Post-classical ambient minimalism for crepuscular airports

Junto Project 0301: Parts > Sum [repost]

Someone suggested that Suss Müsik repost our contributions to the weekly Disquiet Junto projects, because they enjoy reading the explanations of the tracks. While you’re reading the original post, make sure you check out the other contributors’ works as well.

Water is distilled when its impurities are removed through boiling, after which the steam is condensed into liquid form. Repeating the steps (a process called double-boiling) renders distilled water of even greater purity.

Ambient music is much like water in that it assumes the shape of its container. Suss Müsik is intrigued by the concept of sound being filtered over time, a single droplet extended until the brain can no longer differentiate between individual tones. The entirety of Pauline Oliveros’ excellent Deep Listening work reflects this approach.

For this piece, Suss Müsik captured a 30-second excerpt from each of the ten tracks on Lee Rosevere’s 5 MInute Meditations. Each excerpt was then sampled and stretched to five minutes each. A 5-second sample was then pulled from this result (an audio form of “double-boiling,” if you will) and again stretched to the five-minute mark.

The ten distilled textures were each played on separate tracks with some form of MIDI instrumentation, for a duration of five minutes apiece, which we then faded in and out in sequential order. The segments overlap by ten to twenty seconds to produce the final result.

The samples felt a little thin, so a subtle deep beat was added to fatten the mix. The drum sound underwent the same “filtration” process described above.

The piece is titled Rosevere. The image is a magnification of water drops viewed from inside a glass jar.

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