Welcome to Soundscape. Our mission is to go one step beyond criticism and shine a light certain corners of music, from specific labels and genres to cities, recurring lyrical themes, and whatever else piques PopMatters interest. In the great tradition of the mixtape, we are going to present these explorations with their actual sound, rather than our customary language.
Soundscape Mix #14: Ancient Communication

How we see things is affected by how we say things. This mix is a reflection on formerly prominent methods and modes of communication, such as the typewriter, cassette tape, and radio. Enjoy your cultural evolution.

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Soundscape Mix #13: Robots Vs. Spacemen

Don't panic! Set your faces on fun, 'cause this mix boldly goes where man has fun galore thanks to way-out tracks from Leila, Sufjan Stevens, Blockhead, AMP Live, the Cinematic Orchestra, and more!

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20 Feb 2011 // 10:00 PM

Soundscape Mix #12: Muti Music

Through dedication to their scene and aesthetic, Bay area label Muti Music is on the brink of greatness. Unwavering commitment to their form is demonstrated by the dependable quality of their consistent releases. Dig it.

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Soundscape Mix #11: Happy Holidays

The holidays are full of dreadful music being pumped from every speaker in every commercial business. May the latest from Soundscape provide you with a pleasant respite of solace, a bit of shelter from all the pop star vanity and pseudo-comedic novelty albums that attempt to penetrate your earholes from every angle.

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28 Oct 2010 // 10:00 PM

Soundscape Mix #10: Halloween

With tracks ranging from indie psychedelia and lo-fi, to instrumental hip-hop and industrial drum & bass, I took a chance, here. Some of these tracks will likely be outside of your boundaries of taste. Listen... if you dare.

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Soundscape Mix #9: Disco, The Continuing Last Days

PopMatters' latest free mix tape presents some aspects of the lasting effects of disco and associated funk, with ace selections from Squarepusher, of Montreal, Matthew Dear, Goldfrapp to keep that boogie in your shoes.

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Soundscape Mix #8: Orchestral Werks

Our latest free mix tape has a certain sense of refinement carried through tracks by the Cinematic Orchestra, the Quantic Soul Orchestra, Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra, and Casiokids. But, overall, this mix should be considered as seriously as a tuxedo t-shirt. Fun rules.

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26 Aug 2010 // 10:00 PM

Soundscape Mix #7: Ad Noiseam

Berlin's Ad Noiseam has quietly become one of the world's penultimate electronic labels. Featuring recent tracks from Larvae, Raoul Sinier, the Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble, Broken Note, and Roel Funcken, PopMatters' latest free mix proves that Ad Noiseam is a force to be reckoned with.

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4 Aug 2010 // 10:00 PM

Soundscape Mix #6: Cats

Our new mix features tunes from Jaga Jazzist, Broadcast, Dosh and many more as a free download. So, here's to life, and all the creatures great and small that enrich our days in uncountable ways.

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Soundscape Mix #5: Alternative Tentacles

The music and spoken word of Alternative Tentacles proved that revolutionary activity could be more than another of life's grinds. You can change the world, and have a fun time doing it. Download our latest free mixtape.

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7 Apr 2010 // 10:00 PM

Soundscape Mix #4: Zombies

Zombies are a lot of things to a lot of people. At once mystical and tragic, there is just something about them that transcends the horror film and video game genres.

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Soundscape Mix #3: Benbecula Records 1999-2009

Despite featuring a roster of the UK's most exciting and dynamic glitch, ambient, avant-garde, and indie artists, Benbecula Records closed its doors precisely ten years after opening them. Download the MP3 mix.

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Soundscape Mix #2: Valentine’s Day

Love is a dish best served in a buffet. Let everyone have some. Our latest free mixtape features tunes from Echaskech, Fol Chen, Magnetic Fields and many more.

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31 Jan 2010 // 9:59 PM

Soundscape Mix #1: Vancouver

Welcome to the new Soundscape Mixtape Series where we step beyond criticism. In the great tradition of the mixtape, we are going to present these explorations with their actual sound.

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//Mixed media

Robert DeLong Upgraded for 'In the Cards' (Rough Trade Photos + Tour Dates)

// Notes from the Road

"Robert DeLong ups his musical game with his new album In the Cards and his live show gets a boost too.

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