Jon Hopkins shares new ambient track, part of his 24-hour “Quiet” playlist
Jon Hopkins has shared a new 20-minute ambient track, "Singing Bowl (Ascension)," which he's included as part of his collaborative "Quiet" Spotify playlist. The track was created with a 100 year-old singing bowl Hopkins picked up in an antique shop in Delhi. He then "fed these into a laptop running a simple, generative system that triggered the hits and drones at random. This would allow synchronicity to play a central part in the composition process, and remove as much 'thinking' as possible from the writing."
“Like so many people I felt pretty paralysed by this situation when it first unfolded," Jon says. "All my plans for the year were cancelled, and everything felt so weird and dreamlike. But gradually I found I wanted to create something - to find peace and perspective through making music, as I have always done. It felt beautifully pure to just use one acoustic sound source, and no synths. It was liberating to write something without playing anything on a keyboard - to avoid the familiar diatonic scale for the first time, and thus avoid any of my own conditioned playing habits. There was a magic in setting this generative system in motion then just letting the vibrations of this bowl create their own world. I listened to harmonics layering on top of harmonics for hours and was transported.” You can watch a video for a four-minute excerpt of "Singing Bowl (Ascension)," below.
As for Hopkins' "Quiet" playlist, he says "I started building this playlist a few years ago just for myself and friends, as a way of collecting and sharing ambient music I loved. I've been using it for meditations and psychedelic journeys for ages. With everything that is happening right now this felt like the right time to make it public." Currently over 24 hours long, "Quiet" also includes tracks by Brian Eno, William Basinski, Four Tet, Grouper, Stars of the Lid, Roedelius, Harold Budd, Bing & Ruth, M83, Laraaji, Windy & Carl, and lots more. Stream "Quiet," with leads with Jon's full version of "Singing Bowl (Ascension)," below.