Generative Ambient Experiments. Volume 2.

by Justin Ashworth

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Continuing from the processes and sounds explored in Volume 1, this composition is a way of sharing the ongoing-ness of artistic exploration, and the experimental continuity of creative process. Thus, it is also worth noting that the work on Volume 2 actually predates the work in Volume 1, and as such, is a kind of prequel to the prelude chapter to/for my forthcoming LP of ambient/drone compositions. I like to think of these releases as behind the scenes previews, on the way to more substantial releases that expand on and explore further into related territories.

During the first half 2017 I embarked on a series of experiments in generative ambient composition and surround sound mixing as part of my Honours project in fine art. This was also the beginning of my love affair with modular synthesis.

This piece was the first I made whilst delving into the theories and practices of Brian Eno, specifically his writings: "Ambient Music", and "Generating and Organising Variety in the Arts". Further to that, I began using a deck of Eno and Peter Schmidt’s Oblique Strategies cards. The outcome of this work was first prompted by one card that read “Remove specifics and convert to ambiguities”, a prompt I have tried to carry through this entire process.
Later in the process, I drew two cards, “Repetition is a form of change”, and then “Change nothing and continue with immaculate consistency”. In reconciling these prompts with the first, I put my energy into building a repetitive structure that generated random voltage outcomes, and consistently tried to repeat the same patch each time I set up my system. Thus reconciling the ambiguity of the outcomes with the consistency/specifics of the system.
Nearing the completion of the process, I drew a final card: “Do nothing for as long as possible”. I felt this really tied the process and outcome of the work together, and chose it for the title of this piece/iteration of my research. Now, a year on from the work, I feel the title makes for a nice dedication back to Eno, as the source of inspiration for this process.

It is also worth stressing that this 34 minute track (the longest file this format of distribution allows) is merely an excerpt of an endless/infinite durational work, that was presented over 2 days at RMIT Site 8 Gallery on May 29-30th 2017. The work was originally presented with 3 channels of output (2 speakers and a guitar amp) each cycling different sound elements, here mixed for stereo playback.

Please enjoy this little slice of sound.

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released August 1, 2018

Produced/composed by Justin Ashworth.

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Justin Ashworth Melbourne, Australia

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improviser exploring temporal, durational, and minimalist concepts, noise, drone and ambient music, immersive environments, and generative composition. Solo works for modular synthesiser, electronics, and processed field recordings. ... more

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