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Points of Departure

Points of Departure

Chart positions

This show was 1st in the global chill chart, 2nd in the global electronic chart, 2nd in the global ambient chart and 2nd in the global chillout chart.

This is a follow up to an earlier mix Leaving the Station.

My favorite track in this mix is El Divisadero by Chris Watson from his wonderful field recording album, El Tren Fantasma. I've used this track before but it's so awesome I just had to use it here.

Another track in this mix that I've used before is Dialing in the Sun by Paul Ellis. It's an excellent berlin school cut with a great clicky-clack sound that works perfectly here.

The Elf Machine - Asymmetric Transition
Arovane - Passage to Nagoya
Locust - I'll Be There
Forrest Fang - Bothered
Paul Ellis - Dialing in the Sun
Chris Watson - El Divisadero
Circular - Synchronus
The Black Dog - Exhibit 1.1
Function and Vatican Shadow - Things Unknown
Dub Tractor - More or Less Mono
The Field - Arpeggiated Love
Richard Pinhas - Melodic Simple Transition
Andy Stott - Science and Industry
Torn Hawk - She Happens
Ten and Tracer - Figure and Ground
Deepchord - Day's End

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Eric Berntsson

Mate, that sample in at the start... it sounds a lot like its from Edinburgh central? Brought back memories from when I used to live there :) Wonderful mixes all around!

Paul Asbury Seaman

And then there's Steve Reich's landmark DIFFERENT TRAINS (1989) with Pat Metheny and the Kronos Quartet, with the great album cover (how I miss album art) with railroad tracks on the front and a parallel image of a guitar fret board on the back. See also Low Light Mixes' "Minimal Tendencies."

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Good idea on Different Trains, if I do a follow up mix I'll try to work it in.

Paul Asbury Seaman

This is a great follow-up to "Leaving the Station." I like it even better. Seems a bit more melancholy? Smooth as always, but uncannily captures the variety of moods that accompany an extended train trip (I experienced these a couple times a year as a child). After the excitement of the beginning, then settling in (Dialing in the Sun), there is a beautiful absolutely spot-on passage at 33:20 where, just like a long hike, the journey is starting to get tedious, but in a meditative way. (Things Unknown) A rhythm has set in, we watch the unchanging landscape go by and settle into a reflective quiet inside, or maybe just a quiet flow with no thoughts...

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Paul, thanks so much for your thoughtful comment. Now I want to go back and listen to this mix again with your description in mind. I'm so glad you enjoyed the mix. Cheers!


Exhibit 1.1 by the black dog is exquisite.

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I hadn't listened to that cut since making this mix and your comment made give it another listen. You're exactly right, it is exquisite! Thanks for listening. Cheers!


very sweet and transporting

Jack Seefeldt

Hypnotizing! Amazing how you build the sense of a train journey by weaving these pieces together.

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Thanks Jack! It's nice when a plan actually works & the mix turns out how I envisioned it. Cheers!

Kevin Wang

absolutely stellar, my favourite of yours


Great mix as always :) I also got really hooked on the Chris Watson album. It has some mind bending in there for sure :) Been inspiring listening to your mixes the last couple of days :) Keep up the good work!

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Thanks! I often forget about that Watson album for long periods then come back to it & am totally fascinated with it each and every time.

Steve Slimm

great! Thanks. ;)