the edits on this.Same with a few other L.A.N. releases.Tracks start and stop at random points,like someone forgot to press start or stop on the recording.Maybe intentional,a bit bothersome?
I remember buying the first clicks and cuts on M.P. I could not figure out at times what was an error in audio or on purpose.
Tetsu Inoue-Zenith.A bit of a lost one for Tetsu but very fine.Mixed with very subtle beats,mixed low.If he never surfaces again,I will be thankful that he left us with his timeless music.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: What is Youtube to you?
« on: April 02, 2014, 03:11:07 PM »
Concerning auditioning music,I use You Tube to hear complete tracks before purchasing a FLAC version elsewhere.The audio quality as mentioned is horrible on You Tube but for a one time listen,it is fine.Bandcamp is my default site for listening first.If the music I want to hear is not there,I go to You Tube.
Similar to Chris,I will not buy anything,or nearly anything without hearing the complete track.I remember in the day going to my local record store and playing the complete LP or CD before buying.As an example,a recent artist who I greatly enjoy and have 8 titles of put up a 23 minute track for purchase.Out of those 23 minutes,20 were ambient bliss,3 were noise.I did not buy.If I had not heard that 3 minutes of noise prior on Bandcamp or You Tube,I would have purchased and it would have gone into the bin.
Sorry,a 30 second or 90 clip of a 20 minute track in 2014 does not cut it.
I have also noticed that on BC,pricing is all over the map (cannot figure out how an artist determines the price in the first place) but that yes,in some cases downloads are more expensive than the physical CD which baffles me.Plus then you have all the different currencies and exchange rates.I do think that all music is worth something.Even if an artists is offering something for free,if I enjoy it and will listen to it over and over,well worth the price of admission.After all,you can choose to buy or not,listen or not.Pay or not.


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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 17, 2014, 07:24:46 PM »
Thanks.Amazon does not sell downloads in Canada.I saw it on Itunes but I loathe anything MP3.Lossless or bust !

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 17, 2014, 07:10:16 PM »
Chris,

Where did you find this digitally?

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Grammys/Kraftwerk
« on: January 28, 2014, 12:10:03 AM »
Watched bits of the Grammys yesterday.Since I am not into MOR music,it meant nothing to me.Actually sad what passes for music now. Daft Punk are kinda of cool with the robots( hmmnn wonder where they got that)
At the televised introduction,LL Cool J goes on and on thanking no name hip hop artists,American Idol,current rock acts- all of whom will be forgotten more or less in a few years about their influence on music, no mention of Kraftwerk.
However I saw that Kraftwerk got a lifetime achievement award. At a seperate ceremony along with Ringo Starr,Isley Brothers and others.
Ralf spoke for a minute. That is 55 seconds longer than he has spoken to the public in some 30 years.
Kraftwerk are so under rated for what they have contributed to modern music. No hip hop,no EDM,no electronica,no ambient without them.
If you are lucky enough to see them live in 2014, you should.I am.Granted Ralf is the only original member left but I saw them last time think it was 2007, and it was mind boggling amazing. In fact, I was the local contact on behalf of the promoter as they knew I enjoyed their music. Spoke to Ralf and Florian when I could. They were very civilised and cultured. Ralf actually knew the current acts and wanted to clubbing. Yes,they wanted to know about cycling in Montreal and where they could rent bikes.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best of 2013
« on: January 02, 2014, 08:22:12 PM »
Judd,
That is the one,with Steve and Evan.New to me.It was just released now in 2013 in a lossless format so I got it.Love that Hillage guitar sound,was into him from Rainbow Dome onwards.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 01, 2014, 07:52:24 PM »
Ashtoreth's Gate-Shadow of the Bowman
The Ashes of Piedmonte-Winter's Fire.
I followed a link through Bandcamp and found this fellow, Lee Anthony Norris.Never heard of him but there are plenty of projects he is involved with.Quite beautiful some of them and well recorded.A bit Alio Die or Fax 1995.
Been in a FAX mood recently so-
2350 Broadway,Silence 3,From Within(all original CD versions)1 Year since Peter passed,what a talent.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best of 2013
« on: January 01, 2014, 03:03:11 PM »
I purchased this year mostly downloads (lossless) and a few CDs.I do tend to listen for music that is similar to my past likes but that has a slightly new feel to it.

Deepchord-Electrostatic Soundfields
Blamstrain-Sunday Dub Live
Material Object-Indiana Drones/Ambient Mix 4
Ashtoreth's Gate-Shadow of the Bowman
Steve Hillage-Dreamtime Submersibles
BOC-Reach for the dead
Variant-Thru the Cosmos
The Angling Loser-Author of the Twilight

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 29, 2013, 09:12:44 PM »
Thanks for the Expo 70 Drone on,another winner from you. Never heard of him but the art work and that album is very cool. I looked around his website,some of it is very dark and spooky but some is very light in feel. Sort of like FLying Saucer Attack or early Klaus.
Talk of Steve,I put on Slow Heat today. I read tday that it was the hottest ever on record in Death Valley.


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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 16, 2013, 06:59:42 PM »
Besides the first track,the new HB is to my ears going back to the White Arcades in mood,not in instrumentation.Darker and a bit nostalgic. Only one song with piano but way better than his recent output.If you are looking for the Eno/piano phase,this is not it.He has done that to death.
Wire Train-Chamber of Hellos,very underated guitar pop band from San Fran from the early 80s.
Loops of Your Heart-And Never Ending,from The Field in a TD way from 74,sequencing.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 25, 2013, 09:59:51 PM »
Harold Budd-Jane on Darla.Ignored his last several,in fact since Avalon Sutra but this one is back to basics more or less. Close to the White Arcades.Serene,even a bit dark except for track 1,a bit odd.
Boards of Canada on Warp-Have not had anything by them since Trans Canada Highway but this new single is quite amazing. 5 minutes of travel.Spooky video.
Public Service Broadcasting-Inform.This is one of my favorites from the last year.Have their two Eps,now the new album. Post rock/electronica, early OMD meets Mogwai.Very cool idea. They use old PSB films as lyrics/vocals and videos,excellent recording as well.


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In the February issue of Esquire USA ( if you are into that) there is a 12 page article on the USPS and the why/ what of the increases. Seems they lost 15 billion! In 2012 and had/ have about 3 days reserve before going bankrupt.And yes,it seems the increase for the most part is to shore up the pension fund for future employees.
I have no problem going to lossless downloads but for those that still want to ship CDs,look into Fed Ex or UPS,it does not take much to set up an account,even commercial.I just got 4 CDS ( not avail with a download) from California to NY by UPS and was charged $12, got it in 5 days with tracking.
Drone On,it's tough all over :o,but continue to support our music please.

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