A World of Ambient Sound

Way back in the early 80’s my mother was into animal sounds and new age music. She had a couple of tapes with whale songs and in 1981/1982, I thought that was pretty cool. Little did I know then that my mothers love of new age music would help inspire me to explore a world of sound and music !

Today sound and ambient sound in particular, fills the internet and people are recording and sharing anything and everything that you can imagine ! I find several things inspiring about this. First, for the first time in human history, we can make audio maps of our world – both maps of human sounds and maps of natural sounds. Second, we listen to anything that tickles our fancy and in so doing let our imaginations run wild, conjuring up whatever our minds wish to see and experience. And finally, we now have endless sources of sound for sampling and using to create new music.

What a wonderful time to be alive ! Imagine what it will be like to be a digital archaeologist in the future and the wealth of sound that we and future generations will have recorded and created, as part of an overall aural portrait of our world !

 

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John Cage on Silence & Sound

John Cage is no longer with us but his legacy will remain for a very long time. John Cage had a lot to say about silence and sound and questioned the very nature of music.

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