Mix: What the Summer Rain Knows

We’ve had plenty of both rain and heat here in Ohio the past few months, and I’d wager most other places are seeing similar changes; both erratic extreme weather and rising temperatures are only going to get worse. But these mixes sometimes have to be about silver linings, and everyone can appreciate the oddly tense, electric tranquility of being sheltered away during a soaking summer storm. It often seems to speak with its boisterous growls of thunder and musical pitter-patter, but ambiguous messages are hard to decipher when you’re just trying to make sure your basement doesn’t flood or your windows don’t cave in.

00:00. Yume Hayashi – “B” from What the Summer Rain Knows (Avocado Tapes, 2016)

03:16. Kevin Drumm – “Humid Weather” [excerpt] from Humid Weather (Hospital Productions, 2012)

06:52. Ourson – “Rainy Wednesday” from Collected Natures III (Psøma Psi Phi, 2019)

08:03. Daphne X – “First the Thirst” from Água Viva (tsss tapes, 2020)

16:06. Marek Hlaváč – “Artificial Rain Falling on Real Metal Plate” from Changing Weather (self-released, 2021)

19:17. Henry Collins – A side [excerpt] of Prepared Rain (zamzamrec, 2020)

25:02. Jeremy Hegge – “Parched Earth, Wet” from Six Days in Townsville (self-released, 2018)

27:45. Abby Lee Tee – “Sleet” from At the Beaver Lodge I (self-released, 2021)

32:38. Audiosmogg – “Solo for Two Cans in the Rain” from Superior to a Lesser Extent (Bleeding Ear, 2019)

36:08. Faust – “Meadow Meal” [ending] from Faust (Polydor, 1971)

Mix: Ecstatic Electronics

For the third and perhaps final installment in my series of electronic music mixes (preceded by Unruly Electronics and Lifeless Electronics), I’ve focused on tracks with such boundless, infectious energy that one feels as though they’re about to burst if they don’t start moving to the music. There’s plenty of peace and joy here, but there’s also intensity, surreality, intoxication, hedonism—everything that seems to blur into a single, seamless mass of life when many become one on a sweat-soaked dance floor.

00:00. Faxada – “Month” from Paraa (Darling, 2018)

01:57. Nonturn – “Evidence” from Territory (Audiobulb, 2018)

06:15. Fuck Buttons – “Phantom Limb” from Tarot Sport (ATP, 2009)

11:04. RXM Reality – “Climateric” from Advent (Orange Milk, 2021)

15:07. Paszka – “Terakota” from Gluon (Noumenal Loom, 2020)

18:11. Arca – “Mequetrefe” from KiCk i (XL, 2020)

20:33. Black Dice – “Glazin” from Repo (Paw Tracks, 2009)

24:24. Stab Something – “French Love” from Stab Something (self-released, 2012)

27:02. John Object – “RPG” [excerpt] from Pre-Heat (Bio Future Laboratory, 2018)

29:42. Exploited Body – “Threnody” [feat. APEAK] from Threnody (self-released, 2019)

33:17. Herbarium – “Herbalife (Gem Tree Recycle)” from Свежесть (Eco Futurism Corporation, 2018)

35:18. Dan Deacon – “Never Do That (Mars)” from Meetle Mice (Standard Oil, 2004)

Mix: At Home with the Ghosts

I hope everyone has used this gift/curse hybrid of extended home confinement to really get to know the spirits that haunt their dwelling. Mine tend to lurk in the closets and spool up in the corners for most of the day, and they’re not the most congenial of phantoms, but we get along fine in the evening, as long as the thermostat is set just a bit too cold and there’s a baseball game or Poltergeist on.


00:00. Patrick Gallagher – “There Is No Set Process” [excerpt] from Soundtracks (Hot Releases, 2019)

01:59. Marcin Barski – “Conversation with Father” [excerpt] from Wanda’s Dream (self-released, 2018)

08:47. Luis Alvarado – “La fiesta sumergida” from La voz de Jrguu (self-released, 2014)

09:44. Anne Guthrie – “Serious Water” from Brass Orchids (Students of Decay, 2018)

14:40. Paco Rossique – “The Space of a Door” from Collages & Dispersions (Linear Obsessional, 2015)

19:42. Saåad – “Incarnat II (1888)” from Verdaillon (In Paradisum, 2016)

21:41. Climax Golden Twins – “Ward A” from Session 9 (Milan, 2001)

27:22. Graham Lambkin & Jason Lescalleet – “Soap Opera Suite” from The Breadwinner (Erstwhile, 2008)

33:27. Darksmith – “Crash Landing” from Hatred of Sound (Second Sleep, 2018)

Mix: Deep Internet

Obnoxious error noises, flash game improvisations, useless pseudo-remixes, server innards, connection, solitude… these are a few of my favorite things.


00:00. Hyperlink – “504: gateway time-out” from Web Timeout (Nmesh, 2016)

00:49. RINGEX PLASTER – excerpts from “Let’s play Super Mario Bros to save Mushroom Princess right now!!! The Mushroom Princess is being held captive by the evil Koopa tribe of turtles. Super Mario Bros. NEW! Hot! Pac-man.. Start Game. … Super Mario World: Peach Blast. NEW! Hot! Mario Forever. NEW! Hot! Mario …” from Super Mario Brothers: New Super Mario Flash Online Game (self-released, 2020)

03:36. Youtube: Naliboki Woods – Dial Up (5 Feb 2021)

07:08. Ketchup Johns – “Bejewelled Frisbee” from Life Simulator (self-released, 2017)

08:56. Network Glass – “5.52 [Minecraft]” from Twitch (Salon, 2020)

14:48. food item – “It’s Actually an Energy Drink, but Who Cares.” from Yeah! Food Item Transmission. (7Form, 2020)

15:25. Windows 98の – BLUE SCREEN 002 [excerpt] (Pizza Beast, 2016)

20:23. Youtube: panicking at the wrong disco – “mr. brightside” but you’re crying in a bathroom at a party because your crush brought a date… (18 Nov 2020)

24:10. Ned Paige – A side [excerpt] of Ad Tape (Podunk, 2019)

28:04. XoArK – “ghted Bid Pric8 $26.es Weighted Bid” from CR061-1. 5ThLi cf 3 44lsy. 6/9-Z CY. 230. 30Z- c-,`. 414/5y Scp. IlenOMMIND. SrRvc-l’akt–. 11-5. 5-6 … cLe)( d’AfX1 1/z,ci70 .)(it 40 “/r) 1’1. WhAf. … English. TON. 5/2013 – 5/2014. Unit price quantity breakouts. Unit Price Statistics. Min Quantity. (7Form, 2020)

30:29. ~~~ – “:;:” from ~~:;:~~ (Absolute Trash Media, 2021)

32:42. RINGEX CLASSIC – Live @ Roblox Mall V.6.0 Apr 22nd 2020 (self-released, 2020)

Mix: Based Bass

The double bass was actually the first instrument I ever properly learned how to play. For me it was simply a stepping stone to the electric bass guitar, but I still hold a deep appreciation for those who devote their lives to taming these giant wooden beasts, stretching their physical, tonal, and timbral possibilities to new heights (and nadirs, depending on how you look at it). There are few contexts in which the double bass feels more fully actualized than on its own; stripped to the raw duality of performer and instrument, solo bass playing mines the true potential of the object on either end of the dynamic spectrum—both brutality and delicacy.

00:00. Joëlle Léandre – “Hein ! Quoi, Je T’entends Plus” from Sincerely (Plainisphare, 1985)

05:39. Luke Stewart – January 17, 2019 [excerpt] (Fire Over Heaven, 2021)

13:16. Peter Kowald – part 16 of Was Da Ist (FMP, 1995)

15:44. Kent Kessler – “Furthermore” from Bull Fiddle (Okka Disk, 2002)

17:11. Michael Formanek – “Crawlspace” from Am I Bothering You? (Screwgun, 1998)

21:31. Brandon Lopez – “The Full of Good Ideas” from The Church of Plenty Empty (No Rent, 2018)

26:42. Djuna Lee – untitled track from #1 Solo Improvisations V/A compilation (Residence, 2016)

31:13. Otto Willberg – first untitled track from short album (self-released, 2020)

35:01. Félicie Bazelaire – “the night” from Pyramids (self-released, 2020)

Mix: Corporate Humdrum

I think most of us have been away from the office long enough that we can romanticize its soul-sucking essence. There’s plenty of misery, anger, abuse, and above all boredom to be found in any cubicle farm or gaudy corporate park, but this mix is a sustained extension of those fleeting moments of contentment amidst the malaise: an unusually tasty cup of coffee to pair with the breakfast you treated yourself to; an unexpected half-day; an invisible, intangible embrace from the spirits of displaced dreams that lurk within the walls.

00:00. ░N░E░W░ – “48 N. Los Robles” from Painting of Common Objects (A B S E N T   E R R A T U M, 2020)

04:03. Nick Malkin – Waiting in a Vacant Lobby [excerpt] (self-released, 2020)

13:04. Taeha Types – “Kyuu” from Mechanical Keyboard Sounds: Recordings of Bespoke and Customised Mechanical Keyboards (Trunk, 2020)

16:52. Andrew Fogarty & David Lacey – “Perruque” [excerpt] from The Wig (Fort Evil Fruit, 2018)

20:42. Xerophonics – “Minolta EP 6001 CS PRO (Serial # 21742775)” from Copying Machine Music (Seeland, 2003)

24:09. Little Fictions – “Memories and Sounds Collected at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, July 2018, Seoul” [excerpt] from Territory of Light (Small Worm, 2020)

29:15. Guido Gamboa – sixth untitled track [excerpt] from Saturday’s Notes (Pentiments, 2015)

33:16. Stephen Cornford – “Eject Mechanisms & Broken Drives” [excerpt] from Constant Linear Velocity (Consumer Waste, 2019)

36:27. [The User] – untitled track [excerpt] from Symphony #2 for Dot Matrix Printers (Staalplaat, 2002)

Mix: Night Tearers

Been wanting to make this one for a while. If you were to get kicked to death in the pit (if those are even still a thing after all this) and sent to hell, this is what your eternity of suffering would sound like. Could be worse.

JLbari, ‘Nighmare 2’

00:00. Hayworth – “15 Seconds Alone in the Hot Tub” from I Now Pronounce You Fucked and Depressed (self-released, 2009)

01:10. IDYLLS – “Lied to” from Prayer for Terrene (self-released, 2014)

07:41. Arkan Azid – “ASTRALSUIZID” from ASTRALSUIZID (self-released, 2020)

10:54. Gaza – “I Don’t Care Where I Go When I Die” from I Don’t Care Where I Go When I Die (Black Market Activities, 2006)

12:13. Unyielding Love – “The Pregnant Hurt” from The Sweat of Augury (various, 2016)

16:44. Irhagar – “- ̢̛҉͠ ̕͟ ̵͟͠ ̵̶̀͘ ҉ ̵̨́́̀ ͏̵ ̴̡͘” from Sutra (self-released, 2020)

18:36. Mahr – “Noctaeon” from Antelux (Amor Fati, 2018)

21:31. Endon – “Etude for Lynching by Family” from Mama (Daymare, 2015)

26:22. Miscarriage – “II” from Imminent Horror (Sentient Ruin, 2019)

33:41. Shora – “To Further Confines” from split with Merzbow (Bisect Bleep, 2002)

Mix: Staring Into Space, Amps on High and Tilted Skyward

The title of this mix comes from the artist description on RST’s Bandcamp page. A slab of heavy, enveloping, rough-hewn drone music: pillars of light exploding from your body and stabbing through the clouds.

Still from ‘Sunshine’ (2007)

00:00. Bügsküll – “Intro” from Phantasies and Senseitions (Road Cone, 1994)

00:16. Pelt – “Ashes of a Photograph” [excerpt] from Effigy (MIE, 2012)

08:41. Natural Snow Buildings – “Black Pastures” [excerpt] from Daughter of Darkness (Blackest Rainbow, 2009)

16:28. My Cat Is an Alien – section I [excerpt] of Cosmic Light of the Third Millennium (Important, 2006)

20:09. Alex Cunningham – “Faith” [excerpt] from Rivaled (Void Castle, 2021)

28:05. K-Group – “Carrier” from K-Group (Corpus Hermeticum, 1997)

33:14. Jim O’Rourke – Happy Days [excerpt] (Revenant, 1997)

40:17. RST – “Transform” from Warm Planes (Corpus Hermeticum, 1999)

49:37. Axolotl – “Way Blank” from Way Blank (Psych-o-Path, 2005)

55:46. Bada – “Roj Friberg” from Bada (Pomperipossa, 2020)

Mix: The Spindly Insect Legs of Love and Loss

“The tender gesture says: ask me anything that can put your body to sleep, but also do not forget that I desire you—a little, lightly, without trying to seize anything right away.” —Roland Barthes, A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments

The microscopic unutterables of a doomed love: first the curious, tentative, beautiful pirouettes of fingertips tracing new territory for the first time; next the invisible buildup of stagnancy, doubt, uncertainty, fear, sabotage, still with fleeting spots of light; then the loneliness, despair, longing touches meeting only empty air; and finally the idealistic but ultimately futile look toward something new. Never let go.

Fireball painting by Helen Frankenthaler
Helen Frankenthaler, “Fireball” (1981)

00:00. soft tissue – “glass master” from soft tissue (Penultimate Press, 2019)

02:28. Nathaniel Young – “exploit_01” from Stringed Exploits (_phinery, 2016)

04:32. Ivan Palacký – Sanctuary [excerpt] (piece for Amplify 2020 festival)

06:29. Peter Lenaerts – fourth part [excerpt] of Serbian Orthodox Church of the Prophet Elijah (Very Quiet, 2013)

09:16. Kim Cascone & Scanner – “Behavioural Sink” [excerpt] from The Crystalline Address (Sub Rosa, 2002)

10:33. Porcje Rosołowe – “Metua Tympanis” from Insects 4-7 (Crónica, 2015)

13:00. Klaysstar – “Right” from More No Place (Outlet Archival, 2020)

14:52. Sachiko M – Salon de Sachiko [excerpt] (Hitorri, 2007)

20:14. Takamitsu Ohta – “cqicx,qikcco.cqqico,,” from Three Ways to Output from a Recorder (Careful Catalog, 2019)

24:35. Dominique Vaccaro – “05” from Close Distances (Dinzu Artefacts, 2018)

26:09. Massimo Toniutti – “Scraps upon Tempered Fields” [excerpt] from antidocument/groundwork (Vitrine, 2016)

28:54. Shirt Trax – “crtL” from Good News About Space (OR, 1999)

31:49. Climax Golden Twins – fifth untitled track from Dream Cut Short in the Mysterious Clouds (Anomalous, 2000)

35:24. Daphne X – “Yoga” from NaCl (self-released, 2018)

Mix: Lifeless Electronics

No humans allowed. Screaming terminals with corroded circuits, samplers and toy keyboards caught in merciless error cycles, malfunctioning alarm systems and tactile glitch maelstroms and mind-numbing trash-frequencies. Do we really deserve anything else?

Decorative picture of discarded circuit boards

00:00. Su Sous Toulouge en Rouge – “Of Course We Play Basements, We’re the Underground… Duh” [excerpt] from Byte 0FX0 (Poor Little Music, 2016)

03:44. Chris Fratesi – “247” from Red Lead (Anathema Archive, 2020)

05:57. Archival Frequencie – Death of a Tax Collector [excerpt] (7Form, 2020)

09:52. Ashcircle – “Delusion” from Off the Cliff Edge (Fractal Meat, 2020)

14:37. Network Glass & Christian Mirande – B side [excerpt] of Arbuckle 7/28 (A R C H I V E, 2018)

17:40. Wetkoff – “Nuke Ranks” from He Is Lying (self-released, 2020)

22:59. Hardworking Families – “A Frog in September” from A Room and a Frog (Invisible City, 2020)

25:25. Glia – “gaderffii-i_ii” from Totokia (Dasa Tapes, 2021)

27:17. UVC – first untitled track from Mixed-Control Interpretations (Born Physical Form, 2020)

32:02. C. R. Odette – second untitled track [excerpt] from Castle Two (Chocolate Monk, 2017)

33:44. Rich Teenager – “Sardanapalus” [excerpt] from Sardanapalus (self-released, 2020)

35:56. Cabrita – “OIESHI” from 1 (self-released, 2018)

37:17. Mindload – first untitled track [excerpt] from Different Plug (Scumbag Relations, 2009)

38:38. Peea – “My Acl0nium” [excerpt] from Ins0lemnia (self-released, 2021)