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Broken Summer

This is a set I played live a couple of years ago now when summer seemed to break in two and in the middle of August when it should have been 35 celcius it was closer to 10. This year in Japan it is also unseasonally cold and I dusted off the old mix and put it up for streaming or download at Percussion Lab. It's atmospheric IDM and ambient.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 04, 2010, 10:14:06 PM »
This morning's listening

Nunc Stans - Meridian
Off The Sky - The Geist Cycles
Yasume - Where We Are From The Birds Sing A Pretty Song

Everything and Nothing / Re: Questions for artists and labels re: Piracy
« on: February 28, 2010, 07:39:34 AM »
Well. I am not an artist or a label so I am not sure how much you want my comments on piracy/downloading but here you are anyway.

There is way too much music out there in every genre and like Theodore Sturgeon said 90% of everything is crud! An I believe it, 90% of ambient is bland uninspired shite and as a listener and music buyer it can be very difficult sifting through all this shite to find the gems. What I have ended up doing is finding a few record labels that I really like and through which most of the releases I think are good (you know, a label you can trust) and buying most of their releases. Artists releasing on these labels often release on other labels too and my stock of labels I trust grows. Sometimes those other labels don't pan out and I don't like what I have bought, but quite often I do like them and I have to spread my money a little thinner.

Also sometimes these labels have their own webshops and sell other labels releases too, the label owner (who's taste I like) recommends what he likes so there is often a good chance that I will like it too.

So doing this I can quite easily avoid most of the 90% I probably wont like. Sure I may be missing out on the best album I have never heard but hey, it would be impossible to try to listen to everything.

Also I find it very hard to appreciate anything that I have downloaded. As for me, most of my favourite music grows over time and when I first listen to it I don't really like it. If I had downloaded it I would either delete or just not be tempted to listen to it again. When I have bought something I don't wish to have wasted my money so I give it more chances to impress and quite often it does. It is the same with music I have been given for free, I have so much music that I have paid for that I feel like I should be listening to that because hey, I paid for it.

I think I used the word "hey" too much in this post.

On Sunday I played live at Sirocco in Fujisawa and on Saturday I was in a really weird mood and hauled a load of discs I really wanted to listen to then haphazardly played the following set. It turned out a lot better than I was expecting on the day. Click the picture to go to the download page!

1. Vangelis - Tears In Rain
2. James Murray - Nautilus
3. Biosphere - Kobresia
4. Cell - Universal Sunrise
5. Subheim - Away
6. James Murray - Where Edges Meet
7. Kwook - Calling All Stations 2
8. Yasume - Rengoku (Condensed)
9. Saul Stokes - Camera Clicks
10. Off The Sky - Waltzing The White Light
11. Nunc Stans - Shadowland
12. Shades Of Orion - Did You Ever Retire A Human...
13. Dreamfish - Hymn

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 15, 2010, 08:14:42 AM »
Today's listening

Juno Reactor - Luciana
I really like this track, I get the feeling of being on a train labouring up a mountain passing failed civilisations before finally transcending into darkness.

Spielerei & Mantacoup - Wichman & Other Pieces
Some nice ambient here, smattering of beats, interesting rhythms and melodic lines.

Mathias Grassow & Jiri Mazanek - Inner Path
A really spacey atmosphere created by earthy sounds. I get the feeling of watching the formation of a distant star system from the comfort of a warm field.

Robert Davies - Gallery Of Spirits
Some great moody ambient here, a little darker than his previous albums (or those I own anyway) and very descriptive.

Brian Eno - Music For Airports
Never quite understood what people see in this album. I gave it another try to see what I was missing but I just don't see it as anything other than the background muzak it was designed as.

Klaus Schulze - Mirage
Much better ambient classic. Listened to the re-release on Revisted records with the bonus track which I really like and sounds almost religious to me.

Brock Van Wey - White Clouds Go On And On
Some very lush warm ambient perfect for letting me drift off into a lucid dream. :)

Where Dreams Fall now available for streaming at Percussion Lab

The fourth in my Poetry series

Where dreams fall

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 31, 2010, 07:46:27 PM »
Vidna Obmana - The Trilogy  I bought this boxed set years ago based on a review I read. I listened to it once and it didn't really do anything for me. I put it away and almost sold it when I heard what they were selling for awhile back. I decided to listen to it again today on a whim. What an amazing piece of music! I've listened to it twice today and I'm sure I'll hear it again tomorrow! It's funny how pieces of music don't always click with us and then at another time totally capture us.

Indeed, in fact I think most of my long term favourites were that way. I didn't really like them at first but after shelving them and coming back at a later date I loved them so much. A lot of the music that impresses me straight away does not stay with my very long.


Viridian Sun - Infinite In All Directions :)

3 years ago I was incredibly lazy and made a 3 hour mix with only 6 tracks. I called it ambiental despite the heacy psychill conotations there. Last year I completed ambiental 2 with a much more ambient feel and a few days ago came ambiental the third once again with a much more ambient feel to it.

For anyone interested in some really long tracks making up a really long mix, check it out...

In Early 2009 I recorded Ambiental 2

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1. Move D & Pete Namlook - Sea Of Holes
2. Tom Heasley - Solitude
3. Elemental Journey - Air
4. Juno Reactor - Luciana
5. Mathias Grassow & Jiří Mazánek - Inner Path Part II
6. Lustmord - Aldebran Of The Hyades

While a few days ago I recorded Ambiental the Third (if we follow a blackadder theme the next one will go forth :P)

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1. Steve Brand & Ishq - Nature Is Sung
2. Klaus Schulze - Velvet Voyage
3. Spielerei & Mantacoup - Wichman
4. Pete Namlook & Tetsu Inoue - Free and Flowers
5. Mathias Grassow & Jim Cole - Cathedral Dome
6. Viridian Sun - Nervous Eclipse
7. Nunc Stans - Palm At The End Of The Mind

both around 3 and a half hours long but this is great involved tracks that do not bore  B)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 14, 2010, 08:00:55 AM »
Good to see that first Nunc Stans getting some play, Abasio. Thanks

I am a big fan of the Nunc Stans releases I own. Palm At The End Of The Mind was one of my favourite ambient albums of the last decade & I even bought a Steven Wallace book to see what inspired it :)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 13, 2010, 08:02:48 AM »
Nunc Stans - Night Vision

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 12, 2010, 09:27:31 AM »
Nostalgia - House On The Borderland

Now Playing / Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
« on: January 09, 2010, 06:39:15 AM »
Albums that I have listened to time and time again and never got tired off  :)

Global Communication - 76:14 I feel like I am trapped on a recently deserted island
Enigma - Le Roi Est Mort, Vive Le Roi! Not ambient per say but a really nice relaxed world album
Dreamfish - Dreamfish Hymn floors me every time. For a track that is close to 30 minutes and I am still wanting more when it ends is something else.
Ishq - Orchid (The Dakini 2CD version) Beautiful natural ambient for a summers day
Atrium Carceri - Seishinbyouin Dark ambient set in a Japanese mental hospital
The Infinity Project - Mystical Experiences Spacey psy-ambient but still great
Solar Fields - Extended Really cold beautiful atmospheres
The Circular Ruins - The Alchemy Concert I am pleasantly surprised every time I put it on. I can never remember anything except that I love it and therefore it is always new.
False Mirror - Chronostatic Scenes Dark, wet lovliness
Krill.Minima - Nautica My perfect by the ocean album
Cymphonic - Strataradialis Some really nice descriptive tracks
Gus Till - Aquana Vol.1 - Stillness Something even my girlfriend likes. Really really lush natural sounds
Juno Reactor - Luciana Just one long dark ambient track, revisits itself and really has time to discover its inner reaches
Nunc Stans - The Palm At The End Of The Mind Puts me in mind of bleak grey countryside
Colourform - Visions Of Surya Like veing inside an alien on acid's head without anything banging away
Shaolin Wooden Men - A Binary Input To Flesh Antenna Great weirdness
The Circular Ruins - Falling Into The Sky Especially Immer Du, this album just has wonderful soundscapes
Ishvara - Magik Square of the Sun Like colourform but more mehanical
Spielerei & Mantacoup - Cold War Like a nuclear winter put on the soundwaves
Tetsu Inoue - Ambiant Otaku Great sparkly space ambient

And a few compilations too
The Mystery Of The Yeti (TIP Records) A nice themed album showing the ambient side of psy-trance producers quite well
The Mystery Of The Yeti Part 2 (TIP Records) An even better follow up.
Collection 1: Opening (Databloem) My favourite spacey ambient comp
Oxycanta (Ultimae Records) Some lush ambient tunes with some psy/natural/spacey elements

This is the latest in my Poetry series, the music is good even if the poetry is rubbish  :lol:

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Hypnos Label Releases / Re: CD release: Sense Project - The Sublime (2cdr)
« on: December 19, 2009, 08:50:53 AM »
I've enjoyed these discs a lot over the last year. Very nice atmospheres indeed :D

All sounds very interesting  8) and no public link to increase my interest more. Ice ay?

Ice, ice, ice.....Cream? Oh god I have been with my GF too long if that's the best I can do. I am sure when I was younger I would have thought of other words like frozen, bleak, melt, black or thin or some other images like siberian rivers, fossils encased in ice or even a frozen lake with kids skating on it. But no, now the first image is ice-cream  :(

for Berlin I for some reason think of Munich  ???

The second in my Poetry series.

It's always too late

My dream would be to release a book of my favourite photographs with poetry I have written to go with them. Unfortunately my poetry sucks and is something just for me so it'll probably never happen. Still, a project is something to keep the mind active.

As you might see, I've been including a lot of stuff released on databloem/dataObscura. I find the music quiet poetic in itself. I was wondering what other labels/artists/releases there are that match style and quality of these guys? I have some stuff on hypnos that is great but there is so much more to choose from and I can't download as I'd never get into the music.

Thanks  :)

I added podcast to the title. Never been sure what a podcast is to be honest though  :o

Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: abasio live
« on: December 12, 2009, 07:47:38 AM »

This is an ambient mix I made around a poem I wrote. Everything is included in the picture above. Click on it for the mix  

Now Playing / Re: the ultimate 'ambient'?
« on: May 05, 2009, 06:38:02 AM »
I do like a little bit of this kind of music. Cheers :)

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