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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by chris23 on September 23, 2014, 05:37:52 PM »
Nikosf. - Collecting the Moments
Was released on vinyl earlier this year, but the digital version just came out. Awesome ambient with beats, in the Dewtone and Yayga spirit. Lovely stuff.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« Last post by chris23 on September 23, 2014, 05:35:39 PM »

Just finished "The Martian" a fun read about an astronaut that get left behind on Mars & has to try and survive on his own until a possible rescue.  The book gets very technical about things like trying to grow crops, making water, scrubbing CO2, power consumption, etc.  All the tech talk makes it feel very real, very suspenseful.  The timeframe is the near future so all the engineering & tech is current.

The main character is and engineer & a botanist and those skills come in handy as he tears apart equipment, creates new tools, seals & re-seals habitats, rovers & tents.  You really root for him throughout the ordeal.

I just finished this, Dave. It was a good read. A bit too much tech stuff, but a nice story overall. MacGyver in deep space!

Also just finished the Dragon Tattoo series recently. The first book was the best in this trio. After that point, there are too many characters, too many nonsense sidelines, and not enough editing.
Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by APK on September 23, 2014, 03:47:03 PM »
- Fleetwood Mac :: Mystery To Me  (a few great tracks on this ... "Hypnotized") (Bob Welch)
- Ralph Towner :: Solstice  (guitar meister)
- Bonobo :: Back Sands  (title track is priceless)
- Alio Die :: Honeysuckle  ( 10/10 )
- Saul Stokes :: Formation  (very 80's ... or was it 90's. More pop electro than ambient. Very fine.)
- Loscil :: Sketches From New Brighton  (brilliant, as usual)

Robert Davies "What The Moon Reveals" CDr

A strong connection between Robert Davies and DataObscura leads to another exceptional release, soothingly entitled "What The Moon Reveals", released July 18th, 2014. As his 13th solo installment for DataObscura, the album immediately strikes us with its gorgeous cover art, created by Robert himself, who is also a gifted collage & paint visual artist. Both the title and artwork us invite to explore truly magnificent nocturnal vistas. So let's dive deeply into Robert's soundsculptings.

The opening soundscape, nearly 7 minutes long, "Beneath Lichened Branches", sounds exactly as it's titled. Lush nightly chirps mingle placidly with monochromatic encircling blankets of sound. Delicate dissonances continuously emerge throughout and travel across the ears of the attentive listener. No wonder full immersion is promptly achieved. Slightly longer, "Ash Tree Shade" safely rides on these hauntingly mindscaping paths with ominously oscillating washes, while an array of gentle buzzes and swirls is constantly counterpointed with precisely placed audible performances of forest inhabitants. Always revealing gorgeous harmony and a fascinating tranquility!!! The shorter "Moss Dappled Path" moves into spookier terrains, partially illuminated with lightly tinkling cascades and resurfacing nocturnal chirps. But peculiarly eerie ingredients are safely riding atop. Awesomely transcendental!!! "Of Mouldering Stone" employs rather monotonous, but quite intense and deeply mesmerizing drone pierced by hissy organics. Phantasmal sceneries keep on rising. The next piece, "Drifts Of Primrose", firmly holds its flatlined background, but the fore is stolen by poetically expressive piano patterns. A soothingly ethereal walk awaits this time!!! "Abandoned Fountain" immediately slips deeper into an ancient, forgotten drone realm, filled with perplexing undulations, while the sounds of gurgling water are echoed by the immense darkness of subterranean recess. "Of Thorns And Brambles", at 9 and a half minutes the longest track, leaves the cavernous world and heads into more gracious and expansive landscapes, with blossoming natural marvels, serenely nuanced, spiced with mysterious tinkles and again lushly embellished with location recordings. It sounds magnificent with headphones!!! "Evening's Dusky Glow" closes this nightly journey with enigmatically drifting and billowing drone texture, which is calmly permeated with longing smoothness and bridged with hypnotically humming noises. A very nice ending!!!

"What The Moon Reveals" is another strong album by Robert Davies, it doesn't reach the expansive intensity of "Arboreal" for example, but this wasn't the sculptor's intention. As usual for this in Ithaca, New York based soundscaper, the strength of this album lies in his constant ability to punctiliously amalgamate utterly embracing, at times deeply mindscaping and stirringly dissonant drone escapades with carefully selected and polished on-site recordings. All the time loaded with euphoniously rewarding subtleties!!! And by the way, scheduled for release on Databloem is Robert Davies' collaborative project with Canadian drone sculptor Blake Gibson aka Broken Harbour, so stay tuned!!!

Richard Gürtler (Sep 21, 2014, Bratislava, Slovakia)
Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: deep dark ambient
« Last post by Analoguekid on September 23, 2014, 09:56:51 AM »
That's cool, thanks for giving it a play and sticking with it:-)
Other Ambient (and related) Music / Interactive ambient
« Last post by Dave Michuda on September 23, 2014, 09:22:21 AM »
Here's a link to an online interactive installation.  The music comes from Marconi Union and the site allows you to create your own unique version of their song "Weightless" with a few clicks.

This is similar to other endless ambient generators I've tried but I like this one because I love Marconi Union's music.
Everything and Nothing / Re: Remasters: To tweak or not to tweak?
« Last post by Seren on September 23, 2014, 12:17:17 AM »
It seems to be the opposite of what music is meant to be.....and the waveforms always look very clipped, which to me would indicate unwanted distortion.

If something is 'quiet in the mix', in the background then it is usually there for a reason.

but it does remind me of a great quote (by Lemmy I think?) 'everything louder than everything else'......

But then I've never had anything mastered so my experience and knowledge is indeed limited.
Everything and Nothing / Re: Remasters: To tweak or not to tweak?
« Last post by einstein36 on September 22, 2014, 08:23:14 PM »
To me when I was mastering my own music is not to slam it hot and add a compressor, etc. just to make it hot....
As one reads a lot of the old master engineers, they will tell you mastering is subtle, just to bring out the best of the song and album as a whole. To bring up the highs to emphasis something or bring up the lows to emphasis without making the song muddy.....
Mastering can be well done without having to up the levels.....each song should be enjoyed at it's normal, intended level the musician wanted.....

Everything and Nothing / Re: Chef Thread:
« Last post by einstein36 on September 22, 2014, 08:18:27 PM »
very awesome......I think we all need to go over to Mike's house and let the great chefs cook and feed everyone.....
make a huge announcement and make part of Lena's birthday:)....
Everything and Nothing / Re: Remasters: To tweak or not to tweak?
« Last post by Julio Di Benedetto on September 22, 2014, 06:22:01 PM »
I find remasters often sound really good in my car.... but that's it. Likely because the noisy environment of a moving vehicle is ideal for a slammed, over compressed album, whereas, like Seren, at home I like my dynamics.

I have to my car with roof rakes the noise is quite....gushing. Its only the contemporary slammed cd's that can cut through that noise.  Also my car stereo seems gaged to this modern trend.  Put music on recorded in the eighties and  I cant get it loud enough to really hear with external noise whirling around.  Perhaps I should slow down and do the speed limit @ 70mph instead of a 90mph ;D....interstate driving of course.
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