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Our 50th DataObscura release - now available:

 

Jacob Newman and Devin Underwood :: The Vivid Unmapped

Fresh, free-flowing dreamscapes in a minimal contemporary style ...
immersive drones laced with field recordings, creative electronics and piano.

It's a delight !

Here are samples of the first 4 tracks :

- Early
- Upon Awakening
- Unconscious Movement
- Tracing Memory

Samples from all tracks are at the link below.
And the full first track can be heard on the DataObscura Radio page Here

Available on disk or as a download : The Vivid Unmapped at DataObscura


Thanks for checking it out.
Comments and questions welcomed.

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Re: New : THE VIVID UNMAPPED by Jacob Newman and Devin Underwood
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2011, 07:57:18 AM »
Wow - congratulations on 50 releases!  I've reposted this over on rM as well.   
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Re: New : THE VIVID UNMAPPED by Jacob Newman and Devin Underwood
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2011, 08:20:02 AM »
Greatly appreciated, John. Thanks !
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Re: New : THE VIVID UNMAPPED by Jacob Newman and Devin Underwood
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2011, 07:19:01 PM »
APK, congrats again.

You probably can guess my request: please consider adding lossless files of some sort as a download option.  I hate to think about MP3s being played on a nice system, especially with all the sonic nuances of ambient music.

Thanks.  Jim.

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Re: New : THE VIVID UNMAPPED by Jacob Newman and Devin Underwood
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2011, 12:51:02 PM »
Thanks Jim.

Though, "I hate to think about MP3s being played on a nice system" is a bit strong for me. I personally can't hear the difference between a good 320kbs mp3 and the wave file it was made from.

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Re: New : THE VIVID UNMAPPED by Jacob Newman and Devin Underwood
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2011, 02:23:29 PM »
Congrats on 50 releases!  8)
Never regret money spent on old books, old dogs or old friends.

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Re: New : THE VIVID UNMAPPED by Jacob Newman and Devin Underwood
« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2011, 03:20:02 PM »
That figures...after dropping a bunch of coin already today on a wide assortment of stuff, I hear about a new Dataobscura release... ;)

In any event, just ordered it, along with a Lammergeyer CD I seem to have missed.

Congrats on #50 - definitely a milestone...keep it up!
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Re: New : THE VIVID UNMAPPED by Jacob Newman and Devin Underwood
« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2011, 07:46:20 AM »
I really enjoyed this album - I'll be doing some type of mini-review in the near future after I've absorbed it several more times.    As a bonus - I'm really loving APK's The Circular Ruins - Invisible Cities as well which I picked up with this album. 

APK has consistently released consistently great music on a consistently consistent basis.   Artwork, website, packaging - it all comes together so well with APK.   He's consistently awesome.

Consistently yours,

John
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Re: New : THE VIVID UNMAPPED by Jacob Newman and Devin Underwood
« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2011, 06:57:39 PM »
Thanks John  ;D
And  Harry and Darren.
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Re: New : THE VIVID UNMAPPED by Jacob Newman and Devin Underwood
« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2011, 07:11:18 PM »
• Several of the artists of whom I have multiple discs have begun to sound "the same" to my discriminating ears … and marquee artists who I fawned over in the past just don't "do" it for me, musically anymore; as a result -
• Newman & Underwood have a fresh sound yet still manage to plumb the depths of true ambient.
• It's minimal … yet loaded with multiple layers of subtle treatments & textures, which bear out repeated listenings.
• It's "thinking man's music", ambient and as interesting as it is ignorable (shout outs to Brian Eno).
Highly recommended!

Gene Bulmer - Ambient landscapes
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Re: New : THE VIVID UNMAPPED by Jacob Newman and Devin Underwood
« Reply #10 on: June 09, 2011, 01:59:34 PM »
I ordered this as well. The sound samples are terrific!

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Re: New : THE VIVID UNMAPPED by Jacob Newman and Devin Underwood
« Reply #11 on: June 10, 2011, 01:08:34 PM »
 I'm really loving this album - giving it another spin now.
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Re: New : THE VIVID UNMAPPED by Jacob Newman and Devin Underwood
« Reply #12 on: August 22, 2011, 12:55:31 PM »
REVIEW by Rchard Gürtler

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Jacob Newman and Devin Underwood are brand new names on the DataObscura roster and unknown to me. When searching for additional infos on both these US based artists, I found several download only releases on Earth Mantra by Jacob Newman, while Devin Underwood is, except for his co-work with Marcus Fisher (one CDr), more known as one half of Drexon Field (two CDs plus a few downloads) and his own Specta Ciera project (CDr plus a few downloads). Okay, let's focus now on "The Vivid Unmapped". An initial look at the light plastic packaging brings a first positive surprise, the slightly improved DataObscura design now features also a back cover card, so on the inside, when opening the transparent case, a nice panoramic picture is revealed. That is always a bonus with this kind of music. Nice work, APK!!! Exploring the sonic part, Jacob and Devin provide a very fresh blend of ambient tunes precisely enriched by a large dose of natural sounds. These air waves are tranquilly floating, but on many occasions are spiced by fragile experiments and ventures, but always with a highly mesmerizing impact. The opening "Early" sounds like morning life on the shoreline, just like the insert picture. "Upon Awakening" is a more breathing, but serene and warm soundscape with another fitting track title carefully describing the atmosphere. This is a true winner!!! "Unconscious Movement" keeps its lively mood with some gentle piano tunes and high-tech sonic excursions and glitches. The next piece, "Tracing Memory", flows on a mechanical course, but it is more mysterious and also exotic due to some flute-like sounds. Absolutely magnificent piece of music I must say!!! "Memory Canyon" moves on a darker and slightly cinematic path, again finely colored by assorted sounds, noises, glitches and gloomy voices. The more I listen to these minimal, but richly colored sonics, the more I am impressed. "Lucid Reaction" sophisticatedly blends futuristic sonics with environmental and primordial sounds, voices, and bits of evocative piano tunes. The result is an incredibly colorful and tricky composition with a deeply submersible effect! I think "Motionless Transportation" doesn't need any further description, the title speaks for itself. Although probably the most experimental, eclectic and more massive composition, it is a kind of transcendental experience!!! "Her Gesture" keeps the tension from its predecessor, but later moves into more quiet territory, a really nice conclusion! "The Vivid Unmapped" is definitely a top quality release from this talented duo excelling at textural richness, elaborateness and distinctiveness!!! So I really look forward to future offerings of Jacob and Devin, and hope this is not their last joint release. And big thanks also to DataObscura for bringing us this thrilling ambience!!!

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Re: New : THE VIVID UNMAPPED by Jacob Newman and Devin Underwood
« Reply #13 on: September 30, 2011, 06:06:48 AM »
Chuck van Zyl / Star's End
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There is a part of us that is deeper than just our own thinking, a part
that keeps us connected to the rest of The Universe. THE VIVID UNMAPPED
(63'32") by Jacob Newman and Devin Underwood is quite representative of
Ambient Music's power to touch this part of us. THE VIVID UNMAPPED fully
embraces the ideas behind this most indistinct form of music. There are no
big beats, no climax, no narrative sense - this work seems in equal
measures natural and alien, and definitely alive. With their shapeless
collection of tonally diverse moments Newman and Underwood go deep into
music's relationship with space. Inharmonic forms interact to create sonic
fields out of this duo's perpetual and meticulous adjustment to sound. A
finely wrought sonic experience THE VIVID UNMAPPED makes a sharp departure
from realism as the opening section's field recordings overlaid with synth
moans and drones gives way to reverberant guitar and piano notes rising
above an expanse of swirling breathing timbres. The eight rich sonic
environments drift through the CD's span - with each movement bringing
another resonating impressionistic mood. Present in this work is a feeling
for poetic association as tones and forms hint at acoustic instruments as
well as natural sounds of the Earth itself. Through music technology
Newman and Underwood portray a tamed natural world, converting it into a
sphere that is responsive to their wishes - an extension of themselves.
The listener will notice the intelligence behind the moody atmospheres,
and realize how rare and beautiful it is to have an album grounded in
instinct.
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Re: New : THE VIVID UNMAPPED by Jacob Newman and Devin Underwood
« Reply #14 on: September 30, 2011, 10:06:16 AM »
Huh?? Oh, I guess Chuck liked it...