Farewell Ingmar



“When I was young, I was extremely scared of dying. But now I think it a very, very wise arrangement. It’s like a light that is extinguished. Not very much to make a fuss about.”

                                     – Ingmar Bergman (14.7.1918 – 30.7.2007)



Patty WatersMoon, Don’t Come Up Tonite
Sing (Esp Records / 1993
Gloria CoatesTime Frozen I
Symphonies No. 2 & 9 (Cpo / 1998)
Henri PousseurMnemosyne
Musique Mixte 1966-1970 (Sub Rosa / 2006)
James MacmillanNorthern Skies: Northern Skies
Northern Skies (Deux-Elles / 2007)
Fred NeilEverybody’s Talkin’
Fred Neil (Capitol / 1966)
Karen DaltonLittle Bit Of Rain
It’s So Hard to Tell Who’s Going to Love You the Best (Capitol / 1969)
MirrorVisiting Star
Visiting Star (Three Poplars / 2000)
Ezra SimsConcert Piece: Still And Timeless (Nocturnal)
The Microtonal Music of Ezra Sims


photo: Bergman. svt.se

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Category: Experimental, Folk, Jazz

Modern Love (2 a.m.)


These two asleep . . . so indrawn and compact,
like lavish origami animals returned

to slips of paper once again; and then
the paper once again become a string

of pith, a secret that the plant hums to itself . . . .
- Albert Goldbarth , 27,000 Miles


Modern Love/Über die Wasserscheide

01. Kammerflimmer KollektiefÜber die Wasserscheide
Cicadidae (Temporary Residence, 2003)
02. Susumu YokotaGong Gong Gong
Laputa (Skintone, 2003)
03. LunasighThe Multicoloured Coral Formations Upon Her Skin
via download.com (Lunasigh, 2004)
04. Bill FriselSummer Song
In His Own Sweet Way: A Tribute to Dave Brubeck (Avant Japan, 2000)
05. Otomo YoshihideAnode 2
Anode (Tzadik, 2001)
06. The VerveA Man called Sun
Verve E.P. (Vernon Yard Records, 1992)
07. Explosions In The SkyDay Five
The Rescue (Temporary Resident Limited, 2005)
08. Ground ZeroNull & Void: Continued
Null & Void (Tzadik, 1995)
09. Sergei RachmaninovVocalise Op.34 No.14
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg – It Ain’t Necessarily So (1992)


Note: A simple list, MdM downtempo standard with experimentals. It’s actually a padding I made for another experimental list that quickly gotten out of control. It was supposed to be a small list but becomes full night list. At least this one is listenable. Tracks inside. MdM favorite: Kammerflimmer Kollektief, Susumu Yokota, and Explosions In The Sky. As well as well known experimentalists: Bill Frisel (jazz), Otomo Yoshihide (free jazz turn turntablist), Ground Zero (free jazz) and lastly Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. (She has one of the best violin bowing. Her vocalise interpretation is very haunting with long continuous phrases almost no breathing between stroke. It gives impression of long suspended melody, haunting.) Small tip: since I made this with a headphone, it has a lot of delicate texture. It might sound very boring on small speaker, try it on something more sensitive for full deep night ambient effect. k. enjoy.

image: Ali K.

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Category: Bedroom playlist, Experimental

Imaginary Summer’s Day at the Office

Photo credit: Michael.DK

This list is for Gilles and all of our other readers who are trapped between their office walls all throughout this summer. While everyone else is on vacation, enjoying the great weather, swimming, going to the beach, making new friends, barbequing, having careless fun, driving around in cabriolets, making out all day or just relaxing, there is a small group of unfortunate people who still sit behind their office computer, everyday, from 9 to 5, no air-conditioning, with sweaty suits clinging to their bodies, musty air, endless paperwork, tiresome office regulations and irritated, burned-out colleagues. We believe that these unfortunate people deserve a little bit of refreshing sunshine too, so this list is for you guys. Open up a window, look outside and recognize it’s summertime.

It’s summertime
And I can understand if you still feel sad
It’s summertime
And though it’s hard to see its true possibilities

When you look inside
All you’ll see is a self-reflected inner sadness
Look outside
I know that you’ll recognize it’s summertime

~ The Flaming Lips / It’s Summertime ~


  1. The Flaming LipsIt’s Summertime
    Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (Warner Bros., 2002)
  2. ManitobaHendrix With Ko
    Up In Flames (Domino, 2003)
  3. Four TetAs Serious as Your Life
    Rounds (Domino, 2003)
  4. Yasushi YoshidaPicture of Three Life
    Secret Figure (Noble, 2006)
  5. Susumu YokotaKing Dragonfly
    Grinning Cat (Leaf, 2001)
  6. CaribouMelody Day
    Andorra (Merge, 2007)
  7. HoodThe Negatives…
    Outside Closer (Domino, 2005)
  8. Hans AppelqvistJag en Gök
    Sifantin Och Mörkret (Hapna, 2007)
  9. Otis Redding(Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay
    The Dock of the Bay (Volt, 1968)

Stream playlist


Photo credit: Milko Chua

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Category: Electronica, Pop

Shoegazing Part III


“Yet on the walls of my brain, frescoes: the kneeling Angel holding a wand of vineleaves, announcing; the agony in the garden; two naked lovers turned out; and over the dome of my brain Creations and Damnation, Judgements, Hells and Paradises.”

- William Goyen.

  1. Lovesliescrushingblooded and blossom blown
    (Xuvetyn / 1996)
  2. Lividlove song (Syd Barrett)
  3. Tears run ringsa question and an answer
    (a question and an answer Ep / 2007)
  4. Foxtail SomersaultA Love Song Part 1
    (Fathom EP, 2007)
  5. The Verve - a man called Sun
    (Verve Ep / 1992)
  6. SlowdiveIn Mind
    (5 ep / 1993)
  7. The Pastelscycle (my bloody valentine remix)
    (Illuminati / 1999)
  8. Polmo Polporottura
    (the science of breath / 2002)
  9. Seefeelplainsong
    (Quique / 1993)
  10. Airiel - sugar crystals (feat. Ulrich Schnauss)
    (the battle of sealand / 2007)

More than a year has passed since I last did one of these Shoegaze series and the only reason for me to stop is that I simply lost it. By “it” I refer to my interest in shoegaze. Maybe never really lost it but rather avoided it. For the past year I was trying to stray away from any melancholic frames, trying to be productive with the blues, asking drugs to be recreative, meeting different kinds of people, pleasing, bland as milk… but then a breakdown/breakthrough came; I tread through muddy waters and I run through molasses… a coccoon of echo surrounding me and a collection of chords making my body shiver, the fourth, the fifth, the minor fall and the major lift. This could all change tomorrow, but why did I try to escape from it in the first place? I gaze to them eyes longer than I should & she lets me know I do so. A limboed state of mind arriving just in time for a last, loner type of trip up to the mountains before heading back to university.

See also: Shoegazing part I & part II
Photo(s): Teteheredtothesun, me*voila & Vanka.

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Category: Electronica, Rock

Wo ye ai ni


I’m glad that miss low has had a fun time here in China, and I’m quite content about how she described here and I fully appreciate her work. Being a Beijing local, I think it’s necessary to make a bit filler post to Low’s Wo ai ni. Let’s simply name it: wo ye ai ni (I love you too)

1. Mu Liang Wen WangJing Diao

2. QueenSea Big SharkHold Your Hand
3. SnaplineS2
4. P.K.14Ta Men
(White paper / 2005)
5. P.K.14Gu Shi
(White paper / 2005)

6. D!O!D!O!D!Jii…Jii…Jii…
(Ghost Temple / 2005 / 2pi)
7. Yan Jun4th Ring Shopping Killer
8. K1973Songhua River
9. NaraAuto Auto
10. Yang YiNie Suan Tai
11. Liu SolaBaba Yi

12. Mu Liang Wen WangBa Yi Tai

photo credit to: nataliebehring.com

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Category: Electronica, Experimental, Folk, Rock

With wonderful deathless ditties
We build up the world's great cities,
And out of a fabulous story
We fashion an empire's glory:
One man with a dream, at pleasure,
Shall go forth and conquer a crown;
And three with a new song's measure
Can trample an empire down. [1]

Down, down, down. Would the fall never come to an end! `I wonder how many miles I've fallen by this time?' she said aloud. `I must be getting somewhere near the centre of the earth. Let me see: that would be four thousand miles down, I think--' (for, you see, Alice had learnt several things of this sort in her lessons in the schoolroom, and though this was not a very good opportunity for showing off her knowledge, as there was no one to listen to her, still it was good practice to say it over) `--yes, that's about the right distance--but then I wonder what Latitude or Longitude I've got to?' (Alice had no idea what Latitude was, or Longitude either, but thought they were nice grand words to say.) [2]

O long-silent Sybil,
you of the winged dreams,
Speak out from your temple of light
as the serious constellations
with Greek names
still stare down on us
as a lighthouse moves its megaphone
over the sea
Speak out and shine upon us
the sea-light of Greece
the diamond light of Greece

Far-seeing Sybil, forever hidden,
Come out of your cave at last
And speak to us in the poet's voice
the voice of the fourth person singular
the voice of the inscrutable future
the voice of the people mixed
with a wild soft laughter--
And give us new dreams to dream,
Give us new myths to live by! [3]

So our princes who have lost their principalities after many years’ of possession shouldn’t blame their loss on fortuna. The real culprit is their own indolence, going through quiet times with no thought of the possibility of change (it’s a common human fault, failing to prepare for tempests unless one is actually in one!). And when eventually bad times did come, they thought of •flight rather than •self-defence, hoping that the people, upset by conquerors’ insolence, would recall them. This course of action may be all right when there’s no alternative, but it is not all right to neglect alternatives and choose this one; it amounts to voluntarily falling because you think that in due course someone will pick you up. If you do get rescued (and you probably won’t), that won’t make you secure; the only rescue that is really helpful to you is the one performed by you, the one that depends on yourself and your virtù. [4]