Back in 2007 I made a series of 60 second ‘still photos’ that I called Minutes. I recorded them on a little Canon Ixus so on today’s high-res displays they look terrible. YouTube existed in 2007 but I didn’t upload them there, partly because I wanted them presented more like photographs. Instead I put them on a dedicated website as Flash video (FLV) clips, but the site disappeared when I changed servers at some point. And Flash is dead of course. So they’ve gone*.
A number of people said they appreciated them at the time but I was arguably ahead of the curve: today YouTube has countless hours of ambience, ASMR or generally atmospheric videos many of which are just audio. I love all of the above. I often listen to light rain or similar, combined with some drone / ambient music while I’m working.
Also a big fan of Starship Engine Rumble, incidentally.
Anyway, preamble over. I have lots of audio gear and a camera, and I felt like making some similar stuff again. These are more about the sound than the video so one minute is not long enough. I’ve done a couple of tests (12 and 9 minutes respectively). An hour each would be a nice round number, so aiming for that eventually.
(* They’re in a backup zip file somewhere, I never delete anything)
This mix was recorded in May 2000 in Leeds, on my trusty Technics 1210s. This is 5 years on from the last one posted so the mixing is pretty respectable by this stage.
We start off with some electro tracks from Simulant, Anthony Rother, and UR, then shift into 4-4 techno via Dave Angel's gorgeous remix of Model 500's 'I Wanna Be There'. On the B-side it's more melodic with tracks from (Weatherall side project) Deanne Day and Plaid among others.
Another old very old DJ mix recovered from tape. This was done on my belt drive Ariston decks in 1995. The levels are all over the place and there's more dodgy scratching and and ill conceived back-spins! But no happy hardcore this time (you may or may not be pleased to hear).
I've put together a new ambient mix. It was recorded live and then tweaked in Ableton. The field recordings were captured with my ancient (but trusty!) MZ-R50 MiniDisc recorder and a stereo condenser mic.
Listen to it here or go to the Mixcloud page. If you have an account it would be great if you could give it a like and a share to help it can reach a wider audience.
Firstperson – field recording: Stamford morning
Stéphane Kerecki & John Taylor – La Source (intro)
Firstperson – field recording: Wet London street 1
Carroll Gibbons – The Night Is Young
Brock Van Wey – Forever a Stranger
Bill Evans – Spartacus Love Theme (sample, looped)
Firstperson – field recording: Rain on plastic roof
Tim Hecker – The Star Compass
Firstperson – field recording: Market day
Firstperson – microphone feedback experiment
Hallgrimskirkja Motet Choir – Jón Leifs – Requiem, Op. 33b
Firstperson – field recording: Wet London street 2
Future Sound Of London - Photosynthesis
Stephen Crow – Starquake, in-game sound effects (C64)