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Flowers and Bones (Mix)

Flowers & Bone

“We were playing Hide and Seek on a Cemetery Hill…
…quiet hiding in the flowers…among the Flowers and Bones…”

Atmospheric drones slowly unfold into childhood memories …
Peaceful melancholic romanticism, but gradually overshadowed by fear of something out of control?
Remember: all’s well that ends well….


Flowers and Bones - sequence

Playlist:

start time – sample length – Artist – Title
Album, Year, Label 

  • 00:00 – 01:14 Paolo Fresu, Daniele Di Bonaventura, A Filetta – Le Lac
    Mistico Mediterraneo, 2011, ECM 2203
  • 00:56 – 02:21 Fovea Hex – Love for the Uncertain
    Here Is Where We Used To Sing, 2011, Janet Records JRDS004
  • 02:31 – 01:28 Listening Mirror – Rogue Brother
    Intensity Breeds Inertia, 2010, aReW recordings RW-011
  • 03:12 – 01:23 Mark Harris – Lost
    Just a Moment, 2011, Audio Gourmet AG07
  • 0350 – 02:48 Peter Prautsch – Treibeis
    Schwere See, 2012, Palacmusic PM008
  • 05:06 – 09:48 Dean de Benedictis – Little Stella Part 2
    Unreleased 2009
  • 05:53 – 02:47 Shackleton – There is a Place for Us
    The Drawbar Organ EPs, 2012, Woe to the Septic Heart SEPTICCD001
  • 10:33 – 04:17 Gareth Davis & Frances-Marie Uitti – Cold Call
    Gramercy, 2012, Miasmah MIACD019
  • 10:41 – 03:08 Mathias Delplanque – Calme
    Loud Listening, 2012, Crónica 067
  • 13:53 – 03:17 Nils Quak – Hymn to the Eternal Void
    Aether, 2012, Somehow Recordings SR-37
  • 14:32 – 03:55 Honoré Feraille – Le Repos des Cructacés
    Au Sud, 2012, Audio Gourmet AGN006
  • 16:20 – 03:37 Honoré Feraille – Au Sud
    Au Sud, 2012, Audio Gourmet AGN006
  • 18:17 – 04:47 Rudi Arapahoe – Double Bind
    Hidden Landscapes 2, 2012, Audio Gourmet AGCD011
  • 22:23 – 02:04 Steve Roden & Machinefabriek – Leaves
    Lichtung, 2012, Eat, Sleep, Repeat ESR201201
  • 23:41 – 03:24 Miguel A Garciá – Stil
    Escala 2.3, 2012, Escala Netlabel 2:3
  • 25:50 – 04:48 The Dwindlers – Flowers and Bones
    Dreams, 2010, Feedbacklooplabel FbL008 – (bonus track from bandcamp version)
  • 30:02 – 02:13 Andrea Belfi – C
    Wege, 2012, Room40, RM446
  • 31:00 – 00:59 Joe Frawley – Premonition I
    Carnival, 2011, Joe Frawley Music JFM-CD10
  • 31:40 – 03:54 Adam Michalak – Now
    Cloudy Days, 2012, Somehow Recordings SR-35
  • 34:23 – 03:53 Jan M. Iversen – For Hans Richter
    Standalones, 2010, TIBProd. MP3 Album 100
  • 35:29 – 03:56 Giuseppe Cordaro – Acciaierie di Rubiera
    Loud Listening, 2012, Crónica 067
  • 37:09 – 02:07 Marilyn Mazur – Transcending
    Celestial Circle, 2011, ECM 2228
  • 37:28 – 09:08 Greg Haines – 183 Times
    Digressions, 2012, Preservation PRE034
  • 45:22 – 02:40 Hiroki Sasajima – Colony 17
    Colony, 2012, Impulsive Habitat IHab040
  • 46:30 – 04:30 Mathias KispertAnarchy in the UK
    Somewhere on the Edge, 2012, Gruenrekorder, Gruen 100
  • 47:23 – 07:04 Ólafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm – A1
    Stare, 2012, Erased Tapes Records ERATP024EP
  • 52:55 – 03:01 Hildur Gudnadottir – Leyfdu Ljosinu
    Leyfdu Ljosinu, 2012, Touch TO:90
  • 55:05 – 01:38 Giya Kancheli – Main Theme From Cinema
    Themes from the Songbook, 2010, ECM 2188
  • 56:44 – End


Flower and Bone - image by Lidija Hauck

image by Lidija Hauck
 


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Human Greed – Fortress Longing

Human Greed

When waiting for this album to arrive, I have wondered about its strange subtitle: “The internal campaign for the safe and complete return of the sleeping egyptian to the desert”.

How to prepare for an album about a sleeping egyptian craftsman, waiting endlessly in the British Museum, dreaming about his return to find rest under his lost ‘blanket of sand‘…?

I had no real doubts, of course, considering the preceding Human Greed albums, and Michael Begg‘s contribution to the Fovea Hex projects,  as well as his Fragile Pitches’ collaboration project with Colin Potter.

But, to be honest, I was somewhat reserved about this album’s mythological theme and the effect it might have on the music.

When hearing the very first notes from the opening track, all my doubts and reservations vanished (like sand between my fingers indeed), and I was immediately captured by this music’s dreamlike atmosphere, with such strong cinematic quality that you almost feel like you’re a part of it yourself.

Fortress Longing” is only partly ‘electronic’ music, since lot of it is created with acoustic instruments.
This may come as no surprise: Human Greed‘s music has been described as “somewhere between the gorgeous drones of Stars of the Lid and the haunting and solemn “Symphony No. 3” by Henryk Górecki…”  
The acoustic instrumentation definitely enhances the ‘historical’ feeling of the music, adding to the album’s theme.

It’s a truely ï»¿fascinating album – and it almost hurts to realise that this will probably heard by too few people while it really deserves wide recognition!

The limited edition also contains a 36 minute bonus CD Deshret, featuring soundscape collage from original Fortress Longing sound material by Michael Begg and Colin Potter.
Needless to say that ambient/drone fans should definitely go for this limited edition.

 


Fortress Longing – Promo Trailer

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Dawn Secrets (Mix)

Closed - Noel Kerns

What exactly happens at the moment night changes back into day again, when darkness slowly retreats and light comes back in?
Are we aware of what happens outside, at that time of day most of us are still sleeping?
What sort of animals or creatures are hiding from the light, and what sort finally dare to come out again?
Would we discover “Dawn Secrets” when we’d leave our own safe and familiar surroundings?

To be honest, I did not start this mix with this theme in mind…it just ‘dawned’ on me when listening to it when it was almost finished…But from the start, I wanted this mix to have a strong ‘environmental’ feel (but not only include field recordings).

Like most of my previous mixes, I also wanted it to be be unnerving as well as comforting: to cycle between ‘tension’ and ‘release’ foa a ‘storytelling’ feeling.
So I guess it’s better labeled as “cinematic environmental”  than just as “ambient”.

I know it sounds weird, but when creating a mix like this, I always feel like if the mix itself is choosing the tracks to be included. The result of some combinations often surprises me.

I hope that this mix tells its mysterious story to you … and maybe reveal some ‘secrets’ along the way…

This mix was created in december, 2010 and published on Headphone Commute in january, 2011.


Sequence Scheme Dawn Secrets

Playlist:

  • 00:00 Atom TM – Notturni No.1
    – 1i3835tra3Um3, 2010, Rather Interesting RI067
  • 00:52 Atom TM – Notturni No.2
    – 1i3835tra3Um3, 2010, Rather Interesting RI067
  • 02:54 Plinth – Drift
    – Flotsam, 2006, Second Language SL05X
  • 04:47 Jon Hopkins
    – Dawn – Monsters (OST), 2010, Domino Records DS036CD
  • 06:03 Simon Whetham – Music’s a Wood you Walk Through
    – Wood – Dragon’s Eye Fifth Anniversary, 2011, Dragon’s Eye Recording de6008
  • 07:54 Enrico Coniglio – The Crab’s Secrets
    – Underwater Noises, 2011, Ephre Imprint/Lost Children Netlabel
  • 10:19 Mariolina Zitta – Cave Calls
    – Concert for Bats, Voices and Natural Sounds, 2007, Earth Ear ee6142
  • 12:50 Philip Samartzis – General Electric
    – Audible Geography, 2008, Room40 EDRM416
  • 13:50 Un Vortice di Bassa Pressione – Hydrocoma Pt. 3
    – Underwater Noises, 2011, Ephre Imprint/Lost Children Netlabel
  • 15:30 Listening Mirror – The Organist
    – Coffee Break Ambient, 2010, Audio Gourmet Netlabel AGN021
  • 15:50 Chubby Wolf – Vocal Sounds Vibrate Air
    – Wood – Dragon’s Eye Fifth Anniversary, 2011, Dragon’s Eye Recording de6008
  • 16:24 Balmorhea – Palestrina
    – Constellations, 2010, Western Vinyl WEST070
  • 20:50 Johann Johannsson – Sifreri
    – Explorer’s Club 7 – Reykjavik, 2010, Loaf LOAF36D7
  • 22:07 Wil Bolton – Slate
    – Time Lapse, 2010, Hibernate HB22
  • 23:40 Sigur Rós – Kafari
    – Sing me to Sleep (Indie Lullabies), 2010, American Laundromat Records ALR-0023
  • 28:35 Jos Smolders – Aiolos (Vangsaa Exterior)
    – Various Sampler Contributions, 2010, Earlabs
  • 32:43 Julien Mier – Breathe With Me
    – Flakes, 2010, Esc.Rec esc.rec.30 / Lomechanik lomek15
  • 34:28 Sleepingdog – Polish Love Song
     Sampler Winter 2010, 2010, Gizeh Records
  • 37:40 Markus Mehr – Datenwolke
    – Lava, 2010, Hidden Shoal Recordings HSR069
  • 39:40 Keith Kenniff – Anchor’s Hold
    – The Last Survivor, 2010, Unseen Music
  • 40:52 Jon Hopkins – Attack
    – Monsters (OST), 2010, Domino Records DS036CD
  • 42:16 MiaMia – Bend Over Harder
    – Flakes, 2010, Esc.Rec esc.rec.30 / Lomechanik lomek15
  • 43:50 Enrico Coniglio – Fondamente Nove Incl. 130 Cm S
    – Salicornie Topofonie, Vol. 2, 2010, Psychonavigation PSY039
  • 47:25 Giya Kancheli – Theme From Hamlet, Var. I & II
    – Themes from the Songbook, 2010, ECM Records 2188
  • 49:59 Ephraim Wegner – Swarm
    – Audible Landscapes, 2010, Crónica 052
  • 50:50 Collin Thomas – Blackjack Afternoon
    – Stones/Still, 2010, collinthomas.net
  • 54:20 Zazie Von Einem Anderen Stern – Nacht
    – Regen:Tropfen, 2010, Drifting Falling DRIFTING018
  • 57:00 Zazie Von Einem Anderen Stern – Intro
    – Regen:Tropfen, 2010, Drifting Falling DRIFTING018
  • 57:10 Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson – Degradation
    – Angels of the Universe, 2001, Fat Cat Records FAT1102
  • 58:22 Atom TM – Notturni N0.3
    – 1i3835tra3Um3, 2010, Rather Interesting RI067
  • 59:02 Julien Mier – Breathe With Me
    – Flakes, 2010, Esc.Rec esc.rec.30 / Lomechanik lomek15


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Bersarin Quartett

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bersarin quartett

The Bersarin Quartett is a bit hard to classify. If a subgenre called ‘lounge ambient’ (not to be shortcutted to ‘lambient’, please) existed, the Bersarin Quartett would be one of the first to fit in. Or maybe even define it. 
The Bersarin Quartett is not a quartet at all, as you might’ve expected: it’s just “Thomas”.  Thomas “Bersarin’s” music can best be described floating somewhere between Biosphere’s ‘Shenzou’ and Cinematic Orchestra without vocals.
‘Cinematic’ this sure is: string orchestra samples are used to full effect. It’s a widescreen soundtrack to non-existent films.
And it’s full of mixed emotions….

The album cover shows a young frightened girl seemingly averting a brutal assault. This image is used to full effect on Bersarin Quartett’s  myspace page: it takes some time before you realize you have to scroll down to find the standard page parts. Most of the music on this album is considerably less frightening, by the way.
(Note: the page layout has changed since the time of writing; PvC) 

This hidden gem may sadly never reach your local record shop, since it’s released on a very small record label (it’s Lidar’s second release).
But it’s very worth haunting..I’m sure it will haunt you too.

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