solipsistic NATION No. 263: unMaker

I’m quite certain that the cold I’m suffering from is not, in fact, a cold. It’s something far more sinister and deadly. I’m convinced that I’ve contracted some alien contagion aloft some weird vector that will begin the zombie apocalypse beginning with me: patient zero! Okay, it’s not that bad. I just wanted to add a bit of drama to today’s show. I am sick, though, so by necessity I’m going to be brief. For the last couple of weeks... Read More

solipsistic NATION No. 253: Summertime Rolls

Since I don’t have any guests on this week’s show so I guess I’ll take this opportunity to ramble. Today my friend Sandi and I were out driving to go grab a bite to eat. While we were waiting at a stop light a SUV pulled up next to us and playing some bass thumpingly track. It’s not the sort of thing I ordinarily enjoy but I liked it. I think I said those very words to Sandi. “Who do you think it is?” she asked. I pulled out my phone, flicked... Read More

solipsistic NATION No. 252: From Here to Tranquility

Playing the best of all genres of electronic music means exploring new labels. Just last week, for example, we heard some wonderful stuff from Ember Music. Playing the best of all genres of electronic music also means playing recordings of live performances and in the last few months we’ve heard concerts from Zion Train, Matta and Speak Onion. Playing the best of all genres of electronic music also means exploring the history of electronic music, and the history of electronic... Read More

solipsistic NATION No. 251: Ember Music

One of the things that thrills me most about the label showcase on solipsistic NATION is that it gives me the opportunity to discover even more new music with a mix that is is lovingly handpicked by the labels founders. In today’s case that would be Kurt Lorenz and Bill Bendrot of Ember Music. Ember Music is an artist-run label and I think that’s the other reason I’m excited in particular about today’s show. Not only are there more and more labels releasing... Read More

solipsistic NATION No. 249: Beautiful Hallucination

Today’s show was originally going to have interviews with Amon Tobin and Dr. Toast about their new albums; an interview with the folks from the Norbergfestival, which is taking place in Sweden this weekend; and an interview with Geeta Dayal about her book about Brian Eno‘s album, Another Green World. That would have been a great show, right? But shows like that take a lot of time. I have to schedule the interviews, come up with some hopefully thought provoking questions,... Read More

solipsistic NATION No. 248: Excursions in Ambience

Today’s show is very special for me and I imagine it will be a very special show for a lot of people, because today we’ll be talking with Brian Long and showcasing music from the Excursions in Ambience compilation album series. Back in the early 1990s when I was first falling deeply in love with electronic music, Caroline Distribution released Excursions in Ambience, which captured my imagination and expanded my horizons of what electronic music, and ambient music,... Read More

solipsistic NATION No. 245: Epiphyte

Today’s edition of solipsistic NATION is epic but it fought me every step of the way in it’s creation! Arranging and preparing for four interviews, waking up in the wee hours of the night to call Pitch Black‘s Michael Hodgson, endless hours of editing and mixing, two essential applications crashing constantly, etc. It is by sheer will alone that I was able to pipe today’s show into your tender and wanting ears. And what a show it is! I’ve spent the... Read More

solipsistic NATION No. 243: Waveform Records

On today’s show we’re going to hear select tracks from artists on Waveform Records. We’ll also talk with Forest, who is the label’s co-founder. Today’s show is kind of a big deal for me. Back in the early 90s there were a clutch of albums that came out at roughly the same time I was falling in love with electronic music. Beyond Records Ambient Dub, Astralwerks Excursions in Ambience and Waveform Records A.D. compilation albums were on heavy rotation... Read More

solipsistic NATION No. 242: alka, merohedra, Alexei Borisov and 80(sun), Live

It’s such a beautiful day here in San Diego that I decided to get out of the studio and record today’s introduction with you from my roof deck. There’s a light breeze and from where I’m standing I can see the Pacific Ocean. I wish you were here to see it with me. After living in Boston, San Diego feels like a slice of paradise. Today’s show is going to be a bit different. Instead of featuring one or two live performances and an interview, I present... Read More

solipsistic NATION No. 241: Mutek

If you’re going to this year’s Mutek Festival in Montreal I’m envious. Sadly, I won’t be going but I’ve decided to bring the Mutek Festival to me by having Mutek’s founder, Alain Mongeau, chat with us about this year’s festival. Mutek is an annual five-day event in Montreal which kicks of this year June 1st. Each year, more than 100 artists, panelists, and industry professionals participate in what has become a leading event of its kind... Read More