I hope this post finds you well. It’s a late Saturday afternoon here in the DC metro area. I was surfing around YouTube and came across a “behind-the-scenes” (if you will) video of guitarist Mike Stern in a short discussion about the equipment he uses on stage. Being a guitarist also has me interested, and slightly biased :-). Interestingly enough, he plays a custom Yamaha Pacifica, which has the same body style as the legendary Fender Telecaster. Personally, I like the Pacifica better, appearance-wise, anyway. Mike is no stranger to the jazz world and has been nominated for a Grammy in the past. He brings a unique combination of jazz, blues, and rock to his style of playing and his been recognized as a world renowned guitarist for years, especially since being on the scene with Miles Davis’ comeback band in 1981. Mike Stern’s “Big Neighborhood” is nominated for Best Contemporary Jazz Album this year. Here he is, in a video from late 2008, talking gear.
Thank you for joining me once again for yet another edition of The Sunday Soundtrack. I hope it finds u well.
I began a brand new podcast today, but unfortunately got sidetracked with other things (how many of u feel me on this?), so, instead of skipping a week, I decided to do a recast instead. As the title says, it’s actually from April 2007. For those who don’t know the history, the Sunday Soundtrack began in December 2006. An unfortunate incident with my previous host provider (who will remain nameless, though part of me wants to put them on blast), caused me to lose the ENTIRE year of 2007. Google and other search engines have allowed me to recapture cached pages of the playlists, but it remains difficult. Luckily this was one I was able to find. So, I hope u enjoy it.
I appreciate the comments always. If you’re so inclined, always feel free to leave me a message about the podcast. I can be reached at 301.458.0499
Have a great week, and definitely remember….to keep it chilled.
I’m glad you’ve tuned into another editio of the SSP. It’s been an extremely busy week (my eyes want to close, but it’s only 7:58pm Sunday evening). I had an new SSP to post tonite, but some how have deleted the playlist and frankly feel too lazy to listen through the audio file to see what I put together last week…ugh. With that being said, instead of leaving you musicless this weekend again, I bring u….The Best of Chill. These are the tracks in my collection that I feel, in under an hour, represents the best of what could possibly transform you into a state of relaxed of mind….that is my hope anyway.
Now, the tracklisting, enjoy it to the fullest and remember, multitasking is NOT aloud (wink)
No Use (Beanfield Remix ) – Jazzanova/Jazzanova Remixed [Disc 1]
Sa Trincha – Espresso Del Lago/Yeki
If You Don’t Love Me, Understand Me – Vision
Optymystic – Tom Middleton/Life Tracks
Return to Margin (Afterlife Mix) – Afterlife/The Afterlife Lounge
Sonar – Blackfish/Pole Navigation
Gaze – Sweetback/Sweetback
Speck of Gold – Afterlife/The St. Regis Chill & GrooveChill
Bomberclad Joint – Knowtoryous – Kruder & Dorfmeister/The K & D Session
Like A Tattoo – Sade/The Best Of Sade
Third Sky – Groove 7/SFTFÂ
Miracles – Afterlife
Get Back to Serenity (Beach Mix) – Vargo/Beauty
Dreaming Of You – Chevalier
Though suggested no multitasking above, I think it’d be best that I do some…while u hopefully enjoy the music.
Until next time…keep it chilled. Wishing u peaceful vibes…
I hope all is well. It was a pretty long work week that just past, and while chillin’ in studio Friday night, I get this alert on my phone:
To: Doug R
Subject: Live Space Shuttle coverage tonight on Mission Control
Sent: Aug 28, 2009 10:26 PM
Dear Doug R:
Sorry for the late notice, hope you get this in time:
After 2 aborted attempts earlier this week, Space Shuttle Mission
STS-128 is set to launch tonight (in just a couple hours) at 9pm
pacific, midnight Eastern time (04:00 GMT) on a flight to the
international space station.
We’ll be mixing ambient music and the live mission audio from NASA on
our new Mission Control channel. You can tune in at http://somafm.com
Best of luck to Commander Rick Sturckow and the crew of STS-128
At that time I was still trying to decide on the tracks for this weekend’s podcast, then……the light bulb went off. I had never done a pure ambient show before….at least before now ;-). So, I present to u, The Sunday Soundtrack STS-128 Mission Control Flow. I know that I have a few ambient fans out there, as well as a few Twitter followers that express keen NASA interest, either as an employee or enthusiast (some of you know I supported NASA as a systems engineer for 8 years, and began my career in satellite communications in 1988). I had the good fortune of visiting Cape Canaveral to view a launch of satellite that was one of ten that got put into orbit, part of a Dept of Navy program I worked on. If you ever have a chance to view a launch, take advantage of it…it still excites me.
That being said, I present to you this week’s playlist:
Space Shuttle Discovery Launch audio. The STS-128 mission to the International Space Station.
â™« Yuminale – On The Eve Of Loxic Streams
â™« Velocette – Space Q
â™« Steve Roach, Erik Wollo – Stream Of Thought 19
â™« Disturbed Earth – Temple
â™« Spice Barons – Voyager (And What Did You Think Of The First Episode)
â™« Anthony Rother – Elixir Of Life Part I
â™« Gas – Zauberberg V
â™« Alpha Wave Movement – Silent Promise
â™« Natural Frequencies Aka Andreas Leifeld – Timeless
â™« Harold Budd – The Room Alight
â™« William Edge – Not Returning Home
I hope you’ve enjoyed the ambient flow this weekend. As I’ve said previously, you can find tracks like these, as well as other excellent chillout and electronica tracks at Soma FM as well as follow them on Twitter
For getting excellent launch and mission coverage, follow Space Launch News on Twitter.
Nuff said in the last post about today’s R&B music…I wanted to bring u yet another tight cover by Mint Condition of another EWF classic – “After The Love Is Gone”…along with some commentary by Stokely…(Ladies….calm down (wink))
Technology…the continuing boon of mankind, especially in the advent of wired AND wireless communication. I use four primary wireless communication devices: A Mac G5 Dual processor desktop and/or Mac G4 desktop, a laptop (Toshiba Satellite and Powerbook G4) with built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, my Blackberry Curve smartphone, and an iPod Touch 2G. The creation of the Air Force’s Global Positioning System, or GPS has allowed anyone on the earth to determine exactly where they are on the earth. Since then, many vendors have manufactured GPS-enabled devices to harness this technology. Fast forward to today with the many uses of wireless devices and software applications developed for and embedded into cellphones, pdas, etc and you have the capability to now share with the world a very accurate representation of where you are in a very small envelope of time. Many of you reading this use this “apps” on a regular basis: Brightkite, Ubertwitter, Loopt, and tons of others allow not just people on your social networks, but the entire world, know where you are, depending on how you have your communication prefereneces configured for the location awareness app(s) you use. Many, if not all, of these apps allow you to send maps of where you are located based upon associated latitude and longitude coordinates given by the GPS system. You can send photos with your camera enabled device also associating your location. Frankly, I think it’s a fascinating aspect of communications technology that definitely bares its pros.
Last year I read a VERY good article in Wired Magazine about an iPhone user who decided to conduct a little experiment using the location awareness capability of his iPhone. The experiment was very interesting and for anyone interested in the social aspect of location awareness, I suggest it as recommended reading…the article is here.
As freely as it is used, I believe there should also be some thought in how freely one does use it. I’ve heard of many occasions where people tweeted, or otherwise posted there location over some timeframe which yield unfortunate results. One example was a business man who tweeted he was going on a business trip for a week and the location for the trip, only to return home and find his house…..robbed. Coincidence, maybe…but making your location easily aware to the public, along with the ancillary information u provided with it, should at least garner some thought as to what the consequences could be.
Happy Independence Day weekend for those stateside. I hope it was and will continue to be safe. Welcome to this edition of The Sunday Soundtrack. I hope all is well with u.
This edition of the podcast brings an eclectic mix of ambient, electronica, latin vibes, and classic jazz onto the musical palette, so I hope that u can find a color to suit your mood. Per a recent conversation, I’ve got some Vikter Duplaix for one of my new listeners, Tiffany…I hope you enjoy the track. Jazz guitar great Kenny Burrell is on tap as well…that track goes out to fellow guitarist and Twitter buddy Ray Betts.
I’d like to take a moment to give thanks to all my listeners, globally and locally. I always appreciate the comments and encouragement in bringing this podcast to you on a regular basis. Props to my podcasting crew over there on the right, in my blogroll. They bring a style and finesse that oftern aspire to. Thanks for doin’ it big.
That being said, the playlist is as follows.
As Possible (feat. Baschin) – Chris Zippel/Genuine Horizon
Nowhere (Crazy P’s Heatwave Mix)/Aquanote Bare Essentials, Vol. 2
Around, Arrived – Chris Zippel/Genuine Horizon
Let Go – Kuba/Inside Out
The Number Readers – Subsurfing/Frozen Ants
Dentro De Cien Anos – The Metitxell Project/The Metitxell Project
Slight Accent – Ray Obiedo/Modern World
Another Great Love Gone By Featuring Esthero – Vikter Duplaix/Bold & Beautiful
Tenderly – Kenny Burrell/Lucky So And So
All the tunes above can be found on iTunes, and I am sure Amazon.com. The Sunday Soundtrack podcast is also available on iTunes.
Thanks for listening, as always. If you’re on Twitter and or Facebook, please feel free to follow me there as well. The links are to the left, in my blogroll.
I finally started getting up to speed on the latest addition to The Lab…the Akai MPC 1000. I’ve viewed 100’s of videos on YouTube of artists that produce music on all versions of the MPC. For a history on this legendary music production center, check this out…
In any event, I keep a lot of notebooks in my studio library, documenting how I do things, always tryna better my workflow. Here’s a graphic of something I whipped up to keep a hard copy of the projects I work on (in case the software files get corrupted, lost, etc). Just something in the works I’m sharing with the music production community.
Ever since I discovered Flickr, there has been a love relationship. Not only is it an over expansive resource for photographic imagery, but I’ve never seen an online photo gallery with the finesse, coolness, and all time greatness of Flickr.
Being a musician, I have to, once again, echo those niceties because of the groups I’ve joined and the overall friendliness of the musicians I’ve met as members along the way. I’ve learned a lot about many aspects , outreach in the world of music, which can mean a great deal for the success of your marketing. This brings me to an article I discovered the other day.. Maybe some of the other musicians can agree. Check it out here: Why every musician should have a Flickr account.