Saturday, August 8, 2015

as the world comes into focus (collaboration with dj seroton)

Now that we are fully into summer, I have regained my full momentum of enjoying the ride on Mother Earth's forgiving surface. I've made sure that the necessary pieces of my life's puzzle have been put together with precision (Tuned up the bike for amazing rides? Check. Bought new Frisbees? Check. Got supplies to fly kites with the kids and made sure the bubble machines had fresh batteries? Check and check.). Completing vitals tasks such as this allow me to get my head right with some great musical interludes.

I created the 3 prior mixes in the span of a few days in very early January, as I knew that the winter for me would be terrible. And it was. It was full of homework, and non-stop travel to the snowiest places in the US at the time (I was HERE during this time), and traveling through the mid-West during equally terrible weather for the entire month of March (spending my birthday on tour, bleh.). During that time, I didn't take in too much new music, but did release WE'VE COME UNDONE. This allowed me to take that money earned and buy new music off of Bandcamp which really got my mind in motion for new sounds. So I'm presenting a lot of new music bought there in this mix, and I hope that you like it. But enough about that.

While a simple mix from myself would seem sufficient, having the partnership with the humbling DJ SEROTON is one thing that pushes this mix far over the edge. I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to create 2 mixes with him (the other is DRIFTER VOL. 6). For this particular mix, I stirred up the first half of the set, and he countered my vision with an unparalleled mix of intensity, beauty, and authority. It's really nice to have someone enhance my intentions and gives a fresh vibe to the set. The unpredictability of the outcome is what provides inspiration smiles. Not only is DJ Seroton such a very cool guy and like-minded music aficionado, but his production standards of both his art and presentation are of the highest standards. I really felt that I should do my best so as to really raise the standard of what we both could offer our peace seeking listeners. I'm very confident that together we have woven the perfect texture of sound and color; using light as glue and sealing it all in a consumable format for your mind and ears.

My hope is that the music brings you a sense of solitude and elation. Feel free to use the music any time you need those sensations. Peace.

Turn on, tune in, sleep...


Part 1: Tonepoet
  • “Stranger Air (Error #1) Repurpose” by Woob from Intervision (Start Time: 00:00)
  • “Öpik-Oort” by Umber from Sunshine Young (Start Time: 02:21)
  • “As I Awoke...” by Aural Method from When I Drifted I Heard A Faint Melody (Start Time: 4:41)
  • “Aperception III” by Pseudosphère from Aperception (Start Time: 6:00)
  • “Lighthouse” by The Monk By The Sea from Soundscapes (Start Time: 11:03)
  • “Awaiting Your Arrival” by Good Weather For An Airstrike from A Home For You (Start Time: 13:58)
  • “Surrender” by Ben Lovett from Sun Don't Shine Soundtrack (Start Time: 17:44)
  • “Within My Mind An Ocean Appears” by Tonepoet from Headspace (Start Time: 20:28)
  • “Things Left Unsaid” by Tonepoet from Headspace (Start Time: 21:27)
  • “Sunshine Youth (Featuring Good Weather For An Airstrike)” by Umber from Sunshine Young (Start Time: 24:14)
  • “To Speak Of Solitude” by Brambles from Charcoal (Start Time: 28:24)

Part 2: DJ Seroton
  • “Anna On The Floor” by Aaron Zigman from My Sister's Keeper (Start Time: 31:04)
  • “Soothing Image 46” by Bing Satellites from Soothing Images 31-47 (Start Time: 31:32)
  • “Dark Clouds” by Bing Satellites from Twilight Sessions Volume Eight (Start Time: 34:09)
  • “Portals (Part II)” by Adham Shaikh & Tim Floyd from Drift (Start Time: 38:49)
  • "Reason of Senses” by Jonson from Mindlook (Start Time: 43:35)
  • “Seveen” by Otto A Totland from Pinô (Start Time: 49:05)
  • “I Will Surround You” by Stars Of The Lid from Avec Laudenum (Start Time: 50:09)
  • “The Brightest Lights in the Darkest Skies” by Ben Woods from Moments (Start Time: 52:15)

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

drifter v6 (collaboration with dj seroton)

I'm really pleased and honored to be able to present a collaborative mix (the first of two that we have planned) between DJ SEROTON and myself that will grace his DRIFTER SERIES  sessions. These series of mixes are probably the best that I've come across in quite a while so I'm really stoked to be a part of this. I'm inspired by him not only musically, but also by his professionalism and presentation. You could definitely say that this is his testament to the music that he loves as well as his artistic approach to creating sessions. 
Music speaks across boundaries of time, distance, and language, and what we present here is proof of that. We had some really great communication in getting this together (thankfully in English, I appreciate that, man!) and our mindsets were in line with each other in that we wanted to construct a seamless journey for your mind to bathe itself within. In creating this mix, we became completely taken in by each others concepts, and that friendly competition only stoked a passion to deliver our finest moments to your ears. We truly believe that we accomplished this.

This first of two parts that we created is appropriately titled Drifter V6 as it continues to build upon the epic sessions that DJ Seroton has founded. In the track listing below, I made it evident how the mix was divided up with DJ Seroton covering the first half and me countering his vision.

I can't thank DJ Serton enough for having the same passion that I do for creating ambient sessions, and for being such an approachable guy in the entire process so that our vision could be felt by the listeners. Show him the love by checking out more stunning mixes on his WEBSITE, his SOUNDCLOUD page, and make sure to follow him on TWITTER and FACEBOOK. Take it all in. Peace.

Turn on, tune in, sleep...


Part 1: DJ Seroton
  • 'Mej by Porya Hatami from Vari (Start Time: 00:00)
  • 'Night Currents' by Michael Stearns from Floating Whispers (Start Time: 06:39)
  • 'Le Tresor (DJ Seroton Edit)' by Jonn Serrie from Ixlandia (Start Time: 13:35)
  • 'The Morning Dew (For Barbara)' by Rudy Adrian & Ron Boots from Across The Silver River (Start Time: 15:59)
  • 'Steal Away' by Harold Budd from Ambient 2: The Plateaux Of Mirror (Start Time: 19:49)
  • '301210' by Antonymes from Like Rumours Of Hushed Thunder (Start Time: 20:34)
  • 'Outside (Excerpt)' by Electric Skychurch from In That Place Where Miming Meets Aegir (Start Time: 26:03)
  • 'King Midas In Reverse' by Bing Satellites & Daniel Land from King Midas In Reverse (Start Time: 26:42)

Part 2: Tonepoet
  • 'Will My Memories of You Hold True (Excerpt)' by Darren Harper from Suspended Memory (Start Time: 32:14)
  • 'Shimmering' by Shane Morris from Free Floating Music from (Conception) (Start Time 35:52)
  • 'The Moonlit Towers Reached Above in Blue the Hours Beseeched Our Love' by Aural Method from When I Drifted I Heard A Faint Melody (Start Time 39:04)
  • 'Fac 2' by Stars Of The Lid from The Tired Sounds Of (Start Time: 40:58)
  • 'Subtext' by John Foxx and Harold Budd from Translusence (Start Time: 43:18)
  • 'Clutch' by Good Weather For An Airstrike from A Home For You (Start Time: 49:06)
  • 'The Hottest Day of the Year (Part 1) (Excerpt)' by Bing Satellites from Free Floating Music (Twilight Sessions Volume Eight) (Start Time: 50:49)
  • 'Alex's Theme' by Matt Stanfield from Homecoming (Start Time: 52:56)
  • 'The Night Was Cold And Long' by The Eager Seas from T H E W I L D E R N E S S Y E A R (Start Time: 56:25)
  • 'The Whole Catastrophe' by Hammock from Chasing After Shadows...Living with the Ghosts (Start Time: 56:41)

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 an alibi in this mix. 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. Thanks, Matt!

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)
  •  “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 on the right 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)