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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

2010-04-01  »  Luke Alexander Nash Bacon

Talkback x 5

  1. Xiaofu
    3 April 2010 @ 5:41 am

    Hey I love this. Especially the Ry Cooder song. I never really paid much attention to the Paris, Texas sound track but I will definitely listen to it more now. Amazing My Bloody Valentine song too! In fact, every song is great!

  2. Luke Alexander Nash Bacon
    4 April 2010 @ 12:33 am

    I’m so glad you enjoy it Zie! I promise that my reverb hating joke stops here.

  3. James
    26 April 2010 @ 9:38 am

    Luke I love the last two songs, I’ve never heard Karen Dalton before, that song blew me away.

  4. Luke Alexander Nash Bacon
    26 April 2010 @ 10:58 am

    Yeah she’s so great. Madelaine and I were gonna do a cover of that song ages ago. It’s one of my all time favorite songs. I glad to spread the love.

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