Songs of Forgotten Roads

I put out a new mix-set. It’s one of the serious ones, where I’ve spent a lot of time and effort both on picking out the songs and on making sure the transitions are smooth. It’s not a journey though. Rather, I’m trying to set a mood and then stick with it, intensifying it little by little as the set goes on.

If you’re into dark and mellow electronic dance music (even if not for dancing), then definitely check this out. I’d very much appreciate it.

Songs of Forgotten Roads

Music for Summer Afternoons

I put a new mix set together. It’s been a while, and this one’s been a long time coming. If I recall correctly I started picking out the tracks back before Christmas already. There was something very appealing about sitting in the dark with the winter rain on the windows and picking out summer music.

This is the end result. I wanted music that gave the same kind of feeling as the dream of the long summer afternoons of memory. I’m sure you’ve had them too.

The set starts out a bit deep, perhaps a bit too much so. The first two tracks aren’t all that light and fluffy. It grows though; gets wilder and stronger. Melodies show up, carefully at first, but they become more daring and towards the end they full out fly through the sound scape.

At least, that’s my take on it, but then it’s also my own selection of music that I put together myself. I’m very clearly biased.

I do hope people enjoy it though, and I hope a bit of that summer feeling shines out through the music.

Music for Summer Afternoons

Magic Machine Music

I made a new mix set:

The title is an obvious play on Metal Machine Music, but other than that, there are no similarity with Lou Reed’s album.

Instead, I tried to pick tracks with a bit of depth and a mystical magical feel to them. In particular, the third track, Reefer Decree’s remix of their old hit Curved Air is the epitome of what I wanted to achieve with this set.

In the end, I didn’t quite manage that, but I still feel I put a really good set together. It starts out deep and dark, and then grows into something brighter and more cheerful with soaring melodies and even a little bit of singing towards the end.

If you’re into electronic music, this should be a good accompaniment to chilling on the sofa with a good book.

Magic Machine Music

Telling A Story With Other People’s Music

I put together a new mix-set, and I put together a story to go with it:

This is, I’m certain, my best one so far – and by far. It’s got a theme that runs throughout the entire set and the tracks all work together really well. I feel it’s more of a journey than my previous sets. In that way, it also tells more of a story.

Over the last few days I’ve put the finishing touches on the set and I’ve made the tweaks necessary to get it to the point it’s at now. A part of this process has been to lie down on my bed, with the lights out, and listen to the entire set in one go. This means I’m lying still in the same spot, doing nothing but listening to music for over an hour.

It’s been a great experience and if you have the time and the patience I strongly recommend it. A pair of good headphones won’t hurt either.

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Picture from Burning Man last year. I wanted to go out and take a picture to fit with the theme, but I live in Ireland and it’s been raining all day, so there wasn’t really much point to it. This will do.

During these listening sessions a few images have come back repeatedly, and that’s what forms the story of the set. Below here, I’m recounting the story as it plays out in my mind when I listen to the set. If you’d rather listen to it with an open mind and without my influence, skip the rest of the post.

It all begins with a space ship landing on a desert planet. During the second track you can hear announcements made over the PA at the space port (Horus, by Phoebus and Seamless Beat).

After this comes a long journey through deserts and over mountains. Stops are made at oases and watering holes (Shadow of the Desert, by Vansam). Caves give shelter from the howling mountain winds (Legend of Ararat, by Deng & Slavak). Through it all, the spirits of the land and the ghosts of the long dead can be heard whispering in the night (The Silk Road, by Stanisha (and pretty much all other tracks too)).

At long last, the journey reaches its destination: an excavation at the site of an ancient temple somewhere deep in the mountains. Something has gone terrible wrong, and far below the mountain, an evil older than time itself stirs (Annie’s Theme, by Andrez).

Finally, deep within the temple, a horror unimaginable is fought. The science and technology that takes mankind across galaxies stand against a being holding grudges since before the stars were even born (Wild Soul, by JWM).

In the end, the sun still rises over the mountain, and a new day dawns (Sacred Emotion221, by Soulfinder).

That’s my story that comes with the songs I selected. It’s what I hear when I listen to the set. The middle parts are pretty vague, but I’m very clear on the beginning and the end – especially the end (and in my version, the good guys win – of course).

Telling A Story With Other People’s Music