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Idyllic Music Podcast | Trip Hop - Downtempo - Electronica
Featuring Independent Trip Hop, Ambient, Electronica, Dub and Downtempo Music.
May 6, 2021
Idyllic Music Podcast #211 - 15th Anniversary
This week we will celebrate our Crystal or 15th anniversary of podcasting independent Downtempo Music and Artists. Looking back I am happy to report most continue to make music or have a presence on the web. We will hear from six artists from our freshman year who, 15 years later, are still going strong.
Jan 28, 2021
Idyllic Music Podcast #210 - The Luminescence of Candles
This week we’ll look at the luminescence of candles, of wax and tallow. Mostly used in celebrations and ceremonies these days, candles brought light to the darkness for early lives constrained by the rising and setting of the sun. It meant extra hours beyond daily work to gather, socialize and create. Candles lit the way and we followed.
Oct 8, 2020
Idyllic Music Podcast #209 - Mind Wandering
This week we will focus on mind wandering. When your attention drifts from the task at hand. Most of us feel this mild disassociation routinely. When you feel a million miles away. While it can be distracting daydreaming can lead to more creativity through decoupling and self reflection. We will hear six tracks that exhibit some of this dreamlike quality including Red Wine Riots, Aphilas, Dreza, Eva Schlegel, Azoora and Just Banks.
Jul 11, 2020
Idyllic Music Podcast #208 - Personal Correspondence
This week we will look at personal correspondence. Any private communication revealing private thoughts usually between just two people. It is often easier to put your true feelings down on paper. Shared thoughts of devotional love. Despair and hope of lovers on the edge. The loyalty of close friends and letters written with no intention of ever being sent.
Apr 17, 2020
Idyllic Music Podcast #207 - Before and After
This week, we will look at change beyond the tipping point. The “no going back.” Before and After. How we accept and adapt to our new situation will take every effort. Embracing a new future takes courage and a sense of practicality. Seeing it as a new morning requires faith and adaptability.
Jan 15, 2020
Idyllic Music Podcast #206 - Pastoral Beats
This week it is Pastoral Beats. Warm gentle Electronica that evokes memories of carefree and less stressful times. It is music of comfort and consolation led by deceptively simple melodies over increasingly intricate rhythms. The arty side of chill-out where each has their own unique style of swing.
Nov 20, 2019
Idyllic Music Podcast #205 - Darkness and Light
This week we will look at our tricky relationship with darkness and light. Light shows what is apparent and actual. We see things for what they transparently are but in the darkness all things are possible. It is where we keep our anxiety, fears and desires. It allows us to keep secrets. Darkness does not judge.
Aug 17, 2019
Idyllic Music Podcast #204 - Espionage
This week we will look at espionage. It is spies and spooks, coups and active measures. It is a shadowy world. All cloak-and-dagger. Carried out by those we will never know. Of the things that are supposed to stay secret. Aiding with the reconnaissance on this episode of Idyllic Music are Karmacoda, Hector Zarate, Frank Dorittke, Tommy Ptolemy, DTR, and the Policy Wonks.
Jun 19, 2019
Idyllic Music Podcast #203 - Golden Age of Online Music Distribution
This week, we look back at the golden age of online music distribution. For much of the past two decades netLabels and OMD communities have provided a safe and easy way for musicians to upload their songs for distribution via a Creative Commons copyright.
Mar 17, 2019
Idyllic Music Podcast #202 - The Ability to Forgive
This week, we'll look at the ability to forgive. It's a mistake to think forgiveness is universal. While nearly everyone agrees the aggrieved and forgiven find the experience positive, not everyone is wired with the ability to move on from an insult. Research seems to suggest it could be genetic. Sharing a mixed of views on the subject are Dive Index, Fascinating Earthbound Objects, Soft and Furious, Rich Sudney and Down Review.
Jan 12, 2019
Idyllic Music Podcast #201 - The Quiet Mind
This week, we'll look to quiet the mind. It's a defense mechanism really as we try to cope with a world that has seemingly sped up beyond our capacity to keep up. The stress and anxiety it creates is often covered over by the cacaphony that is 21st century life.
Dec 5, 2018
Idyllic Music Podcast #200 - Best of Mix - Organic Electronic Music
This week, on the 200th episode of Idyllic Music, regular listeners of this podcast will find another best of mix unencumbered by the usual patter so that you can burn them directly to the blank CD of your choice. We have a podcast mp3 file of nearly 60 minutes worth of the best music featured over the past years.
Nov 1, 2018
Idyllic Music Podcast #199 - Headphone Electronica
This week, it's headphone electronica. Music created with the meticulous detail that only listening through headphones can reveal. It's electronica mixed, produced and, ultimately, consumed by people wearing headphones. It's created by indie musicians working with twenty first century tools to create, edit and sometimes perform their work. Headphone electronica isn't for dancing yet it can be danceable rather it is for focusing or letting your mind drift.
Sep 15, 2018
Idyllic Music Podcast #198 - A Life at Sea
This week we'll examine a life at sea. Joseph Conrad wrote that "There is nothing more enticing, disenchanting and enslaving." More troubling is what lies beneath the swells and awful stirrings of what Melville called the "hidden soul beneath. Hoisting the main sail for us on the episode of Idyllic Music are Band of Mad Women, IOTA, MMPSUF, Sleepy Town Manufacture, beat.dowsing and Leon Somov.
Jul 25, 2018
Idyllic Music Podcast #197 - Harmonics
This week, we'll listen for harmonics. We mostly think of harmonics as an element of music but there is a more fundamental physical quality underneath it all. Wave patterns are all around us. We know its how sound and light move and that changes in these wave can influence our perceptions and moods. Checking the frequency with us on this episode of Idyllic Music are Sleepy Koala, Garaz, Dlay, MindsEye, Cutside and DU3normal.
May 20, 2018
Idyllic Music Podcast #196 - Empathy
This week, we'll try a little empathy. The ability to understand and share another person's feelings, experiences and emotions. It is a power sorely missed these days. Research seem to suggest there is a genetic basis to empathy, that some individuals are more prone to perspective taking. Now would be a good time to step up in the face of intolerance.
Mar 15, 2018
Idyllic Music Podcast #195 - Number 10
This episode of Idyllic Music is brought to you by the number ten. It sits comfortably between nine and eleven, matches our fingers quite nicely and is the base for the decimal system nearly everyone uses every day.
Jan 9, 2018
Idyllic Music Podcast #194 - Winter
This week, we'll look at the final season, the end of the cycle, of winters past and cold. It's a time many of us would like to hold up in bed for the duration, with it's shortened days and cold nights. Winter is a time for putting your head down and plowing ahead reassured by the certainty that this too shall pass. Our musical sweaters on this episode of Idyllic Music are Hungry Lucy, Winterstrand, Sara Grey, Mystral and Gorowski.
Nov 29, 2017
Idyllic Music Podcast #193 - After a Relationship Ends
This week, we'll look at the effort it takes to pull yourself together after a relationship ends. Some seek sympathetic ears while other withdraw into solitude. We'll hear just what it takes from General Fuzz, Kognitif, BASIC, The Ganzfeld Effect, and Reflection.
Sep 7, 2017
Idyllic Music Podcast #192 - Regrets and Reconciliation
This week, it's regrets and reconciliation. Regrets? I've had a few but by and large, I've moved on. It seems a measure of success by how little regret we take to our graves. The trick, of course, is in deciding how much of your personal past you are willing to overlook. Making that judgment on this episode of Idyllic Music are We came as Strangers, Surek, Vienna Ditto, Knoto, Zebrat, and Helicalin.
Aug 24, 2017
Idyllic Music Podcast #191 - Proximity and Happenstance
This week, we'll look at proximity and happenstance. The idea that just by being near another person or event can change the future for better or worse. Mostly the difference is unnoticable in the noise but sometimes you may just think you see a pattern.
Jun 24, 2017
Idyllic Music Podcast #190 - Word Salad
This week we'll look at word salad with Peterloo Massacre, Broke for Free, Sweet Play, Daddy Scrabble, Northbound and Small Colin.
May 6, 2017
Idyllic Music Podcast #189 - Ends of the Universe
This week we'll try to imagine the ends of the universe. It's one way to restore some perspective while your world is spinning around you. The vast emptiness of space, its cold, hollow expanse is the fact that we ignore while conjuring up tales of Death Stars and Restaurants. Taking a more expansive view are Rukirek, Dive Index, Jagoa, Me Zion Dread and Strad.
Apr 12, 2017
Idyllic Music Podcast #188 - Recovery and Second Chances
This week, we'll look at recovery and contemplate the possibilities inherent in second chances. Do they bring new focus and opportunity or squandered through indecision and inertia. It is a dilemma facing those who have faced traumatic situations and survived. Is survival enough? Helping us sort it all out are Aris H, Garmisch, Nic Bommarito, Jazzafari, Citizen Crane, and Ishdub. Thanks for waiting.
Jan 7, 2017
Idyllic Music Podcast #187 - Tipping Points
This week we'll look at tipping points. The value of the parameter in which the set of equilibria abruptly change. Sometimes we are quite aware of these changes other times not but they occur in everything from climatology and economics to personal relationships. We'll hear from Minds Of Infinity, Karmacoda, Zoungla, Phone Booth Robbers and Max Lilja.
Nov 16, 2016
Idyllic Music Podcast #186 - Semantic Memory
This week we'll look at episodic or semantic memory. Where we store past events and learned meanings long-term. Memories of place,time and sounds. Memories we can't actually have had but still resonate are considered genetic semantic memory possibly harboured in our DNA. Think about that the next time you find yourself doing something you have no experience with.
Sep 17, 2016
Idyllic Music Podcast #185 - Chronology of the Universe
This week, we'll look at the Chronology of the universe. Don't blink because most of the important stuff happens between 10 to the 43rd seconds and 1 second after the Big Bang. From the planck epoch to Heat death some 10 to the 150+ years from now. Hurrying up and waiting on this episode of Idyllic Music are Tycho, Skeleton Trees, Arne Mulder, Artemis, Chad Lawrence and Dubsalon.
Jul 5, 2016
Idyllic Music Podcast #184 - Look into the Fire
This week, we'll look into the fire. Mesmerizing as it is, fire is a perfect metaphor for love, desire and passion. From the dazzling white of 1,500 degrees C to Dull Red of 700, fire's ability to warm, over the long term yet burn quickly or smolder for weeks matches our personal histories, relations and ourselves. Passing the torch for us this week are Home Video, Jerome Chassagnard, Sparrow Orange, Peter Gabriel and Aire Redtree.
Apr 13, 2016
Idyllic Music Podcast #183 - Intimacy
This week, we'll look at intimacy. The need for, the mechanics, complications and consequences of. William Butler Yeats lamented that The heart-revealing intimacy,That chooses right, and never finds a friend. Opening up for us on this episode of Idyllic Music is C85, Howard, Hayward, Frith and Laswell, Alma-me-gretta, The Orb, Smooth Gene-star and Saltillo
Jan 23, 2016
Idyllic Music Podcast #182 - The Illusion of Permanence
This week, we'll look at the illusion of permanence and the inevitably of change. The tricky thing about change is that it is often not even perceptible. Gradual and incremental, it often takes a change in perspective to see the change happening all around us. Pointing that out for us on this episode of Idyllic Music are Module, Canola Tenderfoot, Musetta, Scopes, Philip TBC and JIXJAX.
Nov 14, 2015
Idyllic Music Podcast #181 - Emotional Isolation
This week we look at emotional isolation. It seems the more we reach out the less we feel. It might be the continuing reliance on the intrawebs or fragmentation of society but increasingly many of us are alone and not by choice. Next time you are at a restaurant and see a couple glowing with the bluish tint of their separate mobile phones or simply sitting together but not talking, you'll understand what I mean.
Aug 10, 2015
Idyllic Music Podcast #180 - Loves First Heartbreak
This week, we'll look at loves first heartbreak. When young untested emotions are at their most potent and everything seems so damned important. As George Eliot so aptly put it. There is no despair so absolute as that which comes from the first moments of our first great sorrow, when we have not yet known what it is to have suffered and be healed, to have despaired and recovered hope.
May 23, 2015
Idyllic Music Podcast #179 - Saraswati
This week, we'll head to the sub-continent for inspiration. In particular, Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge, music, arts and science. While it's not unusual for ancient cultures to personify this manifestation of consciousness through art, Saraswati expands to include the sciences. We can all take as our Muse this expression of modern progress.
Jan 17, 2015
Idyllic Music Podcast #178 - Fata Morgana
This week, we'll look at mirages. In particular the superior mirage known as Fata Morgana, named after the fairy shapeshifting half-sister of King Arthur. We come to rely on the normally stable optic perceptions that make up our daily experiences but now and again the physical world will throw you off. It's those moments that are the true reality of our existence.
Nov 20, 2014
Idyllic Music Podcast #177 - The Number Three
This week's episode of Idyllic Music is brought to you by the number 3. It is, I believe, the most ubiquitous symbol man has created throughout history. From religion to physics and beyond, the number 3 is found everywhere. The atom is made up of 3 components. Almost all faiths have a core aspect containing 3 parts. Shakespere, Tolkien and a host of modern authors have found the trilogy or number 3 irresistible. All of this despite the overwhelming dominance of the number 2 in our own biology, 2 eyes, ears, arms and legs. What is it about that added digit?
Oct 15, 2014
Idyllic Music Podcast #176 - Many Paths to Spiritual Enlightenment
This week, we'll explore the many paths to spiritual enlightenment. It might come in a journey, a ritual of repetition or a chemical. Each method is personal.
Sep 21, 2014
Idyllic Music Podcast #175 - Epic Dreams
This week, we'll experience Epic Dreams. Dreams that are so compelling and so vivid the details remain with you for years. When you wake up from an Epic Dream, you feel that you have discovered something profound or amazing about yourself or about the world. They are the dreams shaped by Morpheus and dreamt by Siddhartha and Gilgamesh.
Aug 24, 2014
Idyllic Music Podcast #174 - When Things Get Wobbly
This week we will consider those times when things get wobbly. Not the early 20th century trade union but the feeling that things that once seemed solid and unchanging are now less so. They may be in politics and sexuality, personally or sonically. We will hear from 6 artists finding their footing in an unstable world. They are The National Pool, Auma, Metaharmoniks, Lovespirals, The Esoteric Gender and Korev.
Jul 18, 2014
Idyllic Music Podcast #173 - The Zeitgeist
This week we'll look at the Zeitgeist. This moment in time, our collective meme and the era of uncertainty. It's an era that portends the age of human technology while celebrating a kind of spirtitual nostalgia. On this episode of Idyllic Music we'll hear from seven artists reflecting "the spirit of the times". They are Esza Kaye, All India Radio, Andreia Dacal, Daybehavior, Aphone, Giyz and Curly Jefferson.
Jun 18, 2014
Idyllic Music Podcast #172 - Summer Travel Season
This week, we'll ponder the summer travel season. The world's a mighty big place filled with destinations that can be both beautiful and dangerous, often times in the same city. We'll hear from six artists with a musical itinerary stretching from Copenhagen to Christchurch, Calcutta to Brixton. Leading our tour on this edition of Idyllic Music are Jordan Reyne, Secret Archives of the Vatican, Tikki Masala, Project 5am, My Bubba and Mi and Chris Pettit.
May 24, 2014
Idyllic Music Podcast #171 - Women and Men
This week we'll look at women and men and the equally compelling perspectives they bring to music. We have come a long way from days when gender roles were specific and restricting. Now we find even in parts of the world where traditional divisions between men and women remain, within the arts those walls are collapsing. Helping illustrated that on this episode of Idyllic Music are Endless Blue, Boleros En Femeni, Fuji Kureta, Babbaracos, The Crisis Project and Sarah Fimm.
Apr 23, 2014
Idyllic Music Podcast #170 - The Contemplative Life
This week, we'll consider the contemplative life most often associated with religious devotion. On this episode of Idyllic Music we'll focus instead on the secular. The conscious decision to notice things. The little details of life that we often skip right past. We get help from Orange Crush, Natalie Walker, Motionfield, Vitamins for You, Text Adventure and Asaguare.
Mar 11, 2014
Idyllic Music Podcast #169 - Deceptions and Delusions
This week, we'll look at deceptions and delusions and how the two often blend into the other in a sort of symbiotic fashion. It requires the need to believe and ultimately deceive. It is one of our most powerful tools in coping with emotional pain. Providing a bit of regression therapy for us on this episode of Idyllic Music are PlanetsCitizens, Naoned, Dave Gerard, Floating Spirits, Ovalys and AlikProject.
Jan 19, 2014
Idyllic Music Podcast #168 - The Search for Self
This week, we'll explore the search for self. Looking for the light that makes us strive for something better. It might be the agonizing reappraisal of one's efforts and motives over a lifetime or the search for enlightenment contained in so many faiths. Finding your true self is so daunting a project that many simply never try. We'll hear from six of the bold ones on this episode of Idyllic Music. They are Dr Freebs, Cling, Twin Muses, PiliPili, Merlune and Dub One!
Dec 25, 2013
Idyllic Music Podcast #167 - Sun Worship
This week, we'll explore the belief that all that we know of God can just as easily be attributed to the sun. Of course, sun worship is as old as civilization and even in an Old Testament context, the sun can be just as punishing or life sustaining as God. So rather than worship, we'll marvel at the hope and happiness, love and warmth we get from the sun with help from Adam and Alma, Artemis, Blear Moon, Massive Attack, SackJo22 and Sunspot and Sect23
Nov 24, 2013
Idyllic Music Podcast #166 - Cleansing Power of Fire
This week, we'll welcome the cleansing power of fire. It's a concept so broad as to include ancient elements of Egyptian, Christian and Druid rituals as well modern ideas about the birth of the universe. On a personal level, Fire can lead either to brilliance or devastation. As Tennessee Williams noted "We all live in a house on fire".
Oct 18, 2013
Idyllic Music Podcast #165 - Abbreviations and Acronyms
This week, we'll look at abbreviations and acronyms. You see them everywhere from texts and license plates to government forms and love notes. They might be cute and clever or confusing and inscrutable but these brevis or shortenings have become the bane of writers and lovers of language everywhere. We'll hear from six artists, PDQ, who use them in name and title only. LOL. They are 2 percent, The Reverend Shortboy, WEED, Alien S, Alec Troniq and Rho.
Sep 20, 2013
Idyllic Music Podcast #163 - A World of Possibilities
This week, we'll breathlessly await a world of possibilities. The future is more open, blended and diverse than it was even a generation ago. That means there is more opportunity for progress and enlightenment even in the face of retrenchment. The tide is inevitably against the forces of the status quo. It's called progress and it's not limited to the macro. Everyone has the possibility of growth.
Sep 11, 2013
Idyllic Music Podcast #164 - Unbearable Sadness
This week, we'll look at the unbearable sadness that marks the end of relationships. Whether the result of the discovery or admission of infidelity or the euphemism of 'growing apart', the cold numbness deep inside of those unaware and most pained lives on in a hundred ways. Its never about them as protested but the left behind deal in anger and recriminations, self-doubt and what-ifs. It is a sadness that lessens over time but never heals. Seven heartbreaking tales are offered up this week by Delgarma, Garmisch, Cobrider, Billy Cote and Uniit Carruyo, Tumc, and Full source.
Aug 17, 2013
Idyllic Music Podcast #162 - Hidden World of Esotericism
This week, we'll try to fathom the hidden world of Esotericism. It's a fool's errand; really, because the point is certain things are kept by a narrow circle of the enlightened or initiated away from the rest of us. The most obvious are in the government or religious arena but the idea cascades down to much smaller things like school or office politics. Holding the torch whilst we search the catacombs are the x-structure, Tang Kai, Dive Index, Sister Overdrive, Sekotis and Secret Archives of the Vatican.
Jul 27, 2013
Idyllic Music Podcast #161 - The Wars Men Wage
This week, we'll look at the wars men wage with all its glory and tragedy. How something so awful can be a source of honor and how Napoleonic ego can lead us into horrific conflict. It's the story of mankind for better or worse and war's moral paradox largely defines the human race. Informing us in ways large and small are Kate Martin, Drifting In Silence, Jelle, Bill Laswell, CC Asia and Peter Gabriel.
Jun 16, 2013
Idyllic Music Podcast #160 - Camus' Invincible Summer
This week, we'll lay back and take in Camus' invincible summer. In times of ambiguous environments, artificial seasons, climate controlled offices and 24 hour shopping malls, its nice to revel in the easy season. Summer. Its sprinklers, beaches, vacations and slower pace.
Apr 20, 2013
Idyllic Music Podcast #159 - Promises and Lies
This week, we'll look at Promises and Lies. When Ali Campbell sang of the sorrow and pain from the serpent's song of a lovers deceptiveness, he also implied that acknowledging those lies led to hope and healing. Setting down that road this week are Sabian, Vela, Null Device, Wordless Poem and Lucky Cat.
Mar 23, 2013
Idyllic Music Podcast #158 -The Plant World
This week, we'll marvel at the plant world. Turning the sun's energy into life from nutrients in the soil and atmosphere is so fundamental to our existence that it is hard to believe we would do anything to disrupt it. Taking us through the first trophic level are Rho, Hands Upon Black Earth, Analog Fury, Sitchin, and Seth Master.
Jan 17, 2013
Idyllic Music Podcast #157 - Tall Tales
This week, we'll look at tall tales. Stories and fables of exaggeration and entertainment some fantastic and others with morals. They often contain a morsal of truth spun out to the absurd across every culture but reaching a zenith in 19th century American folktales like Paul Bunyan, Brer Rabbit, Little Babaji and John Henry. Ixtlan, Erosops, Refrag. Sounda, Botany Bay and Capt. Beefheart.
Dec 5, 2012
Idyllic Music Podcast #156 - Migrations an Aspirations
This week, we'll look at migrations and aspirations. For millennia, people have moved from one place to another seeking better lives. Whether it was for better hunting, soil or jobs the migration was like rivers to the ocean, constant and inevitable. The sorrow of leaving behind the old and struggles to establish the new have marked every one of us. Immigrant and resident alike.
Nov 10, 2012
Idyllic Music Podcast #155 - The Sweet and Lowdown
This week, we'll look at at the sweet and lowdown. It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing. Ellington knew it and Irving Mills codified it but many of today's singer-songwriters from Jack Johnson, John Mayer, Nora Jones and notably Amos Lee's "Sweet Pea" have taken it to heart. From it's pre-war origins, swing music's rhythmic style based on a triplet subdivision of the beat was what moved hips out on the dance floor.
Oct 25, 2012
Idyllic Music Podcast #154 - High Altitude Air Travel
This week we'll scan the skies of high altitude air travel. Nothing strikes the imagination like following contrails left behind a jet aircraft in the late afternoon sky. Who is on board? Where are they going? Are they beginning an adventure or heading home? Looking up can bring a touch of envy. Providing the lift for us this week are The Twombley Spiders, The Atomica Project, Ray Garrido, Metastaz, Boneshaman and Innereyefull.
Sep 14, 2012
Idyllic Music Podcast #153 - Drought
This week, we'll examine the drought. At any one time a goodly part of the world experiences Meteorological Drought with consequences measured in tens of thousands or even millions of lives. The images of drought, the cracked and barren soil, the dust clouds and snapshots of fishing boats stranded in a dry lake bed speak to the loneliness of emotional drought. So too do the 6 songs on this edition of Idyllic Music.
Aug 17, 2012
Idyllic Music Podcast #152 - Chapters
This week we'll look at chapters. Readers know how an author uses them to pace a story, setting up cliffhangers, jumping storylines and setting natural breaks at the end of a sitting so you can go to bed but chapters are even more apparent in our life stories. The titles of the 7 songs we'll hear on this episode of Idyllic Music simply sound like chapters and, perhaps, they are.
Jul 24, 2012
Idyllic Music Podcast #151 - River Life
This week we'll look at life along the world's great rivers. Despite the fact that nearly every major inland city is located along side a major waterway, life down on the banks is often rough, hard scrabbled and often dangerous. McCarthy's Cornelius Suttree personifies the descent from sophisticated urban living to the hand to mouth life along the river. He's not alone.
Jun 6, 2012
Idyllic Music Podcast #150 - Best of the Last 50
This week, we'll celebrate Idyllic Music's 150th episode by looking forward. Fifty shows ago we offered up two CD ready mixes of the best vocal and instrumental tracks of the previous 100 programs. This time around we enter the new decade having kicked over the last and not looking back.
May 17, 2012
Idyllic Music Podcast #149 - The Mythology of Women
This week we'll look at beauty and terror as seen in the mythology of women. Stories though out history mostly told by men of power and tragedy, love and treachery featuring the likes of Aphrodite, Xi Shi, the Gorgon Medusa and Goddess Kali. These tales are endlessly fascinating yet rarely illuminating of the lives of actual women.
Apr 24, 2012
Idyllic Music Podcast #148 - Hypnotic Electronica
This week, we'll look at five artists making deeply layered dense and hypnotic electronica. In the early part of the decade Minimalism, glitch and even chiptunes were a reaction to what became a pretty predictable set of recordings featuring 4 chord progressions and pedestrian beats. Now finding a new mix of drama and subtlety are Ed Drury, Melorman, Northcape, Bitbasic and Wordless Poem.
Mar 5, 2012
Idyllic Music Podcast #147 - Unknown Unknowns
This week we'll look at known knowns, known unknowns and unknown unknowns. For several weeks, half a dozen great songs have lingered on the desktop as I've looked for ways to include them on the show. They are by unknown, unsigned artists, well known indie bands and arena popular stars. All podsafe. This week I'll string them together and let you guess who they are. Film at 11.
Feb 22, 2012
Idyllic Music Podcast #146 - The Downcast and Sorrowful
This week, we'll look at the downcast and sorrowful. Baruch Spinoza defined sadness as the transfer of a person from a large perfection to a smaller one. All the songs on the show this week have an underlying sadness. They are small vignettes of personal loss and helplessness and yet they are not uncomfortable or painful. There is a soul cleansing purging quality that makes you feel raw and renewing.
Jan 20, 2012
Idyllic Music Podcast #145 - The Final Day
This week, we'll look at the final day. It's something we all have in common. The fact that everyone of us will die. To some it's simply a transition from one world to another. While others see it as the moment our atoms are dispersed back into the universe. How we choose to approach the final day defines almost everything we do in all the days that precede it.
Dec 16, 2011
Idyllic Music Podcast #144 - Enormity and Scale
This week, we'll look at enormity and scale. Whether it's astrophysical or personal, size and distance is often difficult to gauge. Everyone has seen artist renderings of the solar system depicting the sun and planets but the scale of those drawing can't begin to reflect the actual distance between those satellites. The same is true with opinions and feelings. Often we feel so distant when in fact we share much more in common with each other than not. Other times not so much.
Nov 7, 2011
Idyllic Music Podcast #143 - Landing on the Moon
This week, we marvel at the July 20th 1969 landing on the moon. Although this achievement took place 40 years ago and great strides have been made is subsequent years on furthering our reach into the stars, It continues to awe and inspire. Celebrating with us this week are Canola Tenderfoot, the silk demise, Makaras Pen, Anonymous Horses and Gabriel.
Oct 11, 2011
Idyllic Music Podcast #142 - The Phoenix
This week, we'll examine the Phoenix. The Firebird, Feng-Huang, Ho-oo, Benu, or Yel. The myth of this self- rejuvenating bird cuts across almost every ancient culture often symbolizing death and rebirth. The Phoenix is said to consumed by fire every 500 years only to be reborn from its own ashes. Aphone, Eigenheimer, The Orientalist, Phour Trakk, Hands upon Black Earth and Ecovillage
Sep 16, 2011
Idyllic Music Podcast #141 - Angels and Derivations
This week, we'll look at Angels and derivations, warnings and votaries. These nine artists are unafraid the bare the unvarnished, emblazon their influences and balance the devilish with the angelic. Some of the tracks are complete others remain ideas to be fleshed out but all compel. We'll hear from J.S. Marti, Idyllic, Will Kriski, Tronic Koi, Scarlet Hideout, Half Past Sun, The Flavor Foundation, One Blue Nine and Jardin Solar.
Aug 18, 2011
Idyllic Music Podcast #140 - Old World v. New World
This week, we'll look at the increasingly antiquated idea of old world versus new world especially in music and art. Cultures measured by millennia rather than centuries are borrowing and incorporating sounds and instruments in ways unthinkable in the past
Jul 13, 2011
Idyllic Music Podcast #139 - Procrastination
This week, we'll look at the human tendency to put off until later what we could do today. It is the period of time between when we can exercise influence over events and that moment when they are decided for us. That fine line between free will and fate.
Jun 12, 2011
Idyllic Music Podcast #138 - Education
This week, it's world studies as we look at education and educators from around the world from ancient Greece to the local school down the street. The syllabus is wide open as we hear from Bangguru, Nobara Hayakawa, Artemis, Jikjax, Elam, PiliPili and Bruce McCosar.
May 24, 2011
Idyllic Music Podcast #137 - Memories
This week, we'll look at memories and the way we twist them inside out sometimes to serve our own purposes. Looking back on this episode of Idyllic Music are 46 Bliss, Pierre the Moon, MoVox, Screenatorium, Classic SciFi and Catsauce.
Mar 17, 2011
Idyllic Music Podcast #136 - Jazz
This week, we'll look at the great American art form as it finds its way into the 21st century. Jazz continues to evolve in ways that are both striking and familiar. Just as Charlie Parker and Charlie Christian took popular music and stripped it to its core before radically making it their own, today's musicians are taking the cut and paste technology of hip hop and using it to disassemble, rearrange and rethink the process of improvisation.
Feb 15, 2011
Idyllic Music Podcast #135 - Solids
This week, we'll look at solids. The two hardest things to grasp about them are that objects that appear to be solid are made up of molecules that are never actually in contact with each other and that because solids have thermal energy, their atoms vibrate. Firming up this concept for us are Mujaji, Proviant Audio, The Orb, DJ Limpet and Dr. Ektoplazmic.
Jan 25, 2011
Idyllic Music Podcast #134 - Post-Modern Character
This week, we'll look at the shortcomings and foibles of the post modern character. Not nearly the deadly sins but some common universal human weaknesses we all can recognize. Pointing them out to us on the episode of Idyllic Music are Band of Mad Women, Margareds, Mat's,Gosprom, Stockfinster and Line.
Nov 2, 2010
Idyllic Music Podcast #133 - Finding True Love
This week, we'll look at the unlikelihood of finding true love. Not that it doesn't happen all the time, it's just that's it's amazing that it happens at all. Bookstores are filled with attempting to explain how and why relationships succeed or fail. The odds of finding someone with whom you are truly compatible with is daunting. Taking the plunge anyway are Cris Tanzi, Prototype 68, CDK, The Reverent Shortboy, Steen Throtrup and iambic
Oct 16, 2010
Idyllic Music Podcast #132 - Melancholia
This week, we'll look at the many aspects of melancholia. In particular, German Renaissance master Albrecht Durer engraving of the same name. We can linger over the many symbols of mathematics and alchemy portrayed in the work but ultimately it's all about how one feels. Expounding and deflecting for us this week are All India Radio, Plastik Joy, Matisse and Deeper Sublime, Eskazed, Blind Divine and Gate Zero
Sep 11, 2010
Idyllic Music Podcast #131 - Restorative Power of Water
This week, we'll look at the life giving and restorative power of water. While water is the most abundant molecule on Earth's surface and nearly 60% of the human body is water, we often take for granted is enormous importance. Since all water is essentially the same, it is what is dissolved into it that accounts for the differences we consume whether our freshwater comes from deep in Lake Baikal or from the muddy Mississippi. And so the show is all about water. Drink up.
Aug 19, 2010
Idyllic Music Podcast #130 - Hope for the Future
This week, we'll look at the need to move beyond our troubled pasts and embrace hope for the future. Each of these tracks evokes a specific moment particular to American political history. We'll hear from Downliners Sekt, Naoned, Sans Edge, Tryad and Silence.
Jun 23, 2010
Idyllic Music Podcast #129 - Path to Redemption
This week, we'll look at the path to redemption. Waiting to hit bottom to know when to climb back up often ignores the notion that the journey may well be circular. Redeeming them selves for us this week at Owen, DigiTube, Argon 40, Vate, 33Canales and Babbaracos.
May 12, 2010
Idyllic Music Podcast #128 - Mind Expanding Possibilities of Travel
This week, we'll look at the mind expanding possiblities of travel. Whether global or microbiological, it the movement of bodies, objects and, ultimately, ideas, that allow us the benefits of progress. And so We'll hear from enLounge, Victoria Mosley and The Sublimes, Indidginus, Null Device and Electric Salmon.
Apr 12, 2010
Idyllic Music Podcast #127 - Human Weakness
This week, we'll look at a human weakness. Whether physical, emotional or spiritual, we all make blunders and mistakes. It's what we do afterward that counts. We'll hear from five artists who realize this and take the next step toward growth and healing. We'll begin with something new from Peach Stealing Monkeys.
Feb 15, 2010
Idyllic Music Podcast #126 - What's Underneath
This week, we'll look at what's underneath. Not necessarily inferior, lesser, or subordinate but from the unique perspective of looking up. Gazing upward are Dive Index, Alikproject, Under, Asa Zen Sei and Nenes.
Jan 25, 2010
Idyllic Music Podcast #125 - Invisible Forces
This week, we'll take a look at idea that the visible world is pervaded by invisible forces or spirits, which affect the lives of the living. It's a belief that predates most mainstream religions and remains in many ways we may not immediately recognize. Much of today's electronic club music employs many techniques shared by shamanism. The beat, repetitive vocal samples and binaural beats. There is a reason we call it Trance.
Dec 14, 2009
Idyllic Music Podcast #124 - Strange Overtones
This week, we'll look at Strange Overtones. It's not only the title of a new collaboration between modern music Giants, David Byrne and Brian Eno but also in a harmonic sense, it's a complex and intriguing musical tone. We'll hear from six artists who take this familiar but different approach to their sound. There is Dikital, Cling, Lesley Dodd, David Byrne and Brian Eno, J-CLX and Vincent Wood.
Nov 16, 2009
Idyllic Music Podcast #123 - Cosmetics
This week, we'll look at cosmetics or altering the appearance without affecting the body's structure or functions. It's by definition superficial but can change perceptions of oneself and others often for the better but not necessarily. Musical remixes are in essence cosmetics but so are tattoos and eyeliner. Setting the foundation for us are Pipo Pegoraro, Obedientbone, Mavro, ElodieO and Crystal Palace.
Oct 12, 2009
Idyllic Music Podcast #122 - Percussive Side of World Music
This week, we'll listen to the percussive side of World Music. Seven bands will add subtle electronics to the inherently primitive act of striking a note. Providing the variation for us are Sub Dub, Conduct Unbecoming, Fraud Fix, Lendi Vexer, DJ Diganta, Queenie and Siberian Newspaper.
Sep 17, 2009
Idyllic Music Podcast #121 - Cooperative Relationships
This week, we'll look at the essential symbiosis of independent artist and podcaster. This mutualism is best put forward by an association of cooperative relationships. In particular, an Association of Music Podcasting. Visit myspace.com/musicpodcasters to learn how artists and podcasters can help each other in a world of tight play list and tighter labels. We'll hear from Anneke Laurent, Yimino, Gilo, Nihaya Tree and Annie Goliath.
Aug 10, 2009
Idyllic Music Podcast #120 - America's Great Art Form
This week, it's the many flavors of America's great art form. Jazz. For more than a century this style of music has refused strict categorization. From Bop to Rag, Funk to Swing the cool sounds of Jazz are always mixing with and attaching itself to other genres. Today the polyrhythms, syncopation, and blue notes blend seamlessly with electronic beats, bass and melody.
Jul 20, 2009
Idyllic Music Podcast #119 - Unlikely Pairings
This week we'll try unlikely pairings. Nowhere are they more readily accepted than in music. When Joe Venuti's violin first played jazz, or Kraftwerk hit the top of the charts with computer music, listeners nodded and said "Yeah'. When Kate Bush brought the mystery of Eastern European harmonies to the west or the Beatles covered Little Richard new rock n' roll music, the world got a bit smaller, less separate and more inclusive.
Jun 15, 2009
Idyllic Music Podcast #118 - Feedback and Reverb
This week, it's feedback and reverb, the mathematics of sound and physics of music. Looking into this super symmetry are Way, The Stringed Theory, postscript, Roll Film and Ronan Dec.
May 4, 2009
Idyllic Music Podcast #117 - Artists in Exile
This week, we'll look at artists in exile. Not those forced from their homes through political or legal turmoil but the more romantic expatriation of the kind envisioned by Henry Miller, Ernest Hemingway and Graham Greene. The 'Lost Generation', living in hotels, on allowance and awaiting inspiration. Finding their muse this week are Azoora, Kesakoo, My Toys Like Me, Juliet Hotel, Darren Scott Nesbit and The Chill Conspiracy.
Apr 6, 2009
Idyllic Music Podcast #116 - The Creative Process
This week, we'll examine the creative process. Painter Kimberly Brooks offers up and octet of stages of which six match the songs on this episode of Idyllic Music. They are Vision and Hope. Excitement, Clarity, Obsession and Resolution. Look for these in music of Screenatorium, Lasswell, Synthetic, Electric Hippies, Fauna and Endlos.
Mar 16, 2009
Idyllic Music Podcast #115 - When Fashion Comes Full Circle
This week, we'll look at the tension created when fashion comes full circle. As Massive Attack's Tricky points out you have "A dread of the past and fear of the future. You're brand new, You're retro" Finding that singular point for us on the edition of Idyllic Music are Polished Chrome, Return To Mono, Letters In Numbers and Cassettes Won't Listen.
Feb 16, 2009
Idyllic Music Podcast #114 - Mendacity
This week we'll spotlight mendacity. There was a time, not long ago, when you could assume a benchmark of truthfulness. Not from everyone or about everything but you could feel fairly secure in the notion that you weren't being lied to about the big things, all the time, with a straight face. Exploring the sad state of this tendency to lie are Trifonic, QuiOui, the silk demise, Orange Crush, DRT, Humus Luminus-Quinslonn and Tacet.
Jan 12, 2009
Idyllic Music Podcast #113 - Ruins and Relics
This week, we'll look at ruins and relics. Places long abandoned for more promising prospects. Whether ancient or post-modern they recall a measure of greatness that evokes more sadness than nostalgia. Leading our tour on this episode of Idyllic Music are Steric Hindrance, NeiLicis, Clear Plastic, Rude Corps, Sardinia Bass Legalize and Electric Salmon.
Dec 29, 2008
Idyllic Music Podcast #112 - The Edge of the World
This week we'll explore the edge of the world. A point on the horizon that marks the end of what is known and all that lies beyond. It's a gray, ill-defined area that defies the usual measurements. Making concerted efforts to try this week are The Uberkids, The Artificial Sea, Monotronaut, Dive Index, onkgusD, Stabilizer and Schev.
Dec 8, 2008
Idyllic Music Podcast #111 - The Orb Special
This week, we'll feature the music of the Orb. Of all the bands that inspired us and helped formulate the scope of this program, it was The Orb's determination to move the mind as well as the hips. Blending the pioneering electronica of Tangerine Dream and the beats of Chicago's warehouse scene with the deep dub of Scratch Perry and Byrne and Eno's Bush of Ghosts sampling, The Orb remain a central pillar of today's electronic music.
Nov 24, 2008
Idyllic Music Podcast #110 - The Path We Follow
This week, we'll look at the great choice each of us must make between the physical and the moral, happiness and virtue. How we choose to define the greater good sets the path we follow in life. The great challenge is to find a way to bring these mutually exclusive, incompatible values together and find some way of reconciling them. We'll hear from Canola Tenderfoot, Salaryman, Scanlan, I Awake and Elika.
Oct 20, 2008
Idyllic Music Podcast #109 - Another Globetrotting Episode
This week, it's another globetrotting episode of Idyllic Music as we find inspiration in 3 continents in a mashup from 5 countries including Italy, Senegal, The U.S. Sweden and the Netherlands. We'll hear from Ten and Tracer, l Orchestre A-Dakar, Black Era, MarinuZz and Please.
Sep 22, 2008
Idyllic Music Podcast #108 - Take a Poke at Satan
This week, we'll take a poke at Satan, The Devil, Beelzebub or El Diablito. Whether or not you think he is an actual being or a manifestation of our universal need to personify evil, the concept of hell is as pervasive an idea as there is. From Robert Johnson to the White Stripes, there is no denying the fear or promise of hell has been a part of music for a long time.
May 19, 2008
Idyllic Music Podcast #107 - Metaphors, Similes and Allegories
This week, we'll look at metaphors, similes and allegories. These Figures of Rhetoric color our languages and influence the way we describe music. Adding relish and piquancy to this addition of Idyllic music are Iambic, Karmacoda, Plastercluster, TCK and Rafael Aragon.
Mar 10, 2008
Idyllic Music Podcast #106 - First Romance
This week, we'll look at the excitement, obsession, twists, and serenity of first romance. The magic of first love is our ignorance that it can ever end. Exploring the first time on this edition of Idyllic Music are Kristin Hersh, Merlune, Weigl and Hoffman, Telafonica, Mudville and SoundShifter.
Feb 25, 2008
Idyllic Music Podcast #105 - Land of the Long Winters
This week, the chillout continues in the land of the long winters. Five artists from the Baltic region provide the heat for this frigid episode of Idyllic music. They are Fauna, Milieu, Sirk, Bersarin Quartett and Margareds.
Feb 18, 2008
Idyllic Music Podcast #104 - Beginnings and Endings
This week, we'll look at the coming and going, beginnings and ends and the state of things at those two points. Starting and stopping with us on this episode are Korev, Artemis, Lex Nasa and Savoir Vivre.
Feb 11, 2008
Idyllic Music Podcast #103 - The Boarding House
This week we'll consider the boarding house. Where people of all stripes rent rooms for one or more nights, and sometimes weeks, months and years. Boarders who otherwise would have nothing in common might share evening meals and a common living room. And so this week's Idyllic lodgers include Fringe, Musetta, Jamdeluxe, Minor Chill, Echo TM and Peach Stealing Monkeys. I'm the proprietor, Jim Nye.
Feb 4, 2008
Idyllic Music Podcast #102 - Adventure
This week, it's adventure. The kind imagined by the great turn of the century authors like Kipling, Burroughs, Wells and Verne. 100 years hence on Idyllic Music, we offer Sublimatus, Daakoon, Conrad Belfort, Juno6, Orbique and Synthastazia.
Jan 28, 2008
Idyllic Music Podcast #101 - The Sun
This week, we'll look at the Sun. The periodic table lists 117 elements in the universe yet the sun is mostly just hydrogen and helium. Its simplicity belies its enormous life giving value in both a physical and spiritual sense. Exploring this paradox for us on this edition of Idyllic Music are Cling, Omihoshbin, Subtronik, 2 Bone Giants, Vim Cortez and Amanda Jayne.
Jan 21, 2008
Idyllic Music Podcast #100 (Instrumentals)
This week, on the 100th episode of Idyllic Music, we hope to honor the many regular listeners of this podcast with CD ready mixes of the best instrumental tracks heard on the show over the past two years. Don, Mika, Stephen and I have gleaned the archives and will offer up these two mixes unencumbered by the usual patter so that you can burn them directly to the blank CD of your choice. We have two podcast mp3 files of nearly 80 minutes worth of the best music featured over the two years.
1 hr 20 min
Jan 21, 2008
Idyllic Music Podcast #100 (Songs)
This week, on the 100th episode of Idyllic Music, we hope to honor the many regular listeners of this podcast with CD ready mixes of the best vocal tracks heard on the show over the past two years. Don, Mika, Stephen and I have gleaned the archives and will offer up these two mixes unencumbered by the usual patter so that you can burn them directly to the blank CD of your choice. We have two podcast mp3 files of nearly 80 minutes worth of the best music featured over the two years. Picking only these songs proved difficult.
1 hr 20 min
Jan 7, 2008
Idyllic Music Podcast #99 - The Patient Ear
This week, we'll contemplate the patient ear. The following five tracks require time. At least they did for me. Each one finds its stride at precisely the right moment for that song and that make them special. Taking their own sweet time about it are HerbalJ, Audiokonstrukte, Terence Blanchard, Wurlitztraction and Misosoup. At the end of the program, I'll have a few words about our 100th episode and give away.
Dec 31, 2007
Idyllic Music Podcast #98 - East meets West
This week, East meets West for a soft clash or happy mesh of global culture. It's the musical migration that may be our best hope toward understanding and acceptance of each other. Helping us along are DubDriver, Tokyo507, Omnisine, Mystic Village and Soma Sonic.
Dec 17, 2007
Idyllic Music Podcast #97 - Fair Trade Music
This week, we'll look at fair-trade music. Over the past several years, three things have changed the course of popular music, for better or worse. First came the marriage of music and video and the overwhelming marketing power it presented.
Dec 10, 2007
Idyllic Music Podcast #96 - Lost Horizon
This week, we'll look beyond the Lost Horizon for the mythical places, hidden and elusive. They are known by names like El Dorado, Shangri-La, Avalon, Atlantis or Utopia. Guiding our way on this episode of Idyllic music are AguaFlames, Neko Neko, Alu, Neil Smith, Indidginus and Orange Crush.
Dec 3, 2007
Idyllic Music Podcast #95 - Transportation
This week, we'll look at transportation. It's the getting from one place to another that takes up so much of our time whether it's physically or spiritually. So we'll explore the conventional and not so conventional ways of getting around with the help of USB, Under, Crisopa, Aquanaut and HypNo.
Nov 26, 2007
Idyllic Music Podcast #94 - Distinctive Contributions
This week, we'll look for the lost, the secret, the rushed and hypnotic with the help of four bands who have made distinctive contributions to independent music in their home countries. They are Bluba Lu, Kalahari Surfers, QuiOui and Volfoniq.
Nov 19, 2007
Idyllic Music Podcast #93 - City Life
This week, we'll look at city life and the effort it takes not to be overwhelmed by it. Taking us through the structure, disorientation, density and sanctuaries of respite are DJ Shiro, Dive Index, Confused Man, Danieto and Macrostructure.
Nov 12, 2007
Idyllic Music Podcast #92 - The Brusque and Abrupt
This week, we'll look at the brusque and abrupt. It seems as if we live in a time of rapid change, speeding up yet halting in fits and jerks. It is demonstrated in the area of climate change, where the theory of abrupt, tipping point change is becoming more widely accepted. On this episode we'll hear 7 songs whose precipitous changes and Unexpected endings represent that new reality.
Nov 5, 2007
Idyllic Music Podcast #91 - The One and No Other
This week, we'll look at the One and no other. Novelist Iris Murdoch said 'The absolute yearning of one human body for another particular body and its indifference to substitutes is one of life's major mysteries" It explains how years after love goes sour, you can be haunted by that failure. Accepting no substitutes this week are Blind Divine, Chris Martin, Dive Index, Countertop Hero and Lemonchill.
Oct 29, 2007
Idyllic Music Podcast #90 - Blue Side of Love
This week, we'll look at the blue side of love. The agonizing reappraisal that comes after infatuation with the help of Big Wheel, Kristin Mainhart, The Banjo Consorsium, Fez Dispenser, Velvet Chain and Deerfoot.
Oct 22, 2007
Idyllic Music Podcast #89 - Embracing Another Culture
This week, we'll hear five songs by artists and musicians who have internalized the sounds of their adopted homes or stepped outside their native cultures to embrace the beats of another. They are Amanda Jayne, Virculum, Suzanne Vega, Stervhia and the Lion of Joppa Soundsystem.
Oct 15, 2007
Idyllic Music Podcast #88 - Sister Cities
This week, we'll look at sister cities. Not in any formal sense but closely related nonetheless. We have four bands and four cities whose cultural and artistic proximity could just as easily be one. They are Mavro, Chill Factor-5, Tricky and Bubblelawn.
Oct 8, 2007
Idyllic Music Podcast #87 - Foreknowledge and Hindsight
This week, we'll look at foreknowledge and hindsight. The ability to know what might happen and inability to profit from that knowledge. Like Camus' unused train ticket found at his fatal car crash or lyrics of a song made clear over time. We'll visit that paradox with Jamdeluxe, Nihaya, Owen, Tryad, and Coil.
Oct 1, 2007
Idyllic Music Podcast #86 - The Empty Space
This week, we'll search for the empty space, the gap or missing part. A spot devoid of all things but meaning through the help of the definitive Lacunae, Aaron the cutter, DS-Art, Max Cavallera and Egon.
Sep 24, 2007
Idyllic Music Podcast #85 - Diverging Points
This week we'll look at points in time that determine an endless series of possibilities. Paths that diverge then meander back and cross again. The future may be unwritten but which future. Presenting their respective cases are Motionfield, Ecovillage, SAHR, Peach Stealing Monkeys, Waverider and Gabriel.
Sep 17, 2007
Idyllic Music Podcast #84 - Ones and Zeros
This week, we look at ones and zeros, the choice of on or off. Calculations for a digital age where the earthly pursuits of the past are but nostalgia. Forging on and remembering the old at Jeankal, Synthastazia dot exe, Frank Molder, Mabafu and Jah Wobble.
Sep 10, 2007
Idyllic Music Podcast #83 - What Might Have Been
This week's Rorschach looks at things that might have been had we taken the time to see what was hidden in plain sight. Providing the hindsight without recrimination are Calm, Mr.S, Peeping Tom, Two Loons for Tea and Terence Blanchard.
Sep 3, 2007
Idyllic Music Podcast #82 - Kristin Hersh Special
This week, we'll look at sustainability and cooperation. One of the searing truths of the music you listen to is that it don't come easy. Musicians create and if they are good enough or plain lucky, they can take their songs on the road and sell a few tickets. Independent artists ask only a bit of cooperation from us. This podcast is entirely dependent on the bands that offer up their music for us to play for free.
Aug 27, 2007
Idyllic Music Podcast #81 - The Key Ingredients
This week, we'll explore the essentials. In fact, The Sun and water are the key ingredients for life, as we know it. I'd like to suppose cool music to that short list as well. We'll hear all three in the voice of Portal, Surbahar, Omihoshbin, Band of Mad Women, and The HellBus.
Aug 20, 2007
Idyllic Music Podcast #80 - The Current State of Electronic Music
This week, it's the current state of electronic music. It's become the laziest handle for a genre since Alternative. For a long time it was defined as music played on synthesizers but that time has come and gone. Today's electronic music is so broad as to defy easy categorization but for one element. It is, more often than not, assembled digitally. So, we'll peer into the electronic future with the help of MoShang, Ikarus, K-Shan, The Silk Demise, The Twombley Spiders and Toneless Symphony.
Aug 13, 2007
Idyllic Music Podcast #79 - Being Alone
Just as a sad movie can raise your spirits and the blues make you joyful sometimes being alone can be rejuvinating, This week we'll feel out the many aspcts of being alone through the music of Simone and Flu, Grove of Hellion, All About Max, Hungry Lucy, Chico Correa and Ici Aussi.
Jul 30, 2007
Idyllic Music Podcast #78 - Near Consciousness
This week, we'll look at that short period between emerging from sleep to actually opening your eyes. A state of near consciousness through the music of Natalie Walker, cognitive dissonance, Karmacoda, A Weekend At Lesters, Blue Vitriol and Org.
Jul 23, 2007
Idyllic Music Podcast #77 - The Illusion of Contact
This week, we'll examine the illusion of contact. The sheer counter-intuitiveness that on a sub-atomic level nothing actually touches anything else. Whether it's the landing of a boxer's blow or the gentle lapping of waves on a shore, contact remains elusive. On this episode we'll hear from Robert Stephan, BlackEra, Siksha, Phasen, Mark.Nine and Matera.
Jul 16, 2007
Idyllic Music Podcast #76 - Tongues and Grooves
This week, we'll explore tongues and grooves from 5 bands who build on individual contributions to realize a vision beyond a single person. They are Chillerstadt, prod13F, Messian Dread, William Lamy and Alchemy Groove.
Jul 9, 2007
Idyllic Music Podcast #75 - Elegance
This week, we'll revel in elegance. To some it's an antiquated old world charm but in troubled times it really more a last stand against barbarism in all its forms. Showing their poise on this episode of Idyllic Music are Elsiane, Big Wheel, Conduct Unbecoming, Radium88 and Bitkit.
Jul 2, 2007
Idyllic Music Podcast #74 - American West
This week, we'll tour the American West, where the sunsets are purple and red and yellow and on fire. A west not of Wayne but McCarthy with a myth of epics and truths in small stories. So with a narrative bass, we'll hear the tales from Amy Abdou, Judith Owen, Beatropolis, DRY and Blip Blop.
Jun 25, 2007
Idyllic Music Podcast #73 - Summer Beach Novel
This week, we look at the summer beach novel, preferably a mystery with clues, characters, steamy scenes and exotic locales. We'll find all that and more with the help of Indy, Compulsive Behavior, Sexmusic, Benzene Vapours and Grzyb.
Jun 18, 2007
Idyllic Music Podcast #72 - Home
This week, we'll look at home, a place both physical and emotional. Where you want to return to when away and get away from whilst there. whether your feelings are warm, cold, nostalgic or presently realistic. Everyone has a home whether they admit it to themselves or not. So we will hear from Puracane, Acid42, Mudville, Syrin, Susis Manner and Datassette.
Jun 11, 2007
Idyllic Music Podcast #71 - Perceptions and Expectations
This week,we'll look at perceptions and expectations. Bringing personal prejudice to the sensory world. The slate this week includes AMY B, The Drake Equation, Sr. Aye, Balun and Saurio.
Jun 4, 2007
Idyllic Music Podcast #70 - The Ominous and Foreboding
This week we look and the ominous and foreboding. The unsettling feeling that something is about to happen. Filmmakers know the power of a soundtrack to convey this and so do the six artist on Idyllic Music this week. They include IamOpen, R. Stimpson, Zero State Reflex, USB, Scanlan and Rajaz.
May 28, 2007
Idyllic Music Podcast #69 - Successful Pairings
This week we look at matchings, successful pairings in twos and threes through the music of Garden Hose Universe, Luminous, PNFA and Jotch, Finn The Giant Meets Sandmonk and Mr. Frendo.
May 21, 2007
Idyllic Music Podcast #68 - The Glacier
This week we consider the glacier, a force of nature whose pace is so deliberate as to define slowness of movement yet whose disappearance is so rapid we may never truly know its relationship to the planet and ourselves. The chillout this week includes Bersarin Quartett, Dream LAX, Chris Martin, Sirk, Corwin Trails, Idyllic, The Dandelion Council and The Serendipitous Cacophonies.
May 14, 2007
Idyllic Music Podcast #67 - Romance in Unusual Places
This week we'll look at love, sex and romance in unusual places. Where lovers meet in body, soul and locale through the music of Your Hand in Mine, Subtronik, Cling, Der Grosse Reibach and Ice Sun.
May 7, 2007
Idyllic Music Podcast #66 - Clouds
Joni Mitchell once sang of seeing angels hair and feather canyons everywhere whilst looking at clouds and this week we'll look at this phenomenon musically through the work of The Projects, PAXX, I Am Dog Biscuit, Ekayani and Analog Chill.
Apr 30, 2007
Idyllic Music Podcast #65 - Barriers
This week we look at barriers, stumbling blocks and things that hold you back through the music of Neko Neko, Tricky, The Divine Madness, JT25, Estado Avanzado and Lily Lavandula.
Apr 23, 2007
Idyllic Music Podcast #64 - Europe
This week, We give a nod to a loyal and substantial listenership in Europe. A number helped, in no small measure, by my comedic inability to correctly pronounce names and song titles is so many languages. Our exercise continues through the Music of Munkie, Noise Relations, Simon V, Sardinia Bass Legalize and Juno6.
Apr 16, 2007
Idyllic Music 63 - Step It Up
This week, we 'Step It Up' as part of the worldwide effort to stem climate change as musicians and artists in hundreds, perhaps, thousands of places rally against pollution. We step it up with the help of Black Era, Orange Crush, Artemis, Dan West and Mist.
Apr 9, 2007
Idyllic Music Podcast #62 - The Somnambulist
This week, we explore the world of the somnambulist, whose cycles of sleep and states of conscience are represented by Essenza, Sixx, Waverider, Zeos and Jules Nerve.
Apr 2, 2007
Idyllic Music Podcast #61 - The Wind-Up Music Box
This week, we look at the remarkable windup music box. A device simple in design yet sophisticated enough to play everything from bedtime lullabies to Mozart. This episode's songs share those same qualities. They are by Winterstrand, Kryptide, Beatnik, Uniquetunes and Single Cell Orchestra.
Mar 26, 2007
Idyllic Music Podcast #60 - Great International Cities
This week, we look at the influence of the great international cities of New York, Leon, Montevideo and Hong Kong through the music of Mudville, Jeff D. Clark, Ema Walker, Saurio and Lex Nasa.
Mar 19, 2007
Idyllic Music Podcast #59 - Moody Grooves
First a reminder that all show notes and band website links can be found at www.idyllicmusic.com where you will find a wealth of information about the music you hear on this and every other episode of Idyllic Music. This week, well hear from Velvet Chain, Tough Chic, Sunburn in Cyprus, Orange Crush and Misosoundz.
Mar 12, 2007
Idyllic Music Podcast #58 - Folkartronica
This week we'll explore the 'Folkartronica' made possible by the Creative Commons license. Dozens of websites have cropped up offering sound clips of various elements of established songs. These clips are then mixed, blended or mashed into something new. This new license allows artists to use the work of others under specific, usually, non-commercial guidelines. It has a kind of 'Folk Art' appeal that is, at turns, democratic and subversive.
Mar 5, 2007
Idyllic Music Podcast #57 - The Blue
This week we'll look at the blue. The space between the white and the black where notes have freedom to bend creating color, emotion and feeling. To that end, we'll enlist the music of Mavro, I Awake, Kyran, Skizzo Franick and Rude.
Feb 26, 2007
Idyllic Music Podcast #56 - Youth and Experience
This week we'll look at youth and experience as we hear from 6 artists running from the teens to midlife. We'll hear from Victoria Mosley and The Sublimes, Big Wheel, Onderboven, Soo P and the Outsider, The Publicity Stunt and The Flavor Foundation.
Feb 19, 2007
Idyllic Music Podcast #55 - Colors at Night
This week we'll look at colors at night. Not the neon variety but the colors you might not even notice at first. When the spectrum of light just might be playing tricks on you. Our guides this week are EeBoO, Welder, Katie Turner and ruby jean and the thoughtful bees.
Feb 12, 2007
Idyllic Music Podcast #54 - Multiculturalism
Again I am reminded of just how small our world has become and the richness given to our lives when we experience the music and culture of others around the globe. Contributing to that wealth this week are Irina Mikhailova, Dreaming Blue, Conduct Unbecoming, Alchemystic and Salam.
Feb 5, 2007
Idyllic Music Podcast #53 - The Circular
This week we look at the circular, whether in travels, time or logic with help from Mr. Frendo, Mystical Sun, Endlos and Emzk.
Jan 26, 2007
Idyllic Music Podcast #52 - Flattery
This week we'll look at flattery in its more sincere form with five bands that readily show their influences while remaining unique and individual. They are Day One Symphony, Electric Salmon, The Chill Conspiracy, Tricky and DRT.
Jan 19, 2007
Idyllic Music Podcast #51 - The Wide World
This week we'll visit both hemispheres in search of the Idyllic found in the music of Apjiw, Munkie, Kalahari Surfers and Alienation.
Jan 12, 2007
Idyllic Music Podcast #50 - The 50th Episode
This week will mark the 50th episode of Idyllic Music. Several messages reached me this week at firstname.lastname@example.org asking how we intend celebrate this milestone. The answer is to follow through on our commitment from the onset to present the very best music we find for any particular week. And so we will hear from Ikarus, Ventriloquist, Smashed Toy, Artemis, Fear Called Living and I am Dog Biscuit and
Jan 5, 2007
Idyllic Music Podcast #49 - The Breaks
This week we'll look at Break Downs, Breaking Points and tough Breaks, in general with the help of Sleeve Channel, A.W.A.L, Adam Fielding, Postscript and Lunar.
Dec 29, 2006
Idyllic Music Podcast #48 - The Classical World
This week, it's the classical world of tragedy, love and war. Telling the tales are Elsiane, Sirk, Ici Aussi, Classic SciFi and Greenman.
Dec 22, 2006
Idyllic Music Podcast #47 - The Solstice
This week, it's the solstice. The true measure of the New Year as dictated by the planet. It marks the seasonal change, the longest and shortest and in their way it is celebrated by Aeroflux, Cantaloup, Contact, Martin Herzberg and Jeff Rosiana.
Dec 15, 2006
Idyllic Music Podcast #46 - Opportunity
This week we'll look at Opportunity and we'll start this episode with Maido Project's breezy mix of electronic music and acoustic instruments from their home base in France.
Dec 8, 2006
Idyllic Music Podcast #45 - The Boudoir
This week, we consider the boudoir, whether furnished with a bed of grass, four posts or cardboard, through the music of Owen, Centerpole, My Toys Like Me, Joana Smith and The Reel Banditos.
Dec 1, 2006
Idyllic Music Podcast #44 - Opposites
This week it's a mix of soft and loud, rough and smooth, of heaven and earth, sometimes within the same song. It comes from the music of Totosh, to the sea with me, Mr.S and Xenn, Justin R and Nervegasm.
Nov 24, 2006
Idyllic Music Podcast #43 - Musical Cornucopia
This week's cornucopia includes the musical bounty offered up by Tinta, Volfoniq, Bitstream Dream, LaLuceNazione, Qui? Oui! and David Last.
Nov 17, 2006
Idyllic Music Podcast #42 - Solitude
This week, we'll look at states of Solitude, in place and time, by way of the music of Zero State Reflex, The Drake Equation, MichL Bridge and Brigitte Bijoux.
Nov 10, 2006
Idyllic Music Podcast #41 - Resurrection and Return
This week its resurrection and return. We'll mark the moment with the music of Endless Blue, Indy, Projexam, Juliet Hotel and Ella Blame.
Nov 3, 2006
Idyllic Music Podcast #40 - Contrasts and Connecttions
This week we'll seek contrasts and connections from the music of The Projects, Chico Correa, Morcheeba, Monotape and Rettward von Doernberg.
Oct 27, 2006
Idyllic Music Podcast #39 - Mists and Apparitions
In the spirit of the season this week, we'll slip through mists and apparitions to hear the music of Acidhead, Aidor, USB, Idyllic and Electric Salmon.
Oct 20, 2006
Idyllic Music Podcast #38 - (Unplugged)
Although the term 'unplugged' has become cliche, nothing could be more Idyllic. Over the past few months, these switched off songs have accumulated and become inevitable. This week, we'll hear from Jen Gloeckner, Under, Brian Dondo, Juli and The Brobdingnagian Bards.
Oct 13, 2006
Idyllic Music Podcast #37 - A Snapshot
This week we'll attempt to capture musical moments in time that might otherwise be lost like tears in the rain by way of Obedientbone, Chris Martin, Omnisine and Symbiosis.
Oct 6, 2006
Idyllic Music Podcast #36 - Atmospheric Sounds
This week we'll hear from Vitamins For You, Hungry Lucy, Slam Orchid and Sublimatus.
Sep 29, 2006
Idyllic Music Podcast #35 - Lost in Translation
This week I must apologize beforehand because nearly all the bands in this podcast were found at remarkable German or Dutch language websites and I am embarrassingly ill-equipped to translate their content. It's a small thing in that the music speaks eloquently enough to make up for my shortcomings. Featuring Coma Research, Base-Box, Izmar, Mabafu and Sans Edge.
Sep 22, 2006
Idyllic Music Podcast #34 - Amateur
The term amateur shares the root of amour or to love. Making music just for the love of it is as noble an enterprise as one can undertake. This week we'll hear from Amy, Azeruz, Nexus6, Demetrius Neutaja and Rude Corps.
Sep 15, 2006
Idyllic Music Podcast #33 - A Sense of Calm
Idyllic Music is all about reflection, prayers, meditation and a sense of calm. To that end we'll hear the music of Digital Droo, gROUSe, Nucleus Roots and Digital Love.
Sep 8, 2006
Idyllic Music Podcast #32 - Acuity and Detail
On this edition of idyllic music, acuity and detail are the watchwords as we hear from Artemis, Texture, Spiral Soundsystem, X-Ray Dogs and Keito.
Sep 1, 2006
Idyllic Music Podcast #31 - A Clutch of Catchy Songs
The very best music often defies easy categorization. This week we'll hear 5 songs by bands that are simply impossible to pigeonhole. Beginning with Brooklyn-based Force Theory who combine the melodic phrasing of soul with an organic baroque electronica. This is 'Boards'
Aug 25, 2006
Idyllic Music Podcast #30 - Lazy Summer
Milestones come and go while in the Idyll like a lazy summers day without nearly enough time to do all the nothing you had planned on doing. This one features Kat Yidaki, Egyptian Nursery,PNFA, Paddington Breaks and Strekie. Dutch bass player Kat Yidaki begins this 30th episode of Idyllic Music with 'H2'
Aug 18, 2006
Idyllic Music Podcast #29 - Inspired By
This week we'll hear from the Digital Nasty, Modular Heaven, Thomas Trotter, Jahspre, Jillene and Siegfried Gautier
Aug 11, 2006
Idyllic Music Podcast #28 - Perspective
This week we look for perspective from other worlds both inside and out by way of songs by Axiotronic, Netrix, COGITO ERGO SUM, Flower Of Cables and Euch.
Aug 4, 2006
Idyllic Music Podcast #27 - The Strident and Haunting
This week, episode 27 runs from the strident to the haunting and nuanced featuring the music of Aralow, Collide, Dynamik and SCUM and a my space spotlight.
Jul 28, 2006
Idyllic Music Podcast #26 - A World Wide Search
This week we climb the highest mountains and search the foggy lowlands for Idyllic Music. We have found it in The Chill Conspiracy, Lunascape, Mist, Numina and Karmacoda.
Jul 21, 2006
Idyllic Music Podcast #25 - Fusion
Episode 25 finds us globe hopping once again, from Copenhagen, Prague, Raleigh, San Francisco and Warsaw. We'll hear from Thulla, The Grooveblaster, Floex, Dan West, Curium and FSP.
Jul 14, 2006
Idyllic Music Podcast #24 - The Independent Artist
Stephen McAlister has a new feature this week that points out some great streaming music by influential artists found on MySpace. More on that later in the show. This week we'll hear from USB, Indy, Putty and Gen. Fuzz.
Jul 7, 2006
Idyllic Music Podcast #23 - Two Sides to Everything
A reminder that many of the songs you hear on this podcast can by purchased through the Cornershop at idyllicmusic.com to help support the artists. This week, we'll hear from Bipolar, Authist and Dubone, The Hellbus, Mangomad and Youth Reference.
Jun 30, 2006
Idyllic Music Podcast #22 - Podsafe Music
This podcast plays podsafe music or songs played with specific permission of the artist. This week I was lucky enough to obtain that go ahead from 5 bands I have admired for many months. They are Lendi Vexer, Sexmusic, The Silk Demise, Puracane and more recently, Profetas de Zion.
Jun 23, 2006
Idyllic Music Podcast #21 - Koyaanisqatsi
The music that I find most interesting is often least likely to be heard widely. It might be a bit off kilter, unpredictable or somewhat out of balance. Koyaanisqatsi, if you will. Each of the next 5 songs displays those qualities to one degree or another. We'll hear from Invisible Asps, Vim Cortez, Queenie, Kommbat and Shadowproject.
Jun 16, 2006
Idyllic Music Podcast #20 - The Universal Language
This 20th episode of Idyllic Music reminds me how utterly universal a language music is.We'll hear recordings from Russia, the U.S. France and the U.K. from the likes of Compulsive Behavior, Victoria Mosley and The Sublimes, Cyndi Vellmure and a Coisa Louca.
Jun 9, 2006
Idyllic Music Podcast #19 - Jazzy Chill Out
This week we celebrate the Grand Opening of the Cornershop at idyllicmusic.com. You will find links to many of the songs you hear on this podcast and a quick, easy way to support those bands and this podcast. Musically, this week we'll hear from Sunburn in Cyprus, the Maido Project, Judith Owen, 22 and Refrag.
Jun 2, 2006
Idyllic Music Podcast #18 - Inviting Introspection
Idyllic Music always invites introspection. Sometimes you'll find it in a rural village, sometimes a stretch of beach or a large American city. This week we'll hear from Falling You, Portal, Tems and Minor Chill.
May 26, 2006
Idyllic Music Podcast #17 - A Trans-Atlantic Exchange
This week a trans-Atlantic exchange sets the mood as we hear from Mellow Dramas, MI:GFU, Shagg, Isotrak and Sideway.
May 19, 2006
Idyllic Music Podcast #16 - Artists from Great Cities
This week, we hear the music of artists from the great cities of Milan, San Francisco, Montreal by way of Caracas and also the hinterlands of Wales. They are represented by The Warheads, Musetta, Subtronix and Triple Erre.
May 12, 2006
Idyllic Music Podcast #15 - Atmospheric and Ambient
On tap this week we'll hear from Sunburn, elika, Huttenlocher, The Geminiac and Jigli B
May 5, 2006
Idyllic Music Podcast #14 - Musical Cross-Pollination
This week we'll hear the music of Natalie Walker, Syrin, MoShang and Zeropage.
Apr 28, 2006
Idyllic Music Podcast #13 - The Groove is the Thing
Featuring Mr.s, Leroy Forbes, Ivan Kapec, Deerfoot and Stabilizer. This week the groove is the thing as we bounce from Poland to the UK to Croatia then Canada and finally Pennsylvania. We begin with remarkable Polish artist Mr.S and his beguiling mix of chill out, Jazz and scat. Don't bother knocking. You are expected in 'Room 23'.
Apr 21, 2006
Idyllic Music Podcast #12 - Pushing the Vibe
This week we look to Canada, the U.K., Dallas and Chicago for the music of Adam Fielding, Acapulco Soundlab Monotronaut, The Flavor Foundation and Quantum Soul
Apr 14, 2006
Idyllic Music Podcast #11 - (Podcaster Special Edition)
Featuring Anji Bee, Permanent4, Radio Orphans, Idyllic and Misanthropy. This is a podcasters special edition. This week we focus on music by those who work both sides of the podcasting microphone. Many bands publish podcasts for self-promotion. Other podcasters look to promote the work of others as well. Anji Bee is vocalist of the band Love Spirals as well as host of The Chillcast.
Apr 7, 2006
Idyllic Music Podcast #10 - A Heady Mix
Downtempo, Ambient, Trip Hop, Jazz and Dub featuring Green Man, Korpus Kallosum, Alu, and Gamsters
Mar 31, 2006
Idyllic Music Podcast #9 - The Protest
This week we'll explore the music of Jeff Rosiana, Scanlan, Psychonada and Zool
Mar 24, 2006
Idyllic Music Podcast #8 - Downbeat Electronica
Downtempo, Ambient, Trip Hop, Jazz and Dub featuring Kmotiv, The Sleeper's Opera, Danny K, Digit All Love and Antony Raijekov
Mar 17, 2006
Idyllic Music Podcast #7 - A Life Aquatic
Downtempo, Ambient, Trip Hop, Jazz and Dub featuring Pale Beneath the Blue, Spacebum, Broken Sleep and Point of Good Origins
Mar 10, 2006
Idyllic Music Podcast #6 - Indie Music
Downtempo, Ambient, Trip Hop, Jazz and Dub featuring Indy, Karmacoda, Djust Feel It, The Engineer and Brozil
Mar 3, 2006
Idyllic Music Podcast #5 - American Downtempo Artists
On this edition of the Idyllic Music Podcast we hear from Hungry Lucy, Blaminak, Idyllic, Kristen Mainhart and Kojima This week remain statesside in the search of good music.
Feb 24, 2006
Idyllic Music Podcast #4 - Electronic Music
Downtempo, Ambient, Trip Hop, Jazz and Dub featuring The Hellbus, Aqualash, Nevertheless, Dub One and Cling
Feb 17, 2006
Idyllic Music Podcast #3 - Searching the Globe
Downtempo, Ambient, Trip Hop, Jazz and Dub featuring Atomica, Zerobae, Refrag and The Sound Gallery. This week's edition of Idyllic Music takes us across two oceans in search of music.
Feb 10, 2006
Idyllic Music Podcast #2 - The Second Episode
Downtempo, Ambient, Trip Hop, Jazz and Dub featuring Kevin Christensen, TriGMTar, absentmachine and Day One Symphony
Feb 3, 2006
Idyllic Music Podcast #1 - The Idyllic Music Podcast
Downtempo, Ambient, Trip Hop, Jazz and Dub featuring Endless Blue, Joy, Takfrequenz and Idyllic