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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Harold & Durango Budd

July 1st, 2018

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A few months ago when I reached out to a few folks to create guest mixes, one of the first people I contacted was Matt Borghi. I've been listening to Matt's music for a long time and with him running the Ambient Soundbath Podcast it would be a perfect fit.

 

I absolutely adore the mix he has come up with as Harold Budd is one of my all-time favs as well.

 

I'll let Matt tell you about the mix:

 

I was very pleased when Dave invited me to submit a guest mix to the Low Light Mixes. Dave's mixes are as diverse as they are interesting and they're always chill with good vibes. I spent quite a bit of time thinking about what I might contribute that could hang with so many great mixes. I have a certain thing I do with the Ambient Soundbath Podcast, but the Low Light Mixes are more all-encompassing. 

 

After a couple months of deliberation, I decided that I would feature the work of my favorite composer, Harold Budd and newcomer, Durango Budd. Harold Budd's fantastic catalog of work very much informs the work of Durango Budd (https://durangobudd.bandcamp.com), and both of these artists have the piano at the center of most of their creative pursuits. Harold Budd has a well-publicized and longstanding love/hate relationship with the piano, yet he manages to coax such beautiful music out of a wood box filled with felt-tipped hammers and strings. Durango Budd, similarly, takes the same instrument and through experimentation and synthesis manages to coax out equally beautiful, distressed tones that evoke melancholic nostalgia (as Mike Carss, the artist known as Altus, put it - https://www.altusmusic.ca/).

 

In any case, many thanks to Dave for letting me do this mix and I hope that folks enjoy what I've put together. 

 

Thank you and enjoy.

 

-Matt Borghi

www.ambientsoundbath.com

www.mattborghi.com

 

 

Thanks Matt! I recommend both his music and his podcast - check them out.

 

Cheers!

 

 

T R A C K L I S T :

⦁ 00:00 – 06:00 - The Child with a Lion – Harold Budd – The White Arcades

⦁ 06:00 – 09:30 - Piano Drone 4 – Durango Budd – Drones for Prepared and Synthesized Piano

⦁ 09:30 – 12:30 - A Child in a Sylvan Field – Harold Budd – By the Dawn’s Early Light

⦁ 12:30 – 31:00 - Bismillahi’ Rrahman Rrahim – Harold Budd – The Pavilion of Dreams

⦁ 31:00 – 33:00 - Piano Drone 5 – Durango Budd – Drones for Prepared and Synthesized Piano

⦁ 33:00 – 39:00 - The Room of Ancillary Dreams – Harold Budd – The Room

⦁ 39:00 – 46:30 - Piano Synthesis Drone 3 – Durango Budd – Drones for Prepared and Synthesized Piano

⦁ 46:30 – 59:00 - Agua – Harold Budd - Agua

⦁ 59:00 – 61:30 - Piano Drone 1 – Durango Budd – Drones for Prepared and Synthesized Piano

 

 

 

 

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Warming Trend

May 27th, 2018

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As I have said about 8 million times before, many mixes start with a single track. In this case it was the rediscovery of the track "Warming Trend" by Adam Pacione. It's a gentle, droning track that reminds me of Eno's Discreet Music.

 

I knew I wanted to use the tune in a mix and then realized that the track name would make a good title for a mix. From there I went in search of cuts that made me think of rising temps as we move from spring to summer. 

 

So a natural first selection would be "For the Summer, Or Forever" from Halftribe's excellent new album. Most of the tunes are new, predominantly from 2017 & 2018. And they all have a lazy, slow feel that works well with the title.

 

Grab a cool drink(personal fav would be a tequilla mule) and hang out with this new mix.

 

Cheers!

 

 

 

 

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Halftribe - For the Summer, Or Forever(2018)
  • 03:46    36 - Ego Death(2018)
  • 09:19    Off Land - Off Spring(2018)
  • 13:24    Adam Pacione - Warming Trend(2007)
  • 15:40    The Green Kingdom - Photic Zone(2018)
  • 22:39    Segue - Westcoast Trail(2013)
  • 27:20    Sawako - jupiter c.cloud(2018)
  • 31:00    Moss Covered Technology - Sea #4(2018)
  • 40:42    Tonepoet - Cosmic Blue(2018)
  • 47:07    Christopher Willits - Return(2017)
  • 52:40    Snufmumriko - Still Early Days(2017)
  • 58:15    Valotihkuu - The Wind Caresses the Treetops(2017)
  • 62:33    end

 

 

 

 

 

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these delicate sounds

April 29th, 2018

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As so often happens with these mixes, there was a specific event that gave birth to this collection of tunes.


On Mixcloud a listener asked if I could help identify a piece of music from a defunct website. The tune is looping electro/acoustic music of the type that came out of Japan 10 or more years ago.


I found the track and it's lovely. It's Walden Dos by .tape.(yes, there is a . before and after the word tape). I haven't listened to this type of music in a long time.  It's a mix of acoustic instruments with bleeps and blops, small melodies, cheap keyboards and lots of little noises. It's related to glitch music but more pretty. I eventually grew tired of it's preciousness and it's oh so twee sounds.


But when I heard this song by .tape. I immediately knew I needed to revisit some of these tunes and make a mix. It was great to immerse myself in these micro sounds for a couple weeks. I'm not sure if this style will be a part of my regular listening habits but in small(micro?) doses these tunes can be very soothing.


Cheers!



T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    .tape. - walden dos(2005)
  • 03:27    Marcus Fischer - Strand(2017)
  • 08:55    The Boats - The Fell In The River(2017)
  • 11:05    Music A.M. - Saturday(2005)
  • 13:55    Aero - Float(2003)
  • 14:45    Aus - apt(2007)
  • 19:04    Carpet Musics - Air(2001)
  • 21:50    Takahiro Kido - poco!(2008)
  • 26:50    Fenton - Neon Giraffe(2005)
  • 31:20    Lullatone - Puddies on the Plyground(2004)
  • 34:16    Brael and Tokyo Bloodworm - Magic Wand(2008)
  • 39:33    The Boats - Shlom, Sonia and Coner(2017)
  • 40:20    Illuha - Guuzai(2011)
  • 47:03    Montag - Motif(2005)
  • 48:00    Marow - Eis(2011)
  • 51:00    Planivaar - Adrift(2007)
  • 60:00    end

 

 

 

 
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Slow Motion Universe

April 8th, 2018

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Somewhere out there in the Multiverse, there is another universe just like ours except that everything runs much slower. With a DIY quantum tunneling device in my studio I've been able to bring over a few pieces of music from this other reality.

 

I'm sure many folks have heard the tracks "Justin Bieber slowed down 800%" or "Windows startup sound slowed down 2000%."  Those slowed down cuts(and Bieber) come from that alternate universe.

 

I've used tracks from that other cosmos in a few mixes and used them to remix tracks in many mixes over the years. A previous mix used all slowed down tracks.  You find that mix here...

 

http://lowlightmixes.blogspot.com/2012/11/s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d-beyond-recognition.html

 

This new mix is all stretched/slowed tunes as well. There are some pretty recognizable tracks in the mix. Or at least they were recognizable in our universe. Actually most are still familiar if not immediately recognizable.

 

According to my brother from another mother in the other universe, our sped up music doesn't work quite as well in their ambient mixes. Although if you play Hall & Oates "Kiss on My List" at 45rpm instead of 33rpm you get a nice little dance tune out it. Don't ask how I know that. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this mix from an alternate slow version of our universe.

 

Cheers!

 

 

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Aphex Twin - Lichen 300% slower mixed with 800% slower
  • 07:30    Vangelis - Fading Away(Blade Runner) 800% slower
  • 15:30    Steve Reich - Music for 18 Musicians Section 1 800% slower
  • 25:18    Ryuichi Sakamoto - Revenant Main Theme 600% slower & edited
  • 34:15    Johann Johannsson - Kangaru(Arrival) 800% slower
  • 42:55    Brian Eno - An Ending(Ascent) reversed half speed mixed with 800% slower
  • 49:00    Aphex Twin - Rhubarb 800% slower
  • 60:00    end
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Apollo Vermouth

March 11th, 2018

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When researching artists or labels that might be interested in doing a guest mix I came across a label that is based very close to me here in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  I'd never really thought that there might be an ambient community here. 


I decided to do a search for "ambient" and "Milwaukee." And what do ya know, I got an interesting result right away. In an article about the essential Milwaukee albums of 2017 was a blurb about Apollo Vermouth and her album "Crashing into Nowhere." I immediately headed over to Bandcamp and was so excited to find that it's an excellent album.

 


https://apollovermouth.bandcamp.com/

 


Apollo Vermouth is Alisa Rodriguez, based right here in Milwaukee. So I asked her to do a mix and she was nice enough to curate some tunes.  Here's what she had to say about these tracks:


"This mix is a collection of ambient tracks that have hit me in a certain way. It’s hard for me to put into words of what they mean to me. I spend a lot of time by myself, always looking for something that makes me feel less lonely. Somehow, these tracks sort of saved my sanity. It’s funny how music can be like your best friend. They’ll never leave you in the dust."


That pretty much describes my relationship with ambient music too.  Go visit her page, buy some music and listen to this mix.


Cheers!


T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Gas - Narkopop 1 
  • 04:20    Belong - Late Night 
  • 07:35    Steve Roach - Left Perfectly Alone 
  • 09:30    Grouper - She Loves Me That Way 
  • 17:34    Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross - Appearances 
  • 20:22    Harold Budd and Brian Eno - Among Fields of Crystal 
  • 23:27    Wretched Excess - Suburban Decay 
  • 26:35    Benoit Pioulard - IV
  • 30:15    M. Sage - Gulls Over Landfill Caldera 
  • 42:52    Jeffrey Cantu-Ledesma - Blue Nudes 
  • 50:05    Boards of Canada - Macquarie Ridge
  • 54:42    end

 

 

 

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Snowblind

February 25th, 2018

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I wanted to get a snow themed mix in before winter starts to wane. So here it is.  

 Most of the tracks have the word snow in the title.  Anytime I can use a tune from Yagya's "Rhythm of Snow" I'll gladly take it.

 Looking forward to a new guest mix in the coming weeks and a mix featuring delicate micro-sounds from 10 years ago.

 

Cheers!

 

  

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Blamstrain - Tundra V
  • 06:00    Parks - Snowblind
  • 09:20    Yagya - Snowflake 10
  • 12:50    Panoptique Electrical - Falling Snow
  • 15:12    Locust - Snowblind
  • 17:02    Halo - Winter Lullaby I
  • 18:05    Andrew Lahiff - Snow
  • 21:00    The Green Kingdom - Sleep, Snow
  • 25:23    Taylor Deupree & Marcus Fischer - Snow Slowed
  • 28:35    Endless Melancholy - A Song for Watching Snowfalls
  • 31:44    Ocean in a Bottle - Bordering the Snow
  • 34:05    Akira Kosemura - Snowy Sky
  • 35:37    From the Mouth of the Sun - Snow Burial(while blue skies gather)
  • 38:35    Fuzzy Lights - Snowstorm in a Snow Globe
  • 41:10    Stormloop - Snowdrift
  • 52:10    Autistici - Hidden in Snow
  • 54:20    Motionfield - The Sound of Snow
  • 56:15    Chihei Hatakeyama - Heavy Snow III
  • 61:37    end
 
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Rusted Tone Recordings Guest Mix

February 4th, 2018

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I have decided to reach out to a few folks in the ambient community about doing some guest mixes.  Basically I'm just lazy and want content without much work. ;-)  


Actually I thought it would be nice to come at these mixes from some new perspectives. And at the same time promote some artists and labels both here and on Mixcloud.


This first guest mix is exactly what I was looking for. It is a bit darker than I normally produce and that's why it's great to bring a new mindset to these mixes, it opens new doors and explores new sounds. There are definitely some awesome sounds in this mix.


This music comes to us from James Armstrong, the man behind Rusted Tone Recordings.  Check out their first sampler release here...


https://rustedtonerecordings.bandcamp.com/releases


Here's what James has to say about the mix...

"This mix was created to showcase the unreleased work of artists scheduled for solo releases on Rusted Tone Recordings throughout 2018 and into 2019. Ranging from the guitar-based melancholy of Wil Bolton, Spheruleus, and Darren Harper, to the abstract ambient manipulations of James Osland, Kepier Widow, and Red On Maroon, the mix promotes the diversity and creative dedication of the musicians on the RTR Roster. 


A majority of the tracks included were contributed by the artists themselves for the label’s initial sampler (see link below), with the exceptions of James Osland (White Label Recs. - forthcoming), BCOM (slef-release), and Red On Maroon (Quietest Records - The Tape Works #1). All tracks written and recorded by the respective artist, mastered by James Edward Armstrong."


Thanks!


T R A C K L I S T :

 

  • 00:00    James Osland - Just Fell Me Dear Human
  • 04:58    Wil Bolton - Nerine 
  • 08:42    Spheruleus - Dimly Lit 
  • 13:04    Building Castles Out Of Matchsticks - Shifting Insomnia And The Dream Incubator 
  • 17:04    SALTINGS - Sotto Voice
  • 21:18    Net - Hidden Pheasant 
  • 24:08    Darren Harper - A Thousand Tiny Heartbreaks
  • 29:30    Ghost Station - Cadence
  • 36:20    Kepier Widow - Congestion
  • 41:26    Gallery Six & Oblivia - Like A Winter Lake
  • 44:54    Red On Maroon - #2
  • 54:59    The Green Kingdom – Luminous

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Frontiers of Space

January 27th, 2018

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I recently stumbled upon an album by The National Pool called "Relaxation Tape for Solo Space Travel."  


https://infraction.bandcamp.com/album/relaxation-tape-for-solo-space-travel


First of all, what a great title!  And second, what fantastic cover art!




When I heard the song "Simpler Times" I knew that I had to buy the album and I knew that I had to make a mix with an retro, analog, space sound.  So I set about collecting tunes that sound like they could have come from an old space science filmstrip.  Some of the music is from current artists like Boards of Canada, Air, The Belbury Circle, Panabrite, Cafe Kaput, Moon Wiring Club, Schengen and Lunar Testing Lab.  But mixed in there is also old electronic music from Eric Vann, Paul Hart, Alan Hawkshaw and Frank Comstock. Much of the old music has a sort of cheesy, retro vibe that I love in a mix like this.


Grab some Tang and kick back for this journey to the moon and beyond.


Cheers!




T R A C K L I S T :

 

  • 00:00    Alan Hawkshaw - Probe 2
  • 01:06    Vector Lovers - Long Wave
  • 01:40    Boards of Canada - Wildlife Analysis
  • 02:01    The National Pool - Simpler Times
  • 08:42    Solvent - wig $1.00
  • 11:07    Eric Vann - Space Face
  • 11:55    Frank Comstock - Stairway to the Stars
  • 14:25    Panabrite - Departing
  • 17:28    The Belbury Circle - Light Industry
  • 21:42    Lunar Testing Lab - The Cosmic Unknown
  • 23:36    Café Kaput - Maranyl Is Chosen
  • 26:05    Paul Hart - Superfine
  • 26:41    Schengen - Me n'U
  • 27:22    Moon Wiring Club - Between  Two Worlds
  • 28:40    Alan Hawkshaw - Terrestrial Fanfare
  • 30:52    Air - Cosmic Trip
  • 34:51    Lunar Testing Lab - Lunar Radio Control(with Russian Conet voice added)
  • 36:25    Alan Hawkshaw - Saturn Rings
  • 40:15    Boards of Canada - Come to Dust
  • 43:36    Café Kaput - Ergonomo
  • 49:05    Orgasmo Sonore - Space Team
  • 50:52    Eric Vann - Astroport
  • 53:00    The National Pool - Through the Breach
  • 60:01    end

 

 

 

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