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Solace

Solace

Playing tracks by

Radiohead, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Northaunt, Daniel W.J. Mackenzie, Xiu Xiu and more.

Chart positions

This show was 2nd in the global experimental ambient chart, 13th in the global ambient chart and 13th in the global chillout chart.

“Life can only be remembered backwards, but it must be lived forwards.”

The central piece provides the title for this mix: Solace – “Comfort in sorrow, misfortune. Consolation.” This Fovea Hex track literally breathes consolation in every single note, so it seemed a good starting point for this mix.

It is also one of the few tracks in the mix that are included in its full length.
As usual in my mixes, most of the tracks are only short fragments of the original piece, merged together to create an atmosphere that may be different from what the artist originally intended.

Full track and timing details + download version on http://www.ambientblog.net/blog/2016-07-03/solace-mix/
(Surround DTS version also available as dowload)

Comments

Debaparna_Das

I get the melancholy tone here, but sometimes the music gets plain creepy and I have to check the tab continuously to see if things are okay XD

ambientblog

I understand.. and this is intentional. I personally love the tension-release mix of different emotions, like in a movie. Life is not about one single emotion. A mix focusing on one emotion, like melancholy, would possibly turn out more like a Spotify playlist. These mixes are not intended to be played in the background... Hope you still enjoy the ride!

John Hartmann

Would be nice to see more

ambientblog

The good news: there's a new mix scheduled for next week, to be published simultaneously on Headphone Commute and Ambientblog.
Ánd of course you can also check out all previous mixes (almost 70!) on http://www.ambientmix.net - but I assume you already knew that.
Thanks for listening!

ambientblog

Thanks! This track comes from her recent album "heart of a dog", which is the soundtrack from the movie she made as a tribute to her beloved dog.
Personally, I'd recommend checking out her "United States Live" album set, which is an unsurpassed masterpiece of hypnotic spoken word poetry. Also "Big Science" is an album you shouldn't miss.

Philip Astore

One with the Universe-- nothing matters... "I'm a Melancholy Man!.'

ambientblog

:-) Thanks

Stijn Swinnen

Pure melancholia. The opening is a masterpiece. And the spoken words intertwined. I like these dark melancholic ambient sounds a lot. One of the best mixes in the genre I have heard lately. Thank you for creating this mix and being so generous to share it with us.

ambientblog

Thank you, Stijn!

Luca Formentini

beautiful and fresh combination of engaging ambient sounds and music landscapes. Very fresh and rich.

ambientblog

Thanks, Luca

Ambient Landscape

Nice one, Peter! In a word, somber.
I've also been constructing & tinkering using tracks from 'The Revenant' soundtrack

ambientblog

Thanks. It's interesting I do not perceive this as 'somber' music, mostly. There's beauty in melancholy, and there's always hope.... ;-)

mondo guano

What an opening! Almost Hitchcockian in its atmosphere. Set me up for a good hour of assured melancholia. Love it.

ambientblog

Thanks! Yes - the opening sets the mood. But the same theme (from the Revenant) returns in the end leaving you in a more optimistic mood - I hope

mondo guano

The Fovea Hex track was beautiful with elements of Morricone & Eno.
Thank you.

Tonepoet

I tend to enjoy the mixes with a bit of melancholy and darkness, so this session is sitting quite well with me. Peace.

ambientblog

Thanks, I obviously enjoy those, too!