For me, Ambient music is abstract visual art in sonic form. There is tonal color, texture, and abstraction as well as elements of impressionism and expressionism. Ambient music gives the listener a choice to interpret and perceive the music, or project meaning into in, however he or she wishes. Ambient music can also be experienced with minimal attention or not consciously perceived at all – like a design or color painted on a wall.
A friend once told me that my music reminded her of the art of the French 19th Century artist Paul Cezanne. She explained that my music is calming but also seems to “fall out of the frame” onto the listener, similar to the effect of altered depth of field and visual tension in Cezanne’s paintings. At first I was taken aback by her statement as I interpreted it as meaning that my compositions were unsettling to the listener. She explained, however, that her comparison was intended to be a compliment. My use of tension and resolve in composition as well as sonic elements that are both calming and somewhat unexpected provide the effect. I've always been fascinated by the interplay of tension and resolve in visual art, film, and in music.
The tracks on this volume span each of the nine Ambient music albums that I've released since 2008’s Hidden Music through 2012’s Singularity in Sound. The albums they come from are inspired by themes of nature, science, psychology, and inner and outer space. A collection such as this requires an assembly of compositions that were never intended to go together. I generally think of an album as a musical statement to be experienced as a whole – a concept that is rarely found in popular music these days but still has a place in Ambient music. I debated whether to include my most well known compositions, my personal favorites, or tracks that would fit a particular feel. I opted for a little bit of all three for this collection and this seems to work well. Some of the tracks are from my Space Music albums and exhibit that style whereas others are somewhat more experimental such as Grandfather Clock - which is one of my personal favorites.
I love the mysteriousness of music - how it opens up the mind’s eye and also serves as a catalyst for emotional experience. I hope that this collection inspires you and helps you to experience the cosmos in a whole new way.
October 25, 2012
Olympia WA, USA