Sunday, May 03, 2015

Drawn from Dust

Benoît Pioulard has two new albums out & they are both wonderful.  It was after hearing "Sonnet" that I decided to make a mix that featured the same sort of dusty, slightly noisy ambient tunes.

You can find his album "Sonnet" on Amazon here...

And his latest, "Stanza" here...

Stanza is a companion piece to Sonnet.  I didn't even know about it until I went looking for links for this post.  I'm so glad that I found it but I wish I'd found it sooner, then I could have worked a track from it into this mix.

Basically the mix is a collection of tunes that falls in line with the sound of those two Benoît Pioulard albums - kind of hazy and dusty.


T R A C K L I S T :
  • 00:00    Benoit Pioulard - Shut-ins on Sunday See
  • 03:03    Heezen - 3 hrs
  • 07:24    36 - Neon Sunset
  • 10:30    The Green Kingdom - untitled(remix by segue)
  • 15:00    Assembler-Responder - Palmer Station
  • 17:40    Taylor Deupree - thaw
  • 25:05    Otto A Totland - Flomé
  • 27:27    Janek Schaefer - Unfolding Honey
  • 32:20    Porya Hatami - White Forest
  • 34:30    Letna - deliblatska pescara
  • 36:17    Maps And Diagrams - Tauragnas
  • 38:10    Alva Noto - Exoshpere
  • 40:20    Jon Hassel - Map of Dusk(stretched & remixed)
  • 44:25    Caught In The Wake Forever - Sun Downing
  • 46:00    Solo Andata - At Commissure
  • 50:00    Benoit Pioulard - Reliquary(Benoit Pioulard remix)
  • 54:54    Lissom - Hollow of Winter
  • 58:28    Shortwave Music - stretched
  • 60:39    end

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Ambient Dishwasher

Every mix has it's own unique starting point.  And this mix definitely started in a unique place - my dishwasher.

One day my dishwasher was making some weird noises, it kind of sounded like an alien playing a didgeridoo was trapped inside.  So I recorded a little bit of the sound and then processed it using Paul's Extreme Sound Stretch.  And whaddya know - it actually sounds pretty good. 

I've used Paul's Extreme Sound Stretch in mixes before and it's a fun little program for non-musicians like me.

I posted the stretched version on the Hypnos Recordings forum just for kicks.  A couple folks asked to hear the original source as well.  Then the next thing you know some of the artists who frequent the forum took that original dishwasher sound & used it as a source to come up with their own original takes.

I was pretty darn excited.  These are artists that in some cases I've been listening to for years.  And they were going to make music from my freakin' dishwasher.  Pretty cool.

Here's the Hypnos forum dishwasher thread... HYPNOS

We ended up with five pieces created from the original dishwasher sounds.  I also asked my son, who produces EDM music as AXX, to also make an ambient dishwasher tune, which he did and I gotta say I love his version.  Throw my stretched version in there and we have 7 dishwasher tunes, enough for a whole mix.  Pretty cool again.

I started the mix with the original sound and let it morph into the different versions.  They all flow together very well.

Here are the links to each individual piece used in the mix in order of appearance...

T R A C K L I S T :
  • 00:00    Dishwasher original sound
  • 00:17    Dave Michuda - Dishwasher Stretch
  • 01:00    Forrest Fang - Dave's Dishwasher(Zen Cycle)
  • 02:42    AXX - Dishwasher Drone AXX Rework
  • 05:15    Igneous Flame - Chthonic Cycles
  • 09:25    Castleview - Cavewasher
  • 11:20    The Circular Ruins - The Circular Ruins Over Dave's Dishwasher
  • 15:00    Dave Michuda - Dishwasher Stretch part 2
  • 16:55    Seren Ffordd - Rin-Se
  • 20:43    end

Friday, April 10, 2015

Space Rock

This mix was inspired by a playlist that i stumbled across on Spotify.  It's called ENtro to Deep Space Rock.  You can find it here...

I really enjoyed a lot of the instrumental cuts in the playlist.

I've been a prog rock fan since the 70s but I rarely listen to anything that would be considered current prog rock.  I've sampled a lot of prog recorded in the last 15 years but it's never really done much for me.  Part of that is due to my tastes changing over the years.  I have less interest in long guitar solos and ridiculous lyrics about nymphs in the forest, the end of the world, etc.  I still enjoy all my old favs but the new stuff just comes across as silly much of the time.  I know that old 70s prog is filled with stupid lyrics but those get a pass because I've loved them for 40 years.  

I've often wondered if I would be drawn to Yes or Genesis if I were hearing them for the first time right now.  Probably not.  Maybe I was drawn to the instrumentals in the playlist because lyrics and vocals weren't a problem.  I was surprised to find how much I enjoyed many of the cuts. 

The mix starts with a great tune from A Produce, The Golden Needle, that I've had for years but never listened to closely.  It's got this great Pink Floyd feel to it.  And even though it doesn't rock the way the other tunes do, I thought it would be a good way to start the mix.

The music is then a mixture of old and new instrumentals.  I've put the year each was released in the tracklist.  I'd say of the new prog instrumentals I've discovered that My Brother The Wind is a favorite.  Hopefully this is just a start of even more music to add to my collection.

T R A C K L I S T :
  • 00:00    A Produce - The Golden Needle (1996)
  • 06:42    Causa Sui - The Juice (2013)
  • 10:50    Eternal Tapestry - Ancient Echos (2011)
  • 16:00    Phil Manzanera - Sol Caliente/East of Asteroid (1976)
  • 22:30    Pink Floyd - Obscured by Clouds (1972)
  • 25:05    My Brother the Wind - Into the Cosmic Halo (2014)
  • 31:33    Oresund Space Collective - The Tricophantic Spire (2014)
  • 38:00    Krel - Track Thru Space (2010)
  • 41:05    Causa Sui - Mireille (2013)
  • 47:54    Holger Czukay - Ode to Perfume (1982)
  • 56:45    Peter Banks - Knights (1973)
  • 61:06    My Brother the Wind - Epilogue (2014)
  • 65:05    Transitional Phase - Phase Two (2007)
  • 69:54    Peter Banks - Last Eclipse (1973)
  • 71:59    end

Saturday, April 04, 2015

The Stars My Destination

I have been planning on doing a stargazing mix for a long time and then a new EP by 36 came out and I knew I had to get cracking on a new mix.

The new EP is called Sine Dust and it's excellent.  All the tracks have a similar feel to them and that is by design.  36 artist, Dennis Huddleston, says "I wanted to make an EP that had a strictly defined sound and theme, which continued from beginning to end, using a limited array of instruments to tell the story."  And it's a good story.  The synths have a sort of retro feel without being kitschy or obvious.  The touch here is just perfect.  And the tracks work nicely for an astronomical theme.

The 6th track in the mix is from an excellent new compilation from Tessellate Recordings - Earthtones Vol. 3.  Just like the other two comps, this is a great collection of tunes with a nice variety of sounds and textures.

The Fripp tune is one of a bunch freebies that his DGM Live website has available.  I highly recommend spending some time there and looking through all the oddities they have available for download.

The rest of the tunes I think work rather well as a soundtrack to laying on your back and staring up at the night sky.  Whether it's looking for a meteor streaking through the atmosphere or gazing at a blood moon, this mix should transport you off planet.


T R A C K L I S T :
  • 00:00    36 - Beyond the Heliosphere
  • 05:57    Monty Adkins - Entangled Symmetries
  • 09:00    Fripp - Time Stands Still
  • 14:30    Lorenzo Montana - Bloom
  • 20:31    Robert Rich - Aetherfolds
  • 23:40    Map 165 - Long Shore Drift
  • 26:47    Alpha Wave Movement - Cryptic Signals
  • 33:06    Spectra Ciera - Second Narrows
  • 35:52    Jon Hopkins - cold out there
  • 39:03    36 - Sun Riders Part II
  • 43:42    Kalgan - Subway Evening
  • 46:44    Lunar Testing Lab - Station East
  • 50:36    Aglaia - Polar Cap Absorption
  • 54:27    Steve Roach - The Delicate Forever
  • 65:35    end

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Walking with Myself

Earlier this year I quickly threw together some tunes for a walk in Madison, WI.  I liked the way it sounded so much that I made a few changes and made a proper mix out of it.

Most of the music is fairly new, half are from last year, with the oldest cut being the Mojave 3 track from 2000.  As usual, most of the tracks are laid back.  Even a loud cut like JM by Strand of Oaks is slow, but awesomely loud, very Neil Young-like.

This is a mix that you can also find on my second Mixcloud profile, Elements of Sound, which I mentioned in a previous post.


T R A C K L I S T :
  • 00:00    DeYarmond Edison - Love Long Gone
  • 04:25    Middle East - Deep Water
  • 12:00    Field Report - Pale Rider
  • 16:50    Strand of Oaks - JM
  • 24:06    Waxahatchee - Half Moon
  • 27:13    Barr Brothers - How the Heroine Dies
  • 31:17    Damien Rice - Trusty and True
  • 38:08    Mojave 3 - In Love with a View
  • 44:00    Amateur Love - Ether Egg Hunt
  • 48:00    Blaudzun - Wingbeat
  • 51:51    Low Roar - Phantoms
  • 54:16    DeYarmond Edison - Ragstock
  • 56:44    Strand of Oaks - Pope Killdragon
  • 61:54    end

Elements of Sound

Over the past several years I've been listening to more and more "normal" music.  By normal I mean music that's not ambient or electronic.  I guess if I had to put a genre on my "normal" listening it would be "indie" which covers a lot of music.

As I said in my Best Albums of 2014 post, Spotify is a big part of my shift in listening habits.  I use it to sample new music & I follow folks who update their new releases playlists.  I'm constantly on the prowl for new music.  It's gotten to be a bit of an obsession really.

I've already done some mixes which stray from the normal ambient path, like Slowcoustic, Always & Forever.  I will hopefully be doing more mixes that dip into my indie playlists.  Hopefully some louder mixes too.  If anyone is interested here is my Spotify profile where you can find a bunch of playlists...

Spotify Profile

Low Light Mixes has been part of the Mixcloud community for about 5 years.  And because Mixcloud likes to put couldcasts into specific categories I thought it would be cool to add a second Mixcloud profile specifically for mixes that are not as ambient as others.  So here's the link to my new Mixcould profile, Elements of Sound...

EoS on Mixcloud

The new profile doesn't really change much for visitors to this blog because most of what I post on the two Mixcloud pages will be available here.  If you like what you hear from Low lIght Mixes and Elements of Sound let your friends know.  The new EoS profile can use the extra plays and new followers, it trails the Low Light page but about 31,000 followers.  Haha.


Sunday, March 01, 2015

the quiet winter sun

This mix was started because of one new tune - "Witch Season" from the new Infraction release by Offthesky and Pleq.  I love that track and what better way to tell people about it than a new mix.

With that song as a starting point things fell into place very nicely.  All the music in the mix is fairly recent.  Most is from 2014 or 2015 with the exception of the cut from The New Honey Shade which is from 2011.

The mix as a whole is pretty straight forward ambient.  Straight forward but awesome ambient.  I love the tracks from dirk serries, tonepoet, The Circular Ruins, Janek Schaefer, Spheruleus...oh heck, I adore every cut in this mix.

All of the albums used in this mix are available on Bandcamp so I'll link to them here in order of appearance in the  mix...


T R A C K L I S T :
  • 00:00    Offthesky and Pleq - Witch Season
  • 04:57    dirk serries - cloud surface break
  • 11:11    Janek Schaefer - Beyond
  • 16:16    The New Honey Shade - Sun is Elixir
  • 19:00    The Circular Ruins - Full Circle
  • 27:30    Coppice Halifax - lowlights
  • 34:05    Experiments in Silence - duskforms
  • 38:50    Man Watching the Stars - Midday
  • 49:40    tonepoet - Showers of Lilac
  • 54:00    Spheruleus - The Railroad
  • 1:01:27    Experiments in Silence - Nascent Light
  • 1:06:53    end

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Sunday Morning Music vol. 10 - To Heal

Here's the latest in the Sunday Morning Music series.  And as usual it follows a similar path to its predecessors - little bit of quiet vocals, little bit of jazz, little bit of classical, little bit of everything.

The first track in the mix is from DeYarmond Edison, which is Justin Vernon's first band from 2005.  Vernon is the man behind Bon Iver.  He's a fellow Wisconsonite that hit the big time with his For Emma album back in 2007.  I discovered the DeYarmond Edison album while doing some Bon Iver research and found that it is an excellent album.  Vernon is also a member of Volcano Choir, which has a cut in this mix as well.  I have a Justin Vernon mix in the works.  It will feature his music along with music from the many artists he has connections with.

As much as I like that first track, the highlight of this mix for me is the Kate Bush tune, Snowflake, from her wonderful album, 50 Words for Snow.  She sings the song from the point of view of a snowflake,  I only used about half of the song in the mix.

A couple of others favorite tunes in this mix are Ladder in Place from rf, very bright and happy.  I have always loved the Underworld cut, To Heal and used it as part of the title for this installment of the Sunday series.  And finally, the Daryll Hall tune at the end from his offbeat collaboration with Robert Fripp is another fav.

Other mixes on the horizon include a space rock mix, ambient dub, breathing, time dilation, Americana,  sea music and the previously mentioned Justin Vernon Family Tree mix.


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    DeYarmond Edison - Time to Know
  • 05:56    Pink Floyd - Things Left Unsaid
  • 08:27    Underworld - To Heal
  • 10:15    Black Elk - III_IV
  • 15:05    Kate Bush - Snowflake
  • 19:55    Gem Club - Red Arrow(john)
  • 22:40    rf - Ladder in PLace
  • 26:15    Kjell Anderson - Broadway Valetine
  • 28:57    Volcano Choir - Husks and Shells
  • 32:00    Penguin Cafe Orchestra - Air
  • 35:50    Piers Faccini & Vincet Segall - A Half of Me
  • 40:00    Dublin Guitar Quartet - Mishima V
  • 43:28    Moon Ate the Dark - She Swimming
  • 46:30    Labradford - P
  • 55:25    Daryl Hall - Without Tears
  • 58:17    end

Sunday, February 01, 2015

fripp_2015 by Ambient Landscape

A couple of posts ago I mentioned a favorite new ambient blog - Ambient Landscape.  I visit quite often, usually finding new music, interesting links and good mixes.

I reached out to Gene, who runs the blog and asked if he would do a guest mix for Low Light and I'm happy to say that he agreed.  The result is this Robert Fripp themed mix - "fripp_2015."

I love listening to well done mixes where I'm not entirely familiar with all the tunes.  That way everything just blends seamlessly, one track into another, I can't tell where one begins and another ends.  Being a long time Fripp fan, any mix that features his music immediately gets my attention and this one does that and more.  This is a great collections of tunes whether you're a Fripp fan or not.

Check out the Ambient Landscape Mixcloud page as well.


Gene also likes to break his mixes into separate cuts because he doesn't always listen to a full mix and he likes to be able to access the mix at various points.  So in addition to the normal download above I'll provide a link to a zip file with the mix broken up into 5 individual cuts.  Here's the link...

T R A C K L I S T :
  • 00:00    Marcus Fischer - Nearly There
  • 04:43    1605_Munro - Oscila34 (feat. Robert Fripp)
  • 12:33    Microvolt - Dissipate
  • 16:12    Theo Travis & Robert Fripp - Improvisation.1
  • 19:51    Illuha - Relative Hyperbolas of Amplified and Decaying Waveforms
  • 28:25    Marcus Fischer - Monocoastal (Part 2)
  • 34:23    Metropole Orkest & Robert Fripp - Pie Jesu
  • 43:37    Johan Troch - The Enlightened
  • 47:05    Peter Davidson - Grand Theft Saucer 1960
  • 50:29    Robert Fripp - My Mother's Birthday
  • 53:40    Frore - A Name On The Wind
  • 61:25    Robert Fripp - Affirmation_Imac
  • 67:18    Robert Fripp - Let The Power Fall/1987
  • 78:27    Memnon Sa - Titans Sleep
  • 83:08    A Produce - The Golden Needle
  • 89:36    end

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Points of Departure

a beginning
an expedition is launched
springs into being
the journey begins

This is a follow up to an earlier mix Leaving the Station, which had a train theme.  I had several people ask if I was planning on a follow up and, well, here it is.

My favorite track in this mix is El Divisadero by Chris Watson from his wonderful field recording album, El Tren Fantasma.  I've used this track before but it's so awesome I just had to use it here.

Another track in this mix that I've used before is Dialing in the Sun by Paul Ellis.  It's an excellent berlin school cut that has this great clicky-clack sound that works perfectly here.

The rest of the mix is a collection of old(Richard Pinhas) and new(Andy Stott) cuts.

On a side note, I don't know if anyone has noticed but embedded in each mp3 for download is the mix tracklist.  So if you're playing it on your phone or on some pc players, you should be able to see the tracklist when the mix is playing.

Other mixes coming soon, or maybe I should say sometime this year, a sort of jazz mix, a new age massage mix, a sci fi mix, a dubby mix, a space rock mix, guest mixes and many more I haven't even thought of yet.


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Edinburgh - City Streets and Train Station
  • 00:40    The Elf Machine - Asymmetric Transition
  • 03:27    Arovane - Passage to Nagoya
  • 05:15    Locust - I'll Be There
  • 08:57    Forrest Fang - Bothered
  • 12:27    Paul Ellis - Dialing in the Sun
  • 17:45    Chris Watson - El Divisadero
  • 22:00    Circular - Synchronus
  • 29:00    The Black Dog - Exhibit 1.1
  • 33:20    Function and Vatican Shadow - Things Unknown
  • 40:20    Dub Tractor - More or Less Mono
  • 44:08    The Field - Arpeggiated Love
  • 48:55    Richard Pinhas - Melodic Simple Transition
  • 52:15    Andy Stott - Science and Industry
  • 57:57    Torn Hawk - She Happens
  • 1:02:55    Ten and Tracer - Figure and Ground
  • 1:06:05    Deepchord - Day's End
  • 1:08:11    end