a frozen world

January 6th, 2014

It is freakin' cold here in Wisconsin right now.  It's going to be -20f below zero tonight and the high temp on Monday didn't get much above -10f.  Frigid temps like that call for a mix.

It's perfect timing for a freezing mix because a recent purchase was the album arctic conditions by stormloop.  With song titles like "Ice Wind," "In The Frozen Morning Light" and "Arctic Conditions," it was a perfect starting point for this mix.

Make some hot cocoa, sit back and try to stay warm.  Of course for listeners like Charles Glaspole in Australia, it's summer.  I guess you'll have to use your imagination.


T R A C K L I S T:

  • 00:00    Wind and walking in snow
  • 00:30    Terje Isungset - Go North
  • 01:36    stormloop - ice wind
  • 05:45    Marcus Fischer - Arctic 1
  • 10:10    Panoptique Electrical - Glacier Show I
  • 16:35    Ulf Lohmann - On Frozen Fields
  • 18:45    Blamstrain - Tundra V
  • 24:05    offthesky - beneath the ice shelf
  • 26:50    Harold Budd - Ice Floes in Eden
  • 29:15    stormloop - arctic conditions
  • 33:55    Good Weather For An Airstrike - Frozen In Thought
  • 37:25    Kiln - The Ice Floes
  • 38:40    Forrest Fang & Carl Weingarten - Freezing Days
  • 41:10    David Tagg - Arctic Reflection
  • 50:10    Brian Eno - Fields Of Ice
  • 58:00    Segue - A View of the Frozen Lake
  • 1:01:40   stormloop - in the frozen morning light
  • 1:08:00    end


A Glitch in Time

July 28th, 2013

Sometime around 2001 I discovered the album Tides by Arovane.  I'm not sure if it qualifies as "post-digital" or "blip hop" or "micro" music but it was through that album that I began a brief love affair with the style of music known as "glitch."

I have always loved electronic & ambient music but at the end of the 1990s I had lost interest in berlin style electronics and mostly listened to straight ambient.  But with the emergence of glitch, and it's use of complicated beats, noise and samples, I found a new rhythmic electronic music to dive into.

The biggest purveyor of glitch music back then was the Mille Plateaux label.  With their Click & Cuts series they introduced me to a whole new range of sound in music.  There is definitely a lot of music from that time period that, while interesting, could become annoying as well.  I'm not a fan of loud and aggressive glitch.  I definitely am more in tune with the sort of stuff put out by 12k.

Over time I grew tired of much of the glitch scene and the never ending little pops & clicks & wee little sounds intruding on the music.  Although I still enjoy much of 12k music.

Recently I was organizing some of my collection & revisited some old glitch material.  I found that I am still very fond of some of it.  I started collecting tracks for this mix and was surprised at how much I enjoyed it.

So this mix is a little step back in time to the early 2000s.  A small glitch in the passing of time to when glitch ruled, for me anyway.


T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Arovane - Tides (2000)
  • 04:45    Carpet Musics - Phone Lines (2001)
  • 08:24    Clickits - No Clickedy (2003)
  • 11:35    Xela - Impulsive Behavior (2002)
  • 15:30    offthesky - Down the Stream (2005)
  • 20:50    Shuttle358 - I'm Not Afraid (2003)
  • 25:05    Twerk - From Brown to Green (2003)
  • 29:55    Jan Jelinek - Facelift (2003)
  • 34:55    Bexar Bexar - Kt (2002)
  • 38:30    Christopher Willits - The Seaweed Machine (2003)
  • 40:45    Christian Kleine - Several (2002)
  • 47:15    Arovane - Ambelio (1999)
  • 52:20    Shuttle358 - Calty (2000)
  • 57:11    end

Movement & Location - music for biking

July 16th, 2013

This mix is completely different from anything that I've posted here.  It's not ambient, or electronic or Sunday morning jazz.  This is music for motion.

This is a mix I made last summer to listen to while biking.  I liked it so much that I added some new tunes this year and made it longer.  All of the songs have a propulsive, forward-moving feel to them.  There are some oddball choices in there but generally most of the music would fall under the heading of indie rock.  Artists include Yacht, Vampire Weekend, Japandroids, Lord Huron, Rural Alberta Advantage, Jonathan Boulet, Underworld, Shearwater, Givers, etc.

I like the fact that it's 2 hours long so I can go out on an hour long ride and still have enough left for the next ride.  The mix also works well on a treadmill.  I wanted to post this before now so anyone who downloads it hopefully can make good use of it before summer disappears.


T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Patrick Watson - Blackwind
  • 03:45    Punch Brothers - Movement & Location
  • 06:45    Willy Porter - Breathe
  • 10:15    Mumford & Sons - Little Lion Man
  • 14:09    Givers - Up up up
  • 18:30    Jinja Safari - Mermaids
  • 22:22    Benny Goodman - Sing, Sing, Sing
  • 27:20    Mother Falcon - Dirt Summer
  • 30:35    The Killers - Human
  • 34:30    Yacht - Utopia
  • 37:30    Shearwater - Animal Life
  • 40:55    The Rural Alberta Advantage - Tornado '87
  • 44:32    Matt & Kim - Don't Slow Down
  • 47:33    The Boxer Rebellion - Organ Song
  • 50:50    Lord Huron - Time to Run
  • 55:20    Underworld - Dark & Long
  • 1:02:15    Tilly And The Wall - Heavy Mood
  • 1:05:20    Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Can't Hold Us
  • 1:09:35    Vampire Weekend - Unbelievers
  • 01:12:55    Jonathan Boulet - You're a Animal
  • 01:16:20    Underworld - Downpipe
  • 01:23:30    Jens Lekman - An Argument With Myself
  • 01:27:10    Kate Bush - Cloudbusting
  • 01:32:10    Jon Hopkins - Open Eye Signal
  • 01:39:52    Avett Brothers - Kick Drum Heart
  • 01:42:30    Jonathan Boulet - Mangle Trang
  • 01:45: 55   Japandroids - The House that Heaven Built
  • 01:50:35    The Rural Alberta Advantage - Barnes' Yard
  • 01:52:48    Vampire Weekend - A Punk
  • 01:55:00    Andrew Bird - Fitz and the Dizzyspells
  • 01:58:20    faltyDL - She Sleeps
  • 02:02:38    Talking Heads - This Must Be The Place
  • 02:07:31  end

Under Eno’s covers

July 5th, 2013

At the suggestion of a listener I set out to do a mix of ambient covers.  Not so easy.

But I did find a bunch of Brian Eno cover tunes.  Some I was familiar with, Bang on a Can & Sakamoto, but many of the others were new discoveries made by cruising the web. 

The mix starts with probably the most covered Eno tune - An Ending (Ascent), from Apollo.  The cover of that song comes from a new album by Icebreaker & BJ Cole which covers the entire Apollo album.  It's excellent and any Eno fan will definitely enjoy it.

About a third of the way through the mix, the tunes shift to a few vocal songs. I wasn't sure at first if I wanted go this route but the more I listened to these vocal covers the more I liked them.  From there we switch back into ambient mode.

I think this turned out pretty well and makes for a nice change of pace in the land of Low Light Mixes.


T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Icebreaker & BJ Cole - an ending (ascent) ii
  • 03:50    Teen Daze - Always Returning
  • 07:55    Dan Piccolo - Music for Airports 1.1
  • 13:30    Bang On A Can - Music for Airports 2.1
  • 17:30    Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto - By This River
  • 21:15    Ida - Golden Hours
  • 25:35    Irene Coco & Giovanni Sala - And Then So Clear
  • 29:00    St. Vincent - Some of Them are Old
  • 31:55    Unknown - Spider & I (ona banjo ukulele)
  • 33:15    Band On A Can - Music for Airports 2.2
  • 38:00    Doron Diamond - Music for Airports 1.1 (acoustic)
  • 41:15    AcousticLabs - And Ending (Ascent) (solo guitar)
  • 45:00    Icebreaker & BJ Cole - Drift
  • 47:45    Nathan Fake - Music for Airports 1.1
  • 53:00    Ryosuke Tomita - Becalmed (acoustic)
  • 56:52    end


a leaf on the wind - field recordings & ambience 2013

June 16th, 2013

The title pretty much says it all - this mix is a field recording mix.  I think I've done 3 field mixes in the past but haven't done one in a long time.  So I thought it was time for another sonic exploration.

The track that got me thinking about doing a new field mix was "El Divisader" by Chris Watson from the excellent "El Tren Fantasma" album.  Really a phenomenal track.

The mix starts with some church bells that I slowed down & messed with, the we get the Chris Watson track and from there the mix uses a variety of artists a field recordings to make an interesting(I hope) journey through various sonic landscapes.

I'm not going publish a formal tracklist because there is just too much stuff going on to keep track of. There are lots of other sounds and recordings mixed through out this collage.  Some are mine, some are just random things I found.  I hope it all flows well together.

This is a list of the artists, and approximate times, that have tracks appearing for more a few seconds:

03:35  Chris Watson - el divisadero

10:30  Forrest Fang -  home in exile

15:00  Vangelis - Nocturnal Rain

18:00  David Chapman - an east wind through bomb ballistics and lab 2

21:00  Collin Thomas - blackjack afternoon

31:30  Moniek Darge - solstice sample

35:00  Rapoon - Melancholic Songs of the Desert

38:30  Chris Dooks - For Wolfgang Voight

40:00  Field Rotation - watermusic

45:20  Simon Scott - sealevel.6

50:00  Chris Dooks - Sola

53:45  Linda Aubry Bullock - near

There are lots of other sounds and recordings mixed through out this collage.  Some are mine, some are just random things I found.  I hope it all flows well together.



1969 - trans lunar injection

March 4th, 2012

I've been on kind of a moon binge lately. It started with watching HBO's excellent series, "From the Earth to the Moon." Then I read "We Reach the Moon," a book written in 1969 by John Noble Wilford, the NYT science reporter.

Next I moved on to the wonderful film, "For All Mankind."  It's the story of the men who went to the moon, told in their own words.  Beautiful images and of course Eno's remarkable soundtrack, "Apollo : Atmospheres & Soundtracks".

So my head has been stuck on the moon in 1969.  And that is the genesis of this mix, 1969. All the music used in this mix is either from 1969, related to the moon or both.

I know it may a bit of a cliche to start with Kennedy's moon speech at Rice University but I love that speech & that part still gives me chills.  11 of the tunes are actually from 1969 :

  1. Bowie - Space Oddity
  2. King Crimson - Moonchild
  3. Miles Davis - Sanctuary
  4. Pink Floyd - Sysyphus
  5. Terry Riley - Poppy Noggod
  6. Genesis - In the Beginning
  7. Soft Machine - Spaced
  8. Don Cherry - Man on the Moon
  9. Philip Glass - Music in Contrary Motion
  10. Mort Garson - Walking in Space
  11. Beatles - Across the Universe (covered by Phosphorescent)

It's interesting how many of them had moon or space themes.  I guess that is where everyone's mind was at the time.

I just had to include a couple of cuts from Eno's "Apollo:Atmospheres & Soundtracks" and from the new Air release, "Le Voyage Dans La Lune."  It's a soundtrack Georges Méliès’ short classic, "A Trip to the Moon."  It was originally released in 1902 & has been restored in color with Air's new soundtrack.

Also included in the mix are three tunes from a netlabel album by Re-Drum called "1969".  All the tracks on the album were made by using sampled music from the year 1969.  These are the cuts that I used & the source material used to make those cuts...

1.  Time : King Crimson - Moonchild Including The Dream And The Illusion Herbie Hancock - The Prisoner (Alternate Take) Sly & The Family Stone - You Can Make It If You Try Quincy Jones & Bill Cosby - Hikky-Burr Frank Zappa - The Gumbo Variation Booker T & The MG's - Michelle Zephyr - Hard Chargin' Woman Lou Donaldson - Donkey Walk John MacLaughlin - Pete The Poet Herbie Hancock - The Prisoner The Doors - The Soft Parade

2. The Last Breath : The Moody Blues - Eyes Of A Child, Part 1 Zephyr - Somebody Listen Isaac Hayes - By The Time I Get To Phoenix (voice) Internet Anticipation 1969

3. Armstrong : Lonnie Smith - Eleanor Rigby Kool And The Gang - Give It Up Pink Floyd - The Narrow Way (Part 3) The Rolling Stones - Live With Me Voice: First Moon Landing

This was another fun mix to put together, I hope it's a fun listen as well.

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    John Kennedy - "We choose to go to the moon" speech
  • 00:00    Apollo 11 l- anding on the moon
  • 00:58    Boards of Canada - 1969
  • 04:47    David Bowie - Space Oddity (Sébastien Bédé Remix)
  • 07:20    David Bowie - Space Oddity continues (demo version)
  • 09:50    King Crimson - Moonchild
  • 13:25    Miles Davis - Sanctuary
  • 18:00    Air - Moon fever
  • 21:12    Pink Floyd - Sysyphus part 4
  • 23:20    Terry Riley - Poppy Nogood and the Phantom Band
  • 28:25    Genesis - In The Beginning
  • 31:55    Soft Machine - Spaced Seven
  • 33:10    Re-Drum - Time
  • 36:45    Don Cherry - Man on the Moon
  • 39:10    Air - Seven Stars
  • 42:50    Re-Drum - The Last Breath
  • 46:15    Philip Glass - Music in Contrary Motion
  • 48:10    Mort Garson - Walking in Space
  • 50:10    Brian Eno & Daniel Lanois - Silver Morning
  • 52:26    Phosphorescent - Across the Universe(Beatles cover)
  • 57:21    Re-Drum - Armstrong
  • 1:00:03    Eno - Always Returning
  • 1:03:46    end



September 5th, 2010

One of my favorites albums this year isThe Maple Mountain Sunburst Triolian Orchestra . What first got my attention was Isabella Rossellini reciting the words of the late author Laura Huxley, widow of Aldous Huxley, on the first track - LookListenFeel. I've always had a thing for Isabella Rossellini so I gave the track a listen...and loved it.

I've been playing this album a lot and I wanted to feature it in a mix but the music wouldn't fit with my normal ambient mixes so I decided to a beat mix.

As with many mixes, this one took twists & turns I hadn't quite expected. It started off sort of psychedelic then quickly veered into something sort of funky, sort of jazzy. I love the detour it took to Dorothy Ashby. I discovered her 1968 album Afro-Harping at NPR music. I had already finished the mix when I heard the song "Soul Vibrations" and just knew I had to use it. It fits in very nicely. Somehow U2 & Dave Brubeck get squeezed in here as well. It finishes off where it began with The Maple Mountain Sunburst Triolian Orchestra.

I really enjoyed making this mix & even though it's a bit different for normal low light fare, I hope you enjoy it too.

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00 The Maple Mountain Sunburst Triolian Orchestra - LookListenFeel
  • 03:30 DJ Cam - Gantsa Shit
  • 07:15 Polyoctopus - One Less Thing
  • 10:20 Dorothy Ashby - Soul Vibrations
  • 13:25 Conelrad - Charger Paris Mirage
  • 16:55 U2 - Numb(gimme some more dignity remix)
  • 19:35 The New Mastersounds - Drop It Down(b remix)
  • 22:51 Dorothy Ashby - Afro-Harping
  • 25:25 Chronomad - Dore Hindi
  • 29:00 Terminal Sound System - Duchamp Falls
  • 32:40 Dave Brubeck - Take Five
  • 37:40 Hidden Orchestra - Footsteps
  • 40"00 Halma - Hektopascal
  • 42:35 Eliot Lipp - Real Tragic
  • 46:00 The Maple Mountain Sunburst Triolian Orchestra - A Beautiful Walk in the Country
  • 48:10 end

beneath the surface

June 5th, 2010

Right off the bat, I have to come clean. I stole something. I stole the idea for this mix. But I'm glad I did because I'm very excited to post this new track.

Over at SoundCloud I ran into some mixes by Astromatt. He uses sounds from music libraries and soundtracks of '60's and '70's to create great underwater themed mixes. I love the sound of these old tracks & how they work together in a mix. Who knew that these old library albums even existed?! After some research & digging, I decided to try my hand at a similar mix.

With a lot of this music, it's very easy to cross the line into cheesy/kitchy territory. I tried to find tunes that had that old 70's undersea soundtrack feel but was still listenable by today's ambient standards. I think it works pretty well as an ambient mix, very relaxing, with a cool watery vibe. It was a lot of fun discovering some of these old albums & I'm sure I'll visit them again.

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:13 Amedeo Tommasi - Acque Tranquille
  • 02:20 Eugene Thomass - Magic World of the Sea
  • 04:50 Michel Redolfi - Music for Fresh Water
  • 08:40 Franco Tamponi - Submarino
  • 10:35 Gaston Borreani - Cirrus
  • 13:40 Gaston Borreani - Entrelacs
  • 17:16 Franco Tamponi - Stelle Marina
  • 20:05 Amedeo Tommasi - Correnti Sottomarine
  • 21:45 Piero Umiliani - Eliogabalus
  • 24:00 Gaston Borreani - Rave Abyssal
  • 26:10 Patchwork Orchestra - Brumes sur Mars
  • 28:00 Franco Tamponi - Profundita
  • 30:05 Fabor - Angelo di Mare
  • 33:25 Gaston Borreani - Port Cross
  • 36:53 end

a northern holiday

December 13th, 2008

The mixes keep coming fast & furious.

Last year I downloaded a very cool holiday compilation. It's called "That Fuzzy Feeling". It looks like they still have downloads available but are sold out of the cd's. You can have find it here... http://lorecordings.greedbag.com/buy/that-fuzzy-feeling-0/?tab=description

That release was the starting point for this mix. There are three cuts from the compilation in the mix....Brave the Cold by Vincent Oliver and Isan...Family, Giving by Peter Broderick...Snowstorm in a Snow Globe by Fuzzy Lights. From there I just looked for other tunes that fit the theme.

So grab some hot coco & trim the tree with some ambient goodness playing in the background. Happy Holidays from all of us(actually just me) here at Low Light Mixes.

T R A C K L I S T : 00:00 Vincent Oliver and Isan - Brave the Cold 02:35 Freescha - Holiday Frost 07:25 Takahiro Kido - Christmas Song 12:50 Chris Abrhams - Christmas Island 19:10 Stuart Busby - Snowfall 22:13 Peter Broderick - Family, Giving 25:30 Dakota Suite - December 8, 1980 27:40 Maps of the Heart - Skating Away 31:40 July Skies - Holidays to Wales 33:00 Fuzzy Lights - Snowstorm in a Snow Globe 35:50 Northern - December 39:57 end



June 6th, 2008

It rained all day yesterday & it seemed to really bring out the frogs tonight.  So I went to the pond across the street & recorded some frog vocalization.  Nothing spectacular here, it's just 2:45 of frog sounds.  But it's still cool.