Monday, December 25, 2006

First Snow - an ambient winter mix

Time for another winter mix.

Just like last year's mix, this playlist is filled with songs that have certain keywords in the title. So every tune will have one of these words...snow, winter, cold, frozen, ice, or freezing, in the title.

Most of the songs are either 2006 releases or new to me in 2006.

Enjoy and keep warm.

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First Snow

  • t r a c k l i s t i n g
  1. 00:00 - 04:20 Scott Solter - The Great Cold
  2. 04:20 - 09:15 Klimek - Snowfall 1
  3. 09:15 - 13:15 Greg Haines - Snow Airport
  4. 13:15 - 14:20 Corker & Conboy - Colder
  5. 14:20 - 17:20 Clint Mansell - First Snow
  6. 17:20 - 18:20 Library Tapes - It was a cold day in February...
  7. 18:20 - 20:15 Loren Connors - Falling Snow
  8. 20:15 - 24:40 Yellow 6 - (The First) Of Winter
  9. 24:40 - 30:00 Svalastog - Snow Tracer
  10. 30:00 - 35:20 Taylor Deupree - Snow Sand
  11. 35:20 - 39:00 Last Days - Snowing
  12. 39:00 - 42:30 Outputmessage - Snow
  13. 42:30 - 47:20 Trentemoller - While the cold winter waiting
  14. 47:20 - 49:20 Brian Eno - Cold
  15. 49:20 - 50:40 Freescha - Frozen Stiff
  16. 50:40 - 54:15 Hammock - Winter Light
  17. 54:15 - 56:45 Forrest Fang & Carl Weingarten - Freezing Days
  18. 56:45 - 00:10 Boc Scadet - Ice Shelves & Glaciers
  19. 00:10 - 05:20 Stuart Busby - Snow Fall

Friday, December 08, 2006

Best of 2006

Looking back on 2006, I guess it was another pretty good year for music. I like doing lists like this because it makes me resurrect cd's that I haven't listened to recently. Like the fabulous RF - Views of Distant Towns. I had almost forgotten that it came out in 2006.

I've noticed as the years have gone by, that my "best of" lists contain less and less ambient music. Now, a lot of the releases on this list have ambient qualities, but are not exactly ambient music per se. This year Scott Solter, Andrew Chalk & Forest Fang fill my traditional ambient quota in the list.

There was no way I could keep the list to a top ten. So here is my list, in no particular order, of the best of 2006(I reserve the right to add to it whenever I feel like it).
Please add your own lists in the comments section.

  1. Rf - Views of Distant Towns
  2. Christopher Willits - Surf Boundries
  3. Burial - st
  4. Scott Solter - One River
  5. Yellow 6 - The Beautiful Season has Past
  6. Triosk - The Headlight Serenade
  7. Forest Fang & Carl Weingarten - Invisibilty
  8. Helios - Eingya
  9. Andrew Chalk - Goldfall
  10. Clint Mansell & Mogwai - The Fountain Soundtrack
  11. The Necks - Chemist
  12. Svalastog - Woodwork
  13. Ceptual - Shifts Personal
  14. Halma - Back to Pascal
  15. Johann Johannsson - IBM 1401
  16. Loscil - Plume
  17. Marsen Jules - Les Fluers
  18. Ryan Teague - Coins & Crosses
  19. Loren Connors - Night Through, singles & collected works
  20. The Gentleman Losers - st
  21. Paul Simon - Surprise
  22. Joanna Newsom - Ys
  23. Sufjan Stevens - Avalanche
  24. Deaf Center - Levende
  25. Taylor Deupree - Northern
  26. North Sea & Rameses III - Night of the Ankou
  27. Adrian Klumpes - Be Still
  28. Phelan Sheppard - Harps Old Master
  29. Hammock - Raising Your Voice...
  30. Greg Haines - Slumber Tides
  31. Boxhead Ensemble - Nocturnes
  32. Green Kingdom - Lucky Bamboo

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

String Theory

Woo hoo! I fixed the hosting problem and this mix is back on line. This one is devoted to orchestral tunes.

Most of the tunes have a similar ambient feel. Some are repetItive, some are dreamy, some are dense, some are light, some are long, some are short. All of them are excellent neo-ambient-classical-orchestral tunes.

enjoy

Download it here...

S T R I N G T H E O R Y

T R A C K L I S T :

00:00 – 02:30 Deaf Center – Lobby
02:30 – 08:00 Ryan Teague – Nephesch
08:00 – 09:00 Max Richter – Ionosphere
09:00 – 14:30 Gavin Bryars – Jesus’ Blood
14:30 – 15:30 Library Tapes – When We Are No Longer Around
15:30 – 17:00 Cliff Martinez – What Shoe Size
17:00 – 20:45 Julien Neto – Sketch
20:45 – 26:30 Peter Garland – Coyote Bones
26:30 – 37:30 Gavin Bryars – Sinking of the Titanic
37:30 – 40:30 Johann Johannsson - #2
40:30 – 46:10 Max Richter – Sunlight
46:10 – 49:45 Deaf Center – Lamp Mien
49:45 – 52:30 Julien Neto – Musicbox
52:30 – 55:40 Library Tapes – Leaves Abstract
55:40 – 59:59 Arturo En El Barco – Candy Tucker
59:59 – 01:01 Max Richter – Laika’s Journey

Friday, September 29, 2006

Autumn Mix


Here's another mix with a totally uncreative title, but at least that keeps things simple & easy to understand.

As the title suggests, this is a mix for autumn. As I have done with other mixes, I narrowed my musical choices by limiting potential songs to those with certain keywords in the title. So all the song titles in this mix contain words such as colors, fall, autumn, leaves, September, etc.

Download it here...
Autumn Mix


T R A C K L I S T

00:00 - 01:11 . David Sylvian - September
01:11 - 02:43 . The Surf The Sundried - October Suite
02:43 - 03:40 . Piana - Color of Breeze
03:40 - 08:26 . Christopher Willits - Color Shifting
08:26 - 10:58 . The Young Gods - September Song
10:58 - 14:14 . Amir Baghiri - Autumn Sky
14:14 - 18:11 . The Secret Machines - Leaves Are Gone
18:11 - 21:57 . Chas Smith - October '68
21:57 - 26:06 . Golden Oaks - Autumn Testiment
26:06 - 31:16 . Early Day Miners - Autumn Wake
31:16 - 33:51 . Devendra Banhart - Autumn's Child
33:51 - 36:23 . The Album Leaf - September Song
36:23 - 39:58 . Epic 45 - Swerving To Avoid Falling Leaves
39:58 - 43:37 . Milieu - Autumn Fog Lifts
43:37 - 45:51 . Andrew Chalk - Goldfall
45:51 - 49:17 . Library Tapes - The Leaves Have Left Us
49:17 - 53:45 . Willie Nelson - September Song
53:45 - 58:00 . Beautumn - October Cafe

Friday, July 21, 2006

Piano Mix


The title is an obvious give-away about this mix.

Over the past few years there has been a resurgence of fine acoustic music. Whether it's Xela adding acoustic guitar to his glitchy sound or Swod using large doses of piano combined with electronics, acoustic instruments have made for some incredibly beautiful albums recently.I wanted to do an acoustic mix then decided to narrow it further by concentrating on piano tunes, some acoustic, some electronic, some romantic, some melancholic. All of it, hopefully, enjoyable.

download it here...
Piano Mix Vol. 1

t r a c k l i s t i n g :

00:00 - 04:08 Jim Fox - The City the Wind Swept Away
04:08 - 07:34 Akira Rabelis - Troisiome Gnoissienne
07:34 - 09:00 Noto & Sakamoto - Berlin
13:00 - 16:00 Infinite Scale - In Motion
16:00 - 21:30 Robert Scott Thompson - Figured in the Drift of Stars
21:30 - 24:15 Brian Eno - Always Returning
24:15 - 26:30 Praveen - Staring at Summer
26:30 - 29:30 Sylvain Chauveau - et peu
29:30 - 32:15 Roger Eno & Harmonia - interlude
32:15 - 35:45 Arturo en el Barco - Beth Dorris
35:45 - 38:45 Lippock & Morgenstern - gammelpop
38:45 - 41:45 John Convertino - Comb Your Hair
41:45 - 46:10 Ryuichi Sakamoto - Railroad Man
46:10 - 50:10 Swod - Hochbahn
50:10 - 54:10 Noto & Sakamoto - Morning
54:10 - 56:30 Harold Budd - Arabesque 3
56:30 - 1:01:00 Goldmund - My Neighborhood
01:00 - 03:10 Sufjan Stevens - concerning the UFO sightings...
03:10 - 06:15 Dustin O'Halloran - Opus #9
06:15 - 09:50 Penguin Cafe Orchestra - Lullaby
09:50 - 14:24 Vincent Gallo - a cold grey summer day

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Guitar Treatments

Finally a new mix.

Just like the piano mix, this one is fairly obvious from the uncreative title. All the tunes are guitar based instrumentals, ranging from the floating ambience of Manual to the treated pickings of John Fahey.

It helps to limit my choices, so most of the selections are fairly recent releases.

Drop me a note if you enjoy the mix.

You can download it here....
Guitar Treatments

T R A C K L I S T I N G :
00:00 – 02:37 John Fahey House of the Rising Sun
02:37 – 06:03 Portal Celebration
06:03 – 09:49 Yellow 6 Leaving Time
09:49 – 12:40 Bexar Bexar tearing apart the noise she makes
12:40 – 17:30 talkingmakesnosense volumes in G
17:30 – 20:18 Boards of Canada Dayvan Cowboy
20:18 – 27:05 Hammock Stars in the Rearview Mirror
27:05 – 29:48 Hulk Photographs
29:48 – 31:45 Greg Kowalski Tendrils
31:45 – 36:52 Manual Reminiscence
36:52 – 38:58 Gregor Samsa Loud & Clear
38:58 – 43:30 Reigns Fattest Goose…
43:30 – 46:35 Christopher Willits Rollerskating in S.F.
46:35 – 51:30 I’m Not A Gun Blue Garden
51:30 – 54:10 Mono Halo(DJ Olive remix)
54:10 – 55:33 Robert Fripp Requiem
55:33 – 59:08 Hammock miles to go before sleep
59:08 – 05:00 The Gentleman Losers Laureline
05:00 – 07:25 Helios Emancipation

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Quiet Night, Quiet Stars


Here's another stargazing mix. Just like "Tea Time At Eno's House", this was created for stargazing in northern Wisconsin.


Because I have so much music that would be considered "space" music, I decided to narrow the search by using songs that had appropriate terms in the titles. So words like star, sky, moon & night come up a lot. Just to keep things interesting I threw in a few vocal tunes as well. I hope you all enjoy it.

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Quiet Night, Quiet Stars


P L A Y L I S T :
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00:00 – 00:10 Cut ChemistMoonbase Alpha(excerpt)
00:10 – 03:40 Harmonic 33Planet 54
03:40 – 08:06 Manual w/ Jess KahrIt’s Night on Earth
08:06 – 09:15 Henry ManciniMoon River
09:15 – 13:30 Djivan GasparyanFallen Star
13:30 – 17:20 IsanBoy in bed looking at the moon
17:20 – 22:15 Frank BretscheiderStar
22:15 – 27:17 Thom BrennanSignals in the Moonlight
27:17 – 28:50 Awkward SilenceE-space
28:50 – 33:10 SylkenFirst Star
33:10 – 36:24 The Boatsand there are stars that fell
36:24 – 38:20 RivuletsBlue Moon
38:20 – 39:20 Wechsel GarlandA Fire Under the Stars
39:20 – 41:23 Corker/ConboyUnder a Perfect Sky
41:23 – 43:40 Joao GilbertoQuiet Night & Quiet Stars
43:40 – 45:00 Andrew PeklerHere comes the night…
45:00 – 46:25 Innocence MissionA star shines for everyone
46:25 – 48:20 ColleenFloating in the clearest night
48:20 – 49:45 Manual The sizzle of stars
49:45 – 52:23 MetamaticsEvening Star
52:23 – 54:05 Brian EnoNorthern Lights
54:05 – 56:45 SolyarisNight’s Waltz
56:45 – 02:50 Patrick O’HearnNight Becomes Her


PS - Any other suggestions for themes for future mixes?