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Featured Artists: Grace Menninger and Natalie Roth

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Juniors Grace Menninger and Natalie Roth have been making ambient music since their sophomore year as a creative outlet. Ambient music is a unique combination of sounds put together to convey certain feelings.

Q: Why did you start making ambient music?

G: “I saw how other artists made ambient music, and I was like, hey, if they can do it, I can do it. Making music has always been a dream of mine, but I can’t play instruments.”

N: “Ambient music is very accessible for people who don’t know what they’re doing in terms of playing instruments, I tried to learn guitar but I only learned the intro to ‘Applause’ by Lady Gaga.”

Q: Where do you find your inspiration for your music?

G: “Brian Eno for sure, he’s like the father of ambient music, also Aphex Twin. He took what Brian Eno did and modernized and popularized it.” 


N: “We are like Grimes, she made her entire album called ‘Oblivion’ on GarageBand.”

Q: What kind of programs do you use to create your music?

G: “We use GarageBand, Audacity and EMMS.”

 

N: “We make everything as cheaply as we possibly can, it’s more fun like that.”

 

Q: What is the process of creating a new song like?

G: “First we collect samples and field recordings. Those are sounds that we hear and like and will eventually incorporate into a song. My favorite is when you’re at the plaza or something and there’s a preacher just going [crazy], I love [crazy] preachers.”

 

N: “The typical structure of one of our songs is field recordings with drone underneath. Drone is a long, sustained chord.”

 

Q: How many people listen to your music?

G: “Our bandcamp account has 570 plays total, ‘Birdstep’ and ‘Communist Daughter’ are the most played.”

 

N: “My personal favorites are ‘Hymnal 1’, ‘Hymnal 2’ and ‘Birdstep’.”

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