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Ambient MediaJapanese Atmospheres of Self$
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Paul Roquet

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780816692446

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816692446.001.0001

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The Sound of Embodied Security

The Sound of Embodied Security

Imaginary Landscapes of Ambient Music

(p.49) 2 The Sound of Embodied Security
Ambient Media

Paul Roquet

University of Minnesota Press

Chapter 2 presents an aesthetic history of how ambient music has sought to enable feelings of ontological security by indirectly situating the self against imaginary acoustic horizons. Roquet traces how the landscapes made sensible by ambient music became increasingly abstract and anonymous moving from the 1980s to the 1990s to the 2000s, in time with shifting social attitudes and new sound reproduction technologies. In the process, Roquet listens closely to key ambient tracks from Hosono Haruomi, Tetsu Inoue, and Hatakeyama Chihei.

Keywords:   Aesthetics, Ambient music, Ontology, Acoustics, Abstraction, Sound technology, Hosono Haruomi, Tetsu Inoue, Hatakeyama Chihei

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