mental medication

October 15th, 2018

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My hometown baseball team, the Milwaukee Brewers, had a fantastic finish to close the regular season. They captured the central division title and are now in the playoffs. I am loving every minute of it but it's also stressful as heck! I am definitely too old for this kind of roller coaster ride.

I went to the first two games of the playoffs and between standing for half the game, clapping on every pitch, screaming my head off and the adrenaline rush of close games, I am exhausted! I don't know if I'll last the whole post-season.

So I figured I needed a little "mental medication" and came up with this mix. It's even more soothing than my normal ambient mix. This is music for meditation. Music for contemplation. Music for concentrating...on destroying the Dodgers. Oops! See that's exactly why I need this mix. Haha! This mix actually is a meditative type of mix that you could almost play in a spa. If that spa was way cooler than a normal spa and it played good music.

 

Cheers and Go Brewers!

 

 

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Sonmi451 - Angel
  • 05:22    Bengalfuel - Arcs
  • 09:40    Julia Rovinsky - An Arc of Doves
  • 15:40    Ruven Nunez - As Above, So Below
  • 26:05    The Heart is Awake - Ec
  • 30:35    Spheruleus - Saturday Drones
  • 37:35    Hiroshi Yoshimura - Clouds
  • 42:30    Alex Crispin - Rosewater
  • 47:00    Raul Lovisoni & Francesco Messina - Prati Bagnati Del Monte Analogo
  • 58:45    Eternell - Resting On The Surface Of A Stream
  • 74:30    Ruven Nunez - As Below, So Above
  • 96:00    end
 
 

 

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Memories are an old film

October 7th, 2018

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The idea for this mix came from a track by Andrew Sherwell on his wonderful new album, Orthodox Tales, released by the excellent label Whitelabrecs.


https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/orthodox-tales



The song, "And the Smoke of the Incense," starts off with the sound of a film projector. That sound is strangely evocative and I love how it sounds in that cut. After hearing that tune I created a folder called "My Life is an Old Film" and I would occasionally toss in similar sounding tracks. Eventually I collected enough cuts for a mix and decided to change the name to "Memories are an Old Film."


Many of these tracks have a bit of noise and scratchiness that one would associate with an old 8mm film. I added a few film projector sound fx here and there to continue the vibe.


Cheers!



T R A C K L I S T :

 

  • 00:00    Andrew Sherwell - And the Smoke of the Incense(2018)
  • 03:15    L. Pierre - 1948 part 2(2017)
  • 08:45    Ghost And Tape - Eostre(2017)
  • 13:25    Luton - Spectres of Mark(2018)
  • 15:38    Masaya Kato - Desensitization(2018)
  • 18:05    Max Richter - Old Song(2004)
  • 19:55    The Caretaker - Synapse Retrogenesis(2018)
  • 21:30    Parallelism - Tapes(2018)
  • 25:30    Lusine - drip(2004)
  • 27:25    Clem Leek - Rogers Park(2018)
  • 30:50    Aaron Martin - Memories are Drifting Bells(2018)
  • 32:15    Ashlar - Same Fate(2018)
  • 36:15    Tape Loop Orchestra - Inner Voice(2018)
  • 43:30    Time Rival - Carbon Fever pt. 3(2018)
  • 49:55    Max Richter - Shadow Journal(2004)
  • 52:10    The Caretaker - Advanced Plaque Entanglements(2018)
  • 53:55    Kilchhofer - Nihic(2018)
  • 57:41    Dakota Suite - De Ziekte Van Emile(2018)
  • 61:04    end

 

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Rivers & Roads

September 16th, 2018

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I'm not sure where this mix started but I've had a playlist on Spotify called "Rivers & Roads" for awhile. It's mostly acoustic, folk tunes dealing with, you guessed it - rivers and roads. I figured it might make for a nice change of pace.


The mix alternates between vocal tunes & instrumentals. All of which have the typical Low Light Mixes feel.  It also works nicely as a soundtrack for fall.


Easily my favorite song is the one from Damien Jurado. "Over Rainbows & Rainier" is from his wonderful 2018 album, "The Horizon Just Laughed." If you like this tune check out the rest of the album.


I hope everyone enjoys this vocal diversion. We'll be back to electronics soon.


Cheers!

 

 

T R AC K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Damien Jurado - Over Rainbows & Rainier
  • 04:05    Explosions in the Sky - To West Texas
  • 07:50    Nick Drake - River Man
  • 11:52    Phil Cook - Old Hwy D
  • 14:58    Neil Halstead - Sleeping on Roads
  • 19:05    Phosphorescent - This Land is Your Land
  • 22:30    Bill Frisell - Small Town 
  • 23:25    Lowland Hum - Nightdriving
  • 27:16    John Fahey - Sunflower River Blues
  • 27:47    Adam Torres - Mountain River
  • 30:52    M. Ward - Slow Driving Man
  • 35:10    Clem Leek - Burlson,TX
  • 37:38    Sun Kil Moon - Like the River
  • 40:32    Western Skies Motel - Empty Rooms
  • 44:05    Mountain Man - River
  • 46:15    Gillian Welch - Apache Tears(reprise)
  • 49:01    The Lumineers - Long Way From Home
  • 51:27    Daniel Lanois - Dusty
  • 52:45    Tallest Man on Earth - Rivers
  • 56:30    A.A. Bondy - Highway Fevers
  • 61:08    The Head & The Heart - Rivers & Roads
  • 65:40    end
 
 
 
 
 
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The Way Home

August 26th, 2018

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Earlier this year I was asked by the folks at Lifted Icons to do a guest mix. It was a unique mix because I did two 20 minute sets that were then incorporated into a larger nearly 2-hour mix.

 

The parameters for my mixes were as follows:

1. A lonely, melancholic wander through the void between stars

2. A triumphant end for our struggle to the stars

 

You can find the 2-hour mix at Lifted Icons here... https://www.mixcloud.com/LiftedIcons/cartographer/

 

I liked how everything turned out. It was especially fun to cut the 2nd mix as it had a few louder tunes that I normally might not use. I was too lazy to put together a totally new mix so I decided to put my two parts of the Lifted Icons mix into one new mix. 

 

After I put them together I started tinkering. I added a few tunes to make it longer. And then I changed a lot of the first part but kept the same "drifting in the void" feel. The transition from melancholic wander to triumphant return starts at the 22:28 mark with the Underworld tune. The title for the mix comes from a track I used by the same name from Tony Anderson. It fit perfectly with the journey from part one to part two.

 

Cheers!

 

 

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Lunar Testing Lab - Space Traffic Control(& added Nasa quindar Tones)
  • 00:40    Steven Price - Aurora Borealis
  • 01:50    Tim Hecker - Boreal Kiss
  • 04:06    Chris Weeks - Spiders & Plugholes
  • 05:42    Clinton Shorter - An Impossible Dream
  • 07:25    Strië - Man with Thick Glasses
  • 10:20    Northumbria - Helluland
  • 13:10    Bryantist - Spherical Harmonics
  • 14:30    Conet Project & other fx
  • 14:57    Memories of JJ
  • 18:12    Jon Hopkins - Feel First Life
  • 22:28    Underworld - Capa's Last Transmission Home
  • 24:12    Ólafur Arnalds - Doria
  • 27:05    Tony Anderson - The Way Home
  • 30:13    Stellardrone - Red Giant
  • 32:30    Johann Johannsson - A Pile of Dust
  • 34:20    M83 - Another Wave From You
  • 35:50    Ulrich Schnauss & Jonas Munk - Amaris
  • 38:25    B. Fleischmann - A Letter From Home
  • 43:22    Jon Hopkins - Light Through The Veins
  • 50:45    Johann Johannsson - End(Snowing)
  • 57:00    end

 

 
 
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dubstrates & dreamstates

August 11th, 2018

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Ambient dub is one of my favorite sub-genres. I've done several "dubby & dreamy" mixes over the years. Such as:

 

http://lowlightmixes.blogspot.com/2015/09/dubby-rainy.html

http://lowlightmixes.blogspot.com/2016/05/dubscapes-seacapes.html

http://lowlightmixes.blogspot.com/2013/01/dubscapes-dreamscapes.html

http://lowlightmixes.blogspot.com/2012/02/dubby-noisy.html

http://lowlightmixes.blogspot.com/2013/08/dub-transmissions.html

http://lowlightmixes.blogspot.com/2010/12/subatomic-dubscapes.html

http://lowlightmixes.blogspot.com/2008/12/motion-for-relief.html

 

There could be a couple more mixes floating out there but those are the ones that I could recall.

 

This new mix follows in that same dubby/dreamy mode that I love. Also I have found that these ambient dub mixes work well as stargazing companions. So the timing for this one is good as the Perseid meteor shower is at it's peak tonight & tomorrow night.

 

Cheers!

 

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Halftribe - Balm
  • 03:13    Docetism - One Forest
  • 06:55    Segue - Vapour Trails
  • 09:55    Pan American - Double Rail
  • 13:39    Hannu Karjalainen - Love Unconditional
  • 17:00    Martin Goodwin - Fifty
  • 19:45    Radius - Always Dreaming
  • 24:25    Dub Surgeon - Crazy Dub
  • 26:10    Yagya - Very Long Daydream
  • 28:30    Lars Leonhard - Circular
  • 32:10    Lee Gamble - Helicopter
  • 33:30    Ohrwert - Sonometric
  • 40:00    SVLBRD - Vessel
  • 45:00    Snufmumriko- Eterspar
  • 50:15    Fluxion - Moving On
  • 54:20    Joergmueller - DFM #8
  • 59:15    Mokira - Untitled #6
  • 62:20    Gray Acres - A Beauty Not Theirs
  • 65:55    Purl & Hivetribe - Airwaves
  • 74:38   end

 

 

 

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Galaxy Express

July 27th, 2018

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Welcome to another great collaboration with my cosmic friend, Paul Asbury Seaman. The term "collaboration" gives me too much credit because Paul does the heavy lifting of finding the tunes and deciding on a sequence. I just mix them together.

 

This is another mix with a train-like propulsive feel but this one also has more space travel vibe. I like this mix more and more with each listen.  Here's what Paul has to say about it:

 

Like with Dave, my mixes often build on a single track (or title) I like, in this case a piece of artwork by Jon Lomberg, going back several decades, that was used to illustrate one of the chapters of Carl Sagan’s first book, THE COSMIC CONNECTION: “The Night Freight to the Stars.” 

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This is an interstellar tribal/trance mix, with the emphasis not on nostalgia but a forward-looking magical realism. The ASC piece reflects an adrenaline-infused take-off (after Jon Serrie sets the space-travel motif and Adam Fielding sets the train motif). But then things settle down for the long haul between stars…

 
 
 
 
 
T R A C K L I S T :
  • 00:00    Jonn Serrie - The Sentinel(The Sentinel)
  • 03:30    Adam Fielding - You Have To Let Go(Mesmera)
  • 09:30    ASC - Vortex Ring(Astral Projection)
  • 14:45    Cydelix - Analog Digits(Analog Digits)
  • 19:20    Fourth Dimension - In Between(In Between)
  • 26:15    Germind - Time Consciousness(Antimatter)
  • 32:20    Tigerforest - Vermilion(Songs Of Reverence)
  • 36:26    Stefan Torto - Bending Time(Oceanian Dreams)
  • 42:55    Zen Garden - Memoriam Seas(Emotional Ambient)
  • 47:05    Tangerine Dream - Rain & Thunder(Sorcerer 2014)
  • 54:20    Broekhuis, Keller & Schönwälder - Blue One(Blue)
  • 74:36    end
 
 
 
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Folding Water - Fourth World Excursions

July 17th, 2018

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In the distance

A lost, forgotten bell sings

beyond the water

 

This is a set of music that adhere's to Jon Hassell's idea of a musical aesthetic that is "a unified primitive/futuristic sound combining features of world ethnic styles with advanced electronic techniques."

 

You'll find some drums, bells, gamelan, vibraphone and other mallet instruments as well as a healthy dose of field recordings. Hopefully the mix will make you feel like you're floating in a small, wooden boat anchored in an Indonesian bay.

 

Cheers!



T R A C K L I S T : 

  • 00:00    Third Coast Percussion - Paddle to the Sea - Sanctuary
  • 03:15    Andrew Pekler - Bororo
  • 04:33    Jan Schulte - Klang Fangt An
  • 06:05    William Selman - Thick Description
  • 09:15    Jon Hassell - Empire I
  • 10:25    Jon Hassell - Malay
  • 13:00    Vieo Abiungo - Barges Bellow Their Foul Air(Sven Kacirek remix)
  • 16:20    Abby Lee Tee - Riverside Burrows Pt. 2
  • 18:25    Arp - Folding Water
  • 22:10    O Yuki Conjugate - Cloud Cover
  • 25:10    Andrew Pekler - Humidity Index / Khao Sok (Chopped and Screwed)
  • 27:30    William Selman - The Island Before the Internet
  • 31:35    Laraaji - Enthusiasm
  • 33:45    Abby Lee Tee - Riverside Burrows Pt. 1
  • 34:30    David Edren - Baulungan
  • 36:25    Third Coast Percussion - Paddle to the Sea - The Lighthouse and Cabin
  • 38:00    DR - IV
  • 39:10    Michael Emenau - Waterphone
  • 44:10    Jon Hassell - Miracle Steps
  • 47:45    Andrew Pekler - Mirror Structures(Mirrored)
  • 50:00    David Cunningham - Blue River
  • 53:05    Nao Otsuka - Clock Chimes
  • 56:15    Abby Lee Tee - Riverside Burrows Pt. 2
  • 58:52    end

 

 

 

 

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Harold & Durango Budd

July 1st, 2018

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A few months ago when I reached out to a few folks to create guest mixes, one of the first people I contacted was Matt Borghi. I've been listening to Matt's music for a long time and with him running the Ambient Soundbath Podcast it would be a perfect fit.

 

I absolutely adore the mix he has come up with as Harold Budd is one of my all-time favs as well.

 

I'll let Matt tell you about the mix:

 

I was very pleased when Dave invited me to submit a guest mix to the Low Light Mixes. Dave's mixes are as diverse as they are interesting and they're always chill with good vibes. I spent quite a bit of time thinking about what I might contribute that could hang with so many great mixes. I have a certain thing I do with the Ambient Soundbath Podcast, but the Low Light Mixes are more all-encompassing. 

 

After a couple months of deliberation, I decided that I would feature the work of my favorite composer, Harold Budd and newcomer, Durango Budd. Harold Budd's fantastic catalog of work very much informs the work of Durango Budd (https://durangobudd.bandcamp.com), and both of these artists have the piano at the center of most of their creative pursuits. Harold Budd has a well-publicized and longstanding love/hate relationship with the piano, yet he manages to coax such beautiful music out of a wood box filled with felt-tipped hammers and strings. Durango Budd, similarly, takes the same instrument and through experimentation and synthesis manages to coax out equally beautiful, distressed tones that evoke melancholic nostalgia (as Mike Carss, the artist known as Altus, put it - https://www.altusmusic.ca/).

 

In any case, many thanks to Dave for letting me do this mix and I hope that folks enjoy what I've put together. 

 

Thank you and enjoy.

 

-Matt Borghi

www.ambientsoundbath.com

www.mattborghi.com

 

 

Thanks Matt! I recommend both his music and his podcast - check them out.

 

Cheers!

 

 

T R A C K L I S T :

⦁ 00:00 – 06:00 - The Child with a Lion – Harold Budd – The White Arcades

⦁ 06:00 – 09:30 - Piano Drone 4 – Durango Budd – Drones for Prepared and Synthesized Piano

⦁ 09:30 – 12:30 - A Child in a Sylvan Field – Harold Budd – By the Dawn’s Early Light

⦁ 12:30 – 31:00 - Bismillahi’ Rrahman Rrahim – Harold Budd – The Pavilion of Dreams

⦁ 31:00 – 33:00 - Piano Drone 5 – Durango Budd – Drones for Prepared and Synthesized Piano

⦁ 33:00 – 39:00 - The Room of Ancillary Dreams – Harold Budd – The Room

⦁ 39:00 – 46:30 - Piano Synthesis Drone 3 – Durango Budd – Drones for Prepared and Synthesized Piano

⦁ 46:30 – 59:00 - Agua – Harold Budd - Agua

⦁ 59:00 – 61:30 - Piano Drone 1 – Durango Budd – Drones for Prepared and Synthesized Piano

 

 

 

 

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Guitarissimo #2 - In a Languid Mood

June 22nd, 2018

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I've been planning on doing a follow up to Guitarisimo, a mix from April of 2017. When several albums from 2018 fit the sound I knew I had to do the mix now.

 

The album that got me started is "Con Todo El Mundo" by Khruangbin. It's one of my favorite records this year. Entirely guitar-based it's sound include surf music, Latin, Thai & Indian music. I highly recommend it.

 

https://khruangbin.bandcamp.com/album/con-todo-el-mundo-n-s-america-edition

 

Most of this mix sounds like it grew from that album with a few ambient sidetracks. This is a nice follow up to the Warming Trend mix post a couple of weeks ago because this music sounds like it should be listened to in hot weather. Grab an El Diablo or a Chalino Special and enjoy.

 

Cheers!

 

 

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Opez - Carlos Primero(2015)
  • 03:00    Dans Dans - Zephyr(2014)
  • 07:05    Youth - Lotus Rhubarb (Colliding Sky Whale Dub)(2018)
  • 08:47    Fleetwood Mac - Albatross(1975)
  • 11:50    Dead Combo - In A Mellotron(2018)
  • 16:00    David Byrne & Brian Eno - Solo Guitar with Tin Foil(1981)
  • 17:05    Alexandre Desplat - Les Paris(2012)
  • 18:05    Dan Phelps - Cumulonimbus(2011)
  • 21:50    Khruangbin - Como Te Quiero(2018)
  • 25:46    Marc Ribot Y Los Cubanos Postizos - Aurora en Pekhn(1998)
  • 31:08    Ozgur Yilmaz - Karincalar(2016)
  • 33:49    Ezra Feinberg - Experinece Near(2018)
  • 39:52    Seabuckthorn - Inner(2018)
  • 43:00    Calexico - Longboard(2018)
  • 45:50    Paul White - Returning(2018)
  • 50:05    Dans Dans - Au Hasard(2013)
  • 54:35    The National Pool - Solace(2018)
  • 56:40    Slow Clinic - Salt(2018)
  • 58:55    Chequerboard - A Field of Night(2013)
  • 64:35    Ruven Nunez - Evening Song(2017)
  • 78:08    end

 

 
 
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Warming Trend

May 27th, 2018

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As I have said about 8 million times before, many mixes start with a single track. In this case it was the rediscovery of the track "Warming Trend" by Adam Pacione. It's a gentle, droning track that reminds me of Eno's Discreet Music.

 

I knew I wanted to use the tune in a mix and then realized that the track name would make a good title for a mix. From there I went in search of cuts that made me think of rising temps as we move from spring to summer. 

 

So a natural first selection would be "For the Summer, Or Forever" from Halftribe's excellent new album. Most of the tunes are new, predominantly from 2017 & 2018. And they all have a lazy, slow feel that works well with the title.

 

Grab a cool drink(personal fav would be a tequilla mule) and hang out with this new mix.

 

Cheers!

 

 

 

 

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Halftribe - For the Summer, Or Forever(2018)
  • 03:46    36 - Ego Death(2018)
  • 09:19    Off Land - Off Spring(2018)
  • 13:24    Adam Pacione - Warming Trend(2007)
  • 15:40    The Green Kingdom - Photic Zone(2018)
  • 22:39    Segue - Westcoast Trail(2013)
  • 27:20    Sawako - jupiter c.cloud(2018)
  • 31:00    Moss Covered Technology - Sea #4(2018)
  • 40:42    Tonepoet - Cosmic Blue(2018)
  • 47:07    Christopher Willits - Return(2017)
  • 52:40    Snufmumriko - Still Early Days(2017)
  • 58:15    Valotihkuu - The Wind Caresses the Treetops(2017)
  • 62:33    end

 

 

 

 

 

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