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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Shimmer - an alternative soundtrack to the film Annihilation

March 4th, 2018

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I saw the film Annihilation on opening weekend and really liked it. It was directed by the same guy that directed Ex Machina and has the same crew doing the score. While I didn't like it quite as much as my favorite sci-fi film of the last few years, Arrival, I did like it quite a bit. And I especially loved the score. It goes seamlessly from acoustic guitar to synthetic noises to creepy choral sounds. It's great.

 

So of course I had to make my own interpretation of the soundtrack, just like I did for Blade Runner 2049. I liked how that one turned out so much that I knew immediately after seeing Annihilation that I'd soon be making a mix.

 

I started collecting a few tunes for the mix but it wasn't until I found "Elemental Shimmer" by Robert Davies that the project really took off.  The music from Davies' album is perfect for setting the scene and it's even more appropriate because it's got the word "Shimmer" in the title.  The Shimmer is the anomaly enveloping "area x" that the scientists enter to try and figure what the heck is going on.

 

ROBERT DAVIES - ELEMENTAL SHIMMER

 

Making these alternative soundtracks is a lot of fun and I'm sure I'll be doing more in the future. I hope you like this one.

 

Cheers!

 

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Robert Davies - Honeysuckle Vapour
  • 04:18    Moon Wiring Club - Marshlight No. 2
  • 05:00    Ryuichi Sakamoto - Walker
  • 07:05    Chris Watson - Vatnajokull
  • 07:30    Martin Grech - Ashes Over Embers
  • 09:00    Peter Gabriel - Slow Water
  • 11:05    Moon Wiring Club - A New Face On An Old Friend (Blazing)
  • 13:20    Recondite - Der Steinmetz
  • 15:45    Isorinne - b2 5-00
  • 19:50    Stockholm Radio Choir - Lux Aeterna
  • 21:17    Penguin Cafe - Control 1(interlude)
  • 25:30    A.R.C. Soundtracks - Ruins-Ritual
  • 28:57    Biosphere - Sphere Of No Form
  • 30:12    Murcof - Sangre
  • 31:45    Leyland Kirby - Sadly, The Future Is No Longer What It Was
  • 32:18    Somei Satoh - Mantra/Stabat Mater from The Arts at St. Ann's
  • 33:30    Emptyset - Augur
  • 35:06    Morton Feldman - Rothko Chapel 3
  • 35:45    From the Mouth of the Sun - A Breath to Retrieve Your Body
  • 39:20    Ryuichi Sakamoto - Solari(Johann Johannsson rework)
  • 44:44    Robert Davies - Of Foxglove & Nettle Leaves
  • 50:42    Western Skies Motel - Leaving Behind
  • 53:45    Thomas Köner - Tiento de la Luz 4
  • 55:43    Biosphere - Green Reflections
  • 58:45    end

 

 
 
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Alternative Blade Runner 2049 Soundtrack

December 3rd, 2017

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Being a science fiction & electronic music geek, it's no surprise that I'm a big fan of the soundtrack for the original Blade Runner film.  When I heard that they'd tabbed Johann Johannsson to do the score for the 2049 film I was very excited.  But then he was pulled from the project & replaced with Hans Zimmer.  While I've actually liked a few of Zimmer's recent scores, I wasn't overly impressed with his music for 2049.  It wasn't that I disliked it.  I think I was just disappointed that it wasn't Johannsson.

 

My son, however, liked the soundtrack much more than I did.  So much in fact that he went home after seeing the film, created his own track in the 2049 style and sent it to me the next day.  I was impressed with the track and immediately made plans for a Blade Runner mix.

 

The music here is a collection of tunes that sounds like it fit perfectly in Blade Runner 2049.  In searching for music I was happy to have rediscovered Xerrox, Vol. 2 by Alva Noto, such a great album.  I was also excited to find music and artists I'd not heard before like Ital Tek, Floating Machine & Island People.

 

Here's a link to my son's track which appears in the mix as track #3 - "Blade Running" by just a human.

 

https://soundcloud.com/axxmusic/blade-running-master/s-recEt 

 

 

Cheers!

 

 

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Alva Noto - Xerrox Moonphaser 2
  • 05:00    Ital Tek - Jenova
  • 10:10    just a human - Blade Running(unreleased)
  • 12:18    36 - Black Future
  • 16:05    Ryuichi Sakamoto - life, life
  • 20:00    Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Same Dream
  • 23:51    Floating Machine - Nowhere
  • 30:40    Island People - vogelsang
  • 35:25    Andreas Tilliander - Syncussion Discussion
  • 40:10    Boards of Canada - Transmisiones Ferox
  • 41:35    Arovane & Hior Chronik - Into My Own
  • 45:35    Ryuichi Sakamoto - Fullmoon
  • 47:30    Island People - from the sky
  • 54:35    Alva Noto - Xerrox Moonphaser 1
  • 61:40    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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Sci Fi Soundtracks

January 26th, 2017

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The title of this mix pretty much says it all - this is a collection of excellent tracks from excellent science fiction films.  

 

This isn't meant to be definitive as in "The Best SciFi Soundtracks of All Time!"  It's just some of my favorite music from some of my favorite sci fi films.  I purposely stayed away from stuff like Star Wars, Star Trek, Close Encounters and 2001.  Those are a little too recognizable and most of the time don't fit with the ambient feel of this mix.

 

I just had to start the mix with what may be my all time favorite sci fi soundtrack - Solaris by Cliff Martinez.  I like the movie pretty well but the soundtrack is what really made that film for me.  Another soundtrack that I absolutely had to include is Arrival from Johann Johannsson.  Easily my favorite film of last year and the soundtrack made me love it even more.  A lot of the music in this mix is fairly new, released within the last ten years or so.  The exception being the tracks from Blade Runner and Dune.

 

Are there any sci fi soundtracks that I should check out for further mixes?  Any favorite sci fi film music that you have?  Let me know in the comments.

 

Cheers!

 

 

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Cliff Martinez - First Sleep(Solaris)
  • 02:42    Clint Mansell - Welcome to Lunar Industries(Moon)
  • 06:00    Ben Salisbury & Geoff Barrow - The Turing Test(Ex Machina)
  • 07:10    Harry Gregson-Williams - Watney's Alive(The Martian)
  • 09:50    Jon Hopkins - Campfire(Monsters)
  • 11:30    M83 - Starwaves(Oblivion)
  • 14:38    Johann Johannsson - Arrival(Arrival)
  • 17:00    Steven Price - Aningaaq(Gravity)
  • 21:00    Vangelis - Fading Away(Blade Runner)
  • 23:33    Toto - Paul Meets Chani(Dune)
  • 26:25    Clint Mansell - First Snow(The Fountain)
  • 29:17    Max Richter - Nocturne(Black Mirror)
  • 31:05    Johann Johannsson - Kangaru(Arrival)
  • 33:36    Underworld - Capa's Last Transmission(Sunshine)
  • 35:27    Brian Eno - Prophecy Theme(Dune)
  • 39:36    John Tavener - Mother & Child(Children of Men)
  • 42:55    Hans Zimmer - Where We're Going(Intersteller)
  • 45:41    Ben Salisbury & Geoff Barrow - Other Dreamers(Black Mirror)
  • 46:31    Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein - Eleven(Stranger Things)
  • 49:35    Arcade Fire - Morning Talk/Supersymmetry(Her)
  • 53:15    Daft Punk - Solar Sailer(Tron 2)
  • 55:40    Ben Salisbury & Geoff Barrow - Bunsen Burner(Ex Machina)
  • 58:34    Ramin Djawadi - Exit Music(for a film)(Westworld)
  • 62:58    end
 
 
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Cinematic Headspace

December 10th, 2016

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I've been on a big Johann Johnnsson kick lately.  He released one of my favorite albums of the year "Orphee" a few months ago and now he has scored the excellent film "Arrival."  It is a wonderful soundtrack that really adds to an already fantastic film.

 

Johannsson tells the story of how he made the first track in this mix, "Heptpod B," at Song Exploder here...

 

https://soundcloud.com/hrishihirway/song-exploder-johann-johannsson-arrival-score

 

That new soundtrack is the jumping off point for this cinematic mix.  All the music used was released this year with the exception of tracks from "The Martian" & "The Revenant" which are 2015 recordings.  All these soundtracks are superb and I hope you will seek out the full albums.  I've included the name of the film in the tracklist.

 

Cheers!

 

 

T R A C K L I S T :

 
⦁ 00:00    Johann Johannsson - Heptapod B(Arrival)
⦁ 03:25    Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - Daedalus(Mars)
⦁ 06:15    Harry Gregson-Williams - Message from Hermes(The Martian)
⦁ 08:50    Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie - Bring This Place to Life(Salero)
⦁ 11:30    A Winged Victory for the Sullen - Metro, pt.3(Iris)
⦁ 15:05    Mac Quayle - leavem3here.flac(Mr. Robot)
⦁ 20:10    Starkey - Ticks(Charting Stardust)
⦁ 24:15    Paul Haslinger - Security is a Myth(Halt & Catch Fire)
⦁ 26:45    Ramin Djawadi - Something I Can Never Have(Westworld)
⦁ 32:10    Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie - Lithium, the new era(Salero)
⦁ 35:20    A Winged Victory for the Sullen - Flashback Antoine(Iris)
⦁ 37:15    Dustin O'Halloran & Hauschka - Memories(Lion)
⦁ 38:40    Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie - end credits(Salero)
⦁ 41:25    Johann Johannsson - One of Twelve(Arrival)
⦁ 44:05    Riuichi Sakamoto - Glass & Buffalo(The Revenant)
⦁ 45:40    Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - Mama's Room(Hell or High Water)
⦁ 47:55    A Winged Victory for the Sullen - endless battle of the maudlin ballade, pt. 3(Iris)
⦁ 50:25    Ramin Djawadi - Exit Music(Westworld)
⦁ 54:47    end
 
 
 
 
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Sunday Morning Music Vol. 8 - slow mornings

April 6th, 2014

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Grab a cup of coffee and the paper with this mix as your Sunday soundtrack.


This iteration of the Sunday morning series uses mostly new music including a couple of great Bob Dylan covers from Sarah Jarosz and Phosphorescent.  I couldn't resist starting the mix with the wonderful "Morning" from Beck's new release.


From there we move on to a beautiful, jazzy track from Philémon Chante that I have been itching to use for a while.  That cut is from his album called Les Sessions Cubaines which you can find on Bandcamp here...Philémon Chante


There a couple soundtracks represented in the mix from two of the best films of 2013, "Her" and "Nebraska."  Arcade Fire and Owen Pallett collaborated for the "Her" soundtrack, with two cuts in this mix.  Mark Orton did the beautifully simple soundtrack for "Nebraska" and it shows up here in the track "The Old Compressor Escape."  I've got an Americana mix waiting in the wings which will have more from that soundtrack.


One of my other favs is the cut from Bill Callahan.  He remixed his 2013 album, "Dream River," as a dub album called "Have Fun With God."  It's fantastic!


Enjoy.



T R A C K L I S T :


  • 00:00 Beck - Morning
  • 05:12 M. Ostermeier - Sunlight on My Desk
  • 07:55 Sam Prekop - A Cloud to the Back
  • 11:30 Philémon Chante - J'arrive toujours un peu trop tard
  • 15:40 Sarah Jarosz - Simple Twist of Fate
  • 20:20 Mark Orton - The Old Compressor Escape
  • 22:50 Thievery Corporation - le coeur (feat lou lou ghelichkhani)
  • 25:45 Assia Cunego - Canto Ostinato Section 25-30
  • 29:00 Segue - slow mornings
  • 34:00 Bill Callahan - Small Dub
  • 37:45 Arcade Fire and Owen Pallett - Dimensions
  • 40:34 Darcy James Argue's Secret Society - An Invitation
  • 43:08 Nick Cave - Into My Arms
  • 47:17 Phosphorescent - Tomorrow is a Long Time
  • 51:30 Paul Buchanan - Mid Air
  • 53:45 Arcade Fire and Owen Pallett - We're All Leaving
  • 56:17 end

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things left unsaid

March 23rd, 2014

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Most regular visitors to this blog are aware that I also post these mixes over at Mixcloud.  I love Mixcloud.  I got in very early on and so have developed quite a few followers.  It's been fun watching it grow.  


One thing that has helped in growing that following is being one of the featured cloudcasts in the Ambient/Chillout category.  Well, apparently now Low Light Mixes is also one of the featured cloudcasts in the Classical category.  Some of my mixes my have some classical related tunes but I definitely wouldn't characterize these mixes as "classical."  But, what the heck, I'll take the extra exposure.


Being featured in the classical category was the genesis for this new mix, "things left unsaid."  It's an all classical mix.  Maybe it would be better to call it an orchestral mix because about half of the tracks are from film soundtracks, so not classical in the purest sense.


Most of the music is fairly new.  The oldest cut being the Jonnie Greenwood piece from 2007.  There a few tracks from Caleb Burhans and David Lang that are from 2013 releases that didn't make it onto my year in review lists because I didn't find them until 2014.  I found them on someone else's best of list.  They are both excellent recordings.  And of course I had to include some Johann Johannsson because I pretty much like everything he does.


I hope you enjoy this classical diversion.


T R A C K L I S T :


  • 00:00 Max Richter - Spring 0(Recomposed By Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons)
  • 00:40 Johann Johannsson - By the River
  • 01:10 Caleb Burhans - The Things Left Unsaid
  • 05:00 Jonnie Greenwood - Open Spaces
  • 08:38 Alexandre Desplat - L'hôpital
  • 11:56 Jon Hopkins - How I Live Now
  • 16:15 Johann Johannsson - The Jewish Cemetery on Moellegade
  • 18:20 Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil - Prelude, The Atlas March
  • 19:31 Maya Beiser - Spiegel im Spiegel
  • 28:58 David Lang - no. 5. i am walking
  • 33:10 Colin Stetson - All the Days I've Missed
  • 34:10 Caleb Burhans - nunc dimittis
  • 38:25 Alexandre Desplat - Skies
  • 43:30 Max Richter - Winter 3(Recomposed By Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons)
  • 47:33 Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil - The Cloud Atlas Sextet
  • 51:26 Johann Johannsson - The Rocket Builder
  • 57:39 Caleb Burhans - The Things Left Unsaid(end)
  • 58:55 Alexandre Desplat - De rouille et d'os
  • 1:00:51    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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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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