Sunday, May 31, 2020

Sea of Stars 2020

photo by Wil Stewart

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 & zak√® - 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 -

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 - .  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