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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #3960 on: February 07, 2014, 01:14:35 PM »
Johann Johannsson - Fordlandia. New discovery for me on spotify. Utterly beautiful music. In fact I am gobsmacked at the beauty of this. Hints of Baroque, beautiful haunting melodies, gorgeous.

That's some nice stuff! Thanks for making note of it; I hadn't heard that before.


Cheers. Likewise had not heard his music. Very impressed.




My favorite of his is "IBM 401, A User's Manual," which has an interesting backstory.


I have seen this recommended elsewhere also. Will check it out, thanks.

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« Reply #3961 on: February 08, 2014, 12:57:29 PM »
Tomas Weiss - Zeitlos
This just arrived in the mail two days ago and I've been listening to it practically non-stop ever since: at work, while sleeping, but not while operating heavy machinery. Zeitlos is, simply put, one of the better ambient releases I've heard in a while. The tracks are, for the most part, synth-driven soundscapes, typically leaning toward the dark side of ambient. The standout tracks, at least for me, are Alignment (particularly rewarding with headphones), Near Nothing, and Zeitlos. Each of these combines drone-inspired ambient with subtle, but lovely melodies. The last track in particular, Zeitlos, overlays some nice reverberating electric guitar with synths to create a majestic, dreamy atmosphere. Sometimes I get the urge to put that track on repeat; therefore, I'm thrilled to learn that there is an expanded release coming out soon that highlights that track in particular.

Two thumbs up. I hope I'm not making Tomas blush by raving a bit here, but I think virtually everyone who participates in these forums will find something to love in this release. It is a special one.

Samples/Buy: http://www.el-culto.com/artists/tomasweiss/zeitlos.html


Totally missed that!

Thanks a lot (and also to Richard) for your nice words about "Zeitlos" - it´s really appreciated! And for the expanded version - Bundle will be sent on Monday!

Greetings,
Tomas

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« Reply #3962 on: February 08, 2014, 03:39:40 PM »
Sabled Sun--2145.  Side project of Atrium Carceri, cinematic dark ambient concept album about an astronaut who returns to Earth to find the planet in ruins.  Highly recommend headphones on this one.  2146 is the followup CD which I need now cuz this ones pretty awesome!

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #3963 on: February 08, 2014, 06:18:30 PM »
Ian Hawgood and Friends - Wolven (A Modern Interpretation)
According to Hibernate, Wolven is based on "modern interpretations" of the 2009 release Wolfskin by Ian Hawgood." The first disc contains reworkings of Wolven by Ian Hawgood with assistance from Aaron Martin, Dag Rosenqvist, Spheruleus, Pillowdiver, y0t0, and Hakobune. The second disc contains three beautiful tracks by bvdub. Each track is outstanding, and although some of the tracks are derivations on the same theme, it is really cool to see how each artist approaches it. Seriously cool stuff.

Sample/Buy: https://hibernaterecordings.bandcamp.com/album/wolven-a-modern-interpretation

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #3964 on: February 09, 2014, 02:31:22 PM »
My favorite of his is "IBM 401, A User's Manual," which has an interesting backstory.

Forrest

That's my favorite Johannsson recording as well.  I like many of his other albums but I keep coming back to that one.

Other recent, classical, listening...
Philip Glass - From the Philip Glass Recording Archive Vol. II - Orchestral Music
Caleb Burhans - Evensong
David Lang - Death Speaks

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #3965 on: February 10, 2014, 10:34:59 AM »
on a Carbon Based Lifeforms marathon today.  A ton of Periskop listening lately as well.
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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #3966 on: February 10, 2014, 03:20:14 PM »
Mick Chillage - Saudade
Thanks for the head's up, thirdsystem. Loving this. Synth-driven ambient from Carpe Sonum.

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #3967 on: February 12, 2014, 12:43:53 PM »
Mick Chillage - Saudade
Thanks for the head's up, thirdsystem. Loving this. Synth-driven ambient from Carpe Sonum.

Glad you like it Chris, getting plenty plays here, beautiful album.


Two new ones this week, on constant play ;

After much patient waiting  ;) for the CD to be in stock at Kudos, UK, received my Thomas P Heckman - The Lost Tales III. Former FAX artist. Some ambient tunes but a good mixture of beats and melodies also. Very nice. Stunning artwork.......



http://carpesonum.bandcamp.com/album/the-lost-tales-vol-iii


And another former FAX man ; Lorenzo Montana - Leema Hactus. Again some ambient but more beat and melody orientated electronica. Excellent. Another beautiful album cover......



http://psychonavigation.bandcamp.com/album/lorenzo-montan-leema-hactus

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« Reply #3968 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 #3969 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 #3970 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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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #3971 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 #3972 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 #3973 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 #3974 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 #3975 on: February 20, 2014, 11:11:27 AM »
Corrupted -Garten

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #3976 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 #3977 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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« Reply #3978 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 #3979 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.