Mike Dickson

Ambient music in multiple movements, each of which comprises one non-repeating track that lasts for exactly fifty minutes.

This is part of an ongoing project which may or may not have additional parts added as time passes and inspiration ebbs and flows. The compositional details behind these tracks are probably not worth writing about - you may prefer to listen to them (or to have them playing while you do something else) and figure it out for yourself. Primarily they are designed to lend a sense of peace, calm and still, as opposed to some of the wilder excesses found elsewhere on this web site.

Movement 1

probably owes a lot to this track from an earlier work.

Movement 2

features multiple cello sections (both real and electronic) and a Glass Harmonica.

Movement 3

draws much inspiration from works by the Scottish musician Steve Moore.

Movement 4

owes much to Steve Reich.

Movement 5

is actually a rework of an excerpt from this earlier piece.

Movement 6

features samples from a Hammond Novachord

Movement 7

contains samples from the Vako Orchestron and Tibetan Singing Bowls.

Movement 8

is informed by the music of Charles hayward, albeit a brief moment about seven seconds long which has been extrapolated here.

Movement 9

comes largely from nowhere and features a clock, the sounds of drawn out breath and darkness.

Movement 10

is actually an absurdly stretched version of my take on another tune.

Movement 11

is a similarly expanded piece, this time reversed.

Movement 12

is a subterranean experience with lengthy and distorted but familiar instruments.

Movement 13

is an obvious tribute to an innovator in the field of ambient music.

Movement 14

endlessly ascends. (Currently withdrawn for artistic reasons)

Movement 15

is a hugely distorted sliced section taken from an eight second sample from a popular sing from the 1980s

Movement 16

is a delayed tribute to a friend

Movement 17

is a much longer version of a piece of music yet to be released at the time of writing

The individual movements can be downloaded separately but it may be best to play them as one continuous piece using this Winamp playlist. There is no artwork for this project as it is not intended to be a CD release.

Comments are welcomed!

Mike Dickson, Edinburgh, October 2011