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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 08, 2015, 11:29:15 AM »
John Foxx--The Virgin Years 1980-1985.  5CD box of early studio albums with lots of extra tracks.  For some reason I didn't have these albums even though I'm a fan of his later material.  Lots to explore here.  Should keep me busy.

Bauhaus--5 Albums Box Set.  Remastered studio albums, extra tracks, singles, etc.  Goth heaven.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 08, 2015, 12:46:00 AM »
The sticker on the shrinkwrap states it's remastered, yet there are no credits inside for who, if anyone, remastered the recording.  I didn't have the original and don't remember what the sound quality was. 

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 07, 2015, 05:04:20 PM »
In addition to the new Alio Die on Projekt, there's also a new Steve Roach/Byron Metcalf.  I dunno, is it just me or does Metcalf's drumming sound like someone pounding on the hood of a car?

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 07, 2015, 04:18:18 PM »
Shaded Explorer--Between the Blue.  Another limited (300) CD release on Silent Season that sold out quickly.  This is nice subtle, relatively quiet ambient dub techno without the often annoying "doof doof" beats.  Nothing groundbreaking but a nice album.  As usual, Databloem has copies of this sold out stuff on its website, if you want one.

Expo 70--Corridors to Infinity/Star Colored Clouds.  More spaced out improv guitar and Moog from Justin Wright. 

Everything and Nothing / Re: All the Best for 2015
« on: January 03, 2015, 03:03:10 PM »
Happy New year to all.  My new year's resolution is not to buy so many CDs that I have to eat Cup o Noodles for dinner every night.  And go out on at least one date this year.

Now Playing / Re: the ultimate 'ambient'?
« on: January 03, 2015, 01:28:11 PM »
Little known fact:  Beethoven used synthesizers. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best of 2014
« on: December 31, 2014, 11:35:49 AM »
Forgot the last two:

Aglaia--Intangible Opacity & Primeval Nebula

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best of 2014
« on: December 31, 2014, 11:33:25 AM »
My favorite ambient/electronic albums of 2014:

Nacht Plank--Echo Ark
Autumn of Communion--AOC 4
ASC--Truth be Told
Reverberant Evenings--After the Silence
Ishq--The Invisible Landscape
Rapoon--Fall of Drums
Seetyca--lieder zum summen
Urenga--Mu, the Lost Continent
Ethernet--Tanuki Dreams
Lee Anthony Norris/Porya Hatami--The Longing Daylight
Cosmic Ground--s/t
Circular--Moon Pool
Experiments in Silence--Hidden Harmonic
Roach/Reyes--The Ancestor Circle

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 31, 2014, 11:20:00 AM »
Wow Chris, we agree completely on the new Aglaia.  I ordered the Opacity CD from Projekt only as Nebula sounded a little too experimental.  I used a gift card to later purchase Nebula, and on close inspection it's excellent and now I wish I'd ordered both CDs. ;D

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 30, 2014, 11:09:28 AM »
Dr Atmo--Quiet Life.  Comeback album for this ex-Fax label pioneer.  Have to say I'm pretty disappointed with this.  There is one great track but the rest sometimes leans perilously close to new age.  Lots of flutes, so it sounds like Robert Rich in spots.  Pleasant but not terribly exciting music.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Best of 2014 - non-ambient
« on: December 28, 2014, 02:00:37 AM »
Pink Floyd--The Endless River. Is it non ambient?  Dunno.  But if it is, that's all I can think of, apart from a couple reissues like Shriekback "Jam Science" and The Chameleons "John Peel Sessions" (complete with very cool keychain as a free bonus if ordered from the UK label). 

Everything and Nothing / Amazon sucks!!(?) + tons of Midwest Photos
« on: December 28, 2014, 01:53:57 AM »
Is it just me or is Amazon a crap source to buy music?  Got a gift card for Xmas and I decided what to order.  3 of them (CDs) weren't even listed and they were all available in my local record stores.  A box set import that could be had for $30 new on eBay was $45!  Add to that the disorganized, confusing descriptions and often totally wrong information. 

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 28, 2014, 01:44:07 AM »
Steven Berkowitz--Ecstasis.  This early 90s album is a little gem of Eno-esque ambient.  2 long tracks.

Jim Cole--Godspace.  Another gem from 2002.  Overtone singing with no synths, just processing and looping.  Incredible disc.  Whatever happened to Jim, anyway???

Jon Hassell/Brian Eno--Fourth World Vol.1 Possible Musics.  Remastered reissue of 1980 release.  Probably a huge influence on artists like Peter Gabriel, David Sylvian, O Yuki Congugate, Steve Roach, etc.  Treated trumpet, drones, subtle African percussion...achieves a very otherworldly and psychoactive ambience.  Excellent essay by Eno about the time period and the album, and a really great, fascinating interview with Hassell. 

Genesis--Foxtrot and Selling England by the Pound.  Rhino US reissues of the 2008 remastered stereo mixes.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Grassow on BC
« on: December 24, 2014, 09:15:01 AM »
Thanks for the tip.  Some of this box set material was reissued on Databloem in the Highlights series.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 23, 2014, 11:30:09 AM »
Autumn of Communion 4.  This is a stunning album, would have made a worthy follow-up to their debut Fax release.  Hovering way at the top of my 2014 list.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Best of 2014 - non-ambient
« on: December 22, 2014, 11:26:20 AM »
Can't remember the last new non ambient thing I bought, I mainly listen to my old standbys.  I haven't heard of most of the new bands out there these days. 

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Pink Floyd in Fall
« on: December 21, 2014, 10:11:20 PM »
Got this yesterday, and after a few listens I'm really liking this.  Plays like an aural snapshot of PF, for reflecting back on their career.  A fitting bookend, even though not a "proper" album.  Some great music here, with a nostalgic, melancholy and dreamy vibe.  Not boring to these ears at all.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Best of 2014
« on: December 18, 2014, 10:47:10 AM »
I've got a couple CDs in transit to me so I think it's best I wait until January 1 to post my list.  Looking forward to seeing other lists here as well.

Everything and Nothing / Re: My Mom, age 72, has a boyfriend! Ugh.....
« on: December 18, 2014, 10:41:48 AM »
Eloquently put jkn, thanks for that.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Interstellar
« on: December 18, 2014, 10:39:12 AM »
Everyone's entitled to their own opinion.   ;)

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