Summer Sleeps

July 20th, 2014

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This is one of those mixes where the title pretty much says it all...Summer Sleeps.  I found that if I keep titles fairly straight forward and clear that plays on Mixcloud go up a bit.


I listen to music every night when I go to bed.  And lately I was getting bored with old sleep mixes so of course the solution is to make a new one.  There's not much else to say about this mix, just lay back and zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.




T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00'00    Stephen Vitiello and Taylor Deupree - From the Fish House
  • 06'00    Manual - Last Light
  • 10'50    Moon Eye Lids - My Only Moon...
  • 18'30    Sonmi451 - Ruis
  • 25'20    Budd and Eno - Against the Sky
  • 29'00    James Johnson - Entering Twilight
  • 37'50    Steinbruchel - Home
  • 44'15    Kyle Bobby Dunn - Powers of None
  • 48'22    Ruben Garcia - Rainy Day
  • 52'20    Tom Heasley - Ground Zero
  • 1'00'50    St. Kilda - You Are In Every Dream
  • 1'03'53    Tonepoet - So Gently We go
  • 1'11'20    Tiny Isles - With Thanks Petal
  • 1'15'00    Alio Die and Saffron Wood - The Sleep of Seeds
  • 1'18'10    33bowls - Morning
  • 1'24'10    James Johnson and Stephen Phillips - Lost at Dunn's Lake
  • 1'40'44    end
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Infinite ambient

June 23rd, 2013
I usually keep different folders of music for different types of mixes.  I have a "sea" folder.  And one called "dub & stuff."  Another is "piano."  And of course several "Sunday morning" folders as well.

The folder for this mix was called "just plain old good ambient."  And that's a pretty darn good description of this mix.  There's no special theme or concept other than the fact that these cuts are all excellent ambient tunes.

The mix has a classic sound, classic feel.  However, only one track is old - that's the Aphex Twin song.  I love how the cuts flow together, making it a perfect mix for sleeping if you use these mixes like I do.  I can also see listening to this while sitting on the front steps watching the sun set(unfortunately now instead of my nice farm across the street I have a subdivision of McMansions)

Five or six of the tracks in this mix came from Bandcamp, which I love for buying music & discovering new things via collections.  I really have to control myself when I'm on that site or I'd be spending all sorts of money.  My collection there is not really that large, partly because I really don't buy as much ambient music as I used to.  If you're interested, here's a link to my Bandcamp collection... Dave's Collection

Enjoy the mix!


T R A C K L I S T :

00:00    Marsen Jules Trio - Œillet Parfait
04:34    Harold Budd - Jane 8
09:20    Caught in the Wake Forever - Chopin's 2 Nocturnes op. 48 no. 2 in F sharp minor
11:22    Taylor Deupree - Shutter
16:45    Aphex Twin - stone in focus
23:00    Dakota Suite - Things We Lost Along the Way (Loscil remix)
27:20    Maps & Diagrams - Utgores
29:15    Infinite Coil - Transmit 2
32:40    Unrecognizable Now - Two Rooms - One
39:50    Wouter Veldhuis - Side-effects of diversity
44:00    33 Bowls - Morning
46:00    Slow Dancing Society - After Twilight Takes Us
50:40    Ten and Tracer - By Twirling the Strong History
56:35    Cyber Zen Sound Engine - Mottomo Kodokuna Basho
1:00:00    end

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drowsy

November 23rd, 2011

I recently had surgery on a broken collarbone & had to spend a fair amount of time laying around, recuperating, sleeping.  So I decided to make a mix that would work well with Percocet & Vicodin.

I've produced other sleep mixes before, "I fell asleep at my desk making this mix", "slo mo", "slow & sleepy", and have often relied on them for nighttime listening.  Of course most of the mixes found here could work as "sleep" mixes.

This new mix, "drowsy", fits right in with those others.  It's a soothing mix of drones & synth washes that will put anyone to sleep.

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Benoît Pioulard - Drowsy
  • 04:15    Ex Confusion - Bloom
  • 09:45    Peter James & Disturbed Earth - A Descending Calm
  • 13:45    Steve Roach - Slow Heat (excerpt)
  • 21:05    Aglaia - Milosis
  • 30:45    David Tagg - Wolf Suite II
  • 34:40    Alio Die - Innamorato
  • 42:35    Kyle Bobby Dunn - New Pures
  • 45:35    Loscil - Stave Peak
  • 51:15    Nest - Koretz's Meteor
  • 55:55    Ursula - Un final decepcionante
  • 01:01:01    end

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slow & sleepy

February 14th, 2011

Yah! A new mix finally! I've been ridiculously busy lately(10 days at the Super Bowl) so haven't been able to do much mixing. Hopefully that will change.

This is another mix where the title says it all...slow & sleepy.

Pretty straight forward ambient with long, stretched out chords, slow motion sounds to suspend consciousness.

Many of the tracks used here are new or fairly new. A lot of good music has been released in the last few months. I'll have to dive in & come up with some new mixes. I'm sort of planning a neo-classical mix, electronic beats, classic jazz, mellow prog rock, etc.

For now I hope you enjoy slow & sleepy.

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00 Kyle Bobby Dunn - Remnants
  • 05:20 Wouter Veldhuis - Satumaa
  • 09:30 Celer - A Lifetime of Wasted Breaths
  • 14:30 Grasslung - When We Were Young
  • 20:45 Wixel - Melsbroek
  • 22:15 Simon Scott - Silenne
  • 28:00 Gareth Hardwick - London 220109
  • 34:45 Alio Die & Zeit - punto di fusione
  • 41:45 Danny Saul - kinison (part 2)
  • 43:00 Listening Mirror - Cast Off
  • 48:30 Hakobune - a yearlong thought
  • 52:00 Stephan Mathieu - Minuet
  • 1:00:00 end
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slo mo

January 17th, 2010

Here's the first mix for 2010.  It's called slo_mo because all the tunes are slow & droney.

One aspect of this mix that makes it a bit different is the use of a few "stretched" tracks.  I think I've mentioned this program here before, it's called "Paul's Extreme Sound Stretch".  I couldn't find a link to it, but at one time, on the web, there was a version of Beethoven's 9th Symphony that had been stretched to 24 hours.

I stretched 3 songs for the mix, Eno - Music for Airports, Laetetur Cor (Choir of the Abbey of Saint Wandrille) and Budd & Eno - A Stream With Bright Fish.  Those tracks along with the others combine for a very slow mix that works pretty well for sleeping(I couldn't make past the 20min mark twice last night).

Enjoy.

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Eno - Music for Airports (s t r e t c h e d)
  • 08:25    lexithimie - scale 1
  • 12:35    Apalusa - Coventry, January 21, 2008
  • 18:00    Laetetur Cor - Choir of the Abbey of Saint Wandrille (s t r e t c h e d)
  • 22:20    Budd & Eno - A Stream with Bright Fish (s t r e t c h e d)
  • 30:35    Celer - Gaited Florets
  • 38:00    Porzellan - Rosen
  • 47:10    Spheruleus - Time Fades
  • 54:12    Language of Landscape - And The Rain Embraced Our Closing Words
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I fell asleep at my desk making this mix

June 28th, 2009

I listen to ambient music every night when I go to bed. I usually browse my recent acquisitions to find something for sleep music. There are a few recordings which get used more than others.

Two recent releases by Steve Roach get regular airtime here at Low Light Mixes. Last year's "A Deeper Silence" and this year's "Dynamic Stillness".

There was a time when I played Deeper Silence in the background all around the house everyday for a week. It created this strange feeling like I was on a spaceship. Mostly this 73 minute-long tune gets used for sleep music. The same goes for "Slowly Revealed" off of "Dynamic Stillness". I have fallen asleep to this track many times.
Another nighttime favorite...the "Beautiful Land of Nod" mixes from Mr. Asphalt Eden(aka - Brian Bieniowski). I played these two mixes quite a bit when I first downloaded them & still return to them often. I remember Brian saying he liked sleep music that seemed to rise & fall like breathing. It was that idea that inspired a mix that I did called "breathing music". I use this mix fairly often for drifting off to sleep.
This brings us to the new mix. I wanted to do a new sleep mix so I could incorporate the Steve Roach cuts. So I dumped some tracks to a portable hard drive, brought it to work & starting mixing in between "real work". I had 4 or 5 tracks laid down & I was listening to one of the transitions & literally fell asleep at my desk, hence the title of the mix. A lot of the tracks sound very much like each other which I guess is good in this case because one track stretches into another, in a long, trance inducing, ambient lullaby.  At 90 minutes, the mix is longer than most, but I thought the length worked a bit better for sleeping.

Sweet dreams...

T R A C K L I S T :

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Suspended in Air - a drone mix

March 29th, 2008

Last year I discovered British drone master Paul Bradley. This year it's the beautiful drones of David Tagg. I have two of his recordings now, "Expanding Electronic Diversity" & "Waist Deep Seas Of Milk". Two excellent albums.

So because I've been listening to more drones than usual I've decided to do a drone mix. Nothing extraordinary here, just one drone slowly slipping into the next.

Most of the music here is fairly new. Almost all of it released this year or last, except of course for the Aloof Proof, which almost counts as new because of the reissue last year. This was fairly easy to put together but it flows nicely. Should be excellent for sleeping.

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00 Paul Bradley - Irenic
  • 05:45 Stars of the Lid - Virgina
  • 09:00 Andrew Chalk - Suspended in Air
  • 14:00 David Tagg - Waist Deep in Seas of Milk #6
  • 20:30 Emeralds - arbol del tule
  • 28:05 Belong - Vowel
  • 35:00 Nelson Foltz & Tom Lynn - still life interlude
  • 43:00? David Tagg - The 25th Door
  • 49:30 Aloof Proof - The Last Leaf
  • 59:30 Paul Bradley - Chroma #1
  • 02:30 The Beautiful Schizophonic - cantiques la gloire du soleil
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Breathing Music

September 22nd, 2007

After a quick side trip we are back to a straight forward, ambient mix.

I got the idea for this mix from my online friend, Brian and his an excellent podcast, The Quiet Sounds. At the beginning of the year he did a mix of sleep music and said this about it..."many of these tracks have a lullaby, 'breathing' quality...".

The idea of "breathing" music caught my attention. I would come back to the concept again and again as I listened to music this year. So I finally decided to put together my own mix of "breathing" music.

Most of the tracks have a common feel...in & out, back & forth, ebb & flow...a wash of sound that fades then the wash returns. Most of the cuts are fairly new, though I was happy to squeeze in some old Cluster & Eno. Like Brian's original mixes, this one works pretty well for sleeping as well.

Enjoy

T R A C K L I S T

00:00 - 05:30    Alp - tropen

05:30 - 10:30    Robert Henke - layer #3

10:30 - 14:00    Stars of the Lid - another ballad for heavy lids

14:00 - 18:30    Scott Solter - wave & sepia wire

18:30 - 22:30    Cluster & Eno - old land

22:30 - 27:30    Steve Roach - slow rapture

27:30 - 31:30    Jeff Pearce - life in the dusk air

31:30 - 34:20    Alio Die & Luciano Daini - la rocca's view

34:20 - 43:30    Marsen Jules - eilet en delta

43:30 - 48:00    Cluster & Eno - fur luise

48:00 - 50:40    Andrew Deutsch - loops over land

50:40 - 58:40    William Basinski - el camino real

58:40 - 03:26    Stars of the Lid - the evil that never arrived

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