This month’s theme was inspired by Deadboy’s NTS show and all of the New Atlantis artwork – lots of colour! Big thanks to him for the guest mix, such a great selection.
[If you haven’t already checked it, New Atlantis is a new age/ambient social at Rye Wax I’ll be taking over running as Deadboy’s moving to Canada – come along every 1st Sunday of the month!]
It’s not surprising that colour and sound are linked, each colour has its own frequency which can ultimately be translated into sound. Music evokes feeling, and feelings for some people can be felt as colour. I’m not sure if I have synesthesia myself, but I definitely feel certain colours for certain songs, or tunes remind me of a particular time when I was around certain colours.
I feel like this mix is a lot happier than usual (not that I’m not happy ofc.) it’s more that I prepared it when it was a really sunny day. For me, songs that make me feel lots of colours have a positive/light sort of sound. Although I have included some tunes that I listened to when I was going through a dark time.
Gonna explain the mix a little differently this month and with a full track list:
Bliss – Bass Communion – The artwork for this tune on youtube has loads of lovely colours!
Green Relaxation Meditation Music Green nature sounds!
Riverside Drive – Seachel Nana – A bit more green,
The Sound of Colour – Sir Psych – Doesn’t need an explanation really!
What I Need – A/T/O/S Make me feel red/dark maroon. Listened to this when going through a break up
Heart – Sundrenched This tune is so colourful to me! I just see lots of different colours of light beaming around.
Don’t Love you Like I Do (Drake – Sango Right Hand Remix) – This tune is has so many colours on the Serato waveform!
My Homeland – Renja Greeeeeeeeen
Recording of me sat by a purple/red tree in Hyde Park I wanted to record the sounds of being around lots of colour, I was sat next to a really red tree which stood out among all the green (image below)
Between Us (Instrumental) – Hazel Yellow, mainly due to the artwork & serato waveforms (I’m such a visual learner)
Electric Counterpoint – Fast (Movement 3) – Steve Reich & Pat Metheny All the guitars remind me of lots of yellow
Break With – Ryuichi Sakamoto. Such a beautiful tune. I see lots of blues and teals in it
Stay With you – Lemon Jelly Dark reds/maroons. Lemon Jelly make really colourful music
Haven’t You Heard – Patrice Rushden So many colours on the Serato waveform! lots of pinks
Recording of my walk down Prince Consort Road – Again I wanted to include recordings where I was surrounded with colour. I work around lots of orange/red brick and this was on a bright day with blue skies.
Recording from the Boohbah’s TV show This show is fucked but really colourful.
You can do it – Spike Dark blue, purples, reminds me of driving late at night looking up at a starry sky.
Easy on Yourself – Jerry Williams The bass in this reminds me of a brassy brown, a real funky tune
Orange – J A K O B Y – Another from the Additive Colour collection. Orange being the favourite colour of someone real special to meet
Something got me started – Simply Red I was listening to a bit of Simply Red over the weekend and this tune reminds me of being a kid singing to the tape in my living room!
For this mix I moved through the traditional ROYGBIV colour spectrum with black and white at the end with a track or 2 to represent each colour in some way:
I started with DOWN HERE IN BABYLON by Brent Dowe, because red is the colour of the root chakra in eastern metaphysics and in kabballah this corresponds with Malkuth on the tree of life, the material, physical realm or earth, so down here in babylon represents the earthly plane with all its problems.
Red is also the colour of Babalon, the Scarlett woman, in Aleister Crowleys metaphysical mythology, basically an archetype that represents the opposite aspect of the Virgin Mary archetype throughout mythology, so I followed this up with DEVIL IN A NEW DRESS, a Kanye West song along this theme, but I went with the Rick Ross version cos I prefer it, and its a lot about material things, and it has the lines “Cherry Red Cherryade excess is just my character, all black tux, n**a shoes lavender”.
I finished red with SEEING RED by minor threat for obvious reasons and I guess it fits the theme material reality over spiritual ideals or some junk.
I went with SAKURA SAKURA, a traditional japanese piece for Koto, as it means Cherry Blossom, and thats the most vivid representation of pink I can think of.
Arthur Russell THE NAME OF THE NEXT SONG is a very orange song, the repeated line “California, Here I Come” makes me think of driving along orange groves in the LA sunshine.
A traditional Chinese piece, YELLOW RIVER from the Laments of Zhao Jun, again for fairly obvious reasons
the greenest record I know is Hiroshi Yoshimura’s GREEN , its the sound of spring, nature, gardens, and renewal. I followed this up with Jordan CGZ – LUSHLYFE SLAP , Jordans LUSHLYFE series is pretty lush green house music and this track is also kind of blue and goes very nicely into:
SEA OF TEARS by Goldie, a very New Age Drum n Bass tune from a very blue album. This goes into ALICE by Tom Waits which epitomises that smoky dark blue quality of jazz recordings and is a very dark blue and beautiful track, full of imagery of falling through the ice into dark water and being set adrift.
The reason we have Indigo and Violet in the colour spectrum is because Isaac Newton was into the Occult notion of a connection between the colours, the musical notes, the days of the week, and the known objects in the solar system at the time all being 7. Anyway Aeoliah is ultimate music for Indigo children. This is the B side to THE LIGHT OF TAO.
Went with DJ Screw – AFTER I DIE cos Purple is the colour of Purple Drank obvs. Plus it leads nice into
Sunn o))) BATHORY ERSZEBET from the album Black One, it sounds like a graveyard made of oil at night. So Black. This goes into DUNKELHEIT by Burzum. Dunkelheit is norse for Darkness. This is pretty classic black metal so prob a good introduction to people who don’t really know any black metal, and theres a breakdown where he goes “suddenly, life has new meaning” which I always really liked.
Paysage d’hiver is a one man black metal band who makes music that sounds like a blizzard. He also makes this kind of frosty ambient music that sounds like the aftermath of a blizzard, everything pure white and frozen and glinting in the light. this track is called EISHALLE.
And finally finishing on Basic Channel – RADIANCE II, a track that sounds like pure white light, Kether at the top of the tree of life, the blinding source of everything.