… and darkness came

Headphone Commute is incredibly proud and honored to announce a colossal benefit compilation, with 100% of the proceeds being donated towards two charitable organizations, Doctors Without Borders and The Humane Society, to help all those affected by Hurricane Sandy!

… and darkness came

Over 6 hours of music in 87 tracks!

$10+ USD



Available as a download via above link on Bandcamp (320kbps MP3, OGG, FLAC, etc.), this digital release is sold for only $10 or more if you wish to donate towards our cause. The selection of tracks comes from some of the world’s top talent in ambient, modern classical, and experimental music.

Clint Mansell • Max Richter • Nils Frahm • Hauschka • Machinefabriek • Valgeir Sigurðsson • Dustin O’Halloran • Christoph Berg • Hummingbird • Simon Scott • Marcus Fischer • Peter Broderick • Black Swan • Rival Consoles • Lawrence English • Kate Carr • Ólafur Arnalds • Waves On Canvas • Maps And Diagrams •  Dalot • Good Weather For An Airstrike • Leah Kardos • Ezekiel Honig • Mark Templeton • Radere • Fabrizio Paterlini • Netherworld • Talvihorros • Pleq feat Strië • Antonymes • Brambles • Clem Leek • Minus Pilots • Olan Mill • Ian Hawgood • loscil • Bersarin Quartett • Hammock • M.Cadoo • Jóhann Jóhannsson • Rafael Anton Irisarri • Helios • Mike Jedlicka • Christopher Willits • Celer • :papercutz • Dakota Suite • Kreng • Anoice • Takahiro Kido • Yuki Murata • Aria Rostami • Peter Prautzch • The Frozen Vaults • riverrun • pinkcourtesyphone • David Wenngren • offthesky • Autistici • A Bleeding Star • Kane Ikin • Sun Hammer • Roel Funcken • Wabi Experience • Jase Rex • James Murray • Scanner • Erik K Skodvin • Julien Neto • Absent Without Leave • Last Days • Stray Ghost • Trifonic • Marcus Fjellström • Gen Ken Montgomery • David Newlyn • Boy Is Fiction • SaffronKeira • Ben Lukas Boysen • Somatic Responses • Évo Lüthi with Monolyth and Cobalt • Ex Confusion • Seth Chrisman • wndfrm • Infinite Scale • Floods

That’s right! You’ve read that correctly. All of the above artists have selflessly donated their precious time and heartfelt work for this humanitarian cause. All you have to do now, is spread the word, and purchase this amazing release!

Also, be sure to check out this Sampler Mix compiled by HC…


39 thoughts on “… and darkness came

  1. Could anyone tell me how big this download is (in mp3 format)? I’d love to buy it but sadly my ISP imposes a monthly download cap.

  2. I’m very much enjoying the collection. However, none of the artists are tagged (either in ID3 or in the filenames). I think that’s a disservice to the artists that contributed their time and music. … Just my $0.02.

    1. Hey James,

      The MP3s, FLAC, and Apple Lossless files are all tagged within ID3 tags. (not in filenames though), At least the versions I’ve received. Plus you’re the first one mentioning this after more than a thousand sales. Please let me know which format you are having issues with – I’m sure we can resolve it quickly!

      1. Ooops.. My media player wasn’t picking them up, but they’re there:
        *** Tag information for And_Darkness_Came/Headphone Commute – … and darkness came – 36 In Opaque.mp3
        === TIT2 (Title/songname/content description): In Opaque
        === TPE1 (Lead performer(s)/Soloist(s)): M.Cadoo
        === TRCK (Track number/Position in set): 36
        === TALB (Album/Movie/Show title): … and darkness came
        === APIC (Attached picture): (cover)[, 3]: image/jpeg, 100516 bytes
        === TYER (Year): 2012
        === COMM (Comments): ()[eng]: Visit http://headphonecommute.bandcamp.com
        *** mp3 info
        MPEG1/layer III
        Bitrate: 320KBps
        Frequency: 44KHz

  3. surely with such beautiful music and such a great cause, many would purchase a cd as well,,,,

  4. Great Job! You are taking something cool, your site, and morphing it into something that helps others in a way that does not conflict with what you already got going on! =)


    1. Hi Leslie, that’s a good question. Unfortunately, iTunes has some restrictions that prevent independent labels (and Headphone Commute) to submit compilations. For example, iTunes will treat the 6+ hour release as a six-disk compilation, and as such automatically price it at >$60 (we’ll have no control). On top of that they’ll eat some fees, which will be harder for us to raise the funds to donate towards the charity.

      The good news is that it’s incredibly easy to buy from Bandcamp! On Monday I will provide the link, and you can submit payment by PayPal (which also takes credit cards) for an immediate download of iTunes-ready MP3s (at 320kbps). Audiophiles will be delighted to have an option of downloading the entire compilation in a lossless FLAC format (still at the same price) – something iTunes does not offer.

      I hope this answers your question and that you’ll have no problems completing the purchase. If you’ll need any other help, be sure to reach out!

      1. As awesome as Bandcamp is, I’m always surprised when I see indie artists selling on iTunes. I always check BC first when looking for music as that’s my preferred method to support artists unless they specify the preferred method.

  5. This is the most unbelievable compilation I’ve ever seen! I’ve always thought that Headphone Commute’s loyalty to the experimental scene was extraordinary and (it seems) that these bands and artists think so too!

  6. Wonderful idea. Digital, BTW, is the perfect approach to pull things together quickly and get the funds to those who need it (and will continue to have extensive needs) — obviously. Good luck (& congrats on assembling a great group of musicians)! I’ll try to let as many people as I can people know about this. Prost.

  7. This is amazing what you have pulled together. I can’t tell you how excited I am to buy this compilation when it’s released. Not only is the music going to be great but the money goes to a good cause – win win.

  8. PLEASE consider releasing this in FLAC! It would be a disservice to release such a spread of music in anything but lossless-quality. Bandcamp it the best platform for digital music distribution out there today.

    1. Jordan, ABSOLUTELY! FLAC is a MUST! No way around it! Bandcamp is currently the top distribution choice — however I am asking them to waive their fees so that _all_ proceeds can be donated! Feel free to lobby on our behalf! :)

  9. Will buy for sure, but would need the physical version if and when that happens. So unsure what to do when the digital version comes out. Would payment for digital function as a downpayment for physical?

    1. Hey Leo, to be honest, the project is so big, that at the moment I’m only concentrating on a digital version. There will be over 50 tracks for a donation of $10 or more which will go to charity. Once this is complete, based on demand, I would work on a physical version, which is completely different type of project, as it will consume a lot more time, and not every track would appear. So to keep things rolling along, I’m hyper focused on just this piece… Perhaps I’ll be able to answer your question better in December.

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