On today's edition of At Water's Edge, works that could easily be in film soundtracks, whether for their symphonic quality or for the mental images they evoke. Listen with us as we explore cinematic music today.
Adam Fielding - "Standing Alone in the Rain" - Unreleased - 2004 (2:26)
Adam Fielding is a UK based electronic musician specialising in blending rich soundscapes with strong melodies to create music that is both diverse and accessible, while retaining a strong emotional undercurrent. 2008 saw the release of his debut album "Distant Activity", in which Adam combined elements of atmospheric electronica with dance, shoegaze and symphonic sensibilities to create a unique musical experience.
The Ambient Visitor - "Interamnia" - Complex Silence 24 - 2012 (15:16)
the ambient visitor is an ambient side project of bing satellites, also known as Brin Coleman, a musician, producer and DJ from Manchester, UK. This is deep and mysterious longform ambient music. Quiet and atmospheric. The ninth album in the Ambient Visitor collection is part of the Complex Silence series, released by Treetrunk and overseen by Phillip Wilkerson.
The music on this album started out as part of one long generative piece.
Each note plays in its own repeating loop. Each loop is of a slightly different length, so the music never quite repeats itself (or at least, not for a very, very long time).
The composer then slowed down the left channel of the stereo mix ever so slightly so that on the second track, 'Interamnia', the music starts of at the same point but slowly drifts apart. On the first track, 'Ceres', the music starts off drifted apart but meets in the very middle of the track, only to drift apart again by the same degree by the end of the track.
The two tracks follow Brin's tradition of naming tracks after objects in the Solar System. Ceres and 704 Interamnia are large asteroids.
Altus - "The Grey Horizon" - The Grey Horizon - 2008 (50:38)
Altus is Mike Carss, an ambient composer based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. His music takes several turns, much of it long-form symphonic. Mike Carss has been creating ambient / symphonic music since 2001, with his first public release "24 Hours". He is a prolific and generous composer: all of his music (except one album) is available for free download through the Creative Commons license on his web site, http://altusmusic.ca.
This particular track is a rare live performance from 2008.
Null Hazard - "Infinity" - Emphatic - 2012 (28:17)
Null Hazard is the ambient project name of Brian Wright. A creative type from way back, Brian attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, Texas, graduating in the mid 1980s. His emphasis was on visual arts, which adds an interesting visual appeal to his music. More accustomed to shorter pieces in the three- to six-minute range, it wasn't until he started composing for this program that he really explored long form ambient music. The results have been fantastic!
Emphatic is available on Amazon.com.
Mystified - "Meditation Mix" - Meditation Mix - 2009 (60:00)
Mystified is one of several music projects created by Thomas Park. He is the sole member of mystified (http://www.mystifiedmusic.com) and also the only member of Mister Vapor (available at the same URL).
Thomas Park has been involved with music for his entire life. He was trained in classical and jazz music as a teenager, and played the trombone and piano. His listening habits changed in the late 1980's, and Thomas became interested in electronic music. After several years of writing techno as the band AutoCad, Thomas was fortunate enough to collaborate with Robin Storey of Rapoon. This project helped Thomas to evolve into the ambient / drone band Mystified. Mystified has found considerable success, both through online and physical releases, and is known for being proficient, creative and prolific.