- Ambient Fleabus, two nights ago.
- She has always purred, hard, barely audible to human ears. I can hear if I'm quiet.
- Snapshots from the early middle period of the Seven Years War.
- Ideology and the small c.
- Socially liberal but fiscally conservative.
- Watch the Birdie!
- Futile Weekend Blogging: I'll either add the traditional Sunday links this, another, or not.
- I used to like driving.
- I have had more birds flipped at me in the two years since I started driving more kindly and just at or above the speed limit than I did in 40 years of being a 75 in a 65 driver.
- On Muriel Spark's centenary.
- Are we running out of poems?
- I love trance and drone more than ambient, but I love love love ambient.
- Lawrence English on Ambient Music at 40:
Ambient is a music of lived moments.
Ambient recognizes control must be forgone with respect to how the music is encountered (but not how it is composed).
Ambient is experientially discrete, but not musically so.
Ambient acknowledges the deceit that is the promise of repetition.
Ambient is never only music for escapism. It is a zone for participation in a pursuit of musical listenership that acknowledges sound’s potential values in broader spheres (the social, political, cultural etc). It is a freeing up, an opening out and a deepening, simultaneously.
Ambient pulses; it courses. Rhythm is a rare friend to this music.
Ambient is never only music. It is a confluence of sound, situation and listenership; moreover it’s an unspoken contract between the creator, listener and place, seeking to achieve a specific type of musical experience.
Ambient is about the primacy of listening (for audience and creator). The music and the spaces and places (interior and exterior) it occupies are critical to how it is appreciated, understood and consumed.
Ambient is transcendent but does not seek some higher plain. It is not new age music. Rather ambient music’s transcendence is within, and invites us deeper into the lived experience of the everyday.
Ambient is never a documentation of somewhere or sometime. Instead it creates an individuated, impressionistic and imagined place. It is realized in-between our internal and external selves.
Ambient is a music of perspectives. It is never fully knowable, in that the music seeps between perspectives (micro and macro) and dimensions of listening constantly. It maintains a sense of the eerie (as Mark Fisher noted).
Ambient is friend to noise, to volume, to physicality. It is however, an enemy of uncalculated dynamism.
Ambient is never finished. It is an experiential process of becoming – for listeners, for creators and more broadly as a musical philosophy.