Tuesday, October 7, 2014

the slow drift (episode 034)

Every now and then I really get the bug to host something that just completely wraps me up in a cocoon created of sound, light, and depth. Without fail once again, I have to give a huge tip of the hat to Mr. Andrew Hoffman at THE SLOW DRIFT for having the delicate touch to create such an ethereal and melancholic journey into the sublime. I really can't put my finger on it, but the color and beauty in EPISODE 034 moves me in a way that a few rare mixes do. Something about the way the entire piece flows feels like a very subtle trickle that forms an ocean, all without effort or worry.

To me, Andrew defines and refines ambient radio. Taking in Andrew's mixes drive home the fact that he absolutely loves what he's surrounded by, and can find such beautiful pieces to weave into heartfelt epics. Take in more from Andrew through his MIXCLOUD page, or on THE SLOW DRIFT website. You can also stream Andrew's broadcast on Tuesdays (guest what day it is for me?) from 11:00-12:00 P.M. EST from the WRFI.ORG website. Thanks for turning colors into portraits of sound, Andrew! Turn on, tune in, sleep...





Friday, September 12, 2014

guest mix: the silent project (part III)

I've been dragging my feet on this way too long as I've been wrapping things up on my latest release, I've been on tour, and I'm taking a class on technical business writing that is keeping my mind humming. Now I'm ready to bring you one of the most amazing pieces of ambient- and mood-enhanced sonic pleasures brought to you by none other than THE SILENT PROJECT.


MÉANDRES by The Silent Project is the new standard by which all mixes will (and should be) measured up to. It becomes increasingly difficult for many (myself included) to not be humbled by such a perfect piece that is laid out so logically, with each color lining up to set up the next. It's almost depressing to hear something that is so above and beyond that will inevitably send me to the drawing board wondering how I could even hold a match to one of the greatest things ever. The opening is dark, and the gravitational pull of it takes in your full mental awareness, twisting your mind around and around while dropping bits of shadow and light onto it without stopping its momentum. 

I'm very elated that Greg (aka The Silent Project) found some of the finest music  and engaged his creative mind to mix a set that is one of the heaviest I've come across. Guys like SILAS, FACTION, and The Silent Project are listening to not only music all day long, but sounds as well. I can imagine that these guys are taking in everything all the time, probably writing ideas on napkins, and investing mental energy into finding the right elements to take us on hour-long journeys to our mind's ether. Listening to their stories unwind is not unlike listening to a good Pink Floyd (it's all good) album. In short: I'm humbled by this and it makes me proud!

Please take the time to listen and enjoy this beautiful outing by one of my favorite mixers on Mixcloud. Show The Silent Project the love on his MIXCLOUD page, his SOUNDCLOUD page, and by all means his BANDCAMP page. Also, follow him on FACEBOOK for more tranquil and meaningful mixes. Peace.





Wednesday, September 10, 2014

headspace

Finally got this all mixed (to the best of my ability, not sure if that says much) and put out the door. I've been working on this for months, no kidding. I've learned a lot about the entire recording process (always do), and about organizing myself (biggest nightmare ever). Anyhow, to everyone, here is my gift to you. There is over an hour's worth of music on this, and I was very meticulous in creating the right sounds, getting everything to line up really nice, and having a very large diverse bit of music to satisfy every type of ambient music lover. I did post this up on Soundcloud a while back, but the songs have evolved quite a bit since then and have had much better treatment. 

Any proceeds will go towards me finally having a laptop that is less than 8 years old to create stuff on. There is a bonus download of the back cover as well as one other song. Please, if you like it (or don't), leave me some feedback. I enjoyed making this, and I hope that my labor of love comes through in the music for you. Peace.

//tonepoet//


from the darkness comes light

I've been tuning into a lot of new music lately, and catching some speeches by Neil deGrasse Tyson (whose voice appears in the intro of this mix) who is somewhat of a astronomy genius. Very deep mind. I wanted to put a bit of the new music into this mix (as well as some familiar faces that have graced Spaceman's Transmissions in the past like Ben Woods [my favorite!], Hammock, and, well, a few original compositions). I want to point you to Ben Woods' BANDCAMP page as I lean on him heavily to create the mixes that I do. Also, you can download the original compositions that I did with Petal from the Rusted Sun Collective BANDCAMP page. You may also download my latest release entitled HEADSPACE from Bandcamp (put it up today!).

Much like IN THE MIDST OF A DIM GLOW, this mix is for those quiet moments before or after your nightly slumber with the dual purpose of either setting you down gently or lifting you up ever so slowly. It is safe with most medications, and you may operate heavy machinery at your will (although I would advise against it). 

As you begin to let your mind go, have faith in the music to guide it to the right mental place. Erase the negative energy that burdens your grey matter, as no one's problems can be solved in one hour. Instead, use this hour to find a better place for your soul, as it is a tiny amount of your time that allows your soul to calibrate.  Peace.

Turn on, tune in, sleep...






TRACK LISTING

  • “Steep Hills Of Vicodin Tears” by A Winged Victory For The Sullen from A Winged Victory For The Sullen (Start Time: 00:00)
  • “Jedem Zauber Wohnt Ein Ende Inne” by Bersarin Quartett from II (Start Time: 04:00)
  • “For The Fathers We Never Found (Excerpt)” by Rusted Sun Collective from Communicate (Start Time: 09:18)
  • “Balance” by Aurom from Secret Garden (Start Time: 15:18)
  • “With Open Arms” by Ben Woods from An Attempt To Fly (Start Time: 20:52)
  • “King’s Cave” by David Lamin from Arran (Start Time: 24:35)
  • “Minack” by The Echelon Effect from Atlantic (Start Time: 27:35)
  • “Stratosphere” by Juta Takahashi from Hymn (Start Time: 30:59)
  • “Oktober (Excerpt)” by Bersarin Quartett from Bersarin Quartett (Start Time: 35:31)
  • “The Moon Shows Me How” by Tonepoet from Headspace (Start Time: 36:39)
  • “A Year Without Summer” by The Frozen Vaults from …And Darkness Came (Start Time: 40:18)
  • “Paisley” by Larsvember from Greatest Hits Ambience (Start Time: 44:45)
  • “Glass Orchids” by Lykanthea x Savage Sister from Sundrowned (Start Time: 48:21)
  • “Take A Drink From My Hands” by Hammock from Raising Your Voice Trying To Stop An Echo (Start Time: 49:15)
  • “Three Cheers For Existence” by Deru from 1979 (Start Time: 54:03)
  • “Earth From Space” by Kendall Station from The Broken Pod (Start Time: 58:01)
  • “Lights Of A Tired City” by Ben Woods from Moments (Start Time: 60:39)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

guest mix: mantraman

I'm very proud to be bringing the music of MANTRAMAN to the masses for this outing on Spaceman's Transmissions. I've been digging on Mantraman's mixes for a bit now, and I finally get a chance to show the love. I've been blessed with having the opportunity to host 3 mixes. 

Within his mixes you will find a colorful mindtrip of perfectly balanced moods, reflecting his quest for peace and solitude. Even his profile picture exudes tranquility and is the epitome of chill. When I'm in need of a deep mental massage or that escape pod that houses my turbulent mind for intergalactic travel, I look no further than Mantraman's mixes. His quest for the perfect mix to calibrate the soul is not without merit.

Mantraman (Paul Haynes) has a very musical background, having been the bass player in the early 80's indie-pop band INTIMACY that was based around Birmingham, England. Discovering ambient music would lead to the decline of performing live and would birth the interest in creating, mixing, and producing the ambient music that permeated his soul. Paul's love for ambient music began when he first heard the Brian Eno & Harold Budd creation PLATEAUX OF MIRROR in 1981, and the implosion of Intimacy in 1983 allowed him to finally begin following his muse. The motivation to spark his creative genesis was purely recreational and was meant as a way to make music that he wanted to listen to. Through the persuasion of a friend, he posted some of his music on LAST.FM, and this gave him the impetus to carry on. Although he claims that his music making tools are primitive (using basic MIDI software and Audacity), he nonetheless captures the essence of true ambient spirit. His first creations didn't even evolve a keyboard, but rather using QWERTY and Cakewalk. One could say that his technological grasp for weaving sounds has evolved quite nicely. If there's one thing that Mantraman can admit about the whole ambient scene, it's that it's highly addictive and very time consuming. I can echo that. Unfortunately, that has left a lot less time for him to create new tapestries due to business commitments. I, and I'm sure I'm not alone, wish that Mantraman had more time to create and bless us with such beautiful sounds. Hopefully in the future (nudge, nudge).

For all of the eager listeners that crave peace, I've been given a 'go' on hosting 3 mixes by Mantraman. For some reason, I tend to gravitate to the mixes that have to do with the oceans or tidal ebb and flo. So I've chosen to host EVENTIDES (my first exposure), THE LIGHTHOUSE TAPES (my favorite), and a newer mix entitled OTHER OCEANS. I would be foolish to say that this is his best; they all are. The next one will be his best, and the one after that, and so on. Mantraman has created a gold mine of ambient mixes that I know the music lover will lose themselves in.

You can follow Mantraman on his MIXCLOUD page, follow him on TWITTER, and get updates on his creations on his LAST.FM and SOUNDCLOUD pages. Many, many thanks to Paul for allowing me to share his vision with everyone. Peace.

Turn on, tune in, sleep...




Sunday, August 10, 2014

guest mix: faction (part II)

I got contacted recently by FACTION (Ben Selby) about a new mix that he's created. Out of all of the artists that I follow, Ben is probably one of the guys that blow my mind in the biggest way. His sonic tapestries are a huge journey into the subconscious, stopping at the various synapses which bring light and sound into focus. Given the vast amount of influences and music, Faction flawless (and consistently) pieces together the most seamless mixes ever.  I can never seem to find edits in his mixes. His canvases are a perfect blend of light and dark colors that are pleasing, challenging, and ever shapeshifting. Not only are they musically gratifying, but the work ethic that he displays is unrivaled and unparalleled.

For this guest mix, I am absolutely honored to be a part of hosting [ TIME IS WHAT KEEPS THE LIGHT FROM REACHING US ]. Make sure that you are well prepared with open ears and open mind. This will allow the music to ebb and flow into your mind's ether, penetrating the pores that drink color and taste sound. If you choose to only listen, you will miss the finer points of the mix. The best option is to experience the mix while fully disengaging distractions and fully engaging undivided attention. Upon taking in the mix, your sense of gravity will calibrate, your senses will be renewed with extreme precision, and you mental state will have increased to absolute efficiency. Or your money back.

If there were just one thing that I could wish for, it would be to hang out with Faction, listening to new music, and watching him put together his mixes like a fly on the wall. I aspire to be him, with his limitless vision and knack of putting together such moods with so many diverse elements. Hearing what he comes up with makes me feel like I'm at square one. And that's a good thing. Thanks, Benji, for hooking up the listeners everywhere with pure aural bliss. And for providing a very healthy bit of competition! Be sure to take more of Faction's amazing mixes on his MIXCLOUD page, and his original compositions on his SOUNDCLOUD page. I'm always eagerly awaiting the next one! Peace.

Turn on, tune in, have mind blown, listen again (and again), then sleep...





TRACK LISTING


  • Intro
  • Space Face - Faction
  • Cello Recycling - Aaron Martin & Machinefabriek
  • 36 - Beacon
  • Daikan - Thomas Kner
  • Alan Watts Sample
  • Ra. 36 Section (1) - The Orb
  • Blue Sample - Derek Jarman
  • Arte - Brambles
  • Gulf Breeze Sonar - Rod Modell & Michael Mantra
  • III (Pleq Remix) - Jacaszek
  • Unlocation - Witxes
  • Ill Flower - Future Sound Of London
  • Beautiful Corruption - Mergrim
  • Access To Arasaka - Void Start
  • Caught In The Middle - Lusine
  • Ra. 36 Section (2) - The Orb
  • Beauty Of A Flower - Richard Feynman
  • Dream Hours (Part 1) - Kammarheit
  • Atomized - Forrs
  • Dream Hours (Part 2) - Kammarheit
  • Ravi Shankar
  • To Speak Of Solitude - Brambles
  • Eac - The Alvaret Ensemble
  • Calling - Trifonic
  • Springtime In The Distance
  • Orchestral Interlude - Gorillaz
  • Music For Twin Peaks - Stars Of The Lid
  • Blue (Time Is What Keeps The Light From Reaching Us) - Derek Jarman
  • Jam Sketch - Chris Morris

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

memories of the unknown

Deja vu (sorry for the lack of correct characters over the letters) can be described as a sensation of realizing the remembrance of a certain event or place, whether you've actually experienced it or not. We see things, and we remember. We hear things, we remember. Our entire lives are based upon memories, and how they stitch us up shapes who we are. We are formed like clay from the sights and sounds that were with us longer than we can remember.

I spent a bit of time this summer at my childhood hometown, and seeing so many familiar things brought back floods of intense feelings. But for the life of me, I couldn't quite put my finger on why. Everything was very much a part of my life, but at the same time very distant from me. I tried to recapture and revive the initial moments of certain landmarks that had meant so much to me many years ago. But in the end, I gave in, retiring the fuzzy thoughts to my gray matter as balloons that I had let go so many years ago. Like most, I could spend all of my time and energy seeking the puzzle pieces that have long turned into a wind-torn memory. 

But to keep life moving in a forward motion, one must seek to have meaningful moments in life that trump those which created a purpose that allowed us to become stagnant. Onward and upward. Trying to recreate and relive moments that we cherish weakens the initial moment. This self-manufactured regret will have us searching for answers that lack questions. 

This mix is for the thinkers that believe they've lost the path and are trying to step backwards into the same footsteps. For those that need a light to see the rest of the path in front of them. And for the ones that need a soundtrack to their lives which allows them to breathe deep, keeping forward momentum onto the illuminated walkway that guides their souls. Peace.

Turn on, tune in, sleep...



TRACK LISTING

  • “Analemma” by Arthur Zdrinc from It’s A.D.2016 (Start Time: 00:00)
  • “No Word From Above” by Ben Woods from Moments (Start Time: 03:02)
  • “Maybe They Will Sing For Us Tomorrow” by Hammock from An Introduction To Hammock (Start Time: 04:34)
  • “Thank You, Yuri Gagarin” by Kendall Station from The Broken Pod (Start Time: 09:23)
  • “(Within My) Parallel Universe” by Tonepoet from Headspace (Start Time: 15:27)
  • “Varðeldur” by Sigur Ros from Valtari (Start Time: 22:12)
  • “Drift” by Broken Harbour from Gramaphone Transmissions (Start Time: 27:57)
  • “Until Our Eyes Adjust” by Ben Woods from This Digital Horizon (Start Time: 35:24)
  • “Shadows Fall” by Random Forest from Random Forest (Start Time: 40:29)
  • “Endless Agony Of Being Sick (Edit)” by SaffronKeira from …And The Darkness Came (Start Time: 45:22)
  • “Keine Angst” by Bersarin Quartett from II (Start Time: 49:06)
  • “Bold Advances” by Helios from Moiety (Start Time: 52:07)
  • “Strange Zebra-Man At Bruxelles Midi” by Bing Satellites & Daniel Land from King Midas In Reverse (Start Time: 54:45)
  • “Zum Griefen Nah” by Bersarin Quartett from II (Start Time: 56:59)