MIDNIGHT IN THE VALLEY
Join your host Jim Cathcart, explorer of atmosphere, in pursuit of all things ambient on “Midnight In The Valley”. This radio program is a dedicated block of ambient music for those in seek of quietude that includes electronica, IDM, downtempo and beyond. A perfect desert driving companion to get lost to, it features beloved mood inducing classics from the likes of Brian Eno & Aphex Twin all the way to today’s newest offerings from contemporary artists in the field such as 36, Bvdub, and Rafeal Anton Irisarri. Tune in and zone out.
Spring '19 | Episode 01: Moonshade
The first episode of 'Midnight In The Valley' titled "Moonshade" is a nocturnal mix of ambient music styles including IDM, electronica, ambient techno and more. This episode includes new tracks from Pye Corner Audio and Mikron as well as other ambient gems from Rafael Anton Irisarri, Aphex Twin, Heathered Pearls, Skee Mask, and bvdub. 'Moonshade' is intended as a soundtrack for desert night wanderers and fellow early morning serenity seekers.
Spring '19 | Episode 02: Clouds At Night
Clouds in the Night showcases downtempo and electronic ambient cuts from artists all over the world. With new releases from Emily A. Sprague, Victor Yves, Concalc, Erik Wollo, Black Brunswicker as well as a myriad of revered tracks from Aphex Twin, Four Tet, Steve Hauschildt, Mary Lattimore, SubtractiveLAD, R Beny, Near The Parenthesis, Instupendo, Teen Daze and more, this episode acknowledges that the ambient music community is a global one, and presents a shared experience all under the same sky.
Spring '19 | Episode 03: Alone At The Movies
Exploring the vast canon of Film & TV, this episode solely features music written for, inspired by, and featured in movies and broadcast or streamed series. With selections from productions such as Trainspotting, Legion, Mr. Robot, Bojack Horseman, Last Panthers, Stranger Things, Lost In Translation, and many others, "Alone at the Movies" presents a soundtrack of ambient gems, electronica, and neoclassical wonders to give you a cinematic experience. Artists in this episode include (but are not limited to); Air, Carbon Based Lifeforms, The Orb, Tangerine, Vangelis, Johann Johannsson, Mica Levi, Black Cab, Clark, Aphex Twin, Jonsi & Alex and more.
Spring '19 | Episode 04: Coachella After Hours
20 years ago marked the start of a music festival the world would come to know, Coachella. This episode is comprised of a majority of ambient offerings from electronic artists who have played in the past or are performing in 2019 and is designed as a desert listening companion for the attendees after-hours. Featuring: GAS, Yves Tumor, Autechre, Little People, Kraftwerk, Jon Hopkins, Moby and new music from: Apparat, Shlomo, Elsa Hewitt amongst others.
Spring '19 | Episode 05: Spring Eternal
As spring is in full effect there’s no real theme for this episode other than renewal and a lot of great new ambient music from artists including Russ Young, Daniel Avery, VIUL, and Bibio. Featuring selections with tape loops and distortion, repetition, atmosphere and a wide range of colors.
Spring '19 | Episode 06: A LoFi Theory
Jim explores A LoFi Theory in an attempt to showcase the similarities between the music that has appeared on Adult Swim since the early 2000s and the lofi ambient chillhop of recent memory. Music includes work from dweeb, MAYAEWK, jhfly, wowflower, TV Blonde, falls., In Love With A Ghost, Boards of Canada, Flying Lotus, RJD2, Teebs, Casino Versus Japan and Tycho. This episode also includes a selection from a special LoFi mix created by Samaritan.
Spring '19 | Episode 07: Vibrant Night
As spring culminates and carries us closer to summer, the nights are vibrant with beautiful desert weather. This episode features music from r beny, SubtractiveLAD, Jamison Isaak, Hollie Keniff, Christopher Willits, Lone, and Amon Tobin amongst others. An eclectic blend of electronica and today’s best new ambient music.
Summer '19 | Episode 08: Space
The boundary between Earth’s atmosphere and outer space is only 62 miles above Earth’s sea level according to the Karman Line. With the great expanse of space so close to humankind, we’ve spent centuries gazing at the stars above. An exciting theme for an episode of ambient music featuring selections from over 40 years ago to present day. Selections include work from Ashra, Little People, 36, Jon Hopkins, Oystermin, All India Radio, Carbon Based Lifeforms and more. A mix of ambient, electronica and ambient techno fit for exploring the cosmos.
Summer '19 | Episode 09: Out of Your Control
Sometimes things just don’t go as expected. By leaning into it and opening up yourself you may discover a new perspective. This episode includes some rhythmic electronic tracks from Catching Flies & Kiasmos, as well as new ambient selections from Loscil, Jogging House, and Ana Roxane. An eclectic set that also features music from Altus, Visible Cloaks, Dissolve In Sepia as well as new work from Concalc and instupendo.
Summer '19 | Episode 10: Independent
This episode features new music from new artists with a focus on all those operating Independently in the world of ambient music. From thick atmospheric soundscapes to twinkling synth gems and distorted tapeloops, “Independent” offers up the chance to discover what’s on the horizon. Including music from To See The Day Again, Lifeonastring, ontimeatbandcamp, Lecu, subtractiveLAD, Oystermin, Behind Clouds, falls, r beny, Boxed Mountains and many others.
Summer '19 | Episode 11: Mercury's Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde or “Mercury in Retrograde” is an illusion where the planet appears to be in reverse orbit and seemingly affects human nature for stint on planet earth. Whether or not you prescribe to the astrological belief that it does, there’s certainly been something stirring in the air for most of the month. This episode reflects those sentiments by offering ambient tracks from Bing Satellites, Tony Anderson, YAAARD and Rainsleep as well as new and long cuts from Rafael Anton Irisarri’s “Solastalgia”, K. Leimer’s “Irrational Overcast” album, Lightbath, Autechre, 36, Bonobo and a nod to Stranger Things. Don’t sweat, this too shall pass.