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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.

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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...

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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
AC/DC-Volts

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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?

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: November 05, 2010, 11:27:46 PM »
Yesterday:
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.

Today:
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.

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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) ;-)

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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.

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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!

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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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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: November 02, 2010, 06:59:39 PM »
CD's en route:

Terje Rypdal-After the Rain
Celer-Salvaged Violets
Expo 70-Black Ohms
Tomas Bednarzyck-Let's make Better Mistakes Tomorrow

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 29, 2010, 05:11:23 PM »
Bryan Ferry-Olympia
Jonn Serrie-Planetary Chronicles Vol.1
Mark Seelig-Disciple
Capricornus-Halation
Concert Silence
Taylor Deupree-Shoals
Seaworthy/Rosner-Two Lakes
Pjusk-Sval

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They WERE embalmed.  I think during the shooting of the "Mr. Roboto" video back in the 80's!

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 23, 2010, 04:07:27 PM »
Aun-"Black Pyramid" (Cyclic Law) Some of this is too noisy for my ears, but some great tracks in the bunch.  Better cosmic experimental guitar/synth stuff can be found on...

Expo 70-"Sonic Messenger" 2CD (Beta Lactam Ring) Fantastic guitar/synthscapes, modern day experimental/ambient Berlin School (no sequencers). 

Move D/Namlook-"Stranger III" (Fax) Very good, much better than the second installment. 

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Are you using the forum just to promote your products? I see almost all the comments are from Runningonairmusic.  We call it spam.

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Spammers are totally uncool.

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Paid $100 for The Sun and the Moon "The Great Escape" CD (ex-Chameleons) via evilBay. 

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 20, 2010, 11:49:59 PM »
The Orb/Gilmour disc sounds like...someone really into Pink Floyd making an electronic soundscape album.  This disc would be really good for an acid trip (or a nice flashback!)--heady, spaced out, multi-layered, journey-like.  Exceeded my expectations. Recommended.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: October 16, 2010, 01:12:54 AM »
Damn dude, you're outta control!!! Time to call CD Addicts Anonymous (CDAA). But it's OK, I UNDERSTAND. ;-)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: October 12, 2010, 11:08:34 PM »
The Orb/David Gilmour-Metallic Sphere.  An impulse buy; nothing groundbreaking but nice n'trippy.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: October 12, 2010, 12:17:05 AM »
Also on the way:

Aun-Black Pyramid
Capricornus-Halation

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