End of 2021 Update

•December 25, 2021 • Leave a Comment

New DJ mixes and a Live Phonaut session available at the following links:

Cowboy 3: Shootin’ Stars – third wild west themed mix, don’t squat with your spurs on!

stream https://www.mixcloud.com/phonaut/cowboy-3-shootin-stars/

download http://www.phonaut.com/mixes/Phonaut-ShootinStars.mp3

Seven Ways to Sunday – sonic summary of recent listening habits

stream https://www.mixcloud.com/phonaut/seven-ways-to-sunday/

download http://www.phonaut.com/mixes/Phonaut-7Ways2Sunday.mp3

Natural Fractal VI – woodland sunrise set recorded live deep in the wild woods DHC

stream https://www.mixcloud.com/phonaut/natural-fractal-vi/

download http://www.phonaut.com/mixes/Phonaut-NaturalFractalVI.mp3

Phonaut Live @ DHC21 – live phonaut performance captured from the soundboard https://www.mixcloud.com/phonaut/live-dhc21/

Podval Wireless – eclectic mix session for m50/etc radio, phonaut segment starts @ 2:59

stream https://www.mixcloud.com/m50/kolega-dj-lgcc-lokua-phonaut-etc-20201120/

Robot Soap Opera – summertime mix for m50/etc radio, phonaut segment starts @ 2:07

stream https://www.mixcloud.com/m50/alex-steiner-phonaut-rss-etc-20201106/

Playin’ Favorites – beat oriented mix for m50/etc radio, phonaut segment starts @ 1:07

stream https://www.mixcloud.com/m50/alex-steiner-phonaut-borna-farshid-etc-20210611/


Summer 2020 Update

•August 11, 2020 • Leave a Comment

Time for a quick summary of the latest mixes and recent musical events for your perusal. The annual Natural Fractal session of woodland ambience mixed in the wild woods a couple hours west of Chicago was captured live off the mixing desk this year. This private event is something I look forward to each summer. Now over year five, it’s an opportunity to play ‘nature DJ’ … blending environmental sounds, utterances from real and imagined/synthetic creatures, and (overall) chilled tunes to an eager and exclusive crowd of informed listeners, this time around while practicing responsible social distancing. The event was executed perfectly, the weather cooperated, and nobody contracted the space flu. Attending each year is a masterclass in diverse sounds from a group of intrepid selectors who care deeply for the sounds they play. Plus I got a try out my new tree tent which exceeded all expectations of comfort. Floating at night, amongst the trees, critters audibly prowling around the perimeter of camp, and drifting off to sleep is an experience I look forward to repeating as soon as possible.

Most recently, check out the 2-hour mix presented last month as part of m50’s weekly streaming show: Hexadestiny stream. The Phonaut DJ mix covers the second half of the show and contains sonic goodies old and new. See the linked page above for complete playlist information.

Take a look at the Phonaut Mixcloud page for a couple other recent mixes. The complete tracklist for Murasaki 1 & 2 has been added to this blog post. Murasaki session #3 is also floating around. More info on those is forthcoming but for now enjoy the sounds.

Back in January, I provided a 60-minute mix for WNUR-FM 89.3 courtesy of Eric Peyer‘s late night winter broadcasting activities. Entitled To Hear Knows When (a reference to…?) and you can check that one out here. It’s a mix of some classic ‘IDM’ gems from the likes of Bola, Future Sound of London, and Biosphere, sprinkled with newer cuts from producers such as Terekke, Ross 154, and Shorelights.

What else have we got… the Beyond / Below podcast series featured an exclusive Phonaut mix for their 29th edition, also a one-hour affair from a few months back. You can listen to that one on the Beyond / Below soundcloud page. A real sonic adventure that reaches all the way back into the early 90s, and features sounds from Clock DVA, Tetsu Inoue, Koolfang, as well as some newer recent releases.

Lastly, I discovered dozens of ancient radio shows, some stretching all the way back to 2001 (and beyond!) by digging around m50’s expansive soundcloud page, and appropriately reposted many of those to my own soundcloud page for convenience. So head on over to hear some choice archival sessions, mostly old radio shows but some event recordings as well.


Radio Transmission July 10th, 2020

•July 10, 2020 • Leave a Comment

Join me tonight, July 10th, for a special 2-hour broadcast via m50’s weekly radio show. Aside from a 2-hour exclusive Phonaut mix, Midori Hirano (Raster Noton) and Celer (Experimedia) will also be contributing sounds this session. The fun begins at 10pm CST.

This show is simulcast on the following streams:
Main Drain Studios www.youtube.com/maindrainstudios
SutroFM www.sutrofm.net
Groove Cafe groove.cafe
Datafruits datafruits.fm

And check out m50.net for more info on past and upcoming transmissions! IMG_8213

Narcosonic Tactical Ambient Sleep Pack

•June 13, 2020 • 5 Comments

Screen Shot 2020-06-13 at 2.47.03 PMI’m pleased to roll out the Narcosonic Tactical Ambient sleep pack, a series of 4×2-hour mixes optimized with sounds for an all-night schedule of nonstop soporific sonics. Now that Sleeper Hits IV is available you can create a nocturnal listening program by queuing up Sleeper Hits volumes 1-4 mixes for over eight hours of hypnogogic synthesis, otherworldly sounds, and dream sequences. All mixes designed and sleep-tested at DarkArk SleepLab. Beatless discoveries await, delivered via soundscapes comprised of only the most memorable REM-worthy selections.

Sleeper Hits: stream/infodownload

Sleeper Hits II: stream/infodownload

Sleeper Hits III: stream/infodownload

Sleeper Hits IV: stream/info – download

Sleeper Hits IV full playlist:
Tetsu Inoue & Jonah Sharp (Electro Harmonix): Sleeptone
Secede: Ballroom Arcade
Vir Unis & James Johnson: Indivisible Circles
Shorelights: Bioluminescence A (excerpt)
BT Gate X-138: Klyuchi
Snufmumriko: This Tide Will Bring You Home
Fatih Tutor: Ormanda
Namlook & Tetsu Inoue (2350 Broadway): Ethereal Being
ISHQ: Dimensions of Air
Biosphere: Hilsondis
Radius: Interpolation 11
Leandro Fresco: Brenda
Marcus Guentner: Limb
Steve Roach: Carbondate
Woob: Megaplexドリフタ
Pinkcourtesyphone: Under Chandeliers
Futurology: Ufology
Donnacha Costello: Mountain

Hearing with 2020 Vision

•January 25, 2020 • Leave a Comment

phonaut.comHere we are in 2020… ready to discover new sonic goodies? Coming up tonight, as previously mentioned in the last update a special one hour Phonaut mix for WNUR-FM 89.3 is scheduled for broadcast after 11pm over the radio waves here in the Chicago area, but you can also tune in via the station’s website www.wnur.org (streaming widget in lower left) and this mix will likely show up for online listening at some point afterwards as well.

The annual Happy New Ears mix is up at Mixcloud and also available for download. Coming soon…: a 2-hour immersive headphone mix, Murasaki sessions v3, and #10 in the heavier ambientechno Beat Philosophy series ‘BPX‘. As always, the downloadable listening archive awaits your thirsty ears at phonaut.com/mixes and streaming at mixcloud.com/phonaut

Recent Mixes + Autumn Activity

•November 9, 2019 • Comments Off on Recent Mixes + Autumn Activity

Some news and a few new mixes to share. Binaural Sunset is the latest 2-hour session of unrestricted exploration into new sounds, including a few of the usual suspects if you’re a regular listener, but also introducing several unexpected surprises. Check out Binaural Sunset via the Mixcloud stream or direct download.

Next up is another guest mix for Vykhod Sily. A 60 minute follow-up to my 2017 edition for the podcast. This one covers ground quickly, starting off in an immersive blend of sonic textures but soon migrating to darker areas, until finally resurfacing. Choose your host: SoundCloud :: Hearthis :: MixCloud :: iTunes :: SpotifyIMG_3234

Last Saturday I was invited to play music at Murasaki Sake Lounge. Look for a podcast of Murasaki session #3 coming up. Meanwhile: Murasaki sessions 1 & 2 stream or download.

Also there’s an upcoming guest Phonaut mix for m50 and WNUR-FM in the Chicago area. This one will contain everything from more upbeat techno to beatless atmospherics and blended experimentation. Date is TBA.

Finally, since we are here in November, 2019, I will be presenting a live rendition of my alternate soundtrack DJ mix of android ambient for the 1982 landmark sci-fi film Blade Runner at a private screeningScreen Shot 2019-11-06 at 6.27.33 PM event here in Chicago. Read how to sync the movie along to the mix which is available via stream or download here. This special edition using the Final Cut version of the film for optimal visual sync. Session comprised only of music that might exist within the world of this visionary futurist film.


Natural Fractal IV

•July 27, 2019 • 1 Comment

Humanoid: Post Humans
Aphex Twin: 1st 44
Download: Calling Monster Island
FSOL: People of Yage + Serengeti + Cerebral
Bill Laswell: Nothing
DeepChord: Immersion II
Area: Entireless (Genesis Chamber Mix by Donato Dozzy)
Shuttle358: Blue phonaut.com
The Orb: O.O.B.E.
Sun Electric: Every Now & Then
Imaginary Softwoods: Appendage Point
cv313: transversewaves
Burial: State Forest
GRIT: Drifting from the Bay
Donnacha Costello: Devotion
Golden Baby: rainbowcoalition
Plateau: K2
Padmasana: Holistic Resonance

Natural Fractal IV: streamdownload

Forgotten Futures

•June 12, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Life Before Land: Lazy DaisyForgottenFutures
Muonos: Sayingnothing
Bonecold: μrσ2
Sorrow: Shadowed Doubt
Sub.made: True Time Derivate
Roof Light: Radiance
Nocow: Man Behind the Face
Ghostek: untitled Vancore
FSOL: Made Contact Internal
Bola: Cobalt
Andy Stott: New Romantic
Clams Casino: Angels
Roof Light: Cookie
Woob: Rx
Boards of Canada: June9th + Skimming Stones
Coil: Crumb Time + Her Friends the Wolves (excerpt)
Orb: Wireless MK2
Autumn of Communion: Interval
ISHQ + Material Object: 12GHz
Vir Unis & Steve Roach: Impulse
2814: テレパシー

Forgotten Futures: streamdownload

Murasaki 紫酒ラウンジ

•May 3, 2019 • Leave a Comment

new mix combines selections and added thematic elements from both 2018 and 2019 editions of the live all-vinyl sessions at Chicago’s Murasake 紫酒ラウンジ 

Murasaki 紫酒ラウンジ :: streamdownload


Full Playlist-
Burnt Friedman: Los Corraleros
The Lisa Carbon Trio: I Feel So Ornamental
Flanger: Endless Summer
Angelo Badalamenti: Moving Through Time
FSOL: Papua New Guinea (Things Change Mix)
The Orb: Blue Room (intro) + Huge Ever Growing
Babe Roots : Intro
FSOL: Outer Heaven + My Kingdom path 8
James Bernard: Atwater
Babe Roots : Work Hard
Mike Schommer: Into The Night
Plateau: Blueberry + K2
Strobe Light Network: Cold
Secede: Born In A Tropical Swamp
Vangelis: Memories Of Green
Earth House Hold: Never Forget Us
The Nevermen: Mr Mistake (BoC rmx)
Tycho: Disconnect
Secede: Foliage Pathway
Tycho: Sunrise Projector (Nautilus rmx)
Martin Gore: Loverman (BolaRMX)
Download: 23 Years
Pub: Bumblebee
Miyashiro: Nabeshima-Bushi

Natural Fractal II

•April 30, 2019 • 2 Comments

Gas: Narkopop #4
Neotropic: Je Suisphonaut.com.jpg
Orb: 10 Sultans of Rudyard
FSOL: Environments 1 (excerpt)
Sraunus: Arpiaus
Feral: Heruka 4
Mind Over MIDI: Solar Day
Sepalcure: Hurts So Bad
Leech: Wind Farmer
Traumprinz: Let It Go
Fjäder: Vegvísir
Pub: Heavy Metal
Variant: Flux Reprise
Steve Roach: Flowstone
Elve: Plant Cell Perceptions
Atom Heart: While My Synth Gently Sweeps
Tetsu Inoue: Super Nature
Yunomi: Shou
Sinepearl: Dewdrop
ISHQ: Forest Stream
2814: 赤い夜明け

Natural Fractal II: streamdownload