Ambient Systems Initialized

Ambient Systems Initialized

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The term "ambient music" was coined back in the 1970s by Brian Eno, who envisioned a variant on composer Paul Hindemith's idea of gebrauchsmusik ("functional music"). Eno's "ambient music" was supposed to be a sort of aural wallpaper that could be essentially ignored and enjoyed on a subconscious level,

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The term "ambient music" was coined back in the 1970s by Brian Eno, who envisioned a variant on composer Paul Hindemith's idea of gebrauchsmusik ("functional music"). Eno's "ambient music" was supposed to be a sort of aural wallpaper that could be essentially ignored and enjoyed on a subconscious level, or listened to actively depending on one's mood and needs. Since then, the term "ambient" has been appropriated by the electronic dance music community, which uses it to refer to music designed for the chill-out room in clubs -- music that is often arrhythmic, lush, and soothing. The artists on this album work from premises somewhere between the old school and new school of ambience: Shuttle 358 employs distant chordal washes that come out of the Eno tradition in conjunction with gentle clicks and pops that have more in common with the abstract beat movement of the late '90s; "Zed," by Sutekh, uses bass tones that are almost below the audibility threshold and gradually builds them into a pile of echoes and suspensions that floats, somewhat forebodingly, in space; Tetsu Inoue and Taylor Deupree collaborate on a remarkably static piece of abstract groove sculpture that somehow manages to maintain interest without ever changing or developing appreciably. It's difficult to explain the attraction of most of this music, but it's there somehow.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/14/2000
Label:
Instinct Records
UPC:
0720841054726
catalogNumber:
410547

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