That idea is perfectly suited for the music industry, even though you might not expect it. I can hear music in everything, in birds, in building works, in rivers and in busy streets. My mind can add beats, percussion and melody, sometimes even vocals. I'd love to live in a house filled with musical instruments and field recording equipment, preferably somewhere far away, hidden in a forest somewhere.
But it looks like someone beat me to that. Ane Østergaard, an electronic music composer from Denmark has already done something like that and I'm listening to the result right now. We, that's my wife and I, listened last night too and we were both amazed by what we heard. There were a lot of 'perhapses'. Perhaps it was something like Black Dice, or perhaps it was influenced by Biosphere. Perhaps Kraftwerk or Kode9 were in Ane's music collection.
According to the biography, she really did put a huge number of instruments in a house, including piano, guitar and zither but also non-instruments such as a hearing-aid, shoelaces and kitchen equipment. There was also a computer for the electronic aspect (the beats) and to record birds and other field recordings. All those sounds were processed into something that blatantly defies music genres.
On this record there's ambient, there's dubstep, there's breakbeat, there's IDM, there's cosmic music, there's old school techno and there's even a hint of jazz. I probably forgot a few genres by the way. Just like Ane refuses to stay in one genre, she refuses to stay in one era. Klaus Schulze like soundscapes are being mixed by present day deep droning dubstep basses and early 2000's electroclash rhythms.
Yet, as cold and electronic as all of the above might sound, the music still has a warm and organic atmosphere. It feels free as if it was allowed to do whatever it wanted to, or as if the instruments and non-instruments were given their own breath of life. That certainly makes this album stand out in the usually cold electronic scene of today. So check out this brilliant piece of work. You will definitely be amazed.