Peter van Cooten, known as our Concertzender colleague of the show DreamScenes, and from his own Ambientblog, made exclusively for X-Ray a special New Year’s mix with the title Delusional.
Peter van Cooten:
“I started with this mix with ‘Wonderlust’ as its working title, because I like this word very much: it’s a variation on Wanderlust (‘the longing to travel’), what also may be read as ‘the longing to a continuous awe and wonder’.
As the mix progressed the title seemed less fitting. Too many dark and some disquieting moments – which might give a state of awe and wonder, but then of a different kind.
Anja Garbarek’s Questions gave direction to the mix: a few simple questions to diagnose serious psychotic disorders and delusions. The mix has a number of these hallucinogenic moments, but luckily they are interspersed with happier experiences, in an almost melodramatic balance.
For me personally, a mix has the biggest impact when it feels as if I’m watching a film. With ups, downs, drama, sentiment, pleasure, climax and anticlimax. Excitement and relaxization. (This may possibly explain why there is a relatively large number of fragments from different film soundtracks). If ‘Delusional’ was to be a film soundtrack, then would the Jon Hopkins track be its last scene, and the Metropole Orchestra arrangement by Brian Eno’s ‘An Ending’ the track below the credits. Credits with no less than 45 fragments in 59 minutes of music which originally was never meant for this specific context.”
(first time is the start time, time in brackets is the sample length)
00:00 (01:13) Angelo Badalamenti/City Of Prague Orchestra – Mulholland Drive Theme
Mulholland Drive soundtrack, 2001, Milan 74321 89823 2