MONTHLY (1st of July 2020)

Bill Callahan – Sycamore
Connan Mockasin – Forever Dolphin Love
CRAS & KLiJN – Om mami palme hum
Galaxy 2 Galaxy – Jupiter Jazz
Hilary Woods – Inhaler
HONNE – no song without you
The Innocence Mission – Green Bus
Joey Pecoraro – Dinosaur
JPL – A Better Daze (Karanda Remix)
Júníus Meyvant – Color Decay
Machinedrum – Center Your Love
Mattheis – Maass
Mood II Swing – Move Me
Ozel AB – Positronic Dreams
Paul Simon – Mother and Child Reunion
Stan Getz, João Gilberto & Astrud Gilberto – Corcovado (Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars)
Talaboman – Safe Changes
Van Morrison – Sweet Thing
Warpaint – New Song (Jono Jagwar Ma Remix)
Yoni Yarchi & Daniel van der Zwaag – From Tel Aviv to Amsterdam

On live music

When I was a kid, I always knew I wanted to do creative things. It started with me drawing, I wasn’t great by any measure but I did end up getting 3rd prize in a small competition as an 8-year-old.

Later, of course, music got the better of me and I was soon found in my parents basement hammering on an old keyboard. Ever since, I’ve loved making music in one way or another but I’ve always had a soft side for live music. There is something slightly magical about creating music on the spot with your friends and making it work together. I did get to enjoy being in a band with some friends in high school many years ago, it never went beyond rehearsing after class but it was still amazing.

The climatic ending of this performance is the very reason I always loved live music. Getting lost in music like this to me is magical.

Right now I’m very comfortable making music on my computer (I’m still in quarantine, 3 months and counting), but hopefully one day I can incorporate that magic of live music in my own music as well. I’m also looking forward to being able to see live performances again, hopefully sooner than later.

Stay safe,
Joni

“Rymd” released today

“Rymd” is the swedish word for “space”, which I’ve tried reflecting in the artwork as well as the music. An idea partially birthed by witnessing a clear,  starry sky from the foot of a hill in Iceland during a breezy night in July, and produced during a time span of six years. It started life in Dublin, Ireland, was further developed in Stockholm, Sweden and completed in Bogotá, Colombia during the Covid19-lockdown of 2020. Living in different parts of the world has influenced how it sounds, since I’ve had access to different tools but also experienced different situations at various times during its six years of production.

What runs as a red thread through “Rymd” and ultimately inspired it is my fascination with the wonders of time and space. In that sense, it is a project that has been about escapism as much as it has been about curiosity, but perhaps also about trying to feel at home at the same time.

It’s a project close to heart that is quite different from my previous musical excursions and I hope that “Rymd” can perhaps provide a sonic texture to some of your moments as they have to mine.

Go to https://jpl-music.com to find links for streaming.

MONTHLY (1st of June, 2020)

A Boy Called Joni – Green Astronauts (AMPISH Remix)
Gregory Alan Isakov – Amsterdam
Joni Ljungqvist – Rymd I
Joni Ljungqvist – Rymd II
Joni Ljungqvist – Rumtid I
Joni Ljungqvist – Ljus
Joni Ljungqvist – Rymd III
Joni Ljungqvist – Rymd IV
Joni Ljungqvist – Rumtid II
Joni Ljungqvist – Hemma
Nick Drake – Northern Sky
Ozel AB – Positronic Dreams
Paul Simon – Mother and Child Reunion
Steve Reich w/ Pat Metheny – Electric Counterpoint: I. Fast
Villagers – Everything I Am Is Yours

Rönninge, Sweden 2019.

A little over a year ago (April, 2019), in Rönninge, Sweden. I took one last photo before almost all of my equipment was sold (other than the Yamaha TX81Z and the monitors) and I headed for Bogotá, Colombia in the name of love and adventure. It was the second time in my life I packed everything up and headed west, though Colombia is a little farther than Dublin, Ireland.

The world has changed since then, as has my tool set, but I’m happy to be able to make music in the middle of it all. I’m hoping for the return of good things for everyone soon.

Tools for boredom

If you’re into making music and find yourself with a lot of time on your hands now in these rather strange times, I recommend Surge which is free these days. I’ve used it on many of my tracks in the past, and you can get it here: https://surge-synthesizer.github.io/

Regardless of whether you make music or not you can also get VCV Rack, I can lose hours by twiddling around in it. It doesn’t require a DAW and is much cheapher (FREE) than hardware modular. Get it here: https://vcvrack.com/

Stay safe people!