I'm not sure how many people are listening to Radio Free Burrito, but a bunch of you wrote in asking for a stand-alone MP3 of my ambient tune Lakeside Shadow.
Look, you're totally not the boss of me, but I did sort of say that if enough people asked for it, I'd put it here on its own. I'm proud of the composition, and I'm happy to put it out there for anyone to listen to, or use in a creative way.
If you like it, you'll probably like some of the artists who influenced me over the years: Woob (especially 1194, and especially the track strange air) Dedicated (especially Global Communication, also called 76 14), and Solitaire (especially Ritual Ground). Also, Instinct Records (still alive) and Silent Records (sadly, tragically, defunct since 1996) released an amazing number of genre-defining ambient discs in the 90s. And now, just to prove how hardcore I am, I'm going to throw out Pete Namlook, and the FAX Label, but their stuff is far more experimental than the rest of my list, and isn't what I'd use to introduce a new listener to Ambient music.
Finally, if you can find it, Silent Records put out an incredible record called Earth to Infinity (I think in 1994) which was pulled shortly after it was released, due to some sampling issues. I think it's one of the greatest ambient recordings of all time, and don't ask me for it because I'm not going to jail for you, Chachi.
Anyway, here it is. The file is 4.9MB, and is a 192kbps MP3, at 44.1kHz. It's 3:30: Download lakeside_shadow.mp3
Lakeside Shadow is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 License. If you decide to do something cool with it, let me know and I may just link it up. If you want to pretend we're really in the radio business, you can send me some money and a hooker to help influence my decision.
The photo in this entry, which is the photo I'd use if I'd made this into an actual record or whatever, was taken by jpmatth. I found it at flickr (using the tags winter and lake) and is used according to his Creative Commons license. Pretty cool, huh?