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« Reply #4140 on: May 06, 2014, 12:00:42 PM »
It's funny how much I've enjoyed the resurgence of cassette culture. I completely recognize the limitations of the medium - heck, I can't even play tapes in my car anymore - but there's something oddly fun about getting a box of tapes in the mail after all these years of CDs and records (not to mention digital files). I've definitely picked up more tapes in the last year than any other medium. There are some great cassette-centered labels out there; two of my favorites are Tranquility Tapes (http://tranquilitytapes.bandcamp.com/) and Constellation Tatsu (http://ctatsu.bandcamp.com/), both dealing in borderline-New Agey and bedroom-synth drone and ambient exploration. I'm particularly fond of Cask's self-titled album on Tranquility.

Thanks for the recommendation of Jaja's "Stars." That's satisfying a craving I didn't know I had.

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« Reply #4141 on: May 06, 2014, 01:55:14 PM »
Interesting to hear from those who still appreciate cassettes. I always took good care of my cassettes, but STILL they got "eaten" more times than I care to remember. I also cleaned the cassette head, but never did clean the capstans, (I believe they were called). Perhaps that's the source of my problems.

Also I had several cassettes where the felt pad fell off of the copper band that supported the tape. Grrr...

From a business standpoint alone, it seems unwise to sell a product in a format that, right off the bat, eliminates maybe 80% of your potential clientele. On the other hand, these little cassette music labels keep chugging right along, so there must be a big enough market to support them.

Last night I listened to: Specta Ciera & The Circular Ruins- Middle Distance. Pure magic!
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« Reply #4142 on: May 06, 2014, 03:45:35 PM »

Last night I listened to: Specta Ciera & The Circular Ruins- Middle Distance. Pure magic!

Brilliant album, play it frequently.

Currently checking out...... Castleview- Oceanscape . Dark, deep and interesting.

Then it will be two of my favourite ambient albums of all time to chill and fall asleep to.

   

Thom Brennan - Vibrant Water and Mist Two stunning albums of ambient beauty.

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« Reply #4143 on: May 06, 2014, 07:32:22 PM »

Last night I listened to: Specta Ciera & The Circular Ruins- Middle Distance. Pure magic!
Brilliant album, play it frequently.

Have you ever heard Anthony's disc, calledDescription Without Place- Filaments? Check it out on Dataobscura, it's amazing.
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« Reply #4144 on: May 06, 2014, 07:39:54 PM »
Okay, I screwed up the quote and reply thing, but I recommend you to check out Description Without Place on Dataobscura.

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« Reply #4145 on: May 06, 2014, 08:00:58 PM »
I second that Description Without Place recommendation!

Yair Elazar Glotman - Northern Gulfs
Super interesting album from Glacial Movements. It combines three things I love: isolationist ambiance, field recordings, and Geiger counter-like clicks and static. This is a true stand-out album; the last track in particular, Home Port, is a jewel.

Steam/Buy: https://glacialmovements.bandcamp.com/album/northern-gulfs
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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4146 on: May 06, 2014, 08:29:51 PM »


Currently checking out...... Castleview- Oceanscape . Dark, deep and interesting.


Thanks!

NP: Windy & Carl - I Have Been Waiting To Hear Your Voice
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« Reply #4147 on: May 07, 2014, 10:14:13 AM »
playing Periskop again... from his 40 album release...  massively amazing stuff.  I still haven't heard all 40 - many I've heard over and over because I love them and just don't move on.  Discovering some of the others in more depth.

http://periskop.cc

Yep - they're all free.  It's Danny Kreutzfeldt who's released on APK's label a couple times under earlier names.

So far - I've found only 2 out of the 40 that didn't connect with me.  I've probably heard 30 of them so far.

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« Reply #4148 on: May 07, 2014, 01:25:00 PM »
Okay, I screwed up the quote and reply thing, but I recommend you to check out Description Without Place on Dataobscura.

Checked out the "Description Without Place" samples Joe. Nice, on the list (extensive  ;))

Currently listening to The Circular Ruins: Retrospective 2009 Some really great stuff on this free download.

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« Reply #4149 on: May 07, 2014, 04:57:03 PM »
Alio Die- Suspended Feathers

A true standout in Alio Die's huge discography.


Yair Elazar Glotman - Northern Gulfs
Super interesting album from Glacial Movements. It combines three things I love: isolationist ambiance, field recordings, and Geiger counter-like clicks and static. This is a true stand-out album; the last track in particular, Home Port, is a jewel.

Steam/Buy: https://glacialmovements.bandcamp.com/album/northern-gulfs


I listened to the opener earlier and it was really cool. I need to find the time to listen to the rest of it.
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New album, Rebirth, available now!

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« Reply #4150 on: May 07, 2014, 06:57:35 PM »
Okay, I screwed up the quote and reply thing, but I recommend you to check out Description Without Place on Dataobscura.

Checked out the "Description Without Place" samples Joe. Nice, on the list (extensive  ;))

Currently listening to The Circular Ruins: Retrospective 2009 Some really great stuff on this free download.

Glad you checked, I think you'll like it! There's nothing else quite like it.

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« Reply #4151 on: May 08, 2014, 04:07:13 PM »
Micronesia Guitar Trio- A# 1/1

This is now my favorite album of the year. Lots of guitar noise with an industrial aesthetic but with more than enough ambience and structure to keep it far from getting into Merzbow territory.

http://crumbwaves.bandcamp.com/album/a-1-1
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« Reply #4152 on: May 09, 2014, 04:31:20 PM »


Gert Emmens and Ruud Heij- Signs  Ambient album from these talented lads. This is superb, reminiscent of Floyd in some parts and an album of ambient magnificence. Check out the title track......

Gert Emmens & Ruud Heij - SIGNS


http://home.zonnet.nl/gert.emmens/

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4153 on: May 10, 2014, 06:50:22 PM »
I know most of the posts in this thread are for ambient music but I thought I'd post a few of my favorite "normal" releases from the first few months of this year.

Damien Jurado - Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son
War on Drugs - Lost In The Dream
Bill Callahan - Have Fun With God
Gem Club - In Roses
Wye Oak - Shriek
The Horrors - Luminous
EMA - the future's void
St Vincent - St Vincent
Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots

When friends or co-workers bitch that there is no good music anymore I usually just punch them in the face.  Seriously, there is a ton of great music being released constantly.  You just have to look & listen.


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« Reply #4154 on: May 10, 2014, 07:19:54 PM »
Daniel W. J. Mackenzie - Teeth Sleep Under Winking Black Eyelid
A pretty neat release by Dan Mackenzie/Ekca Liena. I think this was self-released a few years ago, then Facture/Fluid Audio released a limited edition (70 or so copies?) version in March, and, when that sold out, Mackenzie made a digital version available online for a 'pay what you wish' rate. Mostly piano and various forms of experimentation. Not a memorable release, but a solid piece of modern experimental composition.
Buy/Listen: https://ekcaliena.bandcamp.com/album/teeth-sleep-under-winking-black-eyelid

Castleview - Oceanscape
This is my favorite of the various Castleview albums I've heard. It feels a bit dark to me, although I don't know if that was the intention. One of the things I appreciate about it is that it is easy to sense the ocean-like depth of the work when primed to expect it via the title, but that specific theme isn't made explicit in the work (i.e., there are not obvious samples of waves crashing).
Buy/Listen: https://castleview.bandcamp.com/album/oceanscape 



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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4155 on: May 11, 2014, 09:27:26 AM »
Fear Falls Burning - The Infinite Sea of Sustain

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« Reply #4156 on: May 11, 2014, 09:46:50 AM »
Cosmic Ground s/t.  Hmmmmm, the 70's TD vibe here is well done but music wise it doesn't leave a lasting impression.  I will have to give it a couple more spins...

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4157 on: May 11, 2014, 02:41:14 PM »
Ulwhednar - Withatten 1892

Revisiting this album and it's great dark ambient music.
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« Reply #4158 on: May 12, 2014, 10:23:00 AM »
np

heavy dream traffic
oophoi | dreams 1 2 3

missing gigi soulglue


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« Reply #4159 on: May 13, 2014, 07:42:47 AM »
Gert Emmens and Ruud Heij - Signs
Robert Schroeder - Slow Motion some nice Berlin School stuff, but also a mixture of styles within.

Addicted to these two at the moment.