Sunday, February 28, 2021

snow on my piano


As I've said here before, solo piano is wonderfully evocative of falling snow. So this mix is a collection of piano tracks that remind me of snow.

All the tunes are new, being from 2020 or 2021. Including the opening track from a forthcoming album on Whitelabrecs, i=r by Lorenzo Masotto

There's not much else to say other than enjoy this last snow mix of the year. We still have a lot of snow on the ground but it's melting and I can sense spring just around the corner. Of course by saying that I probably just guaranteed that we'll get hit with another 12" storm by the end of month. Ugh. I think I continue to live in a cold, snowy environment just for the musical inspiration. ;-)


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Lorenzo Masotto - i=r(lake) (i=r 2021)
  • 03:58    Echoflex - D aeolian (Echoflex VI: Piano Net 2020)
  • 09:42    Snorri Hallgrímsson - Landbrot (Landbrot I EP 2020)
  • 12:19    Jon Hopkins - Dawn Chorus (2020)
  • 15:24    James Murray & Mike Lazarev - Animitta (Sunnata 2020)
  • 17:45    Nebel lang - Sigh (Hand in mine 2021)
  • 21:52    Polaroid Notes - Down By The Sea (Ennio's Muse 2021)
  • 25:04    Elskavon & John Hayes - L'etoile (Du Nord 2020)
  • 28:28    Julia Gjertsen & Nico Rosenberg - Proper Time (Distant Fields 2020)
  • 35:15    Ólafur Arnalds - Still _ Sound (some kind of peace 2020)
  • 37:42    Belly Full of Stars - Pattern 4 (Aura 2021)
  • 39:24    Snorri Hallgrímsson - Haustar (Landbrot I EP 2020)
  • 42:35    Ian Hawgood - Dear Trish (Ennio's Muse 2021)
  • 45:02    Echoflex - C aeolian (Echoflex VI: Piano Net 2020)
  • 52:11    Nebel lang - Inwards (Hand in mine 2021)
  • 67:51    end

Sunday, February 21, 2021

The Infinite Present


This mix is nice and straightforward - no funky locations, no focus on a single instrument - just straight up ambient. The closest thing to a theme would be that all the tracks are from 2021.

In trying to come up with a title for the mix, I looked through a list I keep of possible titles. If I hear an interesting phrase or combo of words I'll jot it down to possibly use later. In this case I came across "The Infinite Present." It seemed to fit because all the tunes are from 2021 and, even though we aren't through two whole months yet, the amount of new music can sometimes feel infinite.


T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Andrew Tasselmyer - Sleep Walking (Impulses 2021)
  • 05:05    Arovane - 10 dezember 2019 (Wirkung 2021)
  • 08:32    Crows Labyrinth & Wolfgang Merx - Ornaments I (Ornaments I 2021)
  • 12:50    Chuck Johnson - Serontiny (The Cinder Grove 2021)
  • 19:15    Free Dust - Early Gray (Woo'd Early 2021)
  • 23:50    Hipnotic Earth - Repose Longplay edit (Sleeping Whales 2021)
  • 29:25    Jazzdefector - Magomadas (Ennio's Muse 2021)
  • 32:00    Jogging House - Farewell (Flaws 2021)
  • 36:30    Maiya Hershey - What the Bearing Sea Takes (Music for Another Sky 2021)
  • 40:25    Mehrdad Kanani - Nerves and Veins (Forgotten Conversation 2021)
  • 44:30    Owl - Distant Transmissions (Infinite Horizon 2021)
  • 48:06    Simon McCorry - Ocean Song (All Creatures 2021)
  • 52:42    Thme - Acy (Ennio's Muse 2021)
  • 56:03    William Ryan Fritch - Resurface (Freeland 2021)
  • 57:40    zakè - Distant Shadow (Music for Another Sky 2021)
  • 61:17    end

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Resonant Spaces


Somehow last year I missed the album Transcendence by Sherry Finzer.

It's an album of solo flute improvisations recorded in an old water tank in Rangely, Colorado. It definitely has the same feel as Paul Horn's Inside the Great Pyramid from 1976. As I listened to it, I wondered if I could collect enough tracks to make a mix of music recorded in water tanks, silos and cisterns. Well, I guess I found enough because here's the mix - Resonant Spaces.

There were a few artists that I immediately knew I would include - Pauline Oliveros, Stuart Dempster, Paul Horn, and Jim Cole. From there I did a bit of research, got a recommendation from Sherry, and ended up with a nice collection of tracks. 

My first exposure to recording on-site, in an unusual location was Paul Horn's Great Pyramid album. I had that LP in college and it helped me through many nights of studying. Well, not that many because I didn't study a whole lot.

My next exposure was 1989's Deep Listening by Oliveros, Dempster, & Panaiotis. An iconic album recorded in a huge underground cistern in northwest Washington state. The space would eventually be known as Dan Harpole Cistern. Deep Listening is one of my favorite ambient albums of all time. It owes its unique sound to the incredible space in which it was recorded. 

According to the liner notes they parked their van next to the cistern and began to drop cables into the 14-foot deep cavern. They then rigged up rope and harnesses to lower chairs, accordion, sea shells, trombone, garden hoses, didgeridoos, tarps, cleaning tools and people. It was very dark, contrasted with the daylight streaming in from the hatch where they had come down.

The liner notes continue - "The remarkable thing about the acoustic space is the long reverb, which could approach 45 seconds, and the lack of slap echoes and distinct early reflections that are often characteristic of large cathedrals; only pure, smooth reverb...the amplitude of which appears to begin at the sane decibel level as the source. Consequently, it is impossible to tell where the performer stops and the reverberation takes over."

- - - - Here's a list of each artist, their album & a pic of where the recording was made. - - - -

1. Sherry Finzer - Transcendence - recorded at The Tank in Rangely, Colorado.

2. Jim Cole & Spectral Voices - Innertones - recorded in a 120-feet-tall water tank.

3. Stuart Dempster - Underground Overlays from the Cistern Chapel - recorded in a 2 million-gallon concrete cistern, now empty, in the Pacific Northwest known as the Dan Harpole Cistern.

4.  Jherek Bischoff - Cistern - also recorded in the Dan Harpole Cistern.

5. Paul Horn - Inside The Great Pyramid - Recorded in the King's Chamber inside The Great Pyramid of Gizeh.

6. Paul Kikuchi - Portable Sanctuary Vol. 2 - Live in the Great Hall - recorded in the Great Hall at Union Station, Seattle, WA.

7. Jherek Bischoff - Improvisations - recorded in the Dan Harpole Cistern in Fort Warden in Port Townsend, WA. 

7. Bodhi - Inside - recorded inside an old military bunker. 

8. The User - Silophone - recorded in an abandoned grain storage facility in the port of Montréal.

9. Brother Saturn - Live at The Tank - recorded at The Tank in Colorado.

10. Bob Guido - Silophonic - recorded in Silo #5, an abandoned grain storage facility in the port of Montréal.

11. Oliveros Dempster Panaiotis - Deep Listening - recorded in the Dan Harpole Cistern in Washington.

I hope you enjoy this other-worldly journey through Resonant Spaces.


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Sherry Finzer - Ancient Roots (Transcendence 2020)
  • 05:18    Jim Cole & Spectral Voices - Hear Earth (Innertones 2006)
  • 09:53    Stuart Dempster - Morning Light (Underground Overlays from the Cistern Chapel 1995)
  • 17:20    Jherek Bischoff - The Sea's Son (Cistern 2016)
  • 23:34    Paul Horn - Initiation (Inside The Great Pyramid 1976)
  • 29:22    Paul Kikuchi - Union Pacific (Portable Sanctuary Vol. 2 - Live in the Great Hall 2016)
  • 32:55    Jherek Bischoff - Two (Improvisations 2020)
  • 34:38    Bodhi - Relax (Inside 2020)
  • 35:28    The User - Silophone (2001)
  • 36:56    Brother Saturn - A Canopy Of Stars (Live at The Tank 2018)
  • 41:18    Bob Guido - Silophonic
  • 43:40    Oliveros Dempster Panaiotis - Lear (Deep Listening 1989)
  • 53:43    Jim Cole & Spectral Voices - Spectral Winds, Inward Voices (Innertones 2006)
  • 60:00    end

Sunday, February 07, 2021

Ambient Vaporwave - A mix by Innesti

Photo by Nick Reynolds on Unsplash

I am so psyched to have another excellent guest mix. This one comes from long-time friend of the blog, Innesti -

I have featured a bunch of Innesti music over the years and have hosted guest mixes from him as well. A couple of days ago I got an email asking if I was interested in another guest mix of ambient vaporwave tunes. Aww, hell yeah, I'm interested. Although I'm not quite sure what Vaporwave is. No worries, Innesti explains it for us:

Vaporwave is a niche genre of electronic music that combines the visual aesthetic of meme culture with the glitched out and stretched sounds of 1980's mall and infomercial music. It is not the kind of music that you would expect to appeal to listeners who enjoy deep ambient soundscapes. Nonetheless, buried deep within this genre are some amazing beatless and atmospheric pieces. I am drawn to these because they capture the kinds of atmospheres that I enjoy, but emerge organically within a completely different musical tradition. This mix represents a sample of some of my favorite ambient vaporwave tracks.

Sounds great!


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    地球  -  ジャングル PART 2
  • 07:10    Subaeris - The City In Rain
  • 12:50    Lindsheaven Virtual Plaza - Polynomial Voices
  • 19:40    Corp. & t e l e p a t h - 進化  - 猫 シ
  • 23:12    Corp. & t e l e p a t h - A New Life Awaits You
  • 26:07    暗号零 - 我爱你我的孩子 (Mother)
  • 30.59    SONYA™ SleepStation - [program b] - sleep
  • 36:30    ∑ V ∑ R Y T H I N G - In this forest all of your problems become beautiful birds
  • 42:25    Zadig The Jasp - (海の前で-In Front Of The Sea.)
  • 52:12    ll nøthing ll - Cycle
  • 60:00    end

Sunday, January 31, 2021

The Long Polar Night


As I type this we are getting pounded with another 9" of snow, the second pounding in less than a week. Combine that with semi-lockdown we are still under and it sort of feels like I'm in a research station outpost about to hunker down for The Long Polar Night.

Most of the titles fit the theme as well as the feel of the tunes.. I added some weather radio recordings throughout the mix which I think worked out pretty well.

One happy accident that happened while putting this together is I accidently left two tracks by two different artists in the same spot. I didn't even notice at first. They were playing simultaneously and it sounded like it was meant to be that way. This happens at 51:21 of the mix.

Cheers and stay warm!

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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Wind & Weather Radio
  • 00:55    Owl - Moonshine Haze (Infinite Horizon 2021)
  • 04:16    Esther Kokmeijer & Rutger Zuydervelt - Stillness #5 (Stillness 2013)
  • 08:20    SineRider - Four Below Zero (Four Years Away 2018)
  • 11:42    offthesky - cold front (studies of form in transit 2003)
  • 14:40    John Butcher - wind piece (Resonant Spaces)
  • 15:47    Hanno Leichtmann - wind (Nuit Du Plomb 2006)
  • 19:00    Lauge - Icebound (Nothingness 2020)
  • 25:30    Gailes - Surface Variations in The Snowfall (Seventeen Words 2017)
  • 32:05    Marcus Fischer - Antarctic 3 (Arctic / Antarctic(version) 2020)
  • 34:45    Polaroid Notes - Don't Be Afraid Of Darkness (Home Diaries 014 2020)
  • 38:00    Rosalina Teche - Slightly Affected (Music for Another Sky 2021)
  • 40:23    stormloop - in the frozen morning light (arctic conditions 2013)
  • 48:25    Moss Covered Technology - Distant Station(Nocturne) (Once Hallowed 2019)
  • 51:21    Sinderider & Polaroid Notes - Frost & Into The Black played simultaneously
  • 55:35    Axs - Frozen Signpost (Arctic Circle 2011)
  • 65:20    end

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Bell Tone Meditation by Paul Asbury Seaman


Great minds think alike. Both Paul and I had the idea of doing a "bell" based mix. I, however, am a procrastinator, and after creating a save folder for bell tunes 3 months ago, I have one track in it. So who knows when that puppy was going to get done.

Paul, on the other hand, sought out tracks and compiled them into a perfect playlist that became this mix - Bell Tone Meditation.

Here's what he has to say about it:

“For thousands of years bells, more than any other instrument, have been used to convey a sense of reverence and mystery, to represent clarity, to facilitate both quiet, solitary meditation and communal celebration. And, given the challenging artistic paradox of using sound to express silence, bells are the musical instrument used most often to express that, too. So it’s curious to me that bells (and their various metal/crystal-bowl cousins) are not used more often in ambient music, a genre defined, perhaps more than anything else, by subtle textures and tonal resonance over melody and rhythm.

Bells also have been the most common instrument to express cold and ice. Another reason this mix makes a  perfect midwinter offering.”

Thanks Paul!


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Cousin Silas - Derwent (Submerged 2021)
  • 05:36    Andarctica - at rest (buried with the bells 2019)
  • 11:40    Robert Rich - Belltone Glass (Alien Zoology - Live Archive Vol 4 2009)
  • 15:37    Jack Hertz - Invisible Pyramid (Teoton 2020)
  • 19:17    Andrew Lahiff - The Ringing of the Silent Bells (Slow Paths Beyond 2014)
  • 25:47    Crown Of Eternity - New Dimensions in Infinite VIbrations (Universal Hum 2018)
  • 31:50    The Heart Is Awake - Healing Sound Meditation(Healing Arts reMix) (the Healing Arts reMIXES Vol III 2020)
  • 36:00    Steve Roach & Serena Gabriel - Nectar Meditation (Nectar Meditation 2020)
  • 45:15    Glenn Sogge - Aether/Or -- A Non-Philosophical Disquisition (Musics for Long Thinkings, volume 4 2016)
  • 53:30    jarguna - My Temple (My Temple 2020)
  • 1:10:00    end

Sunday, January 17, 2021

flicker moments passing - a halftribe guest mix


I've been a fan of halftribe(Ryan Bissett) ever since he approached me about doing a guest mix roughly 6 years ago - whoa, blows my mind that it was that long ago. Whether it's deep & dubby or straight up ambient, halftribe has released some of my favorite albums over the last 5 or 6 years. So I was excited when Ryan agreed to do a guest mix. 

Here's what Ryan said about the mix:

"It's been a little while since I put a mix together as I've been mostly just working on my next album. It's even longer since I did a mix for someone else's show, so this mix really just showcases the types of sound that are floating my boat at the minute."

Don't forget to check out halftribe music here...            

And check the halftribe Mixcloud page...


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T R A C K L I S T:

  • 00'00 Jens Pauly - Fairge
  • 06'03 Tapes & Topographies - Pulse Of Durations
  • 10'00 Andrew Heath - Signals And Beacons
  • 14'55 Carlo Giustini - A Letizia
  • 19'49 Jogging House - Air
  • 24'07 Moss Covered Technology - Untitled Quiet Loop #6
  • 31'01 Max Ananyev - Images In Time
  • 36'02 Halftribe - Flickering Moments Passing
  • 41'13 Caught In The Wake Forever - The Houses Here Have Changed Lately
  • 47'24 John Hays & Maxy Dutcher - Arch Dance
  • 52'22 Innesti - Compelled By Indifference
  • 1'00'00 SineRider - Lapis

Sunday, January 03, 2021

The Silence of Snow


I was fishing around for an idea for a new mix and mother nature helped out by dropping some fresh snow overnight so that became the theme - The Silence of Snow. I took the picture above on a morning walk through a local nature preserve.

The first draft of this mix had several piano based pieces. I think piano tunes do a nice job of conjuring up snow but I decided to pull them and save them for an all piano snow mix for later in January or February.

Cheers to a better 2021!

T R A C K L I S T :
  • 00:00    Marcus Fischer - Antarctic 2 (Arctic / Antarctic(version) 2020)
  • 05:52    Offthesky - Snow Filled Summer (We Like Ambient 2013)
  • 10:07    Altus - Soft Space (Trailhead 2020)
  • 14:43    Kenji Kihara - men (ten sen men 2018)
  • 22:34    Tonepoet - kalos eïdos skopeïn(an ending) (Kaleidoscope 2020)
  • 25:30    anthéne - hollowed out (infinity lines 2020)
  • 31:02    Moss Covered Technology - Quiet Loop #6 (Quiet Loops 2020)
  • 37:37    Federico Durand - Flor imaginaria (Flor Imaginaria 2020)
  • 41:19    Aglaia - day one (Gravitational Change 2020)
  • 44:12    Test Card - Four Zero Five Line Rewind (Music For The Towers 2020)
  • 47:45    SineRider - Zero Return (Fahrenheit 2017)
  • 51:00    The Humble Bee - Off station, at little afternoon, amidst the saltwater marsh (Daymark 2020)
  • 57:04    end