The Chill Out Tent #18 – 3/10/21

And we’re back with our next monthly streaming event on Sunday 3/10/21 at 19:00 BST. We’ve got another amazing line up of music, film and culture ready to share. 

At 19:00 we’ve got our own Chris Coco with his very special ambient ‘Brutalist Sunrise

19:30 – Andy Pye (Balearic Social) shares the latest Sunrise Session

20:30 – Ogawa & Tokoru (Vinifonica)

21:30 – Wildblood & Queenie – from Lodgefest – Summer rainstorm live set from the Chill Out Tent

22:00 – After Party – Leo Zero – from the York Rise Street Festival

Join us for this free streaming event on Mixcloud Live at 19:00 BST Sunday 1/8/21, pop in to the chat box and say ‘hello’ 🙂

This is our 18th consecutive monthly streaming event, a year and a half since we started at the beginning of the first lock down. We’ve curated more than 150 wildly diverse DJ sets, interviews, films, documentaries, commissioned custom animation, artwork and photography from all over the world to a growing audience of thousands.

We always aimed to be much more than a static camera on a bedroom DJ set. Our aim has been to celebrate and champion the music, culture, artists and venues that we love. Particularly at a time when they were under threat from a range of challenges, both viral and societal.

Now that the worst of the pandemic is over we’re giving some thought to what’s next for the Chill Out Tent. Our first live festival event at Lodgefest in July was an inspiring reminder of the joy of dancing together in a field and we’re planning for more live adventures in the months ahead.

We’d love your ideas on future events, collaborations and projects, perhaps we could bring the Chill Out Tent experience to your town, city, field, gallery or festival, get in touch, we’d love to talk. Thanks to all the Chill Out Tent community who’ve been so amazing over the last 18 months, we love you all 🙂

The Chill Out Tent #17 – 29/8/21

Our next monthly streaming event will be happening on Sunday 29/8/21 at 19:00 BST. We’ve got another amazing line up of music, film and culture ready to share. 

We’ve got Sheffield americana expert and digger extrordinaire Bobby Lee with an amazing set that explores the hippy roots of the Balearic sound, a fascinating documentary on ambient pioneers Brian Eno and Harold Budd. Then we’re off to West Coast California for an exclusive set from San Franciso legend Gavin Hardkiss. The after party this month come courtesy of the lovely Paper Recordings crew, with another of their ‘tag team’ DJ relays. We’ve got loads more new music, films and animation in the mix too.

Join us for this free streaming event on Mixcloud Live at 19:00 BST Sunday 1/8/21, pop in to the chat box and say ‘hello’ 🙂

The Chill Out Tent #16 – 1/8/21

Our next monthly streaming event will be happening on Sunday 1/8/21 at 19:00 BST. We’ve got another amazing line up of music, film and culture ready to share. We’ll be including the second instalment of the Plastic Fantastic sunrise sessions, this time featuring everyone’s favourite Balearic legend Phil Mison. Full details…

Chill Out Tent Edition #16

Schedule…

19:00 – Mixmaster Morris (In the real life Chill Out Tent from Lodgefest!)


SONLIFE – The One


20:00 – Phil Mison (Plastic Fantastic Sunrise Session #2)


Antonio Prosper – Revenge At Sunset


21:00 – Sadeedo (at Soulgood, Ibiza)


Solar Moon – Mwezi


22:00Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy (after party)

Join us for this free streaming event on Mixcloud Live at 19:00 BST Sunday 1/8/21, pop in to the chat box and say ‘hello’ 🙂

Afterparty #15 – Alfredo / Amnesia 1986

Edition #15 of the Chill Out Tent has a packed schedule of 8+ hours for our Summer Solstice Sleepover this Sunday 20/6/21, and one of the highlights has to be our after party session at 22:00 BST. This is because we’ll be featuring an archive mix from Alfredo behind the decks at Amnesia in 1986 that a friend in Ibiza found on cassette and we’ve digitized it and combined it with some classic video from that iconic open air dance floor. Expect an insight into the early days of that legendary Balearic sound years before the British invasion, it’s a time capsule from another era. While we wait for the mix do check out this in depth interview with the maestro himself….

Join us for this free streaming event on Mixcloud Live at 19:00 BST

Edit 30/6/21 – Here’s the mix!

The Chill Out Tent Edition #15 – Summer Solstice Sleepover

We’re back slightly early this month, for Edition #15 of the Chill Out Tent and it’s a special event to coincide with the Summer Solstice. Join us on Sunday June 20th at 19:00-23:00 BST for this special extended longest day program…

19:00 – Sun Deck Mix – Ben Osborne
19:50 – Love Is The Answer – The Campfire Circle Singers
20:00 – Soulgood Afternoon Session – George Solar
21:00 – Sunset at The Hut (Colwell Bay Isle of Wight) – Je Suis Anglais
22:00 – After Party – Amnesia 1986 mix with Alfredo

Then it’s into the shortest night with the Chill Out Tent’s Solstice Sleepover


23:00 – Live on Hamon Radio – Satoshi & Makoto
24:00 – K5 Loft Streaming part 2 – Calm & Eita Godo
01:30 – Kay Suzuki
02:30 – A Slender Homage To Harold Budd
03:00 – Sleep Fabbrica Sassetti – Giorgio Alvera

03:15 – Brutalist Sunrise – Chris Coco

More on all these artists and sessions over the next few days

Join us for this free streaming event on Mixcloud Live at 19:00 BST

Remember our globe spanning solstice journey from last year?

Turn on , Stay in, Chill Out…

Monolithic Undertow – Interview with author Harry Sword

We’ll be talking to author Harry Sword this Sunday, the 30th May 2021 as part of our Edition #14 of the Chill Out Tent. Harry Sword is a Cambridge based writer. He is a contributor to The Quietus, Vice, Record Collector, Munchies and the Guardian. We’re discussing his recent book Monolithic Undertow – In Search of Sonic Oblivion described by Beck as

An inspired and intuitive navigation of the drone continuum . . . with a compass firmly set to new and enlightening psychedelic truths’

His publishers summarize this superb book thus ‘Monolithic Undertow alights a crooked path across musical, religious and subcultural frontiers. It traces the line from ancient traditions to the modern underground, navigating archaeoacoustics, ringing feedback, chest plate sub-bass, avant-garde eccentricity, sound weaponry and fervent spiritualism. From Neolithic beginnings to bawdy medieval troubadours, Sufi mystics to Indian raga masters, cone shattering dubwise bass, Hawkwind’s Ladbroke Grove to the outer reaches of Faust and Ash Ra Temple; the hash-fueled fug of The Theatre of Eternal Music to the cough syrup reverse hardcore of Melvins, seedy VHS hinterland of Electric Wizard, ritual amp worship of Earth and Sunn O))) and the many touch points in between, Monolithic Undertow explores the power of the drone – an audio carrier vessel capable of evoking womb like warmth or cavernous dread alike.

Some or even many of these artists may be unfamiliar to our audience, but his sonic explorations also touch on Brian Eno, the Orb, ambient and chill out too and the transcendental ambition of so much of this material shares much with the world of electronic music that may be more familiar. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Harry discuss the origins of the book, some of the amazing moments he experienced in it’s research and also his recommendations for those new to the world of drone.

Harry gives us a primer, ‘a Beginner’s Guide to Drone’ that we mixed into a 30 minute taster for the uninitiated, that we’ll play after the interview. Considering that many drone pieces will play out at 20 or more minutes per track, often considerably longer, our mini mix can only be a ‘teaser’ for the full immersive drone experience, but we hope it opens some ears to this new sonic landscape.

Here’s an extract of the book from the lovely people at the Heavenly Social to whet your appetite…

Harry Sword

Buy Monolithic Undertow direct from the publishers White Rabbit books here.

Join us on Mixcloud Live at 18:45 BST

The Chill Out Tent Edition #14

We’re back this Sunday, the 30th May 2021 with Edition #14 of the Chill Out Tent, our monthly streaming event celebrating all things calm and chilled out. Another international selection of carefully curated film & music to share with our growing community who gather in the chat room.

More details on all this months contributors over the next few days…

19:00 – Sunrise Session #1 – Plastic Fantastic – Oslo

20:00 – Monolithic Undertow – Interview with author Harry Sword

20:30 – A Beginners Guide to Drone – Curated by Harry Sword, mixed by the Chill Out Tent

21:00 – Sheepwatch #3 Chris Coco’s legendary ambient DJ Set returns

22:00 – Space Fabbrica Sesseti – Giorgio Alvera

22:10 – After Party – DJ Paulette – From Freight Island

Join us on Mixcloud Live at 18:45 BST

ELSE – Neither in the Time

This Sunday, the 25th April  it’s Edition #13 of the Chill Out Tent and the second section of the show will feature ELSE, The East London Sound Ensemble. Join us on Mixcloud Live at 17:45 BST

They describe themselves as ‘sound artists, composers and musicians from different backgrounds where we explore new ideas in sound and music by merging the diverse cultural elements in an innovative way. We all come from different backgrounds but we all share an interest in forming an intercultural musical language with using various instruments and electronics in a hybrid way. We are after exploring and producing different sounds and create new music.’

We will be sharing a film of a performance called ‘Neither in time / Nor entirely out of it’

It takes its concept and inspiration from a Turkish poem by Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar. Tanpinar is widely regarded as one of the most important representatives of modernism in Turkish literature. An English transcription of the poem can be found below:

I’m neither in the time
Nor entirely out of it
I am in an unbreakable stream of
a monolithic, wide moment.

With the colour of a strange dream
Every shape seems paralysed
Even a feather flying in the wind
not as light as me.

My head grinds the silence,
like a mill infinitely wide
Inside of me – has reached its desires,
A coatless and cloakless dervish

The world became an ivy,
I sense its roots within me.
Blue, a light that is so blue
I am swimming inside of it

Programme:

Netiher In Time – Part I
Zeynebim (Turkish Folk Song)
Transitions
Kanuock
Raindrops by Hugh Shrapnel
Incecikten bir kar yagar (Turkish Folk Song)
Masal by Ahmet Adnan Saygun
Neither In The Time – Part II

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Obay Alsharani

In Edition #12 of the Chill Out Tent, streaming 28/3/21 we’re featuring some music and film from Obay Alasharani.

Obay Alsharani is a Syrian migrant now settled in Sweden, and Sandbox is his debut album. Obay started producing music back in 2013 in his homeland of Syria. His lo-fi productions fused dusty samples of Arabic music with crunchy hip-hop beats, and he gained a dedicated following on Soundcloud after he started releasing his productions under the name Khan El Rouh; “…it was great for escapism from all the horror that was happening outside when we watched what we started as peaceful protests for social equality and freedom of expression descend into a ravaging civil war between a brutal regime and the Islamists who took over the revolution”

As the situation in Damascus worsened, Obay fled Syria eventually being offered a scholarship in Sweden, which led to an extended period in refugee accommodation in the far north of the country while he awaited the result of his residence application. Here he resumed his beat-making, and also sought refuge in the world-building game Minecraft, a place where he could momentarily forget the chaos and destruction in his homeland and the upheaval and uncertainty of his situation in Sweden, and concentrate on creation.

After his residency was granted, Obay found a home and a job but became dissatisfied with his music production. So, inspired by the beauty of the Swedish landscape, the shifting colours of the Northern Lights, and the ambient sounds that had brought him comfort during this turbulent time, particularly C418’s Minecraft soundtrack, the music of Boards of Canada and Colleen, Obay embarked on the production of the deeply personal, calming and sheltering music that became Sandbox.

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