Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Fragmented Dialogue

image by Thomas Park

This mix was a lot of fun! 

Back in April, Peter van Cooten, of Ambientblog, created the awesome mix, Lockdown. After it posted we talked about doing a collaboration mix. As Peter is in Holland and I am in the States we would send files back and forth to each other adding more tracks with every pass. We had to decide on a theme and a format. In the end the format became the theme.

It worked like this:
We each take 5 minute turns and increase the sample count with each turn. So in the first turn we each start with a 5 minute track. Next turn we each use two samples, next turn 3, then 4...until we get to the final turn where each 5 minute turn contains 6 samples each. When all is said and done we end up with 42 samples used in a 60 minute mix.

Peter is the master of layering multiple tracks or samples to create interesting mixes. I generally don't use quite that number of cuts in my mixes so I knew it was going to be a challenge. We worried that it would turn into a situation where it sounded like a good idea at the time until we had to actually do it.

I think it turned out great! It was really cool trying to match of the outro of the previous segment to my new tracks but still make my own segments unique. Somehow this crazy format produced a fascinating mix.

After finishing the mix Peter came up with the title "Fragmented Dialogue" which fit perfectly with how this beast was put together. The cover art is courtesy of Thomas Park and you can find his work here... https://archive.org/details/thomaspark

I'm excited to have this mix published in three places at the same time - Low Light Mixes, Ambientblog & Headphone Commute. Both Ambientblog & HC are my favorite places to go for ambient reviews and mixes. Here are their posts about this mix...



I hope you enjoy listening to this mix as much as we enjoyed creating it.


T R A C K L I S T :   Ambientblog = Red    Low Light Mixes = Aqua

00:00    Yair Elazar Glotman/Mats Erlandsson - Procession (Emanate 2020)

05:10    William Ryan Fritch - Dream Glitch-Fugue State-Broken Barriers (The Letdown 2020)

09:45     Apparat - Suicide (Soundtracks: Stay Still, 2020)
11:18     Biosphere - You Want To See It Too (Departed Glories, 2016)

15:00    Ashlar - The First Saturday (Saturday Drones 2012)
18:45    echospace - Fallen Tribes Reduced (echospace [detroit] presents echoes in space 2014)

19:31    Sonologyst - Planetary Warning (Unexplained Sounds (New Edition), 2020 )
20:26    Michael Begg & Clodagh Simonds - Witness 3 (Witness 3, 2020)
22:36    Alva Noto - Xerrox Apesanteur (Xerrox 4, 2020)

24:55    Max Richter - Encounter (Ad Astra 2019)
25:38    Mono-Poly - Maanreflectie(Hainbach remix 2020)
27:21    cinchel - porch swings (A House Once Lived That Never Was 2014)

29:30 Carmen Villain - Affection In A Time Of Crisis (Affection In A Time Of Crisis, 2020)
31:18 Stephen O'Malley - Géante 4 - Layer 5 Mix (Géante 4, 2020)
32:30 Abul Mogard, Quiet Dreams (Above All Dreams, 2018)
33:35 Black Glass Ensemble & Friends - Be Mine In Patience: An Embrace in B Minor (Be Mine In Patience: An Embrace in B Minor, 2020)

34:55    Halftribe - Fader (Archipelago 2020)
36:20    Radio Bulgaria
37:03    teleferick - i.history favours the winners (sixteen frames 2017)
38:15    Test Card - Monochrome Dreaming Softened The Broadcast (Music For The Towers 2020)

39:40 Michel Banabila - Scripts of the Lagoon (Scripts Of The Lagoon - Exploratorium, 2020)
41:04 Kamila Govorcin - Rito De Muerte (Anima, 2020)
41:15 Chris Watson - Gobabeb (Touch Isolation, 2020)
43:04 Gia Margaret - Body (Mia Gargaret, 2020)
43:10 Aleksi Myllykoski with Tapani Rinne - Lost Marbles (Dark Days, 2020)

44:48    Masaya Ozaki - subtlety in reverse (Fluid And Dreaming Of Stripes 2015)
46:12    Andrew Pekler - Nocturne 3 (nocturnes, false dawns & breakdowns 2004)
47:05    The Focus Group - Hazy Time (Stop-Motion Happening 2017)
48:00    Les Halles - K (World 2012)
49:24    Sonmi451 - Umi Bear (Eilean 100 2019)

49:50 Radiomentale - Gotlander (I-Land (Redux), 2020)
51:54 Ian William Craig - Comma (Red Sun Through Smoke, 2020)
52:50 Sylvain Chauveau - Q (Life Without Machines, 2020)
53:29 Sample, THX 1138 (THX 1138, 1971)
53:34 Elegi - Lys & Lykte (Gap In Time, 2020)
54:26 The Future Eve feat. Robert Wyatt - 04.02 (Kitsune / Brian the Fox - Kitsune Ring Version, 2019)

55:00    The Insects - This is Where You Say Goodbye (DEVS soundtrack 2020)
55:30    Seabuckthorn - Unforeseen (Other Other 2020)
56:21    Alva Noto - Xerrox Voyage (Xerrox Vol. 4 2020)
57:10    Laurie Anderson - Life Lived Backwards (Heart of a Dog 2015)
58:21    Laurie Anderson - The Cloud (Heart of a Dog 2015)
59:01    Helios - All You Are (Remembrance 2016)
60:00    end

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Not seeing is a flower

This mix came about from an idea by a listener, Kevin. He suggested a mix based on artists from Japan. I asked for track recommendations and Kevin came back with an entire list. That list fills out most of this mix. I added tracks by Hiroshi Yoshimura, Geskia!, Sawako and Akira Kosemura.

Kevin also suggested the title - "Not seeing is a flower" which means that reality can't compete with imagination. The mix itself is a fairly straight forward mix of ambient tracks from Japan.

Thanks to Kevin for doing all the heavy lifting on this mix. I think it turned out great.


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Minamo - Zeitraum
  • 05:58    Takashi Kokubo - Memory of summer
  • 12:36    Yoshiaki Ochi - Ear Dreamin'
  • 16:59    Fumio Miyashita - See The Light(Abridged)
  • 19:48    Hiroshi Yoshimura - Water Copy
  • 22:54    Geskia! - Lampland
  • 27:52    Sawako - Incense Of Voice
  • 32:00    Takahiro Kido - Rust Summer in Tokyo
  • 37:25    Mokyow - Small Small Flag
  • 44:20    Chihei Hatakeyama - Starlight And Black Echo
  • 48:54    Hakobune - Letter Forgotten
  • 53:35    Masashi Kitamura & Phonogenix - Variation III
  • 56:27    Satoshi Ashikawa - Still Space
  • 58:08    Akira Kosemura - Hicari
  • 60:00    end

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Dub Train Dub Station

I have been planning on a new dubby mix for a while and I have been planning for a mix with a slow-ish train vibe. Somehow those two concepts merged and became this new mix - Dub Train Dub Station.

There's not much else to say about this mix. It's pretty much what you'd expect - a collection of mostly dubby tracks that have a definite train feel, combining two of my favorite vibes in one mix.


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Ryan James Ford - Eiliat Tirrayl (Stone Mountain Red 2016)
  • 04:15    Yagya - Snowflake 2 (Rhythm of Snow 2002)
  • 09:10    Martin Goodwin - Nekoya (Hearth 2017)
  • 14:15    Topdown Dialectic - A1 (Topdown Dialectic 2018)
  • 18:54    Fluxion - Down the Line (Perspectives 2020)
  • 24:45    Loscil - Steam (Plume 2006)
  • 30:30    Gacha Bakradze - Sun Watch (We Must Be Woods 2017)
  • 33:54    Dub Tractor - Pull Dub (Delay 2000)
  • 38:12    Dino Sabatini - Follow Me (Omonimo 2016)
  • 41:20    Jun Fukamachi - Breathing New Life (Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990  2019)
  • 45:50    Beatrice Dillon & Call Super - Fluo (Inkjet / Fluo 2017)
  • 48:35    Jonny Nash & Suzanne Kraft - Crushing Indifference (MATstudio 3 2020)
  • 53:15    Time Rival - Loopback Caravan (Home Diaries 018 2020)
  • 59:10    Heavenchord - Endless Worlds (Infinity From The Inside 2018)
  • 69:55    end

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Sea of Stars 2020

photo by Wil Stewart https://unsplash.com/@wilstewart3

I've been working from home for a couple of months and you'd think I might have some extra time to work on some mixes with being locked down and all. But nope, I seem to have fallen farther behind with a lot of things. 

I wanted to get a mix up onto Mixcloud so that I don't go too long in between uploads. But I hadn't done anything new so I was looking through some old mixes that were posted here but never made it to Mixcloud. And I found one from 2008 called Sea of Stars. I still listen to it occasionally as sleep music so I decided this would be a good one to share on Mixcloud. But I couldn't pass up the chance to tweak it a bit so I hacked off the last two tracks and added 5 new tunes. The new mix is now an hour & a half long, perfect for sleeping or laying out under the stars watching for satellites.

This mix was originally posted in 2008 so think of it as the light from many of the stars in the sky in 2008 is just now reaching earth so playing this mix fits perfectly. I plan on posting another revised version in 2032.


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    bvdub - You'll miss me when I'm gone
  • 06:19    Area C - Mare Imbrium
  • 11:30    Kyle Bobby Dunn - Furthest From It
  • 18:10    Emmanuel Errante - Radio Hopes
  • 23:40    Parks - Trains
  • 29:50    Kode - Movements #6
  • 35:30    Shirk - Itchytime
  • 38:55    Deaf Center - Close
  • 40:55    The Caretaker - Lacuna Amnesia
  • 44:05    Area C - Sea of Clouds
  • 51:15    Kabana - dubru
  • 55:45    Lauge - Floating
  • 60:15    36 & zakè - Stasis Sounds for Long-Distance Space Travel (Stage 2)
  • 65:30    Innesti & Jacob Newman - Moon Machine
  • 71:18    North Atlantic Drift - Lost Years
  • 75:27    The Winterhouse - A Long Way From Here

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Sunday Morning Music vol. 20 - Exhale

I haven't posted a Sunday Morning mix since January and with how much things have changed since then I figured we could all use a mix with that Sunday morning vibe.

So here it is #20 in the Sunday Morning Music series. It's mostly new music, with 13 tracks from 2019 & 2020. One of the oddball old cuts is from 1980, John Martyn's "Sweet Little Mystery." I've always liked the tune but I hadn't heard it in a long time until it made an unlikely appearance in the show DEVS. As soon as I heard it I knew I need to include it in a mix. 

A couple of vocal tracks in the middle seem to fit perfectly with the Sunday vibe but also fit with the messed up times we are living through. The Shards tune has this appropriate lyric -

"We know not yet what the future brings
But a bird's still a bird without its wings
Each day, each day is a curious thing
If I can't take flight then inside I'll sing"

And then there's Jonsi reminding us to breathe in and breathe out in "Exhale."

I've been drinking a ton of coffee as I work from home so maybe I'll say go grab a nice cup of Jasmine tea, a good book, play this mix, and...exhale.


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    morning walk
  • 00:30    Mute Forest - Morning Guitar (2020)
  • 03:40    Mountain Man - slow wake up sunday morning (2019)
  • 07:23    Opitope - A Quiet Morning Arriving to the Valley (2007)
  • 09:23    Zachary Hay - untitled 7 (2019)
  • 13:10    Mute Forest - Atoms Falling (2020)
  • 17:22    The Heart Is Awake - Full of Stars pt II (2020)
  • 21:30    Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - Tides IX (2019)
  • 23:34    King Creosote & Jon Hopkins - Your Own Spell (2011)
  • 26:09    Shards & Isolation Choir - Inside I'll Sing (2020)
  • 30:16    Jonsi - Exhale (2020)
  • 34:10    Ecovillage - She Walks In Beauty (2020)
  • 37:03    Roger Eno & Brian Eno - Spring Frost (2020)
  • 40:34    John Martyn - Sweet Little Mystery (1980)
  • 45:45    Lounge Lizards - Bob the Bob (1989)
  • 47:48    Alabaster DePlume - I Hope (2020)
  • 53:08    log(m) & Laraaji - Pear Strings (2019)
  • 59:34    Albrecht La'Brooy - Healesville (2019)
  • 65:36    end

Sunday, May 03, 2020

Serenity, Hope & Grace by Paul Asbury Seaman

cover art by Suzybee - https://www.suzybee.buzz/

I can always count on Paul for a good palate cleanser. After the bizzaro world of DEVS & the continuing covid crapola, I think everyone is in need of a little positivity.

Paul and I have talked often about how a lot of ambient music has a melancholy vibe. I know I definitely gravitate toward that end of the spectrum. Paul figured we could use something hopeful in these strange days. Here's what he says about this mix:

“I think authenticity is a precursor to authentic redemption. Thus, we honor our grief and fears and all the losses of this time we’re living through. There is pain alongside, not canceled by, the tranquility we seek. And there is a mysterious grace that gives us the strength to remain clear-eyed and truthful as we embrace hope.”

Thanks to Paul for another well-thought-out mix. Thanks to the folks at Kaya Project for letting us use the artwork from their latest album as the cover art for this mix. That art is from Suzybee - https://www.suzybee.buzz/ .  And thanks to all the artists that continue to crank out lovely music which helps us through the quarantine. 


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Shoshana Michel - Quietly, Gently, Peacefully ( Impressions 2020)
  • 04:16    Eguana - Deep Sleep (Invisible Civilization Vol. 3 2019)
  • 11:05    Tonepoet - The  Grieving Soul Begins To Awaken (Kaleidoscope 2020)
  • 15:15    Kaya Project - Finding Balance Ambient MIx (body.mind.soul 2020)
  • 20:00    Sigesmundsen & Gregory Paul Mineeff - Forgotten Borders (Crrossing Worlds 2020)
  • 23:55    Darshan Ambient - A Day Within Days (A Day Within Days 2010)
  • 28:25    Slow Meadow - Clouds, Not Clocks (Clouds, Not Clocks / Rara Pluma 2018)
  • 32:35    Kit Watkins - Tranquility (This Time and Space 2008)
  • 36:20    Jeff Pearce - Sun On Frost ( From The Darker Seasons 2017)
  • 38:30    Endeleas - Forgotten Shore (Forgotten Shore 2019)
  • 42:12    Bruno Sanfilippo - Unity (Unity 2018)
  • 50:45    Slow Dancing Society - How Life Was Meant To Be Lived (The Sound of Lights When Dim 2020)
  • 58:46    end

Sunday, April 19, 2020

DEVS - a real & unreal soundtrack

DEVS, a tv series on FX/Hulu, is easily one of the best things I've ever seen on tv. It's written, directed and produced by Alex Garland the man responsible for Ex Machina & Annihilation, two of my favorite films of the last ten years.

The sound design and music in his films is always perfect. His musical collaborators are Ben Salisbury & Geoff Barrow and they are responsible for the music in DEVS as well. Garland lets scenes breathe, lets the music wash over you as the camera lingers. 

It's difficult to separate the original music from pre-existing music used in the series. No soundtrack has been released so this mix has none of the newly written score. But I was able to track down a few of the pre-existing tracks that were used. The most important of which is Jan Garbarek - Regnantem Sempiterna. It makes several appearances throughout the series. One of the other pieces I was happy to find is Fortunate Ones by The Beacon Sound Choir. I ended up using two other tracks from them because they fit the style of the show perfectly.

I used several tracks from other soundtracks by Salisbury & Barrow and a few from the new Johann Johannsson album. I also used some favorite tracks from Cliff Martinez because of the steel drum sound he uses. Salisbury & Barrow used that same type of sound throughout their score. And anybody that has seen the series finale will know why I used Rachmaninov - Dues Meus.

If you haven't seen the series I highly recommend it. And then, of course, listen to this mix.


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Jan Garbarek - Regnantem Sempiterna
  • 05:28    Existence - Moon
  • 06:15    DEVS - Stuart's Poem
  • 08:48    Daniel Lopatin - Buzz Me Out
  • 09:23    The Beacon Sound Choir - Fortunate Ones
  • 12:04    Steve Reich - Come Out
  • 14:35    Mica Levi - Bedroom
  • 15:40    Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - Hand Covers Bruise
  • 19:25    Cliff Martinez - What Shoe Size
  • 21:14    Johann Johannsson & Yair Elazar Glotman - Slow Destruction Of Neptune
  • 24:36    Ashera - Lullaby for Mother Earth
  • 27:38    Cliff Martinez - They Broke His Pelvis
  • 28:39    Ben Salisbury & Geoff Barrow - Smelling Reality
  • 29:25    Johann Johannsson & Yair Elazar Glotman - Remembrance Of The Past
  • 30:45    Ben Salisbury & Geoff Barrow - The Ghost of Her Mother
  • 33:48    Cliff Martinez - We Don't Have to Think Like That Anymore
  • 36:15    The Beacon Sound Choir - Drone 3
  • 39:52    Rachmaninov - Deus Meus
  • 43:50    Ben Salisbury & Geoff Barrow - Dream Reality
  • 44:25    Ben Salisbury & Geoff Barrow - Annihilation
  • 48:15    The Beacon Sound Choir - Sea Of Voices (Machinefabriek Rework)
  • 52:33    Johann Johannsson & Yair Elazar Glotman - The Last Men
  • 55:28    Salisbury & Barrow - Sleep
  • 56:42    Johannsson & Glotman - The Universal End
  • 58:11    end

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Of Reed and Breath

This mix started nearly two years ago when I created a playlist on Spotify called "Sax is Back." In there I collected tracks that used a saxophone as a main instrument and had an ambient vibe. I was careful to not let the tunes devolve into Kenny G on the beach schlock. But I still wasn't sure if an entire mix of sax tunes would work, but, I gotta say, this mix turned out really well. It's cohesive and a nice variation on straight forward ambient.

One caveat - I'm not entirely sure that the instrument in every song is indeed a saxophone. Soprano sax can sometimes sound like an oboe so there may be a couple of times where that may happen. But I don't really care, I just love the sound of this whole mix.

A few of my favorite tracks in the mix are:
-  Blue Chamber by Mute Forest from the excellent new album, Riderstorm, on Lost Tribe Sound. 
- A Break in the Clouds by Andrew Heath from Soundings
- Music for Airports by Delta Saxophone Quartet from Bowie, Berlin & Beyond

I hope you enjoy this slight detour into ambient sax.


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Tortusa & Breistein - Mind Vessel [2018]
  • 05:30    Joseph Shabason - Long Swim [2017]
  • 09:45    Anenon - Panes [2016]
  • 12:34    Ben Bertrand - The Manmaipo [2020]
  • 16:40    Daniel Thorne - Fear of Floating [2019]
  • 18:52    Mute Forest - Blue Chamber [2020]
  • 21:42    Andrew Heath - A Break In The Clouds [2017]
  • 27:57    Jefre Cantu-Ledesma - Joy [2019]
  • 32:40    Rauelsson - Marbles [2018]
  • 35:03    Donny McCaslin - Warszawa [2016]
  • 38:00    Dylan Howe - Art Decade [2014]
  • 42:10    Delta Saxophone Quartet - Subterraneans [2018]
  • 47:50    Anenon - Mansana [2018]
  • 50:28    Tortusa & Breistein - Ladder [2018]
  • 53:43    Ben Bertrand - Those Behind Us That We Follow [2020]
  • 58:28    Delta Saxophone Quartet - Music for Airports [2018]
  • 64:05    end

Sunday, April 05, 2020

Lockdown - by Peter Van Cooten of Ambientblog.net

I like to think that I put a lot of thought and effort into these mixes. Hopefully, the mix as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts. But what I do is nothing compared to the transformative touch that Peter Van Cooten brings to his mixes.

Each mix is a unique work of art. Peter rarely lets a track play in its complete form. Instead, he uses smaller samples and deftly weaves the tracks in and out of each other. Sometimes 2,3, or 4 tracks play simultaneously, creating something new from different elements. In this mix, he uses an incredible 41 tracks! Here's what Peter has to say about using so many short samples:

"Sometimes I feel a bit embarrassed about using such short samples and/or editing the tracks (of these 41, only 8 are used in their complete form). It's a bit like cutting up the Mona Lisa to create a landscape patchwork with the fragments ;-)  But on the other hand, this is what I feel makes these mixes unique. Taken out of their context and in relation to other fragments, the music sometimes tells a different story."

This mix is a bit darker than most of my mixes. But it's dark in an interesting way, not in a droney, dissonant way. The mix has a very cinematic feel and combined with the cover art and title I can imagine drone shots of empty streets and newspapers blowing across the square. Peter was hesitant about the name and the cover art. He says - 

"It may be too closely linked to the current worldwide crisis, but on the other hand I have tried to think of another name or context but the uncertain times seem to be too dominant to think of another name I could give it. The funny thing is, that if you listen back most of my mixes have a rather dark edge to them. There's always a lot of 'tension/release' to them. But in this case, it seems there's a bit more 'tension' than 'release'. Oh well, sign of the times..."

Peter runs his own ambient music blog called, appropriately, Ambientblog.net. Where in addition to his fine mixes(available in DTS surround as well), he has a ton of good reviews and recommendations. You can find it here...  
https://www.ambientblog.net/blog/   He's also on Mixcloud here... https://www.mixcloud.com/ambientblog/

When he creates these extraordinary mixes he posts a pic of the total track layout, layer upon layer of all the music used. Here is the map of this mix...

Peter does his tracklist a little differently than I do. He gives listeners more info about each track, including start time, sample length, artist, title, album title, year and record label.  

Thanks to Peter Van Cooten of Ambientblog.net for such an excellent mix. Hopefully, I can talk him into doing another one in the future.

Cheers, and stay safe.

T R A C K L I S T Start time - Sample length - Artist - Title
Album Title, Year, Label

00:00  03:23 Fovea Hex - Is 
Is Lanza Light and Given (Steven Wilson Remixes), 2019, Die Stadt/Janet Records
01:25  04:35 Maggi Payne - Fluid Dynamics
Arctic Winds, 2020, Aguirre Records
02:03  01:45 Pat Keista - Doppler
Still Of The Void, 2020, self-released
04:17  01:47 Dave Phillips - Phytognosophysiology
Post Homo Sapiens, 2020, Attenuation Circuit
05:10  02:45 Jóhann Jóhannsson and Yair Elazar Glotman - Prelude
Last And First Men, 2020, Deutsche Grammophon
05:42  02:00 Andrew Pekler - Fonseca Winds (Lament)
Sounds From Phantom Islands, 2019, Faitiche
07:29  01:19 Jóhann Jóhannsson and Yair Elazar Glotman - Telepathic Unity
Last And First Men, 2020, Deutsche Grammophon
08:13  03:10 Ben Bertrand - Those Behind Us That We Follow
Manes, 2020, Les Albums Claus
11:08  01:31 Fani Konstantinidou - (Variations)
Moving Music: Sounds From The Rocking Chair, 2020, Moving Furniture Records,
11:58  01:32 Aaron Martin - Overcoming Inertia
Test Subjects, 2019, self-released
12:53  01:51 A Journey Of Giraffes - Gone Is The New Fuji
Kona, 2019, Somewherecold records
13:29  03:30 Robert Haigh - Ghosts Of Blacker Dyke
Black Sarabande, 2020, Unseen Worlds
16:46  02:48 Snorri Hallgrímsson - Fear
Chasing The Present, 2020, Moderna Records
16:53  00:30 Mica Levy - Mensajero
Monos, 2019, Invada
17:40  02:30 Snorri Hallgrímsson - Suffering
Chasing The Present, 2020, Moderna Records
19:22  01:58 Bersarin Quartett - Prolog
Methoden Und Maschinen, 2019, Denovali 
20:41  01:09 Ruairi O'Baoighill - Scryer
To See Without Eyes, 2018, Cursed Monk Records
20:50  01:59 I Wound - The Choir Of The Drowned Sings 'Our Demons Are Real'
Homework Year 3, 2018, Taâlem
21:48  03:01 Christine Ott - Comma
Chimères (Pour Ondes Martenots), 2020, Nahal Recordings
24:22  02:34 Ida Toninato - Pour Retourner Au Silence
We Become Giants, 2020, Dragon's Eye Recordings
25:32  03:47 Merrin Karras - Drawn, Quartered
Northwest Passage, 2020, A Strangely Isolated Place
28:27  02:07 Ciro Berenguer - Luna Creciente
Eilean 100, 2019, Eilean Records
29:57  01:47 Yiorgis Sakellariou - B4
Diapsalmata: A Collection Of Short Works, 2018, Tanuki Records
29:57  01:19 Celer - Birds Inside The High Halls Of Hangzhou (06.23.17)
Xièxie, 2019, Two Acorns
30:12  03:18 Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Akritchalerm Kalayanamitr, Koichi Shimizu - Sharjah And Java
Metaphors - Selected Soundworks from the cinema of Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2017, Sub Rosa
31:24  00:44 Coil - Corybantic Ennui
Stolen and Contaminated Songs, 2019, Cold Spring Records 
32:32  01:22 Olivier Messiaen - Quator Pour Le Fin Du Temps III: Abîme des Oiseaux
Olivier Messiaen - Complete Edition, 2008, Deutsche Grammophon
33:54  01:26 Hildur Gudnadottir - Following Sophie
Joker OST, 2019, Watertower Records
35:14  00:55 Ryuichi Sakamoto - Countdown
Black Mirror: Smithereens, 2019, Milan
35:45  03:24 Silent Chaos - Nocturne On Ganimede 
Macro, 2020, We Don't Give A Fuck
38:52  04:03 Roger Eno & Brian Eno - Burnt Umber
Mixing Colours, 2020, Deutsche Grammophon
42:38  02:13 Martina Bertoni - Invisible Cracks
All The Ghosts Are Gone, 2020, Falk
44:29  03:30 Eivind Aarset and Jan Bang - Nightspell
Snow Catches On Her Eyelashes, 2020, Jazzland Recordings
46:21  02:13 Jana Irmert - Fog
Cusp, 2020, self-released
47:40  01:36 Fovea Hex - Given
Is Lanza Light and Given (Steven Wilson Remixes), 2019, Die Stadt/Janet Records
48:42  02:40 Frank Makowski - Fliegende Schatten - Canon 1
Canon der Finsternisse, 2019, Diffusschall
49:05  01:12 Michael Begg - Plain Chant
Sonambulo, 2019, Omnempathy
50:40  02:20 A Winged Victory For The Sullen - The Slow Descent Has Begun
The Undivided Five, 2019, Ninja Tune
52:35  04:30 Felix Blume - Horns In Fog Pt. 2
Fog Horns, 2019, Discrepant
55:49  03:02 Max Richter - Ursa Minor - Visions
Ad Astra, 2019, Deutsche Grammophon
58:30  00:40 Jóhann Jóhannsson and Yair Elazar Glotman - The Sun
Last And First Men, 2020, Deutsche Grammophon
59:10 End

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Piano Day 2020

Today, March 28th, is International Piano Day. This is what the Piano Day website says about today:

“Why does the world need a Piano Day? For many reasons. But mostly, because it doesn’t hurt to celebrate the piano and everything around it: performers, composers, piano builders, tuners, movers and most important, the listener.” – Nils Frahm

Piano Day, an annual worldwide event founded by a group of likeminded people, takes place on the 88th day of the year – in 2020 it’s the 28th March – because of the number of keys on the instrument being celebrated.

The aim of the day is to create a platform for piano related projects in order to promote the development of musical dimensions and to continue sharing the centuries-old joy of playing the piano. Piano Day welcomes all kinds of piano lovers — young and old, amateur and professional, of any musical direction – to join in this year's festivities. It is intended to be the most joyful of all holidays!

Piano Day gives me an excuse to put together an all-piano mix. I really like the vibe of this year's version. Most of it is very stripped down and simple. I've also found it to be very therapeutic during these quarantine times.

Hang in there everybody!

T R A C K L I S T :
  • 00:00    Plïnkï Plønkï - Hiraeth
  • 04:22    Mike Lazarev - Afflicted
  • 07:00    Olga Wojciechowska - All I Have Not Seen
  • 11:27    Innesti - Forgotten
  • 14:18    Klangriket & Sjors Mans - Leidseplein
  • 18:22    Nils Frahm - Some
  • 22:20    Ben Lukas Boysen - Only in the Dark
  • 25:35    Ólafur Arnalds - saman
  • 27:39    Sjors Mans - With You
  • 30:31    S.hel - Eia Popeia
  • 34:38    Hania Rani - Warszawa
  • 39:55    Infinite Scale - Across the Otherside
  • 42:03    Julien Marchal - Insight XXXVIII
  • 43:12    Roger Eno And Brian Eno - Blonde
  • 47:05    Yosi Horikawa - Thalfang
  • 50:50    Piano Day Website Remix
  • 63:29    end

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Alone Time - music for self-isolation

I have to come clean. I stole this idea. Dennis Huddleston, who records as 36, posted a Spotify playlist a couple of days ago and I thought it sounded like a good theme for a mix. Here's his playlist...

All the tracks in this mix have quarantine/isolation appropriate titles such as "Stay Home," "Return to Self" and "Being Alone Never Hurt Anybody."

Working in tv news it was crazy watching email after email come in sating another school system closed, another performance canceled, another event postponed, another business shutting down. It was nuts! We went from virtually no school districts closed to essentially all of them closed in a couple of hours.

Stay home, stay chill and enjoy some music.


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Justin Hurwitz - Quarantine (2018)
  • 02:06    William Ryan Fritch - Separation (2019)
  • 05:45    Pulusha - Isolation (1997)
  • 12:30    Heavenchord - Infinity From The Inside (2018)
  • 19:15    Warmth - Home (2017)
  • 22:40    Gray Acres - Return To Self (2018)
  • 28:25    Hildur Guðnadóttir - Alone (2019)
  • 31:47    Max Richter - Dream Solo (2019)
  • 38:24    Arovane & Mike Lazarev - Us, Inside (2019)
  • 41:35    Sean Curtis Patrick - Being Alone Never Hurt Anybody (2019)
  • 44:57    Dalot & Sound Awakener - Inside (2018)
  • 47:36    Dub Tractor - Stay Home (2017)
  • 51:15    Neil Cowley & Ben Lukas Boysen - Solitary Refinement (2019)
  • 56:00    R Beny - And Fall, Standing Alone Again (2019)
  • 62:53    Justin Hurwitz - Home (2018)
  • 64:28    end