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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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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 29, 2013, 11:13:26 PM »
Drone on,you will like the Echospace,the second CD is worth the price
Is the new Sylvian all instrumental? Any Sylvian vocals? Any noise parts? Samples are interesting.

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I cannot comment that it an inferior way from the artist but from my point of view as a collector,it is now better,as long as it is in a lossless format.And I come from lps,tapes and CDs.I have no attachment to CDs and back up my music.But that is another thread.

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The USPS is going broke,or are broke due to the various reasons Mike mentioned and the future in shipping lies with Fex Ex,UPS,DHL,etc... Their rates are all over depending on if you are commercial,residential,if you have an account but what I get is a solid,never fail delivery system. I have had items shipped from California to New York and was charged $5, cannot figure it out but there you go. Never had a shipment lost and if they day 2 days or 5 days,it is that.
Or from Montreal to Vancouver for $12 by UPS.
I ship all my work related materials by courrier,rarely use Canada post except for local letters.
I can tell you I will not pay $10 or $15 to have 1 CD shipped. I have already gone the FLAC download route.It is just the way it is.Hard copy product of music,or even DVDs and books is on the way out.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: William Basinski- where to start?
« on: January 16, 2013, 10:15:48 PM »
Thanks so far. Any one heard Water music? I will start with Loops 1.
" better than Eno" was straight from a Pitchfork review.
Yesterday I plugged in my trusty Revox B77 in with a few of my old tapes and sure enough,they were not in the best shape.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / William Basinski- where to start?
« on: January 16, 2013, 12:05:32 AM »
I have heard about this artist but finally got around to read reviews. I am may behind the trends after 25 years of collecting but just getting to this guy.The reviews,especially the Loops series,are so positive it is nearly unreal. 5 out of 5, 100% plus,music from the heavens,ambient king ( better than Eno)The hype is unreal. So,where do I start? A 90 second sample on itunes is not the best place. I understand the technical end of the Loops series,to me nothing new there  Disintegrating tape,I still have used tape from my old Revox,I should check the tape out. Thanks.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 11, 2013, 11:43:03 PM »
Jim02,
Interesting label,Invisible Birds. Plenty of information on the site. Thanks for the tip.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach - Soul Tones - 2012
« on: December 17, 2012, 03:19:37 AM »
As a consumer of music,not a creator,Bandcamp is my favorite download site at the moment. I Tunes is the largest but the 256 limit disturbs me. Boomkat have the largest selection of my type of music but are expensive as it charges in pounds though site is very well done.Bandcamp let you listen to all the tracks,a huge bonus for me as a 30 second clip does not work.You can choose Lossless or Flac at no additional charge. The lay out is well done and artistic. I really like their new beta test site.I have very little attachment to the physical product anymore. I have surprised myself there coming from the days of LPs,cassettes,CDs but as long as I get it in lossless form and I back up,it is OK.
BTW,3 new Biosphere albums out there. Film soundtracks. Not much new unfortunately.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Slow Shipping to the UK
« on: December 11, 2012, 09:46:51 PM »
I got a cd I bought off Ebay shipped from the UK to Canada regular royal post last month in 5 days. I could not believe it,faster than shipping within my own country.Going the other way,never done it but not uncommon to see a few weeks.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: RIP Pete Namlook
« on: November 16, 2012, 12:08:24 AM »
Further,there is a great 2 part interview each 10 minutes on You Tube about Peter.
Key in Pete Namlook's slice. Got it through Pitchfork.
We will miss you.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: RIP Pete Namlook
« on: November 15, 2012, 11:12:58 PM »
Just read this. Complete surprise,beyond words. I was a big collector from the early days of 1993 until about 2000.Have well over 100,many of those first editions such as Air 1 or Broadway series. I never was interested in selling them though I had offers. This was my introduction in some ways to the new school of ambient. I already had Eno and Budd and so on but something about the early 90s was exciting. With FSOL,Orb,IDM,etc... His catalogue,packaging,limited editions,solo and partnerships,and independent artists,all on FAX.It was not always brilliant music but it was different.
I am very saddened by this and have to say,I feel that much older and I will miss his shining spirit.

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Agree with Broken Habour,Alberta is expensive,especially Calgary.
Hypnos,Steve Roach,Robert Rich,Amazon,never had an issue.
I even bought a CD a few weeks ago from England off Ebay,I got it in 5 days and perfect.
Maybe it is a European thing, very little experience. 
Shipping is expensive but when it gets to 7-8 dollars for a CD,forget it.Download.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Mobile Listenings
« on: November 14, 2012, 11:13:57 PM »
A few items to look at.
First,always get the highest quality download or rip you can,WAV,Flac,Apple Lossless,AIFF.Lossless is cool as it compresses your files for storage( like a form of zip) but plays them back bit perfect.
I use a 5th gen ipod and iphone 4S as I really enjoy the I Tunes interface.The Sansa is well regarded.
The Hi Fi man player is probably the best portable around.
Headphones are more important than the player I think. Custom In Ear Monitors are hands down better than universals for portable. The better ones such as JH Audio or Westone or UE are in the $1000 plus range,a deal to me to save your hearing.I own JH and Westone. Add a headphone amp,and you got the best audio chain out there. What I am saying there is most if not all headphone out portables players sound so so to poor.Using the line out is way better.
I woud say that the Ety ER4S is still the king of universals. Bass is lean yes but what a hi fi sound. I own a pair.
Headphones- You are generally in the Grado or Sennheiser camp. I own Sennheiser. Beyer,Shure,Sony make very good models as well.
Do not get lost on Head-Fi. Very few interesting or experienced persons there.  Some value but mostly
Beginners. Plus there are a thousand headphones and amps out there.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Kompakt label: Recommendations?
« on: November 07, 2012, 11:04:18 PM »
Send me a PM and I will send you a list. I have about 30.The Kompakt catalogue is huge. From hard techno to minimal house to ambient. Most of it much the same. The early stuff is the best.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 29, 2012, 09:30:16 PM »
Oh my,another label I never heard of from my own country,Silent Season. Darren,can you suggest 2 to start with. Must be available on Bandcamp and looking for that Deepchord sound,delays,panning,gentle beats. Some of what I heard was a bit hard edged.
Drone on,try to get the Liumin double CD,to my ears,CD 2 is the better version.Also,check out the new Depeche Mode video for their upcoming album and tour. I stopped buying them long ago but this song is going back to Faith and Devotion sounds.Shows them in the studio and there are a ton of electronics going on.
Listening-David Sylvian,Praise of Shamans tour. This is a bootleg but outstanding quality,live sound desk feed.1988.

Subradial-Bioloophorm ( I think that is how you spell it) Very Biosphere,dare I say better at times.
Robert Rich- Nest,splendid.  All the usual Rich sounds but very even,no highs or lows just one long story. One of his better ones.


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