Sunday, June 26, 2022

Guitarissimo Vol. 3


I made the first Guitarissimo mix 5 years ago. I followed it up a year or so later. But then for some reason it took me 4 years to get to volume 3.

This version is similar to the others the vibe is a bit spaghetti western and dusty, moody, twangy with a little Latin feel. But of course much of it has an ambient vibe.

One of my favorite discoveries while making this mix was Hermanos Gutiérrez. As the name implies the band is brothers - Alejandro and Estevan Gutiérrez. They create beautiful Latin landscapes with their guitars. Check out their stuff here -

Here are links to the two previous Guitarissimo mixes:

Links to the albums used in this mix in order of appearance:


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00 Pan American - Sleepwalk Guitars (A Son 2019)
  • 03:24 Brightblack Morning Light - Miwok Shapes (Brightblack Morning Light 2006)
  • 09:00 Richard Thompson - Glencoe (Grizzly Man 2005)
  • 10:40 Khruangbin - A Calf Born in Winter (2014)
  • 13:37 Hermanos Gutiérrez - Hombre Honrado (El Camino de mi Alma 2018)
  • 17:13 Yo La Tengo - Tired Hippo (And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out 2000)
  • 21:51 Gary McFarland Gabor Szabo - Simpatico (Simpatico 1966)
  • 26:29 SUWI - Dessert (Sumi 2020)
  • 30:52 Supergombo - Le reve de Kovacks (Sigi Tolo 2020)
  • 35:10 David Sylvian - The Stigma Of Childhood(Kin) (Rarities 1988-1993)
  • 42:26 Bobby Beausoleil - Saundaria Lahari (Voodoo Shivaya 2018)
  • 50:40 SUSS - Laredo (Ghost Box 2018)
  • 54:20 Hermanos Gutierrez - Railroad Vista (Hijos Del Sol 2020)
  • 56:49 Pan American - Outskirts, Dreamlit (The Patience Fader 2022)
  • 63:16 end

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Deutsche Grammophon


I've been a fan of the Deutsche Grammophon label for a long time, ever since I got this Steve Reich box set back in the early 80s in college.

I've collected quite a few DG recordings over the years. Over the last 5 years or so I've noticed them branching out and releasing music by a wider variety of artists and music that isn't strictly classical. From Moby to Christian Löffler to Olafur Arnalds to Brian Eno to Clark, the music is surprising for DG but also seems to fit well. After a lot of listening to Parallels by Christian Löffler, I decided to do a mix of recent DG favs. I hope you enjoy it.


T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00 Peter Gregson - Opening (Blackbird 2020)
  • 02:34 Johann Johannsson - Divine Objects pt. 1 (Drone Mass 2022)
  • 05:00 Agnes Obel - Can’t Be(Instrumental (Myopia 2020)
  • 08:20 Christian Löffler - Dir Jehova (Parallels 2021)
  • 12:25 Signum Saxophone Quartet- 1957 award montage (Quartet Echoes 2021)
  • 15:41 Tale Of Us - definizione dell impossibile (Endless 2017)
  • 19:46 Joep Beving - Morpheus' Dream (Henosis 2019)
  • 21:36 Olafur Arnalds - Still _ Sound (Some Kind of Peace 2020)
  • 25:45 Alex Baranowski - Constellations (Project 12 2019)
  • 28:13 Benjamin Gustafsson - Silent In A World Of Talking (Project 12 2019)
  • 31:02 Clark - Citrus (Playground in a Lake 2021)
  • 33:20 Max Richter - War Anthem (Three Worlds Music From Woolf Works 2017)
  • 40:05 Moby - God Moving Over the Face of The Waters (2021)
  • 43:17 Peter Gregson Gifts at Dinner (Blackbird 2020)
  • 47:23 Roger Eno & Brian Eno - Marble (Mixing Colours 2020)
  • 53:20 Johann Johannsson & Yair Elazar Glotman - Slow Destruction Of Neptune (Last And First Men 2020)
  • 56:58 Hildur Guðnadóttir - 12 Hours Before (Chernobyl 2019)
  • 59:19 end

Sunday, June 12, 2022

Soothing Sequencers by Paul Asbury Seaman


I am always pleased to present a new mix from Paul Asbury Seaman and this one is no exception. It's a great collection of sequencer tracks that hits the ideal vibe. Coming on the heels of my Stranger Synths mix, I was still in a electronic, sequencer mood and this mix kept me in that zone perfectly.

Here's what Paul says about this mix:

“For a lot of people, the term ‘electronic music’ still brings to mind the chaotic synthesizer experiments of its early years, highly abstract and moody ‘space music,’ or the techno dance music that grew out of a merger of ‘70s disco with ‘80s pop. Or the characteristically propulsive textures associated with em godfathers Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream, where a simple sequence of repeating notes provided both rhythm and melody. But some artists (including the aforementioned two) are able to infuse their beeping machines with warm emotions and heartfelt melodies, as presented here—a softer side of the electronic universe. If you like a steady, waterwheel flow and bell-like tones, this one’s for you.”

Paul mentions Klaus Schulze which is appropriate because we timed this mix to be posted just days after the release of the final Klaus Schulze album. I grabbed the last track from that album and made it the final track in this mix as one last tribute to Klaus.

Links to the albums used in this mix in the order in which they appear:


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Andy Pickford - Temple of the Wonklord (RadioSilence: Objective Linearity 2022)
  • 07:52    Lars Leonhard - Moon Gravity (Gravity  2022)
  • 15:35    Mac of BIOnighT - Auralities (Auralities 2017)
  • 20:36    Klaus Schulze - Fm Delight (En=Trance 1988)
  • 28:00    Hollan Holmes - The River (Emerald Waters 2022)
  • 33:22    State Azure - Ricochet (Dreams 2020)
  • 41:45    Steve Roach - We Continue (Spiral Revelation 2016)
  • 48:45    SpiralDreams - Pearl in the Sand part1 (Journey to Infinity II 2021)
  • 54:30    Fritz Mayr - North Coast Night Lights (Milky Way 2021)
  • 59:42    Johan Tronestam - Home Sweet Home (Next Step 2021)
  • 66:06    Klaus Schulze - Der Hauch des Lebens Pt. 5 (Deus Arrakis 2022)
  • 71:14    end

Sunday, June 05, 2022

Maps Without Edges - 90s Tribal Ambient


For a while now I've been planning on a drum/percussion mix similar to A Distant Pulse -  and A Rhythmic Passage - 

In my search for tracks I came across a track by Vidna Obmana called "The Transcending Quest." It made me nostalgic for the heyday of tribal ambient in the 1990s with artists like Vidna Obana, Steve Roach, O Yuki Conjugate and Thom Brennan. So I decided to make this whole mix a trip back to the 90s for some hang drum and rain stick sounds.

The first thing you may notice is that not all the tunes are from the 1990s. Two are from 2001 and one is from 1989. I say close enough. 

The other thing you may hear as you listen is that the tracks all definitely sound very similar. That was purposeful. I wanted the whole set to have a trance-like feel to it. 

Sitting right in the middle of all this is one of my favorite ambient tracks of all time - "The Path Not Taken" by Thom Brennan from 1995. When I looked for a Bandcamp link I found he had an entire album by that name and it's only $4. An edited version of part is what was released in 1995 and the whole album remained unreleased until 2019. You can find it here...

Links to all the albums used in this mix in the order in which they appear:


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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Ma Ja Le & James Johnson - Yaquona(Part 2) (Seed 2001)
  • 09:00    Vidna Obmana - The Transcending Quest (Amplexus 1995)
  • 14:55    Steve Roach - Walking Upright (Early Man 2001)
  • 21:10    O Yuki Conjugate - Insect Talk (Equator 1995)
  • 26:25    Thom Brennan - The Path Not Taken (Amplexus 1995)
  • 37:20    STilLPOiNT - Maps 2&3 (Maps Without Edges 1996)
  • 43:57    Al Gromer Khan - Unmoved Mover (Tantra Drums 1998)
  • 51:10    Steve Roach & Michael Stearns - Flatlands (Desert Solitaire 1989)
  • 55:42    Vidna Obmana - The Nebulous Pathway (The Spiritual Bonding 1994)
  • 60:00    end