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Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: Low Light Mixes
« on: October 25, 2008, 04:00:22 PM »
I've got a new mix up over at Low Light Mixes.

A friend of mine told me that he had downloaded some recordings of old 78rpm records from archive.org.  The thought of old, scratchy opera recordings was too much to resist.

So that's where this mix started.  I had intended it to be similar to my shortwave mixes but it didn't exactly end up that way.  Part of the reason is my own impatience, I wanted to get a new mix posted but didn't want to take weeks to sort through the tons of possibilities presented by archive.org & other sites. 

I found that the perfect compliment to the old 78's is music from The Caretaker.  His music was inspired by the ballroom scene from "The Shining".  From the Caretaker website..."The first release played and extended this theme of altering 1920's and 1930's ballroom music creating an eerie and haunted soundworld. Subsequently the sound has become darker and often more abstract over time, moving away from the initial idea of a haunted ballroom into territories involving the mind and its abilities to recall memories.

The mix sort of veers away from the old & scratchy theme about two-thirds of the way through.  It just sort of morphed on it's own as I pulled tracks.  Mixes can be funny that way, developing their own path.

Download :
sustain and decay

T R A C K L I S T :

00:00    intro
00:25    Caretaker - False Memory Syndrome
03:15    Belong - Girl from New York
04:47    Ave Maria remix
05:50    Still - futility
08:35    ”lafur Arnalds - Haust
13:30    Caretaker - Rosy Retrospection
18:00    Fabio Orsi - North of Me(at midday)
21:35    Josef Hollman - traumerei (op. 15, no. 7)
25:05    Eleni Karaindrou - litany: variation i
27:50    SzilagyiImreZenekara - Kranzna
29:50    The Winterhouse - Lost
39:10    Caretaker - Past Life Regression
42:35    Julien Neto - from cover to cover
47:00    Vikki Jackman - The Snow Queen
51:15     Fax - caldera i
55:30    Andrew Deutsch - untitled #1(from The Sun)

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 25, 2008, 03:52:05 PM »
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Just saw a new CD with Klaus and Lisa Gerrard. Can't imagine how awful that's likely to be

It is awful!  Sounds like a cheesy sci-fi soundtrack.  Didn't like it at all.

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I totally agree.  This is an excellent recording.  I have a lot of ambient music & sometimes it's difficult for new releases to stand out and impress me.  This one does.  I'm not sure exactly why, it just does.

I like the fact the music has space to breathe, it ebbs & flows.  You're right about it having an organic feel to it.  The fact that it was recorded in 1977 is amazing.  This one will end up on my best of the year list.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 21, 2008, 08:27:47 AM »
Getting ready for a new mix...

Andrew Deutsch - The Sun
The Caretaker - persistenet Repetition of Phrases
Hakobune - Melting Reminscence
David Tagg - Stele
Description Without Place - Filaments

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 16, 2008, 04:34:07 PM »
In my continuing quest to rip all my cd's I've been listening to some older music....

Freescha - Slower Than Church Music [2004]
Baffo Banfi - ma dolce vita [1979]
richard pinhas - l'ethique [1982]
steve roach & vidna obmana - well of souls [1995]

Of course I need to get some new stuff in as well...

fabio orsi - the wild light of the moon
The Winterhouse - Lost [dataobscura 2008]
taylor deupree - sea last [12k 2008]

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Everything and Nothing / Re: I didn't do that well in Economics...
« on: October 08, 2008, 04:25:27 PM »
The current episode of This American Life does a great job explaining the current credit problem.  An older episode explained the whole sub-prime mortgage crisis in a way that anyone could understand.  This new episode, called Another Frightening Show About the Economy does an equally impressive job explaining credit default swaps, the commercial paper market, etc.  Believe or not, it's very interesting.  Also very maddening & scary.

You can download the episode, for free, for a couple more days here...

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/Radio_Episode.aspx?episode=365


I tried to get all the reporters in our newsroom to listen to this because their lack of knowledge regarding economic issues is staggering.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 03, 2008, 05:04:16 PM »
I am ripping a bunch of older cd's & rediscovering music I haven't heard in awhile...

Casino Versus Japan - Go Hawaii
Robert Lippok - Falling Into KomŽit
A Small Good Thing - Slim Westerns
Arovane - Tides
Cyber Zen Sound Engine - Auslander
Tom Heasley - Where The Earth Meets The Sky
Pan American - the river made no sound

In the rush to keep up with all the new music that is constantly coming out, it's easy to forget about gems like these.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 27, 2008, 06:33:19 PM »
Disturbed Earth - Butterfly - I just started listening to this one.  I was intrigued by the fact that it's from a living room performance from 1977.  Good stuff so far.
Minus Pilots - Central Industries EP - an excellent netlabel release you can find here... http://www.monocromatica.com/netlabel/releases/tube010.htm
Sans Serif - Tones For LaMonte - still digging theses open, organic drones.
Jeff Pearce - Rainshadow Sky - also still digging this absolutely beautiful cd.  I'm sure it's not for everyone here, a bit too pretty for some.  But when I'm in the mood, this is perfect, beautiful music.
the caretaker - recollected memories from the museum of garden history - the caretaker's music always reminds me of some lost soundtrack to The Shining.

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Now Playing / ambient music video
« on: September 20, 2008, 01:28:36 PM »
I just posted a short little experiment in ambient video over at the Low Light Mixes blog.

http://lowlightmixes.blogspot.com/


I'll just quote directly from my blog..."Several years ago I made a short ambient video from shots of dust floating in a beam of sunlight in a dark room. I made the video black & white & slo mo, so that it looked at times like stars. It was very cool, most viewers had no idea they were looking at shots of dust.

Iíve always wanted to repeat that experiment and this is the result. I could have gone out shot tons of video and sorted through it looking for interesting shots. I could have planned out shoots & locations & themes. But that would require time & effort, so instead I kept it simple. It can be interesting, creatively, to limit your choices. Like an ambient musician limiting the sound source to only guitar or only using acoustic instruments.

As in the dust video, the source is one location, all shots of basically the same thing. I shot with my sonís camcorder in about an hour one afternoon. I then edited at at work using an Avid Newscutter editing system. The contrast, brightness & saturation have been changed on every clip and fx have been added in few cases. The finished product is interesting, to me anyway. Iím not sure how many other people will find it so.

It was fun to start with a limited number of clips, all of essentially the same thing & try to make something out of it. Although, I was actually trying to make nothing from something - take what would have been recognizable video & turn it into a psychedelic, ambient experiment, where the original source is obscured & unimportant.

The music is from two Infraction Records artists, Adam Pacione & Northern. I hope you find it interesting at some level."

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: September 19, 2008, 04:19:51 PM »
I'm about half way through Greg Bear's latest "City at the End of Time".  A difficult book so far.  Too many central characters & a confusing plot are making this a tough read.  But some of the ideas will keep me going to the end.  I hope the pay off is worth the struggle.

Next up...Anathem by Neal Stephenson.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: The creative drop-off
« on: September 11, 2008, 08:14:50 PM »
I remember seeing a similar post elsewhere called "the biggest wastes of rock 'n roll talent".  There were about ten big names on the list, the ones I can remember are...Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney.  Hard to disagree with any of those.

For me, one the biggest disappointments has been Robert Fripp.  Some of his frippertronics recordings are occasionally interesting but not essential.  King Crimson hasn't done anything really good since the first eighties trilogy.

I agree on the David Byrne drop off but not on Eno drop off.  I pretty much like everything he's done.  Obviously some more than others and none of it quite reaches the heights of his early ambient work.  But his last vocal record I like very much, right up there with Green World & Before & After Science.

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Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: Low Light Mixes
« on: September 07, 2008, 03:32:13 PM »
This is a mix from our annual trip to the Wisconsin northwoods. As the title suggests it's a mix for star gazing.

As I have mentioned in other Hypnos posts, we sit out at the end of the pier and watch for shooting stars and satellites with these mixes as the soundtrack.

I limited myself to fairly new music, stuff I have been listening to a lot lately. I knew I wanted to include new music from Area C - Sea of Rains. It was commissioned by the NASA RI Space Grant Consortium and the Museum of Natural History in Providence, RI as an original score for their "Mission Moon: past, present, future" exhibit at the Museum of Natural History. It has some Nasa recordings mixed in with the music so it was a natural for this mix.

After that, the other tracks are just tunes that flow well together.

Download :
sea of stars

t r a c k l i s t :

    * 00:00 bvdub - You'll miss me when I'm gone
    * 06:19 Area C - Mare Imbrium
    * 11:30 Kyle Bobby Dunn - Furthest From It
    * 18:10 Emmanuel Errante - Radio Hopes
    * 23:40 Parks - Trains
    * 29:50 Kode - Movements #6
    * 35:30 Shirk - Itchytime
    * 38:55 Deaf Center - Close
    * 40:55 The Caretaker - Lacuna Amnesia
    * 44:05 Area C - Sea of Clouds
    * 51:15 Kabana - dubru
    * 56:15 Shirk - Riesal
    * 00:09 Le Chat Blanc Orchestra - She Left This Morning

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: September 07, 2008, 12:50:56 PM »
trygve seim - sangam [ecm 2004]

area c - sea of rains [2008] - from their website..."an original score for Nasa's "Mission Moon: past, present, future" exhibit at the Museum of Natural History. SEA of RAINS is the resulting 55-minute soundscape, inspired by the names, colors, history and otherworldliness of this still-strange fixture in our sky."

Great Axescapes - an Archaeology of Drone-gaze Tone-haze Guitar-wranglings - I've listened to the first three volumes so far and they are spectacular!  Can't say enough about how good these comps are.  Great job by Alan(Undershadow) on each mix.  I am very jealous, I wish I'd done them.

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Alan,

Thanks for the new mix.  I'm downloading now & listening to the stream as I mop the kitchen floor.  This will be my soundtrack for cleaning today. 

I also just noticed the other mixes, "Great Axescapes: an Archaeology of Drone-gaze Tone-haze Guitar-wranglings", which look fantastic as well.  Those are alos in the download cue.

Thanks

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Jeff Pearce CD: Rainshadow Sky
« on: September 05, 2008, 04:28:35 PM »
I am listening to this for the first time as I type this.  So far...abso-freakin-lutley beautiful!

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Jeff Pearce CD: Rainshadow Sky
« on: September 01, 2008, 08:06:43 PM »
Bill,

Thanks for the heads up.  I just ordered a copy from Amazon.

Thanks

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Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: Low Light Mixes
« on: August 26, 2008, 08:07:25 PM »

Fresh from a vacation in Wisconsin's northwoods, comes the latest Low Light mix, clouds in my coffee.

I made this one for sitting around the cabin & drinking plenty of coffee on cool, misty mornings.  Because it's a morning mix it is a bit lighter, more airy than the stargazing mix that will be posted here soon.

DOWNLOAD :
clouds in my coffee

T R A C K L I S T :
    * 00:00 Barsarin Quartet - nachtblind
    * 03:50 Jacaszek - rytm to niesmiertelnosc
    * 08:30 Jonathan Hughes - monoline
    * 11:41 Shirk - stupid dick
    * 12:50 Segue - a glass darkly
    * 16:20 Max Ritcher - found song for P
    * 18:20 Yellow 6 - kulterhuset
    * 26:25 Goldmund - clement danes
    * 30:20 Milieu - mirage
    * 32:05 bvdub - different place different time
    * 38:40 Planivaar - adrift
    * 43:30 Barsarin Quartet - geschichten von interesse
    * 48:05 Marconi Union - buildings without people
    * 51:31 Koda - the tension was beautiful
    * 55:18 Library Tapes - fragment V

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 25, 2008, 09:05:08 PM »
Trespassers William - Different Stars - dreamy, melancholy tunes that I love for some reason.
David Byrne & Brian Eno - Everything That Happens Will Happen Today - I love the first single, Strange Overtones, but am unsure about the rest of the album.  I believe it'll grow on me.
Manual - Lost Days, Open Skies And Streaming Tides - a nice collection of unreleased, b-side & compilation tracks.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Most disappointing movie from book?
« on: August 25, 2008, 08:52:48 PM »
Maybe not the MOST disappointing film from a book, but the recent "Jumper" was pretty bad. 

I loved the book and really cared about the main character.  But in the movie I didn't care about anyone.  No sympathetic characters at all.  Hayden Christensen was typically awful.  The whole idea about "jumper hunters" might have worked for a sequel after establishing characters that we give a shit about.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: August 09, 2008, 08:10:36 PM »
Alan,

Than ks for the heads up on the OffTheSky.  I have most of Jason's stuff so I am always up for more.  Thanks.

NP - Segue - A Glass Darkly [resting bell 2008]

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