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Music Review: Another Fine Day – A Good Place to Be – Remixed – Interchill

This new EP of remixes from Interchill’s company of downtempo talents is full of beauty, an enjoyable ride through ambient and rhythmic interpretations of the well-received original release. Every single track here is a keeper. 1. And Dream of Seals (Alucidnation Remix) – Lush piano intro calls softly to have a listen as more varied sounds are introduced. Bass line and soft percussion merge perfectly with piano, beginning a hint of a journey toward dub. As percussion and bass disappear, […]

Photography Show: Moments of Beauty

Photography has been an essential part of my self-expression for over a decade. It brings me joy and a sense of purpose like nothing else. It’s been such a wonderful way to connect with this planet we call home. I firmly believe in the importance of remembering the beauty we’re surrounded with, whether it’s in the mundane or the sublime. This is my intention with my photography. I’m delighted to announce that I will be exhibiting some of my work […]

Pureform Textures

Stream from link above, or download MP3 here. This was a set I created for Tropical’s 16th anniversary campout held at a yoga retreat center in California. Most of the weekend’s music was house music, but there was a block of ambient-into-downtempo on Saturday morning. Starts off ambient and rises into danceable trip hop & downtempo. The recording of my set had technical issues, so this is a recreation in my studio. Mastered by Brian Saitzyk. Tracklist: 1. Erothyme – […]

Music Review: Waypoint compilation from Interchill

I was invited recently to give feedback on the latest comp release from Interchill, one of my favorite labels for choice downtempo. It’s a real winner in my book, so I wanted to share my thoughts here and encourage you to check this out for yourself. With a comp like this, this is where Interchill and I see eye to eye.  Andrew Ross Collins has come up with a treat for the senses, with an ode to the more melodic […]

Road trip – recap

Being on the road means you never know what twists and turns will come your way. This one was no different. Our first true outing with Adeline, our popup trailer, yielded some rookie mistakes, underestimates, and other unpredictable results – and we still had a grand time. For more photos of each leg of the journey, go here. For the post about Day 1, go here. Day 2 – Santa Cruz – nostalgia on many levels Day 2 for us was an […]

Road Trip!

Ever since we were gifted a popup trailer last year for our wedding, we’ve been wanting to take a proper road trip with it. Our popup, Adeline, has taken us in style to a music festival and a destination wedding, but we’d been wanting to travel with her for pure camping pleasure, with no stimulating social events driving the experience. Of all the destinations we discussed, the one we kept circling around was to drive up into Northern California and […]

New photoset – Bell Island, VT

Ah, summer. Living in Southern California, sometimes it feels like summer is perpetually here, so it’s refreshing to get out and see other parts of the world which DON’T have the privilege of mild weather year-round. This past July I had an opportunity to join some friends on a privately owned small island in Vermont, in the middle of a huge lake called Lake Memphremagog. Right up by the US/Canadian border, it was truly a departure from the chaparral and […]

New Photoset – 4th of July Fireworks!

A friend invited us to come take in the fireworks from a deck right on the ocean in Malibu…there was a barge that was anchored off the shore, just in front of us, so it lent itself to a phenomenal front-row-seat perspective. I played around with exposure settings so I could paint with light on some of them. Inspiring! Head over to Flickr to see the whole set.

Rapt Frequencies

Stream or download WAV above, or download MP3 here. In February 2014 I was invited to craft a mix for The Chillout Sessions, a monthly downtempo exploration from online radio station Box Frequency and Woodzee’s The Sun Is Shining blog, which was great fun. Trip-hop, a little funk, and eclectic downtempo rule this mix. Mastered by @EasternSun. Tracklist: 1. Rumpistol – Tangoboy 2. Tor – The Thickness 3. Merveille & Crosson – The Day You Left 4. Tosca – Me and Yoko Ono 5. […]

Odditory Cortex

Stream or download WAV above, or download MP3 here. In June 2013, the community I call home, Moontribe, celebrated its 20th year of existence under the Full Moon. I opened the gathering with this somewhat eclectic mix of ambient and near-ambient treats. 1. @wazuhiru – Velimir’s Sea 2. @phone-booth-robbers – Winter at Zabriskie Point 3. Bering Strait – Luna 4. Govinda – Clear with Fantasy 5. Ultimae – 10-low-tide-explorations – Low Tide Explorations 6. Jon Anderson – Speed Deep (The Future Sound of London Deseo Reconstruction Mix) 7. Nicolas Jaar – Almost Fell […]