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Danica Swanson

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Freelance writer (Portland, OR, USA)

I'm the resident hermit, dark ambient nerd, and CEO (Creative Endarkenment Overseer) at Black Stone Abbey, a subterranean-themed contemplative retreat space. I'm the founder of the Chthonic Cathedral Project and the publisher of the newsletter Endarkenment: Contemplative Writing on Dark Ambient Music Appreciation.

Welcome to the zone of deep listening: thirteen carefully…
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A devotional playlist for Móðguðr (Mordgud), a Nightside Jö…
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Aficionados of dark ambient music know it can serve as a…
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For my fellow introverts: a playlist to help deepen…
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Grief, despair, and depression are not just personal; they…
  • 13 tracks > 3 years ago
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A soundtrack for a down-to-earth contemplative Pagan…
  • 16 tracks > 3 years ago
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Dark ambient is usually associated with coldness, isolation,…
  • 16 tracks > 3 years ago
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If you love long-form meditative tracks that induce rapture…
  • 13 tracks > 3 years ago
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A tribute to Skaði (aka Skadi or Skadhi) - the Jötunn and N…
  • 17 tracks > 3 years ago
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Deep drones and thick frosty soundscapes to evoke scenes of…
  • 17 tracks > 3 years ago
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A devotional musical tribute to Our Lady of Death, La…
  • 11 tracks > 3 years ago
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Spooky graveyards, a ghostly presence...is there something…
  • 15 tracks > 3 years ago
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Chanting, chimes, choral voices, church bells, orchestral…
  • 16 tracks > 4 years ago
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In the mood for the darkest-of-the-dark? If you appreciate…
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Mystical and introspective, with a greater focus on…
  • 16 tracks > 4 years ago
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Music can be an ideal companion in the throes of grief and…
  • 13 tracks > 4 years ago
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Yoga In Black founder Bridie Przibram, who blended classical…
  • 15 tracks > 4 years ago
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