Jul 14, 2012

cosmic drift

Okay, I know that I said I wouldn't post anything until after I got back from vacation, but I REALLY wanted to put out THIS mix! This is more stuff from my listening sessions in the last few weeks to find pieces of music that really stand out to me.

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! 


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Jul 10, 2012

mind over matter

I'm going on vacation after finishing up an 18 day tour in the Midwestern US states, and I won't have much time to do a mix for a few weeks since I'm driving down to Florida with the family for a lot of swimming, some fishing and seeing Mickey Mouse. 


Since I've been on the road, I've spent a lot of time in the past few weeks listening to a lot of new stuff and jotting down what I wanted to use for a new track. I came up with a science based theme, and decided to put that out. I was originally going to call it 'The Science Of Silence', but went with with the current title.


I got the opportunity to listen to  a lot of Robert Rich during this one, and even caught up with a bit of bio reading on him. Thankful for that. 

Alright, I'm signing off for the rest of the month. I have some amazing mixes planned, and I can't wait to get back and get them going. After I take pictures with Donald Duck, that is. 



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Jul 9, 2012

synapses

I had the MOST gratifying experience of working with people who are not big or even known in the ambient music world to create this mix. It all started when RYAN LUCHT contacted my via Mixcloud and expressed his interest in having me use his music for mix. I told some musician friends of mine, and stated that I would love to use some stuff that they created. They agreed to it, and here's the mix I came up with.

To give you a small insight of some of these guys and myself, I will say that 2 of these artists I currently work with, and we DON'T make ambient music as a profession (we ARE professional musicians, but we travel across the US 100-120 days a year melting faces!). We are in a rock band, in the Army (no lie, I can't even make that up), and we travel all over the lower 48 (and to Kuwait, and Iraq) playing music and supporting the troops. I love ambient music because it is really left field for me, and I've never done it (until now, there are some things of mine in this mix).

So, first off, RANDY WIGHT is a singer with the band that I play in (The United States Army Field Band Volunteers, see us HERE, I'm the guy with my arms crossed, Randy's left of me). He has written tons of killer music, and believe it or not, it is a lot of odd meter prog rock and fusion. He's my room mate when we travel, and we put on our sleep music every night. Well, when I expressed my interest for a track of his, he felt that being my room mate for years had allowed him to feel qualified to begin creating. He says that Steve Roach is a big influence in his style, due to his dark, cinematic soundscapes. You can hear that in all of his stuff (there are 3 tracks by him), and even named 'The Further' after the movie Insidious (we saw that together hopped up on a massive Starbucks coffee binge).

With Randy's ability to create and compose such amazing backgrounds, I was able to ask him to provide me some background ambiance to to a track that I improvised last year in a hotel room on tour (like now, we are on tour, thus my inability to get a lot of stuff outside of work generated). The end result is the second track 'Burning Sky'. We have since decided to create some more stuff and go under the name 'harmony & decay', so stay tuned on that.

The next artist, KIRK KADISH, is also a musician in the US Army Field Band (he is the one on the right of me in the photo from our bio page). He is a monster musician, and keyboardist extraordinaire (and my boss, so I HAVE to say good stuff about him, ha!). All kidding aside, he has been in the ambient scene for some time now, and we have a lot of favorite artists in in common (Steve Roach, Stars Of The Lid, Between Interval, etc.). I was blessed to have him contribute some tracks (I have some more, saving those for a later mix).

The next track, is from RYAN LUCHT. Ryan has created music that is generated by photographs and has a release entitled Photogenesis that promises to be pretty amazing. He has posted a small amount to be heard on the above link, and is currently raising money to have it done by pledges. Please, PLEASE, pay him a visit, and contribute, so that we can have some amazing music shared with us by an extraordinarily talented musician! I really enjoyed mixing his tracks (I have one more that I want to use on another mix of the same sort very soon!). Thank you, so much, Ryan, for allowing me to create some magic with your tracks!

I have one more artist that I really wanted to work with, but didn't get the tracks in time, so that will have to wait for just a bit. I am EXTREMELY honored to have worked with these musicians, and I really look forward to doing more with them in the future. Make sure you visit these guys, take a look and listen, and support the artists. 


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Jul 2, 2012

lullabies for cosmonauts

This mix is geared for the peace seeking traveler soaring among the stars. Again, I tried to keep the mix going from dark to light, to keep things not too heavy or too sweet.

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!


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