Temporary Existence

Temporary Existence was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0383: Interstellar Ambience
Step 1: The goal is to record an artificial rendering of background ambient sound. The inspiration is, if you’re familiar with them, those YouTube videos in which people have stitched together loops of ambience extracted from movies like Blade Runner, anime like Ghost in a Shell, and TV shows like Star Trek. There are elements to a given place’s soundscape that ebb and flow, shift and morph, as time proceeds, and many of the YouTube sci-fi film-ambience videos lack that quality.
Step 2: Create and record the sound of a future interior space, specifically an apartment on a large interstellar ship. Make the recording fairly long, half an hour if possible. Imagine it will be played on loop for a longer period of time.

I have been working on this piece for quite some time and this gave me the push to finish it. Temporary Existence works not just as background ambient music, but can be listened to in the context of themes, development, and direction. This piece started as one for solo alto flute and ended up in a completely different direction. Funny what happens when one allows creation to take its own direction.

This is the first of several electronic pieces that will be offered over the course of this year, so although it is fairly long, I would suggest sitting back, closing your eyes, and just let yourself go for a little over half an hour.

Temporary Existence

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