ProAmbient Sect has been my ‘ambient’, soundscape and genre hopping project for a few years now. What started out as a way to make emotional mood music – sounds not easily pigeonholed by category, yet not so far off the deep end that they are considered just noise or avant garde, has grown into an expressive vehicle to tackle a multitude of sound ideas.
Music is sound, not scales, cord shapes and endless practice to make perfect. Those facets have their place and are useful tools and endeavors. Yet they should not be the end all that musicians ascribe to. Emotion. Feeling. That’s what is important.
I play guitar and sample other things, pound on glass and record odd things. I work by intuition mostly, layering samples, refining, overdubbing some bass, move, stretch, condense until the song is done. I strive for listenability, yet not convention. Convention, what is that? Who knows, but I know it when I hear it.
Old, new, whatever. To play to a crowd and create a communal energy that takes up a few hours and creates a special time to remember, then bring the music home on cd or mp3 and listen at times again, remembering. That’s the goal, I think of music. A companion on a sometimes lonely road of life.
I try to make music that accomplishes this. I hope you enjoy it.
I live in a suburb of Chicago with my family and am just as much enamored ( still ) by punk rock as I am with Mel Torme. It's all the same in my book. All the sounds of Life.