October 18th, 2013
So far, I've been absolutely blessed with receiving and reviewing all the of the mixes that I've requested to host. Almost all of what I've gotten have been posted in some manner already, I just do my best to help them get 'out there' any way that I can, because I believe that such incredible mood altering expressions need a bigger outlet. This time, I was afforded with an absolutely new song, and allowed to upload it to Mixcloud, and post it here. Way stoked about this!
For this posting, I bring you AKRRRS, who is a fairly recent discovery of mine that has caught my attention through his Dream Sequence series. I've downloaded quite a lot of them via his MIXCRATE page (you will need to create an account to download anything there), and I've had some serious tranquil moments while taking in the deep, soothing sounds that encompass my ears and mind. The music that I've been fortunate to have gathered has prompted me to make a special bedtime playlist which I absolutely cherish. He seems to have an incredible library of consistently great music, and creates such beautiful soundscapes with them. His mixes consistently take me to a horizon upon the outer reaches of the mental solar system, and set me down gently in complete solitude. Not only does akrrrs create such masterful mixes, his artwork for his mixes are absolutely unrivaled and express the beauty of the mixes on the visual front. After taking in his mixes, your mind will be clear, your stamina increased (post-nap). You'll also notice an increase in mental energy, logic and reasoning, and clarity. And libido. No, I'm not kidding, it's science, and totally proven, I think. Uh, trust me...
akrrrs hails to us from the northeastern part of England, and has spent his 'formative' years in Leeds and Manchester. Although he began as a DJ spinning techno and jungle beats in the early 90's, ambient has always been a big part of his musical love (you can still hear small flourishes of older artists like Aphex Twin, The Black Dog, and Global Communication [one of my favorites] in his mixes). He initially started making more ambient-based mixes to soothe his pregnant wife (good medicine, my friend!), and later found that making more beatless mixes didn't disturb his kids. Something about two birds with one stone here.
I've named his special presentation mix 'SEQUENTIAL DREAM' in honor of what he's done so far. I've also included an additional 2 of his mixes that I keep coming back to (#4 and #28) on my BLOG (ambient-transmission.blogspot.com). I have to tell you, picking out only 2 others within an enormous collection was a very daunting task as there is an extensive wealth great music available. This offering is a complete treasure chest of soundscapes and tranquil moods; you will not be disappointed.
akrrrs, thank you so much for allowing me to post your music and help bring it to those who would have otherwise not had a chance to hear it. In my opinion, your mixes are some of the best, and I look forward to hearing new ones all the time. I guarantee the listener a peaceful, and extremely pleasant listening experience. Visit him on his MIXCLOUD page and take in some more beautiful sounds. Peace.
- Günter Schlienz – Watermarked Memories
- Samantha Glass – Movement 3
- Four Tet – Unicorn
- White Poppy – Drifters Gold
- Pausal –Bottom-Up Pause
- Esmerine – Hayale Dalmak
- Bulgarian State Radio & Television Femal Vocal Choir – Poleganala e Todora
- Matthew Robert Cooper – Miniature 9
- Machinedrum – Vizion
- Lorn – My Device
- Steve Hauschildt – By Buildings
- Panabrite – Moonpool
- Joseph Lawrence Quimby Jr. – Preform Perform
- Felix K – Flower Of Hope
- Lorn – Sega Sunset
turn on, tune in, sleep...
October 11th, 2013
For this guest mix, I bring you one of the most diverse mixes that I've had the pleasure in hosting. I was contacted by FACTION not to long ago about hosting a mix. I gladly gave his mix POD ): 101 a listen and was not quite ready to be so completely blown away like I was! It's really a very rare treat to find someone whose ears and mind are so big that they create an epic like this with so many elements, colors, moods, transitions, and dynamics in one sitting. It's mind boggling how many different songs (38!) are in the ingredients list, but it comes off like a really deep concept album more so than a mix. Listening to this, you easily get the sense that Faction just hears things differently. Everyone who creates mixes manages to pull things together and try to create their own voice with what's available. Faction is speaking in tongues.
As I've mentioned before, I host what I wish that I had created, and POD ): 101 is absolutely no exception. I will have to say that this is not mix that you'll use to sleep to, but rather one that demands your undivided attention; you don't want to miss a single mood that gets thrown your way. I haven't yet been able to find another mix that so effortlessly and honestly weaves such deep ambient sounds together with pulsating dub and trippy commentary, and make it so organic. In my opinion, it would be a welcome challenge for anyone to live up to the high standard that Faction has set. If there's one mix that has deservedly made it to my sacred bike ride playlist, it's this one. Use this for your commutes, as background and foreground, and be ready to have your mind blown.
Thanks, Faction for letting the world dig in on your unbelievable creation. I'm truly honored that you allowed me the opportunity in having a part in getting this out there. You can follow Faction at his MIXCLOUD page, and his SOUNDCLOUD page. Enjoy!
- An Intro (Great Dictator Speech) - Owsey
- Trees Of Evening - Manual & Syntaks
- Stokes Croft 5AM - Bass Clef
- A Conversation at Sea - Nacht Plank
- Passage - NQ
- Altibzz - Autechre
- Cyan Sept IV - NQ
- Via Three Alone Phone - Offthesky/Juxta Phona
- Hugo II - Murcof
- Variation Cybernétique: Rhythmic Pataphysic - (Part I) - DJ Spooky
- When Only Sand Remains - Kaya Project
- Breathwork - Coleco
- The Cold In You - Phaeleh
- One Blood, One Source (Distance Remix) - Pinch/Rudey Lee
- Music For Adults - I'm Not A Gun
- Metamorphis - Original mix - Trentemoller
- Void 2 - Lorn
- Untitled - Phonem
- 2 - H1009 - Herrmann & Kleine
- Unknown - Unknown
- Tigris - Phonem
- Chocolate Skull - Squonjax
- Hopeless Emptiness - Thomas Newman
- Nazar Shaam - Hector Zazou
- New Old Land - Gustavo Santaolalla
- Locust songs - Blue Mar Ten
- Suffer - Glen Porter
- Soon Enough - Yppah
- Warm Circuits - Manual
- 031221 (Theme For A Wordless Moment) - Blamstrain
- Howl - Jónsi & Alex
- Apex Twin - Apex twin
- Resignacion - Murcof
- Stranger Smiled At Me - Vector Lovers
- Cendre - Fennesz/Ryuichi Sakamoto
- Zitadelle - Studio Pankow
- I See My Mother - Poliça
- Brother - Tycho
turn on, tune in, sleep...
October 6th, 2013
For me, the saddest time is not winter, but the approach of fall. I don't hate the fall season. I love it! But knowing that summer and the vibe it has brought is withering into a memory is a hard pill to swallow. In summer, I'm invincible; I am reborn with every hot burst of sun, thriving to gather the energy of every new day, leaving little or no wasted moments in my wake. Every summer day is a new awakening, brought about by the renewed anticipation of Mother Earth's sun-song upon us. Get the point? I freakin' LOVE summer so much that it pains me to see it dissolve.
The first thing that I notice is a shortened day. Just a few days ago (and it's been a while since I've actually realized this and posted this narrative), I was fully aware that it was dark at 8 o'clock in the evening (edit: at this time, even sooner). Already. Sadness is upon me. Next, the leaves shed new colors and die, and the sky will be overcast with impending change. But all good things must end.
To help ease the pain of shorter days, and colder nights that approach us, I give you solace in the form of a quite amazing amalgamation of sonic textures. This mix is optimized for contemplation of the changing seasons and should be used as you watch the skies go from light to dim during your day. The music in this mix represent both the lament and joy that I feel with each bygone season. Reflect your own state of mind with the music and find comfort within it's grip. Peace.
turn on, tune in, sleep...