sustain and decay

October 25th, 2008

The idea for this mix came from frequent low light mixes downloader/listener, Ron Sylvester. He told me about some mixtape cd's he had done, all of which are fantastic & intriguing.

One idea in particular interested me. Ron download some recordings of old 78rpm records from archive.org. The thought of old, scratchy opera recordings was too much to resist.

So that's where this mix started. I had intended it to be similar to my shortwave mixes but it didn't exactly end up that way. Part of the reason is my own impatience, I wanted to get a new mix posted but didn't want to take weeks to sort through the tons of possibilities presented by archive.org & other sites. So I collected some pieces, ripped off several other tracks from some of Ron's various mixtapes and grabbed some newly purchased & downloaded music and set off to mix it up.

I found the perfect compliment to the old 78's is music from The Caretaker. His music was inspired by the ballroom scene from "The Shining". From the Caretaker website..."The first release played and extended this theme of altering 1920's and 1930's ballroom music creating an eerie and haunted soundworld. Subsequently the sound has become darker and often more abstract over time, moving away from the initial idea of a haunted ballroom into territories involving the mind and its abilities to recall memories." You can download some of the full albums here...Caretaker Releases. I have 3 Caretaker tracks in the mix which is more of one artist than I usually put in one mix but I think these cuts work very well.

The mix sort veers away from the old & scratchy theme about two-thirds of the way through. It just sort of morphed on it's own as I pulled tracks. Mixes can be funny that way, developing their own path. I'd like to thank Ron for the ideas & for the tunes in his mixtapes that I ripped off for this mix.

T R A C K L I S T : 00:00 intro 00:25 Caretaker - False Memory Syndrome 03:15 Belong - Girl from New York 04:47 Ave Maria remix 05:50 Still - futility 08:35 Ólafur Arnalds - Haust 13:30 Caretaker - Rosy Retrospection 18:00 Fabio Orsi - North of Me(at midday) 21:35 Josef Hollman - traumerei (op. 15, no. 7) 25:05 Eleni Karaindrou - litany: variation i 27:50 SzilagyiImreZenekara - Kranzna 29:50 The Winterhouse - Lost 39:10 Caretaker - Past Life Regression 42:35 Julien Neto - from cover to cover 47:00 Vikki Jackman - The Snow Queen 51:15 Fax - caldera i 55:30 Andrew Deutsch - untitled #1(from The Sun)

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