All the More Beautiful for That Absence

Ambient chamber music from Martin Colborn

Barely two minutes long, this little sliver of chamber ambient music by Martin Colborn, “New Seven,” threads a few handfuls of notes on a piano amid a lingering mass of soft strings. The sustain on the strings comes thanks to the ebow, which allows for a kind of infinite vibration. The result brings to mind the song-less rural music of Boxhead Ensemble, as phrase after phrase slowly emerges, each with a hint of resolution, and each then dissolving into the ambience. There is no melody, just traces of what might have been, and it’s all the more beautiful for that absence. As of this writing Colborn only has about 10 followers on SoundCloud. He should have many more.

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