Peinzing – Part 1 (mix)

Peinzing” (pondering, muse-ing) (2003) is the name of the musical collage in which the difference between ‘music’ and ‘sound’ will not always be clear to the listener.

Over time, this has proven to be one of the most popular mix, especially with listeners that were not exactly familiar to ambient/electronic music.
It is indeed one of the more accessible – which does nót necessarily mean this is ‘easy listening’.

Do nót expect ‘New Age’ music, despite some whale-, cricket- and other sounds of nature. At times the layers of sounds are dark and threatening, maybe even confronting.
There’s always the dynamic range between tension and release. The quiet piano sounds of John Cage and Arvo Pärt surround a broad spectrum of auditive landscapes. Inbetween, sometimes ‘ordinary’ pop-songs define the theme, like Paul Simon‘s ‘Quiet’:”I am heading for a time of quiet / When my restlessness is past / And I can lie down on my blanket / And release my fists at last“.

This particular sequence (Arno Peeter‘s collage of hectic life’s answering machines, Paul Simon‘s detaching Zen-like song ‘Quiet’, and Jon Hassell seemingly rephrasing Paul Simon’s last vocal line) is one of my all time favourite sequences.
Because for me this part expresses what most mixes are about: TensionRelease…and then again: dark clouds gathering above strange landscapes…

Please note that this 2-part mix is meant to be listened as one.
Peinzing (Part 2) can be found here

Peinzing Sequence
Peinzing part 1 – Sequence Scheme

Peinzing (Part 1) playlist:

  • Alexei Lubimov – John Cage: In a Landscape
    Der Bote – ECM New Series 1771 461812-2 – 2002
  • DNTel – Pillowcase
    Life is Full of Possibilities – Plug Research PR320106CD – 2001
  • Autopoieses – c[] edit
    Full Swing Edits – Orthlong Musork orth 05– 2002
  • Arno Peeters – Audentity II
    Aeroson – Mille Plateaux MP031 CD – 1996
  • Paul Simon – Quiet
    You’re the One – Warner Bros 47844 – 2000
  • Jon Hassell – These Times…
    Dream Theory in Malaya – Editions EG EEGCD13 – 1981
  • Thomas Köner – Daikan I + IV
    Daikan – Mille Plateaux MP 107 – 2002
  • Christina Kubisch – Oase 2000
    Sonic Boom – Sonic Boom – 2000
  • Biosphere – Green Reflections
    Cirque – Touch TO:55 – 2001
  • Arno Peeters – Audentity – extended
    Aeroson – Mille Plateaux MP031 CD – 1996
  • Echoes of Nature – Turkey Talk
    Jungle Talk: The Natural Sounds Of The Wilderness – Delta B000001V4S – 1993
  • Eleni Karaindrou – Lament I
    Trojan Women – ECM New Series 1810 – 2002
  • Nigel Ayers/John Everall/Mick Harris – Mesmeric Enabling Device part 2
    Mesmeric Enabling Device – Soleilmoon 01923 – 1997
  • A Produce – Midnight Pond
    The Other World- Hypnos hyp 1804 – 1998
  • Bass Communion – A Grapefruit in the World of Park
    Where Stalks the Sandman – Noh Poetry NPR 003 – 2001
  • Kent Sparling – In a Mumbling Sky
    Under New Manna – Farfield Records – 2000
  • Susumu Yokota – Grass, Tree and Stone
    The Boy and the Tree – Leaf Label bay25cd – 2002
  • Clint Mansell & Kronos Quartet – Coney Island Low
    Requiem for a Dream – Nonesuch 79611-2 – 2000
  • Dhafer Youssef – La Priere de l’Absent
    Electric Sufi – Enja 9412-2 – 2002
  • Jah Wobble – The Compound
    Umbra Sumus – 30Hertz cd 5 – 1998
  • Jah Wobble – Chela
    Umbra Sumus – 30Hertz cd 5 – 1998
  • Alan Howarth – Storm on Ceti Beta VII
    Real Hollywood Sound Effects – GNP Crescendo GNPD 8054 – 1997
  • Fred Szymanski – It’s Hard to Know
    Various Artists: A Storm of Drones – Asphodel ASP 0966 – 1996
  • Thomas Köner – Ilira
    Teimo – Barooni BAR05cd – 1991
  • Thomas Köner – Foutu
    Various Artists: Communication Problems – Vibragun VIN 003 – 2002
  • Rothko – Bloodtied
    A Continual Search for Origins- Too Pure – 2002
  • Liquid Morphine – Droom
    (not on album)
    – 2000
  • Arve Henriksen – Path around the Pond
    Sakuteiki – Rune Grammofon 2021 – 2001
  • Leif Inge – 9Beetstretch 3.2 (partial)
    9Beetstretch – EX FIELD X 24H 9B – 2002
  • John Taverner – Funeral Ikos
    Byzantia – Virgin Classics 7243 5 45352 2 2 – 1999
  • AV911 – Rain Storm 2

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(Words & Music by Paul Simon)

I am heading for a time of quiet
When my restlessness is past
And I can lie down on my blanket
And release my fists at last

I am heading for a time of solitude
Of peace without illusions
When the perfect circle
Marries all beginnings and conclusions

And when they say
That you’re not good enough
Well the answer is
You’re not
But who are they
Or what is it
That eats at what you’ve got
With the hunger of ambition
For the change inside the purse
They are handcuffs on the soul, my friends
Handcuffs on the soul
And worse

I am heading for a place of quiet
Where the sage and sweetgrass grow
By a lake of sacred water
From the mountain’s melted snow

Funeral Ikos
From the Order for the Burial of Dead Priests,
translated from the Greek by Isabel Hapgood.

Why these bitter words of the dying, O brethren,
which they utter as they go hence?
I am parted from my brethren.
All my friends do I abandon, and go hence.
But whither I go, that understand I not,
neither what shall become of me yonder;
only God who hath summoned me knoweth.
But make commemoration of me with the song:

But whither now go the souls?
How dwell they now together there?
This mystery have I desired to learn,
but none can impart aright.
Do they call to mind their own people, as we do them?
Or have they forgotten all those who mourn them
and make the song:

We go forth on the path eternal,
and as condemned, with downcast faces,
present ourselves before the only God eternal.
Where then is comeliness? Where then is wealth?
Where then is the glory of this world?
There shall none of these things aid us,
but only to say oft the psalm:

If thou hast shown mercy unto man, O man,
that same mercy shall be shown thee there;
and if on an orphan thou hast shown compassion,
the same shall there deliver thee from want,
If in this life the naked thou hast clothed,
the same shall give thee shelter there,
and sing the psalm:

Youth and the beauty of the body
fade at the hour of death,
and the tongue then burneth fiercely,
and the parched throat is inflamed.
The beauty of the eyes is quenched then,
the comeliness of the face all altered,
the shapeliness of the neck destroyed;
and the other parts have become numb,
nor often say:

With ecstacy are we inflamed if we but hear
that there is light eternal yonder;
that there is Paradise,
wherein every soul of Righteous Ones rejoiceth.
Let us all, also, Enter into Christ,
that all we may cry aloud thus unto God:


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  1. jp boudreau

    This is a fine mix, so sonically pure. I only wish that the time stamps of each cut was listed to identify the artist so I could seek out more of their music.
    Soundhound app sometimes works.

    1. Thanks for your comment!
      Unfortunately, for the older mixes the exact timestamps are not available. But if you want to know about a specific sequence you can mail me the time so I can check for the details of the tracks

  2. PvC

    There was something strange with this file indeed. I have re-ripped, re-compiled and re-uploaded. Please check again? I will also replace Peinzing 2 later (but have to wait for the podbean account to make some additional room) – will post a notice there when that’s done.

    Thanks again for bringing this to my attention

  3. Janet

    I just ran across this cool electronic new age group! Anyone heard of them? Their music is perfect for setting eerie/relaxing/mysterious ambience.

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