Why I create ambient music
Firstly, because my circumstances allow me to do so – for this I’m extremely grateful to my partner Denise for keeping this artist afloat !
From an early age I have felt compelled to create in differing ways. These days I’m almost exclusively focused on my ambient music and I work on my material all day, every day (pretty much). It’s probably because I’m somewhat obsessional that I can just keep doing it. In fact, I can’t imagine not doing it, such is its importance to me. When I’ve finished a project, I start another (or others), I very rarely listen back to what I’ve done – it’s time to move on. In fact, I can get somewhat dissolute if I don’t have a point of focus to fully concentrate on. I spend a large amount of time experimenting with sounds and ideas (a lot of which never see the light of day), this is one of the reasons that my output isn’t hugely prolific. On the subject of time, I’m of an age where I realise that time is finite, so I’m trying to get as much done as I am able to.
I feel I’ve got a lot I still want to achieve. When I listen to a great piece of music – like Peter Gabriel’s ‘Here comes the Flood’ for example, It becomes apparent to me how little I have achieved in comparison to the work that I consider to be ‘great’. I try to take this in a positive way by striving to improve my own work. The areas I’m currently looking at are: composition (much under-looked in ambient methinks), the avoidance of repetition (by creating ‘new’ sounds and techniques) and various technical matters (mastering, in particular). I want to create something that is as good as I possibly can create and I feel that that work still lies ahead for me.
On the subject of ambient music itself, I feel that it is a subtle yet powerful form of music, which is much needed in these mad days and on a personal note, creating my ambient music calms me down (and I need to !) and acts as an antidote to noise. The abstract and formless nature of ambient appeals to me and my strong sense of imagination. I think the effects of this music are probably more mysterious than perhaps is realised. Sound is such a potent force, and directed sound, even more so.
I believe that any artist’s work contains elements of themselves – known and unknown and in an esoteric sense, that is what I’m trying to achieve.