Sunday, May 26, 2019

The Gentle Space Music of Hollan Holmes curated by Paul Asbury Seaman

created by and through the courtesy of Hollan Holmes

I am excited to bring you another beautifully curated mix from Paul Asbury Seaman. Anyone who has been to this blog in the last couple of years should be familiar with Paul's excellent mixes. The most recent of which was a train mix from a couple of months ago...

This collection of tunes is a tribute to one of Paul's favorite artists, Hollan Holmes.

Here's what Paul has to say about this mix:

“The Hearts of Space radio program wasn’t named after Hollan Holmes, but it could have been. His music is infused with both awe and a tenderness not often found in space music, which is all the more impressive given that he uses no acoustic instruments. This mix, in honor of Holmes’s soon-to-be-released seventh album, includes two tracks by Richard Burmer, a primary influence on Holmes, and two by fellow Spotted Peccary artist, Massergy. (Note: Cover artwork for this mix was created by and through the courtesy of Hollan Holmes, from his forthcoming album, MILESTONES.)”

Thanks Paul!


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Hollan Holmes - Darkness and Light(Prayer to the Energy 2017)
  • 05:00    Richard Burmer - Solarsex(Mosaic 1984)
  • 10:30    Hollan Holmes - That Ephemeral Spark(Prayer the the Energy 2017)
  • 17:46    Richard Burmer - Winter on the Wind(Mosaic 1984)
  • 21:54    Hollan Holmes - A Precarious Trajectory(Phase Shift 2013)
  • 27:35    Massergy - Cold White Smoke(Fire Opal 2019)
  • 36:15    Stellardrone - Breathe In The Light(Between The Rings 2017)
  • 40:56    Massergy - The Shepherdess(Fire Opal 2019)
  • 50:42    Hollan Holmes - Enduro(The Spirits of Starlight 2014)
  • 57:12    Hollan Holmes - Interstellar Lullaby(Incandescent 2015)
  • 62:45    end

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Arrival alternative sountrack

I love the film, Arrival, so I should have thought of this myself. But a listener commented on my Blade Runner alternative mix that I should do an alternative mix for Arrival. Yes!

So here it is - An Alternative Arrival Soundtrack. I absolutely love Johann Johannsson's original soundtrack, probably one of my top two or three soundtracks of all time. So this mix is not attempting to make something that I think is better than his score. It's sort of a supplement to the original, a collection of tracks that fit with the style of the original.

 All of the tunes are newer than the original soundtrack, which came out in 2016. All the tunes except On The Nature Of Daylight by Max Richter. That amazing track was used to open and close the film. Here I use it in an unusual way - it plays backward then forward at the end of the mix. The film messes with the concept of the passage of time and the Richter track bookends the film to bring events of the end back around to the beginning. So playing it backward then forward kind of does the same thing. And it's crazy how much the track still sounds the same while playing backward.

If you haven't seen the film, go see it. It is definitely one of my top three favorite films of all time. Here's a couple links to the Blade Runner alternative mix...

And what the heck here's my other alternative soundtrack mix - for the film Annihilation.


PS - the tune @ 15:00 is from my son. He did an excellent track for the Blade Runner mix and so I went to him immediately for this mix as well.

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T R A C K L I S T :
00:00    Tale Of Us - Alla Sera
04:00    Skamoto - Solari(Johannsson rework)
09:12    Nils Frahm - Kaleidoscope
10:08    Hibernis - The Grape Leaves
15:00    Just A Human - Heptapod(version 1)
17:12    Sakamoto - Disintegration(Alva Noto remodel)
22:10    Ocoeur - Embers
26:05    Ital Tek - Cipher
31:03    Caleb Burhans - Early Music (For a Saturday)
35:20    Vieo Abiungo - The Dregs
36:50    r beny - overgrowth
41:30    Sven Laux & Daniela Orvin - Friends
46:38    Max Richter - On the Nature of Daylight(backward)
52:45    Max Richter - On the Nature of Daylight(forward)
58:56    end

Sunday, May 05, 2019

Low Light Spotlight - William Basinski

This is the first mix in the Low Light Spotlight series. These mixes will be Mixcloud Select exclusives. So you have to subscribe to Mixcloud Select in order to listen to this mix. To regular visitors to this blog I'm sorry about making some of these mixes exclusive But it's the best way to drive traffic to the Select platform. And I'll still be uploading plenty of mixes right here.

This series will be mixes that each focus on a single artist. For this first entry I choose William Basinski - first because Disintegration Loops is one of the best ambient albums of all time and second because I've been listening to his latest release quite a bit.

This mix opens and closes with Disintegrations Loops dlp 1.1. But the version that appears at the end of the set is a terrific live performance on NPR by the Wordless Music Orchestra on the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11th attacks. Here's a link to the whole concert...

Here's a link to my Mixcloud Select page...