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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.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 01, 2014, 05:41:31 PM »
Carbon Based Lifeforms-23.I knew about the label,Ultimae, and thought is was downtempo trance.But this CBL is all ambient,no beats and well recorded.Gentle melodies in there mixed with field recordings.BC
Pink Floyd-Dark Side 2 Disc version-Do we need another remaster of Dark Side,no.But the second disc is why I bought this.It is great.Most songs are longer,some double the length.Well recorded for a rough live mix.CD
Opening-Collection 1-5 tracks from Databloem/APK.The original VA compilation of this series and still the best.CD

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 23, 2014, 12:36:13 PM »
I agree with Drone on.
Echo Ark is really superb.Top 2014.Lee just released a new one called "Birth"
Expo 70- I have several of his.My favorite is Where does your mind go.But yes,he can be noisy as well.Not into that part.I do like the lo-fi recordings.
Anjou-New project from Labradford and Pan American on Kranky.1 track out so far but interesting.
Harold Budd-La Bella Vista-Solo piano,just so, so beautiful.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 22, 2014, 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-

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.

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)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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 !

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

Where did you find this digitally?

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.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best of 2013
« on: January 02, 2014, 08:22:12 PM »
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.

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.

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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