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g.a.b. commented on Fabio Keiner's blog post 'etude zephyrienne' - the forgotten / unwanted tribute to 'quiet friends'
"Fabio - I just added it to my review of the project on my Ambient Landscape blog:Unofficial Bonus Track: My online [quiet] friend, Fabio Keiner submitted a track for this project that, unfortunately, didn’t make the official cut for the…"
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g.a.b. commented on Fabio Keiner's blog post 'etude zephyrienne' - the forgotten / unwanted tribute to 'quiet friends'
"Nice - a melancholy, unofficial ending/finish to the album. Nice work, Fabio! I added some meta-data & the cover image to the mp3 & it now resides as track 17 on my version of the album (an 8 minute snippet of Steve's 'Structures…"
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James Shain liked Brad Ross-MacLeod's blog post Quiet Friends Tribute to Steve Roach Now Available
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Jaja left a comment for Brian Bourassa
"Hello Brian, nice to meet you! Thanks for your recommendation very much. I listen to Brads music now, a piece "Winds Cease" and it reminds me of many things, e.g. Aphex Twin's "Blue Calx" . From time to time i find my way to…"
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Brian Bourassa commented on Fabio Keiner's blog post 'etude zephyrienne' - the forgotten / unwanted tribute to 'quiet friends'
"It's an excellent work, Fabio. Very unique. It's a deep, dark, in-your-head piece yet it does have a calm breath to it as well.  Good job."
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Dave Ebacher commented on John K-N's blog post Be here Friday for chat while Steve Brand is on Drone Zone!!!
"Looking forward to this.... May not be able to listen live...  "
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Jaja commented on Brad Ross-MacLeod's blog post Quiet Friends Tribute to Steve Roach Now Available
"A nice idea to put a compilation tribute together. As a compiler (i am with my own label) i know how difficult is is to compile a perfect thing. Its a pity for you, Fabio. But i am sure you will understand that there is nothing about your quality in…"
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g.a.b. commented on Brad Ross-MacLeod's blog post Quiet Friends Tribute to Steve Roach Now Available
"I actually had this release date on my phone's calendar . . . so as not to miss a beat (well...beatless beat, that is) - and I must say it was well worth the effort. The tracks are quiet...& lush; reflective & expansive and make for an…"
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Phase47 liked Brad Ross-MacLeod's blog post Quiet Friends Tribute to Steve Roach Now Available
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Phase47 commented on Brad Ross-MacLeod's blog post Quiet Friends Tribute to Steve Roach Now Available
"Congratulations on the release Brad. I'm so honored to be a part of this. Structures from Silence is such an important piece of music to me - I hope that came through on my liner notes!"
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'etude zephyrienne' - the forgotten / unwanted tribute to 'quiet friends'

here my unwanted / forgotten humble tribute to the steve roach memorial compilation :))nevermind, enjoy it!etude zephyrienneSee More
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Windspace commented on Brad Ross-MacLeod's blog post Quiet Friends Tribute to Steve Roach Now Available
"abio, I vote "Aye" for you posting your track. I also would love to hear it!"
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g.a.b. commented on Brad Ross-MacLeod's blog post Quiet Friends Tribute to Steve Roach Now Available
"I Second Brian's comments, Fabio - would love to hear what you created & will add it to my playlist."
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Brian Bourassa commented on Brad Ross-MacLeod's blog post Quiet Friends Tribute to Steve Roach Now Available
"Fabio, There is nothing stopping you from posting the track for listening now. I would very much like to hear it, not so much so that I can say it should have been included or not included, but so that your work does not go unheard. Brian"
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'etude zephyrienne' - the forgotten / unwanted tribute to 'quiet friends'

Posted by Fabio Keiner on September 30, 2014 at 1:19pm 3 Comments

here my unwanted / forgotten humble tribute to the steve roach memorial compilation :))

nevermind, enjoy it!etude zephyrienne

Adorable robot cheerleaders have a ball

Posted by John K-N on September 30, 2014 at 9:20am 0 Comments

Adorable... cute... amazing.  Robots!   Article about this:  http://www.cnet.com/news/adorable-robot-cheerleaders-have-a-ball/

1996 + FSOL + Music + Memories

Posted by John K-N on September 30, 2014 at 7:58am 0 Comments

I'm spinning FSOL - Accelerator this morning. It's a little crazy the passage of time... this is a 1991/1992 release. (My cd is the 1996 re-release which was bought that year). It's 2014. Where'd those 2 decades go? I remember 1996 was the "big year" for me as I'd stopped buying, playing, and didn't even listen that much new music since 1992 when my mom died. But 1996 is when my cousin, Brad, started wanting to put a band together again and I was actually interested - and the floodgate opened. Not only did I jump into britpop and revisit manchester music - I dove head first into Warp and Underworld and FSOL and so many others.

The band was eventually a three piece - we took forever to find a drummer. Played out a couple years and then as bands tend to do... imploded. :-) But they were great years and it reawakened music for me and immediately after is when I got so involved in the ambient scene - finally finding the true home for my music.

And here I am almost 2 decades later - happier than I've been in my life. With some very fond memories of that time.

Quiet Friends Tribute to Steve Roach Now Available

Posted by Brad Ross-MacLeod on September 30, 2014 at 1:30am 12 Comments

I am incredibly proud to finally make available Quiet Friends: A 30th Anniversary Tribute to Steve Roach's Structures From Silence.

Thirty years ago Steve Roach released this seminal collection of minimal ambient music. It forever changed the course of my life. In honor of that music I asked artists to contribute pieces that explore the atmospheres that Steve created for the original release.

These 15 tracks are a gift to Steve and lovers of ambient music. We acknowledge Steve's artistry and are proud to be members of the community of musicians who continue to explore this subtle and harmonious music.

The first person to hear all of these tracks besides me is Steve himself and I am incredibly grateful for his kind participation in this project.

Quiet Friends is available for FREE DOWNLOAD in multiple formats.



http://www.freefloatingmusic.com/project/ffm-030/

Introducing A New Ambient Artist

Posted by Brian Bourassa on September 29, 2014 at 7:00pm 1 Comment

Hello all,

I am an e-buddy of the artists I am about to introduce to you so I could, perhaps, be a bit biased in my opinion that follows.

For the first time under his own name Duff Egan has recently released two new Ambient Dark Dronescapes via his Bandcamp page.

When Duff is not sculpting evil monster voices for the next generation of video games, he attaches himself to his audio electronics at home and sculpts audio of a completely different nature.

The first album is titled Elephant Head is comprised of three tracks and is just shy of 60 minutes in length. This is his "break-through" release, in my opinion, and really offers a wonderful auditory experience.

His second release, Kenosis Loop, is an EP clocking in at 24:11. Once again he offers us with a Dronescape that is somewhat dark in it's overall feel as well, but truly offers a calm and meditative experience.

Have a wonderful listen, and enjoy some Droning!

Brian Bourassa

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Cygnus

Posted by Rudy Ensueno on September 29, 2014 at 6:17pm 0 Comments

Pandora Submission - An Abreviated Timeline

Posted by Mark Cotton on September 29, 2014 at 4:52pm 0 Comments

2/24/2014 - I received a congratulatory email from Pandora that my submission was accepted.

I eagerly await seeing my submission available for play on Pandora.

I continue wait, with growing patience.

I grow sullen and email asking what's taking so long.  They respond with vague reassurances.

I forget about it for a while, then remember and grow agitated.

I settle down and continue to wait.

I forget about it again and life goes on.

I remember it again and declare defiantly that I'm GLAD they're not playing my submission for a worldwide audience.

9/29/2014 - I receive a congratulatory email that my submission is now LIVE on Pandora.

Bliss achieved. 

Movie: 13 Assassins

Posted by John K-N on September 29, 2014 at 3:30pm 0 Comments

I like period dramas from China and Japan. Action, wuxia, samurai, etc...  totally factual of course.  (um, no).  Think of them as Hollywood superhero movies with better costumes and much less happy endings.  

Based on past movies I've watched on Netflix - it recommended 13 Assassins. A samurai movie based in 1844 as the age of samurai was winding down.  

To me this is two movies. The first half is quiet, subtle... establishes the lord, a relative of the shogun, as a totally insane, maniacal, hideous, needs to be killed person. Enough to make samurai who live by of code of obeying orders and protecting the lord above all else.  I'm simplifying - but you see the internal struggle of the samurai as they realize they must try to assassinate this lord.  Build the team, and travel.  A bit of chess involved.

Part two... is ... crazy, non-stop, wall to wall, loud, crazy, explosive, action.  Non-stop. Almost to the point of ... hey, can we have a breather here?  No?  Ok - more fighting. 

Intertwined throughout is more philosophical - what it means to be a samurai. Are samurai needed? 

Both parts are good. Recommended if you like this sort of movie. Not recommended if this is your first movie of this type.  

NOTE - extremely violent. …

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Chill Waves - September 28th, 2014 Show

Posted by James Shain on September 29, 2014 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

So I made a post a while back that shared my Chill Waves show. I stopped doing it for a little while, and as of this week I've finally been able to sit down and make a new show. This week's show is more on the Ambient Techno/Chill Techno side, but does include some Chill IDM as well. As always there is a smashing selection of Ambient to end.

Tracklist:

1. Textural Being - Safe Places
2. Zander One - Blossom
3. Izzat Man - The Morning
4. Yagya - Sleepygirl 8
5. Coppice Halifax - Gaseous Acre
6. Audiokonstrukte - Sublandscapes
7. Homera - Skylag
8. Metal - Nails and Noodles
9. Electricwest - Locus Ceruleus (Drexon Field Remix)
10. Simon Scott - Water Shadow
11. 36 - Neon Sunset
12. Altus - Light Traveller
13. Nicklas 'Nifflas' Nygren - Trolls and Leaves
14. Sage Taylor - Green Tuesday Afternoons

Link:

http://themusicpodcast.podcastpeople.com/posts/58319

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