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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by APK on March 17, 2015, 07:20:14 AM »
Offthesky & Pleq - A Thousand Fields
Yes, it's a very nice album. And a bit different for them, to my ears at least. Kinda more pads and dark drones rather than the more minimal broken glitchy sounds I've come to associate with them both.
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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by Joe R on March 16, 2015, 07:04:20 PM »
Recent spins:

Offthesky & Pleq - A Thousand Fields
Pretty neat experimental ambient from two of the most creative forces in that niche. Very dark, lonely, desolate tracks, featuring the sounds of broken machines, wistful violins, and some dramatic cinematic overtures. This wasn't the masterpiece I was hoping for, but it is a great album nonetheless and well worth a careful listening. Beautiful packaging from Infraction.
Buy/Stream: https://infraction.bandcamp.com/album/a-thousand-fields (I'm partial to the 4th track.)


I'm glad you suggested this, Chris! I was intrigued by your description so I bought the download, and I'm glad I did. It definitely defies all of the conventions of "ordinary" ambient, and it really took me down some unfamiliar paths. I really love that last 14 minute track... the title escapes me right now.
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Julio and Forrest,

Great to hear your considered and informed responses !

cheers,
Pete
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Both of Pete's new ones are nice.  He stretches out a bit on Iris to explore new terrain and it does tickle my brain in a good way.  Opaline is especially refined and is in the immersive ambient style I've always enjoyed, though with some interesting sonic twists.

Forrest
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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« Last post by ffcal on March 15, 2015, 08:31:25 PM »
Thanks, Pete and Scott!  Scott, I'm honored to be the first FLAC for your Pono.  I think both dreamSTATE and Igneous Flame would sound even better in 24-bit sound.

Got your message, Richard!

Forrest
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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by Antdude on March 15, 2015, 06:34:17 PM »
Also just picked up Opaline. Really lovely stuff there. Cheers, Pete. Hoping for a nice headphone journey later tonight.

I have to say, right now, there is an absolute glut of great ambient music out there. I can't keep up with it all and I want o fill up my Bandcamp cart and go nuts, but there just aren't enough hours in the day. But this is a good thing. Whereas in the past, we've had some long dry spells, 2015 has already produced a lot of great music, and it's only March! My musical To-Do list is almost as long as the books in my To-Be-Read stack.
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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by chris23 on March 15, 2015, 04:51:08 PM »
Recent spins:

Offthesky & Pleq - A Thousand Fields
Pretty neat experimental ambient from two of the most creative forces in that niche. Very dark, lonely, desolate tracks, featuring the sounds of broken machines, wistful violins, and some dramatic cinematic overtures. This wasn't the masterpiece I was hoping for, but it is a great album nonetheless and well worth a careful listening. Beautiful packaging from Infraction.
Buy/Stream: https://infraction.bandcamp.com/album/a-thousand-fields (I'm partial to the 4th track.)

Steve Roach - Bloodmoon Rising
I enjoyed this when it came out in October, but I've been finding myself drawn to it over and over again of late. Dreamy, mysterious, and hypnotic.
Buy/Stream: https://steveroach.bandcamp.com/album/bloodmoon-rising
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Nightfall is definitely a keeper. It's a very busy and eclectic album, with a definite night time vibe. Some of these reveries are rather peaceful, but other tracks have a more sinister feel  -like on those nights when, deep in the throes of insomnia, every unknown shadow becomes an ominous, breathing entity. Altogether a very captivating experience.
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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Forrest Fang news
« Last post by Scott M2 on March 14, 2015, 08:23:10 PM »
"Letters" was the first FLAC I injected into my new Pono. It sounds rich and full with the blend of trad instruments and electronics.  8)
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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by Joe R on March 14, 2015, 05:53:02 PM »
Bob Dylan & The Band- The Basement Tapes- played this several times the last few weeks just to re-acquainting myself with an old classic. Very enjoyable!

Robert Rich- Trances And Drones- Another old classic that I blew the dust off of.
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