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The Intention of Pace

When ambient music sets your heart pacing

The question of whether or not ambient music can include beats obscures an arguably deeper question about effect. That question: Can music that sets one’s heart pacing, even if the sounds themselves are largely beat-less, still be considered ambient? On a track titled “Tourbillon,” Suss Müsik tests those circumscriptions, at least for the first minute or so, which is pure haze, but a sheer haze that is pitched high and given an intense sense of forward motion — a suggested motion that is confirmed soon after, when a pulsing, phasing piano line takes over. It’s blissful as the clouds, certainly, but those clouds pass in quick succession. You’re aloft, true, but will you ever come down? Then again, would you even want to, if this is the experience? The title of the track, which comes from clockmaking, is the French word for whirlwind.

Track originally posted at soundcloud.com/suss-musik. More from Suss Müsik at sussmusik.com.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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  • […] part of a watch mechanism that negates the effect of gravity. It’s also, as Marc Weidenbaum notes in this lovely review, the French word for “whirlwind.” We weren’t quite certain how the result of […]

  • By Upcoming Releases – Suss Müsik on May 28, 2016 at 4:56 am

    […] if not compelling. If the performances are of sufficient quality, they’ll be packaged with Tourbillon  on the next Bandcamp release, yet to be […]

  • By Two New Pieces – Suss Müsik on August 7, 2016 at 5:26 am

    […] the Suss Müsik studio walls. It’s too early to say whether the piece will be more like Tourbillion or perhaps something else […]

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