guest mix: the silent project (part III)

September 15th, 2014

I've been dragging my feet on this way too long as I've been wrapping things up on my latest release, I've been on tour, and I'm taking a class on technical business writing that is keeping my mind humming. Now I'm ready to bring you one of the most amazing pieces of ambient- and mood-enhanced sonic pleasures brought to you by none other than THE SILENT PROJECT


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MÉANDRES by The Silent Project is the new standard by which all mixes will (and should be) measured up to. It becomes increasingly difficult for many (myself included) to not be humbled by such a perfect piece that is laid out so logically, with each color lining up to set up the next. It's almost depressing to hear something so above and beyond that will inevitably send me back to the drawing board wondering how I could even hold a match to one of the greatest things ever. the opening is dark, and the gravitational pull of it takes in your full mental awareness, twisting your mind around and around while dropping bits of shadow and light onto it without stopping its momentum.

I've very elated that Greg (aka The Silent Project) found some of the finest music and engaged his creative mind to mix a set that is one of the heaviest I've come across. Guys like SILASFACTION, and The Silent Project are listening not only to music all day long, but sounds as well. I can imagine that these guys are taking everything in all the time, probably writing ideas on napkins, and investing mental energy into finding the right elements to take us on hour-long journeys to our mind's ether. Listening to their stories unwind is not unlike listening to a good Pink Floyd (it's all good) album. In short: I'm humbled by this and it makes me feel proud!

Please take the time to listen and enjoy this beautiful outing by one of my favorite mixers on Mixcloud. Show the Silent Project the love on his MIXCLOUD page, his SOUNDCLOUD page, and by all means, his BANDCAMP page. Also, follow him on FACEBOOK for more tranquil and meaningful mixes. Peace.

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from the darkness comes light

September 10th, 2014

I've been tuning into a lot of new music lately, and catching some speeches by Neil deGrasse Tyson (whose voice appears in the intro of this mix) who is somewhat of an astronomy genius. Very deep mind. I wanted to put a bit of the new music into this mix (as well as some familiar faces that have graced Spaceman's Transmissions in the past like Ben Woods [my favorite], Hammock, and, well, a few original compositions). I want to point you to Ben Woods' BANDCAMP page (benwoods.bandcamp.com) as I lean on him heavily to create the mixes that I do. Also, you can download the original composition that I did with Petal from the Rusted Sun Collective BANDCAMP page (rustedsun.bandcamp.com/album/rusted-sun-collective-communicate-EP). Additionally, you can find my latest release on BANDCAMP (tonepoet.bandcamp.com/album/headspace) that I just released TODAY!


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Much like the mix 'In The Midst Of A Dim Glow', this mix is for those quiet moments before or after your nightly slumber with the dual purpose of either setting you down gently or lifting you up ever so slowly. It is safe with most medications, and you may operate heavy machinery at your will (although I would advise against it).

As you begin to let your mind go, have faith in the music guide to the right mental place. Erase the negative energy that burdens your grey matter, as no one's problems can be solved in one hour. Instead, use this hour to find a better place for your soul, as it is a tiny amount of your time that allows your soul to calibrate. Peace.

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Turn on, tune in, sleep...



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guest mix: mantraman

August 17th, 2014

I'm proud to be bringing the music of MANTRAMAN to the masses for this outing on Spaceman's Transmissions. I've been digging on Mantraman's mixes for a bit now, and I finally get a chance to show the love. I've been blessed with having the opportunity to host 3 mixes (the 2 additional mixes are available at SPACEMAN'S TRANSMISSIONS: http://ambient-transmission.blogspot.com).

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Within his mixes you will find a colorful mindtrip of perfectly balanced moods, reflecting his quest for peace and solitude. Even his profile picture exudes tranquility and is the epitome of chill. When I'm in need of a deep mental massage or that escape pod that houses my turbulent mind for intergalactic travel, I look no further than Mantraman's mixes. His quest for the perfect mix to calibrate the soul is not without merit.

Mantraman (Paul Haynes) has a very musical background, having been the bass player in the early 80's indie-pop band INTIMACY that was based around Birmingham, England. Discovering ambient music would lead to the decline of performing live and the birth of his interest in creating, mixing, and producing the ambient music that permeated his soul. Paul's love for ambient music began when he first heard the Brian Eno & Harold Budd masterpiece PLATEAUX OF MIRROR in 1981, and the implosion of Intimacy in 1983 allowed him to finally begin following his muse. The motivation to spark his creative genesis was purely recreational and was meant as a way to make music that he wanted to listen to. Through the persuasion of a friend, he posted some of his music on LAST.FM, and this gave him the impetus to carry on. Although he claims that his music making tools are primitive (using basic MIDI software and Audacity), he nonetheless captures the essence of true ambien spirit. His first creations didn't even involve a keyboard, but rather using QWERTY and Cakewalk. One could say that his technological grasp for weaving sounds has evolved quite nicely. If there's one thing that Mantraman can admit about the whole ambient scene, it's that it's highly addictive and very time consuming. I can echo that. Unfortunately, that has left a lot less time for him to create new tapestries due to business commitments. I, and I'm sure I'm not alone, wish that Mantraman had more time to create and bless us with such beautiful sounds. Hopefully in the future (nudge, nudge).

For all of the eager listeners that crave peace, I've been given a 'go' on hosting 3 mixes by Mantraman. For some reason, I tend to gravitate to the mixes that have to do with the oceans or tidal ebb and flo. So I chosen to host THE LIGHTHOUSE TAPES (my favorite). I would be foolish to say that this is his best; they all are. The next one will be his best, and the one after that, and so on. Mantraman has created a gold mine of ambient mixes that I know the music lover will lose themselves in.

You can follow Mantraman on his MIXCLOUD page, follow him on TWITTER, and get updates on his creations on his LAST.FM and SOUNDCLOUD pages. Many, many thanks to Paul for allowing me to share his vision with everyone. To be able to access the active links which are not within the iTunes description as well as 2 additional download mixes (EVENTIDES and OTHER OCEANS), please visit Spaceman's Transmissions at http://ambient-transmission.blogspot.com. Peace.

Turn on, tune in, sleep...

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guest mix: faction (part 2)

August 10th, 2014

I got contacted recently by FACTION (Ben Selby) about a new mix that he's created. Out of all of the artists that I follow, Ben is probably one of the guys that blow my mind in the biggest way. his sonic tapestries are a huge journey in the subconscious, stopping at the various synapses which bring light and sound into focus. Given the vast amount of influences and music, Faction flawlessly (and consistently) pieces together the most seamless mixes ever. I can never seem to find edits in his mixes. His canvases are a perfect blend of light and dark colors that are pleasing, challenging, and ever shapeshifting. Not only are they musically gratifying, but the work ethic that he displays is unrivaled and unparalleled.


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For this guest mix, I am absolutely honored to be a part of hosting [ Time Is What Keeps The Light From Reaching Us ]. Make sure that you are well prepared with open ears and open mind. This will allow the music to ebb and flow into your mind's ether, penetrating the pores that drink color and taste sound. If you choose to only listen, you will miss the finer points of the mix. The best option is to experience the mix while fully disengaging distractions and fully engaging undivided attention. Upon taking in the mix, your sense of gravity will calibrate, your senses will be renewed with extreme precision, and your mental state will have increased to absolute efficiency. Or your money back.

If there were just one thing that I could wish for, it would be to hang out with Faction, listening to new music, and watching him put together his mixes like a fly on the wall. I aspire to be him, with his limitless vision and knack of putting together such moods with so many diverse elements. Hearing what he comes up with makes me feel like I'm at square one. And that's a good thing. Thanks, Benji, for hooking up the listeners everywhere with pure aural bliss. And for providing a healthy bit of competition. Be sure to take in more of Faction's amazing mixes on his Mixcloud page (mixcloud.com/faction), and his original compositions on his Soundcloud page (soundcloud.com/fumble). I'm always eagerly awaiting the next one! Peace.

Turn on, tune in, have mind blown, listen again (and again), then sleep...

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memories of the unknown

August 6th, 2014

Deja Vu (sorry for the lack of correct characters over the letters) can be described as a sensation of realizing a remembrance of a certain event or place, whether you've actually experienced it or not. We see things, and we remember. We hear things, we remember. Our entire lives are based upon memories, and how they stitch us up shapes who we are. We are formed like clay from the sights and sounds that were with us longer than we can remember. 


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I spent a bit of time this summer at my childhood hometown, and seeing so many familiar things brought back floods of intense feelings. But for the life of me, I couldn't quite put my finger on why. Everything was very much a part of my life, but at the same time very distant from me. I tried to recapture and revive the initial moments of certain landmarks that had meant so much to me many years ago. But in the end, I gave in, retiring the fuzzy thoughts to my gray matter as balloons that I had let go so many years ago. Like most, I could spend all of my time and energy seeking the puzzle pieces that have long turned into a wind-torn memory.

But to keep life moving in a forward motion, one must seek to have meaningful moments in life that trump those which created a purpose that allowed us to become stagnant. Onward and upward. Trying to recreate and relive moments that we cherish weaken the initial moment. This self-manufactured regret will have us searching for answers that lack questions.

This mix is for the thinkers that believe they've lost the path and are trying to step backwards into the same footprints. For those that need a light to see the path in front of them. And for the ones that need a soundtrack to their lives which allows them to breathe deep, keeping forward momentum onto the illuminated walkway that guides their souls. Peace.

Turn on, tune in, sleep...


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