PvC – No Stars

Because we don’t know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, some afternoon that is so deeply a part of your being that you can’t even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four or five times more, perhaps not even that. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless.

-Paul Bowles, The Sheltering Sky

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I know, I know – it’s a bit risky to use a cheesy teenage love song as the title track of an otherwise fairly dark ambient mix. Some listeners probably won’t get past it – and if they quit at that point, they’ll miss the 40 minutes of associative transitions following it. But I personally really love the juxtaposition of this dreamy love song (from the Twin Peaks 2017 soundtrack) between the feverish mumbling of David Sylvian and Jóhann Jóhannsson‘s track merging into the almost frightening climax of Stefan Wesolowski. To quote Woody Brown (the ‘industry expert of mixing’): “use your ears, not your prejudices!

But, jokes aside, this is a serious mix. With the occasional exception, most of the music in this mix is heavily mutilated: the original tracks are cut-up, shortened, fragmented, edited – often using only a minute fragment of a track that originally is much longer. A collage like this takes the sounds out of their original context to serve its own purpose. That is not meant disrespectful, please let me emphasize this again… I hope that can be heard as the result! Be sure to check out the original sources if you enjoy the sounds – you can find the details it in the tracklisting below.

Now, follow me into a movie that you might wanna see sometime… a movie that’s happening in the back of your own head…