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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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Solaris Mindset (Mix)

Solaris

Mentioning Andrej Tarkovsky’s 1972 movie Solarisas a source of inspiration has become a bit of cliche somehow. This classic movie (we’re talking the original Russian 1972 version now) has inspired numerous people, in various fields of art, in its 40 years of existence.

The sparse music soundtrack, created by Edward Artemyev, and the overall meditative ambient atmosphere has also inspired a great deal of ambient music artists.
It also inspired this mix-collage.
Referring to Solaris from a mix like this may not really be in the ‘true spirit’ of what Tarkovsky meant to achieve: he originally wanted to make the movie entirely without using music at all, and asked composer Artemyev to orchestrate the ambient sounds as a musical score. The latter proposed subtly introducing orchestral music. (source).

The sparse use of musical background, together with the length and slow pace of the movie (a ‘meditative psychological drama’) has always had a strange effect on me: it puts me in some kind of half-sleep, a kind of state in which where it is difficult to distinguish details, to separate reality from images less ‘real’.
A half-conscious state of mind that perfectly matches the movie’s theme.

 


Solaris

This mix includes many different sources. Some parts of the originals Artemyev soundtrack are linked to fragments of the beautiful game soundtrack from Skyrim, by Jeremy Soule. The cinematic parts are alternated with various electronic soundscape fragments – familiar and less familiar.
Together with many tiny fragments from your own memory, a new – and strictly personal- alternate reality may be created, which (like in Solaris) may be hard to distinguish from real life…

Solaris was originally released in march 1972.
This tribute mix is celebrating this inspiring movie’s 40th anniversary!


Solaris Mindset - Sequence Scheme

Tracklist
[start time][sample length] [Artist] – [Title]
[Album Title], [Year], [Label #]

  • 00:00 01:06 Barry Adamson + Pan Sonic – The Hymn of the 7th Illusion
    Motorlab #3, 2001, Kitchen Motors, km4
  • 01:00 00:57 Jeremy Soule – Solitude
    The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Original Soundtrack, 2011, Bethesda Softworks, 20-65221/4
  • 01:38 01:19 Digitonal – Polaris
    Leaving Eleven, 2011, Leaves LVS001
  • 02:25 02:15 Sun Hammer – A Dream in Blood
    A Dream in Blood, 2012, Future Sequence FS002
  • 03:21 03:28 Bass Communion – Citadel
    Cenotaph, 2011, Tonefloat tf116
  • 04:43 03:31 Bpolar– Nag Champa
    Dhupa, 2012, Feedbackloop Label fbl022
  • 07:28 03:30 The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble – Past Midnight
    From the Stairwell, 2011, Denovali DEN86
  • 10:08 02:31 Chris Watson – By Kelso Dunes
    Recorded in the Field by…, 2006, Gruenrekorder Gruen 033
  • 10:51 03:13 Skare – To the other Shore
    Solstice City, 2009, Glacial Movements Records GM005
  • 13:06 02:21 The Boats – I’m not a Pessimist, I’m Sad
    The Ballad of the Eagle, 2011, Our Small Ideas OSI007
  • 14:32 03:39 Pietro Riparbelli – The Dome, Orvieto
    Four Churches, 2010, Touch Spire 4
  • 16:45 06:32 Penjaga Isaf – Melting Pot
    To Whom it May Concern, 2005, Shortwave Transmission SWT01
  • 22:32 01:47 Eduard Artemyev – Solaris-Dream
    Solaris, The Mirror, Stalker, 1990, Torso Kino, CD5001
  • 24:00 02:46 Jeremy Soule – Sky Above, Voice Within
    The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Original Soundtrack, 2011, Bethesda Softworks, 20-65221/4
  • 25:42 03:40 Eduard Artemyev – Solaris-Dream
    Solaris, The Mirror, Stalker, 1990, Torso Kino, CD5001
  • 27:56 04:36 Christina Vantzou – 1111 (Dustin O’Halloran Remix)
    No. 1 Remixes, 2012, The Numbered Series TNSCDDVD
  • 30:42 03:55 Oophoi – Bisbigli Di Angeli Tra Cielo e Terra Part 1
    Il Silenzio di Dio, 2011, Databloem DB035-2011
  • 34:08 01:11 Machinefabriek – Sol Sketch 7
    Sol Sketches, 2011, Self Released
  • 34:29 02:30 Bgudna – Maybe Warm Blooded
    Other Plans for Field Experience, 2011, En Stillhet som döden netlabel
  • 35:55 01:20 Luigi Turra – Aura
    Iron: Dragon’s Eye Sixth Anniversay, 2012, Dragons Eye Recordings 2012
  • 36:42 01:45 Jan M. Iversen – Morning has Broken Bones
    Standalones, 2010, TIBProd Mp3 album 100
  • 37:17 02:54 Simon Whetham – Part First (An Uncertain Distance)
    Prayers Unheard, 2011, Dragon’s Eye Recordings – de5032
  • 37:57 03:25 Listening Mirror – Venice Boxhead
    Resting in Aspic, 2012, Hibernate HB39
  • 40:34 01:52 Restive – G2 000041
    [M201127-09] G2.1, 2011, self-released
  • 41:06 02:50 Wesolowski + Kaliski – 271011#3
    281011, 2012, Few Quiet People
  • 43:00 02:00 Longina – Oidar
    Essays on Radio; Can I Have 2 Minutes of Your Time, 2005, Crónica 020~2005
  • 43:59 03:00 Porter Ricks – Porter Ricks Mix
    Replay Debussy, 2003, Universal Music (Germany) 472 801-2
  • 44:55 02:32 Eduard Artemyev – Solaris III
    Solaris, The Mirror, Stalker, 1990, Torso Kino, CD5001
  • 46:40 03:30 Hybernation – Occident Express
    Sequence 2, 2011, Future Sequence
  • 48:53 02:36 Jeremy Soule – Death in the Darkness
    The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Original Soundtrack, 2011, Bethesda Softworks, 20-65221/4
  • 50:56 02:16 Jeremy Soule – Into Darkness
    The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Original Soundtrack, 2011, Bethesda Softworks, 20-65221/4
  • 52:26 04:03 Listening Mirror – Without Saying Goodbye
    Resting in Aspic, 2012, Hibernate HB39
  • 52:42 02:01 Christina Vantzou – Small Choir (Ben Vida Remix)
    No. 1 Remixes, 2012, The Numbered Series TNSCDDVD
  • 54:47 02:35 Human Greed – In Absentia Variations
    Fortress Longing, 2011, Omnempathy OMIC2
  • 56:32 01:03 Landfire – Most People were Silent
    Incendium III, 2000, Loki Foundation LOKI 54
  • 57:22 01:52 Max Richter – The Camp
    Elle S’Appelait Sarah OST, 2010, Jade 6997269
  • 59:15 End


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Stillness [Mix]

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Stillness

“Stillness”
image by imago2007
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

Tracklist:

  • [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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Discouraging Intruders (Mix)

Discouraging Intruders

The main theme for this mix (as well as the title “Discouraging Intruders” ) came from the spoken word track by the Dwindlers: “What the Wolves Said”:

“No two of us on the same note, we sound bigger…our harmony discouraging intruders…”

Although generally not sounding like a pack of howling wolves, sometimes the purpose of ‘ambient’ music also is also is to ‘discourage intruders’ (such as unwanted sounds) to invade your environment..

From the opening, this mix slowly dwells into long drone soundscapes – some discouraging, others comforting – only to be interrupted by a climactic eruption from Siddhartha Barnhoorn‘s cinematic ‘Artifacts‘ directly following the enchanting vocals of Fovea Hex, a choir arrangement that seems to be coming directly from heaven by Franz Liszt (from ‘Via Crucis‘, 1879!), followed by a Sibil’La Catalana string theme from the 15th century – and finally to be concluded by the acquiescent vocals from the Terje Isungset track.

Whether you prefer to be on the inside or the outside is up to your imagination…

Image with kind permission from the Panopticons project.


discouraging Sequence

Playlist

(First time is the start time, second time indicates sample length)

  • 00:00 (01:30) Äpne Sinn – Espiritista
    Espiritista, 2011; Relaxed Machinery rM015
  • 01:00 (02:00) Antonymes – On Arrival at the Strange Museum (ending)
    The Licence to Interpret Dreams, 2011; Hidden Shoal Recordings HSR080
  • 03:00 (03:13) Antonymes – On Arrival at the Strange Museum
    The Licence to Interpret Dreams, 2011; Hidden Shoal Recordings HSR080
  • 05:35 (04:12) The Dwindlers – What the Wolves Said –
    Various Artists – Brave New World, 2011; Feedback Loop Label FbL010
  • 08:00 (06:07) Field Rotation – A Dimly Haze (Asleep Pt. 1)
    And Tomorrow I Will Sleep, 2011; Hibernate HB31
  • 09:00 (01:24) Enrico Coniglio – Kingdom of Her
    Dialogue One, 2011; Silentes cd 201128
  • 10:08 (04:16) Arturas Bumsteinas – Boletus Satanas
    Pastoral, 2011; Crónica 055
  • 12:28 (04:53) Johann Johannsson – An Injury to One is the Concern of All
    The Miners’ Hymn, 2011; 130701 CD13-13
  • 16:11 (05:40) Johann Johannsson – Freedom from Want and Fear
    The Miners’ Hymn, 2011; 130701 CD13-13
  • 18:34 (04:04) Model Citizen – Sleep Learning
    Various Artists – Brave New World, 2011; Feedback Loop Label FbL010
  • 19:40 (06:37) Fovea Hex – Cup Of Joy (Colin Potter remix)
    Here is where we used to sing (bonus EP), 2011; Janet Records JRDS004B
  • 25:45 (02:57) Siddhartha Barnhoorn – Artifacts
    Pillars of Light, 2011; Self-released
  • 27:14 (03:59) Michael Prime – God’s Own Dibber
    L-Fields, 2000; Sonoris SON-08
  • 28:34 (06:00) Carl Michael von Hausswolff – Day
    800 000 seconds in Harar, 2011; Touch TO:82
  • 30:30 (04:54) Yann Novak – Nightfall
    Nightfall, 2011; self-released
  • 34:27 (01:03) Franz Liszt – Station III, Jesus Fällt zum ersten mal
    Via Crucis, 1986; Decca 4805133
  • 35:20 (01:18) Anonymus – Sibil’la Catalana
    El Cant de la Sibil-La, 1988; AliaVox Heritage AVSA 9879
  • 36:20 (01:20) Arms and Sleepers – Crash
    Nostalgia for the Absolute, 2011; self-released
  • 37:12 (04:49) Robert Crouch – A Body of Work
    Various Artists – Wood, Dragon’s Eye Fifth Anniversary, 2011; Dragon’s Eye, de6008
  • 40:16 (05:58) Loscil – Névé –
    Coast Range Arc, 2011; Glacial Movements GM010
  • 43:44 (02:41) Stuart Sweeney – Where the Shores Meet (16-9 version)
    16-9, 2011; Oomff UK OOMFF1001CD
  • 45:41 (02:20) Philip Samartzis – Davis Station
    Various Artists – 10, 2011; Room40 DRM410
  • 45:49 (03:53) John Duncan, Valerio Tricoli – The Garden (excerpt)
    Eco et Narcisso. Presenze Sonore, 2006; Provincia Di Torino
  • 49:03 (02:36) Christina Kubisch – Circles 1
    Various Artists – Music Dances Itself, 2006; Sonic Arts Network, SAN200
  • 50:24 (04:17) Cliff Child – Between Sides
    Einn, 2010; Fruit Tree Records
  • 53:33 (02:06) Scanner – Black Box Warning
    May the Plague be with you – Remixes, 2007; Plague Recordings Plague 013 D/L
  • 54:51 (03:08) Terje Isungset – Retrospect
    Winter Songs, 2010; All Ice Records

This mix was created in may/june 2011.


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Amnesia (Mix)

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Photo: 'Misty Park' by Michel Banabila

Although it was created in March, this mix shows little signs of “Spring”.

There was no intentional relation, but inevitably the devastating Japan Earthquake, and the frightening nuclear disaster following it, somehow found its way into this mix.
The result: a rather dark overall atmosphere, which seems to leave little room for hope.
But at the same time, in Europe, winter retreats and daylight returns.
Nature shows that it can destroy as well as recuperate.


Mix Sequence

Playlist:

  • 00:00 Porzellan – Vopar Tar
    [Parvo] Art, 2009, parvo 007
  • 02:15 Max Richter – The Vel D’Hiv
    Elle s’appelait Sarah, 2010, Editions Jade
  • 05:12 Colin Potter & Michael Begg – Carnethy
    Fragile Pitches, 2010, Omnempathy OMIC1
  • 08:29 Victor Joaquim – Radio_O
    Essays on Radio: Can I Have 2 Minutes of Your Time, 2005, Crónica 020
  • 09:39 Janek Schaefer – Untitled
    49 Years from Gesang der Jünglinge (2005-1958), 2005, Sirr 0020
  • 13:08 Mikko Tarmia – Amb_end_soft
    Amnesia, The Dark Descent (Game Soundtrack), 2010, Frictional Games
  • 13:25 Mikko Tarmia – Amb_extra01
    Amnesia, The Dark Descent (Game Soundtrack), 2010, Frictional Games
  • 13:40 Jack Wall – Linking Chamber
    Myst IV, Revelation (Game Soundtrack), 2005, Ubisoft
  • 14:12 Mikko Tarmia – Event_hallway
    Amnesia, The Dark Descent (Game Soundtrack), 2010, Frictional Games
  • 14:18 Alio Die & Mariolina Zitta – Lithos (Part II)
    La Sala Dei Cristalli, 2010, Hic Sunt Leones HSL058
  • 16:08 Peter Andersson – Sarkophagus
    Music for Film & Exhibition II, 2010, Old Europa Cafe, OECD135
  • 18:07 Deaf Center – Hunted Twice
    Owl Splinters, 2011, Type 080
  • 22:13 Heitor Alvelos – Had a Scanner been born on the Bopsphorus
    Essays on Radio: Can I Have 2 minutes of Your Time, 2005, Crónica 020
  • 22:48 Max Eastley – Aerophones 5
    Installation Recordings (1973 – 2008), 2010, Paradigm Discs, PD26
  • 23:14 The Green Kingdom – Velvet Landscape
    Hidden Landscapes, 2011, Audio Gourmet AGCD003
  • 26:10 The Fun Years – Re: We’re Again Buried Under
    Baby It’s Cold Inside, 2008, Barge Recordings, BRG005
  • 28:17 Steve Peters – Hymne (pour un Fils des Étoiles)
    Erik Satie et les Nouveaux Jeunes, 2011, Arbouse ARBOU028
  • 30:58 Gareth Davis & Machinefabriek – Grower, part 1
    Grower, 2011, Sonic Pieces 010
  • 37:28 Sussan Deyhim – Pulse
    Possessed, 2001, Venus Rising Records
  • 40:44 Carl Michael von Hausswolff – Life and Death of Pboc
    Life and Death of Pboc, 1986, Radium 226.05 RAPH 013-4
    (also in the ‘Enter the Void’ Soundtrack, 2010)
  • 42:08 Michel Banabila – The Fall
    Alice in Wonderland & Various Other Works, 2010, unreleased
  • 43:47 Eluvium – Ogives Redistributed
    Erik Satie et les Nouveaux Jeunes, 2011, Arbouse ARBOU028
  • 46:05 Lexithimie – Flesh and Stones
    I Rather Die Terrified, 2010, Audio Gourmet AGN018
  • 47:28 Antonymes – A Fragile Acceptance
    The Licence to Interpret Dreams, 2011, Hidden Shoal Recordings
  • 50:55 Deaf Center – Fiction Dawn
    Owl Splinters, 2011, Type 080
  • 52:21 Chris Watson – Runway O2E
    Incidental Amplifications, 2006, Room40, EDRM405
  • 53:03 Alva Noto – Interim (for Dieter Rams)
    For 2, 2010, Line Line_044
  • 54:00 Pleq – Good Night, Pjusk Remix
    Good Night EP, 2010, Basses Frequences BF29
  • 58:06 Porzellan – Nebuleuse II
    The Fourth Level of Comprehension, 2009, Hibernate HB03
  • 1:00:00 End


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Pleq – Ambientblog Mix

Pleq

Ambientblog proudly presents a new “Guest mix”,  contributed by Bartosz Dziadosz a.k.a. Pleq

After reviewing his latest releases, I did not hesitate when Bartosz asked me if he could contribute a mix to the ambientblog podcasts.

This Pleq Ambientblog mix is not a mix of his own music, but a mix of Various Artists that gives great insight in the kind of music that inspires Pleq.

It kicks in fairly heavy with the high pitched noise of Go Koyashiki’s “Silhouette”, which when it suddenly drops feels like it has prepared your mind to ‘open up’ for the sounds to follow.

Bartosz’ mix balances the almost industrial electronic sounds with the more organic romanticism of (for example) Library Tapes, Max Richter and Spyweirdos. 

Before closing the mix, two previously unreleased tracks are included: a collaboration with Hakobune and another with Natalia Noeila Siebula. 

Tracklist:

  • Go Koyashiki – Silhouette
    (Touch, mAtter 2010)
  • Yui Onodera – Synergetics #1
    (Synergetics, Drone Records 2007)
  • Library Tapes – Pieces Of Us Were Left On The Tracks…
    (A Summer Beneath The Trees, Make Mine Music 2008)
  • Max Richter – Infra 5
    (Infra, 130701 2010)
  • Aidan Baker – Shadow Of Death Dream On
    (Within The Final Circle, Mirakelmusik 2005)
  • Andy Graydon – Untitled 5
    (Geomancy, mAtter 2009)
  • Celer – Bracelets Passed To Spanish Hands
    (Capri, Hummnig Conch 2009)
  • Marihiko Hara – In Dem Dritten Innenhof
    (Reflexion, Und Dann, Metamorphose, U-Cover 2008)
  • Solo Andata – A Ballet Of Hands
    (Fyris Swan, Hefty Records 2006)
  • Library Tapes – Feeling For Something Lost In Two Parts (Part. 1)
    (Feelings For Something Lost, Resonant 2006)
  • Off The Sky – Her Soft Circumference
    (Caustic Light, Autoplate 2005)
  • Hakobune + PleqCritique Of Practical Reason
    (Unreleased, 2011)
  • Natalia Noeila Siebula & Bartosz Dziadosz Leit
    (Unreleased, 2011)
  • Spyweirdos – Sixth
    (The Numbers, Creative Space Records 2008)

Mixed by Bartosz Dziadosz (Pleq) –  march 7, 2011
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Secret Chords and Apparitions (Mix)

Visual Ambient

Imagine yourself in deep sleep. Very deep sleep.

Unaware of your surroundings, unable to control images built from memories, unable to distinguish your dreams from impressions originating from the outside world.

At times, following a gentle sleep cycle, your consciousness slowly raises – almost up to the point of waking up. At these moments, the outside world is more perceptible, you’re vaguely aware of what’s happening around you.

But not for long, because you gradually sink back to the realm of subconscious deep sleep.

This mix was created in november, 2010. It was ‘premiered’ on Fluid Radio Mixcloud


Secret Chords - Mix Sequence

PLAYLIST:

  • 00:00 Susanna and the Magical Orchestra – Hallelujah (stretched intro)
    – Melody Mountain, 2010, Rune Grammofon RCG 2057, 
  • 00:32 Able – The Circumpolar North
    – Migrations, 2010, Rope Swing Cities RSC040
  • 01:40 Cliff Child – Between Sides
    – Einn, 2010, Fruit Tree Records 
  • 03.27 Colin Potter & Michael Begg – Lymphoy a Precise Flight
    – Fragile Piches, 2010, Omnempathy OMIC1
  • 04:47 Max Richter – When She Went Away
    – Elle s’appelait Sarah (OST), 2010, Editions Jade 
  • 06:27 Benjamin Dauer – Sense of Place
    – Burning of Wine, 2010, Distance Recordings, DIST018
  • 08:18 Gonjasufi – Candylane (filtered acapella)
    – 2010, unreleased
  • 08:50 Alan Lamb & Sarah Hopkins – Cello Chi
    – Sky Song, 1989, Vox Australis VAST0122
  • 10:03 i8u – Gallowalking
    – Flowers Dragon’s Eye Fourth Anniversary, 2010, Dragon’s Eye DE6006
  • 12:30 Bob Ohrum – Everytime I Close My Eyes
    – Elevated, 2010, Relaxed Machinery, rM_004
  • 13:40 Janek Schaefer – Exposure
    – Explorer’s Club, 2010, Explorer’s Club
  • 17:20 Federico Durand – Pudu, Tu Nombre Es Tobias
    – La Siesta Del Cipres, 2010, Spekk, KK:023
  • 18:51 David Velez – Division 1
    – Vacío Retórico, 2010, Audio Gourmet Netlabel AGN020
  • 23:26 Elian – Whispers, Then Silence
    – Whispers, Then Silence, 2010, Home Normal homen017
  • 25:58 Het Fukking Licht – Flutheelal
    – Kutplaneet, 2010, Narrominded NM038
  • 27:41 Fredo Viola – Lullabye
    – Soothing Sounds for Baby, 2010, Luvsound.org
  • 29:15 Joe Frawley – Apparition
    – Speak of This to No One, 2010, Joe Frawley Music JFM-CD09
  • 31:33 Benjamin Dauer – Contoured Silhouette
    – Burning of Wine, 2010, Distance Recordings, DIST018
  • 34:08 Listening Mirror – The Leechpool
    – …After The Briefest of Pauses, 2010, Rural Colours rc002
  • 37:08 Brian McBride – Girl Nap
    – The Effective Disconnect, 2010, Kranky krank150
  • 39:04 Brian McBride – Mélodrames Télégraphies (in B Major 7Th) Part 2
    – The Effective Disconnect, 2010, Kranky krank150
  • 41:48 Herzog – K Lessgo
    – Coffee Break Ambient, 2010, Audio Gourmet Netlabel AGN021
  • 42:12 Max Richter – Time Piece
    – Elle s’appelait Sarah (OST), 2010, Editions Jade 
  • 42:59 Anna Rose Carter – A Mirror Sitting
    – Silver Lines, 2010, Schedios SCH_002
  • 45:10 Mark Rushton – Owlsketch
    – Three Sketches, 2010, Audio Gourmet Netlabel AGN010
  • 47:13 Slow Dancing Society – Love is on the Way
    – Under the Sodium Lights, 2010, Hidden Shoal Recordings HSR072 
  • 50:48 Gaston Aravelo – Marea
    – Marea, 2010, Passage pass 004
  • 51:58 Jonathan Uliel Saldanha – Rumor is Listening (In Verto)
    – The Earth as a Floating Egg, 2010, Soopa.org
  • 52:46 Dr. Jeffrey Thompson – Miranda
    – NASA Voyager I & II Space Probe Recordings, 1992, Psychoactive Audio Programs
  • 55:32 Ozy – Night Shift 33C
    – Duskscape Not Seen, 2010, Nothings66 N66CD001
  • 59:11 Christina Kubisch – “An Electrical Walk – Utrecht” (stretched sample)
    – Impakt Festival, Utrecht, 2010, unreleased private recording
  • 60:00 End


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Streets, Dreams and Memories (mix)

Streets, Dreams & Memories

I guess I should start with a warning for regular visitors: this mix is different from what you’re used to.

First: it’s definitely not an “ambient mix”, although there’s quite a lot of ambience involved in this music.
Second: it’s not a compilation mix, but a mix featuring the music of one artist only: Michel Banabila.


Banabila (photo: Martijn Kappers)

Ever since I heard Banabila play a live set for VPRO’s radio program Spleen (way back in 1983, mind you!), I have been addicted to his music. This particular track has remained one of my favourite over the years…although the sound quality slowly deteriorated because I had to copy it a few times from cassette to cassette to preserve it…(that’s the reason it is not included in this mix).

Looking back to the musical output of almost 30 years, Banabila’s music is hard to categorize. He has released ambient music, as well as world fusion and sample jazz music (“Voiznoiz 3 – Urban Jazz  Scapes“, recorded with dutch jazz trumpeteer Eric Vloeimans was awarded an Edison in 2003).
His tracks has been used in many theatre productions and television documentaries!

Banabila’s music is very experimental at times, yet it conveys emotions one can easily relate to – and it is exactly that which makes him a unique musician…as well as one difficult to market because he cannot be ‘pinpointed’ to any contemporary style.

When I started on this mix, at first I wanted to focus on the ambient music Banabila has created. But in fact that would not do him right, it would represent only a small part of all the music he created.

This mix is not a ‘Best of Banabila‘, neither is it a collection of personal favourites  (in that case it would be a lot longer!). Looking back on this mix, I see a painful amount of tracks-that-should also-have-been-included….
But it covers a lot of different aspects of Michel Banabila’s musical world.
A world built from “Streets, Dreams and Memories”, waiting to be discovered by those with open ears..

banabila mix - sequence
Banabila – Mix Sequence

Playlist:

  • 00:00 T A P E (Mix 2), Unreleased, 2008
  • 00:23 Intro Harbour Set, Harbour Set, 2010 (for Geert Mul)
  • 02:07 Phonema 2, Phonema, 2003 (with Rotterdamse Improvisatie Pool)
  • 02:36 Satellite Queens, Satellite Queens, 2007
  • 04:11 Phonema 4, Phonema, 2003 (with Rotterdamse Improvisatie Pool)
  • 05:31 A Man in a Room, Precious Images, 2008
  • 06:30 My Mother’s Voice, Vuka! Vuka! theatre show, SA, 2005
  • 08:51 Watercolour, A Living Thing, 1998
  • 10:14 UAV, Sperics, 2003 (+ UAV – Sanjana Mix, 2006)
  • 13:42 Buildings, Changing Structures, 2008
  • 14:23 A Strong Sense of Urgency, Spherics, 2002
  • 17:47 Babylon, Precious Images, 2008
  • 17:56 Untitled, Unreleased, 2010 (with Mehmet Polat)
  • 22:12 Azmignie, Voiznoiz – Urban Soundscapes, 1999
  • 24:02 Do Something About it, Voiznoiz – Urban Soundscapes, 1999
  • 25:05 SMS-ing, Hilarious Expedition, 2005
  • 26:06 Quietly Descending, Changing Structures, 2008
  • 27:20 My Name is Johnny, Banabila-Monoscope live, 2005 (with Anton Goudsmit)
  • 29:04 Lost in a Big Building, Changing Structures, 2008
  • 30:40 Bicycle Exotica (reworked), Hilarious Expedition, 2005
  • 35:25 The Perfume Route (for Maher Al Sabbagh), O.S.T. The Perfume Route, 2010
  • 36:20 X-Zone, A Living Thing, 1998
  • 37:04 Friedrich Remixed, Recyclopedia, 2009 (with Eric Vloeimans & Frans Friedrich)
  • 41:37 Voices from a Secret World, A Living Thing, 1998
  • 43:06 Intro, Vuka! Vuka!, 2006
  • 45:47 Hosanna, Voiznoiz – Urban Soundscapes, 1999
  • 47:00 The Monitor is Dead, Spherics, 2003
  • 51:24 Zeer Duister (Voor Peter van Cooten), unreleased, 2007
  • 53:06 My Brain is Electric, Hilarious Expedition, 2005
  • 54:30 Magical Day (Huiskameronweer Mix), Precious Images, 2008
    (+ Voix du Fou Remix, with Eric Vloeimans)
  • 56:52 Small Talk (Off Balance Quasimodo Mix), Drone Download Project, 2009
  • 58:26 The Holy Mountain, Precious Images, 2008 (with Eric Vloeimans)

(c) All compositions by Michel Banabila


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links:
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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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Invisible Ink (Mix)

invisible ink

Though the title of Arve Henriksen’s opening track (Stille Veg, Quiet Road) was the working title for this mix, I finally decided to call it “Invisible Ink” – referring to the quote from Laurie Anderson’s track from “Homeland”, which may describe the confused global state (and – if you wish –  the political state of Holland in particular):

Was the Constitution written in visible ink?
Has everybody here forgotten how to think?
Is this great big boat starting to … sink?”

But apart from this, this journey along the ‘Stille Veg’ may present some interesting encounters – some dark and mysterious, others enchanting and optimistic…


Invisible Ink - Sequence

Playlist:

Note: time indicates start time

  • 00:00 Arve Henriksen – Stille Veg
    Ellivan, 2009, NORCD 0979
  • 01:23 Ryan Teague – Study for prepared Violin
    Silva, 2006, Miasmah MIACD001
  • 02:30 Marow – Gatow
    Lysar, 2010, Klitorik 013
  • 04:30 sample from “Shutter Island
    Shutter Island, 2010, Paramount Pictures
  • 04:32 The Black Dog – Lounge
    Music for Real Airports, 2010, Soma Quality Recordings, SOMACD083
  • 05:00 Michel Banabila – The Puppets
    Proposals for NNT’s stage performance of Alice in Wonderland, 2010, unreleased
  • 06:14 Able – Forest in Motion
    Migrations, 2010; Rope Swing Cities 040
  • 06:48 Darren Harper – Leaves and Piano
    Momentary, 2010, Audio Gourmet Netlabel AFN002
  • 07:12 Hummingbird – Garden of Secrets
    Our Fearful Symmetry, 2010, Fluid Audio 005
  • 09:44 Rena Jones – Photosynthesis (Nalepa Remix)
    Imaginary Friends, 2009, Ultimae Records inre037
  • 11:26 Laurie Anderson – Dark Time in the Revolution
    Homeland, 2010, Nonesuch 5240552
  • 12:19 Spidergod – Sinister Forest
    The Darker Void, 2010, http://spidergod.bandcamp.com
  • 13:57 Thomas Köner – W. Bilderdijkkade, Amsterdam
    La Barca Vinyl Edition, 2010, Fario SPLP01
  • 16:10 Cornelius Cardew & Scratch Orchestra – Paragraph 7
    The Great Learning, 1971, Cortical Foundation organofCortu21
  • 18:27 Max Richter – Infra 1
    Infra, 2010, 130701, lp1311
  • 21:48 Colin Potter & Michael Begg – Kitchen Moss
    Fragile Pitches, 2010, Omnempathy, ICR OMIC1A ICR 823566502227
  • 22:10 Goldmund – The Pursuer
    Unreleased Tracks 2009, 2009, Fugues, no cat.#
  • 22:57 Philippe Lamy – Du Centre Au Milieu
    Histoires Naturelles, 2009, High Linear Music HLM05
  • 26:09 Bjarni Gunnarsson – Blindni
    Safn 2006-2009, 2009, Lamadameaveclechien DOG006CD
  • 28:50 Taylor Deupree – Falls Touching Grasses
    Shoals, 2010, 12k 060
  • 30:08 Anna Rose Carter – Rain Again
    Something for a Rainy Day, 2010, Dedicated Records dedrec016
  • 31:03 Carl Sagan’s Ghost – Especially for them Part 2
    Especially for them, 2010, BFW Recordings BFW052
  • 32:06 Lee Patterson – Móine Mhór Wires
    Audible Geography, 2008, Room40 EDRM416
  • 33:37 Alan Lamb & Sarah Hopkins – Mirages
    Sky Song, 1989, Vox Australis VAST0122
  • 35:46 Gareth Hardwick – Dissolve (Chris Herbert Remix)
    Aversions, 2009, Low Point LP025
  • 37:44 The Caretaker – Black Box Warning {MSR990 Memories Mix}
    May The Plague Be With You {Remixes} , 2007, Plague recordings plague013DL
  • 39:18 The Dead Sea – Nulla Desiderata
    The Silent Ballet Vol. 9, 2008, Lost Children Netlabel, lostchildren 051
  • 40:42 Marconi Union – Debris
    A Lost Connection, 2010, Just Music TAO027
  • 44:12 A.R.Rahman – Latika’s Theme,
    Slum Dog Millionnaire Soundtrack, 2009, Interscope 1796869
  • 46:07 WW. Lowman – Excerpt 23
    Musique pour Statues Menhirs, 2009, Arbouse Recordings arbou026
  • 47:53 Yves Robert – In Touch Var. I
    In Touch, 2002, ECM 1787
  • 48:00 Retreat – Hymn
    No R-Mal, 2009, Just not normal jnn050
  • 50:12 Andrew Liles – Anhedonia
    Black Sea, 2007, Beta-lactam Ring Records mt130BlackSeriesnegro10
  • 51:21 Memór – Look! The Pleiades
    Fin D’Hiver, 2010, Dedicated Records dedrec019
  • 53:09 Woob – 85 Bit
    Repurpose, 2010, Bigamoebasounds BASCD01


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