The SubVersion 15 Minutes of Fame format dictates that any mix should contain no more than 10 tracks and last no longer than 40 minutes. That’s an average of 4 minutes per track.
So, when asked to do a guest mix for this weblog, I had to change my usual approach.
In the ‘collage’ mix format I mostly use, 4 minutes is about the maximum time any included sample gets played – usually far more tracks overlay at any single instance.
So I had to restrict myself in that matter, to create a ‘mixtape’ mix format for this particular issue.
In the Subversion mix, I tried to create a balance between the electronic and the organic.
Between voice, machines and nature.
But also between the sounds of infinite space (as recorded by the NASA Voyager in the 90’s) and the intimate sounds of raindrops (on the Monolake track).
‘Tension’ versus ‘Release’…: the dynamics of everyday life.
I truly hope this mix may help to prove that ambient music is not just meant to be ‘easy on the ears’.
Thanks to Muttley / SubVersion for asking me to do this mix!
00:00 Ian Hawgood – A Film bij Chihei Hatakeyama
(Slow Films in Low Light, 2010)
04:48 Yannick Frank – Beaurieux
(Favourite Places 2, 2009)
07:56 NASA Voyager Recordings – Symphonies of the Planets 2
(NASA Voyager Recordings vol. 1, 1992)
13:00 Monolake – Watching Clouds
17:00 Jim Cole & Spectral Voices – Passion
(Sky – Overtone Singing in a Water Tower, 2007)
21:35 Yann Novak – Shortwaves to Longwaves
(Flowers, Dragon’s Eye Fourth Anniversary, 2010)
26:54 Helios – The Jaguar Sun
(Unreleased, vol. 1)
29:35 Kim Cascone – Spectral Space
(The Astrum Argentum, 2007)
31:58 David Kristian & Ryosuke Aoike – Kenzobutsu
(Ghost Storeys, 2006)
34:17 Jóhann Jóhannsson – Escape
(And in the Endless Pause there came the sound of Bees, 2009)
Download Subversion Guest Mix Now 72Mb (39 min.)