Moby has created some beautiful long-form ambient tracks, and offers them in the shape of an oversized album as a free download: Long Ambients1: Calm. Sleep.
The tracks have vague reminiscences of Aphex Twin and Hecq here and there – minus the darker notes of Hecq, and, though repetitive (of course), also minus the more noodling aspects of Aphex Twin. This was a spontaneous first association that I had – I’ve yet to see if it’ll hold up after repeated listens. 🙂
I’ve been listening to it while processing photos and it’s well worth a listen – or many!
Not too long ago* I said that I still prefer physical music releases over digital download. This has changed a bit in the meantime, as some artists simply stopped physical releases altogether, and other who don’t have the resources to do a physical release in the first place produce music that is just as good as those from “big names” in the scene. Continue reading “Download Discrimination”
In my series about my personal “Best of Ambient” selection, this one’s an outlier: “Wabi” is a compilation (all the others so far are artist albums). But, despite the fact that there’s nine different artists contributing tracks to the compilation, the disc has a surprisingly coherent sound. Continue reading “Flying Rhino – Wabi (2001)”
I found the compilation of “32 Best Ambient Albums Ever Made” via “Ambient Landscape“, and I thoroughly enjoyed browsing, reading and listening to the entries in the list. Continue reading “32 Best Ambient Albums Ever Made”
If there’s a (dark) ambient release you don’t want to miss, it’s probably this. Ever since the Snowblood label went into complete dormancy after their initial release “Endurance”, I’ve been hoping that Xavier Hoshin (also knows as Esylt, his other artist name) would find a different home for his music, and I’m glad he did, with the well-established Cryo Chamber label. Continue reading “Hoshin – Path of Dissolutions”
A (dark) ambient gem worth preserving (commentary about that below the Bandcamp player) and promoting, even though it’s not brand new anymore. It flew a little bit under everyone’s radar I think, despite the fact that it was conceived by prolific producer Lee Anthony Norris (here together with Pietro Bonanno). Continue reading “Abandoned Communities”
Today I received an email from the Serein label, announcing two (physical, ie. CD) re-releases of sold out CD editions of two particular albums, Nest’s “Retold” and Brambles’ “Charcoal” – stating that they’re re-issuing new editions because “copies of the original CDs [are] going for ridiculous second-hand prices.” Continue reading “Collecting music in the digital age”
About time to continue the post series about my favorite ambient albums – and about time to enter the realm of Dark Ambient again. I’m beginning with Sleep Research Facility’s “Deep Frieze” from 2007. Continue reading “Sleep Research Facility – Deep Frieze (2007)”
This time-stretched version of Vangelis’ “Ask the Mountains” track from the 1995 album “Voices” must be one of the best time-stretched pieces I’ve ever discovered… it works so incredibly well, absolutely fascinating & mesmerizing. Continue reading “Vangelis – Ask the Mountains time-stretched”
To aid me with my neverending task to actually more or less frequently listen to all the music that I have, I created an auto-playlist in foobar2000 (my audio player of choice*) that shows me all music that I haven’t played since 2010. This way, I discover and rediscover gems in my music collection, and one of them is Stellardrone, an artist from Vilnius in Lithuania. Continue reading “Stellardrone”