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 (four months 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 (four months ago) link

*guard down

Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 17 July 2019 22:45 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (one month 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 (two weeks 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 (two weeks 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 (two weeks ago) link


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

that Schmidt record is indeed excellent, cosign

Book Doula (sleeve), Sunday, 3 November 2019 05:36 (two weeks 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 (two weeks ago) link

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

brimstead, Sunday, 3 November 2019 18:57 (two weeks ago) link

listening now!

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

homage to eno ambient series on the cover

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

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