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Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: Ambient on youtube
« on: September 21, 2014, 05:09:58 AM »
I can see value to both approaches (listening with / without accompanying visuals). Certainly the listener's own imagination and the mental images, feelings etc. that the music can create on its own are the most important. Without that personal connection, there would be very little purpose or content in the whole thing! I feel that's true to enjoying any artform, whether audio/visual or otherwise.

With ambient music in particular, I think there are many layers to the listening experience, and there are potentially several ways to listen to an album. Sometimes I let my imagination wander freely, sometimes I enjoy letting the artwork play more of a role (and often it's a mix of the two). Often it depends on the time of day as well and where I am. The question of whether or not some image / video, or other "extra element" (such as text) fits the music or not is of course very subjective... and also depends on the type of artwork involved, whether it's completely abstract and textural, or something more concrete.

As for the marketing element, it is obvious that this plays a role for any musician who is making their living from the art they create. Regardless, I like to think it's possible to go an extra mile with this and do one's best to produce work that has some sense of soul to it, even if it's just part of the packaging or a promo video. Of course, when creating such things, I can't guarantee everyone will agree with the outcome... in this sense at least, it's a very similar process to music-making! My attitude towards this may also be "somewhat" biased, since I spend a fair amount of my free time in this area, for better or worse ;)

Sounds outstanding. Jesse is a pro at making videos that fit the mood of the music well.

I'm very grateful for this feedback, not the least because I have huge respect for Wiese's music.
Glad you feel it fits, and I agree the sound is just right!

Marketplace / Album artwork prints (for sale)
« on: March 01, 2014, 03:06:20 PM »
Hi all,

Thought I'd create a thread to promote my artwork prints, which are available here:

So far these mostly revolve around el culto-related album artwork (e.g., Nautic Depths, El Hadra, Aestrata...).
I also have some other images on my website that could be of interest, but aren't currently listed in the shop section of my website - if so, please feel free to email / message me!

I am using Fotomoto to sell my work, a company who have partnerships with printing companies in both Europe and the US.

Many thanks,

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 22, 2014, 02:29:17 PM »
Al Gromer Khan & Klaus Wiese - The Alchemy of Happiness

I've returned to this album after a long break and have to say I appreciate it more than ever! A real gem, full of warm and open feelings.

This is a very nice album indeed, I've been listening to it a lot lately :-)

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