Among my first criteria is, no lyrics. At least nothing in English. It can’t be too busy either, so EDM is out. The music must be evocative of the space where my pen wants to travel.
Often where I want to go is a fair distance away, into another land, another space, another life. There are few ambient/electronic albums I have encountered that travel so far and wide as At The End Of It All by Seattle artist, David J Davis, aka Carl Sagan’s Ghost.
Obvious by its name, Carl Sagan’s Ghost leans to science-fiction. Davis fills the negative space on his nine-track album with full, warm towns, a depth that settles in your belly, and adds light synthesizer keys that seem to sprinkle down like stardust. Davis is as amazing as a producer as he is an architect of experimental, electro-acoustic bliss. There are actually moments on At The End Of It All that bring catharsis, a tangible emotional shift from an Act I to Act II.
When I was writing a science-fiction short/feature screenplay, “The New Herald” my sessions were often inspired by the title track, two versions of “Solitude” and the triptych masterwork, “The Patience Of A Saint”. There is a great deal of calm here, and although Davis has offered numerous brilliant albums under this moniker, At The End Of It All is your best launching point.
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