[One-Off] – ‘Still’ (1630-1999)

Posted in Mixes by Soundslike on June 30, 2009

Note:  Some listeners report getting an error when unpacking the .zip file containing the mix, leaving them with only “Part I”.  I found I had no problems using a freeware program like ExtractNow, but did get the error on one machine using the built-in unzip function of Windows Vista.  On Macs, the situation seems to be reversed–the built-in OS unzipping utility works, program(s) may not.  Sorry for the hassle, and thanks for visiting. I’ve added a new download link with a new zip here, which hopefully has none of these problems.

A majority of the music I share here at Musicophilia could be described as oriented around movement: the kinetic, sometimes frantic energy of post-punk; the rhythmic fluidity of the Musique du Monde-style blends of funk, jazz, Krautrock, sound library music, etc.; the space-disco march of the ‘Rhythmes du Monde‘ mixes; or the narrative journey through the dense, quasi-three-dimensional landscapes of the ‘Sensory Replication‘ series.  These are generally the sorts of music to which I listen most often.  But there is always a need for music that focuses inward, that slows our minds and draws our attention to the smallest, simplest details–for me such sounds remain my foundation, whatever far-flung branches my path through music takes.  This is the music found here in ‘Still‘.  This is a mix I could have made (and probably virtually did make) a decade earlier in my musical searching–but this, I hope, is a good thing, an indication that this is music that remains constantly evocative, elemental and essential.

There’s piano-based and fusion jazz, singer-songwriter balladry, harp- and flute-like instrumentation from Italy, Japan, Indonesia, England, and the Ivory Coast.  There’s neo-chamber music, modern compositional sounds, folk music of the South Pacific, and the generally unclassifiable.  But the common thread is a spaciousness, a carefulness, and a simplicity that I think makes everything coalesce.  Among the mostly well-loved artists are Dave Brubeck, Talk Talk’s Mark Hollis, Moondog, Nick Drake, Nina Simone, Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, Toumani Diabate, Colin Blunstone of the Zombies, Low, Keith Jarrett, and Arthur Russell.  Less known but no less beautiful are Renaissance composer Giovanni Maria Trabaci, Brigitte Fontaine & Areski, the Noday Family, L.S. Gelik, Rachel’s, and Gerald Bole.  This may not be Musicophilia’s most ambitious mix, but many of these are among my very favorite songs, and I hope you’ll enjoy them.  Full tracklist and the download link are at the “more…” link below.

Various Artists – ‘Still’

Part I
01   [00:00]   Giovanni Maria Trabaci – “Toccata Seconda & Ligature Per L’arpa” (1630s)
02   [02:57]   Dave Brubeck – “Fujiyama” (1964)
03   [07:54]   Mark Hollis – “Inside Looking Out” (1998)
04   [14:06]   Brigitte Fontaine & Areski – “Declaration de Sinistre” (1974)
05   [16:11]   Noday Family – “Mago Uta” (1968)
06   [18:18]   Moondog – “Marimba Mondo 2” (1977)
07   [23:30]   Nick Drake – “Rider On the Wheel” (1970)
08   [26:00]   L.S. Gelik – “Bandung (Mang Koko)” (1992)
09   [29:36]   Rachel’s – “Egon & Gertie” (1996)
10   [32:35]   Nina Simone – “Black Is The Color Of My True Love’s Hair” (1966)

Part II
11   [00:00]   Bob Dylan – “Moonshiner” (1963)
12   [05:02]   Miles Davis – “In A Silent Way” (1970)
13   [09:12]   Joni Mitchell – “A Case of You” (1971)
14   [13:32]   Toumani Diabate – “Jarabi” (1989)
15   [18:32]   Colin Blunstone – “Though You’re Far Away” (1971)
16   [21:52]   Gerald Bole – “Moonlight” (1983)
17   [23:56]   Low – “Long Long Long” (1998)
18   [27:41]   Keith Jarrett – “Don’t Ever Leave Me” (1999)
19   [30:18]   Tongan Folk Musicians – “Faikava Love Song” (1974)
20   [32:58]   Arthur Russell – “Our Last night Together” (1986)

[Total Time: 72:24]

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  1. Rune Braathen said, on June 30, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    I am getting a CRC error when unzipping part 2, which is a shame because part 1 was, literally, music to my ears. :)

  2. Soundslike said, on June 30, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    Hmm–I’m afraid I don’t know what that could mean. . . The two parts should have been in a single zip file. I’ll try downloading and seeing if it works on my end–if so it might just be your download got corrupted? Glad you like it so far!

  3. jenks said, on July 2, 2009 at 1:07 am

    Haven’t thanked you in recent weeks. Whilst I love the 1981 series, i do think these excursions really show just what a great ear you have for curating music – i have half of this and haven’t heard of the other half – a perfect recipe for success. Keep it up!

  4. Soundslike said, on July 2, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Thank you, sir. I’m proud of the ‘1981’ set–but I’m really happy that a good number of people are giving other things here a listen, and hopefully hearing, like you, things they love mixed with a few new-to-them sounds. It’s certainly my preferred way of listening, back and forward simultaneously.

  5. Laura said, on July 7, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    I am getting an error on the part 2 mp3 as well, but this sounds incredibly beautiful. Thank you.

  6. marc h. said, on July 7, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Odd, I got a similar error when unzipping and also only have Part 1! Loving the track listing, though.


  7. Soundslike said, on July 7, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Hmm, that’s a bummer–I don’t know what could be wrong with the file, unzipped ok for me. . . I can try to re-upload it, but I’m not sure if anyone would know to re-download it. . . Glad you enjoyed part 1 though!

  8. marc h. said, on July 7, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Update: The problem appears to lie in StuffIt. I unzipped just now using just the default Mac Archive Utility and the whole thing showed up fine. Sorry, and thanks again!

  9. Soundslike said, on July 7, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Ahh, interesting. I’m on a PC, so I just use the zip function in-built with Windows. I can use another utility if that causes problems for Mac users–are .RAR files more compatible with OS X?

  10. spleeng said, on July 21, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    Best thing you’ve ever done.
    And just where the hell IS Mark Hollis anyway?

    …..or Joel R.L. Phelps for that matter.

  11. Soundslike said, on July 21, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    It’s certainly the most sentimental thing I’ve done–but not in a bad way. Hollis’ disappearance is so sad–such an immense and truly unique talent. I heard rumors of getting religion and deciding music was somehow immoral. . . but he did make appearances on Anja Garbarek’s album from 2001–but I don’t know of anything he’s done since.

  12. Tom said, on July 26, 2009 at 2:53 am

    Beautiful. that’s all there is to say. thank you.

  13. Musicophilia said, on September 13, 2009 at 6:36 am

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  15. Ben said, on January 18, 2011 at 3:01 am

    Still really love this mix.

    Any chance of getting it in 320kbps?

    Too much beautiful space for 128kbps!

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