The permanent host of the works of R.J. Stefanski, an experimental dark ambient musician from Detroit, MI. Self released nearly 20 continuous mix tapes featuring the best of both contemporary and classic experimental music, with a focus on ambient and indie electronic genres. I also am an avid field recorder, and you can hear my tapes of rain, trains, and all sorts of found sounds in my mixes. Enjoy and I love hearing feedback! All my works are streaming on soundcloud and some for purchase on bandcamp.

Also, a word on my mixes: only brief samples of songs are used, always being tweaked or adjusted in some way by myself, and always presented in ONE long, continuous track. I am NOT giving away anyone’s music, if you enjoy the sample of an artist in one of my mixes, I urge you to go out and buy the album on vinyl and support the artist. That is the whole reason I am making these!

28th November 2011

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Mix 9: In Another Time, In Another Place (Folk Mix)

After a three month period that saw me move to a new city, pick up even more hours at work, and battle a series of health problems, my newest and most labor intensive project yet is here for you to download. Part of my struggle came from approaching the entire mixing process differently: instead of using brief field recordings to accent transitions between songs, the bulk of the sound here is the field recordings. Most were taped over the course of two visits to my parent’s house in Romeo, MI, yet other recordings came from my old house in Ferndale, and my new apartment in Hamtramck. As time progressed and the tapes piled up, the project grew from a modest idea about representing a small town like Romeo and into a broader representation of my life over the past 1/4 year. Heavily influenced by other immersive ambient experiences like Animal Collective’s “Campfire Songs” and Jurgen Muller’s “Science of the Sea”, the layers here lend themselves to loud volume on good headphones. Also, for the first time in nine mixes I have broken with my affection for electronic music and selected mostly acoustic folk with little more than strummed guitar and voices, allowing the other sounds to fill in the mix and create a unique and transporting 43 minutes (artwork above by me, download link in title below. Enjoy!)

In Another Time, In Another Place (Folk Mix V.3) @224 kbps [43:24]


Intro / Sufjan Stevens - Futile Devices / Benoit Pioulard - Flouresce / Grizzly Bear - A Good Place / Bon Iver - Beach Baby / Bibio - Wet Flakey Bark / Nick Drake - Place to Be / Pink Floyd - Grandchester Meadows / B. Pioulard - Patter / Girls - Just a Song / Real Estate - Suburban Dogs / B. Pioulard - Weird Door / Bibio - Bewley in White / Ray Lamontagne - Truly Madly Deeply / Bon Iver - Minnesota, WI / Sufjan Stevens - Impossible Soul / Nick Drake - Free Ride / Fleet Foxes - The Cascades / Van Morrison - Astral Weeks / Outro 

Tagged: acoustic folkambientfield recordingssufjan stevensbenoit pioulardgrizzly bearbon iverbibionick drakepink floydgirlsreal estateray lamontagnefleet foxesvan morrisonRomeo MIHamtramck

3rd August 2011

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mix 8: Anchor States (another sleep mix)

            If there is one theme I am likely to return to more than others, it will probably be in the sleep/ambient genre. I listen to music every night as I fall asleep and am constantly tweaking playlists on my ipod in search of the perfect way to doze off. Compared with “Mini Anthology of Ambient”, here you will have to strain a bit more to catch the field recordings: the crickets, waves, ambient mall chatter, cars passing in the rain and more are all there, but hidden in the background as textures so as to never compete with the music for your overall attention. The music here is still largely electronic, but has a much more orchestral feel, heard right from the beginning with Loscil’s “Endless Falls” and continued to the end with multiple selections from Stars of the Lid. Where the first sleep mix was designed specifically for an infant and by necessity had to be beatless, one slowly fades into this mix towards the end of Andrew Thomas’ “I Am Here…” and continues through The Sight Below’s “At First Touch.” Although the “beat” here is more like that of a heartbeat than anything you would hear in a club, elements like this and a few weird drone-y moments may mean this mix will serve some as a chill-out soundtrack better than for sleep. That being said I honestly have had a very difficult time making it through the full 53 minutes without being lulled asleep. A number of pieces were also taken from various Pop Ambient compilations released by Kompakt (artwork above by myself, download link in title below).


Anchor States (another sleep mix) [53:33]


Loscil - Endless Falls & Enthalpy / H.I.A. & Biosphere - Cannon Hill / Tal - Tal’90 / Biosphere - Spindrift / Andrew Thomas - I Am Here Where Are You & A Thousand Pinholes in a Black Paper Sky / Gas - Untitled 3 (Konigsforst) / The Sight Below - At First Touch & Shimmer & Further Away / Ulf Lohmann - Java / Stars of the Lid - Requiem for Dying Mothers, pt.1 & Anchor States, pt.1 & Even (Out)+ / All - Alles Fliesst Nichts Bliebt / also w. Sufjan Stevens, Animal Collective, Manual, and various field recordings / 

Tagged: AmbientAndrew ThomasBiosphereChill OutGasHigher Intelligence AgencyLoscilSleep MixSleep MusicStars of the LidSufjan StevensThe Sight BelowUlf LohmannKompaktPop AmbientCricketsField Recordings