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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 20, 2016, 04:57:24 PM »
Steve Roach/vidna obmana - Well Of Souls --A classic revisited. This is easily one of my top five ambient albums.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 08, 2016, 03:30:59 PM »
Ryuichi Sakamoto and Taylor Deupree- Disappearance. This is somewhat of a departure for Deupree, in that some tracks have a kind of edge to them, and one track in particular, ("Ghost Road") is even a little eerie. Still slow paced though, with well-placed piano/keyboard notes and Taylor's classic microsound design. I love this disc.

Sounds mighty fine, Anthony. I'm ordering it now.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 10, 2016, 07:31:18 AM »
VirLyn - Arctic Radio -- this was a tough nut to crack for me, but now that I've heard it several times, I really love it. Cello, synth and violin ambient. Great stuff!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 02, 2016, 05:34:52 PM »
Sorry to hear about the latest Fluid Audio, chris23.  I've found them to be a bit hit and miss, though their packaging is exceptional.  I ejjoyed their release of From The Mouth of the Sun's Into The Well, though the elaborate package includes no credits!

I didn't know about the new From The Mouth Of The Sun until I read these posts. I bought the download, because there are no physical copies left. This is fantastic stuff! -- just as great as the first one. Thanks for the info on this...

Another winner from Anthony... so many mysterious micro-sounds going on underneath the foggy drones. I found headphones to be a must for this one.

Anyone who's into Anthony's music should look into this new project. This is very fluid, diffuse, relaxing stuff, with hints of glitch (gasp!). Very enjoyable!

Great, I appreciate that  8)

I'm going to have to check out your new project as well.

It sounds great - send me a copy!

Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: David Bowie 1947 - 2016
« on: January 11, 2016, 07:53:06 PM »
I am shocked, I didn't know he was sick. He will be missed! Tonight I played both albums that I love the best - Ziggy Stardust, and The Man Who Sold The World.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 11, 2015, 06:19:47 PM »
I just read the Harold Budd thread... interesting. By coincidence, I've been listening to The Room quite a bit lately. Pure magic! And to a lesser extent, Avalon Sutra, which is nice too.

I've read good things about Abandoned Cities -- does anyone have this one?

Origins and Artifacts are great, but for me there is no greater tribal ambient than the first disc of Well Of Souls. Fantastic... that disc is tribal, ambient, and Twilight Zone-ish all at the same time.

I miss the earlier Steve Roach music...

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich - Filaments
« on: April 08, 2015, 04:25:27 PM »
Yeah, I imagine this is a fine line for musicians as well. You don't want to repeat yourself, yet you strive for your own signature sound as well.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich - Filaments
« on: April 07, 2015, 05:43:01 PM »
It just occurred to me that I'm complaining about both sides of the coin-- some musicians changed too much, while others changed too too little. It's probably more accurate to say that I've simply lost touch with certain musicians that I used to love.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich - Filaments
« on: April 07, 2015, 05:12:36 PM »
I know what you mean- some artists who I really loved continued to "evolve" until they lost me completely. In a way, it was admirable, I suppose, that they followed their muses so passionately, but on the other hand, if you lose half of your audience while doing so, is that a constructive approach? (Some would argue "yes"). 

For instance, I was passionate about Dirk Serrie's Vidna Obmana project, but his other projects after that left me completely flat.

I'm not arguing that Steve Roach is not talented; it's just that for me, his new releases, in spite of great variety from album to album, all seem very derivative of previous albums.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich - Filaments
« on: April 07, 2015, 10:26:31 AM »
By the way, does anyone have  Seven Veils? What are your thoughts on this one?

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 07, 2015, 07:25:02 AM »
Hessien- Their first untitled EP, and Skurjn, their second EP. Airy and floaty guitar and synth based ambient, some of the most relaxing music I've ever heard.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich - Filaments
« on: April 07, 2015, 07:19:18 AM »
The last Robert Rich album I really loved was Echo Of Small Things, but after that, his releases had a strange lack of passion and inspiration for me. But maybe it's just me who has changed...

I have the same problem with Steve Roach these days. It seems to me he's just churning out the same uninspired themes over and over again, with minor changes, as though he's run out of original ideas... which seems inevitable, given the amazing number of albums he's released. Anyone else feel this way?

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 21, 2015, 07:18:52 PM »
Christopher Hipgrave- Slow, with Pages Of Fluttering Interference- beautiful, calming, keyboard ambiance, with patches of glitch and hiss. Nothing groundbreaking here, just a wonderful, well-constructed ambient experience. Highly recommended.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 16, 2015, 07:04:20 PM »
Recent spins:

Offthesky & Pleq - A Thousand Fields
Pretty neat experimental ambient from two of the most creative forces in that niche. Very dark, lonely, desolate tracks, featuring the sounds of broken machines, wistful violins, and some dramatic cinematic overtures. This wasn't the masterpiece I was hoping for, but it is a great album nonetheless and well worth a careful listening. Beautiful packaging from Infraction.
Buy/Stream: (I'm partial to the 4th track.)

I'm glad you suggested this, Chris! I was intrigued by your description so I bought the download, and I'm glad I did. It definitely defies all of the conventions of "ordinary" ambient, and it really took me down some unfamiliar paths. I really love that last 14 minute track... the title escapes me right now.

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