Travelling Without Moving: A Playlist

At the time when we can’t get outdoors or just need a little inspiration, music can help to transport us back out there, remind us of places we love, or inspire us to discover places we’ve never been. For Chris Hopwood, nature often provides a soundtrack all of its own, but when he’s not out in the wild, music has the ability to transport him back out to the landscapes he knows and loves. Having worked at Tower Records, a powerhouse of the London music scene for many years, Chris made the decision to swap one passion for another – music for the outdoors – but continues to bring the two together through his own compositions and playlists like this one.  There are few people better placed to share music to help you bring the outdoors in.

Chris Hopwood’s Isolation Playlist: Travelling Without Moving

“These songs are grouped under the concept of 'travelling without moving' in the time of lockdown and social isolation. Though the instrumentation and song titles may suggest settings for your inner wanderings, I hope the physical spaces conjured by the compositions are large enough for most people to transpose themselves somewhere 'out there'. Best experienced in the dark with good headphones. The final track has a mysterious and perhaps foreboding narrative of its own. Enjoy!”

Track 1

‘The Wilson Ave. Bridge at the Chicago River, 1953’ by Brokeback 

Track 2

‘The Fall of Seven Diamonds Plus One’ by Tortoise

Track 3

‘1/1 (Remastered 2004)’ by Brian Eno

Track 4

‘Brother’ by Bill Frisell

Track 5

‘Emp. Man’s Blues’ by The For Carnation


You can find Chris’ playlist on Spotify here.

And when the time comes to get back out there, why not check out some of Chris’ top adventuring tracks and albums too? 




• 'Gayane Ballet Suite' by Aram Katchaturian

• 'No Quarter' by Led Zeppelin

• 'Make It Rain' by Tom Waits

• 'Mid Air' by Paul Buchanan

• 'Welcome to Lunar Industries' by Clint Mansell




• 'Spiderland' by Slint

• 'Hobosapiens' by John Cale

• 'Field Recordings from the Cook County Water Table' by Brokeback

“Any song I love will have a good effect on my mood when it comes on, but occasionally a piece of music coincides with a moment in time when music, weather and unfolding scenery compose an instance of perfection in life, and together create something beyond nature.”

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