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!

15th March 2013

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mix 13: Buried Reefs (a nature doc soundtrack)

A briefer mix while I finish my debut album, “Buried Reefs” is the latest chapter in my ongoing obsession with ambient and drone music. Taking cues from the Boards of Canada school of warped VHS psychedelia, “Buried Reefs” offers a meditative retreat from the chaos of the holidays, layering twinkling synths and drones over brief field recordings and actual narration from vintage nature doc shorts. I would highly recommend this as part of a playlist with some of my previous ambient/downbeat mixes, perhaps as a buffer between “Mini Anthology of Ambient” and “Set the Controls for the…” 

Artwork above created by me, high quality link in title below:

Buried Reefs: Nature Doc Soundtrack (@320) [28:14]

Intro: Blondes “Amber” (Variation in Cm by Rene Hell) + Bibio “Moistened and Dried” / Deon “#05” / Emeralds “Summerdata” / Lone “Koran Angel” + Boards of Canada “a is to b..” + Bibio “The Clothesline and the Silver Birch” / Jurgen Muller “Sea Bed Meditation” / Atlas Sound “Christmas Synths” / Lone “Buried Coral Banks” / Keith Fullerton Whitman “ACGTR SVP” / Gas “Pop 1” / Stars of the Lid “The Atomium: Part Two” / Oneohtrix Point Never “Stress Waves” / Casino Versus Japan “Blue Vacation Part 5” / Outro: Brian Eno “Lux 2” + Blondes “Amber” (Variation in Cm by Rene Hell) + Bibio “Everglad Everglade” /

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22nd February 2012

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Mix 10: Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun (A Soundtrack for Space Travel)

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!]

Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun (A Soundtrack for Space Travel) [1:07:51 @256 kpbs]


(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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20th July 2011

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mix 7: Costa Paraiso - Summer 2011 mix

This mix takes the sun-soaked themes of previous “It’s Very Sunny” EP and spreads them out across a much larger canvas, resulting in my longest, most psychedelic (and, coincidentally least electronic) project yet. Few sounds bring to mind a tropical climate more than a steel drum, so I open with four very different artists taking turns at incorporating the instrument into everything from dubstep (Jamie xx) to instrumental, new-age-folk soundscapes (Animal Collective, making their first appearance on one of my mixes). From there things only get more diverse, glued together by the prevailing coastal themes and aquatic imagery, not to mention multiple selections from The Ruby Suns and El Guincho. Of course what will most connect this sixty-four minutes of music for the listener is my most liberal use yet of natural field recordings, as a large collection of ocean tides, lapping waves, and other water-themed audio snippets were invaluable towards setting the chilled-out vibe right from the opening moments. This project is ideal for pretty much any activity on a gorgeous day like today (supposed to hit 100 here in Detroit this week), but I highly recommend it biking down the boardwalk at Metro Beach Metro Park, or anything involving Belle Isle. Enjoy! (Link in title below, cover art cloud photos from torri lynn ashford, edited by me).

Costa Paraiso - Summer 2011 Mix [1:04:40]


Jamie xx - Far Nearer / El Guincho - Bombay / Gang Gang Dance - Glass Jar / Animal Collective - Baleen Sample / The Ruby Suns - Blue Penguin and Palmitos Park (El Guincho cover) / Delorean - Infinite Desert / Boards of Canada - Sunshine Recorder / Black Moth Super Rainbow - Forever Heavy / Washed Out - Feel it all Around / Africa Hitech - Don’t Fight It / Teengirl Fantasy - Portofino / ceo - White Magic / The Ruby Suns - Cranberry / Panda Bear - Take Pills / Toro y Moi - Intro (Chi Chi)  / Neon Indian - Mind Drips (Bibio remix) / Flying Lotus - Camel / The Avalanches - Avalanche Rock and Since I Left You / Lone - Ultramarine / Flying Lotus - Melt / El Guincho - Costa Paraiso / Peaking Lights - Summertime

Tagged: Africa HitechAvey TareBibioBlack Moth Super RainbowBoards of CanadaChillDeloreanEl GuinchoFlying LotusGang Gang DanceJamie xxNeon IndianPanda BearPeaking LightsSummer MixTeengirl FantasyThe Ruby SunsToro y MoiTropicalWashed Outbeach musicceotrippyLone

6th June 2011

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mix 3: It’s Very Sunny [EP]

I put in all-nighter to rush this out in time for what was then a rare warm Spring day in Michigan. This is a shorter mix of some of the best sun-soaked indie out there, cut and pasted together to form a brief soundtrack to getting the first sun of the year, going on a backwoods bike ride, or just cruising around with the windows down. Even though I finished this in mid-March, it will only sound better with the more tropical weather we have been getting here over the last few weeks (link in title below, artwork above by me).

It’s Very Sunny EP @192 (23:41)


Caribou - “Sundialing” / Lone - “Cali Drought Wave” / Casino Versus Japan - “It’s Very Sunny” / Bibio - “Under the Pier” / Telefon Tel Aviv - “Introductory Nomenclature” / Tycho - ”Coastal Break” / Boards of Canada - “1969” / The Avalanches - “Etoh” / Air France - “Collapsing at your Doorstep”

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