Luminoustrings

March 10th, 2019

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

 

 

Deep Freeze

January 27th, 2019

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We were having such a nice mild winter here in Wisconsin but then I had to go and jinx it in the last post in which I said we hadn't very much snow. Well, since then we've had two significant snow storms with another 12 inches expected over the next two days.

 

Snow I can handle but the temps have plummeted - the high temp yesterday was 4° with wind chills around -25°. Ugh. But it gets worse - Wednesday's high temp is supposed to be -14°! That's the high temperature! So much for our nice mild winter. I'm getting too old for this!

 

I had an IDM mix all ready to post but the frigid landscape was calling for a frozen mix. Most of the tracks are new, 2017 & 2018. And every track has an appropriate cold word in the title. Such as winter, frozen, wind, ice, cold, arctic, snow, etc.

 

I recommend listening with a cup of hot tea nearby or better yet a large glass of scotch.

 

Cheers!

 

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    The Gentleman Losers - Make We Here Our Camp Of Winter(2018)
  • 05:25    Stray Theories - Frozen Skies(2018)
  • 10:08    Zoë Keating - Icefloe(2018)
  • 13:36    Helios - North Wind(2018)
  • 16:53    Luton - Ice Museum(2018)
  • 20:30    Spheruleus - Frozen(2010)
  • 22:37    r beny - Glacial Tongues(2018)
  • 26:02    Rapoon - Ice Whispers(2007)
  • 31:27    Porya Hatami - Snow(2012)
  • 37:54    Hotel Neon - Cold Suns(2018)
  • 47:47    Akira Kosemura - Snowy Sky(2017)
  • 49:20    Halo - Winter Lullaby II(2012)
  • 50:50    Seabuckthorn - Sent In By The Cold(2018)
  • 54:50    Michael Brook - On Ice(2017)
  • 55:46    Maiya Hershey - Arctic Waters(2017)

 

Sunday Morning Music vol. 17 - Sparkling Early Mornings

January 13th, 2019

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I haven't posted a Sunday morning mix in a long time. So here is the first Sunday morning collection of 2019.

 

There's not much to say - it's the typical Sunday morning mix. A little jazz, some ambient, some instrumental, etc. Most of the tunes are fairly new with three exceptions.

 

The cover pic is my backyard, but not from this year as we haven't had much snow at all. Of course I just jinxed it so next week we'll probably get 3 feet.

 

Cheers!

 

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Johann Johannsson - Mandy Love Theme(2018)
  • 01:30    Ben Rath - A Quiet Morning(2019)
  • 06:25    Luis Miehlich - Spring Haiku 2(2018)
  • 10:19    Andrey Kiritchenko - Sparkling Early Mornings(2008)
  • 13:55    Joseph Shabason - Treat It Like A Wine Bar(2018)
  • 19:43    Alice Coltrane - Radhe-Shyam(1977)
  • 23:32    Peppermoth - Claude(2018)
  • 27:34    Gigi Masin - Kite(2018)
  • 31:45    Dean Mcphee - The Devil's Knell(2018)
  • 36:00    Hampshire & Foat - End Song(2017)
  • 37:46    Eli Keszler - Fifty Four To Madrid(2018)
  • 40:58    The Necks - The World At War(1990)
  • 56:00    Endurance - Measurements of Light(2017)
  • 61:24    end
 
 
 
 
 

Future Days - A Kraut Rock Mix

January 6th, 2019

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As is usually the case with these mixes, one song sets me on the path towards a new collection. In this case it was the song T by Dan Lissvik.

 

https://danlissvik.bandcamp.com/track/t

 

It keep popping up on a few of my playlists and I always thought it had kind of kraut rock feel to it. I realized that I've never made a kraut rock mix and that needs to be rectified.

 

I don't want to get into a debate about what is and isn't kraut rock. There are tracks from kraut rock classics like Neu! and Can. But there are also three cuts from new artists like Dan Lissvik, Sankt Otten and Kilchhofer. Those new tunes are in there because I thought they fit with the kraut rock vibe. 

 

The rest of the mix contains artists like Cluster, Ashra, Popol Vuh, Holger Czukay, Conrad Schnitzler, Bernard Szajner and Gunter Schickert. I'm exactly sure which ones would qualify as kraut rock but I think they're all close enough.

 

Cheers!

 

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Neu! - Isi(1975)
  • 04:55    Dan Lissvik - T(2016)
  • 09:55    Conrad Schnitzler - Ballet Statique(1978)
  • 14:00    Holger Czukay - Persian Love(1982)
  • 18:55    Ashra - Shuttle Cocks(1977)
  • 25:10    Cluster - Sowiesoso(1976)
  • 31:55    Sankt Otten - Zwischen Demut und Disco(2018)
  • 37:24    Bernard Szajner - The Memory(1980)
  • 41:30    Can - Future Days(1973)
  • 46:00    Kilchhofer - Lubbari(2018)
  • 49:20    Ashra - Blackouts(1977)
  • 53:35    Gunter Schickert - Guitarre Wlaurniam(1983)
  • 57:25    Neu! - Weissensee(1972)
  • 63:25    Popol Vuh - Hoere, Den Du Wagst(1978)
  • 69:00    Cluster - Zum Wohl(1976)
  • 75:20    Bernard Szajner - A Kind of Freedom(1980)
  • 78:07    end

 

 

Turning Hopeful

December 30th, 2018

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This is the perfect mix to close out 2018 and look forward to 2019. "Turning Hopeful" has a more hopeful, positive vibe than most of my mixes. Which is why it should be no surprise to find out that it was curated by the one and only Paul Asbury Seaman.

 

I like working together with Paul because he takes mixes in slightly different directions than I usually do. These collaborations bring a nice breath of fresh air to this 12 year old mix blog.

 

Here's what Paul says about this mix:

"This mix features melodic ambient tracks with a hopeful feeling, including some early New Age classics guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Also, brand new tracks from Byron Metcalf and Remote Vision, a solo project of Don Tyler (Ascendant). The theme was inspired by the title song from John Hiatt’s 1988 album, “Slow Turning.” Redemption means turning from one way of being to embrace another, a recurring process, fueled by hope."

 

Thanks Paul, in 2019 I hope we can all turn hopeful.

 

Cheers & Happy New Year!

 

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Scott August - New Horizons(Radiant Sky 2010)
  • 06:09    Jan Garbarek - In Praise of Dreams(In Praise of Dreams 2004)
  • 11:24    Ulrich Schnauss - Knuddelmaus(Far Away Trains Passing By 2001)
  • 17:54    Kitaro - Caravansaray(India 1983)
  • 22:08    Richard Burmer - The Turn Again(Bhakti Point 1987)
  • 27:12    Mark Isham - On The Threshold Of Liberty(Vapor Drawings 1983)
  • 34:20    Vic Hennegan - Aqua Donna(Aqua Vista 2008)
  • 40:30    Erik Wøllo - Wind Journey 2(Wind Journey 2001)
  • 45:25    Oystein Sevag - Miles Near(Link 1993)
  • 47:00    Vangelis - Hymn(Themes 1989)
  • 49:37    Detlef Keller - Last Step(Harmonic Steps 2005)
  • 53:30    Remote Vision - The Glittercliff(Into Light 2018)
  • 60:00    Byron Metcalf - A Naturally Occurring Heart(Inner Rhythm Meditations, Vol. II 2018)
  • 68:37    end