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Highly recommend this to all.  One of my best of 2010 picks (see thread).

About the bonus for clever fans...I am dumb as a box of rocks so I may need help uncovering it.  Might it have something to do with the cryptic coded message on back of the booklet?

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best Releases of 2010
« on: November 26, 2010, 09:46:09 PM »
I realize now that only 8 of my 10 best came out in 2010 (James McDougall and Solo Andata were both 2009). 

So, with two slots open, I can easily put False Mirror's "Derelict World" into the list, which just arrived in the mail.  Fantastic album.  Highly recommended for fans of Robert Rich, Oophoi, and other deep drone artists.   

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Brian Eno
« on: November 24, 2010, 07:17:06 PM »
"Sky Saw" is a different kind of noisy (the cool kind, plus Fripp on gtr); this stuff is all digital gobbledyguk made on a computer...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CELER I wanna see some opinions!
« on: November 24, 2010, 01:30:37 AM »
Storytelling is an interesting perspective.  Actually it feels less like chapters but more like someone sharing an intimate experience through sound.  Actually the track titles are one thing I DON'T like about Celer--a bit too "arty" for my taste as they're sort of nonsensical and long-winded, as on "In Escaping Lakes" and "Nacreous Clouds."  Especially on long-form releases that are basically one long track: why index "songs" on these at all?   

Everything and Nothing / Re: What's the best thing in your life right now?
« on: November 23, 2010, 08:24:09 PM »
As dumb (and sad) as this sounds, it's got to be my new car.  When everything around me right now is pretty much sh*t (my job, finances, social life, health), it's nice to know something's sparkly new n' nice, and reliable.  Then again, it won't technically be "mine" for five more years, so maybe I shouldn't be so happy about it.  ;D 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Mathias Grassow & Alio Die - Praha
« on: November 23, 2010, 01:22:08 AM »
I'm really looking forward to this, along with the other 3 new Alio Die discs.  Hopefully Projekt or Hypnos in the US will stock these in the not-too-distant future, which saves US customers big money as they sell for about $15 each.  Last year I got the trio of Aglaia releases direct from A.Die and it worked out to something like $23 per disc.  I wish I had waited and got them from Projekt or Hypnos. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / CELER I wanna see some opinions!
« on: November 23, 2010, 01:15:10 AM »
There's been a flurry of Celer releases this past year or two, but nobody's discussing them here.  Those aware of their history know of course about the death of Danielle Baquet-Long, half of the duo (the other half being husband Will Long).  Apparently there is quite a bit of material they recorded together that is coming out on various labels.  This year alone I've bought "Dying Star," limited to 500 on Dragon's Eye Recordings; "Pockets of Wheat" on Soundscaping; and "Salvaged Violets" on Infraction (2 CD's).  There are a couple others I don't have yet: "Generic City," a collaboration with Yui Onodera, and a release on the French label Basses Frequences. 

"Dying Star" is super quiet minimal Eno-type ambient (all synths).  Probably the least "experimental" release so far.  You really need the headphones for this one it's so quiet. 

"Pockets of Wheat" and "Salvaged Violets" are darker and more experimental oriented, and mastered with more volume--a "louder" type of quiet music.  "Violets" is a two-disc set, with the discs not having any track titles or numbering on each disc.  The floral patterns on the CD's are very similar so you don't know which is Disc 1 and Disc 2.  Talk about minimal!  I found this   
a bit weird but maybe because the droning soundscapes are so amorphous and non-specific that it doesn't really matter. 

It's hard to pin down what makes Celer so enigmatic.  I find the music to be at once simple and complex.  A lot of it has this hovering, meandering quality with lots of spatial processing that is very subtle.  Like the best ambient, it's "background" music that demands attention nevertheless.  I'm not sure what Celer's influences were but Eno seems to be an obvious one; organic, ethereal, but not quite "space music."  Celer's releases are so subtle and "barely there" that I am never quite blown away by them, yet I continue to be fascinated enough to keep collecting their work.     

I work for County government in the law enforcement field and our department is $5 million in the red.  Really sad when public service agencies don't even have a budget to operate with.  Sadder still is how corruption at the top and greed amongst management is contributing to the problem.  I see senior management continually padding their nest eggs with cushy salaries and retirement/health benefits while the people below them doing all the grunt work are being forced out onto the street.  And they're doing this by creating new positions for their buddies at the top, hiring more managers (when there are already far too many), and spending astronomical amounts of money on "consultants" to help them make cost-cutting decisions instead of utilizing their own employees.  Thank God Meg Whitman was not elected governor of CA, this state would have imploded on itself.

In the last 10 years I've definitely noticed a feeling that it's less fun to visit here.  Replies to posts are much smaller and "die out" sooner.  I try to check in twice a day if I can.  Often it's disappointing there's nothing new all day or even for a stretch of days.  There was a time when I could be pretty much kept up to date on all the major new releases by coming here.  Now there's little to no mention/discussion of releases on such labels as 12k, Infraction, Cyclic Law, Fax, Mystery Sea, Ultimae,...are people just not buying new music any more? Yet there's more and more promotional postings by artists and labels I've never heard of and probably wouldn't even be interested in.  And those posters usually don't contribute any comments to this forum.

If only "Lisa Franklyne" were here, all would be right with the world again...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: November 18, 2010, 01:08:30 PM »
On the way:

Scott Cortez-Twin Radiant Flux (Line)
False Mirror-Derelict World (Malignant)
Namlook/Montana-Labyrinth (Fax)
Namlook/Rehberg-The Putney (Fax AW reissue)

Bought recently:

Alva Noto-For 2 (Line)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: November 11, 2010, 09:34:09 PM »
Future Sound of London-From the Archives Volume 6.  I liked pretty much all of this one immediately, and can't say that for the others, so possibly the best collection yet in this series.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: November 11, 2010, 08:03:13 AM »
Re: Weber box set

I agree, each of the slipcases should have had full-color artwork for each album instead of the big black on white print.  My only complaint about this release.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: November 10, 2010, 01:56:29 PM »
Which "new" John Foxx CD are you referring to?  Think the latest is "Quiet Man," but I read it's spoken word with some background music...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: November 09, 2010, 02:02:25 PM »
Celer-Pockets of Wheat
Janek Shaefer-Extended Play
Eberhard Weber-Colours 3-CD Box

Other Ambient (and related) Music / New Brian Eno
« on: November 06, 2010, 10:58:35 PM »
I'm finding "Small Craft on a Milk Sea" (Warp) to be a very mixed bag.  The first 3 tracks are very good ambient pieces, but things  start getting noisy and technoid-ish from track 4 through 10.  Somebody take that PC away from Brian, he's having too much fun cutting and pasting digital files.  This kind of stuff was never my cup of tea, just sounds like somebody trying to create weird annoying music.  Remember "Nerve Net" and some of those other early to mid 90's Eno albums?  Guess this is why it was released on Warp.  Then at Track 11 we get back into the ambient groove to finish out the last five tracks.  So what we have here is about 27 min. of good but somewhat cold/clinical digital ambient (but nowhere near the classic 80's stuff) and 27 min. of technoid masturbation produced at the "click of a mouse."  I wish they had released two e.p.'s instead: one for ambient, the second for the weird shit.  Would have saved me some bucks.  Guess I can always burn the good half onto a CDR.  Interesting that Eno is only credited with "computers," while the others (Jon Hopkins & Leo Abrahams) use some real instruments.  I guess I should stop whining as Eno doesn't release that much music anymore, so maybe should be lucky there's anything new at all?  Other opinions?

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: November 05, 2010, 11:27:46 PM »
Brian Eno-Small Craft on a Milk Sea.  I knew it would be disappointing but bought it anyway.  I could do without the noisy techno-freakout pieces, but there are some nice tracks here.  Still, the Eno of 2010 is quite a different beast to his classic period.

Terje Rypdal-Chaser, To Be Continued, Eos.  Incredible guitarist, great label (ECM).

"Half-Gifts": Tribute to Cocteau Twins-this was worth $4.99 for the several excellent tracks, although with most tribute albums by unknown bands there are always some pretty cheesy cover versions that sound like elevator muzak interpretations.  But overall this one was quite tasty.  I also liked the Dead Can Dance tribute on Projekt, with mostly very good cover versions.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach - Sigh of Ages
« on: November 05, 2010, 11:18:29 PM »
Yeah sure, next you'll say you were gonna call Sanctuary of Dreams "The Magnificent Void"!! (j/k) ;-)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best Releases of 2010
« on: November 05, 2010, 11:15:52 PM »
Thanks for l isting that Joe, I'll have to check some of those out.  PS: Solo Andata came out in 2009, so I'll have to think of a replacement.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Best Releases of 2010
« on: November 02, 2010, 07:59:23 PM »
I can't wait until the end of December to do this, so why not now?!  I like reading others' best of lists as I invariably discover stuff I missed that I should investigate.  Anyways, here are my ten best of 2010 (subject to editing in the next two months!):

(in no particular order)

1) Concert Silence (Infraction) This is a beautiful and haunting album with great use of sound manipulation.
2) Pjusk-Sval (12k) What's not to love about this awesome Biosphere-like duo?  Ultra ethereal Nordic soundscapes abound.

3) David Sylvian-Sleepwalkers (Samadhi Sound) Even though this is a comp. with some previously unreleased tracks, I found myself thoroughly enchanted, with a new-found appreciation for Sylvian's current phase of experimentalism. 

4) Taylor Deupree-Shoals (12k) I agree with some other reviewers that this disc is his best to date. 

5) Steve Roach/Mark Seelig-Nightbloom (Projekt) Roach makes the list again (surprise!)

6) Steve Tibbetts-Natural Causes (ECM) Aural magic.

7) Arc-Church (DiN) More Berlin School perfection from two masters of EM.

8) James McDougall-Dispossession of Periphery (Mystery Sea) Mysterious and essential drone zones.

9) Ben Fleury-Steiner-Keep a Weather Eye Open (Infraction)  Mesmerizing ghostly infractions.

10) Solo Andata (12k) Did this come out in 2010 or 2009? Who cares, it's awesome!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 02, 2010, 07:21:48 PM »
Olympia by Bryan Ferry is not his best solo album by a longshot.  Not near as good as Boys and Girls or Mamouna.  I found it overproduced and a little too slick sounding (surprising, as he used Rhett Davies, who produced the masterpiece Roxy album Avalon).  There are more "just okay" songs than great ones, but there are a couple or three great ones.  Sounds better in the car stereo than at home for some reason.  I'd say if you're a BF fan get it, you'll find much of it worthwhile, but more casual fans not so into his arty vibe may be bored. 

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