I’m honoured to be included on this podcast and I wish to thank At Water’s Edge host Rebekkah Hilgraves for including this track as my music is not your regular soundscape for her show. Listen on and you will discover a whole array of ambient electronic artists who all have different approaches to the ‘Not your usual winter music’. Well worth a listen : )
When I started to think about Christmas this year the word that came to mind was Predictability – It was coming up to Christmas and like most people I had already heard at least a month and a half of Bing Crosby’s ‘I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas’ piped in every shop.
Hooray! At Water’s Edge challenged artists to create a winter song without all the bells, whistles, sleigh rides and other typical Christmas sounds.
Time for a reimagining of the sound of cracking ice. (Slow Cracking Ice by PhilllChabbb on Freesound)
As I work with mostly one field recording as the primary sound source to create sound pictures, after processing, the results can be surprising. What emerges also shows how my mind can hear strange things and my imagination sees not your usual sound worlds as a result.
On Icebugs I imagined a soundworld where a mass of tiny plankton float in an arctic sea. Some glow in the dark, others emit electrical impulses. Some rattle, hum, click, pop and boing and as most of my tracks are best listened via headphones and if you listen carefully, there is a mass of life teeming just under the ice shelf.
It’s as Christmassy as I get.
Artwork by Museleon