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.

Tagged: ExperimentalNEW MUSICINDIEsoundcloudpsychedelicAMBIENTdark ambientambient musicoriginal ambientelectronicIndie ElectronicR.J. StefanskiRjsfoundsoundsfield recordingfound soundsFREE MUSICMIXTAPESDJ

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]

Feat.

(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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6th June 2011

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mix 5: Nachtsturm - an unreleased & fan created Pantha du Prince album

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”

nachtsturm: an unreleased / fan created PdP album (35:11)

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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)

Tagged: pantha du princestormsanimal collectivemixtapeindieIndie Electronic