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I’m happy to present the very first guest mix on this show, by none other than my friend and previous collaborator Tonepoet. His ambient mixes on his Spaceman’s Transmissions podcast are exquisitely crafted pieces of art, and he is gracing this show with a beautiful painting that he describes below. He also creates beautiful guitar-infused ambient music which I have featured heavily in the past. Check out his music and mixes below and enjoy the show.

“Look up at the night sky, dear listeners, and tell me what you see. A vast and empty curtain that swallows up light? A void riddled with tiny diamonds? A dark and lifeless pasture? Now, look past that, and begin to transcend above these former descriptions of the cosmic drape. It is the cosmic ocean, and it’s much more vast that we can conceive. This galactic wall is graced with glistening stars like well-worn shells that are eroding to reveal a delicate sheen, planet illuminated that produce reflective shimmers not unlike ocean waves, and a stunning moon that drifts like a sand dollar in the sky. This is the true cosmic skyscape for all of us: the limitless sea of unimagined intensity and grace. See it for what it really is, and immerse yourself within its cleansing cosmic tide.

As we drift within the cosmic tide, allow the ceremony of cleansing your senses and mind with the sweet nectar of this aural current of sound and light that carries you into the ether. Allow this current to guide you to that destination that yields an oasis of wonderment, purity, and self-purpose. It is here on this island within the star speckled ocean in which you are rewarded with an awareness of your potential and creative drive. Spark your ambitions with this flame of enlightenment.

The staff here at Spaceman’s Transmissions takes deep pride in producing only the highest quality products for our clients. When you old boy Tonepoet steps out to get fresh air, do not think that he has abandoned you as an aimless, drifting co-pilot without a mission or destination. This detour is only an effort to reassess the correct pathway to our destination and forge new means for attaining the zenith of our journey. You, the co-pilot, are vital to all of our voyages. So it is said.

An absolute acknowledgement and ridiculously extreme ‘thank you’ goes out to Calm Pills for not only serving up like-minded initiatives, but for hosting this mix and being an amazing resource and friend. Cheers, Aladdin!


Turn on, tune in, drift in the ether…”


Nobody ― Sounds Of The Sea

Abstract Aprils ― We’re All Clouds

Parks ― When The Last Ferry Left Helsingborg

Benoît Pioulard ― &c. (Excerpt)

Caustic Reverie ― Induction Sermon

Max Ananyev ― Golden Haze

Steve Gibbs ― Adrift

Somniscape ― Catamaran

626 ― Echaskech (Kevin Bryce Remix) (Excerpt)

Ben Woods ― Thought

Virus ― Seconda Parte (Excerpt)

Panoptique Electrical ― Night Dance (Excerpt)

halftribe ― Balm

Latent Places ― Altitude (Excerpt)

Matt Starling ― Music For Nina (6 Minute Edit)

Olan Mill ― Pine

Yair Elazar Glotman & Mats Erlandsson ― Procession (Excerpt)

Jónsi & Alex Somers ― Hundslappadrífa

Morimoto Naoki ― Off

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In this album, I would like to invite you to sample the world of awakened souls (, an ambient music project of veteran electronic music producer James Bernard and his wife Cynthia. When I stumbled on their album how we heal, I knew I had found an artist who creates music for the same reason I create these mixes: to heal. Their mission is to “help others find the sense of healing that music brings to them” and their name comes from their “hope to be in touch with the most authentic parts of ourselves.” I think you will find that their music indeed lives up to this ambition and is conducive to quite reflection.

As always, if you like what you hear, check out the time-stamped track list and support awakened souls and all the other great artists featured on this mix by buying and streaming their music.

Also, did you know that I have another podcast called Chill Pills. It features the same quality of craftmanship and careful curation you’ve come to expect from this show but focuses on more up-tempo genres of music spanning chillout, lounge, jazz, instrumental, lo-fi chill hop, etc. Check it out:


Gallery Six ― Under the Morning Mist

Rudy Adrian ― Shelter From The Storm

Andrew Tasselmyer ― Mai Khao Sunset

Warmth ― Reflector

Dreamware ― Periphery

Stijn Hüwels ― A kind of a path

awakened souls ― A New Era

Tonepoet ― A Lonely Dwarf Revolves In Peace

awakened souls ― bodhichitta

An Imaginal Space ― Circles

awakened souls ― nightly meditation

Murcof ― Chapitre VI

awakened souls ― citrus sunset

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This mix is dedicated to all people who dream of a better world, one without the conflicts and fractions that plagued our world today.

Sometimes I like to zone out and run my imagination wild and free. I like to think that one day, somehow humans will find a way to coexist. To be able to give and take. To share this planet Earth equally and fairly among all of us, and to nourish it so that our future generations will be able to do the same.

So when you’re listening to this mix, just set back, relax and imagine. Imagine you’re in a wide open green field, setting next to a tree in the early hours of the day. It’s the break of dawn and the sky above you is slowly but surely starting to light up from darkness. The clouds are clearing up and the early rays of sunshine are passing through, touching upon the grass and creating moving waves of lights. And while you’re enjoying the breeze in this peaceful atmosphere, reflect on what it feels like to live in a city of hope, a city were people loved and where kind to each other. They don’t speak the same language, have the same color or share the same religion, but they’ve found a way to embrace and accept one another, for better and worse.

I released this mix 9 years ago under my previous pseudonym DJ Seroton in a series called Unwind. It was one of my most popular Unwind mixes. Sensational, soulful and dreamy with influence from classical music, it was inspired by the fourth track of the same name by Gregorian.

For something calmer and quieter, check out my other podcast: Calm Pills, which are soothing atmospheric ambient albums, seamlessly mixed to help with relaxation, meditation, reading or deep sleep. Mostly consisting of instrumental ambient sounds and soft piano music, these mixes will help you completely relax your mind and body.


Amethystium ― Break of Dawn

Ryan Farish ― Look To You

ATB ― City Of Hope

Gregorian ― Imagine

Vangelis ― Memories of Blue

Chris Botti ― Hallelujah

Yiruma ― Our Same Word

Enya ― Hope Has A Place

Terry Davies ― Epilogue (Beethoven Piano Concerto no 5 “Emperor”-II)

Roger Matura ― Time Is A River (Prologue)

Jon Hopkins ― Apparition

ATB ― Moving Backwards

Brian Eno ― Just Another Day

Hammock ― Losing You to You

Helios ― Hope Valley Hill

ATB ― Trilogy (The Final Chapter)

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Happy new year everyone. Let’s make the best of 2021. I’m energized and looking forward to crafting for you more mixes showcasing the best of what ambient genre has to offer.

Let’s start this year with another trip back in time to a mix I released 5 years ago as part of my Drifter ambient series, which I created under my previous pseudonym DJ Seroton. At the time, I dedicated it to the wonderful people behind Ambient-Nights (, who I had the pleasure of joining as part of the Ambient-Nights Mixer Family. Ambient-Nights was the site that got me hooked on ambient music since I discovered it in 2007. The quality of their mixes is really extraordinary, and they have a body of work that will sure take some time to go through, but the experience will be just as rewarding.

Fun fact: I decided to call this mix after the second track, Weightless by Marconi Union. Few years after this mix was released, scientists singled out this song as “the world’s most relaxing song.” The song is filled with dreamy, mellow synths, soothing melodies and instrumentation composed of piano, guitar and electronic samples of natural soundscapes. Read this for more information:

Also, did you know that I have another podcast called Chill Pills. It features the same quality of craftmanship and careful curation you’ve come to expect from this show but focuses on more up-tempo genres of music spanning chillout, lounge, jazz, instrumental, lo-fi chill hop, etc. Check it out:


Another Green World ― Stream of Consciousness

Marconi Union ― Weightless

Andrew Lahiff ― Deserted

J Butler ― Grey

An Imaginal Space ― Cloudscape Timelapse 10.06.15 (Loop 16.05.15)

Jonson ― From the Outside Part Two

Cliff Martinez ― My Name On A Car

Bing Satellites ― 19 February 2012 part 2

Michael Stearns ― Procession (Sacred Ceremony) (Edit)

All India Radio ― Little Desert Ambient

Ben Woods ― Together Standing

Pete Namlook & Dr. Atmo ― Trip From Mars (Excerpt)

Eluvium ― Show Us Our Homes

Alio Die ― Spring Music

Secede ― Shrine

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Happy new year everyone!

This mix is inspired by a beautiful song called Love & Hate by Michael Kiwanuka, and the mix is dedicated to my brother Ahmad who recommended it when I asked him for his favorite song to make a mix around. I loved the empowering message of the song that I decided to make an uplifting mix themed around it.

Let’s make 2021 count!

“Always on the outside, through a window looking in
Never the right time, so the chance goes by again

The lines begin to show, when we feel broken
To move on we have to drop the pieces we’re holding

And no one is perfect
You don’t need to be strong, every single day

Chase the wind again, knowing just what they’ll say
Don’t care anymore, can’t stay still anyway

No one really knows along the way
that the best things in life won’t be, perfect anyway”

From track #7 Seraphine, the Starry-Eyed Songstress

For something calmer and quieter, check out my other podcast: Calm Pills, which are soothing atmospheric ambient albums, seamlessly mixed to help with relaxation, meditation, reading or deep sleep. Mostly consisting of instrumental ambient sounds and soft piano music, these mixes will help you completely relax your mind and body.


Marga Sol ― Bliss Of Water (Original Mix)

Shaheen Sheik ― Wildflower World (Wild Orchid Mix)

Koru ― The Meeting

Michael Kiwanuka ― Love & Hate

Markus Gleissner ― I Will Rise up Now (Instrumental)

Alexandre Navarro ― Universes

League of Legends featuring Jasmine Clarke ― Seraphine, the Starry-Eyed Songstress

Blank & Jones ― Flowing

Flitz&Suppe, Gas-Lab ― Slice of Life

The Universe’s Howl ― Sehnsucht

Yağız Oral ― Light Me Up (Instrumental)

Christiaan Verbeek ― Things From Her

Conjure One ― Center Of The Sun (Solarstone’s Chilled Out Remix)

Paulsen & Stryczek ― Tripping Down A Desert Road

Guggenz ― This Love I’ve Met

Alejandro De Pinedo ― Wonderland

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I released this mix 9 years ago under my previous pseudonym DJ Seroton in a series called Unwind.  It was inspired by the first track, In My Secret Life, by the late Leonard Cohen.

It was a personal mix to some extent. The following words by Gregory L. and Brenda Person sum up how I was feeling at the time. Perhaps you can relate to it. Either way, I hope you enjoy it. It certainly brings back memories for me.

“There are so many secrets about life I will never know. I may never know what road I should have taken, the one less travelled or the one I know.
There are the could haves, the maybes, should haves, never haves and must haves but will I ever know? Will I ever know for sure what life is really like? Will it be chock-full of promises or filled with disappointing doubts?
Who am I? Where am I going? Will I travel down the road of life not making a single stop? Will I recognize that awkward moment when my future is in sight?
I think before I bare my soul, I hold some back. Have I ever given my whole?
I may not be the person you see. There is no way of knowing all the possibilities that life could be.
Some of life’s secrets are meant to be kept forever more.”

My Secret Life by Gregory L. and Brenda Person


Leonard Cohen ― In My Secret Life

John O’Callaghan vs. Neptune Project ― Rhea (Chillout Mix)

Bliss ― Remember My Name

Vitam Venturi feat. Ben Hatten ― Walking On Clouds Part 1

Enigma ― From East To Innocence (DJ Seroton’s Mashup)

Kira B.M.J. ― Stars Above The Beach

Blank & Jones ― Balearic Blue

Ulrich Schnauss ― As If You’ve Never Been Away

Corderoy ― Born Again

Vargo ― Relax (Blank & Jones, Vargo Vocal Remix)

Chris Coco ― My Beach House

Jon Hopkins ― Afterlife

Enigma ― Goodbye Milky Way

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What a year 2020 has been! We’re not out of the woods yet, but we’re here and we have few things we can be thankful for as this years draws to an end.

I’m thankful for all of you listeners and supporters of this show. I have recently been graced by an uptick of positive reviews on Apple Podcasts and other apps where this show is available. I treasure each one because it lets me know the positive effect this music has on your life.

I’m also thankful for the artists whose music make this show possible. Whenever you can, check out the timestamped playlist in the episode description and look up the songs you like.

Happy holidays everyone. Stay safe and cherish your loved ones. Tomorrow’s lights will shine, and we will be together again.


Harry Gregson-Williams ― Mars

Dear Gravity ― Migrant

Dear Gravity ― Settled Odds

Michael FK feat. Solace ― Things We Wouldn’t Say

David Helpling & Jon Jenkins ― Above All

Hollan Holmes ― Threshold

A Winged Victory For The Sullen ― A Symphony Pathetique

Aurastore ― Drift

Antonymes ― 311210

Slow Dancing Society ― The Delicate Sound of Silence

Mnemonic45 ― Sud

TUNESURGE ― I Saw Three Moons

Wolfgang Gsell & Lutz Thuns ― Urban Midnight Constellations (Excerpt)

City Of Dawn ― As She Quietly Dance in the Wander of Stars

Endless Melancholy ― A Minute In Between

Not a Number ― Cryodream Two

Thomas Köner ― Dalmatinska, Beograd

Luttrell ― Outro (Original Mix)

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Most mixes I create are typically inspired by a single song that I hear and feel strongly about creating a themed mix around. This one, however, has two sources of inspiration.

First, I stumbled upon the dreamy, hazy and romantic style of a band called Cigarettes After Sex (the name beats me!). They became an instant favorite and their song Falling in Love was crying out to be the star of a mix. A little after that, Hans Zimmer and co. mesmerized me in the emotionally epic soundtrack to the Netflix original film Hillbilly Elegy. This mix begins and ends with music from the soundtrack, which gives it a particularly high note to end on that I hope would leave you with a lingering sense of love and hope.


Hans Zimmer, David Fleming, Derek Trucks, Nile Marr & Tina Guo ― We Respect Our Dead

Cerah ― The Things She Wanted to Say.

Cigarettes After Sex ― Falling in Love

Greetings From Tuskan ― To Forget (Edit)

Van Morrison ― Some Like You

Nordsø & Theill ― Sun fo Ni

Hans Zimmer, David Fleming, Derek Trucks, Nile Marr & Tina Guo ― Kentucky 1997

Hans Zimmer, David Fleming, Derek Trucks, Nile Marr & Tina Guo ― Usha

Lowercase Noises ― Song For No One

The Cinematic Orchestra feat. Patrick Watson ― To Build A Home

Hans Zimmer, David Fleming, Derek Trucks, Nile Marr & Tina Guo ― Transformation (End Titles)

Yanni ― Whispers In The Dark

Klaus Schoenning ― Sunlight In The Ripples

DJ Sammy & Yanou Featuring Do ― Heaven (Yanou’s Candlelight Mix)

Helios ― Halving the Compass

Bon Jovi ― Thick As Thieves


Aaron Zigman ― PEACE, WE SHOULD GO

Hans Zimmer, David Fleming, Derek Trucks, Nile Marr & Tina Guo ― Steel In Our Veins

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On the eve of the 4th anniversary of Calm Pills (this series began back in Nov 15, 2016), let’s take a trip back in time to the very first ambient mix I ever created. This is mix number one! I created it 8 years ago under my previous pseudonym DJ Seroton, and to this day it remains one of the best ones I have ever done. This is what I wrote in the release notes back in Jan 16, 2012:

What puts you to sleep?

I bet the answer to this question will vary from one person to the other. For me, I like total darkness, comfy pillow, and believe it or not, the constant sound of AC, which I’ve grown to appreciate as a way of eliminating little on-off noises from around the building. On top of that, when I’m in the mood, nothing beats a good playlist of pure and peaceful ambient music.

I first came to discover this wonderful style of music back in 2007, when I accidentally stumbled on a great site called Ambient Nights. Not knowing what this style of music was all about, I decided to give it a try and downloaded few of the mixes, created by Alex Hephaestion. I was in the middle of preparing a public speech at the time, my first one ever, and while researching my material, I would put these mixes on.

To my surprise, these mixes magically helped me focus and zone into my work in a weird but awesome way. I said weird because when you’re listening to ambient music, the idea is not to listen intently, but in a passive way. You just let it play in the background, and it’ll do its thing. This is best described by Brian Eno, one of the most influential artists in this genre and the one believed to have coined the term “ambient music“, who was quoted describing it as the kind of music that can be “actively listened to with attention or as easily ignored, depending on the choice of the listener”, and that exists on the “cusp between melody and texture”.

Not all ambient music is created equal. Over the years since my discovery, I’ve been curating my collection of ambient music that’s truly relaxing and in no way disturbing or weighs too much on the dark side. I think all that boils down to what you’re going to listen to in this 1 hour mix.

But mixing this style of music has proved a little challenging for me. When I sat out to create this mix, I wanted a mix that’s perfect to sleep to. This is easier said than done, because when you’re trying to sleep to music, the slightest off beat or melody can wake you up. So the mix must flow seamlessly from start to finish, and not have any surprises in the middle since the person listening to it might, and most likely will, drift off in the middle.

Also while creating this mix, it’s not just enough to make sure tracks flow seamlessly into each other. You’ve got to listen over and over to the entire mix to make sure you’re setting and maintaining the right mood, in this case sleeping mode, throughout the mix.

Overall, I think I’ve done a pretty good job with this one. I’ve even took it for a spin and tried sleeping to it. After a few tweaks, I think I’ve managed to perfect it. Well, at least I hope you do think so.


Danny Elfman ― Friendship

Brian Eno ― The Real

Christopher Short ― Twilight

Aeolian String Ensemble ― Eclipse

Sven Väth ― Ballet Dancer

David Brunn ― Crater Lake (Hephaestion Edit)

Chris Spheeris & Paul Voudouris ― Passage

ATB ― Under The Sky

David ― Ruhe

Harold Budd, Brian Eno ― Failing Light

Mind Over Matter ― Brahman

Byron Metcalf, Mark Seelig, Steve Roach ― Gone…Beyond

Transambient Communications ― Ocean Waves At Sunset

Moby ― Overland

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I’m back with yet another guest mix. This time I approached Alessio who hosts Corsica One, a series that showcases carefully curated selection of uplifting and evocative soundscapes. His show is all about variety, and that inspired me to do something a bit different to start this Calm Pill mix with, something a bit more mystic. I think you’ll like it.


Tonepoet ― Impulses (Excerpt)

Nox Arcana ― Nyarlathotep

Moonshine Blues ― Dawn (Excerpt)

Pete Namlook & Tetsu Inoue ― Morning Spirit

Rebekkah’s Cousin Silas ― the Rachel suite – part 009

Jonn Serrie & Gary Stroutsos ― Sea of Clouds

Ornament ― Ambeyond

Darren Harper ― Vanishing Point (the receding edge pt.2)

Cousin Silas ― Moving Away

John Foxx & Harold Budd ― A Delicate Romance

Tonepoet & Wings Of An Angel ― Dreaming Out Loud

Matt Borghi & Michael Teager ― Convocation

Diatonis ― The River Flowing