Ambient
Sleep – Dark Ambient Textures (1982-2020)

Sleep – Dark Ambient Textures (1982-2020)

Despite their gentle and surreal nature, these tracks weren’t necessarily made with the idea of sleep in mind; their dark ambient textures, however, are inspired by memories, sounds, or discoveries. 51 minutes with Brian Eno, David Toop, Monolake, Thomas Köner, and others.

Filed Recordings – Miking the World (1958-2018)

Filed Recordings – Miking the World (1958-2018)

“Listen to your world. It may be more interesting than all the things you buy to escape from it.” 46-minute mix that proves Sasha Frere-Jones’ observation from 1999 right – with field recordings by Alejandra & Aeron, Bill Fontana, Chris Watson, Paul Bowles, and others.

Sounds Central – The Audiophile’s Dreambox

From Germany
Proper Krauts (1971-78)

Proper Krauts (1971-78)

The stoic, almost machine like drumming of so many West-German tunes from the early seventies becomes the trademark of a new sound – different from British pop or American rock, and in no way related to the country's horrible nazi past. 45 minutes with Cluster, Faust, Harmonia 76, La Düsseldorf, and others.

Sekt oder Karies  – West-Germany in the 80s

Sekt oder Karies – West-Germany in the 80s

Owing to a straightness rooted in punk, new things and personalities get invented everywhere and all the time in West-Germany’s music scene of the eighties. 53 minutes with Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle, Holger Hiller, Ingrid Wiener & Chor, Martin Kippenberger, and others.

The Ambient Channel
Audio Essay
Their India – Inspiration From Abroad (1956-99)

Their India – Inspiration From Abroad (1956-99)

During the 20th century, India attracted artists and musicians in pursuit of answers to spiritual needs or wanting to leave something behind. 56 minutes with Alice Coltrane, Coil with Lori Carson, Psycho Baba, Sun Ra, and others.

The Tiger in Your Tank – Addressing Climate Change (1969-2020)

The Tiger in Your Tank – Addressing Climate Change (1969-2020)

“The ecological catastrophe begins rehearsing in the sixties”, writes Allen Ginsberg in 1970; and for more than half a century, political systems are unwilling to fight that development. 45 minutes with sounds of protest – uttered by Appleblim, Diane Di Prima, Leslie Winer, Piero Umiliani, and others.

Jukebox
Avantgarde
Relics – Miniatures on Air (1953-2019)

Relics – Miniatures on Air (1953-2019)

Relics tell stories, take listeners on acoustic journeys, or document situations. They can be poems, studio productions, field recordings, or something completely different. 53-minute mix representing Paul Paulun's series Fundstück on DLF-Kultur with pieces by Anne Waldman, Helga Goetze, Mark E. Smith, Timothy Leary, and 26 other artists.

Letters & Numbers ‎– Ingredients for Sound Art (1917-2006)

Letters & Numbers ‎– Ingredients for Sound Art (1917-2006)

Letters and numbers as material for expression. 40 minutes with inventions by Brion Gysin, Demetrio Stratos, Henri Chopin, Lawrence Weiner, and others.

Art
Big Egos – Sound Works by Visual Artists (1981-2006)

Big Egos – Sound Works by Visual Artists (1981-2006)

Artists see things differently. 45 minutes with sound works by Carole Caroompas, Dieter Roth, Jess Holzworth and Jutta Koether, Magazzini Criminali, and others.

Tellus – New York City’s Art Scene on Tape (1983-93)

Tellus – New York City’s Art Scene on Tape (1983-93)

When sound became portable with the Walkman in the early eighties, the subscription-only Tellus Audio Cassette Magazine begins to feature New York City’s expansive Downtown art scene on tape. 41-minute mix with Gretchen Bender, Jonathan Borofsky, Live Skull, Marjorie Van Halteren, and others.

Pioneering Electronic Music
Early Electronic Music – Fieldwork and Funny Sounds (1952-68)

Early Electronic Music – Fieldwork and Funny Sounds (1952-68)

The electrification of music during the 1950s leads to a multitude of artistic concepts. 50 minutes of fieldwork and funny sounds with Alireza Mashayekhi, Delia Derbyshire, Else Marie Pade, İlhan Mimaroğlu, and others.

Synthesis – Approaching a New Instrument

Synthesis – Approaching a New Instrument

Synthesizers brought new sounds into the world. 43 minutes of oscillators, filters and envelopes controlled by Conrad Schnitzler, Daphne Oram, Erkki Kurenniemi, Laurie Spiegel, and others – between the early sixties and 1977 (plus an exception).