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The most recent episode of S&S Radio was arranged by Jean, a French artist (now based in Montreal) who designs sound as Triste Marker, Johnny Ripper, Adam Wrong, and Boy With a Red Cap. Across his various projects, there’s a sense of studious wonder, as if driven by a curiosity that never rests. Especially (in the context of the influences/favorites mixed here) his Triste Marker work, which uses field recordings and organic noise to edit “memory into music.” This is confirmed by the thoughtful effort put forth in Jean’s track by track commentary below.

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New Zealand

 

Inspired by our recent trip, New Zealand attempts to reflect the many tones of the country’s breathtaking terrain. The mix features music from New Zealand-based artists (all except the intro), with some field recordings taken along the way. It’s a companion piece to Victoria’s photography series, which can be found in the latest issue of RANGE Magazine (and digitally here).

Intro (Blue Moon performed by Chromatics)
Sleeper – Timeless Time
Conrad Wedde – Cassandra
Purple Pilgrims – Earthly Heaven / Joon
Sleeper – Slumber
The 3Ds – Jewel
Pumice – Trophy
Indira Force – E.D.C.A.
Seeami – Insulation & Safely
Rhian Sheehan – Scene 4
Roy Montgomery – Rainshadow Near Christchurch
Birds Of Passage – Ashes To Ashes
Mount Pleasant – In Dreams (Roy Orbison)

 

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Ashan - Grounding

 

Ashan: ‘The Gentle Way’, the sound of the universe’s vibration… for Sean Conrad, “a recognition that I am a part of everything and that I am living out of love”, he told Noah Klein recently on No Fear of Pop. The mind behind a myriad of releases, both as an artist and curator to cassette label Inner Islands, Sean displays a clear interest in finding peace through music. Today he gives us Grounding:

“Collecting and connecting the songs in this mix was inspired by the sensation I get sometimes of feeling my body, mind, and spirit all in one place, consciously. It happens not too often. But when it does I feel a certain stillness and presence that is mostly ineffable. These songs begin to touch on that feeling for me. And it is with great joy that I am sharing them.”

Popol Vuh – Hoere, Der Du Wagst
Satoshi Ashikawa – Still Park Ensemble
Colleen – Sun Against My Eyes
Miyata Kohachiro – Hon Shirabe
Six Organs of Admittance – When You Finally Return
Silver Antlers – Pine
Tim Hecker – Black Refraction

His is latest effort, Breathknow, is out now through Constellation Tatsu.

Albino Deers

 

A wordless, entrancing little mix entitled The Creation of Greatness can flow in countless directions. There’s a certain charm in going about this one blindly…

Manfred Werder – 2008
Brambles – To Speak Of Solitude
Jana Winderen – Wind Over Old Land
Pausal – Bottom-Up Pause
Harry Escott – Sex Scene
Toshiya Tsunoda – Seashore, Venice Beach, 31 Jul 01
Olan Mill – Pampas (Rurre)
Chris Watson – Valle Dei Venti
Clem Leek – 51°03.773′
Jana Winderen – Sense Of Latent Power
Harry Escott – End Credits

When asked though, Vyvyan Colonna, the artist behind Rome-based project Albino Deers, did provide some additional insight. To summarize: greatness is not only the product of beauty and power, of Greek muses and distant wonder, but also of ordinary darkness, of human misery and loneliness.