The Mind’s Abyss: Pairing Dark Ambient with Art

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Art is a mirror, one that allows a deeper view into the mind of the creator. What happens when that mind is fractured? Can a broken mirror still show a complete reflection? What happens when another artist gazes into that mirror? Our own ToH member Bucket-o-Blood grappled with these questions and more when he was commissioned by an artist through Reddit to create an accompanying sonic piece for an art exhibit. The catch? The art on display were all reflections of schizophrenia.

Earlier this year, Bucket-o-Blood was contacted by an anonymous Reddit user under the alias “Informitas.” Informatis tasked Bucket to craft a unique soundscape that would reflect the tension and unease created by his own schizophrenic condition. Bucket-o-Blood rose to the challenge, inevitably composing a 17-minute sprawl under his musical moniker Senescence. Bucket’s efforts paid off, as a private party of mental health professionals were equally engaged and disturbed by the pelagic drones reverberating through the small gallery.

The end result was “Abyssal Dregs”, a 17-minute colossus of a piece with brass, reeds, strings, bizarre percussion, and a fishtank. It was a massive undertaking to get everything recorded and edited, and I am extremely proud of the end result.

For his part, Senescence’s “Abyssal Dregs” certainly matched the art on display. Informitas’s pieces show the dark, inhuman landscapes lurking within his splintered mind, and the creeping strings and noisome reeds certainly capture the lurking dread of the rising pillars and scratched walls in the paintings. Senescence’s brooding music certainly seems to reflect the bleak tone and gnawing paranoia evident in his works.

In deference to both Informitas and Bucket-o-Blood, I’d like to propose that you engage with both works of art as the creators intended: press play on “Abyssal Dregs,” turn the lights low, and let your mind wander through the obsidian landscapes. Report back here with what you find inside.

No Masks Here

Hominis + Filius + Mulier

Inside #1

Inside #2

Stay

Temple of Man

Wait

You can find all of Informitas’s pieces, and some details, here. You can purchase “Abyssal Dregs” and the rest of the Abyssal Depthshere EP . All photo credits to Informitas.

  • Howard Dean

    Well, it’s certainly a lot better than pairing Ambien with driving:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-taLmw5Qvg

    Interesting concept and nice write up, Dubz. I have some work I need to crush post-lunch. Might need to mix in this dark ambient as background tunes.

  • This art is chilling

  • Señor Jefe El Rossover

    This is a very interesting topic and the relationship between music and art here that goes beyond the connection of an album cover. Creating a piece of music to match the feeling you get when gazing into art is very intriguing.

    • Manowar are pretty dang good at it

      • CyberneticOrganism

        “We’ve got a pretty solid album here. How should we portray it on the cover?”
        “OILY HALF-NAKED MEN!”
        *repeat for every album*

        • The music sounds like music half naked oily men would listen to

  • Elegant Gazing Globe

    creepy

  • Jay Riemenschneider

    This kind of art and subject matter have always interested me. It’s the weird place in your mind’s-eye/head’s-abyss that seems unearthly, but is a part of you whether you like it or not. It’s a vicarious interest through, as I’m too chickenshit to wander into my own.

    The masks in these paintings remind me a lot of Terra Tenebrosa’s Cuckoo. He’s stated in interviews that the inspiration for his mask came from a similar place and from dreams.

  • Doom Scientist

    OT: moar gnu MastoDONG
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ry7FStwey4
    So far, 1 good song, 1 suck song, and now 1 “eh, it’s okay” song.
    On topic: I’ve got a crap head cold so I can’t really engage anything complex rite nao. I can relate to the mood of the art though.

  • CyberneticOrganism

    Wow, this is seriously cool. Excellent work, Dubsborg.

  • Óðinn

    Thank-you very much, W.

  • Waynecro

    I really like this artwork. Thanks, Dubs!