Just wanted to share the most important records to me personally this year. Interested to hear what others have kept coming back to or are important to a particular point in time.
Steve Hauschildt - Tragedy and Geometry.
Came out at the beginning of 2011, but I have listened to this excessively throughout this year. There are lots of memories attached. Apparently this record is almost exclusively Prophet '08? It’s made me really want one/a Rev 2, hah.
Florist - If Blue Could Be Happiness
Beautifully done @stripes . I really like that the colors are colored on the lyrics insert (which I picked up and listened to on my turntable at home after listening to the record a bunch on my phone with Apple earbuds on the go…it was a very vivid aesthetic experience). Between this record, the episode of Sound + Process and the Executing the modular album thread you started and have periodically came back to and summed up some thoughts and things you’ve learned/worked on, you’ve been a really important/inspiring creative voice to me this year!
Kelly Lee Owens S/T
I’ve listened to this record a ton. Recently, I’ve noticed the lengths of parts/tracks and arrangements work really well (especially the extremely long fade out of the last track), imo. I think this will be a reference recording when I’m working on my own stuff for some time to come.
Sylvan Esso S/T
Came out in 2014, but I listened to this record a lot directly after seeing @madeofoak give a talk at NC State University earlier this year. That conversation was really engaging/inspiring, and I was listening to this record a lot when I was reflecting on that. Thank you!
Strategy - The Infinity File
Listened to this record a lot, and the blurb on the cover mentioning the “hand-made effects boxes” made me intrigued. I’ve struck up some email correspondence with Paul (who is very nice and open!) to find out more (custom guitar pedal-based builds of the EDP “Wasp” filter and Haible Tau Pipe Phaser for those that are curious…also lots of use of a Joemeek VC3 optical comp to tame peaks).
Omni - Multi-task
This record (Omni’s music in general, actually) makes me really productive whenever I put it on when I’m doing something else.
Not a record, but thank you @tomwhitwell for starting the thread about ECM records, as well as everyone who contributed. I discovered Bennie Maupin’s The Jewel in the Lotus and finally got around to sitting down and listening to Steve Reich.
Also just in general, thank you to everyone for contributing to this forum! Regularly reading the discussions on here has helped me connect my interests as a music listener, creator, gear enthusiast, electronics tinker-er and someone trying to work on being a better person