In December 2000, The Big Chill hosted one of the most memorable concerts I have had the pleasure to be involved with. Tom Middleton, our resident DJ through the years and now esteemed club and yoga session DJ, composer and sleep therapist, fulfilled an ambition. He got to score and perform two of the tracks from the seminal album 76:14 by Global Communication, his project at the time with Mark Pritchard. Tom invited me to play the DJ warm-up set for him, which I really enjoyed doing, along with Muffled Visions images on the night. The resulting mix 'Deep and Crisp and Even' has remained popular since its inception and already received several thousand downloads from a variety of sites. It's one of my most loved mixes and seems to suit a variety of occasions.
To mark the anniversary two decades on, I have revisited the Deep and Crisp and Even mix I created for that iconic night and put visuals to it, something I have always wanted to do. Enforced lockdown here on Paros has given me a few days spare time to essentially create a film of slides around the mix (original photos by myself as well as found footage on the web). It clocks in at 62 minutes, a sound and vision scape through choral, classical, electronica, piano music and more.
The full version was unveiled as part of Campfire's World Harmony Winter Solstice weekend.
Watch it or download it here.
In this promo Firecast (video version) I talk about the emotional resonance that the mix holds for me and offer a few thoughts on each track. I hope you enjoy it.
Track listing for full film:
John Tavener - The Lords' Prayer - Choir Of St John's College Cambridge
The Tallis Scholars (Thomas Tallis - Nowell : Dieu Vous Grade
Erik Satie - Gnossienne no 3 / Lent et Grave (Aldo Cicolini)
Andrew Cronshaw - Gentle Dark Eyed Mary
BJ Cole - Pavane Por Une Enfant Defunte
Tomita - Clair De Lune
Ian O'Brien - Lucia part 1
Locust - Moist Moss
Jocelyn Pook - Blow The Wind Southerly
Chilled By Nature - Musical Box
Ryuichi Sakomoto - Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence
Sarah Brightman - Figlio Perduto – Beethoven No 7
Gabriel Faure – Pavane (New Philharmonic Orchestra)
George Winston – Variations on the Kanon by Johann Pachelbel
The New World Orchestra – Midnight Sleighride