Daniel Davis has proposed an interesting project, the Multiple Artist Ambient Project, at his blog, Carl Sagan’s Ghost:
Brian Eno’s idea of ambient music was birthed from a Zaireeka-like experience: while sick in the hospital, he could hear music being played softly from down the hall. When mixed in with the noises of the surroundings, the music took on an ambient quality – it couldn’t be fully listened to, and yet it couldn’t be ignored.
I say we complete the circle and record a multiple-artist album in multiple parts that are meant to be played simultaneously in a mix-and-match fashion up to the listener’s preference.
If you’re interested in a project like this, contact Davis via ddavis ( at) carlsagansghost.com.
I could see this being expanded to a sort of ambient In C, but where anyone could publish an addition to the work by releasing audio that conforms to certain rules (Creative Commons licensed, should work with previously released contributions, etc.)
If you’ve got other ideas, leave a comment below!