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Spine of Glass is the first of the mixes I'd like to share. At first I couldn't decide which to concentrate on, but this one suits my mood best right now and after a not so great week I need a lift. It's taken more work than I expected, they always do. I know a mix is done when I can't imagine the songs without each other anymore. This isn't all ambient material, the artwork is deceptively calm (at least for the first half). Jacaszek's latest album Treny on Deaf Center's Miasmah label is one of the most beautiful albums I've heard all year; he's managed to create a sound that is like the classical compositions and (anti)operatic voices of Zbigniew Preisner crossed with the spaciousness and electronic clicking of Murcof. The Polish do melancholy better than anyone. The first Brian Eno song is in honour of one of my best friends who is Lithuanian and Summer Thunder by Robert Rich is appropriate as most nights I'm sleeping to rumbling thunder and rain fall, I wonder where summer is? This mix is inspired by and dedicated to Daniel Southard a.k.a. d.composed. How this music makes me feel.

keywords: bells, chimes, metal, and glass.

Download links (98 MB zip):

direct download - thanks snej!


"my spine of glass won't hold...

...in the face of this violent storm." - d.composed

00:00 Celer - Belsslssss (from Bells)
01:22 Brian Eno - Lithuanian Bell Study (from Bell Studies for The Clock of The Long Now)
02:42 Brael and Tokyo Bloodworm - Morning of the World (from Living Language)
08:16 Off the Sky - Saturday Morning Indoctrination (from The Geist Cycles)
14:40 Kiln - Toypieceplate (from Holo (Remastered))
18:00 Brael and Tokyo Bloodworm - Saturn Shine (from Living Language)
26:40 Orla Wren - Myself and Movement (from Butterfly Wings Make)
30:58 Jacaszek - Rytm to Nieśmiertelność II (from Treny)
35:42 Kiln - Solarsystembreathing (from Thermals)
37:34 Nine Inch Nails - 6 Ghosts I (from Ghosts I-IV)
41:32 Parks - Shining Stars (from Gift)
50:07 Atlas Sound - My Bed (from Things I'll Miss EP)
53:26 Brian Eno - Bell Improvisation II (from Bell Studies for The Clock of The Long Now)
55:00 Jacaszek - Martwa Cisza (from Treny)
60:00 Robert Rich - Summer Thunder (from Echo of Small Things)
64:17 Jasper TX - A String of Broken Lights (from This Quiet Season)
68:55 Brian Eno - Deep Glass Bells (With Harmonic Clouds) (from Bell Studies for The Clock of The Long Now)

72:05 Total

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On May 29th, 2008 08:47 pm (UTC), tmcm commented:
thanks for the mix. I'm downloading now. I like the art for the cover. what's it from? about?
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On May 29th, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
The artwork is by Daniel Southard; I consider him one of the most inspiring photographers out there. He really gets how powerful a slight bending of the back or twisting of a hip can be and I love his connection with nature. As for what the photos I used are about; vulnerability and fragility, at least to me. He may have a different take on them, but from what he's said I believe this to be his meaning as well. :) I hope you enjoy the mix!
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On May 30th, 2008 02:54 am (UTC), whorlpool commented:
Thank you! I love your mixes.
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On May 30th, 2008 08:39 am (UTC), nomi replied:
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I really hope you enjoy it. :)
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On May 30th, 2008 12:43 pm (UTC), uetsu commented:
Thanks for another special mix... looking forward to listening!
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On May 30th, 2008 03:08 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
My pleasure to share it. :)
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On May 30th, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC), sari commented:
sweet :) and just in time .. my holidays start today :D
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On May 30th, 2008 11:31 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
excellent, have a wonderful holiday! xo :)
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On May 31st, 2008 12:02 am (UTC), jerem_morrow commented:
I always enjoy these so much. Thank you.
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On May 31st, 2008 11:47 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
Thank you, that is encouraging. :)
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On May 31st, 2008 01:41 am (UTC), klayzen commented:
thanks! I really loved "before the dawn chorus" and have definitely checked out some of those artists further.

*eagerly waits for download to finish*
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On May 31st, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
I'm so happy it led you to discover some new artists, they all deserve more listeners (in my opinion!) I hope this mix has done the same for you as well. :)
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On June 2nd, 2008 02:53 pm (UTC), steveeeee commented:
i saw that guy's photos when you posted them recently, and i totally get where you got the inspiration for the mix. which, by the way, is brilliant. that nine inch nails track is very familiar somehow, and the parks track that follows is lovely. good work!
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On June 3rd, 2008 12:31 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Extremely happy you liked it and that you understand the inspiration, sometimes I'm not sure if certain connections only make sense in my head. :) Parks is a Russian artist and his album Umber is just stunning.. asphalteden described it as "like a lost gem from the 90's." Definitely one of the best discoveries of the year for me.
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On June 2nd, 2008 06:42 pm (UTC), beatnikside commented:
It's lousy.No, my mistake; it's the other thing. Wonderful.

I don't know how you do it, Naomi, but you always manage to capture the spirits of the air and the ghosts in the machine and somehow get them to work together for an hour or so. This is pure fucking bliss. I can't stop listening to it.
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On June 3rd, 2008 12:15 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Your comment made my day, I love it when someone uses the word "fucking" when complimenting, it means they really mean it and as the same .lt friend I mentioned in my post said to me once, "basically normal language is not enough." It means a lot to me that you enjoyed it so much.
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On June 3rd, 2008 01:56 pm (UTC), womanonfire commented:
i had a chance to sit and listen to this. really great mix! it flows together in a lovely atmospheric way. thank you!
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On June 11th, 2008 11:59 am (UTC), nomi replied:
I'm so happy you enjoyed it, thank you for your feedback! also pleased to see you like Gutevolk, her music always cheers me.. you might also like Moskitoo. :)
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On June 12th, 2008 05:26 am (UTC), snej commented:
I'm a few weeks late to the party (I was way, way behind on LJ for a while), but it's downloading right now and I'm really looking forward to it!
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On June 13th, 2008 12:23 am (UTC), nomi replied:
I'm with you on being way behind on LJ! Happy you were able to give it a listen, I'll respond further in email (I will be sending it through my naomijade at gmail address as I'm having trouble with my snarg one at the moment -- letting you know in case you have a strict spam filter!)
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