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asmadeus - liftmuziek vol 3 - for a warm evening walk
Headphone Commute

More archived electronica from the likes of Secede, Deaf Center, Claro Intelecto, Bichi, Skyphone, Funckarma, Dabrye, Kettel, and many more... Let me know if you want the entire tracklisting (I'd have to put some effort into manually typing up the titles from the cue sheet.

Electronic
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TRACK PREMIERE : Snorri Hallgrímsson - …og Minning Þín Rís Hægt (Peter Gregson Rework)
Headphone Commute

Earlier this year, Icelandic composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Snorri Hallgrímsson released his debut album on Moderna, titled Orbit. I’ve spent more than just a few hours with this wonderful album, often reminding me of more vocal works from Ólafur Arnalds, with whom Snorri has collaborated on many occasions (the album was primarily recorded at Arnalds’ studio in Reykjavik). It was still on the list of albums to share with you, my readers, when an opportunity to premiere this beautiful rework presented itself. Orbit Reworked is an upcoming four-track release on Moderna, featuring remixes and re-imaginations of pieces by Luke Howard, Tom Adams, Slow Meadow and, the focus of this exclusive premiere, London-based cellist, Peter Gregson. At some time, between all the firm work, and his very own release on the esteemed Deutsche Grammophon, titled Recomposed By Peter Gregson: Bach – The Cello Suites [stay tuned for an in-depth write-up on that, folks], Gregson found a moment to add his beautiful cello touch to the already gorgeous “… og minning þín rís hægt” track (which loosely translates to “and your memory rises slowly” from Icelandic), with its moody swaying passages lamenting over the sparkling piano glimmer. And at only a bit over three minutes in length, this gentle piece manages to capture the weather and the scenery of the internal brewing storm, even without the words to prompt us of the story. "… the songs on Orbit explore the difficulties of living in and moving between vastly different places: from Mexico’s sunny days to Iceland’s long winter nights and their emotional toll. Orbit is also about people met along the way, of friends and family whose absence is bittersweet. The concept of ‘home’ is replaced by an ‘orbit’ the composer circles from place to place.” While the full-length was mastered by Ian Hawgood, Orbit Reworked is backed by a touch from Taylor Deupree at his 12k Mastering studio. The artwork is courtesy of Elín Elísabet Einarsdóttir

 who also produced the cover for the Orbit. The release is out this Friday, and I highly recommend that you pick up the album as well. You can pre-order it now on Bandcamp.

Ambient
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asmadeus - liftmuziek vol 2 - mercky merck
Headphone Commute

The subject of the second volume in the 2006 liftmuziek sessions is clear - it's a celebration of the now sadly defunct Merck records, which was run and operated by Gabe Koch from 2000 to about 2007. I am one of the lucky few to own a sizeable collection of these records, which I spun fairly often, and then, captured in this, now 'classic', mix. 01 [00:00] Landau - Independence 02 [06:00] Mr. Projectile - You Need 03 [11:33] Quench - Vexx 04 [15:52] Tiki Obmar - Seasons (Tim Koch Remix) 05 [20:13] Adam Johnson - Trinity 06 [25:20] Mr. Projectile - I Am Back 07 [30:01] Landau - Steppen 08 [33:46] Blamstrain - Linja 09 [39:00] Adam Johnson - Anex 10 [44:14] Frank And Bill - MA03 11 [47:11] Mr. Projectile - Sinking 12 [51:06] Tiki Obmar - Seasons (Proem Mix) 13 [55:16] Quench - Scud 14 [59:20] Adam Johnson - Version02 15 [63:23] Mr. Projectile - Resistance Is Fertile 16 [68:22] Landau - You Are A Commodity Click on http://hcdi.gs/liftmuziek for a download link.

Electronic
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asmadeus - liftmuziek vol 1 - a taste of delikatessen
Headphone Commute

This is the very first volume in a series of liftmuziek sessions (2006) showcasing a selection of Delikatessen pieces, a short-lived imprint (2002-2004) spun out from Ant Zen, featuring experiments in IDM and Electronica from some of my all-time favourite artists, that remain such till this day. 01 [00:00] Beefcake - GV-003-2003 02 [02:49] Crunch - Karot 03 [08:03] Deru - Din (Logreybeam Remix) 04 [11:31] Metamatics - Byeway (Rewired) 05 [16:42] Funckarma - Velvet 06 [22:33] Lilienthal - Compactor 07 [25:28] Crunch - Boy.Rek 08 [32:08] Metamatics - The Pod (Parallactic) 09 [37:01] Deru - Flux of Humor (Ginormous Remix) 10 [42:21] Lusine Icl - In Flight 11 [48:44] Deru - Soulik (Lusine Icl Remix) 12 [52:24] Funckarma - Noir 13 [56:02] Lilienthal - Shadows 14 [65:05] Deru - You Haunt Me (Xela Remix) Click on http://hcdi.gs/liftmuziek for a download link.

Electronic
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TRACK PREMIERE : Tom Hodge & Franz Kirmann - The Man Behind The Microphone Part 1
Headphone Commute

Tom Hodge & Franz Kirmann pair up once more to work on a gorgeous soundtrack for a documentary about the most popular musical star in Tunisian history. Being a work about a man and his music, the choice for a film score is carefully made, not just by the composers, but by the producers who chose to invite Hodge and Kirmann into their very personal work - British-Tunisian filmmaker Claire Belhassine’s feature The Man Behind The Microphone revolves around her discovery in her 30s that it is her grandfather, Heidi Jouini, who is a worshipped superstar in her home country, known as the "Frank Sinatra of Tunisia". Headphone Commute, in partnership with 1631 Recordings, on which this OST will be released, is proud to premiere the opening track.

Ambient
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Headphone Commute Presents: James & Anne
Headphone Commute

We've got something very, very special for you today, folks! A collaboration of forces between three separate entities, Headphone Commute, Ambientblog, and Slowcraft Records, are proud to present a unique mix by a colleague and partner in crime, Peter van Cooten, of beautiful works from a beautiful couple, James Murray and Anne Garner, culminating a selection of compositions they released individually, as well as together under various project names. Peter then carefully compiled these pieces together into a gorgeous journey of ambiance and voice, and now, along with the appearance on the Podcast, we are honoured to offer this little gem to you as a digital download (lossless, of course) via the new entry of Headphone Commute Presents on our Bandcamp! Whew! For a full track listing and a download of a higher bitrate MP3 stop by headphonecommute.com and subscribe to our podcast! Please support the artists by purchasing this album as a lossless download: http://hcdi.gs/JamesAnne

Ambient
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TRACK PREMIERE : Frédéric D. Oberland - E Quindi Uscimmo A Riveder Le Stelle
Headphone Commute

"E Quindi Uscimmo A Riveder Le Stelle" is the very last piece on a six-track release by Frédéric D. Oberland, titled Labyrinth, for his very own NAHAL Recordings, a label whose ownership he shares with Paul Régimbeau (aka Mondkopf). The imprint itself takes its name from a mythological labyrinthian diagram hiding a map of the path to the new world. This is only a third release for the French label, and we can already get a taste of all the eerie things to come. And if you're already a fan of Oberland and his past works as Oiseaux-Tempête, then you're in for a treat... Dark and noisy, the track begins as a continuation from its predecessor, “La Part Du Feu”, which built up into this distorted explosive opening, the whispers still guiding you deeper inside, as you explore its layers of pitched down percussion, harmonic pipe, and dark energy, with which this multi-instrumentalist courses your path. This downward spiral is not accidental, as Oberland meticulously paints “a vertiginous dive into George Bataille‘s ‘Inner Experience’ and the cave of Dante’s ‘Inferno'”. "A condensed version of a sound and visual installation created in the basement of the contemporary art space Labanque in Béthune, “Labyrinth” invites us to bear witness to the loss of landmarks and to feel the immersive sense of trance […] In a continuous game of call and response between the intimate and the vast, ‘Labyrinth’ plays with the dynamics, the silence and the musical genres, kneading and pulling the form and structure of the tracks in ever-changing attempts towards transfiguring the chaos." The album is out this Friday, October 26th, available as a digital release and a beautiful vinyl pressing. Be sure to also check out a previous catalogue offering by Mondkopf and Charbel Haber recording under a pseudonym, Good Luck In Death, with another beautiful title, They Promised Us A Bright Future, We Were Content With An Obscure Past.

Ambient
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asmadeus - resplendent
Headphone Commute

Ladies and gentlemen, I have discovered an old hard drive with some of my old mixes, and I found them all in FLAC! Among these is an entire "liftmuziek" collection of volumes, which was the very first podcast I ran more than a decade ago (way before Headphone Commute was even born). These will be released, one at a time, on here, so watch this space for some amazing classic electronic music circa 2006! But before the unveiling, I figured I'd publish yet another beautiful selection that I dug out from the archive. This mix was made to celebrate two Native State albums from Rena Jones and Shen, which I put together to promote an event at an art gallery in Chicago. I hope you enjoy!

Electronic
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TRACK PREMIERE : Arovane - Good Bye Forever (Recomposed by Mike Lazarev)
Headphone Commute

"Good Bye Forever" is one of my favourite tracks from one of my all-time favourite albums, "Lilies," released by Arovane on City Centre Offices in 2004. This short piece is an improvisational piano vignette on that beautiful theme, with special atmospheric treatments by Uwe Zahn himself. It marks the beginning of our musical conversation that we have begun in December of 2017 and continue to this day... Stay tuned for more!

Piano
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TRACK PREMIERE : Cameron Brooks - Final Solace
Headphone Commute

As some of my favourite modern classical and solo piano composers have evolved and moved on to developing themselves and discovering new challenges in work for film and orchestral production, I’ve felt an earnest void in the space they left behind. I’ve even noticed the pattern in my very own music, always trying to embellish, enrich, strip down, or advance. But what about a simple piano tune – one that veils and slightly bears the heart and soul of the composer, with all its rawness, nudity, and truth? Mayhaps we’ll find this brave reveal in new contenders, that step to fill that earnest void. Cameron Brooks is only 21 years old, hailing from the south of England, and this four-track EP is his début on Subtempo imprint. Clearly inspired by artists such as Ólafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm, and Max Richter, Brooks sets out to compose gentle pieces centred on the piano with some treatment from the strings. The track I selected to première for you today was recorded on his grandparents’ home piano, on his Grandfather’s 90th birthday, “so it brings back fond memories of visiting both his grandparents and of celebration, as well as being his favourite piano to play.” There’s a tone of melancholy, sweetness, and a bit of hope in the underlying melodies, the flow of tempo, and Cameron’s gentle playing on the keys. "Vicissitude, the title of the EP, is the main idea behind this record: change and unforeseen circumstances, it speaks to the passage from darkness into the light and the ongoing journey to get there. The music was born from a dark place and the compositions and the instruments brought light to a much-needed time of personal struggle.” This digital release is out next week, on September 21st, available from Cameron’s Bandcamp and Subtempo‘s page. I’m sure we’ll hear from Brooks in the many years to come, so it’s a bit exciting to begin observing this composer’s journey…

Ambient
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TRACK PREMIERE : Matt Emery - I Put A Flame In Your Heart (Vessels Remix)
Headphone Commute

London-based Matt Emery is mostly known for his solo piano pieces, which are delicate, nostalgic, and a little bit sad. Last year (right about this time), Emery released his debut on Injazero Records, titled Empire, which immediately shot up to my top piano records, and inevitably made it on the Best of the Year lists, in the "Music For Watching The Snow Slowly Fall In The Moonlight" entry. Emery also shared his selections with us on his Eternal Bliss mix, put together exclusively for the Headphone Commute Podcast. This Friday, September 7th, the composer returns with a new single, titled “I Put a Flame in Your Heart”. I’ll leave the full band version and the edit for you to discover in all due time, but today I wanted to share this very special Vessels remix, premiering on these pages alone. As you can hear from this piece (and the remix itself), we’re now in a more gritty territory, with percussive and electronic treatments to the track that puts it more alongside Jon Hopkins, Kiasmos, and Moderat, rather than the softer side of Nils Frahm, and even with the up-front expedient vocals, the track ticks all of the right boxes for this fan and follower. Speaking of which, I’ve witnessed Emery sing during his sold-out live performance (on the very last track) and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of his voice [which you will hear clearly on the “Vocal Edit” of the release], and that’s a rare event for me notice, as I’m mostly an instrumental kind of fiend. The single features a piano-only original of the piece, alongside a more post-rock[y] epic edit, which showcases the versatility of this UK artist. “The full band version sees Emery’s music swell with frantic drums, throbbing synths and a full choir culminating in an expansive interpretation, more aggressive in comparison to his gentle and intricate modern classical piano and string repertoire.” A very nice rework of the original, with the “Vessels Remix”, definitely hitting the spot. Once again, the single is out this Friday, September 7th, 2018, on Injazero Records, available on all of your favourite digital platforms.

Electronic
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TRACK PREMIERE : Dmitry Evgrafov - The Waves
Headphone Commute

Ever since I heard the very first piece by Dmitry Evgrafov, I’ve been keeping an eye (an ear?) on this Moscow-based composer, signed to FatCat’s 130701. My attachment was rewarded, when, back in 2017, Evgrafov released Comprehension Of Light, which instantly shot up to the top of my rotation queue and inevitably ended up being one of the best albums of the year, for the appropriately titled Music For Watching The Snow Slowly Fall In The Moonlight. Take that statement for what it is and know that I’m immediately a follower and a fan, which is why I’m incredibly honoured to present to you this exclusive premiere of a track, taken off Evgrafov’s upcoming EP, titled Return. For this short, digital-only release, Evgrafov returns to the instrument, to gift us with his delicate playing, incorporating motifs ranging from the Romantics (I swear, I hear a bit of Rachmaninoff in there) to the contemporary and modern classical interpretations of the sound, eventually endowing with his own. Closely captured keys of fluttering and fleeting beauty are finely weaved with a texture of atmospheric grandeur to slowly build and evolve into a wide-spanning composition of sentiments and senses. Digital elements and careful effects are introduced into this composition with just enough proficient drizzle, like a swift rub of an orange twist on the rim of a glass – to give the essence of the sensation, but not to overwhelm the taste. “The Waves” is from the upcoming EP, titled Return, scheduled to be released by 130701 on September 14th, 2018, available from all of your favourite digital outlets.

Ambient
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PvC - No Stars
Headphone Commute

"I know, I know – it’s a bit risky to use a teenage love song as the title track of an otherwise fairly dark ambient mix. Some listeners probably won’t get past it – and if they quit at that point, they’ll miss the 40 minutes of associative transitions following it. [...] With the occasional exception, most of the music in this mix is heavily mutilated: the original tracks are cut-up, shortened, fragmented, edited – often using only a minute fragment of a track that originally is much longer. A collage like this takes the sounds out of their original context to serve its own purpose. [...] Now, follow me into a movie that you might wanna see sometime… a movie that’s happening in the back of your own head…" For more information, a full track listing, and a download of a higher bitrate MP3 stop by headphonecommute.com and subscribe to our podcast! https://reviews.headphonecommute.com/2018/06/19/pvc-no-stars/ And as always, please enjoy responsibly and support the featured artists!

Ambient
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ASIP - The Last Frequencies
Headphone Commute

First a man behind the words of A Strangely Isolated Place blog (I prefer to call it a magazine), then a curator of an influential record label, and now a master selector of musical journeys, Ryan Griffin has been a partner in crime on my sonic evangelism for over a decade now. So without a doubt, I’m more than honoured to host a beautiful ASIP mix on Headphone Commute – perhaps the only reason it took so long in the first place is that I didn’t want to take away his time from the beautiful Isolated Mixes appearing on all your favourite platforms. Nevertheless, here we are, and I’m super excited to share with you this gorgeous voyage, featuring two unreleased ASIP tracks (from Merrin Karras and Markus Guentner). For a full track listing and a download of a higher bitrate MP3, please stop by headphonecommute.com and subscribe to our podcast! https://reviews.headphonecommute.com/2018/04/11/asip-the-last-frequencies/ A detailed writeup on the selection along with a commentary on every single track can be found on ASIP: http://www.astrangelyisolatedplace.com/blog/2018/4/11/asip-the-last-frequencies-mix-for-headphone-commute And as always, please enjoy responsibly and support the featured artists!

Ambient
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ASC - Headphone Commute Mix
Headphone Commute

I’ve got a mix, and yes, another mix for you, and really, I spoil you, don’t you think? There’re all these albums to enjoy and then I go ahead and get these artists to select their favorites for you, to pave a journey through their mind with all these sounds and all this music. James Clements, producing under his ASC moniker, has recently jumped to the forefront of my favorite composers when it comes to atmospheric, drifting, and dark space music (because you know, if space had music, that’s what it would sound like, right?). And at the heart of this selection are a few of his very own ambient meditations, sonic reflections, and spatial retreat. Join us for an unforgettable departure with no particular arrival in time… For a full track listing and a download of a higher bitrate MP3, please stop by headphonecommute.com and subscribe to our podcast! And as always, please enjoy responsibly and support the featured artists!

Ambient
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TRACK PREMIERE : Alapastel - Demon
Headphone Commute

I think you've known me to grumble about too much music for at least a decade now. How does one keep up? Plus, in this digital day and age, it's without a doubt too easy to host your latest bedroom opus and to blast the link away. How does one sift through? This is where the impeccable curation of the label comes in, ladies and gentlemen. I believe that by investing in the artist (both, financially and timewise), the imprint is doing more than putting its stamp on a new sound - it is refining all the noise. The artist is the generator, the label is the filter, and I am the amplifier in the endless signal flow of music. This is how I come upon this record. Appearing as the first entry in James Murray's brand new Slowcraft Presents series, Alapastel is a labour of love, both from the Slovakian composer and producer Lukáš Bulko, of course, but also from James Murray who carefully handcrafted this limited edition "for people who treasure beautiful audio artefacts." "Demon catches a very sudden and intense awakening into the cruel essence of today’s late-modern society, viewed as deeply narcissistic (inability to see another perspective as its own). The citizens of this society can be seen as closed individuals, exhausted by the war with their own selves. It was composed during psychological exhaustion brought on by the extreme collapse of the relationship." - Lukáš Bulko

Ambient
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TRACK PREMIERE : Marty Hicks - From Afar, Unhindered
Headphone Commute

Sometimes I find great music, and sometimes music simply finds me. In this case, it was a dear friend, Luke Howard, who pointed me to a piece by Marty Hicks which completely captivated me, and now, here we are, premiering a track to a worldwide audience. I have a lot to say about this piece, but, after getting in touch with Marty to bring you “From Afar, Unhindered” he’s had a lot to say himself. So instead of my usual words, you will find the words from the composer here: hcdi.gs/MartyHicks

Ambient
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TRACK PREMIERE : r beny - fernwood
Headphone Commute

California-based r beny appeared on my radar late last year, with his beautifully crafted opus fashioned from modular and hardware synthesizers entitled cascade symmetry. Kicking of 2018, now on Dauw label from Ghent (Belgium), this mysterious composer returns with a cassette (and digital) album, titled saudade, which is now available for pre-order. The sparkling synth bits are back, shimmering in a sunlight of the San Jose beaches, bathed in light winds of tape hiss and lo-fi textural treatments. “Saudade” is a Portuguese word, referencing to a melancholic state of mind, and its loose translation perfectly captures the mood of longing for someone with a repressed knowledge that they may never return. The opening track, “fernwood”, which we are proud to premiere for you today, is a beautiful and fragile prelude to an emotional journey.

Ambient
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HC-PvC – Bipolar
Headphone Commute

A few months in the making, this mix is a collaboration between Peter van Cooten (PvC) of Ambient Blog and yours truly (HC), ending up in a mesmerizing trip which we could only call “Bipolar”. For this fascinating exchange, Peter and I passed the files back and forth, without sharing the track listing, allowing each one to only spend five minutes to mix out and continue the direction of the journey. This very tight time limit, with constant twists and turns, created a nearly hallucinatory experience within the sonic landscape, combining various moods, themes, and mindsets. The track listing, combining 51 pieces, speaks for itself. And hence bipolar… We both hope that you enjoy this exchange, as much as we enjoyed the sparring. For a full track listing and a download of a higher bitrate MP3, please stop by headphonecommute.com and subscribe to our podcast! And as always, please enjoy responsibly and support the featured artists!

Ambient
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