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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by chris23 on February 22, 2017, 05:23:22 PM »
Purl - Childhood Dreams
Lovely 20-min track from the archives.
http://eternell.net/album/childhood-dreams
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Independent Music Reviews / Re: New Ambient/Experimental Music Blog
« Last post by Castleview on February 22, 2017, 04:38:55 PM »
That RYM list is great. I was actually listening to Maeror Tri last night.

Also, I wish I had more Zoviet France albums.
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Independent Music Reviews / Re: New Ambient/Experimental Music Blog
« Last post by Tardigrade on February 22, 2017, 04:11:03 PM »
For people who like to explore the more experimental side, the Unexplained Sounds Group has some quality examples.  They have some compilations with 100+ songs for the price of a regular album and a lot of the songs are very good, if you like experimental.  Most of them aren't super abrasive or intentionally annoying as some experimental music tends to be.

https://unexplainedsoundsgroup.bandcamp.com/music
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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: The Art of Listening.....a movie
« Last post by Tardigrade on February 22, 2017, 03:49:11 PM »

My understanding is that he was not deaf his entire life. If that is true, he likely imagined what his scores would sound like in his head while composing them.

The type of music he composed is essentially math.  A highly skilled composer can write music without hearing anything.  He could write and understand something like this in a similar manner to the way a brilliant mathematician can look at a complex equation and understand what it means.



If he was deaf from birth, it's unlikely he would have risen to legendary status, but deaf people can be taught to write music. 
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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by ryansummers on February 22, 2017, 03:42:46 PM »
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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: The Art of Listening.....a movie
« Last post by ryansummers on February 22, 2017, 02:59:16 PM »
In Germany we say "Die Kunst des Zuhörens" and indeed it is an ability to listen. I think it is also an art.

Many people do not have time and leisure to listen. Many people do not have the inner peace to listen. We live in a very sensitive age, I call it the cosmic age, where art can give us back inner peace and abilities for proper listening. Art makes the difference to real life because there is more than reality. It is beyond definitions to experience this by yourself in this way or another way.

If you consider art a skill of some sort, listening definitely fits that definition.  As others pointed out, it's a big part of what goes into audio production.  I have a whole listening process that I follow when I'm mixing a piece that I'm working on... I'm not sure if that's what this movie is about or not - it's hard to tell from the trailer.

But for the average person, listening isn't an art form.  Most people just want to have some sort of familiar or mood sustaining background noise and aren't really concerned about the skill or techniques that went into creating it.  To some people just having a T.V. in the background is sufficient.  ;D



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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by Tardigrade on February 22, 2017, 02:54:28 PM »

Never understood why anyone would want to listen to partial albums. I guess that means I'm old fashioned.


Because buying and listening to tracks I don't like would be a waste of money and an un-enjoyable listening experience.

I don't know where in the world you're located, but over here in the U.S. it is rarely cheaper to buy albums digitally track by track vs. buying the whole album. By the time you've bought 3/4 of the tracks you're up to the price of the whole album or you have exceeded the price. The money argument doesn't really work from what I've seen.

I suppose you save a little storage space by doing this but storage is getting cheaper all the time these days. If you really dislike certain tracks I guess leaving them out of your digital music library saves you the pain of having to listen to them.

In general I try to take artists' work as a whole. To use Monolake as an example, IIRC, the Interstate album features tracks that segue into each other. Without the index markers, it's basically one long track. Lots of ambient and ambient related do this. Breaking everything up, leaving out tracks, and putting it into one big shuffle playlist feels cheap and half-assed to me.

My 2 cents...

In the case of my recent singles instead of albums Monolake wishlist.  It would cost 7x-10x more to buy the entire albums to get a bunch of tracks I don't want to hear.  I'm happy to buy a whole album if most of it is something I want to hear. 

In the case of Interstate or other albums that have tracks fading into each other, the beginnings and ends of songs are edited in a manner that is better suited to how I like to listen to music. 

All the music I buy might be customized.  Some tracks might get shortened substantially to prevent monotony.  Some tracks might get reprocessed to permanently adjust level, dynamics, eq, etc.  Some tracks don't get modified at all. 

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by cvac on February 22, 2017, 02:26:15 PM »
Recently:

Some roots reggae and dub discs this morning:

Dennis Brown - Visions
The Inturns - Consider Yourself
Morwell Unlimited - Dub Me
Creation Rebel - Historic Moments vol. 2

On the ambient-ish front:

Damon Eliza Palermo - Clouds of David - Cassette
https://1080pcollection.bandcamp.com/album/clouds-of-david

Floaty and ethereal, but rough around the edges. I like this quite a bit but I'm probably biased since I know the person that made it. I think the tape is sold out but you can get the download from BC.

Aube - Blood Brain Barrier

One of Aube's less harsh works, IIRC all sounds sourced from EEG equipment.
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Independent Music Reviews / Re: New Ambient/Experimental Music Blog
« Last post by ryansummers on February 22, 2017, 02:14:59 PM »
Cool blog!   8)

I like your descriptions of the pieces you've reviewed.  They're more on the technical side, but I like that the focus is on the music rather than the artist's personality or other such things... 

Keep it up!
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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Lo-Fi Ambient Recommendations
« Last post by cvac on February 22, 2017, 02:11:04 PM »
Several good lo-fi examples at Audio Gourmet.  Most of them are name your price or less than £4.

https://audiogourmet.bandcamp.com/

A net label run by Spheruleus.

 

Never heard of this label. Bookmarking this.
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