An aggregate mix project, inspired by the release of ‘Continuum‘ by Nik Bartsch’s Mobile and, as I was watching the movie,  Ryuichi Sakamoto’s soundtrack for The Revenant– gorgeously ambient!

It  began by creating several file folders into which 2 to 4 compositions were deposited for recombination (mini-mixes); segments of the final deliverable. Starting with over 2 hours of audio, the process of honing it down to a workable mix had me slashing here…then there, then rendering the combined songs into pieces from which to construct the final play-list. I didn’t plan on it being this Jazz-laden (thus the ‘elements‘ moniker – not added to the artwork until after the mix was complete; who knew?)…but sometimes mixes surprise even the mixer.

Running time 83:38
Part 1
of a double 2-part set (4 mixes, total)

01. Construct 1: Wash/Out of Horse – Ryuichi Sakamoto / Long Light – Harold Budd & John Fox
02. I-Ching – Birds Flying in the Sky
03. Construct 2:
Zooropa (intro) – U2/ Ian Fish, U.K. Heir – David Bowie/ The Water – Heiner Goebbels/ The End – Ryuichi Sakamoto
04. Biosphere – Det Var Kulmerkt Hjem
05. Nik Bärtsch’s Mobile/Ambient Landscape – Modul 12.1 (audio layered remix)
06. Vijay Iyer & Wadada Leo Smith – A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke, The Empty Mind Receives
07. Ryuichi Sakamoto – The Revenant Theme (Alva Noto Remodel)
08. Jan Jelinek – Moiré [Piano & Organ]
09. Masabumi Kikuchi Trio – Last Ballad
10. Ensemble Kolossus & Michael Formanek – The Distance
11. Jan Garbarek Quartet – Skarabée
12. Colin Vallon – Cendre
13. Trio 3 w/Vijay Iyer – Suite for T – III. Adagio
14. Nik Bärtsch’s Mobile –  Modul 60
15. Steve Tibbetts – Climbing
16. Deathprod & Biosphere – Polychromatic
17. David Bowie – The Mysteries (w/ treatments)

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