Ambient music can evoke subtle feelings, take us on journeys, and create soundscapes in our imagination — sometimes all three at once. Take this introduction: start with the sound of distant gulls and soft bells, add floating voices, electronic ornaments, resonant harmonics, and a slow pulse. As we follow the sound, we find ourselves in another world.
That's the thing: today's electronic music delivers more information. In addition to the classic trio of melody, harmony and rhythm, we now have the added dimension of space or ambience. And in our diverse, electronically connected world, we can merge sounds, styles and instruments from other cultures into our music — a gesture that says "respect"...without words.
This week on Hearts of Space, more high-information electronica for the season, on a program called CLOUD OF PROMISE 2. Music is by ATOMIC SKUNK, MOTIONFIELD, NEMESIS, TRISTAN FELDBAUER & FRIENDS, KUUTANA, BRUNO SANFILIPPO & MATHIAS GRASSOW.