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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by jdh on January 25, 2015, 07:08:25 PM »
The Caretaker-An Empty Bliss Beyond This World. On BC.This is a strange one.The name and music is inspired by The Shining.I heard of this person in the media from reviews but never his music and his various side projects.Something about this one that is disturbing and ghostly and at the same time innocent and comforting.Interesting.

Labraford-Prazision.I think this was the first ever Kranky release.This was the band that started for me what I call the new lo-fi movement.Sounds like it was recorded on a 4 track cassette and was I think the template for the Kranky sound.Sort of post rock and similar to the first few SOTL releases.

RIP Edgar.I was never that into TD more Kraftwerk but no denying that TD were highly influential in the 70s.
Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Quiraing - Blake Gibson & Robert Davies
« Last post by chris23 on January 25, 2015, 04:55:30 PM »
Sounds great, thank you.  Also, remember that AWE does leave the podcasts up so you can at least listen to it.

Oh, neat. I didn't realize that. Downloading the podcast now.  ;D
Sounds great, thank you.  Also, remember that AWE does leave the podcasts up so you can at least listen to it.
Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by thirdsystem on January 25, 2015, 05:38:08 AM »
Tangerine Dream - The Phaedra Farewell Concerts 2014

Farewell Edgar

 :( :'(
Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by DeepR on January 25, 2015, 04:33:43 AM »
Steve Roach - The Magnificent Void
This album was a life-changing purchase for me in the 90s and I often return to it for inspiration (Infinite Shore and Altus are some of my favorite tracks in the genre). But I rarely find the time to listen to it from start to finish, in one listening. I did so this past weekend and it was a religious experience. I know some people consider this album to be over-hyped; I'm not one of those people.

Ha! Pop music is overhyped.
TMV is a piece of art music that deverves all the recognition it gets, and more. I think in fact many "modern classical composers" would be in awe once they heard what Steve Roach has achieved on this album and some of his other masterpieces.
Scott, Still enjoying this album.
I've listen a number of times now and it still sounds 'new' each time. Without giving the game away, could you let us know some idea of how it 'generates' ? I've been looking into 'Noatikl' as well and finding iOS to be very interesting regarding audio. As for iOS and ambient musicians, I don't know enough about the whole area yet (the learning curve is still pretty steep in parts), I think I'II ponder on things a bit more and write a blog post soonest. 
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!
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.
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)
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.

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