Sonixcursions:023 Podcast

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2022 has been an amazing year for music so far. As a reflection of this, I am working on getting more music into each new episode, as well as putting out episodes more frequently. For this round, the mix flows from summer camp hauntology to analog synths to ambient slide guitar, so find a comfy place or go for a long walk and let the sounds unfold.

Track Listing

Pneumatic Tubes “Joyous Lake” (0:00) – off an album I still can’t stop listening to, A Letter from TreeTops on the Ghost Box label.

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Sonixcursions:022 Podcast

sonixcursions podcast 22The existential dread meter is running high these days, and listening to music is one of the only things that can take my mind off the news. Here’s a half-hour break from the daily grind with a selection of kosmische, ambient, electronic and radiophonic tunes pulled from the latest releases.

Track Listing

The Soundcarriers “At The Time” (0:00) – their first new music in eight years, from the album Wilds.

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Sonixcursions:021 Podcast – Favorites of 2021, Part 2

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Here it is, finally – the second half of my favorites of 2021. So far this year has been quite a whirlwind. With day job workload and the general daily grind, finding time to wrap this up has been challenging, but I wanted to close the loop on this since some of my absolute favorites of the year are in this mix.

Track Listing

The Voice of Saturn “Winston” (0:00) – the solo work of Travis Thatcher, one half of the duo Personal Bandana. This track is taken from the release Gratitude, on the Woodford Halse label.

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Random Orbitings – January 12, 2022

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Hard to believe we are already 12 days into the new year, and so far 2022 ain’t looking much better than last year. As always, my solace in this crazy world is music that lets my mind wander and relieves some cognitive load. For 2022, I am restarting these Random Orbitings posts, and will share more of the mind-expanding music that has been flowing through my headphones.

I recently posted part 1 of the Favorites of 2021 podcast episode, with part 2 following in the next few days. For now, here are three new releases to kick off the year.

Field Lines Cartographer

Approaching from space, Field Lines Cartographer delivers five long-playing cosmic voyages clocking in at an average time of 11 minutes. The Woodford Halse label released Superclusters last week, and it was recently featured on Bandcamp for best-selling compact discs sales across the entire electronic music category (one of those CDs was mine.) If you are lucky and happen to be in Liverpool in early April, catch FLC open for the venerable Marconi Union.


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Sonixcursions:020 Podcast – Favorites of 2021, Part 1

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Welcome to part one of my two-part favorites of 2021 episode. As we wind down this insane year and look toward 2022, I’ll be playing 10 tracks on this part one and 10 on part two, so relax and enjoy the finest outersounds of the past 12 months.

Track Listing

All India Radio “Don’t Turn Around (feat Yin)” (0:00) – the opening track off of one of my favorite albums of the year, Afterworld.

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Reflections on the 20th Anniversary of Hood’s Cold House

“Due to an unmanageable abundance of music, a diminishing amount of free time, and shorter attention spans, the new approach to selling records is to remind listeners of records they probably would have liked had they heard them the first time they were released.”
~ Joel Hanson

Guest contributors David Agasi, Joel Hanson (of Memory Drawings), and band member Richard Adams share their reflections on the anniversary of Hood’s 2001 landmark post-rock work Cold Housean album that combined “a classic alternative rock sound with cutting edge electronica and West Coast hip-hop.”

David Agasi:

Cold House in 2001

Cold House was probably my first introduction to Hood’s music, released in the autumn of 2001, immediately following Y2K hysteria and the attack on the World Trade Center. I had just visited Japan and was planning to relocate there with my girlfriend, Tomoko. We both had temporary living accommodations in Berkeley, CA and were attempting to live out some final hedonistic scenarios only possible in California before our impending international flight.

KALX FM was playing the first track of Cold House as Shawn and I were traveling up University Avenue at twilight in his tiny, ancient Toyota pickup, and in that flash of aural recognition, it was inevitable I’d be collecting Hood’s entire discography soon enough. The manic, sampled patchwork of “They Removed All Trace That Anything Had Ever Happened Here” seemed to specifically call attention to the ironic flimsiness of current world events at that time, events which, 20 years later, have more or less nailed the coffin shut for all of us.

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Sonixcursions:019 Podcast

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It’s summer here in the northern hemisphere, and things are slowly opening up after the long pandemic lockdowns. This episode has been a few weeks in the making, and includes new and upcoming retrofuturistic jazz and electronic music, a smattering of ambient and soft synth arpeggios, and closing out with the dramatic post-rock of veterans Fly Pan Am.

Find an easy chair and let your mind unwind.

Track Listing

D Rothon “Eight Million Miles High” (0:00) -from the new album entitled Memories of Earth on Clay Pipe Music.

The Pattern Forms “The Scenic Route” (3:14) -a project from musician Jon Brooks that integrates the sound of harpist Tom Moth – not something you hear very much of these days.

Concretism “Red, Green, Blue” (7:50) -from the album Tellifusion – “an homage to the obsolete television technology that has faded into history” – on the Castles In Space label.

Colleen “Revelation” (12:30) -from one my favorite new releases, The Tunnel and the Clearing on Thrill Jockey.

Ishmael Cormack “Yellowstone” (18:22) – an electro-acoustic sound artist from England, from his latest release Many Wild Things on the Slow Music Movement label.

Light Humidity “Autumn’s Refuge” (21:40) -a joint venture between musicians Jason T Lameroux of the Corrupting Sea and Paul Rhodes of Your Gaze. From the upcoming release Liquid on the Somewherecold label.

Fly Pan Am “Body Pressure” (26:10) – classic Montréal post-rockers who’ve returned from an extended hiatus. From their latest album Frontera.

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Sonixcursions:018 Podcast

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Spring is in the air here at SonixHQ, and with things opening up again it feels like a new beginning. This episode is mostly guitar-based, from the swirly psychedelics of Magic Castles to the cosmic country soundscapes of the Howard Hughes Suite. Though I’ve thrown in a few electronic tracks from Dolphins of Venice and Survey Channel to balance things out.

Track Listing

Magic Castles “World of Time” (0:00) – kicking off this episode is the latest from Magic Castles, from their long-awaited album Sun Reign.

The Green Kingdom “Sol 1” (5:30) – an artist who has shown up on this podcast several times now, this is from the recent album Solaria on the Sound In Silence label

Survey Channel “Vitamin Mind” (9:10) – Buffalo, New York-based electronic musician Survey Channel, off the latest album Silent Graphs.

Dolphins of Venice “Golden Day” (12:34) – a collaboration between Tim Koch and Adrien Capozzi, from their recent Autoschediasm EP.

Sansyou “Eyes Front” (17:00) – the long-time musical project of David Nicholas returns with the familiar “reverb drenched guitars” mixed with keyboard atmospherics courtesy of new member John Mark King. This is the title track from their latest EP.

The Howard Hughes Suite “Undertow” (20:26) – a cosmic country sound taken from the recently released album Smoke From a Future Fire on the Slow Music Movement label.

Billow Observatory “Red Morning” (23:40) – an ambient collaboration between Jonas Munk of Causa Sui and Jason Kolb of Auburn Lull.

Tristan Welch “Legislative Morality” (28:40) – from his latest album Temporary Preservation. I recently interviewed Tristan for the blog if you want to find out more about this musician who’s got a lot to say.

Black Brunswicker “Wake Me Up When This Is Over” (33:00) – lo fi acoustic soundscapes from the album Temple of Spring.

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Tristan Welch: Undertaking Ambient

Ambient instrumental music is notoriously abstract and nebulous, making reference points and context hard to determine or convey. If a musician is trying to make a social statement or commentary, it’s usually done through lyrics or spoken work. Guitarist Tristan Welch creates expressive ambient music for thinking people that comes coupled with a message: all is not right with our economy and society here in America. He’s an outspoken musician with a sardonic take on modern human existence, and has just released his latest album Temporary Preservation—a concept based on his experience as a funeral director. Tristan is the most fascinating musician I’ve met in a long time, and I had to get in touch with him to find out more about the ideas and personal history behind his sound.

Backdrop

tristan welch undertaking ambientI started off by asking Tristan how he got started creating music and got a brutally honest response. “I’ve been playing music for a long time”, he says, “I grew up on punk stuff and hardcore, that was what appealed to me when I was younger, but I was never very good at it. And any band I had would fall apart for various reasons. And through a lot of that, truthfully I was on drugs. Like it was bad, so that would kind of take over.”

Recovering from drugs and addiction would form the basis of a personal rebound, but not without first abandoning his musical aspirations. “So around like 17, 18, that was my frame of mind, and as I mentioned before, I had a real bad drug addiction, so just really fell apart. Various jails and institutions and things for years. I sold everything I had or pawned it.”

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Sonixcursions:017 Podcast

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Amidst the continuously depressing news cycles lately, I offer a brief respite from reality featuring an international mix of cosmic and electronic music. Grab your headphones and drift off into an ethereal world for the next 30 minutes with artists from Australia, Spain, Germany, England and Argentina.

Track Listing

Kilbey Kennedy “We Are Missing” (0:00) – a collaboration between the Church’s Steve Kilbey and All India Radio’s Martin Kennedy. From their recent album Jupiter 13.

Mecánica Clásica “Dunas de Posidonia” (3:50) – an electronic experimental outfit from Spain, off the album Mar Interior.

All India Radio “Deep Blue (feat Sasquin)” (8:50) – an ethereal new single from Martin Kennedy.

The Golden Vortex “BOC” (12:45) – a new electronic project out of Hamburg, Germany, this song is from an upcoming split release on the Samplefriends label due out in May.

Michael Rother “Wopp-Wopp” (16:42) – from his latest album that came out in September of last year entitled Dreaming, his first in 16 years.

Warrington-Runcorn New Town Development Plan “Gateway to the North” (20:37) – an electronic project from Gordon Chapman Fox, serving as an homage to the British urban planning schemes of the 1970s.

The Tape Recorders “When Souls Shall Wear Their New Array” (24:35) – more cosmic sounds from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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