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Nov 2022

Seabuckthorn - Transcendental Freq.



A couple of weeks ago I posted the Numinoustrings mix which featured a track by Seabuckthorn. I like the vibe of that mix and how the Seabuckthorn cut fit in. So I reached out to the man behind Seabuckthorn, Andy Cartwright, to see about him creating a guest mix. I was psyched when he said yes!

I am happy to present Transcendental Freq. Similar to Numinoustrings, it falls into the ambient/modern classical category. This set does exactly what I love about guest mixes - it combines familiar artists with new discoveries and tosses in a surprise or two. Andy saves the best surprise for last - an unreleased Seabuckthorn song recorded last year.

Here a link to Seabuckthorn music on Bandcamp - https://seabuckthorn.bandcamp.com/music

And here are links to all the music used in this mix in the order in which they appear:



Thanks to Andy Cartwright for creating this fine mix. Cheers!
T R A C K L I S T :
  • 00.00   Seabuckthorn – Fell Into Journey (Laaps 2022)
  • 01:40   Ben Bondy – I Thought You'd Look Away (Good Morning Tapes 2022)
  • 05:30   Richard Skelton – Undertow (Sustain Release 2009)
  • 08:55   Mystic AM – The Dervish (Astral Industries 2022)
  • 11:25   High Aura'd – All The Spirits That Dance  (Debacle Records 2017) 
  • 13:47   Set Fire To Flames – Your Guts Are Like Mine (Alien8/Fat Cat 2003)
  • 15:30   Low – Whitetail (Kranky 2001)
  • 19:50   Ennio Morricone - Ninna Nanna Per Adulteri (Ennio Morricone 1968)
  • 22:38   Seabuckthorn – Jagged Horizon (Laaps 2022)
  • 25:20   Andy Cartwright – A Diary Of Sorts (Fluid Audio 2021)
  • 28:12   Nathan Moody – Cobalt (Studio Obsidian 2017)
  • 29:25   Johann Johannsson - Mandy Love Theme (Lakeshore Records 2018)
  • 31:16   Toán -Inland (Eilean Rec 2017)
  • 34:44   Voice Of The Seven Woods – Breaking Moonlight (Kning Disk 2008)
  • 36:00   A Broken Consort – Like Rain (Aeolian 2011)
  • 38:28   Ian William Craig – Its A Sound, Not An Ocean (Fatcat 2022)
  • 42:50   William Ryan Fritch - At Once, There Was No Horizon (Lost Tribe Sound 2020)
  • 45:05   William Tyler – Slow Nights Static (Merge Records 2020)
  • 48:02   Ben Frost - Leo Needs A New Pair Of Shoes (Bedroom Community 2009)
  • 51:30   Seabuckthorn - Phthalo (Unreleased Song)
  • 54:08   end
Nov 2022

A Little Louder



I was going to say - "...and now for something completely different" because this mix is louder than normal. But having recently posted a Robert Fripp mix I guess this isn't "completely different." However, this mix is, as the title says, a little louder than a normal Low Light ambient mix.

As per usual the mix started with one album in particular - Mox by Mox from 1998. I absolutely loved it when it came out in '98. I stumbled upon it a couple weeks back and decided to build a mix around non-ambient instrumentals. Some of the tunes have a kraut rock vibe, some are jazzy, some have a retro feel, and others are just cool. More than half the tracks are from 2022 with one of the old ones going all the way back to 1973.

I hope you enjoy this diversion. We'll be back to ambient soon. Oof, I just realized that I should start thinking about best of the year lists. Any suggestions?



T R A CK L I S T :

  • 00:00 MOX - Wig (MOX 1998)
  • 04:40 Project Gemini - Scorpios Waltz (The Children Of Scorpio 2022)
  • 07:52 Surprise Chef - New Ferrari (Daylight Savings 2022)
  • 12:05 Ghost Power - Asteroid Witch (Ghost Power 2022)
  • 15:33 Pneumatic Tubes - Saw Teeth (A Letter from TreeTops 2022)
  • 19:25 Cathode Ray Tube - Invisibility (The Burning Century 2022)
  • 24:50 Oren Ambarchi & Johan Berthling & Andreas Werliin - I (Ghosted 2022)
  • 32:32 The Comet Is Coming Lucid Dreamer (Hyper-Dimensional Expansion Beam 2022)
  • 35:57   Passengers - One Minute Warning (Original Soundtracks 1 1995)
  • 39:10 Dungen - Trollkarlen och fageldrakten version 2 (Haxan Versions 2017)
  • 44:20 Can - Spray (Future Days 1973)
  • 49:23 AI Lover - Stereoscopic View (Cosmic Joke 2022)
  • 54:10 Polyoctopus - Ill Patience (Central Standards, A Strange Melodic Shape 2004)
  • 57:43 Rain Tree Crow - Big Wheels In Shanty Town (Rain Tree Crow 1991)
  • 63:59 end
Nov 2022




Many times a new mix is inspired by a track or album. In this case it was the new album, The Road Not Taken by Ecovillage.

The album is full of long, deep string vibrations that carry you along from track to track, place to place, and memory to memory. This is one of my favorite albums of the year.

So I went looking for, not just string based tunes, but tracks that had a similar slow, reflective pull. Sometimes a mix with track that are too similar can be stale but in this case the mix becomes one long meditation. As the tracks bleed one into another I experience an almost devotional trance, an ethereal sojourn. 

Here are links to all the music used in this mix in the order in which they appear:




T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Ecovillage - Ascend(ft. Henrik Meierkord) (The Road Not Taken 2022)
  • 04:09    Seabuckthorn - So It Remains (Of No Such Place 2022)
  • 07:40    tapes and topographies - the floating world (floating world - reflections on 36 views of newland island 2022)
  • 12:55    Kasper Bjørke Quartet - Formation (Mother 2022)
  • 18:18    Andrew Heath & Simon McCorry - Tree Shadows (A Is For Autumn 2022)
  • 20:36    Anne Mueller - Heliopause (Heliopause 2019)
  • 25:12    't Geruis - Tastbare Stilte, Zilver (Vast 2022)
  • 30:33    Halftribe & Seabuckthorn - Sway (Ambientologist Sustain Series, Vol. 3 2022)
  • 36:20    Adrian Copeland - Stars With No Sky (If This Were My Body 2022)
  • 40:55    Man Watching the Stars - Na Leigheasan • UGC 10214 (The Sextant of a Blind Seafarer 2022)
  • 46:15    Harry Towell & Guy Gelem - Sefad (Restful Spaces 2022)
  • 50:40    glåsbird - restless progress (cinéma noir 2022)
  • 53:40    Henrik Meierkord, Pawel Kobak, Marco Lucchi & Rocco Saviano - Sunshine(Stilla Natt) (Venusia 2022)
  • 57:06    Anne Mueller - Nummer 2 (Heliopause 2019)
  • 63:00    end
Nov 2022

Music for Recovery(from the midterm elections)



Well, Christ on a bicycle, this midterm election season was a shit show. So here is a mix of beautiful ambient tracks to help us all heal and recover.

Here are links to all the albums used in this mix in the order in which they appear:




T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Uther Moads - Future Waves (Uther Moads 2011)
  • 03:53    Brian Eno - Making Gardens Out Of Silence (FOREVERANDEVERNOMORE 2022)
  • 11:30    Katharina Schmidt -  Particles (Particles 2022)
  • 19:00    Taylor Deupree & Arovane - Sill Lili (Skal_Ghost 2022)
  • 22:45    Ruven Nunez - Untitled No. 51 (Untitled No. 51 2022)
  • 30:00    Nils Frahm - Stepping Stone (Music For Animals 2022)
  • 35:30    Son of Chi & Radboud Mens - Side A excerpt (AI-25: The Transition Recordings 2022)
  • 43:15    From Overseas & City of Dawn - Silent Friends (Misty Memories 2022)
  • 47:40    V. Kristoff - Creek II (Nocturne 2022)
  • 54:25    Jason Letkiewicz - Emergent Ray I (Emergent Rays 2022)
  • 58:00    Monogoto - Komorebi(deletion 47) (Partial Deletion of Everything Vol. 2 2022)
  • 61:55    Andrew Heath & Simon McCorry - Rain (A is for Autumn 2022)
  • 65:05    end
Oct 2022

Slightly Spooky



I wasn't planning on making a Halloween themed mix but a couple of days ago I heard a new album called "Xiuxiuejar" by Hekla and I knew I had to use some tracks in a mix. Hekla is an Icelandic musician who use the theremin to create haunting, other-worldly soundscapes. Perfect for a Halloween mix.

Some of the other tracks follow a similar vibe I have used for creepy mixes in the past, sort of a dark jazz feel. Then I mix in some noisy stuff, some ambient & some other oddities. I don't want these mixes to be ultra dark doom ambient but this is more off-kilter than most Low Light Mixes.

After finding the theremin tracks from Hekla I was reminded of a very theremin-like instrument - the Ondes Martenot. It looks like a piano or organ but sounds like a theremin and it's played by sliding a ring attached to wires up and down the keyboard. Check out this video for an idea of how it's played and what it sounds like:


There are two tracks in the mix that use the Ondes Martenot. They are Tindersticks - The Strangler & Christine Ott - Pluie. I believe Christine Ott plays the instrument on the Tindersticks track as well as her own. Radiohead is famous for using the Odnes Martenot in a few songs. Maybe I'll make an entire mix featuring the instrument someday.

Here are the links to all the music used in this mix:




T R A C K L I S T :
00:00    Hekla - Hrakföll (Xiuxiuejar 2022)
03:18    Buen Aurelio Malazar - pre.sagio (pre pro post 2020)
04:49    Theodore Shapiro - After Hours (Severance Soundtrack 2022)
06:45    Eli Keszler - The Tenth Part Of A Featured World (Empire 2019)
09:15    Tindersticks - The Strangler (Minute Bodies: The Intimate World of F. Percy Smith 2017)
12:20    Andy Cartwright - Seeker (Unstill 2021)
14:00    Pavaka Group - I Am Void (Pavaka Group 2022)
15:43    The Phonometrician - Death is a Woman (Cóiste Bodhar 2022)
18:00    John Butcher - Wind Piece (Resonant Spaces 2006)
18:49    't Geruis - L'Appel (Bain D'Étoiles 2022)
21:35    Christine Ott - Pluie (Time to Die 2021)
26:30    Wanderwelle - Decay (A State of Decrepitude 2020)
30:25    Andrew Pekler - Close to Strangers (Sentimental Favourites 2011)
32:17    Lars Rynning & Suren Seneviratne - Solar Wind (Magnetism 2020)
33:35    Andrew Heath & Simon McCorry - From Darkness (A is for Autumn 2022)
37:02    Hekla - Sólin Gekk (Xiuxiuejar 2022)
42:53    The Phonometrician - I See Youy (Cóiste Bodhar 2022)
47:55    Grails - Bad Bhang Recipe (Black Tar Prophecies Vols 1, 2, 3 2006)
49:50    Darkroom - The Shadowy Side of the Hill ( The Last Sense to Fade 2021)
54:50    William Ryan Fritch - Lay Hands Upon Us (Built Upon a Fearful Void 2021)
57:39    Aaron Martin - Buried in Waves (The End of Medicine 2022)
59:09    Hekla - Tangarhald (Xiuxiuejar 2022)
60:20    end
Oct 2022

Quiet Indie Fall 2022



As we are getting closer to the end of the year I figured it was time for some quiet indie tunes from 2022. 

This collection goes from the slow pop of Monica Martin to the ambient vocals of Brian Eno to the simple folk sound of Phosphorescent to a Joni Mitchel cover. My favorite track is "This Is How It Works" by Angel Olsen. It will probably be in my top three songs of the year.

Enjoy these vocal tunes, I'll get back to ambient soon.



T R A C K L I S T :

00:00    David Byrne And Yo La Tengo - Who Has Seen The Wind
02:42    Monica Martin - Go Easy, Kid
06:37    The Smile - Open the Floodgates
10:44    Kevin Morby - Stop Before I Cry
15:33    Shearwater - Aqaba
20:30    Angel Olsen - This Is How It Works
26:42    Courtney Marie Andrews - These Are The Good Old Days
29:11    Peter Gabriel - Here It Is
34:10    Brian Eno - There Were Bells
38:34    Flock Of Dimes - Amelia
44:16    Big Thief - Change
49:04    Mamak Khadem - Dead and Alive
54:14    Phosphorescent - Meridian, MS
56:27    end


Oct 2022

Robert Fripp Guitar Moments

A few months ago a friend and I were talking about King Crimson & Robert Fripp. He is not as familiar with Fripp's work as I am so I started a playlist of not just Crimson tracks but also other excellent Fripp guitar work with other artists such as Brian Eno, David Bowie, David Sylvian, Hall & Oates(yes, Hall & Oates!) & others. 
This week I decided to finally make a mix of some of the tracks. I wasn't sure if or when I'd post it online. Then this morning I see that today, Oct. 19th, is the global premiere of the King Crimson documentary "In The Court Of The Crimson King: King Crimson at 50". What a perfect coincidence! 
I guess that makes the decision for me about when to post the mix. So here it is - a collection of some of my favorite Fripp guitar work. In order to keep the length manageable I had to leave out some great tracks like Bowie - Heroes, King Crimson - Lark's Tongue is Aspic, Talking Heads - I Zimbra, Fripp & Eno Heavenly Music Corp. & several others. I think the tracks I settled on cover a wide range and fit together nicely over the 84 minutes of the mix.
If anyone is interested the documentary will be shown in a special streaming event this weekend on Oct. 22nd. Here's the link - https://www.nugs.net/live-download-of-king-crimson-in-the-court-of-the-crimson-king.-king-crimson-at-50.-london-gb-10-22-2022-mp3-flac-or-online-music-streaming/621290-WEBCASTVARIANT.html
T R A C K L I S T :
00:00    David Sylvian - Upon This Earth (Gone to Earth 1986)
06:12    Fripp & Eno - Evening Star (Evening Star 1975)
13:38    The Roches - Hammond Song (The Roches 1979)
19:00    Brian Eno - St.  Elmo’s Fire (Another Green World 1975)
21:41    David Bowie - Teenage Wildlife (Scary Monsters 16980)
28:15    King Crimson - Fracture (Starless and Bible Black 1974)
37:23    David Sylvian & Robert Fripp - God’s Monkey (The First Day 1993)
42:11    Brian Eno - Baby’s On Fire (Here Come the Warm Jets 1974)
47:24    King Crimson - Space Groove II(edit) (ProjeKt Two Space Groove 1998)
55:00    King Crimson - Sailor’s Tale (Islands 1971)
61:20    King Crimson - Starless (Red 1974)
73:30    David Sylvian - Wave(version) (Camphor 2002)
76:15    Fripp & Eno - Meissa (The Equatorial Stars 2004)
84:05    end
Oct 2022

Soalce of the Sea


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Anyone who has followed this mix blog for more than a minute knows I like sea themed mixes. I like the ebb & flow, the washes of synth sounds and especially echoing sounds, like a bell or buoy pinging in the distance or underwater echolocation.
So this mix continues that vibe. Lots of new music and lots of echolocation.
Here are links to all the music used in this mix in the order in which it appears:
T R A C K L I S T :
00:00    Submersion - Alignment (Parallel Motion 2020)
02:25    xu - a1. slicing space-time into objects (slicing space-time into objects 2022)
06:25    Moss Covered Technology - Brick & Air VI (Brick and Air 2022)
09:40    Spheruleus - The Ocean Yawns (Sub-Aquatic Spheres 2020)
14:18    Gylden - Bug light (Island Friend 2022)
18:55    A Produce - It comes in waves (A Smooth Surface 2004)
25:45    Taylor Deupree - Harbor (Harbor 2022)
29:20    ASC - Kelp Forest (The Waves 2019)
35:45    landtitles - fragments(of) (as the night comes softly down 2022)
37:20    Taylor Deupree - Too Close To Being Far Away From Everything (The Inland Sea 2022)
45:50    Jeff Greinke - Undercurrent (Noctilucent 2022)
52:15    ASC - Nautical Depths (The Waves 2019)
59:53    end
Oct 2022

Autumn Trumpet by Paul Asbury Seaman



Certain instruments seem suited for particular settings or seasons. I've always thought that piano works well as a winter accompaniment. Twangy guitar goes well with hot weather. And trumpet feels right at home during autumn. 

Which brings us to the latest collection from Paul Asbury Seaman - Autumn Trumpet. The mix sets the mood perfectly. Here's what Paul has to say about it:

“No Scandinavian angst this time, just mellow trumpet and, hopefully, some pleasant surprises. Mostly very languid night music, interspersed with a bit of fall color and swirling leaves... The contemplative theme seems to fit with the season—my favorite).”

Thanks for another excellent set, Paul.



T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Miles Davis - Nuit Sur Les Champs-Elysees(Take 2) (Ascenseur Pour L'Echafaud 1958)
  • 05:22    Patrick O'Hearn - Eldorado (Eldorado 1989)
  • 10:00    Tom Harrell - Dublin (Infinity 2019)
  • 19:32    Herb Alpert - Fandango (Fandango 1982)
  • 23:02    Chuck Mangione - Consuelo's Love Theme (Children Of Sanchez 1978)
  • 30:33    Matthew Halsall - The Temple Within (The Temple Within 2022)
  • 35:32    Enrico Rava - Interiors (New York Days 2009)
  • 42:52    Jeff Oster - From The Dreamtime (True 2007)
  • 47:00    Jeff Greinke - The Milky Way (Scenes from a Train 2013)
  • 53:18    Meg Bowles - Night Sun Journey (From The Dark Earth 1997)
  • 60:42    Patrick O'Hearn - Upon the Wings of Night (Indigo 1991)
  • 68:28    end
Sep 2022

The Birdsong Project



On September 7, NPR dropped an episode of All Songs Considered about an enormous new compilation album called "For The Birds: The Birdsong Project." It's a massive collection of original songs and poems about birds and inspired by birdsong. Artists range from Alice Coltrane, Nick Cave, Laurie Anderson, and The Flaming Lips to Sam Prekop, Devendra Banhart, Yo Yo Ma, and of course Andrew Bird & Jeff Tweedy.

Here's a link to the episode - https://www.npr.org/2022/09/06/1121237661/this-episode-is-for-the-birds

As I listened to the collection for a few days at work, my ambient brain thought of using some of the instrumental tracks in a mix. So for this mix all the tracks come from The Birdsong Project. Most of the cuts have worked bird sounds in with the music.

Unfortunately this collection is not available on Bandcamp. So it's very expensive to buy the full compilation, with the vinyl box set selling for $400 and the mp3 downloads going for $38 per volume. So I would suggest listening to the collection on Spotify which you can find here - https://www.audubon.org/news/the-birdsong-project-box-set

Here's one more link to check out - https://www.thebirdsongproject.com/



T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Shearwater - Kwitaro Backbone
  • 05:33    Sam Prekop - Stations Parallel
  • 10:12    Aska Matsumiya - Tori No Uta
  • 12:57    Paul Cantelon - Hymn for Four Birds
  • 18:41    Makaya McCraven - For The Birds
  • 21:27    Elliot Bergman - Crow Dialectic
  • 25:27    Andrew Bird - Rare Birds
  • 32:22    Joachim Cooder - Carolina Turtledove
  • 34:55    Carla dal Forno - Morning Maggie
  • 37:04    Devendra Banhart - Ka
  • 40:20    Dexter Story - Wefoch(Birds)
  • 43:40    Stuart Bogie - Far Rockaway
  • 49:11    Woodkid - Altamira Oriole
  • 51:57    Marcelo Zarvos - Nightbird
  • 55:39    Cosmo Sheldrake - Evening Chorus(Live in the Bluebell Woods)
  • 60:27    end
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