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Solace

Solace

Playing tracks by

Jonty Harrison, Thomas Köner, Pierce Warnecke, Lewis Pesacov & Elisabeth Cline, Ryuichi Sakamoto/Alva Noto and more.

Chart positions

This upload was 2nd in the #experimental ambient chart, 13th in the #ambient chart and 13th in the #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

J. 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!

OutsideGirl

2nd Laurie Anderson track I've ever heard (after O superman) and of course it's ace and relevant. What year was it made? Doesn't matter. Was it part of an installation too? Keep wondering about those or searching for a conceptual album if she ever released it. Not sure where to start.

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.

OutsideGirl

Thanks! Helpful recommendations, shall seek them out!

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
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!