September 28th, 2016


Two of my favorite albums this year are from Icelandic composers, Jóhann Jóhannsson - Orphée and Ólafur Arnalds - Islands.  How does the tiny country of Iceland produce so many incredible artists? I don't know how but I'm happy every time new music comes from that mysterious place.

The moment I heard these two recordings I knew I'd have to make a new modern classical mix. All of the music here is fairly new and most of it has an accessible classical take with an ambient touch.


T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Johann Johannsson - Flight From The City
  • 06:06    Ólafur Arnalds - Oldurot
  • 10:27    Kenneth James Gibson - Poured Semi Silently Upon You
  • 16:27    Matt Dunkley - Cycle 6
  • 21:12    Johann Johannsson - A Sparrow Alighted Upon Our Shoulder
  • 23:36    A Winged Victory for the Sullen - Atmos VII
  • 26:00    Ólafur Arnalds - 1995
  • 29:48    Sarah Neufeld & Colin Stetson - And Still They Move
  • 32:23    Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - Casino
  • 34:00    Kenneth James Gibson - Long Gone Canadian Summer
  • 40:30    Johann Johannsson - Good Night Day
  • 44:22    Matt Dunkley - Cycle 5
  • 48:06    Ólafur Arnalds - Doria
  • 51:11    Dustin O'Halloran - We Move Lightly
  • 54:02    Nils Frahm - The Shooting
  • 58:26    Ryuichi Sakamoto - Hell Ensemble
  • 61:01    end


Ambient Decades: 1980s

September 11th, 2016


This is mix #2 in the Ambient Decades series. As the titles says, this mix focuses on ambient music in the 1980s.

There were some great ambient albums in the 80s, albums that go down as some of the best ambient of all time.  That would be Brian Eno - On LandSteve Roach - Structures from Silence and Brian Eno & Harold Budd - The Pearl. Beyond those 3 there are more great 80s recordings from Roach & Eno and other classics & worthwhile music.

I was definitely happy to include a cut from Gone to Earth by David Sylvian, one of my favorite albums of all time.  It's such a great recording and at the time it blew my mind.

Next up - the 90s.


T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Steve Roach - Structures from Silence(1984)
  • 10:40    Brian Eno - Lantern Marsh(1982)
  • 15:20    David Sylvian - The Wooden Cross(1986)
  • 19:20    Michael Brook - Midday(1985)
  • 24:30    Michael Stearns - As The Earth Kissed The Moon(1981)
  • 31:00    Vangelis - Empty Streets(1982)
  • 36:00    Thom Brennan - Moosoon(1987)
  • 44:10    Steve Roach - A Circular Ceremony(1988)
  • 51:58    Brian Eno & Harold Budd - An Echo of Night(1984)
  • 54:00    Jeff Greinke - Island Arc(1986)
  • 56:50    Harold Budd - Sandtreader(1986)
  • 61:45    David Sylvian & Holger Czukay - Mutability(1989)
  • 72:45    U2 - 4th of July(1984)
  • 74:33    Peter Gabriel - Slow Water(1985)
  • 77:08    end

Perfect Persied Playlist

August 23rd, 2016


This mix is a couple of weeks late. It is a soundtrack for meteor watching, specifically the annual August Perseid meteor shower.  I uploaded it to Mixcloud on Aug. 12th but totally forgot to make it available here as well.  That has now been corrected. 


I've been wanting to use a track from Robert Scott Thompson's album "Pale Blue Dot" and a stargazing mix was the perfect opportunity with Skyway being a great opener for this collection.  I was also happy to include an old favorite - Thom Brennan.  I've always been a big fan of his music and much of it is perfect for star/space themed mixes.



T R A C K L I S T :



Ambient Decades: 1970s

August 4th, 2016



This is the first in a series of mixes featuring ambient music from each of the past 4 1/2 decades.


Ambient music came to it's full expression during the 1970s with Eno's Discreet Music & Music for Airports. This mix explores those albums and other electronic gems. This mix/list is by no means definitive. It's music from my collection that is a representation of the emergence of ambient in the 1970s.

As I was sorting through tracks for the mix I realized that I'm definitely going to have to make a mix of 70s berlin school & kraut music electronic tunes. That way I can use Jean Michel Jarre, Can, Holgar Czukay and more rhythmic Tangerine Dream & Klaus Schulze.



T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Michael Hoenig - Voices of Where(1978)

  • 04:20    Harmonia - By the Riverside(1976)

  • 07:15    Klaus Schulze - Wahnfried 1883(1975)

  • 12:50    Wendy Carlos - Fall(1972)

  • 18:00    Gavin Bryars - The Sinking of the Titanic(1975)

  • 23:25    Tangerine Dream - Sequent C(1974)

  • 25:00    Brian Eno - Discreet Music(1975)

  • 33:33    Kraftwerk - Heimatklänge(1973)

  • 36:45    Tonto's Expanding Head Band - Tama(1971)

  • 41:37    Cluster - In Ewigkeit(1976)

  • 48:30    Ashra - Deep Distance(1976)

  • 53:30    Steve Hillage - Garden of Paradise(1979)

  • 62:25    Tangerine Dream - Rubycon(1975)

  • 65:50    Klaus Schulze - Some Velvet Phasing(1974)

  • 71:50    Brian Eno - Two Rapid Formations(1978)

  • 74:36    Brian Eno - Music for Airports 1/1(1978)

  • 91:09    end


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

July 16th, 2016


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


minimal tendencies

June 19th, 2016


On my list of the greatest recordings ever made you'll find the 1978 ECM records release of Steve Reich - Music for 18 Musicians. It blew me away when I heard it for the first time.  I've been a fan of minimal classical music ever since.

I have a ton of Steve Reich and Philip Glass music in my collection.  Recently I discovered a 2010 recording of Philip Glass music by the Delta Saxophone Quartet called Minimal Tendencies.  It's an excellent album and it got me thinking about a minimal mix.  So I stole the title of their album and started the mix with one of their tracks.


T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Delta Saxophone Quartet - Philip Glass Mishima I
  • 03:50    Colin Stetson - Clothed in the skin of the dead
  • 06:20    Pat Metheny - Steve Reich Electric Counterpoint 1 Fast
  • 13:06    Philip Glass - Closing
  • 18:52    Alexandre Desplat - Alan
  • 21:39    Max Richter - Shadow Journal
  • 26:50    Steve Reich - Six Marimbas
  • 32:00    John Adams - The Death of Klinghoffer Chorus of Exiled Palestinians
  • 37:55    Steve Reich - Music for 18 Musicians Pulses
  • 43:20    John Luther Adams - The Farthest Place
  • 50:11    Julia Rovinsky - Philip Glass Metamorphosis II
  • 53:20    Clint Mansell - Ghosts of Things To Be
  • 54:30    John Adams - Fog Tropes
  • 57:15    Kronos Quartet - Glass String Quartet No. 2 Company IV
  • 59:05    The Dublin Guitar Quartet - Philip Glass Mishima V
  • 62:32    Steve Reich - Mallet Quartet II Slow
  • 65:40    Evan Chapman - Philip Glass Opening
  • 71:49    end


Sunday Morning Music vol. 13 - Silver Sunrise

June 12th, 2016


The latest in the Sunday morning series features a gorgeous remix of a Silver Lake Chorus tune from their forthcoming remix album out on June 24th.

The mix opens & closes with Easy To Die by Silver Lake Chorus remixed by Hammock. The closing tune is an instrumental version.

The rest of the mix is the typical Sunday morning mix of instrumentals, jazz & vocal tunes. Most of the tracks are fairly new.


T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Silver Lake Chorus - Easy to Die(Hammock remix)
  • 03:50    Julianna Barwick - Forever
  • 08:00    Jim James - All Things Must Pass
  • 13:13    Silmus - Close to Light
  • 17:25    Oddisee - Right Side of the Bed
  • 21:25    Baka Forest People of SE Cameroon - Liquindi 2
  • 22:50    Hiatus - Third(Max Cooper remix)
  • 27:20    Ólafur Arnalds - RGB
  • 31:20    Radiohead - Daydreaming
  • 36:57    Hammock - Marathon Boy
  • 41:48    Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - Stratus
  • 44:00    Fred Frith & Darren Johnston - Barn Dance
  • 46:40    Strand of Oaks - Wonderful(my morning jacket cover)
  • 50:00    Sliver Lake Chorus - Easy to Die(Hammock instrumental remix)
  • 54:21    end


dubscapes & seascapes

May 29th, 2016


I love me some ambient dub.  I also love ambient tunes that remind me of the sea.  Over the years I've made 7 dub style mixes & 6 sea themed mixes.  This new mix combines those two obsessions.

There's now much else to say about all the music here.  other than I think all the tunes flow nicely & work well within this theme.


T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Brother Blue - Summoning UFOs
  • 05:55    Shaded Explorer - Sea Mist
  • 10:33    Purl - Havets Sang
  • 16:25    Kris Dubinsky & Warmth - Sammanväxta Toner
  • 20:55    Purl - Montauk
  • 27:50    Wanderwelle - Leaving Port Logan
  • 31:00    Urenga - Ocean's Secret
  • 37:55    Markus Guentner - Baryon
  • 44:25    Bjorn Rohde - Forest of Forgotten Hearts(reflections edit)
  • 49:40    Kris Dubinsky & Warmth - Uncertain Horizon
  • 54:39    Kanthor - Hegemony
  • 59:15    Gas - Pop III
  • 65:22    Purl - Remnant
  • 73:37    end


Unfurling Forces

April 30th, 2016


As with so many mixes this one started because of a great tune. In this mix that great tune is Existence in the Unfurling by Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith from her spectacular new album Ears. The track is a wonderful mixture of analog electronics, fluttering woodwinds and ethereal vocals. It's my favorite song of the year so far and I just had to share it in a mix. 

The other tracks are a combination of electronic tunes & some post-rock.  All the music is new with the exception of the 3rd track.


T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - Existence in the Unfurling
  • 11:05    Mogwai - Ether
  • 15:40    The Maple Mountain Sunburst Triolian Orchestra - Age of Steam
  • 18:40    36 - FIVe Eyes
  • 21:40    Explosions in the Sky - The Wilderness
  • 25:44    Prins Thomas - A2
  • 32:20    Shaded Explorer - When I Decided to Live
  • 40:54    Underworld - Santiago Cuatro
  • 44:15    Brian Eno - The Ship
  • 52:25    Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - Rare Things Grow
  • 55:24    end


Piano Moments

April 24th, 2016


I had not planned on doing another piano mix so soon after the last one in November 2015.  Then Piano Day happened.  On March 28th of this year a group founded by Nils Frahm celebrated the piano and everything around it. This was the second year for the event.

In addition to music released for Piano Day and live events, the Piano Day website,, has this awesome random note generator.  I highly recommend playing around with it.  You can record your noodlings and play it back on the site.  It works great with a tablet where you can hit several notes simultaneously.  

The website piano player is what got me started on this mix.  I made an audio recording of my random notes and then messed with it by mixing it with a backwards version and a slowed down version and adding a bit of reverb.  The result is very listenable.  Not an exact composition per se with now structure but it works pretty well as an ambient piano track.

That's a long winded way of saying that is where this mix started.  Next I stumbled across an amazing recording on SoundCloud here...

Brendan Landis, recording as Hey Exit, took every recording he could find of Satie's Gymnopedie #1 and played them all at the same time, layered on top of each other, timestretched to the length of the longest recording.  The 60 plus recordings combine to create an ethereal, phasing shifting version the famous Gymnopedie #1.  I knew immediately that I had to include this in any piano mix.

A couple of quick notes on other tracks...

The mix starts of with Fleeting Smile by Roger Eno.  A cut that owes a lot to Satie's Gymnopedies but is still beautiful on it's own.  It had been years since I listened to this track and after hearing it again I immediately added to a playlist I have called The Most Beautiful Recordings Ever.

There is another sort of random notes type of piece in the mix and it's from Akria Rabelais.  The tracks full name is "Every Tone Is the Prism as Words, Any Unexpected Corners Must Be Slipped Away."  It's a 42 minute piece with LOTS of dead air in between notes.  I decided to remix it a bit by layering it to eliminate much of the silence.  I know this goes totally against the original intent of the track but I was just experimenting with the randomness of rearranging the notes and ended up liking how it sounded.

I hope you enjoy these piano moments.  Maybe next year I'll have a piano mix ready on Piano Day.  In the meantime go visit the site...


T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00 Roger Eno - Fleeting Smile
  • 02:24 Hey Exit - every recording of gymnopedie 1
  • 06:50 Hey Exit - every rec of gymnoedie 1 slowly
  • 08:23 + Low Light - Piano Day web player remix
  • 15:15 Steve Roach & Robert Logan - Moments Notice
  • 20:30 Akira Rabelais - every tone is the prism(layered remix)
  • 28:30 Harold Budd - Templar
  • 37:30 Roedelius - Roedelius plays piano part 11
  • 40:05 Nils Frahm - Mi
  • 43:54 Unknown - random pno
  • 47:27 Mark Lyken & Emma Dove - fishing for rigs pt. 1
  • 49:05 Howard Skempton - piano piece 1969
  • 50:30 Roedelius - Roedelius plays piano part 1
  • 52:33 Chris Walla - Introductions
  • 60:14 Hey Exit - every recording of gymnopedie 1 slowly
  • 62:20 end