Winter Solstice 3 (Mix)

Winter Solstice 3
(Shadows from a Solar Eclipse)

2021 is the third consecutive year the Dutch radio station Concertzender Nederland celebrates the winter solstice – the longest night of the year – with a full eight-hour night of ambient music. Divided into four segments, the selections are curated by radio producers Roel Janssen, Harrold Roeland, Bob Rusche, and myself.

This mis is my contribution to this longest night edition. This includes a download option, as well as an (ambientblog-exclusive) 5.1 DTS surround version for those interested in extra sonic immersion. The previous editions can also still be found here: Winter Solstice 1 and Winter Solstice 2.

For those that want to relive the full 8-hour experience, the full-length Concertzender radio broadcasts can still be streamed from their website: the 2019, 2020, and 2021 editions remain available for your on-demand entertainment.

This mix is the closing part of the broadcast, at a time that most people are still asleep (between 05:00 and 07:00 am). But it is not intended to induce sleep: it is way too ‘active’ for that.
I created this with the intention to manipulate your dreams when you’re asleep or half-awake at the time of the broadcast. In that case, it shouldn’t be played too loud or you’ll probably not be able to sleep at all.
When listening on-demand, at different times, sleep is not an issue. Just enjoy the ride and let the sequence guide you. But be sure to sit back, relax, and forget about time.

Winter Solstice 3 sequence

This mix is created from bits, pieces, samples, and short fragments of music that deserve to be explored in its full original form; only very few tracks are represented in their full original length. The Winter Solstice mix can best be enjoyed in one uninterrupted flow, but dedicated explorers wanting to check out where all of this came from will find detailed timings below.

note: first time is start time, second time is fragment length

Part 1: 05:00 – 06:00

  • 00:00 06:40 Loren Nerell – Last Gamelan
    The Gong Prophet, 2021, Soundquest Music
  • 05:08 06:08 Erik Levander – Massa
    Jöker, 2021, Glacial Movements Records
  • 09:54 03:31 Alva Noto – Hybr:ID Oval Blackhole
    HYbr:ID I, 2021, Noton
  • 12:39 02:30 Slim Vic – Ebenist (Part 1)
    Mörkrets Narr, Lamour Recordsa
  • 14:51 02:26 Lustmord & Karin Park – Perihelion
    Alter, 2021, Pelagic Records
  • 16:34 02:26 Hans Zimmer – Bene Gesserit
    Dune OST, 2021, WaterTower Music
  • 18:05 02:43 Clarice Jensen – The Devil
    Identifying Features, 2021, FatCat Records
  • 18:06 01:54 Scanner – Drones Places 01
    Earthbound Transmissions, 2021, Room40
  • 18:22 01:40 John Luther Adams – Arctic Dreams 7. Where The Waves Splash, Hitting Again And Again
    Arctic Freams, 2021, Cold Blue Music
  • 19:47 02:46 Jhelisa – Heartlove F. 341 Hz V.1
    7 Keys V.1, 2021, Dorado Records
  • 21:02 02:34 Debashis Sinha – Rig_Veda000_03
    Anthology Of Exploratory Music From India, 2021, Unexplained Sounds Group
  • 22:22 05:08 Caldon Glover – Gateway To The Fiber Network Deadworld
    Death Mycelium, 2021, self-released
  • 26:48 02:40 Otorongo – Cjords
    Spells, 2021, self-released
  • 28:42 01:56 Shida Shahabi – Dog Walk
    Alvaret OST, 2021, 130701
  • 30:21 04:19 Birds Of Passage – A Tale Of Two Cities
    The Last Garden, 2021, Denovali
  • 34:27 03:01 Luigi Turra – II
    Prisma, 2021, 901 Editions
  • 36:52 02:29 Flin van Hemmen – Made Visible I II
    You Can Know Where The Bombs Fell, 2021, Neither/Nor Records
  • 37:58 03:48 Hania Rani & Dobrawa Czocher – Ouverture
    Inner Symphonies, 2021, Deutsche Grammophon
  • 40:02 06:15 Abul Mogard – Black Dust
    In Immobile Air, 2021, Ecstatic
  • 44:43 04:40 K. Leimer – Fanfare For The Illusion Of Choice
    Found Objects, 2021, Palace Of Light
  • 48:45 02:34 Kate Carr – Nothing Is Immobile
    dawn, always new, often superb, inaugurates the return of the everyday, 2021, Self-released
  • 50:33 03:22 Akira Rabelais – … Me Ce Reservoir …
    Á La Recherche Du Temps Perdu, 2021, self-released
  • 52:51 02:46 Jean-Paul Perrotte – All Pulls Towards The Sea
    A Collection Of Works, 2021, Ravello Records
  • 54:36 04:07 Mastrokristo – Ocean
    Departures, 2021, Lost Tribe Sound
  • 57:40 01:50 Alexandra Spence – Rain
    A Necessary Softness, 2021, Room40
  • 59:13 01:33 Dustin O’Halloran – Opus 12
    Silfur, 2021, Deutsche Grammophon

Part 2: 06:00 – 07:00

  • 1:00:39 03:13 Christina Vantzou – Releasing Spores
    Releasing Spores, 2021, Slow Moves
  • 1:02:27 01:56 Iu Takahashi – Gallery Window
    Interspace, 2021, Slow Music Movement
  • 1:03:34 03:07 J. Peter Schwalm & Markus Reuter – Abschied
    Aufbruch, 2021, RareNoise Records
  • 1:05:32 02:04 Hexa – Aperture
    Material Interstices, 2021, Room40
  • 1:07:00 02:19 Lustmord & Karin Park – Entwined
    Alter, 2021, Pelagic Records
  • 1:08:34 04:23 Lustmord & Karin Park – The Void Between
    Alter, 2021, Pelagic Records
  • 1:12:35 04:19 Sam Rosenthal & Projekt Artists – The Alabaster Reliquary Of Glittering Ashes
    Tim, Where Are You Now, 2020, Projekt
  • 1:16:05 01:53 Jana Irmert – Control
    Cusp, 2020, Fabrique Records
  • 1:17:22 02:09 Ben Salisbury & Geoff Barrow – I Am Become Death
    Ex_Machina OST, 2015, Invada
  • 1:18:41 03:55 Gareth Davis – In Vivo II
    In Vivo, 2021, Iikki
  • 1:22:00 04:08 Lab’s Cloud – Reflections
    The Structure Of Emotions, 2021, Ensancha El Alma Records
  • 1:27:18 04:59 Matthew Liam Nicholson – Nine Movements (ft. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson)
    Nine Movements, 2021, Longform Editions
  • 1:29:58 02:00 Michel Banabila – Little Boy
    Descending The Mountain, 2021, Tapu Records
  • 1:31:18 01:53 Robert Lippok – M3 S
    Glacier Music II. 2020, Establishment Records
  • 1:32:22 03:01 Thomas Köner – 33 31’N 35 19′ E Hour Six
    La Barca, 2009, Fario
  • 1:34:43 00:53 Thomas Köner – 42 7′ N 19 6′ E Hour Eleven
    La Barca, 2009, Fario
  • 1:35:13 01:32 Jerusalem In My Heart – Qalaq 6
    Qalaq, 2021. Constellation
  • 1:36:30 02:27 Alder & Ash – Stars With No Sky
    tba (Salt & Gravity Series), 2022, Lost Tribe Sound
  • 1:38:09 02:48 Kloob – Radiation Cloud
    Parallel States, 2021, Winter-Light
  • 1:40:34 01:28 Ben Lukas Boysen – Premonition
    Restive OST, 2012, Hymen Records
  • 1:41:33 01:02 Jon Hopkins – Underwater
  • Monsters OST, 2010, Domino
  • 1:42:20 02:43 Janek Schaefer – Swallow Hole
    Glitter In My Tears, 2017, Room40
  • 1:44:43 02:40 Snorri Hallgrímsson – Sandlóa
    Landbrot II, 2021, Moderna Records
  • 1:46:48 3:55 Skrika – Mechanics Of Desolation
    Fifth Nature, 2021, Cryo Chamber
  • 1:49:13 03:26 Monty Adkins – With Love, From An Invader
    With Love. From An Invader, 2021, Crónica
  • 1:51:33 04:56 Tetsuroh Konishi – Haruna
    Inner Winds, 2021, Off Record
  • 1:55:39 02:14 Alva Noto – Hybr:ID Oval Hadron I
    HYbr:ID I, 2021, Noton
  • 1:57:23 02:33 Michel Banabila – Descending The Mountain
    Descending The Mountain, 2021, Tapu Records
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3 Comments

  1. Arno Peeters

    Ha: zoals gezegd: drie keer (luisteren) is scheepsrecht. En ook dit is weer heerlijk!

    PART 1
    Ik moest in het begin even zoeken naar waarom ik toch maar niets op de surrounds hoorde, maar dat komt er pas rond 6 minuten in.
    De duisternis rond 15min is werkelijk episch: ik zie geen titels in je screenshot, maar wel dat het 4 tot 5 lagen boven elkaar zijn. Prachtig: als een hallucinate trip buiten een ruimtecapsule (of als je per abuis het verkeerde potje pillen van je nachtkastje hebt gepakt 😉
    En vanaf 27min breekt de zon door met zachte akoestische kraakjes en tikjes; heerlijk subtiel.
    Via de zang glijden we rond 38min naar de strijkers, nog steeds met subtiele akoestische (?) frutseltjes erbij, wat de aandacht erbij houdt.
    Het opera-gekweel rond 50min (hoe washed out ook) is dan weer wat minder mijn ding, net als jazz, maar dit einde is dan toch weer ernstig prettig.

    PART 2
    Het duistere zit er goed in bij deze WinterWende: alsof we de hemellichamen zien schuiven (jawel: vandaag geen gebrek aan superlatieven). Fijne diepe klanken.
    Maar op 12:30 klinkt dan een soort Klaus Schulze met verglijdende melodieën als intermezzo, om vervolgens weer de ruimte in te zakken.
    En wat is dat mooi, die straatgeluiden met duduk van In Vivo II van Gareth Davis (zegt Shazam althans). Spotify heeft ‘m ook in huis. Ga ik ook eens los beluisteren.
    Op 27 breekt opnieuw de zon door. Dat is prettig, die afwisseling. Little Boy (toepasselijke titel in dit universum) op 29:30 is mooi, maar in Iris’ playlist hoor ook veel van dit soort werk voorbijkomen en één track gaat dan nog wel, maar Music for Airports + Roger Eno is echt zo’n ‘recept’ geworden. 1 minuut was inderdaad genoeg en dus hoppa: op 31:30 de duisternis weer in. De zang van Qalaq 6 (Shazam blijft erbij nu) heb je prachtig verwerkt met de mistige soundscapes op de achtergrond. Op 46:40 gaan de oren weer omhoog: wát een mooie klanken die ook in de upmix erg goed werken!
    Op 51nogwat gaan we terug de dampkring in met een soort Jon Hassel-zonder-vocoder… Mooi, mooi… om toch weer op te stijgen met galactische pingels richting het gestreken einde.

    Nou veel uitgebreider had ik het niet kunnen maken: ga zo door dus jongen!
    Krul van de meester ;-))

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