Pure Noise DJ Mix: Autumn 2012
Days are getting shorter, the leaves are changing, and Starbucks is serving pumpkin lattes, which can only mean one thing: Autumn is upon us… bringing with it two of my favorite things; sweatah weathah (it’s about time!) and my latest seasonal DJ mix!
Pure Noise – Autumn Mix 2012
(Right-click to download. Additional Mediafire link and Tracklisting below)
After the house & disco-dominated Summer mixes (available here and here), this mix will seem like a huge departure in tone and style. That was, after all, the intention behind this seasonal mix series; to capture the vibe of each season and show how my taste in music cycles through countless genres and moods over the course of the year. So rather than creating a linear mix that focuses on four-to-the-floor dance music, my new Autumn mix is more of a counterpart to my Spring mix, in that it is a much more eclectic mix that focuses on capturing the specific imagery and emotional tone of the season. But while Spring was inspired by the exuberance of life bursting forth from flowers and trees, Autumn celebrates the gorgeous colors on display from their exquisite death.
I tried to capture a couple specific images associated with autumn; the psychedelic colors of fall foliage, the crisp chill in the air, and the crunch of dead leaves under feet. I also wanted to encapsulate all the emotions of fall; the wonder and awe inspired by nature’s beauty, the feeling of wistful melancholy brought upon by the shortening days, and the looming dread of winter right around the corner. As such, portions of this mix are easily the darkest and saddest I have put on a mix so far.
The music here spans all kinds of genres; IDM, ambient, downtempo, pastoral electronica, shoegaze, post-rock, post-dubstep, and even a piece from one of my favorite film scores, The Fountain. Despite the diverse genres, I aimed to create a cohesive tapestry of sound, using tracks that share similar sonic qualities: a seamless blend of acoustic and electronic elements, blissfully melancholy ambiance, and glitchy surface textures.
This mix is also the most ‘abstract’ one I’ve created. Given the diversity of tracks here, in terms of genre, tempo, and structure, I quickly discovered that beat-matching would largely be unfeasible (there’s a couple beat-matched transitions, but not many). Instead, I chose to layer the tracks together harmonically, creating transitions out of complimentary tones and textures, in order to take the listener on a kaleidoscopic, emotional journey that (hopefully) follows a kind of narrative logic and pacing.
I hope you enjoy the mix! Mediafire download link below, along with the tracklist:
Autumn Mix 2012 Tracklist:
- Röyksopp – …And the Forest Began to Sing
- Tycho – Dive (Memoryhouse Remix)
- Boards of Canada – Satellite Anthem Icarus
- Bloc Party – So Here We Are (Four Tet Remix)
- Burial – Stolen Dog
- Aphex Twin – Rhubarb (1159 Mix by Wisp)
- Ulrich Schnauss – Shine
- Animal Collective – Wide Eyed
- Tropics – Figures
- Tycho – Daydream
- Boards of Canada– Oscar See Through Red Eye
- Sepalcure – The Warning
- NeferTT – Pyramel
- Flying Lotus – Until the Colours Come
- Röyksopp – Electric Counterpoint III (Fast – RYXP’s Milde Salve)
- Boards of Canada – Chromakey Dreamcoat
- Hammock – Breathturn
- Clint Mansell – Stay With Me
- Helios – Halving the Compass
- Bibio – Haikuesque (The Gentleman Losers’ Whispers in the Rain Mix)
- Dominik Eulberg – Taeuschungs-Blume
- Vondelpark – Camels
- Apparat – Komponent
- Lamb – Gorecki
- The Radio Dept. – I Wanted You to Feel the Same
- M83 – Reunion (The Naked and Famous Remix)
And finally, before I move on to Winter, I’m toying with the idea of putting together an Autumn Nights mix, for the more house-oriented tracks that fit this vibe… stay tuned!