Rank #1: camping under the stars
Jan 27 2014
Rank #2: beyond our sphere
I started out just making a mix that used more ‘real’ instruments rather than synthesizer pads to give my respect to the more composed pieces of music. After working on it a bit, I could see that the titles lent themselves to a ‘space’ vibe. That was going to be a theme for a mix of mine at one point, so why not now? These songs represent space, weightlessness, and inspire awe just like the cosmos.
You know, very often my son (who is 6) and very much into super heroes asks me what super power I would like to have. My answer is always the same: the power of flight. Why? Because growing up as a little boy and reading Superman comics, I was always captivated and jealous of the fact that he could fly into outer space and see the most amazing thing that the majority of the world’s population would never see. I guess you could say that I’m a bit of an astronomy fan.
I pulled a few sound samples for this mix, from a NASA site as well as a site that posted a few samples online. For the next space mix (there will be another at some point), I’ll dig a bit deeper finding better samples, but for now…..
In keeping the instrumentation as organic as possible, I opened up with a track from HAROLD BUDD. To me, the sedating effect of this track represents weightlessness. The EP that this track is on was produced by none other than Brian Eno (with Chas Smith on steel guitar). Who would ever think that steel guitar could be so tranquil?
For the same reason I like STARS OF THE LID, I also like WINDY & CARL (pssst, real guitar!). They describe their music as ‘dreamy & psychedelic’. I couldn’t agree more. And, of course, with a title like ‘The Sun’, this song fits perfectly.
Next up is again a very influential musical hero of mine, VANGELIS. Creation Du Monde translates to ‘Creation of the World’ (French).
ALOOF PROOF is an artist that I discovered from the ASPHALT EDEN site and fell very much in love with the organic sound. I purchased Piano Text, and here I decide to play an excerpt from the same release (there are only 2 tracks, but that is more than sufficient). There are more recordings of this artist that can be found online, but this Piano Text is pure magic.
JONN SERRIE seems to specialize in ‘space ambient’, if there is such a term. And for a good reason, he makes epic voyage music.
I really enjoyed making this mix. I pulled out some astronomy books, checked out some Hubble pictures, and basked in the warm flow of great music.turn on, tune in, sleep...ambient-transmission.blogspot.comfacebook.com/tonepoetmusic
Apr 30 2012
Rank #3: from nightfall to first light
Hello! This time around, I wanted to capture a bit of a vibe from the time that one drifts off to sleep until the awakening. I started off with something from BIOSPHERE that for some reason reminds me of growing up in Daytona Beach, Florida. I lived not too far from the beach, and as the youngest of 6 spent a lot of time outside playing Frisbee in the summer. I was also not too far from the airport and Embry Riddle University. The students there often flew small prop planes for study (fun study, right?), and hearing this song from BIOSPHERE really takes me back to that time when I was young, carefree, and spending all day outside until day faded until night.
I put in the rain to transition between 2 events: the end of the evening and that time when just before sleep when your mind begins to visualize bizarre things. I wanted you to imagine you are hearing something out of the ordinary, hence the GLOBAL COMMUNICATION talking and an excerpt from JIM HALL’s Beija Flor. Beija Flor is a piece written by South American composer (can’t remember who), and this rendition from JIM HALL does it much justice. As far as jazz albums go, his album All Across the City and Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue are both my favorites (tie).
I have a lot of soundtrack material, and one day I’ll put more into use. I love everything about the soundtrack to American Beauty. Not only is it one of my all time favorite films (Kevin Spacey is an absolute hero!), but the music is dead on accurate as far as creating the right mood for the film. I’m envious of THOMAS NEWMAN. When you read his Wikipedia page, you’ll be blown away by the amount of output he’s had.
Oddly, I discovered the song Cirrus (HUGH & SATURATION) from a game created by IVORY called 4 DIFFERENCES. When the game loads, you can click a link to their website and get all of their compositions free. Not bad. Great game as well!
Again, more field recordings of a creek to break things up a little bit. The sleeping night is all about transitions.
The DAVID HELPING song comes from an album called Sleeping on the Edge of the World, which is appropriately named for our nightly passage. David shares a website with Jon Jenkins, so it’s worth checking out.
I have every album that PETER GABRIEL has released. Most people didn’t like OVO: The Millennium Show as much as his other stuff, but I love it. Peter’s not singing every song, there are a lot of cameos, but it’s him through and through. I spent a lot of consecutive days wearing the grooves out on this album, and every time I hear it, it’s like the first time that I’ve heard it again. And that’s okay. I have some more of his stuff that I’d like to use at some point, probably as excerpts.
The last 2 artists, ROBERT RICH and DAC CROWELL are both artists that I discovered via MAGNATUNE. Robert is a household name to those that like their ambient a little bit dark, somewhat like Steve Roach in feel. DAC is a bit unorthodox, and definitely has his own approach to soundscapes which are innovative and memorable. You can stream both at MAGNATUNE.
If the ending seems abrupt, it is meant to be that way (the song honestly ends like that) as you are awakening. And who ever wakes up over the course of 30 minutes? Only in Hollywood.
Well, I enjoyed making the mix, and have even more ideas for the next one. I’ll create one for the sleepers probably next, or a soundtracks mix, or a collage of snippets from rock tunes. We’ll see. Enjoy!turn on, tune in, sleep...ambient-transmission.blogspot.comfacebook.com/tonepoetmusic
Apr 21 2012
Rank #4: lullabies for cosmonauts
Well, not too much to say about this particular offering, I prefer to let the music speak for itself. I'm confident that this music certainly does. Please don't hesitate to support the artists for bringing us such amazing aural experiences!turn on, tune in, sleep...ambient-transmission.blogspot.comfacebook.com/tonepoetmusic
Jul 02 2012
Rank #5: cosmic drift
I'm really, really proud of this mix, because I was able to (for the most part) have the most consistent mix without too much abrupt changes in mood and key. That's the goal for me, I think. One artist in this mix that I listen to a bit regularly is ADAM FIELDING, who is a great electronica musician, and an even greater singer. I have a few of his releases, and I love the moods that he invokes with is unique choices of chord structure and tone. A must hear artist, in my opinion. His opening track is the most ambient thing that he does that I'm aware of, but, man, what a killer opener!
I used CONELRAD's music (again), because he consistently creates beautiful soundscapes. I'm really hoping that he will release some more stuff this year. I know that he's involved with music for some video games as well as a soundtrack to an independent film.Okay, I'm really done this time! I'm not kidding!! I have some amazing stuff lined up, including an all original collaborative mix between myself and Randy Wight that I'm looking forward to in the coming weeks. Think Stars Of The Lid meets Steve Roach with a bit of Robert Rich thrown in. Stay tuned! turn on, tune in, sleep...ambient-transmission.blogspot.comfacebook.com/tonepoetmusic
Jul 14 2012
Rank #6: lullabies for the skyward soul
Let us gather up our mental baggage for a drop into the deep blue abyss of space. In undertaking this mission, our soul purpose is to sort out the tribulations of life that are weighing us down. As we sail into the cosmos, allow the weightlessness of space to assist you in gathering up and sorting the difficulties that you face into manageable statuses of priority. Tackle these situations with the determination that you will succeed in the task of putting them behind you with a closure of your desiring. Rely on those that have looked to you for guidance in such circumstances with the understanding that a team of cosmonauts will always outweigh the effectiveness of the sole traveler. Remember to return favor when they need you, and assure them of your gratitude with the gift of friendship.
This session will serve as your in-flight entertainment, and there is no additional cost for such an amenity aboard this flight. As the captain of this flight (that's me), your attendance as the co-pilot is greatly appreciated. Even with the controls manned by myself in this venture, you are nonetheless a very vital asset to this mission. Together, we will take on the obstacles that seek to sway the path and obstruct your success. Let us witness the cosmos in a way that is unique to each of us, taking in sights and sounds designed to renew our minds and souls.
Thanks for boarding this flight with me, I look to many more ventures together in the future. Keep on keepin' on. Peace.
Turn on, tune in, blast off...
Jun 03 2018
Rank #7: as the night time pulls you in
I'm hoping in the near future that I (and some friends of mine) will create some more original music that can be used for some things. I'd like to eventually find the time to put out a full length release to be given away with some nice artwork. Key phrase being 'find the time'.
Not too much to say about this mix, and perhaps less is better. I will however, say that buying Treasure by David Helpling and Jon Jenkins (third tune in the mix is from that release) was a very good decision on my part, I'm really digging it. Thanks for listening, and support the artists.turn on, tune in, sleep...ambient-transmission.blogspot.comfacebook.com/tonepoetmusic
Sep 05 2012
Rank #8: for the lonely souls
May 28 2014
Rank #9: guest mix: the silent project (part III)
Sep 16 2014
Rank #10: music for daydreamers
I got the chance to finally put in a few things that I've wanted to use for a while now. AND, I've been kind of digging finding some things online through Netlabels (you'll see that in the track listing for the label). Basically, ARCHIVE.ORG has a lot of really great stuff (like EL Heath in this mix), and people post many things for free, whole releases of numerous tracks with artwork. I've found some really amazing things there, so I think that it's worth checking that stuff out. I initially started out to do a semi-electronica set featuring a smattering of beat-laden chillout, but stuck with making everything (nearly) beatless (I did manage to cheat and put in a beat with the Bombay Dub Orchestra tune, I love them!). I did use some of the other artists that I wanted to use for a more beat oriented mix, like Carbon Based Lifeforms and The Cinematic Orchestra. Another time, perhaps.
Anyhow, thanks for listening, downloading, sharing, and appreciating some amazing music. Please support the artists, they do it for the love!turn on, tune in, sleep...ambient-transmission.blogspot.comwww.facebook.com/tonepoetmusic
Aug 29 2012
Rank #11: from the darkness comes light
Sep 10 2014
Rank #12: camping under the stars, volume 2 (renewal)
I've been pretty busy lately, and taking in lots of good weather, good bike rides (which gives me ample time to catch up on a backlog of listening), and ushering in the spring/summer vibe that is unfolding. I have bought and heard a lot of really good music from Bandcamp lately, and it has ultimately inspired me to create a second volume to honor this gold mine of independent artists. I have been so very elated to get new music and let it creep into my mind that I felt that it had to be shared with all of the qualified travelers of the sonic realm. I purposely sought to assemble this journey with absolute respect to what the artist has offered, and I hope that my intentions are sincere in this respect.----more----
I am confident that this mix will be a perfect companion for nights of stargazing or waking moments of daydreaming. It has been meticulously crafted with the finest sonic glue possible, each moment carefully prepared to be delivered in the most thought provoking manner. I do have a few alibis in this mix. First, I was approached by session ace MATT STANFIELD and given music (which is not on Bandcamp) and there was no way that I couldn't use two excerpts from his release HOMECOMING . The other is that I was directed to an artist named AN IMAGINAL SPACE whose song SILENT VOICES made such a huge impact upon me that I couldn't not use it. Thanks to SLOW DEEP BREATH for posting the video on Google+ for me to witness.
To access the links of the artists' releases where the music can be purchased, please visit ambient-transmission.blogspot.com. I urge you to pay the artists a visit to take in the beautiful art that they've created. Many huge thanks to the artists for creating the magic. Show them the love.
By all means, if you are reading this and you are an artist that would like your music to try and reach anyone, I would be honored for submissions that could grace future podcasts. You can reach me at the email address listed towards the bottom of the WHO, WHAT, WHY page on Spaceman's Transmissions. I love making the musical connections and hearing from everyone that occupies the sonic universe that we share. Enjoy your journey. Peace.turn on, tune in, sleep...ambient-transmission.blogspot.comfacebook.com/tonepoetmusic
Jun 03 2015
Rank #13: echoes of a silent ocean
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Sep 03 2015
Rank #14: lifting the fog
Now that springtime is here (and summer approaches), our beautiful Mother Earth is awakening and renewing once again to celebrate another rotation around the Sun. Where I live, the weather had maintained a winter chill that was abnormal. Although the trees are trying to sprout their leaves and the butterflies yearned to dance, the world around me was still clinging to jackets. The turbulent minds of many were clouded and not susceptible to witness the monumental event of Mother Earth's transformation. I ask you to step into this session in effort to escape to a place that exists full of your expectations of beauty and solace. Take that fog that burdens your mind and mutate it into a blanket of comfort and assurance.
I am aware that by the time this session hits your ears and mind, the weather will have already made a shift. But this is not about the weather, it is more about the chaotic events that swirl and envelope you in dire times which fabricate the mental fog that dulls our senses. As we spend this mere hour-ish amount of time to inwardly assess our current course aboard Mother Earth, we should not be bogged down by the negative pressure which seeks to compress and dissipate our desires, decisions, and wishes. Even when events don't work out in our favors, there is still something to be gained. Just as these events us forever who we are, it is in our best interest to find the why. This is to say that the outcome is not as important as the journey that brought us there. Savor the path, embrace the change, and refine yourself into the newer you that rises above the fog.
Turn on, tune in, sleep...
May 11 2018
Rank #15: guest mix: the pliability effect
Nov 18 2014
Rank #16: unveiling your universe
Hello, fellow space travelers. The mental space pod is still in need of extreme re-calibration and its navigation system was recalled. We had wandered off course to various destinations that were setbacks in our initial mission, but were necessary to insuring that future explorations would be warranted and successful. We have now set on a course to break through the atmosphere and gravity that binds us to earthly turmoil and terrible things called responsibilities. With our new course underway, Spaceman's Transmissions seeks to circumvent any unnecessary diversions brought on by various hindrances. This is a temporary journey, but one that was required due to the extremely inspiring colors that had drifted into focus.
Please ensure that your entire body is in a comfortable position that allows for maximum cerebral intake of color, light, sound, and vibe. You'll notice that there are no restraints within the mind-pod that will house you for your journey that we will embark upon. Rather, there are suggestive measures that one should keep an open mind to take in beauty and solace to enhance the experience of this soundtrack. This session is designed for entering a state of mental orbiting that will take us to places that you've abandoned or forgotten. This offering of sonic morsels was not designed with anyone in mind but you, dear listener. This creation of meticulously crafted sonic wallpaper is one that is to assist you in reclaiming your cerebral galaxy and reforming it to enhance your creative life with clarity, focus, renewal, and ambition. Take it in, and feed the hunger that can only be satisfied with sound.
Thanks for your support, and I hope that this flight will create the vibe that you are in need of.
Turn on, tune in, sleep...
May 14 2016
Rank #17: a human being is a human dreaming
Dec 09 2014
Rank #18: the universe within you
After a very brief (yet well warranted) detour on our journey through the cosmos, our mental space pod is once again ready for boarding to yet another destination that is not altogether definable. Rather, the journey that we are undertaking is to collect the many surreal images that our beloved universe possesses. With this session of aural projection, I've granted your mind's eye an opportunity to gain snapshots of beauty and solace as we drift to the edge of the universe. While you might be tempted to take a giant leap past the galactic wall to satisfy your temptation, it is at this event horizon that we will rest, and reminisce about everything in life that has made it such an amazing voyage for you. We will also use this opportunity to realize that your glass is always half full, and that whatever grief or anguish that seems to weigh you down is indeed weightless in space. At this time, allow yourself to release this baggage to be devoured by the forgiving cosmos. During this ceremony, realize that it is not the destination itself that makes you who you become, but rather the journey to that destination.
As we let this session burrow its way into our ears and mind, let us not forget that the universe exists in a quite small space, smaller than what you imagined. We can assume that it lies entirely within that space between your ears. This is the space that matters the most, as it stores our precious memories, dreams, and wishes. It creates the colors and plots the passage to the bigger and better things in life for which we strive. Nourish this space with optimal means provided to allow yourself the benefit of reaping optimum solutions. For this purpose, I've amalgamated these tapestries for you, dear listener, in hopes that you will gift the same vibes to those around you in an attempt to make your universe a uniquely stellar one. Drift on and find that peace.
Set the compass for the edge of the universe then turn on, tune in, sleep...
Jan 27 2018
Rank #19: guest mix: halftribe
May 04 2014
Rank #20: we have become infinite
Hello, ambient space travelers. Today, we will embark on a journey through a cerebral dreamlike state of semi-conscious travel, with a duration lasting from the cosmic sunrise to the cosmic sunset. For a single hour out of your busy and turbulent life, we will assemble ourselves comfortably within our space pods for a colorful excursion that brings us many peaks and valleys. Each interpretation of this experience will be unique. Knowing this, you are equipped with the knowledge that your journey belongs to you alone. Right now, no one's experience is more important than your own.
I am delighted to have been able to discover a lot of very good music. In the near future (which means not a whole lot, really!), I would like to present a few more reviews of releases. Some of my recent discoveries include DISPOSABLE PLANET, MUSICFORMESSIER (whose output with various other guises is absolutely staggering), ENDLESS MELANCHOLY, and some of the artists that I have found from HEARTHIS.AT. Many thanks for the inspiration!
A special thanks to my friends at HEARTHIS.AT for allowing me to take part in gluing their compositions to my collage (CJMASOU and AMBIENT MECHANICS). I would love to have the opportunity to use more tracks from these amazing soundscape technicians.
Turn on, tune in, sleep...
Mar 23 2017