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My newest soundscape project:
R.J. Stefanski - “The Haunting of Prospect Street” (pts I-III so far): is a series of sound loops that will total 2 hours of music designed for Halloween. Click on the cover image above to be directed to the set on soundcloud which so far consists of the first 3 loops/55 minutes of the spooky soundtrack, mixing experimental music with actual dialogue from horror movies. Any musical artist that provides a psychedelic and dark mood was considered, so everything from metal (Tool and Deafheaven), classic rock (Pink Floyd), ambient (Eno), and indie (Animal Collective, Black Dice) made the final cut.
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In the not so distant future: You are aboard a state-of-the-art space vessel hurtling off into the unknown realms of the universe. The only member of your crew still alive, you are haunted by voices which seem to echo from every dark corner of the craft. More troubling than those, the ship is under constant bombardment from fragments of sonic and audio data being beamed out into space from other ships and planets, remnants of old radio broadcasts perhaps, constantly unfolding into one another so that each small part melds into an ever changing orb of found sound. Suddenly you seem to have found a glimmer of hope in the far reaches of your telescope, the Sun. Its a race against time to try and reach the nearest civilization before the voices, real or imagined, drive you to insanity. So, light your last candles as you preserve vital power resources, dawn your best headphones, and let the speed-of-light voyage wash over you in a thick, psychedelic haze. (Hopefully the Sun’s image is not yet another one of the universe’s many mirages, looping you into a black hole which will bring you right back to where you began). [Download link in title below, enjoy!]
(intro)Blondes “Moondance” (OPN Sundial Mix) / Boards of Canada “Smokes Quanity” / Pink Floyd “Set the Controls…” / The Present “Space Meadow” / Emeralds “Science Center” / Stars of the Lid “Music for Twin Peaks…” / Animal Collective “What Would I Want? Sky” / Boards of Canada “In a Beautiful Place…” / Mouse on Mars “Chromantic” / Biosphere “Hyperborea” / Gas “Pop #3” / White Rainbow “Major Spillage” / Studio “Life’s a Beach!” / Burial “Ghost Hardware” / Panda Bear “I’m Not” / Aphex Twin “Lichen” / The Orb “Earth (Gaia)” / Boredoms “Newsun #5” / Gang Gang Dance “Dust” / Casino Versus Japan “We Are You” / The Sight Below “Spelentique” / Biosphere “The Things I Tell You” / Telefon Tel Aviv “I Made a Tree on the Wold” / Gas “Zauberberg #7” / City Center “Cloud Center” / (fade return to intro)/
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My fifth mix project is the first to be devoted to a single artist, with my idea being to create an “unreleased” album for German minimal electronic artist Pantha du Prince (Hendrik Weber). To help achieve the effect that this could possibly be a secret album, I mainly selected non-album tracks, as well as two of Weber’s remixes (which sound like completely original Pantha tracks in his hands), and two versions of other artists taking on Weber’s “Black Noise” material. The German title (“Nightstorm”) reflects both the hazy 4 a.m. vibe on most of these tracks and the abundance of field recordings (thunder, rain, etc.) that continually ebb and flow during and between songs, holding the mix together over the 35 minute duration. Most of these recordings were taken from a series of nature sounds I found online, however I recently began making my own field recordings, and some made this final version of “Nachtsturm”: (download link in title below)
-”rain and thunder” (recorded at home in Ferndale) appears during “Stick to My Side” and “Sach Mal Baum”.
-”water on rocks” (recorded at Belle Isle) appears during “Water Falls”.
-”rush hour overpass” (recorded in Detroit over I-94) appears during “Im Bann”
-”night train miles davis version” (recorded in Ferndale) appears during “Sach mal Baum”/”Welt Am Draht”
Stick to My Side (Carsten Jost Version) / Ursonate 3 / Water Falls
Bloc Party - “Signs” (Pantha Du Prince Remix) / Sonnensturm
- thunder break - / Animal Collective - “Peacebone” (Pantha Du Prince Remix)
Im Bann / Fountain Drive / Sach Mal Baum / Welt Am Draht (Animal Collective version)