It's hard to believe it has been nearly 3 years since I've posted a mix, I've had many on the go over those years and while I always found working on them a relaxing way to wind down after the day I've never felt happy enough with them to make them public. Before the Dawn Chorus was actually part of another mix, but I liked how the segment sounded so much that I removed it and grew a new mix from the "cutting". This isn't the first time this has happened and it is part of the reason why I have so many unfinished mixes - they keep breeding!
This is a relatively large mix, the music needed room to breathe - it seemed like the right thing to do. These tracks are mostly ones I enjoyed from 2007, with a few older favorites interspersed. I wanted to create something that was representative (in part) of what I've been listening to and that was perfect for relaxing, reading, or sleeping. I don't have a lot of bandwidth so I have to rely on free hosting sites, if you have trouble accessing them let me know and I will find another way to get it to you. If anyone would like to host it please feel free, post me the link in comments and I will add it to the list. If you would like to burn it on cd (anyone actually do that anymore?) I can break it up into burnable segments, but it will have to wait until I return from my holidays as I leave on the boat tonight.
I remember once reading that Zbigniew Preisner said he always takes time out of his day to listen to music by candlelight, so before I finalized this mix I did just that; I turned off all distractions and lights, lit candles, laid down, and put my headphones on. Merry christmas and enjoy. :)
Download links (238 MB zip):
direct download (thanks snej !)
I also made a version of the artwork with the full album titles, download it here if you prefer it.
000:00 Deerhunter - Providence (from Cryptograms)
004:08 Ölvis - Intro (from Bravado)
005:00 Origamibiro - Unravelled In Wreathes (from Cracked Mirrors And Stopped Clocks)
008:02 Rena Jones - Undercurrent (from Driftwood)
012:44 Eric Malmberg - Varat Fanns Någonstans I Röran (from Verklighet & Beat)
017:30 Rolan Vega - Documentary (from Documentary)
022:14 Manual - October Sky (from Lost Days, Open Skies And Streaming Tides)
023:28 Ulf Lohmann - Lai King Est (from Pop Ambient 07’)
025:35 The Field - Kappsta 2 (from Pop Ambient 08’)
023:10 Thomas Fehlmann - Strahlensatz (from Honigpumpe)
036:00 Pjusk - Anelse (from Sart)
040:34 Rafael Anton Irisarri - Fractal (from Daydreaming)
045:25 Northern - Coasting (from Drawn)
050:28 Iambic² - Regulus (from Under These Stars, We'll Sleep Again)
054:44 Nest - Marefjellet (from Nest)
059:24 Bosques de mi Mente - El amanecer reflejado en tus ojos, Parte 2 (from LO-FI)
062:14 Wes Willenbring - In A Quiet Dark Room (from Somewhere Someone Else)
064:34 Hammock - Startle The Heavens (Lament) (from Raising Your Voice...Trying To Stop An Echo)
068:38 Port-Royal - Jeka (from Flares)
072:26 Stars Of The Lid - Another Ballad For Heavy Lids (from And Their Refinement Of The Decline)
076:55 Venetian Snares - Colorless (from My Downfall - Original Soundtrack)
079:15 Rolan Vega - Viva Myria (from Documentary)
081:32 Tim Hecker - Rainbow Blood (from Harmony In Ultraviolet)
083:22 Hammock - Clouds Cover The Stars (from Raising Your Voice...Trying To Stop An Echo)
084:44 Ulf Lohmann - My Pazifik (from Pop Ambient 08’)
087:57 Tetsu Inoue - Mini Moon (from Inland)
094:00 Adam Pacione - Good Morning Mockingbird (from Stills To Motion)
099:22 Mark Templeton - Pattern For A Pillow (from Standing On A Hummingbird)
106:24 Désormais - Lullabye For Those Too Scared To Sleep (from Iambrokenandremadeiambroken...)
112:55 Need More Sources - Morning (from Shed)
120:00 Dollboy - Odd Man Out (from Casual Nudism)
125:22 Hannu - Uusi Aamu (from Worms in my Piano)
129:36 Stars Of The Lid - A Meaningful Moment Through A Meaning(less) Process (from And Their Refinement Of The Decline)
134:00 Library Tapes - Fragment VIII ((from Whispers From The Forests, Screams From The Mountains: New Suggestions For The Swedish Flora And Fauna)
137:30 L. Pierre - Drift (from Dip)
144:35 Uli Teichmann - Piano Tec (from Pop Ambient 06’)
149:38 Rafael Anton Irisarri - Waking Expectations (from Daydreaming)
156:10 Christian Fennesz + Ryuichi Sakamoto - Mono (from Cendre)
160:00 Orla Wren - Moth (from Butterfly Wings Make)
164:44 Damiak - Iridescent Wings (from Micalavera)
168:30 Pjusk - Kontur (from Sart)
170:50 Secede - Shrine (from Tryshasla)
174:30 Secede - Overture, in a World Without Light (from Silent Flower Observers)
Thank you so much, I've added it to the list! :)
I feel like it may still be a bit "lumpy" in places, but I knew if I woked on it any longer I'd probably end up dismantling it like I have so many others.. it feels good to just get something out there and I hope people enjoy it anyway.
I spent most of yesterday obsessing over my own mix, but I did take a break and listened to about half of yours [without candles, sorry], and it's lovely. Several of the tracks made me think "wow, this is great, have to look up what this is, but I can't get off of this couch right now".
I'd love to hear your mix if you decide to make it! Even if it uses some of the same tracks as mine I think it's interesting how different people can use the same or similar music and come up with something that is still unique and personal.
He really deserve more attention, it is a shame the "lost album" Silent Flower Observers was never released.. apparently he wasn't happy with it and scrapped the entire thing, fortunately there's still a few copies floating around on the net as there's some gorgeous tracks on there!
yeah i can see why he might have scrapped that one, at least in comparison to his other releases, but yeah Memory Table Part. 2 (Discolight), Rise OF Gabriel, and A Head Full Of Stars (Monkeywork) are a few of my favorites.
i assume if you're into Secede that you also like Kettel..?
Thanks for posting this! A little history about how I ended up on your friends list. Four or five years ago, LJ had the coolest tool on how one could locate friends by common interest. The more obscure the interest, the higher the score. We scored pretty high, mostly on musical tastes, and I added you. I've been horrible to keep up with posting in my LJ but just can't seem to quite leave it behind as I enjoy keeping up with those on my friends list and especially finding gems like your mix. Thanks for sharing!
I remember that interest search tool, I found so many great people through that! I'm so pleased that you've enjoyed the mix, at times I doubted if I would even post it as I wasn't sure there would be any interest in mixes anymore, but it is encouraging to get positive feedback and I will no doubt have more to share in the future. :)
thanks for posting this. it's been a long time since i've had three contiguous hours to do anything without distraction or interruption, so i hope it's ok if i listen to this in bits.
you came to mind when a couple of tunes popped up tonight. they're probably not quite as horizontal as most of the stuff in your mix but you might like them (if you don't already know them):
I don't expect many people will be able to listen to it all in one go; I usually have to listen to it in bits myself, but I've enjoyed just having it on in the background or falling asleep to it.
Thanks for the tunes, I'm back home now so I just gave them a listen and they really hit the spot.. feeling chilled out now. :)