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
 
 
 
 
 
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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

 

 
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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

 

 
 
 
 
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Best of the Rest - Ambient 2018

December 23rd, 2018

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Right after I posted my Best Ambient of 2018 mix I started diving into a bunch of other year end lists. Of course I discovered some excellent releases that I would have included in my mix/list if I had known about them in time. I found enough music that I decided to create a second Best of 2018 mix.

 

I could probably make a third mix but I've got to stop sometime. What were your favorite recordings of 2018?

 

2019 is just around the corner and it will start with a mix curated by the very talented Paul Asbury Seaman.

 

Cheers!

 

 

 T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Francis Harris - St. Catherine and the Calm(Trivial Occupations)
  • 12:00    Luca Longobardi - Marte(The Garden)
  • 17:38    Off Land - Zircon(Mineral Echoes)
  • 26:40    Kenji Kihara - Sunny Spot(Scenes of Scapes)
  • 31:50    Innesti - In Currents(In Currents)
  • 39:45    Umber - Harvest(slow)(This Earth To Another)
  • 48:55    Cremation Lily - Outlined Expanse(In England Now, Underwater)
  • 53:12    Okomotive / Joel Schoch - Warmth in the Cold(Lone Sails)
  • 56:10    James Murray - Old Friend(Falling Backwards)
  • 61:20    The Gentleman Losers - Bend Low, Sweet Branch, Bend Low(Make We Here Our Camp Of Winter)
  • 65:53    Okomotive / Joel Schoch - Bridge(Lone Sails)
  • 67:13    Spheruleus - Saturday Drones(Saturday Drones)
  • 77:44    end
 
 

 

 

 

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Ambient Xmas

December 16th, 2018

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Even though Christmas music has gotten more interesting than Dean Martin and Bing Crosby, there is not an awful lot of ambient Christmas music out there. So I've only attempted an xmas mix one other time and it was just okay. Until this year.


Thanks to a wonderful album from Matt Borghi I decided to give a holiday ambient mix another shot. Matt's album is called simply - "Ambient Guitar for Christmas."

 

https://mattborghi.bandcamp.com/album/ambient-guitar-for-christmas


And it's exactly what it sounds like - slow, ambient guitar with tons of reverb playing recognizable tunes that drift in and out of recognizability. From there everything else flowed pretty easily with a combination of classic xmas tunes to winter and snow songs.


Cheers and Happy Holidays!



T R A C K L I S T :

 

  • 00:00    Matt Borghi - The First Noel(Ambient Guitar for Christmas)
  • 03:40    Fuzzy Lights - Snowstorm in a Snow Globe
  • 06:12    Dollboy - Look Darling, It's Starting to Snow
  • 08:22    Clem Leek - Away in America
  • 14:40    Rachel's - NY Snow Globe
  • 17:00    Voces8 - Winter
  • 20:15    The Green Kingdom - Sleep, Snow
  • 28:20    Casino vs Japan - Christmas Morning
  • 28:43    Matt Borghi - Shchedryk
  • 31:35    Wil Bolton - Coventry Carol
  • 33:54    Bill Nelson - The Christmas Gift
  • 35:05    Sara and Adam - Wonderful Christmastime
  • 38:35    Takahiro Kido - Christmas Song
  • 44:04    Helios - Sunes Christmas
  • 47:52    John Zorn - Christmas Time is Here
  • 52:22    Voces8 - For Now I Am Winter
  • 56:40    Matt Borghi - Silent Night
  • 69:00    end

 

 

 

 

 

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Best Ambient of 2018

December 9th, 2018

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As much as I like end-of-the-year lists, I also get a bit anxious about them. As I compile them I keep thinking that I've missed something. Then as I'm re-listening to albums I start thinking "Is this one really that good?" & "Maybe this one deserves a slot...or this one...or this one..." Eventually I realize that these lists aren't anything definitive that I'll be judged on. Unless there's an ambient god in ambient heaven who will let me in or cast me out based on a lifetime of music choices. In that case I will pay for having listened to so much Enya in the 90s. ;-)


So after that meandering introduction, here is my Best of 2018 list and mix. As you'll see, the list is longer than the mix. That's mostly due to not wanting a 4 hour mix and also to some stuff just not fitting sonically. 


It was another good year for music. Between my ambient/electronic fandom and my continued obsession with indie music, I barely have time to breathe sometimes. I'll post some links to Spotify playlists that kept me going this year.


In alphabetical order, here's the list of my favorite ambient albums of 2018:


1. A Strangely Isolated Place - Full Circle

2. Albrecht La'Brooy - Tidal River [2018]

3. Christina Vantzou - no. 4 [2018]

4. Dean McPhee - Four Stones [2018]

5. Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society - Wow and Flutter [six degrees 2018]

6. Eli Keszler - Stadium

7. Frank Bretschneider - Lunik

8. From the Mouth of the Sun - Sleep Stations

9. G. B. Beckers - Walkman

10. GiGi Masin - kite

11. Halftribe - For The Summer - Or Forever

12. Helios - Veriditas

13. Hibernis - Middle of the Meds

14. Joseph Shabason - Anne

15. Kasper Bjorke Quartet - The Fifty Eleven Project

16. Khruangbin - Con Todo El Mundo

17. Klangriket & Sjors Mans - The Amsterdam Sessions

18. Leon Vynehall - Nothing Is Still

19. Lost Tribe Sound - We Stayed The Path That Fell To Shadow

20. Luton - Black Box Animals

21. Markus Guentner - Empire

22. Monty Adkins - Empire

23. Ocoeur - Inner

24. Olafur Arnalds - Re;member

25. Rival Consoles - Persona

26. Robert Davies - Elemental Shimmer

27. TAYLOR DEUPREE - Fallen

28. The Advisory Circle - Ways of Seeing

29. Triac - departure

30. William Selman - Musica Enterrada

 

 

And here's the mix:

 

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Leon Vynehall - From The Sea It Looms(Nothing is Still)
  • 04:12    The Advisory Council - The Soft Dissolve(Ways of Seeing)
  • 07:20    Ocoeur - Mother(Inner)
  • 12:50    Halftribe - Balm(For The Summer-Or Forever)
  • 16:07    Helios - Harmonia(Veriditas)
  • 19:30    Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society - She Brought The Sun(Wow & Flutter)
  • 26:28    Klangriket & Sjors Mans - Prinsengracht(The Amsterdam Sessions)
  • 31:47    William Selman - The Island Before The Internet(Musica Enterrada)
  • 36:11    Eli Keszler - Which Swarms Around It(Stadium)
  • 38:46    Taylor Deupree - The Lost Sea(Fallen)
  • 43:51    Need A Name - Road to Berlin(A Strangley Isolated Place - Full Circle)
  • 49:00    William Ryan Fritch - Burrow(Lost Tribe Sound - We Stayed The Path That Fell To Shadow)
  • 53:24    Olafur Arnalds - Undir(Re;member)
  • 58:15    Frank Bretschneider - Optik(Lunik)
  • 1:01:28    Kasper Bjorke Quartet - Os(The Fifty Eleven Project)
  • 1:12:48    Rival Consoles - I Think So(Persona)
  • 1:16:58    Markus Guentner - Refraction(Empire)
  • 1:25:20    Christina Vaztzou - No. 4 String Quartet(no. 4)
  • 1:28:02    Robert Davies - Tangled Undergrowth(Elemental Shimmer)
  • 1:35:28    Monty Adkins - Empire(Empire)
  • 1:41:31    Triac - departure three(departure)
  • 1:45:32    Luton - Ice Museum(Black Box Animals)
  • 1:49:22    G.B. Beckers - Klandschwaden(Walkman)
  • 1:54:19    Albrecht La'Brooy - Datbreak(Tidal River)
  • 1:59:24    end

 

 
 
 
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The Dreamer Descends - InSight Lands on Mars

November 26th, 2018

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After six months of travel from Earth, NASA's InSight spacecraft is on a precise trajectory to land on Mars. If all goes well it should be touching down on the surface of the red planet about 6 hours after this mix is initially posted.

 

The tracks for this mix have all been selected to tell the story of InSight and its journey to Mars. The track titles take us chronologically from Farewell, O Earth to Between Two Worlds to Arrival to Descent to Landing to Sunrise on Mars.

 

Godspeed InSight!

 

Cheers!

 

 

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Murcof & Vanessa Wagner - Farewell, O World, O Earth
  • 07:15     Warmth - Insight
  • 14:50    Moon Wiring Club - Between Two Worlds
  • 15:52    Rival Consoles - Untravel
  • 21:10    Johann Johannsson - Arrival
  • 23:27    Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - Mars
  • 27:05    Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - Mars Theme
  • 28:40    Ohrwert - Angle of Incidence
  • 30:05    Pye Corner Audio - Descent
  • 31:15    Steve Roach - The Dreamer Decends
  • 35:30    Seabuckthorn - Blackout
  • 38:08    Tonepoet & Cloudfall - Free Falling Through Life's Cavernous Atmosphere
  • 43:25    Porya Hatami - Landing
  • 45:25    The Future Sound Of London - The Dust Settles
  • 48:25    Dirac - Elysium
  • 51:56    Lights Out in Asia - All Is Quiet In The Valley
  • 55:18    Heavenchord - Sunrise on Mars
  • 60:13    Julien Marchal - Insight XIV
  • 62:45    end

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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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