Complex Silence 39 may be the most relaxing and peaceful of all. It’s a longform lullaby of moonlight. Or a caress of warm ocean waves. Or a lazy, drifting flight high above the Earth. Or, all of the above.
At first listen, I thought I might venture to call this piece neo-classical, but then I realized that’s instantly too stuffy.
On repeated listening, I would definitely call it pure space music–the kind you hear while watching the Earth gingerly rising over a moonscape or perhaps better yet, a slow-motion drift through fantastic starscapes and wondrous nebulae. You could loop this all night and let it be your audio dream maker.
Whatever images this music conjures up in your mind, it’s the result of John Tocher (aka Grove of Whispers) working his musical magic in your ears and right before your mind’s eye.
But don’t stop with this release. Visit the Grove of Whispers website if you haven’t already. It’s a storehouse of rich ambient gems–not all of it dark and experimental either. If you enjoy ambient music, you need to discover John’s work as well as his podcasts. I’ll admit, I wasn’t familiar with many of his releases; I had the mistaken idea that he was working strictly within the experimental and noise genres. This isn’t the case. Hopefully, Complex Silence 39 will compel you to a new appreciation of this amazing ambient Master.
Thank you John for a lovely contribution to the Series!
This release is http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/.
Cover image by Daniel Zedda.