Saturday, July 16, 2016

The Color of Space - guest mix by Mike G of Ambient Music Guide


I've done a lot of mixes over the last ten years.  Obviously I try to have a theme or mood for each mix.  It can get difficult come up with new motifs.  That's why I love the idea that Mike G of Ambient Music Guide had last year.  We decided to trade guest mixes and he suggested we each send each other a few mix titles and that we select one and build the mix off of that title.  It really gets me thinking differently and can help get me out of a rut when looking for mix inspiration.

This mix is the second guest mix from Mike.  I love getting these mixes because so often there are artists or genres I normally don't use but that I love listening to.  This mix exemplifies that perfectly.  I don't listen to as much "space" music as I used to and as I lost myself in this mix I realized that I really need to revisit this style of ambient more often.  I am looking forward to using this as a stargazing soundtrack when I vacation in northern Wisconsin later this summer.

This is what Mike had to say about The Color of Space...
"Space is a theme with multiple meanings and is woven throughout much 
modern ambient and downtempo instrumental music. My mix The Color Space 
is a soundtrack of the cosmos.  All the music has a cosmic feel, whether 
it be one of inner space, outer space or the indefinable regions between."

Thanks Mike!


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Sunday, June 19, 2016

minimal tendencies



On my list of the greatest recordings ever made you'll find the 1978 ECM records release of Steve Reich - Music for 18 Musicians. It blew me away when I heard it for the first time.  I've been a fan of minimal classical music ever since.

I have a ton of Steve Reich and Philip Glass music in my collection.  Recently I discovered a 2010 recording of Philip Glass music by the Delta Saxophone Quartet called Minimal Tendencies.  It's an excellent album and it got me thinking about a minimal mix.  So I stole the title of their album and started the mix with one of their tracks.

Enjoy



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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Delta Saxophone Quartet - Philip Glass Mishima I
  • 03:50    Colin Stetson - Clothed in the skin of the dead
  • 06:20    Pat Metheny - Steve Reich Electric Counterpoint 1 Fast
  • 13:06    Philip Glass - Closing
  • 18:52    Alexandre Desplat - Alan
  • 21:39    Max Richter - Shadow Journal
  • 26:50    Steve Reich - Six Marimbas
  • 32:00    John Adams - The Death of Klinghoffer Chorus of Exiled Palestinians
  • 37:55    Steve Reich - Music for 18 Musicians Pulses
  • 43:20    John Luther Adams - The Farthest Place
  • 50:11    Julia Rovinsky - Philip Glass Metamorphosis II
  • 53:20    Clint Mansell - Ghosts of Things To Be
  • 54:30    John Adams - Fog Tropes
  • 57:15    Kronos Quartet - Glass String Quartet No. 2 Company IV
  • 59:05    The Dublin Guitar Quartet - Philip Glass Mishima V
  • 62:32    Steve Reich - Mallet Quartet II Slow
  • 65:40    Evan Chapman - Philip Glass Opening
  • 71:49    end




Sunday, June 12, 2016

Sunday Morning Music vol. 13 - Silver Sunrise


The latest in the Sunday morning series features a gorgeous remix of a Silver Lake Chorus tune from their forthcoming remix album out on June 24th.


The mix opens and closes with Easy To Die by Silver Lake Chorus remixed by Hammock. The closing tune is an instrumental version.

The rest of the mix is the typical Sunday morning mix of instrumentals, jazz and vocal tunes. Most of the tracks are fairly new.

Enjoy




T R A C K L I S T :
  • 00:00    Silver Lake Chorus - Easy to Die(Hammock remix)
  • 03:50    Julianna Barwick - Forever
  • 08:00    Jim James - All Things Must Pass
  • 13:13    Silmus - Close to Light
  • 17:25    Oddisee - Right Side of the Bed
  • 21:25    Baka Forest People of SE Cameroon - Liquindi 2
  • 22:50    Hiatus - Third(Max Cooper remix)
  • 27:20    Ólafur Arnalds - RGB
  • 31:20    Radiohead - Daydreaming
  • 36:57    Hammock - Marathon Boy
  • 41:48    Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - Stratus
  • 44:00    Fred Frith & Darren Johnston - Barn Dance
  • 46:40    Strand of Oaks - Wonderful(my morning jacket cover)
  • 50:00    Sliver Lake Chorus - Easy to Die(Hammock instrumental remix)
  • 54:21    end



Sunday, May 29, 2016

dubscapes & seacapes


I love me some ambient dub.  I also love ambient tunes that remind me of the sea.  Over the years I've made 7 dub style mixes & 6 sea themed mixes.  This new mix combines those two obsessions.

There's now much else to say about all the music here.  other than I think all the tunes flow nicely & work well within this theme.

Enjoy





T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Brother Blue - Summoning UFOs
  • 05:55    Shaded Explorer - Sea Mist
  • 10:33    Purl - Havets Sang
  • 16:25    Kris Dubinsky & Warmth - Sammanväxta Toner
  • 20:55    Purl - Montauk
  • 27:50    Wanderwelle - Leaving Port Logan
  • 31:00    Urenga - Ocean's Secret
  • 37:55    Markus Guentner - Baryon
  • 44:25    Bjorn Rohde - Forest of Forgotten Hearts(reflections edit)
  • 49:40    Kris Dubinsky & Warmth - Uncertain Horizon
  • 54:39    Kanthor - Hegemony
  • 59:15    Gas - Pop III
  • 65:22    Purl - Remnant
  • 73:37    end




Saturday, April 30, 2016

Unfurling Forces


As with so many mixes this one started because of a great tune. In this mix that great tune is Existence in the Unfurling by Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith from her spectacular new album Ears. The track is a wonderful mixture of analog electronics, fluttering woodwinds and ethereal vocals. It's my favorite song of the year so far and I just had to share it in a mix. 

The other tracks are a combination of electronic tunes & some post-rock.  All the music is new with the exception of the 3rd track.

Enjoy


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - Existence in the Unfurling
  • 11:05    Mogwai - Ether
  • 15:40    The Maple Mountain Sunburst Triolian Orchestra - Age of Steam
  • 18:40    36 - FIVe Eyes
  • 21:40    Explosions in the Sky - The Wilderness
  • 25:44    Prins Thomas - A2
  • 32:20    Shaded Explorer - When I Decided to Live
  • 40:54    Underworld - Santiago Cuatro
  • 44:15    Brian Eno - The Ship
  • 52:25    Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - Rare Things Grow
  • 55:24    end





Sunday, April 24, 2016

Piano Moments


I had not planned on doing another piano mix so soon after the last one in November 2015.  Then Piano Day happened.  On March 28th of this year a group founded by Nils Frahm celebrated the piano and everything around it. This was the second year for the event.

In addition to music released for Piano Day and live events, the Piano Day website, pianoday.org, has this awesome random note generator.  I highly recommend playing around with it.  You can record your noodlings and play it back on the site.  It works great with a tablet where you can hit several notes simultaneously.  

The website piano player is what got me started on this mix.  I made an audio recording of my random notes and then messed with it by mixing it with a backwards version and a slowed down version and adding a bit of reverb.  The result is very listenable.  Not an exact composition per se with now structure but it works pretty well as an ambient piano track.

That's a long winded way of saying that is where this mix started.  Next I stumbled across an amazing recording on SoundCloud here... https://soundcloud.com/hey-exit/every-recording-of-gymnopedie-1

Brendan Landis, recording as Hey Exit, took every recording he could find of Satie's Gymnopedie #1 and played them all at the same time, layered on top of each other, timestretched to the length of the longest recording.  The 60 plus recordings combine to create an ethereal, phasing shifting version the famous Gymnopedie #1.  I knew immediately that I had to include this in any piano mix.

A couple of quick notes on other tracks...
The mix starts of with Fleeting Smile by Roger Eno.  A cut that owes a lot to Satie's Gymnopedies but is still beautiful on it's own.  It had been years since I listened to this track and after hearing it again I immediately added to a playlist I have called The Most Beautiful Recordings Ever.


There is another sort of random notes type of piece in the mix and it's from Akria Rabelais.  The tracks full name is "Every Tone Is the Prism as Words, Any Unexpected Corners Must Be Slipped Away."  It's a 42 minute piece with LOTS of dead air in between notes.  I decided to remix it a bit by layering it to eliminate much of the silence.  I know this goes totally against the original intent of the track but I was just experimenting with the randomness of rearranging the notes and ended up liking how it sounded.

I hope you enjoy these piano moments.  Maybe next year I'll have a piano mix ready on Piano Day.  In the meantime go visit the site... pianoday.org

Enjoy



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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00 Roger Eno - Fleeting Smile
  • 02:24 Hey Exit - every recording of gymnopedie 1
  • 06:50 Hey Exit - every rec of gymnoedie 1 slowly
  • 08:23 pianoday.org + Low Light - Piano Day web player remix
  • 15:15 Steve Roach & Robert Logan - Moments Notice
  • 20:30 Akira Rabelais - every tone is the prism(layered remix)
  • 28:30 Harold Budd - Templar
  • 37:30 Roedelius - Roedelius plays piano part 11
  • 40:05 Nils Frahm - Mi
  • 43:54 Unknown - random pno
  • 47:27 Mark Lyken & Emma Dove - fishing for rigs pt. 1
  • 49:05 Howard Skempton - piano piece 1969
  • 50:30 Roedelius - Roedelius plays piano part 1
  • 52:33 Chris Walla - Introductions
  • 60:14 Hey Exit - every recording of gymnopedie 1 slowly
  • 62:20 end





Sunday, March 06, 2016

Guitar-scapes



I believe I have professed my love for ambient guitar in previous posts here.  So a mix like this is no surprise.  Just as many of the artists collected in this mix are no surprise. Dirk Serries, Scott Solter, David Tagg, Windy & Carl, Kyle Bobby Dunn, Fripp & Eno - these are all artists that have appeared in many of my mixes over the years.

The music here is fairly straightforward - ambient tunes where the guitar is the most prominent instrument.  Some of the cuts are beautiful, others a bit darker, but all will easily transport the listener to a favorite meditative place.

Enjoy



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T R A C K L I S T :
  • 00:00    Tonepoet - Headspace
  • 07:00    Chas Smith - False Clarity
  • 10:50    A Lily - Hunter and Sky
  • 13:45    David Tollefson - Pattern of Islands
  • 16:45    Jasper Tx - Embers
  • 21:10    Fripp and Eno - Heavenly Music Corp(half speed)
  • 26:20    Dirk Serries - The Lament Broke
  • 36:40    Kyle Bobby Dunn - The Hungover
  • 46:25    Robin Guthrie - Misty
  • 49:45    Matt Borghi - The Elysian Plain
  • 54:27    Sleep Robot - Prayer Wheel
  • 1:00:37    Windy and Carl - Ode to a Dog
  • 1:04:50    Gareth Hardwick - Five Points
  • 1:14:14    David Tagg - Wolf Suite III
  • 1:17:55    Hakobune - A Distant Loss
  • 1:24:10    Shaula - Sea of Trees
  • 1:27:27    Manual - Always Alone
  • 1:33:36    Brian Siskind - Graham Bell
  • 1:38:00    Koda - Moment on the South Shore
  • 1:42:10    Scott Solter - The Palace Wedding
  • 1:46:10    Dirk Serries - Radiant Down
  • 1:54:36    end





Sunday, February 21, 2016

Cinema Atmospherica


As with so many of these mixes this one grew out of one particular recording.  In this case it was The Revenant soundtrack by Ryuichi Sakamoto with Alva Noto.  It's an absolutely gorgeous film score and I knew I needed to build a mix around it.

This mix, as the title suggests, is fairly atmospheric in feel and sound.  The tracks used are a combo of newer recordings & old ones too, with The Revenant making three appearances.  That soundtrack is definitely going to be on my best of list at the end of 2016.

Enjoy



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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Ryuichi Sakamoto & Alva Noto - The Revenant Theme(Noto remodel)
  • 03:44    Johann Johannsson - Desert Music(Sicario)
  • 07:50    Tindersticks - Night Time Cigarettes(Les Salauds)
  • 09:50    Ben Salisbury & Geoff Barrow - Ava(Ex Machina)
  • 11:10    Cliff Martinez - Sonia(The Knick season 2)
  • 11:43    Cliff Martinez - and we're here to listen(Traffic)
  • 13:26    Underworld - Corazon finds the seeding(Sunshine)
  • 14:12    Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - Teacher's Farewell(Loin Des Hommes)
  • 15:58    Arcade Fire - Loneliness #3(Her)
  • 19:10    Nils Frahm - Our Own Roof(Victoria)
  • 24:12    Jon Hopkins - Lost Map(How I live Now)
  • 25:50    Ryuichi Sakamoto - The Revenant Theme Atmospheric
  • 28:23    Harold Budd - Mysterious Skin(Mysterious Skin)
  • 30:35    Cliff Martinez - Speight Lived Here(The Knick season 2)
  • 32:00    Calexico - el escape del circo(Circo)
  • 33:10    Max Richter - Shadow Journal(Waltz With Bachir)
  • 37:27    Ryuichi Sakamoto - Out of Horse(The Revenant)
  • 40:15    Peter Gabriel - On The Map(Rabbit Proof Fence)
  • 41:00    Cliff Martinez - Wrong Floor(Drive)
  • 42:00    Ennio Morricone - Neve(Hateful 8)
  • 43:36    Ólafur Arnalds - Before The Calm(Another Happy Day)
  • 44:44    Clint Mansell - Summer Ghosts Of Things To(Requiem for a Dream)
  • 45:50    Andrey Dergatchev - Georgians(The Return)
  • 48:00    Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - Dead Horse(Loin Des Hommes)
  • 50:45    Johann Johannsson - The Jewish Cemetery on Moellegrade(Copenhagen Dreams)
  • 52:54    Arcade Fire - We're All Leaving(Her)
  • 55:26    end




Sunday, January 10, 2016

a quiet sea


I've done many "sea" mixes over the years and I keep coming back to them because ambient music perfectly captures the impression of an undulating a sea or ocean.

Enjoy


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00   Rafael Anton Irisarri - Displacement
  • 03:52   Loscil - Angel of List
  • 10:00   Kane Ikin - Slow Waves
  • 13:30   Budd & Eno - An Echo of Night
  • 15:20   Diatonis - Moving in Silence
  • 19:54   Wave Temples - Under the Crystal Waters
  • 20:25   Wave Temples - Thru the narrow strait...
  • 21:45   Benoit Pioulard - Stanza II, IX
  • 26:36   Spheruleus - Clouds Swarm
  • 30:37   Purl - Havets Sång
  • 36:50   pjusk & sleep orchestra - Daithn
  • 41:12   Intrusion - Under the Ocean
  • 44:50   Porya Hatami - Farewell
  • 52:25   Pan & Me - The Sea Is So Quiet
  • 59:00   Stefan Paulus - Salt Sea Island
  • 63:24   end







Saturday, January 09, 2016

Mixcloud Best of 2015


Here's a little self-promotion for the first post of 2016.  Low Light Mixes made it to #4 on Mixcloud year-end list of the best curators in Ambient for 2015.  It helps that the folks at Mixcloud have been promoting my mixes a lot this year.  Now if only I could figure out a way to make money off of my Mixcloud fame. ;)

Here's a link to the 2015 list...


Thanks to regular blog visitors & downloaders for another fine year.  Cheers!


PS - The first great album of 2016?  Ryuichi Sakamoto, Alva Noto & Bryce Dessner - The Revenant OST - even though technically it was released in 2015, I'm counting it as 2016 as the film just opened here.