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