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Unsettling Ambience -- Driving an audience nuts with niceness.
WT Hartnett writes:
Some people are driven nuts by "waiting for
the real music to start", and can't listen to ambient stuff
drums, fixed chord changes, etc.
I know what you mean.
I have a friend who once said he keeps waiting for "an event" in ambient
music. I think one of the challenges ambient music poses to newbie
listeners is "how to listen" to something that is not fitting into a
known format. I believe it's the same challenge classical, jazz and
folk music may pose to a typical top-40 trained ear.
So, ironically even the most soothing ambient music can have an
unsettling effect on an "uninitiated" audience.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: T.W. Hartnett [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Wednesday, July 02, 1997 7:37 AM
> To: Looper's Delight
> Subject: Re: Music Descriptions
> >> In any case, I am still faced with a problem when I try to get
> gigs. I
> >> usually play at bookstores/art shows/galleries..and while booking
> >> gig, I'm faced with "What kind of music do you play" by the booking
> >> agent for the venue.
> >Actually, if you look them in the eye, and say "Ambient", then when
> >ask, say something short and simple as with "You know about 'Techno'
> >electronic?" [pause] "It's like that, but softer. You can eat to
> >Restaurateurs, I suspect, would mostly hear the last sentence,
> >pas? And it's true, too.
> >I wonder if there's an ambient version of Louie Louie in our future?
> >[shudder] What if the club owner who demands it turns out to be the
> >of shmoe who thinks Jean Michel Jarre are three French guys? [g] But
> I've had mostly good results trying to be background ambience while
> people eat, but there are some people who react quite violently to
> they regard as "droney noise", and this is in reaction to some really
> unobstrusive sound carpets. Some people are driven nuts by "waiting
> the real music to start", and can't listen to ambient stuff without
> drums, fixed chord changes, etc.
> Travis Hartnett