Assessment 1 – Brian Eno – Ambience

Brian Eno

The composer and producer, Brian Eno, was one of the first to discover the idea of ‘Ambient music’ in terms of creating the genre. After leaving his pop band ‘Roxy music’, Eno decided that he wanted music in contrast to the norm, and found him and his friends listening to tracks without structures such as rhythms, ‘We wanted to use music in a different way – as part of ambience of our lives – and we wanted it to continuous, a surrounding.’

Music For Airports: “2/1”

Music for Airports was an incredibly influential album for the genre of Ambient music, and also for my Assessment 1. The piece ‘2/1’ is an interesting song on the album only using one timbre of a female vocal fluctuating between the notes of C,Eb,F,Ab and Db, the song is quite organic and evolving as the piece progresses. In the book, ‘The producer as composer’ by Virgil Moorefield, ‘2/1’ and its mechanics are explained, using different times as to when the notes are played with a delay of different lengths.

In terms of how I have used this idea in my Assessment 1 I created an ambient piece which incorporates his idea of loop lengths and just changed the key to what the piece is in for my track which is A minor. There are 7 different note loops in the track that I have created, each with different lengths to create the sense that the song is evolving. the different lengths are 20 seconds, 17 seconds, 25seconds, 18 seconds, 31 seconds, 20 seconds and 22 seconds. This creates a sense of unknowing in the piece this coupled with the delay times as well which are all set to different parameters (see in screenshots). The DAW used for this song is Logic Pro X as I prefer the built-in instruments in plug-ins such as ‘Alchemy’. The sound that the listener can hear is an instrument called ‘Antarctic sun’, this was chosen to fit with the rest of the tracks sound and overall feel  as although in essence it is an ambient track it is also inspired by game composer and producer, Martin Stig Anderson, who will be written about in more detail in a separate post.

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This is a screenshot of the parameters on the tape delay unit for the first loop track.
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This is a screenshot of the parameters for the tape delay unit on the second loop track
This is a screenshot of the parameters for the tape delay unit on the third loop track

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This is a screenshot of the parameters for the tape delay unit on the fourth loop track

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This is a screenshot of the parameters for the tape delay unit on the fifth loop track

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This is a screenshot of the parameters for the tape delay unit on the sixth loop track

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This is a screenshot of the parameters for the tape delay unit on the seventh loop track

screen-shot-2016-12-12-at-11-18-47This is a Screenshot of the looped parts of the track, the lengths of each loop can clearly be seen where the first loop starts and then repeatsscreen-shot-2016-12-12-at-00-33-58.

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