Episodes
Calm Pills Ambient Radio: calmradio.uppmixes.com Podcast: calmpodcast.uppmixes.com  Instagram: instagram.com/upliftingpills So what about it all my friend ? Has life smiled upon your face? Do you feel the warming emanate From within the planet’s grace? Dare you hold the flame aloft for me To strive under your spell ? …For should you guide me to tomorrow We can tomorrow’s burdens break — From To He Who Holds His Hand Aloft by Marshal Gebbie Making this mix was a labor of...
Published 09/30/21
Calm Pills Ambient Radio: calmradio.uppmixes.com Podcast: calmpodcast.uppmixes.com  Instagram: instagram.com/upliftingpills Inspired by Constance Demby's album Sonic Immersion, my hope for this mix is to help you bring calmness to a disturbed mind, inviting you to interface with the moment in full awareness. Take a deep breath and embark on this journey. See you on the other side. If you missed last episode, I was happy to share that Calm Pills Radio, a 24/7 online ad-free...
Published 08/23/21
Calm Pills Ambient Radio: calmradio.uppmixes.com Podcast: calmpodcast.uppmixes.com  Instagram: instagram.com/upliftingpills This mix is inspired by the meditative music of Macroform, from a wonderful song called Deep Breath (Meditation). Check him out at linktr.ee/macroform. I also have great news: Calm Pills Radio, a 24/7 online ad-free station, is now available on any Alexa or Google Assistant-enabled device or smart speaker. You can follow the link above or simply say "Alexa,...
Published 08/06/21
Calm Pills Ambient Radio: calmradio.uppmixes.com Podcast: calmpodcast.uppmixes.com  Instagram: instagram.com/upliftingpills This mix was released 6 years ago as part of my Drifter ambient series, which I created under my previous pseudonym DJ Seroton. It was the first collaboration I have done with the talented musician Tonepoet, who creates an excellent ambient mix podcast called Spaceman's Transmissions. This is what Tonepoet had to say about the mix and our...
Published 07/21/21
Calm Pills Ambient Radio: calmradio.uppmixes.com Podcast: calmpodcast.uppmixes.com  Instagram: instagram.com/upliftingpills There are 3 principles guiding the creation of Calm Pill mixes: song curation with variety, production value, and showcasing artists. On the last one, every Calm Pill mix features several artists whose great music deserves to be discovered and heard, but every now and then, a whole artist album inspires a mix of its own, and this is one such mix. I'd like to...
Published 06/27/21
Calm Pills Ambient Radio: calmradio.uppmixes.com Podcast: calmpodcast.uppmixes.com  Instagram: instagram.com/upliftingpills "There's a place where I go that no one else knows, Where mysteries abound and excitement grows. A place out of reach of any man's hands, Safely secluded in a far away land Beyond the grasp of those who may plunder The wealth of its power and its life changing wonder. I go alone to my secret place, never leaving a trace For someone to follow and discover...
Published 06/06/21
Calm Pills Ambient Radio (calmradio.uppmixes.com) Podcast (calmpodcast.uppmixes.com)  Instagram (instagram.com/upliftingpills) As I lay my head to rest, I pray my dreaming will be blessed: With glittering starlight upon the moon, Floating like a lost balloon. With chuckling streams that catch the light, And songbirds trilling with delight. With soft white clouds in pure blue skies, A lilting breeze that gently sighs. With weeping willows that quietly droop Their shadows, as...
Published 05/05/21
I'm pleased to announce the launch of Calm Pills Ambient Radio (calmradio.uppmixes.com): a free 24/7 online radio station playing your favorite Calm Pill mixes which you can tune into anytime and just hit play! Calm Pill library of mixes has grown over the years and many new listeners will not get to hear most of them due to how podcast episodes are presented (last to first), so it made sense to launch this station to help you discover your next favorite Calm Pill mix. Hope you enjoy...
Published 04/13/21
I dedicated my last Chill Pill mix to my best friend who left this world all too quickly last month from his short-lived flight with COVID. Since then, and following the funeral that I couldn't attend in person, I fell into a deep existential breaking point as I realized the fragility of life, and grabbled with the conviction that this can't be all that we are, all that we live for, and all that remains of us. I imagined that even if Chris was ready to go, that he'd want me to remember him,...
Published 03/22/21
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...
Published 02/07/21
In this album, I would like to invite you to sample the world of awakened souls (awakenedsouls.bandcamp.com), 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...
Published 01/17/21
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 (mixcloud.com/Ambient_Nights), who I had the pleasure of joining...
Published 01/03/21
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...
Published 12/12/20
One
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...
Published 11/14/20
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. Making it was a labor of love. If you feel like showing your appreciation, buy me a cup of a coffee (www.uppmixes.com/donate). You can also...
Published 10/15/20
In his seminal album Ambient 1: Music for Airports, Brian Eno proclaimed "Ambient Music must be able to accommodate many levels of listening attention without enforcing one in particular; it must be as ignorable as it is interesting". Over at AmbientSoundbath.com podcast, Matt has been curating and producing longform ambient albums that are faithful to that aspirational ideal of ambient music. I really admire the work Matt is doing, including his YouTube channel, that I reached out to him...
Published 09/25/20
I call to you in longing by the light of the moon, billowing clouds envelope me with absence of pain or fear all time suspended. In the stillness of this night, peace washes over me as I listen to the Universe... do you hear its whisper, do you feel its heartbeat? You smile inside the clouds as we yearn to become one, lingering until the color of dawn spills across the sky. — The Stillness of This Night by James Casey Making this mix was a labor of love. If you feel like...
Published 08/26/20
This mix was released on this day 5 years ago as part of my Drifter ambient series, which I created under my previous pseudonym DJ Seroton. It was the second collaboration I have done with the talented musician Tonepoet, who creates an excellent ambient mix podcast called Spaceman's Transmissions. We gave this mix the title of “As The World Comes into Focus”. It’s essentially an exploration of our inner senses as we drift in and out of consciousness. You may recognize this feeling from a time...
Published 08/07/20
Brilliant colors wash over the sky The wonder of it all brings out a sigh Clouds bathed in the rich tones at dusk Give way to a crimson, for some it's a must The elegance of the sun sinking into the sea Did God make all this especially for me? The stars emerge through the deepened sky And one by one they brighten ones eye Moonbeams dance; sparkling upon the waves This awesome sight, always brings out the raves There is a joy in viewing this scene To clarify the memory of...
Published 07/21/20
This album is dedicated to Antonymes, an artist whose work has inspired me for years. Ian's music has been described as "rich in ambient textures and tonal arrangements that are both beautiful and haunting. If you close your eyes you can see a landscape that pulses with color and life that cannot be seen with the human eye." (Joseph Timmons, blogcritics.org) The opening track, Coming Into Silence, was Ian's contribution to a charity compilation album called Gap In Time, whose proceeds go...
Published 06/14/20
Time goes by but memories never fade. I released this mix on this day 4 years ago, a week after my friend passed away. It would become the 9th and final episode of my Drifter ambient series. It is a deeply personal mix in which I tried to express a never-before-felt outpouring of grief. Somehow the tracks I've chosen had titles that told a similar story, and those words by Megan Bokowski were quite consoling at the time: The time soon comes for parting, And our time is at an end, The rest...
Published 05/31/20
I'm lost in a stream of thoughts Afraid of controlling the dark If hope shall come to question It's surprise to hesitation Whither away for memories Hide the past from destiny It's a lesson to hold for To try and gain more Lost in a Stream of Thought by Emma Vernacchia Making this mix was a labor of love. If you feel like showing your appreciation, buy me a cup of a coffee. You can also share this with your friends, rate it or leave a review. Thank...
Published 05/16/20
This mix is inspired by one of the best ambient albums I have heard in recent memory: Kaleidoscope by none other than my good friend and previous mix collaborator Tonepoet. Released on his birthday this year, he describes it as a semi-autobiographical album representing some of life changes he has been going through. What drew me to this album, besides the phenomenal music, is the message that Tom wanted to convey about seeing the world refracted through a metaphorical kaleidoscope to see its...
Published 05/06/20
Holding the compass of uncertainties, Carrying the baggage of memories, The drifter is drifting along with the tides… Without boundaries or borders, Floating with the moment, The drifter is weaving timeless dreams… The journey of love and joy, Build in every pause life takes, Never holding back the voyage, The drifter survives in the passion… Miles and milestones left behind, The strides always ahead of the past, Moving forward in the distance, The drifter fades between the lines...
Published 03/29/20