You know those little mini-articles in Wired magazine, and I think Esquire and Details does them too somethings... hell, probably every magazine does them... where they talk about a few things that are HOT, or NOT?
I was just thinking about a few trends I've observed recently, starting right here in our little neighborhood of ambient music.
HOT: ambient music with melody and structure
NOT: ambient drone music
Comments... I'm seeing a greater interest in ambient music made by people who come from a more traditional music background, or at least who include more traditional elements in their ambient work.
And one more:
HOT: ambient music with acoustic instruments, guitar, and voice
NOT: ambient music with synthesizers and samplers
Comments... Same thing, just a movement I'm seeing toward more people working with these more "organic" sound sources, and despite my own synths/samplers background, this is a trend I welcome.
Does anybody else have anything to add? Any movements, shifts or trends that can be observed? I suppose this should be opened up behind just music-related or ambient-music-related changes.