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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4800 on: October 24, 2015, 07:56:30 AM »


Pete Namlook / Steve Stoll - Hemisphere, music for travel to a different Solar System

Thomas Kohner - Daikan. Some of the deepest bass I have ever heard. Really quite something.

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4801 on: October 29, 2015, 12:54:22 PM »
KILLING JOKE-Pylon (2CD).  I wasn't going to buy this but like a sucker I did.  It's another disappointment, although not horrid like their last album.  Here continues Jaz Coleman's apocalyptic vision of a doomed planet being overrun by technology, intrusive governments, and the like.  There are a couple excellent songs on the standard album (Disc 1), while on Disc 2 (bonus disc) there is another excellent song.  That's three excellent songs, and the rest ho hum.  There are flashes of their past greatness via Geordie's snarling hollow body flanged gee-tar and melancholic hooks, but mostly it's just a bunch of metal riffs, pounding drums, and yelling.  Often they just sound like everybody else, which is sad really cuz they were complete innovators and inspired many.  Well I'll just listen to the three songs over and over...

Cluster & Eno-Old Land.  This is a compilation of the two C&E albums from the 70's.  I bought this on a whim (used) as I remember not thinking much of this stuff when I heard it way back compared to Godhead Eno's classics, but wow is this some great music.  Some quirky, weird vocal tracks but with a charm and beauty to them, and some flat-out gorgeous instrumental/ambient pieces. 

   

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4802 on: October 29, 2015, 01:14:04 PM »
Wait, there's more! (much more)...

RAPOON-A Pale Blue Door.  This is a book/CD set wherein Robin Storey wrote a fictional book and composed some music to go with it.  The CD is quite fascinating and "spacey" using samples from actual sounds from stars/planets, NASA transmissions, et al.   It's a very chilled environmental composition which I really enjoyed.  Gotten through about half the book and all I can say right now is it's very very gloomy like a lot of his music.  It has a sci-fi feel and there's a theme of an alien "spaceman" whose photograph was taken in the 50's.  Is it just me or is Robin Storey obsessed with UFO's and aliens? Not that I mind it, I'm a believer and all.  Just saying...

RAPOON-Tin of Drum 2CD reissue.  Disc 1 is a reissue of the 1996 album, which is not one of Robin's best works, but it has a really pretty piece that's one of my faves of his catalogue, plus the epic 30 minute track "Southbound' which is quite incredible.  Reason to buy this for most would be the 2nd disc of unreleased/reworked/new music.  I'd have to say this one's for hardcore fans only.  Not much in the way of "music," more like a collage of soundscapes, vocal samples of American southwest cowboy-types (in addition to aliens, I think he's obsessed with "Americana") etc.  You know how it's often said that "bonus tracks" are usually nothing more than stuff that didn't make the real album, or it's tacked on to be an enticement to re-sell the same album?  That's what I get from some of these Rapoon reissues.  Some pretty ho-hum material that doesn't offend but doesn't inspire either.  In any event, it's great to see seemingly all the classic Rapoon stuff from the 90's being made available again. 

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4803 on: October 29, 2015, 11:17:34 PM »
Correction:  Tin of Drum was released in 1998, not 1996.

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4804 on: October 30, 2015, 10:45:15 AM »
Danna & Clement-North of Niagara. Today I'm waving my "New Age" freak flag high with this excellent 1995 release on Hearts of Space.  Melodic piano and synths.  Moody, haunting, cinematic stuff.  I love this album (haven't listened to it in about 20 years to boot!)

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4805 on: October 30, 2015, 08:34:32 PM »
Aglaia - Florealia Nocturna + Ephemeral Blue
New ambient from Gino Fioravanti. The first of these releases is composed of drifting, ethereal soundscapes, and is somewhat reminiscent of Absolutely Deep. The second one is a bit more experimental, but not quite as edgy or alien as some of the releases from last year. Both are fantastic. And, as usual, the art work is beautiful.

https://aliodie.bandcamp.com/album/florealia-nocturna
https://aliodie.bandcamp.com/album/ephemeral-blue

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4806 on: November 02, 2015, 12:46:44 AM »
Darnit Chris, your glowing Aglaia reviews forced me to preview them on Bandcamp and indirectly forced me to spend more money on CDs.  So thanks (I think).   ;D

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4807 on: November 02, 2015, 06:33:36 AM »
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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4808 on: November 02, 2015, 12:24:52 PM »
Killing Joke - 'I am the Virus'




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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4809 on: November 03, 2015, 09:47:01 PM »
Pete you got me all Fired up with that track.....Im playing a couple of my heavier delights....ambient viewer discretion advised, its a bit Dark. ::)

Sponge - Plowed


Deftones - Change




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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4810 on: November 04, 2015, 01:59:36 PM »
"Change" by Deftones. oh YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!  LOVE that song.  I have the CD single, includes a cover of Sade's "No Ordinary Love."  Yes, really. 

Still currently listening to KILLING JOKE-Pylon 2CD.  Also played all day yesterday FIRE DANCES by KILLING JOKE.  Man, what a difference, not just style wise.  Even though it was 1983, with less technology, Fire Dances still sounds better to me production-wise.  After the 80's, so many of KJ's albums had crap production, especially these last two including "Pylon."  It's "loud" but it's not loud enough (does that make sense?) because the instruments are buried in this gauzy mix of processing (to my ears anyway).  The guitars are buried, the drums muffled...there's no edge to it anymore.  It all sounds too "safe" to me now. The studio has rubbed all the edges off a band who are brutal, raw and edgy.  Somebody recorded this album inside a vaccuum and then ran it through loads of filters to squeeze the life out of the real instruments so they almost sound fake.  Did somebody record the band live, then manipulate all the sounds and cut and paste the parts together so it feels like they all did their parts in different studios in different countries??? There's still four or five excellent tracks over the span of this release.  Of course those could have been way better with better production.  I think KJ always do this now: gather a few good songs for an album, then tack on 7 or 8 poor or mediocre ones.  I think they should wait 10 years  until they're 70 and then put out one album with all good songs.  Back to FIRE DANCES.  If you don't have this excellent KJ album, you should.  This is heavy tribal punk rock brilliance.  The guitars snarl in a flange-y pool of echo, the drums beat you into a pulp with tribal rhythms and patterns, the bass throbs, all with a punky industrial feel.  This album is just thrilling.  One of KJ's best IMO.  Get the 2008 reissue with extra tracks, including singles, b-sides and radio stuff.  Excellent!

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4811 on: November 04, 2015, 02:06:03 PM »
From memory, the production on 'Fire Dances' is bloody awful - but the material is excellent.

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« Reply #4812 on: November 04, 2015, 04:28:31 PM »
Yes, I was being kind of ironic that way.  Fire Dances is known for a low production quality.  The production wasn't that great but the instruments are clear and not saturated with digital goop the way they are now.  Key track: "Frenzy".

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4813 on: November 04, 2015, 04:45:09 PM »
Subradial--"Ice Diving".  I gave this a few spins at work today having not liked it much when I originally ordered it.  There are some really good tracks here.  Will probably spend more time with it now. 

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4814 on: November 04, 2015, 06:23:46 PM »
I loved Fire Dances back in the day. Good stuff! I think Dominator was my favorite track from that release.

Some recent downloads:

Rudy Adrian - Moonwater

2006 release on Spotted Peccary. Really nice, with a range of instrumentation.
https://ambientelectronic.bandcamp.com/album/moon-water

Arovane & Hior Chronik - In-between
A perfect collaboration: The sum is greater than the parts.
https://astrangelyisolatedplace.bandcamp.com/album/in-between

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4815 on: November 05, 2015, 07:16:20 AM »
Moonwater I found disappointing, but I second the Arovane/Hior Cronik, it's a fine thing.
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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4816 on: November 05, 2015, 02:22:56 PM »
Shpongle. I'm over this stuff but ...And the Day Turned to Night is still a fantastic track.

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4817 on: November 05, 2015, 09:06:17 PM »
Milieu : A Warm Wooden Hollow....There are several tracks on this that are my personal all time favorite ambient tracks.

Loscil : First Narrows.....Out of my Loscil cds this gets the most spins

Alio Die & Lorenzo Montana : Holographic Codex....The first track sets the tone and the rest of the album never seemed to arrive. Muns de Etrah sounds like a real collaboration and the rest of the album comes over as dominant Alio Die.

Mathias Grassow & John Haughm : Aurae....Beautiful music but as a collaboration the sonic balance seems heavily weighted towards Grassow

Gregg Kowalsky : Through the Cardial Window....Had this cd for a year or so, listened and it did not register.  Now its on continuous play.  Sometimes we are just not ready yet .
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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4818 on: November 06, 2015, 07:23:44 AM »
"Alio Die & Lorenzo Montana : Holographic Codex....The first track sets the tone and the rest of the album never seemed to arrive."

Totally agree.
And it may be because that first track sets such a high standard. It is a phenomenal piece of music.
I often leave it on repeat.
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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4819 on: November 06, 2015, 11:48:08 PM »
Well the first track on Holographic Codex is totally different--rhythmic-- whereas the remainder is more Alio Die type ambient, and quite good in its own right.