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  • I just did a mix for a San Francisco-based electronic music blog, Modyfier...

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    This is an ‘ambient’ (whatever that really means now) mix that builds towards a new composition comprised of existing track parts. It’s very short in terms of a mix- only 35 minutes- but it is very densely layered with a lot of track elements broken down into loops that are re-edited and re-arranged or simply used as effects, washes or bridges.

    My intention was to create something that attracts repeat listens, sat in front of good speakers, or just as a background for reflective focus – work, meditation, yoga, or even commuting. Hopefully new details will emerge every time.

    In terms of the tracklisting, there may be tracks you recognize, but I have hopefully used them in such a way that they offer up something fresh.

    The mix is really about altered state and dream. For the last three years I have had a daily meditation practice and often do intensive retreats where you inevitably drop/ rise/ shift into a different space, usually through breath work, and this has made me really slow things right down in life. I wanted to communicate the freedom of psychological movement this brings; for me it is a kind of weightlessness in slow motion, or even out of time, observing with absolute clarity as if from a great distance. Such processes are pretty far removed from the way we end up living our lives, to the point where it almost seems like an indulgence to just sit and try and be present, yet every time I do it I feel like I am reconnecting with something lost.

    Of course, none of that will probably come across at all to the listener, which is fine. But if the mix contributes something positive to your day, or opens up space to think, it was worth the effort.

    Image: Rayna DeNiord, (Thanks Rayna!)
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