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."

Sounds Of A Tired City #1: Secret Pyramid

Sounds Of A Tired City #1: Secret Pyramid

"A selection of tracks that covers a decent range of stuff I’ve been listening to recently. A good chunk are old favorites, some are fairly new-ish tracks that I’m digging (Nosdam, Panabrite), and one fairly new discovery (Has-Lo). The Alireza Mashayekhi track is from the excellent Electronic Panorama 4xLP boxset, which is pretty hard to find, would love to see a reissue of it someday. The last track (Lovisoni/Messina) is from a new reissue on Die Schachtel, they also did a Luciano Cilio reissue which also comes highly recommended."