In his now-famous Ambient Manifesto of 1978, English composer BRIAN ENO
defined a new kind of environmental music. He also released some very
sophisticated examples of his own.
Along with the manifesto came the classic AMBIENT 1: MUSIC FOR AIRPORTS. But the follow-up release in 1982, AMBIENT 4: ON LAND was something else entirely: a group of 'psychic landscapes' that existed between ambient sounds from nature and composed music. Like experiments by WENDY CARLOS on SONIC SEASONINGS a decade earlier, it explored a new musical territory at the intersection of field recordings, electronics and acoustic instruments that's still influential today.
The word ecotone is a combination of "ecology" and "tone," from the Greek tonos or tension — a place where ecologies are in tension. In the natural sciences, an ecotone is a transition area between adjacent plant communities, such as forest and grassland. It can be narrow or wide, local or regional; a gradual blending or a sharp boundary line.
On this transmission of Hearts of Space, we explore that boundary with a group of these psychic landscapes, on a program called ECOTONES. These soundscapes are environments in which you exist, rather than music to which you listen. Unlike most music which conveys a sense of movement, they're largely static environments with a feeling of both peace and chaos.