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Deep South Ambient

Michael Ash Sharbaugh's open-ended piece, made in Decatur, Georgia

Ambient music can have an unfinished quality, because it leaves so much space open. “Three Aimless Clouds” by Michael Ash Sharbaugh is less aimless than much such music, though, thanks to several qualities, key among them a rising, siren-like tone that marks the opening of the track, and a melodic insistence that trails throughout. The piece, recorded with “percussion, synthesizers, and found sounds,” ends with a lingering lack of closure, which is apparently Sharbaugh’s intention. He notes in an accompanying descriptive text: “I am willing to collaborate with anyone on a variation of this piece.”

Track originally posted for free download at soundcloud.com/michael-ash-sharbaugh. More from Sharbaugh, who is based in based in Decatur, Georgia, at bandcamp.com and twitter.com/MDSharbaugh.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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