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.
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)
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!)