A Distant Pulse

September 22nd, 2017

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Who remembers what a big thing tribal ambient was for awhile back in the 90s?  The first time I heard "Fearless" from the album Strata by Steve Roach & Robert Rich I was hooked.  There were many Roach albums from that time period that drew on the tribal ambient sound - World's Edge, On This Planet, Soma, Australia: Sound of the Earth, Forgotten Gods, Cavern of Sirens, Earth Island, Well of Souls, The Serpent's Lair,   - oh heck there's too many to keep track of!

 

I loved that sound.  But as so often happens I grew tired of it.  Part of that was just me overdosing on that style and part of it was as the style proliferated we ended up with crappy new age versions of tribal ambient.  So I stayed away for a long time while still revisiting the classic Roach recordings occasionally.  

 

Earlier this year I discovered the music of Al Gromer Khan, thanks to Paul Asbury Seaman.  I was listening to a few cuts from Lexus and I enjoyed the tribal sound and realized that I hadn't listened that style very much lately.  But those tracks got me going and the next thing you know, I'm collecting tacks for a mix.

 

The tracks in this mix are a good sampling of new cuts, older cuts from the tribal heyday and a few really old cuts from the early 80s.  The tracks are also a mix instrumentation from drum sounds to gamelan to marimba.  I love how this turned out and hope you do too.

 

Cheers!

 

 

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Al Gromer Khan - Air Wave(Lexus 2002)
  • 04:30    Eno & Hassell - Chemistry(Fourth World 1 - possibles musics 1980)
  • 09:35    Steve Roach, Byron Metcalf & Mark Seelig - Six(Mantram 2004)
  • 17:50    Peter Gabriel - Slow Marimbas(Birdy 1985)
  • 20:40    Terje Isungset - Sunrise Horizon(Hibernation 2009)
  • 23:15    DavidParsons - Laplapan(Ngaio Gamelan 1999)
  • 28:15    SVLBRD - Hvit(Svalbard 2017)
  • 33:20    Michael Brook - Distant Village(Hybrid 1985)
  • 36:39    Wuhan Wuchang - Total Art of Percussion(Tropical Drums of Deutschland 2017)
  • 38:25    Uakti & Philip Glass - Paru River(Aguas da Amazonia 1999)
  • 41:52    Jon Iverson - Metalanguage(Alternesia 1999)
  • 47:10    Rapoon - Sanctum(Fallen Gods 2000)
  • 50:10    Eno & Hassell - Delta Rain Dream(Fourth World 1 - possibles musics 1980)
  • 52:50    Byron Metcalf - As Clouds Dance(Inner Rhythm Meditations 2016)
  • 61:25    Jonatan Bengta - Homerun(David Lynch: The Art Life 2016)
  • 62:30    Byron Metcalf - Presence of Longing(Inner Rhythm Meditations 2016)
  • 75:30    Loren Nerell - Tasku(Tasku 2003) mashed up with Evan Chapman playing    Opening by Philip Glass
  • 81:41    end

 

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Requiem for Cassini

September 15th, 2017

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As I said a few posts back, I am a huge space science dork.  My top 5 favorite NASA probes are:

 

1. Voyager

2. Cassini

3. Viking

4. Galileo

5. Spirit & Opportunity

 

Number two on that list disintegrated in the atmosphere of Saturn today.  Cassini was in orbit around Saturn for 7 years and made some of the most fantastic encounters of any planetary mission.  The most amazing discovery concerns a little moon called Enceladus.  Through Cassini, scientists have determined that Enceladus has a global subsurface saltwater ocean that might host hydrothermal vents.  It's probably our best bet for finding life in our solar system.

 

But Cassini was running out of fuel and rather than risk crashing into a moon and contaminating it, the folks at NASA decided to plunge the spacecraft into Saturn.  Cassini will dive into the planet's atmosphere, sending science data for as long as its small thrusters can keep the spacecraft's antenna pointed at Earth. Soon after, Cassini will burn up and disintegrate like a meteor.

 

This mix is a Requiem for Cassini.  Rather than an electronic, space music feel I went with all neo-classical and soundtrack cuts. The track titles tell the story.

 

Thanks to NASA and everyone on the Cassini team.

 

 

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    David Sylvian - Preparations for a Journey
  • 03:05    Cliff Martinez - Have a Good Trip
  • 04:47    Max Richter - Journey 3 & 5
  • 06:00    Balanescu Quartet - Empty Space Dance
  • 09:15    Robert Fripp & Theo Travis - Return to Saturn
  • 13:27    Cliff Martinez - Finally, you two meet
  • 15:15    Jóhann Jóhannsson & BJ Nilsen - I am Here
  • 18:35    James Newton Howard - I'm Listening
  • 20:03    James Newton Howard - Talk to Me
  • 20:41    Broken Gramophone - Titan
  • 23:55    Echospace - Longing for Life
  • 24:30    Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie - Bring This Place to Life
  • 26:50    Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - What Must be Done
  • 28:40    Clint Mansell - Death is the Road to Awe
  • 35:00    Max Richter - Never Fade into Nothingness
  • 43:51    Hammock - Things of Beauty Burn
  • 48:00    36 - Sky Fire
  • 51:35    M83 - Undimmed by Time, Unbound by Death
  • 53:47    end


 

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Icelight

August 27th, 2017

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Here is another fantastic mix curated by Paul Asbury Seaman. His earlier mixes are "Floating Through Moonlight" and "The Memory of Trains."

 

I'm listening to it as I type this and it's another wonderful collection. Here's what Paul has to say about it:

 

“I’m no fan of winter, but I love the visual patterns created by ice. And I’ve always loved the bell-like sounds sometimes used in electronic/ambient music and featured prominently in the works of Rudy Adrian. The idea for this mix started with a rather dark compilation by Hypnos Records called Message from a Subatomic World, from which I got the title track here, and ended with my recent (and joyous) discovery of a stunning artist working with gamelan bells, Gordon Pigeon, which opens this set. The full piece from his album Acoustic Fireflies is more than 30 minutes long.”

 

Thanks Paul!

 

Cheers!

 

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00 Gordon Pigeon - Lamasaerie vesperale(Lucioles acoustiques 2016)
  • 12:32 Jan Garbarek – Iceburn(In Praise of Dreams 2004)
  • 17:10 Jeff Greinke - One September(Wide View 2002)
  • 25:10 Jeff Pearce – Aftermath(The Hidden Rift 1996)
  • 29:35 Kirsty Hawkshaw - Ice CastleThe Ice Castle 2008)
  • 36:03 Rudy Adrian - Subterranean RiverDesrt Realms 2008)
  • 41:20 Justin Vanderberg - Cold Brightness(Synthetic Memories 2011)
  • 46:55 Kirsty Hawkshaw – Solitary(The Ice Castle 2008)
  • 52:38 Oophoi - Icelight(Message From A Subatomic World 2008)
  • 57:15 Meg Bowles - Glacial Dawn(A Quiet Light 2011)
  • 66:02 end

 
 
 
 

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In the Shadow of the Moon - Solar Eclipse 2017

August 20th, 2017

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With all the space themed mixes I've done over the years, there was no way I was going to miss making one for this solar eclipse.  So here it is - In The Shadow Of The Moon.

 

This mix is similar to the Juno mix in that it moves chronologically from sun to total eclipse back to sun.  The titles of the tracks describe the journey.

 

Cheers!

 

 

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Arp - The Rising Sun
  • 05:30    Vidna Obmana & Jan Marmenout - Traveling Moon
  • 07:20    Max Richter - Falling Shadow
  • 08:58    Harold Budd & Robin Guthrie - Turn Off the Sun
  • 11:35    Goldmund - Shadow
  • 13:23    Ramin Djawadi - Blackhole Sun
  • 15:43    Johann Johannsson - the sun's gone dim and the sky's turned black
  • 21:10    STRSGN - Full Eclipse
  • 23:45    Marsen Jules Trio - Eclipse
  • 28:52    Marconi Union - In Shadows
  • 36:14    Horizon Fire - Pinhole Yellow Point
  • 41:45    Eno Moebius Roedelius - The Shade
  • 44:46    Max Richter - Shadow Journal
  • 49:46    Lisa Gerrard - See the Sun
  • 52:52    Jim Cole - Sun Showers
  • 54:25    The Beatles - Sun King(vocal remix)
  • 56:23    Vir Unis - Infinite Sun
  • 59:51    end

 

 

 

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Rhythm of the Rails

July 23rd, 2017

 

 

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This mix is a sort of follow up to the train mix of a couple of months ago.  I had a song or two that I hadn't used and then I stumbled upon the album "Simultonality" by Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society. The track, Sideways Fall, has this great repetitive train-like feel to it.  I knew immediately that I needed to make another train mix to fit with that tune.

 
That Joshua Abrams track is more jazz than ambient so I decided to keep that vibe throughout the mix. A few cuts, Steve Reich, Dan Deacon & Fieldhead, wander off the jazz track a bit but they keep the sense of forward motion.

 

The three 2017 releases in this mix are a few of my favorite discoveries this year.  Check them out.

 

Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society - Simultonality

Daniel Brandt - Eternal Something

Quatuor Ebene & Michel Portal - Eternal Stories

 

 

Cheers!

 

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Chris Watson - Veracruz(El Tren Fantasma 2011)
  • 00:35    Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society - Sideways Fall(Simultonality 2017)
  • 08:00    Daniel Brandt - FSG(Eternal Something 2017)
  • 11:30    The Winter Consort - The Little Train of Caipira(The Winter Consort 1968)
  • 13:54    Ludovico Einaudi - Elements(Elements 2015)
  • 19:35    Steve Reich - Different Trains-America Before the War(Works 1997)
  • 25:30    Chris Watson - El Divisadero(El Tren Fantasma 2011)
  • 27:35    Daniel Brandt - Kale Me(Eternal Something 2017)
  • 32:35    Quatuor Ebene & Michel Portal - City Birds(Eternal Stories 2017)
  • 38:25    Fieldhead - This Train is a Rainbow(They Shook Hands For Hours 2009)
  • 41:42    Gerry Mulligan - K4 Pacific(The Age Of Steam 1971)
  • 46:45    Alexandre Desplat - Night Train to Nebelsbad(Grand Budapest Hotel 2014)
  • 48:25    Dan Deacon - USA Suite(America 2012)
  • 58:23    end

 

 

 

 

 

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Floating Through Moonlight

July 9th, 2017

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My musical friend, Paul Asbury Seaman, has given us another gift in this beautiful collection.  Paul picked out the tunes and the order & I stitched them together to form the mix.  It was a joy to assemble.

 

Here's what Paul had to say about the mix:

 

"This is another bedtime, dreaming, unwinding, floating-away-on-an-interior-journey mix. The starting inspiration came from Michael DeMaria’s piece, “Moonlight” from his 2004 album The River.  I was so struck by how precisely the music evoked the image of moonlight on water. I have always been drawn to rivers and from the early days of ambient/electronic music more than forty years ago, with the likes of Kitaro and Tangerine Dream, I have described this genre as “journey music”—Silk Road journeys, interstellar journeys and journeys down a moonlit river."

 

Thanks to Paul for another Stellar collection of tunes.

 

Cheers!

 

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Byron Metcalf - As Clouds Dance(Inner Rhythm Meditations
  • 07:40    Erik Wollo - Sepia(Blue Radiance)
  • 10:45    Meg Bowles - Between, Shadows and Prayers(From the Dark Earth)
  • 14:20    Michel Banabila - Sana's(Float)
  • 18:55    Michel Banabila - Fragments of Memory(Float)
  • 25:40    Michael DeMaria - Moonlight(The River)
  • 35:20    Michael DeMaria - Moonlit Sea(In the Flow)
  • 37:35    Erik Wollo - Revealed in Time(Ble Radiance)
  • 41:30    Darshan Ambient - Tears to Rain(Songs From The Deep Field)
  • 43:45    Meg Bowles - Undulant Sea(The Shimmering Land)
  • 48:15    Erik Wollo - Blue Radiance(Blue Radiance)
  • 52:13    end
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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Juno Spacecraft - Mission to Jupiter

June 30th, 2017

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I'm a space science dork.  I have NASA t-shirts, a large print of the moon in my office, read sci-fi and I make space/science themed music mixes.  Here are links to a few that I've done in the past:

 

http://lowlightmixes.blogspot.com/2012/07/the-god-particle.html

http://lowlightmixes.blogspot.com/2011/11/launch-of-curiosity.html

http://lowlightmixes.blogspot.com/2012/08/music-for-mars-landing-curiosity-edl.html

http://lowlightmixes.blogspot.com/2013/12/deep-sky-time-music-for-stargazing-2013.html

http://lowlightmixes.blogspot.com/2008/09/sea-of-stars.html

http://lowlightmixes.blogspot.com/2015/04/the-stars-my-destination.html

http://lowlightmixes.blogspot.com/2006/03/

http://lowlightmixes.blogspot.com/2017/01/sci-fi-soundtracks.html

http://lowlightmixes.blogspot.com/2015/08/music-for-perseid-meteor-shower.html

 

Yikes, that was more than I thought and I may have missed a few.

 

This new mix fits right in with my love of all things NASA and my love of electronic music.  What sets this one apart is the sequencing of the tracks.  The titles of the tracks take you on the Juno mission from start to finish.  Going from "We Launch Tonight" to "Arrival" to "Ganymede" to "Cloud Shaping" to "The Last Message."

 

The Juno Spacecraft was launched in 2011 and arrived at Jupiter in 2016.  It's been taking amazing pics and gathering data while in orbit.

 

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After completing over a years worth of orbits and close fly bys, Juno will plunge into Jupiter's atmosphere and burn up, sending data back for as long as possible.
 
This mix attempts to tell the story of Juno on it's mission to Jupiter and it's moons.
 
Cheers!
 
 
 
 
T R A C K L I S T :
  • 00:00    Saul Stokes - We Launch Tonight
  • 01:20    Tycho - Ascension
  • 05:20    Lunar Testing Lab - Inertia
  • 06:30    Robert Scott Thompson - Trajectory
  • 08:10    Tangerine Dream - Astral Voyager
  • 14:00    Johann Johannsson - Arrival
  • 16:15    Erstlaub - Jupiter
  • 19:35    36 - Drift Orbit
  • 23:45    Lights Out in Asia - All these worlds are yours
  • 26:04    Lights Out in Asia - Except Europa
  • 30:00    Lights Out in Asia - Attempt no landings there
  • 36:00    Amon Tobin - Encounter On Io
  • 38:08    Harold Budd & Clive Wright - Procession of Moons
  • 39:40    Boc Scadet - Ganymede
  • 42:10    Wally Jericho - Callisto 1.0
  • 44:45    Sufjan Stevens, James McAlister, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly - Tides
  • 45:30    Saul Stokes - Cloud Shaping
  • 49:45    Lunar Testing Lab - Ocean of Storms
  • 51:10    Unknown - The Great Red Spot
  • 51:55    David Wenngren & Christopher Bissonnette - Burn Like a Meteor and Leave No Dust
  • 53:36    Echolab - Secrets of Jupiter
  • 54:15    John Murphy - The Last Message
  • 55:47    end
 
 
 
 
 
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Ocean Echoes

May 21st, 2017

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The Ocean is a mighty harmonist.
               - William Wordsworth
 
 
This is pretty straight forward - a collection of tunes that will make you feel as if you are drifting along on ocean currents.  Almost all of the ocean sounds in this mix are in the original pieces of music.  I only added a bit of wave sounds around the 39 minute mark.  Enjoy the float.
 
Cheers!
 
 
 
T R A C K L I S T :
  • 00:00    Alonefold - Wanderer & Stone(Wanderer & Stone 2014)
  • 07:31    Riverrun - Conover Beacon(Romer Shoal 2016)
  • 11:15    Keenya - Remember Smiles(Moment Invisible 2016)
  • 14:35    Helios - Ebb/Flow(Rememberance 2016)
  • 18:18    Igneous Flame - North Sea Siren(Ocean Sighs 2016)
  • 22:05    Gareth Davis - Filament(Filament 2016)
  • 30:40    Brian Eno - The Secret Place(Apollo 1983)
  • 33:20    Urenga - Seafloor(Undercurrents 2015)
  • 39:15    Billow Observatory - Plum(Plains/Patterns 2017)
  • 44:20    Barry Lynn - Alpha Tauri(Taurus Tapes Vol. II 2017)
  • 46:36    Dolphins Into The Future - Lone Voyager(On Sea-Faring Isolation 2009)
  • 54:15    Riverrun - Dubos Point(Romer Shoal 2016)
  • 77:00    end

 

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Vox Eterna - A Wordless Hymn to a Luminous World

May 16th, 2017

 

 

 

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I'm not sure where this mix originated.  It may have started with Johann Johannsson's Kangaru from the Arrival soundtrack, God knows I listened to that a ton over the last 6 months.  Maybe it was Max Richter. 
 
Whatever it was I found myself collecting vocal tunes.  The kind of tracks that have vocals but many times no words or lyrics.  If there are words it's usually unintelligible or a language like Latin.  Once I gathered enough music then wa-lah here's an ethereal vocal mix.
 
Cheers!
 
 
 
 
T R A C K L I S T :
  • 00:00    Max Richter - Sketch for a Portrait #1(Morgan OST 2016)
  • 01:06    Olafur Arnalds - Raddir(Island Songs 2016)
  • 05:00    Ashera - Lullaby for Mother Earth(Ambient Selections 1997)
  • 08:00    Tim Hecker - Utropics(An Imaginary Country 2009)
  • 08:53    Jonsi & Alex - Boy 1904(Riceboy Sleeps 2009)
  • 11:30    Jim Cole - Astral(Godspace 2002)
  • 15:18    Jim Cole - The Way Beyond #10(The Way Beyond 2003)
  • 17:30    Brian Eno - 2-1(Music for Airports 1978)
  • 22:30    Melanie Pappenheim and Jocelyn Pook - Blow the Wind/Pie Jesu(Deluge 2009)
  • 24:50    Max Richter - Path 5(Sleep 2016)
  • 31:00    Johann Jphannsson - Odi Et Amo(Englaborn 2002)
  • 33:50    Murcof & Vanessa Wagner - Farewell, O World, O Earth(Statea 2016)
  • 41:00    Peter Gabriel - Dressing the Wound(Birdy 1985)
  • 44:20    Alio Die & Amelia Cuni - Churning the Ocean(Apsaras 2001)
  • 49:20    Johann Johannsson - Kangaru(Arrival 2016)
  • 51:50    Jon Anderson - Bless This(Global Communication Remix)(The Deseo Remixes 1995)
  • 57:44     Trio Mediaeval & Arve Henriksen - St. Birgitta Hymn(Rimur 2017)
  • 61:48    Voces8 - Vasks: The Fruits Of Silence(Winter 2016)
  • 66:30    end
 
 
 
 
 

 

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The Memory of Trains

May 1st, 2017

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I wonder why the sound of trains is so evocative.  Even for folks who have never been on a train there is something about the sound of a train on the tracks that stirs the imagination.  This mix will hopefully have the same effect.

 

I was surprised to find that I've only done two previous train themed mixes.  It sure seems like I've done more.  Maybe it's the use of train sounds in filed recording mixes that has me confused.  Anyway, here are the two previous mixes...

http://lowlightmixes.blogspot.com/2014/08/leaving-station.html

http://lowlightmixes.blogspot.com/2015/01/points-of-departure.html

 

This mix began with a recommendation from a follower on Mixcloud, Paul Asbury Seaman. I asked for any other train tunes he could suggest and he came through in a big way.  He did all the hard work and mapped out the whole mix for me.  I had a great time mixing it and discovering new music along the way.

 

Here's what Paul had to say about the mix...

 

"Berlin School synth/electronica can be pretty kinetic and thus an obvious source for a train mix, but I was going for a more melancholy sound, the wistful feeling evoked by the sound of Far Away Trains Passing By (the title of the Ulrich Schnauss album represented here). My working title for this mix was "Locomotive Lullaby."

 

While I was on the subject, I made a list of classic train songs (the sung kind) and came up with more than sixty--about three CDs worth! Here's a great article to start your playlist with: http://harpers.org/blog/2014/06/the-twenty-three-best-train-songs-ever-written-maybe/ Or contact Low Light Mixes for a copy of mine. Thanks, new friend Dave, for putting this together."

 

Thanks Paul, for all work on this excellent mix!  I still have more tracks to use so the next train mix will be more jazzy.

 

Cheers!

 

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Erik Wollo - Church Mountain(Different Spaces 2017)
  • 04:04    Johan Agebjörn - Sleepless On The Kostomuksha-Petrozavodsk Night Train(We Never Came to the White Sea 2017)
  • 10:20    Between Interval - On Track(Legacy 2017)
  • 13:10    David Parsons - The Himgiri(Yatra 1990)
  • 18:40    Ulrich Schnauss - Nothing Happens in June(Far Away Trains Passing By...2001)
  • 24:25    Ascendant - Ephemeris(Source Transmission 2014)
  • 31:30    Mark Ward - Universal(Universal 2017)
  • 40:15    Hollan Holmes - Enduro(The Spirits of Starlight 2014)
  • 46:25    Erik Wollo - Rundreise(Different Spaces 2017)
  • 51:05    Al Gromer Khan - Stamboul Train(Turya 2006)
  • 62:15    end
 
 
 
 
 
 
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