Currently listening, part 1

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SequenceC

Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works Volume II

Fantastic double album.

sleepy

Bill - The guy from SEB (Sleepbot Environmental Broadcast) mentioned the same thing about the Tron: Legacy soundtrack before the movie came out. I have given it several listens and have to agree. Great soundtrack!

Tonight at work I have been listening to more of the mixes over at  A Strangely Isolated Place. So much good stuff there!  :)

9dragons

Alio Die - Secret History of the Clouds
Northern - Drawn

Two album that flow like organic machines. Rolling so exquisitely, technological but embracing. A great late night of listening...

SAW II is also queued up in the stereo. An album whose glory never fades, and the memories of early listens are ingrained in the mind.

Joe R

Porn Sword Tobacco- Self Titled, Explains Freedom, and New Exclusive Olympic Heights. I downloaded these 3 discs from Boomkat in a fit of curiosity. I'm quite impressed with the self-titled one-- crackly and staticky drones with spare instrumentation (guitars and piano) poking through the fog. Very nice.

The other two are quite, ahh... eclectic. Being a master of a variety of styles is a great thing when you can pull it off, but too many of these tracks come across as bad jokes, failed experiments, or absurdity for the sake of absurdity. When it's good, it's very very good, but it happens far too infrequently on these other two discs--  maybe four tracks from each album were worth keeping.

SequenceC

Leonard Cohen - Songs of Love and Hate

Excellent album, love Leonard's first three albums.

Infraction

Just getting to :

Jan Bang- ...and poppies from Kandahar (Samadhisound). 
Superb.  Really evokes the fourth world ambience tag and has some contributions
from Hassell as well.  Not much else out there from Bang that I can see.

Jason Kahn & Asher - Vista (And/Oar).
Processed field recordings.  I am a fan of implementation of field recordings into
ambient - but admittedly, this didn't do much for me.  Samples of industrial hum from
Asher, Swiss nature takes from Kahn.  Blended together into a 47 minute atonal drone.

Billy Gomberg - Untitled (self-released). 
Recordings from Gomberg from '07 & '08.  This was sent as a demo a few years back
and I've always really enjoyed it.  Certainly a good fit in the 12k aesthetic - layered acoustic
sounds w/ some mild digital synthesis.


Infraction

Mono / World's End Girlfriend - Palmless Prayer : Mass Murder Refrain (Temporary Residence)
Discovered this one this weekend...stunning.  Like Godspeed You Black Emperor without the commentary
and the build-ups are a bit more restrained.  Post-rock and somber chamber music fused together
seamlessly.  Recommended.




Joe R

#2748
The Humble Bee- A Miscellany For The Quiet Hours; Wonderful music to wake up to. A mix of gentle piano, keyboard, synth loops, odd noises and crackle. Very warm and very charming.

The Fun Years- God Was Like, No. Very pleasant guitar and turntable drones, always morphing, but always moving at a calm, leisurely pace. These guys can do no wrong. I suggest that you buy all of their discs- they all follow the same formula, but they have enough differences to make them all worthwhile.

Also, in a fit of nostalgia, I listened to a hodge-podge of old Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe songs that I burned to CD.

spectral67

apne sinn- Espiritista. Very nice, warm Electronica/Ambient album.
Thom Brennan - Mist. Very good Deep Ambient.

Mark Mushet

Quote from: Infraction on March 19, 2011, 06:16:51 AM

Jan Bang- ...and poppies from Kandahar (Samadhisound). 
Superb.  Really evokes the fourth world ambience tag and has some contributions
from Hassell as well.  Not much else out there from Bang that I can see.

I've seen him live with Nils Petter Molvaer so the Hassell thread makes sense. Will check this one out!

np: Bordeaux by Budd & Guthrie - oddly it's taking awhile to click with this one.

Joe R

#2751
Anthony Kerby and Tomas Weiss- Distant Shadows; It's a keeper! Great slabs of drone drifting across the sky just like the clouds in the cover photo. Very ethereal and ponderous and solemn and (insert your own favorite adjective).

Hummingbird- Our Fearful Symmetry Remixes; actually quite similar in mood as Anthony's Distant Shadows. Every sound that had been crisp and clear in the original Fearful Symmetry has become shrouded and fragmented in a mysterious fog.  However, the mood never becomes too gloomy or menacing, despite ominous titles like "Blood On The Dance Floor".

Parallel Worlds

Quote from: SequenceC on March 16, 2011, 03:50:27 PM
Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works Volume II

Fantastic double album.
indeed.
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Joe R

Tonight:

Various tracks by The Boats and by The Remote Viewer. I had to cull most of the tracks, and burn a distilled version of their best stuff onto a CDR. I find much of their music to be a bit cheesy and "cute", but when it works for me, it works very well indeed--  glitchy, warm, and very engaging.

SequenceC

Listening to various early music on Last.fm radio

APK

Quote from: Joe R on March 27, 2011, 11:54:30 AM
Anthony Kerby and Tomas Weiss- Distant Shadows; It's a keeper! Great slabs of drone drifting across the sky just like the clouds in the cover photo. Very ethereal and ponderous and solemn and (insert your own favorite adjective).

Hummingbird- Our Fearful Symmetry Remixes; actually quite similar in mood as Anthony's Distant Shadows. Every sound that had been crisp and clear in the original Fearful Symmetry has become shrouded and fragmented in a mysterious fog.  However, the mood never becomes too gloomy or menacing, despite ominous titles like "Blood On The Dance Floor".

Very pleased to hear your thoughts on Distant Shadows, Joe. Thanks!

And interesting to hear about the Hummingbird Symmetry remixes. Will have to check that out.
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Joe R

I think I prefer the original Hummingbird to the reworked one. But it's hard to say until I get more accustomed to it.

Dave Michuda

36 - cocoon & saphron
Alio Die - the door of possibilities
Brad Smith - moon8 (dark side of hte moon 8bit)
The Rural Alberta Advantage - hometowns

Infraction

Adam Pacione - Delayed (Vols. 1 & 2).  Was starting to worry when Adam was MIA for a few months.  Received this batch (along w/ vols. 3/4 & 5/6) and am slowly working/listening my way through. 

Ranta/Lewis/Plank - Mu.  On Timo Van Luijk's (and co.) label Metaphon.  Fantastic packaging job w/ linen covered LP box, large booklet in 3 languages and this rare Krautrock artifact spread over 2 pieces of vinyl.  Conny Plank was involved in a lot of the Krautrock bands in the 70's from producing early Kraftwerk to being an unofficial member of Cluster w/ Eno.  This was an overnight recording from 1970 - all improv. featuring keyboards, prepared metal (indeed), percussion, drones, woodwinds and the ambient squawking of small German woodland creatures.  I've only listened to the first LP and it is quite solid and a great artifact to hear. 


APK

- Moody Blues :: On The Threshold of a Dream

1969 ... was a good year.
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