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Apr 2020

Lockdown - by Peter Van Cooten of Ambientblog.net

April 5, 2020


I like to think that I put a lot of thought and effort into these mixes. Hopefully, the mix as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts. But what I do is nothing compared to the transformative touch that Peter Van Cooten brings to his mixes.

 Each mix is a unique work of art. Peter rarely lets a track play in its complete form. Instead, he uses smaller samples and deftly weaves the tracks in and out of each other. Sometimes 2,3, or 4 tracks play simultaneously, creating something new from different elements. In this mix, he uses an incredible 41 tracks! Here's what Peter has to say about using so many short samples:

 "Sometimes I feel a bit embarrassed about using such short samples and/or editing the tracks (of these 41, only 8 are used in their complete form). It's a bit like cutting up the Mona Lisa to create a landscape patchwork with the fragments ;-)  But on the other hand, this is what I feel makes these mixes unique. Taken out of their context and in relation to other fragments, the music sometimes tells a different story."

 This mix is a bit darker than most of my mixes. But it's dark in an interesting way, not in a droney, dissonant way. The mix has a very cinematic feel and combined with the cover art and title I can imagine drone shots of empty streets and newspapers blowing across the square. Peter was hesitant about the name and the cover art. He says - 

"It may be too closely linked to the current worldwide crisis, but on the other hand I have tried to think of another name or context but the uncertain times seem to be too dominant to think of another name I could give it. The funny thing is, that if you listen back most of my mixes have a rather dark edge to them. There's always a lot of 'tension/release' to them. But in this case, it seems there's a bit more 'tension' than 'release'. Oh well, sign of the times..."

Peter runs his own ambient music blog called, appropriately, Ambientblog.net. Where in addition to his fine mixes(available in DTS surround as well), he has a ton of good reviews and recommendations. You can find it here...  

https://www.ambientblog.net/blog/   He's also on Mixcloud here... https://www.mixcloud.com/ambientblog/

When he creates these extraordinary mixes he posts a pic of the total track layout, layer upon layer of all the music used. Here is the map of this mix...




 Peter does his tracklist a little differently than I do. He gives listeners more info about each track, including start time, sample length, artist, title, album title, year and record label.

Thanks to Peter Van Cooten of Ambientblog.net for such an excellent mix. Hopefully, I can talk him into doing another one in the future.


Cheers, and stay safe.


T R A C K L I S T Start time - Sample length - Artist - Title

Album Title, Year, Label

00:00  03:23 Fovea Hex - Is 

Is Lanza Light and Given (Steven Wilson Remixes), 2019, Die Stadt/Janet Records

01:25  04:35 Maggi Payne - Fluid Dynamics

Arctic Winds, 2020, Aguirre Records

02:03  01:45 Pat Keista - Doppler

Still Of The Void, 2020, self-released

04:17  01:47 Dave Phillips - Phytognosophysiology

Post Homo Sapiens, 2020, Attenuation Circuit

05:10  02:45 Jóhann Jóhannsson and Yair Elazar Glotman - Prelude

Last And First Men, 2020, Deutsche Grammophon

05:42  02:00 Andrew Pekler - Fonseca Winds (Lament)

Sounds From Phantom Islands, 2019, Faitiche

07:29  01:19 Jóhann Jóhannsson and Yair Elazar Glotman - Telepathic Unity

Last And First Men, 2020, Deutsche Grammophon

08:13  03:10 Ben Bertrand - Those Behind Us That We Follow

Manes, 2020, Les Albums Claus

11:08  01:31 Fani Konstantinidou - (Variations)

Moving Music: Sounds From The Rocking Chair, 2020, Moving Furniture Records,

11:58  01:32 Aaron Martin - Overcoming Inertia

Test Subjects, 2019, self-released

12:53  01:51 A Journey Of Giraffes - Gone Is The New Fuji

Kona, 2019, Somewherecold records

13:29  03:30 Robert Haigh - Ghosts Of Blacker Dyke

Black Sarabande, 2020, Unseen Worlds

16:46  02:48 Snorri Hallgrímsson - Fear

Chasing The Present, 2020, Moderna Records

16:53  00:30 Mica Levy - Mensajero

Monos, 2019, Invada

17:40  02:30 Snorri Hallgrímsson - Suffering

Chasing The Present, 2020, Moderna Records

19:22  01:58 Bersarin Quartett - Prolog

Methoden Und Maschinen, 2019, Denovali 

20:41  01:09 Ruairi O'Baoighill - Scryer

To See Without Eyes, 2018, Cursed Monk Records

20:50  01:59 I Wound - The Choir Of The Drowned Sings 'Our Demons Are Real'

Homework Year 3, 2018, Taâlem

21:48  03:01 Christine Ott - Comma

Chimères (Pour Ondes Martenots), 2020, Nahal Recordings

24:22  02:34 Ida Toninato - Pour Retourner Au Silence

We Become Giants, 2020, Dragon's Eye Recordings

25:32  03:47 Merrin Karras - Drawn, Quartered

Northwest Passage, 2020, A Strangely Isolated Place

28:27  02:07 Ciro Berenguer - Luna Creciente

Eilean 100, 2019, Eilean Records

29:57  01:47 Yiorgis Sakellariou - B4

Diapsalmata: A Collection Of Short Works, 2018, Tanuki Records

29:57  01:19 Celer - Birds Inside The High Halls Of Hangzhou (06.23.17)

Xièxie, 2019, Two Acorns

30:12  03:18 Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Akritchalerm Kalayanamitr, Koichi Shimizu - Sharjah And Java

Metaphors - Selected Soundworks from the cinema of Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2017, Sub Rosa

31:24  00:44 Coil - Corybantic Ennui

Stolen and Contaminated Songs, 2019, Cold Spring Records 

32:32  01:22 Olivier Messiaen - Quator Pour Le Fin Du Temps III: Abîme des Oiseaux

Olivier Messiaen - Complete Edition, 2008, Deutsche Grammophon

33:54  01:26 Hildur Gudnadottir - Following Sophie

Joker OST, 2019, Watertower Records

35:14  00:55 Ryuichi Sakamoto - Countdown

Black Mirror: Smithereens, 2019, Milan

35:45  03:24 Silent Chaos - Nocturne On Ganimede 

Macro, 2020, We Don't Give A Fuck

38:52  04:03 Roger Eno and Brian Eno - Burnt Umber

Mixing Colours, 2020, Deutsche Grammophon

42:38  02:13 Martina Bertoni - Invisible Cracks

All The Ghosts Are Gone, 2020, Falk

44:29  03:30 Eivind Aarset and Jan Bang - Nightspell

Snow Catches On Her Eyelashes, 2020, Jazzland Recordings

46:21  02:13 Jana Irmert - Fog

Cusp, 2020, self-released

47:40  01:36 Fovea Hex - Given

Is Lanza Light and Given (Steven Wilson Remixes), 2019, Die Stadt/Janet Records

48:42  02:40 Frank Makowski - Fliegende Schatten - Canon 1

Canon der Finsternisse, 2019, Diffusschall

49:05  01:12 Michael Begg - Plain Chant

Sonambulo, 2019, Omnempathy

50:40  02:20 A Winged Victory For The Sullen - The Slow Descent Has Begun

The Undivided Five, 2019, Ninja Tune

52:35  04:30 Felix Blume - Horns In Fog Pt. 2

Fog Horns, 2019, Discrepant

55:49  03:02 Max Richter - Ursa Minor - Visions

Ad Astra, 2019, Deutsche Grammophon

58:30  00:40 Jóhann Jóhannsson and Yair Elazar Glotman - The Sun

Last And First Men, 2020, Deutsche Grammophon

59:10 End