Storm Stereo #19: Constant Flux

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What’s up my loves?

Spring has arrived in Athens and with it come some mad tunes. Even though March started out really low, by month’s end I was so high I was moving through the stratosphere. And what better place to be? Taking the new season into account, and with a general concept of new beginnings in mind, here’s a new mood spring mix sans words – from smoky night clubs in lover’s rock corner to drunken jazzy daybreaks across the sonic fourth world. “I love my dreams so I’m going back in.”

Everything is in constant flux, from state to state, from good to bad and back again… only in transmutation, perpetual motion, lies truth. —Asger Jorn

Because I’ll tell you, life is odd and unpredictable and ironic and surreal. You can work and worry yourself sick over something (anything, most things) and yet it feels like nothing will budge. Then one day, around give-up o’clock, by some inconsequential orchestration of events, a force that had been orbiting your stony existence cuts across your trajectory – and the world comes to a screeching halt, and the pigeons scatter, and the noise dies down. In truth it had always been there, living in your blind spot, but only now does it come into full view. And thus everything changes after all.

For those elevated, dimension-shifting moments, and until the noise returns, some musical thoughts.

With love from outer space
—Obsessionist

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STORM STEREO #19 – Constant Flux Spring Mix

MUSIC BOX – 恋の予感 (Koi no Yokan)
FLORA YIN-WONG – Lugere
FINK – See It All (EMIKA remix)
MR. MITCH & PALMISTRY – VPN
ENRIQUE IGLESIAS – Ring My Bell (Big Zouk remix)
MADEINTYO & 24HRS – You
AVRIL – Company
DRAKE – Lose You (instrumental)
伊藤隆太 (RYUTA ITO) – 恋の予感 (安全地帯 [Anzen Chitai] cover)
ASA-CHANG & JUNRAY – Hana
MIDORI TAKADA – Crossing
CHARLES MINGUS – Myself When I’m Real
MILES DAVIS – I Fall In Love Too Easily
SUN RA – That’s How I Feel
THE COSMIC RAYS & SUN RA AND ARKESTRA – Dreaming
BROWN SUGAR – Hello Stranger
ALTOS ELLIS – You Make Me So Very Happy
PHYLLIS DILLON – Living in Love
ARTHUR ALEXANDER – Where Have You Been All My Life?
TIMMY  THOMAS – Why Can’t We Live Together?

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All illustrations by Bjenny Montero.

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Storm Stereo #17: Deep Listening

Inspired by and in memory of Pauline Oliveros and her concept of deep listening, I prepared a show sans commentary. What’s the point of words anyway?

“When I like something, then I discover something that I have been before, that is profoundly already within me. It resonates, like a piano that you hit.”

—Karlheinz Stockhausen on music

“When I hear what we call music, it seems to me that someone is talking – and talking about his feelings or about his ideas of relationships. I don’t need sound to talk to me.”

—John Cage on silence

Our individual probability of existing right now is 1 in 550,343,279,001. Don’t waste time on fear; you never know when you’ll be back at zero.

With love from Cygnus X-1

—Obsessionist Continue reading Storm Stereo #17: Deep Listening

Storm Stereo #13: Yajña Radio guest show

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A lot is going on in the world right now, things are changing across the pond, some things stay rigorously the same back home, and I’m jamming Leo Cohen records. The fall always makes me think of being a wee girl in my parent’s home, watching my mum iron clothes in the kitchen, singing loudly to his songs; his words sounding like they had come from love letters too hard to send but which somehow, magically found their way to my ears, painting pictures of beautiful women in torn raincoats. He was our man indeed. RIP Leo, thanks for teaching me to enjoy the darkness.

Moving on, I am extremely pleased to have made a Storm Stereo guest mix for Verushka at Yajña Radio in Barcelona, loosely based around the theme of Love. If you know me at all, you know I think about love a lot, its many forms and manifestations. So, for 11/11/16 I put together a selection of instrumental, classical, Gregorian and contemporary sounds that I feel express some of the many facets of this universally enabling (and often crippling) force. You can listen to it below, but I strongly encourage you to check out the other mixes on the Yajña channel, as they have some top notch selections!

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I’m also preparing a Greek punk special for Maximum Rocknroll radio, and in light of that I made a Greek punk mixtape. For the future, in the works are: a massively long Storm Stereo #HCNOW special; a mega-mix with all-instrumental / OST / Halloween music, in light of the recent World Soundtrack Awards and All Hallows’ Eve (expect lots of John Carpenter, Morricone and ’70s space-inspired tracks); and a show dedicated to women pioneers in electronic and experimental music — it’s taking a while and there’s just too much good music out there to discover, but I’m chipping away at it slowly.

These are truly unique and hard times but the future really is ours if we want it to be. At the grave we’ll be remembered for our actions, so make em count. Until next time, stay posi, stay strong!

With love from the outer space

—Obsessionist

Storm Stereo #10 – Earth Angels Special

ss10My lovelies,

A new month is here already (welcome eclipses), the weather is cooling off and I continue my social hibernation. A quiet home and a silent phone. Spring cleaning the dust out a season too late but relishing in the order and structure that neatly sit in its place. Living with the windows open but my eyes shut; a reaction to societal boundaries, an ironic need for space in a limitless universe, a creeping sense of enochlophobia. Noli turbare circulos meos!

I went to a funeral and cried more than my friend who had just lost her father. Her positivity in the face of loss and her trust in the subtle powers of the cosmos echoed across the emotional landscape of the days to follow. I thought about all the people who’ve come and gone in my life. I counted the friends who manifested like forks in the road, permanently altering my path. I thought of those who helped shape the bigger picture—like dots of a constellation or colourful specs on a pointillist painting. I thought of the bullets I’ve dodged because I had a friend to warn me and the wounds I’ve healed because I had a friend to help me. The long-term impact of those seemingly inconsequential moments that make up our daily, modern interactions sometimes only felt long after the fact.

Not all friendships last forever, and not all friendships are substantial, and sometimes not all friendships are even healthy—that’s just how the cosmic cookie crumbles—yet I still learned something from all of them. Some people only came threw fleetingly and some will stick around forever; either way a collection of songs was left in their wake. So here are 59 minutes of music as a result. Download it here.

Until next time, focus on the people who make you happy and work towards dismantling the things that don’t.

With love from outer space

—Obsessionist

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‘The whole of reality is contained implicitly in each moment.’

 

DAVID AXELROD – The Fly

NELSON RIDDLE – Out of the Night

GROWING – A Painting

JULIANNA BARWICK – The Harbinger

SLOWDIVE – Crazy For You

NAUGHTIEST GIRL WAS A MONITOR – To Love Nuclear

CHELSEA WOLFE – Flatlands (Lust for Youth remix)

FOREST SWORDS – Friend, You Will Never Learn

BURIAL – Forgive

FLOCK OF SEAGULLS – Space Age Love Song

MARTIN DUPONT – Inside Out

THE CHAMELEONS – Dust to Dust

HOLY GRAY – Now I’m so Angry

TELEVISION PERSONALITIES – Silly Girl

THE TIMES – Looking at the World Through Dark Shades