Posted by [email protected] on September 23rd, 2016
The truth is, I’ve seen this day coming for quite a while. Some of you have too. In fact, I’ve been getting a lot of questions on Twitter and Facebook asking me what kind of special to-do I was going to make when my 100th 10 minute ambience was released. I slowly started to realize that I was a bit intimidated by the pressure! Would I pull out all the stops and make the “Epicest Epic Ambience of All Time™”? Or would I totally downplay it and make a 10 minute sound of a faucet dripping, you know, for those games of “Things I don’t want to do on a Saturday”.
I decided to do a volcano themed ambience next. Not for any special significance, but because I’d recently made a pot of oatmeal for the kids and as it cooked and bubbled away, I grabbed a recorder and a microphone and collected some sounds that I could tweak later. I now regret not having a photo of me making oatmeal with headphones on, a mic in one hand and a spoon in the other. Oh well.
So I worked on “Volcano” last week and was all ready to release it into the wild and then I thought, I think I’ll just celebrate 100 by starting work on 101. That way 100 won’t seem so much like a goal that’s been achieved, but more like a signpost along a highway…
“Highway”. Hmm, that’s actually a pretty good idea.
So ambience number 101, finished yesterday, is called “Highway”. It’s busy and lonely at the same time. You’re not in a car. Maybe yours broke down, or maybe you never had one. It’s probably night. It’s definitely Lynchian.
This highway is not anywhere in particular. It’s just a highway. It’s between. That’s what highways are. Between places, between time, between people, between everything else in your life. There’s music, but it’s ‘between’ music. It’s interstitial, just like the road.
As of this post, there are now 101 10-minute ambiences on tabletopaudio.com. That’s over 16 hours of audio. We passed the millionth play/download for 2016 back in August, ahead of the previous year. (I didn’t track the first year, because dumb.)
I’m looking forward to making more. Hope you guys stick along for the ride.
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