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[Indistinct Chatter] Cabin Lights Off

by Myles O'Reilly

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"My obsession with the minimal ambient genre first began when I started to create ambient drones in my music documentaries to lead the audience in and out of music performances. A drone might begin as a barely audible hum to preempt a song, and in the same key, trail out after each song ends, resonating behind landscapes and the natural audio in my footage. Once I began to compose even longer pieces to sit under the dialogue of interviews, I realised I was unintentionally creating a collection of ambient songs.

My first ambient record (Tall as Houses) was pretty much a selection of works taken from film projects of mine but 'Cabin Lights Off' was an album created without help from any visual accomplices. I started with my eyes closed, inspired by long haul flights (RIP). I miss that feeling of tearing through the air, hundreds of miles an hour, thousands of feet above ground, snug behind a few panes of plexiglass, looking out at a sun setting above the clouds, dipping behind this giant space rock, made all the more present with a long and windy drone in my ears. Doesn't really matter how I travel, there's no better soundtrack than minimal ambient for staring out a window into the middle distance, when my mind turns it's focus to the imagination and doesn't want to be distracted. Eyes and ears not focusing on anything in particular but allowing my mind to investigate inwards. Hearing not listening. Seeing not watching. Ultimately, feeling as though I'm flying through the air like that kid in Snowman, and not sitting in a giant gravity defying sardine can.``


released September 24, 2020

Written, composed, recorded and mixed by Myles O’Reilly. Mastered by Seán Mac Erlaine.


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Myles O'Reilly is an award winning music documentary filmmaker, minimal ambient musician and singer-songwriter from Dublin, Ireland.

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