Thursday, November 12, 2009

Been a While...

...but Mad Atlantic's back with a vengeance.

So, yes I survived Swine '09. And I've got something to show for it, too. I've started using a different service to distribute music...everywhere. As far as I know, nothing physical yet, but if sales jump that could change.

Oh, and I've got a new album. Surprise!

It's not my typical album either...it's an ambient album.

"Huh?" You ask, "what's ambient music?!"

A very good question. The father of ambient music (and a god among producers) Brian Eno explained ambient music as thus (pay attention to the last sentence):

"The 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."

So, there you have it.

I will post when this new album is released.

It is called Spectrum.

Mad Atlantic

P.S. If you would like one of the greatest albums ever made, please get Brian Eno's Ambient 1/Music for Airports. It was the first and most influential ambient album in history. It is amazing.

3 comments:

  1. This is well written. I love how your mind works!!

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  2. Nice writing on ambient music. There are also forms of jazz pioneered by ECM and others which retain these qualities--a calming effect, idiosyncratic--but with attention paid to recording quality and tamber of instruments. I'm always on the lookout for music that doesn't define what we should feel when we hear it, and your new one sounds great.

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  3. ... From the first time I saw you dance like Michael Flatley across your living room floor.. (oh how I will NEVER forget that).. I knew you would do something different, creative..
    This is great stuff!! I am so proud of you!!

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