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    As I walked home on this pristine summer evening, the sky a gorgeous milky blue, planes gliding silently in the distance, the trees murmuring, etc. This came on shuffle and I wondered why it's trancey synths were so perfect for the weather.

    It seems to me that these synths "appear" absolute clearly in a space, with the echo suggesting dissolution that is totally visible. The isolation of these sounds in space suggests a clear view for miles.

    Also the haziness of them as they echo and dissolve into the distance, it's suggestive of tremulous desert air, distant mirages.

    And also inertia, the inertia of the track suggesting a hot, clear day, no reason to move. Stifling.

    For a long time I've been idly musing on the effect of landscape (including weather) on how we hear and make music (and everything else). Not just nature's landscape but manmade structures.

    I suppose this might well be an avenue of dematerialisation.

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    This is a minor obsession of mine. I've spent quite some time curating a suite of music that's perfectly suited to a particular environment.

    One thing that becomes quite stark when you're out in nature is how completely wrong some music sounds - rap, grime etc. anything that reflects an urban environment just doesn't work, like there's some latent environmental consciousness embedded into its fabric.

    The main problem with music in nature however is its superfluousness. There's already so much sonic stimuli there for you if you just listen. The ambient sounds are apart of that experience.

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    Is it specious or merely cliched to say that hard-edged music comes from hard-edged environments?

    The straight lines of tower blocks and dual carriageways translating to on-grid rhythms?

    Sometimes I read that sort of thing as critical pretension but there must be something in it.

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    Match a piece of music to a photograph and then try and figure out if the link is subjective or implanted.

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    Is that an order?

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    I like walking around London sometimes with the Lord of the Rings soundtrack playing. It makes everything seem very dramatic. In fact I'm always walking around London with what perhaps should be incongruous music (Brian Eno, e.g.) playing. Sort of softens it all. Perhaps its unhealthy.

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    There used to be a Bristol band called Movietone who made some records that evoked the Severn Estuary very exactly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corpsey View Post
    Is that an order?
    Snap to it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by craner View Post
    There used to be a Bristol band called Movietone who made some records that evoked the Severn Estuary very exactly.
    How?

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    They had this grey, moping melancholy sound and sang about sea gulls, pylons and mud flats. Like something off the woops list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by craner View Post
    There used to be a Bristol band called Movietone who made some records that evoked the Severn Estuary very exactly.
    I had to look it up, but you're probably right. I used to love Movietone. Excellent band.

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    Quote Originally Posted by craner View Post
    They had this grey, moping melancholy sound and sang about sea gulls, pylons and mud flats. Like something off the woops list.
    Bit literalist isn't it, actually singing about sea gulls?

    Not to discount singing about landscape. Everyone's welcome in Corpsey's Landscape thread!

    But the greyness, how was it grey?

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    I want to dig into these cliches we music journalists use a little. Or is that like digging into a sunset?

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    I don't know. It just sounded grey! Fucking hell, Corpse.

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    Are you kicking me off the thread?

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