Blessed Initiative: The album for me is somewhere between pride and embarrassment

Yair Elazar Glotman does not need an introduction. However, his new project Blessed Initiative might. As a singular project, the self-titled 'Blessed Initiative' was released in November on Subtext Recordings. We spoke to Yair about this fascinating, dissonant trip he took with this new record and he also made a guest mix for us.

Sounds Of A Tired City #60: Octo Octa

Brooklyn-based artist Maya Bouldry-Morrison has been releasing mainly house music as Octo Octa since 2011. We've been a fan of her ever since her first releases on 100% Silk. Maya's not only a fruitful and one of a kind producer but also a phenomenal DJ. This weekend you won't have to go out for some good vibes, since we've got an exclusive excerpt of the set she played a few weeks back at Housepitality in San Francisco. Groove on!

FORMA: We specifically asked for a rotting tomato with an eyeball

FORMA consist of improvisational synth explorers Mark Dwinell, John Also Bennett and George Bennett. The Brooklyn-based experimental group released two full-length records on Spectrum Spools (2011-2012). This year they found a new home on Kranky and in September they returned with their long-awaited third album 'Physicalist'. We spoke to the guys about the new record, their background and inspiration, side projects, rotting tomatoes and much more. They also made a mind-blowing guest mix that sure is going to take you to places you never expected to visit.

Faitiche: Jan Jelinek

Faitiche is a German label launched by Jan Jelinek in 2008. This year is an excellent one for Faitiche as 'Schaum', Jan Jelinek's collaboration with Masayoshi Fujita was recently released and Andrew Pekler’s ‘Tristes Tropiques’ is planned to follow in the beginning of November. We spoke to Jan about the new releases, the history of Faitiche and all things label-related. He also made a guest mix featuring some delightful pieces from the Faitiche discography.

Sounds Of A Tired City #58: Monadh

Behind the mysterious Monadh moniker you can discover the Seattle-based zealous field recordist, Jake Muir. Jake is about having his first solo album 'Muara' released on Further Records (out on September 9), so there is no better timing to host his spellbinding guest mix.

Ben Lukas Boysen: To feel the connection between a musician and his instrument is such a wonderful and inimitable thing

Ben Lukas Boysen is back with a spellbinding new album on Erased Tapes Records. 'Spells' was released on the 10th of June and if there's such a thing as a good excuse to make another interview with the German wunderkind, this is definitely it. Also, we asked him to prepare his second mix for Sounds Of A Tired City – some things you just cannot get enough of.

Damaskin: Ode to Eliane Radigue

Really not much is known about Damaskin, the mysterious Belgium-based techno producer who's also known as Seraphim Rytm. He's extremely skilled in the world of harsh industrial techno, but he's not a stranger when it comes to creating ambient-leaning sounds either. He's been doing numerous self-releases but he's recently appeared on labels like Silent Season, Noiztank, New Body and New York Haunted, finally gaining some recognition. However, we think that he deserves to be even more in the spotlight! We chatted to him briefly and he also recorded a rather special live composition, which is an homage to our all-time favourite Eliane Radigue.

Sounds Of A Tired City #55: Crypt Thing

If you thought certain electronic music producers were enigmatic, it's time you met Crypt Thing. He just released his debut EP 'Shodan' on South-East London label squareglass – a blue square 7" record, how awesome is that? We asked him to prepare a mix for Sounds Of A Tired City, which turned out to be just as eclectic, surreal and full of surprises as his music.

Sounds Of A Tired City #54: Arovane

Our next guest mix has been thoughtfully composed by none other than Uwe Zahn aka Arovane. The German virtuoso of ethereal melodies selected some delicate sounds that make up for a one hour journey through lush ambience. Atmospheric field recordings, soft piano pieces and even some gentle beats with (among others) Orla Wren, Marcus Fischer, Darren McClure, Porya Hatami and Arovane himself.

Sounds Of A Tired City #53: Erinome

There is no better way to dive into a new month than with Erinome's excellent selection and perfect blend of power electronics and ambient. Erinome is Aaron Ross Hansen, a multi-instrumental sound artist and composer living and working in Omaha, Nebraska. In this mix he explores the relationship between electronic and acoustic tones, organic and industrial textures.

Sounds Of A Tired City #51: Simon12345 & The Lazer Twins

Simon12345 & The Lazer Twins are a trio based in Amsterdam, Berlin and Karlsruhe. For the sake of independence they live the modern day musicians' life: working on something they like during the week and writing music, developing tools and finishing records at night, in the weekends and during vacations in small houses with no internet. They most probably composed this mix for us during the night, which is a pleasant journey through techno and ambient, blending soft synth melodies with experimental twists. Enjoy this selection with Donato Dozzy & Nuel, Fennesz, Oren Ambarchi and Alessandro Cortini.

Finn of Tomland: Happy 2 Years of Sounds Of A Tired City

We are celebrating our 2nd anniversary with an epic 2,5 hours long mix made by our friend and one of our favourite DJs, Finn of Tomland. If you haven't heard about him before, it's time you get introduced... because if someone knows how to make an exquisite selection and build up a set in a way you wish it would never end... well, that's Finn!

Sounds Of A Tired City #49: holymachines

Let's slide smoothly into this new week with a delicate mix by Berlin-based musician and sound artist holymachines (Chris Hill). What should you expect? How about Arve Henriksen, Fennesz, Karen Gwyer, John Cage, Autechre and Lorenzo Senni...? Say no more!

Sounds Of A Tired City #48: Aria Rostami

Coming from San Francisco, Aria Rostami’s music shares the same ebb and flow of his hilly and foggy city. With influences from ambient to IDM, classical to noise, and Persian traditional to Japanese contemporary, Rostami’s work will either hit a note you like or an idea you’d want to explore. Nothing proves this better than the mix he did for us where traditional sounds walk hand in hand with the most experimental notes.

Sounds Of A Tired City #47: Moon Wheel

Olle Holmberg aka Moon Wheel performed a mind-blowing liveset at NEUROMODULATION's Écophagie event in Montréal, Canada (4 December 2015). Lucky you are, you can listen to the whole show on Sounds Of A Tired City and you can also read a bit about Olle's Canadian experiences.

Sounds Of A Tired City #46: Sarah Davachi

Although it’s certainly guaranteed that nobody will ever use the words ‘festive’ or 'tasteful' to describe this mix, what Sarah Davachi presents here is in large part a collection of mostly popular songs that become ubiquitous in her brain once the nights start to recede into winter’s cold blanket, and in small part a group of mostly generic songs that have come for some reason or another to define this year in passing.

Sounds Of A Tired City #45: Sustainer

Alex Alarcón aka Sustainer lives and works in Barcelona, Spain. He got into making music when he was a child, playing guitar and homemade percussions, and then began experimenting with sequencers and synths in the mid-90's. After releasing some beat-oriented stuff, his sound began to evolve towards less-rhythm oriented music, near to ambient drone and electroacoustic fields with deep textures. His latest releases include 'Radiolas' on Room40 and 'Taps' on Tessellate Recordings. Alex prepared a fantastic guest mix for us, which is dedicated to the 'film noir' genre... so expect lots of jazzy, vaporous & smoky infused tracks... from 1957 until today. We also asked him to tell us a little bit about his selection, so keep on reading and listening!

Sounds Of A Tired City #42: Madegg

Hailing from Kyoto, Kazumichi Komatsu, who goes by the stage name Madegg, is a rising star in the Japanese electronic music scene. Madegg has supported the likes of Ryoji Ikeda, Clark, Mount Kimbie, Tim Hecker, The Field, Arca, Matthewdavid, Mark Fell (SND) in Japan and played the show SonarSound Tokyo/Osaka 2013 as youngest artist that year. Moving freely between dubstep, house and noise, part of the fun of listening to Madegg is not knowing what he’ll come up with next. The same goes for his mix he prepared for Sounds Of A Tired City – get ready for an eclectic journey!

Sounds Of A Tired City #41: Vai

The mysterious Vai has been active in the scene for a few years already, with various production teams and aliases. 'Son of Idaia' is his most intimate work to date, a deep trip down the rabbit hole, dubby, immersive and glowing in all its calm beauty. We asked Vai to prepare a guest mix along the same lines, which resulted in having John Cage, Aphex Twin, Steve Reich, Vladislav Delay and Delta Funktionen masterfully lined up for your listening pleasure.

Sounds Of A Tired City #40: Room40

We asked Lawrence English to talk about the history of Room40 and also prepare a fantastic guest mix featuring only his label's releases. What a lucky coincidence that this happens to be the 40th guest mix on Sounds Of A Tired City...

Sounds Of A Tired City #39: Andrea Belfi

We spoke to Andrea about his influences and recent interests, Stockholm, synthesizers and a special instrument called trimba. You can also get a sneak peek of what to expect from his performance at Fylkingen. If this would not be enough, he even prepared a guest mix featuring some of his favourite pieces.

Sounds Of A Tired City #38: Stefan Jós

We are convinced that Devon Hansen aka Stefan Jós needs to be more in the spotlight, so we spoke to him about his influences and his inspiring new project. He even prepared a banger guest mix to spice up your hot summer days!

Sounds Of A Tired City #37: Mohammad

Mohammad produce their sound through custom made instruments and software, bringing together low frequencies, inter-modulations, dark textures, and distant folk nuances. To get a more intense insight into Mohammad's world, they've also prepared a guest mix featuring plenty of unreleased material and other delicacies that perfectly fit into their aural atmosphere.

Sounds Of A Tired City #36: Jesse Osborne-Lanthier

Jesse Osborne-Lanthier prepared an epic two hours long guest mix spiced up with some exciting upcoming releases by himself, Grischa Lichtenberger, Yair Elazar Glotman and many more. Get ready to be blown away!

Sounds Of A Tired City #35: Ken Camden

Implodes guitarist Ken Camden returns with his third solo album 'Dream Memory' to be released on Kranky on 15 June, continuing his explorations to seek out new techniques and sounds from the electric guitar. Camden did some scenic exploration for Sounds Of A Tired City, which resulted in an hour involving some splendid soundtracks and essential names like Wendy Carlos, Ennio Morricone, Edgar Froese Philip Glass and Laurie Spiegel. Enjoy!

Sounds Of A Tired City #34: Blamstrain

The Finnish Juho Hietala aka Blamstrain has been around for more than a decade, constantly pushing the limits and playing around with all possible genres, offering an extremely diverse material to a wide range of listeners. His trademark sound is very immersive; analog, warm, with a high concentration on ambience and space, so this is what you should also expect from this exquisite mix that he's prepared for us. Vinyl only, recorded live, enjoy!

Sounds Of A Tired City #33: Secret Pyramid

Once upon a time, when Sounds Of A Tired City was born, Secret Pyramid was the first artist ever to contribute a mix for our website. We asked Amir Abbey, the man behind this Vancouver-based project to make another collection of some of his favourite sounds, and the result is ravishing once again.

Sounds Of A Tired City #32: Ambientblog / Peter van Cooten

Sounds Of A Tired City was born on 23 April 2014. For the first anniversary of our existence we teamed up with Peter van Cooten from The Netherlands, the founder of Ambientblog who prepared a sonic walk through the streets of a tired city – entitled 'Ghost Road Stroll'.

Sounds Of A Tired City #31: Black Swan

Although Black Swan does not give too many interviews, let alone do special guest mixes, we got both of them. Loosen your seat belts for some drone poetry.

Sounds Of A Tired City #30: Chihei Hatakeyama

Chihei Hatakeyama prepared a guest mix for your listening pleasure, which might be one of the most soothing collection of sounds you could hear this year.

Sounds Of A Tired City #29: Alien Transistor

We asked Markus Acher some questions about Alien Transistor to find out a bit more about their label activities. He also prepared a mix with some of the most essential releases on Alien Transistor.

Sounds Of A Tired City #28: Gizeh Records

We spoke to Richard Knox to find out more about the artists and the history of the label and the perks of an enthusiastic DIY attitude. He also made a splendid guest mix, featuring some of the best tracks released on Gizeh Records.

Sounds Of A Tired City #27: Steinbrüchel

On the occasion of his recent release 'Parallel Landscapes' on 12k, we would like to invite you to travel within our conversation with Ralph Steinbrüchel in which we go back to his roots, explore his inspirations and creative methods during the last 20 years. He also prepared a rather special guest mix for us.

Sounds Of A Tired City #26: Dronarivm

We spoke to Dmitry Taldykin to find out a bit more about the history and current activities of this dynamic Russian label. While Dmitry took care of the words, Bartosz was taking care of the sounds and prepared a guest mix featuring some of their favourite tracks from the Dronarivm discography.

Sounds Of A Tired City #25: William Ryan Fritch

William has a surprising number of instruments and he is not afraid to use all of them. Also, he was not afraid to talk to us about his ever-expanding passion for creating music and to compile a guest mix for your pleasure.

Sounds Of A Tired City #24: Sonic Pieces

Listen to a guest mix featuring some of the finest pieces of the Sonic Pieces discography – even a special one from Jasmine Guffond's first album under her real name. 'Yellow Bell' is going to be released on 30 January on Sonic Pieces. The compilation is mixed by a good friend of the label, Lingg Wray.

Sounds Of A Tired City #23: EUS

There's no better way to start this year than sharing a special guestmix with you coming all the way from Costa Rica, compiled and mixed by EUS. He prepared a special compilation, consisting of tracks from his favourite albums of 2014. This means Lawrence English, Erik K Skodvin, Richard Skelton, Jacaszek, Janek Schaefer, Deru, Kyoka... and more!

Sounds Of A Tired City #22: Sundrugs

"To fit the mood of the interview, I collected the most interesting ambient tracks released in 2014 – according to my opinion. Although this year, like the previous one was in many ways quite poor…"

Sounds Of A Tired City: Last Year’s Finest (Part #2)

As promised previously, here comes the second collection of last year's finest sounds - this time for the lovers of harsher rhythms and stern sounds. Don't be afraid to embrace it as loud as possible.

Sounds Of A Tired City #21: Home Normal

We've talked to Ian to find out as much as possible about this special little world he's created with so much honest enthusiasm and hard work. You can read about the history of Home Normal, the birth and concept of its sublabels, the exclusivity of each release, the importance of supporting each other and some exciting future plans. Ian also did a smashing 2 hours (!) mix featuring some of his favourite releases and plenty as-of-yet-unreleased tracks from the future – exclusively for the readers and listeners of Sounds Of A Tired City. 

Sounds Of A Tired City: Last Year’s Finest (Part #1)

Whether you like it or not, this year is slowly coming to an end. This means that soon there will be a gush of subjective end-of-the-year lists featuring the most essential records. While you are eagerly waiting to find out which were (are and will be) our favourite albums of 2014, you can take a step back and enjoy some of the best ambient pieces of last year with us.

Sounds Of A Tired City #20: Morr Music

Morr Music is a label that truly has something for everyone. Same goes for Thomas Morr, the founder of the label who has something to tell everyone. In our in-depth interview with Thomas you will able to find out everything you always wanted to know about Morr Music and the secret of running an extremely successful label. Thomas also prepared an exclusive mixtape for Sounds Of A Tired City, full of delicious pieces released on Morr Music.

Sounds Of A Tired City #19: Ben Lukas Boysen

Ben Lukas Boysen – you might know him as Hecq, but preferably both – has been busy for more than 10 years with redefining the possibilities within ethereal soundscapes and brisk breaks with genuine love towards music. Whether he is working on his own albums or developing ideas for commercial projects, Ben always tries to find an efficient and direct way to leave a strong emotional impact using his distinctive style. Here you can listen to an extremely special mix featuring bits and pieces by Windy & Carl, Svarte Greiner, Demdike Stare, Morton Feldman, Lustmord, Deathprod & Biosphere and many more.

Sounds Of A Tired City #18: n5MD

We've asked Mike Cadoo to participate in our label Q&A session, since besides curating and supporting quality music, he produces music himself, and let's admit there are not too many labels around who first started to release music on MiniDiscs. Mike explained the story of this extinct format, the emotional vision behind his record label and he also delighted us with a mix composed exclusively of pieces released on n5MD.

Sounds Of A Tired City #17: Ben Vida

We talked to Ben about his unusual rhythmic patterns and his interests in experimental music, which he also illustrates with a rather unconventional mix especially composed for Sounds Of A Tired City. Tracklisting is quite loose: performer + album/collection title, various bits and pieces from here and there.

Sounds Of A Tired City #16: Constellation Tatsu

Learn about the history of the Constellation Tatsu and listen to a special mix prepared by the man behind the label – Steven Ramsey – containing some of his favourite tracks from the past and present.

Sounds Of A Tired City #15: Memory Drawings

Listen to a special compilation of influences made by Joel Hanson and Richard Adams. After all, this might be the perfect place to find out more about Memory Drawings.

Sounds Of A Tired City #14: Preservation

90 minutes of lush bliss coming from artists featured on Preservation’s limited edition Circa series – Dusted Lux, Matthew Barlow, Olan Mill, Seaworthy, Panabrite, Mirror To Mirror and much more. Warmly welcome!

Sounds Of A Tired City #13: James Conduit

Exciting experimental techno set featuring artists such as Lee Gamble, Marina Rosenfeld, Terrence Dixon, Mike Parker and Black Dice. "I’m not a DJ, so I just trainwrecked some tracks I’ve been listening to lately. Hopefully it shows a bit where I’m coming from. There’s some raw techno, some dubby suff, and beatless ambience, old and new. If these songs have a unifying element it’s the unique way they address the spatial."

Sounds Of A Tired City #12: Dag Rosenqvist

"For the mix I’m presenting here I have just chosen some artists that I like and that I think people should listen more to, that’s basically it. Some of the tracks are kind of raw, some of them are calmer. They are all uncompromising in their own way, and they are all very good. If you like this music, check it out. Buy the records, support the artists. If you don’t like it well, then you don’t, and that’s okay too."

Sounds Of A Tired City #11: Pleq

Pleq aka Bartosz Dziadosz, the prolific Polish musician is the knight of collaborations and remixes. Besides focusing on his own music – ambient glitch soaked in melancholy – he also curates the Moscow-based Dronarivm label. For the readers and listeners of Sounds Of A Tired City he prepared a special mixtape featuring some personal unreleased material, also plenty of Miasmah, Sonic Pieces and Dronarivm releases.

Sounds Of A Tired City #10: cétieu

'A draft of this mix has been prepared as means of preparation to a live performance, so apart from a track by my colleague, De Form, it solely contains my own music. Part of presented tracks hasn’t been previously released, and to those already released I added a lot of new, completely different field recordings to spice things up a bit, since they are rather minimalistic in their original form. I hope that it’s going to be an enjoyable ride.'

Sounds Of A Tired City #9: Olan Mill

Olan Mill is positively one of the most outstanding modern classical ambient drone projects of our decade. Depending on your current mood, Alex Smalley (also half of Pausal, together with Simon Bainton) constantly manages to lift you up to inconceivable heights or push you down to hitherto non-existent depths. For your listening pleasure, this time he has compiled something different than what you might actually expect.

Sounds Of A Tired City #8: Mark Kuykendall

"When I entered high school, I didn’t want anyone to know that I could play polka music so I begged my family for a guitar. I began taking guitar lessons and enjoyed them immensely. Something inside wanted to experiment more and so I got my first drum kit. I taught myself the drums and I was able to start putting rhythm tracks to home records. Later I began collecting analog synthesizers and recording devices. All of this was highly encouraged by my grandmother and my own parents. They helped support me in any new musical direction I began to drift in."

Sounds Of A Tired City #7: Hibernate Recordings

Founded in 2009 by Jonathan Lees, Hibernate Recordings takes you to the melancholic Northern English countryside. The label celebrates its 5th birthday in August, complemented with the presence and perseverant work of the multi-talented Katie English, Ian M Hazeldine and Harry Towell. 'Inspired by the unpredictable, momentary and quiet solitary beauty of the Pennine moors', their assiduous efforts result in one of the most exciting ambient labels out there as of now. Jonathan, the brain and heart of Hibernation prepared a special mix, featuring some of his favourite tracks released on his own label.

Sounds Of A Tired City #6: Benoît Pioulard

"I’ve realized that even early on, the music that appealed most to me contained both a lot of melody and a lot of texture. When one combines clean recordings with processed and altered things (as on tape) I’ve always found the result to be really rich & unique. The attraction is something innate and comforting, as mentioned before. I love that it seems at once permanent when something has been recorded, even though rationally I know that all physical formats will decay."

Sounds Of A Tired City #5: Oiseaux-Tempête

"These are some of our favorite songs at the moment, with a minimal, electronic or quiet approach. We selected the songs together with Fred, then he did the mix, crossfades and additional sound archives, this is his thing. It gives a kind of coherence to the whole, creates a kind of pattern. I hope you will all like it!"

Sounds Of A Tired City #4: René Margraff

"I guess this is quite a good representation of what I usually listen to, although I tried to keep it within a certain zone for the sake of flow. I also did not include too many new artists as I tend to not focus on that too much, although I am quite impressed with a few releases of 2014 already, e.g. Brett Naucke’s ‘Seed’ or Christopher Bissonnette’s ‘Essays in Idleness’."

Sounds Of A Tired City #3: Christina Vantzou

Christina Vantzou prepared an exquisite mix for the readers of Sounds Of A Tired City, consisting solely of film soundtracks (and a bit more). She does not need any kind of introduction if you are reading this already (hopefully). Once you've heard The Dead Texan, you are submissively following the career of this talented graphic artist who quite recently turned to composing neo-classical ambient music.

Sounds Of A Tired City #2: Strië

"The artists gathered in my mix are composers whose music made big impact on my feelings, perception, musical taste and assisted me during many journeys. Few of them I had pleasure to meet. With other few I'm exchanging thoughts. To the rest of them I hope I will have chance say 'hi' one day."

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