Sunday, May 19, 2019

Arrival alternative sountrack


I love the film, Arrival, so I should have thought of this myself. But a listener commented on my Blade Runner alternative mix that I should do an alternative mix for Arrival. Yes!

So here it is - An Alternative Arrival Soundtrack. I absolutely love Johann Johannsson's original soundtrack, probably one of my top two or three soundtracks of all time. So this mix is not attempting to make something that I think is better than his score. It's sort of a supplement to the original, a collection of tracks that fit with the style of the original.

 All of the tunes are newer than the original soundtrack, which came out in 2016. All the tunes except On The Nature Of Daylight by Max Richter. That amazing track was used to open and close the film. Here I use it in an unusual way - it plays backward then forward at the end of the mix. The film messes with the concept of the passage of time and the Richter track bookends the film to bring events of the end back around to the beginning. So playing it backward then forward kind of does the same thing. And it's crazy how much the track still sounds the same while playing backward.

If you haven't seen the film, go see it. It is definitely one of my top three favorite films of all time. Here's a couple links to the Blade Runner alternative mix...

http://lowlightmixes.blogspot.com/2017/12/alternative-blade-runner-2049-soundtrack.html



And what the heck here's my other alternative soundtrack mix - for the film Annihilation.



Cheers!

PS - the tune @ 15:00 is from my son. He did an excellent track for the Blade Runner mix and so I went to him immediately for this mix as well.



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T R A C K L I S T :
00:00    Tale Of Us - Alla Sera
04:00    Skamoto - Solari(Johannsson rework)
09:12    Nils Frahm - Kaleidoscope
10:08    Hibernis - The Grape Leaves
15:00    Just A Human - Heptapod(version 1)
17:12    Sakamoto - Disintegration(Alva Noto remodel)
22:10    Ocoeur - Embers
26:05    Ital Tek - Cipher
31:03    Caleb Burhans - Early Music (For a Saturday)
35:20    Vieo Abiungo - The Dregs
36:50    r beny - overgrowth
41:30    Sven Laux & Daniela Orvin - Friends
46:38    Max Richter - On the Nature of Daylight(backward)
52:45    Max Richter - On the Nature of Daylight(forward)
58:56    end











Sunday, May 05, 2019

Low Light Spotlight - William Basinski


This is the first mix in the Low Light Spotlight series. These mixes will be Mixcloud Select exclusives. So you have to subscribe to Mixcloud Select in order to listen to this mix. To regular visitors to this blog I'm sorry about making some of these mixes exclusive But it's the best way to drive traffic to the Select platform. And I'll still be uploading plenty of mixes right here.

This series will be mixes that each focus on a single artist. For this first entry I choose William Basinski - first because Disintegration Loops is one of the best ambient albums of all time and second because I've been listening to his latest release quite a bit.

This mix opens and closes with Disintegrations Loops dlp 1.1. But the version that appears at the end of the set is a terrific live performance on NPR by the Wordless Music Orchestra on the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11th attacks. Here's a link to the whole concert...

https://www.npr.org/sections/deceptivecadence/2011/09/07/140265002/remembering-september-11-a-live-concert-webcast-from-the-temple-of-dendur

Here's a link to my Mixcloud Select page...

https://www.mixcloud.com/lowlight/select/

Cheers!


Sunday, April 28, 2019

Set The Controls



And now for something completely different. This latest mix is almost, dare I say, dance music. Yikes! Actually it's not like this is EDM/Dubstep with ridiculous drops and autotune vocals. But all the music in this mix definitely has 4/4 time signature.

One of my favorite discoveries over the last couple of years has been the music of Kiasmos, a minimal techno duo comprised of Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen. The music has the 4x4 beat but it's more gentle than full on techno or house music. It's great for keeping pace when out walking the dog.




A few of my other favorites appear in this mix such as Christian Löffler, Recondite and a fantastic cover of Pink Floyd's "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun."

Cheers!







T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Christian Löffler - York
  • 03:00    Emmit Fenn - Halo 22
  • 06:16    Kiasmos - Blurred
  • 10:20    Steve Hauschildt - Alienself
  • 15:35    Ben Bohmer - Flug & Fall
  • 21:37    Stavroz - The Finishing
  • 24:45    Bedouin - Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
  • 31:50    Dominik Eulberg - Sansula(Max Cooper mix)
  • 36:18    Recondite - Levo
  • 40:43    Isolee - Allowance
  • 46:40    Prins Thomas - Fra Miami til Chicago
  • 51:15    Purl - Vuela
  • 57:25    Loscil - Le Plongeur
  • 61:17    end










Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Subaquatic Universe


Nine years ago I did a mix of 70s & 80s library music as a soundtrack for underwater exploration. I've always liked the odd vibe of that mix and always wanted to do a follow up. Now it's finally here with Subaquatic Universe.

It's essentially the same formula and sound as the first one. Vibraphone, fender rhodes, flutes and bubbles play a large role in creating this underwater universe. 

While collecting tracks for this mix I came across a bunch of other library music which will make for a great retro 70s sci fi mix which I'll put together later this year.

Cheers!







T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    John Hyde - Heron
  • 01:33    Eric Vann - Diving
  • 04:37    Walter Rockman - Chromosomes
  • 06:03    Atmo - Acque Tranquille
  • 08:18    Jim Harbourg - Empathy
  • 10:48    Joel Vandroogenbroeck & F. Voelxen - Cascades
  • 13:27    John Tender - Underwater Fantasy
  • 15:30    Franco Tamponi - Stelle Marine
  • 18:20    Gaston Borreani - Prelude aux Voiliers
  • 20:25    Bruton Library Music - Running Waters
  • 21:50    Walter Rockman - Sea Life
  • 23:20    Teddy Lasry - Moins 8000
  • 27:40    Gerhard Narholz - Electronique
  • 29:20    A.Perry & D.Sarkys - Canadian Colours 4
  • 30:00    Amedeo Tommasi - Correnti Sottomarine
  • 33:03    Walt Rockman - Submarine Scenery
  • 35:03    Eric Vann - Sunken Galleons
  • 38:30    Alan Hawkshaw - Eternity
  • 42:15    Atmo - Acque Profonde
  • 44:30    Piero Umiliani - Musica Delle Sfere
  • 46:12    Gaston Borreani - Cirrus
  • 49:35    Georg Deuter - Deep Sea
  • 52:43    end





Monday, March 25, 2019

Mixcloud Select Exclusives


Today Mixcloud launches a new feature for Mixcloud Select subscribers - exclusive mixes.

For my first exclusive mix I am launching a series called Seasonal Cycles and the initial offering is "The Promise of Spring."



There are different ways Select creators can use exclusive mixes. I have chosen to produce several mix series that will be available exclusively to Mixcloud Select subscribes. This is what I have in the works:

1. Sleep Series(low light nightlight) - music for bedtime
2. Seasonal Cycles - music focused on weather & the seasons
3. Stargazing Sessions - music for laying outside and looking up at the stars, watching for meteors & satellites
4. Artist/Label Spotlight - concentrating on one artist/label and their music

Right now I'm not sure how many mixes there will be in each series. Though obviously for the seasonal mixes there will be at least one per season. 

If you are interested in these exclusive mixes go here to subscribe & find out more - https://www.mixcloud.com/lowlight/select/

Subscribers also get unlimited plays, fast forward AND rewind, offline listening, and upfront tracklists. The Select program also directly supports low light mixes, plus the music and artists we play.

I am proud to be a Select Creator and I am excited to see the program grow.

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments.

Cheers!



Sunday, March 24, 2019

Places I've Never Been(Ode to High-Speed Rail)



Everything about trains is evocative. The sound of the whistle, the rhythm of the tracks, the sounds of the station, etc. Trains make for a perfect theme in electronic music mixes. Which is why you're bound to hear several of them this year from Low Light mixes.

This first one comes to us from my frequent collaborator, Paul Asbury Seaman. Not only has Paul done previous excellent mixes for me, he's also done a couple train mixes. Here's what he has to say about his latest creation...

“In my last mix I celebrated “liminal space,” the long in-betweens of life. Travel by train is both metaphor and literally that. Beyond the excitement of the busy station and going someplace new, for many of us the journey is the destination: the experience as both overview and connectedness, not felt from an airplane. The impetus for this mix was the just-released debut album of d’Voxx, on Ian Boddy’s UK label, DiN. And I dedicate it to the EuroPass, which ever since the 1960s has enabled vacationers and tourists from around the world to travel at highly-discounted rates—including by high-speed rail—anywhere in the 30 countries that are part of the system. Something that in the United States is, for now, only an ambient dream.”

The mix changes gears for the last tune, using sax, acoustics instruments and vocals but Paul thought it would fit well because A) it's called Train and B) it has "the dead-tired but satisfied feeling you have when you get home to your own bed after a long trip."

Cheers and safe travels!






T R A C K L I S T :


  • 00:00    d'Voxx - Akalla Söder(2019 Télégraphe)
  • 08:44    Rival Consoles - Persona(2018 Persona)
  • 15:06    Stimulus Timbre - We Reached for the Sky(2017 A Place We Never Been)
  • 21:40    Steve Roach - Core Meditation 1(2017 CORE - Legacy Edition)
  • 30:05    Evan Marc & Steve Hillage - Alpha Phase(2008 Dreamtime Submersible)
  • 37:45    Aepiel - Aves(2012 Painting The Sky)
  • 46:20    Stimulus Timbre - Look at the Stars & Think of Us(2017 A Place We Never Been)
  • 51:54    His Name Is Alive - Train(2002 Last Night)
  • 59:10    end










Sunday, March 10, 2019

Luminoustrings


This mix has been brewing in my head for the last couple of years. Basically I've been planning a follow up to the Luminouspaces mix since I posted it in 2016. I finally got going on the sequel a few weeks ago while listening to "Constellations" by Jane Antonia Cornish. It's an absolutely lovely album. If you like modern classical recordings you'll definitely enjoy it.


The mix begins and ends with a track from Constellations. In between you'll find a collection of modern classical favorites from the last year or two. Like a lot of my mixes, it's a beautiful compilation with a tinge of melancholy.

Cheers!



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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Jane Antonia Cornish - Beyond The Sky(Constellations 2018)
  • 07:20    Glåsbird - Gunnbjørn Fjeld(Grønland 2019)
  • 13:25    Ian Hawgood & Danny Norbury - II(Faintly Recollected 2018)
  • 18:40    Snorri Hallgrimsson - Still Life-Instrumental(Orbit 2018)
  • 21:27    Peter Gregson - Warmth(Quartets Two 2017)
  • 24:45    Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet - Another Long Evening(Landfall 2018)
  • 26:30    Ben McElroy - Songs of Iceland(Songs of Iceland 2018)
  • 29:05    William Ryan Fritch - Red Wolves(Birkitshi - Eagle Hunters In A New World 2017)
  • 31:10    Christopher Spelman - The Lost City of Z(The Lost City of Z 2017)
  • 31:50    Max Richter - Shimmering Clouds(My Brilliant Friend OST 2018)
  • 32:50    Ceets - Hover, Over Me(Concrete Fields 2017)
  • 37:45    Valgeir Sigurðsson - Committee(Little Moscow 2018)
  • 39:36    Julia Rovinsky - Metamorphosis II(Dusk 2017)
  • 46:22    Nicholas Britell - The Culmination(Moonlight 2016)
  • 48:00    Jane Antonia Cornish  - Wave Cycles(Constellations 2018)
  • 58:12    end








Sunday, March 03, 2019

Look what I found


I digitized my music collection a long time ago. I have a Sonos system throughout my house so I digitized thousands of CDs and packed up the physical copies. I haven't pulled out the actual CDs in a long time but recently I rearranged some furniture and realized that I had sofa table with a cd rack built into it. The thing had been in the same place for so long that I'd forgotten there were CDs in it. I played a bunch of the discs and had a good time re-discovering music that I hadn't heard in quite awhile.

So I made a mix of some my favs. The release years range from 2003 - 2012. There are some regulars that have appeared in many of my mixes - The Green Kingdom, Kyle Bobby Dunn, Maps & Diagrams, From The Mouth Of The Sun. Along with some that I've probably never used - Shirk, Lopside, Relmic Statute, Logreybeam, Herion.

The album, 37, by Lopside was especially cool to reacquaint myself with. It falls into the Boards of Canada, Casino versus Japan category but it's not very well known. It was great to get back into it. Here it is on Spotify...


The mix starts out a little glitchy and finishes with some classic ambient sounds. I hope you enjoy this little side trip down memory lane.

Cheers!



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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Logreybeam - Beetelguise(It's All Just Another Aspect Of Mannerism 2004)
  • 03:39    Lopside - The Shallow End(37 2003)
  • 06:45    Mokira - untitled 1(album 2003)
  • 10:55    The Green Kingdom - Maplecopter(Twig and Twine 2009)
  • 17:00    Sleepy Town Manufacture & Unit 21 - Swollenguest(No Traces 2009)
  • 19:21    From the Mouth of the Sun - The Crossing(Woven Tide 2012)
  • 20:15    Shirk - Dipsy(The Long Game 2008)
  • 23:05    Map & Diagrams - Everybody's got something to hide(Hidden Landscapes 2011)
  • 25:55    Relmic Statute - template for sand & forest(morning tapes 2010)
  • 30:45    Northern - Coasting(Drawn 2007)
  • 33:15    Tanner Menard - Chemical Secrets And Golden Flowers(The Oceans Of Your Aura 2010)
  • 36:15    A Produce & Loren Nerell - Meadow Dusk(Intangible 2011)
  • 42:00    Chihei Hatakeyama - Cave(Ghostly Garden 2009)
  • 46:05    Adam Pacione - Available Light(from stills to motion 2007)
  • 47:10    Kyle Bobby Dunn - The Tributary -For Voices Lost(A Young Person's Guide To 2010)
  • 54:08    Herion - Moske Orgulie(Out & About 2010)
  • 58:33    end










Sunday, February 24, 2019

Low Light Nightlight


This mix came about thanks to the sleepy inspiration of two 2019 recordings - "Formless" by Matt Borghi and the "Sleeplaboratory" compilation on Whitelabrecs.








I've been listening to both of these albums at night since they were released. Both are excellent. They serve as bookends on this 86 minute long sleep mix. Check 'em out & then check the mix. Or check out the mix then check out the albums. Or play all three simultaneously to really blow your mind(probably a bad idea actually).

Cheers!



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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Matt Borghi - Water(Formless 2019)
  • 04:23    M. Grig - Nod(Sleeplaboratory 2019)
  • 07:45    Hotel Neon - 12:41AM(Context 2017)
  • 12:56    Glåsbird - Norðurljós(Grønland 2019)
  • 15:47    The Green Kingdom - Cloud Cloak(Ephemera 2018)
  • 19:26    Rim - Ode To Plutonium(We Are Invisible Now 2016)
  • 26:04    Andrew Chalk - Naoko(One Long Year 2019)
  • 27:56    Warmth - Saros(Parallel 2018)
  • 35:40    Robert Rich - Elevations(Tactile Ground 2019)
  • 41:48    Billow Observatory - Soft Logic(III: Chroma/Contour 2019)
  • 45:34    Yoyu - In the Field Where Lovers Meet(Ordinary Moon 2017)
  • 53:47    Mount Shrine - Empty Slopes(Ghosts on Broken Pavement 2019)
  • 61:16    Steve Roach - Atmosphere for Dreaming(Atmosphere for Dreaming 2018)
  • 68:30    Music For Sleep - Waterforms(Waterforms 2019)
  • 72:24    Brian Eno - Irial(Sisters 2017)
  • 81:27    Matt Borghi - Undoing(Formless 2019)
  • 84:22    Daliah - With Z((Sleeplaboratory 2019)
  • 86:48    end
















Sunday, February 17, 2019

Open Spaces


One of my favorite discoveries late last year was the album In Currents by Innesti.




It's a wonderful combination of field recordings, loops, drones and light touches. I put it on my second Best of 2018 mix. Innesti has a new album coming out on Feb. 25th and we are lucky to have a preview of it on this guest mix he has created.

The mix stays true to the Innesti sound - gentle, calming, floating. I am excited to hear the new album and excited for this sneak peak. Here are a couple Innesti links...

https://innesti.bandcamp.com/album/in-currents

https://open.spotify.com/artist/6vjQzIlQxwDP0miO2oGoXE


Cheers!


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Innesti - The Architecture of Clouds (Formless)
  • 04:42    Yoyu - Open Space, Holding You Tenderly (Manitoba Forest Medicine)
  • 08:32    Astrolabe - Afterglow (Lights Beyond the Mist)
  • 12:34    Gallery Six - Harukaze (Bansyun)
  • 16:06    Ishq - Cloud Forest (Flowering Mountain Earth)
  • 18:14    ASC - Hadal Zone (The Waves)
  • 21:47    Jacob Newman - Invisible Autumn (Invisible Autumn)
  • 23:49    Eternell - Haven (Haven)
  • 28:56    end