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

 

 
 
 
 

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
 
 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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