Journey Into Space Music 11-05-09

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This month I decided it was time for me to explore one of my favorite styles of ambient music… “SPACE MUSIC.” Now I know that my “Space Traveler Series” touches on the spacey side of ambient music, however, those episodes are still very much tempo driven. This month’s downtempo podcast is comprised of music all but devoid of true tempo. The songs are much more freeform for the most part, only really driving tempos using arpeggiators or rhythmic sound. Space Music creates massive soundcapes that invoke mental imagery of far away worlds, stars, and nebulae.

I have been a fan of Space Music since I was a child. I think the first time I ever heard this style of music was during a car ride home from the beach while listening to “Hearts of Space” on NPR… I was fascinated with it. I have tinkered with my own space music throughout the years and decided to include an original, improvisational piece of music that I created and recorded on the fly for this podcast. Here is a link to download my song free of charge… Download Here.

While I am certainly an amateur at producing this wonderful music, I must say that it is an amazing experience to sit down to a keyboard and create it on the fly. Surrounded by LED’s, LCD’s, blinky lights, sliders, knobs… it almost feels as if you are piloting your own spacecraft through a universe of sound that you are creating with your own creative mind. I have a real appreciation for just how complicated it is to control so many timbers, morphing between sounds, tempos (or lack thereof,) keys… worlds… all the while keeping it all together, in a freeform flow of consciousness. Composers like Serrie, Gulan, Brennan, etc are true masters of this craft.

I invite you to put on a pair of headphones, turn off the lights, lay down, hit play… and drift away in to a wonderful universe of sound. Don’t worry, you will be back home in a little over 80 minutes. 😉

Here is this month’s tracklist…

01. Altus– For All Time
02. Kendall Station– Tether
03. Ulrich Schnauss– In Between the Years
04. Andrew Lahiff– Static Neon Flow
05. Gulan– The Black Hole
06. Jonn Serrie– Stratos
07. Chad Helenthal– Ambient Space Unknown
08. Thom Brennan– Raingardens

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Good Evening Space Travelers 2009 08-07-09

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This month’s podcast is a continuation of my “Space Traveler” series and is once again dedicated to the folks over at Lounge Radio. I try to add an episode to this series every year and I figured it was time to slow things down, and, bring out the deeper side of downtempo for this month’s show.

I took a trip to Berlin in July and had an amazing time. I had the opportunity to visit a few clubs, lounges, and bars. It really seems that Germans love their Minimal Electronica. I was pretty surprised just how much that trip influenced my song selection this month. Almost inadvertently I found myself seeking out deeper, minimal types of music to mix along with ambient and chill out tunes. I am quite pleased with what came about from that subconscious decision. After listening to the complete episode, I am quite sure that Berlin has forever left its mark in my heart.

This month’s chillout podcast includes a wonderful selection of deeper chillout music, ambient, and what do you know… even a few minimal tunes. 🙂 Enjoy!

Here is this month’s tracklist…

01. Vector Lovers– Rusting Cars & Wild Flowers
02. Marconi Union– Ginza District
03. Colt!- In Memory Of The Sun
04. The Black Dog– Train By The Autobahn (Part 1)
05. Mike Foyle & Augustine Leudar– De Bells Of Nafin
06. Krusseldorf– Insidious Doctor Mouse
07. Youandewan– 1988
08. Anomy– Arabian Coffee
09. Klangzeit- Deepdive
10. Marter– Potsdamer Platz ft. Ayako Akashiba
11. Sundayman– Iambic Seahorses
12. Mario Masullo & Andrea Gabriele– Few Birds
13. Astrid Suryanto– Distant Bar
14. Mike Foyle– Shipwrecked (Chill Out Mix)

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Good Morning Space Travelers 02-08-08

 

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This podcast is dedicated to my friends over at http://www.lounge-radio.com/ and is the second installment of my “Space Traveler” series. You can check out the first installment HERE.

This month I decided it was time to get back to my roots and dive in to a more progressive side of downtempo music. I am a HUGE fan of deep, Progressive House/ Breakbeat music and I have been for over a decade. It is nice to see that a lot of what make progressive music, well, “progressive,” is also utilized quite often in downtempo and chillout music. The “music” in a song tends to be more important than the beats and rhythm and that is what really defines this style. Rich, complex melodies that invoke emotion are key to Progressive music and this month’s episode is an example of just that… at a slower tempo. 🙂

In this episode I have decided to start things off with an hour of very deep, dark, moody tracks. The first hour touches the “darker” side of chillout by utilizing minor and diminished keys. This gives the set a very haunting feeling, but, it is also incredibly melodic. This is something new for this show but do not fret! After the first hour I slowly lighten things up a bit as I make my way though songs in major keys to ensure that you are left with a postive vibe. I do not want to take you TOO deep after all! Enjoy.

Here is this month’s tracklist…

01. Malik Trey– Sleepy Shadows
02. H.U.V.A. Network– Morning Call (Dawn Remix)
03. Klute– Torrential Pain
04. Pako & Frederik– Percunia (P+f Chillout Mix)
05. Miika Kuisma– Trying My New Wings
06. Beatkonexion– Glut
07. Trentemoller– The Forest
08. Dex Aquaireean– Snow Fall
09. Omni Trio– Haunted Kind
10. The Architex– Altitude
11. Tom Middleton– Astral Projection
12. Talisman & Hudson– Leaving Planet Earth (GU10 Edit)
13. Northern Skyline– Afterglow Of Sunset
14. Samantha James– Deep Sunrise
15. Ladder– Transmission You
16. Sine– Cross that line (Surfers Cut)

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