Sunday, October 15, 2017

Week 41 10/15/17

Ambient music is, first and foremost, music.  It follows various musical paradigms.

"Ambience" is its strength, that being its atmospheric and environmental qualities. Its weakness is predictability: one anticipates its development in musical terms.  Most listeners may find this to be agreeable, yet those with little interest in the style will likely find the experience boring, or less than adequate to their attention.

My interest as a composer of these works lies in the ambience, not in the "music"

I am in opposition to predictability, thus one who utilizes musical elements for purposes "other than the musical".  The object is to create aural metaphor, which is to say, representations of non-musical, atmospheric events as they exist in non-manipulated environments, whether natural or artificially constructed.  An illustration of the former, "natural" sound is the composition The Celestial Way, reflecting Yángshuò, China; the latter, or "man-made" sonic atmosphere may be heard in Night Traffic in Open Secrets, reflecting the municipalities of Beijing and Shanghai.

See below:

The Celestial Way (Excerpt)  by Black Mountain School

Night Traffic in Open Secrets (Excerpt)  by Black Mountain School

Ancestral Shadows  by Ghost Radio Orchestra

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