Sunday, December 21, 2014

holiday greetings and a prosperous, happy new year!

From Spaceman's Transmissions to everyone riding Mothership Earth, I want to wish a very happy holiday season (Merry Christmas for some, including myself), and hoping the best for the New Year in a very joyous, prosperous, and peaceful way. Great things planned for ST, so see you all in the next year. Peace.

Turn on, tune in, sleep...


//tonepoet//

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

my favorite ambient releases of 2014


I'd like to just present a small list of 8 releases born in 2014 that have had a very large impact upon me. I've made many purchases, but most of them are not from this year. This represents only the ambient type music that I listen to and represent a very small amount of the music that I purchased. I did listen to quite a few mixes off of Mixcloud in my free time and this contributed to me having less time to hear anything else (I'm not complaining!). The releases are linked to where you can purchase the music. Be sure to support the artists, and keep dreaming. Peace.






Tuesday, December 16, 2014

low light mixes best ambient albums of 2014

I'm a huge fan of Dave's Low Light Mixes, and it appears that he's a bit fond of me as well. Really great that I'm placed within his list of BEST AMBIENT ALBUMS OF 2014 (album art is bottom middle). Yeah!! His lists are always worth checking out as he can find some really great music.

Follow Low Light Mixes on MIXCLOUD and of course it goes without saying that you should be checking his page for regular updates on some of the best music ever. Peace.

//tonepoet//

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

review: 'blossom falls' by abstract aprils

It's extremely rare when a debut release from a new artist demands so much attention as this one from ABSTRACT APRILS. It would be an amazing aural feat if there were just a few strong songs on BLOSSOM ENDS. However, Blossom Ends is very, very strong from start to finish. 

Rather than to sitting on drones, hoping for an interesting electronic effect to develop into a theme, we are greeted on the first song with a deep and moving chordal symphony that whispers and moves along. With this protocol of harmonic engagement in place, the album begins its journey into the subconscious realm that breeds positive vibe and flow. Every single song is a deeper dive into harmonic development, rich in organic sounds and carefully developed dynamic themes. If there were one release that makes me hold my breath at times as to not disturb the transitions that shift throughout, this would be it. Blossom Ends is a very careful journey that tips its hat to influences such as Sigur Ros and Hammock, but with an absolute life of its own, capable of creating an identity that rises above its influences.

With this first release in place, Abstract Aprils has firmly planted a seed that will be one to watch growing in the future. With such beautiful music and stunning artwork, Abstract Aprils has already proven to be an amazingly talented and mindful musician that is comfortable weaving emotion and sound. Visit Abstract Aprils via the links above and let him know that tonepoet sent you. Enjoy.

//tonepoet//

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

a human being is a human dreaming

Hello, fellow space travelers. I'm back with a new ambient mix of some great things that I've been getting into my head lately. First off, I wanted to express the fact that I took the title for this mix from the song of the same title by Maiya Hersey from FUTURESEQUENCE8 (which is included in this mix). Great title, amazing composition. 

When the music begins to drift into your mental space, allow it to form the cloudy blanket that will encompass your good thoughts and filter out the negative turmoil. This incubating layer will form the egg that will eventually hatch your renewal into peace. The aural comfort that you seek will be placed gently upon your physical vessel (known as the human being). Allow your mind to immerse itself into the dream world that awaits. The sanctuary there will breathe new life into your soul and spur a regeneration of creative thoughts, ideas, and tranquility. This is when you truly become the human dreaming. Upon completion of this sequence, the mission will be considered a success.

Turn on, tune in, sleep...





TRACK LISTING


  • “The City (Field Recording)” by Unknown from Unknown (Start Time: 00:00)
  •  “Softly Escaping” by A Model Kit from Hidden Vibes Vol. 6 (Start Time: 00:37)
  •  “Blossom Ends” by Abstract Aprils from Blossom Ends (Start Time: 05:10)
  •  “Mantram” by Bruno Sanfilippo from Subliminal Pulse (Start Time: 12:35)
  •  “Tippy’s Demise” by Stars Of The Lid from …And Their Refinement Of The Decline (Start Time: 19:54)
  •  “Layer” by Nomoton from Tour (Start Time: 27:41)
  •  “A Human Being Is A Human Dreaming” by Maiya Heresy from Sequence8 (Start Time: 32:40)
  •  “Dlp 6” by William Basinski from The Disintegration Loops (Start Time: 37:17)
  •  “Quietly Returning” by Rhian Sheehan from Seven Tales Of The North Wind (Start Time: 42:21)
  •  “As The Sun Begins To Awake” by Tonepoet from Headpsace (Start Time: 44:27)
  •  “At This Point” by Abstract Aprils from Blossom Ends (Start Time: 50:31)
  •  “A Solemn Return” by Ben Woods from This Digital Horizon (Start Time: 56:50)
  •  “Fok (Excerpt)” by Olafur Arnulds from Erased Tapes Collection 1 (Start Time: 60:28)

Thursday, November 27, 2014

swung, shaken, and stirred

If you've been following Spaceman's Transmissions for a bit and have kept your eyes on the guest mixes, you've noticed that I've hosted mixes by FACTION (Ben Selby) on a few occasions. The best part about hosting mixes is corresponding and building a rapport with people (my absolute favorite part of it all). Ben is a super-cool and ultra-knowledgeable music aficionado. He's easily one of my favorite Mixcloud artists that is capable of straddling the perfect balance between surreal and unreal. He's just as comfortable with spacey drones as he is drum 'n bass. Huge imagination, ears like a bat, and a music collection that must be beyond staggering.

Well, Ben got with me not too long ago to return the favor of hosting his mixes, and I was invited to create a mix for BOXFREQUENCY.FM radio. The broadcast was overseen by FATPATCORD (aka Matthew Foord), who is also quite active in the scene as well and close associates with Faction (Thanks, Matthew!). While it was introduced to be somewhat along the same lines of what I currently mix (with slight variations), I decided to create a mix that was very left field for me, even though the only main restriction that I had was that the mix had to be 90 minutes. I decided to give it a name, and as I initially set out to do a spy music set, the name Swung, Shaken, And Stirred seemed appropriate. So, yeah, there you have it. There is absolutely no ambient in this mix (you are forewarned!). Nonetheless, this was a blast to create, and I essentially used a lot of music that I've been into for the last 10 years (I have a ton of electronica/trip hop/nu-jazz). No worries, Spaceman's Transmissions will continue to be what it has been prior to this. If anything, consider this a radical departure to clear the way for new amazing things in the future. Enjoy! 

Turn on, tune in, feel it...








TRACK LISTING

  • "Fade Out" by Jazzanova from In Between (Start Time: 00:00)
  • "Manteca" by Dizzy Gillespie (The Funky Lowlives Remix) from Verve Remixed2 (Start Time: 00:34)
  • "Salt Peanuts (Chocolate Covered Nut) (Excerpt)" by Liquid Soul from Make Some Noise (Start Time: 05:12)
  • "Ladies, Gentlemen (Excerpt)" by Tosca from Opera (Start Time: 05:28)
  • "Oktober" by Bersarin Quartett from Bersarin Quartett (Start Time: 05:48)
  • "Compassion" by Bombay Dub Orchestra from Bombay Dub Orchestra (Start Time: 11:59)
  • "Ada" by Cygna from Opus Ena (Start Time: 16:11)
  • "Early Life Remaining" by Between Interval from Autumn Continent (Start Time: 20:12)
  • "Beauty and the East (The Marine Drive Traffic Jam)" by Bombay Dub Orchestra from Bombay Dub Orchestra (Start Time: 26:58)
  • "Anybody Here" by Naomi from Everyone Loves You (Start Time: 33:36)
  • "Dayvan Cowboy" by Boards of Canada from Trans Canada Highway (Start Time: 38:09)
  • "CafĂ© de Flore" by Dr. Rockit from Supperclub Presents: Lounge, Vol. 4, Disc 1 (Start Time: 42:58)
  • "Traveller in the Wonderland" by Susumu Yokota from Symbol (Start Time: 50:56)
  • "Brokadocious" by SubtractiveLAD from Remix EP (Start Time: 55:10)
  • "Black Women" by Soel from Memento (Start Time: 59:38)
  • "Kirwani" by Jolly Mukherjee from Future Sounds Of Jazz, Vol. 7 (Start Time: 64:37)
  • "All Things" by The Cinematic Orchestra from Man With Movie Camera (Start Time: 70:37)
  • "Photosynthesis" by Carbon Based Lifeforms from World Of Sleepers (Start Time: 76:26)
  • "Electro Glide in Blue" by Apollo 440 from Electro Glide In Blue (Start Time: 82:29)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

guest mix: junkyard angel (part V)

It goes without saying that when Paul Simmonds creates a session, it's an aural journey that is ever so carefully and meticulously designed to enhance the senses. This is my 5th guest mix for JUNKYARD ANGEL, and they just keep getting better and better. This one came as an early Christmas present, and I welcome that. I could easily go on and on about the incredible music that Paul stirs into the pot, or how he adds a touch of madness to glue the sonic ingredients, or what-have-you. Suffice it to say that you will find peace and mental renewal within this set.

I CAN HARDLY BREATHE RIGHT NOW is a peaceful (as well as somber and reflective) trip that evolves in colorful ways from dark to light. There is no one better than JA to balance those variables with extremely careful precision. Like all of his mixes, I was drawn into its depth and reassembled as a slightly more aware human. I'm very grateful that I get to take in new music via his channeling of artistic introduction. I hope that the same sensations and sense of elation are gathered by you after taking in this colorful creation. Follow Junkyard Angel on MIXCLOUD and allow him to light your way to new and amazing mixes.






TRACK LISTING

  • Tableau (III) - Ryan Teague (Start Time 00:00)
  • Straddling Two Kingdoms - Aether (Start Time 01:04)
  • Closing A - Oomkah Dee & Black Sky Chant (Start Time 05:06)
  • Escape Music From City To Paradise - Cloaks (Start Time 14:58)
  • Perfunctory Attachments - Pinkcourtesyphone (Start Time 22:49)
  • Radio (Logos) - Vacvvm (Start Time 31:00)
  • Noctilucent Clouds - Skyscraper (Start Time 34:48)
  • Atomos X - A Winged Victory For The Sullen (Start Time 42:47)
  • The Dying Mothers Of Perpetual Help - Stars Of The Lid (Start Time 43:31)