Artists include Sawako, Off the Sky, Sogar, and many more. I've had this bookmarked for quite some time and just hadn't gotten around to listening to any of it. Really nice stuff, and: Free!
the piece, “untitled_1231″ was created with a small wooden xylophone, given to me as a christmas present from Keiichi Sugimoto (Fourcolor) and Sanae Yamasaki (Moskitoo), a small tone bell, and a single synthesizer patch. it was created and recorded live in about 15 minutes and i spent another 40 minutes or so on the mixing and production.
I'm usually not a big fan of glitchy type stuff. I find it a bit distracting, and for me a big part of good ambient music is that I sometimes don't even know it's playing. Mark Templeton's Standing on a Hummingbird has a fair amount of glitch in it, but strangely I find it to be comfortable. There are melodies and textures weaving around, and just as one is fragmented, the tension is relieved with something altogether different, like found sounds or new instrumentation. It's nice stuff, so please have a listen.
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A very nice recent acquisition via emusic.com is Somewhere Someone Else, by Wes Willenbring. The record has a really nice pace, and has a nice variety of instrumental sounds, from piano to guitar and on to more traditionally "ambient" sounding stuff. The record sounds maybe a bit "cold," but I mean that mostly in the way I meant when I was talking about the Angels of the Universe soundtrack. This means it might get pushed out of rotation for a while as spring and summer come along, but it's certainly something I see getting a lot of plays towards the end of the year. It's definitely something I recommend you have a listen to. Wes Willenbring's web site offers some tracks via streaming if you're not an emusic user.
I'm really looking forward to the release of a couple records coming in February from Brooklyn's own Temporary Residence Limited. One from everyone's favorite Texas post-rock outfit Explosions In The Sky, and another from one of my own personal favorite artists Eluvium. They'll both be available February 20th, 2007.
You can preorder the records now or get in on the special Danuary Pack offer that gets you All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone and Copia, as well as Rob Crow's Living Well and Sketchi from Cex for $40.00USD, shipped.
Speaking of Stars of the Lid, their new record And Their Refinement of the Decline will be released April 2, 2007. If the kranky records website was built a bit better (read: without frames), I could link to things properly. Short of that, you can grab the free download of a track from this new 2 CD set below:
Download: Apreludes (in C Sharp Major) (.mp3)
January downloads are below. A fair amount of post-rock, as well as a few others outside the realm of what would be standard ambient music. Picked up a few records from artists I already know, like Saxon Shore, Eluvium, and Johann Johannsson. The rest is all new to me. The iPod is fired up, the rating has begun, and I'll check back soon to tell you about the stuff I liked best. An Accidental Memory In The Case of Death, Eluvium Cale:drew, Jakob Contemplations, Mazdak Khamda Insen, Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto Piano Solos, Dustin O'Halloran You Are The Conductor, Caspian When I Live By The Garden And The Sea, Eluvium Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Tan Dun (iTunes Music Store download) All is Violent, All is Bright, God Is an Astronaut IBM 1401 A User's Manual, Johann Johannsson The Sun's Gone Dim And The Sky's Turned Black, Johann Johannsson Les Fleurs, Marsen Jules Luck Will Not Save Us From A Jackpot of Nothing, Saxon Shore The Exquisite Death of Saxon Shore, Saxon Shore Modern, Ogurusu Norihide Young Mountain, This Will Destroy You The Sound of Lights When Dim, Slow Dancing Society Vrs-Mbnt-Pcs 9598 II, Jochem Paap Talk Amongst the Trees, Eluvium Lambent Material, Eluvium