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Ambient Australia: music, meditation and tourist places

Chapter


Abstract


  • This chapter examines how music informs the creation of tourist places in

    Australia. It discusses one genre-ambient music-and the way it is related to

    geography both symbolically (in terms of cultural representations), and literally

    (in terms of links to musical and touristic activities in particular towns). The rise

    of ambient music has contributed to the imaginative representation of a touristic

    Australia of "natural" physical and cultural landscapes, where indigenous people

    are particularly significant. Designed to encourage relaxation and even sleep, in its

    cover art, its sounds and lyrics (where they exist), ambient music has emphasized

    "special" places both generic and real, that are remote from urban centers, and

    physically attractive-usually involving mountains, falling or flowing water (in

    streams rather than rivers), rain forests, coasts, seashores and oceans, occasionally

    deserts, and more generally "wilderness." Ambient music is thus a means through

    which a very particular cultural geography of landscapes and nature is constructed

    and vicariously experienced. Landscapes are imbued with certain spiritual powers,

    or associated with animals, such as birds, dolphins and whales, regarded as having

    special qualities, the sounds of which are incorporated into many tracks.

Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • Connell, J. & Gibson, C. R. (2009). Ambient Australia: music, meditation and tourist places. In O. Johansson & T. Bell (Eds.), Sound, Society and the Geography of Popular Music (pp. 67-88). Farnham, UK: Ashgate.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/scipapers/3292

Book Title


  • Sound, Society and the Geography of Popular Music

Start Page


  • 67

End Page


  • 88

Abstract


  • This chapter examines how music informs the creation of tourist places in

    Australia. It discusses one genre-ambient music-and the way it is related to

    geography both symbolically (in terms of cultural representations), and literally

    (in terms of links to musical and touristic activities in particular towns). The rise

    of ambient music has contributed to the imaginative representation of a touristic

    Australia of "natural" physical and cultural landscapes, where indigenous people

    are particularly significant. Designed to encourage relaxation and even sleep, in its

    cover art, its sounds and lyrics (where they exist), ambient music has emphasized

    "special" places both generic and real, that are remote from urban centers, and

    physically attractive-usually involving mountains, falling or flowing water (in

    streams rather than rivers), rain forests, coasts, seashores and oceans, occasionally

    deserts, and more generally "wilderness." Ambient music is thus a means through

    which a very particular cultural geography of landscapes and nature is constructed

    and vicariously experienced. Landscapes are imbued with certain spiritual powers,

    or associated with animals, such as birds, dolphins and whales, regarded as having

    special qualities, the sounds of which are incorporated into many tracks.

Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • Connell, J. & Gibson, C. R. (2009). Ambient Australia: music, meditation and tourist places. In O. Johansson & T. Bell (Eds.), Sound, Society and the Geography of Popular Music (pp. 67-88). Farnham, UK: Ashgate.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/scipapers/3292

Book Title


  • Sound, Society and the Geography of Popular Music

Start Page


  • 67

End Page


  • 88