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Listening to art.
Playing with audio.
Sounding out technology.
Composing in code.

A Collective of Two

A peek into a cloud atlas

The Oxford Ambient Collective is an individual, though here it’s also a duo, working in tandem with Encym. The music of “London Departures” is vast as only a bedroom beatmaker can craft — which is to say unimaginably — though here there are no beats, per se, just a vast, ever-quivering mass of light sounds. It’s full-on cloud mode. A glance at a “types of clouds” STEM page for elementary-school students suggests perhaps the cumulonimbus clouds: massive structures of humidity that form on hot days.

Track oroginally posted at More on the Oxford Ambient Collective, aka David Smith, at and More from encym, aka Roland Reinke, at

By Marc Weidenbaum

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