Saturday, March 25, 2017

City Centre Offices - Impact & Inspiration


This week marks the final transmission of the wonderful record label, City Centre Offices.  Their style of electronic music was new to me at the time and I devoured their releases with a rapacious glee.  I think I have somewhere between 40 - 50 CCO recordings.

City Centre Offices has been silent for a number of years and I hate to admit that I'd sort of forgotten about them.  But now this week brings one final release, Boy Robot - Final Transmission.  So with the end of CCO officially here, I thought I'd collect a few favorites in a new mix.  There is so much great music that came from CCO that I could have done mixes that were hours long but I kept this one to the standard 1 hour.

Rather than go on and on rhapsodically about what a marvelous label City Centre Offices is, I'll direct you to this excellent article over at A Strangely Isolated Place - http://www.astrangelyisolatedplace.com/blog/2017/3/14/city-centre-offices-interview-the-final-transmission
Great stories, insight and music in that ASIP reminiscence.  The good folks at ASIP also put together a terrific Spotify playlist of CCO music.

I hope you enjoy this little stroll down memory lane as much as I did.

Cheers!





T R A C K L I S T:
  • 0:00    Arovane - A Secret
  • 04:00    Casino versus Japan - Late for School
  • 09:45    Herrmann & Kleine - Transalpin
  • 15:40    Ulrich Schnauss - Between Us & Them
  • 22:00    Xela - Softness of Senses
  • 26:06    Christian Kleine - Guitar Interrupt
  • 29:48    Dub Tractor - 50Hz Guitar
  • 35:17    Opiate - Open
  • 37:26    Boy Robot - Glamorizing Corporate Lifestyle
  • 40:40    Bitstream - Stream One
  • 44:40    Styrofoam - Cashier Escape Song
  • 50:33    Dictaphone - Dictaphone II
  • 53:24    Swod - Intro
  • 54:14    Marsen Jules - Chanson Du Soir
  • 58:42    Ulrich Schnauss - Gone Forever
  • 66:23    END





Thursday, March 09, 2017

a slow haw 2017

I haven't had time lately for new mixes but I wanted to get something up on Mixcloud so I thought I'd resurrect an old mix.  This mix was originally done 10 years ago.  Yikes!  I can't believe I've been doing this that long.

There were a few tracks in the original mix that I didn't really like anymore so I added a few new ones and took out a few old cuts.  The new tracks are by Tilman Robinson, Loess, Murcof & Venessa Wagner, and Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society.

I hope to get back on track with new mixes coming more frequently. There's also a guest mix coming very soon.

Cheers!




T R AC K L I S T :
  • 00:00    Tilman Robinson - Bathed in Her
  • 05:55    Michael Brook - Earth Alone
  • 07:25    Windy & Carl - Akimatsuri
  • 12:25    Underworld & Gabriel Yared - St. Pancras
  • 15:45    Loess - Striae
  • 20:15    Oblong - Rendevous
  • 23:22    Rafael Anton Irisarri - Waking Expectations
  • 29:25    Green Kingdom - Autumn Toadlick
  • 35:15    Xela - Bobble Hats in Summer
  • 40:20    Chihei Hatakeyama - Granular Haze
  • 43:10    Daisuke Miyatani - Yu
  • 44:10    Eluvium | Requium on Frankfort Ave.
  • 46:25    Dollboy | Hatterjax
  • 51:25    Murcof & Vanessa Wagner - Aphex Twin Avril 14th.
  • 55:10    Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society - Half Light



Thursday, January 26, 2017

Sci Fi Soundtracks


The title of this mix pretty much says it all - this is a collection of excellent tracks from excellent science fiction films.  

This isn't meant to be definitive as in "The Best SciFi Soundtracks of All Time!"  It's just some of my favorite music from some of my favorite sci fi films.  I purposely stayed away from stuff like Star Wars, Star Trek, Close Encounters and 2001.  Those are a little too recognizable and most of the time don't fit with the ambient feel of this mix.

I just had to start the mix with what may be my all time favorite sci fi soundtrack - Solaris by Cliff Martinez.  I like the movie pretty well but the soundtrack is what really made that film for me.  Another soundtrack that I absolutely had to include is Arrival from Johann Johannsson.  Easily my favorite film of last year and the soundtrack made me love it even more.  A lot of the music in this mix is fairly new, released within the last ten years or so.  The exception being the tracks from Blade Runner and Dune.

Are there any sci fi soundtracks that I should check out for further mixes?  Any favorite sci fi film music that you have?  Let me know in the comments.

Cheers!


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T R A C K L I S T :
  • 00:00    Cliff Martinez - First Sleep(Solaris)
  • 02:42    Clint Mansell - Welcome to Lunar Industries(Moon)
  • 06:00    Ben Salisbury & Geoff Barrow - The Turing Test(Ex Machina)
  • 07:10    Harry Gregson-Williams - Watney's Alive(The Martian)
  • 09:50    Jon Hopkins - Campfire(Monsters)
  • 11:30    M83 - Starwaves(Oblivion)
  • 14:38    Johann Johannsson - Arrival(Arrival)
  • 17:00    Steven Price - Aningaaq(Gravity)
  • 21:00    Vangelis - Fading Away(Blade Runner)
  • 23:33    Toto - Paul Meets Chani(Dune)
  • 26:25    Clint Mansell - First Snow(The Fountain)
  • 29:17    Max Richter - Nocturne(Black Mirror)
  • 31:05    Johann Johannsson - Kangaru(Arrival)
  • 33:36    Underworld - Capa's Last Transmission(Sunshine)
  • 35:27    Brian Eno - Prophecy Theme(Dune)
  • 39:36    John Tavener - Mother & Child(Children of Men)
  • 42:55    Hans Zimmer - Where We're Going(Intersteller)
  • 45:41    Ben Salisbury & Geoff Barrow - Other Dreamers(Black Mirror)
  • 46:31    Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein - Eleven(Stranger Things)
  • 49:35    Arcade Fire - Morning Talk/Supersymmetry(Her)
  • 53:15    Daft Punk - Solar Sailer(Tron 2)
  • 55:40    Ben Salisbury & Geoff Barrow - Bunsen Burner(Ex Machina)
  • 58:34    Ramin Djawadi - Exit Music(for a film)(Westworld)
  • 62:58    end




Monday, January 09, 2017

gently falling snow



I think the last time I posted a snow mix I said that when I think of music to go with snow I think of piano music.  Maybe it's from years of hearing Vince Guaraldi's Peanuts Christmas album or George Winston's December album.  Whatever the reason, I immediately go to the piano for snow music.

So that is again the dominant instrument in this mix.  Most of the music here is fairly new which includes the Roedelius tune from 2015 - "Gently Falling Snow."  Obviously I stole the title for this mix but I think this collection really does have a nice feeling of "gently falling snow."

Cheers!


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T R A C K L I S T :
  • 00:00    Sonmi451 - I Didn't Know That Cats Could Grin
  • 05:00    Olafur Arnalds - Dalur
  • 08:10    Johann Johannsson - The Drowned World
  • 10:12    Rachel's - NY Snow Globe
  • 12:30    Roedelius - Gently Falling Snow
  • 14:33    Jason Van Wyk - Kept
  • 17:50    Olafur Arnalds - For Now I Am Winter
  • 21:35    Chihei Hatakeyama - Coastal Railroads in Memories
  • 27:10    Andrew Heath - Requiem
  • 34:15    James Murray - Particles
  • 39:21    Sonmi451 - Oh My Ears & Whiskers
  • 43:30    James Murray - Eyes to the Height
  • 47:39    Mike Lazarev - Absent
  • 50:00    Taylor Duepree - Snow(dusk dawn)
  • 55:20    Jason Van Wyk - Stay
  • 58:18    Nils Frahm - Less
  • 63:40    end




Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Best Ambient 2016




Every year I make two lists of my favorites albums of the year.  One list is generally indie music and the other is ambient/instrumental.  Even though I have a difficult time deciding on the final group it is easier coming up with the indie list than it is for ambient.  Maybe it's because after a year of music they all tend to blur together and sound the same.  There are definitely some stand outs, like the two releases from Johann Johannsson this year.  But generally it's tough to make a list because there are a lot of quality recordings every year.

As hard as it is, it's still a lot of fun digging through a ton of releases to find my favorites and then out them together in a coherent mix.  The tracks don't appear in any particular order.  I just figured out what cuts sounded good together.  Not all the tracks from my best of list made into the mix because that's just the way mixes go sometimes.

Here's the list, I'd love to hear about your favorite albums of the year, tell me about them in the comments.

BEST AMBIENT/INSTRUMENTAL OF 2016:
  • 1. Johann Johannsson - Orphee
  • 2. Ryuichi Sakamoto And Alva Noto - The Revenant OST
  • 3. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - Ears
  • 4. Paul Haslinger - Halt & Catch Fire OST
  • 5. The Green Kingdom - Harbor
  • 6. Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein - Stranger Things Season 1, Vol. 1
  • 7. Olafur Arnalds - Island Songs
  • 8. Huerco S. - for those of you who have never (and also those who have)
  • 9. Yagya - Stars And Dust
  • 10. Johann Johannsson - Arrival OST Coppice Halifax - Green Shape
  • 11. Coppice Halifax - Green Shape
  • 12. 36 - The Infinity Room
  • 13. Loscil - Monument Builders
  • 14. Oddisee - The Odd tape
  • 15. Olan Mill - Land Cycle
  • 16. Pye Corner Audio - Stasis
  • 17. Piers Faccini - no one's here
  • 18. Voces8 - Winter
  • 19. Marconi Union - ghost stations
  • 20. Mac Quayle - Mr. Robot, Vol. 1 OST
  • 21. AXX - Command Z
  • 22. Rezo Glonti - Budapest
  • 23. Riverrun - Romer Shoal
  • 24. Daniel Lanois - Goodbye To Language
  • 25. Spheruleus - Sundials






T R A C K L I S T :
  • 00:00    The Green Kingdom - Haze Layers
  • 06:46    Huerco S. - The Sacred Dance
  • 12:10    Yagya - Motes in the Moonlight
  • 16:25    Piers Faccini - no one's here 1
  • 20:00    Marconi Union - Shadow Scheme
  • 22:30    Johann Johannsson - A Song for Europa
  • 24:34    Olan Mill - Part 2
  • 27:35    Loscil - Weeds
  • 32:58    Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - Existence in the Unfurling
  • 43:36    Paul Haslinger - It's Not Right
  • 44:41    Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein - This Isn't You
  • 46:50    ├ôlafur Arnalds - Raddir
  • 50:00    36 - Room 8
  • 52:25    Coppice Halifax - Green Shape phase 4
  • 57:10    Rezo Glonti - Pulse Added Two
  • 62:10    Heavenchord - Night Waterline
  • 67:13    Daniel Lanois - Time On
  • 72:10    AXX - Prelude
  • 73:31    Riverrun - Weehawken
  • 76:00    Ryuichi Sakamoto & Alva Noto - The Revenant Theme(Noto remodel)
  • 79:33    Johann Johannsson - Arrival
  • 81:33    end





Saturday, December 10, 2016

Cinematic Headspace



I've been on a big Johann Johnnsson kick lately.  He released one of my favorite albums of the year "Orphee" a few months ago and now he has scored the excellent film "Arrival."  It is a wonderful soundtrack that really adds to an already fantastic film.

Johannsson tells the story of how he made the first track in this mix, "Heptpod B," at Song Exploder here...

https://soundcloud.com/hrishihirway/song-exploder-johann-johannsson-arrival-score

That new soundtrack is the jumping off point for this cinematic mix.  All the music used was released this year with the exception of tracks from "The Martian" & "The Revenant" which are 2015 recordings.  All these soundtracks are superb and I hope you will seek out the full albums.  I've included the name of the film in the tracklist.

Cheers!



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T R A C K L I S T :

⦁ 00:00    Johann Johannsson - Heptapod B(Arrival)
⦁ 03:25    Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - Daedalus(Mars)
⦁ 06:15    Harry Gregson-Williams - Message from Hermes(The Martian)
⦁ 08:50    Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie - Bring This Place to Life(Salero)
⦁ 11:30    A Winged Victory for the Sullen - Metro, pt.3(Iris)
⦁ 15:05    Mac Quayle - leavem3here.flac(Mr. Robot)

   16:09    Max Richter - Morgan Main Title(Morgan)
⦁ 20:10    Starkey - Ticks(Charting Stardust)
⦁ 24:15    Paul Haslinger - Security is a Myth(Halt & Catch Fire)
⦁ 26:45    Ramin Djawadi - Something I Can Never Have(Westworld)
⦁ 32:10    Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie - Lithium, the new era(Salero)
⦁ 35:20    A Winged Victory for the Sullen - Flashback Antoine(Iris)
⦁ 37:15    Dustin O'Halloran & Hauschka - Memories(Lion)
⦁ 38:40    Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie - end credits(Salero)
⦁ 41:25    Johann Johannsson - One of Twelve(Arrival)
⦁ 44:05    Riuichi Sakamoto - Glass & Buffalo(The Revenant)
⦁ 45:40    Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - Mama's Room(Hell or High Water)
⦁ 47:55    A Winged Victory for the Sullen - endless battle of the maudlin ballade, pt. 3(Iris)
⦁ 50:25    Ramin Djawadi - Exit Music(Westworld)
⦁ 54:47    end





Friday, November 25, 2016

Mysterioso



I'm not sure where this mix began.  Possibly late at night, glass of whiskey on the table, slow jazz playing in the background.  Arve Henriksen probably came up & got me thinking about dark, atmospheric jazz.  Which sends me to Spotify to investigate more jazz noir, which leads to the discovery of Shadowdream & Dead Combo, which leads to a new mix.

As you've probably guessed by now this is a late night, atmospheric jazz set.  I knew when I started this mix that I'd have to include something from the Twin Peaks soundtrack because that is the first thing I think of when contemplating noir jazz.  The Angelo Badalamenti & David Lynch cut that I picked works nicely because also used it for the title of the mix.

I really like the mood and feel of this entire mix and I hope you do too.  Grab a scotch and give it a spin in the dark.

Cheers!






T R A C K L I S T :
  • 00:00    Angelo Badalamenti - Mysterioso 2
  • 04:37    Arve Henriksen - The Sacristan
  • 07:45    The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble - Avian Lung
  • 12:45    Triosk - Awake in the Deep
  • 14:18    Harold Budd - Emboldened-My Dreams Perish
  • 16:30    Shadowdream - The Obsession Begins Tomorrow
  • 20:40    Daniel Lanois - Sketches
  • 24:40    Dead Combo - After Peace Swim Twice
  • 27:55    Povarovo - Methro Nome
  • 31:03    Arms And Sleepers - Atelier
  • 33:05    Cliff Martinez - Ask him why he killed my brother
  • 35:04    Shaqdowdream - The Hour of the Wolf, Alfa and Omega
  • 37:25    Bohren & Der Club Of Gore - Karin
  • 40:50    Julien Neto - V Rivers
  • 45:25    Arve Henriksen - Recording Angel
  • 47:25    Pjusk - Dempet
  • 50:10    Jon Hassell - Light on Water
  • 57:40    Nick Cave - Magneto
  • 62:45    end






Saturday, November 12, 2016

endless ambient


I've always been a fan of long form ambient.  It's goes all the way back to side-long cuts on Fripp & Eno's No Pussyfooting and Eno's Discreet Music.  And more recently to the many full album cuts from Steve Roach.  He's got a number of long form tracks and I'm not sure how many he has released.

For this mix I decided to feature a bunch of long tracks and to also let a large chunk of each to play.  Most cuts in the mix play for about 20 minutes or so.  Which is why this ends up easily being the longest mix I've ever done, clocking in at 6 hours and 15 minutes.  The version on Mixcloud is 5 1/2 hours because I needed to get the file size under 500mb.

This mix should work well as an all night sleep aid.

Cheers!


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T R A C K L I S T :
  • 00:00    Alio Die - Ultima Latet
  • 19:15    James Johnson & Stephen Phillips - Lost at Dunn's Lake
  • 43:15    Disturbed Earth - Butterfly
  • 58:15    Brian Eno - Neroli
  • 1:11:15    Sonmi451 - Ruis
  • 1:30:15    Steve Roack - Etheric Imprints
  • 1:43:55    Aloof Proof - The Ghost Ship
  • 2:03:20    Harold Budd - As Long As I Can Hold My Breath
  • 2:27:30    Seaworthy - Sleep Paths
  • 3:04:00    Robert Rich - Somnium
  • 3:53:15    Jim Cole - Astral
  • 4:10:30    Steve Roach - The Delicate Beyond
  • 4:39:20    Alio Die - In The Labyrinth Garden
  • 5:08:15    Brian Eno - Lux 4
  • 5:22:50    Paul Vnuk - Silence Speaks In Shadows
  • 6:15:21    end







Sunday, October 16, 2016

still falls the rain 2016


Back in 2009 I did a guest mix for Subversion called Still Falls the Rain.  When a regular listener/downloader was looking for a replacement file for one that he had lost I realized that I'd never properly uploaded it to my own archive or to Mixcloud. 

So I dug up the file from 2009, added a few more tracks and uploaded for your listening pleasure.  Good timing too, because it's been raining a lot here so it fits perfectly.

Cheers!





T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00     August Stars – Inland Rain
  • 04:25     Part Timer – Rain on My Window
  • 06:50     Letna – Raining Day
  • 09:30     Jon Hassell – Delta Rain Dream
  • 12:55     Manual - After the Rain
  • 14:00     Mark McGuire – A Pocket Full of Rain
  • 15:20     Sense - Early Rain
  • 19:00     Cyber Zen Sound Engine & Matt Borghi – Endless Rain
  • 22:10     Foxx & Budd – Raindust
  • 27:55     Jeff Pearce – Rainshadow Sky
  • 30:22    Giovanni Guidi Trio - The night it rained forever
  • 37:40    experiments in silence - as gentle rain falls
  • 47:56    Ryuichi Sakamoto - After the Rain
  • 48:43   end





Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Stranger Synths


I'm sure by now that most of you have seen or heard about the TV show "Stranger Things" on Netflix.  If you haven't seen it, definitely check it out. It totally rips off Close Encounters, ET, Poltergeist, Stand By Me, Firestarter, etc. but it doesn't matter because it's ripping them off in a loving way.

The same is true for the soundtrack.  It's got a great analog synth sound reminiscent of Tangerine Dream and John Carpenter soundtracks.  The minute I heard the Stranger Things theme I knew I had to make a mix featuring the new retro sound.

Even though the music in this mix sounds like it's from the 70s or 80s all of it is new, with most cuts being from 2015 and 2016.  In addition to the Stranger Things theme I of course had to include the Tangerine Dream remix of it. Thanks to Mike of Ambient Music Guide for the heads up on the soundtrack from Halt & Catch Fire by Paul Haslinger. It's fantastic!  Another soundtrack that made it's way into the mix is from Mac Quayle music for Mr. Robot - more analog loveliness.

I hope everyone enjoys the mix, I know had a ball putting it together.

Cheers!


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T R A C K L I S T:
  • 00:00    Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein - Stranger Things
  • 01:04    Tangerine Dream - Stranger Things Theme Remix
  • 03:17    Harry Gregson-Williams - Hexadecimals
  • 05:30    Paul Haslinger - Macmillan Utility
  • 06:55    Pye Corner Audio - Approach
  • 08:40    John Carpenter - Utopian Fa├žade
  • 12:04    Mac Quayle - trustyourself
  • 15:15    Prins Thomas - B
  • 22:30    The Analog Roland Orchestra - Lay Down
  • 24:36    20SIX Hundred - Collapse of Classical Reality
  • 27:07    Panabrite - Sunlight Dive
  • 29:33    Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein - Hanging Lights
  • 30:48    Nonkeen - Happy Juno
  • 33:15    Paul Haslinger - A Wolf in Unix
  • 34:21    Jean Michel Jarre - The Heart of the Noise
  • 36:54    Mac Quayle - m0rphine
  • 38:40    Pye Corner Audio - Vorsicht
  • 41:02    Cliff Martinez - Son of Placenta Previa
  • 43:15    Qluster - von weiter ferne ganz nah
  • 49:45    Pye Corner Audio - Sleep Chamber
  • 52:00    Bop - Odd Meaning
  • 55:21    Panabrite - Dune
  • 59:15    Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein - Cops are Good at Finding
  • 60:12    Paul Haslinger - It Speaks
  • 64:15    end