A viewpoint of ambient EM music

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Heres one, see what you make of this. I have recently hooked up with a very old school mate on FB, we got chatting and it got around to music, he asked if there was anywhere he could listen to some of mine, I directed him to my sound cloud page and a few nights later I asked him what he thought, his reply was "well its ok but all sounds the same" he is into death metal, throat music and stuff like that ;-)

So my reply to him was this "have you ever seen those beach front artists in Tenerife and holiday places, the ones that paint pictures using spray cans and templates and end up with a space scene or a moonlit waterfall and stuff" and he said "oh yes I know those, some very good, think I brought one on a holiday a long time ago" I then said "well, aren't those pictures all the same, same content, same colours, same templates used, with just a few slight variations in the scene, well that's a bit like Ambient EM music" "My music uses the same tools, same format, etc." His reply to that was, "yes but they are paintings that can be used to decorate your room and stuff, music is just music" :P

Where do we go from here :-)

Sounds like a lost cause.  ;)

People seem to take my music preferences more seriously when I don't refer to ambient as "music." For most people, the term "music" conjures a number of things (e.g., vocals, melody, verse-chorus-verse, drums) that are not always present in ambient.
Convincing them that it is something interesting worth exploring is a bit easier than convincing them that it is music.

If they don't like ambient, then they don't like it. There's not much else you can do, I'm not a fan of opera, I would imagine if someone tried to promote it's virtues to me I may like it even less.

Pointing him to a variety of things in the broad ambient realm, not just to your own material, might help his outlook.


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