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I agree, your mix is definitely not 'dark' per se, just that it's darker, maybe noisier, more dissonant, than mine.

If it was "full-on long-dark-staring-into-the-black-abyss mode" I would have listened for about 10 seconds.

Think I'll go cue up the 'evil twin' right now.


Excellent job on the mixes.  Thanks for posting them.  These will definitely get airplay around here, may use them as sleep music as well.

I did a similar mix last year called "Breathing", same sort of rise & fall feel to it.  Although your mix is a bit darker & more droney.  That is a good thing because you've got tunes in there that I wouldn't have thought of, have forgotten about, never heard of, etc.  So it makes for an interesting listen.

Thanks again.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient with lots of rain sounds?
« on: February 08, 2008, 08:15:35 PM »
Here's a link to a mix I did in August.  It features ambient-ish music & rain sounds that I added to the mix.  Worked pretty well if I do say so.

You can find it here...There Will Come Soft Rains

I'd like to add another thumbs up to the Paul Vnuk recording.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Belong
« on: February 04, 2008, 08:48:53 PM »

Thanks for the heads-up!  Absolutely gorgeous stuff.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 01, 2008, 07:14:37 AM »
Thomas Dolby - the sole inhabitant LIVE - Great live record.  A lot of artists from the 80's I wouldn't really care to see live anymore, Thomas Dolby would be an exception.
Eberhard Weber - Fluid Rustle - Dug this up after reading the ECM thread.  Excellent album.
yagya - rhythm of snow - Another one I pulled out based on another thread.  Also played it in honor of all the freakin' snow we keep getting, it just never seems to stop.
philip glass - koyaanisqatsi & glassworks - I needed some Philip Glass for a piece I am editing at work, so I played these two repeatedly yesterday.  Glassworks was the first Glass recording that I heard, back in the 80's, and I still love it.  The song Rubric works great with timelapse or sped-up video.  Gotta be the only TV station in Milwaukee using Philip Glass for some crap health story.

Everything and Nothing / Migrations - an ambient field mix
« on: January 24, 2008, 07:08:22 AM »
I have been interested in doing a mix of field recordings ever since I did the shortwave mix last year. I've been collecting field recordings from various sources & even bought a digital recorder so I could do my own phonography.

I haven't really had the time to seriously record anything but I did manage to squeeze a few of my own things into this new mix.

There is very little proper music in this mix. It's mostly field recordings that I downloaded from sites like Quiet American and SoundTransit. Some of the recordings are from cd's that I own. Most of the music, is music that already has environmental recordings built into the track. I used two tracks from a great cd by Emanuele Errante called "Migrations". A few other tracks came from Geir Jenssen's(Biosphere) "Field Recordings From Tibet". A couple of other cuts came from "Classifields - Trips 6" on Tripostal. I also sneaked some loops into the mix here & there.

Some of my favorite field sounds are trains, so you'll hear various train sounds at different times in the mix. I also like empty train station reverb, so that fades in & out a couple times. The sounds range from a resonant pipe in a rain storm to foghorns to church bells to chanting to arrival anouncements to singing bowls to piano and an open window.

M i g r a t i o n s  (76.7MB, 42:53)

I hope you enjoy the trip.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Album Cover Wallpaper
« on: January 17, 2008, 07:31:14 AM »
I've got "Diamond Dogs" up on the border around the room.  The kids say that one freaks them out.  I also have "Station to Station" in an album cover frame, which I used to have on the wall that is now covered.  Seems kind of pointless to put up a few framed covers when I've got 100 on the walls now.

I wish I could wire the entire wall with switches of sort that would be tied into some computer so that all I had to do was touch an album cover & that one would play. 

I'll do that right after I wire the entire house for music.  I'd like speakers in every room tied into a central computer, with remote control from anywhere, and maybe some small monitors in different rooms so I can see what is playing when I've got it on shuffle.  Of course this will have to be done after the kids are in college.  The last thing they want is to put up with Dad cranking up "Baby's On Fire" through every room in the house.  :P 

Of course the eventual goal will be to have it all voice controlled, so I just have to say "play floating ambient" or "play 2007".

Everything and Nothing / Album Cover Wallpaper
« on: January 14, 2008, 09:47:46 PM »
Thought I'd post some pix that forum members might get a kick out of.

I used a bunch of the album covers from what was left of my LP collection to "wallpaper" a couple walls in my house.  I did one whole wall in my family room.  Then did album covers as a border in the same room.  I also did most of a small bathroom with the album cover motif.

As I mentioned in my blog, it sort of looks like some dorm room from the '70's.  But I don't care.  They make me happy.  There are a lot of memories up in those covers and it's great to just look at them & reminisce.


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 14, 2008, 07:12:28 AM »
Pulusha - Isolation
Autistici - Volume Objects
martin grech - march of the lonely
krill.minima - nautica

Thanks for another excellent mix.

Everything and Nothing / Re: What's HOT and what's NOT
« on: January 04, 2008, 07:49:02 PM »
I agree that the move towards acoustic or traditional instrumentation in ambient music is a good thing.  Let's face it, even for ambient connoisseurs, this musical niche can become stale.  I think the using acoustic instruments can help keep things fresh. 

Of course, as with any music, just because you use acoustic instruments doesn't automatically make it good.  It takes a talented artist to walk the line when using more melody & traditional instruments and keeping the music from becoming too sickly sweet.  You don't want the music to wander off into the realm of something that gets played on the "Soundscapes" channel on digital cable.

Here are just a few recordings I pulled from some recent playlists that make use of acoustic instruments.  Although, I'm sure that there are plenty of forumites who would think that many of these would fall into the sickly sweet category I was just talking about.

christian fennesz & ryuichi sakamoto - cendre
Library Tapes - Sketches
rameses iii - honey rose
rafael anton irisarri - daydreaming
alio die & zeit - raag drone theory
slow six_nor'easter
slow six - private times in public places
marsen jules - golden

Although I am not a huge drone fan, I do like it when drones make use of traditional instruments or somehow gets an organic sound.  Chalk sometimes achieves this, the alio die & zeit release does as well and much of the Emeralds recording, "Allegory Of Allergies", has a great organic feel to it.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Best of 2007
« on: January 04, 2008, 07:00:16 PM »
In no particular order...

> Stars of the Lid - And Their Refinement of the Decline (kranky)
> Alio Die & Luciano Daini - End of an Era (hic sunt leones)
> Alio Die & Zeit - Raag Drone Theory(hic sunt leones)
> Tetsu Inoue - Inland (fax)
> Taylor Deupree - Landing (room40)
> Adam Pacione - from stills to motion (infraction)
> Paul Bradley - Chroma (twenty hertz)
> Emeralds - Allegory Of Allergies (gods of tundra)
> Fennesz & Sakamoto - Cende (touch)
> Northern - Drawn (infraction)
> Tim Hecker - Norberg (room40)
> Rameses III - Honey Rose ( important)
> sonmi451 - probes & prisms (u-cover)
> Meursault - Sleeping Debris (students of decay)
> Wes Willenbring - Somewhere someone else (Aquarius Records)
> Library Tapes - Sketches (make mine music)
> Kiln - Dusker (Ghostly Int'l)
> Iron & Wine - The Sheperds Dog (sub pop)
> Trespassers William - noble house ep
> various - Box of Dub (soul jazz)
> Once - soundtrack (columbia)
> Canon Blue - Colonies (Rumraket)
> Dakota Suite - Waiting for the dawn to crawl through and take your life (glitterhouse)
> P.G. Six - Slightly Sorry (Drag City)

I guess this is a good place to post a Best of 2007 mix.  It's not everything on my best of list, just cuts that worked well together.
Download it here...Best of 2007 Mix


   1. 00:00 - 04:30 Stars of the Lid - Even(out)
   2. 04:30 - 07:30 Paul Bradley - untitled #1
   3. 07:30 - 09:40 Adam Pacione - Warming Trend
   4. 09:40 - 15:30 Emeralds - arbole del tule
   5. 15:30 - 20:30 Alio Die & Luciano Daini - Crucibulum
   6. 20:30 - 24:24 Fennesz & Sakamoto - Aware
   7. 24:24 - 25:45 Library Tapes - Snowleaf
   8. 25:45 - 31:54 Dakota Suite - Because our lie breathes differently
   9. 31:54 - 35:20 Wes Willenbring - While my lungs fill with water
  10. 35:20 - 41:20 Sonmi 451 - Outer Shell
  11. 41:20 - 46:05 Kiln - Flycatcher
  12. 46:05 - 50:45 Rameses III - Theme 5
  13. 50:45 - 54:20 Meursault - Ivy
  14. 54:20 - 58:50 Alio Die & Zeit - Raag Drone Theory
  15. 58:50 - 06:20 Taylor Deupree - Landing
  16. 06:20 - 10:45 Tim Hecker - Norberg
  17. 10:45 - 14:30 Northern - Cinema
  18. 14:30 - 19:53 Stars of the Lid - Even if you're never awake

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 04, 2008, 06:31:24 PM »

I too am about to delve into other Alison Krauss music based on the latest release.  She has a track on a compilation cd, "Beautiful Dreamer - The Songs of Stephen Foster", that I love.  The track is called "Slumber My Darling" & features Krauss & Yo Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer and Mark O'Connor.  It is absolutely gorgeous!  Worth the price of the cd alone.

Other recent spins...
johann johannsson - ibm 1401, a user's manual
belbury poly - the owls map
Takeshi Nishimoto - Monologue

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 01, 2008, 08:18:18 PM »
Somnia Podcast 002 - brilliant mix from
Rapoon - Time Frost - picked one of the last copies from the Hypnos store.   Excellent cd that uses the Blue Danube Waltz as a source.
Martin Grech - march of the lonely - a melancholic release featuring guitar piano & mournful vocals.
Murmur - Undertone - good dubby eletronics

Thanks so much for this excellent mix.  I am loving every track.  I haven't listened to Hassell in a long time so that cut was particularly nice to hear.  Please keep us informed whenever you post new podcasts.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Time to fire up the gift card
« on: December 23, 2007, 01:03:08 PM »
O Yuki Conjugate - The Euphoria of Disobedience

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 23, 2007, 10:52:28 AM »

Canon Blue - Halcyon EP - Great little four song ep.  I really like the earlier Canon Blue release "Colonies" and this ep continues their run of excellent music.  It's part pop, part folk, some electronics(in the album rather than the ep), just a great combination.  One of the best features of this ep is it's FREE!  Here's the link to the Myspace page for downloading the ep...

This is the letter comes with the ep..."The story goes that in the old days, during the winter solstice, all the oceans in the world would lay calm and the bad weather would subside. It was then that the kingfisher bird would fly out into the open sea to build its nest and lay its eggs, believing they would hatch in time before the waves began to rise again.  This time came to be known as the halcyon days.

The Halcyon EP was recorded in my bedroom during the month of November, 2007. Winter always seems to be a more creative time for me, and the sudden cold and slower pace that was settling in over Nashville provided a welcome excuse to stay inside and work. A few friends came by as well, each with their own special sounds from cellos to horns to live drums, adding new colors to the mix.

This EP, for me, is a way to reflect on yet another year quietly slipping by,  enjoying the present stillness of a tennessee winter, and looking forward to what is coming up over those yon there hills. I hope you are to able find something in it too.  thanks for listening...

- daniel james (sunday december 9th, 2007)

Give yourself a Christams present and download it now.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 07, 2007, 07:10:22 PM »
paul bradley - chroma [twenty hertz 2007] - gorgeous drones.  In another thread, I think Alan(Undershadow) described Chroma as "wide open".  Perfect.
tetsu inoue - world receiver [1996] - I'd almost forgotten just how good this one is.
pantha du prince - this bliss [2007] - irresistible techno.
robert plant and alison krauss - raising sand [2007] - I don't listen to 'normal' music very much anymore, but this one I am really enjoying.  Some beautiful tunes on this record.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: December 07, 2007, 05:46:19 PM »
I just finished William Gibson's latest, "Spook Country".  I guess I enjoyed it, sort of.  I just never really got into it.  I just kept reading because I wanted to finish it, not because I couldn't put it down.  It wasn't bad, it just didn't pull me in.

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