Posted by: jthart | January 24, 2012

New Album “Ambient Clouds”

Here’s the album description for my latest album:

Cloud watching is a wonderful activity in the Pacific Northwest–especially in places where the updrafts from the ocean or the waterways encounter the winds from the mountains. In such dynamic locales the formation and re-formation of cloud shapes and the movement of cloud masses is endless–with visible changes from minute to minute. Cloud watching is a recreational activity similar to bird watching with enthusiasts who carry similar equipment: binoculars, spotting scopes, tripods, and cameras. (If you’d like to see pictures of some of the cloud formations visit this web site <> or consult John Day, The Book of Clouds.)

These musical pieces take listeners in imagination up into the vapors to travel with and through the clouds. Some of my musical inspiration for these pieces comes from the album Dive by Tycho (Scott Hansen); for me his electronic atmospheres evoke many scenes of nature. In this album I also enjoyed exploring many sound capabilities of the Native Instruments’ Maschine Mikro. Two versions of the piece “Contrails” are included in the album, placed at the beginning and end so it’s easy to compare them. I suggest that if you find a piece that you enjoy that you try listening to it in a loop; that’s a good way to hear subtle variations that can emerge in the music.


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