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Solace (Mix)

Stars-Night-Sky Photo by Mikko Lagerstedt

“Life can only be remembered backwards, but it must be lived forwards.”

The central piece provides the title for this mix: Solace – “Comfort in sorrow, misfortune. Consolation.”
This Fovea Hex track literally breathes consolation in every single note, so it seemed a good starting point for this mix.

It is also one of the few tracks in the mix that are included in its full length.
As usual in my mixes, most of the tracks are only short fragments of the original piece, merged together to create an atmosphere that may be different from what the artist originally intended. The track listing below states the starting times of the ‘samples’ as well as its length in the mix.

Even though there are quite some dark moments in this mix, I hope it may bring some ‘solace’ – if needed.
(If not needed: even better…! It still can be nice to feel a bit melancholic for a while, can’t it?)

Solace - Sequence

mix sequence

This mix was created for Bob Rusche’s ‘X-Ray’ broadcast on the Dutch Concertzender.
The mix was ‘premiered’ on July, 3, 2016. Thanks, Bob!

(photo by Mikko Lagerstedt)

Playlist

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

  • 00:00 01:02 Radiohead – Daydreaming
    A Moon Shaped Pool, 2016, XL Recordings XLDA790
  • 00:22 02:32 Ryuichi Sakamoto – The Revenant Main Theme
    The Revenant Soundtrack, 2016, Milan 399 758-2
  • 01:20 03:52 Northaunt – Extinction Event
    Istid I-II, 2015, Cyclic Law 72nd Cycle
  • 03:24 00:44 Radiohead – Daydreaming
    A Moon Shaped Pool, 2016, XL Recordings XLDA790
  • 03:58 03:01 Daniel W.J. Mackenzie – Glass Interlude
    Glass Permanent, 2016, Sound In Silence sis028
  • 05:33 02:45 Xiu Xiu – Nightsea Wind
    Plays the Music of Twin Peaks, 2016, Polyvinyl Record Company PRC-312
  • 06:12 01:51 Jonty Harrison – Going Places: Geoterma Pools at Seltún (Iceland) and Rotorua (New Zealand)
    Voyages, 2016, Empreintes Digitales IMED 16139
  • 07:04 02:07 Lewis Pesacov & Elisabeth Cline – Entr’Acte
    The Edge of Forever, 2016, The Industry Records
  • 08:44 01:30 Poppy Nogood – Frame Shatter
    Music for Mourning, 2016, Preserved Sound PS35
  • 09:22 02:59 J. Peter Schwalm – The Anxt Code
    The Beauty of Disaster, 2016, RareNoise Records RN059LP
  • 11:50 01:33 Mark Lyken – Scar History
    The Terrestial Sea, 2016, Important Records IMPREC437
  • 12:34 01:22 Thet Liturgiske Owäsendet – Under Jord Är Du Kommen
    Järtecken, 2015, Shimmering Moods Records SHM D010-tape2
  • 13:23 00:53 Colin Stetson – Sorrow II
    Sorrow (A Reimagining of Gorecki’s 3rd Symphony), 2016, 52Hz 52HZ001CD
  • 13:53 02:58 Jonty Harrison – Going Places: In Transit Announcement in Airports / Railway Stations in Florence, Pisa, Rome and Castelfiore, Street Demonstration in Montpellier
    Voyages, 2016, Empreintes Digitales IMED 16139
  • 14:17 04:04 Melanie De Biasio – Blackened Cities
    Blackened Cities, 2016, Play It Again Sam PIASL050CD
  • 18:00 02:15 Sercati – The Darkness In My Heart
    Falling On Earth, 2016, self-released
  • 19:53 02:44 Bjarni Gunnarsson – Verlat
    Paths, 2016, Granny Records granny16
  • 20:55 00:22 Radiohead – Daydreaming
    A Moon Shaped Pool, 2016, XL Recordings XLDA790
  • 22:05 01:41 Laurie Anderson – Life Lived Backwards
    Heart Of A Dog, 2015, Nonesuch 7559794888
  • 23:33 03:29 Celer – Terminal Points
    Two Days And One Night, 2016, Sequel SQ05
  • 25:34 02:55 Robert Crouch – Limbo Town (Croatoan)
    A Gradual Accumulation Of Ideas Become Truth, 2016, Line Line_077
  • 27:12 02:33 Markus Mehr – Re-Directed 4
    Re-Directed, 2016, Hidden Shoal
  • 29:12 00:47 Plinth – The Siren Murmur
    Flotsam, 2006, Second Language SL05
  • 29:30 03:00 Chris Watson – Scanuppia
    Cima Verde, 2008, Fondazione Edmund Mach 761118-02708-1
  • 29:58 01:13 Ian William Craig – Leviathan
    Cradle for the Wanting/Half Heard And Fleeting, 2015, Recital R15
  • 31:13 05:24 Fovea Hex – Solace
    The Salt Garden I, 2016, Die Stadt DS116
  • 36:10 01:18 Jacob Kirkegaard – Haus Der Mahre
    Spectral Sounds, 2016, Spectral Sounds
  • 36:24 04:50 The [Law-Rah] Collective – Invocation 5
    Invocations, 2016, Raubbau Raub 036
  • 38:42 02:43 Pierce Warnecke – Shivering As The Warmth Returns
    Memory Fragments, 2016, Room40 RM479
  • 41:08 00:59 Sister Waize – Reverse Shamanism
    Your Syndrome, My Disease, 2015, self-released
  • 41:13 03:52 Ryuichi Sakamoto – Out of Horse
    The Revenant Soundtrack, 2016, Milan 399 758-2
  • 44:53 02:17 Seanïnvey – The Big Travel
    The Path, 2016, Eilean Rec 039
  • 45:40 03:50 No Mask Effect – Punctual
    Double Or Quits, 2016, Psychonavigation PSY 117
  • 47:24 03:20 Dakhabrakha – Vesna Tschili
    Yagudki, 2007, self-released
  • 50:01 05:48 Thomas Köner – Tiento De La Luz 3
    Tiento De La Luz, 2016, Denovali Records den215
  • 55:18 02:13 Ryuichi Sakamoto/Alva Noto – Church Dream
    The Revenant Soundtrack, 2016, Milan 399 758-2
  • 57:06 01:59 Nasa Voyager Recordings – Symphonies of the Planets 3
    Symphonies of the Planets, 1992, Laserlight Digital 12 125
  • 57:14 02:12 Gentle Rain Sound
    Orangefreesounds.com library
  • 58:23 00:39 Clint Mansell – A Whistling Tune From A Lonely Man
    Stoker OST, 2013, Milan 399 456-2

 

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Secret 41 (Mix)

Secret 41

Because of the drones, atmospheric field recordings and insect sounds, this mix will be labeled as an ‘ambient’ mix by most listeners.
And of course it is…. but at the same time it isn’t. It simply isn’t ‘unobtrusive’ enough to be ‘ambient’.

This one feels more like a cinematic soundtrack, even more than most of my previous mixes. An hour-long journey of scene changes, meandering between *Kitsch* and *Kult*, using short samples to create ‘continuity cuts’, and constantly changing focus (like the auditive equivalent of the ‘rack focus’ technique in filmmaking).
The result is in fact more psychedelic than ambient.
Depending on the listener, of course.

The course is somewhat set by two returning fragments from larger works – (‘Just’ by Trio Mediaeval / David Lang and Kancheli‘s ‘Chiaroscuro’).
But it is entirely unpredictable where you will find yourself in the end…

Secret 41 - Sequence

And, eh, oh yeah – about the title:
This particular mix was created as a submission to Secret Thirteen‘s ‘New Blood‘ invitation to send in ‘kaleidoscopic mixes’ for their mix series (that’s why their logo is in the image). The ’41’ refers to the number of track samples that are used in this mix.
Of course it wasn’t chosen (in fact they never responded to the entry) – which didn’t really surprise me: this mix is obviously too far off from what they were looking for (read that as: not weird, extreme & obscure enough for their taste).
I probably shouldn’t have bothered sending it at all – but it was fun to experiment with some unusual combinations!

For enhanced immersiveness, you can also download the DTS-version to play on your surround sound system.

Playlist:
[Start Time] [Sample Length] [Artist] – [Title]
[Album, Year, Label]

  • 00:00 01:59 Tatsuro Kojima – Kokoro Asu Wa Yoi Hi
    (Refraction and Reflection, 2015, Audiobulb AB063)
  • 00:25 01:55 Trio Mediaeval, David Lang – Just (After Song of Songs)
    (Youth OST, 2015, Indigo Film 399 773 – 2)
  • 01:54 01:35 Agnieszka Waligorska & Pekka Sirén – Achinech
    (Islas Resonantes, 2009)
  • 02:00 02:08 Ugasanie – The Phenomenon
    (Eye of Tunguska, 2015, Cryo Chamber CRYO 021)
  • 03:33 01:53 Norn – Droom Van Zinken Naar Het Holst Van Een Naamloze Diepte
    (Usotsuki, 2015, Moving Furniture Records MFR023)
  • 05:04 01:02 Alan Howarth – Space Ambience
    (Real Hollywood Sound Effects, 1997, GNP Crescendo GNPD 8054)
  • 05:35 01:33 Alan Howarth – Interdimensional Vortex
    (Real Hollywood Sound Effects, 1997, GNP Crescendo GNPD 8054)
  • 06:15 01:42 Mette Henriette – & The Silver Fox
    (Mette Henriette, 2015, ECM 2460/61)
  • 07:30 01:24 Stéphane Marin – Bourrasque
    (Matins D’Ariège, 2015, Galaverna GAL 0122)
  • 08:15 01:37 Michel Banabila – The End of The Web
    (Feedback + Modular + Radiowaves, 2015, Tapu Records 011TR)
  • 09:16 00:36 Michel Banabila – Fan
    (Eyes Closed, 2015, Tapu Records 010TR)
  • 09:38 02:25 Various (Bigo & Twigetti) Artists – Another Direction
    (Variables, 2015, Bigo & Twigetti)
  • 11:38 01:47 Elian – Red
    (Cutting Up The Sun, 2015, Longstoryshort Recording Company TLSRC2)
  • 12:57 02:50 David Toop – Caberima Night Insects, Birds And Moths
    (Lost Shadows In Defence Of The Soul – Yanomami Shamanism, Songs, Ritual, 015 Sub Rosa SR379)
  • 13:30 01:52 Mynoise.net – ASMR Whisper
    (online stream)
  • 14:20 02:50 Jacaszek & Kwartludium – From A Seashell
    (Catalogue Des Arbres, 2014, Touch TO:94)
  • 17:03 01:58 Giya Kancheli – Chiaroscuro
    (Chiaroscuro, 2015, ECM Records 2442)
  • 18:28 03:01 Mathias Delplanque – Débris (For Ephraim Wegner)
    (Siebzehn Bis 8, 215, Crónica 096)
  • 20:50 03:19 Sonmi 451 – Limbic Lobe
    (The Limbic System, 2015, Time Released Sound TRS050)
  • 23:13 04:21 Michael Begg / Human Greed – Da Pacem (Apres Pärt)
    (Hivernant, 2015, Omnempathy OMCD06)
  • 27:08 00:38 Trio Mediaeval, David Lang – Just (After Song of Songs)
    (Youth OST, 2015, Indigo Film 399 773 – 2)
  • 27:40 00:55 Kronos Quartet – Flugufrelsarinn
    (Plays Sigur Ros, 2007, Nonesuch 307452)
  • 28:04 02:16 Sakana Hosomi – Ma.Org Re.Mx
    (Ma.Org.Pa.Git Re.Mx, 2015, Crónica 092)
  • 28:04 03:16 Kreng – Bargaining
    (The Summoner, 2015 Miasmah MIACD030)
  • 30:43 02:30 Thomas Ragsdale – The Uncertainty Principle
    (Bait, 2015, This Is It Forever TIIF002)
  • 32:58 00:50 Thomas Newman & Rick Cox – Goldmine Nectarine
    (35 Whirlpools Below Sound, 2014, Cold Blue Music CB0040)
  • 33:13 00:38 Louis Sarno – Bobé Spirits Calling
    (Song From The Forest, 2014, Gruenrecorder GRUEN150)
  • 33:30 02:41 Dronny Darko & Protou – Primate (50 Million Years Ago)
    (Earth Songs, 2015, Cryo Chamber CRYO019)
  • 34:44 00:56 Larry Clinton – Deep Purple (Reprise)
    (Lost River OST, 2015, Italians Do It Better)
  • 35:35 02:17 Glass Candy – Shell Game
    (Lost River OST, 2015, Italians Do It Better)
  • 37:44 02:53 Alva Noto – Xerrox Spark
    (Xerrox Vol. 3, 2015, Raster-Noton R-N 159)
  • 40:00 02:15 Woob – Intervision Intermission
    (Ambient Disaster Movie, 2014, Bigamoebasounds BAS017)
  • 41:46 02:40 Todd Tobias – Teluk Dalam
    (Tristes Tropiques, 2015, Tiny Room Records TR005)
  • 42:53 05:17 Kristoffer Oustad – Row Me Over
    (Filth Haven, 2015, Malignant Records TumorCD84)
  • 45:33 03:11 Porcje Rosolowe – Metua Tympanis
    (Insects 4-7, 2015, Crónica 093)
  • 47:11 05:07 Masaya Kato – IV
    (Trace Of Voices, 2015, Time Released Sounds TRS-49)
  • 51:47 03:26 Arve Henriksen – Sanmyake
    (Sakuteiki, 2001, Rune Grammofon RCD2021)
  • 54:08 03:47 Chris Dooks & Darren McClure – Ayr Scaffold Resonance
    (Site-Specific Works, 2015, Bandcamp)
  • 55:25 00:24 Trio Mediaeval, David Lang – Just (After Song of Songs)
    (Youth OST, 2015, Indigo Film 399 773 – 2)
  • 55:46 01:44 Mark Lyken & Emma Dove – Chenrey Hoose
    (Mirror Lands, 2015, Time Released Sounds TRS055)
  • 57:20 02:40 Giya Kancheli – Chiaroscuro
    (Chiaroscuro, 2015, ECM Records 2442)

 

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Entropic (Mix)

Cropped Paint Splates over Butterflies Dreams

…. slowly evolving to a state of inert uniformity …. retracing information that was lost from the message … searching for the uniformity in what seems to be randomly disordered …

en·tro·py (ĕn′trə-pē)

  • A measure of the disorder or randomness in a closed system.
  • A measure of the loss of information in a transmitted message.
  • The tendency for all matter and energy in the universe to evolve toward a state of inert uniformity.
  • Inevitable and steady deterioration of a system or society.
  • For a closed thermodynamic system, a quantitative measure of the amount of thermal energy not available to do work.

This mix is simultaneously published on Headphone Commute:
“Welcome to another Headphone Commute podcast. You’re in for a treat! Peter van Cooten has been contributing countless reviews and mixes and there’s no sign of him slowing down! And that’s a great thing, because we certainly love the soundscapes that PvC introduces our ears to, with his intricate selection of layers, textures and most importantly, story-telling. The latter is what makes up a great selector, elevating him on par with the artist themselves, where the collage of sounds becomes more than just a mix, but a brand new piece of music. Enjoy!”

Entropic Sequence Scheme

Playlist
start time sample length  Artist – Title
Album Title, Release Year, Label details

  • 00:00 2:54 Johnny Jewel – The Dead Zone
    Lost River OST, 2015, Italians do it Better
  • 02:06 1:22 Miharu Koshi & Haruomi Hosono – Halconia Voice
    Ex Machina OST, 2007, Commons RZCM-45702/B
  • 02:35 3:44 Alva Noto – Xerrox Mesosphere
    Xerrox Vol. 3, 2015, Raster-Noton RN-159
  • 04:43 3:04 Jean-Paul Dessy – O’Clock
    O’Clock, 2014, Cypres CYP 4642
  • 07:27 2:10 Jeff Stonehouse – Pathway
    Ghosts, 2015, Taâlem alm108
  • 07:45 1:01 Kreng – Anger
    The Summoner, 2015, Miasmah MIACD030
  • 08:45 1:40 Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie – The Endless Battle of the Maudlin Ballade Part 3
    Travels in Constants Vol. 24, 2105, Temporary Residence Limited TIC24
  • 10:20 0:53 Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie – The Endless Battle of the Maudlin Ballade Part 1
    Travels in Constants Vol. 24, 2015, Temporary Residence Limited TIC24
  • 11:02 2:10 Filip Szyszkowski – Water Stones (feat. Filip D. Jensen)(CellIII)
    Mother of Ants, 2015, Unquiet Records UNQUIET004
  • 11:53 3:01 Max Richter & Daniel Hope – Shadow 5
    Vivaldi – The Four Seasons Recomposed, 2014, Deutsche Grammophon 479 2776
  • 13:43 1:38 Disasterpeace – Anyone
    It Follows OST, 2015, Milan 36729
  • 15:12 1:59 Monolake – Void
    Silence, 2009, Imbalance Computer Music ML025
  • 16:03 2:31 Chris Dooks & Darren McClure – When the Planes Leave Town
    Site Specifie Works, 2015, Bandcamp
  • 17:13 0:44 Wolfgang Rihm – Sieben Passions-Texte für Sechs Stimme: III Velum Templi Scissum Est
    Astralis & Other Choral Works, 2012, Harmonia Mundi HMC 902129
  • 17:15 3:32 Pelican Daughers – The Bicycle Ride
    50 Years of Sunshine, 1993, Silent SR9333
  • 18:13 2:29 Jacques Tremblay – Empathies Entropiques 7. Rêve Libanais
    Chroniques d’une Seduction, 2008, Empreintes Digitales IMED 0897
  • 19:49 5:35 Frequent Sync – Windwalker
    Familiar Fields, 2009, Seedsound SEED026
  • 20:08 2:54 Erik K. Skodvin – Pitch Dark
    Flare, 2010, Sonic Pieces 009
  • 21:49 7:37 Peter Grech – Where They Cross Over
    Sung of the Black Canyon, 2015, Bandcamp
  • 27:45 4:54 Jacob Kirkegaard – Fool’s Fire
    5 Pieces, 2015, Posh Isolation 143
  • 30:09 4:30 New Composers & Brian Eno – Long SQ
    Smart, 1999/2015, Psychonavigation PSY106
  • 33:00 1:43 Kate Carr – Underwater
    Overheard in Doi Saket, 2014, 3Leaves 3L030
  • 34:00 4:04 Tattered Kaylor – Taken to Booroomba
    Sombre Nay Sated, 2013, Stadisfield SF-1101
  • 35:14 3:48 Tonto’s Expanding Head Band – Tama
    Zero Time, 1971, Embryo Records SD 732
  • 38:09 2:47 Terje Isungset – Glacial Motion
    Meditations, 2015, All Ice Records 1407
  • 40:04 1:32 Ulises Conti – H
    Los Griegos Creían Que Las Estrellas Eran Pequeños Agujeros Por Donde Los Dioses Escuchaban A Los Hombres, 2014, Flau FLAU41
  • 40:33 3:06 Norn – Maanmeer Vrÿ
    Usotsuki [うそつき], 2015, Moving Furniture Records MFR023
  • 42:47 3:52 John Puchiele Ensemble – Thinking
    Life Cycle, 2013, Antediluvian Records ARJPE001
  • 45:00 2:39 Bjarni Gunnarsson – Portholes
    Processes & Potentials, 2013, 3Leaves 3L025
  • 46:52 0:57 Sussan Deyhim & Hirin Nestat – Turbulent
    Soliloquy, 2008, Venus Rising
  • 47:34 2:26 Dale Cooper Quartet & the Dictaphones – Ma Dressing
    Parole De Navarre, 2006/2010, Denovali DEN60
  • 49:12 4:17 Johnny Jewel – Spellbound
    Lost River OST, 2015, Italians do it Better
  • 52:27 6:08 London Docks – 400 Clouds Pt. 1
    Tangaróa
  • 58:35 End


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Veroníque Vaka; Dirk Serries; Robert Scott Thompson; Damián Anache

Erlendis

VERONÍQUE VAKA – ERLENDIS
Originally from Montréal, Canada, Veroníque Vaka moved to Iceland to become infected with whatever creative virus it is that the geysirs breathe into the air.
Erlendis (the word translates to ‘a place that is foreign to you’) is her relatively short debut EP (released on Moderna Records), – on which she presents the beautiful music she created with some gifted –sons and –dottirs.
It has all the classic qualities, we’ve come to know of music from Iceland: an intriguing combination of string ensemble, piano, wind instruments, field recording and voice: all with in mind ‘the purity and breathing of acoustic instruments and their sensibility’.
Ánd of course a strange, somewhat alienated atmosphere. 
The album is co-produced and mixed by Alex Somers, known for his work with Jónsi & Alex, Sigur Ross and Damien Rice. 

 


Dirk Serries - Disorientation FlowDIRK SERRIES – DISORIENTATION FLOW
If you limit your search to just Dirk Serries you’ll find only a handful of album releases, but add one of his many aliases (Fear Falls Burning, VidnaObmana, Continuum, Microphonics, Stream of Consciousness, Yodok III) and his discography expands to frightening proportions.
Disorientation Flow presents Serries in his most basic form: fully improvised and recorded in real-time with an electric guitar and just a handful of effects. It “touches upon the introspective character of  Serries’ musical language. String-like chords, subtle waves and dynamic warm drones are the sonic ingredients, playing with notation of extended time and isolation.”


Palimpsest

ROBERT SCOTT THOMPSON – PALIMPSEST
In his extensive discography that goes all the way back to 1991, Robert Scott Thompson has explored many different facets of electronic music. His sound can sometimes reflect ‘old-school’ ambient artists like Klaus Schulze, Brian Eno or Steve Roachbut it can also choose a direction to reflect the more experimental music by musique concrête artists like Francis Dhomont or Todd Dockstader.
His latest album is a good example of his musical versatility: starting out with the acousmatic sounds of small rocks and pebbles, but slowly drifting into more ethereal ambient textures (and back again).
It’s exactly that combination of choices that makes Thompson stand out from the contemporary electronic music mainstream.
He “manages to refrain from the harsher electroacoustic sounds, while still capturing the tension inherent in that school. Combined with a modern ambient approach, his recordings often take on pleasant overtones, albeit with darkness on the horizon.”
The album title Palimpsest refers to the fact that this new material is created using material that has been developed for previous Robert Scott Thompson projects.


Capturas del Unico Camino

DAMIÁN ANACHE – CAPTURAS DEL ÚNICO CAMINO
The deluxe edition of Damián Anache‘s debut CD Capturas del Único Camino… comes in a hand-cut carton box, also including art prints dedicated to Damián Anache‘s creative influences: John Cage, Brian Eno, Erik Satie and Alan Watts. This includes extensive information about the score, unfortunately (for me) all written in Spanish (Anache comes from Argentina).
There’s also a more moderate standard CD release – but for those that don’t need a physical copy the digital download release is available as a free (!) high resolution (48/24 FLAC) download!
The soundscape (recorded in Ambisonic-UHJoffers a natural kind of Generative Music –  the ‘chance music’ generated by computer algorithm which is constantly changing and slightly different at every occasion.
Generative Music was extensively explored by Brian Eno and has since then become a computer music genre in itself (remember Sseyo Koan software? That was over 20 years ago!!)
Capturas… may be ‘computer music’ because of its use of complex software algorhythms, but Anache uses the software to control acoustic sounds of instruments, voice and recordings of water.
The result is a bright natural, ever-changing yet also constant sound painting – a pleasure to have it playing in the background. Or, of course, for ‘accompanying a lull or relaxation, offering a beautiful object for passive contemplation.’

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Alva Noto – Xerrox Vol. 3

Xerrox Vol. 3

Xerrox Vol. 3 is the third part (duh!) in what is going to be a five part series inspired by the process of copying.
All three parts have their subtitle: “Old World” (Xerrox Vol. 1, 2007), “New World” (Xerrox Vol. 2, 2009) – and  now Vol. 3 is labeled: “Towards Space” .

It took five years to release this part of the Xerrox series. There were other Alva Noto releases in that time, but this one returns to the basic concept of copying (sometimes referred to as Xerroxing):
“using the process of copying as a basis, the xerrox series deals with the manipulation of data by means of endless reproduction. Due to the inherent vice of the procedure that becomes especially visible when copies are made from copies, everyday sound are so much altered that they can be hardly associated with the source material anymore. As a result, entirely new sounds are created that, being copies of originals, become originals themselves.” 

When comparing this third album to its predecessors in the same series, it seems that the sounds here are somewhat more ’emotional’ than before.
I don’t mean to say that the previous editions were without emotions (because they weren’t) – but there ís a difference… It’s as if the copying process has been made secondary to conveying more personal emotions this time.
As if the copies have become originals, maybe?

No doubt this can also be related to Alva Noto‘s source of inspiration: his childhood film memories from the 1970’s including Tarkovsky’s Solaris and La Isla Misteriosa Y el Capitán Nemo.
The combination of the xerroxed sounds, detached from its originals, with the quiet, unhurried melodic arrangements indeed breathes the same mysterious atmosphere that has made Solaris into one of the greatest movies of all time.

While the concept of the repeated copying as a continuous process sounds somewhat theoretical, the result is suprisingly personal: “a personal reflection of dreams, an imaginary journey through emotional landscapes”.
A suprise also for Carsten Nicolai himself: “I have to admit that this emotional output is a surprise even for myself”.

If Xerrox were intended to be a trilogy, this would have been the perfect finale.
But it does not stop here, and with two more parts to go we can only wonder where Alva Noto will go from here. I guess the only one possible destiny can be the future
 … and – no doubt – far beyond.

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ALVA NOTO – XERROX ISOLA

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Ghost Road Stroll (Mix)

Sounds of a Tired City #32

This mix is made to be published in the excellent series of mixes on Sounds of a Tired Citypart of the larger website with the same name.
It is published exactly on its first year’s anniversary, so it’s in fact a birthday present too!

Inspired by the site name, I decided I wanted to try to create a sonic ‘walk’ through a ‘tired’ city.
A mix with a lot of scene changes… like walking through an unknown city on a (quiet sunday?) morning – finding hidden surprises and marvels around every corner..

But is it a city we are walking in?
Sometimes it sounds more like a tired village, or a tired park, or a tired forest… Or a tired highway…
(The title of this mix comes from the recurring part from Janek Schaefer‘s Asleep at the Wheel” installation project called Ghost Road Soundtracks“).

Well, maybe it’s a walk wherever you want – just let the music and your imagination take you to where it wants to go.

…If you like it, please help it find an audience…

Cardiff Custom House Bridge

Much thanks to Sounds of a Tired City for publishing this mix! And congrats on this first anniversary!

Ghost Road Stroll - Sequence

Playlist:
start time – sample length – Artist – Title
(Album Title, Release Year, Label details)

  • 00:00 02:57 Boduf Songs – Grows in the Small World of Nerve
    Stench of Exist, 2015, Flenser Records, FR-50
  • 01:20 02:30 Edward Artemyev – Stalker-Meditation
    Solaris, The Mirror, Stalker, 1990, Torso Kino CD 5001
  • 03:42 01:45 Terje Isungset – The View
    Meditations, 2015, All Ice Records ALL ICE 1407
  • 05:17 01:46 Bruce Langhorne – Windmill
    The Hired Hand Soundtrack, 1971/2004, Blast First Petite PTYT 2002
  • 06:00 03:00 Claudio Puntin, Gerdur Gunnarsdottir – Sofdu Unga Astin Min
    Ylir, 2001, ECM 1749
  • 08:32 03:23 Ross Douglas – On Finding the Last Known Sanctuary
    Levers & Cogs, 2015, self-released
  • 10:40 05:11 New Composers – The Pendulum of Tranquility
    Boring Music, 2015, Psychonavigation Records PSY100
  • 11:40 06:40 Janek Schaefer – The Ghost Road
    Asleep at the Wheel..Ghost Road Soundtracks, 2011, AdiOh! Recordings AudiOh!34
  • 16:12 02:43 Weerthof – Kien
    Places, 2014, Lomechanik LOMEK025
  • 18:30 00:34 Janek Schaefer – The Ghost Road
    Asleep at the Wheel..Ghost Road Soundtracks, 2011, AdiOh! Recordings AudiOh!34
  • 18:46 02:55 Piano Interrupted – Darkly Shining (John Lemke Rework)
    The Unified Field Reconstructed, 2015, Denovali DEN 226
  • 20:40 03:15 Thomas Tilly – Hyla Nana
    Script Geometry, 2014,  Aposiopèse APO 09
  • 21:52 03:43 Wndfrm – Alpental Cascade
    Elements Five, 2014, Home Normal HOMEN059
  • 23:29 04:30 Sonae – Wandering
    Far Away is Right Around the Corner, 2015, Monika Enterprise M82
  • 27:00 03:46 Atrium Carceri – Old Tunnels
    The Old City OST, 2015, Cryo Chamber
  • 28:00 04:55 Jasmine Guffond – RR Variation
    Yellow Bell, 2015, Sonic Pieces 021
  • 31:27 01:30 Rip, Rig & Panic – The Blue Blue Third
    God Plus, 1982, Cherry Red CDMRED 572
  • 32:53 03:01 Dat Rayon – Auto Parts
    Motor City, 2014, Zoharum 062-2
  • 34:03 03:22 Don Hill – Shakuhachi Pan (in 3D)
    Insight Treks (Sound Never Ages), 2015, self-released
  • 35:02 08:06 Deathprod – Optical
    Stator, 2015, Touch TO:99
  • 40:45 06:37 Biosphere – Space is Fizzy
    Stator, 2015, Touch TO:99
  • 45:30 06:14 Chris Dooks – (S)Tarland
    Tiny Geographies Soundtrack, 2013, self-released
  • 51:08 02:11 Goldmund – In a Notebook
    The Malady of Elegance, 2008, Type 039
  • 52:25 03:00 Janek Schaefer – The Ghost Road
    Asleep at the Wheel..Ghost Road Soundtracks, 2011, AdiOh! Recordings AudiOh!34
  • 53:52 03:44 Snoqualmie Falls – Journey’s End
    Past Disappears, 2014, Dronarivm 
  • 56:42 02:06 unknown – La Jaula D’Oro End Title
    La Jaula D’Oro OST, 2013, Animal de Luz Films
  • 58:48 End

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Mental Health Hotline (Mix)

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“Mental Health Hotline” is the second ‘collaborative dialogue’ created together with Christophe ‘Klankschap’ Ywaska.
(The first was Both Were Moving, 2012).

Each selection a reaction to the previous addition means the story may have some unexpected turns and views… especially with over 50 samples crammed into this adventurous hour of sound!

Be prepared for a dazzling – and possibly somewhat disorienting – joyride…

Playlist:

  • 00:00 Lee Patterson – Between the Erasmus Bridge and the Maastower (A)
    (Klankstappen – Of Steel and Water; 2012)
  • 01:20 Jan Bang – Singers Ashes (A)
    (Narrative from the Subtropics, 2014)
  • 02:22 Valentin Silvestrov – Campana Testament (A)
    (On Photography, 2005)
  • 04:07 Lee Patterson – Between the Erasmus Bridge and the Maastower (A)
    (Klankstappen – Of Steel and Water; 2012)
  • 04:15 Frans Friederich – Word of Shaman (Arno Peeters Remix) (A)
    (Recyclopedia W, 2012)
  • 07:00 Ben Vida – Tztztztzt Part 4 (K)
    (Slipping control, 2014)
  • 07:23 Ekin Fil – Long Still (K)
    (Reds, 2014)
  • 08:17 Petrels – Winchester Croydon Winchester (K)
    (Haeligewielle, 2011)
  • 10:33 Olafur Arnalds – Runaway (K)
    (Gimme shelter, 2014)
  • 11:06 Mia Wasikowska – I’m not formed by things by myself alone (K)
    (Stoker, 2013)
  • 11:14 Thomas Tilly – Crossroads, Phasing (A)
    (Script Geometry, 2014)
  • 11:35 Felix Hess – Palengue (A)
    (Frogs 4, 1985)
  • 11:42 Lucy Claire – Paelistin  (A)
    (Sequence 6, 2013)
  • 13:31 Robin Arnott – Into Darkness (A)
    (Antichamber, 2013)
  • 14:10 Hills and Valley – Bells (A)
    (Sequence 4, 2012)
  • 15:21 Ruben Garcia – Totem (A)
    (Somewhere on the Edge, 2012)
  • 15.54 Vijay Iyer  – Mutation ii rise (K)
    (Mutations, 2014)
  • 16:06 Erik K Skodvin – Amber and Glass (K)
    (…And Darkness Came, 2012)
  • 17:40 Coil – Is suicide a solution (K)
    (Black Gold (Collected Rarities), 1999)
  • 18:55 Mica Levi – Andrew Void (K)
    (Under the Skin, 2014)
  • 19:07 Ø – Metsan Sydan (K)
    (Konstellaatio, 2014)
  • 20:28 Simon Fisher Turner – Gasherbrum / Broad Peak (A)
    (The Epic of Everest, 2013)
  • 21:22 Geir Jenssen – Chinese Basecamp – Near a Stone Shelter (A)
    (Cho Oyu 8201M, 2006)
  • 24:08 Olan Mill – Land Cycle 4 (K)
    (Land Cycle, 2014)
  • 24:46 A Winged Victory for the Sullen – Atomos VII (Greenhouse Re-Interpretation) W_Ben Frost (A)
    (Atomos VII, 2014)
  • 28:17 Dat Rayon – Ghia (A)
    (Motor City, 2014)
  • 29.36 Holly Herndon – Interlude (A)
    (Movement, 2012)
  • 29:41 Adrian Aniol – Obscura (A)
    (Obscura, 2013)
  • 30:51 Sense – MK Symphony  (A)
    (Still Life, 2014)
  • 31:11 Alva Noto – Pax (For chain music) (K)
    (For 2, 2010)
  • 31:25 The Black Dog with Black Sifichi – Mental Health Hotline (K)
    (Unsavoury Products, 2002)
  • 32:00 Marcus Fjellström – Lm-116 (K)
    (Library Music 1, 2011)
  • 34:20 David Toop – Watchtower Data (A)
    (Mondo Black Chamber, 2014)
  • 35:09 Pjusk – Sløret (A)
    (Solstøv, 2014)
  • 37:40 Deadwood – Malum in Se (A)
    (Sheolic, 2014)
  • 38:00 Dictaphone – Poem from a Rooftop (A)
    (Poems from a Rooftop, 2012)
  • 39:28 Rebekka Karijord – Morula (K)
    (Music for Theatre and Film, 2014)
  • 40:15 Valerio Tricoli – In your Ruins is my Shelter (K)
    (Miseri Lares, 2014)
  • 40:28 Elodie – La prediction (K)
    (Traces éphèmeres, 2014)
  • 41:02 Kreng – …And then in the Morning (K)
    (And then in the Morning,2014)
  • 42:23 The Caretaker – Emptiness (K)
    (A Stairway to the Stars, 2001)
  • 42:45 Andrew Liles / Daniel Menche – Metamorphosis (A)
    (The Progeny of Flies, 2008)
  • 44:07 Andrew Liles / Daniel Menche – Pupa (A)
    (The Progeny of Flies, 2008)
  • 45:02 Johann Johannson – The Priest’s Basement (A)
    (Prisoners OST, 2013)
  • 46:27 Kink Gong – Baozo Khen (A)
    (Voices, 2013)
  • 47:29 Mica Levi – Death (K)
    (Under the Skin, 2014)
  • 48:50 Peter Zummo & Arthur Russel – Sci-Fi (K)
    (Zummo with an X, 1985)
  • 49:36 Excepter – i zone (K)
    (The Stand, 2014)
  • 50:58 Bass Communion – Loss (Part 2) (A)
    (Loss, 2006)
  • 52:23 Arve Henriksen; Ellis Vanberg – Ukjend Katedral (A)
    (Ellivan, 2009)
  • 53:56 Bersarin Quartett – Zum Greifen Nah (remix by Hecq) (A)
    (Hecq – Conversions, 2014)
  • 57:47 End


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Pjusk – Solstøv

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Not counting their recent collaboration Drowning in the Sky“, with Sleep Orchestra, “Solstøv” is Pjusk’s fourth release – and their third for the 12K label.
Since their debut in 2007, the Norwegian duo (Jostein Dahl Gjelsvik and Rune Andre Sagevik) have built themselves quite an impressive reputation.
With “Solstøv”, (Sol – Sun / Støv – Dust) they don’t disappoint – to say the least!

While maintaining their original ‘glacial’ sound, the original starting point from this album is quite different: the complete album is created using the sound of the trumpet (played by Kåre Nymark jr.).
A bright natural sound to start with, but it is also heavily processed to create the characteristically delicate sound layers. (Taylor Deupree added extra sonic manipulations that he created using the Kyma Sound Design System).
But how strange and alienating these sound manipulations may be at times, the music always stays connected to its natural source: the trumpet.

The use of the trumpet in ambient soundscapes is not exactly new: think Jon Hassell, Arve Henriksen and – to some extent – Nils Petter Molvaer. (It can hardly be a coincidence that, apart from Jon Hassell, these musicians also come from Norway?)
Pjusk manages to take the the music to another level of abstraction. The ‘jazz’ connection is still vaguely present, but it’s a shimmer in the background, hovering behind the ‘sparkling and fractured textural fragments’.

“This is an album that channels the Norwegian landscape in all of its stark beauty; its cold, its warmth, and its place in the universe. To listen to Pjusk is to sit quietly in an endless night.”

The ambient music genre in general may be in danger of collapsing under a ‘sameness overload’, but Pjusk restores faith with this new album.

“Solstøv” feels like waking up.


PJUSK – BLAFF

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Snoqualmie Falls – Dream Sequence

Snoqualmie Falls

Dream Sequence starts with a rumbling distant thunder and the dripping sounds of water in a bathroom nearby. Slowly – very slowly! – drone chords set in to create a calm soothing sound. But underneath, there is the dark foreboding sound of a low register piano pulse…

“We are Snoqualmie Falls, and this is the soundtrack to our dream life. Where we’re from the birds sing a pretty song, and there’s always music in the air.”

Snoqualmie Falls – named after the scenic cascade in Washington State – is Jeff Stonehouse (a.k.a. Listening Mirror and Jffstnhs) creating the music and Alicia Merz adding her ethereal vocals.

Dream Sequence takes all the time it needs to develop. It is best approached with a Zen-like attitude, a calm ‘mindful’ awareness.
But make no mistake: this track is not ‘just’ a drone. The added (or left out) details create a subtle tension that is constantly changing throughout the composition.

There are only a few distinct moments where Alicia’s voice is clearly recognisable, although it is difficult (if not impossible) to grasp her words. But her voice is present throughout, stretched infinitely – a tempting, ghostlike voice coming from afar.

It is not often that a compositionof this kind can keep the listener’s full attention for this long.
When Dream Sequence finally comes to an end, the 59 minutes it took could also have been a few hours… It’s as if time has stopped completely.

Or like a waterfall frozen to a halt.


Snoqualmie Falls – Dream Sequence (Ambientblog Short Edit)

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Synaptic Research (Mix)

Greg Dunn - Cortex in Metallic Pastels

For this mix I aimed to create a dreamlike and timeless atmosphere – dark (but not too dark). It is calm, yet there are many shifting scenes, many passing landscapes and some conflicting emotions… When it ends, (I hope) it feels as if it was much longer than it actually was …

Like with most previous mixes, I didn’t know where this new one would head to when I started.
But I knew I wanted to include one tiny fragment of the sound of a ‘brain seizure set to music‘ by Stanford scientists Chris Chafe and Josef Parvizi. In a fascinating contrast to what it actually represents, the musical sound they chose to represent the brain seizure sounded like tiny aliens in a retro-scifi movie to me.

In “Hypnogogmatist”, David Toop further investigates the tricks your mind can play – especially in the few seconds between feeling drowsy and falling asleep:

“In the dream, I was at my mothers’ house, my childhood home.
All the rooms were full of sleeping people.
I seemed to be suffering some process of disintegration, as if my psyche was breaking down to different timeframes, losing its coherence and unity.
There was a presence in the house…”

The fantastic artwork is by Greg Dunn, who is combining neuroscience with minimalist Japanese Sumo-E style painting to create his “Neuron Art”.
“Neurons (the cells that comprise your brain) may be tiny in scale, but they possess the same beauty seen in traditional forms of the medium (trees, flowers, and animals)”

So I guess that there ís something of a theme for this mix.
The rest is up to you.

“Synaptic Research” was mixed especially for Headphone Commute, and is especially dedicated to incredible amount of energy and work H_C does there to keep us informed and updated.
Thanks for that, H_C – and of course also for publishing this mix on your blog!


Synaptic (sequence)

Playlist
[start] [length] [Artist] – [Title]
[Album], [Year], [Label#]

  • 00:00 02:28 Alvin Lucier – Elegy for Albert Anastasia
    Vespers and other Early Works, 2002, New World Records 80604-2
  • 01:26 02:03 Teho Teardo – Several Tree Huggers Were Found Dead
    Faith in a Wet Season, 2012, Voxxov Records VOXFCD02
  • 02:41 01:43 Threethings – Arkhangelsk
    Sequence 7, 2013, Future Sequence SEQ007
  • 03:50 01:58 Kane Ikin – Slipping Away
    …And Darkness Came, 2012, Headphone Commute HCD001
  • 05:23 01:20 Ekkehard Ehlers – Woolf Phrase
    Music for William Forsythe, 2002, Whatness 005
  • 05:32 02:35 Philippe Lamy – Trying to tell a Story
    Storytelling, 2012, Audio Gourmet Netlabel AGN061
  • 07:14 01:30 Christina Vantzou – Moonsound (Ernest Gibson Remix)
    No. 1 Remixes, 2011, Self-released
  • 08:27 03:00 Alva Noto, Ryuichi Sakamoto – Microon III
    Summvs, 2011, Raster-Noton r-n 132
  • 09:41 – 02:18 Jlu – Noise
    100 Years of Noise, 2013, Enough Records enrcmp19
  • 10:04 04:15 Thomas Köner – Novaya Zemlya 3
    Novaya Zemlya, 2012, Thouch TO:85
  • 12:28 03:53 Dr. Jeffrey Thompson – Voice of Earth (edit)
    Nasa Voyager Space Recordings, 1992, Brain/Mind Research
  • 14:17 00:52 Chris Chafe – Josef ParviziStanford Scientists turn seizures into music
  • 14:36 01:53 Arve Henriksen – Magma Oscillator
    Chron, 2012, Rune Grammofon RLP 2152Y
  • 15:20 02:05 Heitor Alvelos – Untitled
    ….49 Years from Gesang der Jünglinge, 2005, Sirr 0020
  • 16:40 02:06 David Toop – Hypnogogmatist
    Melatonin: Meditations on Sound in Sleep, 2004, Room40 EDRM402
  • 18:43 02:42 Arturs Maskats – Da Ispravitsja Molitva Moja
    On Photography, 2005, GB Records BCGBCD07
  • 20:48 02:35 Murcof – Plant
    Antibothis vol 4, 2012, Thisco thisk.072
  • 21:29 05:45 Eyvind Kang – Petrified Wood
    Air Texture volume III, 2013, Air Texture AIR003
  • 25:00 06:37 Biosphere – Superfluid
    Compilation 1991 – 2004, 2012, Biophon Records BIO7D
  • 28:20 02:19 The New Honey Shade – 2013.02.04
    3M33S, 2013, Bandcamp
  • 30:40 01:09 Mark Tamea – The Lake
    Atomism, 2013, Awal EQ:RA 002
  • 31:37 01:30 Atom TM – Streuung – Teil IV
    Winterreise, 2011, self-released
  • 32:04 02:12 Seetyca – Der Atem Des Thieres
    Im Traum, 2005, Dark Winter dw016
  • 33:17 01:06 Coil + Nine Inch Nails – Eraser (Reduction)
    Recoiled, 2014, Cold Spring CSR193CD
  • 33:48 02:08 Sergio Sorrentino, Machinefabriek – Buco Nero (Zwart Gat)
    Vignettes, 2013, Fratto 9 Under the Sky Records fratto024
  • 34:35 02:01 Pleq – The Early Symptoms of Schizophrenia
    It’s not Boring, It’s Ambient, 2012, Preserved Sound 
  • 35:45 03:03 John Kannenberg – Echoes of the Pharos
    Meditations on Light (Reconstructions, 2011, Monochrome Visions, MV35
  • 36:34 02:28 Benoit Pioulard – If I Could Possibly Tell The Difference, I Wouldn’t Care Anyway
    Air Texture Vol. II, 2012, Air Texture AIR002
  • 38:23 01:35 Dakhabrakha – Yagudky
    Yagudky, 2007, self-released
  • 39:21 01:00 Felipe Otondo – Teocalli
    Tutuguri, 2013, Sargasso SCD28070
  • 40:06 02:33 Penjaga Insaf – Perang Damai
    To Whom it May Concern, 2005, Shortwave Transmission SWT01
  • 41:48 02:27 Lustmord – Y Gair
    The Word as Power, 2013, Blackest Ever Black BlackestCD004
  • 43:15 02:44 Kreng – Nimmermeer
    L’Autopsie Phenomenale De Dieu, 2009, Miasmah MIACD010 
  • 45:27 02:46 Loren Nerell – Slow Dream
    Slow Dream, 2012, Projekt PRO271
  • 46:27 05:36 Mendel Kaelen – Satori
    Remembering What Was Forgotten, 2010, Self Released SR001
  • 50:27 02:08 Bass Communion – Grammatic Fog
    Bass Communion III, 2001, Burning Shed 
  • 51:45 01:39 Brady Allard – Vernichtung, Pt. 2
    Anamnesis, 2012, self-released/Bandcamp
  • 52:47 02:47 Kim Cascone – The Silver Star
    The Astrum Argentum, 2007, Musica Excentrica exc009
  • 54:16 05:43 Janek Schaefer – Radio 112 FM
    Lay-By Lullabye, 2014, 12k 12k1079
  • 55:03 01:51 Frances White – Centre Bridge (Dark River)
    Electroacoustic Works, 2007, Mode 184
  • 55:24 03:03 Jamie Drouin – A Three Month Warm Up
    A Three Month Warm Up, 2009, Dragon’s Eye Recording de 5023
  • 58:27 01:32 Frances White – Centre Bridge (Dark River)
    Electroacoustic Works, 2007, Mode 184
  • 1:00:00 End

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