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Saturday, January 18, 2020

2019 mixes (IV): Tim Six

Today we share a mix by our friend Tim Six, an ambient and drone musician from Russia who also has been releasing music as Creation VI, in addition to some other collaborative projects. He is also a member of the Microphones family -he writes as Pied Paper, here and on his other blog. In addition to his activity as an artist, he runs ΠΑΝΘΕΟΝ, a label known for their wonderfully crafted physical editions of drone and ambient albums, and Global Pattern, which focuses on ambient vaporwave cassettes.

His mix is a travel of consciousness through cosmic realms of organic drones and electroacoustic mysteries. Listening to it, you feel like you're looking at unknown depths in the sky surrounded by the wild magic of nature. And it has a hidden surprise: last minutes are an advance of his upcoming album. Enjoy!



00:01 ~ skyminds ~ farther reaches (auasca, 2019)
05:15 ~ подозрительный предмет ~ белые капли бодхичиты (pearly snowdrift, 2019)
09:55 ~ ancient greens ~ indoor jungle (permanent touch, 2019)
12:50 ~ tuluum shimmering ~ blue water sunray pt. 4 (tuluum shimmering, 2019)
15:40 ~ million brazillians ~ strange oasis iii (nonlocal research, 2019)
19:35 ~ ukujula ~ magqabi_mashizhai_tashi溫柔輕盈 (self-released, 2019)
23:20 ~ pool of light 光淵 ~ 霾 haze (wv sorcerer, 2019)
28:20 ~ nite lite ~ oracle (stunned records / sun ark, 2019)
33:55 ~ cheekbone ~ moon night (muzan editions, 2019)
38:05 ~ pjs ~ symbiosis (shimmering moods records, 2019)
43:15 ~ rem koral ~ ego death (pantheophania, 2019)
47:45 ~ 幻 想 風 景 ~ 星間風 (global pattern, 2019)
52:05 ~ 猫シ corp. & telepath ~ lost promises (hiraeth, 2019)
56:35 ~ tim six ~ evening petichor (virtual dream plaza, tba 2020)


Thursday, January 16, 2020

2019 mixes (III): Daniel Guillén

The next part of our series of mixes of 2019's music is delivered by Spanish ambient composer Daniel Guillén, known for his well-received cassette releases as Lunaria and his own name. Daniel is also part of Microphones family and passionate listener and collector of new age and ambient genres, both past and modern. Daniel's selection is full of warmest droning tapestries and coziest contemplative soundscapes, along with nature sounds and, maybe even eco-futuristic visions. 


01 Lửa - Tôi thấy ~ CHO OYU records
02 Sarah Louise - Daybreak ~ Thrill Jockey
03 Warmth - Wildlife ~ ARCHIVES
04 Tim Six - Crystal Travelling  ~ Virtual Dream Plaza
05 Matt Lajoie - The Center and the Fringe ~ Flower Room
06 Inner Travels - Forest ~ Inner Islands
07 Robert Rich - The Abiding Wheel ~ Self-released
08 Hexvessel - Visions of A.O.S. ~ Century Media 
09 Prana Crafter & Tarotplane - Jagged Mountain Melts at Dawn, Pt.1 ~ Beyond Beyond is Beyond 
10 Skyminds - Morning Way ~ auasca
11 Rem Koral - Purity of Perception ~ ΠΑΝΘΕΟΝ
12 Thom Brennan - Soundgardens Part 4 ~ TMB Soundworks 
13 Max Corbacho - Echo of Longing ~ Silentsun
14 Logic Moon - I See Planets ~ Whitelabrecs
15 Anthéne - Wind Catcher ~ Home Normal
16 猫 シ Corp. & t e l e p a t h - Into the Dream ~ Hiraeth Records


Tuesday, January 14, 2020

2019 mixes (II): Andreas Holderbach

Next in this series of 2019 year end mixes is by Andreas Holderbach, one of the people who run Muzan Editions. This label has been releasing excellent music for a while and some of their albums are featured in several of the mixes we have got.

His mix is a journey through the realms of abstract electronic, drone and expansive ambient music with a cold and introspective feel that seems to fit nicely with the current weather in the northern hemisphere. Thanks Andreas!



(00:00) Celer - (06.24.17) Birds inside the high halls of Hangzhou, (06.23.17) Shanghai red line, metro karaoke (Xie Xie; Two Acorns)
(02:09) Cloistral - Այրում (Որպես ջուր; offworldcolonies ltd.)
(06:33) oqbqbo - Rei (Untitled; Posh Isolation)
(11:35) Vallmo - f u (Ruin Walls; Northern Electronics)
(14:14) Cheekbone - Flow between (Cheekbone / Hirotaka Shirotsubaki split; Muzan Editions)
(18:14) Ryan J Raffa - Riverbank (Landscapes and Self Portraits; Mystery Circles)
(24:22) David Granström - Approaching the horizon (A Distant Color, Secluded; XKatedral)
(30:12) Genoasejlet - Et strejf af sølv i vandet (V/A-The Lament of Electra; Janushoved)
(34:12) MAbH -Little wands for magic wings (On Being Pollinated; Third Kind Records)
(43:08) Endurance & Kris Keogh - 1.3 (Processed Modular Works; Obsolete Staircases)
(46:06) Günter Schlienz - Phonoptomètre (Lissajous; Cosmic Winnetou)

muzan editions

(Photo by Andreas Holderbach)

Monday, January 13, 2020

2019 mixes (I): Steve Targo

Dear readers, we hope you are having a good beginning of the new year -and decade. Regarding the decade, it's been an amazing one for our musical explorations. This blog has been getting a little slower lately but we still love it and try to do our best to keep it the place of peace and musical pleasure it has always been to us. This time, we thought we'd do something different in celebration of the new year. I think it's safe to say that all we at Microphones in the Trees have somewhat oposite feelings about making lists. You know, when you love music so much it can be fun and so hard at the same time to make a selection. Also, you would never finish listening to all the wonderful music is being made nowadays. Covering it all is impossible because there are always more and more hidden gems to discover.

So, although we enjoy making lists, this time we planned to do something different. We asked some artists and label owners to submit some of their favourite music of the year in a mix, and we got some really awesome mixes to share with you.This post is the first of a series that will release these personal pictures of the year that is gone. 

Today we present a mix by Steve Targo, well known for his beloved project Inner Travels, which has given us so much aural pleasure in recent years. He chose to include some of the music from past times he listened to in the year along with music from 2019, and this turned out to be a really special mix. Thanks Steve!

Happy new year everyone, and enjoy the music!



1. Skyminds: “Sunrise Trails the Growing Dawn” (Skyminds) ~ Auasca
2. Deuter: “Easy Is Right” (Celebration)
3. Pharoah Sanders: “The Golden Lamp” (Wisdom Through Music)
4. Qi Hammer: “Gulab Jamoon” (Gobi 65) ~ s/r
5. Endurance: “Outside” (Endurance/PJS split) ~ Crash Symbols
6. Inoyama Land: “Fairy Tale” (Commissions: 1977-2000) ~ Light in the Attic
7. Rhucle: “Aloe” (Photosynthesis) ~ Patient Sounds
8. Sun Ra: “Journey Among the Stars” (Cosmos)
9. Daniel Guillén: “Rainbow” (Inner Vision) ~ Muzan Editions
10. Pulse Emitter: “Ice Grotto” (Calming Winds) ~ Muzan Editions
11. Jonas Munk & Nicklas Sorensen: “Here” (Always Already Here) ~ El Paraiso Records
12. Agitation Free: “Laila” (Live ‘74)

(photos by S. Targo)

Sunday, October 20, 2019

inspired school of astral music

A Rectangle of Fire
Floating in a Field
of Night Sy

Read Madness
Watch Self, Slowly

profundamente enamorada de 'field vision' y 'la monte' y...

Friday, October 18, 2019

inspired school of astral music

¿cómo he podido estar tan desconectada y no darme cuenta de la existencia de 'seekers'? suena 'for d' y mientras me derrito me acuerdo del impacto que causó en nosotros 'empty naked streets' de Charlatan meets The North Sea allá por el 2012. y de cuando no pasaba ni un solo día sin que visitase la página de Inspired School of Astral Music aka Bill Doob deseando que hubiese algo nuevo. Günter Schlienz ha cumplido otro de mis sueños editando en su sello cosmic winnetou 'seekers', otra dosis de magia del 'ente' musical que, junto a Josh Burke y el propio Günter, más fascinación y curiosidad me han producido a lo largo de estos años. os dejo esta divertida y certera 'review' de 'cassette gods'. La inspirada escuela de música astral de alguna manera se ha conectado a mi cerebro....y al mío también.

"Inspired School of Astral Music somehow has connected to my brain. It’s the “astral” part, isn’t it, the unknowable spiritual dimensionality that allows linkage without a physical bond. How else would Inspired School come to the same conclusion as me, that “it is possible to experience the music from beyond within, and voice this experience through a musical instrument”? I’ve been saying that for, like, ever! Well, not in so many words, but definitely a variation. Reading that then listening to “Seekers” has kind of validated a lot of what I believe about music. Or at least my online persona believes it, since in reality I’m just a collection of computer coding masquerading as a human presence on social media and music sites for some reason. (Or maybe I’m a demon-possessed laptop. Who’s to say for sure?)

Inspired School of Astral Music exposes the inner melodies calmly attempting to guide us through life, manifesting as droning synthesizer with exquisite solos to keep our attention. The trancelike repetition is underscored with pulsing energy, truly giving the impression that it pipes in from another plane of existence. Also, each track is (at least digitally – there are no track titles listed on the physical product itself) dedicated to someone or something: “For D.,” “For C.,” “For L.,” “For G.,” “For A.” This gives “Seekers” an extra sense of camaraderie and interconnectedness, that the music filtering through the Inspired School is just that – filtered, not owned, freely given to those who deserve or require it. It’s not for us, it’s for you. It’s not for me, it’s for them. It’s not for ISoAM, it’s for D., and C., and L., and G., and A., and everybody else. I’d argue that it might not be for me, being a bot and all (or a demon), but probably nobody’s going to think about that very much after reading this. They’ll be too busy getting a psychic massage from the Inspired School of Astral Music tape they just bought."
cassette gods

"A nomad I will remain for life, in love

with distant and uncharted places.”
- Isabelle Eberhardt

An Offering to Fellow Seekers &
Those whose paths I have crossed
Creating our own Realities
With the Dust of Time

The World is Smoking
Then it is dark
& turns back
a field of thistle
wet & sharp
draws our Blood
Para el Mundo
Con Amor

minimal synthesizer music with soloing on top which will left you behind mind struck. everything wrapped into an unique vision with will let you behind wondering about your sanity.
we are all seekers, aren't we? cosmic winnetou

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

günter schlienz

”Know Your New Age”, a third album by Günter Schlienz released on Zoharum, is a great treat both for devout followers of his work and also the newbies. Starting with the shimmering of seawaves, it takes you on a journey through the universe created by one Mr. Schlienz. Inspired by the works of Peter-Michael Hamel, Deuter and Eberhard Schoener, he has created 6 meditative composition clocking in at 52 minutes. Schlienz merely takes cues from his masters to develop a unique sound based on sonic structures built on his own modular synthesizer interspersed with occasional acoustic guitar accompaniment and subtle field recordings. After organ studies, music for space airports and musical interpretation of autumn, this album would be best experienced meditating on the seashore. Yes, ”Know Your New Age” lives up to its title."

siempre me quedo sin palabras con la música de mi querido Günter Schlienz. da igual todo, me siento obligada a volver aquí y, aunque no me salga ni de lejos una crítica que le haga justicia, no sé...que alguien le haga un monumento, o que alguien encuentre las palabras que yo no encuentro. en Zoharum dicen que este disco está inspirado en la música de Peter-Michael Hamel, Deuter y Eberhard Schoener (qué preciosidad sky music, mountain music...), y que debería disfrutarse meditando en la orilla del mar... y sí, me visualizo en una isla desierta con la única compañía de 'lamb part II' (hay viento, mucho viento) y de 'the prophet part I', donde incorpora una guitarrilla acústica suave y delicada, y olas, y ese sintetizador tan tan característico. Günter siempre compone la música que más me gusta y necesito, tan lleno de matices y elegante. y bueno, supongo que es una obviedad decir que la música dice mucho de quien la compone, pero en su caso lo siento con mucha fuerza. precioso homenaje a la música que le gusta e inspira, también: 'know your new age'. synth magician Günter Schlienz.