Breathe Deep

November 17th, 2018

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I work in TV news so as you can imagine with the midterm elections, wildfires, mass shootings, presidential tweets, etc., things can get pretty crazy. Sometimes you need to step back and take a breath. That's where this new mix comes in.

 

This collection is called "Breathe Deep" because all the tunes have a pace to them that sort of mimics breathing. In and out, back and forth, ebb and flow. It's similar to three other mixes I've done that follow the same path. This works very well as a sleep mix because it follows the slow breathing of a sleepy human(and dog).

 

Breathe deeeeeep.

 

Cheers!

 

 

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Helios - Mulier
  • 06:25    Deepspace - Dark Dark Blue
  • 14:25    Max Corbacho - Starlight Grace
  • 20:12    Chequerboard - A Field of Night
  • 26:07    Tonepoet & Cloudfall - A Recollection of Distances
  • 34:08    Time Rival - Thorn Bird
  • 40:04    Billow Observatory - Montclair
  • 44:20    Steve Roach - Magnificent Gallery
  • 52:45    Laraaji - Introspection
  • 63:16    end
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Shimmering Land

November 4th, 2018

 

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I have collaborated with Paul Asbury Seaman and several mixes and I look forward each and every one. Paul's mixes tend to be more ethereal, spiritual than mine and that's why I enjoy them so much. they take me on journeys I would go on otherwise.

 

They way Paul and I work on these mixes is he sends me his well thought out tracklist in order. Then I just mix them together so they flow well. Essentially, Paul does all the heavy lifting.

 

So here is our latest collab - Shimmering Land. Paul had this to say about it:

 

"Meg Bowles is one of the few (prominent) female artists working in the ambient/electronic genre. She has only released five albums, including Evensong earlier this year, seven years after her last one, so there’s cause for celebration. All her albums are top-notch ethereal/soothing journeys similar to the tracks by other artists featured here. This mix includes a beautiful piece by Deborah Martin from her recent compilation."

 

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

 

Cheers!

 

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Meg Bowles - Into the Gloaming (The Shimmering Land 2013)
  • 08:25    Sherry Finzer & Tom Moore - Infinite Space (Whispers From Silence 2016)
  • 14:30    Alio Die - Radiance Revealed (Time Zone Portal 2017)
  • 22:25    Ishq - Scielienta (Lyght 2018)
  • 27:30    Jeff Greinke - High Flyers of the Night Sky (Before Sunrise 2018)
  • 35:50    Meg Bowles - The Forgotten Valley (From the Dark Earth 1999)
  • 42:55    Zero Ohms - Glimpsing the Eternal (Process of Being 2014)
  • 55:00    Deborah Martin - Blue Lake (Selections 2018)
  • 61:10    bvdub - Rainless [R]ivers (A Different Definition of Love 2018)
  • 72:07    end

 

 

 
 
 
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Shadowland Diaries

October 27th, 2018

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I stumbled upon the song "Was The Singing Bellowing" by Eli Keszler while listening to Spotify at work and I immediately knew I wanted to make a Halloween mix. The tune creates this great odd feeling without being too dark.

As I have stated here before, I'm not a fan of dark ambient. Especially the dissonant, droney kind of dark ambient. So when I've made Halloween/dark mixes before they have tended to be more off kilter than straight up dark. This mix leans more towards acoustic arrangements than electronic. It also leans heavily on new music with all but 3 or 4 songs having been released in 2018.

Grab a bowl of candy, a Dead Guy Ale and sit on the front porch with this mix blaring from the speakers as you wait for the trick-or-treaters to show up.

 

Cheers!

 

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Eli Keszler - Was The Singing Bellowing
  • 03:25    Luton - Step Into The Void
  • 06:25    Gamardah Fungus - Actus Fidei
  • 11:52    Christine Vantzou - Doorway
  • 17:18    Seabuckthorn - Blackout
  • 19:55    Grouper - Wind & Snow
  • 23:15    Sarah Davachi - Evensong
  • 26:26    Spheruleus - I Could Live Here
  • 29:33    The Caretaker - Advanced Plaque Entaglements
  • 30:55    High Plains - The Buttes
  • 35:05    Fred Frith - No Birds
  • 37:00    Ólafur Arnalds - Before the Calm
  • 38:00    Tim Hecker - Boreal Kiss 3
  • 39:25    Wil Bolton - A Garden Lost
  • 42:25    Peter Gabriel - In Doubt
  • 43:38    Luton - Black Concrete
  • 48:25    Peppermoth - Underground
  • 52:25    Stars of the Lid - F*cked Up 3:57am
  • 57:25    From the Mouth of the Sun - Risen, Darkened
  • 61:38    end

 

 

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mental medication

October 15th, 2018

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My hometown baseball team, the Milwaukee Brewers, had a fantastic finish to close the regular season. They captured the central division title and are now in the playoffs. I am loving every minute of it but it's also stressful as heck! I am definitely too old for this kind of roller coaster ride.

I went to the first two games of the playoffs and between standing for half the game, clapping on every pitch, screaming my head off and the adrenaline rush of close games, I am exhausted! I don't know if I'll last the whole post-season.

So I figured I needed a little "mental medication" and came up with this mix. It's even more soothing than my normal ambient mix. This is music for meditation. Music for contemplation. Music for concentrating...on destroying the Dodgers. Oops! See that's exactly why I need this mix. Haha! This mix actually is a meditative type of mix that you could almost play in a spa. If that spa was way cooler than a normal spa and it played good music.

 

Cheers and Go Brewers!

 

 

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Sonmi451 - Angel
  • 05:22    Bengalfuel - Arcs
  • 09:40    Julia Rovinsky - An Arc of Doves
  • 15:40    Ruven Nunez - As Above, So Below
  • 26:05    The Heart is Awake - Ec
  • 30:35    Spheruleus - Saturday Drones
  • 37:35    Hiroshi Yoshimura - Clouds
  • 42:30    Alex Crispin - Rosewater
  • 47:00    Raul Lovisoni & Francesco Messina - Prati Bagnati Del Monte Analogo
  • 58:45    Eternell - Resting On The Surface Of A Stream
  • 74:30    Ruven Nunez - As Below, So Above
  • 96:00    end
 
 

 

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Memories are an old film

October 7th, 2018

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The idea for this mix came from a track by Andrew Sherwell on his wonderful new album, Orthodox Tales, released by the excellent label Whitelabrecs.


https://whitelabrecs.bandcamp.com/album/orthodox-tales



The song, "And the Smoke of the Incense," starts off with the sound of a film projector. That sound is strangely evocative and I love how it sounds in that cut. After hearing that tune I created a folder called "My Life is an Old Film" and I would occasionally toss in similar sounding tracks. Eventually I collected enough cuts for a mix and decided to change the name to "Memories are an Old Film."


Many of these tracks have a bit of noise and scratchiness that one would associate with an old 8mm film. I added a few film projector sound fx here and there to continue the vibe.


Cheers!



T R A C K L I S T :

 

  • 00:00    Andrew Sherwell - And the Smoke of the Incense(2018)
  • 03:15    L. Pierre - 1948 part 2(2017)
  • 08:45    Ghost And Tape - Eostre(2017)
  • 13:25    Luton - Spectres of Mark(2018)
  • 15:38    Masaya Kato - Desensitization(2018)
  • 18:05    Max Richter - Old Song(2004)
  • 19:55    The Caretaker - Synapse Retrogenesis(2018)
  • 21:30    Parallelism - Tapes(2018)
  • 25:30    Lusine - drip(2004)
  • 27:25    Clem Leek - Rogers Park(2018)
  • 30:50    Aaron Martin - Memories are Drifting Bells(2018)
  • 32:15    Ashlar - Same Fate(2018)
  • 36:15    Tape Loop Orchestra - Inner Voice(2018)
  • 43:30    Time Rival - Carbon Fever pt. 3(2018)
  • 49:55    Max Richter - Shadow Journal(2004)
  • 52:10    The Caretaker - Advanced Plaque Entanglements(2018)
  • 53:55    Kilchhofer - Nihic(2018)
  • 57:41    Dakota Suite - De Ziekte Van Emile(2018)
  • 61:04    end

 

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Rivers & Roads

September 16th, 2018

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I'm not sure where this mix started but I've had a playlist on Spotify called "Rivers & Roads" for awhile. It's mostly acoustic, folk tunes dealing with, you guessed it - rivers and roads. I figured it might make for a nice change of pace.


The mix alternates between vocal tunes & instrumentals. All of which have the typical Low Light Mixes feel.  It also works nicely as a soundtrack for fall.


Easily my favorite song is the one from Damien Jurado. "Over Rainbows & Rainier" is from his wonderful 2018 album, "The Horizon Just Laughed." If you like this tune check out the rest of the album.


I hope everyone enjoys this vocal diversion. We'll be back to electronics soon.


Cheers!

 

 

T R AC K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Damien Jurado - Over Rainbows & Rainier
  • 04:05    Explosions in the Sky - To West Texas
  • 07:50    Nick Drake - River Man
  • 11:52    Phil Cook - Old Hwy D
  • 14:58    Neil Halstead - Sleeping on Roads
  • 19:05    Phosphorescent - This Land is Your Land
  • 22:30    Bill Frisell - Small Town 
  • 23:25    Lowland Hum - Nightdriving
  • 27:16    John Fahey - Sunflower River Blues
  • 27:47    Adam Torres - Mountain River
  • 30:52    M. Ward - Slow Driving Man
  • 35:10    Clem Leek - Burlson,TX
  • 37:38    Sun Kil Moon - Like the River
  • 40:32    Western Skies Motel - Empty Rooms
  • 44:05    Mountain Man - River
  • 46:15    Gillian Welch - Apache Tears(reprise)
  • 49:01    The Lumineers - Long Way From Home
  • 51:27    Daniel Lanois - Dusty
  • 52:45    Tallest Man on Earth - Rivers
  • 56:30    A.A. Bondy - Highway Fevers
  • 61:08    The Head & The Heart - Rivers & Roads
  • 65:40    end
 
 
 
 
 
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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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dubstrates & dreamstates

August 11th, 2018

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Ambient dub is one of my favorite sub-genres. I've done several "dubby & dreamy" mixes over the years. Such as:

 

http://lowlightmixes.blogspot.com/2015/09/dubby-rainy.html

http://lowlightmixes.blogspot.com/2016/05/dubscapes-seacapes.html

http://lowlightmixes.blogspot.com/2013/01/dubscapes-dreamscapes.html

http://lowlightmixes.blogspot.com/2012/02/dubby-noisy.html

http://lowlightmixes.blogspot.com/2013/08/dub-transmissions.html

http://lowlightmixes.blogspot.com/2010/12/subatomic-dubscapes.html

http://lowlightmixes.blogspot.com/2008/12/motion-for-relief.html

 

There could be a couple more mixes floating out there but those are the ones that I could recall.

 

This new mix follows in that same dubby/dreamy mode that I love. Also I have found that these ambient dub mixes work well as stargazing companions. So the timing for this one is good as the Perseid meteor shower is at it's peak tonight & tomorrow night.

 

Cheers!

 

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Halftribe - Balm
  • 03:13    Docetism - One Forest
  • 06:55    Segue - Vapour Trails
  • 09:55    Pan American - Double Rail
  • 13:39    Hannu Karjalainen - Love Unconditional
  • 17:00    Martin Goodwin - Fifty
  • 19:45    Radius - Always Dreaming
  • 24:25    Dub Surgeon - Crazy Dub
  • 26:10    Yagya - Very Long Daydream
  • 28:30    Lars Leonhard - Circular
  • 32:10    Lee Gamble - Helicopter
  • 33:30    Ohrwert - Sonometric
  • 40:00    SVLBRD - Vessel
  • 45:00    Snufmumriko- Eterspar
  • 50:15    Fluxion - Moving On
  • 54:20    Joergmueller - DFM #8
  • 59:15    Mokira - Untitled #6
  • 62:20    Gray Acres - A Beauty Not Theirs
  • 65:55    Purl & Hivetribe - Airwaves
  • 74:38   end

 

 

 

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Galaxy Express

July 27th, 2018

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Welcome to another great collaboration with my cosmic friend, Paul Asbury Seaman. The term "collaboration" gives me too much credit because Paul does the heavy lifting of finding the tunes and deciding on a sequence. I just mix them together.

 

This is another mix with a train-like propulsive feel but this one also has more space travel vibe. I like this mix more and more with each listen.  Here's what Paul has to say about it:

 

Like with Dave, my mixes often build on a single track (or title) I like, in this case a piece of artwork by Jon Lomberg, going back several decades, that was used to illustrate one of the chapters of Carl Sagan’s first book, THE COSMIC CONNECTION: “The Night Freight to the Stars.” 

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This is an interstellar tribal/trance mix, with the emphasis not on nostalgia but a forward-looking magical realism. The ASC piece reflects an adrenaline-infused take-off (after Jon Serrie sets the space-travel motif and Adam Fielding sets the train motif). But then things settle down for the long haul between stars…

 
 
 
 
 
T R A C K L I S T :
  • 00:00    Jonn Serrie - The Sentinel(The Sentinel)
  • 03:30    Adam Fielding - You Have To Let Go(Mesmera)
  • 09:30    ASC - Vortex Ring(Astral Projection)
  • 14:45    Cydelix - Analog Digits(Analog Digits)
  • 19:20    Fourth Dimension - In Between(In Between)
  • 26:15    Germind - Time Consciousness(Antimatter)
  • 32:20    Tigerforest - Vermilion(Songs Of Reverence)
  • 36:26    Stefan Torto - Bending Time(Oceanian Dreams)
  • 42:55    Zen Garden - Memoriam Seas(Emotional Ambient)
  • 47:05    Tangerine Dream - Rain & Thunder(Sorcerer 2014)
  • 54:20    Broekhuis, Keller & Schönwälder - Blue One(Blue)
  • 74:36    end
 
 
 
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Folding Water - Fourth World Excursions

July 17th, 2018

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In the distance

A lost, forgotten bell sings

beyond the water

 

This is a set of music that adhere's to Jon Hassell's idea of a musical aesthetic that is "a unified primitive/futuristic sound combining features of world ethnic styles with advanced electronic techniques."

 

You'll find some drums, bells, gamelan, vibraphone and other mallet instruments as well as a healthy dose of field recordings. Hopefully the mix will make you feel like you're floating in a small, wooden boat anchored in an Indonesian bay.

 

Cheers!



T R A C K L I S T : 

  • 00:00    Third Coast Percussion - Paddle to the Sea - Sanctuary
  • 03:15    Andrew Pekler - Bororo
  • 04:33    Jan Schulte - Klang Fangt An
  • 06:05    William Selman - Thick Description
  • 09:15    Jon Hassell - Empire I
  • 10:25    Jon Hassell - Malay
  • 13:00    Vieo Abiungo - Barges Bellow Their Foul Air(Sven Kacirek remix)
  • 16:20    Abby Lee Tee - Riverside Burrows Pt. 2
  • 18:25    Arp - Folding Water
  • 22:10    O Yuki Conjugate - Cloud Cover
  • 25:10    Andrew Pekler - Humidity Index / Khao Sok (Chopped and Screwed)
  • 27:30    William Selman - The Island Before the Internet
  • 31:35    Laraaji - Enthusiasm
  • 33:45    Abby Lee Tee - Riverside Burrows Pt. 1
  • 34:30    David Edren - Baulungan
  • 36:25    Third Coast Percussion - Paddle to the Sea - The Lighthouse and Cabin
  • 38:00    DR - IV
  • 39:10    Michael Emenau - Waterphone
  • 44:10    Jon Hassell - Miracle Steps
  • 47:45    Andrew Pekler - Mirror Structures(Mirrored)
  • 50:00    David Cunningham - Blue River
  • 53:05    Nao Otsuka - Clock Chimes
  • 56:15    Abby Lee Tee - Riverside Burrows Pt. 2
  • 58:52    end

 

 

 

 

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