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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Pink Floyd in Fall
« Last post by drone on on Today at 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.
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Everything and Nothing / Best of 2014 - non-ambient
« Last post by Dave Michuda on Today at 09:57:17 AM »


2014 was another year where I continued to listen to more "normal" music than ambient or electronic music.  I'll just repost here much of what I said on my low light mixes blog.

Part of the shift in my tastes can be directly attributed to Spotify.  I listen to Spotify at work a lot and I have used it more and more to discover new music.  I keep a playlist called "2014 albums worth listening to" that now has 4113 tracks in it.  Not all the albums in there are great or even good, necessarily.  The playlist is just a collection of things in my musical wheelhouse that are worth exploring.  I'm constantly on the prowl for new things to add to it.

On Tuesdays, when new music is released, I go here... http://www.allmusic.com/newreleases  to find out what's new and if it looks interesting I sample it on Spotify & maybe add it to a playlist.  Finding new music has become close to an obsession over the past couple of years and with so much stuff out there coupled with ease of access, it's a great time for music lovers.

Most of the albums on this list you can probably find on lots of other indie lists like NPR, Consequence of Sound, Pitchfork, etc.  A couple records not on the national lists are from Wisconsin bands, Phox & Field Report.  Both record for the fine label, Partisan Records, as does Sylvan Esso which came in at #9 on my list.  Another album with a Wisconsin tie is Paradise Outlaw by Pieta Brown.  A beautiful, ethereal album recorded at Justin Vernon's studio in Wisconsin.

Another odd ball selection is the awesome album by Dylan Howe - Subterranean - New Designs on Bowie's Berlin.  It is a collection of jazz versions of Bowie instrumentals from his Berlin period.  I love this record!  Find it & buy it here... http://dylanhowe.bandcamp.com/album/subterranean-new-designs-on-bowies-berlin

I included Loscil - Sea Island on this list, even though it's electronic not indie, because it's very, very good and deserved to be on both lists.

The only other album that doesn't fit under the indie umbrella is Piers Faccini & Vincent Segal - Songs of Time Lost.  It's a subtle record of soft vocals, guitar and cello.  If you like Nick Drake you will love this record.

The rest of the list is all variations of indie music, some loud, some soft, some electric, some acoustic, some straight forward and some a bit more odd - all of it good stuff worth the effort of seeking out.

What were your most played albums this year?

BEST OF 2014:

  1. The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream
  2. Damien Jurado - Brothers & Sisters of the Eternal Son
  3. Field Report - Marigolden
  4. The Rural Alberta Advantage - Mended with Gold
  5. Phox - Phox
  6. Strand of Oaks - HEAL
  7. Dylan Howe - Subterranean - New Designs on Bowie's Berlin
  8. Pieta Brown - Paradise Outlaw
  9. Sylvan Esso - Sylvan Esso
 10. Phantogram - Voices
 11. The Antlers - Familiars
 12. Saintseneca - Dark Arc
 13. Damien Rice - My Favourite Faded Fantasy
 14. The Barr Brothers - Sleeping Operator
 15. Real Estate - Atlas
 16. St. Vincent - St. Vincent
 17. Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots
 18. Eno & Hyde - Someday World
 19. Blaudzun - Promises of No Man's Land
 20. Bill Callahan - Have Fun With God
 21. Loscil - Sea Island
 22. Warpaint - Warpaint
 23. Piers Faccini & Vincent Segal - Songs of Time Lost
 24. Gem Club - In Roses
 25. alt-J - This Is All Yours

Hypnos forum folks, we all must listen to some stuff that's not ambient.  What are a few of your favorites from this year?

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Now Playing / Re: FILE://Access/Rip/Play
« Last post by zzzone.net on Today at 02:14:54 AM »


Total Tracks: 263,266
Total Albums: 26,753
Total Artists: 19,686

NP: Zammuto - Good Graces from Anchor
Zammuto website w/Anchor preview
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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by Mark Mushet on Today at 12:18:32 AM »
Phew! It's been a long time!

1. Marsen Jules "At GRM"

Two very deep, darkish swelling/receding drone pieces. The best of a kind! Doing a video for this one in the months ahead.

2. Chihei Hatekeyama "Winter Storm"

Long form pieces similar to David Sylvian's excursions into installation soundtracks. One track not unlike Robin Guthrie.

3. Loscil "Sea Island"

More loscil. Always welcome though I've yet to feel quite as attached to this as I have with past releases.

4. Vicky Chow plays Tristan Perich's "Surface Image"

One long piano and electronics piece that recalls Riley and Reich but with a harder edge.

5. Christopher Bissonnette "Essays in Idleness"

My favourite of the year. "Missing Chapters" seems to quote "Music for Films" but otherwise quite a distinct set of unsettling, beautiful atmospheric sketches.
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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by Analoguekid on Yesterday at 02:45:02 PM »
Hi Martyn, yes I got the drum, technically a 16 inch by 24 inch dundun from Africa.

Fforest - funnily enough there was a community Taiko group meeting locally today, but I was out of town - I've emailed them to ask when they next meet.

Drumming is part of my music that generally does not get onto albums, being done for personal pleasure or in ceremonial or meditational settings....

Nice one :-)
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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by Seren on Yesterday at 09:06:27 AM »
Hi Martyn, yes I got the drum, technically a 16 inch by 24 inch dundun from Africa.

Fforest - funnily enough there was a community Taiko group meeting locally today, but I was out of town - I've emailed them to ask when they next meet.

Drumming is part of my music that generally does not get onto albums, being done for personal pleasure or in ceremonial or meditational settings....
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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by ffcal on December 19, 2014, 04:43:38 PM »
Various Kodo (Including a DVD) - recently got a new drum and looking to develop my drumming 8)


Hi Andy,

Have you thought about joining a local taiko group (if there is one)?  Community taiko groups are pretty big in North America:

http://www.taikoconference.org/about-natc

Some friends of mine are founders of the Mount Shasta Taiko group, which holds a big summer festival every year:

http://www.shastayama.org/Public/HomePage

Forrest
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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by Analoguekid on December 19, 2014, 03:23:08 PM »
Various Kodo (Including a DVD) - recently got a new drum and looking to develop my drumming 8)


 8) 8) 8) You managed to get it then Andy :-)
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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by Seren on December 19, 2014, 02:16:28 PM »
Various Kodo (Including a DVD) - recently got a new drum and looking to develop my drumming 8)
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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by Dave Michuda on December 19, 2014, 02:13:57 PM »
Illuha - Akari  -   Pretty good typical 12k stuff.
GoGo Penguin - v2.0  -  Contemporary piano jazz.  I think they are up for the Mercury Prize in England.
John Luther Adams - Become Ocean  -  Basically a classical version of drone music.  Nice.
Danish String Quartet - Wood Works  -  Very nice traditional tunes that don't get jiggy(?) or annoying, perfect balance.
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