Mary Lattimore’s Ambient Playlist

The harpist shares a selection of songs that blur the edges of the genre

“Ambient” is too often a lazy title thrown at any track without a steady beat, and the word cannot do justice to the veins of artists at hand experimenting with voice, instrument, or even electronics. Mary Lattimore—who commands a harp—has put together a playlist for us that highlights the depth and allurement of the so-called genre. If you missed her live set at the 10-hour-long …

For Nihon

Ambient musicians across the globe unite to support Japan relief efforts

As the Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis begin to fade from the headlines, heartfelt efforts to help the nation recover continue. One that recently stood out brings together a group of ambient recording artists who are stepping up with their talents to support the cause. The compilation album, called For Nihon, is the work of husband-and-wife musician team Keith Kenniff and his wife Hollie …

La Noche en Blanco: Perpetual Sunshine

Around three in the morning last Sunday, several hours into Madrid's La Noche en Blanco festival, I stumbled to Plaza Vazquez de Mella in search of Perpetual Sunshine. The brainchild of meteorologists, interior designers, and club kids, the exhibit is composed of 334 infrared bulbs that are wired to a computer. Using conditions of anywhere in the world where the sun is shining, the computer …