Monday, July 26, 2010

The Silent Ballet

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this was a pretty big deal for me. Ambassador Etc makes his Compilation Debut!

For years now, The Silent Ballet has been devoted to writing, reviewing, exposing, and celebrating the best in instrumental music in all its many splendored variations (classical, ambient, post rock, experimental, electronic, etc). part of this includes curating some of the best, often underrated or unsigned, instrumental artists to be a part of their free downloadable compilation series. I hope it goes without saying that I am a HUGE fan of what they do.

well, i was contacted by them to submit a song, a very humbling and left field honor, to which my response was "could i also please do the artwork?!" Jordan was gracious enough to encourage me to stitch together an exclusive mix of 3 songs (since they are short, as i like to improvise "ambient soundtracks for short attention spans), as well as let me create the original art around my feelings towards ambient and drone (the loose theme of this 16th volume in the series):

if percussion and punctuation is a dot, then at first i wanted to explore the resonance and space between the points, to "represent the others implied" (hence, the ambassador etc. moniker). later i wanted to extend that dot to create a line, blurring points of origin or reference. now i wonder if it is possible to make points radiate outward, like a dandelion made of layers and walls, waiting to be wished upon and blown, and lost to the dense fog of 'gorgeous noise'. i am very proud of the final result, a comment you will almost never hear me say, perhaps because my motto of letting the 'Idea Dictate the Medium' pulled me in such a strange direction

you can download the record for free HERE.

special thanks to one of my greatest and oldest friends Jiri Seger, who encouraged me and bettered my sensibilities with "If you're going to do it, do it all the way." you can see more of his incredible design, and get to know him, at

thank you for looking and listening

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

temporary tastes

just to make sure it's apparent, anyone currently looking to hear music can find a few samples at:

thank you so much!

be on the lookout for big news too...

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Faux Discography

there will be several records available for free download this year. they will be accompanied by downloadable PDFs of the artwork, for those that miss elaborate layouts.

there will also be more tangible versions available as a boxed set of sorts, hand constructed, signed and numbered, with a limited art print as well


1) s/t full length debut (representation of the others implied. 20 tracks)
2) accompanying beats (melodies that allow more toe tapping. 21 tracks)
3) unreleasable samples, loops, beats and un-beats. envisioned as a double 10")
4) "besides: salve tidal" - a b-sides collection without any a-side reference. of 150 tracks recorded, these were the orphans worth finding a home for

5) "sle/EP" single sided (single track?) 12". (soundscape/soundtrack for the films projected on the inside of eyelids)
6) unfinished concept album recounting the star crossed saga of Norrin Rad, Shalla Baal, and Galan of Taa (unpolished philosophical and romantic tribute)
7) "a dying astronaut to his wife" (the story of the journey of one final transmission. hand screened packaging. ambient, heavy, affirming sounds)

8) a new era. new music. new sounds. new recordings.

thank you,
ambassador etc.

original logo by Kyle Hussa-Lietz

logo designed and drawn by, and with tremendous thanks and admiration to, Kyle Hussa-Lietz ( (

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

someday soon, i'm going to put it all on (the) line

"Truly fertile Music, the only kind that will move us, that we shall truly appreciate, will be a Music conducive to Dream, which banishes all reason and analysis. One must not wish first to understand and then to feel. Art does not tolerate Reason"

"The world is never quiet, even its silence eternally resounds with the same notes, in vibrations which escape our ears. As for those that we perceive, they carry sounds to us, occasionally a chord, never a melody"

-Albert Camus