Sunday, November 27, 2011

Launch of Curiosity

This past Saturday NASA launched the Mars Science Laboratory known as "Curiosity" on a 9 month journey to the planet Mars.  As I was watching video of the launch, I was thinking about music that would work well with a launch & space voyage.  I quickly collected some appropriate tune & cranked out this mix at escape velocity speed.

The tracks are all electronic/electronica cuts that I thought seem to fit the theme.  As it turns out, many of the tunes have titles that are perfect for a mix like this.  Titles such as "Towards Unknown Space", "Solar Sailer", "Born to Fire", "Your Wings Make You Fly" and of course "Phobos & Deimos Go To Mars".

That "Phobos & Deimos" tracks was one of my absolute favorite tracks in college.  I had a clear vinyl version of the Synergy album "Cords".  There aren't going to be too many times that I can sneak that cut into a mix so I'm glad I got that one in here.

The NASA audio is all from the actual launch of the Curiosity Mars rover mission.

In the coming months maybe I'll do "Flight of Curiosity" & "Curiosity Lands" mixes.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011


I recently had surgery on a broken collarbone & had to spend a fair amount of time laying around, recuperating, sleeping.  So I decided to make a mix that would work well with Percocet & Vicodin.

I've produced other sleep mixes before, "I fell asleep at my desk making this mix", "slo mo", "slow & sleepy", and have often relied on them for nighttime listening.  Of course most of the mixes found here could work as "sleep" mixes. 

This new mix, "drowsy", fits right in with those others.  It's a soothing mix of drones & synth washes that will put anyone to sleep.

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

psalms & lullabies

A friend of mine made an excellent Spotify playlist called "Atmospheric Songs for Travelers" which had some great music from John Martyn, Nick Drake, Wilco & more.(I saved it as my own playlist which is why name is on it if you click the link.)

Listening to that collection made me want put together my own mix of vocal music.  I don't do vocal mixes very often but I thought it'd be nice to do one now, while all that music is swimming around in my head.

The songs are very laid back.  Most are acoustic.  Some new music(Antlers, Bon Iver, Horse Thieves) and some old stuff(John Martyn, Loudon Wainwright, Cat Stevens).

Somehow the mix ended up with 3 covers in it -  Iron & Wine - Love Vigilantes(New Order Cover),   Josh Rouse - Straight to Hell(Clash cover) and Radiohead - Wish You Were Here(Pink Floyd cover).  All brilliant covers.

I have some leftover vocal tunes that might make it into a new mix fairly soon.  Then it'll be back to good 'ol low light ambient.  For now, enjoy this vocal detour.

T R A C K L I S T :
  • 00:00    Bon Iver - Flume(daytrotter session)
  • 03:25    The Horse Thieves - (I was) Crazy (About You)
  • 07:55    J. Tillman - Earthly Bodies
  • 12:00    Josh Rouse - Straight to Hell(Clash cover)
  • 16:35    Cat Stevens - The Wind
  • 18:07    Damien Juardo - Beacon Hill
  • 21:05    Johm Martyn - Let the Good Things Come
  • 23:55    Radiohead - Wish You Were Here(Pink Floyd cover)
  • 30:50    The XX - Stars
  • 34:55    The Antlers - Corsicana
  • 38:15    Bon Iver - Wash.
  • 42:45    David Sylvian - September
  • 43:55    Loudon Wainwright III - Lullaby
  • 46:45    Iron & Wine - Love Vigilantes(New Order Cover)
  • 49:50    Alexi Murdoch - All My Days
  • 54:35    Red House Painters - Song for a Blue Guitar
  • 1:00:20    end