Sunday, September 19, 2021

Always Autumn by Pal Asbury Seaman


Autumn seems perfectly suited to ambient music, especially ambient with a tinge of melancholy. I was thinking about doing an fall-themed mix when Paul approached me with his fully curated mix for autumn. Perfect!

Here's what Paul says about this mix:

“Dedicating this one to my sister, Miriam Walter, professor of nursing at Chico State University in Northern California. Her birthday is today, September 19th.

This turned out to be mostly guitar and piano, although I always (and still) intended it to be a going-to-sleep mix. Like most of my playlists for LLM, it starts out moderately slow and gets progressively slower and quieter. Just a bunch of beautiful tunes, with a touch of melancholy that I always associate with fall, and surrendering into tranquility.”

Thanks for another excellent mix, Paul!


T R A C K L I S T :
  • 00:00    Peter Chilvers & Jon Durant - Always Autumn (Always Golden Sands 2020)
  • 05:10    Will Ackerman, Jeff Oster, Tom Eaton - The Golden Hour (Brothers 2021)
  • 09:52    Jeff Johnson & Phil Keaggy - Mosaic 7 (Ravenna 2021)
  • 16:27    Between Interval - The Tides Of Time (Autumn Continent 2006)
  • 20:50    Uman - Somewhere On Earth (You Are Here 1999)
  • 24:41    Ken Verheecke - Falling Leaves (Autumn Reflections 2011)
  • 28:23    Jeff Pearce - A Walk Through The Leaves (From the Darker Seasons 2017)
  • 32:15    Calm Whale - Blue Moon Wind Chimes Meditation (Blue Moon Meditation 2017)
  • 39:30    Altus - Green to Gold (Autumn Breeze 2005)
  • 46:09    Beltone - Autumn (Blind Concert 2017)
  • 50:52    Chinmaya Dunster - Sight Meditation (Meditation Ragas 2014)
  • 57:45    Astropilot & Kaya Project - Wind of Change, Pt. 2 (Wind of Change, Pt. 2 2021)
  • 62:13    Cousin Silas - Lost In Autumn (Blue Ice Beyond 2019)
  • 68:15    Kamal - The Quiet Earth (The Quiet Earth - Dusk 1993)
  • 72:14    Ron Boots - Lingering On (Autumn Moon 2016)
  • 76:28    end

Sunday, September 05, 2021

Slow Road - The Endless Potential of the Pedal Steel Guitar


This mix is pretty much what the title says - a collection of quiet/ambient tracks featuring the beautiful sounds of the pedal steel guitar.

I did another pedal steel mix two years and since then it seems to be easier to find practitioners of the ambient steel guitar sound. Only one artist, Chuck Johnson, is repeated from that mix in this one. Here's the first mix:

All that's left to say is go relax with some steel guitar & maybe a good bourbon around a campfire.


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Devendra Banhart & Noah Georgeson - In a Cistern (Refuge 2021)
  • 04:03    Saariselka - Shepherd Canyon (Thousands of Eyes in the Dark 2019)
  • 07:40    The Howard Hughes Suite - Vanishing Point (Smoke from a Future Fire 2020)
  • 13:18    SUSS - Drift (Promise 2020)
  • 17:55    North Americans - Yearling (Roped In 2020)
  • 20:30    Raymond Richards - Paradise, California (The Lost Art of Wandering 2020)
  • 25:45    Trond Kallevåg Hansen - Kapellet (Bedehus & Hawaii 2019)
  • 28:35    Susan Alcorn - first turning of the wheel(for bob graettinge) (and i await..the resurrection of the pedal steel guitar 2007)
  • 30:18    Chuck Johnson - The Laurel (The Cinder Grove 2021)
  • 38:50    William Tyler - Slow Night's Static (New Vanitas 2020)
  • 48:20    SUSS - Salt (Ghost Box 2018)
  • 51:40    Raymond Richards - Astoria, Georgia (The Lost Art Of Wandering 2020)
  • 55:06    Light of Woods - Sparrow (Field Notes 2016)
  • 56:45    Chuck Johnson - Serotiny (The Cinder Grove 2021)
  • 63:33    end

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Vantage - Curated by Time Rival


I love guest mixes because they expose me to tracks I might have otherwise missed in the monthly deluge of new releases. This new mix comes to us from Michael Southard(Time Rival) of Triplicate Records. I've included a few Time Rival tracks in mixes over the years so I was excited when Michael agreed to put together a mix of some of the best his label has to offer.

Here's a blurb from Michael about this guest mix:

Triplicate Records is an artist run independent record label founded in 2018 by Michael Southard (Time Rival), Bryan Kraft (BVSMV), and George Ernst (Suncastle).  We cover a lot of ground in regard to genres, but mostly stick to electronica, ambient and experimental.  “Vantage” is a collection of music from our back catalog that highlights the softer side of what we do.  Mixed and curated by Time Rival and featuring phenomenal new music from Ian Hawgood, Belly Full of Stars, Chris Randall, and much more.

All of this music is available through our Bandcamp page: 

Thanks for an excellent set!

Triplicate has also made a small run painted CD - R version of the mix available at their bandcamp page...


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • Ian Hawgood - Flutter Echo Refrain – 0:00:00
  • Belly Full of Stars - Pattern 4 – 0:05:20
  • Time Rival – Beech – 0:09:37
  • Belial Pelegrim – Subtext – 0:12:53
  • BVSMV, Running in Slow Motion - Memory to Media – 0:18:00
  • Acef Stripe - Image 7: Dagobah – 0:22:20
  • Suncastle - The Rooms in Here are Enveloped – 0:24:51
  • Chaircrusher – Insular – 0:32:22
  • SURVEY CHANNEL - Outside the Coding Region – 0:39:02
  • Crest of the Syndicate – Lattermath – 0:44:58
  • Station Zero - Numb Hand - 0:46:34
  • Minimal_Drone*GRL - Raspberry Ripple – 0:50:24
  • Chorchill - Tea Bags – 0:52:46
  • Chris Randall - Synthetic Instinct – 0:54:59
  • End – 1:00:00

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Moteer - sounds like this


I recently stumbled upon a post or tweet that mentioned Moteer, a UK record label active in the 2000s. I was like - oh man, I have listened to that stuff in a while, time to give some a spin. It was fun going back into that world of clicks, loops, vinyl records pops, and glitchy ambience. So I decided to make a mix.

Moteer released music from 2003 to 2011. It was run by Andrew Johnson and Craig Tattersall, who record as The Remote Viewer. The label specialized in, as Harry Towell, founder of Whitelabrecs records, put it -  "lo-fi folk and glitchy, electro-acoustic goodness." They don't even have a website anymore to link to so you're on your own in tracking down some of the releases.

This set starts at the beginning with the first Moteer release, Commercial Body Fittings by Clickits. And it continues chronologically to the last release, On Fell. In between we get music from The Boats, Part Timer, El Fog, Need More Sources, Tokyo Bloodworm and more.

Sit back and enjoy this little journey back to the 2000s for some off-kilter, clicky, twinkling ambience.


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Clickits - september sounds like this (commercial body fittings 2003)
  • 03:30    Manyfingers - Ballybane (Manyfingers 2004)
  • 08:55    The Boats - And There Are Stars That Fell (Songs by The Sea 2004)
  • 12:45    Clickits - Natural Theatre (Express Gifts 2005)
  • 16:48    The Boats - Donna, Paul and Grace (We Made It For You 2005)
  • 18:50    Minimum Chips - Snow Pea (Lady Grey 2006)
  • 22:10    Part Timer - hear... to something (part imer 2006)
  • 25:25    The Boats - this song is one colour (Tomorrow Time 2006)
  • 28:11    Aus - apt (Curveland 2007)
  • 32:33    El Fog - Own Frequency, Own Time (Reverberate Slowly 2007)
  • 37:11    Theodore & Hamblin - Lacie (The Scientific Contrast 2007)
  • 41:00    Need More Sources - Sun (Shed 2007)
  • 43:44    con cetta - ker (micro 2008)
  • 48:05    Brael And Tokyo Bloodworm - Saturn Shine (Living Language 2008)
  • 56:15    Yuri Lugovskoy - untitled #3 (Yuri Lugovskoy 2010)
  • 60:30    Tokyo Bloodworm - Pale The Clerics Pass (Palestine 2011)
  • 65:05    On Fell - On Fell B (On Fell 2011)
  • 68:28    end

Sunday, August 08, 2021

purely ambient


Last year at this time I did a mix called "simply ambient" which was a nice, straightforward mix of ambient tracks. This mix is a sort of follow up titled "purely ambient." There is no theme, no story being told by the music, no big concepts. Just ambient music, pure and simple.

This might be the start of a series of mixes - utterly ambient, perfectly ambient, naturally ambient, totally ambient, etc. This would be allow me to get some of the tons of new music that I listen to every month into mixes without having to wait for an appropriate theme. Every track in this mix is from 2021.

So kick back and relax to some purely ambient music.


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Ambalek - In the Curled Combes (Fremder 2021)
  • 05:36    Pruski - Horizon (Whispers 2021)
  • 10:40    O Yuki Conjugate - Antonym (A Tension of Opposites Vols 1 & 2 2021)
  • 14:48    Martin Nonstatic - Fading Mist (Reflecting Glaciers 2021)
  • 21:00    Robert Davies - Nocturnal Deliquescence (Arcadia 2021)
  • 27:50    Sailcloth - Great Lakes (Woodcut 2021)
  • 30:20    Konstruct - Nostolgia (Three (squared) 2021)
  • 36:00    Free Dust - Earl Grey (Woo'd Early 2021)
  • 40:00    Erik Wollo - Afterprints (Recurrence 2021)
  • 45:00    Rosales - Nest (Still, Tomorrow 2021)
  • 53:15    anthéne & Simon McCorry - lucid (the equation of time 2021)
  • 60:31    end

Sunday, August 01, 2021

Chill Summer Guitars


I few weeks ago the good folks over at The Slow Music Movement sent me a couple tracks by Wiki Chaves. After listening I immediately knew I had to construct a mix around the laid back guitar style. A style The Slow Music Movement calls - "Perfect for all your beach lying, garden barbecuing, hammock slouching, sunbathing, holiday taking soundtrack needs."

Here's a link to the latest Wiki Chaves release:

From there I listened to guitar music for a couple of weeks, collecting tracks with a similar vibe. There were some artists I knew right away that I would include like Khruangbin, Bill Frisell & William Tyler. Some were new discoveries like Tommy Guerrero & Jeffrey Silverstein. While others were older tracks I was happy to rediscover such as Steve Hiett, Pat Metheny, Durutti Column and Yo La Tengo.

I like how the mix takes a more acoustic turn about half way through. Starting with new music from The Phonometrician then an old track from Calexico to even older tracks from Charlie Haden & Pat Metheny and Yo La Tengo.

Many of the mixes I do tend to focus on new music because that's what I'm listening to at the time. This mix, however, hits on 5 decades of music and it's pretty cool how they mesh together.

Artist/album links:


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Wiki Chaves - Pleasure Point (Raiz 2021)
  • 04:16    Khruangbin - Father Bird, Mother Bird (Mordechai 2020)
  • 07:17    Steve Hiett - Blue Beach (Down on the Road by the Beach 1983)
  • 11:21    Bill Frisell - The Shortest Day (Guitar in the Space Age! 2014)
  • 14:05    William Tyler - Highway Anxiety (Modern Country 2016)
  • 19:27    Tommy Guerrero - Sun Rays Lie Stilts (Perpetual 2015)
  • 21:15    Jeffrey Silverstein - This and Also (Future Folk: Friendly Faces; Different Spaces 2021)
  • 25:15    Durutti Column - Sara E Tristana (Amigos Em Portugal 1983)
  • 28:03    Bexar Bexar - n.r.o.t. (haralambos 2003)
  • 31:17    Trond Kallevåg Hansen - Bedehus og Hawaii (Bedehus & Hawaii 2019)
  • 36:15    The Phonometrician - Campos de Trigo (El Mar Convertido en Oceano 2021)
  • 39:45    Calexico - Above the Ranch (Tool Box 2007)
  • 42:50    Charlie Haden & Pat Metheny - Cinema Paradiso (Beyond The Missouri Sky 1997)
  • 46:33    Yo La Tengo - Green Arrow (I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One 1997)
  • 51:40    The Green Kingdom - Sol 1 (Solaria 2021)
  • 55:09    Steve Hiett - Standing There (Down on the Road by the Beach 1983)
  • 58:27    Helios - Emancipation (Eingya 2006)
  • 60:50    Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays - September Fifteenth (As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls 1980)
  • 62:47    end

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Mystical / Train — by Paul Asbury Seaman


                               "Then he leaves the platform/For the sleeping car that's warm
                                    You realize, he's only advertising one more shelter
                                    And it comes to you, he never was a stranger"
                                                                        - Leonard Cohen, "The Stranger Song"

I have been lucky to have a bunch of excellent guest mixes this year. After this one there are 2 more coming soon. But let's talk about this one first. This is another great collection from the mind of Paul Asbury Seaman. It's appropriate that "Mystical" is in the title as his mixes generally are more "mystical" than the ones I crank out. Which is why Paul's mixes are always a breath of fresh air for me.

Here's what Paul says about this set:

“In ancient times, the meaning of  “astrology” and “astronomy” was almost synonymous. Today we view space as a metaphor for the mystical—and vise versa. Both the physical universe and mystical concepts confront us with the unknown, the mysterious and the infinite, stimulating a desire for exploration and stretching our potential. Many things are more connected than we realize, and discovering such unexpected connections can be both illuminating and delightful. So this mix features koto and sax along with sequencers, trumpet, marimba and emotional guitar leads, getting slower as you go deeper.”

Thanks Paul, for another transcendental mix.


T R A C K L I S T :
  • 00:00    Kitaro - Wonderland 2 (An Ancient Journey 2001)
  • 03:06    Pharoah Sanders - Kazuko(Peace Child) (Journey to the One 1980)
  • 08:55    Thom Brennan - Chasing the Rain Part 1 (Chasing the Rain 2021)
  • 17:10    Jon Durant & Stephan Thelen - Fractal 5.7 (Crossings 2021)
  • 24:16    Jean-Luc Ponty - Mystical Adventures Part V (Mystical Adventures 1982)
  • 28:55    David Wright - Transylvanian Lullaby (In Search Of Silence 2011)
  • 36:06    Germind - Subway Of The Future (Reincarnation 2012)
  • 42:08    VAAST - LBV (Eta Carinae 2018)
  • 46:28     Esmerine - Walking Through Mist (La Lechuza 2011)
  • 49:55    Jon Durant & Robert Jürjendal - Reflective Sea (Across the Evening 2020)
  • 55:48    David Wright - Sanctuary Reprise (In Search Of Silence 2011)
  • 57:20    Max Corbacho - Starlight Grace (Nocturnes II 2018)
  • 61:31    Alice Coltrane - The Hymn (Translinear Light 2004)
  • 64:30    Ryan Herr & Jesse Hendricks - Cusp ( Cusp 2020)
  • 74:13    end

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Cello Mood Swings


I have been lucky to have had some awesome guest mixes this year. The streak continues with this excellent modern classical mix called "Cello Mood Swings." It's an excellent collection of music that features the cello. Duh! 

This tracklist comes from loyal listener, Kevin, who was also responsible for last year's Japan themed mix - "Not Seeing is a Flower"  Which you can find here  Kevin collected a bunch of great tracks and I put them together as best I could and the result is pretty darn awesome.

Here's what Kevin says about this mix:

"The idea for this actually came from Tina Guo's haunting version of the Rains of Castamere (Game of Thrones). As I was putting the list together it suddenly dawned on me just how many women have chosen the cello as their main instrument. I tried to make it female only cello players but couldn't quite find enough tracks. The title, Cello mood swings, fits because as an instrument, the cello is brooding and melancholic. But it can be soothing and relaxing as well."

Thanks for another great mix!


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Hildur Guðnadóttir - Bathroom Dance (Joker OST 2019)
  • 02:00    Jo Quail - Gold (Five Incantations 2016)
  • 12:18    Zoe Keating - Walking Man (One Cello x 16 EP 2004)
  • 18:25    Julia Kent - Flag of No Country (Asperities 2015)
  • 23:00    Poppy Ackroyd - Grounds (Escapement 2012)
  • 27:00    Zoe Keating - Hello Night (Into The Trees 2010)
  • 30:12    Julia Kent - Dorval (Delay 2007)
  • 34:00    Esmerine - White Pine (Dalmak 2013)
  • 37:33    Christina Vantzou - Anna Mea (No.2 2014)
  • 39:33    Jo Quail - South West Night (Caldera 2014)
  • 45:25    Christina Vantzou - Homemade Mountains (No. 1 2011)
  • 48:45    Hendyamps Studios - Beginning To End(feat Aimee Norris) (Cello Sessions Vol. 1 2020)
  • 51:30    Hildur Gudnadottir - Opaque (Without sinking 2009)
  • 55:14    Hildur Gudnadottir - Into Warmer Air (Without sinking 2009)
  • 61:10    Anne Müller - Aarhus/Reminiscences (Heliopause 2019)
  • 65:50    Clarice Jensen - Winter (Ainu Mosir EP 2021)
  • 67:31    Peter Gregson - 1.1 Prelude (Recomposed Bach - The Cello Suites 2018)
  • 69:31    end

Wednesday, July 07, 2021

I will not be sad in this world - a tribute to Djivan Gasparyan

The track, "I Will Not Be Sad In This World", is one of the most beautiful recordings ever made. It is hard not to be sad, however, upon hearing the news of the passing of Djivan Gasparyan. 

I will forever be grateful to him for introducing me to the wonderful sounds of the duduk, an Armenian double reed woodwind instrument made of apricot wood. Despite it's single-octave range, Gasparyan was able to coax a wide range of emotion from the duduk.

This mix is a tribute to Djivan's wonderful music. It is by no means comprehensive, it's a collection of excellent tracks that I already had in my library. Most are solo tracks with a few collabs with Michael Brook. And one stunning cover - Maya Beiser performing "Memories" on the cello.

Thanks again, Djivan Gasparyan, for your legacy of great music.

T R A C K L I S T :
  • 00:00    Djivan Gasparyan - I will not be sad in this world
  • 06:10    Djivan Gasparyan & Michael Brook- Immigrant Song 
  • 12:17    Djivan Gasparyan - Holy Holy Armenian Orthodox
  • 16:22    Erkan Ogur & Djivan Gasparyan - Fuad
  • 22:41    Maya Beiser - Memories
  • 29:20    Djivan Gasparyan - Nazeli
  • 33:48    Djivan Gasparyan & Michael Brook- Chiarescuroed
  • 36:45    Djivan Gasparyan - Male Folk Dance
  • 42:33    Djivan Gasparyan & Michael Brook - Fallen Star
  • 47:15    Djivan Gasparyan - In Foreign Lands
  • 52:08    Djivan Gasparyan - A Cool Wind is Blowing
  • 55:47    end

Sunday, July 04, 2021

Sunday Morning Music Vol. 21 - Dreamland


One of my favorite new indie albums of 2021 is An Overview on Phenomenal Nature by Cassandra Jenkins. It's a mostly fairly quiet, folky album. Except for the last cut which is instrumental with a kind of jazzy/ambient vibe. I knew immediately that I wanted to use it in a Sunday morning mix. Then I realized that it had been more than a year since I'd done a Sunday mix.

So here it is - Sunday Morning Music Vol. 21 - Dreamland. It sounds just like the Cassandra Jenkins I described above - jazzy/ambient with a sunny feel. There are two vocal tunes - one by Sam Gendel and the wonderful Dreamland by Joni Mitchell.

There's not much else to say other than grab the Sunday paper, a cup of coffee and hang out with this mix.


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Time Rival - Breakfast with Birdsong (Fell 2020)
  • 02:40    Casandra Jenkins - The Ramble (An Overview on Phenomenal Nature 2021)
  • 09:05    Sam Gendel - Shells, Tube, and Guitar (Fresh Bread 2021)
  • 15:09    Pino Palladino, Blake Mills - Just Wrong (Notes with Attachments 2021)
  • 19:30    Turn On The Sunlight - Looking For A Waterfall (Warm Waves 2020)
  • 24:50    Joseph Shabason - 15-19 (The Fellowship 2021)
  • 31:33    Green-House - Peace Piece (2021)
  • 35:31    Sam Gendel - Sometimes I Feel So Good (Fresh Bread 2021)
  • 40:00    Joni Mitchell - Dreamland (Don Juan's Reckless Daughter 1977)
  • 44:06    SiP - Malabar (Leos Naturals 2020)
  • 52:10    Blake Mills - Mirror Box (Mutable Set 2020)
  • 57:00    Chocolate Hills - Relax (A Pail of Air 2019)
  • 60:19    end

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Last Night the Moon Came - A Tribute to Jon Hassell


Last year we lost Harold Budd. And now, just six months later, we lose another icon in Jon Hassell. 

It's nearly impossible to overstate his importance in shaping an entirely new sound, what he would call Fourth World music. His music has influenced scores of musicians and listeners. I've included a lot of Hassell's music in mixes over the years. And, considering he just released a fine album last year, I expected to be featuring his music in mixes for many more years.

This mix is not an overview of his career. It's a collection of tracks that fit together well, starting with a track from the little known Million Dollar Hotel soundtrack, all the way to the final track, Last Night the Moon Came, which sounds like a good finishing cut.

I wish I could say something eloquent or profound about Jon Hassell and his music, but I'm not that type of writer. I let the music speak for itself and, wow, did his music speak to me and many others. I will miss him. 

Thanks for all your great music, Jon.

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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Jon Hassell Gregg Arreguin Jamie Muhoberac Peter Freeman - AM (The Million Dollar Hotel 200)
  • 05:52    Brian Eno & Jon Hassell - Chemisty (Fourth World 1 Possible Musics 1980)
  • 11:06    Jon Hassell - Cool Down Coda (Seeing Through Sound 2020)
  • 12:25    Jon Hassell - Empire I (Aka/Darbari/Java - Magic Realism 1982)
  • 13:52    Jon Hassell - Sundown Dance (Earthquake Island 1979)
  • 18:09    Jon Hassell - Air (Power Spot 1986)
  • 23:09    Jon Hassell - Malay (Dream Theory In Malaya 1981)
  • 29:36    Jon Hassell - Out of Adedara (City: Works of Fiction 1990)
  • 33:55    Jon Hassell - Map of Dusk (Myths 3 1987)
  • 35:10    Jon Hassell - Timeless (Seeing Through Sound 2020)
  • 42:44    Jon Hassell - Maarifa Street (Maarifa Street: Magic Realism, Vol. 2 2005)
  • 49:32    Jon Hassell - These Times (Dream Theory In Malaya 1981)
  • 51:23    Jon Hassell - Last Hight the Moon Came (Last Night The Moon Came Dropping Its Clothes In The Street 2009)
  • 62:15    end

Sunday, June 20, 2021

The Cloud Appreciation Society


I recently read an article in the New York Times that was published in 2016 about an unlikely collection of admirers. A group that started back in 2004 to sing the praises of...clouds. These devotees are known as "The Cloud Appreciation Society."

Here's a link to the NYT article...

And the society...

The name of the group stuck in my head as a possible theme and title for a mix. So here it is, a cloud themed mix. All the tracks have the word "cloud" in their titles. The music is appropriately drifting and relaxing. All the tunes are relatively new except for a few tracks from 2008, 2014, 2015 and one which reaches back to a Folkways record from 1981.

Look up, admire the clouds drifting by and float away with this mix.


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Andrew Chalk - From Mountain Tops the Dusky Clouds (Incidental Music 2020)
  • 05:05    Marine Eyes - Cloud Collecting (idyll 2021)
  • 09:18    Max Richter – Shimmering Clouds (My Brilliant Friend 2018)
  • 10:20    Craig Kupka - Clouds 2 (Clouds: Music for Relaxation 1981)
  • 15:20    Gaussian Curve – Broken Clouds (Clouds 2014)
  • 20:05    Clariloops – Clouds (Sun//Rain 2021)
  • 23:34    Yui Onodera & Vadim Bondarenko - Cloudscape 8 (Cloudscapes 2015)
  • 27:00    Shuta Yasukochi – Clouds (Slow sketch vol. 1: Reflections of the ambient community 2019)
  • 30:45    Robert Rich - Fall Up, the Clouds Will Catch You (Offering to the Morning Fog 2020)
  • 39:30    The Green Kingdom – Cloud Cloak (Ephemera 2018)
  • 43:09    Innesti – The Architecture of Clouds (Formless 2019)
  • 51:20    halftribe – Cloud Dreaming and Shadows (Cloud Dreaming And Shadows 2020)
  • 56:22    Rudy Adrian - Of Clouds and Mountains (Desert Realms 2008)
  • 63:29    end

Sunday, June 06, 2021

Aromas from the East - by Paul Asbury Seaman


I've had a good run lately, posting a lot of mixes. But due to busy schedules and a bit of laziness, I've run out of fresh mixes ready to upload. Then comes Paul to the rescue!

This mix is a breath of fresh air, going in a different direction than any of my recent mixes. Here's what Paul has to say about this excellent set:

“This mix features oud, sitar and koto, moving from the Near/Middle East, across South Asia to the Far East. This is not a Folkways sampler, but focuses on the rich tapestries created when Eastern and Western musical styles and instruments are blended together, with both traditions being equal participants, rather than one used merely as “exotic” embellishments for the other. Such cross-cultural musical experiments go back to the mid-20th century’s jazz /rock fusion groups (e.g., Oregon); early EM pioneers like Kitaro, Osamu Kitajima, Popul Vuh and David Parsons; and visionary new record labels like ECM. Here, I’ve highlighted more recent work, and while the options are much more plentiful now, the Low Lights leitmotif of gentle atmospheres has guided my selection. Even so, a couple of mid-tempo gems—essential to this kind of survey—have snuck into the mix."

Thanks, Paul, for another great contribution to the Low Light Mixes canon.

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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Dhafer Youssef - Shaanti 'Atihi Devo Bhava' Suite (Sounds of Mirrors 2018)
  • 04:10    Rahim AlHaj - Letter 1 Eastern Love Sinan (Letters from Iraq: Oud and String Quintet 2017)
  • 10:41    Sachal Studios Orchestra - Take Five (Interpretations of Jazz Standards & Bossa Nova 2010)
  • 16:20    Prem Joshua - Night Rain (Sky Kisses Earth 2001)
  • 22:45    Anoushka Shankar - Prayer in Passing (Rise 2005)
  • 28:52    Hans Christian - First Light (Nanda Devi 2015)
  • 35:20    Al Gromer Khan - I Got Vilayat Khan's Blessing (Sitar Secrets 2014)
  • 39:14    Hiroshima - Kototsu-Han (Pbon 2005)
  • 44:04    Luna - Tubular Bells (Luna 2013)
  • 48:09    Gates of Morheim - Omagatoki (Omagatoki EP 2020)
  • 53:15    Kitaro - Shining Spirit of Water (Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai, Vol 2 2005)
  • 57:33    Rabih Abou Khalil - Bukra (Bukra 1989)
  • 65:25    end

Sunday, May 30, 2021

LUMINOUSOUNDS - Orchestral Strings & Strands


I've been wanting to make an orchestral mix for a long time. Sometimes individual tracks will show up in other mixes but I haven't done one devoted exclusively to modern classical music in a long time.

What finally got me going with this mix was the new album from Max Richter - Voices 2. It's a beautiful album with lots of tracks that would work for an ambient leaning modern classical set. 

I really like how this one turned out. All but two of the tracks are from 2021. They flow from one to the other really well, making for a nice cohesive mix.


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Max Richter - Psychogeography (Voices 2 2021)
  • 06:40    Glowworm - A Late Arrival (Midnight Intervals 2020)
  • 10:30    Sven Laux - Fragment 3 (Scattered Fragments of Separation 2021)
  • 13:48    Christine Ott - Pluie (Time To Die 2021)
  • 18:35    That Which Is Not - Twin (The Basic Sharpness Of Emotions 2021)
  • 24:56    Simon McCorry - Full Circle (And Where Are You Really From? 2021)
  • 28:33    William Ryan Fritch - Resurface (Freeland 2021)
  • 30:01    Christian Löffler - Pastoral (Parallels 2021)
  • 33:33    A Winged Victory for the Sullen - Every Solstice & Equinox (Invisible Cities 2021)
  • 35:42    Jóhann Jóhannsson - Flight From the City(Vikingur Olafsson Rework) (Retrospective II _ Rarities 2021)
  • 41:29    Elskavon & John Hayes - Du Nord (Du Nord 2020)
  • 45:55    Peter Gregson - Somnia [2021]
  • 48:40    Max Richter - Movement Study (Voices 2 2021)
  • 53:41    Slow Dancing Society - The Devil Knows How To Row (Galilee's Dream 2021)
  • 58:38    Ross Gentry - Nobody Wants To Leave (Prism of Dust 2021)
  • 62:00    end

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Secret Songs of the Harp


Last year saw a trio of very fine albums of harp music from Andrea Cortez, Mary Lattimore, and Kirsten Agresta Copel. Here are links to all three albums:

I used "The Secret Song of Plants" quite a bit as a work-from-home soundtrack. Then recently I realized that I'd never made a mix devoted to harp music. So here it is. It's beautiful and relaxing without being spa, new age crapola.


T R A C K L I S T :
  • 00:00    Assia Cunego - Section 25-30 (Canto Ostinato 2009)
  • 03:42    Alice Coltrane - Vrindavana Sanchara (Transcendence 1977)
  • 07:22    Andrea Cortez - Song 3 (The Secret Song of Plants 2020)
  • 14:20    Mary Lattimore - Pine Trees (Silver Ladders 2020)
  • 17:28    Lavinia Meijer - Gnossienne No. 1 (Voyage 2015)
  • 21:45    Kirsten Agresta Copely - Winter's Bone (Around The Sun 2020)
  • 26:51    Claire Deak & Tony Dupé - for bernadette (the old capital 2020)
  • 29:27    Lavinia Meijer - Glassworks Opening Piece (Glass:Metamorphis The Hours 2012)
  • 35:33    Susan Jolles & Bert Lucarelli  - Claire De Lune (Music for Oboe & Harp 2012)
  • 40:35    Julia Rovinsky - An Arc of Doves (Dusk 2010)
  • 46:52    P.G. Six - #1 For Wire-Strung Harp with Echo (Music From The Sherman Box Series and Other Works 2006)
  • 49:49    MItch Greer - Ambient Harp Midnight Reverie (Ambient Harp Midnight Reverie 2020)
  • 65:55    end

Monday, May 17, 2021

Quiet Indie Songs #2 - Spring 2021

At the end of 2020 I posted a mix called "Quiet Indie Songs" and it did a lot better than I expected. A few folks thought it should be a recurring series and I agreed. So here you have installment #2 - "Quiet Indie Songs #2 - Spring 2021."  

I'm sneaking this in under the wire as it's barely spring anymore. Most of the songs are from 2021, with 4 of them from 2020. There are some old favorites in there, like Damien Jurado & Phoebe Bridgers. And also a lot of new to me artists like Arooj Aftab, Becca Mancari & Mt Went.

I'm always open for suggestions for new indie artists to use for this series so let me know in the comments if you have some ideas.


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Vagabon & Courtney Barnett - Reason to Believe (2021)
  • 02:25    Damien Jurado - Helena (2021)
  • 05:05    Helado Negro - Sound & Vision(Bowie cover) (2021)
  • 08:16    Damielle Durack - There Goes My Heart (No Place 2021)
  • 12:46    Bryce Dessner - Another World(String Arrangement  (Impermanence/Disintegration 2021)
  • 16:31    Arooj Aftab - Saans Lo (Vulture Prince 2021)
  • 20:22    Jack Symes - Overwhelming (Tompkins Park 2021)
  • 25:08    Phoebe Bridgers - Halloween (Punisher 2020)
  • 29:20    Piers Faccini - Together Forever Everywhere (Shapes of the Fall 2021)
  • 33:27    Mt Went - Light in the Dark (Lit Way Down 2021)
  • 38:20    Dawes - St. Augustine At Night (Good Luck With Whatever 2020)
  • 43:23    Laura Marling - For You (Song For Our Daughter 2020)
  • 47:14    Alexia Avina - Inner Garden (Unearth 2020)
  • 50:31    Gia Margaret - Solid Heart (2021)
  • 54:08    Waxahatchee - Streets of Philadelphia(Springsteen cover) (2021)
  • 58:03    Skullcrusher - Song for Nick Drake (Sorm in Summer 2021)
  • 60:47    Becca Mancari - Annie (Juniata 2021)
  • 65:23    end

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Meditation & Solace

The origin of this mix is very simple - I wanted a new collection of meditative tunes to sleep to or zone out to while sipping tequila on the deck.

Once I decided to go with a meditation mix I immediately thought of a recent purchase of music from an artist known as Calm Whale. You can't go wrong with any of their releases. Just close your eyes and pick one and it will be beautifully calm and meditative. 

Calm Whale on Bandcamp

The rest of the mix is almost all new stuff except for one random track from 1980 sneaking in.

Go sit in your comfy spot of choice and zone out to Meditation & Solace.


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Lab Cloud - Serenity 5am (The Structure Of Emotions 2021)
  • 06:00    Don Slepian - Sea of Bliss (New Music for Digital Orchestra 1980)
  • 13:03    Hipnotic Earth - Sadness Too Deep (HomeWorld 2021)
  • 21:41    Calm Whale - Flowing In Harmony - Tibetan Bowls & RAV (Flowing In Harmony - Tibetan Bowls & RAV 2021)
  • 29:33    Clariloops - Solace (Sun-Rain 2021)
  • 32:32    zakè & City of Dawn - Fragile Dreaming In A Fragile Mind (Frizzell & Duque: A Sorrow Unrequited 2021)
  • 39:27    the heart is awake - the Return ii(Healing Arts reMix) (the Healing Arts reMIXES Vol III 2020)
  • 45:11    jarguna - My Temple (My Temple 2020)
  • 50:15    Calm Whale - Breathing EARTH (Breathing EARTH Meditation 2021)
  • 62:17    end

Sunday, May 02, 2021



A year or two ago I read a sci-fi novel in which some of the main characters were sentient robots. When two of them would meet they establish secure channels with dialog such as "I am Paladin. You are unknown. Here comes my data. We want information about a pirate named Judith Chen. She goes by Jack … That is the end of my data." For some reason the line "Here comes my data" stuck with me.

I immediately wrote it down as a possible title for a mix. I thought it would fit well with a slightly more upbeat electronic mix. And so this mix was born, or more like artificially grown in a lab.

The mix starts with a track from Saul Stokes. I haven't listen to Stokes in years but when I stumbled on his album "Local Crowd," I knew I had to include it. He still has a unique sound which comes from, I believe, the fact that most of his synths are built from scratch. 

The rest of the mix a a nice combo of new music with some older tracks, some from as far back as 2003. Oops! One short track is from 1987.

I think the whole mix hangs together quite well, with the vibe of a digital handshake.


T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Saul Stokes - My memory I hope you remember (Local Crowd 2017)
  • 04:12    Time Rival - Vaporous (Vertigo Sessions 2021)
  • 08:22    Joel Vandroogenbroeck - rock program (Digital Project 1987)
  • 08:57    Hannah Peel - Fir Wave (Fir Wave 2021)
  • 12:45    Polypores - Fairy Rings (Shpongos 2021)
  • 17:03    Coti - Tiptoe (Metamemoria 2020)
  • 19:49    Zoltan Fecso - Wave (Silken Wave EP 2019)
  • 28:55    Robert Lippok - Schemes Like These (Falling Into Komëit 2004)
  • 31:15    Jan Jelinek - B1. ICE 897 (Ice Compositions 2021)
  • 32:40    Nalepa - Porcelain (Beneath The Surface 2006)
  • 36:55    Hainbach - Amtsweg (Landfill Totems 2021)
  • 38:40    Pye Corner Audio - Phase B (Where Things Are Hollow 2 2020)
  • 42:38    Belbury Poly - ffarisees (The Gone Away 2020)
  • 46:37    Frank Bretschneider - Optik(For Yen-Ni) (Lunik 2018)
  • 50:53    Atom™ - Computermusik (This Is Computermusik 2021)
  • 54:25    Johnny Woods - Secret Commonwealth (Behind The Sky Presents: Portals 2020)
  • 58:31    Komet - Blau (Gold 2003)
  • 63:30    end

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Ambient Folk & Cosmic Roots


After the craziness of the last mix it's nice to slow down. And what better way to slow down than with a guest mix from James over at The Slow Music Movement. They have a wonderful new album called "Future Folk: Friendly Faces; Different Spaces."

After I heard it I asked James to do a guest mix featuring some tracks from that album along with other cuts that fit the vibe. The result is a unique journey through folk-influenced ambient and ambient-influenced folk.

While this mix only has three tracks from the new album they share a similar vibe and outlook. Here's what James has to say about his new compilation:

     "This compilation came about with my increasing interest in folk music after years of focusing on the 25 year old golden age of musical fusion that is still playing out. Having ridden the industry waves and ripples since the MP3 & digital stones were rudely thrown into the music pond, I am constantly fascinated by 20th century holdouts looking back wistfully to the good old, bad old days of smoky venues, hounding newsagents for music magazines, easily damaged vinyl, ancient instruments, terrible sounding tapes, label dependency, photocopied fanzines and stamp licking.
     So I contacted a few of the artists that had lit my folk flame to see what they had to say? Artists that know their roots, but who are keeping their eyes on the road ahead and the world of possibility they now enjoy. Shortly after, from home studios in spare rooms and internet enabled remote collaborations, wildly processed instruments from hazy late night jam sessions, digitally mutated acapellas and 13th century songs covered in an age that the long dead and sadly forgotten writer could never have imagined, started to drift into my inbox.
     Is an evolutionary leap the key to folk’s survival? Time, the whims of the coronavirus gods, the folk community’s response to today’s existential stresses, adaptation to changing media consumption habits, marketing decisions and ultimately, people’s decisions on what style of music suits them best, will decide."

Interesting side note - James made this mix as a one take live recording. Nice!

Here are some important links:

Slow Folk playlist on Spotify

Future Folk on Streaming Services

Future Folk on Bandcamp


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    El Conejo - Tres Tigres Tristes
  • 05:40    Jörgen Kjellgren - Dulcet
  • 08:32    Adeline Hotel - Reliable Feelings
  • 11:10    Kerry Devine - Vehicle
  • 15:43    John Stammers - Waiting Around
  • 20:00    The Howard Hughes Suite - Smoke from a Future Fire
  • 24:08    Tim Linghaus - You Called it Love
  • 27:07    Boduf Songs - Unseen Forces and How to Use Them
  • 32:40    Roddy Woomble - Everday Sun
  • 36:50    Black Brunswicker - Black Grouse Raag
  • 41:25    M. Grig - Call, (45.50) Lightbath - Insinyur Cahaya
  • 49:00    Ben McElroy - The Silence Has Spoken
  • 52:00    Cynefin - Ffarwel I Aberystwyth
  • 56:00    Burnt Paw - Arthur's Sea
  • 58:40    Andreas Söderström & Rickard Jäverling - Klockan
  • 62:53    end