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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #5280 on: January 21, 2017, 07:15:15 PM »

This has come up in my BC feed a few times. On the wishlist but haven't gotten around to it yet.

When I first previewed it, I thought it was just ok.  A brief skip around preview didn't produce anything I hadn't heard before.  I bought it anyway.  Several full resolution listens later, it earned my admiration.  Every song is a keeper. 





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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #5281 on: January 27, 2017, 07:47:42 AM »
Alexander Scriabin - The Poem of Ecstasy
Pretty much my favorite piece of music.

The finale always knocks me off my socks. When I heard it live my life was complete, for a moment. :)
As one of the youtube commenters put it: "The vastness of space, the flight of photons, billions of billions of galaxies: its all there in one final explosion of sound."


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« Reply #5282 on: January 27, 2017, 02:41:55 PM »
Listening through Michael Stearn 's AMBIcon concert, very smooth sounds.

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #5283 on: January 29, 2017, 08:11:54 AM »
Some recent listens/highlights:

The Circular Ruins - Pathways

Very impressive epic double album, need to play it again soon. Lots of variety and little details.

https://dataobscura.bandcamp.com/album/pathways

Caelum Bliss - s/t CD

90s female fronted goth rock band from Detroit. I played my old CD recently but there is a reissue on BC if anyone is interested in checking them out.

https://fossildungeon.bandcamp.com/album/1993-1999

Jeff Greinke - Places of Motility CD

I used to think this was one of his weaker releases from the 80s, and maybe I still do, but I really enjoyed it when I played it again recently. Very dark, lots of weird percussive loops on certain tracks.

Veil of Secrecy - Self Titled CD

Solo project of Steven Hall from Yen Pox. For some reason people seem to be unaware that this exists. It's a very good album, though it seems to end abruptly. Love the organic feel of these tracks which seems to be something lost in this type of music over the years.

https://veilofsecrecy.bandcamp.com/album/veil-of-secrecy-2

Legion - False Dawn 20th Anniversary 2xCD

Haven't played this in awhile, forgot how good this is.

https://zoharum.bandcamp.com/album/false-dawn-20th-anniversary-expanded-edition

Ashley Bellouin - Ballads LP

Nice album of minimal drones from a young composer. Fans of things like Terry Riley and Ellen Fullman might appreciate this.

https://drawingroomrecords.bandcamp.com/album/ballads






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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #5284 on: January 29, 2017, 11:29:34 AM »
Some recent listens/highlights:

The Circular Ruins - Pathways

Very impressive epic double album, need to play it again soon. Lots of variety and little details.

https://dataobscura.bandcamp.com/album/pathways

Very glad to hear it, cvac. Thanks !
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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #5285 on: January 30, 2017, 10:24:29 AM »
Some recent listens/highlights:

The Circular Ruins - Pathways

Very impressive epic double album, need to play it again soon. Lots of variety and little details.

https://dataobscura.bandcamp.com/album/pathways


Yeah, can't agree more!!! "Pathways" 2CD is a true masterwork, and deep listening sessions are still ahead, congrats, Anthony!!! And kudos to Dennis/Databloem too!!!  ;)

Richard


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« Reply #5286 on: January 30, 2017, 04:47:28 PM »
Sleep Research Facility - Deep Frieze (full abum)



This is one of the better Arctic Ambient albums out there.  Similar to Thomas Köner from the  Nuuk era.  A lot of the music in this sub genre tends to get a little carried away with the resonance knob.  This album is glacial and grey, but remains smooth.     

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« Reply #5287 on: January 30, 2017, 05:14:18 PM »

Legion - False Dawn 20th Anniversary 2xCD

Haven't played this in awhile, forgot how good this is.

https://zoharum.bandcamp.com/album/false-dawn-20th-anniversary-expanded-edition


I have Legion - Die Datenschleuder on CD.  The jacket is printed on vellum.  I'm guessing he didn't sell many.  Still sounds good 20 years later.  Post industrial apocalyptic dark ambient with death of robots theme.



https://lagowski.bandcamp.com/album/die-datenschleuder

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« Reply #5288 on: January 30, 2017, 05:27:45 PM »
Bernard Parmegiani - De Natura Sonorum (1975)



Avant Garde electronic masterpiece.  Better than average sound quality for a YouTube. 

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« Reply #5289 on: January 30, 2017, 06:34:49 PM »
A Positive Life - Pleidean Communication

http://waveformrecords.com/twoad/pleidean_communication.mp3

The link goes straight to an embedded MP3 player.  Good quality stream at 128k because it isn't hosted at Soundcloud.   :P

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« Reply #5290 on: January 31, 2017, 08:07:08 AM »
Jon Anderson - Olias of Sunhillow LP , wonderful .



Steve Joliffe - Journeys Out Of the Body
Mick Chillage - Exulansis , almost 4 hours of absolutely epic ambient mastery . Just checking this out for the second time on Bandcamp . Urgent , if not immediate , acquisition required.

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #5291 on: January 31, 2017, 10:00:27 AM »
Some recent listens/highlights:

The Circular Ruins - Pathways

Very impressive epic double album, need to play it again soon. Lots of variety and little details.

https://dataobscura.bandcamp.com/album/pathways

Yeah, can't agree more!!! "Pathways" 2CD is a true masterwork, and deep listening sessions are still ahead, congrats, Anthony!!! And kudos to Dennis/Databloem too!!!  ;)

Richard

Many thanks, Richard !!!   :)
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« Reply #5292 on: January 31, 2017, 01:06:35 PM »
Yeah, I like that one too. I don't have the actual CD, just the FLAC from Bandcamp. Special packaging like that is always a nice touch. I need to check out some of his SETI albums that he's done over the last several years still.



Legion - False Dawn 20th Anniversary 2xCD

Haven't played this in awhile, forgot how good this is.

https://zoharum.bandcamp.com/album/false-dawn-20th-anniversary-expanded-edition


I have Legion - Die Datenschleuder on CD.  The jacket is printed on vellum.  I'm guessing he didn't sell many.  Still sounds good 20 years later.  Post industrial apocalyptic dark ambient with death of robots theme.

https://lagowski.bandcamp.com/album/die-datenschleuder


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« Reply #5293 on: January 31, 2017, 01:08:59 PM »
Bernard Parmegiani - De Natura Sonorum (1975)

Avant Garde electronic masterpiece.  Better than average sound quality for a YouTube.

Recollection GRM reissued that on 2xLP. I think you can get the digital version from Bandcamp. I wish I had more Parmegiani stuff. I think I have one other one, also from GRM. Funny story: when I first got the DNS 2xLP I think I played it at 33rpm when it was supposed to be at 45. It sounded good at both speeds.

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Re: Currently listening, part 1
« Reply #5294 on: January 31, 2017, 01:10:39 PM »
Sleep Research Facility - Deep Frieze (full abum)


This one and a couple other SRF albums have been on my wishlist for awhile, just haven't gotten around to them. I liked the Dead Weather Machine albums he did on Manifold years ago. Very different from his other work though IIRC.

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« Reply #5295 on: January 31, 2017, 06:58:09 PM »

Recollection GRM reissued that on 2xLP. I think you can get the digital version from Bandcamp. I wish I had more Parmegiani stuff. I think I have one other one, also from GRM. Funny story: when I first got the DNS 2xLP I think I played it at 33rpm when it was supposed to be at 45. It sounded good at both speeds.


I've had that happen a few times.  Start playing a new record on the wrong speed and it still sounds good.  Sometimes they sound better at the "wrong" speed.

I have a few of Parmegianni's works.  DNS is my favorite.


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« Reply #5296 on: January 31, 2017, 07:04:32 PM »
Sleep Research Facility - Deep Frieze (full abum)


This one and a couple other SRF albums have been on my wishlist for awhile, just haven't gotten around to them. I liked the Dead Weather Machine albums he did on Manifold years ago. Very different from his other work though IIRC.

Stealth is another good SRF album.  Stealth and Deep Frieze are only $5 at Amazon for 60+ minutes of music each.  Last time I checked, he doesn't sell at Bandcamp.  Probably because of  Cold Spring not being there.

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« Reply #5297 on: January 31, 2017, 07:19:57 PM »

Stealth is another good SRF album.  Stealth and Deep Frieze are only $5 at Amazon for 60+ minutes of music each.  Last time I checked, he doesn't sell at Bandcamp.  Probably because of  Cold Spring not being there.

Yeah, I often see ambient albums cheap at Amazon's MP3 store. Problem is, I never buy mp3 releases. I want lossless or a physical CD. I'll get the CDs when I can. I never understood why Cold Spring isn't on BC. A lot of the labels they distribute are.

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« Reply #5298 on: January 31, 2017, 07:36:58 PM »

Yeah, I often see ambient albums cheap at Amazon's MP3 store. Problem is, I never buy mp3 releases. I want lossless or a physical CD. I'll get the CDs when I can. I never understood why Cold Spring isn't on BC. A lot of the labels they distribute are.

I don't have a problem with mp3's and refuse to buy a CD.  Of course, I prefer to buy a FLAC if it's available.   

I'm not trying to sell you on the legitimacy of cheap Amazon mp3s, but I've run numerous blind listening tests with several self proclaimed audiophiles (I'm not claiming you are a self proclaimed audiophile, not that there is anything wrong with it) and they can't reliably tell the difference between 256k mp3 and 16bit.

All the music I buy gets digitally manipulated to suit my preference anyway.  I can make it sound the way I want from anything that starts at 192k mp3 or better.  Sounds like crazy talk.  Maybe it is.   :)   

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« Reply #5299 on: January 31, 2017, 07:59:27 PM »

Yeah, I often see ambient albums cheap at Amazon's MP3 store. Problem is, I never buy mp3 releases. I want lossless or a physical CD. I'll get the CDs when I can. I never understood why Cold Spring isn't on BC. A lot of the labels they distribute are.

I don't have a problem with mp3's and refuse to buy a CD.  Of course, I prefer to buy a FLAC if it's available.   

I'm not trying to sell you on the legitimacy of cheap Amazon mp3s, but I've run numerous blind listening tests with several self proclaimed audiophiles (I'm not claiming you are a self proclaimed audiophile, not that there is anything wrong with it) and they can't reliably tell the difference between 256k mp3 and 16bit.

All the music I buy gets digitally manipulated to suit my preference anyway.  I can make it sound the way I want from anything that starts at 192k mp3 or better.  Sounds like crazy talk.  Maybe it is.   :)

I've seen studies that show people can't tell the difference and I still don't buy mp3. It's just a mental thing for me. I want the best quality I can get and want to choose how I encode to a lossy format if I feel like listening to a lossy format. Most times I don't even bother with lossy formats, except if it's a podcast or DJ mix or something. Even my phone is full of FLACs, mostly from Bandcamp or ripped from my personal CD collection. I use other lossless stores too, but have purchased more stuff off BC than anywhere else.

I've only gotten around to buying a lot on FLAC in the last couple years. I still prefer a physical CD or LP whenever I can get it. What drove me to start buying FLAC was the shrinkage of my music budget. A few years ago I would only buy FLAC if the CD or LP was out of print and expensive.

Re: audiophiles, I don't consider myself one, but I care about sound quality. My system is modest but I'm not listening to music over cheap earbuds and computer speakers either.