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. morecowbell (aka jay) Says:

    used to live in Knoxville and when I flew in for the shows (Asheville and Knoxville) and made the drives through those mountains I remembered why I loved living there.

  2. Mr. Completely Says:

    I made that drive many, many times going to, from or in the midst of tour…can be really nice

    the only prob. I have with that part of the country is the fucking rednecks – I grew up battlin’ em and just got sick of it – I visit once or twice a year and it still feels like “enemy occupied territory” with the freaks and heads as the underground resistance

    but with more people like you living there every year, it’s definitely a much cooler place than it used to be

  3. Kenny Powers Says:

    Anyone who loves buffalo wings and is going to C-Ville owes it to themselves to go to the Wild Wing Cafe right be the Amtrak station. I’ve only been there once but was blown away, they have like a book of menu options, all different types and levels of hotness. Good beers too.

  4. Mr. Completely Says:

    LOL Miner’s ambient phish mix is listed as “R&B” under Genre in iTunes

    that Tinariwen Malian desert-rock band was listed as “reggae” earlier today


  5. fat bastard Says:

    the dude-how was WSP?

  6. fat bastard Says:

    mr c any time a black group plays the guitar it is listed under reggae. I made the same mistake with BLK JKS.

  7. Mr. Completely Says:

    Jimi Hendrix is my favorite reggae artist EVAR

  8. morecowbell (aka jay) Says:

    he plays reggae with his teeth and left-handed. That is why.

  9. fat bastard Says:

    mine is peter tosh

  10. morecowbell (aka jay) Says:

    peter tosh? wasn’t he in the Monkee’s? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. Mr.Miner Says:

    Hey Miner โ€“ did you do these edits for the ambient mix directly to Mp3? Or is there a lossless version out there somewhere? cause, you know, 78 minutes is a nice length for a chill-out disk, just sayinโ€™ ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    ^^ no, I used CDs and so therefore I do have a lossless copy. How do I go from CD to FLAC?

  12. albert walker Says:

    got my 7/31 rr downloading
    stoked as hell

    this 2nd set is the set of 2009 IMO
    can’t wait to see what’s going
    had a little trouble seeing the night of the show

    also I am starting to hype the Band the Band at 8
    The record is just perfect
    at first I did not know because the country, folky, bluesy thing just is not Phish’s thing, but when you are starting with such a perfect record I’m sure it would be amazing

    completes my top 4

    London Calling
    The Band

  13. morecowbell (aka jay) Says:

    macflac for the mac. flac ripper for windoze. I am sure there are others. There are most likely wav to flac converters as well.

  14. Mr.Miner Says:

    I’ll up a .wav version later tonight

  15. Mr. Completely Says:

    if your master copy is actually on CD, first, rip it to your HD, but (if you use iTunes) make sure the Import Settings are for WAV (or AIFF on a Mac, same thing really) and not MP3

    if your master copy is a WAV or AIFF already, you just use a converter to make the FLAC. I use:
    Mac for Xact

    A more advanced Mac program is XLD which I use sometimes when exact accuracy matters – it can rip directly from CD to FLAC but is kind of a pain to set up at first

    Anyway if you just fire up TLH or Xact there is a simple interface – you just pick the “encode” option, select your input WAV/AIFF and output dir and that’s it

  16. Mr. Completely Says:

    thanks Miner – I think a lossless version would help this a lot – much appreciated

    @albert – I have never wanted to discount the acoustic/folky albums due to it not being their “thing.” Funk was not their thing before Remain in Light – that’s why that show is so beloved, it changed the game in that way.

    If they’re looking to expand their sound again, I think an acoustic album like The Band or American Beauty might actually be on the table

  17. EL Duderino Says:

    @ fat bastard

    The Dude doesn’t like the Panic. I think I hate WSP fans as much or more than Phish fans. LOL

  18. KWL Says:

    @msb from way earlier. I too have not gotten my shirt yet… just looked and USPS says it was delivered 6 days ago. No sign of it. Interesting…

  19. fat bastard Says:

    man they could rip Led Zeppelin 1. Dazed and confused could be a 40 minute bomb!

  20. albert walker Says:

    The Band the Band is a little more rockin and funky than the Big Pink or some of the other stuff

    Page would kill all the clav stuff add a little horns you’d be in business

    Across The Great Divide
    Jemima Surrender
    Cripple Creek
    Rag Mama Rag

    def some more rockin numbers

  21. Mr. Completely Says:

    @KWL, that sucks, hope USPS gets it straight for you ๐Ÿ™

  22. Frankie Says:

    Thank you Mr. Miner for the Ambient jam! Such good, mellow stuff… can’t wait to get the lossless and burn a cd of it…

    What software do you use for your mixes? I’d love to do a mix of the best jams from the second leg of last summer in an attempt to “capture” the 2009 sound… I’m thinking 8.8 Rock’n’roll, 8.14 DWD, 8.15 46 Days, 8.16 #Line. Whole different style from the 99-00 stuff…

  23. Wax Banks Says:

    Looking forward to listening to this ambient mix, but I’m not interrupting Mr Shapiro’s 8/20/08 Archives show for anything right now. It’s the 7/4/99 Ghost > Slave and it’s all right.

  24. larry bird flu Says:

    i recently came to the relization that long distance operator is my favorite tune by the Band.

  25. Wax Banks Says:

    @Frankie –

    For live mp3 DJ things there are plenty of apps like Traktor or DJ-1800 (free demo w/30-min limit available). If you’re just trying to put together an mp3 and don’t care about pitch-locking and beat-matching and such niceties you could just use something like GarageBand.

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