Saturday, October 27, 2018

Shadowland Diaries

I stumbled upon the song "Was The Singing Bellowing" by Eli Keszler while listening to Spotify at work and I immediately knew I wanted to make a Halloween mix. The tune creates this great odd feeling without being too dark.

As I have stated here before, I'm not a fan of dark ambient. Especially the dissonant, droney kind of dark ambient. So when I've made Halloween/dark mixes before they have tended to be more off kilter than straight up dark. This mix leans more towards acoustic arrangements than electronic. It also leans heavily on new music with all but 3 or 4 songs having been released in 2018.

Grab a bowl of candy, a Dead Guy Ale and sit on the front porch with this mix blaring from the speakers as you wait for the trick-or-treaters to show up.


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Eli Keszler - Was The Singing Bellowing
  • 03:25    Luton - Step Into The Void
  • 06:25    Gamardah Fungus - Actus Fidei
  • 11:52    Christine Vantzou - Doorway
  • 17:18    Seabuckthorn - Blackout
  • 19:55    Grouper - Wind & Snow
  • 23:15    Sarah Davachi - Evensong
  • 26:26    Spheruleus - I Could Live Here
  • 29:33    The Caretaker - Advanced Plaque Entaglements
  • 30:55    High Plains - The Buttes
  • 35:05    Fred Frith - No Birds
  • 37:00    ├ôlafur Arnalds - Before the Calm
  • 38:00    Tim Hecker - Boreal Kiss 3
  • 39:25    Wil Bolton - A Garden Lost
  • 42:25    Peter Gabriel - In Doubt
  • 43:38    Luton - Black Concrete
  • 48:25    Peppermoth - Underground
  • 52:25    Stars of the Lid - F*cked Up 3:57am
  • 57:25    From the Mouth of the Sun - Risen, Darkened
  • 61:38    end

Monday, October 15, 2018

mental medication

My hometown baseball team, the Milwaukee Brewers, had a fantastic finish to close the regular season. They captured the central division title and are now in the playoffs. I am loving every minute of it but it's also stressful as heck! I am definitely too old for this kind of roller coaster ride.

I went to the first two games of the playoffs and between standing for half the game, clapping on every pitch, screaming my head off and the adrenaline rush of close games, I am exhausted! I don't know if I'll last the whole post-season.

So I figured I needed a little "mental medication" and came up with this mix. It's even more soothing than my normal ambient mix. This is music for meditation. Music for contemplation. Music for concentrating...on destroying the Dodgers. Oops! See that's exactly why I need this mix. Haha! This mix actually is a meditative type of mix that you could almost play in a spa. If that spa was way cooler than a normal spa and it played good music.

Cheers and Go Brewers!

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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Sonmi451 - Angel
  • 05:22    Bengalfuel - Arcs
  • 09:40    Julia Rovinsky - An Arc of Doves
  • 15:40    Ruven Nunez - As Above, So Below
  • 26:05    The Heart is Awake - Ec
  • 30:35    Spheruleus - Saturday Drones
  • 37:35    Hiroshi Yoshimura - Clouds
  • 42:30    Alex Crispin - Rosewater
  • 47:00    Raul Lovisoni & Francesco Messina - Prati Bagnati Del Monte Analogo
  • 58:45    Eternell - Resting On The Surface Of A Stream
  • 74:30    Ruven Nunez - As Below, So Above
  • 96:00    end

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Memories are an old film

The idea for this mix came from a track by Andrew Sherwell on his wonderful new album, Orthodox Tales, released by the excellent label Whitelabrecs.

The song, "And the Smoke of the Incense," starts off with the sound of a film projector. That sound is strangely evocative and I love how it sounds in that cut. After hearing that tune I created a folder called "My Life is an Old Film" and I would occasionally toss in similar sounding tracks. Eventually I collected enough cuts for a mix and decided to change the name to "Memories are an Old Film."

Many of these tracks have a bit of noise and scratchiness that one would associate with an old 8mm film. I added a few film projector sound fx here and there to continue the vibe.


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Andrew Sherwell - And the Smoke of the Incense(2018)
  • 03:15    L. Pierre - 1948 part 2(2017)
  • 08:45    Ghost And Tape - Eostre(2017)
  • 13:25    Luton - Spectres of Mark(2018)
  • 15:38    Masaya Kato - Desensitization(2018)
  • 18:05    Max Richter - Old Song(2004)
  • 19:55    The Caretaker - Synapse Retrogenesis(2018)
  • 21:30    Parallelism - Tapes(2018)
  • 25:30    Lusine - drip(2004)
  • 27:25    Clem Leek - Rogers Park(2018)
  • 30:50    Aaron Martin - Memories are Drifting Bells(2018)
  • 32:15    Ashlar - Same Fate(2018)
  • 36:15    Tape Loop Orchestra - Inner Voice(2018)
  • 43:30    Time Rival - Carbon Fever pt. 3(2018)
  • 49:55    Max Richter - Shadow Journal(2004)
  • 52:10    The Caretaker - Advanced Plaque Entanglements(2018)
  • 53:55    Kilchhofer - Nihic(2018)
  • 57:41    Dakota Suite - De Ziekte Van Emile(2018)
  • 61:04    end