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Steve Hillage and Miquette Giraudy – DJ Sets
December 27, 2016, 3:22 am
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From Gong to System 7  – They always deliver 100% killer electronic beats and magical knob twiddling… and they always have fun doing it




New Age Music on Private Press Labels







The Guardian:

“When did new age music become cool? The mellow tones of new age were once the province of spas, wellness centers, yoga studios and hippie bookstores. These days, new age records – particularly the more rare LPs and cassettes released in the 1970s and 1980s – are a touchstone of cool. Younger record collectors have been rediscovering vintage new age records…” read more


“To those not yet in the know, all the true heads check in at the Crystal Visions blog hosted by Greg Davis for the cream of the crop in Nuevo Age jammage….” More here


“As with any genre, the boundaries surrounding new age are porous. Some of it sounds like hippy folk; some sounds like a de-cluttered version of what people generally call “minimalism”: gauzy, repetitive music that finds a nice place to rest and rests there indefinitely. Some is heavy on the synthesizer; some is basically slow jazz played at a whisper”. More here

IasosCelestial Soul Projection on Numero Group

At the beginning, there was only two waving the new age banner: Steven Halpern and Iasos. While Iasos toiled away in relative obscurity outside of New Age, Halpern crossed over outside of their shared niche. Iasos’ first decade of recording is deep, beautiful, and woefully hard to find. With the help of Carlos Nino (AmmonContact, Build An Ark, HuVibrational), the vaults to Iasos’ 1970s and early 1980s masterworks were thrown open to create this unprecedented document (including unseen interviews and the most complete dissertation on his life and work yet assembled). Whether you’ve had all the Iasos cassettes tucked away in the corner of your yoga studio for decades, or you’re just starting to figure out who all these contemporary drone artists have been jacking their styles from… represented here by 13 selections transmitted between 1975 and 1985 this is the anthology for all.

Inspired by the infinitely numbered harmonies transmitted by Vista, a benevolent being from a distant dimension, Iasos broke ground for a new age of electronic sound manipulation. His was pioneering work—done from a bohemian boat-slip home office—on some of the first commercially available synthesizers and, on stage, into the kaleidoscopic heart of psychedelic-era concert visuals. As life-affirming and attuned to spirit as Iasos’ soul portraits were, prestigious psychology departments heard in them the tones humans hear at the precipice between life and death. Before ambient and New Age were so named and codified, the “Paradise Music” of Iasos  brought Earth-transcriptions of a vast and galactic soundhealing to a planet much in need.

I Am The Center (Private Issue New Age Music In America, 1950-1990) on Light in the Attic

“Sound created the universe. It wasn’t a word. Sound created atoms; sound and light are the original manifesting principles for worlds… A musician sources that primeval, eternal sound, and it comes out as music.” – Constance Demby

Forget everything you know, or think you know, about new age, a genre that has become one of the defining musical-archaeological explorations of the past decade.

I Am The Center: Private Issue New Age In America, 1950-1990 is the first major anthology to survey the golden age of new age and reveal the unbelievable truth about the genre.

For new age, at its best, is a reverberation of psychedelic music, and great by any standard. This is analog, handmade music communicating soul and spirit, often done on limited means and without commercial potential, self-published and self-distributed. Before it became big business and devolved into the spaced out elevator music we know and loathe today, this was the real thing.

From mathematical musical algorithms to airport murder mysteries to Henry Mancini and Bugs Bunny, the connections to mainstream culture run in curious directions. (Did you know, for instance, that a track from the first modern private press new age album is featured on the Blade Runner soundtrack? It’s called “Pompeii, 76 A.D.”, and we’ve got it here.)

I Am The Center is a knowing, but never cynical overview that invites listeners at last to the mainspring of a misunderstood genre’s greatest lights. Many of the biggest names are present — Iasos, inter-dimentional channeler of “paradise music”; Laraaji, discovered by Brian Eno playing for spare change in Washington Square Park; and the recently famous JD Emmanuel, icon to a new generation of drone, ambient, noise musicians. Call it what you will — before it was anything else, it was new age.

Lovingly conceived and lavishly presented, I Am The Center features stunning paintings by the legendary visual artist Gilbert Williams, and liner notes by producer Douglas Mcgowan, who weaves the words and images of the wizards and sorceresses of new age into a prismatic portrait of music that can finally be recognized for what it is: great American folk art.


Emerald Web

Emerald Web was an American musical duo, made up of the husband-wife team of Bob Stohl and Kat Epple. Founded in 1978 and active through the 1980s, the Florida-based Stohl and Epple composed and recorded music in the New Age and electronica genres. In addition to recording their music and performing in concert, Emerald Web composed many television soundtracks, including National Geographic, PBS Nova, CNN, Apple Computers, NASA and Carl Sagan’s documentary films, winning several Emmy Awards. They also composed music for a wide range of other applications, from films to planetarium shows.



To help you reach a higher state of being get meditating to this mix by Doug Shipton from Finders Keepers Records of DIY cassette stuff and found sounds over at the very chilled Love in the Afternoon

Radio Show – 25 December 2016 – Episode 301 – Electronic Xmas
December 27, 2016, 2:49 am
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For the Christmas Day edition The Golden Apples of the Sun welcomes guest host Kat Sav….

Kat says: “The pleasure and privelege is all mine to provide the soundscape to your Christmas afternoon.  Enjoy a selection of tunes that are meant to transport you across time and space with melodic transitions to a transcending mood”.

Re-strean the show here (Select 25 Dec 2016)


Vangelis – Blade Runner (Xstatique Remix)

Broken Social Scene – Finish your collapse and stay for breakfast

Fat Freddys Drop – Del Fuego

Chancha Via – Ze Bula (Circuito Remix)

Thievery Corporation – Take My Soul

Bibio – Dye the Water Green

Don Peyote – In Havana

Sigur Ros – Olsen Olsen

Explosions in the Sky – Logic of a Dream

Leafy Suburbs – Claps

Portishead – Magic doors

Oneohtrix Point Never  – Zebra

Vibrasphere – Tierra Azul

Caribou – Melody Day (Four Tet Remix)

Stereolab – The long hair of death

Bonobo – Silver

The Whitest Boy Alive – Done with you

Floating Points – King Bromeliad

Pink Floyd – Marooned

Radio Show – 18 December 2016 – Episode 300
December 27, 2016, 2:37 am
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Presented Dr Gonzo, MFG, Penny Lane & Dusty Diamond

Shadows turn the golden grey.
An apocalyptic vision of a post-trump way.

Re-stream the show here (select 18 Dec 2016)


Bon Iver – 666

Poldoore – Ain’t No Sunshine

Fadoul – Maktoub Lah (Destiny)

Ennio Morricone – Poverty (Once Upon A Time in America)

Cat Power – Cherokee (Nicolas Jaar Remix)

Anatole – Colours

Anohni – 4 Degrees

William Ryan Fritch – Clean War

Simon Fisher Turner – Shishapangma

Gaslamp Killer – in the Dark (Part Two)

Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Stranger Things

Joan La Barbara – Circular Song

Gary Jules – Mad World

Burial – Dog Shelter

Black Deer – Nowhere Man

Nick Cave – Rings of Saturn

Skins Theme Song – Segal

Roscoe Holscomb – Milk Cow Blues

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard   – Cold Cadaver

Abbe May – Kiss My Apocalypse

Caroline K – The Happening World

Shackleton – Blood On My Hands (R Villalobos Apocalypso Remix)

Frank Ocean – Bad Religion

The Rising Storm – Frozen Laughter

Linda Smith – I So Liked Spring

Junokind – Able

Natalie Bang Bang – Dangerous When Wet

Roberto Musci – Tower of Silence

Susso – Keira

Leonard Cohen – Suzanne

Radio Show – Ladies of the Golden Apples
December 15, 2016, 10:34 am
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Ladies of the Golden Apples

To mark December 11’s waxing moon we invoke the blessings of the Triple Goddess- maiden, mother and crone –  A paean to women who travel their own esoteric musical pathways -the magical mystical and marvellous Ladies of the Golden Apples

Peace and Love with Jemima Dove

HQ Mixcloud re-stream here

Show re-stream here (select 11 Dec)


Throbbing Gristle – Hot on the Heels of Love

Beyond the Wizards Sleeve – Creation

White Noise – Your Hidden Dreams

Melodys Echo Chamber – You Won’t Be Missing That Part Of Me

Stereolab – French Disko

Vashti Bunyan – Winter is Blue

The Seance with Lutine – Trees Grew All Around Her

Deeradoorian – Komodo

Nico – Ari’s Song

Eartheater – Babooshka

The Seraphins – The Consciousness Of Happening

Linda Perhacs – Parallelograms

Vanishing Twin – Telescope

Doris – You Never Come Closer

Inga Liljestrom – Bury Me Beneath The Willow

Bridget St John – Back To Stay

The Hogweed and the Aderyn – Sacred Alchemy

Trees – The Garden of Jane Delawney

Elspeth Anne – Liars

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – Arthropoda

Holly Herndon – New Ways To Love

Bjork – Triumph Of A Heart

Espers – Widow’s Weeds

Judy Collins – Golden Apples of the Sun

Weyes Blood – Maybe Love

Radio Show – 4 December 2016 – Episode 298




For this episode travel deep within the forest and return to the hidden spring from which the original sounds of the The Goldem Apples of the Sun flowed as Claude presents some “Totally Awesome Psych Folk”….

Show re-stream on RTRFM here (select 4 Dec 2016)

HQ Mixcloud here (just the music in high def)


Tea & Symphony – Dangling – Jo Sago

Tea & Symphony – Yourself – Jo Sago

Mushroom – Early One Morning – Early One Morning

Comus – Touch Down – To Keep from Crying

Comus – Waves and Caves – To Keep from Crying

Sunforest – Magician in the Mountain – Sound of Sunforest

Barbara and Ernie – Listen To Your Heart – Prelude To

Air – Mr Man – Air

Amorphous Androgynous – The Witchfinder – Alice in Ultraland

Heron – Yellow Roses – Upon Reflection

Amorphous Androgynous – The Galaxial Pharmaceutical – The Isness

The Valerie Project – Torchlight – The Valerie Project

Fern Knight – Silver Fox (Rhodes saw mix) – Fern Knight (first version)

Fern Knight – Silver Fox – Fern Knight

The Valerie Project – Reunion – The Valerie Project

Paper Dollhouse – Siren – Aeonflower

Telling The Bees – Wood – Untie The Wind

Zeuk – The Fool and the Flower – The Active Listener’s Acid Folk Sampler Vol Two

Jane Weaver – Europium Allumiate – The Fallen By Watchbird

Jane Weaver – A Circle and a Star – The Amber Light

Catherine Howe – Prelude – What a Beautiful Place

Catherine Howe – Up North – What a Beautiful Place

Pearls Before Swine – Images of April – Balaklava

Writing on the Wall – Buffalo – The Power of the Picts

Keith Christmas – Forest and the Shore – Pigmy

Gary Farr – Don’t Know why You Bother Child – Take Something With You

Bridget St. John – Autumn Lullaby – Ask Me No Questions

Paper Dollhouse – Choral – Paper Dollhouse EP2