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!

14th January 2014

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I’ve been slowly transferring the releases of my new music from here to soundcloud, and want to make sure everyone is able to get all pertinent updates on new tracks/mixes/field recordings. So, if you have a soundcloud account but are not yet following me there, now is the perfect time to do so!
Click here to be directed to follow me on soundcloud: RJsFOUNDSOUNDS
It’s currently the only place to stream my new psychedelic single (“Tidally Locked”), and soon will host new live soundscapes and original recordings. Please share will any friends / fellow bloggers who enjoy new, weird music.

I’ve been slowly transferring the releases of my new music from here to soundcloud, and want to make sure everyone is able to get all pertinent updates on new tracks/mixes/field recordings. So, if you have a soundcloud account but are not yet following me there, now is the perfect time to do so!

Click here to be directed to follow me on soundcloud: RJsFOUNDSOUNDS

It’s currently the only place to stream my new psychedelic single (“Tidally Locked”), and soon will host new live soundscapes and original recordings. Please share will any friends / fellow bloggers who enjoy new, weird music.

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22nd March 2013

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Click on the cover image above to be directed to soundcloud to stream my debut full-length album. Any fans of my mixtapes or my field recordings should find something to enjoy within the 12 tracks and 64 minutes of everything from IDM/ambient techno, to pure new age soundscapes, to indie folk pop. Each track has been designed to flow seamlessly into the next, creating a uniquely immersive listening experience. I would think my album would appeal to fans of my biggest influences, experimental acts like Animal Collective, Stars of the Lid, Gas, Boards of Canada, Pink Floyd or Tool. 
Hope you enjoy, please pass along.

Click on the cover image above to be directed to soundcloud to stream my debut full-length album. Any fans of my mixtapes or my field recordings should find something to enjoy within the 12 tracks and 64 minutes of everything from IDM/ambient techno, to pure new age soundscapes, to indie folk pop. Each track has been designed to flow seamlessly into the next, creating a uniquely immersive listening experience. I would think my album would appeal to fans of my biggest influences, experimental acts like Animal Collective, Stars of the Lid, Gas, Boards of Canada, Pink Floyd or Tool. 

Hope you enjoy, please pass along.

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20th August 2012

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Mix 12: Reach For Your Mind (A Techno / Dub DJ Set feat. the Detroit People Mover)

After a brief period of being streamed on my soundcloud page, my 12th mix is now here for download. What began as a just-for-fun DJ set around this years Detroit Electronic Music Festival slowly evolved into a full fledged project, and again the newest chapter in my ongoing integration of original field recordings into traditional mixtapes. As the title track slowly fades into focus you will hear over 20 separate found sounds being triggered to heighten the tension: frogs, crickets, birds, stormy weather, creepy AM preachers pitched down to satanic growls are all just the tip of the iceberg. As the mix title suggests, sampled AM voices are not the only significant addition to my 12th project, as the sounds of Detroit’s mini mass transit rail, The People Mover, help keep the flow throughout the near hour running time. Part of why I decided to take on the concept of a traditional DJ set was that it would illuminate just how much I can stretch that idea with my field recordings, and add my own spin on the atmosphere of each track. One of my most realized transitions to date arrives early in the duration, as I chop and pitch down the Goldfrapp vocals on “A&E”, freezing them over Andy Stott’s “Submission” with added water effects, all before Gas’ solemn “Zauberberg III” rises from the ocean floor. Hopefully equally suited for both headphone listening or the dancefloor if you’re open minded to what counts as “danceable”, download by clicking the title below and enjoy! (artwork above based on my own photo/art, high quality Mp3 link in title below)

REACH FOR YOUR MIND - (A Found Sound Techno Set feat. Detroit People Mover) @320 kbps 

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(FoundSounds intro) / Kaito - Reach for Your Mind / Luomo - Medley Through / Goldfrapp - A&E (Gui Boratto Remix) / Andy Stott - Submission / Gas - Zauberbeg III / Battles - Toddler (Kanding Ray Remix) / Blondes - Water (Bicep Remix) / Efdemin - There Will Be Singing / Pantha du Prince - Butterfly Girl / James Blake - Klavierwerke / Fluxion - Prefuse / Simian Mobile Disco - Put Your Hands Together / Tolga Fidan - Seve / Scuba - Lights Out / Walls - Into Our Midst (Esperanza Remix) / (FoundSounds outro) /also feat. Pariah, Mouse on Mars, Black Dice.

Tagged: field recordingambientelectronictechnodetroitmixtapekaitokompaktluomohousedeep housegui borattogoldfrappandy stottgaswolfgang voigtBattlesKangding Rayremixblondesbicepefdeminpantha du princejames blakefluxionDialsimian mobile discotolga fidanscubawalls

16th May 2012

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Mix 11: Nothing Happens in April (Spring Biking Mix V7)

Continuing in the mold of my “Very Sunny” EP and “Coasta Paraiso” mixes from last year, my 11th mix is now here and ready for your enjoyment. Picking up on the breezy, sun-drenched disposition of those projects, “Nothing Happens in April” is another immersive listening experience, this time taking the audience through a complete bicycle ride from a bustling urban neighborhood to much more pastoral landscapes. I am continuing to work in my own field recordings in more organic ways, less as a transition tool from track to track and more so a living, breathing component of the project that transports the listener onto a speeding bicycle that’s winding through a forest path. Since this is aimed at being a “work out” mix of sorts, I tried to gradually increase the tempo as the ride progresses, building to the climax of Juan Maclean’s remix of The Tough Alliance and Robert Miles’ remix of Blondes (Blondes are the only artist to appear in mix 11 who have previously showed up on one of my projects, and the remix here is totally different than their original). One difference from last year’s Summer mix is that the music here is much more electronic, and I even rearranged some things so that it can also serve as a mini preview for 2012’s Detroit Movement Festival (with songs from Araabmuzik, Lindstrom, and Actress). This mix features recordings from many actual bike rides I have taken over the last two months, and you will even hear my very own bike as all of its noises were sampled and mixed into the music, as well as some more of my own piano and keyboard playing. I hope its appeal is broader than just for biking, and people will use it for all types of exercise, but mainly I just hope you enjoy it no matter how you listen! (High quality download link in title below).

Nothing Happens in April - Spring Biking Mix V7 [@256 Kbps / 53:23]

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(intro) Ulrich Schnauss “Nothing Happens in April” / Ital “Floridian Void” / Com Truise “Air Cal” / Battles “Dominican Fade” / Ford & Lopatin “I Surrender” / Terranova “Paris is for Lovers” / Lindstrom “There’s A Drink in My Room..” / Siriusmo “Goldene Kugel” /  Zomby “Riding with Death” / Araabmuzik “Streetz Tonight” / Actress “Senorita” / The Tough Alliance “A New Chance” (Juan Maclean Remix) / Blondes “Pleasure” (Robert Miles Remix) / Bear in Heaven “World of Freakout” / Cut Copy “Lights and Music” (Boyz Noize Remix) / John Talabot “Estiu” / Scuba “July” (outro)

Tagged: indieelectronicbikingwork outmixtapedjspringulrich schnaussitalcom truisebattlesford & lopatinterranovalindstromsiriusmozombyaraabmuzikactresstough allianceblondesjuan macleancut copybear in heavenjohn talabotscubatechnodetroitmichigan

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]

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(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)/

Tagged: Animal Collectiveambientbiosphereblondesboards of canadaboredomsburialdjdruggydubstepelectronicexperimentalgang gang dancegasheadphonesindiemusicnewagepanda bearpink floydpsychpsychedelicstars of the lidstudiotechnotelefon tel avivtrippywhite rainbowaphex twinidm

15th June 2011

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mix 6: Traffic Jam Art Show Mix

This mix was meant to appeal to a group of my friends and coworkers attending an employee art show within the Traffic Jam bar in Detroit. The material ranges from Sade in the early 90s to one of my favorite songs of 2011, Lykee Li’s “I Follow Rivers”. Overall the mood is pretty light throughout, I tried to keep things from getting too weird or ambient, with a focus on poppy indie electronic. There are also a few field recordings included, perhaps most noticeable during the dub-spiked transition of Rhythm and Sound into Luomo, and as the mix concludes with crickets taped outside the Trumbullplex, and cars passing outside of Traffic Jam on a rainy day. Enjoy! (link in title below, photo above by Steve Brown).

traffic jam art show mix (final copy) @192 kbps [59:01]

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The Dodos - “It’s That Time Again” / Mouse on Mars - “Download Softist” & “Yippie” / TV on the Radio - “Dancing Choose” / Lykke Li - “I Follow Rivers” / Sia - “Breathe Me” (Four Tet Remix) / Sade - “The Sweetest Taboo” / Rhythm & Sound - “No Partial” / Luomo - “The Right Wing” / The Avalanches - “Tonight May Have to Last…” / Bibio - “Jealous of Roses” / Flying Lotus - “Arkestry” & “Satelllliiiiiteee” / Daft Punk - “Make Love” / Radiohead - “Backdrifts” / The Notwist -  “Pilot” / A.M. Architect - “The Bull of Heaven” / Thom Yorke - “Atoms for Peace” (Four Tet Remix) / Hot Chip - “The Warning” / The Knife - “Heartbeats” / Blondes - “Spanish Fly”  //

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