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How do you explain or describe what you do to non-musicians? Whether it's how you describe the music you write - or the instruments you play... any funny experiences?
A memorable one for me is being introduced to someone at a lunch party thing - I forget what it was for - but the person introducing me to their friend was excited because they knew we were both musicians.
He asked me what music I compose - and I said mostly ambient music - like film soundtrack background music. I could see the quizzical look so I said mostly with electronics and synths.
His reply... "Oh... you're a dj then."
I could have gone into my piano or trumpet or whatever experience... but that point... there really wasn't much interest in me to continue the conversation.
Oh yeah, been through that many times.
Similarly, when I played something rather electronic for my older brother - specifically, Frontline Assembly - his reply was: "Oh....it's DISCO! I didn't know you're into DISCO...."
My most typical reaction when mentioning to people that I do ambient music is: "Ohhhh, so you're into that whole New Age thing, huh? Yanni and John Tesh and stuff? Study crystals and your chakras?" Interestingly, the people I tend to hear this from the most are jazz/fusion fans - the types who can't seem to go 2 sentences without saying something like "Well, if it was good enough for Jaco...." I have no idea why this is.
By contrast, and (to me) equally interesting is that the people I find who seem to "get" what I do with ambient music and are often the most supportive are metal fans.
Saying that you're an electronic musician is easy - try saying that you're a sound artist (especially if you live away from the cities) !
I used to say 'ambient' which got furrowed brows, then I said 'electronic music', which people confused with DJ/Electronica, then I tried saying 'kinda like film soundtrack or video game music' which isn't exactly true.
Now I just say 'I write weird stuff'.
Yeah Har that's the response I get when I use the 'ambient' line. 'Sonic explorer' is another term I've had waiting in the side lines but to me it's a little pretentious but it has a better meaning for me. Another one is 'electronic experimental' which often ends that conversation ?
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