Currently listening, part 1

Started by mgriffin, December 06, 2007, 02:02:28 PM

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Listening to gamelan and persian. And Alio Die, one of the few who is still making really interesting new music.


I've been listening to this classic a few times over again: Global Communication - 76:14


I've been playing 76:14 a lot lately, after a few years of not as much.
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Mark Mushet

Quote from: mgriffin on May 23, 2011, 03:32:38 PM
I've been playing 76:14 a lot lately, after a few years of not as much.

Personally, I like the extended re-mix: 76:15

The Circular Ruins / Lammergeyer / Nunc Stans


There's also the often-covered ambient chestnut, 79'59".



Ott - Blumenkraft

dubby downtempo.

Dave Michuda

something new...
Jóhann Jóhannsson - The Miners' Hymns
Field Rotation - and tomorrow i will sleep

something old...
Synergy - Cords - I still have vinyl version somewhere in the basement.
Godley & Creme - Freeze Frame


Tangerine Dream - Live at the Tempodrone-Berlin


has been a while, way too many releases too mention but some i've been enjoying quite a bit :)

maps & diagrams - get lost
(this guy really got talent, beautiful sense for tone, timbre & melody)

jeff greinke - cities in fog
(greinke got a healthy revival here, awaiting his 'timbral planes' and 'ride' CDs to complete my collection on his)

steve roach & erik wollo - the road eternal
(the purple covers reflects the mood & sound nicely, track 5 is a real standout for me)

kammarheit - the starwheel
kammarheit - asleep & well hidden
(2 dark deep droney classic in the dark ambient genre, glad they got a re-issue!)

matt christensen - a cradle in the bowery
(a real grower from the Under The Spire label, lost romantic, bluesy decaying vocals, good one!)

simon whetham - prayers unheard
(has a rather obscured story behind  it.. though the CD is just excellent imo)

and many many more..

looking forward to;
4 new Hic Sunt Leones CDs (including 2 Alio Die's)
luigi turra - ki
kangding ray - OR
chris watson - cross-pollination


Synergy's 'Cords"''yes Dave, that's a good one!  Too bad there's really no such thing as a transparent CD (though I guess it would be a laser-mistracking nightmare).

My recent listening--
Genesis-Seconds Out (prog nostalgia--reminds of their great '77 tour for Wind & Wuthering)
Ashley/Roedelius/Story-Errata (very nice, quirky release; not surprisingly Cluster-like)
Adam Franklin & Bolts of Melody-I Could Sleep For A Thousand Years (former Swervedriver lead singer; some great crunchy songs on this one that remind me his old band)


Julian Ray

I've found old MIDI file of "Swan Lake" by Tchaikovsky and listening to it right now. When I was 5 or 7 I was listening to Swan Lake, performed by big symphonic orchestra and I was completely impressed by its beauty. I think this first experience of listening gave me the big love to melodic music :)


Steven Berkowitz - Floating Texture

For me this recalls the best of the "deep drift" music of Steve Roach.

Mark Mushet

coast / range / arc - loscil
As Pleat - FourColor
Emeralds - Robin Guthrie

A more static, steady state take on mountain ranges from loscil
Excellent mix of acoustic and subtle electronic micro bits from FourColor
More of the lovely same from Robin

Parallel Worlds

db - Analogue (great solo album from Dave Bessell of NODE)

Brian Bieniowski

I recently purchased Floating Whispers by Michael Stearns and have been listening to it pretty regularly.  What a lovely album.  Stearns made so much great music in the 80s.

In a similar vein, I also got the Imaginary Softwoods LP called Path of Spectrolite, which is neo-cosmic music by John Elliott of Emeralds.  Really beautiful music, all on vintage synths, I believe.

Joe R

Been listening a lot to Encomiast- Winter's End; a terrific disc, one of those that you forget for a few years, then you put it back on, and say WOW.  A strong sense of yearning and... abandonment? Isolation?


Recent plays

Alexander Scriabin - Prometheus, the Poem of Fire (
Listening to it every day. An incredible work with the most powerful ending I've ever heard in music. "Modern classical" music  from 1910. It's acquired taste and gets better with each listen.

Blood Box - Funeral in an Empty Room
Mindblowing album from this dark ambient maestro.

Lustmord - Songs of Gods and Demons
Veeery nice collection of pieces.


Kyle Bobby Dunn Ways of Meaning LP (Desire Path).  I think the subtitle here could be 'Selected Ambient (only) works from Selected Ambient Works II'.  Verry reminiscent of the Aphex classic minus the beats.  Not a criticism as countless artists have patterned themselves after RDJ - this one nails the ambient side and is well crafted and nostalgic.

Prefab Sprout Jordan : The Comeback.  Am pretty enamored w/ PS's 'Two Wheels Good' (or 'Steve McQueen' outside of the U.S.), so I wanted to investigate a bit more.  After reading the rapturous reviews, I was a bit let down by this.  The songwriting and lyricism are always the strong points with any PS track, but the early 90's synths (I love synths, these just sound dated) and campy tracks sprinkled throughout do not make up for the (mostly) strong song structures.

Motion Sickness of Time Travel - Seeping Through the Veil of Unconscious LP (Digitalis).  Vintage synths (sound great here...) gauzy ambience on Side 1, cinematic passages on Side 2.  Recommended for fans of Emeralds (the newer material) and all their infinite side-projects. 





Loscil :: Coast / Range / Arc  Bit of a change for Loscil. I find this much more drone based and visual, with a good heft to it as well. Nice.

Hugh Hopper :: Hopper Tunity Box  From the mid 70's, a classic bit of crazy jazz-fusion in the immortal Soft Machine style.
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