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Because seriously, every time I browse this forum while sober, I barely understand what half of you are saying. I've honestly never browsed another fucking forum where people regularly comment "lol" repeatedly one after another. Jesus christ. Y'all need less weed.
Okay so I gotta write a short (2000wd) informal research essay. It's due tomorrow and I literally just need to turn something in with 6 sources. But, as always, my problem is I can't do anything without over-thinking it. My own sophistication and pseudo-polymath interest in many subjects makes even attempting low-level writing VERY difficult. This is for a fucking english111x class, mostly freshman, I'm taking it bcuz I realized I have almost a BA in foreign languages completed (w/ minor in music) and all I have to do is bust out these bacc core classes I neglected to take earlier.
So I think just an introductory overview of the term, origin, characteristics, utility and diversification and some conclusion on its evolution and future should suffice. Can I do that in 2000 words or am I fooling myself?
I'm a pretty massive Brian Eno acolyte so I thought this would be easy, but it's not that simple.
I have some great books full of essays that I've already read, (such as Repeating Ourselves: American Minimal Music as Cultural Practice by Robert Frink, which has a whole section devoted to the development of ambient music as being tied to the invention of the LP and automatic changer, thus allowing for individuals to listen ad infinitum.
I am putting together a rough outline of what I want to touch on, please if you're willing, take a look at this as it develops and offer some points or alternatively, troll the shit out of me.
I denote what concepts I'm unsure of in the placing with a "?"
—•question or statement regarding 'background music', idk, "What is the music of stillness?" i really don't know how to open...
———Cite definition of the word "Ambient" & etymological origin
———Cite definitions of the word "Music" & etymological origin
——•Tie the two together to see and explore which definitions cooperate and which don't
?——–• Maybe cite Brian Eno's personal explanation of Ambient Music (the term he coined) and included in the liner notes of "Music For Airports"...it might be more useful later
[/b]First Idea: precedents in western music (and non-western music?), minimalist music that developed the concepts used later[/b]
——•The traditional form of western art music and it's aims (in a nutshell, a narrative structure with tension and release through linear development (not accurate at all, sorry, but this is for an introductory writing class)
——•Satie's "musique d’ameublement" or "Furniture Music" and its purpose
————maybe cite directly from Satie?
——•I'd Like to mention Ligeti's proto-drone micropolyphonic compositions but from what I've read the academic consensus is that he does not belong to the minimal tradition. Kind of weird if you ask me, considering many of his 1950's works were pretty drone-ish
——•La Monte Young, drone, and explorations in classical indian form (compositions 1960, and 'indefinite music')
——•"Background music" as a necesarily disambiguated term
———eg., ambient, incidental, 'Muzak', etc.
[/b]second idea: cultural and technological changes that informed development of 'background music'
——• the LP & automatic record changer as enabler of 'low-level listening'
——• source from Brian Eno's descriptions of what his "Ambient Music" was to be
———music for airports
(i'm running out of steam already)
[/b]third idea: ambient dichotomies, pop vs. alt, utilitarian/commercial vs. challenging, splintering/subgenres
—i guess just mention the different strands, starting with the popularity of new age in the late 1980s/1990s, the opposite 'dark, isolationist, etc'
— steve roach?
-fuck if I know man, shit
-lol just in this post I have written 600 words. how to proceed...
By Touched Music
New Album Released On Touched Music For Macmillan Cancer Support
poP Campaign - Dead Dark
Released 30th October 2015
PoP Campaign were born out of a frustration at the apathy of modern music. They have teamed this with their belief that electronic/predominantly instrumental music can portray a political message.
PoP have been Inspired by bands such as Orbital and Mogwai; who whilst using very little in the way of vocals, have very clear messages through their music.
The duo have taken their music around the world, from their beginnings in Glasgow, to Scandinavia, the Baltics, Europe, and even as far flung as South Korea and Japan.
Dead Dark is their fourth album and it explores the depths of the human psyche and the limits that people are driven to. Having lived in London for the past 3 1/2 years the band are fascinated by the history of the city and the secrets it must carry within it. They are particularly drawn to the dark side of Victoriana and murky characters like Jack The Ripper set in a misty landscape of the city they call home. They have channelled all these elements into this record.
exm - Remix Of Twatting A Tory
PoP Campaign - [Twatting a Tory | exm remix]
As a big fan of YMO and some of the soundtrack work he's done (I love the Tony Takitani OST), this is a bummer. I hope he makes it through OK. :/
edit: English statement from Sakamoto's website: http://sitesakamoto.com/images/top/message20140710-02.svg