can someone explain why ambient even exists?
there are no lyrics, it is devoid of any poetic beauty. and the melodies are simple as fuck
I mean there's a lot of music without lyrics at all, let alone poetic beauty. Some music is intentionally dissonant or places no weight on melodies.
For me, I started getting into ambient cause I dislike verse chorus verse chorus bridge chorus songs
>there are no lyrics
Lots of great music has no lyrics
> it is devoid of any poetic beauty
Thats very subjective, I've never heard a hip hop song with poetic beauty for example
>and the melodies are simple as fuck
Thats the point but still not always true
>I've never heard a hip-hop song with poetic beauty
Probably because you've never listened to Doseone.
My point is, poeple who take anything at face value, even entire genres of music, are missing out.
Different music for different moods. If you need intense concentration, from working to mediation, ambient can be very relaxing.
Or exhilarating in its lofty calm. This has proven its worth to me over the last 20 years, from the balcony of a cruise ship cabin, to winter nights like these when the sheer force of contrast between the bright warm interior and the dark frigidity outside makes a nice excuse for a fresh holiday of the imagination.
Enlighten me, what do you consider a good song with lyrics, poetic beauty, and complex melodies?
Based off your first item on the list, I'm sorry you've never liked a movie soundtrack ever by the way, film must be difficult.
Eno says that he wanted to make the musical experience something more interactive.
Ambient music creates a space and through your sensibility you can experience textures, temperute, flavores, odors etc..
It's all about immersion.
You want me to play your fucking autistic game? OK
It's extremely arbitrary to say that certain things should exist because they meet random criteria you yourself posited. Apparently since you pose as a robot you need everything explained out to you in autist because whilst not actually being hyper-rational you'd like to comport yourself like your mind exists in some super-objective realm while you yourself are making the most stupid assumptions and forgetting that you are talking about music. We might as well hyper-analyze about what "justifies" anything existing at all. Nothing does, all shit is stuff and at the end people actually want to know why the fuck you want to even know what "justifies" the existence of things you don't even like. That would be why "rational" was put in quotes, because I doubt that you are in the first place and frankly I find you a charlatan. If you want a goddam full philosophical analyses you can start by reading shit instead of asking 4chan.
So you couldn't find anyway to make an ad-hom attack because I wouldn't give it to you so you came up with your own instead. Kek.
i remember when music meant something and not what people felt was music at the moment
To whom the example is persuasive, let it be. To whom it is not, let that be also. In telling a story of my own experience the case I make is not for my own leanings, but for autobiography as a procedure for finding and naming what one's leanings are, and what goes with them.
Music more airborne than earthy, as well as suggestive of imagery & feeling on the oceanic of all outdoors. It's not the only mode of ambient, but it is the major one as much by definition as by practice.
>I've never heard a hip hop song with poetic beauty for example
And some other examples:
>It's poetry, no, it's closer to a finger painting
>From the simpler days when everything
>Was crayon-wax and pencil shavings
>We speak a secret language. Explaining scars,
>Birds in the trees, waterfalls and flaming stars.
>All the little things that can take my breath away.
>Now he can't sleep, but stays awake, dreams of better days
>When he wrote her love letters and the weather didn't seem so great
These are love and breakup related, but most poetry is pussywax anyway.
Sometimes I give it an EQ roughly like this, whatever tames the piano peaks a bit, gives the whole more humming thunder & shimmering air.
I don't think ambient is only for the relaxing/background sounds purpose. There are plenty of ambient artists whose ambient is quite engaging, stimulating and worthy of attentive listening. Tim Hecker is the most popular guy on /mu/ who fits this bill.