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Title: Best of 2013
Post by: drone on on November 02, 2013, 11:39:43 PM
Not anticipating much more in the way of last minute releases, I offer my favorite albums of 2013:

Ken Camden- Space Mirror (Kranky)
Steve Moore- Light Echoes (Cuneiform) Technically a 2012 release, but I didn't discover it until recently.
Bvdub/Loscil- Erebus (Glacial Movements)
ASC- Time Heals All (Silent Season)
Adam Michalak- Returning to Essence (Silent Season)
Segue- Pacifica (Silent Season)
Closing the Eternity- Superstring Paradigma (Infinite Fog)
Enh- Body of Blue (Gterma)
Hakobune- If it were to Fade (Gterma)
Ashtoreths Gate (Gterma)
Alexander Saykov- Mistral (Gterma)
Autumn of Communion 3 (txt)
Oophoi- I Hear the Woods Whispering (Practising Nature)
Oophoi- I Hear the Wind Singing (Practising Nature)
Steve Roach- Live Transmission (Projekt)
Aglaia- Centurion (Hic Sunt Leones)
Richard Formby- Sine (Preserved Sound)
Solar Fields- Origin #02 (Ultimae)
Title: Re: Best of 2013
Post by: drone on on November 02, 2013, 11:50:57 PM
Oops, I kept thinking this one was 2012:

Closing the Eternity & Mathias Grassow (Aquarellist). Probably my #1 release of the year.
Title: Re: Best of 2013
Post by: chris23 on November 03, 2013, 08:32:23 AM
Not anticipating much more in the way of last minute releases, I offer my favorite albums of 2013:

. . . as if millions of voices from artists with CDs still at the pressing plant suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced . . .
Title: Re: Best of 2013
Post by: drone on on November 03, 2013, 05:09:03 PM
Huh?  You know, I hope you are joking here dude because that kind of sarcasm is neither wanted nor appreciated.  If you got some bone to pick then PM me...
Title: Re: Best of 2013
Post by: chris23 on November 03, 2013, 06:44:39 PM
Huh?  You know, I hope you are joking here dude because that kind of sarcasm is neither wanted nor appreciated.  If you got some bone to pick then PM me...

No sarcasm; just a Star Wars reference that didn't play out well.  :'(

I'm still holding out hope for a few releases, like the one that has been posted as upcoming on Alio Die's webpage since the middle of the summer. The clips sound great.
Title: Re: Best of 2013
Post by: Poaalpina on November 03, 2013, 06:59:53 PM
drone on

I'm curious, according to info from publisher the very School of Physics and Astronomy of The University of Edinburgh ordered a copy of limited edition of CLOSING THE ETERNITY - Superstring Paradigma CD for their scientific(?) purposes.

I knew you'll like it.  :)
Title: Re: Best of 2013
Post by: drone on on November 04, 2013, 12:17:30 AM
Ha, that's interesting!  It could be a good soundtrack to the study of dark matter.  ;)
Title: Re: Best of 2013
Post by: Poaalpina on November 04, 2013, 12:53:26 AM
drone on
Don't stop and continue to explore Closing the Eternity's music. Next --  "Kosmodrones". CD-R release but one of my favorite and very cheap. Official distro. It's about 2.5 $. (http://www.abgurd.com/catalog/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=Closing+the+eternity&osCsid=06f9ddd4122fba74bb93870cf9db4f2e&x=0&y=0)

Quote
"Recorded in 1999-2002, but only now published for the first time, a full-length album authoritative Ural project. Three tracks, bound semantic interference with three poems Georgi Ivanov that remain after a "hysterical fit of an atomic / All spray in a blaze of blue." Black hum of space vacuum and ice shine monumental electronic melodies. "Only the yellow dawn, / Only Star icy / Only for millions of years." Color cover, disc with tape, three attachments with verses Ivanov. "
Title: Re: Best of 2013
Post by: drone on on November 04, 2013, 05:39:14 PM
I'd love to buy it but I don't read Russian.  ;D
Title: Re: Best of 2013
Post by: Poaalpina on November 04, 2013, 06:01:48 PM
Just PM me. We can work it out.  :)
Title: Re: Best of 2013
Post by: nuun on November 26, 2013, 02:07:11 PM
Max Corbacho - The ocean inside

What else ?  ;)


Title: Re: Best of 2013
Post by: Ekstasis on November 26, 2013, 02:41:11 PM
Max Corbacho - The ocean inside

What else ?  ;)

That is actually a really good one..

Title: Re: Best of 2013
Post by: drone on on November 26, 2013, 04:17:43 PM
To add to my list:

Radio Massacre International- The Clouds of Titan
Connect.ohm (Ultimae)
Stormloop- Arctic Conditions
Title: Re: Best of 2013
Post by: Ekstasis on November 26, 2013, 04:48:46 PM
To add to my list:

Radio Massacre International- The Clouds of Titan
Connect.ohm (Ultimae)
Stormloop- Arctic Conditions

Nice to see RMI spitting out relases again.. alot of albums in 2013.
Title: Re: Best of 2013
Post by: drone on on December 29, 2013, 02:06:34 AM
Any pending lists??? I like seeing if there's anything I missed this year.
Title: Re: Best of 2013
Post by: Ekstasis on December 29, 2013, 08:30:20 AM
I think 2013 has been a really bad music year... no 4.5 or 5 star releases  only some 4 stars for me..
Title: Re: Best of 2013
Post by: drone on on December 29, 2013, 11:54:18 AM
What are your four stars?
Title: Re: Best of 2013
Post by: Ekstasis on December 29, 2013, 12:05:06 PM
let me see.. Bear in mind I have not been listening to every album released in 2013..but I tend to follow those artists I already like..but also explore new artists..Also do they have to be released in 2013 ? cause some albums are released maybe 2011 or 2012




Title: Re: Best of 2013
Post by: APK on December 29, 2013, 03:30:50 PM
The thread is Best of 2013, so keeping it there would be good.
...........

I find with these Best Of things that so many people often forget that there are a ton of albums released and that the vast majority of listeners only hear a smallish subset of them, so their Best Of is simply their favourites of what they did hear. And if you have a bias towards a particular style of ambient then the subset can be much smaller. Which might be why someone thinks it has been a "bad year" if the particular style they like has been weak.

If I posted a Best Of list it would be a joke because I've only seriously heard (listened to more than once or twice) about 20 different albums all year.  Probably less than that.  :-\

Title: Re: Best of 2013
Post by: chris23 on December 29, 2013, 04:05:55 PM
With those caveats in mind, Anthony, what were some of the 2013 releases you enjoyed the most? And you're NOT allowed to list Lammergeyer!
Title: Re: Best of 2013
Post by: Joe R on December 29, 2013, 04:51:39 PM
I probably only bought 25 albums at most, but my favorite of the lot would be Virlyn- Man Asleep.
Title: Re: Best of 2013
Post by: Dave Michuda on December 30, 2013, 08:57:10 AM
This is the list of 25 favorites from 2013 that I posted on my mix blog.  As I said there, the list is a collection of ambient/electronic/instrumental music which is mostly ambient but also includes a few other styles.

1. The Seaman and The Tattered Sail - Light Folds
2. infinite_coil - transmit
3. Arve Henriksen - Places Of Worship
4. Esmerine - Dalmak
5. Moritz von Oswald & Nils Petter Molvaer - 1/1
6. Optical Frameworks - Little Piece Of Perseverance
7. Justin Walter - lullabies and nightmares
8. Jon Hopkins - Immunity
9. Boards of Canada - tomorrow's harvest
10. Marsen Jules Trio - Présence Acousmatique
11. Saffronkeira + Mario Massa - Cause and Effect
12. The Green Kingdom - Dustloops - Memory Fragments
13. Field Rotation - fatalist: The Repetition of History
14. Roedelius - Stunden
15. Marconi Union & Jah Wobble - Anomic
16. Tessellate Recordings - Earthtones
17. Deepchord - Electrostatic Soundfields
18. Maps and Diagrams - Timbre
19. Coppice Halifax - Inland By Night
20. Spheruleus - The Possibility Of Loss
21. Paris DJs Soundsystem - Rise of the Troubadour Warriors - tropical grooves & afrofunk international vol.3
22. Nobuto Suda - Transitoriness
23. CALIBRO 35 - said
24. Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument - Shemonmuanaye
25. Icebreaker & BJ Cole - Apollo

I'll try to post my list of favorite "normal" albums of the year over in Everything and Nothing.
Title: Re: Best of 2013
Post by: thirdsystem on December 31, 2013, 05:42:45 AM
Greetings to all on the last day of 2013.

Hope you don't mind me wading into this topic with my first ever post on here  ;)

2013


1) Die Welt ist Klang - Namlook Tribute (download) Release of the Millenium
2) The Angling Loser - Author Of The Twilight
3) Off Land - Tidewater Pulse
4) Miss Silencio and Dr Atmo - Hush
5) Autumn of Communion 2 and 3
6) Robert Rich - Morphology
7) Ian Boddy - Liverdelphia
8] Within Reason - Transient Broadcasts
9) Arcane - A Tale Of Unease (late dec 2012 purchased 2013 )

From lads on the EMportal;

1) Steve Palmer - Winter Solstice
2) Michael Bruckner - Naura
3) Phrozenlight - Triple Sided Triangle

still a couple to get so could be further additions in the above category.

Re - Issue;

Northaunt - barren land

Compilation; with new tracks also

Tangerine Dream Booster VI - Which is absolutely brilliant btw .




Still evaluating;

Picture Palace Music - Remnants, Loom - Tree Hates the Forest, TD - The Castle, but more than likely will sneak into my top 10   ;)



All the best for 2014.
Title: Re: Best of 2013
Post by: dreamin4ever on December 31, 2013, 12:17:29 PM
Loom - the Tree Hates the Forest

Tangerine Dream - the Castle

picture palace Music - Remnants

Steve Roach - all 2013 releases.

Tangerine Dream - Booster VI
Title: Re: Best of 2013
Post by: chris23 on January 01, 2014, 10:22:47 AM
If I had to flee the country without much notice, these would be the three 2013 releases I would take with me:

1. ASC - Time Heals All (Silent Season)
2. The Seaman and the Tattered Sail - Light Folds (Facture)
3. Ashes of Piemonte - Datura Notes (Twice Removed)

Here are some other 2013 releases (or Dec 2012 releases) that I thought were great. In some cases I liked them because, well, they conformed well to the prototype of the kind of ambient music I enjoy. In other cases I liked them because they challenged that prototype just a little bit, forcing me to listen more deeply.

Billow Observatory - Billow Observatory (Felte)
Aglaia - Hymns (Hic Sunt Leones) (prob not just a recency effect)
Ithaca Trio - Music for Piano & Patience (Home Normal) (probably a recency effect; will have to see how well it holds up)
Resonant Drift - Full Circle (Flow Space Music/FloBob Music)
The Angling Loser - Author of the Twilight (Time Released Sound)
Viryln - Man Asleep (ETALABEL)
Martin Fuhs - Grauton (self-released; digital only)
Orla Wren - Book of the Folded Forest (Home Normal)
Antonymes - There Can Be No Beauty Without Decay (Hibernate)

Title: Re: Best of 2013
Post by: jdh on January 01, 2014, 03:03:11 PM
I purchased this year mostly downloads (lossless) and a few CDs.I do tend to listen for music that is similar to my past likes but that has a slightly new feel to it.

Deepchord-Electrostatic Soundfields
Blamstrain-Sunday Dub Live
Material Object-Indiana Drones/Ambient Mix 4
Ashtoreth's Gate-Shadow of the Bowman
Steve Hillage-Dreamtime Submersibles
BOC-Reach for the dead
Variant-Thru the Cosmos
The Angling Loser-Author of the Twilight
Title: Re: Best of 2013
Post by: drone on on January 01, 2014, 03:12:38 PM
Thanks everyody for these lists.  Interesting stuff!  Lots of googling today for some of this music I missed...

I just listened to the Namlook tribute online last night and the tracks by former Fax contributors (Laswell, Hawtin, Rother, Dr. Atmo, etc.) are stunning.  I'm told the CD box set will be out end of January.  Hence, didn't include it on my list for 2013, but I'm sure it'll be there next year.  Also found out Ear-Rational, FAx's US distributor, has been releasing some CD's that were intended for Fax before Peter's untimely death.  Label is called Carpe Sonum.  So far they put out Indiana Drones by Material Object & Phonaut, and upcoming is a new Mick Chillage album called Saudade. 
Title: Re: Best of 2013
Post by: drone on on January 01, 2014, 03:17:59 PM
Oh yeah, and I missed a very limited edition Move D album called "The Silent Orbiter" CD that was dedicated to Namlook.   LOVE David Moufang.  Damn!
Title: Re: Best of 2013
Post by: judd stephens on January 01, 2014, 09:01:28 PM

Steve Hillage-Dreamtime Submersibles


It is that a new album, or is that Hilllage's and Evan Marc's "Dreamtime Submersible", that was actually from 2008?  Just curious because if it's something new I'd love a sequel or any new material- the album I'm thinking of is excellent.   
Title: Re: Best of 2013
Post by: thirdsystem on January 02, 2014, 09:57:23 AM
Oh yeah, and I missed a very limited edition Move D album called "The Silent Orbiter" CD that was dedicated to Namlook.   LOVE David Moufang.  Damn!

Really looking forward to that one from the  ...txt label. Also on ...txt,  waiting on the new Nachtplank and LAN - Itallian Works. Missed out on Spacebound from Ishqmatics but that is due for a download release soon I believe.
Title: Re: Best of 2013
Post by: hjalmer on January 02, 2014, 11:02:15 AM
2013

riverun | new cartographies
seetyca & etheocles stevens | sulphur VII
circle of pines | tulpa raiser
frozen thoughts | calm before the storm
phragments | new kings and queens
cryobiosis | within ruins
oophoi & ran kirlian | the physics of heaven
abandonded asylum | endless path of loneliness
alphaxone | the curtain of silence
oophoi | i hear the woods whispering | r i p
ran kirlian | complex silence 38
optical frameworks | surrounded fog | thanks joe

thanks to all the artists       h
Title: Re: Best of 2013
Post by: Joe R on January 02, 2014, 03:19:17 PM
2013

riverun | new cartographies
seetyca & etheocles stevens | sulphur VII
circle of pines | tulpa raiser
frozen thoughts | calm before the storm
phragments | new kings and queens
cryobiosis | within ruins
oophoi & ran kirlian | the physics of heaven
abandonded asylum | endless path of loneliness
alphaxone | the curtain of silence
oophoi | i hear the woods whispering | r i p
ran kirlian | complex silence 38
optical frameworks | surrounded fog | thanks joe

thanks to all the artists       h

Glad you liked the Surrounded Fog album, hjalmer. That's one of my favorites this year.
Title: Re: Best of 2013
Post by: jdh on January 02, 2014, 08:22:12 PM
Judd,
That is the one,with Steve and Evan.New to me.It was just released now in 2013 in a lossless format so I got it.Love that Hillage guitar sound,was into him from Rainbow Dome onwards.
Title: Re: Best of 2013
Post by: drone on on January 03, 2014, 12:55:06 AM
I just bought Spacebound by Ishqamatics at Databloem.  If you want it I'd check to see if they still have it.
Title: Re: Best of 2013
Post by: drone on on January 03, 2014, 02:31:53 PM
BOARDS OF CANADA--Tomorrow's Harvest.  Absolutely brilliant album!!!  Adding this to my list.
Title: Re: Best of 2013
Post by: thirdsystem on January 04, 2014, 08:04:11 AM
BOARDS OF CANADA--Tomorrow's Harvest.  Absolutely brilliant album!!!  Adding this to my list.

Bought this on vinyl with a free download. Still haven't listened to this enough to do its quality justice. It is a great chunk of BOC which has been long awaited.

Will have to wait and get "spacebound" on download as massive music spend overload has been reached............well almost  ;)
Title: Re: Best of 2013
Post by: chris23 on December 27, 2014, 06:10:33 PM
/bump

This was fun to revisit. In retrospect, I would add Nacht Plank's Psychology of Religion and Understanding St. Catherine to my list. I don't think I heard this until 2014 and it stays in heavy rotation.