Bazooka Circus – [2010] Elephant

This album has seen the light of day on an artist collective's account named Gluteus Maximus, from Sweden.It strongly reminds me of Hardstroke's electro-synth sound, but has its own edge by adding more 8-bit bleeps to the mix. Heavy pop nostalgia ahead!

8. Bazooka Circus - Vacation

Is it 8-bit? Or glitch pop? In either case: candy-sweet

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Formal methods are cool because they're in line with Engelbart's dream of utilizing computation to augment human reasoning capabilities. Incidentally, that's also why math and logic are cool. By offloading thinking into symbols we free up valuable mental resources to worry about other problems. That last one is paraphrasing Alfred North Whitehead, "Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking of them".

Colt – [2006] Colt

Honest alternative rock from German's not-so-wild west. In this 4 track long EP it is no single song but rather the strict adherence to the slick, pop-compatible archetype of alt rock sound which sticks out to me. This makes the 14 minutes a perfect ingredient for a long drive mixtape (ok, playlist).

1. Colt - Time Bomb

Like expected, the opening track invites with most of t

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There was an old man on the fedi
who sent all his toots at the ready
one time did he post
a limerick to his host
and now his notifications are spaghetti

Planet Boelex – [2010] Raja

I have already praised Planet Boelex much in an earlier review about their 2009 album. One year later, they put out another EP, both illustratively (cover art) and acoustically (songs) high above the clouds. Unlike last time, this is a solo release without featured vocals.

1. Planet Boelex - Soft Shapes

The opening track takes its time (2 minutes)

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Answers magazine, 1890. Aged pretty well, huh?

Sorry, I'm not in a position where I can type it out for screen readers...! I'll transcribe it below later.

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Just a little something that came to my mind that I just had to put to page...

Acrilic Colors – [2007] Thing From Another World

Kahvi is one of the most reliable labels, both in terms of style and quality. IDM and cold electronica is their theme. This release is no exception: with only 5 tracks, this EP still clocks in at over half an hour of music.If you like the two rather ambient sample tracks, also try track 2. Groove o'clock for a more

2Invention – [2007] In Aeternum

This one is from the good old days of Jamendo attracting thousands of aspiring artists and thus churning out albums in popular genres left and right.

Before, the free music scene (at least in my impression back then) had been mostly dominated by experimental artists. With discovering Jamendo, that impression changed dramatically.

In short, expect very co

Motionfield – [2005] Music for Pictures

I seem to be in an ambient review mood lately. So let me make the most of it and bring you yet another rather old gem of the good old days of the genre.

Where other ambient artists fall into the trap of simply sounding dull and repetitive, Motionfield adds just enough progression to keep the soothing tracks interesting.


Travis Noble – [2006] Outerspace Introspection

This review is an advertisement to look out for good review writers: user electrocelt's list of reviews is a splendid little collection of mostly ambient electronica.

And under their upload tab, I found this little 4-track EP. Still with the joy of having found it, I write this little review:

Travis Noble - Love Lost

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Incompletionist. n.

The type of gamer who aims for the 100%, the best ending, and spends months grinding his characters and getting all the rare items until he realizes the futility of all and ends up abandoning the entire game altogether.

For example, the incompletionist plays
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, gets the regular good ending, covers 200.2% of the map and gets 99% of the enemy list. The rest, according to the incompletionist, ain't just worth it.

#gaming #gameing

(Val)liam – [2005] Early Reflections

This ambient masterpiece has been released by still active netlabel Dewtone back in 2005, but has dropped out of their official back catalogue since then.

Fortunately, did, well, archive this gem for us. 2 of the 9 relaxing tracks make it into my review. But it is the full release you should be treating yourself with. As another reviewer there put it

Various Artists – [2012] netBloc, Volume 39: Antididonai

Again it's time to honour one of the more than 50 episodes of the netBloc series.

Like usual, two tracks are far to few to cover all the gems in this release. Like usual for a blocSonic release, it covers a broad range of popular music genres, ranging from alternative rock, to easy listening to instrumental h

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non-programmers are an important part of open source projects. non-programmer contributions are valid and useful and not second tier or otherwise less valuable.

it's easy to say programmers are the only value-add when you're fortunate enough to have enough non-programmers that you can take them for granted.

if you take away the feature requests, translations, and general chatter - many OSS projects would have never been more than flawed, narrow use case tech demos.

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long, meta, pretentious explanation of why this "place" is different Show more

Daenjellson – [2008] Walk Your Soft Skin on the Edges

I have a hard time writing this entry paragraph. This short, 5 track, 15 minutes long EP by solo artist Daenjellson is not easy to classify. Acoustic guitar, violin, slightly husky voice all contribute to a hard-to-pin indie sound.

Small Personal Failure opens up the song with spoken words and a heartbeat sa

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