Started by FreakAnimalFinland, August 15, 2021, 10:53:46 AM
Quote from: A-Z on August 17, 2021, 08:46:34 PMpsremembered another one i really enjoy: Popol Vuh - In den Gärten Pharaosnot sure how much stretching of one's imagination is needed to count that as ambient though
Quote from: Andrew McIntosh on August 25, 2021, 12:50:49 PMArguably ambient music demands a certain kind of listening that, whether concentrated or not, can be defined simply as relaxed.
QuoteAMBIENT MUSICThe concept of music designed specifically as a background feature in the environment was pioneered by Muzak Inc. in the fifties, and has since come to be known generically by the term Muzak. The connotations that this term carries are those particularly associated with the kind of material that Muzak Inc. produces - familiar tunes arranged and orchestrated in a lightweight and derivative manner. Understandably, this has led most discerning listeners (and most composers) to dismiss entirely the concept of environmental music as an idea worthy of attention. Over the past three years, I have become interested in the use of music as ambience, and have come to believe that it is possible to produce material that can be used thus without being in any way compromised. To create a distinction between my own experiments in this area and the products of the various purveyors of canned music, I have begun using the term Ambient Music. An ambience is defined as an atmosphere, or a surrounding influence: a tint. My intention is to produce original pieces ostensibly (but not exclusively) for particular times and situations with a view to building up a small but versatile catalogue of environmental music suited to a wide variety of moods and atmospheres. Whereas the extant canned music companies proceed from the basis of regularizing environments by blanketing their acoustic and atmospheric idiosyncracies, Ambient Music is intended to enhance these. Whereas conventional background music is produced by stripping away all sense of doubt and uncertainty (and thus all genuine interest) from the music, Ambient Music retains these qualities. And whereas their intention is to `brighten' the environment by adding stimulus to it (thus supposedly alleviating the tedium of routine tasks and levelling out the natural ups and downs of the body rhythms) Ambient Music is intended to induce calm and a space to think. Ambient Music must be able to accomodate many levels of listening attention without enforcing one in particular; it must be as ignorable as it is interesting.BRIAN ENOSeptember 1978
Quote from: Bloated Slutbag on August 31, 2021, 05:02:41 PMQuote from: Andrew McIntosh on August 25, 2021, 12:50:49 PMArguably ambient music demands a certain kind of listening that, whether concentrated or not, can be defined simply as relaxed.You'll get no argument from me, but when you put it that way, in the context of the topic, it sets up an interesting dialectic. I mean, maybe I'm in the wrong groups, maybe I should be subscribed to New Age Interests or whatever... Crystal Power Now Playing... but it is rare indeed to encounter a critical review- that is, from a critic who listens critically, actively, attentively- that would critique the sounds on their ability to relax. Which leads me to wonder if the whole of music criticism is up to the challenge of unironically* critiquing "ambient" qualities.* edit intentionally or otherwise
Quote from: W.K. on September 01, 2021, 06:27:49 PMDoes anyone here really care what Eno concludes? I want too LISTEN to music, be captivated by it, not reading an analysis and be bored to death.
Quote from: FreakAnimalFinland on September 01, 2021, 06:46:20 PMQuote from: W.K. on September 01, 2021, 06:27:49 PMDoes anyone here really care what Eno concludes? I want too LISTEN to music, be captivated by it, not reading an analysis and be bored to death.I would guess, that forum where people discuss sound in depth, has people who are interested in artists or other fanatics views and opinion. Those who only want to listen music, has this thing called cd player. You just push play and enjoy.