An Alternative ARRIVAL Soundtrack

May 19th, 2019

arrival%2Bcover.jpg

 

I love the film, Arrival, so I should have thought of this myself. But a listener commented on my Blade Runner alternative mix that I should do an alternative mix for Arrival. Yes!

 

So here it is - An Alternative Arrival Soundtrack. I absolutely love Johann Johannsson's original soundtrack, probably one of my top two or three soundtracks of all time. So this mix is not attempting to make something that I think is better than his score. It's sort of a supplement to the original, a collection of tracks that fit with the style of the original.

 

 All of the tunes are newer than the original soundtrack, which came out in 2016. All the tunes except On The Nature Of Daylight by Max Richter. That amazing track was used to open and close the film. Here I use it in an unusual way - it plays backward then forward at the end of the mix. The film messes with the concept of the passage of time and the Richter track bookends the film to bring events of the end back around to the beginning. So playing it backward then forward kind of does the same thing. And it's crazy how much the track still sounds the same while playing backward.

 

If you haven't seen the film, go see it. It is definitely one of my top three favorite films of all time. Here's a link to the Blade Runner alternative mix...

 

https://www.mixcloud.com/lowlight/alternative-blade-runner-2049-soundtrack/

 

Cheers!

 

PS - the tune @ 15:00 is from my son. He did an excellent track for the Blade Runner mix and so I went to him immediately for this mix as well.

 

T R A C K L I S T :

00:00    Tale Of Us - Alla Sera

04:00    Skamoto - Solari(Johannsson rework)

09:12    Nils Frahm - Kaleidoscope

10:08    Hibernis - The Grape Leaves

15:00    Just A Human - Heptapod(version 1)

17:12    Sakamoto - Disintegration(Alva Noto remodel)

22:10    Ocoeur - Embers

26:05    Ital Tek - Cipher

31:03    Caleb Burhans - Early Music (For a Saturday)

35:20    Vieo Abiungo - The Dregs

36:50    r beny - overgrowth

41:30    Sven Laux & Daniela Orvin - Friends

46:38    Max Richter - On the Nature of Daylight(backward)

52:45    Max Richter - On the Nature of Daylight(forward)

58:56    end

 

 

 

Set The Controls

April 28th, 2019

CONTROLS%2B3.jpg

  

And now for something completely different. This latest mix is almost, dare I say, dance music. Yikes! Actually it's not like this is EDM/Dubstep with ridiculous drops and autotune vocals. But all the music in this mix definitely has 4/4 time signature.

 

One of my favorite discoveries over the last couple of years has been the music of Kiasmos, a minimal techno duo comprised of Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen. The music has the 4x4 beat but it's more gentle than full on techno or house music. It's great for keeping pace when out walking the dog.

 

https://kiasmos.bandcamp.com/
 

A few of my other favorites appear in this mix such as Christian Löffler, Recondite and a fantastic cover of Pink Floyd's "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun."

 

Cheers!

 

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Christian Löffler - York
  • 03:00    Emmit Fenn - Halo 22
  • 06:16    Kiasmos - Blurred
  • 10:20    Steve Hauschildt - Alienself
  • 15:35    Ben Bohmer - Flug & Fall
  • 21:37    Stavroz - The Finishing
  • 24:45    Bedouin - Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
  • 31:50    Dominik Eulberg - Sansula(Max Cooper mix)
  • 36:18    Recondite - Levo
  • 40:43    Isolee - Allowance
  • 46:40    Prins Thomas - Fra Miami til Chicago
  • 51:15    Purl - Vuela
  • 57:25    Loscil - Le Plongeur
  • 61:17    end

 

Subaquatic Universe

April 9th, 2019

sub%2B2.jpg

 

Nine years ago I did a mix of 70s & 80s library music as a soundtrack for underwater exploration. I've always liked the odd vibe of that mix and always wanted to do a follow up. Now it's finally here with Subaquatic Universe.

 

It's essentially the same formula and sound as the first one. Vibraphone, fender rhodes, flutes and bubbles play a large role in creating this underwater universe. 

 

While collecting tracks for this mix I came across a bunch of other library music which will make for a great retro 70s sci fi mix which I'll put together later this year.

 

Cheers!

 

 

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    John Hyde - Heron
  • 01:33    Eric Vann - Diving
  • 04:37    Walter Rockman - Chromosomes
  • 06:03    Atmo - Acque Tranquille
  • 08:18    Jim Harbourg - Empathy
  • 10:48    Joel Vandroogenbroeck & F. Voelxen - Cascades
  • 13:27    John Tender - Underwater Fantasy
  • 15:30    Franco Tamponi - Stelle Marine
  • 18:20    Gaston Borreani - Prelude aux Voiliers
  • 20:25    Bruton Library Music - Running Waters
  • 21:50    Walter Rockman - Sea Life
  • 23:20    Teddy Lasry - Moins 8000
  • 27:40    Gerhard Narholz - Electronique
  • 29:20    A.Perry & D.Sarkys - Canadian Colours 4
  • 30:00    Amedeo Tommasi - Correnti Sottomarine
  • 33:03    Walt Rockman - Submarine Scenery
  • 35:03    Eric Vann - Sunken Galleons
  • 38:30    Alan Hawkshaw - Eternity
  • 42:15    Atmo - Acque Profonde
  • 44:30    Piero Umiliani - Musica Delle Sfere
  • 46:12    Gaston Borreani - Cirrus
  • 49:35    Georg Deuter - Deep Sea
  • 52:43    end
 
 
 
 

Places I’ve Never Been(Ode to High-Speed Rail)

March 24th, 2019

places%2Bcover.jpg

 


Everything about trains is evocative. The sound of the whistle, the rhythm of the tracks, the sounds of the station, etc. Trains make for a perfect theme in electronic music mixes. Which is why you're bound to hear several of them this year from Low Light mixes.


This first one comes to us from my frequent collaborator, Paul Asbury Seaman. Not only has Paul done previous excellent mixes for me, he's also done a couple train mixes. Here's what he has to say about his latest creation...


“In my last mix I celebrated “liminal space,” the long in-betweens of life. Travel by train is both metaphor and literally that. Beyond the excitement of the busy station and going someplace new, for many of us the journey is the destination: the experience as both overview and connectedness, not felt from an airplane. The impetus for this mix was the just-released debut album of d’Voxx, on Ian Boddy’s UK label, DiN. And I dedicate it to the EuroPass, which ever since the 1960s has enabled vacationers and tourists from around the world to travel at highly-discounted rates—including by high-speed rail—anywhere in the 30 countries that are part of the system. Something that in the United States is, for now, only an ambient dream.”

 

The mix changes gears for the last tune, using sax, acoustics instruments and vocals but Paul thought it would fit well because A) it's called Train and B) it has "the dead-tired but satisfied feeling you have when you get home to your own bed after a long trip."

 

Cheers and safe travels!

 

 

 

T R A C K L I S T :

 

  • 00:00    d'Voxx - Akalla Söder(2019 Télégraphe)

  • 08:44    Rival Consoles - Persona(2018 Persona)

  • 15:06    Stimulus Timbre - We Reached for the Sky(2017 A Place We Never Been)

  • 21:40    Steve Roach - Core Meditation 1(2017 CORE - Legacy Edition)

  • 30:05    Evan Marc & Steve Hillage - Alpha Phase(2008 Dreamtime Submersible)

  • 37:45    Aepiel - Aves(2012 Painting The Sky)

  • 46:20    Stimulus Timbre - Look at the Stars & Think of Us(2017 A Place We Never Been)

  • 51:54    His Name Is Alive - Train(2002 Last Night)

  • 59:10    end

 

 

 

 

Luminoustrings

March 10th, 2019

luminous%2B2%2Bcover.jpg

 

This mix has been brewing in my head for the last couple of years. Basically I've been planning a follow up to the Luminouspaces mix since I posted it in 2016. I finally got going on the sequel a few weeks ago while listening to "Constellations" by Jane Antonia Cornish. It's an absolutely lovely album. If you like modern classical recordings you'll definitely enjoy it.

 

The mix begins and ends with a track from Constellations. In between you'll find a collection of modern classical favorites from the last year or two. Like a lot of my mixes, it's a beautiful compilation with a tinge of melancholy.

 

Cheers!

 

 

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Jane Antonia Cornish - Beyond The Sky(Constellations 2018)
  • 07:20    Glåsbird - Gunnbjørn Fjeld(Grønland 2019)
  • 13:25    Ian Hawgood & Danny Norbury - II(Faintly Recollected 2018)
  • 18:40    Snorri Hallgrimsson - Still Life-Instrumental(Orbit 2018)
  • 21:27    Peter Gregson - Warmth(Quartets Two 2017)
  • 24:45    Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet - Another Long Evening(Landfall 2018)
  • 26:30    Ben McElroy - Songs of Iceland(Songs of Iceland 2018)
  • 29:05    William Ryan Fritch - Red Wolves(Birkitshi - Eagle Hunters In A New World 2017)
  • 31:10    Christopher Spelman - The Lost City of Z(The Lost City of Z 2017)
  • 31:50    Max Richter - Shimmering Clouds(My Brilliant Friend OST 2018)
  • 32:50    Ceets - Hover, Over Me(Concrete Fields 2017)
  • 37:45    Valgeir Sigurðsson - Committee(Little Moscow 2018)
  • 39:36    Julia Rovinsky - Metamorphosis II(Dusk 2017)
  • 46:22    Nicholas Britell - The Culmination(Moonlight 2016)
  • 48:00    Jane Antonia Cornish  - Wave Cycles(Constellations 2018)
  • 58:12    end
 
 
 

 

Look what I found

March 3rd, 2019

IMG_5342.JPG

 

I digitized my music collection a long time ago. I have a Sonos system throughout my house so I digitized thousands of CDs and packed up the physical copies. I haven't pulled out the actual CDs in a long time but recently I rearranged some furniture and realized that I had sofa table with a cd rack built into it. The thing had been in the same place for so long that I'd forgotten there were CDs in it. I played a bunch of the discs and had a good time re-discovering music that I hadn't heard in quite awhile.

 

So I made a mix of some my favs. The release years range from 2003 - 2012. There are some regulars that have appeared in many of my mixes - The Green Kingdom, Kyle Bobby Dunn, Maps & Diagrams, From The Mouth Of The Sun. Along with some that I've probably never used - Shirk, Lopside, Relmic Statute, Logreybeam, Herion.

 

The album, 37, by Lopside was especially cool to reacquaint myself with. It falls into the Boards of Canada, Casino versus Japan category but it's not very well known. It was great to get back into it. Here is the link to Spotify...

https://open.spotify.com/album/5iFHLB4ryyT0aHeeYjPcjB?si=s7k-42RBTqSdVnDBFneOwg

 

The mix starts out a little glitchy and finishes with some classic ambient sounds. I hope you enjoy this little side trip down memory lane.

 

Cheers!

 

 

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Logreybeam - Beetelguise(It's All Just Another Aspect Of Mannerism 2004)
  • 03:39    Lopside - The Shallow End(37 2003)
  • 06:45    Mokira - untitled 1(album 2003)
  • 10:55    The Green Kingdom - Maplecopter(Twig and Twine 2009)
  • 17:00    Sleepy Town Manufacture & Unit 21 - Swollenguest(No Traces 2009)
  • 19:21    From the Mouth of the Sun - The Crossing(Woven Tide 2012)
  • 20:15    Shirk - Dipsy(The Long Game 2008)
  • 23:05    Map & Diagrams - Everybody's got something to hide(Hidden Landscapes 2011)
  • 25:55    Relmic Statute - template for sand & forest(morning tapes 2010)
  • 30:45    Northern - Coasting(Drawn 2007)
  • 33:15    Tanner Menard - Chemical Secrets And Golden Flowers(The Oceans Of Your Aura 2010)
  • 36:15    A Produce & Loren Nerell - Meadow Dusk(Intangible 2011)
  • 42:00    Chihei Hatakeyama - Cave(Ghostly Garden 2009)
  • 46:05    Adam Pacione - Available Light(from stills to motion 2007)
  • 47:10    Kyle Bobby Dunn - The Tributary -For Voices Lost(A Young Person's Guide To 2010)
  • 54:08    Herion - Moske Orgulie(Out & About 2010)
  • 58:33    end

 

 
 
 
 

 

Low Light Nightlight

February 24th, 2019

fabian-oelkers-163333-unsplash.jpg

 

This mix came about thanks to the sleepy inspiration of two 2019 recordings - "Formless" by Matt Borghi and the "Sleeplaboratory" compilation from Whitelabrecs.

 

https://mattborghi.bandcamp.com/album/formlessness

 

https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/sleeplaboratory10

 

I've been listening to both of these albums at night since they were released. Both are excellent. They serve as bookends on this 86 minute long sleep mix. Check 'em out & then check the mix. Or check out the mix then check out the albums. Or play all three simultaneously to really blow your mind(probably a bad idea actually).

 

Cheers!

 

 

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Matt Borghi - Water(Formless 2019)
  • 04:23    M. Grig - Nod(Sleeplaboratory 2019)
  • 07:45    Hotel Neon - 12:41AM(Context 2017)
  • 12:56    Glåsbird - Norðurljós(Grønland 2019)
  • 15:47    The Green Kingdom - Cloud Cloak(Ephemera 2018)
  • 19:26    Rim - Ode To Plutonium(We Are Invisible Now 2016)
  • 26:04    Andrew Chalk - Naoko(One Long Year 2019)
  • 27:56    Warmth - Saros(Parallel 2018)
  • 35:40    Robert Rich - Elevations(Tactile Ground 2019)
  • 41:48    Billow Observatory - Soft Logic(III: Chroma/Contour 2019)
  • 45:34    Yoyu - In the Field Where Lovers Meet(Ordinary Moon 2017)
  • 53:47    Mount Shrine - Empty Slopes(Ghosts on Broken Pavement 2019)
  • 61:16    Steve Roach - Atmosphere for Dreaming(Atmosphere for Dreaming 2018)
  • 68:30    Music For Sleep - Waterforms(Waterforms 2019)
  • 72:24    Brian Eno - Irial(Sisters 2017)
  • 81:27    Matt Borghi - Undoing(Formless 2019)
  • 84:22    Daliah - With Z((Sleeplaboratory 2019)
  • 86:48    end

 

Open Spaces

February 17th, 2019

open%2Bspaces%2Bcover.jpg


One of my favorite discoveries late last year was the album In Currents by InnestiIt's a wonderful combination of field recordings, loops, drones and light touches. I put it on my second Best of 2018 mix.

 

Innesti has a new album coming out on Feb. 25th and we are lucky to have a preview of it on this guest mix he has created.The mix stays true to the Innesti sound - gentle, calming, floating. I am excited to hear the new album and excited for this sneak peak.

 

Here are a couple Innesti links...


https://innesti.bandcamp.com/album/in-currents


https://open.spotify.com/artist/6vjQzIlQxwDP0miO2oGoXE



Cheers!

 


T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Innesti - The Architecture of Clouds (Formless)
  • 04:42    Yoyu - Open Space, Holding You Tenderly (Manitoba Forest Medicine)
  • 08:32    Astrolabe - Afterglow (Lights Beyond the Mist)
  • 12:34    Gallery Six - Harukaze (Bansyun)
  • 16:06    Ishq - Cloud Forest (Flowering Mountain Earth)
  • 18:14    ASC - Hadal Zone (The Waves)
  • 21:47    Jacob Newman - Invisible Autumn (Invisible Autumn)
  • 23:49    Eternell - Haven (Haven)
  • 28:56    end

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liminal / Space: Long-form Droning

February 10th, 2019

liminal%2Bspace%2Bcover.jpg

 

You know how when you see a certain director is involved with a film, like Christopher Nolan, you just know it'll be interesting. Or how music released on certain labels, such as 12k, will definitely be worth exploring. Well, that's how I feel when the tag "Curated by Paul Asbury Seaman" is attached to a mix.

 

Paul & I have collaborated on several mixes and all have been excellent. It's only Feb. 10th and already we've been treated to two of Paul's mixes. This one is a bit of a departure for him, using pieces that are, like the title says, long-form drones. For me droning ambient can be very hit & miss. This mix is definitely a hit.

 

Here's what Paul says about it:

 

“Most of us have contemplated the seemingly contradictory opposites that are a fundamental aspect of reality: good and evil, joy and pain, love and hate, our inner world and infinite space. But this ying/yang, male/female, fire/water dichotomy obscures the fact that much of life is lived in the in-between, in the places where light and dark overlap. Perhaps one reason so many people find calm and inspiration at the beach is its liminal quality—between the ocean and the land. In this mix I give you 71 minutes in that mysterious clarity between trance and tranquility.”

 

Thanks Paul!

 

Cheers!

 

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Alio Die - A Place Beyond(Sitar Meditations 2015)
  • 10:46    Louigi Verona - droning198(droning198 2016)
  • 26:55    Louigi Verona - droning276(droning276 2017)
  • 46:28    Ascendent - Sylvan Rotation(Meridian EX 2018)
  • 58:08    Steve Roach - Part Seven(Ultra Immersion Concert 2013)
  • 71:32    end
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Passing Storm

February 3rd, 2019

passing%2Bstorm%2B2.jpg

 

The inspiration for this mix came from Mike Lazarev of Headphone Commute. Last year he discovered an old hard drive with some of his old mixes from around 2006. Called fiftmuziek sessions, he posted some online and you can find them here...

 

https://reviews.headphonecommute.com/liftmuziek-sessions/

 

They focus on classic IDM & ambient electronica from that era & they are fantastic.

 

One of the mixes that Mike uncovered from that same time period featured albums from Native State artists Rena Jones and Shen. I fell in love with this mix. I played it non-stop for a few weeks and I knew that at some point I'd make a mix that used some of those tunes. Here is Mike's mix titles Resplendent...

 

https://soundcloud.com/headphonecommute/asmadeus-resplendent-mix

 

My mix, The Passing Storm, takes its name from the track by Rena Jones which opens the mix. The sound is classic IDM. Most of the tunes are from 2001 - 2007 with the exception of the Autechre & Plastikman cuts. Even though "Bike" is 10 years older I just couldn't do an IDM mix without Autechre.

 

I am very happy with how this mix turned out. I'll definitely have to crank out another one later this year.

 

Also, just a quick reminder that there is now an easy way to support me & the artists in these mixes. It's called Mixcloud Select and you can find out more here...

 

www.mixcloud.com/lowlight/select

 

Cheers!

 

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Rena Jones - The Passing Storm(2006)
  • 05:00    Shen - Main Springs(2006)
  • 08:44    Autechre - Bike(1994)
  • 13:27    Brothomstates - Mdrmx(2001)
  • 17:36    Lusine - Jetstream(2007)
  • 22:40    AM/PM - the ends 4(2004)
  • 29:10    Farben - A Famous Myth(2003)
  • 34:05    Plastikman - Pakard(1998)
  • 44:25    Rena Jones - Driftwood(2006)
  • 50:47    Jan Jelinek - Tendency(2001)
  • 57:27    end