Rank #1: Look what I found
I digitized my music collection a long time ago. I have a Sonos system throughout my house so I digitized thousands of CDs and packed up the physical copies. I haven't pulled out the actual CDs in a long time but recently I rearranged some furniture and realized that I had sofa table with a cd rack built into it. The thing had been in the same place for so long that I'd forgotten there were CDs in it. I played a bunch of the discs and had a good time re-discovering music that I hadn't heard in quite awhile.
So I made a mix of some my favs. The release years range from 2003 - 2012. There are some regulars that have appeared in many of my mixes - The Green Kingdom, Kyle Bobby Dunn, Maps & Diagrams, From The Mouth Of The Sun. Along with some that I've probably never used - Shirk, Lopside, Relmic Statute, Logreybeam, Herion.
The album, 37, by Lopside was especially cool to reacquaint myself with. It falls into the Boards of Canada, Casino versus Japan category but it's not very well known. It was great to get back into it. Here is the link to Spotify...
The mix starts out a little glitchy and finishes with some classic ambient sounds. I hope you enjoy this little side trip down memory lane.
T R A C K L I S T :
- 00:00 Logreybeam - Beetelguise(It's All Just Another Aspect Of Mannerism 2004)
- 03:39 Lopside - The Shallow End(37 2003)
- 06:45 Mokira - untitled 1(album 2003)
- 10:55 The Green Kingdom - Maplecopter(Twig and Twine 2009)
- 17:00 Sleepy Town Manufacture & Unit 21 - Swollenguest(No Traces 2009)
- 19:21 From the Mouth of the Sun - The Crossing(Woven Tide 2012)
- 20:15 Shirk - Dipsy(The Long Game 2008)
- 23:05 Map & Diagrams - Everybody's got something to hide(Hidden Landscapes 2011)
- 25:55 Relmic Statute - template for sand & forest(morning tapes 2010)
- 30:45 Northern - Coasting(Drawn 2007)
- 33:15 Tanner Menard - Chemical Secrets And Golden Flowers(The Oceans Of Your Aura 2010)
- 36:15 A Produce & Loren Nerell - Meadow Dusk(Intangible 2011)
- 42:00 Chihei Hatakeyama - Cave(Ghostly Garden 2009)
- 46:05 Adam Pacione - Available Light(from stills to motion 2007)
- 47:10 Kyle Bobby Dunn - The Tributary -For Voices Lost(A Young Person's Guide To 2010)
- 54:08 Herion - Moske Orgulie(Out & About 2010)
- 58:33 end
Mar 03 2019
Rank #2: Sunday Morning Music vol. 18 - Sun Room
The 18th installment in the Sunday Morning Music series is here. It starts with one of my favorite albums of the year - Spirit by Rhye. It's so beautiful and intimate. From there we get some more pretty tunes because that's what I want on Sunday morning - no dark ambient drones here, just pretty and calm.
All the tracks are fairly new - the oldest being from 2016, while most are from this year.
Sunday morning musings - the cover pic of a cup of coffee reminded me of something. I've noticed in a lot of the science fiction I read that coffee is very important to a lot of characters in sci-fi stories. Many times it's in a post-apocalyptic world and coffee has become rare, a character finds a stash of coffee and it's like striking gold. Or a character is in space and has been traveling for a long time and finally gets to a location that has coffee and again it's like they have found the holy grail. This type of thing happens more often than I would have expected. I wonder if it's because writers drink lots of coffee as they write and they know that coffee is the world's most wonderful liquid(right behind beer).
Grab some coffee, interstellar or not, and take a listen to this latest mix.
T R A C K L I S T :
- 00:00 Rhye - Awake(Spirit 2019)
- 03:39 Marty Hicks - Alnum Hymn 56(Olreilion 2019)
- 06:55 Lullatone - Waking Up On A Picnic Blanket(Music For Museum Gift Shops 2019)
- 09:29 Ann Annie - Wander Into(wander into 2019)
- 15:00 Wilson Tanner - Sun Room(69 2016)
- 19:30 Joseph Shabason - 1517(Anne EP 2019)
- 25:05 High Tides - Tidal Movement(Paradise Daze 2019)
- 28:36 Kryshe - Meditation(Hauch 2019)
- 31:31 Meitei - Nami(Komachi 2019)
- 35:00 Andrew Heath - Headland(Soundings 2017)
- 36:31 Nicholas Britell - The Children of Our Age(If Beale Street Could Talk 2018)
- 37:47 Corey Fuller - Lamentation(Break 2019)
- 40:22 Wilson Tanner - Odd Low(69 2016)
- 43:22 Rhye - Green Eyes(Spirit 2019)
- 45:37 The Phonometrician - Poppy Meadows(Mnemosyne 2019)
- 50:48 The Hardy Tree - After The Rain(Stagale EP 2019)
- 56:30 Lullatone - Morning Coffee(Music For Museum Gift Shops 2019)
- 59:30 end
Jun 09 2019
Rank #3: Luminoustrings
This mix has been brewing in my head for the last couple of years. Basically I've been planning a follow up to the Luminouspaces mix since I posted it in 2016. I finally got going on the sequel a few weeks ago while listening to "Constellations" by Jane Antonia Cornish. It's an absolutely lovely album. If you like modern classical recordings you'll definitely enjoy it.
The mix begins and ends with a track from Constellations. In between you'll find a collection of modern classical favorites from the last year or two. Like a lot of my mixes, it's a beautiful compilation with a tinge of melancholy.
T R A C K L I S T :
- 00:00 Jane Antonia Cornish - Beyond The Sky(Constellations 2018)
- 07:20 Glåsbird - Gunnbjørn Fjeld(Grønland 2019)
- 13:25 Ian Hawgood & Danny Norbury - II(Faintly Recollected 2018)
- 18:40 Snorri Hallgrimsson - Still Life-Instrumental(Orbit 2018)
- 21:27 Peter Gregson - Warmth(Quartets Two 2017)
- 24:45 Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet - Another Long Evening(Landfall 2018)
- 26:30 Ben McElroy - Songs of Iceland(Songs of Iceland 2018)
- 29:05 William Ryan Fritch - Red Wolves(Birkitshi - Eagle Hunters In A New World 2017)
- 31:10 Christopher Spelman - The Lost City of Z(The Lost City of Z 2017)
- 31:50 Max Richter - Shimmering Clouds(My Brilliant Friend OST 2018)
- 32:50 Ceets - Hover, Over Me(Concrete Fields 2017)
- 37:45 Valgeir Sigurðsson - Committee(Little Moscow 2018)
- 39:36 Julia Rovinsky - Metamorphosis II(Dusk 2017)
- 46:22 Nicholas Britell - The Culmination(Moonlight 2016)
- 48:00 Jane Antonia Cornish - Wave Cycles(Constellations 2018)
- 58:12 end
Mar 10 2019
Rank #4: Sunday Morning Music vol. 17 - Sparkling Early Mornings
I haven't posted a Sunday morning mix in a long time. So here is the first Sunday morning collection of 2019.
There's not much to say - it's the typical Sunday morning mix. A little jazz, some ambient, some instrumental, etc. Most of the tunes are fairly new with three exceptions.
The cover pic is my backyard, but not from this year as we haven't had much snow at all. Of course I just jinxed it so next week we'll probably get 3 feet.
T R A C K L I S T :
- 00:00 Johann Johannsson - Mandy Love Theme(2018)
- 01:30 Ben Rath - A Quiet Morning(2019)
- 06:25 Luis Miehlich - Spring Haiku 2(2018)
- 10:19 Andrey Kiritchenko - Sparkling Early Mornings(2008)
- 13:55 Joseph Shabason - Treat It Like A Wine Bar(2018)
- 19:43 Alice Coltrane - Radhe-Shyam(1977)
- 23:32 Peppermoth - Claude(2018)
- 27:34 Gigi Masin - Kite(2018)
- 31:45 Dean Mcphee - The Devil's Knell(2018)
- 36:00 Hampshire & Foat - End Song(2017)
- 37:46 Eli Keszler - Fifty Four To Madrid(2018)
- 40:58 The Necks - The World At War(1990)
- 56:00 Endurance - Measurements of Light(2017)
- 61:24 end
Jan 13 2019
Rank #5: Deep Freeze
We were having such a nice mild winter here in Wisconsin but then I had to go and jinx it in the last post in which I said we hadn't very much snow. Well, since then we've had two significant snow storms with another 12 inches expected over the next two days.
Snow I can handle but the temps have plummeted - the high temp yesterday was 4° with wind chills around -25°. Ugh. But it gets worse - Wednesday's high temp is supposed to be -14°! That's the high temperature! So much for our nice mild winter. I'm getting too old for this!
I had an IDM mix all ready to post but the frigid landscape was calling for a frozen mix. Most of the tracks are new, 2017 & 2018. And every track has an appropriate cold word in the title. Such as winter, frozen, wind, ice, cold, arctic, snow, etc.
I recommend listening with a cup of hot tea nearby or better yet a large glass of scotch.
T R A C K L I S T :
- 00:00 The Gentleman Losers - Make We Here Our Camp Of Winter(2018)
- 05:25 Stray Theories - Frozen Skies(2018)
- 10:08 Zoë Keating - Icefloe(2018)
- 13:36 Helios - North Wind(2018)
- 16:53 Luton - Ice Museum(2018)
- 20:30 Spheruleus - Frozen(2010)
- 22:37 r beny - Glacial Tongues(2018)
- 26:02 Rapoon - Ice Whispers(2007)
- 31:27 Porya Hatami - Snow(2012)
- 37:54 Hotel Neon - Cold Suns(2018)
- 47:47 Akira Kosemura - Snowy Sky(2017)
- 49:20 Halo - Winter Lullaby II(2012)
- 50:50 Seabuckthorn - Sent In By The Cold(2018)
- 54:50 Michael Brook - On Ice(2017)
- 55:46 Maiya Hershey - Arctic Waters(2017)
Jan 27 2019
Rank #6: Lost Tribe Sound: The Western Divide
I can't tell you how excited I am for this mix. Well, actually I'm telling you right now so that first line was bullshit. Suffice it to say I love this mix. It comes from our good friends at Lost Tribe Sound, an amazing record label that is having a hell of a year. Of course, last year was pretty darn good as well.
Ryan Keane, the man behind Lost Tribe Sound, has put together a mix that is interesting and varied. It's cohesive without sounding all the same. This is a wonderful collection of tunes.
Here's what Ryan has to say about this mix:
Rarely do I get the chance to work on creating mixes of music, but I’m definitely more inspired to do so when I can ground the mix in a solid theme or concept. When I was given the chance to create one for the highly-esteemed Low Light Mixes, I figured, it better be decent.
‘The Western Divide,’ my latest mix, is a grab bag of emotions, sort of manic, nostalgic, playful, with the ever-present tinge of dread and uncertainty that really mirrors how I’ve been feeling about life and society as a whole lately. I partly wanted to see how bizarre the music I mixed together could get while still remaining palatable. Honing in on some pieces of music that come across as somewhat otherworldly spaghetti western sounding, I set about juxtaposing them with odd forms of jazz, electronic, hymn-like horn and organ pieces. It may have a bit of that Ennio Morricone score to some dystopian future General Hospital sort of vibe to it.
I’ve been infatuated as of late with unique uses of horns in experimental music, it seems that most of the time horns can easily be a pitfall in many styles of music. Either from overstaying their welcome, riding too long on what I like to call the “Dad Chords,” where it just gets cheesy, or simply becoming too noodly and irritating that the song would be better off without them. So hopefully I’ve combined some enjoyable uses of horns into the mix that avoid these situations, but who knows, I’m quite possibly out of touch.
In full disclosure, I run the label Lost Tribe Sound, so a few of the selections in the mix are from recent or upcoming albums on the label. The opening piece is from a brilliant electro-acoustic Danish trio, Skyphone, which we’ve have the honor of putting out two albums for this August. Kali Malone follows with her perfect use of a church organ as the ultimate drone machine. Next, a very odd find from a Spotify suggestion of all places, Jeremy Krinsley and Greg Heffernan’s only album together, ‘Material Culture 9.19.15’ is some left-field electronica, filled with loads of charming moments.
Next, Hampshire & Foat kick in, their ‘Saint Lawrence’ album from this year is an instrumental masterpiece for those into dim-lit jazz fueled folk. Sailcloth up next, also blew my mind, primarily an experimental upright bassist, the featured selection works more off of a droning horn and subdued bass notes than some of the other more pronounced tunes on the EP, ‘Close Keeping.’ Then, Danny Scott Lane who’s recent album on Shimmering Moods is about as perfectly refined an example as one could hope for from an experimental drone/classical album. Hoera is a mixed bag of tricks as well, bizarre combos of electronics, jazz, ambient and folk somehow fold into a very satisfying whole, definitely recommend all three of their albums. Drombeg, another tasty discovery, thanks to the Thesis label, an intense focus of melody and progression make this breed of classical well worth checking out.
Working in his way slowly into the tail end of Drombeg is a new piece from Ben McElroy, a highly emotive and creative songwriter, his whole catalog is sublime. Mute Forest, a long-time favorite, lent me an exclusive song from his upcoming album for this mix, introducing “The Riven Sun.” Followed that with a rising master of primitive guitar experimentalism, Seabuckthorn, from his new album, “It Can Ashen” is a droning genius. Next up, Spheruleus with his title track from his brand new and highly engaging electro-acoustic album for my label Lost Tribe Sound. Zakè follows with some seriously delicious droning classical string and tape experiments from this year courtesy of Past Inside The Present. Kinbrae’s album, ‘Landforms’ from earlier this year totally destroys me, and is a great example of how to use those horns properly. After that, Federico Mosconi delivers beautiful finger-picked guitar, bathed in the most melancholic waves of static and synths one could ask for!
MALK comes next with ‘Re-treat’ and delivers one of the most offbeat, original albums Lost Tribe Sound has ever produced, just give in to it. The penultimate piece comes from Offthesky, who’s had a hugely impressive year with two new albums that I’d consider among the best of the year. “Future Fire” provides another gorgeous example of how horns can work so beautifully in ambient music. Finally, the mix closes with one of my favorite artists of all time, Geir Sundstøl. Geir’s newest genre-bending album on Hubro, is beyond genius. I’ve got give a special thanks to Hubro, who’ve finally uploaded their entire catalog to Bandcamp, making it far easier to enjoy, definitely go explore the music they put out.
Hope you enjoy these tunes. Thanks for listening and having a read.
T R A C K L I S T :
00:00 Skyphone - Les Clouds(Marsh Drones)
04:00 Kali Malone - Sacriﬁcial Code(The Sacriﬁcial Code)
06:56 Jeremy Krinsley / Greg Heﬀernan - Material Culture 9.19.15, Pt. 1(Material Culture 9.19.15)
08:00 Hampshire & Foat - The Undercliﬀ(Saint Lawrence)
13:04 Sailcloth - Year Long Storm(Close Keeping)
15:04 Danny Scott Lane - Four(How To Empty A Cup)
18:08 HOERA. - Jin(Jaunu)
21:20 Drombeg - The White Raven(Thesis Drive 2/3)
27:52 Ben McElroy - They Told Us Not To Wonder(They Told Us Not To Wonder)
29:50 Mute Forest - The Riven Sun(Riders Storm)
33:20 Seabuckthorn - It Can Ashen(Crossing)
37:20 Spheruleus - Light Through Open Blinds(Light Through Open Blinds)
39:44 Zakè - 000425978 OTS1[pure violet](Orchestral Tape Studies)
42:24 Kinbrae - Meander(Landforms)
48:04 Federico Mosconi - Melody Not Melody(Light Not Light)
51:20 MALK - Re-Treat(WMAIDIT)
54:08 Oﬀthesky - Future Fire(Illuminate)
57:36 Geir Sundstøl - Waterloo(Brødløs)
Jul 28 2019
Rank #7: Best Ambient of 2018
As much as I like end-of-the-year lists, I also get a bit anxious about them. As I compile them I keep thinking that I've missed something. Then as I'm re-listening to albums I start thinking "Is this one really that good?" & "Maybe this one deserves a slot...or this one...or this one..." Eventually I realize that these lists aren't anything definitive that I'll be judged on. Unless there's an ambient god in ambient heaven who will let me in or cast me out based on a lifetime of music choices. In that case I will pay for having listened to so much Enya in the 90s. ;-)
So after that meandering introduction, here is my Best of 2018 list and mix. As you'll see, the list is longer than the mix. That's mostly due to not wanting a 4 hour mix and also to some stuff just not fitting sonically.
It was another good year for music. Between my ambient/electronic fandom and my continued obsession with indie music, I barely have time to breathe sometimes. I'll post some links to Spotify playlists that kept me going this year.
In alphabetical order, here's the list of my favorite ambient albums of 2018:
1. A Strangely Isolated Place - Full Circle
2. Albrecht La'Brooy - Tidal River 
3. Christina Vantzou - no. 4 
4. Dean McPhee - Four Stones 
5. Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society - Wow and Flutter [six degrees 2018]
6. Eli Keszler - Stadium
7. Frank Bretschneider - Lunik
8. From the Mouth of the Sun - Sleep Stations
9. G. B. Beckers - Walkman
10. GiGi Masin - kite
11. Halftribe - For The Summer - Or Forever
12. Helios - Veriditas
13. Hibernis - Middle of the Meds
14. Joseph Shabason - Anne
15. Kasper Bjorke Quartet - The Fifty Eleven Project
16. Khruangbin - Con Todo El Mundo
17. Klangriket & Sjors Mans - The Amsterdam Sessions
18. Leon Vynehall - Nothing Is Still
19. Lost Tribe Sound - We Stayed The Path That Fell To Shadow
20. Luton - Black Box Animals
21. Markus Guentner - Empire
22. Monty Adkins - Empire
23. Ocoeur - Inner
24. Olafur Arnalds - Re;member
25. Rival Consoles - Persona
26. Robert Davies - Elemental Shimmer
27. TAYLOR DEUPREE - Fallen
28. The Advisory Circle - Ways of Seeing
29. Triac - departure
30. William Selman - Musica Enterrada
And here's the mix:
T R A C K L I S T :
- 00:00 Leon Vynehall - From The Sea It Looms(Nothing is Still)
- 04:12 The Advisory Council - The Soft Dissolve(Ways of Seeing)
- 07:20 Ocoeur - Mother(Inner)
- 12:50 Halftribe - Balm(For The Summer-Or Forever)
- 16:07 Helios - Harmonia(Veriditas)
- 19:30 Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society - She Brought The Sun(Wow & Flutter)
- 26:28 Klangriket & Sjors Mans - Prinsengracht(The Amsterdam Sessions)
- 31:47 William Selman - The Island Before The Internet(Musica Enterrada)
- 36:11 Eli Keszler - Which Swarms Around It(Stadium)
- 38:46 Taylor Deupree - The Lost Sea(Fallen)
- 43:51 Need A Name - Road to Berlin(A Strangley Isolated Place - Full Circle)
- 49:00 William Ryan Fritch - Burrow(Lost Tribe Sound - We Stayed The Path That Fell To Shadow)
- 53:24 Olafur Arnalds - Undir(Re;member)
- 58:15 Frank Bretschneider - Optik(Lunik)
- 1:01:28 Kasper Bjorke Quartet - Os(The Fifty Eleven Project)
- 1:12:48 Rival Consoles - I Think So(Persona)
- 1:16:58 Markus Guentner - Refraction(Empire)
- 1:25:20 Christina Vaztzou - No. 4 String Quartet(no. 4)
- 1:28:02 Robert Davies - Tangled Undergrowth(Elemental Shimmer)
- 1:35:28 Monty Adkins - Empire(Empire)
- 1:41:31 Triac - departure three(departure)
- 1:45:32 Luton - Ice Museum(Black Box Animals)
- 1:49:22 G.B. Beckers - Klandschwaden(Walkman)
- 1:54:19 Albrecht La'Brooy - Datbreak(Tidal River)
- 1:59:24 end
Dec 09 2018
Rank #8: The Gentle Space Music of Hollan Holmes curated by Paul Asbury Seaman
I am excited to bring you another beautifully curated mix from Paul Asbury Seaman. Anyone who has been to this blog in the last couple of years should be familiar with Paul's excellent mixes. The most recent of which was a train mix from a couple of months ago...
This collection of tunes is a tribute to one of Paul's favorite artists, Hollan Holmes.
Here's what Paul has to say about this mix:
“The Hearts of Space radio program wasn’t named after Hollan Holmes, but it could have been. His music is infused with both awe and a tenderness not often found in space music, which is all the more impressive given that he uses no acoustic instruments. This mix, in honor of Holmes’s soon-to-be-released seventh album, includes two tracks by Richard Burmer, a primary influence on Holmes, and two by fellow Spotted Peccary artist, Massergy. (Note: Cover artwork for this mix was created by and through the courtesy of Hollan Holmes, from his forthcoming album, MILESTONES.)”
T R A C K L I S T :
- 00:00 Hollan Holmes - Darkness and Light(Prayer to the Energy 2017)
- 05:00 Richard Burmer - Solarsex(Mosaic 1984)
- 10:30 Hollan Holmes - That Ephemeral Spark(Prayer the the Energy 2017)
- 17:46 Richard Burmer - Winter on the Wind(Mosaic 1984)
- 21:54 Hollan Holmes - A Precarious Trajectory(Phase Shift 2013)
- 27:35 Massergy - Cold White Smoke(Fire Opal 2019)
- 36:15 Stellardrone - Breathe In The Light(Between The Rings 2017)
- 40:56 Massergy - The Shepherdess(Fire Opal 2019)
- 50:42 Hollan Holmes - Enduro(The Spirits of Starlight 2014)
- 57:12 Hollan Holmes - Interstellar Lullaby(Incandescent 2015)
- 62:45 end
May 26 2019
Rank #9: Ambient Twang
I remember the first time I heard the Daniel Lanois tunes From Eno's Apollo album, I didn't really care for them. I didn't like the pedal steel guitar. I absolutely hated country music back then and I associated the sound of pedal steel with country and nothing else.
Eventually, the tunes grew on me and I've come to love the sound of pedal steel guitar. I also came around on country-tinged music as I fell in love with indie-folk which can make great use of traditional instrumentation minus the pickups trucks, girls & booze of crappy country.
This brings me back around to pedal steel in ambient. There's not a ton of it out there but definitely enough for a good mix. There are four main practitioners of ambient twang - Daniel Lanois, Chuck Johnson, Bruce Kaphan and Chas Smith. I think they all have appeared in earlier Low Light Mixes. All four are in this mix as well as Eno/Lanois tunes, some oddball selections, and some YouTube recordings. Many of the tracks here use an actual pedal steel guitar and some use lap steel.
Up next - synth sequencer heaven.
T R A C K L I S T :
- 00:00 Brian Eno - Weightless
- 04:15 Bruce Kaphan - Outpost
- 11:55 Chas Smith - Santa Fe
- 14:00 Chuck Johnson - Balm of Gilead
- 21:05 Daniel Lanois - In Crystal
- 24:22 Will Van Horn - Aphex Twin - Avril 14 on pedal steel
- 26:18 Joe Carolino - Ambient drone with lap steel & guitar
- 32:53 Youth - Lotus Rhubarb(Colliding Sky Whale Dub)
- 34:18 The National Pool - Solace
- 36:15 Ryan Lutton - Ambient Improv XXIII
- 39:03 Brian Eno - Deep Blue Day
- 42:28 Xploding Plastix - Ritalin For Four Pedal Steel Guitars
- 49:05 Chuck Johnson - Eye on the Sparrow
- 55:42 Brian Eno - Last Step from the Surface
- 59:31 end
Sep 29 2019
Rank #10: Future Days - A Kraut Rock Mix
As is usually the case with these mixes, one song sets me on the path towards a new collection. In this case it was the song T by Dan Lissvik.
It keep popping up on a few of my playlists and I always thought it had kind of kraut rock feel to it. I realized that I've never made a kraut rock mix and that needs to be rectified.
I don't want to get into a debate about what is and isn't kraut rock. There are tracks from kraut rock classics like Neu! and Can. But there are also three cuts from new artists like Dan Lissvik, Sankt Otten and Kilchhofer. Those new tunes are in there because I thought they fit with the kraut rock vibe.
The rest of the mix contains artists like Cluster, Ashra, Popol Vuh, Holger Czukay, Conrad Schnitzler, Bernard Szajner and Gunter Schickert. I'm exactly sure which ones would qualify as kraut rock but I think they're all close enough.
T R A C K L I S T :
- 00:00 Neu! - Isi(1975)
- 04:55 Dan Lissvik - T(2016)
- 09:55 Conrad Schnitzler - Ballet Statique(1978)
- 14:00 Holger Czukay - Persian Love(1982)
- 18:55 Ashra - Shuttle Cocks(1977)
- 25:10 Cluster - Sowiesoso(1976)
- 31:55 Sankt Otten - Zwischen Demut und Disco(2018)
- 37:24 Bernard Szajner - The Memory(1980)
- 41:30 Can - Future Days(1973)
- 46:00 Kilchhofer - Lubbari(2018)
- 49:20 Ashra - Blackouts(1977)
- 53:35 Gunter Schickert - Guitarre Wlaurniam(1983)
- 57:25 Neu! - Weissensee(1972)
- 63:25 Popol Vuh - Hoere, Den Du Wagst(1978)
- 69:00 Cluster - Zum Wohl(1976)
- 75:20 Bernard Szajner - A Kind of Freedom(1980)
- 78:07 end
Jan 06 2019
Rank #11: Turning Hopeful
This is the perfect mix to close out 2018 and look forward to 2019. "Turning Hopeful" has a more hopeful, positive vibe than most of my mixes. Which is why it should be no surprise to find out that it was curated by the one and only Paul Asbury Seaman.
I like working together with Paul because he takes mixes in slightly different directions than I usually do. These collaborations bring a nice breath of fresh air to this 12 year old mix blog.
Here's what Paul says about this mix:
"This mix features melodic ambient tracks with a hopeful feeling, including some early New Age classics guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Also, brand new tracks from Byron Metcalf and Remote Vision, a solo project of Don Tyler (Ascendant). The theme was inspired by the title song from John Hiatt’s 1988 album, “Slow Turning.” Redemption means turning from one way of being to embrace another, a recurring process, fueled by hope."
Thanks Paul, in 2019 I hope we can all turn hopeful.
Cheers & Happy New Year!
T R A C K L I S T :
- 00:00 Scott August - New Horizons(Radiant Sky 2010)
- 06:09 Jan Garbarek - In Praise of Dreams(In Praise of Dreams 2004)
- 11:24 Ulrich Schnauss - Knuddelmaus(Far Away Trains Passing By 2001)
- 17:54 Kitaro - Caravansaray(India 1983)
- 22:08 Richard Burmer - The Turn Again(Bhakti Point 1987)
- 27:12 Mark Isham - On The Threshold Of Liberty(Vapor Drawings 1983)
- 34:20 Vic Hennegan - Aqua Donna(Aqua Vista 2008)
- 40:30 Erik Wøllo - Wind Journey 2(Wind Journey 2001)
- 45:25 Oystein Sevag - Miles Near(Link 1993)
- 47:00 Vangelis - Hymn(Themes 1989)
- 49:37 Detlef Keller - Last Step(Harmonic Steps 2005)
- 53:30 Remote Vision - The Glittercliff(Into Light 2018)
- 60:00 Byron Metcalf - A Naturally Occurring Heart(Inner Rhythm Meditations, Vol. II 2018)
- 68:37 end
Dec 30 2018
Rank #12: Best of the Rest - Ambient 2018
Right after I posted my Best Ambient of 2018 mix I started diving into a bunch of other year end lists. Of course I discovered some excellent releases that I would have included in my mix/list if I had known about them in time. I found enough music that I decided to create a second Best of 2018 mix.
I could probably make a third mix but I've got to stop sometime. What were your favorite recordings of 2018?
2019 is just around the corner and it will start with a mix curated by the very talented Paul Asbury Seaman.
T R A C K L I S T :
- 00:00 Francis Harris - St. Catherine and the Calm(Trivial Occupations)
- 12:00 Luca Longobardi - Marte(The Garden)
- 17:38 Off Land - Zircon(Mineral Echoes)
- 26:40 Kenji Kihara - Sunny Spot(Scenes of Scapes)
- 31:50 Innesti - In Currents(In Currents)
- 39:45 Umber - Harvest(slow)(This Earth To Another)
- 48:55 Cremation Lily - Outlined Expanse(In England Now, Underwater)
- 53:12 Okomotive / Joel Schoch - Warmth in the Cold(Lone Sails)
- 56:10 James Murray - Old Friend(Falling Backwards)
- 61:20 The Gentleman Losers - Bend Low, Sweet Branch, Bend Low(Make We Here Our Camp Of Winter)
- 65:53 Okomotive / Joel Schoch - Bridge(Lone Sails)
- 67:13 Spheruleus - Saturday Drones(Saturday Drones)
- 77:44 end
Dec 23 2018
Rank #13: The Dreamer Descends - InSight Lands on Mars
After six months of travel from Earth, NASA's InSight spacecraft is on a precise trajectory to land on Mars. If all goes well it should be touching down on the surface of the red planet about 6 hours after this mix is initially posted.
The tracks for this mix have all been selected to tell the story of InSight and its journey to Mars. The track titles take us chronologically from Farewell, O Earth to Between Two Worlds to Arrival to Descent to Landing to Sunrise on Mars.
T R A C K L I S T :
- 00:00 Murcof & Vanessa Wagner - Farewell, O World, O Earth
- 07:15 Warmth - Insight
- 14:50 Moon Wiring Club - Between Two Worlds
- 15:52 Rival Consoles - Untravel
- 21:10 Johann Johannsson - Arrival
- 23:27 Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - Mars
- 27:05 Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - Mars Theme
- 28:40 Ohrwert - Angle of Incidence
- 30:05 Pye Corner Audio - Descent
- 31:15 Steve Roach - The Dreamer Decends
- 35:30 Seabuckthorn - Blackout
- 38:08 Tonepoet & Cloudfall - Free Falling Through Life's Cavernous Atmosphere
- 43:25 Porya Hatami - Landing
- 45:25 The Future Sound Of London - The Dust Settles
- 48:25 Dirac - Elysium
- 51:56 Lights Out in Asia - All Is Quiet In The Valley
- 55:18 Heavenchord - Sunrise on Mars
- 60:13 Julien Marchal - Insight XIV
- 62:45 end
Nov 26 2018
Rank #14: Mostly Flute: Ambient New Age by Paul Asbury Seaman
I've been heckin' busy this summer. First of all, it's summer so beer gardens, baseball games, northwoods vacations, beer gardens, yard work, beer gardens, etc. Plus I've been doing a ton of freelance work. And lastly, my daughter is getting married in a month and I'm editing a video for the reception. I have not been able to get any new mixes going in a while.
So it's Paul Asbury Seaman to the rescue! Thankfully this excellent mix from Paul will fill the void. It's another great collection from my partner in ambient crime. Here's what he has to say about it:
“This is a crossover mix, as the title suggests, and may be the sweetest one I’ve ever done. I’ve kept the emphasis on an atmosphere of tranquility, tailor-made for going-to-sleep music. All of the tracks here are from the fairly-new Heart Dance Records. I discovered this label while looking on Bandcamp for an album recently featured on Hearts of Space. As I dug deeper, and contrary to my stereotypes about “uplifting” (read: new age) music, it became obvious that there was plenty here for space fans to like, or if you’re looking for something calm for meditation. Feel the flow around the stillness. (Cover image for this mix courtesy of Sherry Finzer, from the album LET THERE BE LIGHT.)”
Definitely check out more music from Heart Dance Records here...
T R A C K L I S T :
00:00 Sherry Finzer & Darin Mahoney - White Sky In November(Transformation 2013)
04:32 Tom Moore & Sherry Finzer - Star Trails(Sound Currents 2019)
10:05 Paul Horn - Mumtaz Mahal(Inside 1969)
12:20 Ivan Teixeira - Abundance(ALLAYER Project One 2019)
16:37 Monica Williams - Wandering(Journey Of Tears 2018)
22:43 ANAAMALY - A Peaceful Drift(Fileds Of Light 2018)
29:18 Tom Moore & Sherry Finzer - Midnight Mystique(Sound Currents 2019)
34:48 Monica Williams - Love From A Distance(Journey Of Tears 2018)
38:18 Majestica - Aurora Australis(In the Midst of Stars 2016)
48:26 Sherry Finzer - Breathe(Acceptance 2018)
Aug 25 2019
Rank #15: Places I've Never Been(Ode to High-Speed Rail)
Everything about trains is evocative. The sound of the whistle, the rhythm of the tracks, the sounds of the station, etc. Trains make for a perfect theme in electronic music mixes. Which is why you're bound to hear several of them this year from Low Light mixes.
This first one comes to us from my frequent collaborator, Paul Asbury Seaman. Not only has Paul done previous excellent mixes for me, he's also done a couple train mixes. Here's what he has to say about his latest creation...
“In my last mix I celebrated “liminal space,” the long in-betweens of life. Travel by train is both metaphor and literally that. Beyond the excitement of the busy station and going someplace new, for many of us the journey is the destination: the experience as both overview and connectedness, not felt from an airplane. The impetus for this mix was the just-released debut album of d’Voxx, on Ian Boddy’s UK label, DiN. And I dedicate it to the EuroPass, which ever since the 1960s has enabled vacationers and tourists from around the world to travel at highly-discounted rates—including by high-speed rail—anywhere in the 30 countries that are part of the system. Something that in the United States is, for now, only an ambient dream.”
The mix changes gears for the last tune, using sax, acoustics instruments and vocals but Paul thought it would fit well because A) it's called Train and B) it has "the dead-tired but satisfied feeling you have when you get home to your own bed after a long trip."
Cheers and safe travels!
T R A C K L I S T :
00:00 d'Voxx - Akalla Söder(2019 Télégraphe)
08:44 Rival Consoles - Persona(2018 Persona)
15:06 Stimulus Timbre - We Reached for the Sky(2017 A Place We Never Been)
21:40 Steve Roach - Core Meditation 1(2017 CORE - Legacy Edition)
30:05 Evan Marc & Steve Hillage - Alpha Phase(2008 Dreamtime Submersible)
37:45 Aepiel - Aves(2012 Painting The Sky)
46:20 Stimulus Timbre - Look at the Stars & Think of Us(2017 A Place We Never Been)
51:54 His Name Is Alive - Train(2002 Last Night)
Mar 24 2019
Rank #16: Almost Home
I'm not sure exactly where this mix started. I heard a few tunes that had a wistful, almost melancholy feel to them and began collecting tracks.
The result is this new mix of mostly modern classical music but with a good dose of electronics and atmospherics. Most of the music is new with 10 of the 15 tracks from 2019. I think this mix would also work well as a soundtrack for fall.
T R A C K L I S T :
- 00:00 Glåsbird - Isbjørnøya(Svalbarð 2019)
- 04:44 Halftribe - Maybe(Backwater Revisited 2019)
- 07:40 William Ryan Fritch - Time Curves So Subtly(Deceptive Cadence 2019)
- 10:56 Slow Meadow - You Felt Like Home(Those Who Rush Across the Sea 2018)
- 15:12 Caminauta - Almost Home(Fragments 2018)
- 21:12 Emanuele Errante - Old Summer Afternoons(This World 2019)
- 25:56 36 - Lahaina Noon(Healing Sounds: A Compilation for Hurricane Recovery 2019)
- 28:39 Sven Laux - Being Too Optimistic(The Writings 2019)
- 35:05 Christoph Berg - Coda(Day has Ended 2013)
- 38:45 Dakota Suite - Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You(What Matters Most 2018)
- 42:22 Dan Romer & Saul Simon MacWilliams - Goodbye Lizard Island(Chasing Coral 2017)
- 45:37 James Murray & Mike Lazarev - Living Treasure(2019)
- 48:57 Loneward - Memories Past(Home 2019)
- 56:02 Porya Hatami & Aaron Martin & Roberto Attanasio - Xakelewe(Sallaw 2019)
- 65:33 Mikael Lind - Ending WithThe Beginning(Contingencies 2019)
- 69:54 end
Sep 20 2019
Rank #17: Whitelabrecs 2019(so far)
I made a list of my favorite ambient albums of the first half of 2019 and noticed that there were 6 releases from the Whitelabrecs label on it. Harry Towell, who records as Spheruleus, runs Whitelabrecs and he has done a great job expanding the roster of artists and getting better and better every year.
So to celebrate all these excellent recordings I decided to make a mix using all 2019 Whitelabrecs releases. You can find Whitelabrecs on Bandcamp here...
Here are all the albums used in this mix...
T R A C K L I S T :
- 00:00 anthene - lucky(asymmetry 2019)
- 03:12 Jens Pauly - Staub(Vihne 2019)
- 08:00 Samsuo - Still Trees(The Other Gold Side 2019)
- 13:48 Hipnotic Earth - And Then She Smiles(Suspended in Silence 2019)
- 18:30 Sven Laux - ODD I(ODD 2019)
- 26:38 Glåsbird - Tundra(Grønland 2019)
- 32:45 Ben Rath - Wait For It(Any Given Moment 2019)
- 41:44 Daniela Orvin - Wide Ocean(Sleeplaboratory 1.0 2019)
- 45:10 Jens Pauly - Nacht(Vihne 2019)
- 49:34 Hipnotic Earth - Afterthe Rain, Moss(so) Alive(Vibrant)(Suspended in Silence 2019)
- 53:35 Sven Laux - ODD IV(ODD 2019)
- 61:00 end
Jun 16 2019
Rank #18: Stranger Synths 2019
In honor of the third season of Stranger Things dropping today, Low Light Mixes presents Stranger Synths 2019. This a retro synth mix that falls right in line with the synth sounds of Netflix's Stranger Things series.
T R A C K L I S T :
- 00:00 Just A Human - Stranger Things Remix01:33 Pye Corner Audio - Deep Space Probe03:54 Sinoia Caves - 1983 Main Theme06:22 The Belbury Circle - Heading Home11:15 Locust - I'll Be There14:40 Rheyne - Live Jam #16920:03 David Trevelyan - Car Crash22:37 Chromatics - Yes(Symmetry Remix)26:25 Jean Michel Jarre - The Heart Of The Noise Pt. 130:22 PYLOT - Blurred Vision33:09 ASC - Sequence 236:56 Merrin Karras - Void44:50 Frank Bretschneider - Motorik49:01 The Advisory Circle - Be Seeing You53:57 Kasper Bjørke Quartet - The Antiphon(Epilogue)66:03 end
Jul 04 2019
Rank #19: Open Spaces
One of my favorite discoveries late last year was the album In Currents by Innesti. It's a wonderful combination of field recordings, loops, drones and light touches. I put it on my second Best of 2018 mix.
Innesti has a new album coming out on Feb. 25th and we are lucky to have a preview of it on this guest mix he has created.The mix stays true to the Innesti sound - gentle, calming, floating. I am excited to hear the new album and excited for this sneak peak.
Here are a couple Innesti links...
T R A C K L I S T :
- 00:00 Innesti - The Architecture of Clouds (Formless)
- 04:42 Yoyu - Open Space, Holding You Tenderly (Manitoba Forest Medicine)
- 08:32 Astrolabe - Afterglow (Lights Beyond the Mist)
- 12:34 Gallery Six - Harukaze (Bansyun)
- 16:06 Ishq - Cloud Forest (Flowering Mountain Earth)
- 18:14 ASC - Hadal Zone (The Waves)
- 21:47 Jacob Newman - Invisible Autumn (Invisible Autumn)
- 23:49 Eternell - Haven (Haven)
- 28:56 end
Feb 17 2019
Rank #20: Ambient Xmas
Even though Christmas music has gotten more interesting than Dean Martin and Bing Crosby, there is not an awful lot of ambient Christmas music out there. So I've only attempted an xmas mix one other time and it was just okay. Until this year.
Thanks to a wonderful album from Matt Borghi I decided to give a holiday ambient mix another shot. Matt's album is called simply - "Ambient Guitar for Christmas."
And it's exactly what it sounds like - slow, ambient guitar with tons of reverb playing recognizable tunes that drift in and out of recognizability. From there everything else flowed pretty easily with a combination of classic xmas tunes to winter and snow songs.
Cheers and Happy Holidays!
T R A C K L I S T :
- 00:00 Matt Borghi - The First Noel(Ambient Guitar for Christmas)
- 03:40 Fuzzy Lights - Snowstorm in a Snow Globe
- 06:12 Dollboy - Look Darling, It's Starting to Snow
- 08:22 Clem Leek - Away in America
- 14:40 Rachel's - NY Snow Globe
- 17:00 Voces8 - Winter
- 20:15 The Green Kingdom - Sleep, Snow
- 28:20 Casino vs Japan - Christmas Morning
- 28:43 Matt Borghi - Shchedryk
- 31:35 Wil Bolton - Coventry Carol
- 33:54 Bill Nelson - The Christmas Gift
- 35:05 Sara and Adam - Wonderful Christmastime
- 38:35 Takahiro Kido - Christmas Song
- 44:04 Helios - Sunes Christmas
- 47:52 John Zorn - Christmas Time is Here
- 52:22 Voces8 - For Now I Am Winter
- 56:40 Matt Borghi - Silent Night
- 69:00 end
Dec 16 2018