New Mixes >For You<

•November 21, 2014 • 2 Comments

spacesuitA clutch of new mixes has been added to the Mix Archive. Start out with a nearly 4-hour escapade into sound, a recording of my radio show from last month featuring a number of different styles and moods. As this is the raw file recording of the radiophonic session, it includes voiceovers from the live broadcast on 89.3 WNUR-FM which saturated Chicago airwaves on a dark October Friday night.

Second in line we have Bass Philosophies v8, a 90-minute session of 4-to-the-floor beats in the tradition of all previous mixes in this series. I should also mention I will be retiring the Bass Philosophies series after reaching edition #10 in a few months. Note this mix was featured in the above radio show and as such partially overlaps with it, but lacks the intrusive voiceovers.

After BPv8, check out the Astral Cowboy mix which explores spaced out soul-searching ambient worlds in a mostly beatless context, celebrating the cosmic rendezvous of the European Space Agency’s Philae Lander with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. This event was an inspiring and momentous one reminiscent of Arthur C. Clark’s excellent 2061 novel, which followed 2001 and 2010. The Astral Cowboy takes you on a nearly 100-minute tour of immersive soundscapes designed for the discerning listener.

Finally we have A Chilling Word. Another ambient set which explores further the uncategorical soundworlds of innerspace. Inspired by a recent trip to Japan for Mindgames’ wonderful Labyrinth event, this one-hour set maintains a downtempo groove throughout, keeping the wave going without actually cresting… whatever that means.

I should also mention, without dropping names, these recent mixes primarily include content from folks with whom I have direct contact at one time or another, which seems to be a recurring theme of late. Some of these associates tuned into the radio show mentioned above while it transpired. For a more accurate and image-enhanced recollection of these recent mind-expanding experiences, as well as a deeper integration with the esotronic network, check out Brother Wormgear’s excellent coverage of Labyrinth 2014, our fascinating Kamakura adventure, the Nezu Shrine Festival, our Owl Cafe Experience, the Asakusa incident, and a report on the ghostly town of Naeba near to where the unforgettable Labyrinth 2014 occurred.

Looking ahead, the annual Happy New Ears 2015 mix peeks over the horizon, although no one can be sure when this mix will be done and ready for posting. Also, the playlists for these mixes have not yet been posted but are as yet forthcoming. For now, enjoy the sounds! All four mixes are now posted to Mixcloud for instant streaming action, or available for download and safekeeping in the Phonaut Mix Archive.

Radio Show Tonight @ 10pm (CDT)

•October 10, 2014 • Leave a Comment


2014.10.10fr 22:00-02:00 CDT
tune in to WNUR 89.3 FM locally in Chicago

Phonaut at 2014 Labyrinth Festival

•August 15, 2014 • 2 Comments

2010-282I am profoundly humbled and beyond excited to announce a special voyage to the magickal home of bonsai trees, Mothra, Nekopan, and remarkably fine penmanship… aye Japan, in efforts to spread the ambientechno gospel via the prestigious Labyrinth Festival. They say the Labyrinth changes you. This gathering sees 2,500 lucky revelers assembling up in the misty mountains of Niigata to partake of an unforgettable 3-day event. The Labyrinth Festival features an expertly deployed Funktion One sound system hovering over a luxuriously catered tent city, and a devoted community of attendees, all surrounded by a lush forest. I will open day three with a deep 3-hour sound session. Looking forward to sharing with this special group in extraordinary surroundings. Further information is forthcoming, and event details are available on the Mindgames page.

Happy SysAdmin Day

•July 25, 2014 • Leave a Comment

sysadminHot on the heels of other recent mixes posted earlier this month is the next ambient session taking you deep into the furthest reaches of innerspace. Cutting across numerous beatless and downtempo genres, this set explores both new and classic tracks in undiscovered contexts. Lovingly assembled by hand at Dark Ark studio in Chicago, and as always using only the highest fidelity sources available, Sleep2Dream is now available in the mix archive:

“In the event of an emergency experience while playing this or any other hypnotic recording, you will immediately come to fully awakened consciousness. And regardless of the nature of the emergency, you be able to handle it properly, calmly, and very relaxed. Now to help you relax even more, at the count of three I want you to mentally project yourself to a place in nature…”

Full Playlist:
Mayko: A Curious Yellow
AXS: Empty Sky
154: Apricot
Thomas Fehlmann: Treatment
Ishqamatics: A Curvation of Airs
Rapoon: Noord
Horizon 222: The Last Supper
Submersion: Interstate At Night
BVDUB: Pure of Heart
Iori: Space Intro
Subsurfing: The Number Readers (Ambient Mix)
FFWD: Lucky Saddle
Ilya Wazuhiru: Velimir’s Sea
Electro Harmonix: Overstone
2350 Broadway: Sustained Energy
ISHQ: Rainmaking
Sowing Paranoia: Ambient 3
Terre Thaemlitz: Trucker
Axiom Ambient feat Tetsu Inoue: Ruins
total time: 1:53:22

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mix: Bass Philosophies v7

•July 25, 2014 • Leave a Comment

new mix posted to archive: Bass Philosophies v7

Purl & Deflektion: Cosmic Child
Phonaut: Unknown Drone #31
cv313: Live Excursion II bonus
Havantepe: Starliner
Claro Intelecto: Voyeurism
STL: Amelie’s Dub
Model 500: Starlight (DeepChord rmx)
Octal Industries: Hefring #1
Abstract Ballet: 322
Synkro: Recognition
Basic Channel: Radiance iii edit

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mix: Bass Philosophies v5

•July 12, 2014 • Leave a Comment


New mix posted to archive: Bass Philosophies v5

Francis Inferno Orchestro – Go Easy On Me Girl
The Tortoise – Last Night
Tomas Rubeck – Midnight Gallery
Jouem – Certainty of Salvation
Von Schommer – Wurfel
DeepChord – Grand Bend (echospace dub)
Octal Industries – Himinglaeva pt 1
Decoside – Reload 1 (Matt Thibideau Poly Remix)
Bookworms – African Rhythms
JT Donaldson – Let’s Make A Record
Inland Knights – Summer Now
Demarkus Lewis – We Don’t Need
Moodymann – Dirty Beats
Washed Out – Feel It All Around (DJ M’s Total rmx)

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mix: Through the Woods

•July 11, 2014 • Leave a Comment

woodsnew mix posted to archive: Through the Woods

Arovane – Scrai-N
Download – D.O.G.
HECQ – 0008
Woob – Electric City III
The Future Sound Of London – Appendage
A.P. – GardenTherapy
SkyScaper – Noctilucent Cloud (Kasm remix)
Federsen – Voodoo Gourds (Excerpt)
Sorrow & Owsey – To Yearn & To Reconcile
Nocow – Be There
Boards Of Canada – Cold Earth
DeepChord Pres. EchoSpace – Lisbon
BVDUB – Deeper Than You’ve Ever Known

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