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Re: FSOLDigital Calendar

Post by Ross » Sun Jan 02, 2022 2:23 pm

Yeah, it's a really unusual picture. Not sure it's The Iron Man, although it's similar. And yes, there's a real Ambassadors of Death feel to it, weird astronauts with blacked out visors.

Wonder how long we have to wait to find out if there's a calendar this year.

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Post by moxlox » Tue Jan 04, 2022 8:21 pm

I hope we will find out there will be a 2022 calendar very shortly!
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Post by Ross » Fri Jan 14, 2022 4:13 pm

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2021 Calendar now on Bandcamp.

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2022 Calendar now on Bandcamp!
It's also available as MP3 or FLAC from FSOLDigital. I wonder whether we'll be getting email updates if bought from Bandcamp. Would be a shame to not have the track-by-track notes. Maybe they'll appear on the page itself.

Looks like it's starting with a completely new piece if the date in the credits is correct.

"Happy new year to all,

And welcome the first track of this years calendar album
The Future Sound of London - Opk Machines Trx M2
Recorded at 9L West Studio
Engineered by Yage 2022"

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Re: FSOLDigital Calendar

Post by moxlox » Thu Jan 20, 2022 9:02 pm

I bought off of FSOLDigital as normal.

Hail the continuation of the FSOL Calendar series. There is always that mildly worrying wait from 1 Jan until it appears for another year to see if they will continue it.
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Re: FSOLDigital Calendar

Post by Ross » Thu Jan 20, 2022 9:46 pm

Just spotted 'Mokguxtlk' has changed from Forest Trails to FSOL on the 2021 one.

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Post by moxlox » Fri Jan 21, 2022 11:51 am

Interesting. Perhaps they have abandoned the Forest Trails project, whatever that may have been.
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Re: FSOLDigital Calendar

Post by moxlox » Fri Jan 21, 2022 11:53 am

New track Opk Machines Trx M2 is mellow and 6 mins long. Not as strong as the last four in 2021, but nice all the same.
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Post by nanio tine » Sat Jan 29, 2022 6:03 pm

Ross wrote: Thu Jan 20, 2022 9:46 pm Just spotted 'Mokguxtlk' has changed from Forest Trails to FSOL on the 2021 one.
wow, this track is really not deserving of the fsol name. this is a band who made cascade, yage, symphony for halia and they put out a track like this as fsol?!?

will sadly have to give the calendar a miss this year. I liked a couple of tracks near the end of last years but honestly a lot of throwaway stuff on there. this will be the first fsol album I've not bought but I'm so disappointed with most of the recent stuff. hopefully if others think the same it might convince them to put the quality control up again!

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Post by Chris3d » Sun Jan 30, 2022 11:04 am

The same. Unfortunately they have put quantity over quality for far too long on much of what they release these days. I haven't found much of interest on the last couple of years of Calendar albums so I will give it a miss too.

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Post by throughyourgills » Sun Jan 30, 2022 11:25 pm

Sadly will have to third this, last album I enjoyed was Environments 6. Not sure what’s happened to them recently but the magic has gone. Hoping Environments 7 will be back to form, they’ve always been good albums.

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Post by mcbpete » Mon Jan 31, 2022 1:16 pm

I guess I'm in the minority that likes Mokguxtlk - reminds me of Tangerine Dream's Phaedra for some reason (also the general vibe from their (circa) 1993 mixes)

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Post by Ross » Mon Jan 31, 2022 7:39 pm

I wasn't sure about it until I heard it when doing the track-by-track and it suddenly clicked, now I really like it as a strange, hypnotic piece. I'd love to know what else is on the Forest Trails album if it ever comes out, it seems like such a strange one-off. I totally get why someone might struggle with it, it's on the very extreme end of the minimal pure electronica side of modern FSOL which is a world away from the organic, constantly changing structures approach of the '90s material.

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Post by sigESANg5 » Mon Feb 28, 2022 4:56 pm

Curious if the February track will automatically appear at some point today in my Bandcamp FSOLdigital Presents 2022 Calendar album purchase, and get a notification. ?

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Post by Ross » Tue Mar 01, 2022 12:31 pm

Yup, message went out yesterday:
Hey,
For those interested, the FSOL Calendar track for February is now available from the album's page. This month's calendar track comes from Future Sound of London - Displace …
Recorded May 2018 @ Nine L West - Engineered by Yage
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Re: FSOLDigital Calendar

Post by nanio tine » Sat Mar 12, 2022 11:23 pm

mcbpete wrote: Mon Jan 31, 2022 1:16 pm I guess I'm in the minority that likes Mokguxtlk - reminds me of Tangerine Dream's Phaedra for some reason (also the general vibe from their (circa) 1993 mixes)
Ok as the person who seems to hate it the most I’ll try and explain
to me it’s not what FSOL are about. the reason I always loved FSOL was the amount of variation and complexity and instruments / samples. this track is the opposite of that - completely synthetic and very repetitive. if you like minimal idm focused stuff then it might be up your street but honestly, this is the band that brought us my kingdom, slider, among myselves, point of departure, I dream in viral blue, they excel at making big enveloping music with great ranges of sound, organic elements, really varied pieces that meander from one place to another and introduce weird elements when you least expect it. FSOL to me is about being enveloped in a really great atmosphere that takes you places and a teack like moxguktkl is the opposite of that: it’s repetitive and claustrophobic and, unless you like really repetitive music, it’s quite boring. I never got bored of FSOL in the past because tracks always went places and introduced surprising sounds and elements throughout. This doesn’t do that in the slightest. Once it’s started you know what you’re getting right to the end. When it was a side project I could accept that it was them experimenting with a different approach that wasn’t my kind of thing, but by renaming it as FSOL they’re intentionally placing it alongside classics like cascade, Yage, dirty shadows, and I don’t think it belongs there at all

really though I think up until about 2017/2018, FSOL always had a unique sound that changed from album to album// track to track but was always recognisable as them - instruments, samples, voice snippets, field recordings, dense layers, complex song structures, just tons of sounds that you could never identify, when I was reading Ross’s blog it became obvious they started developing this sound on the early dance tracks even. But these days so so many tracks just sound like second rate anonymous idm. they’re perfectly functional and if your mate made them you’d say yeah well done that’s cool, but for a band who’ve made some of the most forward thinking and brilliantly unique electronic music ever, to just sound like drum machines and arpeggios that tons of other musicians make is really, really sad. Im not saying this just to be controversial, I’m actually really sad that it’s got to this stage.

I was actually thinking they release too much but it occurred to me that in an 18 month period in the 1990s they released Tales of Ephidrina, Liquid Insects, Cascade, Lifeforms, Lifeforms Paths and ISDN as well as Environments if they label would have allowed, and loads of stuff on ISDN transmissions a lot of which was great. so theyve proven that they can do multiple albums in a short period of time, but when they try it these days it’s mostly underwhelming. even a few years ago when a new EP would come along it’d be sand sound folly with some acoustic stuff or EMS Piano classical stuff so it would be varied if not always perfect, but we’ve got to a stage of just bleeps and drum machines for 50 tracks a year and that’s not why I listen to fsol

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