Sunday, September 27, 2020

Strange Beauty - 4th World Excursions Vol. 2


sounds swim all around

drifting in the warm embrace

of this strange beauty

This my second 4th world mix and it's similar to the 2018 version. It still follows the Jon Hassell esthetic of  "a unified primitive/futuristic sound combining features of world ethnic styles with advanced electronic techniques."

Most of the tracks are new, 10 of the 17 tracks being from 2019 or 2020. I was almost done with the mix when an excellent new album from Halftribe dropped on the 24th. Listening to the first track I knew I had to buy it and sneak that cut into the mix somewhere. It fits perfectly.

The two recordings that got me going with this mix are Andrew Pekler - Sounds From Phantom Islands and Romeo Poirier - Hotel Nota.

One of my favorite parts of this mix comes at the 24:30 mark. There two tracks playing simultaneously. One from Eli Keszler is mostly percussion and the other by Walt Rockman is shimmering electric piano with under water vibe. I didn't intend on those two going together, I just accidentally left one of the tracks on my timeline and when they played together I knew I had to keep it. 

I don't know if this type of mix works in the middle of autumn but I just couldn't put it off any longer. I hope you enjoy this Indonesia fever dream.


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Andrew Pekler - Hy Brasil (Sounds From Phantom Islands 2019)
  • 04:00    Roméo Poirier - Du rocher (Hotel Nota 2020)
  • 07:45    Lemongrass - Bamboo House (Papillon 2012)
  • 10:40    MNO - Souce (Ambient Marimba - MNO Sleeps 2020)
  • 12:35    Wild Card - Under A Steel Gray Sky (Patterns In Cooperative Labor 2017)
  • 15:25    Halftribe - Hiking With Eve (Cloud Dreaming And Shadows 2020)
  • 20:25    Vieo Abiungo - A Branch Gave Way (The Dregs 2019)
  • 22:45    unkown - mbira with drone (2018)
  • 24:30    Eli Keszler - Which Swarms Around It (Stadium 2018)
  •              played simultaneously with Walt Rockman - reflections under water
  • 26:45    Ross Alexander - Albert Plays the Flute (Memorias, Vol. 1 - Bugandan Sacred Places 2017)
  • 31:12    Wu Cloud - Weh Island (Pulsa Rimba 2020)
  • 34:42    Luis Miehlich - Klock (Currents 2020)
  • 38:10    Meitei - Utano (Komachi 2019)
  • 41:50    the volume settings folder - i will not go now on the pastures to walk (Home Diaries 017 2020)
  • 46:15    Terje Isungset - Float (Floating Rhythms 2000)
  • 47:50    Forrest Fang - Water Village ambient remix (Letters To The Farthest Star 2015)
  • 55:00    Aglaia - Offline views (Offline views 2019)
  • 60:54    end

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Lighting Out for the Territories

This mix came about because I wanted to find a vehicle for some of the great music coming out of Lost Tribe Sound and their Fearful Void series. The bundle of releases includes 15 albums to be released between June 2020 and June 2021. You can find more info here...

Like the website says Lost Tribe Sound "specializes in organic and exploratory music that transcends genre, technique, or trend." The music in this new series is both grounded and otherworldly. I wanted to take that mostly acoustic, organic sound and spread it throughout this mix. There are a lot of wind instruments in this set. I find myself more and more drawn to sound and texture of sax, alto clarinet, oboe, trombone, etc. and this mix presented a great way to include some of that music.

The title doesn't really mean anything, I just like the sound of it. It's the title of a Laurie Anderson track on a live album from the 80s. I have it on a list of mix titles I keep in a google doc that I use for ideas and inspiration.


T R A C K L I S T :
00:00    Vieo Abiungo - A Cold Calculus (At Once, There Was No Horizon 2020)
06:27    Iñigo Ugarteburu - Tomodachi (For The Unknown 2013)
11:35    Esmerine - Sweet Surrender Be True (If Only A Sweet Surrender To The Nights To Come Be True 2003)
16:16    Seabuckthorn - Clears (Through A Vulnerable Occur 2020)
19:19    William Ryan Fritch - What's Left Unfilched (The Letdown 2020)
21:12    Mette Henriette - in circles (Mette Henriette 2015)
24:30    Clariloops - Part 1 (Mindful Movement 2020)
30:30    Claire Deak & Tony Dupé - the rain (the old capital 2020)
33:55    Michel Banabila & Joshua Samson - Unfinished Business (To Yemen With Love 2020)
38:15    Microwolf - Mara Instrumental (My Cauliflower Ears Instrumentals 2020)
43:53    Laurence Pike - Prophecy (Prophecy 2020)
47:49    Claire Deak & Tony Dupé - from a rooftop (the old capital 2020)
52:18    Spheruleus - Hollow Bloom (Home Diaries 006 2020)
54:54    Wodwo - Karenia (Chematica 2020)
56:11    Brambles - Pink & Golden Billows (Charcoal 2012)
58:30    William Ryan Fritch - Devi's Last Deal (Album: TBA)