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September 28th, 2016

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Two of my favorite albums this year are from Icelandic composers, Jóhann Jóhannsson - Orphée and Ólafur Arnalds - Islands.  How does the tiny country of Iceland produce so many incredible artists? I don't know how but I'm happy every time new music comes from that mysterious place.

The moment I heard these two recordings I knew I'd have to make a new modern classical mix. All of the music here is fairly new and most of it has an accessible classical take with an ambient touch.


http://www.deutschegrammophon.com/us/artist/johannsson/


http://olafurarnalds.com/works/


Cheers!


T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Johann Johannsson - Flight From The City
  • 06:06    Ólafur Arnalds - Oldurot
  • 10:27    Kenneth James Gibson - Poured Semi Silently Upon You
  • 16:27    Matt Dunkley - Cycle 6
  • 21:12    Johann Johannsson - A Sparrow Alighted Upon Our Shoulder
  • 23:36    A Winged Victory for the Sullen - Atmos VII
  • 26:00    Ólafur Arnalds - 1995
  • 29:48    Sarah Neufeld & Colin Stetson - And Still They Move
  • 32:23    Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - Casino
  • 34:00    Kenneth James Gibson - Long Gone Canadian Summer
  • 40:30    Johann Johannsson - Good Night Day
  • 44:22    Matt Dunkley - Cycle 5
  • 48:06    Ólafur Arnalds - Doria
  • 51:11    Dustin O'Halloran - We Move Lightly
  • 54:02    Nils Frahm - The Shooting
  • 58:26    Ryuichi Sakamoto - Hell Ensemble
  • 61:01    end

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Headphone Commute …and darkness came

December 11th, 2012

The awesome folks over at Headphone Commute asked me to do a special mix for them and of course I could not refuse.

The mix is special because it is helping promote a fantastic new compilation they have put together.  It's called "...and darkness came" and you can find out about it here...

Headphone Commute ...and darkness came.

The compilation features 80 tracks(yes, 80 tracks!) from great artists in ambient, modern classical and experimental music.  Artists like Max Richter, Clint Mansell, offthesky, Julien Neto, Ólafur Arnalds, Dakota Suite, Christopher Willits, Loscil, Lawrence English, Maps And Diagrams, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Nils Frahm, Talvihorros, Bersarin Quartett, Antonymes, Simon Scott, Dustin O’Halloran, Machinefabriek, :papercutz, and many, many, more.

100% of the proceeds are donated to two charitable organizations, Doctors Without Borders and The Humane Society, to help all those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Please head over to Headphone Commute and think about picking up this excellent compilation.

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Yuki Murata - Prologue
  • 04:34    James Murray - Still Waters Rise
  • 08:55    Monolyth & Cobalt + Évo Lüthi - Dust Off
  • 13:25    riverrun - Maallinen Kuu
  • 16:00    Antonymes - Elegy IV
  • 20:05    Julien Neto - Los Cien Enamorados
  • 23:15    M.Cadoo - a.m.
  • 26:45    Jóhann Jóhannsson - Melodia (iv) (Live at Ancienne Belgique)
  • 28:15    Brambles - Reflected Consciousness
  • 30:45    Tomoyoshi Date, Corey Fuller, Marcus Fischer and Simon Scott - Quartet(intro)
  • 33:20    Simon Scott - For Betty
  • 35:15    offthesky - Still Breathing
  • 38:50    Dakota Suite - Now I Am Lost
  • 44:20    Christoph Berg - Silence
  • 46:56    Erik K Skodvin - Amber & Glass
  • 49:05    Honig + Templeton - Reginald Cousins
  • 52:10    Takahiro Kido - Sweet Silince
  • 55:45    Minus Pilots - Illuminating The Dark Fields
  • 58:30    Dustin O'Halloran - Fragile #2
  • 1:01:15    end
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imaginary soundtracks

February 23rd, 2012

I guess you could say that all the music I listen to is a soundtrack of one sort or another.  Soundtrack for cleaning the house, soundtrack for sleeping, for biking, for reading, for living.  Most of my mixes could be considered to be mini soundtracks.

So what makes this one different?  I guess the tracks collected here just sort of had that "soundtrack" feel when I first heard them.  I imagined a scene from a film with the tune as the soundtrack.  The tracklist then becomes a set of "imaginary soundtracks."

Some of the cuts, such as those from Cliff Martinez & Clint Mansell, are from actual soundtracks.  The others just seemed to fit the mood.

Enjoy.

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Cliff Martinez - First Drive Home
  • 00:40    James Murray - Greenlands
  • 04:25    Vieo Abiungo - Insincerity peeked through Cloudlessly...
  • 06:51    Roly Porter - Caladan
  • 09:20    Jacaszek - Orszula
  • 12:22    Olafur Arnalds - lag fyrir oemmu
  • 15:45    Craig Armstrong - Starless
  • 20:00    Max Richter - Fictions & Data
  • 21:40    Popol Vuh - Grab der Mutter
  • 23:55    Jon Hopkins - Opalescent
  • 25:10    Emanuele Errante - Memoirs
  • 30:25    Ryan Teague - Cell Cycle
  • 34:16    Clint Mansell - We're Not Programs Gerty
  • 36:55    Peter Broderick - No More Space
  • 37:36    Johann Johannsson - They Being Dead yet Speaketh
  • 40:35    Biosphere - Iberia
  • 44:07    Maya Beiser - Only Breath
  • 45:50    Cliff Martinez - See You in Four
  • 47:33    Jon Hopkins - Fairytale
  • 52:15    end
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I can hear the snow fall

December 18th, 2011

For some reason,when I think of falling snow, the instrument that comes to mind is the piano.  Maybe it's from years of listening to Vince Guaraldi's Charlie Brown Christmas album.  So it's no surprise that there is a fair amount of piano music in this "snow" mix.

We didn't have any snow yet but I had been thinking about doing a "first snow" mix for awhile & decided to throw one together Friday night.  Then I woke up Saturday morning to a light dusting of snow on the ground.  Maybe next I should do a mix for winning the lottery. ;)

As I said there is a lot of piano music in here.  Led by Nils Frahm, from his excellent Felt album.  A release that will end up on my best of the year list & one which everyone needs to hear.  I think this mix works well as an early season "snow" mix versus the more bleak mid winter drones that will show up later.

I expect to crank out at least one more mix before the end of the year.  Plus I'll have a year-end top 20 list, so start thinking of your own lists if you'd like to contribute.

Enjoy.

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Nils Frahm - less [erased tapes]
  • 05:20    Bernocchi, Budd, Guthrie - Heavy Heart Some More [Rarenoise Records]
  • 09:35    Deepspace - Whisper
  • 12:50   The Humble Bee - Sky Litter [cotton goods]
  • 15:22    Willamette - Echo Park [infraction]
  • 18:10    Pleq + Lauki - II (antonymes remix) [somehow recordings]
  • 24:44    Cliff Martinez - Wrong Floor [lakeshore records]
  • 25:45    Max Richter - eternal flowers question stars [Metropolis Movie Music]
  • 27:48    e and i - Pearls for Alma [cotton goods]
  • 29:40    Isnaj Dui - Always Close [hibernate]
  • 32:48    I've Lost - in this cold, empty place [future sequence]
  • 36:35    Diatonis - Whiring Above Our Heads
  • 40:00    Nils Frahm - Pause [erased tapes]
  • 44:25    Cliff Martinez - He Had A Good Time [lakeshore records]
  • 45:39    Harold Budd - Three-Fingered Jack [darla]
  • 47:40    Maps & Diagrams - Groghe(fort) [nomadic kids republic]
  • 51:00    S. Carey - Rothko Fields [jagjaguwar]
  • 54:50    Part Timer - seed collection [mobeer]
  • 58:20    Nils Frahm - Keep [erased tapes]

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songs for staying in

April 19th, 2011

On the heals of the last mix, which was sort of modern classical, comes another neo-classical type mix.

I started collecting tunes for this mix after I heard Alva Noto's "Argonaut Version" in a Quiet Sounds mix.  I like that song & wanted it to find a home in a mix.

Speaking of Quiet Sounds, there are some excellent mixes available for download there.  I wish Brian would crank them out more often.

I stole the title for this mix from a song by The Tumbled Sea, which is next to last in the mix.  It just sounded like a good title & it fit with the crappy weather we've been having here.

The mix ends with a sort syrupy tune from Anthony Phillips.  It may be a bit too sweet but it's one of those tunes that I have always liked, goes back to college days.  i don't know if I was hearing it for the first time now, whether I would like it as much.  I'm sure a big part of the song's attraction is it's nostalgic significance.  Anthony Phillips is the original guitarist for Genesis and back in high school & college I was a HUGE Genesis fan.  Actually I still am, but that was how I came to Phillips' music back then.  It was nice to sneak that track into a mix.

Make some tea or coffee & enjoy "songs for staying in".

T R A C K L I S T :

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undiscovered soundtrack

April 2nd, 2011

I love soundtracks. And if you look at the tracklist for this mix, you'll see that I have a few favorite composers.

At the top of that list are Clint Mansell & Cliff Martinez. They are responsible for two of my favorite soundtracks, The Fountain & Solaris.

Jon Hopkins, a new composer on the soundtrack scene, could soon join those two as a favorite. His soundtrack for the movie Monsters, got a lot of play here. I ended up using three tracks from that album in this mix, I just couldn't resist.

Actually I doubled up a few artists in this mix, Martinez, Hopkins, Sigur Ros, Nick & Warren Ellis, Underworld. Normally I don't like to do that but it just sort of happened that way. This is a relatively short mix but I think it works. Sometimes I don't make it to the end of some mixes, this way hopefully listeners are still in to it & focused at the end.

Enjoy this "undiscovered soundtrack".

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00 Clint Mansell - Winter Ghosts of a Future (Requiem for a Dream)
  • 01:45 Jon Hopkins - Candles (Monsters)
  • 03:35 Cliff Martinez - And We're Here to Listen (Traffic)
  • 05:15 Thomas Newman - Still Dead (American Beauty)
  • 07:55 Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - The Road (The Road)
  • 11:30 Underworld & John Murphy - Searle Finds the Crew of Icarus (Sunshine)
  • 12:20 Explosions in the Sky - An Ugly Fact of Life (Friday Nigh Lights)
  • 14:10 Sigur Ros - síðasta ferð (hlemmur)
  • 16:33 Craig Armstrong - Main Theme (The Clearing)
  • 17:40 Ennio Morricone - Tema di Ali (The Battle of Algiers)
  • 21:32 John Zorn - Family Found(cello) (Family Found(Filmworks XII))
  • 23:50 Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - Micro Sucker (White Lunar)
  • 24:25 Underworld - Capa's Last Transmission Home (Sunshine)
  • 26:10 Sigur Ros - fyrsta ferð (hlemmur)
  • 28:25 Hilmar Hilmarsson - I Flew (Angels of the Universe)
  • 30:25 Cliff Martinez - First Drive Home (First Snow)
  • 30:50 Jon Hopkins - Water (Monsters)
  • 31:55 James Newton Howard - I'm Sorry (I am Legend)
  • 33:50 Jon Hopkins - Campfire (Monsters)
  • 36:11 end
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Venice

March 11th, 2011

I am very excited to present this next mix. It's a guest mix by longtime listener/downloader, Ron Sylvester.

Ron was the inspiration for a couple of my mixes that used old 78rpm recordings as a basis for the mixes "Sustain & Decay" and "Revenants of the Past". Ron sent me some mix cd's which I really enjoyed & I told him he really should do a proper mix someday.

Well I am delighted that Ron has allowed me to present his first mix here for everyone to enjoy. I'll let Ron describe the mix...

"A week or so ago I stumbled upon the album Salicornie Areavirus by Enrico Coniglio; his website says the album is meant to be a sort of ‘collection of "sound tales" dedicated to Venice’. I thought I recognized his name from somewhere, and back-tracked it to a Lost Children netlabel release featuring Italian artists entitled Underwater Noises, which had been curated by Coniglio. Two other Lost Children Releases featuring Italian artists, Con Fuoco d'Occhi un Nostalgico Lupo volumes I and II, gave me most of what I needed to complete the mix. I finished it off with work by Ulises Conti, Lodovico Einaudi, Paolo Fresu, a Sub Rosa compilation of ritual music entitled Illuminated, and a handful of ambience from Soundtransit and the storehouse of opera 78s at archive.org.

Anyhow, for me this mix is simply entitled Venice, though the musicians are not necessarily from Venice, nor are the field recordings strictly from Venice. Apart from Nguen Le, who is playing with Paolo Fresu (who is Sardinian), I think all the artists or field recording locales are at least Italian. Actually, now that I think of it, the recordings from Illuminated are not necessarily Italian. Catholic, though; that’s something. At any rate, and as usual, the mix is more about a sort of Venetian feeling: canals, Carnevale, the Grand Lagoon, a certain slow sinking. I’ve never been to Venice, though, so what do I know about it?

I was really taken by Enrico Coniglio’s album and it sort of got this mix started. Here’s his website, but as in all things ambient, you are probably way ahead of me on this:

http://www.enricoconiglio.com/

Here are the links for the Lost Children compilations:

http://www.archive.org/details/Lc-eph01UnderwaterNoises

http://www.archive.org/details/TheSilentBallet-ItalianCompilation-ConFuocoDocchiUnNostalgico

http://www.archive.org/details/TheSilentBallet-ItalianCompilation-ConFuocoDocchiUnNostalgico_90

Ron says "The track list is as follows; some editing of tracks has been done in the mix, and I processed the bejeezus out of La Traviata. There’s a lot of overlap in this mix."

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00 venice canal - derek holzer [soundtransit]
  • 00:12 salicornie - enrico coniglio
  • 03:10 bells in Fiesole - thomas andre [soundtransit]
  • 03.13 chioma - obsil
  • 03:57 excerpt from la traviata - lucrezia bori
  • 04: 02 tocco libero - tiziano milani
  • 07:14 alpen tower - enrico coniglio
  • 12:35 pagetos - francesco giannico / luca mauri / matteo uggeri
  • 19:15 hopeless - passo uno
  • 26:15 medio evo tecnologico - folk cinema [soundtransit]
  • 26:45 restless - ornitology
  • 26:47 in prinicipio - unknown from illuminated
  • 27:12 gloria - unknown from illuminated
  • 32:18 girl from murania - enrico coniglio
  • 37:00 half water - allessio ballerini
  • 40:20 el dolor implicito de la belleza - ulises conti
  • 43:15 palermo without hands - folk cinema [soundtransit]
  • 44:00 fish market ambience - palix [soundtransit]
  • 44: 05 andare - lodovico einaudi
  • 50:50 salicornie (reprise) - enrico coniglio
  • 54:50 hydrocoma - un vortice di bassa pressione
  • 55:45 lacrima christi - paolo fresu and nguen le
  • 56:10 night sea - marco caorle
  • 58:45 venice canal (reprise) - derek holzer
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pno 2010

December 31st, 2010

This last mix of 2010 is a mix that I did for Headphone Commute about 3 months ago. They were kind enough to ask for a mix & I was honored to add it to their great collection of mixes they post at their own site & at their Mixcloud site.

I realized that if I was going to post this piano mix I'd better do it now because the title is "pno 2010" so I need to squeeze it into 2010 before it's gone.

This mix starts with John Cage – “On a Landscape”, which is appropriate, because that tune is the reason I did this piano mix. I’d never heard “In a Landscape” when a friend linked to it on youtube. What a great piece of music. So I decided to build a piano mix with that as the jumping off point.

The other unusual piece in this mix is Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guébrou – “Golgotha” by an Ethiopian nun living in Jerusalem. Her music is unique, it filters the traditional Ethiopian pentatonic scale through classical technique– in the end sounding like impressionistic jazz. Wonderful music.

T R A C K L I S T :

  • [00:00] John Cage – In a Landscape
  • [04:15] Kyo Ichinose – Engine #5
  • [05:20] Worrytrain – Hospitalized
  • [06:45] Max Richter – Infra #6
  • [09:35] Nest – The Twelve
  • [14:00] Tanner Menard – Laws of Attraction
  • [19:50] Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guébrou – Golgotha
  • [24:27] Craig Armstrong – Gentle Piece
  • [27:10] Ben Woods – Stare Out in Silence
  • [32:25] Gavin Bryars – My First Homage
  • [38:10] Kyo Ichinose – Lontano #0
  • [40:00] Chris Abrams – Christmas Island
  • [44:45] Arovane – Tokyo Ghost Stories
  • [49:50] Christian Fennesz & Ryuichi Sakamoto – Kokoro
  • [53:15] Andrey Kiritchenko – Agravic Illusion
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a vibration of strings

July 23rd, 2010

I ran into the track "The Last Message" by John Murphy on a mix at A Strangely Isolated Place, and it got me thingking about doing another classical-ish mix.

The Murphy track is in there, along with new tunes(Maya Beiser, Max Richter, Nils Frahm, etc) and old tunes(Steve Reich, Peter Gabriel, Gavin Bryars, etc).

There's really not much more to say except that I hope you enjoy this collection of ambient, soundtrack, minimal & neo-classical tunes.

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    David Byrne - The Lodger
  • 04:15    Maya Beiser - Memories
  • 08:45    Max Richter - The Haunted Ocean 2
  • 09:05    Nils Frahm & Anne Müller - Reminds to Teeth
  • 13:15    Olan Mill - Country
  • 16:30    John Murphy - The Last Message
  • 18:00    Chihei Hatakeyama - Light Drizzle
  • 20:30    Hummingbird - Starfish Seastar
  • 22:30    Tarwater - Clock
  • 23:30    Terry Riley - is in c in f (r. luke dubois remix)
  • 25:30    Steve Reich - Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices & organ
  • 34:50    Sufjan Stevens - Movement III - Linear Tableau With Intersecting Surprise
  • 39:15    Max Richter - Infra 2
  • 40:50    Kyle Bobby Dunn - The Tributary (for voices lost)
  • 46:20    P Jorgensen - Palimpsest II
  • 48:15    Gavin Bryars - Epilogue from Wonder Lawn
  • 52:20    Peter Gabriel - The Nest that Sailed the Sky
  • 54:55    end
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Concerto for this & that

May 31st, 2010

Modern-classical, neo-classical, acousmatic, electro-acoustic, ...whatever you want to call the genre, I think this mix fits.

You'll hear lots of strings, some piano, some beats and more strings.  It has a vague sort of chamber music feel to it.  The mix takes a detour about halfway through with the Pjusk track.  It's a good tune but doesn't necessarily fit the modern classical theme of the mix.  But I think it flows well with the other tracks around it.

A lot of music I have been listening to sort of falls into this neo-classical/acoustic category so this was just a chance to get some of it out there in a mix.

Enjoy.

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Panoptique Electrical - Framed by Clouds
  • 07:23    Bersarin Quartet - Was uns Bleibt
  • 10:45    Murcof - Rios
  • 18:40    Olan Mill - Flume
  • 21:00    Talvihorros - Thoughts of Violence
  • 24:45    M. Ostermeier - Competing Memories, Both Correct
  • 30:00    Part Timer - Orchard (scrumped)
  • 31:00    Pjusk - Sus
  • 35:25    M. Ostermeier - September Again
  • 39:20    Danny Norbury - Speak, Memory
  • 44:00    Panoptique Electrical - The Free Form
  • 50:40    Loscil - Endless Falls
  • 58:06    end
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