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Bipolar (HC-PvC) (Mix)

Bipolar

What better way to start a new year with a brand new mix?!?

Mix-wise, 2017 was a quiet year: it has been quite some time ago since I published my last ‘real’ mix (Mind Awake, Body Asleep) – partly due to concentrating on DreamScenes,  which got a re-birth as a monthly radio show on Concertzender.nl).

But in the end of 2017 a long-standing plan finally materialised: a ‘collaboration mix’ with  Mike ‘Headphone Commute‘ Lazarev!
It is especially nice to start 2018 with this occasion, since Headphone Commute celebrates its 10th anniversary this year!

We had no clear concept for this mix when we started, other than ‘each turn takes 5 minutes, we’ll stop at 60, and we’ll see where it gets us’. We were unaware of each other’s tracklist (apart from what our ears told us).
The result is a thrilling ride, where each part is a reaction to the previous section.
Not exactly what we’d call an ‘ambient’ mix, because it’s extremely dynamic. Sections may range from deep sleep sections to exuberant enthusiasm – hence ‘Bipolar’.
It’s like a full life’s story comprised in one hour..

Take a look at the tracklist below (51 Track samples in 60 minutes) and get ready for a fascinating ride. And let us know what you think!

This mix is also published on Headphone Commute
Thanks to Mike Lazarev for all the fun!

Bipolar

 

Tracklist:

  • 00:00 [PvC] Alejandro Dojorewski – Eye Of The Beholder
    // The Holy Mountain [Finders Keepers Records,1973/2015]
  • 00:20 [PvC] Hilmar Öm Hilmarsson, Sigur Ros – Black Dog And The Scottish Play
    // Angels Of The Universe [FatCat Records, 2001]
  • 01:20 [PvC] Dean Hurley – Low Sustained Mystery
    // Anthology Resource Vol. 1 [Sacred Bones Records, 2017]
  • 02:06 [PvC] Bass Communion – Sisters Oregon B
    // Sisters Oregon [Substantia Innominata, 2017]
  • 03:27 [PvC] H_C/Ben Frost – Artist Reflection
    // Artist Reflections [unreleased, 2017]
    —————————————————-
  • 04:30 [HC] Hlynur A. Vilmarsson – BD (excerpt)
    // Iceland Symphony Orchestra – Recurrance [Sono Luminus, 2017]
  • 06:00 [HC] Actress x London Contemporary Orchestra – Audio Track 5 (Narrowest Sustain Version)
    // Audio Track 5 [Ninja Tune, 2017]
  • 06:30 [HC] Roly Porter – 4101
    // Third Law [Triangle, 2016]
  • 09:00 [HC] Paul Jebanasam – sigma*(y waiting -x)
    // Continuum [Subtext, 2016]
    —————————————————-
  • 09:17 [PvC] Annelies Monseré – I Will Lock You (UK Mix)
    // Verjaardag [Bluesanct, 2006]
  • 10:03 [PvC] Sarah Davachi – For Voice (edit)
    // All My Circles Run [Students Of Decay, 2017]
  • 11:30 [PvC] Los Angeles Percussion Quartet – Memory Palace V. Claremont (edit)
    // Beyond [Sono Luminous, 2017]
  • 13:10 [PvC] Ryuichi Sakamoto – Walker (edit)
    // Async [Milan, 2017]
  • 13:14 [PvC] Hans Zimmer/Benjamin Wallfisch – Furnace
    // Blade Runner 2049 [Epic Records, 2017]
    —————————————————-
  • 14:30 [HC] Kreng – Tourniquet (Part One) (excerpt)
    // Works For Abattoir Fermé 2007 – 2011 [Miasmah, 2012]
  • 18:20 [HC] Robert Rich & B. Lustmord – A Point of No Return (sample)
    // Stalker [Fathom, 1995]
  • 18:30 [HC] Marcus Fjellström – Arboretum (ending)
    // Skelektikon [Miasmah, 2017]
    —————————————————-
  • 19:15 [PvC] Robert Henke – Studies For Thunder
    // Signal To Noise [Imbalance Computer Music, 2004]
  • 20:28 [PvC] Michael Begg – An Act Of Balance
    // Titan – A Crane Is A Bridge [Omnempathy, 2017]
  • 21:50 [PvC] The Beacon Sound Choir – Sea Of Voices (Machinefabriek Rework) (edit)
    // Sunday Songs [First Terrace Records, 2017]
  • 23:16 [PvC] Jon Hopkins – Hunted
    // How I Live OST [Just Music, 2013]
    —————————————————-
  • 24:30 [HC] Robert Rich & B. Lustmord – A Point of No Return (sample)
    // Stalker [Fathom, 1995]
  • 26:16 [HC] Rødhåd – Withheld Walk
    // Anxious [Dystopian, 2017]
  • 28:07 [HC] Barbarix & Volatile Cycle – Rundled (sample)
    // Monoleth 001 [MethLab, 2016]
  • 29:00 [HC] Jason van Wyk – For Now
    // Opacity [Home Normal, 2017]
    —————————————————-
  • 29:59 [PvC] Büdie Siebert – Wal-Hall-A
    // Vor Der Flut – Hommage An Einen Wasserspeicher [Eigelstein Musikproduktion, 1985]
  • 30:44 [PvC] Heiner Goebbels – Ye Who Read (edit)
    // Shadow/Landscape With Argonauts [ECM Records, 1993]
  • 31:49 [PvC] Kenji Kawai – Making Of Cyborg (edit)
    // Ghost In The Shell OST [RCA,1995]
  • 32:33 [PvC] Lydia Kavina; Barbara Buchholz – Vakuum-Halluzinationen (for Two Theremins, Violin, And Violoncello) (edit)
    // Touch! Don’t Touch! (Music For Theremin) [Wergo, 2006]
    —————————————————-
  • 34:30 [HC] Karlheinz Stockhausen – Stimmung Model 6
    // Theatre Of Voices – Stimmung [Harmonia Mundi, 2007]
  • 34:45 [HC] Aphex Twin – XMAS_EVET10 [120][thanaton3 mix]
    // Syro [Warp, 2014]
  • 37:24 [HC] Hecq – Untitled (BK Remix)
    // Steeltongued [Hymen, 2009]
  • 39:25 [HC] Jóhann Jóhannsson – Part 2 / IBM 1403 Printer (excerpt)
    // IBM 1401, A User’s Manual  [4AD, 2006]
    —————————————————-
  • 39:25 [PvC] Jóhann Jóhannsson – Sun’s Gone Dim And The Sky’s Turned Black (fragment; edit)
    // IBM 1401 – A User’s Manual [4AD, 2006]
  • 39:35 [PvC] [The User] – }.}@}.@.}@}.@.}…… (edit)
    //Symphony #2 for Dot Matrix Printer [Staalplaat, 2002]
  • 41:14 [PvC] Ryoji Ikeda – Transmission (edit)
    // Dataphonics [Div Voir, 2010]
  • 42:14 [PvC] Neil Pomerleau – Dial-Up Sound
    // unreleased; (dialupsound.com)
  • 42:23 [PvC] Looped Exodus – Psalm 88 In Morsecode (edit)
    // Souls Have Machines [self-released, 2016]
  • 43:38 [PvC] Atom Heart – My Bird Can Sing
    // Semiacoustic Nature [Rather Interesting, 1995]
    —————————————————-
  • 44:30 [HC] Chris Watson – El Divisadero
    // El Tren Fantasma [Touch, 2011]
  • 45:20 [HC] The KLF – Six Hours To Louisiana, Black Coffee Going Cold
    // Chill Out [KLF / Wax Trax / TVT, 1990]
  • 46:20 [HC] The Future Sound Of London – Bird Wings
    // Lifeforms [Virgin / Astralwerks, 1994]
  • 47:00 [HC] Chris Watson – El Divisadero (continued…)
    // El Tren Fantasma [Touch, 2011]
  • 49:00 [HC] The Future Sound Of London – Everyone In The World Is Doing Something Without Me
    // Dead Cities [Virgin / Astralwerks, 1996]
    —————————————————-
  • 50:05 [PvC] Delia Derbyshire – Dreaming
    // Out Of This World – Atmospheric Sounds and Effects From The BBC Radiophonic Workshop [BBC Records And Tapes, 1976]
  • 50:36 [PvC] Edward Artemyev – Solaris – Station
    // Solaris, The Mirror, Stalker [Torso Kino, 1990]
  • 51:05 [PvC] Jonathan Coleclough, Colin Potter, Bass Communion – Yossaria
    // Jonathan Coleclough & Bass Communion & Colin Potter [ICR, 2003]
  • 52:15 [PvC] Penjaga Insaf – Djalan
    // Sama Sadja [Power & Steel, 2010]
    —————————————————-
  • 55:08 [HC] Alva Noto – Xerrox Mesosphere
    // Xerrox Vol.3 [Raster-Noton, 2015]
  • 56:15 [HC] Sana Obruent – The Preparation
    // Dyatlov [Blackjack Illuminist, 2017]
  • 57:30 [HC] Max Richter – Whose Name Is Written On Water
    // Sleep [Deutsche Grammophon, 2015]
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Bipolar

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Eilean & Dauw Dialog Tapes

Dauw - Dialog Tapes

In recent years it is not uncommon that artists work together without meeting each other in real life. On-Line collaboration is a common working method: sending work-in-progress to each other until it’s ready. It’s one of the many wonders the Internet brought us.

But as far as I know, two labels collaborating together in this way – matching their artists to work in duos on a collaboration track – has not been done before.

It’s a bold project by Eilean Records and Dauw to match 15 of their artists and let them make 14 collaborative tracks that are released as “Dialog Tapes” on two different media: a CD from Eilean and a Cassette tape from Dauw.

It’s a matching pair – the one should not be listened without the other. Just consider it a double album released on two different media – by two different labels…
No need to think about that too long, by the way: the physical editions will probably be sold outby now (though there may be some copies of the CD left at Experimedia or Stashed Goods). But luckily both releases are still available as a perfect pair of digital downloads.

Dauw - Dialog Tapes

One might expect a somewhat hectic clash of extremes when so many artists are paired, but it’s not. On the contrary: the fourteen tracks are pleasantly varied, often lo-fi, seemingly improvised, introvert, but néver dull, soundscapes.
The labels  – ánd their artists, at least those participating here – clearly share their view of what contemporary soundscapes should sound like!
(A honorouble mention is in place here for the mastering of Ian Hawgood)

14 tracks by 15 artists working in duo’s must mean there is one duo involved (Sokkyo is Heine Christensen and Ciro Berengues) which means that two tracks are created by a trio, not a duo. Not that that really matters, it’s just for those that want their math to be correct…

So, each artist that is present in two different combinations, each interacting with what the other party does best.
And beyond that, it is great to see labels not competing but working together.

The artist names to wet your appetite (find out the combinations yourself):
Stijn Hüwels, Danny Clay, Ruhe, TwinCities, Miguel Isaza, Monolyth & Cobalt, Wil Bolton, Leigh Toro, Aaron Martin, The Humble Bee, Sokkyõ, Masayaka Ozaki, David Andree, Dudal.

As demonstrated by this release, the result can indeed be much greater than the sum of its parts.

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"Both Were Moving" (Mix)

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At the closing of 2012, I’m proud to present this new ‘dialogue mix’  (the only other collaboration on ambientblog is the Division Dialogue mix created together with Muttley in 2010).

When Christophe Ywaska, creator of the weekly Klankschap radio shows on VillaBota webradio (whose mixes can also be found on Mixcloud, by the way) suggested working on a mix together, I knew we were in for a sonic treat.
Klankschap mixes are never “just” ambient – or “just” any other genre for that matter. Their tracklistings are a display of a deep knowledge of all kinds of experimental music, both new ánd old.
Due to their nature, they dó require some ‘active’ listening, though: they’re never meant to be ‘easy listening’ background music.

And the same is true for this mix, “Both Were Moving”: this is clearly no ‘ambient’ mix – it’s a sonic rollercoaster ride!

Sending back and forth new -additive-  versions means the result is somewhat different from other mixes on ambientblog. Once the file is sent, there’s no way back to re-editing earlier parts. The only way to go is forward.
Without any discussion beforehand, we both chose to add just short fragments and samples. With only few exceptions, this mix contains no full tracks.
Adding or reacting to the previous tracks, or twisting the atmosphere completely, makes this mix feels like walking an unknown forest at night.

“Both were moving” seemed the perfect fitting title for this mix. It is taken from the “Molloy” track, which in turn is taken from the Bayerischer Rundfunk production The Whole Thing’s Coming Out of the Dark – a fascinating presentation of texts written by Samuel Beckett.

To me, these spoken word fragments, layered over the atmospheric Monty Adkins track, sums up the magic of this mix: there are ‘movements of extreme complexity’, yet at the same time it ‘seems like a simple thing’.

Molloy – Text by Samuel Beckett
“I must have fallen asleep, for all of a sudden there was the moon – a huge moon, framed in the window, two bars dividing it in three segments, of which the middle remained constant, while little by little the right gained but the left lost. But the room was moving from right to left, or both together perhaps. Or both were moving from left to right, but the room not so fast as the moon. Or from right to left, but the moon not so fast as the room.
But can one speak of right and left in such circumstances? That movements of an extreme complexity were taking place seemed certain, and yet, what a simple thing it seemed… a vast, yellow light sailing slowly behind my bars, and which little by little the dense wall devoured – and finally
eclipsed.”

 

Playlist: 

  • 00.00 Anja Lechner – G.I. Gurdjieff Interlude II (A)
  • 00:20 Tim Noble – A Symphony of Exit Signs (A)
  • 00.43 Arvo Pärt – Variations for the healing of Arinushka, for piano (Movement 2) (K)
  • 00.59 Kid Koala – Recyclotron (page 110) (K)
  • 01:51 Nathan Siter – Black Box Warning (Remix) (A)
  • 02:44 Terje Paulsen – Veering (A)
  • 03.19 Stefano Pilia – Sea (K)
  • 04.55 Huntsville – For the working class (K)
  • 05.28 The Caretaker – Mental caverns without sunshine (K)
  • 07:02 PvC – Grammy (A)
  • 07:22 PvC – Electrical Walk Generator 2 (A)
  • 08:01 Monty Adkins – Permutations (A)
  • 08:07 The Holy See – Snowing Ash 5 (K)
  • 08:28 Monty Adkins – Entangled Symmetries (edit) (A)
  • 08.37 Barry McGovern & Uwe Dierksen – Molloy I & II (K)
  • 11.13 Johann Johannsson – Melodia (i) (K)
  • 12:24 James Eck Rippie – [Untitled] (A)
  • 14.07 Andrew Liles – Boston (A)
  • 15:03 Porter Ricks – Biokinetics (A)
  • 15.34 Alexandre Navarro – Part. 2 (Survol) (K)
  • 17.20 Heiner Goebbels – The Thunder (K)
  • 19.04 Nurse With Wound – A Perfectly Natural Explanation (K)
  • 20:42 Aaron Ximm – Sales Pitch Phase (A)
  • 21.31 Anne LaBerge – Away (A)
  • 23.08 Alvin Curran – Canti Illuminati (A)
  • 23.45 Simon Rowland-Jones – Suite no. 1 for violoncello in G-dur BWV 1007 – Prelude (Bach) (K)
  • 24.59 Aeolian String Ensemble – Espacios (Eclipse) (K)
  • 25.08 Colin Stetson feat. Laurie Anderson – A Dream Of Water (K)
  • 27.49 Berber Ox – Milky In The House (A)
  • 30:12 Cornelius Cardew – The Great Learning – Paragraph 7 (A)
  • 32.56 Del Close & John Brent – How to Speak Hip (A)
  • 33.55 Luc Ferrari – L’escaliers des aveugles #1b17 (K)
  • 35.43 Hildur Gudnadottir – Opaque (K)
  • 39:27 Surfaris – Wipeout (A)
  • 39:30 Daniel Menche – Guts 2 x 4 (A)
  • 39:41 Het Fukking Licht – Stichting Vikingbehoud (A)
  • 40:01 2Kilos & More – What Holds Me Here (K)
  • 40:38 Giuseppe Ielasi – Cooking Pan (A)
  • 40:55 Ikue Mori – Sigh (K)
  • 42:43 L A N D – Nighthawks (K)
  • 44.07 Circle of Pines – Zerfrorenes Glas (A)
  • 44.41 Woob – Stranger Air (A)
  • 45.52 A Winged Victory for the Sullen – Steep Hills of Vicodin Tears (A)
  • 47.40 Gilles Aubry – Berlin Backyard 2 (A)
  • 49.58 Olafur Arnalds – 0952 (K)
  • 50.34 Max Richter – Arboretum (K)
  • 51.14 Sylvain Chauveau – Blanc (K)
  • 53.25 Valgeir Sigurdsson – Draumaland (K)
  • 55.22 Alan Lamb & Sarah Hopkins – The Winds of Heaven (A)
  • 56.36 Murcof – Isaías (A)
  • 57.24 Olafur Arnalds – Fra Upphafi (A)
  • 58.05 William Basinski – Vivian & Ondine (A)
Thanks to Christophe Ywaska for making this happen.
 


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Pleq, Spheruleus & Various – "A Silent Swaying Breath"

Pleq Spheruleus

When they decided to work together on a charity fund-raising album “for those that has beenaffected by the recent unrest that ravaged cities across the country” (referring of course to the recent UK riots), Pleq (Bartosz Dziadosz) and Spheruleus (Harry Towell) chose a different approach.

Instead of asking fellow artists to contribute a complete track, they teamed up with SoundFjord (UK Sound Art Gallery), and started asking their (immense) network of ‘artists, musicians and the general public’ to contribute just a short (under one minute) sample for this project.
Then they started working on these samples, creating this one hour album with twelve full length tracks.

That must have an hell of a job, since the list of contributors adds up to about 75 names, and quite a lot familiar among them, such as Hakobune, Isnaj Dui, Inventors of Aircraft, Lauki, Marco Lucchi, Petri Kuljuntaustaa, Mystified, Offthesky, Porzellan, Robert Curgenven, Savaran, Simon Whetham, Steve Roden, Wil Bolton….I could go on for a while, but the full list is available on the Bandcamp page.

Though in fact they are the actual creators, Pleq and Spheruleus don’t take full credit for it, listing it under “Various (Artists)”. But they have done a remarkable job creating such coherent, homogenous tracks from this “eclectic selection of field recordings, samples, spoken word pieces and instrumentation, creating momentous emotional landscapes for the listener, delicate, tender moments and most of all, a yearning tumult of haunting quietude: a silent, swaying breath.

This album is available as a digital download only.
For only 3.99 GBP (EUR 4,65/USD 6,40) or preferrably some more you don’t only download this amazing “compilation”, but also help support the following charity organisations:

No reason NOT to download it!

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Division Dialogue (Mix)

A collaborative mix by Muttley (Subversion Weblog) and myself.

The mix is divided in ‘sets’ getting shorter each round.
In minutes: 20-20-10-10-5-5.

Every ‘set’ (except the first, of course) is created as an associative reaction to the the preceding one.

Playlist:

Part 1 – Muttley
00:00 David Tagg – Stele (Split with Hakobune, 2009)
09:00 Quosp – Pine (Soundscapes I, U-Cover, 2008)
14:25 Oneohtrix Point Never – Describing Bodies (Returnal, Editions Mego, 2010)
17:03 Kettel – Song From 4PM Herring (Myam James II, Sending Orbs, 2009)

Part 2 – PvC
19:29 Machinefabriek – Duotoon (Duotoon, self-released, 2009)
22:30 Ephraim Wegner – Flock of Sheep RMX (Audible Landcapes, Crónica, 2010)
23:53 Lost in Hildurness – Light (Mount A, Tónar, 2006)
24:57 Akira Rabelais – 1440 Promp. Parv. 5182 Wawyn […](Spellewauerynsherde, Samadhisound, 2004)
26:31 Thomas Köner – E Dalmatinsk, Beograd (La Barca Special Edition, Fario, 2010)
27:09 Kyle Bobby Dunn – Dissonant Distances (Rural Route No. 2, Standard Form, 2010)
30:17 Balmorhea – Winter Circle (Constellations, Western Vinyl, 2010)
31:51 Francisco López – Fabrikas (Machines, Elevator Bath, 2010)
32:56 Drape – Cosmic Purces (Dream Words, Gears of Sand, 2010)
34:43 Field Rotation – Sleepless (Why Things are Different, Hibernate, 2010)
36:32 Machinefabriek – Duotoon (Duotoon, self-released, 2009)

Part 3 – Muttley
38:07 Robert Haigh & Silent Storm – Untitled (From The Air bonus CD, Seal Pool, 2007)
41:50 Stars Of The Lid – Articulate Silences Pt. 2 (And Their Refinement Of The Decline, Kranky, 2007)
45:43 Fridge – Our Place In This (The Sun, Temporary Residence, 2007)

Part 4 – PvC
49:28 Susumu Yokota – Blue Moon (Kaleidoscope, Lo Recordings, 2010)
51:31 Solo Andata – Myrmecia (Ritual, Desire Path Recordings, 2010)
53:51 Boduf Songs – The Giant Umbilical Cord That Connects Your Brain to the Centre (This Alone Above Else In Spite of Everything, Kranky, 2010)
56:57 Robyn Miller – Jungle Totem (Myst II: Riven Soundtrack; Virgin, 1998)

Part 5 – Muttley
57:57 :papercutz – The Gift Of Self (Simon Scott remix) (Do Outro Lado Du Espelho – Lylac remixes, Audiobulb, 2010)
58:33 Neu! – Elanoizan (Neu! 4, Captain Trip Records, 1995)
59:45 Zelienople – Parts Are Lost [edit] (His/Hers, Type, 2007)
1:01:16 Roger Eno – The Parting Glass (Swimming, All Saints, 1996)

Part 6 – PvC
1:04:25 Sawako – The Town (Favourite Places 2, Audiobulb, 2009)
1:06:11 Frank Rothkamm – AAA (Alt, Baskaru, 2009)
1:07:55 Mashta Uirtu – Adrearium (Unbigoted, self-released, 2009)
1:09:53 Robyn Miller – Myst Link (Myst II: Riven Soundtrack, Virgin, 1998)
1:10:00 End


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