The title should be self-explanatory.
For me it's the following:
1. Obviously, the slow tempo. I love it when it's around 70-100 bpm.
2. The pads. Extremely important for me. It feels like swimming or diving in an aural sea.
3. The layers. Although I can appreciate some minimal psybient, like some Virtual and Robert Rich releases, it sends me to other worlds when there are arpeggios and effects around the main themes.
4. The melodies. I can't enjoy purely weird or experimental music for too long.
5. The ethnic element. a. Vocals, Arabic, Far Eastern, Tuvan, almost anything goes. I know they are anathema to a lot of listeners, but I love them as a part of the whole. Not so much as the main focus, although I do like Entheogenic, for example, who sometimes tend to overuse them b. Instrumentation: I enjoy all manner of traditional instruments, but I have a soft spot for tablas, stringed and wind instruments.
6. The emotional aspect. This might be my favourite element.
7. The "fractal" quality of some of the music. As it says on a sample I heard recently (but can't remember where ) "self similar, but not the same," when I get deep into a tune it feels like getting ever deeper into the Mandelbrot. I know it's the most typical example there is, but that's what it feels like. And it also gets progressively brighter, with various visual effects that look like tricks your eyes play on you on a sunny day, following the effects. I don't often have the will to focus inward for too long though.
8. Nature sounds from field recordings. What would Matt Hillier's music be without them?
9. Some artwork is fantastic and deepens the experience in its own right. I adore the art on Dakini releases, for instance.
As I've said elsewhere, I used to value the spiritual aspect, but now it's not as important for me anymore.
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