Ambient music inspired by Instagram images

 Images 2011 2011.12 20111228-Instagrid BB pal and former guestblogger Marc Weidenbaum, of the excellent Disquiet site asked 25 ambient musicians "who also enjoy using Instagram to create original short pieces of music -- call them "sonic postcards" -- inspired by each other's Instagram photos." He's posted the entire lovely collection of tracks and also a 58-page PDF of the Instagram images and background on the artists. From the Instagr/am/bient project page:

 Images 2011 2011.12 20111228-Instagrambient

Photos shared with the popular software Instagram are usually square in format, not unlike the cover to a record album. The format leads inevitably to a question: if a given image were the cover to a record album, what would the album’s music sound like?

Instagr/am/bient is a response to that question. The project involves 25 musicians with ambient inclinations. Each of the musicians contributed an Instagram photo, and in turn each of the musicians recorded an original track in response to one of the photos contributed by another of the project’s participants. The tracks are sonic postcards.

"Instagr/am/bient: 25 Sonic Postcards"


    1. Good eye, it’s my work: We didn’t include descriptions of what the photos are. You could search for the artists on Instagram and find more info in case they captioned their post. 

  1. I loved the concept; but I was a bit irked that the embedded artwork for each file was a very low-res copy of the picture, not the original.  Since the audio is best enjoyed with the video, I thought it would be nice if the artwork was the original.

    Being creative is better than critical; so I fixed it! See for the exact same audio but with the HD pictures (from the PDF) as the embedded artwork. (the tags were updated to ID3 V2.2 as part of the process).

    If you need a MP3 player that will actually display the Hi-res artwork; recent versions of Banshee should be good enough; otherwise VLC works fine.

Comments are closed.