I like ambient that reaches down to the deepest levels of consciousness and dream. And sometimes dark things are there.
Wow, just saw this what a great quote from 9 Dragons. This really sums up my feelings of ambient and space music.
What I find interesting about the subject of Dark Ambient per say, is the albums that many people find dark...that others do not. Like I have never found Oophoi's music dark, and with the exception of "Stalker" with Lustmord, I would also not use dark to describe Robert Rich's work either...I have even found some non ambient listeners to find some of Roach's work such as "Magnificent Void" makes them uncomfortable.
So is it personal perception that makes this music dark, or is it intent or both? The old "what is dark to me, may not be dark to you" argument if you will. Now some of the above albums and or musicians above make music that is definitely intense at times, but why the fascination of calling it dark? Maybe I can see Lustmord as purposely crafting dark ambient music.
Is it because when we call the music or mood of the music dark, we flirt with notions of intrigue, mystery, uncertainty, doom and even evil that are in essence romantic? Like reading or watching a good thriller?
It is also interesting to me that if we bring up a notion of "light" ambient music, often we tip toe on the new age fence, although Jeff Pearce would be a great example of light ambient that is still deep and mysterious, but also airy and uplifting if you will.
Back on the subject of intent, while I would not consider my album with Oophoi "Distance To Zero" dark ambient, I have often heard it described as dark and scary. What is interesting to me as a creator and a listener, is that was never my (or even Oophoi's as far as I know) intent. Now the music for me was birthed out of an unrest or discontent for my own view of the world at the time and there may be a cleansing or intensity to the music, but dark and scary was never a conscious intention.
So I guess that is back to what I find interesting, its like two people walking through an art gallery and looking at a painting where one person sees beauty and the other pain. Some of us find comfort in darkness and others are afraid of the dark if you will
Again this music walks an interesting balance between creator and listener and highlights what happens perceptively when either one brings their own baggage, intentions and tastes to the table, or is it our need to add a label to it which touches a perception and a need to be part of a club like goth music or death metal. In other words on the last statement do some people like or need to call this "Dark Ambient" just to feel edgy and cool? I listened to lots of Black Metal in high school for similar reaons...
I constantly wonder why the music I love to listen to is often moody and emotional VS happy and "peppy" if you will.
Just some of my thoughts,