It's the ticking clock.
Oh sure, it isn't always there - you don't always hear it, but you feel it - feel it in the same way we all do when something is due - when time is running out and we actually have to create. And make no mistake, writing is a creative act and creating is hard - which is why this playlist exists - to make it easier ;-)
I'm in love with this track - in fact - while I normally recommend the whole "one track on repeat thing" - I reckon you could go to Spotify and just stream the entire The Amsterdam Sessions EP - it's pretty awesome music to write to.
For me it's the soundscape they create - yes the piano is great and has such forward momentum - but it's the additional sounds - the ambient noises - the clock, the voices, the outside world creeping in - reminding you that it's there and that you'll have to return to it - soon - and with an essay in hand!
It's beautifully done - I'm a fan. Here's the press release:
When Fabian Rosenberg (Klangriket) and Sjors Mans came across each other through Soundcloud, there was an instant click. Discussing music and sound gear, they eventually decided to make a song together. Their first try-out, called Sarem, was such a good experience that the two musicians felt like collaborating further to see what they could come up with if they shared the same room while writing. This resulted in Fabian leaving Stockholm, his hometown, to visit Sjors at his Amsterdam studio. During four days, they improvised and experimented as much as possible, while taking turns on different musical instruments. This adventure resulted in five tracks that are now called The Amsterdam Sessions.
Ranging from neo-classical to experimental, ambient electronics, this EP is an exploration of sound and an ode to collaborative improvisation.
You can learn more about Klangriket & Fabian Rosenberg here:
You can learn more about Sjors Mans here:
About the Curator: Andrew McCluskey
The first visual memory I have is that of the white upright piano in Singapore, Hell and the dark forces lived at the bottom, Heaven and the Angels at the top. They would play battles through my fingers and I was hooked.
Although I've always played, I haven't always been a musician. Most of my twenties were spent working with people, buying and selling and learning how the world works. It was in my thirties that I came to America and focused on music and began to develop music2work2.