Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Mellow Side of Prog

Back in 2007 I did a Prog Rock mix that is still one of my favorite low light mixes.  You can find the original post & download here...PROG ROCK '07.

I've always wanted to do another prog mix.  While on a pro rock binge I came across "For Absent Friends" by Genesis and that gave me the idea of doing a mellow prog mix.

In the original mix I tried to stay away from prog rock mainstays like Genesis & Yes & King Crimson.  This time I couldn't resist some big names like Pink Floyd, Genesis, Brian Eno & Crimson.  Those well known artists combine with some Cantebury scene music from National Health, Soft Machine & Hugh Hopper and Al Gowen.  Most of the tunes are vintage 70's music, with only a couple newer tracks from Willowglass & David Gilmore.

I included kind of an oddball cut from Tony R. Clef.  It's an acoustic cover of Genesis' "Undertow."  He has a few other Genesis tunes that he covers on his YouTube channel here.

I know this mix is a bit different than the usual Low Light Mixes fair, but it was fun to put together and I hope you enjoy it.

T R A C K L I S T :
  • 00:00    Genesis - For Absent Friends
  • 01:40    Pink Floyd - If
  • 06:05    Soft Machine - Carol Ann
  • 09:33    Genesis - Hairless Heart
  • 11:45    Strawbs - You & I(when we were young)
  • 15:40    Phil Manzanera - Diamond Head
  • 19:57    Willowglass - The End
  • 21:09    David Gilmore - The Blue
  • 26:25    King Crimson - Starless
  • 30:54    Brian Eno - Golden Hours
  • 34:30    Genesis - Silent Sorrow in Empty Boats
  • 36:42    Anthony Philips - Which Way the Wind Blows
  • 42:25    National Health - Arriving Twice
  • 44:35    Hugh Hopper & Al Gowen - Morning Order
  • 50:57    Chris Squire - Lucky Seven
  • 57:45     Soft Machine - Virtually Part 4
  • 1:01:02    Tony R. Clef - Undertow(acoustic Genesis cover)
  • 1:05:54    Pink Floyd - Pigs on a Wing, Pt. 2
  • 1:07:18    end

Saturday, January 14, 2012

starry starry night

"I, the fiery life of divine essence, am aflame beyond the beauty of the meadows, I gleam in the waters, and I burn in the sun, moon and stars."
               - Hildegard von Bingen

Electronic & ambient music seems perfectly suited for stargazing.  So you really could use just about any ambient mix for night sky viewing and it will work just fine.  But sometimes it's nice to do a mix specifically geared towards astronomical awe.

It's always interesting to see how the song titles match the theme of the mix.  Sometimes I pick tunes precisely because the titles match but most of the time it's accidental.  In this mix we have titles like "Alpha Centauri", "Polaris", "After Midnight", "One Starry Starry Night" and "Encounter in an unexplored nebula."

As usual the music is a mix of old & new, with most tunes being from the last couple years.  I was happy to sneak in an old track from Jean-Michel Jarre.  Different from his normal berlin-school stuff, this one is a nice long ambient cut from 1990.

As with a lot of stargazing mixes, this one works well as a sleep mix too.  I can testify to it's effectiveness.

On a side note...thanks to anyone who voted for Low Light Mixes in the Mixcloud best of 2011 poll.  We came in 78th.  Doesn't sound like much but considering they have thousands of "cloudcasters", coming 78th was great.  Thanks for all your support last year & over the last 6 years.

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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Lunar Testing Lab - Paaliaq (I, Absentee)
  • 01:35    Sonmi451 - Alpha Centauri (Time Released Sound)
  • 04:40    Digitonal - Polaris (Leaves)
  • 07:20    Diatonis - One Starry Starry Night (Diatonis)
  • 12:15    The Winterhouse - Clearing (DataObscura)
  • 18:00    Frederico Durand - El Mundo Secreto De La Montana (Spekk)
  • 21:30    A Produce & Loren Nerell - Intangible (Hypnos)
  • 28:20    Maps & Diagrams - The Infinite Delay (Handstitched Recordings)
  • 30:45    Thom Brennan - Pulse
  • 31:55    Aglaia - After Midnight (Hic Sunt Leones)
  • 37:30    Sonmi451 - Blue (U cover)
  • 43:05    Biosphere - Warmed by the Drift (Touch)
  • 48:20    Jean Michel Jarre - En Attendant Cousteau (Disques Dreyfus)
  • 55:10    The Civilized Electrons - Encounter, In an Unexplored Nebula (Databloem)