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Sunday
Mar122017

Introducing the new AiMT record label...



I'm now nearly 10 years into music blogging and five years into music podcasting. I guess it was inevitable that I dabble with curating a label one of these days:

antslabel.bandcamp.com

The launch release is by Balki Sagan, an ambient project of yours truly. It's one long, blissful lo-fi track. I've spent a lot of time with single-track albums lately and wanted to try my hand at it. You can score it for $1 on Bandcamp:



As far as future plans for the label, I'm keeping my options open to artist albums, compilations, physical releases, and charity releases. I'm excited to see where this goes!

Thanks to everyone who has supported AiMT over the years. This is a big step, and without the support and love I've gotten, I doubt I'd be daring enough to try this.
Sunday
Mar122017

Gentle Daps: NTS Guest Mix — '90s Computer Games and Interactive CD-ROMs



This is a special edition of Gentle Daps made for the amazing NTS featuring soft, vibey music culled from 1990s computer media.

00:00: Peter Gabriel - Xplora1 Intro
00:02: Robert Holmes - "The Bayou" from Gabriel Knight Sins of the Fathers, 1993
01:20: Paul Wickens - "Opening Theme" from Starship Titanic, 1998
02:06: Harry Holmwood - excerpts from SimIsle: Missions in the Rainforest, 1995
05:13: Frank Klepacki - "Talking Tree" from The Legend of Kyrandia, 1993
10:06: Laurie Anderson - "Lab" from Puppet Motel, 1994
13:09: Michael Land, Clint Bajakian & Peter McConnell - "Tikal Temple" from Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, 1992
15:37: Bjørn Lynne - excerpt from Fantastic Voyage, 1992
19:25: Dean Evans - excerpts from Jurassic Park, 1993
23:00: Robyn Miller - "Atrus' Theme" from Riven, 1997
26:51: Chris Braymen - "River Styx" from King's Quest VI, 1992
30:00: Tim Wright - "Intro" from Leander, 1991
34:52: Thomas Dolby & HeadSpace - "Forest Walk (Intro Credits)" from Obsidian, 1996
35:37: Stéphane Picq & Pierre Estève - "Dream of the Dolphin" from Atlantis The Lost Tales, 1997
40:29: Stéphane Picq - "Aquasaurus" from Lost Eden, 1995
41:58: Mark Seibert & Chris Braymen - "Aziza" from Quest for Glory II Trial by Fire, 1990
44:05: Frank Klepacki - "Timebomb" from Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun, 1999
46:02: Osamu Sato - "Rise of the Island" from Eastern Mind The Lost Souls of Tong-Nou, 1994
49:04: Matt Seldon - "What Went Wrong (Alternate Version)" from DreamWeb, 1994
53:50: Stéphane Picq - "Water" from Dune, 1993
56:42: Robyn Miller - "Achenar's Cache" from Myst, 1993
57:59: Fran Keplacki - "Good Night" from Blade Runner, 1997
59:55: Peter Gabriel - Xplora1 Outro
Sunday
Feb052017

Gentle Daps XXII: DAPS DYNASTY 3 — Anniversary Special

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Celebrating three years of Gentle Daps with this two-hour special.

  1. Book of Love - "Modigliani (Requiem Mass Version)" [Square Records, 1987]
  2. Romeo Void - "Going to Neon" [415 Records, 1984]
  3. Visage - "Whispers" [Polydor, 1982]
  4. Barclay James Harvest - "Echoes and Shadows" [Polydor, 1981]
  5. Workdub - "Caravan (Revisited)" [Music From Memory, 1992/2016]
  6. Carla Dal Forno - "Dry in the Rain" [Blackest Ever Black, 2016]
  7. Deuter - "Gothic Velvet (History, Church Atmosphere)" [Kuckuck Schallplatten, 1972]
  8. Focus - "Someone's Crying ... What!" [Polydor, 1975]
  9. A.C. Marias - "To Sleep" [Mute]
  10. Nico Niquo - "Rendered" [Orange Milk Records, 2017]
  11. David Behrman - "Unforeseen Events: Fishing for Complements" [Experimental Intermedia Foundation, 1991]
  12. Vito Ricci - "Dance Too" [Jat Mann Proguctions, 1996]
  13. Seahawks - "Missed" [Ocean Moon, 2016]
  14. Neotropic - "Train to Katoomba" [Ntone, 2001]
  15. Medwyn Goodall - "Magical Carpet" [New World Music, 1989]
  16. Meredith Monk & Collin Walcott - "Cow Song" [Minona Records, 1973]
  17. K. Leimer - "New Misfortunes" [Palace of Lights, 2016]
  18. David Casper - "Dream Journey" [Hummingbird Records, 1981]
  19. The System - "Pendy! You're in Some Awful Danger" [Music From Memory, 1983/2016]
  20. Bill Nelson - "Echo in Her Eyes" [PVC Records, 1982]
  21. Mrs Jynx - "Long Lost" [Central Processing Unit, 2013]
  22. Laurie Anderson - "Kokoku" [Warner Bros. Records, 1984]
  23. Joel Vandroogenbroeck - "Veridian Song" [Coloursound Library, 1980]
  24. Dennis Young - "Empty Quarter (Rub Al Khali Desert)" [Bureau B, 198?/2016]
  25. Paul Haig - "Lagondola 1" [LTM, 1991]
  26. Caroline K - "Between The Spaces 2" [Blackest Ever Black, 1987/2016]
  27. Percival Pembroke - "Lanzarote" [Genot Centre, 2016]
  28. Jon & Vangelis - "And When the Night Comes" [Polydor, 1983]
  29. Nicola Alesini & Pier Luigi Andreoni - "The Valley of Pamir" [Materiali Sonori, 1998]
  30. Daniel Lanois - "Low Sudden" [Anti-, 2016]
  31. Wilson Tanner - "Keith" [Growing Bin Records, 2016]
  32. Julee Cruise - "Questions in a World of Blue" [Warner Bros. Records, 1993]
Tuesday
Jan102017

Best Ambient Albums of 2016

Ink, oil, and soap art by Ruslan Khasanov
No individual blurbs this year, but I still wanted to get this list out. If you've followed AiMT over the years, you may know that I have covered ambient music pretty extensively/obsessively throughout the 2010s. 2016 continued to build upon the momentum the genre has gained over recent years. With more and more tape labels popping up, the new age revival continuing to flourish, legends like Eno and Suzanne Ciani reclaiming relevancy, mainstream exposure through Stranger Things and other shows and films, and music-making software and hardware becoming more affordable and accessible, 2016 could have very well been the biggest year the genre has seen in its long history. Here are the albums that took the show in my mind.

Above I've included a Spotify playlist of selections from these albums. PRO TIP: If you have trouble loading the playlist in your Spotify app, copy this link and paste it into your Spotify app's search bar.

  1. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Suzanne Ciani - FRKWYS, Vol. 13: Sunergy [RVNG Intl.]
  2. Les Halles - Transient [Not Not Fun]
  3. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - EARS [Western Vinyl]
  4. Julianna Barwick - Will [Dead Oceans]
  5. Tim Hecker - Love Streams [4AD]
  6. Mark Pritchard - Under the Sun [Warp Records]
  7. Wilson Tanner - 69 [Growing Bin Records]
  8. Percival Pembroke - Arpeggiatorworld [Genot Centre]
  9. Dedekind Cut - $uccessor (ded004) [NON]
  10. Matthewdavid's Mindflight - Trust the Glide and Guide [Leaving Records]
  11. Jan Jelinek & Masayoshi Fujita - Schaum [Faitiche]
  12. Paul Menska - Travel Memoirs [Terminal Dream]
  13. Nomad Ninja - Avond Sluimer [Nightwind Records]
  14. Inner Travels - Clear Seeing [Inner Islands]
  15. Koen Holtkamp - Voice Model [Umor-Rex]
  16. Occult Orientated Crime - Just a Clown on Crack [Dekmantel]
  17. Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein - Stranger Things Vol. 1 & 2 OST [Lakeshore Records]
  18. Matthew Barlow - Sound Meditations [Sounds of the Dawn]
  19. Slow Attack Ensemble - Soundscapes for the Emotional-Type Listener [Mystic Roses]
  20. Huerco S. - For Those of You Who Have Never (and Also Those Who Have) [Proibito]
  21. Asher Levitas - Lit Harness [Planet Mu]
  22. Jan St. Werner - Felder (Fiepblatter Catalogue #4) [Thrill Jockey Records]
  23. Pay the Rent - Soft on Glass EP [Pay the Rent]
  24. Biosphere - Departed Glories [Smalltown Supersound]
  25. Useless - Hexa [Terminal Dream]
Wednesday
Dec282016

Gentle Daps XXII: Guest Mix by Sunmoonstar

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Gainesville, Florida-based producer Natasha Home (aka Sunmoonstar) has been on the Gentle Daps radar since wowing us with a pair of great albums in 2015. Now she has offered up her own entry in the series by blessing us with 93 minutes of ambient and new age splashed with a few bright peaks of experimental pop and classical.

  1. Eberhard Schoener - "Mountain Music"
  2. Suzanne Ciani - "Lumiere"
  3. Ryuichi Sakamoto - "Slat Dance"
  4. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - "Wetlands"
  5. Susumu Yokota - "Thread Leads to Heaven"
  6. Kitaro - "Lord of Wind"
  7. Corin - "Biomorphism"
  8. Richard Vimal - "Aquarhythmies"
  9. Slapp Happy - "Slow Moons Rose"
  10. Steve Roach - "Empetus IV: Empowerment"
  11. Ivy Meadows - "Balança"
  12. Joanna Brouk - "Maggi's Flute (Mary's Watch, Part Two)"
  13. Alice Coltrane - "Wisdom Eye"
  14. Euglossine - "Tapestry of Nothing"
  15. David Borden - "Esty Point, Summer 1978"
  16. Opaline - "V"
  17. Laura Ortman - "Uyuni"
  18. Uakti - "Wind"
  19. Michael Jon Fink - "Celesta Solo (1981)"
  20. Inner Travels - "VII"
  21. Sunmoonstar - "O3epo"
  22. Endurance - "The New Sun Age"
  23. Joe Hisaishi - "Stones Glowing in the Darkness"
  24. Japanesque - "Jikaku"
  25. Eva Geist - "Il Tuo Sogno Parla"
Sunday
Oct232016

Gentle Daps XXI: Halloween Special

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This years' Gentle Daps Halloween special features dreary, quiet obscuro, goth and film scores. It includes a couple of creepy crawly Legowelt classics, a spooky Bowie cover, a few first-wave 4AD ethereal pieces, and much more.

  1. Caroline K - "Animal Lattice" [Earthly Delights, 1987]
  2. Smackos - "Caravan of Dimensions" [Strange Life Records, 2006]
  3. Richard Band - "Slasher and Strangler" [Varèse Sarabande, 1980]
  4. Michael Stearns - "Dark Passage" [Sonic Atmospheres, 1986]
  5. Claudio Simonetti - "The Evil One" [RCA, 1985]
  6. Wolfgang Press - "Slow As a Child" [4AD, 1985]
  7. Fabio Frizzi - "Embers Eyes (Alternative Version)" [Beat Records Company, 1982]
  8. Dead Can Dance - "The Protagonist" [4AD, 1987]
  9. Alpha Wave Movement - "Gateway" [Harmonic Resonance Recordings, 1996]
  10. Franz Falckenhaus - "Surveillance in the Hotel Lobby" [Strange Life Records, 2006]
  11. Claire Thomas & Susan Vezey - "Bright Waves" [Cherry Red, 1981]
  12. Tuxedomoon - "An Unsigned Postcard" [LTM, 1991]
  13. John Harrison - "Until the Next Time... (End Title)" [Varèse Sarabande, 1982]
  14. Eyeless in Gaza - "Avenue With Trees" [Cherry Red, 1981]
  15. Blaine L. Reininger - "Sons of the Silent Age" [Les Disques du Crépuscule, 1982]
  16. The Legendary Pink Dots - "Premonition 4" [In Phaze Records, 1982]
Wednesday
Aug032016

Armchair Backlog, 2016 Q2

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I turn the page on another quarter in chill music findings.

  1. Pay the Rent - "Knaut" [White Reeves Productions]
  2. Leafy Suburbs - "L'Hermitage" [Hi Tide]
  3. Ital Itek - "A Delicate Balance" [Planet Mu]
  4. Rhythmic Theory - "Ceti Alpha" [Ancient Monarchy]
  5. Clara Hill - "Sheres" [King Britt Archives]
  6. DJ Voila - "Parc Jeanne Mance" [1080p]
  7. Mark Pritchard ft. Linda Perhacs - "You Wash My Soul" [Warp Records]
  8. Body Awareness - "Into the Light" [Not Not Fun]
  9. Tempelhof & Gigi Masin - "Komorebi" [Hell Yeah Recordings]
  10. Occult Orientated Crime - "Blue Austral" [Dekmantel]
  11. Paul Menska - "Lonely Contemplation" [Terminal Dream]
  12. Lone - "Breeze Out" [R&S Records]
  13. Huerco S. - "Hear Me Out" [Proibito Recs]
  14. Ohal - "Wintertime" [Styles Upon Styles]
Wednesday
Jun082016

Gentle Daps XX: Calming Music Recorded for Children and Babies

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I explore vintage, synth-driven children's music for Gentle Daps' 20th episode.

  1. Mark Isham - "A Spangled Heart - Belonging to All Time and Earth" [Windham Hill Records, 1997]
  2. Nicolette Larson - "The Moment I Saw You" [Sony BMG, 1994]
  3. Lullatone - "Hush Little Baby" [S/R, 2010]
  4. Ryuichi Sakamoto - "The Adventures of Chatran (Opening Theme)" [Midi Inc., 1986]
  5. Piero Umiliani - "Il Principe Azzurro" [Omicron, 1972]
  6. Gilles Diederichs & Yohann Bourdin - "Olivia" [Ellebore, 2000]
  7. Robin Guthrie - "White Bear in Honolulu" [Darla Records, 2009]
  8. Tangerine Dream - "Rumpel Town" [Kid Rhino, 1991]
  9. Jon Appleton - "The Tale of William Mariner (Excerpt)" [Folkways Records, 1982]
  10. Raymond Scott - "Sleepy Time" [Epic, 1962]
Thursday
Jun022016

Baby Armie - n10.as Launch Week Mix, 02/03/2016



n10.as is a new, up and coming internet radio station based out of Montreal. I was lucky enough to be invited to contribute to their launch week programming back in March. Since then they've been killing it with consistently solid programming, as evidenced by the heaps of content on their Mixcloud. Whatever NTS is doing for London, n10.as may end up doing for Montreal. Can't wait to see the station grow and flourish.

I submitted this 50-minute ambient mix as my contribution. It touches on classic drone and new age with newer stuff and some '90s rave-era ambient house to boot.

  1. Michael Stearns - "Star Dreams (Peace Eternal)" [Hearts of Space, 1988]
  2. F.U.S.E. - "Nightdrive" [Plus 8 Records, 1993]
  3. Former Selves - "Selige Sehnsucht" [Carpi Records, 2015]
  4. Paul Horn ft. Joel Andrews - "Dream State" [Golden Flute Records, 1983]
  5. Tim Clark - "Halley's 2" [Hearts of Space, 1986]
  6. The Sabres of Paradise - "Smokebelch II (Beatless Mix)" [Warp Records, 1993]
  7. Tim Story - "The Rainy Season Dies Hard" [Cicada Records, 1987]
  8. Les Halles - "Misleading Familiarity" [Noumenal Loom, 2015]
  9. Obconic - "Silica Gel" [Beverage Records, 1996]
  10. David Lange - "Tales of Snow" [Dav'Länge Music, 1985]
  11. The Bionaut - "I Sing the Body Electric" [Harvest, 1995]
  12. Paw Paw - "Bandurria" [Rainbow Pyramid, 2015]
  13. Camel - "After Words" [Decca, 1984]
  14. J. Greinke - "Pillars of Light" [Intrepid, 1985]
  15. Oliwa - "Eras" [Illuminated Paths, 2015]
Tuesday
May032016

Armchair Backlog, 2016 Q1

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The first quarter's best offerings in subdued music.

  1. Fatima Al Qadiri - "Power" [Hyperdub]
  2. Dorisburg - "Sagofabrik" [Hivern Discs]
  3. Andrew Cosentino - "Event of Default" [Hush Hush]
  4. Mary Lattimore - "The Quiet at Night" [Ghostly International]
  5. Phaeleh - "All That Remains" [Undertow]
  6. Wilson Tanner - "Long Water" [Growing Bin Records]
  7. Dawn Richard - "Not Above That (Deadboy Remix)" [Local Action Records]
  8. D.K. - "Evening Shadows" [Antinote]
  9. Anenon - "Body" [Friends of Friends]
  10. Max Casacci & Daniele Mana - "Like a Glass Angel" [Bad Panda]
  11. Imaginary Softwoods - "The Imminent Collapse Department" [S/R]
  12. Throwing Shade - "Underneath My Eyelids" [Ninja Tune]
  13. Tim Hecker - "Violet Monumental II" [4AD]
  14. Ex-Terrestrial - "Paraworld" [1080p]