dubscapes & seascapes

May 29th, 2016


I love me some ambient dub.  I also love ambient tunes that remind me of the sea.  Over the years I've made 7 dub style mixes & 6 sea themed mixes.  This new mix combines those two obsessions.

There's now much else to say about all the music here.  other than I think all the tunes flow nicely & work well within this theme.


T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Brother Blue - Summoning UFOs
  • 05:55    Shaded Explorer - Sea Mist
  • 10:33    Purl - Havets Sang
  • 16:25    Kris Dubinsky & Warmth - Sammanväxta Toner
  • 20:55    Purl - Montauk
  • 27:50    Wanderwelle - Leaving Port Logan
  • 31:00    Urenga - Ocean's Secret
  • 37:55    Markus Guentner - Baryon
  • 44:25    Bjorn Rohde - Forest of Forgotten Hearts(reflections edit)
  • 49:40    Kris Dubinsky & Warmth - Uncertain Horizon
  • 54:39    Kanthor - Hegemony
  • 59:15    Gas - Pop III
  • 65:22    Purl - Remnant
  • 73:37    end


Cinema Atmospherica

February 21st, 2016


As with so many of these mixes this one grew out of one particular recording.  In this case it was The Revenant soundtrack by Ryuichi Sakamoto with Alva Noto.  It's an absolutely gorgeous film score and I knew I needed to build a mix around it.

This mix, as the title suggests, is fairly atmospheric in feel and sound.  The tracks used are a combo of newer recordings & old ones too, with The Revenant making three appearances.  That soundtrack is definitely going to be on my best of list at the end of 2016.


T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Ryuichi Sakamoto & Alva Noto - The Revenant Theme(Noto remodel)
  • 03:44    Johann Johannsson - Desert Music(Sicario)
  • 07:50    Tindersticks - Night Time Cigarettes(Les Salauds)
  • 09:50    Ben Salisbury & Geoff Barrow - Ava(Ex Machina)
  • 11:10    Cliff Martinez - Sonia(The Knick season 2)
  • 11:43    Cliff Martinez - and we're here to listen(Traffic)
  • 13:26    Underworld - Corazon finds the seeding(Sunshine)
  • 14:12    Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - Teacher's Farewell(Loin Des Hommes)
  • 15:58    Arcade Fire - Loneliness #3(Her)
  • 19:10    Nils Frahm - Our Own Roof(Victoria)
  • 24:12    Jon Hopkins - Lost Map(How I live Now)
  • 25:50    Ryuichi Sakamoto - The Revenant Theme Atmospheric
  • 28:23    Harold Budd - Mysterious Skin(Mysterious Skin)
  • 30:35    Cliff Martinez - Speight Lived Here(The Knick season 2)
  • 32:00    Calexico - el escape del circo(Circo)
  • 33:10    Max Richter - Shadow Journal(Waltz With Bachir)
  • 37:27    Ryuichi Sakamoto - Out of Horse(The Revenant)
  • 40:15    Peter Gabriel - On The Map(Rabbit Proof Fence)
  • 41:00    Cliff Martinez - Wrong Floor(Drive)
  • 42:00    Ennio Morricone - Neve(Hateful 8)
  • 43:36    Ólafur Arnalds - Before The Calm(Another Happy Day)
  • 44:44    Clint Mansell - Summer Ghosts Of Things To(Requiem for a Dream)
  • 45:50    Andrey Dergatchev - Georgians(The Return)
  • 48:00    Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - Dead Horse(Loin Des Hommes)
  • 50:45    Johann Johannsson - The Jewish Cemetery on Moellegrade(Copenhagen Dreams)
  • 52:54    Arcade Fire - We're All Leaving(Her)
  • 55:26    end


the healing piano

November 21st, 2015


After the attacks in Paris on November 13th, NPR music did a show about music for healing.  You can find it here... http://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs/2015/11/17/456343231/music-for-healing

Two cuts on their playlist are from two of my favorite albums this year, Goldmund - Sometimes and Nils Frahm - Solo.

As I listened to those two tracks over & over I started to think about the piano as a healing instrument.  The right song & circumstances can make just about any instrument a healing instrument.  But somehow the piano seems ideally suited for that role.

Most of the tunes used here are new.  In addition to the Goldmund & Frahm cuts another 2015 favorite album included in the mix is Chris Walla - Tape Loops.  Walla is the drummer for Death Cab for Cutie and he has put together a nice collection that reminds me of Music for Airports & Music for Films.

I hope this mix can act as a musical balm, soothing our psyches in these turbulent times.


T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00 Goldmund - Sometimes
  • 02:40 Chris Walla - Goodbye
  • 08:00 Nils Frahm - Ode
  • 12:10 Hior Chronik & Mikael Delta - Everything We Want to Feel
  • 15:00 Max Richter - Cumulonimbus
  • 20:20 Moon ate the dark - If Vanishing
  • 24:25 Ocean in a Bottle - Circling Winter
  • 25:50 Eskmo - Tamara
  • 27:48 Nine Inch Nails - Ghosts II
  • 30:55 Nils Frahm - 4'33"
  • 32:40 Mette Henriette - .oOo.
  • 35:55 Aphex Twin - Aisatsana
  • 40:55 Chris Walla - flytoget
  • 49:28 A Winged Victory for the Sullen - Atmos III
  • 53:27 Stars of the Lid - Humectez La Mouture
  • 57:45 Nils Frahm - merry
  • 61:45 end

Her Bright Smile Haunts Me Still

October 14th, 2015


My good friend, Gene over at Ambient Landscapeasked me to do a guest mix for him and this mix is the result.  Ambient Landscape is a great source of ambient info and mixes.

What got me started on this mix was an interesting video I found on YouTube by Wouter van Veldhoven called "two sad tape recorders."  It's basically two portable reel to reel tape machines each playing their loops at the same time.  Here's the video...



The sound of those two sad tape recorders reminded me of mixes I've done that combine very old recordings with new music that blends well with those scratchy, noisy old records.  That's where this mix began and from there I went in search of old cylinder recordings, which have gotten easier to find since my first mix with this theme back in 2008.

The vintage cuts that I used in the mix come from Edison cylinders recorded around 1906 to 1908.  Most of the old tracks are effected in some way.  Sometimes I slowed the original way down, other times echo and reverb were added.  For many of them the original is combined with the effected version to create some bizarre other-worldly sound.

The new music in the mix is a collection of stuff that seems to work well with this theme.  Gavin Byars "Sinking of the Titanic" works on two levels - sonically is blends well with the tracks around it and it's about the sinking which took place in 1912.

When thinking about music that uses cracking, scratchy noises I immediately thought of Harry Towell aka Spheruleus.  And wouldn't you know it, Harry just released an album entitled "William Barber" that makes use of a wax cylinder recording from 1906 as it's inspiration and sound source.  It's a wonderful album.  You can find it here...


It's remarkable how much excellent music Harry has put out over the years.  Check out his music and his labels...




I think the mix does a pretty good job of mashing up the old and the new.


T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00 various - vintage recording montage
  • 01:01 The Edison Venetian Trio - Her Bright Smile Haunts Me Still 1908
  • 01:55 The Edison Venetian Trio - Her Bright Smile(stretched and remixed)
  • 03:50 Gavin Byars - The Sinking of the Titanic(2007 version w/ Alter Ego and Philip Jeck)
  • 06:00 Gavin Byars - The Sinking of the Titanic(1994 version)
  • 10:20 William Basinski - Cascade
  • 15:45 Wouter van Veldhoven - two sad tape recorders(original and stretched played together)
  • 18:27 Ian William Craig - Second Lens
  • 20:50 unknown - 13_360º
  • 23:00 Otto A Totland - pinô
  • 25:22 Guy Gelem - Jerusalem
  • 28:05 Hans Kronold - The Swan 1906(reworked)
  • 30:00 Field Rotation - Zeitreise(remixed by the frozen vaults)
  • 35:20 Spheruleus and Friends - To Us Thy Memory Can Never Be Lost
  • 37:20 Octavio Yanez - Anita 1907(reworked)
  • 42:05 Bill Seaman and John Supko - The Hiding Place
  • 43:50 Hildur Gudnadottir - Birting
  • 46:05 The Frozen Vaults - Cloak of Lingering Fog
  • 48:30 unknown - flute and violin phrase slowed down 20x
  • 49:49 Spheruleus and Friends - All Good Things Come From Above
  • 50:55 Bill Seaman and John Supko - And the Ice Appeared Blue
  • 53:15 Hans Kronold - Chopin Nocturne 1907
  • 53:45 Gavin Byars - The Sinking of the Titanic
  • 57:50 end


dubby & rainy

September 13th, 2015


I was planning on making a rain mix sometime this fall & I was planning on making a dub mix as well.  Then I realized that those two theme as perfect for each other.  So here is the appropriately titled mix "dubby & rainy."

I love how a lot of ambient dub tunes already sound sort of "rainy."  They make liberal use of white noise which is great for conjuring a rainy atmosphere.  So many of these tracks already sound & feel "rainy" that I didn't have to add much rain fx.


T R A C K L I S T:

  • 00:00 DeepChord - Morning
  • 01:00 Segue - Rain Drone
  • 03:20 Mind Over MIDI - Soften By Rainfall
  • 07:05 Fieldhead - I'm Fond of Maps
  • 09:50 Optical Frameworks - Silenced Streets, Reflections in Rain
  • 14:00 As If - Trip 5
  • 18:50 Donato Dozzy - Vaporware 1
  • 23:05 Shaded Explorer - Sea Mist
  • 28:30 DeepChord - Prayer Wheel
  • 32:44 Loscil - Angel of List
  • 37:37 krill.minima - Serpentine
  • 39:00 Marco Madia - Hydrotropism
  • 41:00 Mr. Cloudy - DS4
  • 48:20 AES DANA - Beneath
  • 52:10 Blamstrain - Sunday Dub
  • 57:57 Ethernet - Rain Elemental
  • 61:50 Deepchord - Neon and Rain
  • 65:20 Deepchord - Day's End
  • 66:50 Variant - After the Rain
  • 78:30 Ethernet - After Dark
  • 86:24 end


Ghosts of the Future

July 8th, 2015


At the end of May I posted an excellent mix from Mike G of the Ambient Music Guide.  We agreed to do guest mixes for each other and that the starting point would be a title that each of us would give the other.  We sent each other a few title ideas, we each chose one and got to work.

Mike chose "Lapse into Reverie" and the result was his beautiful mix that you can find here...


And here...


Mike gave me about 4 or 5 title ideas and my attention was immediately drawn to one in particular... "Ghosts of the Future."

The first thing that comes to mind is the film "Interstellar", which I had just re-watched right before this project.  With its time dilation and Murph's "ghost" communicating from the future, the soundtrack is the perfect launching point for this mix.  I like soundtracks but Hans Zimmer usually isn't a favorite.  However with this film he strikes a perfect balance.  At times the music has a Philip Glass feel to it.

I also thought of snippets of voices as ghosts and so I worked in some spoken word excerpts here & there, as well as using tracks that had voices or vocoder. Overall I hope the mix conveys a strange, otherworldly feel to it.

Thanks again to Mike G for doing the mix swap with me and thanks for a great mix title.


T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Ian William Craig - Before Meaning Comes
  • 00:35    Hans Zimmer - Where We're Going(Interstellar OST)
  • 05:52    Eskmo - Spvce
  • 07:55    Robert Rich - Premonition of Circular Clouds
  • 13:15    Intrusion - Static Waves & Shuttle358 - Fissure(played simultaneously)
  • 16:30    Echospace - Viola's Ghost Hamonix, Beyond Gravity, Astral Dreaming,        Beyond The Drone(played simultaneously along with Static Waves)
  • 19:10    Disasterpeace - Formations
  • 20:55    Shuttle358 - Warm
  • 25:10    Kraftwerk - Endlos Endlos
  • 25:50    Chris Dooks - Antifoni
  • 26:45    Bon Iver - Woods(remixed)
  • 28:40    Hans Zimmer - s.t.a.y.(Interstellar OST)
  • 33:45    Adlib - Hoffnung
  • 34:25    Steve Roach - It's All Connected
  • 39:50    Vangelis - Tears in the Rain
  • 42:36    Cliff Martinez - We Don't Have To Think Like That Anymore
  • 45:15    Transcient - My Last Goodbye
  • 48:39    Simon Bainton - Range
  • 50:43    Public Broadcasting Service - Tomorrow
  • 55:55    end


Sunday Morning Music vol. 11 - Morning Moon

June 28th, 2015


Here's the latest Sunday Morning Music installment. The mix starts with cuts from two of my fav albums of 2015 by Aero Flynn & Sufjan Stevens. 

Aero Flynn is fronted by Josh Scott, a product of the same Eau Claire, Wisconsin music scene that gave us Justin Vernon(Bon Iver).  Scott was in a band called Amateur Love that shared a couple of members with a band that Vernon was in, DeYarmond Edison.  According to Chris Porterfield, who was in DeYarmond & would later form Field Report, Josh Scott was the most talented guy in that scene.

Just as Amateur Love was about to break Josh Scott got spooked and broke up the band and fled to Chicago.  Since then he has flirted with comebacks but mental and physical illness always got in the way.

Now he is back with a fantastic new album released this past spring.  The record was recorded in Justin Vernon's Eau Claire studio and was produced by Vernon.  The sound is very different from Amateur Love, more electronics involved, the vocals more ethereal.  The best way to describe the music is a cross between Radiohead & Bon Iver.

The Amateur Love album was re-released in 2012 by Vernon.  He started his own record company just so he could release that album.  And it's a wonderful recording, so full of promise.  I wish there had been more.

Here are some links related to the Aero Flynn story...


Listen to all 9 Aero Flynn tracks

DeYarmond Edison on Amazon

Amateur Love album on Amazon

Field Report on Amazon

The other track that opens this mix is from Sufjan Stevens & his amazing new album, Carrie & Lowell.  The entire album is about dealing with the death of his mother.  Yes, some of the tunes are sad but all of them are beautiful, each in it's own way.

I saw him perform the entire album live back in April & it was easily one of the best shows I've ever seen.  A friend described it as transcendent. 
Sufjan in Milwaukee

Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell on Amazon

Excellent Pitchfork interview with Sufjan

After those opening cuts it's all downhill. Haha.  Actually there is much more good music in the rest of the mix.  Most of it is new & it fits with the laid back Sunday morning feel of past mixes.


T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00 Aero Flynn - Moonbeams
  • 06:12 Sufjan Stevens - Fourth of July
  • 10:41 Bill Seaman - Another Day
  • 13:15 Casino versus Japan - Scenic Loop
  • 15:45 David Holmes - Hey Maggy
  • 20:15 Julian Lynch - A Day at the Racetrack
  • 22:50 San Fermin - Astronaut
  • 26:12 Johann Johannsson - A Model of the Universe
  • 28:55 Helios - Emancipation
  • 31:15 Jakob Bro - Gefion
  • 38:15 Andrew Bird - Rising Water
  • 42:30 Alva Noto - Isola
  • 45:35 Evan Chapman - Angels(The xx cover)
  • 48:10 Jose Gonzalez - Vissel
  • 51:20 Jon Hopkins - How I live now
  • 55:47 end


The Ambient Dishwasher

April 15th, 2015


Every mix has it's own unique starting point.  And this mix definitely started in a unique place - my dishwasher.

One day my dishwasher was making some weird noises, it kind of sounded like an alien playing a didgeridoo was trapped inside.  So I recorded a little bit of the sound and then processed it using Paul's Extreme Sound Stretch.  And whaddya know - it actually sounds pretty good. 

Dishwasher Drone - stretched version

Dishwasher original sound

I've used Paul's Extreme Sound Stretch in mixes before and it's a fun little program for non-musicians like me.

I posted the stretched version on the Hypnos Recordings forum just for kicks.  A couple folks asked to hear the original source as well.  Then the next thing you know some of the artists who frequent the forum took that original dishwasher sound & used it as a source to come up with their own original takes.

I was pretty darn excited.  These are artists that in some cases I've been listening to for years.  And they were going to make music from my freakin' dishwasher.  Pretty cool.

Here's the Hypnos forum dishwasher thread... HYPNOS

We ended up with five pieces created from the original dishwasher sounds.  I also asked my son, who produces EDM music as AXX, to also make an ambient dishwasher tune, which he did and I gotta say I love his version.  Throw my stretched version in there and we have 7 dishwasher tunes, enough for a whole mix.  Pretty cool again.

I started the mix with the original sound and let it morph into the different versions.  They all flow together very well.

Here are the links to each individual piece used in the mix in order of appearance...















T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Dishwasher original sound
  • 00:17    Dave Michuda - Dishwasher Stretch
  • 01:00    Forrest Fang - Dave's Dishwasher(Zen Cycle)
  • 02:42    AXX - Dishwasher Drone AXX Rework
  • 05:15    Igneous Flame - Chthonic Cycles
  • 09:25    Castleview - Cavewasher
  • 11:20    The Circular Ruins - The Circular Ruins Over Dave's Dishwasher
  • 15:00    Dave Michuda - Dishwasher Stretch part 2
  • 16:55    Seren Ffordd - Rin-Se
  • 20:43    end

Leaving the station

August 31st, 2014
cinemagraph by Julien Douvier - http://juliendouvier.tumblr.com/

Sometimes I go through phases of music listening.  I'll listen to a bunch of old prog rock for two weeks then move on.  I pull out some old Cantebury Scene stuff from the 70s for awhile.  Then I'll go on an early 80s new wave binge.  Then Americana.  Then ECM jazz.

This mix came out one such binge.  I've been listening to a lot of Jean Michel Jarre & Tangerine Dream lately.  Jean Michel Jarre was a college favorite of mine.  My girlfriend in college loved JMJ.  Which is probably why I married her - how many college girls like Jean Michel Jarre?!

While bingeing on JMJ & TD I knew that I wanted to use them in a mix and the train theme just seemed to flow naturally from there.  So the first two JMJ tunes I chose specifically because of the train sounds in them.  I think I'd like to do another berlin school mix with all artists and music from the 1970s.


T R A C K L I S T :
  • 00:00    Tangerine Dream - Love on a Real Train
  • 03:40    Jean Michel Jarre - Magnetic Fields pt. 3
  • 06:33    Dadub - Arrival
  • 09:10    Miktek - Elsewhere(fade edit)
  • 14:40    Evan Marc + Steve Hillage - Resurface
  • 16:30    Tangerine Dream - Rain and Thunder(Sorcerer Cinematographic Score)
  • 23:00    Jean Michel Jarre - Ethnicolor II
  • 25:55    Grumbling Fur - Eyoreseye
  • 31:33    Mark McGuire - The Instinct
  • 37:25    ??? - ???
  • 41:20    Mohn - Saturn
  • 48:45    Plastikman - Locomotion
  • 52:45    Jean Michel Jarre - Equinoxe VII
  • 59:10    Tangerine Dream - The Dream Is Always The Same
  • 1:02:24    end


Driving All Night

August 2nd, 2014


You're driving,

and it's dark and it's raining,

and you're on the edge of the city

and you've been driving all night.

And you took a turn back there

but you're not sure it was the right turn.

But you took the turn anyway,

just kept going in that direction.

And somehow it looks sort of familiar,

so you just keep driving.

Hello. Excuse me.

Can you tell me where I am?

You've been on this road before.

You can read the signs.

You can feel your way.

You can do this in your sleep.

This is a mix I did for the good folks at Intergalactic.FM.  Head over there for this and a ton of other mixes and radio shows.

Like most of my mixes there is a starting point or inspiration that gets the ball rolling.  In this case it was the Laurie Anderson track "Lighting Out For The Territories" from her United States Live album.  The cut is so atmospheric and moody.  It immediately conjures up images of lonely highways, lonely songs and tires thumping on the pavement.

I had a hard time deciding between cuts that have a lonely country, twangy feel and songs that are more pulsating, driving electronic in nature.  In the end I ended up with a little bit of everything.  The two tracks with vocals definitely have a lonely, plaintive quality.  That same feel is also present in the Daniel Lanois tunes and the instrumental from The Antlers(whose new album is fantastic by the way).

The tracks from Prins Thomas and Brian Reitzell are of the more electronic driving type.  Both have an old kraut rock feel to them that I love.  A totally different feel is found in pieces by Terminal Sound System and Talvihorros, sort of weird Twins Peaks vibe.  Which makes sense because the Talvihorros track is actually the Twin Peaks theme.  Most of the rest of the tunes just sort of felt right for a theme of night driving.

Laurie Anderson makes 4 or 5 appearances in the mix.  All are variations of the opening track. Usually with other rhythms or road sounds added in.


T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Laurie Anderson - Lighting Out for the Territories
  • 02:20    Sparklehorse - Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain
  • 07:00    London Grammar - Wicked Game(cover)
  • 10:30    Laurie Anderson - New Jersey Turnpike
  • 11:53    Brian Reitzell - Auto Music 2
  • 18:20    Calexico - Hair Like Spanish Moss
  • 22:05    Cowboy Junkies - 200 More Miles
  • 27:25    Bexar Bexar - n.r.o.t.
  • 30:30    Watter - Rustic Fog
  • 35:25    Daniel Lanois - New Smoke
  • 37:30    The Antlers - Jupiter
  • 42:00    Terminal Sound System - Duchamp Falls
  • 46:10    Hidden Orchestra - Strange
  • 52:30    Prins Thomas - Kavaler
  • 57:45    Cliff Martinez - Driving to the Bonaparte
  • 58:40    Daniel Lanois - Bell Toll
  • 59:55    Talvihorros - Twin Peaks Theme
  • 1:03:20    end