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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 22, 2009, 08:41:06 AM »
asher - miniatures
(wow, one of those unexpected beauties.. the guy behind this music seemed to tape numerous piano excerpts from the radio overtime, used them as loops, all bathed in plenty of tape hiss, the 26 tracks on these 2 discs are around 3/4 minutes, all delicate, minimal, somber and quite stirring i must tell..)

zelienople - hollywood
(this time no vocals but GREAT droning instead, very cool disc!)

vidnaObmana - passage in beauty
(still on the vO kick)

a broken consort - box of birch
(very glad this one got re-released on CD-format, now the rest of Skelton's discography..)

apparently there's so much great music coming out and we're not even halfway the year, need to control myself :o

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 12, 2009, 12:17:17 AM »
steve roach - dynamic stillness
(initially i wasn't that fond of DS but actually in the last 2 days, i started to really like this Roach thing, he's craving out something here that i've been missing lately.. i think i can regard this among his best work, and of course one of my favorites of the year!)

steven r smith - antimony
(beautiful guitar work with fine sense of improvisation in the best way you can get..)

alio die & aglaia - private history of the clouds
(i had to play this again when i was reading Stefano's general interests on his myspace site  8)  ;D
"Mushrooms hunting, botany, malacology, photography, graphic, making fire & cooking, melancholic roots, jam sessions with wild fruits, tuning strings, castles and medieval places, nature & contemplation, field recordings, bach flowers, vedanta advaita, labyrinths, mysticism, romanticism, buddhism, tantra, alchemy.......°.......nada yoga ")

anticipating also..
forrest fang - phantoms
christopher hipgrave - day (home normal)

lights under water - sky noise temperature (fractured spaces)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 10, 2009, 02:43:51 AM »
vidnaObmana - memories compiled 2
(it has been a while since i've been playing a disc so often in a short period of time.. i like its grainy sound quality all with those eastern-like harmonics..)

p. jorgensen - lets the sun drag itself out in a long ray
(has a similar feel to Andrew Chalk's Time of Hayfield, nice!)

adam pacione - with wakened eyes
(in some way i'd like to get those 'Still Life' series, though that vulnerable format 3''CDr and the price puts me off..)

alio die & aglaia - private history of the clouds
(a definite favorite of the year)

celer - breeze of roses
(a quite bleak, isolate sounding Celer release, but when you read where they recorded their original sound sources, i think it fits the bill rather well!)

yuko ikoma - esquisse
(a lovely twinkling japanese version of Colleen)

robert rich - trances / drones
(i obtained the 2000 Release-edition as well cause i love that cover art so much.. and that for less than $8 :-) An absolute classic!)

anticipating for now..
taylor deupree & stephan mathieu - transcriptions (spekk)
harold budd & clive wright - candylion
chihei hatakeyama - saunter (room40)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 03, 2009, 06:24:11 AM »
alio die & aglaia - private history of the clouds
(a rather beautiful collaboration, all airy and gentle)

vidnaObmana - memories compiled 2
(recently i'm complety into the vidnaObmana sound and i LIKE it..)

vidnaObmana - ending mirage
(as someone wrote on Amazon, feels like swimming next to a whale in a deep-dark blue ocean..)

richard youngs - sapphie
(3 lengthy introspective songs, beautiful & timeless)

ben frost - steel wound
(thanks to Joe R, a very GREAT discovery indeed, powerful & introspective!)

jefre cantu-ledesma - floating weeds
(yeah, this stuff is MY thing, exquisite layered softy-overtone drones, can play this on for hours)

ilyas ahmed - century of moonlight
(for me simply his best work)

yeah, just listening these excerpts as well, sounds very good to my ears too! i like the feel that these oriental, acoustic atmospheres have. i hope this one may arrive early in july..

p.s. is this one a digipack or in a regular jewel case?

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 19, 2009, 12:51:18 AM »
mmm, we may be tapping from the same 'sound-current' at the very moment Ferns  :P

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 18, 2009, 03:39:00 AM »
steve roach - dynamic stillness
(slowly getting into these sounds.. so far so good)

steve roach - origins
(what a hell of a disc, longing back for his powerful atmospheric tribal sound, will he..)

celer - i love you so much i can't even title this (the light that never goes out went out)
(intimate soundscapes from this 'magic couple')

vidna obmana - memories compiled 1
(i feel the need for darker, gloomy sounds recently)

david darling - cello
(cinematic & brilliant, Darling's best i guess..)

echoes of nature - thunderstorm
(exquisite fieldrecordings in the best way i've heard, can play this for hours on; pure delightment!)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 31, 2009, 07:03:33 AM »
seaworthy - 1897
a rather intimate recording from 12K, it grabs me more the Lawrence English 12K disc

yui onodera - entropy
in the vein of Celer's more quiet synthesized releases

svarte greiner - kappe
good release from Type, imo much better than the rather weak recent Xela CD

mathias grassow & thomas weiss - nautic dephts | north passage
they certainly make a good match together in sound

mathias grassow & jirí mazánek - inner path
one of the best things i've heard van Grassow so far

jon hassell - last night the moon came dropping its clothes in the street
i thought i now write the whole title cause it's simply worth it :-)
for me a 2009 winner!

andrew chalk & daisuke suzuki - the shadows go their own way
for me bit of a weak Chalk disc like their 1st one. short, wicked sound sketches that seem to be unfinished in some way.. i don't know

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 26, 2009, 12:51:04 AM »
that sounds good so far, Forrest.
i think i'm gonna give The Wolf at the Ruins a listen today, it has been while since playing that one, i think it's much less ambient and more like chinese traditionel folk..
as fas as i remember you said you were aiming for a re-issue of The Wolf.. as well..?

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 25, 2009, 11:05:39 AM »
forrest fang - gongland
to prepare myself for Forrest's upcoming PHANTOMS CD on Projekt :-)
Forrest can you tell us something about this release? i'm anxious for this one!

darwinsbitch - ore
organic, gritty ambiance, in the vein of Chalk/Suzuki & their Ghost on Water project..

super minerals - multitudes
one that i recently enjoy quite a bit. raga-like drenched ambientscapes with a healthy fine dose of improvisation.. deep stuff..

jon hassell - last night the moon came..
he's THE man (and that at an age of 71!), fantastic cinematic, dim-light ambience.

lawrence english - a colour for autumn
still diggin this one.. it doesn't grab me that much so far, but the 1st track is stunning.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 12, 2009, 07:24:11 AM »
isengrind - golestan
(well i finally found it..  i can't stop playing this one, it's a very good one, i like it most from all of the Natural Snow Buildings and- related stuff, i hope this release will eventually find a way to CD-format one day..)

MWVM - rotations
(thanks to Undershadow's multiple listings here, great droning with the right amount of suspense)

TwinSisterMoon - levels & crossings
(the other one-half (male) of Natural Snow Buildings, took me some time to really appreciate it, ritual ambient post pop rock or something  :o)

phill niblock - touch food
(endless droning from a 70-year old dronehead, powerful, the 2nd disc reminds me somehow of Deutsch's The Sun)

burial - untrue
(great dubstep, the 1st half the disc is quite catchy and uplifting)

Now Playing / Re: Best of 2008
« on: January 05, 2009, 06:21:16 AM »
hard to make a definitive list of favorites but i guess this one comes close;
(in no particular order)

* sawako - bitter sweet
* harold budd / clive wright - a song for lost blossoms
* celer - nacreous clouds
* alio die - aura seminalis
* alio die / martina galvagni - eleusian lullaby
* wouter veldhuis - satumaa
* david tagg - fundamentals of orchid biology
* eluder - the most beautiful blue
* arve henriksen - cartography
* richard skelton - marking time
* andrew chalk- time of hayfield (not sure was 2007 or 2008)

favorite re-issues;

* aidan baker - letters LP
* aidan baker - green & cold
* adam pacione - with wakened eyes

and most glad with re-pressing of:

* robert rich - somnium

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 05, 2009, 03:08:55 AM »
i agree the new Tim Hecker sounds awesome though i'm not a Hecker fan! i'll buy it for sure once it is released.
due to the many blogs outthere that give great exposure, i order more than i want to..  :o

i saw on the 12k forum a topic that blamed one particular blog out of the amazon forests of music blogs while i saw that their music listings parallel with those blogs.. you tell me..

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 03, 2009, 03:37:21 PM »
clouwbeck - a moraine
(more bowed beauty.. from Richard Skelton)

jim o'rourke - long night
(2 fascinating longform pieces, ever-changing feather-light overtone drones, i think yes, time-suspending would be the proper word here..)

bass communion - I
(probably his most accessible, the last 25 minute piece based on a Robbert Fripp sample is beautiful!)

aidan baker - green & cold
(for me top-rating post-rock ambient, with occasionally pretty vocals)

aidan baker - letters
(another fantastic release from Aidan, powerful and intense)

the sight below - glider
(this beats GAS for me easily.. oh ohh ;D)

off the sky - creek caught fire
(i love it)

Now Playing / Re: Best of 2008
« on: December 26, 2008, 10:16:43 AM »
thanks Dave and DroneOn for listing, that BUTTERFLY release is gorgeous!
i also like his collaboration with Peter James, REMAINS..

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 09, 2008, 07:46:05 AM »
i agree Forrest, Radioland is a great release! And i recently got his TheSadMac for $15 only (maybe Andrew Chalk got inspired by this LP heavy card sleeve cause the new Faraway cd's look the same), though this one is more difficult to find for a reasonable price.
Not sure which one i like more, maybe the latter..

and now waiting for his collab. with Taylor Deupree...

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 05, 2008, 04:32:56 AM »
some digital beauty;

taylor deupree & christopher willits - invisible architecture

stephan mathieu - TheSadMac
(the guy knows what he's doing, amazing digital melancholia..)


wouter veldhoven - satumaa 
(yes, after playing this last night again, it definately goes along with my favorites of the year, beautiful!)

arve henriksen - cartography
(incredible, another winner of 2008!)

the sight below - glider
(well, this one hits me in the face, GAS fans 'need' to check out this one for sure, than you know what i mean..!!!)

well, i recently got the Satumaa disc and must say i really like it.
i understand it's Veldhoven's debut album, it's clear the guy is quite talented. it still keeps me reminding of David Tagg's work..
the work is overall warm, grainy, richly layered and as Martin (SiF) mentioned himself a 'perfect bedroom fellow' :-)
it may end up with my faves of this year..

i bought their previous CDR, Quiet Calling, a rather good one, i confess

but what i don't like that they use in their description CD instead of CDR, while their prices are very steep indeed, and i'm from the eurozone..

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 24, 2008, 03:00:58 AM »
arve henriksen - cartography
(another beautiful release from him, certainly a 2008-favorite of mine)

alio die - sempus rei
(good one. classic Alio Die, but still on rotation to fully appreciate it..)

aidan baker - i wish too, to be absorbed
(a perfect introduction/compilation of Aidan's various styles of guitar-ambient!)

eluder - the most beautiful blue
(fascinating cd on Infraction with a classic ambient touch, i like its overall grainy sound)

paul schutze - the third site
(this one goes away for dumpprices at many places, i think its a marvelous release from Schutze, the german spoken poetics from Thomas Koner may distract many listeners..)

liquid ghosts - camera obscura
(a fantastic collab. cd with oophoi, tau ceti & netherworld, i hope this one will some time in the future be re-released on cd-format..)

anzio green - autumn honey
(very nice spacious electronics which reminds me to the more gentle romantic moments of autechre, the guitar here even reminds of some of Thom Brennan's work)

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