Longtime local musician Brian Phillips (Discovery of Magnetic North, Ootheca) managed to create his most emotionally stirring work so far as a way to trying to keep it together during these troubled times. Eschewing the harsh soundscapes of his main gig, Ootheca, Phillips recently began composing lush, meditative, ambient tracks to try and help lull stressed family members to sleep. He then decided to make it public under the pseudonym Glass Hive.
“Recently, my 12-year old had trouble sleeping and wanted to listen to white noise to drown out any worrisome thoughts or distracting sounds,” Phillips says. “I said, ‘Hey, I’ll make something for you like that, but it will also have some calm music in it.’
“Working on this forced me to focus and stop excessively checking the news. And listening to it ended up helping to calm my catastrophic thoughts long enough to aid my own sleep as well. With any luck, the music might help other people in the same way.”
Ambient music was conceptualized by Brian Eno many years back to be utilitarian, and this is perhaps one of the most tender uses of the genre to date. Two tracks, the 20-minute “Jack in the Pulpit” and eight-minute-long "Calandrinia," are currently available on the Glass Hive Bandcamp, and they’re well worth a listen.
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