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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Frontiers of Space

January 27th, 2018

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I recently stumbled upon an album by The National Pool called "Relaxation Tape for Solo Space Travel."  


https://infraction.bandcamp.com/album/relaxation-tape-for-solo-space-travel


First of all, what a great title!  And second, what fantastic cover art!




When I heard the song "Simpler Times" I knew that I had to buy the album and I knew that I had to make a mix with an retro, analog, space sound.  So I set about collecting tunes that sound like they could have come from an old space science filmstrip.  Some of the music is from current artists like Boards of Canada, Air, The Belbury Circle, Panabrite, Cafe Kaput, Moon Wiring Club, Schengen and Lunar Testing Lab.  But mixed in there is also old electronic music from Eric Vann, Paul Hart, Alan Hawkshaw and Frank Comstock. Much of the old music has a sort of cheesy, retro vibe that I love in a mix like this.


Grab some Tang and kick back for this journey to the moon and beyond.


Cheers!




T R A C K L I S T :

 

  • 00:00    Alan Hawkshaw - Probe 2
  • 01:06    Vector Lovers - Long Wave
  • 01:40    Boards of Canada - Wildlife Analysis
  • 02:01    The National Pool - Simpler Times
  • 08:42    Solvent - wig $1.00
  • 11:07    Eric Vann - Space Face
  • 11:55    Frank Comstock - Stairway to the Stars
  • 14:25    Panabrite - Departing
  • 17:28    The Belbury Circle - Light Industry
  • 21:42    Lunar Testing Lab - The Cosmic Unknown
  • 23:36    Café Kaput - Maranyl Is Chosen
  • 26:05    Paul Hart - Superfine
  • 26:41    Schengen - Me n'U
  • 27:22    Moon Wiring Club - Between  Two Worlds
  • 28:40    Alan Hawkshaw - Terrestrial Fanfare
  • 30:52    Air - Cosmic Trip
  • 34:51    Lunar Testing Lab - Lunar Radio Control(with Russian Conet voice added)
  • 36:25    Alan Hawkshaw - Saturn Rings
  • 40:15    Boards of Canada - Come to Dust
  • 43:36    Café Kaput - Ergonomo
  • 49:05    Orgasmo Sonore - Space Team
  • 50:52    Eric Vann - Astroport
  • 53:00    The National Pool - Through the Breach
  • 60:01    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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Pale Blue Dot - Earth Day 2017

April 22nd, 2017

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"Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives."
     - Carl Sagan
 
 
I have always loved Carl Sagan's "Pale Blue Dot" essay. It's even better hearing his voice reading it.  In the Cosmos reboot from a couple of years ago, when they played a clip of Carl I actually cried.  Yes, I am a huge dork.  So needless to say, Sagan reading about the pale blue dot gets me every time. 
 
There are a ton of videos on youtube combining his quotes with music & images. Some are quite good, some use horrible cheesy music or hokey stock photos.  I thought, heck I'm a video editor, I'll make my own video. But then I realized how sometimes the images can detract from the prose.
 
So I decided to combine Sagan's Pale Blue Dot with one of my all-time favorite pieces of music - Max Richter's "On the Nature of Daylight."  The next step was to use that mashup to lead off a mix dedicated to Earth Day 2017 & the coinciding March for Science.  If you look at the track titles the theme is obvious.
 
I eventually did make a video to go with the mashup.  But it's just one image.  It's a pic taken by the Cassini spacecraft from just beyond Saturn.  It's Pale Blue Dot 2.0 if you will.  The  video is just one long slow pull from earth out to the full image.
 
Take a look here...
 
 
 
Enjoy the mix, Earth Day and remember - Science not Silence.
 
Cheers!
 
 
 
 
 
T R A C K L I S T :
  • 00:00    Carl Sagan & Max Richter - Pale Blue Dot & On the Nature of Daylight
  • 05:05    Jim Cole & Spectral Voices - Hear Earth
  • 08:00    Steve Roach - On This Planet
  • 15:20    Map & Diagrams - Particles of Earth
  • 18:10    A Small Good Thing - Scorched Earth
  • 23:15    Adam Pacione - Warming Trend
  • 25:27    Shuttle358 - Melt
  • 30:10    Jeff Greinke - Changing Skies
  • 32:50    Brian Eno - Climate Study
  • 35:30    J. Ralph - The Glaciers Are Telling
  • 37:20    Michael Brook - Earth Alone
  • 39:20    Mathias Grassow - Planetary Consciousness
  • 43:45    Lav & Purl - Earthship
  • 49:50    Robert Scott Thompson - Pale Blue Dot
  • 65:00    end
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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The Color of Space guest mix by Mike G of Ambient Music Guide

July 16th, 2016

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I've done a lot of mixes over the last ten years.  Obviously I try to have a theme or mood for each mix.  It can get difficult come up with new motifs.  That's why I love the idea that Mike G of Ambient Music Guide had last year.  We decided to trade guest mixes and he suggested we each send each other a few mix titles and that we select one and build the mix off of that title.  It really gets me thinking differently and can help get me out of a rut when looking for mix inspiration.


This mix is the second guest mix from Mike.  I love getting these mixes because so often there are artists or genres I normally don't use but that I love listening to.  This mix exemplifies that perfectly.  I don't listen to as much "space" music as I used to and as I lost myself in this mix I realized that I really need to revisit this style of ambient more often.  I am looking forward to using this as a stargazing soundtrack when I vacation in northern Wisconsin later this summer.


This is what Mike had to say about The Color of Space...

"Space is a theme with multiple meanings and is woven throughout much 

modern ambient and downtempo instrumental music. My mix The Color Space 

is a soundtrack of the cosmos.  All the music has a cosmic feel, whether 

it be one of inner space, outer space or the indefinable regions between."



Thanks Mike!




T R A C K L I S T :








  • 00:00 Michael Stearns - Encounter
  • 03:16 Michael Stearns - Scared Site theme(extended)
  • 06:23 Oliver Lieb - Dimension X(edit)
  • 14:30 Upper Astral - Massage One(edit)
  • 24:20 Healer - Speaking With A Def Man(edit)
  • 31:50 Stellardrone - Eternity
  • 37:45 Alpha Wave Movement - Travel Into The Nexus
  • 42:30 Jonn Serrie - The Far River
  • 51:35 Boris Lelong - Oxygen
  • 63:07 Jon Jenkins - Ebb(extended)
  • 67:32 Solar Quest - Trisine(edit)
  • 72:08 Michael Stearns - Star Dreams



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Music for the Perseid meteor shower

August 12th, 2015

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The title of this one pretty much says it all.


So download the mix, grab some bourbon, a blanket and head outside to witness the 2015 version of the Perseid meteor shower.


Enjoy


T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00         Moesko - Stargazer
  • 03:55   Marconi Union - Still
  • 07:35   36 - Sky Fire
  • 11:11   Alio Die - nuvole di palissandro
  • 12:25   Alva Noto - Solphaer
  • 17:55   Julio Di Benedetto - Original Light
  • 26:26   Robert Davies - Nightshade
  • 35:20   Klowknfe - Gamma
  • 42:30   Horizon Fire - Earthlight
  • 44:55   Moesko - Cloudgazer
  • 47:55   Donnacha Costello - You Are Not Here
  • 51:05   Marconi Union - Fading
  • 57:15   end


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Deep Sky Time - music for stargazing 2013

December 6th, 2013

 

I know this is not the best time of year for sitting out side and stargazing.  At least not here in Wisconsin.  But I haven't done a stargazing mix in a long time so i thought I'd throw this out there.


The piece that got me started on this mix isn't an actual song.  It's NASA's Voyager spacecraft recording the sound of interstellar space.  Voyager's plasma wave instrument detected the vibrations of dense interstellar plasma, or ionized gas, from October to November 2012 and April to May 2013.  You can find the recording here... Voyager


I couldn't resist using that sound as a launch pad for this mix.  The rest is pretty straight forward ambient/space music.  For some strange reason I felt compelled to make this mix nearly 2 hours long.  If you want to lay outside for two hours & gaze at the night sky in the middle of December, better bring some scotch & an electric blanket. ;)


Enjoy.

 

 

 

T R A C K L I S T : 

  • 00:00    NASA Voyager recording of interstellar space
  • 00:40    Loscil - Second Narrows Specta Ciera Version
  • 03:30    Ishq - Globular Cluster
  • 07:30    Harmony & Decay - Hypnotic Sequence
  • 12:40    Eluder - The Event Horizon
  • 14:50    Marsen Jules - A Room Full of History
  • 19:15    Marconi Union - Always Numb
  • 23:40    Porzellan - Floating Reception
  • 24:30    Sonmi451 - Omicron Ceti
  • 29:30    Loscil - ss1.2 unit circle
  • 32:50    Wouter Veldhuis - Blue Forest I
  • 36:00    Variant - Thru the Cosmos(ison + spica)
  • 43:33    Brian Eno - Surf Birds
  • 46:10    Mark Rownd - Place of Grace
  • 52:20    Kissy Suzuki - rubbish & Beauties part 1
  • 56:30    Altus - Floating Free
  • 1:00:40    Diatonis - Whiring Above Our Heads
  • 1:04:15    A Produce - Inner Sanctum
  • 1:12:00    Aglaia - Dust Across the Border
  • 1:15:30    Christopher Short - Unknown Constellation #2
  • 1:22:30    Fripp & Eno - Meissa
  • 1:29:10    Ithaca Trio - Catching Monkeys
  • 1:34:00    Steve Roach - Deep Sky Time
  • 1:41:10    Sylken - Sleepless
  • 1:50:10    Deepchord - Driftwood
  • 1:51:10    Vidna Obmana - Night Blooming
  • 1:57:49    end


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Sci Fi Adventures - All These Worlds

April 26th, 2013

The good folks over at Nocturne Records asked me to do a mix for their podcast. They put out some great music so how could I resist!

Most of the time with my mixes I'll stumble upon one or two tunes that spark an idea. In this case I rediscovered an old electronic album that I had in college. It's a compilation called Music from the 21st Century.

That album got me thinking about science fiction music, whether it's music used in sci-fi or just tunes that sound like they should be in a sci-fi film.

This mix uses two tracks from the 21st Century album along with several other old electronic cuts. A couple of those older cuts are from another college favorite, Synergy - Cords. I loved that album back then & still go to it occasionally for a nostalgia hit.  The whole album definitely has a sci fi movie soundtrack sort of feel to it. The mix isn't totally old electronics, there is also some newer material mixed in.

Enjoy.

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Vangelis - Blush Response
  • 04:00    Synergy - A Presuming to be Modern I
  • 06:50    Richard Pinhas - L' Ethique
  • 11:20    Lights Out Asia - All These Worlds are Yours
  • 13:15    The Black Dog - Lounge
  • 14:15    Frank Comstock - On the Dark Side of the Moon
  • 16:00    Michael Garrison - Escape (music from the 21st century)
  • 18:20    Synergy - Disruption in World Communications
  • 22:00    David Bowie - Abdulmajid
  • 25:10    Elf Machine - Evolutions Arrow
  • 29:00    Underworld & John Murphy - Capa Meets the Sun
  • 30:45    Vector Lovers - Girl + Robot
  • 32:50    Maps & Diagrams - Skynet
  • 35:30    Bruce Courtois - Inside the Black Hole (music from the 21st century)
  • 37:10    Vangelis - Longing
  • 38:35    Solar Fields - Blue Moon Station
  • 45:00    Cliff Martinez - First Sleep
  • 47:30    Rena Jones - The Problem of Time
  • 49:50    Schengen - Me n' U
  • 50:30    Lopside - To the Point of Obscurity
  • 55:50    Vangelis - Fading Away
  • 59:00    end
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Music for a Mars landing

August 5th, 2012

Back in November I did a mix for the launch of Curiosity, NASA's newest Mars rover.  Now 8 months later, Curiosity has arrived at Mars.  So this mix is music for landing on Mars, in honor of Curiosity's EDL or entry, descent and landing.

As I write this, the landing has not taken place yet.  But I wanted to get the mix uploaded on the day of the landing.  I'll update the post depending on the result of the EDL.

I started off this mix just picking electronic tunes I liked for this theme then quickly realized that many of the titles fit perfectly.  Track titles such as "We Travel", "Bold Advances" "Flying (in crimson skies)" and "Arrival".  So I looked for a few more with appropriate names, kept a few that had titles that didn't matter and the mix was launched.

Enjoy.

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Marconi Union - We Travel
  • 06:55    Tycho - Adrift
  • 14:40    Dub Trees - Dreamlab
  • 17:35    Loops of Your Heart - End
  • 22:50    Ricardo Donoso - conditional formatting descent
  • 24:55    Lunar Testing Lab - Slinky Antenna
  • 26:45    Bersarin Quartet - Der Mond, der Schnee und Du
  • 30:47    Stendec - Descent
  • 32:05    Helios - Bold Advances
  • 34:15    Anenon - The Sea and The Stars
  • 35:44    Clark - Skyward Bruise/Descent
  • 37:15    Daft Punk - Arrival
  • 38:56    Marconi Union - Flying (in crimson skies)
  • 45:10    Ólafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm - b1
  • 52:15    Altus - The Awe and Wonder
  • 58:40    Wixel - Surface Dust
  • 1:00:18    Hecq - Red Sky

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The God Particle

July 22nd, 2012

Those of us who are science dorks were fascinated earlier this month when it was announced that the discovery of a new particle was very likely the elusive Higgs-Boson.  The particle has been the subject of a nearly 50 year hunt to explain why matter has mass.

This mix is a celebration of that discovery.  With titles like "Particle," "Sweet Collision," and "Magnetic Fields," all the track titles work very well with a Higgs-Boson, high energy physics theme.

Enjoy.

[ s t r e a m ] [ d o w n l o a d ] [ i t u n e s ]

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Miles Tilman - Particle
  • 03:33    Saul Stokes - Vapor Trails
  • 07:30    Mr. Projectile - Tiny Distances
  • 08:30    Can - Quantum Physics
  • 09:44    Baffo Banfi - Love Magnetic Research
  • 14:23    Burial - Shell of Light
  • 18:27    John Adams - Short Ride in a Fast Machine
  • 23:05    Cliff Martinez - Hi Energy Proton Accelerator
  • 25:05    Benjamin Dauer - Sweet Collision
  • 30:20    Loren Dent - Sub-Atomic Love Song
  • 32:45    Spheruleus - Suspended Particles
  • 35:30    Martin Herterich - Silent Fields 2
  • 42:25    Maps & Diagrams - Particles of Earth
  • 44:44    Pale Sketcher - Tiny Universes
  • 48:52    Dub Trees - Magnetica
  • 52:21    Jean Michel Jarre - Magnetic Fields part 1
  • 59:00    Vir Unis - They Call It The God Particle
  • 1:04:11    end
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