Mix 3. Alphaville/The Foundation

Monday 23 August 2010 - Filed under Mixes + Music + Sounds

Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series was one of the first things that helped me to enjoy reading and since then I’ve always been drawn to sci-fi (also, I used to be in a band where all the lyrics were based on dystopian novels like 1984, Brave New World, and We). It’s an incredibly popular genre and different people love different aspects of it, I think this mix reflects some of my own interests. If you love sci-fi you’ll probably impose your own distinct interpretation on this one.

This mix is shorter than then pervious two, and also more abstract in the use of music, it’s more about an imaginative space than introducing particular tracks to people (though if you enjoy it I recommend looking up the artists, they are all wonderful). I’ve recently been interested in the use of field-recordings and other “non-musical”/contextual kind of sound in a musical or story telling kinda of way, this is what film sound design is often about, creating spaces with sound. In this mix I’ve tried to suggest strange futuristic spaces. I think it’s best to approach it like turning on a little film to watch at night; sit down, maybe turn off the lights etc, whatever you do. Maybe it could even be a kind of little bed time story.

Most of the mix is a reading of an excerpt from H.G Wells’ short story In The Abyss which is quite funny in parts, in-fact I think its a fun mix generally so I hope you enjoy. I made it while I was enjoying a lovely holiday.

Mix 3. Alphaville

The Sailor – Terrestrial Tones

In The Abyss – H.G.Wells (Produced by Mind Webs)

There Are Other Worlds (They Have Not Told You Of) – Sun Ra

La Création Du Monde – Bernard Parmegiani

All Change – .O.Rang

Points In Time XI – Paul Bowles

1 comment  ::  Share or discuss  ::  2010-08-23  ::  Luke Bacon

Mix 2. For Xiaofu

Thursday 1 April 2010 - Filed under Mixes + Music + Sounds

So Xiaofu absolutely hated my last mix. Far too much reverb apparently. Maybe Pure Imagination, already an atmospheric track, didn’t need to sound like it was coming out of a deep dark cave. I thought at the time that it it did, but Xiaofu says I was wrong. Anyway, this time round, for Xiaofu, I’ve made a mix without adding any extra reverb to tracks. Doesn’t sound like a big deal but it was to me.

This type of restrictive process is often really helpful in generating ideas and while making this mix I began to think about texture. Reverb (which I still love) blurs away the detail of the sound, like looking at something from far away rather than with a microscope. So all these tracks have quite forward textures that I think are interesting, and I’d recommend keeping texture firmly in mind whilst listening.

Obviously all mixes are essentially about joining together and creating links between different pieces of music, artists, times and scenes. In this case I want the listener to be particularly aware of this. I’m pushing the connections between krautrock, shoegaze, minimalists composition, folk, disco and the soundscapes we experience in everyday life. Repetition is the obviously critical element in all these styles, but why are artists so drawn to it? Anyway, things to think about.

During the process of making this mix I also became distracted on a number of occasions and just threw things in because I felt the sounds were pushing towards a kind of mood (there is one bit which makes me feel really paranoid and uncomfortable). This progression is based more on emotions and spaces. I’m really drawn to making mixes because I love sharing ideas and processes and I think the mix can be real insight into the way its creator connects these things in their own mind. I’ve found listening to other peoples mixes a way to challenge to my own listening habits, making me rethink my judgements of how different types of music compare and fit together.

This mix has a combination of pieces that are very important to me and that I’ve been listening to for years and then newer things as well. Also, there are a lot less tracks on the list for this one, as I’ve used a lot more of my own field recordings.

I’d love to know what people think about all of this, so leave a comment.

If you find this mix interesting please pass it on to someone else and promote this whole sharing thing. cheers.

Mix 2. For Xiaofu

Ruck Zuck – Kraftwerk

My Children Sleep Next To The Echo Chamber – Padded Cell

Yagga Blues – Nurse With Wound

Jenny Ondioline – Stereolab

Paris, Texas – Ry Cooder

Lux Aeterna – György Ligeti

I Need No Trust – My Bloody Valentine

Let’s Go Swimming – Arthur Russell

Something On Your Mind – Karen Dalton

5 comments  ::  Share or discuss  ::  2010-04-01  ::  Luke Alexander Nash Bacon

Mix 1. London Winter

Sunday 21 March 2010 - Filed under Mixes + Music

This is a mix of some stuff I’ve been listening to over the last 6 months but finished while I was in London over January/February. It definitely has an emotional, cold winter vibe. I think you could watch some sci-fi to get in the mood for a synthetic winter. I’m sure Xiaofu will hate it because it is reverb city. Some parts are a bit cheesy (the Kraftwerk/Leonard Cohen mash), but I think there is some really interesting and touching music in it. I promise less reverb next time.

Mix 1. London Winter

Ripples – Raymond Scott

Music For Spheres – Delia Derbyshire

The Disintegration Loops – William Basinski

Jukebox Heart – Locust

Crying In The Chapel – Elvis Presley

He Hit Me (And It Felt Like A Kiss) – The Crystals

Otche Nash – Igor Stravinsky (performed by The Tallis Scholars)

Untitled (live) – Jeff Buckley

Where It Goes – Grouper

Diamond Head – The Beach Boys

Pure Imagination – Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley

Electric Counterpoint: Slow – Steve Reich

Tongebirde – Kraftwerk

Villanelle For Our Time – Leonard Cohen

Warszawa – Philip Glass (David Bowie and Brian Eno composition)

Our Prayer – The Beach Boys

Wind Chimes – The Beach boys


2 comments  ::  Share or discuss  ::  2010-03-21  ::  Luke Alexander Nash Bacon