I noticed there is no dedicated thread about lowercase ambient, closest thing is field recording, so i thought it might be a good idea to create one
So this is a place to discuss all things lowercase. Whether it’s artists, techniques, definitions, strategies, performances, or general appreciation for this small subgenre!
Some basic info for those who don’t know the terms:
Lowercase is a extreme form of minimal ambient music, which uses extremely quiet and often unheard sounds (like the growth of plants or electromagnetic fields). The term was coined by Steve Roden, who described his 2001 release “forms of paper”, being like lowercase lettering in contrast capital letters. For a more in depth definition, check out Wikipedia
For the sake of this thread existing, posts have to be about either an artist who associates themselves with the genre, or having either very quiet or barley noticeable sounds or amplification of sounds below/beyond the spectrum of perception as their main compositional focus. Also Onkyokei music is welcome.
Artists associated with the genre:
LLYN Y CWN
Alva Noto/Carsten Nicolai
A huge list of others according to Last.fm
VICE interview with Steve Roden
Bandcamp daily lowercase list
Wired mag article
Pad Chennington interview with Steve Roden
Steve Rodens website
Steve Rodens blog
Steve Roden essay on lowercase affinities and forms of paper
Tetsu Inoue website
Muffwiggler thread about Tetsu Inoue
Brian Olewnicks blog with a lot of lowercase releases
DISCLAIMER: This list will be edited throughout the thread!
please excuse slow adding process, will add thread shared links ASAP