Sunday, July 28, 2013

A glitch in time

Sometime around 2001 I discovered the album Tides by Arovane.  I'm not sure if it qualifies as "post-digital" or "blip hop" or "micro" music but it was through that album that I began a brief love affair with the style of music known as "glitch."

I have always loved electronic & ambient music but at the end of the 1990s I had lost interest in berlin style electronics and mostly listened to straight ambient.  But with the emergence of glitch, and it's use of complicated beats, noise and samples, I found a new rhythmic electronic music to dive into.

The biggest purveyor of glitch music back then was the Mille Plateaux label.  With their Click & Cuts series they introduced me to a whole new range of sound in music.  There is definitely a lot of music from that time period that, while interesting, could become annoying as well.  I'm not a fan of loud and aggressive glitch.  I definitely am more in tune with the sort of stuff put out by 12k.

Over time I grew tired of much of the glitch scene and the never ending little pops & clicks & wee little sounds intruding on the music.  Although I still enjoy much of 12k music.

Recently I was organizing some of my collection & revisited some old glitch material.  I found that I am still very fond of some of it.  I started collecting tracks for this mix and was surprised at how much I enjoyed it.

So this mix is a little step back in time to the early 2000s.  A small glitch in the passing of time to when glitch ruled, for me anyway.

Btw, I made the clock gif myself!  Woo hoo!  Can't wait to try more.


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Arovane - Tides (2000)
  • 04:45    Carpet Musics - Phone Lines (2001)
  • 08:24    Clickits - No Clickedy (2003)
  • 11:35    Xela - Impulsive Behavior (2002)
  • 15:30    offthesky - Down the Stream (2005)
  • 20:50    Shuttle358 - I'm Not Afraid (2003)
  • 25:05    Twerk - From Brown to Green (2003)
  • 29:55    Jan Jelinek - Facelift (2003)
  • 34:55    Bexar Bexar - Kt (2002)
  • 38:30    Christopher Willits - The Seaweed Machine (2003)
  • 40:45    Christian Kleine - Several (2002)
  • 47:15    Arovane - Ambelio (1999)
  • 52:20    Shuttle358 - Calty (2000)
  • 57:11    end

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Movement & Location - music for biking

This mix is completely different from anything that I've posted here.  It's not ambient, or electronic or Sunday morning jazz.  This is music for motion.

This is a mix I made last summer to listen to while biking.  I liked it so much that I added some new tunes this year and made it longer.  All of the songs have a propulsive, forward-moving feel to them.  There are some oddball choices in there but generally most of the music would fall under the heading of indie rock.  Artists include Yacht, Vampire Weekend, Japandroids, Lord Huron, Rural Alberta Advantage, Jonathan Boulet, Underworld, Shearwater, Givers, etc.

I like the fact that it's 2 hours long so I can go out on an hour long ride and still have enough left for the next ride.  The mix also works well on a treadmill.  I wanted to post this before now so anyone who downloads it hopefully can make good use of it before summer disappears.


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Patrick Watson - Blackwind
  • 03:45    Punch Brothers - Movement & Location
  • 06:45    Willy Porter - Breathe
  • 10:15    Mumford & Sons - Little Lion Man
  • 14:09    Givers - Up up up
  • 18:30    Jinja Safari - Mermaids
  • 22:22    Benny Goodman - Sing, Sing, Sing
  • 27:20    Mother Falcon - Dirt Summer
  • 30:35    The Killers - Human
  • 34:30    Yacht - Utopia
  • 37:30    Shearwater - Animal Life
  • 40:55    The Rural Alberta Advantage - Tornado '87
  • 44:32    Matt & Kim - Don't Slow Down
  • 47:33    The Boxer Rebellion - Organ Song
  • 50:50    Lord Huron - Time to Run
  • 55:20    Underworld - Dark & Long
  • 1:02:15    Tilly And The Wall - Heavy Mood
  • 1:05:20    Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Can't Hold Us
  • 1:09:35    Vampire Weekend - Unbelievers
  • 01:12:55    Jonathan Boulet - You're a Animal
  • 01:16:20    Underworld - Downpipe
  • 01:23:30    Jens Lekman - An Argument With Myself
  • 01:27:10    Kate Bush - Cloudbusting
  • 01:32:10    Jon Hopkins - Open Eye Signal
  • 01:39:52    Avett Brothers - Kick Drum Heart
  • 01:42:30    Jonathan Boulet - Mangle Trang
  • 01:45: 55   Japandroids - The House that Heaven Built
  • 01:50:35    The Rural Alberta Advantage - Barnes' Yard
  • 01:52:48    Vampire Weekend - A Punk
  • 01:55:00    Andrew Bird - Fitz and the Dizzyspells
  • 01:58:20    faltyDL - She Sleeps
  • 02:02:38    Talking Heads - This Must Be The Place
  • 02:07:31  end

Friday, July 05, 2013

Under Eno's Covers

At the suggestion of a listener/downloader I set out to do a mix of ambient covers.  Not so easy.

But I did find a bunch of Brian Eno cover tunes.  Some I was familiar with, Bang on a Can & Sakamoto, but many of the others were new discoveries made by cruising the web. 

The mix starts with probably the most covered Eno tune - An Ending (Ascent), from Apollo.  The cover of that song comes from a new album by Icebreaker & BJ Cole which covers the entire Apollo album.  It's excellent and any Eno fan will definitely enjoy it.

About a third of the way through the mix, the tunes shift to a few vocal songs. I wasn't sure at first if I wanted go this route but the more I listened to these vocal covers the more I liked them.  From there we switch back into ambient mode.

I think this turned out pretty well and makes for a nice change of pace in the land of Low Light Mixes.


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Icebreaker & BJ Cole - an ending (ascent) ii
  • 03:50    Teen Daze - Always Returning
  • 07:55    Dan Piccolo - Music for Airports 1.1
  • 13:30    Bang On A Can - Music for Airports 2.1
  • 17:30    Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto - By This River
  • 21:15    Ida - Golden Hours
  • 25:35    Irene Coco & Giovanni Sala - And Then So Clear
  • 29:00    St. Vincent - Some of Them are Old
  • 31:55    Unknown - Spider & I (ona banjo ukulele)
  • 33:15    Band On A Can - Music for Airports 2.2
  • 38:00    Doron Diamond - Music for Airports 1.1 (acoustic)
  • 41:15    AcousticLabs - And Ending (Ascent) (solo guitar)
  • 45:00    Icebreaker & BJ Cole - Drift
  • 47:45    Nathan Fake - Music for Airports 1.1
  • 53:00    Ryosuke Tomita - Becalmed (acoustic)
  • 56:52    end

New Marconi Union

I love Marconi Union.  I have ever since their first album , Under Wires and Searchlights.  So I like to notify folks any time they have a new release.

Their new record is Anomic, which they recorded with Jah Wobble.  As with all MU music this is another fine album.  I stink at reviewing music so I'll just let the sample below speak for itself.

You can buy it here...
30hertz records

Marconi Union website here...

BTW, a couple new mixes coming very soon.