can a noise dude recommend some AMBIENT

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i would be totally into that thread but i would be 99% in learning mode, not contributing new stuff so much. i know very little of this stuff, but i'm super into the handful of things that i do have. :)

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 17 July 2019 22:18 (one year ago) link

Bless you guys <3

It's official: I am going to start that thread. Not tonight, but in the next week. But I *will* do it. Japanese ambient is, by far, the 'genre' I feel most at home and at peace with myself with. I'm obsessed with it, even though I get frustrated by the more I know about it, the less I know about it. I'm just as much, if not more, in learning mode than you are Z! But we'll make it work. We'll make it a listening club thing. I'll try and woo and charm ilx user and connoisseur supreme MaresNest for expert guidance. It will be tranquil and beautiful. FP me if I haven't started the thread by next week!

(Calstars: extremely (though not that extremely off topic, but you need to know this): It was you who put me onto C4tSyst3mC0rp's "P4lm M4ll", over on some vaporwave thread, last year. Through a truly *bizarre* and wholly random chain of events (I cannot stress this enough) I recently learned that dude lives within 7 miles of me! He keeps his guard up - and rightly so - but I'm pitching a story about him, interviewing him for a big publication, next week. Googleproofed him because he doesn't it yet ;) But I had to tell you this <3 ).

Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 17 July 2019 22:44 (one year ago) link

*guard down

Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 17 July 2019 22:45 (one year ago) link

dude is on Insta and just posted photos of his trip to Scandinavia or some sh1t so not sure how much he keeps his guard up. But yeah palm mall. Pretty cool

calstars, Wednesday, 17 July 2019 23:35 (one year ago) link

Guard down meant more in a "wow this nu-vaporwave-legernd has quite the pedestrian job outside of his music" kind of way, but good for him and I'm on it iirc

Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 17 July 2019 23:42 (one year ago) link

Will definitely bookmark a Japanese ambient/new age thread. I hadn't read this yet when last night I got a bug to seek some out on Spotify and subscribed to a couple of pretty good huge playlists and listened for hours.

beard papa, Friday, 19 July 2019 17:12 (one year ago) link

cat system has a new one coming out next Fri with vwave capo di capi telepath

calstars, Saturday, 20 July 2019 17:48 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

just a head's up that the new Light in the Attic comp is out:
Kankyo Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990

just finished listening to this (the full version) and it's really nice. love comps like this where there's a lot of variety but you don't exactly feel like you're listening to a different artist on each track.

probably doesn't mean anything to you lot but it's currently bolded on RYM and has over 1,000 ratings, that's pretty significant for something that I imagine would've gathered zero attention five years ago

frogbs, Wednesday, 16 October 2019 18:40 (nine months ago) link

two weeks pass...

daniel schmidt and the berkeley gamelan - In My Arms, Many Flowers

this is the ambient gamelan you have been craving

at home in the alternate future, (Karl Malone), Sunday, 3 November 2019 04:21 (nine months ago) link

also, aki takahashi playing feldman's for bunita marcus

at home in the alternate future, (Karl Malone), Sunday, 3 November 2019 04:31 (nine months ago) link

Daniel Schmidt In My Arms, Many Flowers Recital DL/LP While deeply learned and eminently serious, the American gamelan music documented on In My Arms, Many Flowers is somehow quintessentially Californian. A student of Javanese gamelan at California Institute of the Arts, Daniel Schmidt and some of his fellow travellers wanted to begin composing for the instrument in the early 1970s. As there was no authentic gamelan accessible, Schmidt determined to make his own, forging from aluminium instead of bronze, and putting together a group of players who had to be trained to play the new instruments as they were being developed. It was an experimental process, and the result was the Berkeley gamelan – the name referring to both the instrument and its attendant players – with which the four tracks presented here were recorded between 1978–92. Of building the first instruments, Schmidt simply said that they sought not perfection but “the general sound of gamelan”. “Our instrument designs and our compositions evolved hand in hand, and our products became increasingly idiosyncratic,” he writes in the sleevenotes. “I suppose American Gamelan was much like the rest of our country. Everyone did things their own way.” He did not compose in the traditional Javanese style, looking instead to the contemporary music that excited him, especially minimalism; and although he says that the music he created “is outside our Western experience for the most part”, it certainly seems of a piece not only with much 20th century avant garde composition, but perhaps even more so with the new age sounds that formed a background hum in the Golden State at the time. “And The Darkest Hour Is Just Before Dawn” opens with a cycling string samples, before the gamelan enters with a slow melody at first, then with phosphorescent bursts of ornamentation; on the percussive title track, the ringing of the gamelan is joined by the plaintive sound of a rebab, intended by Schmidt to signify a bird that “calls from far away”. “Ghosts” employs traditional gamelan techniques to produce rapid passages of interplay, too fast for a single player to execute; the final track “Faint Impressions” is a hypnotic study in layered overtones and decay. All four compositions are annotated extensively and rather esoterically by Schmidt, and unusual looking sheet music is also available: wayward scholarly trappings for a beautifully pure-spun product of the West Coast dreamtime. – Francis Gooding

at home in the alternate future, (Karl Malone), Sunday, 3 November 2019 05:17 (nine months ago) link


at home in the alternate future, (Karl Malone), Sunday, 3 November 2019 05:18 (nine months ago) link

looks like recital is also releasing something else by schmidt on the 15th:

at home in the alternate future, (Karl Malone), Sunday, 3 November 2019 05:24 (nine months ago) link

that Schmidt record is indeed excellent, cosign

Book Doula (sleeve), Sunday, 3 November 2019 05:36 (nine months ago) link

anyone familiar with Recital? i splurged and pre-ordered 2 LPs coming out on Nov 15 (Schmidt reissue + new Sean McCann, who runs the label). but there looks to be a lot of great stuff on the label, albeit pressed in small run (<1000K) pressings that are mostly sold out.

at home in the alternate future, (Karl Malone), Sunday, 3 November 2019 15:28 (nine months ago) link

Karl have you heard Flux by Robert Turman? Long live ambient gamalan!

brimstead, Sunday, 3 November 2019 18:57 (nine months ago) link

listening now!

at home in the alternate future, (Karl Malone), Sunday, 3 November 2019 19:10 (nine months ago) link

homage to eno ambient series on the cover

at home in the alternate future, (Karl Malone), Sunday, 3 November 2019 19:11 (nine months ago) link

two weeks pass...

ugh i love flux, it's a huge influence on my own music even

clouds, Tuesday, 19 November 2019 18:25 (eight months ago) link

yeah, i listened to it a bunch the last 2 weeks!

i've also been heavily listening to the reissue of Yutaka Hirose's 1986 LP Nova.

it was the second release in the Soundscape series commissioned by Misawa Home Corporation. the first was the better known (i think?) Surround by Hiroshi Yoshimura, also from 1986.

the reissue is great because the 4 bonus tracks (about 50 minutes long) go even further in blurring the lines between performed music and field recordings

Peaceful Warrior I Poser (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 18:43 (eight months ago) link

i just discover Flux last week and then when i found out he'd worked with Boyd i had to do a quick background check to make sure he wasn't a nazi dildo but it's an amazing record

also i've been listening to all of Hiroshi Yoshimura's stuff, the internet is in alignment

The Man Who Was Thirsty (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 19:42 (eight months ago) link

do yoshimura's surround, straight into hirose's nova. i want to go back in time and buy that prefabricated house, so badly

Peaceful Warrior I Poser (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 19:46 (eight months ago) link

yay flux worship club

brimstead, Tuesday, 19 November 2019 23:25 (eight months ago) link

yeah, thanks for that recommendation!


Peaceful Warrior I Poser (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 20 November 2019 01:00 (eight months ago) link

this is well lush

The Man Who Was Thirsty (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 20 November 2019 12:11 (eight months ago) link

Some of youz might enjoy this thing I put out last year:

SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Wednesday, 20 November 2019 12:20 (eight months ago) link

xp Ohhh nice one, thanks for sharing!

Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 20 November 2019 12:31 (eight months ago) link

two months pass...

Rip of the 1995 CD release from Della.

The CD spine and obi have the artist listed as being "Aloe", presumably referring to the plant, which alludes to the method by which the music was produced.

The insert suggests, without explicitly stating, that the human artist was Momoe Soeda, an expert in medical research relating to aloe, as he is quoted as describing how the music was produced:
"This CD was produced by attaching a surface potential measurement device to the aloe leaves and converting the measured values ​​into music information to play a synthesizer. The music played by this aloe releases you from everyday stress and leads to deep relaxation. Please enjoy it as a new type of relaxation sound." - Momoe Soeda.

Note also that the English title of the album "Aloe Extract Sound" is not a direct translation of the Japanese Title 「アロエ その不思議なサウンド」, which more directly translates to "Aloe: Its Mysterious Sound" (feel free to correct this translation if it is wrong).

as usual with these kinds of things, i'm a little skeptical of the premise of the music played by a plant because "converting" the measurements of the plant to music involves a ton of human influence. you don't just tape a cord on a leaf and glue it to a computer, you have to explicitly give assign ranges and possible values to everything. but the results of this experiment are really lovely.

zero hits for "Momoe Soeda" on ILX. i don't know anything about them but i'm intrigued!

But guess what? Nobody gives a toot!😂 (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 19 February 2020 17:05 (five months ago) link

listened to that the other day, a bit jarring at first but the ebb and flow does give it the feel of a natural phenomenon and it is weirdly relaxing after a while

clouds, Wednesday, 19 February 2020 17:59 (five months ago) link

did you happen to run across it on the Should Be Asleep youtube channel?

there's some good shit on there

But guess what? Nobody gives a toot!😂 (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 19 February 2020 18:21 (five months ago) link

ha i was just jamming this today, great channel

adam, Wednesday, 19 February 2020 18:29 (five months ago) link

it's weird because it's ambient plant music from 1995 and there is a certain recurring noise that sounds very much like a windows 95 sound, but yet it doesn't sound anything like vaporwave

But guess what? Nobody gives a toot!😂 (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 19 February 2020 18:31 (five months ago) link

one month passes...


Available June 26, 2020

Barely known outside of his home country during his lifetime, the late Japanese ambient music pioneer Hiroshi Yoshimura has seen his global stature rise steadily in the past few years. The 2017 reissue of his lauded debut, Music For Nine Post Cards, along with a slow building cult internet following has helped ignite a renaissance in his acclaimed body of work, much of which has never been released outside of Japan. Known for his sound design and environmental music, Yoshimura worked on a number of commissions following the 1982 release of Music For Nine Post Cards, including works for museums, galleries, public spaces, TV shows, video art, fashion shows, and even a cosmetics company.

Originally released in 1986, GREEN is one of Hiroshi Yoshimura’s most well-loved recordings and a favorite of the artist himself. Recorded over the winter of 1985-86 at Yoshimura’s home studio, the compositions unfold at an unhurried pace, a stark contrast to the busy city life of Tokyo. As Yoshimura explained in the original liner notes, the album title in the context of this body of work is not meant to be seen as a color, but is rather used to convey “the comfortable scenery of the natural cycle known as GREEN”—which perfectly encapsulates the soothing and warm sounds contained on the album, although it was created utilizing Yamaha FM synthesizers, known for their crisp digital tones.

This edition marks the first reissue of the highly sought-after and impossible to find album. It features the original mix preferred by Yoshimura himself, previously available only on the initial Japanese vinyl release (a limited edition remixed version of the album, with added sound effects, was released on CD in the US). Additionally, this release is the first in our ongoing series, WATER COPY, focusing on the works of Hiroshi Yoshimura.


Karl Malone, Monday, 23 March 2020 16:18 (four months ago) link

bonus practical benefit: it's up on spotify already, too. i was getting really sick of having to listen to it on youtube

Karl Malone, Monday, 23 March 2020 16:19 (four months ago) link

awesome, all of his records are awesome

I can't pay no doctor bill, but Whitey's on the McAloon (Noodle Vague), Monday, 23 March 2020 16:20 (four months ago) link

yeah, this reissue series is going to bankrupt me

but at least i'll be very relaxed

Karl Malone, Monday, 23 March 2020 16:21 (four months ago) link

As Yoshimura explained in the original liner notes, the album title in the context of this body of work is not meant to be seen as a color, but is rather used to convey “the comfortable scenery of the natural cycle known as GREEN”

i have never understood yoshimura's idea of what "Green" means, but luckily it doesn't need to make sense to be lovely

Karl Malone, Monday, 23 March 2020 16:22 (four months ago) link


Karl Malone, Monday, 23 March 2020 16:23 (four months ago) link

Yeah,such fine news! Pre-ordered the lp this weekend.

I get the feeling it's not easy, being GREEN.

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 23 March 2020 16:25 (four months ago) link

thanx Karl, looking forward to listening

sleeve, Monday, 23 March 2020 16:47 (four months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Can someone recommend something similar to the first 7 minutes of:

ISO slow, heavy reverb bright/clean guitar over soft drum machine.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Friday, 17 April 2020 15:37 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

definitely the first interior album

clouds, Wednesday, 20 May 2020 03:31 (two months ago) link

It's an old one, but that music put me very much in mind of an Australian guy who records as Lakes of Russia. Specifically this:

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Wednesday, 20 May 2020 04:24 (two months ago) link

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