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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 03, 2008, 06:23:09 PM »
Move D. and Benjamin Brunn - Songs From the Beehive
this is fantastic!!!  like a techno album turned inside out.  slow developing ambient grooves that are perfect for a sunny day.  I really think some people here would enjoy this one.

Eluder - The Most Beautiful Blue
looking forward to giving this a late night listen.  thanks jason!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 09, 2008, 09:11:35 PM »
Dead Texan
I hadn't really given this a concentrated spin until a couple weeks back and now I'm addicted.  Listened to it three times today at work alone.  It's gotten to the point where I'm envisioning stories to go along with the pseudo soundtrack. 

One of my friends had built a Dream Machine (a Brion Gysin/William Burroughs contraption) and this was one of the cd's he had playing in the room back in the day.  Always takes me back.

Stephan Micus - Twilight Fields
Never got around to listening to him.  Most of his out of print (and more sought out) recordings are a bit expensive unfortunately.  I'm giving this one a chance and like it a lot so far.   

Hypnos Label Releases / Re: CD release: Sans Serif - Tones for LaMonte
« on: August 22, 2008, 08:33:14 PM »
We've sold a good number of these CDs and haven't heard a peep of response yet.  Anybody have any thoughts on this one?

Well, after picking up quite a few releases as of late, this one has been the most instantly rewarding.  It's pretty much had a monopoly on my stereo since I took it out the mailbox.

Dave Michuda's description earlier in this thread is pretty spot on, but I'll try to add a little of my own praise on top.  I haven't heard a drone release in a long time that is so accessible for my ears and mind.  My use of accessible is not to be deemed as a cut down either!  The sound he has built is welcoming and fun to listen to.  Yet at the same time it is challenging and there are plenty of subtle shifts that gain my attention. 

Also, I really enjoy the cohesiveness on display here.  All the tracks fit together in the soundscape yet maintain their own aura about them.  There are no surprise noise tracks or periods of dissonance to break up the vibe presented.

Good work!!! 



Hypnos Label Releases / Re: CD release: Sans Serif - Tones for LaMonte
« on: August 18, 2008, 02:48:16 PM »
Really looking forward to this one!

I have a 60 mile a day's not the most pleasurable to begin with and am hoping to relocate closer to work soon.   My car fares around 31mpg (it's a Nissan Sentra) and I'm happy with that I suppose. 

Problem is that my girlfriend lives in the town I work in, so I'm driving more these days than I was before the prices spiked.  Nothing I can do about that!  I'm a sucker for a lady... ;D

And to top it off, my job is outside so I'm using company vehicles to boot.  So I've really become the enemy of the planet/friend of the oil men now!  But hey, I feel I'm a helpless passenger in a world of fixed prices.


There is possible to get these mix via MP3 download instead of streaming audio?

thanks again


there is a little link above the track titles.  Where it says "get it here"

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach, "Landmass"
« on: August 17, 2008, 04:26:44 PM »
Catch those furious crows cawing eight minutes into track two!! Epic...

For some reason that little touch sent me over the edge. 

Fantastic!  My plans for the evening just changed  :D

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Lustmord - Other
« on: August 17, 2008, 04:18:48 PM »
The disappointing reviews in this thread are enough to keep me away from this at least for a while.  There's a lot of music out there to hear.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 28, 2008, 02:44:33 PM »
OM - Pilgrimage

followed by

Seefeel - Quique

and maybe

Experimental Audio Research - Beyond the Pale

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach, "Landmass"
« on: July 28, 2008, 02:41:07 PM »
Any further thoughts on this album?

All I can say at this point is that I really love the way the album progresses.  There are many movements in the piece and they work together nicely. 

I had a deep listen last night and I was flying above a native earth in sunny skies.  All in my mind's eye of course, not literally.  :D  He has combined elements of Mystic Chords and On This Planet (maybe) with the Empetus/Arc of Passion template.  The rhythmic arpeggios are understated for once and don't overwhelm the substance of the work with repetition.  A refreshing listen, and I'm looking forward to hearing it many more times!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 27, 2008, 06:52:18 PM »
mwvm - rotations - Any Stars of the Lid fans will like this record.  Just a bit darker & more dissonant than recent SOTL.  Excellent recording.

I completely love this release.  Very cold and celestial, gives me visions of being isolated on a space station (Solaris anyone?).  Highly recommended! 

Anyway, I'm streaming a live set he did, up here

and follow the link for a remix of the album that he posted up for download

Everything and Nothing / Re: The Dark Knight
« on: July 24, 2008, 09:04:56 AM »
I went to a 11:45 showing and there weren't very many people there.  So if you don't want to be crowded maybe try for a matinee on this one.

I enjoyed the film.  Without a doubt Ledger was incredible.  And without posthumous interpretation of his role.  From what I remember Nicholson's joker played to the comical role of the joker.  Ledger's Joker raised the psychotic to grandiose heights.  He made a very unbelievable comic book character realistic.

Anyway, the storyline toward the end got very convoluted in my opinion.  There was too much going on with the Batman/Police conflict to the Swat Team and Two Face Henry, etc. 

Overall though I had a lot of fun at this one.  Maybe I'll sneak out to see Hellboy this evening too  8)

Oh thanks!  I wasn't sure if it was the appropriate area actually.  My fault

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 24, 2008, 08:54:22 AM »
I finally have a day off during the week.  I've been working 6 days a week for almost 3 months and I'm so burnt out from it, not to mention the "Pitchfork Festival" was this past weekend.

So I'm going to lay in my bed and catch up to some of the music that need deeper listens
Steve Roach - Landmass
Andrew Duetsch - The Sun
Francisco Lopez - Wind
Eno/Moebius et al - Begegnungen

The good old days when I would just sit and listen to an album straight through have dwindled since I left college.  Time to turn off my cell phone and tune out...

Good sites that write about ambient music are a bit hard to find...

I've always enjoyed the guys taste on this blog, Mapsadaisical
He gives some interesting reviews and has a short mp3 clip or two of the album being discussed.

This one though is very well written and enjoyable too

Point me in the right direction to acquire more along the same lines as those above, or plug your own as well if you dare


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Darkest Ambient
« on: July 22, 2008, 02:45:52 AM »
This is a good thread idea.  I'll give that Cyclic Law label a look and am ready to hear more suggestions as well.  I don't believe I have much "dark ambient" as far as I can tell.  Although some of the music I have probably would skirt upon the genre. 

Although I do like Heresy and Stalker by Lustmord.  Would Magnificent Void be considered Dark Ambient? 

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 22, 2008, 02:37:29 AM »
Tangerine Dream - Stratosfear

Why did no one tell me of this group before? It took me years to get to them! At least I have something new to love...

Their first 6 releases are essential listening imo.  You should definitely at least hear Phaedra to compare their early period against music like Stratosfear.  I have a hard time getting into much of their later work so I'm biased (beside Green Desert, Exit and a few others).  Be aware, if you choose to listen further, that the main contributor remastered some of their music.  He overdubbed new sounds over the old recordings.  A lot of fans like the older versions of the albums a lot more, so you might want to search those editions out! 

This should be it's own thread really

Also they did just put out a new album, called Booster and it isn't bad!

Last night:
Francisco Lopez - Wind
I was very tired and just put this on in the background to fall asleep with.  It did the trick!  Looking forward to giving it a more concentrated listen in the future.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 19, 2008, 07:52:02 PM »
Another one is Andrew Deutsch, The Sun, imo one of the most exquisite drone cd's there is..
I'm fairly new to the and/OAR label.  Anyone have any other favorites on their roster?  I'm thinking of also picking up Wind by Francisco Lopez. 

Get that disc from Yui Onodera. He is a true gem.

I ordered a copy of The Sun and the Lopez disc as well.  Onodera is on my list (I have to pace myself!)  but I do say that their prices are reasonable.  $10 ppd is a rarity nowadays

But if anyone has any suggestions about their roster I'm open to hear about it.   Or maybe I should just start a thread about the label instead of hijacking here.

Portishead - Third

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach, "Landmass"
« on: July 19, 2008, 07:48:41 PM »
haha someone's enthused, that's what I like to hear

I just ordered this along with a copy of Quiet Music and Streams and Currents.

I'm excited for sure

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