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

Sunday, April 18, 2021

The Canterbury Scene

And now for something completely different. This mix is a collection of instrumental tunes from the progressive rock sub-genre known as The Canterbury Scene.

According to Wikipedia:  

The Canterbury scene (or Canterbury sound) was a musical scene centered around the city of Canterbury, Kent, England during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Associated with progressive rock, the term describes a loosely-defined, improvisational style that blended elements of jazz, rock, and psychedelia. The Canterbury scene is largely defined by a set of musicians and bands with intertwined members. "The real essence of 'Canterbury Sound' is the tension between complicated harmonies, extended improvisations, and the sincere desire to write catchy pop songs."  "In the very best Canterbury music...the musically silly and the musically serious are juxtaposed in an amusing and endearing way."

The bands most often associated with this sound are Soft Machine, Caravan, Gong, Hatfield & the North, Egg, & National Health. And some of the artists include Robert Wyatt, Kevin Ayers, Allan Holdsworth, Steve Hillage, Phil Miller, Hugh Hopper, Richard Sinclair, Fred Frith and Dave Stewart.

I am not a fan of Canterbury tunes that have vocals, which eliminates a lot of stuff by Caravan and some Soft Machine. So that's why this mix sticks with instrumental tracks. Listening to this set it's easy to hear the similarities between the bands.

I discovered the Canterbury Scene when I was in college, listening to Bill Bruford(drummer for Yes & King Crimson) solo material. His keyboardist was Dave Stewart who played with Egg, Hatfield & The North, and National Health. I loved Bruford's solo stuff, especially "One of a Kind" so that lead me to listen to anything that Stewart was involved in. This mix opens and closes with two tracks featuring Dave Stewart and two of my favorites in the genre.

I hope you enjoy this little diversion from the usual ambient mixes. It sure was fun digging up all these 1970s classics.


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    National Health - The Bryden 2-Step(For Amphibians)Part 1 (Of Queues And Cures 1978)
  • 08:15    Matching Mole - Smoke Signal (Little Red Record 1972)
  • 11:30    Cos - Nog Verder (Viva Boma 1976)
  • 13:40    Supersister - Dreaming Wheelwhile (Present From Nancy 1970)
  • 15:55    Gong - The Isle of Everywhere (you 1974)
  • 23:39    Soft Machine - Song Of Aeolus (Softs 1976)
  • 27:33    Quiet Sun - r.f.d. (Mainstream 1975)
  • 30:37    Gong - Three Blind Mice (Expresso II 1978)
  • 35:23    Egg - Part 2 (The Polite Force 1971)
  • 40:00    Henry Cow - Solemn Music (Unrest 1974)
  • 41:02    Quiet Sun - Trot (Mainstream 1975)
  • 44:29    Caravan - Waffle(Chance of a Lifetime) (For Girls Who Grow Plump in the Night 1973)
  • 47:58    Gilgamesh - We Are All / Someone Else's Food / Jamo And Other Boating Disasters - From The Holiday Of The Same Name (Gilgamesh 1975)
  • 55:39    Steve Hillage - Meditation Of The Snake (Fish Rising 1975)
  • 58:32    Bruford - The Sahara Of Snow Parts 1 & 2 (One Of A Kind 1979)
  • 66:03    end

Sunday, April 11, 2021

memories and tides


It's funny how mixes come together sometimes. I started this one only knowing I wanted it to be pretty straightforward ambient. The easiest thing to do was to start with some new music from the last month or two. As I laid down a few tracks I started to get this feeling of the sea, of drifting on the water, of a quiet harbor. So I went with it.

Before long I had an entire mix of new music that hung together with this beautiful ebb & flow. The theme came about organically. The tracks themselves dictated what the mood would be. I've done other sea themed mixes over the years and this one could be the most subtle. I didn't add any field recordings - any wave sounds were already in a track. It's more about feel and vibe than sound fx.

All the cuts are from 2021 except for Bursts of Static by Olga Wojciechowska. I heard that on the BBC the morning after finishing the mix and knew immediately that I had to include it.

This mix might work well as soundtrack for a rainy spring day or for a nap in hammock as you dream of drifting out on the tide.


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Jeannine Schulz - Riber (Luminous 2021)
  • 04:35    The Green Kingdom - Atmosphere 1 (Solaria 2021)
  • 09:21    Moss Covered Technology - Pressure Change (Seafields 2021)
  • 15:43    Andrew Heath & Anne Chris Bakker - November (How To Breathe Like A Stone 2021)
  • 26:18    Taylor Deupree - murmur (Mur 2021)
  • 29:21    Daar - Waves Your Back Describes (Entire 2021)
  • 34:25    Andrew Tasselmyer - What We Lost (Yesteryear 2021)
  • 37:40    Observatories - Visible Darkness (Flowers Bloom, Butterflies Come 2021)
  • 41:26    Jogging House - Between (Too 2021)
  • 44:08    Olga Wojciechowska - Bursts of Static (Infinite distances 2019)
  • 48:57    Tapes and Topographies - other distant mermaids (A Season of Loss 2021)
  • 52:33    Spheruleus - Danse de Chambre (Canvas Homes + Supplémentaires 2021)
  • 56:47    Masaya Kato & Valotihkuu - Viviante (Swallow 2021)
  • 59:07    halftribe - Fern Moss (Lucent Forms Travelling 2021)
  • 62:16    end

Sunday, April 04, 2021

Ambient Trumpet: A Jazz-Colored Solitude — by Paul Asbury Seaman

Photo by Alex on Unsplash

Back in January Paul emailed me about an album called "Bardo Tank" by Ron Miles playing trumpet in The Tank in Colorado. That email started me off in search of tunes for what became my "Resonant Spaces" mix. Paul went a different direction and sought out tracks for an ambient trumpet mix.

The result is a great collection of tunes that span different styles and old to new, while still maintaining an ambient atmosphere. Here's what Paul says about this mix:

“No musical instrument, at least in the Western world, conveys anguish and melancholy as effectively as the trumpet. One can trace a direct line from Miles Davis’s tender and gut-wrenching solos to the jazz-colored ambience of ECM Records. The signature sound of this European label is both intimate and austere, as reflected in the lonely landscapes of their album covers. There’s a delicate grandeur in the tunes I’ve gathered here. Or sometimes, just the sound of solitude.

For me, the overall effect was surprisingly similar to the tranquil, meditative state evoked by the bell-tone mix I did last December.”

Thanks Paul, for another superb set.


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Arve Henriksen - Patient Zero (Towrds Language 2017)
  • 02:02    Paolo Fresu - Se Va La Murga (In Maggiore 2015)
  • 06:47    Alaskan Tapes - Leita(Ft. Ryan Svendsen) (Leita/North 2018)
  • 10:28    Nils Petter Molvaer - Puri Jati (Buoyancy 2016)
  • 14:00    Oystein Sevag - Miles Near (Link 1993)
  • 15:35    Jeff Oster - The Lotus Within (Reach 2018)
  • 22:27    Ron Miles - Pacem (Bardo Tank 2013)
  • 28:49    Miles Davis - The Pan Piper (Sketches of Spain 1960)
  • 32:27    Mark Isham - Tibet part II (Tibet 1989)
  • 36:14    Arve Henriksen - Migration (Cartography 2008)
  • 41:38    Ralph Towner & Paolo Fresu - The Sacred Place(reprise) (Chiaroscuro 2008)
  • 43:27    Matthew Halsall - Canopy & Stars (Salute to the Sun 2020)
  • 51:04    Ambrose Akinmusire - Roy (On the Tender Spot of Every Calloused Moment 2020)
  • 53:26    Jon Hassell - Time And Place (Last Night The Moon Came Dropping Its Clothes In The Street 2009)
  • 56:55    Matthew Halsall - Stories from India (Oneness 2019)
  • 65:09    Tomasz Stanko Quartet - Tale (Lontano 2006)
  • 68:54    end

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Blade Runner Pop/Rock Soundtrack


What if the original Blade Runner film had a pop music soundtrack? You know how some films have an instrumental score but also an album of pop/rock tunes that were used in the film or inspired by the film. If Blade Runner had such a collection maybe it would sound like this mix.

This all started when I was listening to Pink Floyd - Shine On You Crazy Diamond part 1 and I thought that it sounded like it would sort of fit with the Blade Runner score we are all so familiar with. That got me thinking about the question posed at the top of this post. As I started collecting tracks the first place I went was Gary Numan & Tubeway Army - Replicas. How could I not use a song called "Replicas"? Likewise from the same album, how could resist the track "Are Friends Electric?"

I got some great recommendations from Mixcloud listeners in this thread -   Tracks from Public Image Ltd., John Foxx, Quieter Than Spiders and New Order came right from those suggestions. There were also some great ideas in that thread which will work perfectly in a Blade Runner alternative score mix. I'm hyped to do that mix but I should probably wait a bit after this BR mix.

This was a lot of fun to put together. I hope you enjoy it.


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Pink Floyd - Shine On You Crazy Diamond pt. 1
  • 03:36    Tubeway Army - Replicas
  • 08:25    Air - Kelly Watch the Stars
  • 12:00    Public Image Ltd. - The Order of Death
  • 16:26    John Foxx - A New Kind Of Man
  • 19:58    Kuedo - Memory Rain
  • 23:23    Ultravox - Your Name Has Slipped My Mind Again
  • 27:34    Air - Remember
  • 29:52    Kraftwerk - The Robots
  • 35:20    Ultravox - Mr. X
  • 41:45    Quieter Than Spiders - The Signs of Life
  • 46:52    Brad Mehldau - Paranoid Android
  • 48:23    Metric - Artificial Nocturne
  • 52:31    Tubeway Army - Are “Friends” Electric
  • 57:45    New Order - Elegia
  • 61:43    end

Monday, March 15, 2021

Guest Mix from Brad Deschamps of Polar Seas Recordings


This year I've had the good fortune of posting several cool guest mixes and that continues with this excellent collection from Brad Deschamps of Polar Seas Recordings.

It's not a mix of all Polar Seas releases, in fact only the opening and closing tracks are from the label. But it is perfect timing for a mix from Brad because Polar Seas is releasing three excellent new albums on Friday March 19th.

I love getting guest mixes because there is always great music in them that I have never heard. And that's the case with this one. I think I was familiar with 4 of the 9 artists in the set. So thanks to Brad for exposing me to even more good ambient music. But even more important thanks to Brad for running the great ambient record label - Polar Seas Recordings.


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00 - 03:38    Jeannine Schulz - Rooms and Surfaces I
  • 03:38 - 10:53    Laura Luna Castillo - Eight Pounds of Tuberose
  • 10:53 - 15:36    Sea Oleena - On Possession
  • 15:36 - 20:50    Sachi Kobayashi - Nostalgia
  • 20:50 - 29:38    Patricia Wolf - Position From the Sun
  • 29:38 - 35:43    Claire M. Singer - Wrangham
  • 35:43 - 40:01    Lisa Lerkenfeldt - Champagne Smoke
  • 40:01 - 42:53    Sofie Birch - Kandisae
  • 42:53 - 46:00    Clara Engel & Bradley Sean Alexander - Ghost Bird Alive, At Dawn

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