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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 28, 2015, 04:24:22 PM »
Julio Di Benedetto- A Tide Pool of Memories.  Another gorgeous piece of Vidna Obmana-like (that's a good thing) organic mandalas of sound. 

Hawkwind- Space Ritual Live.  This album is just short of "awful".  Recorded a year or two ago in London at a benefit for animal rights or something like that.  Hawkwind now only consists of one original member, Dave Brock.  This comes off as basically a cover band doing Hawkwind tunes.  The songs plod along in uninspired fashion.  The sound is slick, polished, and digitized.  Too much weak programming, not enough guitars.  The drums plod along in an almost annoying way.  Why listen to this when you can listen to the original awesome early 70's material?  The only song I really enjoyed on this is "Spirit of the Age." 

So I finally gave these albums some proper deep time and I have to say the live set is pretty awesome.  Last week sounded amazing in the car driving to San Francisco.  Great mix of the sequencer stuff and tribal.  In fact I probably should have put this one on my best of list.  After the whistles subside in the Immersion Zone disc, it gets progressively better.  It's a nice (slight) variation in the Possible Planet theme. 

One thing I never understood about these releases on Steve's site:  Each disc was $15 and the "combo pack" was $30.  Shouldn't it be *cheaper* as a bonus to purchase both together? 

1.  Sphare Sechs- Enceladus (Malignant Records).  Spooky outer space atmospheres.  Love the sleeve artwork on this one too. 
2.  Redshift- Life to Come (Distant Sun).  Mark Shreeve's finest studio album (as Redshift) to date.
3.  Autumn of Communion 5
4.  Autumn of Communion 6 (..txt)  What can I say?  They always make my best of list.
5.  Julio Di Benedetto- Original Light (Digital Voices).  Striking, haunting ambient from Hypnos forum member!
6.  Blake Gibson/Robert Davies- Quiraing (Databloem).  Excellent "big landscape" music a la David Parsons and Mathias Grassow. 
7.  Sraunus-  Asperatus Clouds (Anodize).  Quite stunning ambient dub.
8.  S.E.T.I. - The Data Logs of Astro Myrmex (..txt)  Unique, cinematic space ambient
9.  Futurology (aka Ishq)- Martian Chronicles (Virtual). 
10. Fatal Tangent- Cenotaph (Anodize).  Rhythmic dark space ambient, like Ramp/Redshift without the sequencers meets Aphex Twin SAW II.  Outer space tripout fest!

Honorable mentions:  Steve Roach-Etheric Imprints, Bloodmoon Rising
                             Mathias Grassow- AeroArea

(as usual, excellent music from these masters but you gotta reward the lesser knowns sometimes)

This is only a very small fraction of available music out there.  I'm not very adventuresome these days and avoid downloads in favor of CD's, so I'm not exposed to what is probably a great deal of excellent work.  You can probably tell as I pick music from the same labels and/or artists every year....I would love to read everyone's lists and discover some other releases.  Thanks!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Discogs experiences (good and bad)?
« on: December 21, 2015, 09:41:41 AM »
Wanterkeelt:  my Discogs name is tauceti.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Discogs experiences (good and bad)?
« on: December 17, 2015, 03:39:10 PM »
I've been a Discogs member for many years now.  Does anyone have any thoughts, experiences, advice, etc. they want to share? 

Lately for whatever reason I've been noticing that some sellers are totally clueless when it comes to listing and/or grading items.  I'm a CD collector--no vinyl.  I have 3 CD versions of some of my favorite albums.  I recently ordered the UK version of an album, and the seller sent me the US version.  They had no idea there was a difference, since the cover and track titles were the same they said.  Even though it gives you a list of all the CD versions.  Duh.  Even when you're listing an item for sale, Discogs reminds you to list the exact item on the release page.  This has happened to me three times in the last several months.  Now it's to the point I have to ask and verify with the seller before placing an order. 

Some people's sense of grading is totally bizarre.  Their "Near Mint" is more like "good plus" or "very good."  One CD I bought said "unplayed new" and "very good plus," but had multiple scratches, some deeper than "minor."  They stated it had been in their record store for 20 years kept in a plastic binder sleeve and was "new".  Why would I care if a CD is "unplayed" if it's scratched?  They don't seem to understand the difference.  I'm surprised some of these people even work in record stores. 

I've had some really good experiences, too, but for some reason really bad ones for the last several months.  I can share some good ones, too, but I feel like complaining right now.   8)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: December 17, 2015, 12:25:28 PM »
Is anyone compiling their Best of 2015 list?  Maybe in a couple weeks we could start a thread...


No I don't post at Hoffman, just read.  Can drive you crazy when everyone is adamant their favorite CD pressing is the best. 

I received the discs over the weekend.  The live set is excellent.  The immersion zone CD not so much.  Now I know what was meant by dog whistle.  I don't know why he likes this sound so much but it ruins the album.  To me it's too similar to Possible Planet anyway so I wouldn't play it much or at all.  Namlook was fascinated by the sound on his late period Move D/Namlook releases.  Didn't care for it then either.  Annoying is right. 

Yes,thanks for the information!

I did notice the Floyd discs were more bass heavy, but I like it this way.  I wonder if the people who collect Japan issues do it for sound quality reasons or just plain collecting.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Harold Budd website!
« on: December 10, 2015, 04:22:14 PM »
New factoids gleaned from this interivew:

"The Pearl" (track and album) was named by Daniel Lanois, after he commented one of the tracks was "a little pearl."

The retirement announcement he made way back when was a mistake, he admits.  Things were not going well and he was having a difficult time, and he blurted out publicly he was quitting music, which wasn't what he wanted to do at all.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Harold Budd website!
« on: December 10, 2015, 01:24:39 AM »
I thought the interviewer asked some really good questions.  Although that intro he read before the questions was over the top gushing. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Harold Budd website!
« on: December 09, 2015, 03:11:28 PM »

Check out this great interview with Mr. Budd.  He will be 80 in May!  And he has a 14 year old son.  I did a similar interview with him by phone circa 1996 for a magazine which sadly didn't get published due to the mag folding.  Super nice person and quite a good interview subject.

I guess I'm obsessive when it comes to sound quality of CD pressings.  I've spent countless hours on the Steve Hoffman forums, where posters debate the various versions to the point of insanity.  Lately I've noticed how superior the sound is on the early Japan issues.  Case in point is the Pink Floyd material from the early 70s like Meddle and Dark Side of the Moon.  Last night I bought a 1984 japan issue of DSOTM  for $7.95.  It's by far the best I've heard compared to many versions I've heard previously.  I know collectors are big on these.  Anyone know why the Japan quality is seemingly superior?   

I've also found the UK discs mastered by Nimbus in the 80s and 90s are superior to the US versions and subsequent remasters. 

Am I imagining this or do I have dog like extra sensory hearing?


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 08, 2015, 08:20:41 PM »
Correction to my last post:  that's 1970-1974 Hawkwind.  And that's 11 discs TOTAL, not TODAY.  Thanks to auto fill on my phone and lack of proofreading!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Dark Side Of The Moog Reissues
« on: December 08, 2015, 05:26:17 PM »
I hear the audience in Vol 8, so I don't know what he's talking about.  This doesn't sound like much of a bonus.  I hate when labels do this:  give you a couple scraps to entice those who already own the records.  Btw, my favorites in the series are 5, 6 and 8.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 08, 2015, 04:27:14 PM »
It's "vintage" day at work:

Brainticket- Celestial Ocean.  Sort of a lighter, jazzier version of Hawkwind.  I bought this yesterday for $6 (Cleopatra/Purple Pyramid release with bonus "Live in 1973" disc) and now I'm ordering the box set with the other albums.  Very cool stuff.  Speaking of which....

Hawkwind-- This is Your Captain Speaking, Your Captain is Dead.  8 album (3 are doubles) box, 11 discs today, of 1970-1979 material.  Remasters from early 2000's, in cardboard sleeves, clamshell box, no booklet or liner notes.  It's bare bones but a great deal (think I paid only about $35 for this)to get all the awesome music.  There's a live disc from the "In Search of Space" tour 1972 called "Greasy Truckers Party" I'd never heard and sound quality is superb.   

King Crimson- Live at Fillmore East 1969.  Excellent recording (for an old recording) of the classic lineup featuring Greg Lake and the other guys from In the Court and Wake of Poseidon albums.  "Epitaph" is one of my all-time favorite songs.  Official bootleg on DGM. 

The Beatles--Revolver.  Arguably their finest album.   

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Dark Side Of The Moog Reissues
« on: December 08, 2015, 04:17:18 PM »
Why bother, unless you don't have these then I guess it's a good value for the money, for five CD's.  That "bonus" disc seems like all from "The Evolution of the Dark Side of the Moog" which was already released by Fax before.  Not a very enticing "bonus." 

I'd be interested in knowing who "officially licensed" these albums.  I'm assuming it would be his daughter Fabia and/or family.  I'm a little surprised any posthumous Fax releases have come out at all.  I don't know why, maybe I feel it's almost too sacred as a major fan to be reissuing stuff, like it should just be left alone. 

Also, most of the DSOTM series can still be had for pretty reasonable prices via Discogs (if you want physical CD's and not downloads), since many were re-issued so you've got the originals or the reissues available (actually the last three volumes were never reissued). 

Thanks for posting this info.

Ambient dog whistle, the latest craze sweeping the EM world!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steaming services
« on: December 05, 2015, 02:03:40 PM »
I agree 100% with Ekstasis posts above.  Spot on!

I don't understand your last statement about pre ordering.  Why did you regret it?

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