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Ambient Music’s Rise & Evolution: New Forms, Applications

While ambient music is often dismissed as glorified elevator music by much of the population, the reality is that the genre has as much depth and complexity as any other genre, and may also possess the ability to improve the listener’s cognitive function.

In this latest piece from MusicThinkTank, contributor Sam Bowman looks at the history behind ambient music, and how it can be beneficial, both as an education aid and beyond.

“Those who produce ambient music are attempting to create an environment or aura around the listener. Ambient music effectively envelops you in an acoustic blanket that provides comfort while also stimulating your brain. Traditional rock and pop songs are relatively formulaic and easy to follow along with, while ambient music is more anarchic and full of surprises. “

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