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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4740 on: September 02, 2015, 04:32:04 PM »
Ishq - Futurology, Beyond Time, Deep Space Objects
Every once in a while I get into a mad Ishq craze. I've been in one for the past few weeks, listening to various discs on repeat, dropping stupid amounts of cash on Discogs to pick up discs to replace digital files, and dissecting the art and aesthetics of the releases.

Right now I'm obsessed with the side of Hillier's work that focuses on space, time, and imaginary worlds. The most recent of these releases, Martian Chronicles, is really funky, with a nice retro-future vibe. 


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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4741 on: September 03, 2015, 02:52:51 AM »
Re:  Autumn of Communion.

Now I'm confused. I have Solar Image "3.9", now there's a "3.5" double CD that came after 3.9???))someone please enlighten me....

In order of release, the (complicated) releases are;

AOC 3.5 (CDr) - This was a highly limited edition of 65 CDrs in a metal box with card and numbering. It is an expansion and exploration of the track Rhea on AOC 3.

AOC 3.9 - This CD has 3 very different remixes of the digital only release (at that point) of Solar Image.

AOC 3.5/Solar Image (CD) - Following requests and interest re a proper CD release ...txt have recently released this double album. It has the original digital only track Solar Image, a reprise version and another disc with the full version of Rhea (explored) which was on the above CDr.

Think that's it  ;)

I believe I may now have all 9 AOC releases. Some body of work it is. Superb stuff.






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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4742 on: September 03, 2015, 03:03:52 AM »
I need to explore Ishq's work more fully. Only really aware of some of his stuff working with Lee Norris.

Any recommendations on where to start Chris?



Edit - Just discovered there is a whole load of Ishq albums on Spotify. Currently streaming the  one that was released on ...txt that I missed out on buying - Lyght.
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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4743 on: September 03, 2015, 08:36:01 PM »
It is tough to give recommendations because there are a diverse number of styles explored across the various releases. If you sample them on Spotify, you'll probably find something that resonates with you pretty quickly. And, from there, it is down the rabbit hole. . .

My personal favorites are Infinite Garden and Emerald (under the Elve alias) and Under a Hexagon Sky (under the Ishvara alias). Those first two are unlike anything I've heard before; truly remarkable recordings.


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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4744 on: September 04, 2015, 03:01:48 AM »
Jean Sibelius - Symphony No. 7
My latest musical obsession.


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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4745 on: September 05, 2015, 11:42:09 AM »
Jaja - Endless
Quiet, reflective synth-based ambient, perfect for stargazing and contemplation. This particular release also features electronic piano, which gives the tracks a nice Budd-like vibe at times. Excellent release, with beautiful artwork/packaging to boot.
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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4746 on: September 07, 2015, 09:50:55 AM »
Max Richter - Sleep - Impossible to resist an 8-hour sleep album.  It's not quite as good for actual sleep as good 'ol ambient music but overall it's very good.

Mauro Beltrán - Mueren De Pie Los Árboles Que No Saben Crecer  -  a long album, almost 2 hours, with quite a variety of sounds & styles.  Some works better than others. 
https://maurobeltran.bandcamp.com/album/mueren-de-pie-los-rboles-que-no-saben-crecer

Olan Mill - Cavade Vorlem  -  gorgeous, drifting ambient.  One of my favorites of the year.
https://dronarivm.bandcamp.com/album/cavade-morlem

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4747 on: September 08, 2015, 11:18:48 AM »
Gary Numan--Living Ornaments live '81.

Iron Maiden--The Book of Souls

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« Reply #4748 on: September 08, 2015, 11:29:50 AM »
Checked out the Max Richter - From Sleep 1 hr version. Very nice indeed.

Currently listening to .............. Jacob Newman & Devin Underwood - Sending the Past New release on Carpe Sonum bandcamp page. Sounding very interesting indeed. Will have to get it urgently.

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4749 on: September 10, 2015, 10:03:06 AM »
Listening to this one again .....



Ishq - Lyght . Really beautiful

My personal favorites are Infinite Garden and Emerald (under the Elve alias) and Under a Hexagon Sky (under the Ishvara alias). Those first two are unlike anything I've heard before; truly remarkable recordings.

Thanks for that. Remarkably all are on spotify. Looking forward to listening.

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« Reply #4750 on: September 11, 2015, 05:56:36 PM »
Nuno Canavarro - Plux Quba.....This has been on constant spin since I got the cd.  Its a bit of a time stretch because theres so much of the current acoustic / electronic experimental vibe in it you would think it was recorded recently and not in 1988.

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4751 on: September 13, 2015, 07:18:45 AM »
offthesky - The Serpent Phase
I have a confession to make. When Jason Cordor debuted Cold Distances (dataObscura/databloem) in 2003, I thought it was the bee's knees. I listened to that disc on repeat for weeks and practically wore it out. I continued to follow Cordor's work over his next few releases, but I eventually started to feel that he was moving in directions that did not always sync with my audio palette. Sometimes his work hit the right spot, but often it didn't.

With that as context, The Serpent Phase really resonates with me in a way that none of his releases have since 2003, even though this album is nothing like Cold Distances. The Serpent Phase is seven short tracks based largely on acoustic instrumentation (flutes, violin) that, of course, are treated in the ways you might expect with modern processing methods. The atmosphere is serene and mysterious; the sounds bellow and fill the sky. This is great drifting ambiance and will likely be one of my favorites of the year. Frankly, if I had heard this one "blind" with no knowledge of the artist, I never would have pegged it as offthesky.

I'm a sucker for good art and packaging too. The cover reminds me of something that might be seen in the v23 days of 4AD, and the digipak itself is a 6-panel matte finish. Lovely.

Buy/Stream: https://hibernate.bandcamp.com/album/the-serpent-phase


Max Richter - Sleep
This has been resurfacing in my listening over the course of the week. This is a really ambitious and lovely release. I complained about it a bit in the thread dedicated to this album, largely because it is not conductive to sleep. But is an outstanding piece of work for waking.

Richard Allen nails my thoughts on this album in his review at A Closer Listen: http://acloserlisten.com/2015/09/09/max-richter-sleep/ If you're not a huge fan of modern classical/composition, then at the very least check out the "space" tracks (what Allen refers to as his "space playlist"). Those tracks alone are worth the price of admission.

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4752 on: September 13, 2015, 07:58:19 AM »
offthesky - The Serpent Phase
I have a confession to make. When Jason Cordor debuted Cold Distances (dataObscura/databloem) in 2003, I thought it was the bee's knees. I listened to that disc on repeat for weeks and practically wore it out. I continued to follow Cordor's work over his next few releases, but I eventually started to feel that he was moving in directions that did not always sync with my audio palette. Sometimes his work hit the right spot, but often it didn't.

With that as context, The Serpent Phase really resonates with me in a way that none of his releases have since 2003, even though this album is nothing like Cold Distances. The Serpent Phase is seven short tracks based largely on acoustic instrumentation (flutes, violin) that, of course, are treated in the ways you might expect with modern processing methods. The atmosphere is serene and mysterious; the sounds bellow and fill the sky. This is great drifting ambiance and will likely be one of my favorites of the year. Frankly, if I had heard this one "blind" with no knowledge of the artist, I never would have pegged it as offthesky.

I'm a sucker for good art and packaging too. The cover reminds me of something that might be seen in the v23 days of 4AD, and the digipak itself is a 6-panel matte finish. Lovely.

Buy/Stream: https://hibernate.bandcamp.com/album/the-serpent-phase

Nice to hear your thoughts on Cold Distances, Chris. It was a great collection of tracks with an exceptional unity and flow. A very early album for Jason. Unfortunately we no longer have the rights at DataObscura to sell it. Jason was going to re-release it in some form or other. Don't know if he has. Databloem might still have some physical copies.

I'm with you on many of the Offthesky releases, some very good pieces here and there, but not too much that has excited me overall. Will have to head to bandcamp though and give Serpent Phase a good listen.
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« Reply #4753 on: September 13, 2015, 09:23:14 AM »
I also don't know if there is a physical reprint. He has Cold Distances for sale digitally on his bandcamp page: http://noise.offthesky.com/album/cold-distances

along with Studies of Lifeform in Transit, which is also amazing. Niello Tryst and Mileece's Reduction are some of his best tracks.

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« Reply #4754 on: September 13, 2015, 03:10:31 PM »
Steve Roach - Bloodmoon Rising Arrived yesterday in the mail, all four discs & five hours of it. Needs a few more listens, but a solid effort from Steve. Not as layered and nuanced as Mystic Chords and Sacred Spaces, his last weighty tome of deep headphoning, but a good place to dive back into the "Sound Current" as he calls it.

Check it out on Bandcamp if you haven't yet.
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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4755 on: September 13, 2015, 03:25:23 PM »
Antdude: I'm still debating whether to buy the physical version of this, partly because I've been spending too much lately. How is the packaging? Is it beautiful as a set?

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« Reply #4756 on: September 13, 2015, 06:19:52 PM »
Antdude: I'm still debating whether to buy the physical version of this, partly because I've been spending too much lately. How is the packaging? Is it beautiful as a set?

Chris, it's an eco-wallet-style foldout package. Quite nice, actually, although not much in the way of liner notes, etc. It's a limited run of 1000, signed & numbered( I got #6). The CD is currently sale-priced at $30, the Bandcamp download is $25. It's also downloadable from iTunes and Spotted Peccary.
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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4757 on: September 14, 2015, 08:23:09 AM »
Will you take $1,000 for your "#6"?   ;D

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #4758 on: September 14, 2015, 02:46:08 PM »
Steve Roach - Bloodmoon Rising Arrived yesterday in the mail, all four discs & five hours of it. Needs a few more listens, but a solid effort from Steve. Not as layered and nuanced as Mystic Chords and Sacred Spaces, his last weighty tome of deep headphoning, but a good place to dive back into the "Sound Current" as he calls it.

Check it out on Bandcamp if you haven't yet.

Are the remastered versions of #2 and 3 noticeably different from the original Bandcamp versions? 
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« Reply #4759 on: September 15, 2015, 11:40:05 AM »


Superb album, a definate contender for album of the year. IMO 2015 has been a very good year for dark ambient releases
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