June 5th, 2012
My personal challenge with this was to make a mix that I REALLY liked, only take a few hours from start to finish, that did not mess with family time in any way, and didn't cause me to go to bed at a time that only allowed me about 4 hours of sleep before I had to get up for work. Whew! I'm pretty sure that I accomplished that task.
I wanted to make a mix that was very dark, but when I started getting the tunes, it made me wonder how anyone could make it through something so heavy and ominous. So I changed my plan to put alternate between the dark and light (thus the title).
Nothing says dark ambient music like Steve Roach (had to put in two of his tunes). It was a good chance to use some of his stuff. Maybe should have gone with some Robert Rich, but he was on the last mix. There are always future mixes.
I have some more Maenad stuff, and it came down to that or something from Nurse With Wound. Another time, another mix.
Enjoy this mix!
turn on, tune in, sleep...
June 4th, 2012
I've been wanting to do this mix since I started this blog. Okay, that means about a month ago. Nonetheless... I've been a member of MAGNATUNE for some time now: I used to buy albums (CD's? digital releases?) separately when that was the only option. Now, they've managed to step it up with a streaming membership and a download membership (my preference) that is affordable and allows you to get TONS of music. You don't even need an account to stream EVERYTHING that you want. By everything, I mean classical (I'm partial to the Medieval stuff), hip-hop, rock, ambient, jazz, ethnic, folk, eccentric, and downright not-fitting-a-genre. I am in NO way affiliated with MAGNATUNE, I just think that they are completely affordable and extremely ethical (being a musician myself, that is very rare in the music business). Okay, enough hero worship, on with the music.
This was a daunting task, to only pick things that were appropriate, in order to make a representation of a very small genre that is barely a portion of what I have from them. I managed to put in a bit of my favorite artists/releases, like Anne Garner (first and last songs), Robert Rich, Paul Avgerinos, and Rapoon. This allowed me many hours of sifting through tunes and artists. Not at all a bad task.
I think that overall, I managed to stay consistent with my style of mixes, keeping it for the most part very ambient. Going through so much stuff made me eager to do a mix with some small amounts of pulse. Time will tell if I need to scratch that itch...
Well, enjoy the mix, and pay them a visit, you will be glad that you did!
turn on, tune in, sleep...