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Stillness [Mix]



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This mix obviously found its name from the lovely intro (and outtro) track by Nest.
Inbetween, there are many moments of ‘stillness’, too… Moments you may slowly drift off into the drones, letting your mind wander … to be pulled back again by some of the post-classical ‘anchors’ in this mix by Winged Victory For the Sullen, Human Greed, Vladimír Gódar, and Maya Beiser (member of Bang on a Can, with a stunning cello performance of the Djivan Gasparyan composition ‘Memories’).

Most of the tracks featured in this were released in 2011. But this mix is nót intended as a “Best of..” overview. That would result in a mix with an entirely different atmosphere (- and much longer, because one hour would not be enough to cover all the great releases I have enjoyed in 2011).

Maybe it’s a good way to start a new year with a small opportunity to retreat from current society’s turmoil, and to find some time to ‘cocoon’ to the sounds (and the sometimes fascinating depths) of ‘Stillness’.

Some word of warning, however: if this suggests this mix only contains warm, comfortable and pleasurable sounds, be prepared for some suprises.
I never said that “Stillness” always means “Comforting”…

Best wishes for 2012 to all of you!

stillness-sequence scheme


  • [start time][sample length][artist – title]
    [album details]
  • 00:00 05:55 Nest – Stillness
    Body Pilot, 2011, Serein SERE 11.3
  • 04:04 02:07 Electricity
    private collection, 2011, not on album
    04:44 02:33 I8U – Toluene
    Surface Tension, 2011, Murmur Records MMR10
  • 06:32 01:29 Cliff Martinez – I’m Sick
    Contagion Soundtrack, 2011, Watertower Music WTM39266
  • 07:09 05:01 Esther Venrooy – Vessel
    Vessel, 2011, Entr’acte E104
  • 08:43 03:34 Leah Kardos – The Waiting
    Feather Hammer, 2011, Bigo and Twigetti
  • 11:15 03:02 Lance Olsen – The Creature that Drank Sound
    Au Clair de La Lune, 2009, Infrequency IN005
  • 12:05 08:10 Bass Communion – Cenotaph
    Cenotaph, 2011, Tonefloat TF115
  • 18:16 02:45 A Winged Victory for the Sullen – A Requiem for the Static King
    A Winged Victory for the Sullen, 2011, Kranky KRANK157
  • 20:33 03:57 Vladimír Godár – Postludio – Mantra
    Querela Pacis, 2011, Pavian Records PM0050-2
  • 23:16 06:27 Human Greed, Michael Begg, Colin Potter – Deshret
    Fortress Longing, 2011, Omnempathy OMIC2
  • 28:13 03:10 Carbon Based Lifeforms – System
    Twentythree, 2011, Ultimae Records, INRE047
  • 30:27 02:07 Kirill Platonkin – Stellar Seeds (Original)
    Purified by the Fire, 2011, ADX 035
  • 30:51 06:02 Sister Waize – Side Time Down
    A Dawning of Wonder, 2011, self-released
  • 36:17 02:16 Spectra Ciera – Unlit Pathway
    Underpass, 2011, Feedback Loop Label FBL020
  • 37:02 02:21 Justin Bennett – Tiergarten 1
    Wildlife, 2008, Spore Records Spore 2007
  • 38:26 03:16 Jacaszek – Windhover
    Glimmer, 2011, Ghostly International, GI-147
  • 40:50 03:01 Tom Lawrence – Moore’s Well
    Water Beetles of Pollardstown Fen, 2011, Gruenrekorder GRUEN 087
  • 41:51 04:08 Pascal Savy – Reflective Shadow
    Liminal, 2011, Feedback Loop Label, PHBL02
  • 44:39 02:53 Jan M. Iversen – Wolfsburg (Long)
    Standalones, 2010, TIBProd 100
  • 45:28 01:03 Paul Schütze – Sacred Agents
    New Maps of Hell, 1992, Big Cat UK Records ABB 104 CD
  • 46:57 00:49 Chris Watson – El Divisadero
    El Tren Fantasma, 2011, Touch TO:42
  • 47:16 01:47 Chris Watson – Sierra Taramuhara
    El Tren Fantasma, 2011, Touch TO:42
  • 48:12 01:31 Israel Martinez – There Were People II
    El Hombre Que Se Sofoca, 2011, Sub Rosa SR319
  • 48:53 04:46 Maya Beiser – Memories (by Djivan Gasparyan)
    Provenance, 2011, Innova 778
  • 52:28 05:32 Penjaga Insaf – Alam Semsta
    Sama Sadja, 2010, Power & Steel PAS 27
  • 57:12 02:47 Nest – Stillness
    Body Pilot, 2011, Serein SERE 11.3
  • 1:00:00 end

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26 Responses to Stillness [Mix]

  1. nuist (via Mixcloud) says:


  2. Baumann Electronics (via Mixcloud) says:


  3. Pedro Macedo says:

    Thanx for your kindness.
    Nice work!!

  4. The Wrong Triangle (via Mixcloud) says:

    Mesmerising (monday morning) magical music mix…

  5. David Puttick (via Mixcloud) says:

    Nest…., thank you for reminding me of these people

  6. silentvoyager (via Mixcloud) says:

    very good !!

  7. Kristian Purcell (via Mixcloud) says:

    Excellent stuff.

  8. Josco (via MixCloud) says:

    Excellent mix 😉

  9. Mick says:

    Finally got round to listening to this yesterday, thought it was very good. I liked how the bass pattern of Nest was similarly imitated in one of the mid section tracks.

  10. Louis Guillemette (via Mixcloud) says:

    Very nice trip in the sound and music of the soul

  11. Henry A. Meat (via Twitter) says:

    #Stillness = the ultimate journey

  12. Rich_Ears (via Mixcloud) says:

    Wonderful ~~~

  13. Franny (via MixCloud) says:

    Tranquil abstract and sublime are just a few the many superlatives you could use to describe this….chillastic

  14. Doc Who (via MixCloud) says:

    A little unicorn sent me this mix… she knows me so well. What a beautiful cosmos this creates. Seven thumbs up.

  15. Polarlichter (via Mixcloud) says:

    Great Selection!

  16. Dualitas (via Mixcloud) says:

    I love this mix so much I listened to it 4 times in a row! The Maya Beiser cello piece was gorgeous. Thanks so much for posting this. It helped soothe a very stressful morning.

  17. Lee Raymonde Perry (via Facebook) says:

    beautiful …

  18. Vrone (via Mixcloud) says:

    Very nice! thanks.

  19. DJ Snobo (Via Headphone Commute) says:

    Totally my understanding of Stillness. Thank you for the wonderful, restrained and subtle mix. Indeed a great way to start 2012 with.

  20. David Mead (via Twitter) says:

    The ‘Stillness’ mix is a perfect compliment to the weather today.

  21. peTer says:

    Peter, dank je voor deze mooie mix. helemaal top!

  22. Fahrettinokur (via Mixcloud) says:


  23. Hans van Wijk (via Facebook) says:


  24. Lowlight (via Mixcloud) says:

    Love this mix! A great way to end 2011 & start 2012.

  25. PvC says:

    Thanks, Dave, this is a great compliment coming from you!

  26. Dave Michuda says: