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Instant Eno Ambient Music

Posted on | February 9, 2009 | 6 Comments

instant_eno2.pngI was reading somewhere about Eno’s constant experiments with creating ambient background music scenarios with constantly changing soundscapes. So I did a quick experiment just using Logic Pro with no keyboard.

I created 15 instances of sound instruments. Then populated them with various pads and long-scaped synths. Each midi track has different lengths and is looped so this will go on for a while. The actual MIDI information was created randomly by just using the paint tool.

The rest was to set the BPM to 5bpm, maybe the slowest song I’ve ever created. And the total lenght is 600 or more bars.

The final touch is to add a couple of big Space Designers on the output to get that spacey sound.

That’s it. Took me less than ten minutes. I will let it run in the background in case it provides creativity or not. Sometimes this kind of music is so simple to make so it’s not even art, any longer.


6 Responses to “Instant Eno Ambient Music”

  1. Diego
    February 9th, 2009 @ 6:55 PM

    i wanna hear a piece of it :D

  2. Bradley Kirk Materewicz
    February 11th, 2009 @ 6:22 PM

    I too would like to hear this… Please.

  3. Sean
    February 12th, 2009 @ 2:49 AM

    Interesting method – I’d be interested in the detail – instruments etc.

  4. Jonas
    February 18th, 2009 @ 11:13 AM

    mÃ¥ste ba’ älska eno ambient musa :)

  5. Kent Sandvik
    February 28th, 2009 @ 11:07 PM

    I should upload the Logic file, stay tuned (it’s actually over on my work computer as I did it for testing out stuff…). Need to render it over there, too.

    I have a love/hate relationship with ambient music — it better be good. It’s super-easy to make sleazy or copycat ambient music, crank up the reverb and use slow loops…

  6. Fresh!
    March 4th, 2009 @ 10:29 AM

    Long time since I’ve been here. I’d love to hear the piece as well. I’m enjoying learning Logic Studio (I finally picked it up a month after it’s release – thanks for offering to get me Logic 7 Pro at a discount some years back). I host a podcast entitled The Sunday Soundtrack…maybe I can feature a snippet of the tune if you deem it ok.

    Twitter: mrfresh

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