Ambient Evolution – An Audio Post

The Fox - 6.16 (B.Kisida)

The Fox - 6.16 (B.Kisida)

In an effort to switch things up, I decided to go with an “audio post” today. I often write about Phish’s ambient styles, and ever-evolving use of sound and layered psychedelia, so today I put together a mix that brings you on an audio tour through 1998, 1999, and 2000. Instead of focusing on songs or jams, I put a lens on ambient improv, creating an 80-minute “Trip Through the Late ’90s.” The jams evolve from a section of ’98, to a section of ’99, and concludes with a section of music from 2000. I will post a setlist once I figure it out, as I made the mix on the fly and it’s getting late out here. See if you notice an evolution through the years, or just kick back and space out. Enjoy! (As usual, click the orange track title to download the mix.)

A Trip Through the Late ’90s


Winged music note=====

Jam of the Day:

David Bowie” 10.12.94 II


The first serious Fall ’94 “Bowie.” There would be many more.



10.12.94 The Orpheum Theatre, Memphis, TN < Torrent

10.12.94 The Orpheum Theatre, Memphis, TN < Megaupload

phish-palumbo-94-miniThis show – Phish’s most recent October 12 offering – celebrates its fifteenth anniversary today. In only the fifth show of a 40+ gig tour, Phish boasted well-polished chops and masterful communication. A soaring second-song “Reba” led into this focused night of music that centered on the second set jams of “David Bowie” and “YEM,” and ” Harry Hood,” with “Bowie” taking the cake.

I: My Friend, My Friend, Reba, The Sloth, Poor Heart, Split Open and Melt, The Lizards, Guelah Papyrus, Julius, Sweet Adeline

II: Peaches en Regalia, David Bowie, Bouncing Around the Room, Scent of a Mule, You Enjoy Myself, Nellie Kane*, Foreplay/Long Time, Harry Hood, Sample in a Jar

E: Good Times Bad Times


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225 Responses to “Ambient Evolution – An Audio Post”

  1. PT Says:

    @MM — Thanks again for putting all these musical tapas (or entrees or full meals) together. The Ambient collection is definitely N-I-C-E.

  2. Leo Weaver Says:

    @wax…GREAT Ghost>Slave you’re listening to. One of my favorite combos from a great show. > is perfect…

  3. KWL Says:

    @Miner, add another complement to the ambient mix. Finally getting to it, perfect to zone out w/ after a long day. Nice change of pace.

  4. Lycanthropist Says:

    @ Leo and Wax –

    also one of my favorite combos…

    Leo, did that link work out for you?

  5. Frankie Says:

    Thanks man! Are those for mac and do they work with .wav too? I’d like to make it seamless and pitch-locked if possible…

    The 8.20.08 Archives show is must-listen for the phan with the 6.28.00 Gin taboot…

  6. Leo Weaver Says:

    @Lycan…Grabbed half last night, getting the rest now. Will give ’em a spin this weekend.

  7. Lycanthropist Says:


  8. Mr. Completely Says:

    @Frankie – I recommend Audacity for audio editing – it is free, unlimited, works on all major audio file types and is available for both Mac and Windows. It has a small learning curve but is actually quite powerful for a free app. I think it is particularly good at doing sophisticated crossfades.

    It isn’t a DJ software though, it doesn’t do beat matching or any of that…its an audio editor

  9. Frankie Says:

    Thanks Mr. C, will check that out! Good evening!

  10. Frankie Says:

    Mr. C, and whoever else is interested, i know you share my love for world music, just found out about this amazing slide guitar player from India who makes his own guitars and has this amazing right-hand technique… maybe you know him. Debashish Battacharya
    Check this out! Mindblowing!

  11. Frankie Says:

    Here’s the link: Debashish Battacharya

    Hopefully this one works…

  12. Mr. Completely Says:

    wow Frankie that’s a hot link there, very interesting style and smokin’ performance, thank you

    did you see the link I posted earlier to Malian band Tinariwen? I have been through 2 albums and a live show since finding out about them earlier today. The founding guitarist is self-taught and built his own guitars as a kid…I think they might literally have the most interesting backstory of any band in the world…band members fought in Tuareg rebellion etc…crazy

    and then there’s this freak
    playin’ the bass tabla stylee

  13. Mr. Completely Says:

    similar to what you posted is the very interesting Carnatic slide mandolin U. Srinivas

    …whoa! here they are together, Srinivas and Battacharya!


  14. Lycanthropist Says:

    great links everyone!

    where is T3 when you need him what a great SET closer!

  15. Frankie Says:

    Yeah i saw that about Tinariwen, that’s what made me post about this indian player… love indian classical music!

    Thanks for the new links!

    Don’t know if you got to that one yet but that record is just awesome! Ry Cooder and Vishwa Mohan Bhatt jamming together… really inspiring stuff! Cooder on blues slide guitar and Bhatt on the Mohan Veena, a strange guitar he built.

    A Meeting by the River

    Highly recommended!

    Here is a clip of Bhatt on the Mohan Veena…

  16. Mr. Completely Says:

    yeah a friend turned me onto that album recently actually – dropped that and a calcutta slide disk into a big pile of trance and dub – great stuff

  17. butter Says:

    wow Frankie thats some crazy good music, thanks for the links Frankie/ Mr. C

  18. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    ok then. while this setlist may seem shorter than most I think it is because of all of the long ambient sections. today’s JOTD must have rubbed off on everyone.

    Ambient Zoning>
    Same Place, Different Person*>
    Tickets by Mail
    Missing Shipment
    Weather (JOTD)>
    Harvests Good & Bad***>
    Hotline (Lips Sealed)>
    Getting Out of Business>
    Fucking Scalpers Jam
    Weather War Stories>
    Tickets Reprise

    Genres (Reggae)
    Lossless Tech Minute
    Compliments (ambient version)

    E: World Music

    * Tomfoolery tease
    ** extended ambient section
    *** African-themed jam
    ^ Moral Dilemma Jam
    ^^ Party Time teases, North Cackalacky jam
    ^^^ Blue Ridge Jam

  19. Lycanthropist Says:

    ^ sweet thanks

  20. Eugene Green Says:

    Just had to say THANK YOU! I religiously read this blog everyday. I love how ambient jams make my spirit float. Great musical post. It seemed that phish did not explore as many ambient jams as I would have liked this summer. I hope that it happens at festy 8.

  21. RER Says:

    Just had a thought. What if the delayed release of the Joy box set is really planned and they are going to debut “Party Time” at Festival 8, covering their own album? I recall an interview before the 1st reunion where they had toyed with the idea of debuting Round Room live in concert and then releasing the album after that.

  22. Mr.Miner Says:

    So the setlist of today’s mix turned out to be:

    Wolfmans 11.18.98 >
    Bag 11.7.98 >
    Carini 12.28.98 MSG >
    Ghost Lemonwheel 8.16.98 >
    Gin 12.7.99 >
    My Left Toe 7.7.99 >
    My Left Toe 7.21.99 >
    Ghost/pre2001 12.11.99 >
    Happy Whip and Dung Song 7.24.99 >
    2001 intro 7.7.99 >
    Cities 9.24.00 >
    Rock And Roll 9.17.00 >
    Piper 9.11.00

  23. Mr.Miner Says:

    though type III’s setlist is far more entertaining!!

  24. Wax Banks Says:

    @Frankie –

    @Frankie – I recommend Audacity for audio editing – it is free, unlimited, works on all major audio file types and is available for both Mac and Windows. It has a small learning curve but is actually quite powerful for a free app. I think it is particularly good at doing sophisticated crossfades.

    I can’t recommend Audacity. All of MrC’s praise is spot-on, but the thing is extremely crash-prone in my experience, with an ungainly (and frankly ugly) interface and little to recommend it over GarageBand unless money is a very serious concern (in which case how in the world can you afford a Mac?!).

  25. parrott56 Says:

    This is fantastic. Could I possibly grovel for more audio posts and DJ mixes? I’ve loved them all.

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