Whitelabrecs 2019(so far)

June 16th, 2019

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I made a list of my favorite ambient albums of the first half of 2019 and noticed that there were 6 releases from the Whitelabrecs label on it. Harry Towell, who records as Spheruleus, runs Whitelabrecs and he has done a great job expanding the roster of artists and getting better and better every year.

 

So to celebrate all these excellent recordings I decided to make a mix using all 2019 Whitelabrecs releases. You can find Whitelabrecs on Bandcamp here...

 

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/music

 

Here are all the albums used in this mix...

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/odd

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/the-other-gold-side

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/suspended-in-silence

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/any-given-moment

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/asymmetry

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/vihne-2

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/gr-nland

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/sleeplaboratory10

 

Cheers!

 

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    anthene - lucky(asymmetry 2019)
  • 03:12    Jens Pauly - Staub(Vihne 2019)
  • 08:00    Samsuo - Still Trees(The Other Gold Side 2019)
  • 13:48    Hipnotic Earth - And Then She Smiles(Suspended in Silence 2019)
  • 18:30    Sven Laux - ODD I(ODD 2019)
  • 26:38    Glåsbird - Tundra(Grønland 2019)
  • 32:45    Ben Rath - Wait For It(Any Given Moment 2019)
  • 41:44    Daniela Orvin - Wide Ocean(Sleeplaboratory 1.0 2019)
  • 45:10    Jens Pauly - Nacht(Vihne 2019)
  • 49:34    Hipnotic Earth - Afterthe Rain, Moss(so) Alive(Vibrant)(Suspended in Silence 2019)
  • 53:35    Sven Laux - ODD IV(ODD 2019)
  • 61:00    end

 

Sunday Morning Music vol. 18 - Sun Room

June 9th, 2019

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The 18th installment in the Sunday Morning Music series is here.  It starts with one of my favorite albums of the year - Spirit by Rhye. It's so beautiful and intimate. From there we get some more pretty tunes because that's what I want on Sunday morning - no dark ambient drones here, just pretty and calm.

 

All the tracks are fairly new - the oldest being from 2016, while most are from this year.

 

Sunday morning musings - the cover pic of a cup of coffee reminded me of something. I've noticed in a lot of the science fiction I read that coffee is very important to a lot of characters in sci-fi stories. Many times it's in a post-apocalyptic world and coffee has become rare, a character finds a stash of coffee and it's like striking gold. Or a character is in space and has been traveling for a long time and finally gets to a location that has coffee and again it's like they have found the holy grail. This type of thing happens more often than I would have expected. I wonder if it's because writers drink lots of coffee as they write and they know that coffee is the world's most wonderful liquid(right behind beer).

 

Grab some coffee, interstellar or not, and take a listen to this latest mix.

 

Cheers!

 

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Rhye - Awake(Spirit 2019)
  • 03:39    Marty Hicks - Alnum Hymn 56(Olreilion 2019)
  • 06:55    Lullatone - Waking Up On A Picnic Blanket(Music For Museum Gift Shops 2019)
  • 09:29    Ann Annie - Wander Into(wander into 2019)
  • 15:00    Wilson Tanner - Sun Room(69 2016)
  • 19:30    Joseph Shabason - 1517(Anne EP 2019)
  • 25:05    High Tides - Tidal Movement(Paradise Daze 2019)
  • 28:36    Kryshe - Meditation(Hauch 2019)
  • 31:31    Meitei - Nami(Komachi 2019)
  • 35:00    Andrew Heath - Headland(Soundings 2017)
  • 36:31    Nicholas Britell - The Children of Our Age(If Beale Street Could Talk 2018)
  • 37:47    Corey Fuller - Lamentation(Break 2019)
  • 40:22    Wilson Tanner - Odd Low(69 2016)
  • 43:22    Rhye - Green Eyes(Spirit 2019)
  • 45:37    The Phonometrician - Poppy Meadows(Mnemosyne 2019)
  • 50:48    The Hardy Tree - After The Rain(Stagale EP 2019)
  • 56:30    Lullatone - Morning Coffee(Music For Museum Gift Shops 2019)
  • 59:30    end 

The Gentle Space Music of Hollan Holmes curated by Paul Asbury Seaman

May 26th, 2019
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created by and through the courtesy of Hollan Holmes

 

 

I am excited to bring you another beautifully curated mix from Paul Asbury Seaman. Anyone who has been to this blog in the last couple of years should be familiar with Paul's excellent mixes. The most recent of which was a train mix from a couple of months ago...

 

http://lowlightmixes.blogspot.com/2019/03/places-ive-never-beenode-to-high-speed.html

 

This collection of tunes is a tribute to one of Paul's favorite artists, Hollan Holmes.

 

https://hollanholmes.bandcamp.com/

 

Here's what Paul has to say about this mix:

 

“The Hearts of Space radio program wasn’t named after Hollan Holmes, but it could have been. His music is infused with both awe and a tenderness not often found in space music, which is all the more impressive given that he uses no acoustic instruments. This mix, in honor of Holmes’s soon-to-be-released seventh album, includes two tracks by Richard Burmer, a primary influence on Holmes, and two by fellow Spotted Peccary artist, Massergy. (Note: Cover artwork for this mix was created by and through the courtesy of Hollan Holmes, from his forthcoming album, MILESTONES.)”

 

Thanks Paul!

 

Cheers!

 

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Hollan Holmes - Darkness and Light(Prayer to the Energy 2017)
  • 05:00    Richard Burmer - Solarsex(Mosaic 1984)
  • 10:30    Hollan Holmes - That Ephemeral Spark(Prayer the the Energy 2017)
  • 17:46    Richard Burmer - Winter on the Wind(Mosaic 1984)
  • 21:54    Hollan Holmes - A Precarious Trajectory(Phase Shift 2013)
  • 27:35    Massergy - Cold White Smoke(Fire Opal 2019)
  • 36:15    Stellardrone - Breathe In The Light(Between The Rings 2017)
  • 40:56    Massergy - The Shepherdess(Fire Opal 2019)
  • 50:42    Hollan Holmes - Enduro(The Spirits of Starlight 2014)
  • 57:12    Hollan Holmes - Interstellar Lullaby(Incandescent 2015)
  • 62:45    end

An Alternative ARRIVAL Soundtrack

May 19th, 2019

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I love the film, Arrival, so I should have thought of this myself. But a listener commented on my Blade Runner alternative mix that I should do an alternative mix for Arrival. Yes!

 

So here it is - An Alternative Arrival Soundtrack. I absolutely love Johann Johannsson's original soundtrack, probably one of my top two or three soundtracks of all time. So this mix is not attempting to make something that I think is better than his score. It's sort of a supplement to the original, a collection of tracks that fit with the style of the original.

 

 All of the tunes are newer than the original soundtrack, which came out in 2016. All the tunes except On The Nature Of Daylight by Max Richter. That amazing track was used to open and close the film. Here I use it in an unusual way - it plays backward then forward at the end of the mix. The film messes with the concept of the passage of time and the Richter track bookends the film to bring events of the end back around to the beginning. So playing it backward then forward kind of does the same thing. And it's crazy how much the track still sounds the same while playing backward.

 

If you haven't seen the film, go see it. It is definitely one of my top three favorite films of all time. Here's a link to the Blade Runner alternative mix...

 

https://www.mixcloud.com/lowlight/alternative-blade-runner-2049-soundtrack/

 

Cheers!

 

PS - the tune @ 15:00 is from my son. He did an excellent track for the Blade Runner mix and so I went to him immediately for this mix as well.

 

T R A C K L I S T :

00:00    Tale Of Us - Alla Sera

04:00    Skamoto - Solari(Johannsson rework)

09:12    Nils Frahm - Kaleidoscope

10:08    Hibernis - The Grape Leaves

15:00    Just A Human - Heptapod(version 1)

17:12    Sakamoto - Disintegration(Alva Noto remodel)

22:10    Ocoeur - Embers

26:05    Ital Tek - Cipher

31:03    Caleb Burhans - Early Music (For a Saturday)

35:20    Vieo Abiungo - The Dregs

36:50    r beny - overgrowth

41:30    Sven Laux & Daniela Orvin - Friends

46:38    Max Richter - On the Nature of Daylight(backward)

52:45    Max Richter - On the Nature of Daylight(forward)

58:56    end

 

 

 

Set The Controls

April 28th, 2019

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And now for something completely different. This latest mix is almost, dare I say, dance music. Yikes! Actually it's not like this is EDM/Dubstep with ridiculous drops and autotune vocals. But all the music in this mix definitely has 4/4 time signature.

 

One of my favorite discoveries over the last couple of years has been the music of Kiasmos, a minimal techno duo comprised of Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen. The music has the 4x4 beat but it's more gentle than full on techno or house music. It's great for keeping pace when out walking the dog.

 

https://kiasmos.bandcamp.com/
 

A few of my other favorites appear in this mix such as Christian Löffler, Recondite and a fantastic cover of Pink Floyd's "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun."

 

Cheers!

 

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Christian Löffler - York
  • 03:00    Emmit Fenn - Halo 22
  • 06:16    Kiasmos - Blurred
  • 10:20    Steve Hauschildt - Alienself
  • 15:35    Ben Bohmer - Flug & Fall
  • 21:37    Stavroz - The Finishing
  • 24:45    Bedouin - Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
  • 31:50    Dominik Eulberg - Sansula(Max Cooper mix)
  • 36:18    Recondite - Levo
  • 40:43    Isolee - Allowance
  • 46:40    Prins Thomas - Fra Miami til Chicago
  • 51:15    Purl - Vuela
  • 57:25    Loscil - Le Plongeur
  • 61:17    end

 

Subaquatic Universe

April 9th, 2019

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Nine years ago I did a mix of 70s & 80s library music as a soundtrack for underwater exploration. I've always liked the odd vibe of that mix and always wanted to do a follow up. Now it's finally here with Subaquatic Universe.

 

It's essentially the same formula and sound as the first one. Vibraphone, fender rhodes, flutes and bubbles play a large role in creating this underwater universe. 

 

While collecting tracks for this mix I came across a bunch of other library music which will make for a great retro 70s sci fi mix which I'll put together later this year.

 

Cheers!

 

 

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    John Hyde - Heron
  • 01:33    Eric Vann - Diving
  • 04:37    Walter Rockman - Chromosomes
  • 06:03    Atmo - Acque Tranquille
  • 08:18    Jim Harbourg - Empathy
  • 10:48    Joel Vandroogenbroeck & F. Voelxen - Cascades
  • 13:27    John Tender - Underwater Fantasy
  • 15:30    Franco Tamponi - Stelle Marine
  • 18:20    Gaston Borreani - Prelude aux Voiliers
  • 20:25    Bruton Library Music - Running Waters
  • 21:50    Walter Rockman - Sea Life
  • 23:20    Teddy Lasry - Moins 8000
  • 27:40    Gerhard Narholz - Electronique
  • 29:20    A.Perry & D.Sarkys - Canadian Colours 4
  • 30:00    Amedeo Tommasi - Correnti Sottomarine
  • 33:03    Walt Rockman - Submarine Scenery
  • 35:03    Eric Vann - Sunken Galleons
  • 38:30    Alan Hawkshaw - Eternity
  • 42:15    Atmo - Acque Profonde
  • 44:30    Piero Umiliani - Musica Delle Sfere
  • 46:12    Gaston Borreani - Cirrus
  • 49:35    Georg Deuter - Deep Sea
  • 52:43    end
 
 
 
 

Places I’ve Never Been(Ode to High-Speed Rail)

March 24th, 2019

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Everything about trains is evocative. The sound of the whistle, the rhythm of the tracks, the sounds of the station, etc. Trains make for a perfect theme in electronic music mixes. Which is why you're bound to hear several of them this year from Low Light mixes.


This first one comes to us from my frequent collaborator, Paul Asbury Seaman. Not only has Paul done previous excellent mixes for me, he's also done a couple train mixes. Here's what he has to say about his latest creation...


“In my last mix I celebrated “liminal space,” the long in-betweens of life. Travel by train is both metaphor and literally that. Beyond the excitement of the busy station and going someplace new, for many of us the journey is the destination: the experience as both overview and connectedness, not felt from an airplane. The impetus for this mix was the just-released debut album of d’Voxx, on Ian Boddy’s UK label, DiN. And I dedicate it to the EuroPass, which ever since the 1960s has enabled vacationers and tourists from around the world to travel at highly-discounted rates—including by high-speed rail—anywhere in the 30 countries that are part of the system. Something that in the United States is, for now, only an ambient dream.”

 

The mix changes gears for the last tune, using sax, acoustics instruments and vocals but Paul thought it would fit well because A) it's called Train and B) it has "the dead-tired but satisfied feeling you have when you get home to your own bed after a long trip."

 

Cheers and safe travels!

 

 

 

T R A C K L I S T :

 

  • 00:00    d'Voxx - Akalla Söder(2019 Télégraphe)

  • 08:44    Rival Consoles - Persona(2018 Persona)

  • 15:06    Stimulus Timbre - We Reached for the Sky(2017 A Place We Never Been)

  • 21:40    Steve Roach - Core Meditation 1(2017 CORE - Legacy Edition)

  • 30:05    Evan Marc & Steve Hillage - Alpha Phase(2008 Dreamtime Submersible)

  • 37:45    Aepiel - Aves(2012 Painting The Sky)

  • 46:20    Stimulus Timbre - Look at the Stars & Think of Us(2017 A Place We Never Been)

  • 51:54    His Name Is Alive - Train(2002 Last Night)

  • 59:10    end

 

 

 

 

Luminoustrings

March 10th, 2019

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This mix has been brewing in my head for the last couple of years. Basically I've been planning a follow up to the Luminouspaces mix since I posted it in 2016. I finally got going on the sequel a few weeks ago while listening to "Constellations" by Jane Antonia Cornish. It's an absolutely lovely album. If you like modern classical recordings you'll definitely enjoy it.

 

The mix begins and ends with a track from Constellations. In between you'll find a collection of modern classical favorites from the last year or two. Like a lot of my mixes, it's a beautiful compilation with a tinge of melancholy.

 

Cheers!

 

 

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Jane Antonia Cornish - Beyond The Sky(Constellations 2018)
  • 07:20    Glåsbird - Gunnbjørn Fjeld(Grønland 2019)
  • 13:25    Ian Hawgood & Danny Norbury - II(Faintly Recollected 2018)
  • 18:40    Snorri Hallgrimsson - Still Life-Instrumental(Orbit 2018)
  • 21:27    Peter Gregson - Warmth(Quartets Two 2017)
  • 24:45    Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet - Another Long Evening(Landfall 2018)
  • 26:30    Ben McElroy - Songs of Iceland(Songs of Iceland 2018)
  • 29:05    William Ryan Fritch - Red Wolves(Birkitshi - Eagle Hunters In A New World 2017)
  • 31:10    Christopher Spelman - The Lost City of Z(The Lost City of Z 2017)
  • 31:50    Max Richter - Shimmering Clouds(My Brilliant Friend OST 2018)
  • 32:50    Ceets - Hover, Over Me(Concrete Fields 2017)
  • 37:45    Valgeir Sigurðsson - Committee(Little Moscow 2018)
  • 39:36    Julia Rovinsky - Metamorphosis II(Dusk 2017)
  • 46:22    Nicholas Britell - The Culmination(Moonlight 2016)
  • 48:00    Jane Antonia Cornish  - Wave Cycles(Constellations 2018)
  • 58:12    end
 
 
 

 

Look what I found

March 3rd, 2019

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I digitized my music collection a long time ago. I have a Sonos system throughout my house so I digitized thousands of CDs and packed up the physical copies. I haven't pulled out the actual CDs in a long time but recently I rearranged some furniture and realized that I had sofa table with a cd rack built into it. The thing had been in the same place for so long that I'd forgotten there were CDs in it. I played a bunch of the discs and had a good time re-discovering music that I hadn't heard in quite awhile.

 

So I made a mix of some my favs. The release years range from 2003 - 2012. There are some regulars that have appeared in many of my mixes - The Green Kingdom, Kyle Bobby Dunn, Maps & Diagrams, From The Mouth Of The Sun. Along with some that I've probably never used - Shirk, Lopside, Relmic Statute, Logreybeam, Herion.

 

The album, 37, by Lopside was especially cool to reacquaint myself with. It falls into the Boards of Canada, Casino versus Japan category but it's not very well known. It was great to get back into it. Here is the link to Spotify...

https://open.spotify.com/album/5iFHLB4ryyT0aHeeYjPcjB?si=s7k-42RBTqSdVnDBFneOwg

 

The mix starts out a little glitchy and finishes with some classic ambient sounds. I hope you enjoy this little side trip down memory lane.

 

Cheers!

 

 

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Logreybeam - Beetelguise(It's All Just Another Aspect Of Mannerism 2004)
  • 03:39    Lopside - The Shallow End(37 2003)
  • 06:45    Mokira - untitled 1(album 2003)
  • 10:55    The Green Kingdom - Maplecopter(Twig and Twine 2009)
  • 17:00    Sleepy Town Manufacture & Unit 21 - Swollenguest(No Traces 2009)
  • 19:21    From the Mouth of the Sun - The Crossing(Woven Tide 2012)
  • 20:15    Shirk - Dipsy(The Long Game 2008)
  • 23:05    Map & Diagrams - Everybody's got something to hide(Hidden Landscapes 2011)
  • 25:55    Relmic Statute - template for sand & forest(morning tapes 2010)
  • 30:45    Northern - Coasting(Drawn 2007)
  • 33:15    Tanner Menard - Chemical Secrets And Golden Flowers(The Oceans Of Your Aura 2010)
  • 36:15    A Produce & Loren Nerell - Meadow Dusk(Intangible 2011)
  • 42:00    Chihei Hatakeyama - Cave(Ghostly Garden 2009)
  • 46:05    Adam Pacione - Available Light(from stills to motion 2007)
  • 47:10    Kyle Bobby Dunn - The Tributary -For Voices Lost(A Young Person's Guide To 2010)
  • 54:08    Herion - Moske Orgulie(Out & About 2010)
  • 58:33    end

 

 
 
 
 

 

Low Light Nightlight

February 24th, 2019

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This mix came about thanks to the sleepy inspiration of two 2019 recordings - "Formless" by Matt Borghi and the "Sleeplaboratory" compilation from Whitelabrecs.

 

https://mattborghi.bandcamp.com/album/formlessness

 

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/sleeplaboratory10

 

I've been listening to both of these albums at night since they were released. Both are excellent. They serve as bookends on this 86 minute long sleep mix. Check 'em out & then check the mix. Or check out the mix then check out the albums. Or play all three simultaneously to really blow your mind(probably a bad idea actually).

 

Cheers!

 

 

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Matt Borghi - Water(Formless 2019)
  • 04:23    M. Grig - Nod(Sleeplaboratory 2019)
  • 07:45    Hotel Neon - 12:41AM(Context 2017)
  • 12:56    Glåsbird - Norðurljós(Grønland 2019)
  • 15:47    The Green Kingdom - Cloud Cloak(Ephemera 2018)
  • 19:26    Rim - Ode To Plutonium(We Are Invisible Now 2016)
  • 26:04    Andrew Chalk - Naoko(One Long Year 2019)
  • 27:56    Warmth - Saros(Parallel 2018)
  • 35:40    Robert Rich - Elevations(Tactile Ground 2019)
  • 41:48    Billow Observatory - Soft Logic(III: Chroma/Contour 2019)
  • 45:34    Yoyu - In the Field Where Lovers Meet(Ordinary Moon 2017)
  • 53:47    Mount Shrine - Empty Slopes(Ghosts on Broken Pavement 2019)
  • 61:16    Steve Roach - Atmosphere for Dreaming(Atmosphere for Dreaming 2018)
  • 68:30    Music For Sleep - Waterforms(Waterforms 2019)
  • 72:24    Brian Eno - Irial(Sisters 2017)
  • 81:27    Matt Borghi - Undoing(Formless 2019)
  • 84:22    Daliah - With Z((Sleeplaboratory 2019)
  • 86:48    end