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I just posted a new mix.  But instead of just adding it to the Low Light thread, I created a new one for it because I figured the title might catch everyone's attention.

I listen to music every night when I go to bed.  I try to keep the sleep play list fresh, but there are definite favorites that I return to again & again.  I wanted to do a new sleep mix so I could incorporate a couple favorite Steve Roach cuts, from Dynamic Stillness & Deeper Silence.

So I dumped some tracks to a portable hard drive, brought it to work & starting mixing in between "real work". I had 4 or 5 tracks laid down & I was listening to one of the transitions & literally fell asleep at my desk, hence the title of the mix. A lot of the tracks sound very much like each other which I guess is good in this case because one track stretches into another, in a long, trance inducing, ambient lullaby. At 90 minutes, the mix is longer than most, but I thought the length worked a bit better for sleeping.

Sweet dreams...

download :
I fell asleep at my desk making this mix

T R A C K L I S T :

00:00 St. Kilda - You are in every dream
03:30 Steve Roach - Slowly Revealed
12:20 Scott Solter - Cypress Road
16:00 Stars of the Lid - The Kraut
23:30 Ashera - Fellini's Cat
28:30 William Basinski - 92982.1
33:20 Ten and Tracer - Falling asleep in sadness
36:40 Irezumi - Endurance
42:50 Jasper, TX - This Barren Land
47:30 Hammock - 3 sisters
51:15 Manual - Last Light
56:40 James Johnson - In then Out
1:06:00 Brian Eno - Discreet Music
1:15:00 Steve Roach - A Deeper Silence
1:30:00 end

Two new mixes are up at Low Light Mixes.

They are both "rain" mixes that make generous use of field recordings mixed in with the music.  Of course some of the tunes have their own rain sounds mixed in.  Every cut in each mix has the word "rain" in the title. 

One mix is a vocal mix called "I Love the Rain".
Download it here...
I Love the Rain

t r a c k l i s t :
    00:00    Susanna & The Magical Orchestra - It's Raining Today
    04:40    The (real) Tuesday Weld - I Love the Rain
    08:37    Asche & Spencer - A Walk in the Rain
    09:49    The Handsome Family - Famous Blue Raincoat
    14:40    Daniel Lanois - Rain Weather
    18:20    The Decemberists - Raincoat Song
    20:40    Joe Purdy - I Love the Rain the Most
    25:00    Oblong - Rain Over the Deverils
    28:54    REM - I'll Take the Rain
    34:15    Rivulets - Rain All Winter Long
    40:00    end

The other mix is an instrumental mix, more like a traditional Low Light mix.
Download it here...
still falls the rain

t r a c k l i s t :
    00:00 August Stars – Inland Rain
    04:25 Part Timer – Rain on My Window
    06:50 Letna – Raining Day
    09:30 Jon Hassell – Delta Rain Dream
    12:55 Manual - After the Rain
    14:00 Mark McGuire – A Pocket Full of Rain
    15:20 Sense - Early Rain
    19:00 Cyber Zen Sound Engine & Matt Borghi – Endless Rain
    22:10 Foxx & Budd – Raindust
    27:55 Jeff Pearce – Rainshadow Sky
    30:37 end

Everything and Nothing / Cool remixable ambient/youtube/grid thingy
« on: May 17, 2009, 06:49:11 PM »
I just discovered this excellent youtube experiment...

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 15, 2009, 08:52:45 PM »
rahmaninov  - the divine liturgy of st john chrystostom
alio die & aglaia - private history of the clouds
Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown
JOSH ROUSE - Bremen live 2008

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 03, 2009, 07:54:13 PM »
Daniel Lanois - sling blade
William Basinski - 92982
The Astrud Gilberto Album
14 tracks - loop jazz by jan jelinek

Now Playing / Re: the ultimate 'ambient'?
« on: May 03, 2009, 07:37:34 PM »

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 15, 2009, 10:55:04 AM »
Celer - Cursory Asperses
David Tollefson - Near And Far
Steve Roach - Dream Circle
Interstitial - Temporal Arc

Put me down as very excited.  Mainly because of Abrams.  And now that the preview word of mouth is good, I am definitely psyched for the movie.

I've just posted an all vocal mix over at Low Light Mixes.  A vocal mix is a rarity over at Low Light, but this one, called "Refuge", still has an ambient sort of feel to it as most of the tunes are fairly quiet.

I've got a couple of songs from Martin Grech in the mix.  His release "March of the Lonely" made it on to my best of 2008 list.  I had to restrain myself from putting in too much David Sylvian, but he did end up with two tracks.  I included an old track from Roxy Music which is a vinyl rip that I did years ago, so there are a few pops & scratches that sneak in there.

download : 107mb  58:30

00:00    Canyon Country - Dead or Dreaming
03:50    David Sylvian - Maria
06:15    Martin Grech - Kingdom
09:30    Sufjan Stevens - Holland
12:50    Grizzly Bear - Foreground
15:54    Antony & the Johnsons - Another World
19:35    Peter Gabriel - Father, Son
24:20    Roxy Music - Spin Me Round
28:50    REM - Star Me Kitten
31:45    Daniel Lanois - Bell Toll
33:00    David Bridie - Sad
36:30    David Sylvian - When Poets Dreamed of Angels
41:00    Martin Grech - Ashes Over Embers
46:30    P.G. Six - Lily of the West
51:35    Trespassers William - Love is Blindness
58:31    end

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 03, 2009, 07:05:46 PM »
richard barbieri - stranger inside
seaworthy - 1897
The Decemberists - Hazards Of Love
animal hospital - memory

Everything and Nothing / Re: Now Watching
« on: March 31, 2009, 05:10:47 PM »
Just received the first season of "The IT Crowd".  Looking forward to starting it tonight.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 22, 2009, 12:46:40 PM »
Ein Sophistry,

I have only listened to the Arvo Part recording a couple of times, but I like what I've heard.

other current spins...

Adam Pacione - Still Life - 3" cd series -saw an earlier post here in  "Now Playing" & ordered the series & I just got discs 1 - 4 in the mail yesterday.  So far so good, excellent stuff.
David Bridie - Act of Free Choice
Laurie Anderson - United States Live

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 19, 2009, 06:14:06 PM »
Been on an ECM kick lately...

eleni karaindrou - to 10
arvo part  - in principio
jan garbarek with eleni karaindrou - music for films
eleni karaindrou - dust of time

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 15, 2009, 06:16:59 PM »
Here's another thumbs up for Alan's mixes.  Most recently I've been listening to his best of 2008 mixes, an excellent selection of tracks.  I often go back to the "Great Axescapes" series as well.

Today's playlist includes...

ambrose field - being dufay [ecm] - an absolutely amazing album.  John Potter(Hilliard Ensemble) sings fragments of works by composer Guillaume Dufay (1397-1494).  The vocals are accompanied by live- and studio electronics performed by Ambrose Field, recycling and reworking Potter’s vocal input.  The result is spectacular.  Here their website...Being Dufay

Everything and Nothing / Re: List of words it is not OK to ever say
« on: March 13, 2009, 04:43:13 PM »
According to my 16 yr old's not cool for someone my age to say "dude".  She also doesn't like it when girls/women use the word "dude".

The favorite word for my 14 yr old son & his knucklehead friends is..."pants".  They just think it's a funny word.  They've taken to using it as an exclamation..."What the pants?!!".

A favorite word of mine is Fizbo.  It's not really a word, I use it to refer to people & it sort of replaces "dude" as in "Hey Fizbo, when are we going to the movie?" or "Let's meet in Fizbo's office."  I had a boss that used the term to refer to anybody on his staff.  Apparently it is a real estate term that means For Sale By Owner, FSBO.  He just appropriated it to refer to anybody.

A few other irritations that I just thought of...adding "ing" to words that shouldn't have "ing" such as "efforting" or "partnering".  I guess those may fall under the category of "office-speak" which I hate.  Words & phrases like "repurposing" "synergy" "paradigm shifts" "incentivise" "going forward" blah blah blah.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 08, 2009, 10:20:04 AM »
Discussion of Sonmi451 lead me to pull out...

sonmi451 | cloud atlas
sonmi451 - a phosphorous spot

also listening to...

Jon Hassell | Last Night The Moon Came...
John Luther Adams - the light that fills the world
Manual - confluence

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Slow Flow
« on: March 07, 2009, 09:35:47 PM »
Thanks for the heads-up, just ordered the comp.

Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: Low Light Mixes
« on: February 28, 2009, 02:00:47 PM »

I've got another mix up at Low Light Mixes.  It's called "shadows at midnight."

I've been loving the new release from Jon Hassell so I wanted to do a mix that had a late-night jazz sort of feel to it.  The mix is fairly straight forward, no great segues or fx triple layers of sound.  But I think the tunes flow nicely together & keep a melancholy, moody jazz feel going throughout.

Download : 110mb 60min.
shadows at midnight


  • 00:00    Arve Henriksen - Migration
    05:21    The Necks - Black
    10:35    Mort d'un Pourri - Valerie
    13:50    Slowhill - Nikos Dream
    17:59    boren & der club of gore - Midnight Walker
    24:45    Jon Hassell - Courtais
    29:40    Miles Davis - In a Silent Way
    33:35    Nick B. Ronin - Modul 42
    39:30    Duke Ellington - Melancholia
    42:25    Arve Henriksen - Recording Angel
    48:20    Jon Hassell - Last Night the Moon Came
    58:17    Mort d'un Pourri - tout est tranquille
    1:00:00    end

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 27, 2009, 07:19:41 PM »
Danielle Ate The Sandwich - Things People Do
Boomkat 14tracks - 14 tracks of heartache and longing
Daniel Lanois - Omni Series box - thanks to Mark M. for pointing this one out in an earlier post.  This is a 3 cd set.  One cd is called Steel & features Lanois playing pedal steel guitar.  The cd titled, Purple Vista is "a mixuture of laboratory sonics & hand played instruments.  The third cd is called Santiago and is a recording of Lanois & his band.  Excellent recording.

Everything and Nothing / Re: List of words it is not OK to ever say
« on: February 27, 2009, 07:11:33 PM »
When did basketball players go from being tall to being long?  I can't stand analysts saying things like "U-Conn plays with a lot of length."

Sports are good for a ton of words & phrases that should be be banned.  A few recent ones that come to mind...

"It is what it is."
"Manny being Manny"
"at the end of the day..."
"under the bus"

Working in TV news I see cliched, poor writing everyday.  A few words/phrases that get overused include...

under fire
recent memory
killing spree
fled on foot
campaign trail
in harm's way
area residents

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