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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by thirdsystem on July 22, 2014, 04:45:29 AM »

Robert Rich - Somnium. There is a short version on spotify which is really excellent.

Excellent disc

On researching, this is available as an edited download ( which is what I am listening to on spotify), a DVD 7 hour job  :) and also amazingly as an iphone app.

Almost 10 years after its initial release, this project return in the (revolutionary?) form of an App Album . Designed to run endlessly on your iPhone/iPod, it can play uninterrupted for much longer than the original seven hours. It will simply run until you stop it, or until your iPhone/iPod batteries run out.

As an App, the Somnium App  is extremely 'bare-bone'. It was designed to liisten,  not to watch.
In fact, there's only one page with the cover art, a slider (from 'slow' to 'slower') and a start button. After hitting Start and setting the volume, you're supposed to turn the device screen off and just need for any further visual distraction.

For the Somnium App version, Robert Rich has selected and isolated different passages which are sequenced randomly. This approach means that the music remains interesting enough to actively listen to when in 'slow' mode. When set to 'slower', there are less changes so the pace suits sleeping.

This also means a bit of a conceptual distraction from the original DVD, which followed the sleep cycle (relatively active, to deep sleep, to relatively active again before waking up).
The app version randomly cycles  through various parts of the composition, so it does not exactly follow that 'cycle'. In the 'slow' (most active') setting, the music is indeed constantly changing, and stays interesting enough for active listening for a long time.

Really not so sure about the DVD as I prefer to listen to my music on the ipods and hifi's away from the main dvd surround system. Will think about it though. Definitely fancying the download and especially trying out said app on iphone/ipod touch.
Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by Seren on July 22, 2014, 04:16:57 AM »

Robert Rich - Somnium. There is a short version on spotify which is really excellent.

Excellent disc
Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Last post by thirdsystem on July 22, 2014, 04:14:32 AM »
Having been mentioned elsewhere just checked out.......

Robert Rich - Somnium. There is a short version on spotify which is really excellent.

Also discovered.......

Music From Atlas Die..........superb.
I decided to edit some text. just want to say, that I really hope Tomas will change the situation in the future, coourse the ukrainian fans are most loyal. as for me - i never told that some parcel lost and I agree to take all the risks if the parcel will be lost, and pay once again if it happens. I just want to have music that I like - thats all!! Nothing more. Course Im ambient music fan! I like digipacks and clear quality digipacks!!
Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Miss you Forrest!
« Last post by chris23 on July 22, 2014, 03:04:06 AM »
I should have chimed in sooner, but I've been traveling and it is awfully hard to type with thumbs.

I fear that I might have played a non-trivial role in the reason Forrest left. I corresponded with him at that time and apologized if for having offended him via my comments in the youtube discussion. But I'd like to offer this post as a public apology too.

I've learned a lot from Forrest over the years and he was always thoughtful and helpful in his contributions.  It saddens me to know that I offended him and I hope one day that he'll return and continue to contribute share is experiences, insights, and opinions. Regardless of whether he chooses to return, I hope he understands that his contributions are valued and respected, even among those of us who are not always capable of expressing that clearly.
Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Jorge Reyes The Flayed God tracklisting???
« Last post by Seren on July 22, 2014, 12:32:44 AM »
I have some Jorge reyes albums, but not this one - what is the music like?
Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach, 'The Delicate Forever'
« Last post by Robert Logan on July 21, 2014, 07:22:16 PM »
The samples are much longer on Spotted Peccary -->


This release is sounding great. I have take the plunge. :D

I enjoyed reading people's impressions too...
JKN - thanks for the Cinchel recommendation! Just bought 'A House Once Lived That Never Was' and I'll probably pick up more of his stuff before the night is through. This is very well done not-always-guitar-based drone/ambient music. Looks like at least two of his albums have some sort of physical option (printed magazine, cassette) if you're into objects as well as sounds. Thanks again - very much appreciated.
Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« Last post by mgriffin on July 21, 2014, 04:00:23 PM »
Ancillary Justice seems to be taking the SF world by storm this year. I just returned from ReaderCon, a big science fiction, fantasy and horror convention in Boston, and lots of people were talking about it. I expect I'll read it soon.
Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Pink Floyd in Fall
« Last post by Scott M2 on July 21, 2014, 09:37:33 AM »
Well first of all, they did go back in the studio and add some vocals, for at least a couple of songs. From what I've heard, there's no Roger involvement though - David and Polly lyrics. Secondly, Ambient Monkeys, which I have heard, I agree was quite a disappointment and not particularly ambient. I remember the ambient sounds before the DB concerts and they definitely were more ambient noises than music. I'm guessing that the new album will focus more on musical bits and probably will be molded into some song structures too. Fingers are crossed. Low expectations, though, lead to pleasant surprises.
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