Live Ambient Music Improvisation

Sunday Synth Jam: Ambient music is not a genre that typically promises a lot of eye candy or pyrotechnics.

But, as this live ambient improvisation by composer Daniel Davis demonstrates, ambient music can offer subtlety and beauty that reward whatever level of attention that you give it.

Davis notes, “The audio and video isn’t totally in sync – my camera doesn’t have an audio in, and without a beat, it’s hard to sync up.”

It’s close enough for ambient, though.”

Technical Details:

Live Ambient Improv – Angstrom’s Looper VST w/ Waldorf Blofeld, Roland XV-5050, Roland Alpha Juno 1, Roland HS-60, MicroKorg, and Arturia Minibrute.


13 thoughts on “Live Ambient Music Improvisation

  1. This is very cool. Something about it evoked memories of listening to Montag. So not only did this video please me with its soothing sound scapes but it also prompted me to discover that Antoine Bédard (Montag) released a new album in the past year.

  2. Thanks guys. Glad you liked it. This is the first in a hopefully-long series of videos I am planning. I haven’t done much video work at all, so I’m hoping my skills will improve as I go. It’ll definitely be better once I get a camera with audio in.

    Anyhow, thanks for watching and listening.

    BTW, I’ve never heard of Montag, but I’ll check it out!

  3. Hey… if getting the video and audio in sync is important to you, you could use something that fuctions the same way as a film slate (clapper)… a synth even. a patch with a fast attack and short release. hit record on both, hit one note, and then just sync them up. i’d give yourself 15-30 seconds of silence to make editing that out. it should be quick and easy to do until you get a better camera.

    hope that helps. great video.

  4. nice improv daniel! it’s always nice to see more from you. one of my favorite tracks from the ember compilation is nanobots chill.

    this however brought me to some place… like an astronaut waking up while drifting though space to see two alien fleets in a firefight, a few hundred miles away…or something like that.

    Can’t wait for the next one!


  5. GM – I meant to do that with a metronome at the beginning, but I forgot to crank up the volume on my monitors, so I wasn’t picking up any audio at all with the camera! 🙂

    Noob mistake. 🙂

    1. Oh damn! I meant you should have a visual cue, so you don’t need audio from the camera to sync it. You sync the sound of the cue w/ the frame of you hitting whatever…a key, two pieces of wood, etc. Film cameras don’t record audio, so that is how the sound is synced to the visual.

      Good luck! I look forward to the next vid.

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