Sci Fi Adventures - All These Worlds

April 26th, 2013

The good folks over at Nocturne Records asked me to do a mix for their podcast. They put out some great music so how could I resist!

Most of the time with my mixes I'll stumble upon one or two tunes that spark an idea. In this case I rediscovered an old electronic album that I had in college. It's a compilation called Music from the 21st Century.

That album got me thinking about science fiction music, whether it's music used in sci-fi or just tunes that sound like they should be in a sci-fi film.

This mix uses two tracks from the 21st Century album along with several other old electronic cuts. A couple of those older cuts are from another college favorite, Synergy - Cords. I loved that album back then & still go to it occasionally for a nostalgia hit.  The whole album definitely has a sci fi movie soundtrack sort of feel to it. The mix isn't totally old electronics, there is also some newer material mixed in.


T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Vangelis - Blush Response
  • 04:00    Synergy - A Presuming to be Modern I
  • 06:50    Richard Pinhas - L' Ethique
  • 11:20    Lights Out Asia - All These Worlds are Yours
  • 13:15    The Black Dog - Lounge
  • 14:15    Frank Comstock - On the Dark Side of the Moon
  • 16:00    Michael Garrison - Escape (music from the 21st century)
  • 18:20    Synergy - Disruption in World Communications
  • 22:00    David Bowie - Abdulmajid
  • 25:10    Elf Machine - Evolutions Arrow
  • 29:00    Underworld & John Murphy - Capa Meets the Sun
  • 30:45    Vector Lovers - Girl + Robot
  • 32:50    Maps & Diagrams - Skynet
  • 35:30    Bruce Courtois - Inside the Black Hole (music from the 21st century)
  • 37:10    Vangelis - Longing
  • 38:35    Solar Fields - Blue Moon Station
  • 45:00    Cliff Martinez - First Sleep
  • 47:30    Rena Jones - The Problem of Time
  • 49:50    Schengen - Me n' U
  • 50:30    Lopside - To the Point of Obscurity
  • 55:50    Vangelis - Fading Away
  • 59:00    end

alien architecture

April 22nd, 2012

The music in this mix has a strange, sort of alien feel to it.  The pieces are a bit darker, but not creepy or annoying.  But they do all have a weird other-worldly sense to them.

This started with the first track, "We Swallowed the Night" by Anduin.  It just sounded vaguely alien and a bit threatening.  So from there I decided to construct a mix around that feeling.

When I make mixes I collect tracks over time & toss them into a folder to sort through later.  Sometimes I'll bring the folder of music to work with me & make the mix there(shhhh, don't tell anyone).  The problem with doing that is I have to convert the mp3's to wav or aiff files and in the process the tracks can lose the artist identifier.  So I only know the track title but not the artist.  That's how I ended up with 4 tracks from Robert Rich & Ian Boddy in one mix.  I usually don't like to have that much from album or artist.  That's also how the mix ended up with two Pjusk cuts back to back.  Oh well, Guess I'll just have to be more careful next time.

I didn't want to go the Lustmord "where black stars hang" route and have the mix be scary alien.  I just wanted unearthly alien.  Hopefully I hit that tone pretty well.

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Anduin - We Swallowed the Night
  • 01:56    Harold Budd - Dark Star
  • 04:16    Hecq - aback
  • 06:23    Pjusk - Kram
  • 11:44    Robert Rich & Ian Boddy - Threshold
  • 12:28    nebulo & druc drac - rive nord - rive sud
  • 14:30    EU - 60 Planets
  • 16:37    Monolake - phenomenon
  • 19:10    Robert Rich & Ian Boddy - Methane
  • 22:10    Anduin - The Voyeurs Wall of Glass
  • 25:25    Lights Out Asia - All These Worlds Are Yours
  • 27:15    Jon Hopkins - Cold Out There
  • 30:16    Pjusk - Granitt
  • 33:33    Pjusk - Flint
  • 37:15    Loscil - Pressure
  • 39:55    Roly Porter - Arrakis
  • 42:05    Loren Connors - Red Mars
  • 43:15    Robert Rich & Ian Boddy - Ice Fields
  • 48:05    Saul Stokes - We Resolve
  • 53:10    Robert Rich & Ian Boddy - Last Outpost
  • 55:04    end

future days

September 12th, 2011

I guess you could call this mix "Televison Sky #2".  It's a continuation of the sounds found in that mix.

This has more beats than a normal low light mix, more of an electronica sound.  I think it has a nice mix of old & new material.  The oldest cuts are from Can, Eno & Earthstar, 1973, 1975 & 1981 respectively.  In the middle we have the Casino Versus Japan cut from 1999 & the Aspen track from 2000.  Then there are a few newer tunes like the ones from Tobacco & Maps & Diagrams.

I was happy to sneak in part of a long track from B. Fleischmann called "Take Your Time".  I listened to it recently for the first time in a long while & remembered how much I like it & knew that I had to squeeze it in somewhere.

I was also happy to have done the accompanying pic myself.  It's from a picture I took in New York & then messed with in my video editing software, rather than photoshop, because I don't how to use photoshop. :(    It's nothing great but it was fun to come up with something sort of original.

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00   ATOM™ -  weisses rauschen (zweiter teil)
    02:44    Earthstar - Cafe Sequence
    04:13    Brian Eno - In Dark Trees
    06:15    Can - Future Days
    08:45    Field Rotation - lichtermeer
    14:55    Joey Fehrenbach - Don't Wake me
    19:05    Aspen - Are You that Retail Snob?
    24:05    B. Fleischmann - Take Your Time
    31:03    Black Dog - Rainbow Bridge
    35:07    Tobacco - Stretch Your Face
    37:49    Casino Versus Japan - Warm Windows
    42:25    Maps & Diagrams - Waking Up
    44:25    Digitonal - After the First Death
    49:40    ATOM™- weisses rauschen (erster teil)
    53:22    Boc Scadet - Ganymede
    56:10    end

television sky

February 19th, 2011

"The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel."

>    _ William Gibson Neuromacer

I love that line from "Neuromancer" & it's the jumping off point for this mix.

Now if I was going to do a true Neuromancder mix I'd use stuff like Autechre & other noisy, abrasive electronica.  But this isn't really a Neuro mix, I'm not a big fan of later Autechre & music that gets so noisy as to be annoying.

In addition to that line, some new music I discovered at the end of last year got me thinking about an electronica style mix.  The excellent music blog, A Strangely Isolated Place, posted their A - Z of 2010 list on December 27th.  I discovered some great electronica like Lights Out In Asia, Tropics, aKido, Com Truise, Horizon Fire and more.  I listened to enough of the new stuff to know that I wanted to do a related mix.

The mix is fairly straight forward but takes a different turn when it hits the two soundtrack pieces, "Kanada's Death, pt. 2" & "Monsters Theme", from John Murphy & Jon Hopkins.  I absolutely love those two tracks & figured this was the best chance to incorporate them into a mix.  They actually fit pretty well.


T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Milieu - Ghosts In The Trees, Songs In The Breeze (Am-Boy Alternate Remix)
  • 07:32    Horizon Fire - Passed out in a Datsun
  • 11:40    aKido - Mrchf Thftr
  • 13:10    Morgan Packard - Again
  • 15:25    Jon Hopkins - Wire
  • 19:50    Marconi Union - Stationary
  • 26:20    Lights out in Asia - Attempt No Landings There
  • 31:00    John Murphy - Kanada's Death, pt. 2 (adagio in d minor)
  • 33:20    James Murray - Eleven(decades_mix)
  • 40:10    Jon Hopkins - Monsters Theme
  • 43:50    Parks - Perfect Silence
  • 49:45    aKido - Carrousel
  • 54:05    Tropics - Soft Vision
  • 59:20    end

far from home

October 28th, 2010

Picture yourself floating in space.  Whether you like to think of it as drifting alone, in a spacesuit, looking out at the stars all around.  Or instead imagine yourself as Bowie said "Here am I floating round my tin can, far above the moon."  Either way, the music in this mix should make you feel "far from home".

I like to envision a small craft in the middle of nowhere, drifting...waiting.  Waiting for rescue?  Waiting for contact?  Waiting for main power to come back online?  Hopefully the music will generate a feeling of weightlessness, of drifting in the vast expanse of space, without being too dark or dissonant.

I did not pick the tunes based on titles.  I just did a quick sampling of some of my ambient collection to come up with possible tracks.  But it's interesting how many of the song titles fit right in with the "outer space" theme. Titles like Meissa, Deep Sky Time, 1st Lite & Asteroid Dawn work perfectly for this motif.

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00 Lunar Testing Lab - Space Traffic Control
  • 01:00 Brian Eno - Asteroid Dawn
  • 04:40 A Produce - The Big Sleep
  • 09:40 Harmonia - Weird Dream
  • 11:10 Wouter Veldhuis - 1st Lite
  • 18:30 Steve Roach - Deep sky Time
  • 24:40 Austere - Lid
  • 28:00 Mike Griffin & A Produce - Altara
  • 31:45 Lunar Testing Lab - Paaliaq
  • 33:05 Sonmi451 - Orange
  • 38:45 Thomas Fehlman - in the wind
  • 43:10 Spheruleus - Disintegrate
  • 48:30 Fripp & Eno - Meissa
  • 55:30 Sonmi451 - Blue
  • 1:00:00 end

Remember Tomorrow

December 21st, 2009

I was listening to music from Lunar Testing Lab the other day.  The album, "Space Program", has a sort of retro/space/electronic feel to it.  Boards of Canada in space?

I thought a whole mix of music with this kind of feel would be fun, so the result is "Remember Tomorrow".  I tried to use tunes that had that retro, space program vibe without being too kitschy or cheesy.  It's fine line & I hope I walked it successfully.

Lunar Testing Labs of course makes several appearances in the mix and of course Board of Canada had to be included.  I am especially happy about being able to squeeze in the track "Cowboy" from The Units.  I remember listening to it in college and absolutely loving the tune, so it was was fun to get it into a mix.  I am also happy to have two Bowie cuts in there, "V-2 Schneider" & "Weeping Wall".

I found some sound from a recording called "Bob & Betty go to the Moon" and I used a couple clips from that old, corny recording.  I tried not to use too much as it can easily distract from the music.  I ended up using 4 samples, the coundown open & three other quickies.  Using sound samples can be very tempting,  tt's fun to use some but they can quickly get in the way of the music.

Although this mix is more beat-oriented than the typical Low Light offering, I think it's a fun trip.

Download(right click/save as) :   93mb,  51:00 min Remember Tomorrow

T R A C K L I S T I N G :

  • 00:00    Countdown from "Lunar Adventure in 1985"
  • 00:13    Belbury Poly - Adventures in a Miniature Landscape
  • 06:05    Harmonic 33 - Departure Lounge
  • 10:30    Lunar Testing Lab - Lunar Radio control
  • 11:30    EU - New Osc's
  • 13:00    Boards of Canada - Wildlife Analysis
  • 13:50    Freescha - The Sun is Still
  • 16:00    Lunar Testing Lab - Orbiting Lunar Observatory
  • 16:40    TRS-80 - moon Patrol
  • 22:30    David Bowie - V2 Schneider
  • 25:10    Bochum Welt - interlude
  • 28:25    Lunar Testing Lab - Phantom Cosmonaut
  • 30:50    Signaldrift - Children of the 70's
  • 32:20    Harmonic 33 - Planet 54
  • 35:50    Frank Comstock - Music from Outer Space(when you wish upon a star)
  • 37:50    Boards of Canada - Nova Scotia Robots
  • 38:50    Bernard Szajner - A Kind of Freedom
  • 41:30    Talvihorros - A Rural Place
  • 43:35    David Bowie - Weeping Wall
  • 46:35    Boards of Canada - Dayvan Cowboy
  • 51:05    end

Moonlight Daydreams

March 24th, 2008

I had already started this mix when our guest mixer, Jason, sent me his "Satellite" mix. I hadn't thought of satellite = moon until I saw his pic for the mix. So it's kind of funny that the next mix to be posted is a moon mix.

I did this one the way I've done some mixes in the past, all the tunes have the word "moon" in the title. Came up with an interesting collections of tracks. It would have been fun to use more of the vocal cuts like Nick Drake - Pink Moon or Cowboy Junkies - Blue Moon, but I guess I wanted it to be mostly ambient. So only one vocal tune gets used & that's "Moon River" by Petra Haden And Bill Frisell to close out the mix. I think my favorite tune is the first one by Belbury Poly, it sounds like it could be used in some old sci-fi moon flick.

Hope you enjoy the mix.

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00 Belbury Poly - The Moonlawn
  • 04:00 Robert Davies - Moon Chart
  • 07:40 Jefre Cantu-Ledesma - Our Way was Lit by Moonlight
  • 13:00 Lisa Gerrard - Liquid Moon
  • 16:00 Djivan Gasparyan - Moon Shines at Night
  • 17:45 Rain Tree Crow - New Moon at Deer Wallow
  • 19:36 Rumklang - Moonlight Walking
  • 21:40 Maps & Diagrams - Man in the Moon
  • 22:35 Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto - Moon
  • 27:35 The Green Kingdom - Broken Moonbeams
  • 32:40 Steve Roach - Moonshroud
  • 40:10 Jefre Cantu-Ledesma - Phases of the Moon
  • 44:05 Susumu Yokota & Rothko - Floating Moon
  • 46:15 Petra Haden And Bill Frisell - Moon River