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Mind Awake, Body Asleep (Mix)

5/9/2017
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The moment I heard Rami Malek whisper "Mind awake, body asleep" (Mr Robot, series 2) I knew this would be the inspiration for a new mix. A mix about half-sleep, lucid dreaming impressions... ungraspable images... and about "letting go". After all, Mr. Robot's tagline was "Control is an Illusion". This mix was created for - and is co-hosted on - Headphone Commute. → --- originally published on Ambientblog ---

Duration: 00:59:59


Perception Management (Mix)

12/13/2016
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Your reality is manipulated. Your perception is managed. Your thoughts are not your own. Reality is imaginary. Mix inspired by 'Hypernormalisation'; created for Headphone Commute. → --- originally published on Ambientblog ---

Duration: 00:59:59


Solace (Mix)

7/3/2016
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"Life can only be remembered backwards, but it must be lived forwards." The central piece provides the title for this mix: Solace - "Comfort in sorrow, misfortune. Consolation." This Fovea Hex track literally breathes consolation in every single note, so it seemed a good starting point for this mix. It is also one of the few tracks in the mix that are included in its full length. Even though there are quite some dark moments in this mix, I hope it may bring some 'solace' - if...

Duration: 00:59:34


Secret 41 (Mix)

4/13/2016
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Because of the drones, atmospheric field recordings and insect sounds, this mix will be labeled as an 'ambient' mix by most listeners. And of course it is.... but at the same time it isn't. It simply isn't 'unobtrusive' enough to be 'ambient'. An hour-long journey of scene changes, meandering between *Kitsch* and *Kult* - a bit more 'psychedelic' than 'ambient', in fact. → --- originally published on Ambientblog ---

Duration: 00:59:59


Anniversary Collection: “Rope To The Sky” (Mix)

10/20/2015
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On October 26, 1985, Dr. Emmett "Doc" Brown arrives in his flying DeLorean time machine and persuades Marty McFly and his girlfriend, Jennifer Parker, to come back to the future with him. They arrive on October 21, 2015 Only now we found out why they chose this date! → --- originally published on Ambientblog ---

Duration: 02:16:36


Ghost Road Stroll (Mix)

4/23/2015
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This mix is made to be published in the excellent series of mixes on the "Sounds of a Tired City", part of the larger website with the same name. It is published exactly on its first year's anniversary, so it's in fact a birthday present too! Inspired by the site name, I decided I wanted to try to create a sonic 'walk' through a 'tired' city. A mix with a lot of scene changes... like walking through an unknown city on a (quiet sunday?) morning - finding hidden surprises and marvels...

Duration: 00:58:48


Jam Karet (Elastic Time) (Mix)

2/3/2015
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"Jam Karet" is Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian language) meaning "Elastic Time" (or "Rubber Hours"). To me, this concept also applies to mixes that include ambient and drone fragments... where the listener gets immersed in sound in such a way that all notion of time is lost; where music could last for minutes, or for hours. (Created for - and also published on - Headphone Commute) → --- originally published on Ambientblog ---

Duration: 01:06:12


Siren Song (Mix)

12/21/2014
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This mix is built around mysterious vocals. Vocals that may guide you, or lure you, into distances unknown. Often, but not exclusively, female, and some of them not even human - like the beautiful flute-playing by Jean-Christophe Bonnafous, or the mysterious singing sound of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko that was recently discovered during the Rosetta space missions. With just a little fantasy you can imagine the Philae Space Lander being attracted by the comet's song - ultimately...

Duration: 00:59:47


Mental Health Hotline (Mix)

7/23/2014
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"Mental Health Hotline" is the second 'collaborative dialogue' created together with Christophe 'Klankschap' Ywaska. (The first was "Both Were Moving", 2012). Each selection a reaction to the previous addition means the story may have some unexpected turns and views... especially with over 50 samples crammed into this adventurous hour of sound! Be prepared for a dazzling - and possibly somewhat disorienting - joyride... → --- originally published on Ambientblog ---

Duration: 00:57:47


Synaptic Research (Mix)

4/9/2014
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For this mix I aimed to create a dreamlike and timeless atmosphere - dark (but not too dark). It is calm, yet there are many shifting scenes, many passing landscapes and some conflicting emotions... When it ends, (I hope) it feels as if it was much longer than it actually was ... → --- originally published on Ambientblog ---

Duration: 01:00:00


Incidental Memories (Mix)

1/26/2014
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If one of the criteria for 'ambient' music is that you can comfortably fall asleep to it, I guess you'd better skip this particular mix. Although it starts quiet and reassuring with soothing vocal chords from Silvestrov's "The Lord's Prayer", the mood disintegrates and sometimes can become rather unsettling - depending on your own personal 'incidental memories', of course. For reasons I can't really explain, this mix works better if you listen on speakers instead of headphones - just let...

Duration: 01:00:51


Tristesse D’Automne (Mix)

10/8/2013
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This mix was created especially for Headphone Commute. Thanks to H_C for publishing it, and for the beautiful introduction words: Autumn is here. Darkness slowly creeps up just a little bit earlier. Clouds get grayer and swell up with rain. Trees shed their colors and tighten their belts. And people begin to prepare for winter. But among all the shadows there’s a small ray of light. And with that glow comes the music… For today’s exclusive podcast, Peter van Cooten weaves in layers of...

Duration: 01:10:26


Parallax (Mix)

6/16/2013
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"I'm not formed by things that are of myself alone" This is the key quote (taken from Stoker) for this mix, which is also 'not formed by things of itself alone'. Every detail, every short sample, has its origin in another context, another musical composition, from which it is taken to find a new place in a completely different context. "My ears hear what others cannot hear." "Parallax" is the visual effect that, when you are moving yourself, objects closer to you seem to move by faster...

Duration: 01:11:05


Rust (Mix)

3/1/2013
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The title of this mix is taken from the beautiful soundtrack it heavily leans on: Alexandre Desplat's "Rust and Bone" ("De Rouille et D'Os"). "Rust" usually refers to 'decay', but in dutch "Rust" simply also means 'rest', ('tranquil - or 'repos' in french). But - as we say in Holland: "Rust Roest" - or: "Too much rest will make you rusty..." In other words: don't expect just 'tranquil' sounds in this mix.. This is nót meant to be your average 'healing session ambient' soundtrack... so...

Duration: 01:01:15


26 Shades of Darkness (Mix)

2/10/2013
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The sheer volume of the Headphone Commute’s '…And Darkness Came' compilation – issued as a charity fundraising for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, and boasting 87 tracks (over 6 hours) of music – was also a kind of invitation to create a mix from it. Presenting a wide range of music from well (and lesser) known artists – covering most of the ambient/electronic/post-classical/improv spectre, the compilation is an overview and 'who’s who' of what’s happening at this very moment. Its...

Duration: 00:59:59


Broken Lines (Mix)

12/31/2012
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If you have ever watched Stanley Kubrick's "2001 - Space Odyssey", you will definitely remember the impressive scene in which the memory modules are slowly taken away from HAL, the ship's main computer, because it started to disfunction and became a threat to the astronauts and their mission. Just before his memory fades completely, HAL remembers being programmed to sing"Daisy", one of his earliest digital 'childhood memories'. With this scene (as well as with HAL's name), Kubrick...

Duration: 00:59:43


"Both Were Moving" (Mix)

12/12/2012
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At the closing of 2012, I'm proud to present this new 'dialogue mix' (the only other collaboration on ambientblog is the "Division Dialogue" mix created together with Muttley in 2010). When Christophe Ywaska, creator of the weekly Klankschap radio shows on VillaBota webradio (whose mixes can also be found on Mixcloud, by the way) suggested working on a mix together, I knew we were in for a sonic treat. Klankschap mixes are never "just" ambient - or "just" any other genre for that...

Duration: 01:10:29


Gathering Clouds (mix)

9/9/2012
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This must be one of the darkest mixes I have created until now. I recommend headphone listening for this mix, but also recommend to avoid late night listening - unless, of course, you know what to expect. The atmosphere is immediately set with the first notes, with a threatening (Boduf Songs) howl , and may even get downright frightening in the end climax. Yet, not all is dark and gloomy. In the middle section, there are also more optimistic sounds to enjoy, some more comfortable...

Duration: 01:12:52


Flowers and Bones (Mix)

6/6/2012
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image by Lidija Hauck "We were playing Hide and Seek on a Cemetery Hill... ...quiet hiding in the flowers...among the Flowers and Bones..." Atmospheric drones slowly unfold into childhood memories ... Peaceful melancholic romanticism, but gradually overshadowed by fear of something out of control? Remember: all's well that ends well.... → --- originally published on Ambientblog ---

Duration: 00:57:04


Solaris Mindset (Mix)

3/2/2012
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Mentioning Andrej Tarkovsky's 1972 movie "Solaris" as a source of inspiration has become a bit of cliche somehow. This classic movie (we're talking the original Russian 1972 version now) has inspired numerous people, in various fields of art, in its 40 years of existence. The sparse music soundtrack, created by Edward Artemyev, and the overall meditative ambient atmosphere has also inspired a great deal of ambient music artists. It also inspired this mix-collage. Referring to Solaris from...

Duration: 01:01:25

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