Episode 27 – Home Furnishing

House music for the nest: These selections of micro, minimal, lo-fi, glitch, ambient and deep house hang together like insulating drapes — subtle head music heaving and pulsing in the stillness of a calm room, with steady, four-on-the-floor background beats and tightly knit bass lines that like to lead the groove. Synth pads and vocal samples line the space like wallpaper. Zone out and enjoy.

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Tracklist:

Afterhours – Defragment #2
Body-San – One Million Brazillion Dollars
Stimming – No. 17
Ishmael – No Chaser
Letherette – Without You
Farben & James Din A4 – Please Excuse My Face
Jan Jelinek – They, Them
Jetone – Octan
Rod Modell – Syria
Martin Schulte – City Night
Thomas Fehlmann – Atlas 2
Elka – BBX1999
You’re Me – Oot Re Mi
Perfume Advert – Auspice
Anders Ilar – Gramineous Glow
Martin Buttrich – Stop Motion
Ricardo Villalobos – Hireklon
Farben – Silikon
Nosaj Thing – NR2
Moodymann – Why Do U Feel
Gold Panda – Mediaevil
Francesco Tristano – Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence

Episode 24 – Damp II

The second of two mixes compiling excellent 2016 instrumental music, fashioned for wet weather and a cool state of mind. This one’s got (somewhat) more of a rock bent. Enjoy.

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Tracklist:

So Percussion – Drumkit Quartet No. 51 (Chicago Realization)
Thor Harris – 12 Ate
Anna Meredith – Blackfriars
Christopher Tignor – The Will And The Waiting
F.S. Blumm & Nils Frahm – Day One Three
Suzanne Kraft – Bank
Raime – Dialling In, Falling Out
Szun Waves – Orb Light
nonkeen – Glow
Daedelus – Hold Sway
BADBADNOTGOOD – Here & Now
Kikagaku Moyo – Melted Crystal
The Eye of Time – I could sleep for thousand years
Billington-Tramposh – Live January 13 2016
Mica Levi & Oliver Coates – Xhill Stepping
Mark Pritchard – Cycles Of 9
Plaid – Wen
Guy Blakeslee – Maja (Queen of The Storm) Movement 3
Oren Ambarchi – Hubris Part 1
Odd Nosdam – Endless 432 (Feat. Teebs)

Episode 23 – Damp I

The first of two mixes compiling excellent 2016 instrumental music, fashioned for wet weather and a cool state of mind.

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Tracklist:

Mica Levi & Oliver Coates – Mob of Waters
Olof Melander – Travelers
Body-San – Voices 1
Foodman – Waterfall
Barnaby Carter – Cold Weather Warm Soul
You’re Me – Applet W
Don’t DJ – The Grey Shrine
Autechre – spTh
Banabila & Machinefabriek – Stokjes
Suzanne Kraft – Scripted Space
Kane Ikin – Echoic
Jilk – Baby Hannah
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – Stratus
Masayoshi Fujita & Jan Jelinek – Helio
Andrew Pekler – Theme From Tristes Tropiques/Avian Modulations/Life In The Canopy
Seiho – The Dish
Ian William Craig – Lost On Time, Part 1
Nicolas Jaar – Leaves
Ash Koosha – Ooh Uhh
Burial – Young Death
Pendant – Des Vieux Temples
weeVanStood – black.exe

Episode 20 – Cocoon

Lose yourself in an atmosphere of allied electronic artistry from collaborators in turn-of-the-millennium Japan.

Cocoon (“Maju” in Japanese) features work by artists who played in Audio Sports, Maju, Neina, Hosomi, Kangaroo Paw and Synapse, with particular focus on musicians Aki Onda and Sakana Hosomi. Their overlap outlines a scene that paralleled Nobukazu Takemura and the Childisc label, and resulted in some of the most innovative, glitchy ambient and post-rock music of the time. Listen up below, and let the sonic boundaries break down.

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Lineup: Aki Onda (Audio Sports, Maju, Synapse), Sakana Hosomi (Maju, Neina, Hosomi), Kohsuke Nakamura (Kangaroo Paw, Neina, Dill; mastering for Tujiko Noriko and Suppa Micro Pamchopp), Masaki Narita (Maju, Neina, Hosomi) and to a lesser extent Hikaru Sekine (Maju, Neina) and Syunsuke Sakamoto (session musician for Maju and Yoko Kanno).

In 1991, Aki Onda began to collaborate with Eye Yamatsuka and Nobukazu Takemura in the rap/trip-hop/experimental lounge group Audio Sports. On their 1992 debut, Eye manned the mic, Nobukazu scratched records and Aki Onda produced. On following releases the project fell into Onda’s hands completely and became more collage-like in style, which would inform the sound of his next few solo records.

In 1988, Onda had begun to collect field recordings on cassettes from locales as far flung as Morocco. Over the next twenty years Onda would accumulate more and more tapes from around the world and make use of them in the fascinating Cassette Memories trilogy, as well as in live performance. During that time he worked with Tujiko Noriko and Maju on several tracks including Noriko’s “Tablet of Memory” with Lawrence English, and with Japanese avant-garde figures Ikue Mori and Haco as Synapse for John Zorn’s Tzadik label. He now works in NY as an improvisor, sound artist and curator.

In 1999, Maju leader Sakana Hosomi collaborated with Sekine, Narita and Sakamoto on the first of five self-titled releases for Extreme Records. Over time, the project ventured further into atmospheric glitch and digital ambience under Hosomi’s guidance. Maju 2, which features Onda, stands as a benchmark release in Japanese electronic music (and is severely underrated and overlooked). Between Maju albums, the group’s members worked together under the moniker Neina for the Mille Plateaux label. Neina sounds somehow similar to their work as Maju, but glitchier and a tad colder. Other solo projects sprang up, such as Nakamura’s psychedelic pop/gonzo electronica material as Kangaroo Paw, and Hosomi’s works of thick, glacial electronic ambience released eponymously.

Tracklist:

Audio Sports – So, That Was the Beginning
Maju – Eyelids Not Yet Open
Kangaroo Paw – Phlizz
Audio Sports – Banana (Joy Mix)
Aki Onda – Cattleya
Hosomi + Ryo Miyashita – nog
Neina – Quit Elegance
Maju – Within Time, Without Words
Kangaroo Paw – Cat’s Cradle
Audio Sports – Never Personal
Tujiko Noriko – Tablet for Memory
Aki Onda – Fish Don’t Know it’s Raining
Hosomi – sp
Maju – Yawning in an Afternoon’s Monotony
Synapse – Soap Bubble
Maju – Once Again, I Revert to That Perspective
Neina – Symmetry
Aki Onda – Chrysanthemum
Kangaroo Paw – Osusowake
Audio Sports – I Met You On the Street
Maju – Dust it Off and Make Sure Which Way is Up
Aki Onda – It’s Gone
Hosomi – bl-ib
Maju – Chabashira
Audio Sports – Return to 1 More
Aki Onda – Orange
Neina – iris-in
Maju – Facing Backwards
Aki Onda – Mellow
Maju – Meguro
Aki Onda – Eclipse
Aki Onda – I Tell a Story of Bodies That Change
Sakana Hosomi + Chihei Hatakeyama – Collapsing Huge Glaciers and the Sun

Episode 15 – High Summer

Ambient heat and luminescent drones from contemporary artists and composers for bathing in the light ecstatic or brooding in the blinding sun. On this episode, tons of 2016 tracks are featured alongside seldom heard classics, all by thinkers who truly know how to focus their (and our) senses.

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Tracklist:

Shigeto – Deep Breathing
Irezumi – Contemplations
Benoît Pioulard – Of Everything That Rhymes
Maju – Yawning In An Afternoon’s Monotony
Naemi – Propel (Original Mix)
Lucy – A Selfless Act
Guitoo – Snow Noiz
Christina Vantzou – Valley Drone
Sean McCann – Guardian
Ian William Craig – Expanding Hope Into Caverns
Anenon – Panes
Huerco S. – The Sacred Dance
Zomes – Life On The Wheel
Julianna Barwick – Nebula
Tim Hecker – Up Red Bull Creek
Trees – sonm ambient 2
Ben Lukas Boysen – Sleepers Beat Theme
Félicia Atkinson & Jefre Cantu-Ledesma – ME
Harbour – best self
Don’t DJ – Southeast Subterrane
Matthewdavid’s Mindflight – Venusian Sunset
Mark Pritchard – ?
Benoit Pioulard – II
Kane Ikin – Autophasic
Alessandro Cortini – Di Passaggio
Leafar Legov – MX Home
M. Geddes Gengras – Threshold
Grouper – Made of Air

Episode 4 – Furniture Music

I’m excited to share a new mix I’ve curated with dublab for the organization’s upcoming event Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. This set traverses many eras, weaving together decades in an exhibition of classical ambient music’s various roots and branches.

From the awesome folks at dublab: “Travel through the Light Lock corridor as it is transformed by a dublab produced soundtrack of “furniture music.” Considered as the origins of ambient music and coined by French composer Erik Satie, this soundtrack along with lighting inspired by the work of James Turrell will be the perfect passage between the Grand Stern Hall and the Founders Room.”

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Tracklist:

Overture
Claude Debussy – Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun: Très Modéré (Herbert Von Karajan & Berliner Philharmoniker) (c. 1894)

First Movement
Frédéric Chopin – Nocturne No. 11 in G minor Op. 7 No. 1 – Andante sostenuto (Nelson Freire, piano) (c. 1840)
Erik Satie – Gnossienne No. 5 (Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano) (c. 1889)
John Cage – In a Landscape (c. 1948)
Max Richter – Written on the Sky (c. 2004)
Sylvain Chauveau – Nuage II, Nuage III (c. 2007)
David Lang – Memory Pieces: III. Wed (Lisa Moore, piano) (c. 2005)
Erik Satie – Trois Gymnopédies (Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano) (c. 1888)
Arvo Pärt – Spiegel Im Spiegel (Angèle Dubeau, violin; La Pietà orchestra with piano) (c. 1978)
Federico Mompou – Mùsica Callada, Cuaderno Uno (Herbert Henck, piano) (c. 1974)
Ólafur Arnalds – Romance (c. 2009)
Nils Frahm – Over There, It’s Raining (c. 2013)
Jóhann Jóhannsson – Melodia(III) (c. 2008)
Erik Satie – Vexations (Excerpt) (Ars Nova Ensemble) (c. 1894)
Toru Takemitsu – Uninterrupted Rest I-II (Yuji Takahashi, piano) (c. 1973)
Hauschka (Volker Bertelmann) – Alma (c. 2008)
John Cage – Dream (Hildegard Kleeb, piano; Roland Dahinden, trombone) (c. 1948)
Erik Satie – Gnossiennes No.1-4 (Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano) (c. 1890-91)
Federico Mompou – Mùsica Callada, XXIII. Calme-XXIV. Moderato (Herbert Henck, piano) (c. 1974)
Hauschka (Volker Bertelmann) – Early in the Park (c. 2010)

Second Movement
Greg Haines – Two Rotations (c. 2011)
Bang On a Can All-Stars – 1/1 (c. 1978, Brian Eno/Robert Wyatt; arr. Michael Gordon)
Olivier Messiaen – Fête des Belles Eaux (Ensemble d’Ondes de Montreal, ondes martenot) (c. 1937)
Arnold Schoenberg – III. Farben (from Five Orchestral Pieces) (Berliner Philharmoniker) (c. 1909)
Gustav Mahler – Adagietto: Sehr Langsam (Gunther Herbig, conductor) (c. 1902)
Kronos Quartet – Spem in Alium (c. 1570, Thomas Tallis)
Erik Satie – Tapestry of Wrought Iron (Ars Nova Ensemble) (c. 1917)
Max Richter – Sunlight (Louisa Fuller, violin) (c. 2006)
Arthur Russell – Tower of Meaning – 2 (c. 1981)
Brian Eno/Johann Pachelbel – French Catalogues (Variation on the Canon in D Major) (c. 1975; c. 1696)

Finale
Gavin Bryars – Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet (Excerpt) (c. 1971)
Morton Feldman – Rothko Chapel: V (c. 1971)