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Ambient music has a limited audience.
I’ve seen this discussed many times here on rM.ning and elsewhere. I’ve often disputed this idea on a number of occasions…still do…but I really have nothing but my gut and experiences to back me up (which is good enough for me!). From my perspective, many systems are changing, many of us are falling out of those systems, re-evaluating our lives and re-orienting ourselves. From what I've witnessed, this music is appealing to an ever widening audience.
Some real proof for me that there's a wider interest in music that bends and blends genres (as ambient does), and widely diverges from most formulaic popular music, came when I saw a recent Sigur Ros performance. If you’re already familiar with Sigur Ros, you know that they’re an Icelandic group that creates a hybrid blend of atmospherics, drama and heart-rending pathos, whipped with drones, sparse washes, crashing crescendos, electronics, guitars, keyboards (toy piano and full-sized, pump organ, etc.), voice (often in glossalia or in Icelandic), small orchestra, drums, odds-and-ends percussion. Their performances are often given from behind shims of shadowy gossamer fabric or walls of dream-like images. I wouldn't say their music is cerebral (although it can be quite soothing and gentle at times), but instead directly streams from the emotions, guts, hearts of both musicians and listeners.
My wife is actually the Sigur Ros fan in…Continue
This is their recent release that goes by the name of Dreaming the I.S.S. EP
The details are confusing as the EP suggests the work is a tribute to Cousin Silas and performed by musicformessier, but other information suggests that is is a collaboration of the two artists. Guess we'll keep it at the latter!
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(SALE HAS ENDED)Hi everyone…running a 24 hour sale…all my albums at bandcamp.com are free/name your own price…..
I have an album coming out on january 2015. the label made one track avalaible today. the album will be beat-driven (not ambient) but I always try to put some texture in my tracks. hope you guys will like it.
As a kid and even until this day, this is the ambient drone sound that still grips me deeply, causing me to gaze skywards every time.
Ambient music, I hope, will come again from my wee studio -- but for now, it's the art that is my therapy and so it keeps on coming. I hope some of you find it inspiring -- to some degree.
Thanks for looking. Comments appreciated.
Guest blogger alert:
The journey to this palace has been a long, rewarding and sometimes frustrating journey. But so worth it in the end. Greg contacted me late 2010 to work on an album and we were off running. This was to be our first release using drums and odd time rhythms in our music. I have played with loops in the past, but never really applied acoustic or tribal drums to my music until work on this album came up. This immediately took me out of my comfort zone and at times became a challenge that led me to re-do my parts, two, sometimes three, times before I could hand the piece off to Greg.
Life events for both of us would slow production down on this album and it became clear to not rush the music and let this album slowly develop over time. That probably is what helped the most for me, living with the music for brief periods of time and then after a hiatus coming back to the project with fresh ears.
Fast forward to 2014 and Greg and I are at the end of our journey to the Memory Palace, but this is only the beginning of our adventure.
I look forward to the next chapter.
As might be deduced from the above, Chris and I knew, even before Memory Palace was finished, that another project was in our future, and the general direction it would take. Stay tuned!Continue
It only took two years to get a Web site setup. So without further delay, I am happy to present the NEW Aural Films site at AuralFilms.com. Now you can find things sorted by projects and artists as well as information on the label, events listings, and much more to come. Be sure to join the Newsletter for email updates. Please visit the new site now at http://AuralFilms.com
Aural Films presents "Fog Music." A series of recordings inspired by the weather condition known as fog. Light and dark, wet and dry, this invasive event is a great source of inspiration for sound artists from around the world. This project seeks to publish 24 hours of these recordings as an on-going series for all to hear and enjoy. Listen to Fog Music 26 by William Spivey now available at https://auralfilms.bandcamp.com/album/fog-music-26
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