Spiritual Ambiance

Spiritual Ambience strikes a fine balance of meditative and uplifting songs featuring electronic textures, flowing melodies and atmospheric undertones. Recorded between 2005 and 2007 as a concept album. Listen to while studying, reading, meditating etc.

Listen below:

Spiritual Ambience was a concept album I started in 2005 and stopped in 2007.

At the time I was in a church, and I was also in the church’s band. The music we did was, pretty much as expected. I was always a fan of music in the style of Enigma, Deep Forest, Delerium, and also new age (not like whale sounds kind of new age, but like what misinformed A&R reps labeled “new age”) music like Yanni, Enya, David Arkenstone and John Tesh.

So I thought to myself, what would it sound like if Enigma, Deep Forest, etc got together and made church music? So thats what I did.

However the concept for most was a little too hard to grasp. As I was told by one of the church music team members “In order for music to glorify God it has to have words saying so, otherwise the music is there but the message is not.”

My take on the matter was that this music wasn’t to be used as an evangelical tool to win others over to who you believe in. But on a more intimate level, when praying to who you believe in, as background music for the conversation.

It seemed the overall consensus was it was ok to have instrumental versions of songs (like amazing grace) but new instrumental songs unto God which never had vocal or written words was unheard of because it doesn’t carry the “message”. I’m sure God was not stumped by my concept (as this minister was) and appreciated my efforts.

Perhaps it was a little ahead of it’s time. So I didn’t push it. I never completed the album, what tracks I had done were done and what was unfinished was unfinished. There were 11 tracks in total, the 7 complete ones remain on this album.

I have been told by many college students that this album is great background music for studying though. So use it as the background to whatever you wish, spiritual or not.

Download here: 

(zip file with the songs, notes)

Recorded: 2005-2007
Released: 2008
Price: Free, donations welcome.

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