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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Quiraing - Blake Gibson & Robert Davies
« Last post by chris23 on January 24, 2015, 05:45:34 PM »
Didn't remember to tune in until 6:30 CST and missed it, Blake. Darn! Will order it sometime next week, unless it sells out too quickly!
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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by Dave Michuda on January 24, 2015, 03:08:36 PM »
Deep into Justin Vernon's universe right now...

DeYarmond Edison - Silent Signs (2005)  - Vernon's first band, very good folk, Americana sound.  From the ashes of this band would rise Bon Iver, Megafaun & Field Report.

Amateur Love - It's All Aquatic (2003 - re-released in 2012) - This album is from his friend & fellow Wisconsin resident, Josh Scott.  The main reason Justin Vernon formed his own record label was so he could re-release this album.  Excellent straight forward indie rock.  Josh Scott is said to be working with Vernon on a new record as Aero Flynn.

Megafaun - Bury the Square (2008)  -  Three members from DeYarmond Edison went on to form Megafaun based in North Carolina, actually 2 of them were also in Amateur Love as well.  Good folk/psych music, definitely more psych than Vernon's music.

S. Carey - All We Grow  -  Sean Carey is the plays piano & drums for Bon Iver and is a fellow Wisconsonite.  I've been playing this in preparation for an intimate show he is playing tonight a couple miles from my home.
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Independent Music Reviews / My review of "Broadcast" CD by Spuntic
« Last post by richardgurtler on January 24, 2015, 10:43:07 AM »


Spuntic "Broadcast" CD

Databloem's Dennis Knopper is always very good in bringing into the map some new unknown names and Spuntic is certainly no exception in these adventurous explorations. Mehdi Saleh aka IX, the driving force behind Spuntic, is an Iranian soundscaper, based in Tehran, who belongs to the leading forces of the growing electronic scene in this country. Actually, although Spuntic has released so far several albums, mostly on Portuguese netlabel Enough Records, I believe Mehdi is rather known for his dark ambient infused project Alphaxone. But back to Spuntic, "Broadcast" was released during May 2014 in traditionally tasteful Databloem's digifile packaging with exceptional design wizardry by Theo Rabou. Let's ignite this 68-minute transmission now...

"Alternate" transports straightly into nocturnal rainy street with circling texture bridging enigmatic layers with smoothly soaring swells. At times slightly piercing, yet hauntingly percolating. Gorgeously cinematic fragments quietly sneak in and continuously undulate throughout. Organic, surreptitious, exquisite... A very strong introduction by Spuntic. "Piramoun (Interlude)" dives slowly into desolate drone reverberations, reaching nearly unfathomable depths and then astonishingly transmuting through soothing acoustics of the environment into gracefully expansive skylines. Thrillingly transporting odyssey awaits here!!! But the journey continues with "Hybrid Snow", which should be cold, but the distant spirals of sky high choir drones are uniquely warm, masterfully counterpointed with extremely polished and utterly magnetising hissy/glitchy blankets and delicately piercing cybernetic subtleties. Deeply mesmerizing and spectacularly embracing composition, bravo Mehdi, to me, certainly an Ambient Hall of Fame piece!!! "Erosion" is driven by nature sounds and tidal drifts bridged with contemplative tinkles, rumbles and retrospective scenic vistas. Gently crescendoing and tranquilly engrossing!!! Monotonously twinkling "Convergence" is rather inconspicuous while the next one, "Beneath", integrates persistent organic sounds with softly discordant nuances. Subtly minimal, yet richly flavored with an array of crystalline bleep-like sounds. "Spread" shifts into beautifully halcyon terrains, calmly floating and waving through enchantingly reflective panoramas. "Island Of Reil" returns to more undulating pathway with slowly emerging expansive layers crossed with sibilant driftscapes and warmly inviting cinematic quietudes. Delightfully evocative!!! "Omniscient" with heavier and darker drone sorcery easily evokes barren sceneries, although later joined by strangely circling bleeps, while the dronescaping scenario stealthily metamorphoses into spellbindingly grandiose drifts. "Limitation" remains floating in celestial spheres, majestically transporting and reinforced by intangible tinkles and placid sounds of nature. "Visual Light" incorporates euphoric sequences bridged with ongoing organic embellishments. Toward the end the composition changes like a chameleon into serenely contemplative outro. "Horizon", with 8:20 the longest piece, closes this broadcast with drones that could be easily abyssal-benthic, strongly monochromatic and mind-bending, yet illuminated with sort of sonar pulses and noises, but emanating rainy sounds swiftly shift the whole scene just near the surface of a mysterious ocean tunnel leading to an awe-inspiring water cave realm, stunningly immersing!!! Additional eerie scraps widen the sonic spectrum throughout this magnificent subterranean odyssey. But don't be scared, even if journeying through this breathtaking watery wonder, you can still safely catch a glimpse of the ocean horizon...

"Broadcast" is undoubtedly a really strong debut CD album, a true revelation and a very fruitful addition to the expanding international roster of Databloem's artists. I will definitely keep an eye and ear on this highly gifted soundsculptor. For now, great job Spuntic & Databloem, keep on going guys!!! And by the way, in case you belong to the dark ambient aficionados, then don't miss two new CDs by Mehdi's Alphaxone project, which are most recently released on Cryo Chamber label and entitled "Altered Dimensions" and "Living in the Grayland".

Richard Gürtler (Jan 24, 2015, Bratislava, Slovakia)
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Everything and Nothing / Re: RIP Edgar Froese
« Last post by ffcal on January 24, 2015, 09:38:44 AM »
Froese and TD made a huge impression on me when I started making music.  They were the benchmark for me for 70s EM, and still are, along with Klaus Schulze.  My TD favorites were Phaedra, Ricochet and Rubycon, and Froese's Epsilon in Malaysian Pale ( the original version) was right up there, too.  My thoughts are with his family.

Forrest
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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Now Playing - the video game edition
« Last post by Altus on January 24, 2015, 08:48:08 AM »
Recently finished Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and had a blast. The combat is fluid and doesn't get boring. The banter between the orcs (technically uruks) is hilarious. Before a captain engages you in combat, everything stops for a moment and they belt out a nasty quip. Oh man, it puts a stupid grin on my face every time. ;D

On the multiplayer front, I've been having tons of fun with Payday 2. It's odd because it's kind of a grind, which normally turns me off very quickly, but for reasons I can't put my finger on, I keep coming back for more. It's not entirely serious, certainly larger than life, so I think I enjoy the ridiculousness of it all.

I took advantage of the Steam sales over the holidays, refilling my queue. Some games on the horizon, probably played in this order:
- The Walking Dead: Season Two
- Alien Isolation
- Dragon Age: Inquisition
- Banished
- The Banner Saga
- Dark Souls II

These should keep me busy for some time.  8)
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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Camel Audio stopped business
« Last post by Altus on January 24, 2015, 08:01:30 AM »
Since I like to manipulate samples, in the future this could end up as my replacement for Alchemy:
http://youtu.be/DbpqdaLO-WI

Given I've been using their tools for over a decade, this is definitely a day-one purchase! Sweet!
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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Fog Music 30 by Tim Kays
« Last post by Ghaslayah on January 23, 2015, 09:35:56 PM »
I can be available or not.
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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: SYNTHSCAPES - Vol. I & II
« Last post by Ghaslayah on January 23, 2015, 09:35:31 PM »
Anyone know anything about this content.
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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Edgar Froese in tribute
« Last post by Scott M2 on January 23, 2015, 09:15:21 PM »
Thanks for sharing that Darren.
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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Camel Audio stopped business
« Last post by Scott M2 on January 23, 2015, 09:11:59 PM »
Since I like to manipulate samples, in the future this could end up as my replacement for Alchemy:
http://youtu.be/DbpqdaLO-WI
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