solipsistic NATION No. 302: Narrative Mixing · First Movement · Land

Narrative Mixing · First Movement · LandIf James Joyce was a DJ from America living in the 21st century then Ulysses just might have sounded like Mister Wi$E‘s Narrative Mixing: First Movement, Land.

That explains everything, right?


Brett Wise is Mister Wi$E and Narrative Mixing: First Movement, Land is his epic, sonic, surrealistic, psychedelic tale of our protagonist, making his way in the world using a vocabulary of a staggering amount of samples, songs and found sounds.

Tell you what, why don’t I just quote Brett wholesale.

“What is the fundamental task of a DJ?

“The idea for this sound project began with that question. My answer? Creating an experience tailored specifically to the context. Different contexts should equal entirely different listening experiences. More often than not DJs create mixes that are a mirror of what they’ve been doing in the club. That can be interesting and I’ve done it myself but I wanted to do something more suited to the solitary listener.

“So in exploring the extremes of what I believed a headphone listening experience demanded I created something entirely different from what I’d done in the past.

“So what is this? A mix? A mixtape? A sound collage? It’s not exactly a mix because I don’t actually beat match any songs together. It’s not a mixtape because it’s more than just a collection of songs played one after the other. And it’s not a sound collage because it’s more than just a collection of sounds.

“I’m calling it a narrative mix. It’s music as we find it most of the time, out in the world and thoroughly situated in a context: a hospital, in a car driving down the road with the windows down, in a bar, through an MP3 player whilst walking down the street, etc. And often it is the context that gives the music it’s magical quality. That’s what I’ve tried to do here.

“There’s a story to be found in the sounds if you let your imagination go, but each section stands on it’s own as a vignette designed to impress wonder, curiosity, surprise and a sense of voyeuristic beauty.

“This is the first movement of three.”

Actually, Brett will explain it all in his own words during today’s show. Brett will also return to solipsistic NATION once he completes movements one and two.

Quick note: on today’s show we were going to celebrate 300 episodes of solipsistic NATION. I had big plans and lots of guests. But as long as I’m being completely honest about how solipsistic NATION works, then I have to tell you that producing multi-segmented shows are time consuming and take a lot out of me.

Problem was my epic show just wasn’t coming together the way I wanted. I could either take another week off to get it right, like I did last week, or I could go on with the show. I didn’t want to keep you or Brett waiting any longer, so I opted for the latter.

Join us again next week! By special listener request we’ll hear a live DJ set from Elastic Bond!

See you then!

Photo Credit: ©Mister Wi$E

1:05:24 | 90.07 MB

Interview with Mister Wi$E

Sound Credits

  1. Passing a Guitar Player out.aif by happyband | License: Sampling+
  2. Security Door 2 by ultradust | License: Attribution
  3. Footsteps on wooden flooring.wav by Rickmk2 | License: Creative Commons 0
  4. 110728_CitySoundScape_SusukinoSapporoHokkaido.wav by snotch | License: Attribution
  5. Cologne Station.WAV by inchadney | License: Attribution
  6. binaural station.WAV by inchadney | License: Attribution
  7. trainjourney from Wuerzburg.WAV by inchadney | License: Attribution
  8. crowded train.WAV by inchadney | License: Creative Commons 0
  9. On board an ICE train in Germany.wav by inchadney | License: Attribution
  10. Railway platform Frankfurt station pt1.WAV by inchadney | License: Attribution
  11. Munich station platform 22.WAV by inchadney | License: Attribution
  12. train leaving.WAV by inchadney | License: Attribution
  13. lunch_college_street.wav by sagetyrtle | License: Creative Commons 0
  14. 20091216.going.wav by dobroide | License: Attribution
  15. Kobe-train-announcement-and-arrival.wav by xserra | License: Attribution
  16. trein-coupe-stop-wait-start.wav by klankschap | License: Attribution Noncommercial
  17. slurping_then_an_ah.mp3 by morgantj | License: Attribution
  18. belch_sample.wav by jppi_Stu | License: Attribution
  19. cansound.wav by BranRainey | License: Creative Commons 0
  20. shaken.not.stirred.wav by dobroide | License: Attribution
  21. Swallowing Water.wav by Razzvio | License: Attribution
  22. trainride.wav by sagetyrtle | License: Creative Commons 0
  23. beepbeep.wav by leviclaassen | License: Attribution
  24. from_train_to_street.aif by bulldozia | License: Attribution Noncommercial
  25. Footsteps Wooden Stairs Squeaking 1.wav by RutgerMuller | License: Creative Commons 0
  26. Steps on a wooden floor by jop9798 | License: Creative Commons 0
  27. Door 16.wav by LG | License: Attribution
  28. queen_street.flac by Corsica_S | License: Attribution
  29. Opening & Closing Regular Sized Umbrella — Slight Pause In-between.WAV by Ndheger | License: Attribution
  30. Footsteps – concrete – OD – A.wav by FreqMan | License: Attribution
  31. open and close front door and lock.wav by rockstar_not | License: Sampling+
  32. apartment-building outdoors 01.wav by klankbeeld | License: Attribution
  33. Bar ambience 2.flac by sdfalk | License: Attribution
  34. barNoisyAmbience.wav by oniwe | License: Attribution Noncommercial
  35. Guy retching water and gasping for air.wav by Tonsofpaperbrokenpen | License: Creative Commons 0
  36. chair_sitting_4.wav by FreqMan | License: Attribution
  37. 01659 underwater sinking.wav by Robinhood76 | License: Attribution Noncommercial
  38. Bubbles.wav by erkanozan | License: Creative Commons 0
  39. scuba_dive_underwater_01.wav by m_O_m | License: Attribution Noncommercial
  40. Water1.aif by pushtobreak | License: Attribution Noncommercial
  41. South-Florida – suburbs – night.WAV by eric5335 | License: Attribution Noncommercial
  42. whippoorwill3.wav by imonacan | License: Attribution Noncommercial
  43. Bedroom_Windows Unlock, Open, Close, Lock Sequence.mp3 by CGEffex | License: Attribution
  44. Door Opens and Closes by ultradust | License: Attribution
  45. Door-Wooden-Squeak-0007.wav by D W | License: Attribution
  46. door.wav by sagetyrtle | License: Creative Commons 0
  47. Man Sniffling by SteveOShore | License: Creative Commons 0
  48. Match lighting 3.wav by Adam_N | License: Creative Commons 0
  49. Charles Street Bus Station 10.03.2012(24-bit 44.1kHz).wav by LeicesterSoundmap | License: Creative Commons 0
  50. Traffic.wav by inchadney | License: Attribution
  51. NYC_street leve02l.wav by gezortenplotz | License: Attribution
  52. Footsteps on Wet Pavement_1-2.aif by SteveMannella | License: Sampling+
  53. raindrops.umbrella.flac by dobroide | License: Attribution
  54. umbrella.wav by Corsica_S | License: Attribution
  55. cardoor.wav by jessestephens | License: Sampling+
  56. Explosion.mp3 by Omar Alvarado | License: Attribution
  57. USAT BOMB.wav by sandyrb | License: Attribution
  58. 20061105.gunshot.01.wav by dobroide | License: Attribution
  59. Driving in Streamwood IL with the windows down (05-04-2009).mp3 by audible-edge | License: Attribution
  60. Bee on flower, some background talking.wav by lolamadeus | License: Creative Commons 0
  61. FootSteps in a Concrete Corridor 1 by cris | License: Creative Commons 0
  62. ekg.wav by guitarguy1985 | License: Creative Commons 0
  63. Hospital sounds 2.wav by ERH | License: Attribution
  64. baby_laugh1.wav by reinsamba | License: Attribution
  65. Small-Jet-Flyover.wav by rickbuzzin | License: Creative Commons 0
  66. hospital_lobby.flac by Corsica_S | License: Attribution
  67. MMP-300906-014.wav by martypinso | License: Creative Commons 0
  68. CarArriveAndStop.wav by jmdh | License: Creative Commons 0
  69. windshieldwipers_no_rain.wav by morgantj | License: Attribution
  70. tg_on windshield from inside car.wav by Tristan | License: Creative Commons 0
  71. driving_in_rain.03.22.2009.MP3 by vhsvhs | License: Sampling+
  72. bm_carongravel.wav by cmusounddesign | License: Attribution
  73. click02.wav by fonogeno | License: Attribution Noncommercial
  74. small_radio.flac by lorenzosu | License: Attribution Noncommercial
  75. hospital_tv_channel_change.wav by gezortenplotz | License: Attribution
  76. Hospital sounds 3.wav by ERH | License: Attribution
  77. TVonoff.aif by orehek | License: Creative Commons 0
  78. citystreet3.wav by sagetyrtle | License: Creative Commons 0
  79. Breath_Woman.wav by audione | License: Creative Commons 0
  80. Caropeningclosing.wav by mikaelfernstrom | License: Attribution
  81. 011 Door opens and shuts.wav by FreqMan | License: Attribution
  82. footstep on wood foley.wav by martian | License: Creative Commons 0
  83. gravel walking.aif by tigersound | License: Attribution Noncommercial
  84. elevator trip .wav by Zbyhek | License: Attribution
  85. Security Door 3 by ultradust | License: Attribution
  86. Town amb – summer, day.WAV by eric5335 | License: Attribution Noncommercial
  87. Town or suburbs amb – spring, day.WAV by eric5335 | License: Attribution Noncommercial
  88. Car start and drive.mp3 by han1 | License: Attribution

Tracks Used (in order of play)

  1. Nest “The Twelve”
  2. Tchad Blake “Mr. Green Speaks”
  3. Nest “Charlotte”
  4. Trus’me “Can We Pretend”
  5. Nils Frahm “Less”
  6. Headphone Commute “For Nils”
  7. Erik Satie “Gymnopédies Lent Et Douloureux”
  8. Rhye “The Fall”
  9. Guitar Crusher “When a Man Loves a Woman”
  10. Sing Wei “Latch”
  11. Erik Satie “Gymnopédies Lent Et Triste”
  12. Todd Terje “Inspector Norse”

1:05:24 | 90.07 MB

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