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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

Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: Low Light Mixes
« on: February 17, 2009, 09:24:24 PM »
I just put up a new mix over at Low Light Mixes

It's collection of field recordings & music called "in_transit".  The field recordings are not of the chirping birds & lapping waves variety.  They are more like street noise, rain, crowd sounds and trains, lots of trains.  I don't have a tracklist but I do have a more in depth explanation of what's in the mix(ie-Blade Runner environments) at the blog.

You can direct download it here...

or at the blog...Low Light Mixes.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 17, 2009, 07:15:29 PM »
yagya - rigning
Jon Hassell - Last Night The Moon Came Dropping Its Clothes In The Street
The Circular Ruins - Retrospective
variant - the setting sun

Everything and Nothing / Re: Fringe - anyone watching this show?
« on: February 14, 2009, 12:55:12 PM »
I've been watching all year & really enjoying it.  As for the female lead, we were discussing her at work & comparing her to another female lead in another Fox show, Dollhouse.  Eliza Dushku stars in Dollhouse & the problem there is she is too hot.  The woman in Fringe is just right, very attractive but not over the top & very smart, which makes her sexier.

Dushku walking around in tank tops(or one of the shortest dresses I've ever seen) is just distracting.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 08, 2009, 12:55:59 PM »
Eluder - warm warning
yagya - rigning
Loren Chasse - The Footpath
Skyphone - Avellaneda

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 05, 2009, 07:52:51 PM »
Inspired by Bebbo's post in the Non-Hypnos artists section I pulled some Johann Johannsson...

johann johannsson - ibm 1401, a user's manual [2006]
johann johannsson - fordlandia [2008]

other spins...
bernard szajner - some deaths take forever [1980]
sleepy town manufacture & unit 21 - no traces [2009]

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Fordlandia
« on: February 05, 2009, 07:47:40 PM »
I'm a big fan of Johann Johannsson.  I have 3 of his releases, "IBM 1401, a user's manual(2006)", Englaborn(2002) & Fordlandia(2008).   All three are fantastic.  I guess "IBM 1401" is my favorite mostly because it was the first Johannsson recording I bought.  But like I said all 3 are wonderful.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 24, 2009, 12:46:41 PM »
elegi - varde [miasmah]
a broken consort(richard skelton) - box of birch [Sustain-Release}
Interbellum - Over All of Spain The Sky is Clear [FSS]

Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: Low Light Mixes
« on: January 18, 2009, 03:58:56 PM »
Here's another new mix(i've had some extra free time at work), its called "Searching for Objects".  As I posted on the low light blog, the working title for this mix was "noisy, droney, scratchy".  It turned out to be more droney & scratchy than noisy.  There is some grit, some distortion, some white noise, some scratches but not too much.  I still wanted the mix to be very ambient, not too annoying or distracting. 

I finished this one before I could use the new Infraction release from Sleepy Town Manufacture which would have fit perfectly.  I guess that's first up for vol. 2.

searching for objects

T R A C K L I S T I N G :
00:00   Jasper, TX - home
04:15    Chris Bissonnette - orffyreus wheel
12:15    Rain Cloud - keeping a low profile
17:40    Belong - same places (slow version)
27:40    Eluder - the most beautiful blue
33:25    Fripp & Eno - heavenly music corp.
41:00    Rameses III - origins IV
49:20    Forestflies - processed vocals & strings
52:35    Erstlaub - sinking together
58:40    Milieu - burnt rust
1:00:13 end

Everything and Nothing / Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
« on: January 16, 2009, 06:55:25 PM »
This thread has been a revelation for me...I am happy to see so many other "old folks" like myself here!  I'm 48.

I live in Wisconsin, just north of Milwaukee.  I somehow manage to raise two teenagers on my own and not mess them up too badly. We have a dog/pony named Jake.  I am a member of the liberal, elite media.  Actually I just edit video for the news on a local station.  I've been there for 14 years, picked a bunch of Emmy's & a Peabody along the way, but the industry is changing/dying so I'd be surprised if I'm still there in 5 years.

I am a long time Hypnos forum member & a looooong time ambient fan.  I remember buying Music for Airports when it first came out & still have the vinyl version of it.  I am not a musician so my only creative contribution to the ambient scene is my ambient mix blog, low light mixes.  I really enjoy making the mixes & hope that some of the artists get a bit of exposure through the downloads.

I hang out at some other online communities, Facebook, LastFM, etc., but the Hypnos forum is still my favorite oasis.

downloading now...looks like excellent.

Hypnos Label Releases / Re: CD release: Deepspace - The Glittering Domain
« on: January 12, 2009, 10:43:19 PM »
Sounds excellent!  Just ordered a copy. Looking forward to working it into a mix sometime.

Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: Low Light Mixes
« on: January 11, 2009, 07:41:21 AM »
Here's the first mix of the new year.  Antique Sunlight is another piano based mix.  Not sure why I decided to do a piano mix, I guess I just came across a few piano tunes in my regular listening & now here it is.

Download :
Antique Sunlight

00:00    Milieu - antique sunlight
05:00    Ryuichi Sakamoto - ropa
10:00    Taylor Deupree & Kenneth Kirschner - may
15:11     Library Tapes - fragment VIII
18:30    Con Cetta - ker
22:46    Jeanne Moreau - un entretien avec
24:14    NIN - ghosts 11
27:20    Kosik - lastly empty
30:40    Goldmund - Threnody
35:00    United Bible Studies - sea of rains
35:46    end

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