Imagine if you were on an ambient journey into space and all you had on the ship was a xylophone and a digital delay ...


The Reluctant Cosmonaut is a ambient experiment by Jim Casson of Dark Orchard. Utilizing mallet percussion (Gamelon Strips and xylophone) and synths he has created an interesting, melodic ambient space.


"Ninety Three Days" is the sophomore release for The Reluctant Cosmonaut. The further adventures of a guy trapped in space with a few assorted mallet percussion instruments, a synth and a digital effects unit. 

  1. Leonid
  2. Konstantin
  3. Mikhail
  4. Vladimir - feat. Andrew McPherson Peppermoth
  5. Vyacheslav
  6. Dmitri

Available for digital download only at Bandcamp for $5.00.

released 2020 

Jim Casson: xylophone, Gamelon Strips, treated drum set, gongs, synths 

special guest - Andrew McPherson (Peppermoth) - guitar, synth





The Reluctant Cosmonaut (2018)

The songs are all named after Russian Cosmonauts including “Yuri” (Gagarin – first human in space), “Valentina” (Tereshkova – first woman in space), “Laika” (Stray dog from Moscow that was the occupant of Sputnik 2) and “Pavel” (Not only the first name of several cosmonauts but also of Chekov, the navigator from Star Trek!).

  1. Valentina
  2. Yuri
  3. Laika
  4. Pavel
  5. Boris
  6. Aleksei

Available for digital download only at Bandcamp for $5.00.

Jim Casson – Gamelan Strips by Morfbeats, xylophone, keyboards

All songs SOCAN written by Jim Casson
All songs MAPL

Produced by Jim Casson