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Anniversary Collection: “Rope To The Sky” (Mix)

Rope To Te Sky artwork (Arash Akbari)

The first, somewhat hesitant, posts on this blog were published exactly 10 years ago. The weblog was called DreamScenes then, but it was the same blog you’re reading now.

To celebrate this, this mix is a part of a very special Anniversary Project.
It’s ‘special‘ because it’s different: this time it’s not compiled from existing tracks, but from tracks that were exclusively submitted for this purpose!   

35 brand new exclusive tracks by 30 artists … in a mix that is much longer than usual: 2 hours and 16 minutes!
I guess there’s no need to say that I am very very proud to be able to celebrate this anniversary in this particular way!

“Thanks to all artists for trusting me with a knife.”

Due to the nature of a ‘mix-collage’, only parts of the original tracks are used. That’s a bit of a waste if the original tracks are exclusives…
That is why, for the first time, Ambientblog presents its very own release available on Bandcamp: The AMBIENTBLOG ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION.
This full collection consists of all 35 tracks in their original length (3 hours and 35 minutes) AND the “Rope to the Sky” Mix (2 hours and 16 minutes).
That’s almost six hours of brand-new music!

Anniversary Credit Card.

USB credit card version available now!

But that’s not all:
There’s even more: a limited physical edition of this collection is also available: a 8 Gb USB CREDIT CARD presenting all of the above, PLUS:

  • 29 EXTRA bonus tracks (not included in the download version) (1 hr 34 min)
  • ALL 55 previous ambientblog MIXES: 55 hr 23 min (!!) of cinematic ambient immersion
  • Full track details for all mixes
  • Video versions of ‘Parallax’ and ‘Rust’

Yes, read that again: this little gem holds OVER 60 HOURS of music!
If you want to check the tracklisting details, check them here on Discogs.

I can’t really express how proud I am to present this release. But I think you can guess.

But anyway: if the mix is enough for you, or if you want to hear an impression of the full tracks of the collection, you can listen/download/stream it here in the usual ways:

Rope To The Sky - Sequence

Track Listing

Start Length Artist Title


DOWNLOAD ‘Rope To The Sky’ Now 314 Mb (2:16:36 min.)
[Alternative download from]
[DTS – Surround Version also available]

STREAM the Mixcloud version:



Widzjende Treast
words by Jan Kleefstra

Snie dea fallen ljocht
wat fingers net yn ‘e tiis bringe
sinne fiele wol
besykje net mei lichte stap
foar de wyn út te dwarreljen
hast mei in stim de tinne dûns
gled streake
waan dy it suver wjerbyld
fan de widzjende treast
oan it tou nei de himel
op myn wang de skimmel
foar it oare jier
Swaying Solace
words by Jan Kleefstra

Snow light fallen dead
that fingers do not entangle
sun wants to feel
do not attempt with a light step
to flutter out before the wind
with your voice you have smoothed over
the thin dance
imagine the purest counterpart
of the swaying solace
by the rope to the sky
on my cheek the fungus
for the following year
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34 Responses to Anniversary Collection: “Rope To The Sky” (Mix)

  1. Andrew Hollo says:

    Fantastic collection – thanks for all your work in putting this together over the years and, of course, maintaining your site, which I thoroughly enjoy.

  2. Sometimes, silence is the truest word spoken. Occasionally, lifetimes can pass just by the gap between a track.
    The 6 hour USB preview on Bandcamp at the tail end of 2015 is still something I return to regularly. It’s also a treasured item I think Fluid readers of all ages could enjoy, with a total USB playtime (including mixes) of 60 hours!

    In this package, you have approximately four folders of different files that regard ambient music. Some are reserved for the compiler and curator, Peter Van Cooten’s sound fragment collages – where tracks can be wildly deconstructionist, from a microsecond of audio to a full mix, compilation turned blend – to exclusive tracks contributed by fans and artists.

    The download version (Bandcamp) is in fact the first two folders: the Anniversary Mix plus the separate tracks folder only, which is nearly 6 hours in total.
    Additionally, the USB version contains a folder with 1.5 hr of extra bonus tracks (not in the mix), and a folder with all ambientblog mixes (55 hr).

    Those artists and musicians range from the heathen drones of Rafael Antoni Isarri and his ‘Uncharted Sea’ outtake (a fave of mine in the blog’s sound player) to newer tracks from the likes of Antonymes and Michael Banabila.

    A particularly nice thing about the credit card shaped stick is that the contents becomes devoid of categorisation and hyper-realism (tagging, connectives only read not heard and felt) and this gives the concept of an Anniversary package an incredibly solid base from which to be heralded as a timeless artifact by critics.
    For me, this is something of true beauty, and something that only listening with full attention can convey at its deepest level.

    The music styles can be compared to the likes of Steve Roach with his warm hammocks of space ambient, Thomas Koner for colder passages and passing glances in nuance, and further field recording research made more primed by Wire magazine’s 2013 article on the In The Field book, about the art of field recording. Tones sensuously slipstream into one another, and there is a strong lure to listen closer.

    While no specific, and non-abstract meaning can be taken from the hours of ultramundane sound on offer here, Van Cooten has at least triumphed in the art of making a large hospice for shivering droners, neoclassicons, and instrumentalists from around the globe.

    Take a trip into the world of Ambientblog with this, a time capsule from the farthest reaches of time and space.

  3. Colman Jones (via Twitter) says:

    I picked up one of these when it was first released – a superb collection of ambient music, almost 60 hours worth!

  4. Glenn Wever (via Bandcamp) says: is a treasure for all sound lovers. i’m very happy to own a usb stick full of ambient bliss, and magnificently crafted ambient mixes.

  5. Garmt van der Zel (via Facebook) says:

    Almost every night Peter…
    This is a drug without any serious side effects! Maybe some lack of night’s rest?

  6. Carlosmos (via Mixcloud) says:

    i like : )

  7. Muttley says:

    Hi mate just started listening to your credit card USB stick of the one of three I bought for me personally. The first set is jaw dropping.

  8. DJDecadans (via Twitter) says:

    After 17 days finally completed listening the whole anniversairy collection (60! hrs.) by @ambientblog. Tnx Peter

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  10. Kevin says:

    I’ve tried several times on three different browsers and two different computers and the download always stops around 235 mb. Anyway you could put it in a zip file? Thank you!

  11. Kevin says:

    Thank you for this beautiful mix! I downloaded the .mp3 file from here and noticed it’s a little over 1 hour in length, not 2 hrs. 16 min.

    • Hello Kevin.
      Can you please try re-downloading it? I’ve checked but the file I downloaded is OK and plays 136 minutes. The downloaded file should be 312 Mb.
      maybe your download was interrupted?
      Please check again?

  12. Hello Youssef, you can see that in the list above: the start time is the first time, the second time is the length the track is used in the mix.
    So: the piano is by Joe Frawley; the drone around 51″ is Michel Banabila

  13. Youssef says:

    My god I’m so confused by your tracklisting. What is that piano at around 43 – 47? and what is that gorgeous ambience at 51?

  14. Enrico Coniglio (via Mixcloud) says:

    pretty amazing

  15. Mike Lazarev (via Facebook) says:

    Got your gorgeous USB card! Now I want to make one like that myself! 🙂

  16. Els Koeneman says:

    Looking forward to listening to familiar mixes, and to never before downloaded hours of sounds and music. Congratulations, and THANK YOU!

  17. Ethie Lick says:

    Happy Birthday and thanks for your awesome work here.

  18. Guillaume Le Tallec says:

    great blog!
    how long will it take to absorb?
    i have no other choice than to turn immortal
    thanks for that

  19. Luis Martins says:

    Beautiful as always. Another gem to include in any superb music collection.

  20. James Murray (via Facebook) says:

    Well here’s a thing….
    I’m lucky enough to be holding one of these USBs right now and it’s a lovely object in its own right, not something that can often be said of data-only releases. Truly a fabulous sonic resource and a fine testament to one of the staunchest supporters of the scene around. Dig in.

  21. Darren McClure (via Facebook) says:

    Very happy to be a part of this project.

  22. Arash Akbari (via Facebook) says:

    So happy to be a part of this alongside such great Artists.
    many thanks to Peter Van Cooten and happy Anniversary!

  23. Bruno Sanfilippo (via Facebook) says:

    Very happy to be a part of this project. Beautiful Ambient Blog 10th anniversary usb release all remixed by Peter Van Cooten

  24. Dave Michuda (via Facebook) says:

    Congrats Peter! And congrats on such a huge undertaking. I’m impressed, jealous and excited at the same time!

  25. Gosh Snobo (via Facebook) says:

    Happy Birthday! And what a fantastic release. Unbelievable. Congratulations and maximum respect! Now I only have to find time to listen to this. Meditating on the purchase as well )

  26. Max Delissen (via Facebook) says:


  27. Chris Dooks (via Facebook) says:

    I have one of these, thankyou Peter Van Cooten, it’s amazing. Best music blog of ambient music in the world. A lot of work went into this.

  28. Monty Adkins (via Facebook) says:

    Beautiful Ambient Blog 10th anniversary usb release all remixed by Peter van Cooten. Stunning.