Ambient music has been a big part of my life since I first heard it back in the 1980′s. For me it functions in various capacities, from a source of entertainment, to a restorative tonic, to a powerful perceptual tool. In much the same way that cameras can capture and induce a multifaceted experience through surrealistic rendering of gross physical objects and environments, ambient music can do much the same for more subtle phenomena like dynamics, moods, thoughts and feelings- things that often lack a seemingly solid exterior face.
I recall an interview with Brian Eno where he characterized his conception of ambient composition this way: in listening to conventional popular music, the audience is considered stationary as the composition “moves by” them from start to finish. But experiencing an ambient piece can work in reverse, with the composition as the static point of reference while the listener moves through it.
In other words, the music becomes a canvas providing a stable background against which we can see ourselves in potentially new and unexpected ways.
I’ve created these visuals for my piece, Sub Divo, to support that kind of experience.