Thursday, March 24, 2011

evening sky

As the days get longer, I am able to enjoy a bit of sunlight when I get home from work. There have been a few days recently where I stopped during a walk to gaze at the evening sky as the color deepens to indigo & the stars first start appearing.

Being a music geek, I can't help but think of tunes that would make a nice soundtrack for that scene. So while listening to music the last couple of weeks, if I came across a cut that made me think of those walks & the sky, I'd throw them into a folder for later use.

This mix "evening sky" is the result. It's not meant to change musically as the evening sky changes. It's just a collection of songs that reminded me of the sky as it darkens in early evening.


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T R A C K L I S T :

Thursday, March 10, 2011


I am very excited to present this next mix. It's a guest mix by longtime listener/downloader, Ron Sylvester.

Ron was the inspiration for a couple of my mixes that used old 78rpm recordings as a basis for the mixes "Sustain & Decay" and "Revenants of the Past". Ron sent me some mix cd's which I really enjoyed & I told him he really should do a proper mix someday.

Well, I am delighted that Ron has allowed me to present his first mix here for everyone to enjoy. It's a wonderful sonic journey. I'll let Ron describe the mix...

"A week or so ago I stumbled upon the album Salicornie Areavirus by Enrico Coniglio; his website says the album is meant to be a sort of ‘collection of "sound tales" dedicated to Venice’. I thought I recognized his name from somewhere, and back-tracked it to a Lost Children netlabel release featuring Italian artists entitled Underwater Noises, which had been curated by Coniglio. Two other Lost Children Releases featuring Italian artists, Con Fuoco d'Occhi un Nostalgico Lupo volumes I and II, gave me most of what I needed to complete the mix. I finished it off with work by Ulises Conti, Lodovico Einaudi, Paolo Fresu, a Sub Rosa compilation of ritual music entitled Illuminated, and a handful of ambience from Soundtransit and the storehouse of opera 78s at

Anyhow, for me this mix is simply entitled Venice, though the musicians are not necessarily from Venice, nor are the field recordings strictly from Venice. Apart from Nguen Le, who is playing with Paolo Fresu (who is Sardinian), I think all the artists or field recording locales are at least Italian. Actually, now that I think of it, the recordings from Illuminated are not necessarily Italian. Catholic, though; that’s something. At any rate, and as usual, the mix is more about a sort of Venetian feeling: canals, Carnevale, the Grand Lagoon, a certain slow sinking. I’ve never been to Venice, though, so what do I know about it?

I was really taken by Enrico Coniglio’s album and it sort of got this mix started. Here’s his website, but as in all things ambient, you are probably way ahead of me on this:

Here are the links for the Lost Children compilations:

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Ron says "The track list is as follows; some editing of tracks has been done in the mix, and I processed the bejeezus out of La Traviata. There’s a lot of overlap in this mix."

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00 venice canal - derek holzer [soundtransit]
  • 00:12 salicornie - enrico coniglio
  • 03:10 bells in Fiesole - thomas andre [soundtransit]
  • 03.13 chioma - obsil
  • 03:57 excerpt from la traviata - lucrezia bori
  • 04: 02 tocco libero - tiziano milani
  • 07:14 alpen tower - enrico coniglio
  • 12:35 pagetos - francesco giannico / luca mauri / matteo uggeri
  • 19:15 hopeless - passo uno
  • 26:15 medio evo tecnologico - folk cinema [soundtransit]
  • 26:45 restless - ornitology
  • 26:47 in prinicipio - unknown from illuminated
  • 27:12 gloria - unknown from illuminated
  • 32:18 girl from murania - enrico coniglio
  • 37:00 half water - allessio ballerini
  • 40:20 el dolor implicito de la belleza - ulises conti
  • 43:15 palermo without hands - folk cinema [soundtransit]
  • 44:00 fish market ambience - palix [soundtransit]
  • 44: 05 andare - lodovico einaudi
  • 50:50 salicornie (reprise) - enrico coniglio
  • 54:50 hydrocoma - un vortice di bassa pressione
  • 55:45 lacrima christi - paolo fresu and nguen le
  • 56:10 night sea - marco caorle
  • 58:45 venice canal (reprise) - derek holzer

Friday, March 04, 2011

distant transmissions

"Distant transmissions flicker and fade, there's a drift on the signal, a ghost in the phase."

I've had that phrase on my blog profile for a long time. I've used different parts of it as titles for my series of 'shortwave' mixes
(drift on the signal, ghost in the phase, flicker & fade).

With this mix I've completely tapped out that slogan because the new mix is called "distant transmissions."

I'm not really sure exactly how I came up with that line. I remember going through shortwave terms looking for a title for the first shortwave mix & I came across the phrase "drift on the signal". I liked the sound of that & used it for the first mix. Somewhere along the line I also read the term "ghost in the phase" & then just combined those two with other terms to come up with that short phrase which I liked because it's as close as I'm ever going to get to writing a lyric of any sort.

This mix, like the others, makes use of the wonderful shortwave recordings of Myke Weiskopf. Check out his blog here... for lots of streaming audio & downloadable goodies. I've done 5 mixes featuring Myke's work & none of them would have been possible without his documentary series.
Huge thanks to Myke for all his fine recordings. Check out the ShortWaveMusic Facebook page too.

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T R A C K L I S T :
  • 00:00 Ionoscatter_Unmodulated_Signal_And_Meteor_Whistles_6-2-58
  • 00:30 Radio Bulgaria(stretched & normal)
  • 01:33 Max Richter - Infra
  • 04:30 BenoĆ®t Pioulard - Passenger
  • 05:20 offthesky - frozen fountain
  • 07:20 upward arrows - ^^^^
  • 08:55 Family Radio International
  • 09:30 ??? - Traveling Light
  • 13:50 The Humble Bee - 07 jan 2010
  • 16:30 Christian Fennesz & Ryuichi Sakamoto - kuni
  • 18:20 Freescha - baby Maker
  • 19:50 Daizok - Shoreline VII
  • 24:15 Radio Morocco
  • 26:20 Area C - Map of circular thought
  • 29:10 Juv - til
  • 29:42 Max Richter - Journey 5
  • 30:45 Inversz - Home End
  • 35:10 Myke Weiskopf - You're Up, You're There, You're D
  • 37:40 Christian Fennesz & Ryuichi Sakamoto - Amorph
  • 43:22 end

Kyle Bobby Dunn Live!

Kyle Bobby Dunn & Phantom Fauna St. Augustine Catholic Church
116 6th Avenue

Brooklyn, NY

I know this is late notice but this sounds like a great show for anyone interested in the music of Kyle Bobby Dunn. Looks like a great venue & it's FREE!

Here are a couple of questions & answers with Kyle from a NYC website...

You're performing at the St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church in Park Slope on March 5. How did you come across this space? Why did you choose it?

I live quite close to it and upon wandering around the quiet neighborhood one day I found it staring down at my pitiful ass. I was amazed by its sheer size and build. I think churches are an ideal space for my sound.

Back in September you played at the First Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn Heights with a small ensemble. What sort of instrumentation will you have for the March 5 performance?

This will be simply guitar arrangements and some processors. Maybe a little organ.