After seven years of silence, US ambient composer John Broaddus brings us “Afield”, which offers an adventurous journey into sound processing within the concept of minimal ambient.
The seeds for this recording are found in various field recordings made in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Paris, which Mr Broaddus initially made for their intrinsic interest alone and not necessarily with any musical use in mind. But as he was re-investigating them, John became so fascinated by them he set himself to capture these events of time and place in a new context by tuning them. So he decided to extend, alter and enhance them to draw out more traditionally “musical” qualities with respect to ambient composition.
Listening to and immersing in the six long soundscape pieces is a circular, I would almost say hypnotized experience which is hard to depict in words. Things are most certainly afloat here, as the textures and shapes rise and fall in subtle nuances while also opening up new and overall light spaces with a profound degree of intrinsic stillness.
The 72-minute “Afield” gives its own interpretation to cinematic and minimal ambient music.
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