Monday, February 16, 2009

in_transit - an ambient field mix

I have been wanting to do another field mix almost since the moment I finished the last one.  So here it is, a new mix entitled "in_transit".

I like field recordings but not as much nature recordings.  I'm not wild about birds chirping & water flowing.  I like mechanical sounds or crowd noise or as you'll hear in this mix, trains.  I used train sounds in the last mix & they play a prominent role here too.  

I had planned on doing more of my own field recording but I just never seemed to find the time.  I did manage to sneak two of my recordings in, one occurs at about 8:50 in the mix.  It's a recording of the telephone pole at the end of my driveway.  The pole hums when it gets windy, so I just went out there, stuck the mic right up to the pole & froze my arse off.  I then fattened up the sound a bit.  

The other recording is of my daughter playing piano, but you'd never guess that's what you're hearing.  It happens at about the 19:10 mark.  I had her play about 40 seconds of chopin or schubert.  Then I used a simple little program to stretch that 40 seconds into 12 minutes & 40 seconds.  The result sounds nothing like classical piano.  You can find the program here...Paul's Extreme Sound Stretch.  Give it a try.   Works great on piano & classical music.  It makes the human voice sound very creepy.

Most of the other sounds used in the mix are a combination of music, field recordings from all over the web & music that already has field recordings built in, like the last cut by RF.  There is new music from sleepy town manufacture & unit 21, elegi, Loren Chasse & terje isungset.

Two tracks used in the mix are from a cd that I got from Rick over at Hydrogen Cafe. Years ago he burned some ambient background sounds from Blade Runner.  At the 6:20 mark we get ambience from the Tyrell Coporation & at about 23:50 we hear sounds from Blade Runner Chinatown.  I'll definitely be using more of these in future field mixes.

Well I guess that's enough for now.  I'm not making a tracklist as the cuts are playing all over each other, many times 2 or 3 at the same time.  If you are curious about certain sounds or tracks just email or comment with the time of the mix & I'll do my best to get info back to you.

Download : (72.5mb, 39:35)

Enjoy the trip!


PvC said...

Thanks AGAIN for this beautiful mix. I'm a happy collector of all your low light mixes and enjoy them commuting to work and back!

I guess we both share a 'cinematic approach' in creating our mixes. If you can find the time, check this one and let me know if you like it:

Keep on!


Anonymous said...

"A tour de force! Low Light Mixes does it again!"

- Ambient Mix Magazine

nrvnet said...

Really, REALLY good! It was great listening to in_transit going to work this morning. The sounds of the mix were blending with the ambient sounds of the subway and the streets of DC. Very cool. :)

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Anonymous said...

THIS IS F#$!ING AWESOME .. PLEASE MAKE MORE OF THESE ! ! ! i go to sleep to this and it's great thinking music :)

dave said...

thanks so much for all your comments!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous sounds. Great mix. Thanks.

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