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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Camel Audio stopped business
« Last post by LNerell on August 28, 2015, 09:26:36 AM »
Yeah I saw that yesterday, appears that Alchemy is now part of Logic X, which is cool except that I'm still running Logic 9 since my computer is too old.  :o  Oh well, I guess I should complain like all the PC guys.  ;D
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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by chris23 on August 27, 2015, 06:12:14 PM »
Jacob Newman & Devin Underwood - Sending the Past
Excellent new release from Carpe Sonum. This is classic drifting ambient, with lots of experimental flourishes. Despite having a traditional feel to it, this duo has a few signature moves that makes their sound distinctive. Love this.
Buy/Listen: https://carpesonum.bandcamp.com/album/sending-the-past (Note: CD delayed a bit, but digital is available now.)

Motionfield - Luftrum
Another recent Carpe Sonum release. Well paced ambient washes and sequences, punctuated with the occasional layer of beats. Some of the tracks get a bit monotonous, but the overall diversity across the album is perfect.
Buy/Listen: https://carpesonum.bandcamp.com/album/luftrum
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Marketplace / Selling some random CDs...
« Last post by SunDummy on August 26, 2015, 02:21:31 PM »
Selling off my collection; here's what's left.  If interested, shoot me a PM.

Labradford:  E Luxo So, A Stable Reference
Various:  The Knights Who Say Dot, Night Effect (DJ Highfish mix)
Banco de Gaia:  Big Men Cry, Igezeh, The Magical Sounds Of...
Chemical Brothers:  Loops of Fury, Exit Planet Dust
Dither:  Urei
Euphoria:  S/T, Beautiful My Child
FSOL:  Lifeforms single, ISDN
Kaltesglas:  Repetition and Texture
Mindspawn:  God Forgot
Mimetic:  Be-at Sound A/Data Sensitive 2cd
Mouse on Mars:  Ideology, Niun Niggung, Iaora Tahiti, Rost Pocks
Not Otherwise Specified:  S/T
Plastikman:  Artifcats BC, Consumed
P.G.R. (Kim Cascone):  Morning Book of Serpents, Hole of Unknown Depth
Goldwater:  Dustbowl
 
I've also got loads more psychedelic rock/ heavy improv and other odd stuff too:  Salamander, Sunburned Hand of the Man, Swervedriver, Stereolab, Laika, Brother JT, Beta Band, BMRC, Lhasa Cement Plant, and lots more.
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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Windows ambient
« Last post by Dave Michuda on August 26, 2015, 02:13:29 PM »
The startup sounds from Windows 95 to Windows Vista, played back at 4000% of their original duration.

Published to mark the occasion of the 20th birthday of Windows 95. Happy birthday, Windows 95.

https://soundcloud.com/ideoforms/windows-95-startup-sound?in=ideoforms/sets/windows-startup-sounds-slowed-4000
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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Michael Mantra RIP
« Last post by Scott M2 on August 26, 2015, 12:56:38 PM »
Thanks Drone On, I had missed this sad news.
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Independent Music Reviews / My review of "A Place To Belong" CD by Time Being
« Last post by richardgurtler on August 26, 2015, 09:46:19 AM »


Time Being "A Place To Belong" CD

Respected Floridian soundscaper Phillip Wilkerson joins his forces with crafted Spotted Peccary photographer, designer and composer Jourdan Laik, based in Wisconsin, to reactivate their Time Being project. Their notable debut "A Dimension Reflected" was released in 2011 on Lotuspike (now member of Spotted Peccary gang), now four years later, it's time to explore the next chapter of their fruitful collaborative efforts. "A Place To Belong" album is out since June 9th in visually attractive 4-panel eco wallet, featuring original photographs by Jourdan Laik with design by Daniel Pipitone and poignantly extensive narration by John Alley, where are concealed all track titles. Ben Cox completes the team with his mastering duties at The Armory studio.

"The Wind Has Called", nearly 8 and half minute long track, unfolds the journey with dusky organic subtleties, contemplative tinkles and hissy surroundings, efficiently counterpointed with remote voice enigma and intensely tiding drone ephemera, while warmer washes smoothly permeate and extensively spread across utterly magnificent panoramic sceneries. These monumentally drifting layers continuously interact with drone surges and sibilant sheets, before clandestinely reverting into tranquilly mesmeric paths. The track title is comprehensively displayed, this is nocturnal ambience at its most exquisite!!! "Every Memory" keeps its immense texture, although more ethereal and monochromatic than colossal and nuanced, yet still thrillingly hissed, while intangible children voice samples add gorgeously reflective dimension. Gracefully gliding through powerfully evocative vistas, more please!!! The next composition "From Where We Are" reveals with soothing night sounds bridged with meditative Japanese-fragranced piano sounds, guarded by crescendoing and decreasing drone blankets, rather rawly dissonant than sweepingly embracing. "State Of Being" swiftly returns into profoundly drifting scenario, powerfully gliding at the beginning, then calmly transmuting through weirdly oscillating realms into spellbindingly grandiose horizons, here and there reinforced by some delicate organic and ear-tickling traceries. Second longest piece, "Farther Worlds", clocking over 9 and half minute mark, paints hauntingly diaphanous images, which relentlessly emanate from fascinatingly subterranean realms, occasionally crossed with vigorously helixing transience, while monolithic drifts persistently ride atop and undulate. Towards the end the drone magic serenely dissolves on the waves of artificially flavored seashore sounds. On "The Elements Melt" cyber-tech sounds and ominous rumbles arise from unfathomable depths and engross the listener with dramatically carved drones, voluminously cascading through spectacularly adventurous terrains. With an arsenal of ear-piercing intensifications a truly transcendental listening experience awaits here!!! "Here Is Life" brings us back to earthy paradise and drifts on aeonian tides of stunningly massive layers of drones, meticulously augmented by distinctive alloy of ambiguously hi-tech sonic glimmers. Certainly another triumphant soundsculpting!!! The longest piece, "An Infinite Home", gets over 12 and half minutes and closes this immensely transporting album with epic endeavor, melting or alternating placid on-site recordings with gorgeously floating, meandering and climaxing cinematic washes.

A truly splendid synergistic 62-minute alchemy, showcasing precisely fused insignias of experienced drifter with challenging patterns of talented artist, that's "A Place To Belong" in a nutshell, bravo, Phillip Wilkerson & Jourdan Laik!!! You guys have undoubtedly achieved with Time Being's second sequel all the goals you wanted and each devoted listener is carried through your virtuosity away into an awe-inspiring landscapes, fueled by ceaselessly coalesced amorphously comforting dronescapes with glimpses of eerily mindscaping tapestries, when moments of calm introspection awake. And obviously kudos to Spotted Peccary Music label must be awarded, because "A Place To Belong" album is another big one released by this Californian crew!!!

Richard Gürtler (Aug 23, 2015, Bratislava, Slovakia)
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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Michael Mantra RIP
« Last post by LNerell on August 25, 2015, 12:10:00 PM »
Yes I saw that, well over a year ago. I think I saw mentioned on his facebook page he died April 5, 2014 of cancer.  :(
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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Michael Mantra RIP
« Last post by drone on on August 24, 2015, 04:07:18 PM »
Don't remember seeing mention here, but Michael Mantra passed away last year.  His ambient music was released on Silent, Silentes, Hypnos, and perhaps others I'm not aware of.
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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by drone on on August 24, 2015, 12:44:04 PM »
AoC 6 doesn't sound like a remix to me, although in parts you can hear bits of the original album.
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