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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #3960 on: February 13, 2014, 09:31:40 AM »
Exit In Grey- Shadows Of Stillness- Russian ambient. The first two tracks are rather ominous, with windy, thick drones predominating, with occasional distant voice/radio samples adding flavor. The mood lifts significantly in the last two tracks. Peaceful dronework with beautiful half-melodies drifting lazily around the drones, with bird and voice samples. Very calm and uplifting.

Chris23, this might be right up your alley!

Anthony Kerby and Tomas Weiss- Distant Shadows; Ah, those vast, windy shorelines...

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #3961 on: February 13, 2014, 09:13:05 PM »
Grey Frequency- Cold Geometry; Underneath the eerie murk and industrial grime, there are so many fascinating details going on. Great album! And it really is COLD.

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #3962 on: February 15, 2014, 07:19:26 PM »
Zoviet France- Shadow, thief Of The Sun
Zoviet France- Just An Illusion

I haven't hauled these out in a long time, and they sounded so good that I wish I'd have done it earlier. Both are ground-breaking masterpieces of... well... something! Now I'm gonna plug in Mohnomishe and play it LOUD, just to blow my hair back :)

I wouldn't be doing this if the wife & kids were home, I'd get too much grief.

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« Reply #3963 on: February 17, 2014, 01:49:55 PM »
Exit in Grey - Shadow... on bandcamp so will give that a listen. That is beautiful artwork on the Distant Shadows release.........will have to check this out  :), also need to find out about Zoviet France.  So cheers for the tips.

Currently playing this.........



Robert Rich - Morpholgy on Anodize. Fantastic  8)

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #3964 on: February 17, 2014, 04:13:33 PM »
Thanks for the tip, Joe. I will give Exit in Grey a listen!

Recently playing:
Alphaxone - Living in the Grayland
New release from Cyro Chamber. Dark ambient for Iran. Pretty good with a nice use of textures and varying frequencies.
https://cryochamber.bandcamp.com/album/living-in-the-grayland

Sabled Sun - Signals III
Lost in deep space, from Cyro Chamber's curator.
https://cryochamber.bandcamp.com/album/signals-iii

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #3965 on: February 18, 2014, 06:38:42 PM »
I'm always happy to recommend good music; perhaps you'll find it to your liking, perhaps you won't.

Hey thirdsystem: Good luck on those Zoviet France discs! They've been out of print for years, and are quite costly due to high demand. I bought them many years ago used, on ebay, and they were ridiculously high then. In fact, I believe I payed $85 for Shadow, thief Of The Sun. An insane price, I know.

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #3966 on: February 18, 2014, 07:20:57 PM »
I streamed Exit in Gray via Bandcamp and enjoyed it quite a bit--especially the last track.

Playing Today at Work:
R. Andrew Lee - Dennis Johnson's November
This is a four-disc release containing a modern performance of Dennis Johnson's November by pianist and minimalism scholar, R. Andrew Lee. There is a detailed description of the history of the piece on the webpage linked below, but, in a nutshell, the original composition was written in the late 50's, lost in time, recently rediscovered, translated from bad audio cassette to sheet music, and rapidly became beloved among a number of folks. It is an intensely minimal work for piano and, if you're into the kind of experimental modern composition that is often celebrated by labels such as Sonic Pieces, early Type releases, or Hibernate, you'll probably enjoy this greatly.

I was only tangentially aware of this release after reading some rave reviews of it last year. But, while I was in Austin, TX this past week, I stumbled across a live performance by R. Andrew Lee and had the opportunity to hear him play. (He is quite talented, by the way. Sometimes these minimal pieces don't always showcase a performer's true skills.) It was a serendipitous event, to say the least, and I bought the November box set as a way of memorializing and celebrating the occasion.

Sample/Buy: http://recordings.irritablehedgehog.com/album/dennis-johnson-november-2

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #3967 on: February 20, 2014, 02:41:35 PM »
- Loscil :: Sketches From New Brighton  (tis a lovely thing. Some dubbyness, some ambient bliss)
- The Archivist :: The Wooden Laser  (Tattersail of Boats fame)
 
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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #3968 on: February 20, 2014, 06:17:54 PM »
Faures - Continental Drift
Faures is René Margraff/Pillowdiver, Le Berger, and Elintseeker/Fuzz Lee. This release is beautiful--really unique. The primary form of instrumentation is layers upon layers of guitar, with occasional piano, synth, and glitchy electronics. The result is a shoegazing style "wall of sound," but much more restrained and delicate than what might be expected. The music is thick, but delicate. And the melodies, when they emerge, will melt you. Give this a shot; the first two tracks, in particular, are outstanding.

Listen/Buy: https://homenormal.bandcamp.com/album/continental-drift

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #3969 on: February 20, 2014, 07:48:34 PM »
Faures - Continental Drift
Faures is René Margraff/Pillowdiver, Le Berger, and Elintseeker/Fuzz Lee. This release is beautiful--really unique. The primary form of instrumentation is layers upon layers of guitar, with occasional piano, synth, and glitchy electronics. The result is a shoegazing style "wall of sound," but much more restrained and delicate than what might be expected. The music is thick, but delicate. And the melodies, when they emerge, will melt you. Give this a shot; the first two tracks, in particular, are outstanding.

Listen/Buy: https://homenormal.bandcamp.com/album/continental-drift

Great find. I'm pretty fond of shoegaze myself and there's definitely a neat "ambient-gaze" vibe.
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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #3970 on: February 22, 2014, 05:27:00 AM »
Faures - Continental Drift
Faures is René Margraff/Pillowdiver, Le Berger, and Elintseeker/Fuzz Lee. This release is beautiful--really unique. The primary form of instrumentation is layers upon layers of guitar, with occasional piano, synth, and glitchy electronics. The result is a shoegazing style "wall of sound," but much more restrained and delicate than what might be expected. The music is thick, but delicate. And the melodies, when they emerge, will melt you. Give this a shot; the first two tracks, in particular, are outstanding.

Listen/Buy: https://homenormal.bandcamp.com/album/continental-drift

Thanks for the heads up on this Chris....its on its way to me.
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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #3971 on: February 22, 2014, 02:29:17 PM »
Al Gromer Khan & Klaus Wiese - The Alchemy of Happiness

I've returned to this album after a long break and have to say I appreciate it more than ever! A real gem, full of warm and open feelings.

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #3972 on: February 23, 2014, 07:58:14 AM »
Recently playing: Two exceptionally well priced digital releases on Bandcamp:

Arafúra - HUMORES I - IV
Ethereal ambient with strings and some experimental touches. This is excellent. So excellent.
https://arafura.bandcamp.com/album/humores-i-iv

Moon Eye Lids - Moon Eye Lids
A digital release from the Wounded Wolf Press (UK). Parts of this bring me to a same place that Roach's Dream Circle takes me. With song titles such as "The Boy Who Watches the Reflection Of The Living Room Lamp on the Glass as a Galaxy in Universe with Binoculars Mesmerized and the Girl Used to Cry to the Same Old Cartoon About a Poor Dog whenever they were at Their Friends House / PART A ", how can you go wrong?  ;)
https://weikeeditions.bandcamp.com/album/moon-eye-lids-2
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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #3973 on: February 23, 2014, 09:45:52 AM »
Chris,

Thanks for the heads up on those two releases.  I just bought & downloaded both.

Other recent spins:

Paul Vnuk - Silence Speaks In Shadow  -  an all-time fav.
Kraftwerk - Ralf & Florian  -  Being an electronic music fan for a looooong time, I can't believe I hadn't really heard this excellent album until last year.
Roedelius - wenn der südwind weht  -  This just seemed a natural album to play after the Kraftwerk.
Oliveros, Dempster, Panaiotis - Deep Listening  -  One of my favorite ambient tracks of all time is the first cut, "Lear".
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« Reply #3974 on: February 23, 2014, 11:52:11 AM »
Some interesting stuff to check out on the three posts above, cheers.

Currently listening to;

Off Land - Tidewater Pulse, beautiful haunting, drifting ambient. Especially effective for extremely late night listening, but also effective at the current hour ie 1850 hours  ;)

One of my top ten releases of 2013.........http://psychonavigation.bandcamp.com/album/off-land-tidewater-pulse

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #3975 on: February 23, 2014, 04:14:41 PM »
Listening to the samples on Bandcamp, thirdsystem. You're right: beautiful.

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #3976 on: February 23, 2014, 11:24:52 PM »


Just a great Guitar piece of work....really evolves as the piece progress   http://www.12k.com/index.php/site/releases/sleeping_pills/
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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #3977 on: February 24, 2014, 08:26:36 PM »
Mark Harris - The Angry Child
A new release on the n5md label. The title of the album almost makes this seem as if it would be an abrasive album. But, in fact, this is serene, slowly moving, synth-driven ambient. The tracks evolve in an organic way, and, much like a dream, you don't really notice how things have changed until after the fact. Good music for sleeping or spacing out.

Samples/Buy: http://n5md.com/discography/223/The-Angry-Child

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #3978 on: February 25, 2014, 07:41:01 AM »
I am so stuck in techno / minimal techno / atmospheric techno / panoramic techno etc. etc...  ;-)

Yagya - Rhythm of Snow
Maurizio - M-Series 12"'s
Basic Channel - 12"'s
Deepchord / Echospace - Coldest Season / Liumin / Vantage Isle / DC Series


spent a day on youtube listening to UR, Jeff Mills, Surgeon, Robert Hood, Carl Cox, Plastikman.

Periskop's 40 collection I've recommended a thousand times and I'll recommend it again - 40 albums - free... and the majority of them I have loved so far!

Silent Season and Dewtone label releases have also been making me very happy - streaming them on bandcamp and wishlisting them for when I have some spare change to pick them up.
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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #3979 on: February 25, 2014, 03:04:54 PM »
Porya Hatami- Land- another brilliant Bandcamp release. The music resembles Taylor Deupree's micro-glitch soundworlds, but a bit more melodic, with a backdrop of field samples that add flavor to the mix. A stunningly beautiful release, I'm really loving this. Very blissful and incredibly relaxing. I actually prefer this to Taylor Deupree's best music.

And he's from Iran. How often do you hear about an Iranian ambient musician?