I think I’ve been a non-practicing producer since I got my first pair of headphones: I’ve always been pulled in by the staging of sound, the dryness or wetness of it, the sense of music pulling or pushing one forward, spinning you around, the mysteriouss relationship between timbre and emotion. Eventually, I began to hear the world around me as music, too–how different spaces and different noises also created emotions. I love the way both music and sounds in an environment literally feel in my ears, and the way my body responds even before my mind can. And so eventually, as my own music was limited by my talent and means, and none of my friends was begging me to produce their records, I started mixing (instead of compiling) “finished” music together, with idea that mixed music–treated as sonic/emotional raw material–could at least temporarily replicate our full sensory intake, including a sense of time, and perhaps even call us to a heightened sensory state. ‘Adrift‘ was the first mix where I fully embraced this approach, the results of which I’ve decided with unrepentant nerdiness to call the ‘Sensory Replication Series‘.
At a brief 31 minutes, ‘Adrift‘ is by far the simplest of this series, in technical terms. Consisting of ten primary tracks only sometimes intermingled (unlike later, more ambitious mixes that involved remixing, dubbing, or weaving six tracks together at once) it relies on the way its component pieces fit harmoniously together. Looking at the artists in the tracklist, ‘Adrift’ might seem to be a somewhat edgy, cerebral affair; but in fact, this is mysterious, sensual, even sweet music, and I’m not certain whether I’ve since matched the purely intoxication of this mix. I find this music heartbreaking in the most delicious way. These mixes tend to be the least popular here at Musicophilia, but I hope that for those who allow themselves to drift in, they offer a listening experience outside the every-day.
Mostly instrumental, this mix brings you the most unabashedly beautiful, emotional sides of John Cale, Faust, Rachel’s, This Heat, Mnemonists, Harmonia, Neu, Holger Czukay and Brian Eno (here interpolating Pachelbel with what would seem to be a mental excercise but which is almost more affecting than the original, for me). The timecode provided with the tracklist is very approximate; but I’d suggest you basically ignore it, and try to let the trainspotting tendency to dissipate. I think you’ll be amazed how quickly 31 minutes passes in this territory. If you do enjoy this mix, please don’t miss the most recent addition to the series, ‘Tall Stories of Evil Gris-Gris,’ a dirtier, haunted, swampy, funky, twisted and more beat-oriented approach to the Senrory Replication idea. Full tracklist and download after the “more…” link.
Various Artists – Adrift (1969-2001)
01 [00:00 – 02:10] John Cale – “Wall” (1970)
02 [02:00 – 04:30] Faust – “Das Meer” (1971)
03 [04:20 – 07:35] Rachel’s – “With more Air Than Words/All Is Calm”(1996)
04 [07:00 – 11:30] Soundslike – “Violence” (2001)
05 [10:15 – 13:00] This Heat – “Water” (1979)
06 [11:40 – 15:45] Mnemonists – “Nailed” (1983)
07 [13:00 – 14:40] Harmonia – “Trace” (1976)
08 [15:30 – 23:40] Neu! – “Leb Wohl” (1975)
09 [21:40 – 25:10] Holger Czukay – “Boat-Woman-Song” (Excerpt) (1969)
10 [24:30 – 31:20] Brian Eno – “Fullness of Wind” (1975)
[Total Time: 31:20]