Don't forget platform shoes and capes!
Having been off radar as far as music goes between from 1982 until 1997 I have no sense of ‘ambient scene’ and the wide ranging genre/subgenre developments from the mid 70’s when ambient meant (to me) Irrlicht, Cyborg or Zeit and meeting people, almost in secret, whilst trawling through racks of records in the few shops that might sell those sort of records. I was aware of the DIY cassette culture in the late 70’s and early 80’s, even creating tapes in a band.
Nowadays the contact between artists and listeners is perhaps more direct and widely available via the net – It’s hard to tell whether it is more or less personal. I think there have been enough comments already around the effects of the web.
In the UK I’ve been lucky to meet up with one section of the electronic music scene, The Modulator ESP forum, Awakenings and Ambientlive – a small bunch of people – including non musicians – who work hard to promote electronic music in sequencer, ambient and experimental styles. I’d love to be better off and able to go to more gigs and get more CDs.
But here too there is the question of performing live to small but dedicated audiences and trying to reach out in other ways.
I just hope that the cyberinterwebnet thingy does not de-personalise it all too much in the years to come and that new talent and music continue to meet new ears and hearts to create something with more depth than soundbite culture and ‘music’ on mobile phones…