Boomkat Product Review:
enmossed boss Glyn Maier blends field recordings and new age passages culled from 1970-1980 cassette tapes on this deep-as-fuck near two hour mix of meditative brilliance. This is how you do it!
Winding up the ENMX series of 19 long-form listening mixtapes, "Environments Mix" captures Maier's dedication to environmental recording as an art form. To assemble his tape, he went back to 1970s/80s field recording series' - like Irv Teibel's "Environments" or Dan Gibson's "Solitudes" - and snatched a bunch of his favorite moments straight from the tapes. Splicing them together, he re-contextualizes the sounds and makes them a little more dense - more listenable - for the mix format, merging choral drones and new age bells with crashing waves and forest ambience. It's a novel idea for a mix, and translates into a deeply engaging couple of hours of music, whether you've heard the source material or not.
"Environments Mix" captures a time period when ambient music and field recording was in its infancy, not only is the material incredibly well recorded (seriously these are some of the best environmental recordings ever made) but they aren't weighed down by expectation, concept or cultural baggage. Maier is presenting them in perhaps their most digestible form, and the mix is an ideal way to remove yerself from the digital world for an hour or two. Meditate if you like, but it's not mandatory.