Friday Playlist: Soundscaping

The ultimate musical freedom.

I was always very impressed by droning washing machines heard through the floor on those sick days in bed [home] from school, and more so by the symphony of summer mowers in suburbia, accompanied by various planes.” –Sonic Boom (Spaceman 3, Experimental Audio Research)

These words were a guide to making this mix, which features a combination of experimentation, noise, improvisation, sound collages, sampling, circuit bending, feedback, and pedal pushing. Forget everything you know about conventional melodies and rhythms–this is the ultimate musical freedom.

Illustration by Minna


  • Tiger July 6th, 2012 7:46 PM

    I love animal collective!!BUT NO CRYSTAL CASTLES????

  • nickz July 6th, 2012 7:55 PM

    That s and interesting way of making music.I loved the 3rd track ;)

  • bird July 6th, 2012 7:58 PM

    What about ‘Revolution 9′ by The Beatles? If there was ever a song to represent musical freedom…

  • Moxx July 6th, 2012 7:59 PM

    Nuuuuuur when I saw the thumbnail, I expected, I don’t know, I guess more fundamentally ambient/ early industrial and more noise ish experimental things, but this is cool too.

    Very surprised there is no My Bloody Valentine! (or Eno. Or Throbbing Gristle or Earth or more drone-type things in general, but that is ok.)

    P.S. A cool more recent dreamy- synthy band is Foxes In Fiction.

    • Eleanor July 6th, 2012 9:02 PM

      Experimental Audio Research is actually Kevin Shields (of MBV) and Sonic Boom’s sideproject!

      • Moxx July 6th, 2012 9:41 PM

        Oh, cool. I didn’t know. :)

    • spatergator July 7th, 2012 12:28 PM

      I was hoping for that too. Since most people are aware of Animal Collective and Gang Gang Dance and would be exploring their work…the early feats into soundscaping or even stuff from the experimental noise ‘genre’ would have been great. No sweat though Delia Derbyshire is muh gurrrl

  • isobele July 6th, 2012 8:17 PM

    Helooooo youtube converter

  • Isabellla July 6th, 2012 8:23 PM

    Sonic Youth <3
    Deerhunter <3


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  • PZ July 6th, 2012 8:48 PM

    no ride or my bloody valentine?? blasphemy!

    • caro nation July 6th, 2012 9:59 PM

      TWO OF MY FAVORITES (and Slowdive.)

      • Eleanor July 7th, 2012 5:18 AM

        i’m sure an MBV, slowdive, jesus and marychain, cocteau twins and lush -heavy shoegaze playlist can and should be curated on another occassion considering it’s a big chunk of my musical taste.

        • caro nation July 8th, 2012 10:00 AM

          ALSO ELEANOR I HAVE A QUESTION (I’ll compensate for my 3-4 comments on this mix somehow), but was Eric Copeland ever in a band with Zach Hill, Marnie Stern drummer/Hella guy?

      • Eleanor July 10th, 2012 6:15 AM

        in response to your eric copeland question – eric copeland is one third of black dice who are one of my favourite bands ;) have you heard of them? they’re quite similar to eric’s solo stuff but a bit more badass and noisey (unless you listen to their earlier albums… or their really really early albums are pretty thrashy when they hung out wtih lightning bolt etc). eric also is half of terrestrial tones (the other half being avey tare from panda bear). music nerd moment over n out. peace out ;)

        • Eleanor July 10th, 2012 6:16 AM

          avey tare from panda bear?? guhh i’m half asleep i meant animal collective.

  • lylsoy July 6th, 2012 9:03 PM

    I love to see animal collective on the playlist! well done, I love it! :)

  • Indi July 6th, 2012 9:53 PM

    One of your finest, Rookster. Well enjoyed. Such multi-purpose! Perfect to make art to, think of the deep cosmos smokin’ a j, sacrifice a lamb… y’know. (My experience was the first.) All silly and possibly later-regrettable comments aside, I like this a lot.

  • Carsonchloe July 6th, 2012 9:55 PM

    Can I just say that I am eternally grateful that Friday playlists are now released during an earlier time slot.. I can enjoy them all weekend long! Thank you, Rookie

  • caro nation July 6th, 2012 9:58 PM

    Maybe some Bruce Haack?

    • caro nation July 6th, 2012 10:09 PM

      But again, Deerhunter is SO GOOD, and Bradford Cox is a synthesized-indie-prog-rock-punk-shoegaze angel. Everything on this playlist is fantastic. I wish I could hug it.

      Just thinkin’ more about Bruce Haack and Brian Eno and Felix Kubin.

      • Moxx July 6th, 2012 10:51 PM

        Definitely Brian Eno. :)))))

  • TheAwesomePossum July 6th, 2012 10:56 PM

    I actually jammed out to this. Wasn’t expecting that.

    When I first read the description, I just thought “So is this going to be a bunch of beeps and boops or?…” but then the song started *cue sitting in chair dancing*

  • meels July 7th, 2012 5:46 AM

    I feel we could use some tune-yards in this playlist

  • tenrei July 7th, 2012 12:37 PM

    best rookie playlist by far

  • GhostMonkeyGrrrl July 7th, 2012 3:57 PM

    Smashing Pumpkins, anyone?

  • sleeperfactory July 8th, 2012 4:47 PM

    damn eleanor! gotta have a lot of respect for anyone that puts forest gospel on a playlist. and kria brekkan too, i wish she would make another album

    • Eleanor July 10th, 2012 6:17 AM

      high five! kria brekkan is my spirit animal!!! i met her last year and she gave me a vinyl filled with little drawings she made and gave me a little fairy hug and i wanted to cry it’s my most prized possession.

  • Annabelle July 8th, 2012 7:52 PM

    Terrestrial Tones kind of got me high in the middle of class when I heard it all the way through the first time. There’s something euphoric about that album! I was giggling for a good ten minutes after it ended. I love the power of layered sound. I’ve tried making some noise myself.

  • starpower July 9th, 2012 11:26 AM

    awesome playlist!