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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #3740 on: November 02, 2013, 12:33:48 PM »
Forrest Fang- Phantoms

Awesome album.
http://castleview.bandcamp.com/
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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #3741 on: November 02, 2013, 02:02:49 PM »
Antonymes - There Can Be No True Beauty Without Decay
A new release from the Hibernate label. This album mixes together, in an anonymous manner, 7 minimal, largely piano-based pieces, with remixes from Ian Hawgood, Isnaj Dui, Offthesky, Field Rotation, Wil Bolton, Spheruleus and James Banbury. There is no attribution for each of the remixes, so part of the fun of listening to this is trying to discern who is doing what and how they have manipulated the original source material.

This is a beauty in many respects. The packaging is lovely and many of the core tracks are so emotionally moving that they force me to stop what I'm doing and listen with awe. Check this out if you're a fan of "modern classical" and its interface with ambient and experimental minimalism.

Samples/Buy: https://hibernaterecordings.bandcamp.com/album/there-can-be-no-true-beauty-without-decay-2

Nice find, Chris !  Beautiful work, with a neat inventive edge.
I'll be buying the download for sure.

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #3742 on: November 02, 2013, 02:17:28 PM »
Forrest Fang- Phantoms

Awesome album.

Agreed. Top-notch. Though I think "Animism" edges it.
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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #3743 on: November 02, 2013, 04:37:22 PM »
Deep Listening : Pauline Oliveros, Stuart Dempstar & Panaiotis

A very special recording.....new to me though released in 1989 on New Albion Records. Trompone, Accordion, Voice, Garden hose & Conch shell to name some of the instruments performed improv in a unique drone space.

From the Liner notes......

"A warden approached us as we prepared to descend 14 feet down into the 186 foot diameter cistern that once held 2 million gallons of water. The warden reproached us for parking a van on the dirt covered ceiling. Pot holes suggested that perhaps the ceiling was not so stable. Once we had made our decent and after my eyes had adjusted to the dim cavern, I realized almost at once that the warden had probably never been inside: the cavernous cylinder is made of reenforced concrete with more pillars per square yard than a skyscraper. The water tank, built in 1970 on an army base, was probably designed to withstand heavy bombing. Our van was the equivalent of a mosquito on a housetop.

The remarkable thing about the acoustic space is the long reverb, which could approach 45 seconds, and the lack of slap echoes and distinct early reflections that are often characteristic of large cathedrals; only pure, smooth reverb, the type that can be simulated electronically but is thought to be unrealistic and fantastical.

The space is real, and unique. A large cathedral will return slap echoes and uneven resonance characteristics. The cistern showed a very smooth frequency response and no echoes, only a smooth reverberation, the amplitude of which appears to begin at the same decibel level as the source. Consequently, it is impossible to tell where the performer stops and the reverberation takes over. One additional aspect of the reverberation field that does not seem to record easily and which makes simulation very difficult, is that it slowly moved from the sound source along the walls until it enveloped the listener: a most remarkable and beautiful phenomena."

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #3744 on: November 02, 2013, 05:26:44 PM »
^You know, I've been meaning to listen to that album for some time but I've never gotten around to it. I bet it's as wonderful as Paul Horn's masterpiece, Inside The Taj Mahal.
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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #3745 on: November 02, 2013, 11:51:47 PM »
Forrest Fang- Phantoms

Awesome album.

Agreed. Top-notch. Though I think "Animism" edges it.

Thanks, guys.  I appreciate it.

Forrest

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #3746 on: November 03, 2013, 05:46:52 AM »
^You know, I've been meaning to listen to that album for some time but I've never gotten around to it. I bet it's as wonderful as Paul Horn's masterpiece, Inside The Taj Mahal.

As good as electronically created ambience is theres quite a difference from the real thing......I will have to check out the Horn piece.

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #3747 on: November 03, 2013, 08:03:08 AM »
Julio,  I love Deep Listening!  I'm happy for you that you discovered it.

Now playing...

Nobuto Suda - Transitoriness - awesome drones and ambience
Darkside - Psychic - Nicolas Jaar & Dave Harrington collaboration thats kinda spacey, kinda poppy, kinda experimental.
Arve Henriksen - Places Of Worship - new one from Arve Henriksen is awesomely awesome, but then I love all of his stuff.
 

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« Reply #3748 on: November 04, 2013, 09:55:54 AM »
^You know, I've been meaning to listen to that album for some time but I've never gotten around to it. I bet it's as wonderful as Paul Horn's masterpiece, Inside The Taj Mahal.

As good as electronically created ambience is theres quite a difference from the real thing......I will have to check out the Horn piece.

Absolutely, and you should also check out Inside The Great Pyramid and Inside The Cathedral. Similar concept but in different places obviously.
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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #3749 on: November 06, 2013, 07:53:49 PM »
From the Mouth of the Sun - Woven Tide
Excellent collaboration between Dag Rosenqvist (Jasper TX) and Aaron Martin.
 
Samples/Buy (on sale): http://experimedia.net/index.php?main_page=product_music_info&cPath=591&products_id=4865

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #3750 on: November 07, 2013, 05:59:59 PM »
From the Mouth of the Sun - Woven Tide
Excellent collaboration between Dag Rosenqvist (Jasper TX) and Aaron Martin.
 
Samples/Buy (on sale): http://experimedia.net/index.php?main_page=product_music_info&cPath=591&products_id=4865

Another gem !
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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #3751 on: November 07, 2013, 09:02:14 PM »
NP: Oophoi and Ran Kirlian- Transmigration

RIP Oophoi.
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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #3752 on: November 09, 2013, 09:57:36 PM »
Another gem !


Woven Tides is pretty swell, no?

The Humble Bee - Henrietta
A new vinyl (and digital) release by Craig Tattersall. This is pretty neat stuff. From what I can gather, Tattersall took a brief vacation in Cornwall in 2011 and mapped features of the landscape to musical notes, creating some interesting piano rolls for a music box and other stringed instruments. (The picture below probably conveys the idea better than I can with words.) Anyhow, the album is pretty interesting: a mixture of Cornwall field recordings, tape loops, "dusting," electronics, and this other crazy "nature's music box" stuff.



More information, including Fluid Audio streaming of a slightly different version, here: http://tape-dust.tumblr.com/henrietta . For sale at Boomkat: http://boomkat.com/vinyl/848923-the-humble-bee-henrietta


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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #3753 on: November 09, 2013, 10:30:31 PM »
Andrew Bird - The Quietest Show on Earth - I've been in an Andrew Bird mood for the past week or two & was happy to discover this download of a small live show in the Mojave Desert.  You can find it here... http://www.quietestshowonearth.com/

seaman and the tattered sail - light folds - Might be my favorite ambient recording of the year.

Moritz von Oswald & Nils Petter Molvaer - 1/1 - This one is fantastic.  Dubby electronics with Molvaer's trumpet over the top.  I'm not sure when it will be available on the US but I didn't want to wait so I broke down & bought it on ebay for $30.

tonefloat-ikon - streams of consciousness 132406 - Got this at Bandcamp thanks to an earlier post here.  Very nice.

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #3754 on: November 10, 2013, 08:54:09 AM »
Moritz von Oswald & Nils Petter Molvaer - 1/1 - This one is fantastic.  Dubby electronics with Molvaer's trumpet over the top.  I'm not sure when it will be available on the US but I didn't want to wait so I broke down & bought it on ebay for $30.

I looked up some youtube samples of this after reading your description. Sounds awesome!

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #3755 on: November 12, 2013, 12:48:43 PM »
Wiggins by Wiggy (AKA The Gasman)
http://thegasman.bandcamp.com/

Not an easy listen, but moments of sheer ingenium - especially 'Trampoline7'.
Quite unlike anything else.

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #3756 on: November 12, 2013, 05:11:12 PM »
Loren Nerell- "The Taksu."

Holds up nicely.
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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #3757 on: November 14, 2013, 09:02:15 AM »
radio massacre international - The Clouds Of Titan

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #3758 on: November 16, 2013, 01:01:16 PM »
Birch and Meadow - Butterflies and Graves
Experimental ambient meets folk-like vocals by David Wenngren (aka Library Tapes) and Sara Forslund. On the Time Released Sound label. Pretty good.
Samples here: https://soundcloud.com/time-released-sound/birch-and-meadow-butterflies

Orla Wren - Book of the Folded Forest
Incredible. This also includes occasional vocals, but is largely a curious combination of glitchy manipulations and modern composition. I bought a digital copy, but there is a (somewhat pricey) physical copy that comes with a DVD that includes videos for selected tracks. I might break down and buy it too simply because this is Quality Stuff. Facture is releasing a new Orla Wren album in early December that contains reworkings of tracks from these sessions.
Samples/Buy: https://homenormal.bandcamp.com/album/book-of-the-folded-forest
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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #3759 on: November 22, 2013, 10:09:28 AM »
Mathias Grassow - Tara