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I was in central New York this past week, visiting family near Cooperstown where I spent my childhood growing up. We stayed at my Grandma’s house in Mount Vision, NY, a beautiful house with equally beautiful surroundings– pine forests, shaded streams, massive fields, blue skies, undiluted starry nights, etc.

This mix is my attempt to capture all that natural beauty, first done as a Live set created while in the midst of my green and blue surroundings, it serves as the companion piece to a body of photographs (on the way as soon as they’re back from the lab!) I took while spending as much time as I could outdoors. The music is intended to express the natural ebb and flow of life as experienced atop Mount Vision: tracks evolve and morph organically, often unpredictably, much like the gigantic white clouds overhead, or the shift of the shadows of endless straight lines of pine trees as the sun sinks into the horizon. Sounds melt like tree sap and harden again, things shift from dark to light, cold to warm, instrument-based to field recordings.

I’ve posted a few of these tracks on my blog here before, even citing some as reminding me of growing up in Cooperstown. Some of the song titles even bear significance to the photos, further evidence of the symbiosis between audio and visual. I did my best to mix up (as always) a wide range of picks, some old, some new, some well-known, some yet-to-be-discovered…all should provide the perfect backdrop to your work session, yoga/meditation routine, or (my favorite) for falling asleep. Tracks are mostly non-abrasive, they aren’t permitted enough time to drone on for too long (it’s just 20 tracks in 48 mins).

More photos can be found on my Flickr page.

Alex / HeadUpMount Vision – Ambient Mix
Loscil – First Narrows
Stars of the Lid – Don’t Bother, They’re Here
Radere – Maple Drip
Jan Jelinek – Happening Tone
Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto – Morning
Twerk – Haiiro
Aphex Twin – Curtains
Tim Hecker – Her Black Horizon
Lusine ICL – A Day Apart
Kyle Bobby Dunn – Butel (Kersey)
Viul – Reis and Varnish
Mountains – Choral
Direwires – Sunkissed
Rachel’s – Systems/Layers
Mountains – Choral (Reprise)
Chihei Hatakeyama – Bonfire on the Field
Jetone – Static
Gas – Gas 3
Benoît Pioulard – Sweep Generator
Paneye – The Clearing Where She Once Stood