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

2010-08-23  »  Luke Bacon


  1. Ella
    25 August 2010 @ 2:07 am

    Nice one, Luke.

    The voice describing the creature reminded me of that Tennyson poem ‘The Kraken’.

    On sci-fi, I’ve just finished reading a Margaret Atwood called ‘Oryx and Crake,’ which was incredible, and which i’d put in almost the same dystopian genre as 1984 and Brave New World (although she disputes it being sci-fi, as everything is plausible and based on technologies which already exist). It’s a harrowing tale about a genetically engineered future and has a bit of genius in it, along with a great writing style and black humour.

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