[One-Off] – ‘Still’ (1630-1999)

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’
(1630-1999)

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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15 thoughts on “[One-Off] – ‘Still’ (1630-1999)

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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?

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

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

  8. 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.

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