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Everything and Nothing / Re: A world full oblivion
« Last post by Seren on March 15, 2018, 08:42:16 AM »
Not off topic, but exploring connected paths.

I worked in a north wales forest of 500 acres of ancient and semi natural woodland - was a stunning experience. I met the same snake shedding it's skin in the same place 3 years running - felt to be an honour. Planted lots of trees as well...




Then I lived opposite Cader Idris where I got to know the local farmers and was allowed to wander pretty much anywhere I wanted, including off the paths and found many secluded nooks and cranny's.


Currently I go wandering around a small local area of hill, stream and woodland. I don't go 'hiking' as I like to spend time in different areas, getting to know the cycles of the plants etc - wondering why adjacent fields have different flowers, finding the quiet places where rare flowers grow. Sitting quietly enough for a pair of hares to wander within 4 foot of me.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: A world full oblivion
« Last post by Julio Di Benedetto on March 15, 2018, 06:10:47 AM »
Very interesting thread......it started sad with the apparent demise of a tree and already there is new life within the thread itself.

I grew up in the UK, mostly in the countryside, Yorkshire and the north, Berkshire and Gloucestershire in the south.  The landscape, woods etc were all for the most part pastoral.  It never occurred to me that the beauty of it was not create by nature but by human design.

In American there is not much that I would call pastoral, though there is plenty of farmlands.  Here there is wilderness and that for the most part means trees, dense trees that go out and on for hundreds of miles. Human interaction wth the wilderness usually is the felling of trees to make way for "development" or straight up timber for consumption.  Certainly there are parks to protect, immense ones that rival the size of some countries. 

There is quite an abrupt division between urban/suburban and wilderness.  There seems to be no middle ground.  I don't recall this in Europe.  The human foot print quickly disappears here and one is left with the raw beauty that sometimes can be a challenge to survival in extreme case.  Perhaps it is this complete immersion that is the appeal and draws us into the untouched wilds

I have hiked in these expansive forests and I found that the endless density actually became claustrophobic.  Natures design is utility.....whatever can reach up to the light does so regardless. Its interesting how here you go hiking whereas in the Uk one goes for a walk.

Ultimately I prefer the pastoral landscape that I grew up with and the trees with space so this human can marvel at their individual splendor.

I think I just went completely off topic...well, meandered. :)

 
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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by Seren on March 15, 2018, 05:00:05 AM »
Steve's longform pieces are well worth getting into - I was recently listening to Slow Heat and The Dream Circle.
   They are a different sort of listen - more akin I think to Robert Rich's sleep concert ideas.

The Passing is an extended version of a track released many years ago and previously only available on a compilation disc.

Many of his releases can 'count' as longform - The Magnificent Void being one of them.

Vir Unis's first releases are worth checking out for a similar vein - The Drift Inside and Aenonian Glow (which I used to put on low level repeat while sleeping.

Then you can explore Roach and Unis collaberations - very different, Body Electric and Blood Machine.
   Blood machine has a real sense of strong rhythms that somehow don't move - much like the blood running round the body....hard to explain....

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Everything and Nothing / Re: A world full oblivion
« Last post by Seren on March 15, 2018, 01:44:00 AM »
That is quite a severe cut back - but the tree does have the chance to flourish in a different way - often when cut back like that it gives a 'starting' point to future cuts.

Lime trees also seem to manage such cut backs, they have a lot of 'epicormic' growth - which means they can bud from the trunk/bark and well as branch tips.


This is a nice webpage: http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20151118-11-legendary-trees-to-celebrate-national-tree-week   which includes pictures of stunning trees - including a 2,000 year old coppice....

I have been through periods when I feel we are not even as pleasant as storms etc - at least they are natural events. Now I tend to see us as 'impacters' (a little like beavers do) - we affect and impact the environment around us as part of our 'natural' essence. The question is more about what sort of impact we choose to have......


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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by AVirtualMemoryOfficial on March 14, 2018, 08:41:03 PM »
Hi there AVMO. I have listened to Ecipse Mix. Not sure of it yet, was working whilst it was playing and initially found it a bit heavy on the bass rumble and thus too much whilst trying to concentrate on other matters. Will have to give it another go without distraction.

Off the top of my head, If we are talking long form, I would highly recommend ;

The Passing- melancholy but utterly beautiful
Invisible - Dark and interesting.
A Deeper Silence

And you seriously cannot go wrong with the Structures from Silence - remastered triple masterpiece.

Thanks so much for the response and suggestions, much appreciated. Yeah, I sort of gathered that from the little bits I heard of Eclipse Mix which was what made me somewhat hesitant about buying it. I quite like the concept behind it though, maybe the heavy bass has something to do with that?

Been sampling your recommendations, very interesting stuff. The Passing reminds me a bit of his work with Kelly David on The Long Night (which I think I am absolutely in love with) while Invisible almost gives off a Lustmord-esque sort of vibe. I wonder what a collaboration between those two would sound like? And yes of all of his early work I keep meaning to look into Structures, even just the original release. It's been highly recommended before to me and I've slowly been working my way up to it with his other material from that era.

Thanks again!
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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by APK on March 14, 2018, 04:15:06 PM »
Wow, David, Anthony !!! Thank you so much for your words.
You are very welcome Jana.

Jaja - Music For Space Observation  ...  listen here :

https://jajaouterspace.bandcamp.com/album/music-for-space-observation

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by thirdsystem on March 14, 2018, 03:25:30 PM »
Since buying The Lost Pieces last week I have been in Steve Roach mode.

Been listening to some of the releases I donít own yet on Spotify. There seem to be a fair few albums added recently. Of all of those listened to, favourites are ;

Invisible
Soul Tones
A Deeper Silence
and
The Desert Inbetween

Great music that must be acquired.

The Lost Pieces was one of the first albums of his I got after Origins which I think was a bit of a mistake, had a tough time really getting into it but it is a compilation of sorts rather than a concept record. It's one I would certainly revisit now though having delved deeper into his early work and some more of his collaborations. Have you heard Eclipse Mix? I'm a bit uncertain about jumping into those "long-form" type of albums of his but that one in particular looks pretty interesting. Any others you may recommend like that?

Hi there AVMO. I have listened to Ecipse Mix. Not sure of it yet, was working whilst it was playing and initially found it a bit heavy on the bass rumble and thus too much whilst trying to concentrate on other matters. Will have to give it another go without distraction.

Off the top of my head, If we are talking long form, I would highly recommend ;

The Passing- melancholy but utterly beautiful
Invisible - Dark and interesting.
A Deeper Silence

And you seriously cannot go wrong with the Structures from Silence - remastered triple masterpiece.
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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by stargazer on March 14, 2018, 02:54:54 PM »
Wow, David, Anthony !!! Thank you so much for your words.
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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by AVirtualMemoryOfficial on March 14, 2018, 02:54:31 PM »
Since buying The Lost Pieces last week I have been in Steve Roach mode.

Been listening to some of the releases I donít own yet on Spotify. There seem to be a fair few albums added recently. Of all of those listened to, favourites are ;

Invisible
Soul Tones
A Deeper Silence
and
The Desert Inbetween

Great music that must be acquired.

The Lost Pieces was one of the first albums of his I got after Origins which I think was a bit of a mistake, had a tough time really getting into it but it is a compilation of sorts rather than a concept record. It's one I would certainly revisit now though having delved deeper into his early work and some more of his collaborations. Have you heard Eclipse Mix? I'm a bit uncertain about jumping into those "long-form" type of albums of his but that one in particular looks pretty interesting. Any others you may recommend like that?
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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by AVirtualMemoryOfficial on March 14, 2018, 02:51:23 PM »
Cirque was the first album by him I ever heard, still sounds incredible to me now. Haven't heard the latest reissue yet...

I honestly wasn't very impressed with the "bonus" material on the reissues of Shenzou and Microgravity, I can sort of see why they were left off of the original releases in the first place as they don't really add anything. The newly released tracks on the Cirque reissue though are just as stunning as anything on the album and flow perfectly from "Too Fragile" to a new and interesting conclusion. I'd say of any reissue check out that one first, especially if you love the original release.
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