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Feb 2020

Sequential Circuits


This is a re-posting of sorts. I was going through old mixes trying to figure out which ones had not been posted to Mixcloud. I plan on posting some of those old mixes as-is to Mixcloud in the coming months. 

One of the mixes I dug up is Sequential Circuits, originally posted 12 years ago. Yikes! I've been doing this for a long time. I really like this mix but while listening to it I decided to give it one little tweak. I dropped two tracks by Detroit Escalator Co. & Geometric Farms and replaced them with a cut from Ash Ra Tempel called "Slightly Delayed."

My favorite tunes in this mix are the Richard Pinhas tracks, "Sundial" from Steve Roach * "Hyperborea" by Tangerine Dream. I've been rediscovering Hyperborea lately and I think it's one of my top three TD albums. All this berlin school music has got me thinking about doing another sequencer mix using classic tunes like this one.

I hope you enjoy this resurrected mix. Cheers!

T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Arp - St. Tropez
  • 05:00    Solvent - wig $1
  • 07:15    Richard Pinhas - la ville sans nom
  • 10:30    Steve Roach - Sundial
  • 17:30    Klaus Schulze - Euro Caravan
  • 25:15    Richard Pinhas - Melodic Simple Transition
  • 28:20    Tangerine Dream - No Man's Land
  • 33:20    Robert Rich and Ian Boddy - Chamber
  • 37:18    Ash Ra Tempel - Slightly Delayed
  • 43:30    Richard Pinhas - Home ''ruitor''
  • 46:57    Steve Roach - Arc of Passion
  • 56:59    Tangerine Dream - Hyperborea
  • 61:27    end


Jan 2020

Worlds Within Worlds - Field Recordings 2020



I was digging through some old mixes that had never been uploaded to Mixcloud and I came across a couple of old field recording mixes. The plan was to combine the two into a new mix. Well, as usual, the mix changed and I ended up creating a new field recording mix from scratch. Sort of.


I did use a couple of snippets from the original mixes. The first is from about 4:40 - 6:30, next one comes in around 27:35 - 28:35, and one more from about 29:10 - 33:45.


I'm not going to provide a tracklist because most of the time there are 3 or 4 things playing at once and many times there aren't tracks associated with actual artists, some are just a bunch of sounds I found online. Or in one case, a file I found on my hard drive. I used a track that is called "rain thunder guitar loop." There is no artist associated with the file & I have no idea where it came from.


I'll point out a few specific artist tracks used in the mix(times are approximate):

-  10:44 - 15:00  Ross Alexander - Jinja on the Nile 

-  18:26 - 20:31  Spheruleus - Water Lane

-  21:38 - 25:30  Michel Banabila - Innercity

-  35:07 - 40:00  Wil Bolton - Crossing

-  42:42 - 43:51  Luis Miehlich - 3105

-  44:00 - 44:44  Wave Temples - Arrival at the Bay of Orpheus


There are definitely lots of other artists appearing throughout the mix but those are the most clearly discernible. Quick shout out to my neighborhood frogs which make an appearance from about 47:47 to 50:00. How do I distribute their royalties?


 I hope you enjoy this sound excursion. Cheers!


May 2018

Mixcloud Online Radio Awards




Low Light Mixes has been nominated for "Best Online Music Show - Ambient/Chillout" by Mixcloud. Woo Hoo!


I make these mixes for my own amusement so when recognition like this comes along it's icing on the ambient cake. Judges will be listening to the nominees and making a decision. 


There is also a Listeners Choice award as well and that's where you come in.  Please click on the link below and vote for Low Light Mixes.




The other nominees are excellent!  Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Tonepoet? Yikes, that's some very tough competition.


Voting closes at 23:59:59 on Sunday May 20th.


Thanks to everyone for your support over the years and thanks for listening.





Feb 2018




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.





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
Aug 2017




Here is another fantastic mix curated by Paul Asbury Seaman. His earlier mixes are "Floating Through Moonlight" and "The Memory of Trains."


I'm listening to it as I type this and it's another wonderful collection. Here's what Paul has to say about it:


“I’m no fan of winter, but I love the visual patterns created by ice. And I’ve always loved the bell-like sounds sometimes used in electronic/ambient music and featured prominently in the works of Rudy Adrian. The idea for this mix started with a rather dark compilation by Hypnos Records called Message from a Subatomic World, from which I got the title track here, and ended with my recent (and joyous) discovery of a stunning artist working with gamelan bells, Gordon Pigeon, which opens this set. The full piece from his album Acoustic Fireflies is more than 30 minutes long.”


Thanks Paul!




T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00 Gordon Pigeon - Lamasaerie vesperale(Lucioles acoustiques 2016)
  • 12:32 Jan Garbarek – Iceburn(In Praise of Dreams 2004)
  • 17:10 Jeff Greinke - One September(Wide View 2002)
  • 25:10 Jeff Pearce – Aftermath(The Hidden Rift 1996)
  • 29:35 Kirsty Hawkshaw - Ice CastleThe Ice Castle 2008)
  • 36:03 Rudy Adrian - Subterranean RiverDesrt Realms 2008)
  • 41:20 Justin Vanderberg - Cold Brightness(Synthetic Memories 2011)
  • 46:55 Kirsty Hawkshaw – Solitary(The Ice Castle 2008)
  • 52:38 Oophoi - Icelight(Message From A Subatomic World 2008)
  • 57:15 Meg Bowles - Glacial Dawn(A Quiet Light 2011)
  • 66:02 end


Jun 2017

Juno Spacecraft - Mission to Jupiter



I'm a space science dork.  I have NASA t-shirts, a large print of the moon in my office, read sci-fi and I make space/science themed music mixes.  Here are links to a few that I've done in the past:












Yikes, that was more than I thought and I may have missed a few.


This new mix fits right in with my love of all things NASA and my love of electronic music.  What sets this one apart is the sequencing of the tracks.  The titles of the tracks take you on the Juno mission from start to finish.  Going from "We Launch Tonight" to "Arrival" to "Ganymede" to "Cloud Shaping" to "The Last Message."


The Juno Spacecraft was launched in 2011 and arrived at Jupiter in 2016.  It's been taking amazing pics and gathering data while in orbit.






After completing over a years worth of orbits and close fly bys, Juno will plunge into Jupiter's atmosphere and burn up, sending data back for as long as possible.
This mix attempts to tell the story of Juno on it's mission to Jupiter and it's moons.
T R A C K L I S T :
  • 00:00    Saul Stokes - We Launch Tonight
  • 01:20    Tycho - Ascension
  • 05:20    Lunar Testing Lab - Inertia
  • 06:30    Robert Scott Thompson - Trajectory
  • 08:10    Tangerine Dream - Astral Voyager
  • 14:00    Johann Johannsson - Arrival
  • 16:15    Erstlaub - Jupiter
  • 19:35    36 - Drift Orbit
  • 23:45    Lights Out in Asia - All these worlds are yours
  • 26:04    Lights Out in Asia - Except Europa
  • 30:00    Lights Out in Asia - Attempt no landings there
  • 36:00    Amon Tobin - Encounter On Io
  • 38:08    Harold Budd & Clive Wright - Procession of Moons
  • 39:40    Boc Scadet - Ganymede
  • 42:10    Wally Jericho - Callisto 1.0
  • 44:45    Sufjan Stevens, James McAlister, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly - Tides
  • 45:30    Saul Stokes - Cloud Shaping
  • 49:45    Lunar Testing Lab - Ocean of Storms
  • 51:10    Unknown - The Great Red Spot
  • 51:55    David Wenngren & Christopher Bissonnette - Burn Like a Meteor and Leave No Dust
  • 53:36    Echolab - Secrets of Jupiter
  • 54:15    John Murphy - The Last Message
  • 55:47    end
May 2016

dubscapes & seascapes


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

Feb 2016

Cinema Atmospherica


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

Nov 2015

the healing piano


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
Oct 2015

Her Bright Smile Haunts Me Still


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