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On 4/30/2021 at 5:44 PM, Knuckledragger said:

Oh snap!  I just found out that a German ambient artist I like put his entire catalog on Bandcamp (in FLAC, of/c) ...much of it for free(!) https://phelios.bandcamp.com/

And I immediately got this in my email:

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This sunday I will play a special edition of my home concerts where I will perform the whole album live from my studio. Please note that this one will be broadcasted from the synphaera youtube channel! I will play later than usual so that you guys from the States can catch it at a better time than early morning breakfast. You can bookmark the stream here:
youtu.be/9LBGsmekbGA

See you soon,
Martin


 

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Oh, wow.  So anyone who has listened to my show has at some point heard me rant about Planet Dog records which was the record label arm of the infamous Megadog series of nightclub events.  There was a time in the mid 1990s when Megadog was the most happening thing in the UK, and the UK in the mid 90s was popping TF off.  Planet Dog helped launch the careers of Eat Static and Banco De Gaia, two artists that have been staples in both on my radio show and my personal listening for decades.  One of the lesser know Planet Dog acts is somewhat awkwardly titled Children of the Bong.  CotB put out one album, which is absolutely brilliant, completely of its time, and a decidedly lo-fi affair.  They also released a few singles, some compilation-only tracks, and then promptly disappeared.  

Well, apparently they're back.  The just re-released their album in digital format, though I am unsure if it's been remastered.  It has some bonus tracks, but AFAICT they are nothing newly available.  That is, the bonus songs were already on plenty of releases.  That said, I stumbled on to a really good blog piece about them.  They cover the thought process and studio work on the tracks from the album.  As someone who spends entirely too much time thinking about electronic music from the first half of the 1990s, this is absolute catnip for me.  Later this evening I'm going to put on my copy of the album (and by that, I mean load up FLACs in Foobar) and read along as I listen to it.

Bonus: check out the gear in the vintage photos of Banco's studio:

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I've been studying all week, so have eschewed my usual variety of musicks.  I somehow managed to accidentally create a Testtone-adjacent radio station in Tidal using just one track, but it literally played several tracks I recognized from Knucks' show including the opening track from last night.

I don't remember which track.  XD 

Tidal doesn't track which "track radio" stations I play, and yesterday I switched to the new Lustmord/Karin Park album, Alter (dambient), which worked just as well for studying, so it's not at the top of my Play Queue any more.

EDIT:  Potentially one of these:

Aim, "Cold Water Music"
Fila Brazillia, "Subtle Body"

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Knucks introduced me to my new favourite obsession last night: Border 50 by Master Margherita.  It's dubby, and downtempo, and super chill with an absolutely glacial pace.  I skimmed through the first track of a couple of other of his albums, and none of them are like this one, but the rest of the tracks on this one are of a similar ilk as the one track he played, so I will be adding this album to my studying playlist.

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