Post-Hibernation Radio April 1st, 10-11pm

•March 16, 2016 • Leave a Comment

It’s been a minute since the last post. After a long winter break, the next radio session has been scheduled for Friday, April 1st from 10-11pm Chicago time. This will be a short, early show compared to the regular multi-hour sessions, but it’s packed with some of the best sounds from the last six months. In the meantime, check out downloads and streams from past sessions in the archive or entries in the blogstream. One particular update that continues to generate fresh discussion concerns the disappearance of Tetsu Inoue.

UPDATE: The show from last night is now online: stream / download

new mix: The Ambient Police

•November 16, 2015 • Leave a Comment

phonaut.comHallo from Berlin! My latest mix The Ambient Police is now ready for streaming at Mixcloud and also available for download in the mix archive. Continuing along the mostly ambient trajectory as laid out in other recent mixes, this two hour session contains many of the usual suspects, some old favorites, alternate versions, some edits, plus a few surprises delivered at just the right moment for maximum effect. Playlist forthcoming, for now… enjoy!

Summertime Headphone Navigations

•August 13, 2015 • Leave a Comment

ChiSkyLineNiteThree more mixes have been added to the mix archive. Invented Landscapes (stream / download) and Interdimensional Perceptions (stream / download) both being mostly nebulous narratives broken up by occasional downtempo rhythmic structures, ready for streaming and download at the regular places. The live appearance at Rodan here in Chicago back in June here got some of those juices flowing again though, and being a more upbeat affair we should see maybe one or two more beat-heavy mixes arriving before too long as we make our way into cooler weather. As previously mentioned, the Bass Philosophies mix series will be wrapping up with upcoming episodes 9 & 10 offering more rigorous four-on-the-floor features but never neglecting those ever-prescient ambient elements. Last but not least, how about another 2-hours of recent summertime listening in mixed format for your warm weather conditions. Check out Listening Habits (stream / download) which hopefully packs a few surprises and random turns down ambient history’s countless curious alleys. Also, a couple more playlists were posted due to numerous demands, so if you are interested in the crate digging do check those out.

Phonaut @ Rodan on Friday, June 5th, 2015

•June 4, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Phonaut&HirokoRodan150605I’ll be playing some tunes from 10pm until midnight at Chicago’s Rodan tomorrow evening. It’s been a minute since I played Rodan, and we’re looking forward to some solid sounds, food and drink. The appearance is in support of Hiroko Yamamura (aka Biobooster) who takes over at midnight to deliver a scorching set of electronic sounds.

In other news, the playlist for my recent FIBER podcast has been posted over at the FIBER podcast page. That mix was a sequel to last summer’s Sleep2Dream (stream/download) ambient session. Do some further catching up with other recent sets, one for NoChicago (hit the tiny down arrow in the stream widget to download the mix) and the mighty Secret Sound Wisdom (stream/download) another ambient mix with a few other hidden surprises.

Phonaut mix for FIBER

•May 12, 2015 • Leave a Comment
FIBER Podcast #29 Phonaut

FIBER Podcast #29 Phonaut

The Dutch collective known as FIBER is an organization that exists at the intersection of design and technology. They organize the FIBER festival which occurs this coming Friday and Saturday in Amsterdam. Their website showcases a fascinating constellation of interesting projects and activities served up in a tasteful manner, so be sure to poke your head in. FIBER also curates a podcast and this month is episode #29 featuring my latest ambient mix which is a follow-up to last summer’s nocturnal session, Sleep2Dream (stream/download). Catch up on mixes you may have missed in the mix archive. Playlists for two other recent mixes have been posted over at mixesdb, so check out the tracks for Happy New Ears 2015 (stream/download) and Secret Sound Wisdom (stream/download) if interested. Coming Soon: Saddle Beyond the Stars

NoChicago Podcast #7 & Secret Sound Wisdom

•March 23, 2015 • Leave a Comment

phonaut.comPresenting two new mixes for your auditory predilection. First a recent chillout set, Secret Sound Wisdom, hopefully fulfills your minimum requirements for deep space ambient and atmospheric territories. Segments featured include: William Basinski’s Disintegration Loops, a taste of Donato Dozzy & Nuel’s Aquaplano Sessions, ripe sounds from Imaginary Softwoods, recent Woob, Reformed Faction, the Future Sound of London, How To Disappear Completely, Tetsu Inoue, Ishqamatics, cv313 and many others.

Also this week, NoChicago launches volume #7 of its DJ podcast, featuring a mix that’s a bit of a departure from my often sci-fi-themed sessions. Judging from the handful of past guest mixes and reviews already up at the site, there are some tall expectations to meet. For this edition of NoChicago we explore beat-laden artifacts and a lounge state of mind, alongside carefully considered sprinkles of sound all pieced together in a seamless mix that playfully beckons. Features artists such as: Burnt Friedmann and the Nu Dub Players, the Roger Tubesound Ensemble, Max & Harvey, Moodymann, Datacide, Submerse, Clams Casino, Malou Mørkeberg, Coil, and others. Playlists for both sets to follow. Lovingly assembled by hand at D’Ark studio on Chicago’s north side. NoChicago is a new blog featuring reviews, mixes from local Chicago area DJs, and other information likely pertaining to your areas of sonic interest. Check them out at

collection of sealed Tetsu Inoue FAX CDs on eBay

•February 22, 2015 • 2 Comments

FAXauctionSomeone on eBay has a variety of Tetsu Inoue -related FAX CDs up for auction. Currently up for grabs at pre-set prices are sealed copies of Slow & Low (6 copies), 2350 Broadway III (9 copies), Zenith (4 copies), Cymatic Scan (9 copies), Electro Harmonix (2 copies), Organic Cloud (5 copies), and 62 Eulengasse (3 copies). These are some of the classic releases that defined Inoue’s deep analog ambient sound along with collaborators Pete Namlook, Jonah Sharp, and Bill Laswell. This is not an endorsement for either eBay or whoever the seller is, but rather a heads-up as opportunities to own sealed copies of any original Faxlabel editions are few and far between, and to see this many of them available all at once is even more rare, plus some readers may still be filling gaps in their own collections.

Woob: Big Things In Tiny Packages

•February 11, 2015 • 1 Comment


As a follow-up to a post from 2012 regarding Woob’s parallel-worlds style soundtrack music, today we consider a number of HD audio releases that have emanated from bigamoebasounds over the course of the last few years. As you may recall, after a long hiatus of 15 years Woob rebooted around the time of 2010’s Repurpose. Since then the recent efforts from Paul Frankland continue a decades-long intergalactic Woob mission into delicately crafted works of immersive cinemambient. Not that Have Landed or Return to the City were anything less than top quality productions, but the recent Ultrascope and Ambient Disaster Movie albums remind a dedicated audience just how far Woob soundforms have come, enhanced with renewed vigor and offering panoramic, behind-the-eyelid vistas through a modernized and CG-enabled HD lens.


Whereas Have Landed explored earthbound regions of lounge or jazz, and Return to the City sounded like a reasonable contender for the Tron 3 soundtrack, Ultrascope and Ambient Disaster Movie both prove to be immersive listening experiences that continue the trajectory of the Woob sound. From the evocative splendor of the Suns Fall cover art (by French concept designer Florian de Gesincourt) to the painstaking technical efforts made during the recording process, perhaps Ultrascope is the most ambitious Woob release to date, while Ambient Disaster Movie also turns out to be a prwoobskycountryofound addition to the Woob discography. Drawing, as Woob music always has, from cinematic points of reference, the album sounds like music for an as yet unmade classic sci-fi film. Contributing to this perception is the myriad of multimedia items contained in the artifact editions, released in parallel to the digital download and CD editions. Short ‘reveal’ style videos, image files, and original 24-bit masters all make their way onto these tiny USB thumbdrives. The Ambient Disaster Movie hardcopy included extended versions of familiar passages from Max & Harvey’s Space Therapy Woob Remixes mini-album. Interested parties will want to check out the additional supplementary releases which are also well worth a listen, such as The Six Hundred, Lost 1994, and Time Paradox, all of which offer interesting alternate histories of other albums. The Woob biomachine let some new details out earlier today in a blog update, so for more info head over to Woob HQ and have a look.

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Happy New Ears 2015

•December 31, 2014 • Leave a Comment

HNE15My annual Happy New Ears mix is now available for download from the Mix Archive and streaming from Mixcloud. Also check out some of the other recently posted sessions you may have missed over the past few months, including some deep ambient podcasts and a lengthy radio show recording. Here’s hoping you have an absolutely fantastic 2015!!!

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.