SituPlaylist: Out the wormhole

So I haven’t posted in awhile because I’ve been busy putting together the pieces to my life after seeing Interstellar with a certain fellow blogger and creator. Just kidding…but seriously. Chris Nolan’s epic sci-fi exploration into the universe had everything and it took me a decent amount of uninterrupted research to wrap my head around what exactly the fuck happened out there. I probably should’ve prefaced this post with a [No Spoilers] tip earlier but I can assure you that you won’t find any on this site. I don’t think I am equipped to explain exactly what materialized out there in space– not in speech nor scrawl nor sign language.

Hans Zimmer scored the flick and it was absolutely massive, both in sheer volume and merit. George Carlin observed that “Death is caused by swallowing small amounts of saliva over a long period of time”; I’d add that hearing loss is caused by viewing Interstellar in an IMAX over a long period of time, but I’m not usually one to complain abut anything ever being too loud.

All joking aside, the score was awesome, and it got me to thinking about a playlist I’ve been curating on and off for almost a year now. It consisted of soundscapes that were wholesome and ethereal. It consisted of waves of synths and omnious reverbs. And it consisted of some tracks that were a little too spellbinding to slot in the ambient/downtempo/glitchy mix of posts’ past. It’s the playlist formerly known as ‘atmospheric’: Out the wormhole.

Included inside my personal tesseract of intergalactic future beat melody’s are some favorites such as: M83, Clams Casino, Tycho, Lapalux, Sun Glitters, Teen Daze, Blue Sky Black Death, and Com Truise. It’s worth a note that you could make a damn good playlist that sounds like it’s from another dimension solely on Com Truise’s discography. That dude really has the psychedelic-pinball-machine-from-parallel-universe sound cornered. Good shit.

And according to this Fast Company article, this heavily-melodic electronic focused mix might be a good one for being productive at work. “The cognitive processes that are needed to understand and interpret lyrics are very different than the processes required to simply listen to rhythms,” Justin Stout, Cambridge Sound Management’s acoustical expert, says. I can attest firsthand to letting it ride whilst working on the laptop to some success, assuming it doesn’t swallow me whole at times.

I also wanted an excuse to use this space to throw in a favorite quote that’s sampled over mix inclusion My Morning Jacket’s Outta My System (Washed Out Remix). For the life of me I cannot find the source of the philosophy, but it reads:

“We all believe in something, even if we believe there’s nothing to believe. I’m not interested in telling you what I believe, or in trying to make you believe in something. But im curious: How do you know what you know? Where did you get your beliefs? What is it in the moment? We could know the truth of everything. What does the consciousness know? For just one moment, and get it all out, if we could just know for one moment what our consciousness was, is, and where it came from. and get it all out?

What if we could crack through the illusion of linear time in the same moment? What if we could experience all of history & all of eternity in a single moment? For this single point in all of eternity, knowing all the know, we choose our next thought. This next thought will be the seed for our new belief, our new perception of a new world. Forgive any resentment; release any anger; dissolve any guilt; refrain my regrets; accept anything I may be resisting; love away any fear & walk through the doorway…”

[long, drawn out pause]

Damn. To you, universe…


Author: Nick Battaglia

Nick is a human being who spends an inordinate amount of time trying to figure out what he should be doing, instead of just doing; he hopes to change that in his new venture with Glass Duffle. Proud alumnus of Ohio University in 2011, Nick is currently situated in Columbus, 77.5 miles northwest of his beloved alma mater, according to Google Maps.

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