Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Migrations - an ambient field mix

I have been interested in doing a mix of field recordings ever since I did the shortwave mix last year. I've been collecting field recordings from various sources & even bought a digital recorder so I could do my own phonography.

I haven't really had the time to seriously record anything but I did manage to squeeze a few of my own things into this new mix.

There is very little proper music in this mix. It's mostly field recordings that I downloaded from sites like Quiet American and SoundTransit. Some of the recordings are from cd's that I own. Most of the music is music that already has field recordings built into the track. I used two tracks from a great cd by Emanuele Errante called "Migrations". a few other tracks came from Geir Jenssen 's "Field Recordings From Tibet". A couple of other cuts came from "Classifields - Trips 6" on Tripostal. One of the Tripostal tracks is "A Sunday Walk" by Nim is a Tree, which I already used in the Netlabel Mix. It's such a great cut that I had to use it again. I also sneaked some loops into the mix here & there.
Some of my favorite field sounds are trains, so you'll hear various train sounds at different times in the mix. I also like empty train station reverb, so that fades in & out a couple times. The sounds range from a resonant pipe in a rain storm to foghorns to church bells to chanting to arrival anouncements to piano and an open window. I know that some field recordings may be interesting but not really listenable, not musical enough. I think this mix works pretty well & is easy to listen to.

M i g r a t i o n s (76.7MB, 42:53)

Sorry there is no track list. It's nearly impossible to keep track of what's playing & when in this mix. Most of the time there several tracks playing at once.
It was a lot of fun putting this together and hope you enjoy the trip.


PvC said...

This is a VERY beautiful mix once again. I consider it very 'musical', too, because the arrangement of the parts and the merging with the field recordings. Most 'strict' field recordings are mostly just an 'ambience', but this really is a 'composition'. Thanks again,


Lord S said...

Possibly the best mix yet? I think so. Love it.

moontroll said...

Very excited to check this one out -- just found your site. Do you have an RSS feed or iTunes subscription for your mixes? Listening to Best of 2007 and it is right up my alley. I did a mix of field recordings that I gathered at Burning Man 2007 -- it is a strange blend of dance music, conversation, sounds made by kinetic art, trance and space grooves, etc called Disorientation. You can find it here:

Invertir en oro said...

Very excited to check this one out just found your site.