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 !
The wonderful Robert Rich’s sleepish Perpetual – an electro minimalist masterpiece.
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.
More on John Cage here :
I am a human being who has long since loved silence and sound. I’ve been posting links to music I love for years now on social media and my wordpress sites – which has probably been a waste of my time. So I thought now I would consolidate my efforts and post links to material I like here.
I love silence above all else and am fascinated by sound – especially bioacoustics (the sounds of the biological world) and geoacoustics (the sounds of the Earth’s geography). I also enjoy many genres of music from many periods of human history and do not understand why people are so limited in what they allow themselves to enjoy. Why not enjoy a little John Cage, Death Metal, Dark Country, Metallica, Baroque Lute, German Folk Music, Black Bird Song, Frog Song, Singing Fence Wires, Pygmy Song, Whale Song, Brian Eno, U2, Vivaldi, Arvo Part, Phillip Glass, Chinese Opera, Indian Classical or Experimental Music whenever you feel like it ? Why get so caught up in preferences ?
I prefer to keep an open heart and an open mind to all sound and all music. Sure, there’s music I don’t like but there’s a hell of a lot more that I do like !
The internet now offers us almost infinite listening possibilities ! So why not make the most of what’s on offer and open ourselves up to a world of sound ?
Join me as I explore the world of silence, sound and music and journey through the conservative boundaries of well established musical genres and the outer limits of what most of us would consider to be music.
Thanks for lisening in !
PS. You can find a little of my music here : https://brightgarlick.bandcamp.com/album/a-tale-of-two-geckos and my FB group World Field Recordings here : https://www.facebook.com/groups/1677789305872292/ and my FB group World of Minimalist Music here : https://www.facebook.com/groups/1147437488669983/. Both groups are still in their infancy but I welcome new members to come join us in sharing a world of sound and music !
And you can find my other blog ET and I here : https://etandi.wordpress.com/.