Music from Earth

musicfromearth presents The SynChronic Mixer

Eccentric and Playful Combinations of New and World Music

Synchronic Mixes are two recordings played simultaneously, to make something musically interesting.  Sometimes it’s hard to tell which sounds come from which recording, which is kind of the point, to create a third aesthetic object out of the original two.  The Original Synchronic Mixes are available below, but it’s more fun to DIY.


Please use the mixers below to create your own SynChronic mixes.  Of course not all mixes will be equally interesting.  So play around!

You can click BOTH of the Play buttons and they will randomly create a new mix every time and for as long as you let them run, or you can shape the mix by clicking particular tracks, or by clicking the forward and back buttons on the mixers.  It sometimes helps to adjust the volume.  DJ’s might click on the blue timeline to skip or replay portions of a track.  As the music is aleatoric and will never repeat, the project is dedicated to John Cage.

The Synchronic Mixer has been tested to function correctly on Windows: Edge, Firefox, Chrome and Android: Edge, Firefox, Chrome.

You can record your Synchronic Mixes with your sound software or by using the headphone or sound output of your computer or device. It would be great if you could post them here.

musicfromearth presents The Original SynChronic Mixes

The Original Synchronic Mixes have same basic goal as rave and techno music, to combine pre-existent recordings in a musically interesting way, just with some different styles of music to start with. There are two significant differences between most rave and techno mixes: 1) There are only two songs (or excerpts) in each mix and they are the same length and begin and end together; 2) most of the musical raw material is World Music or New/Avant-Garde/Experimental Music (with a couple of exceptions).

Please Press the Play Button to Listen to The SynChronic Mixes or click a particular track.  Please Scroll the Info Window below the players for full discographical details.

The mixes were all originally created live in real time rather than with computers and digital audio editors.  All mixes are by The Mirror, known here as Long Time Thinking, and elsewhere as playdayz.  Thanks to Todd, Mike, Jason, and Chris for teaching me basic mixing techniques. Playdayz invented this variation on mixing, as far as I know, although stoned DJ’s in the 60’s sometimes played two copies of Jimi Hendrix’s Third Stone From the Sun at the same time.