Wednesday, 18 March 2015

First Collab Ever

I just finished work on my first collaboration ever! I have teamed up with Wolves and Horses to craft a slow-moving piece for the album Ambient Online Vol 4, scheduled for release in a couple of weeks.

I have shied away from collaborations earlier as I was not very comfortable with sharing a musical creative process with someone else. I'm a quite slow worker and the process is very much a combination of pedantic attention to details at the wrong time and ad hoc experiments. I imagined this wouldn't work too well with some else involved. Well, it seems I was wrong. Christian Saint-Viteux and I had a very good time sending files back and fourth between Sweden and Belgium, and we are both quite proud of the result. But don't take our word for it. Listen for yourself - I will let you know when the album is available on Bandcamp.

In the meantime you can listen to the very fine ambient work of Wolves and Horses on Soundcloud:

He is currently working on a new album, and will soon release an EP with his beautiful ambient on the Norwegian label Us As Effigies. Highly recommended.

My new album has done very well since its release in December. Thank you all for your support. Please keep playing my songs on Spotify! It really helps me keeping the creative work going. And if you've got a friend who needs a moment of stillness, I would be very grateful if you share a link to my music:

Friday, 19 December 2014

New Album: The Lightest Touch

I'm very happy to announce that my third album is out now!

With sparse soundscapes and beautiful melodies it goes searching for the stillness within us. This is ambient music for daydreamers, with lightly treading pianos, occasional whispering strings mixed with the noises of the world.

"An incredibly beautiful and very tasty slice of ambient pie from one of my favourite Swedish composers, Ingemar Holmlid (aka Imi Fal)." Myristica (Mei-Ling Grey), musician, UK
"Outstanding. A real pearl." Moisés Daniel, Mangalyan Records, France
"This reflective and melancholic piece is one of the true beauties to be encountered on Soundcloud. Deserves to be in a guilded frame. Simple yet so enriching as it reaches out to an inner place. Lovely." Neil William Holland, writer, UK

Released on Record Union and available now on Bandcamp and Spotify, with iTunes and Amazon to follow soon.


Friday, 5 December 2014

Elskavon - Laekkandi

Here is a recent favorite of mine, Elskavon from Minneapolis. With his beautiful and melodious ambient music, he takes me places I have never been to before. Highly recommended!

You can also see his photographs at:

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

In The Valley Of Fallen Giants

One of my favorite places here in my hometown Göteborg is the valley called White Anemone Valley (freely translated from Swedish "vitsippsdalen") right next to our botanical garden. Except that it's a very beautiful place, for ecological reasons they leave dead old trees standing, eventually falling over by themselves. With 40 meter trees lying on the ground, you realize what giants they are, and with a few of them together, it creates a very special atmosphere.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Review on Meadow Music

There is a review of a couple of my tracks over at Meadow Music, a blog about Swedish music:
On the two last [songs] “Hymn for the Waiting” and “Sonder” he has developed his soundscapes further; it feels more vivid and richer in images, beautiful like sparkling morning dew in the light of early dawn.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Drizzle & Sand (Ambient Online Vol. 3)

The third volume of Ambient Online Compilation is now available for download on Bandcamp! A massive world-spanning collection of truly beautiful and diverse ambient music from some of the most interesting ambient artists today, including Ascendant and Massergy.

My own contribution is this previously unreleased track called Drizzle & Sand, a slow piano-based piece moving through a coastal landscape of early autumn, daydreaming of a lost summer.

Order here:

Album cover art by Imi Fal.

Volume 2 was Bandcamp's top-selling ambient album for some time, and I believe this volume will be even better!

Ambient Online is an online community for makers and producers of ambient music, started by S1gns of L1fe (Ascendant). It's a place for exchange of ideas, collaboration, critique and, perhaps most importantly, a positive and constructive environment for creative workers.


Friday, 22 August 2014

Soundcloud Ads: Musicians Finally Making Money or Shattering a Community?

Soundcloud is looking for new ways for musicians to make money by introducing ads. Is this going to work?

A couple of years ago, just before I launched my first album on Spotify, I emailed Soundcloud headquarters suggesting that track plays on Soundcloud should be synced with Spotify. This, I reasoned, would get around the problem of having a big following on Soundcloud, but very few listeners taking the trouble to switch apps to generate an income for the artist. I got a polite answer but heard nothing more of it.

Now Soundcloud (SC) have announced a new partnership program called On Soundcloud, opening up for musicians (and labels) to make money through ads, both visual and embedded in songs. Not by connecting to Spotify though, but instead "spotifying" the user experience. And by paying for an account listeners seem to be able to get rid of the ads, just like a premium account on Spotify.

Is this the perfect way for musicians to finally get paid for their work in the age of digital music, or will it just shatter the quite unique audio community that SC has become over the years? Most people seems to agree that the music business need new ways to make money. Live gigging is at the moment covering up a bit for lost sales, but many artists (myself included) use nothing but a laptop to create music and that makes for a slightly thin live experience. Spotify has started to move up to it's promises at least here in Sweden by generating a big chunk of the total royalties, so obviously this kind of business model is working after all. It just might be that SC has found a good concept to copy.

Will the SC community accept these changes? For me, the biggest advantage of SC is also it's biggest drawback: It is very much a community of musicians, not listeners. The quality of discussions, the friendship and engagement of SC members is remarkable, close to unique in the digital world. Without that kind of wholehearted support, I think many would have stopped making music after a handful of songs. It makes the musicians evolve and deepen their creative explorations. But the support is seldom extended into the economic field - buying each others albums or songs is not a big thing.

For about a year SC have slowly introduced changes to attract more listeners, and thereby making it a slightly less convincing platform for musician-to-musician communication. (Likes and timed comments have been somewhat downgraded for example, two of the essential features for musical discussions and sharing). Member reactions to these changes has not been very positive, though few people seem to have actually left the community. Complaints are surfacing in many discussions. Is this just the normal human reaction to change or an indication of users not wanting the same thing as SC headquarters? And will the greater change now introduced, the inclusion of ads, be accepted? I believe that if musicians with a paid account will be spared from listening to ads for 15 seconds at the beginning of a collaborators song, and at the same time gain a small income from non-pro listeners, I think it can work. (Visual ads might be a bit easier for most to accept). On the other hand, it will be much more risky to force audio ads on pro users, as it is a kind of working tool for them. In this case I think people will start leaving the community, in what numbers is of course hard to predict. As always, the actual implementation is crucial. With Pinterest in mind and the discreet way they have handled similar issues, I hope SC will be applying the changes in a careful and well-thoughout way, listening intently to the feedback from their users as they go along. Then it might actually be a way for musicians not having to pay for doing a job they love.