13 April 2014

Springtime Synesthesia



blissful, chilled soundcolors for a full moon spring Sunday.

"It would be truly surprising if sound were not capable of suggesting color, if colors could not give the idea of the melody, if sound and color were not adequate to express ideas; for things have always expressed themselves through reciprocal analogy..."
— Charles Baudelaire

playlist:
The Art Of Noise - On Being Blue
Ricky Kej - Blue
Helios - Halving The Compass 
Ott - The Queen Of All Everything 
Erothyme - Fire of Purification (feat. Kyrstyn Pixton) 
Cahb - Secrets
:papercutz - Lylac (Helios Remix) 
Krister Linder - Broken Horses (Planet Boelex remix)
Crisopa - Matchin
Wavespell - Shambala Groove

21 December 2013

Timewave Infinity - Winter Solstice 2013



American philosopher and speaker Terence McKenna is widely regarded as one of the progenitors of the 2012 phenomenon, the fabled date of 21 December, 2012 playing an integral part in his "Timewave Zero" theory (ok, technically it's a more of a philosophical hypothesis, but still...) The Timewave deals with the idea that time is not strictly linear but each moment is a confluence of intersecting fractal interrelationships and each event is inextricably linked with other events past and future. According to his proposal, these interrelationships can be mapped with a fractal curve based on the 64 hexagrams of the Chinese divination system, the I Ching. Unfortunately for the longevity of the idea, Terence proposed that the influx of changes would reach a Singularity on the end of the13th b'ak'tun of the Mayan long-count calendar, the winter solstice of 2012, ringing in an unimaginable future of infinite possibility (or something.)
Although 2012 and 2013 were indeed years of great upheaval, political unrest and transformation, the universe for the most part continues to function much as it did before the big date and many people claimed the Timewave to be a failure. However, the true nature of a fractal is infinite; rather than having a clear beginning or end, it spirals in upon itself in endlessly unfolding variations. And so it is with our existence- our collective confluence of energies multiply and amplify as we ascend more and more rapidly to an unknown destination. But because a fractal never truly ends, that destination will likely be yet another beginning...

playlist:
Sphingida - Over The Depth
Tara Putra - Between The Sphere
Ekaologik - Lake Travel
Globular - Fire & Stars
Scopes - Daze
Kurbeats - Mono-Poly Wants A Cracker
Maharishi - Call Of The Ancients
Radioactive Sandwich - Bhagwan
JBC Arkadii - Molekula
Chronos - Time Keeper
eleMental - Dansul Ielelor
Tentura - Melting
Spectrum Vision - Sympotronic
Perfect Blind - Exosphere
Rob Vector - Mars
ByTheRain - Interstellar Medium
Den Wave - Earth
Alba - Arising And Passing Away
Xenofish - Blurred Matrix

all tracks are from the excellent netlabel ektoplazm.com and are available for free download under a Creative Commons license

22 September 2013

Equinox Equanimity - Fall Equinox 2013



As the endless interlocking cycles of the celestial bodies pass through the point where light and shadow are equally distributed across both hemispheres of the globe we call home, I hope this specially selected blend of pure ambient music balances the opposites within and helps you relax into a harmonious experience of Oneness. Just breathe...
Special thanks to JKN, S1gns, and the whole Relaxed Machinery crew for their passion for the music, and for pointing me to many of the tracks in this mix. Thanks also to musicians like Altus, Palancar, and Philip Wilkerson who generously offer their work free of charge.

playlist:
Andrew Lahiff - Whispering Leaves
Massergy - Then The Sky
Palancar - Reiner Gamma
Altus - Magellanic Clouds
Max Corbacho - The Great Breath
Rudy Adrian - Fading Light
Meg Bowles - Nightwalk Across the Isle of Dream
Max Corbacho - Choir Ecstasy
Phillip Wilkerson - Two Breaths of Forever
Altus - For All Time
├ąpne sinn - deep breath out

20 June 2013

Sunlight Cycle Intention - Summer Solstice 2013

Continuing on a similar vein as last year's Summer Solstice mix- deep tribal ambient music for intense transformation...

It's been a long and cold winter where I live, but the arrival of the summer solstice and a few warm days brings hope for a season of light. As we enter the summer season, I set my intention that the light of awakening cuts through the darkness of ignorance and separation as we pass into a new era of personal and global evolution. It's time to do the Great Work.

playlist:
Chad Kettering - The Mesa
Steve Roach, Michael Stearns, Ron Sunsinger - North Kiva (Trust And Remember)
Frore - Fevered Sleep
Soriah with Ashkelon Sain - Chylandyk
Steve Brand - Return Of The Masters
Byron Metcalf - Facing The Truth
vidnaObmana - Forest Arrow live
Steve Roach, Byron Metcalf - The Magma Clan
Apollonius - Return to Sacred Soil
Steve Brand - Mountain Pass/Suspension Vision

14 May 2013

Return to Flight

A mix of (mostly) creative commons ambient spacemusic which I put together in 2005 in honor of the "Return to Flight" STS-114 Space Shuttle mission, the first mission after the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. During the mission, Mission Specialist Steve Robinson recorded an audio file dubbed "the first podcast from space" clips of which are included in this mix.

playlist:
Michael Sandler - The Opening
Numina - Blinding Light
Gulan - Sphere
Kurrel the Raven - Way Out
Daniel Stefanik - Earth View
Blamstrain - 031231 (Theme for a Wordless Moment)
Martin Donath - Plateau White District
FootFall - Viola Nebulae
Yasahi - Space Odessey
softspace - Navigation
Phyle - Gravity/Home
Musir von Vidalia - Locus (part 1)
Frank Molder - Reparatur im Weltraum

07 April 2013

you are floating

some tunes i've been enjoying lately. eastern-flavored glitchy dubstep, psychedelic ambient, downtempo grooves, deep sound journeys... good headphones recommended!

most of the tracks are available for free download from Ektoplazm, but if you do want to buy something, I recommend Futexture's EP - good music and 100% of the proceeds go to support Rainforest Action Network!

playlist:
1. Temple Step Project - Truth and Grace
from Embrace The One

2. Zoungla - Anahata
from Entwine

3. Radioactive Sandwich - Immortals Made Of Stone
from Full Moon

4. Globular - Mamon
from Sorbet for the Soul

5. Hinkstep - Aldrig Mer
from Into This Wired Abyss

6. Zebbler Encanti Experience - Psychic Projections (feat. Dante Bucci)
from Psychic Projections

7. Futexture - New
from Experiential Topography EP

8. Sun In Aquarius - Wytaliba (The Girl by the River)
from Evolving Freedom

9. Cosmic Alliance Romixpsy - Elprincipio Y El Final
from Little Pieces Of Infinity: Second Chapter

10. Shantifax - Northern Lights
from Complete Tranceformation

21 December 2012

Genesis Generation 2012



A mix of transcendent transglobal electronic music and spoken word to help launch your consciousness into the fifth dimension! Turn down the lights, light a candle, sacrifice your favorite plant to the fire gods, turn it up loud and let these beats and atmospheres propel your ever-awakening awareness into the great Oneness of the Singularity, the Eschaton, the Transcendental Object at the end of HisStory.

For more about "The Genesis Generation" check out Lorenzo Hagerty's novel here.



playlist:
1. Desert Dwellers feat. Darpan - New Generation (Temple Step Project Remix)
from Recalibrated Vol. 1

2. Akara - Invoking the Unnameable
from Extradimensional Ethnography

3. Kaminanda  - As above...So below
from Gateways of Consciousness

4. Niyaz - Mazaar
from Sumud

5. Temple Step Project - Medicine Temple
from SUBBASS - Ethnostep 2

6. Bombay Dub Orchestra - Monsoon Malabar (Force of Change Remix)
from New York Remixes

7. Whitebear - Primal Stomp
from Fragmnts

8. Irukanji feat. JazzyFlute - Out From Little Box (AstroPilot Edit)
from Special Places

9. CaveDave - The Sun In Here
from Time Loop: Beyond Borders

10. Harmonic Frequency - Fractal Forest
from Power Of The Flower

11. Ekoplex - Crossroads
from Discovering The Ancient

12. AstroPilot - Earth Moon
from Solar System

13. Ott - Adrift In Hilbert Space
from Mir

14. Younger Brother - Train
from Vaccine

15. Ascoil Sun - Sun Therapy
from Emergence

16. Cygna - Camaras De Lamento
from Special Places

17. SeaMoon - Nebula
from Solar System

18. Ovnimoon - Galactic Mantra (With Via Axis And ItomLab)
from Geometric Poetry

19. Random - Cosmic Dreamer
from Natural Selection V.2

20. Shantifax - Out Is In
from Delete Automation

21. Midival Punditz - Vande Maataram (Electro Indian mix)
from Natural Born Chillers 2

22. Michael Stearns/Lisa Gerrard - Organics
from Samsara soundtrack

23. Ulrich Schnauss - Monday-Paracetamol
from A Strangely Isolated Place

24. Auma  - Exit round
soundcloud.com/Auma

25. Midival Punditz - Drifting
from Six Degrees Records Global Grooves Sampler

26. Tipper - Rip Cord
from Spirit of La Selva

21 June 2012

summer solstice ceremony



in every culture on the planet, the summer and winter solstices have marked an important turning point and were cause for celebration, prayer and ritual. it's unfortunate that our modern western civilization has divorced us from such ceremonies and rites of passage. i hope this mix of tribal-inspired ambient music inspires you to breathe deeply and reconnect with the intrinsic rhythms of nature as we enter another cycle in the great turning wheel of time.

tracklist:
1. Andrew Lahiff - Into Willow Canyon
from Cosmic Archaeology

2. Shane Morris - The Earth Speaks
from Equinox

3. Steve Brand - Circular Scriptures
from Circular Scriptures

4. Max Corbacho - The Resonant Memory of Earth
from The Resonant Memory of Earth

5. Steve Roach - begins looking skyward
from Early Man

6. Mystified with Robin Storey - Short Meditation
from Music For Transit

7. Frore - Axis Mundi (edit)

8. Steve Roach , Michael Stearns , Ron Sunsinger - Passage Four" & "The Center"
from Kiva

9. Steve Roach - A Circular Ceremony
from Dreamtime Return

artwork by Smoke Jaguar

03 April 2012

Terence Day 2012



Terence Day is a celebration of the life and ideas of author, speaker, philosopher and futurist Terence McKenna, especially the idea of "boundary disillusion" a concept he referred to often during his many talks. It is celebrated on April 3rd, the day Terence crossed the boundary between life and death in the year 2000 after a losing battle with a rare form of brain cancer. This year's Terence Day is of special import, as some of the ideas about the year 2012 being a time of radical transformation are part of a cultural meme which Terence had a large part in initiating.
All the music in this mix comes from the excellent netlabel Ektoplazm, so all the tracks are available as free downloads under the creative commons license. Two of the tracks are from Globular's brilliant new release A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy, an absolute must-have for all fans of dubby downtempo psychedelic music and a shining example of the stunning quality of music available for free at Ektoplazm.
A few extra clips of Terence McKenna talking about boundary disillusion are from Psychedelic Salon podcast 295 "The World and It's Double"

playlist:
1. Koan - At the Sunset/Entanglement
from The Signs: Entanglement

2. Ancient Core - Psychedelic Echosystem
from Mysterious Nights v02

3. Uth - Reflections Of Consciousness
from Distant Instincts

4. Digital Conception - The Mystical Quest
from The Return of Quetzalcoatl

5. Globular - To The Other Side Of Fractal Phase Space
from A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

 6. Mindsphere - Presence
from Interdimensional Gateway 2

7. Sephira - The Beginning Of The End
from Imagination In Motion

8. Globular - Feeding Back Forwards
from A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy


artwork by Smoke Jaguar

12 January 2012

Mettanoia - 2013 Act 1

As of the beginning of 2012 I will begin focusing my attention on my new tumblr blog on the hidden path and will most likely discontinue writing music reviews here. I may occasionally post my own mixes here, but in any case I will link to them from my new blog. if you are interested in my links to various philosophical, spiritual, and consciousness-expanding thoughts and ideas, may I humbly suggest subscribing to the new feed. This blog will remain open for browsing as long as Blogger allows it, and as always, feel free to follow my Google +1's and twitter feed for more music recommendations and various other rantings.
For now I leave my hiddenplace music readers with this release from my favorite netlabel of the year, Ektoplazm:
Mettanoia - 2013 Act 1, the first part of a planned seven-part "psychedelic play." it features bewildering trippy atmospheres and dense, heavy psytrance beats with lots of samples relating to 2012 and the end of the world(?) including this one, from the film Waking Life: "Things have been tough lately for dreamers. They say dreaming is dead, no one does it anymore. It's not dead it's just that it's been forgotten, removed from our language. Nobody teaches it so nobody knows it exists. The dreamer is banished to obscurity. Well, I'm trying to change all that, and I hope you are too. By dreaming, every day. Dreaming with our hands and dreaming with our minds. Our planet is facing the greatest problems it's ever faced, ever. So whatever you do, don't be bored, this is absolutely the most exciting time we could have possibly hoped to be alive. And things are just starting..."

25 December 2011

Das Kraftfuttermischwerk - Kleines Ganzes

blogger, music connoisseur and producer Ronny of Das Kraftfuttermischwerk has graced us with another wonderful LP full of melodies, bass and love: Kleines Ganzes. think of it as the classic minimal dub/techno sounds of thinner streamlined and set to a chilled dubstep beat- deep, hypnotic, emotional, as is Das KFMW style. perfect for relaxing after whatever holiday or family event you might have had to endure recently.

Direct download: ZIP

and if you just can't get enough music, don't miss Das KFMW's excellent Advent Calendar collection of dj mixes, also tending toward deep dubby sounds. fantastisch!

10 December 2011

Space Station - Transmission

'Transmission' is an excellent album of classic spacemusic with a modern touch by Portugal-based producer Bernard Lampreia, ranging from rhythmic sequences and synth solos to deep ethereal soundscapes and cinematic energy. If you're a fan of the "Berlin-school" sound, don't miss this album!
available for free download on bandcamp

02 November 2011

Akara - Extradimensional Ethnography

Ancient & modern, acoustic & electronic, sacred & sensual, ethereal & worldly... the music of the Akara project collapses dualities and guides the listener into a state of aural samadhi with a sonic ceremony in the form of an album called Extradimensional Ethnography. this transcendent album is an absolute must-have for fans of globally-flavored grooves with a psychedelic touch, and has quickly become my top favorite release of 2011.
the album can be streamed in full on bandcamp, and is also available on CD and from the usual digital outlets

22 October 2011

Mix roundup - end of summer 2011

As posts here have once again gotten scarce, here is a short selection of dj mixes and podcasts I've particularly enjoyed during the last few months

Futexture - Energetic Substrate Mix Fall 2011
A short but wonderful mix of Philip Glass, glitchy idm tracks and a well-placed Alan Watts sample

Rox - Plant Chants
A multi-cultural mix of shamanic music to expand your awareness (lots of other great psychill & trance mixes on his site too)

Radio BSOTS #116
thoughtful spoken word about the spiritual walk and eclectic soulful music

Pingipung Podcast #12 - Please be quiet I am thinking
Absolutely gorgeous electro-acoustic modern classical/soundtrack music mixed by the owner of the wonderful Aerotone-netlabel

Nova - Mondlicht
any mix featuring Telefon Tel Aviv, HUVA Network and Solar Fields is pretty much guaranteed to be excellent. deep idm/psychill atmospheres..

Expand Your Musical Horizons #78
a fine selection of downtempo and chillout tracks

DF Tram and DJ Rich-Ears present Lunar Fizz
An epic and eclectic mix with lots of interesting and entertaining sound clips thrown in

phalanx live at zajkert - modem debrecen 2011.09.09
another excellent mix by phalanx. as always, expect nothing less than top-notch ambient, chill, and glitchy idm grooves

WOZ – CALL THE AMBIENCE, AGAIN! (OKTOBER 2011)
a very atmospheric blend of chill, ambient, and drum n bass.
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