Sunday, June 14, 2015

guest mix: dj seroton

The family of ambient mixers all come from a common thread, and a core belief of us all is that music has the capacity to be a moving and uplifting force. We create moments within a wide range of color and sound through what others have done. Our goal is to give your thoughts a place to go, letting the negative vibe that forms the dark cloud around you to be lifted and released, even if only for a moment. 

In discovering DJ SEROTON (short for serotonin, a very fitting moniker), I found those moments within his mixes. What initially captured my ear were his monumental ambient structures (aptly named as the DRIFTER sets). But to rest his laurels on just one type of music to mix, he also hosts additionally phenomenal sets within separate series called UNWIND (chillout music) and TRANCE NCHANTMENT (vocal and uplifting trance). I caught wind of his mixes and was guided to his WEBSITE, which is so very well done, informative, and impressive to say the least. Needless to say, we've developed a few collaborations. I'm really stoked by what he's stirred up in the pot for me to finish and will be posting our mixes in the near future. In the meantime, I'm very happy to be hosting 3 of my favorite mixes from his DRIFTER (AMBIENT) SERIES.

You can find out more by catching DJ Seroton at his WEBSITE, his SOUNDCLOUD page, and gathering some mandatory streaming listens through his main MIXCLOUD page. Don't forget to add him on FACEBOOK and follow him on TWITTER for essential updates on this mix-minded musical chameleon. Peace.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

camping under the stars volume 2 (renewal)

I've been pretty busy lately, and taking in lots of good weather, good bike rides (which gives me ample time to catch up on a backlog of listening), and ushering in the spring/summer vibe that is unfolding. I have bought and heard a lot of really good music from Bandcamp lately, and it has ultimately inspired me to create a second volume to honor this gold mine of independent artists. I have been so very elated to get new music and let it creep into my mind that I felt that it had to be shared with all of the qualified travelers of the sonic realm. I purposely sought to assemble this journey with absolute respect to what the artist has offered, and I hope that my intentions are sincere in this respect.

I am confident that this mix will be a perfect companion for nights of stargazing or waking moments of daydreaming. It has been meticulously crafted with the finest sonic glue possible, each moment carefully prepared to be delivered in the most thought provoking manner. I do have a few alibis in this mix. First, I was approached by session ace MATT STANFIELD and given music (which is not on Bandcamp) and there was no way that I couldn't use two excerpts from his release HOMECOMING. The other is that I was directed to an artist named AN IMAGINAL SPACE whose song SILENT VOICES made such a huge impact upon me that I couldn't not use it. Thanks to SLOW DEEP BREATH for posting the video on Google+ for me to witness.

All of the links of the artists' releases lead you to the page where the music can be purchased. I urge you to pay the artists a visit to take in the beautiful art that they've created. Many huge thanks to the artists for creating the magic. Show them the love.

By all means, if you are reading this and you are an artist that would like your music to try and reach anyone, I would be honored for submissions that could grace future podcasts. You can reach me at the email address listed towards the bottom of the WHO, WHAT, WHY page. I love making the musical connections and hearing from everyone that occupies the sonic universe that we share. Enjoy your journey. Peace.

Turn on, tune in, sleep...


  •  “The Warm Calm” by umber from SUNSHINE YOUNG (Start Time: 06:21)
  •  “Breathing (Featuring Inachus) (Excerpt)” by Good Weather For An Airstrike from A HOME FOR YOU (Start Time: 10:45)
  •  “Drift (Excerpt)” by Matt Stanfield from HOMECOMING (Start Time: 13:55)
  •  “These Moments Live (Excerpt)” by Abstract Aprils from BLOSSOM ENDS (Start Time: 31:53)
  •  “Silent Voices” by An Imaginal Space from UNRELEASED (Start Time: 35:31)
  •  “Discovery (Excerpt)” by Matt Stanfield from HOMECOMING (Start Time: 39:11)
  •  “Wind Thru Glass” by Darren Harper from SUSPENDED MEMORY (Start Time: 43:10)
  •  “First 10 Minutes Of Sunlight” by Carey Moore from TROUT RIBS (Start Time: 45:40)
  •  “As The Lights Fade Away” by The Echelon Effect from ATLANTIC (Start Time: 51:09)
  •  “ þögn” by A Model Kit from þögn (Start Time: 54:11)
  •  “Showers Of Lilac” by Tonepoet from HEADSPACE (Start Time: 56:29)

Saturday, May 30, 2015

amazing new resources

I have found that a combination of nature sounds from SOUNDS TO SLEEP TO and the outstanding ability to create a custom playlist from YouTube videos via YOUTUNES is a seriously amazing experience. Enjoy.

Sunday, May 10, 2015


Tonepoet On Soundcloud

I've finally did something that I've been meaning to do for a bit. I've taken the old demo-ish things off of Soundcloud and put up higher quality MP3's of all that I've recorded and released from every project. There is one song on the Harmony & Decay release (Illumination) that is quite dark (entitled "Rapid Eye Movement") that I left off of the Bandcamp release that can be found here (finally). All sets are downloads, so feel free to grab it up, just click the big button to get there. Peace.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

gazing into the infinite cosmic abyss

I ran across a very interesting comment via Reddit a while ago that stated 'instead of looking up into the sky, you're actually gazing down into the infinite cosmic abyss, with only gravity holding you to the surface of the earth.' Heavy. But true, and a bit scary. We ride the Mother Earth spaceship venturing through the absolute unknown. And there's nothing we can do about it other than enjoy the ride.

To accompany your journey, I've managed to glue together some sounds that were brought to initial life by some of the greatest aural travelers in the field of sonic space. My role is to manipulate and conjure up the family of musical representations that assist you while peering out beyond the cosmic rim into the infinite cosmic abyss. Now that warmer weather is coming, it is a good time to get back into marveling at sunsets that give way to nightly stargazing. I've used only my 'A' list of space traveling composers to give you the best mix (in my opinion) that I've ever created. Use this mix freely as your soundtrack for this. Give thanks that Mother Earth is gluing you to herself so that you can get a good glimpse of the heavens all while hitching a ride on her back. Make good use of this soundtrack while gazing into the infinite cosmic abyss to assist with your journey through the solar system. BTW, I'm posting this on my birthday (exact time as well as date) as I want to give something that means a lot to me. Better to give than to receive, in my opinion. Peace.

Turn on, tune in, sleep...


  • “Opus To Departure” by Unknown from Unknown (Start Time: 00:00)
  • “Departure (Excerpt)” by Telemore from Astral Currents (Start Time: 01:00)
  • “Dark Clouds” by Bing Satellites from Twilight Sessions, Vol. 8 (Start Time: 06:19)
  • “Zero Gravity” by Dreamhub from Moments In Space (Start Time: 09:17)
  • “This Time And Space” by Kit Watkins from This Time In Space (Start Time: 12:16)
  • “Nostalgia For Infinity” by Jonn Serrie from Thousand Star (Start Time: 16:11)
  • “Almost Overlooked” by John Foxx & Harold Budd from Translucence (Start Time: 19:52)
  • “Faraway (Excerpt)” by Juta Takahashi from Hymn (Start Time: 21:23)
  • “Distant Thunder (Solitary Witness)” by Michael Stearns from Encounter (Start Time: 22:50)
  • “Startle The Heavens (Lament)” by Hammock from Raising Your Voice…Trying To Stop An Echo (Start Time: 28:10)
  • “High Above Everything We Know” by Ben Woods from This Digital Horizon (Start Time: 32:06)
  • “Twilight” by Hollan Holmes from A Distant Light (Start Time: 39:11)
  • “Melancholia” by Luca Gherardi from Cosmosis (Start Time: 45:12)
  • “Borealis” by Robert Rich from Calling Down The Sky (Start Time: 48:20)
  • “Our Cathedral (Excerpt)” by Paul Avgerinos from Sky Of Grace (Start Time: 49:55)
  • “Pulsum Sacrum” by Bruno Sanfilippo from Subliminal Pulse (Start Time: 52:16)
  • “Opening The Spiral (Excerpt)” by Robert Carty from Ancient Flow (Start Time: 54:32)

Thursday, March 12, 2015

we've come undone

Hello, everyone. I'm really proud to announce that I've managed to conjure up some more music for your ears, mind, and soul. You can snag my latest release entitled WE'VE COME UNDONE. Like the last release, I put quite a bit of time into it, with the writing, recording, and mastering. I'm really proud of this, so by all means, if you like the music (and I think that you will), feel free to let me know, share with your friends, and enjoy it! Peace.


BTW, you can stream it below as well!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

lullabies for a rainy morning

I purposely created this mix to accompany those mornings that make one feel the need to stay in bed for an extra bit of time. This mix could also come of use during the day, or evening, if you wish as its main purpose is to erase detrimental mojo. Outside rain is optional as I've included a tiny pinch of rain in the mix to help balance the sounds of nature driven ambience with artist created tapestries of beauty (although rain from the outside will further assist in achieving the peaceful state that you seek). Admittedly, ever since I heard Junkyard Angel's WAITING FOR THE RAIN, I've been eager to follow suit. A tip of the hat.

Just as the morning bleeds into the day and night without an abrupt transitions, the music should meld into your mind without consideration to the shifting moods. The thing is to take in the mix, and let it soak into your mind so that it may bring you solace.

I had very great pleasure in choosing songs for this mix. One release that I was able to purchase (actually, it was gifted by none other than) Christopher Sisk's BACKGROUND MUSICS. I was extremely lucky to be browsing on the net when a Google+ message from CHRISTOPHER came up offering a sweet (day-before) Christmas gift of one of his releases for free. The only catch (which was no catch at all) was to let him know on his posting which release you wanted and receive a download code via PM. I was pining for Background Musics. Thanks, Santa!

I hope that this music helps your mind catch up to its necessary state needed to realize that one rainy day brings many days with sunshine and beauty. Peace.

Turn on, tune in, sleep...


  • “Burial” by Accelra from Futuresequence4 (Start Time: 00:39)
  • “Mist (Excerpt)” by Thom Brennan from Mist (Start Time: 04:42)
  • “Our Words Are Frozen” by Pleq Featuring Strië from …And Darkness Came (Start Time: 08:16)
  • “Fjögur Píanó” by Sigur Ros from Valtari (Start Time: 12:21)
  • “I’m Big” by Steve Jablonsky from The Pain & Gain Soundtrack (Start Time: 19:13)
  • “Time Spent Waiting” by Christopher Sisk from Background Musics (Start Time: 21:06)
  • “Song For Aiden Meikle” by Bing Satellites & Daniel Land from King Midas In Reverse (Start Time: 25:42)
  • “Further Distances” by Andrew Lahiff from Free Floating Music: Conception (Start Time: 31:29)
  • “River” by Coppice Halifax from Inland By Night (Start Time: 39:17)
  • “Equal Ourselves” by Helios from Moiety (Start Time: 42:50)
  • “Kinookimaw” by Ben Woods from Halcyon EP (Start Time: 46:16)
  • “Light Staggering Across My Windowless Room (Excerpt)” by Ian D Hawgood from A Life In Abstact Colours (Start Time: 49:23)
  • “By The Faintest Light We Carried On” by The Eager Seas from The Wilderness Year (Start Time: 50:38)
  • “Daring Remedy” by Abstract Aprils from Blossom Ends (Start Time: 52:57)