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stuff I listen these days

Posted 07-24-2012 at 08:15 PM by Web31337
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"I'm a tree. A tree that grows right in the corridor. No one can bother me."
That's something about my playlist change rate over years. When I discover some new stuff I really like, that may go to my everyday playlist for years.
That's what happened with Orbital, even, I rarely listen them by now, my most loved album will be "In Sides", and, maybe, "In The Middle Of Nowhere". In Sides is just melodious, "In The Middle Of Nowhere" is a soft yet energetic stuff. I listened Orbital from 2008-2009 to ~2011 daily.

I prefer some ambient, usually mild dark or depressing mood music nowadays. If you are into such stuff, my few-word reviews might be of help to you. I'll be glad to hear suggestions from you as well, similar to these.

So, my current favourites are...

1. Edward Harrison, http://edharrison.net/ , and I hope he'll release some new stuff before my vacation in august
His music has deep mood and atmosphere, it's melodicity is something it stands out for, and more to it, Neotokyo OST is mostly performed on real instruments which makes a feeling from music very special.
Last year Edward published Neotokyo OST in FLAC on his official site for free download, after about 2.5 years from game release. Which definitely makes him a space-high reputation.
If I'll ever be making a cyberpunk game, I know whom to ask to make an OST.

2. Michael McCann, http://www.behaviormusic.com/ , with his Deus Ex: Human Revolution, a great ambient album. However, when I first listened to it, I couldn't take it all the same day )) Was pretty dark atmosphere. I do enjoy it greatly now. Did not have a chance to get his other albums, only listened a few other compositions, which also are quite impressive.

3. Paul Taylor aka nervous_testpilot, http://www.nervoustestpilot.co.uk/ , I've heard about his Frozen Synapse OST last year but got to listen it only yesterday. Paul makes a very very decent electronical ambient. No less and no more to it, you just have to listen. Speaking of FS OST, compositions are not so "random" as Ed's or Michael's, there are lots of replications of approximately same accords across one composition, yet those are done so well it compensates this small lack of versatility.


Have to notice, I learned about all these artists by their OST to computer games. Of all three, I only played Neotokyo few times, it's quite a nice and a bit unstandard fps-genre game, but, as much as OST, has a perfect leveldesign.
There are no words in any of these works, in fact, I have an opinion that if you can't tell something via music, you won't tell it with words either. Works of these artists sound for themselves.
It doesn't mean I don't listen any songs at all, I love many other bands, but this music I listen daily is what creates my work atmosphere and helps me concentrate. Even a very good songs, like ones of Enya distract from work very much... especially her. I remember, I was trying to get a sleep while my ss was playing Enya, but couldn't, since I was listening to her voice, even though I heard the song numerous times before

I made this post just in order to suggest someone a daily-playback-worthy music for a workplace, if you like neutral or mild-depressing mood. In fact, such atmosphere, as I noticed, helps to balance my own mood, even if I get mad at something going wrong, that overall sounding helps me to calm down before I heat up
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