ambientsphinx gary Smith randolph I am an artist living in the Boston area and I have been listening to electronic music since the early days of Tangerine Dream. They were the group whose music most shaped my current taste. In 1985 Patrick O'Hearn came out with 'Ancient Dreams' and in 1989 Michael Pluznick came out with 'Where the Rain is Born' The synth work, percussion, and deeply layered atmospheres on those two cd's captivated me for years. Then in 1993 an explosion seemingly occurred-Young American Primitive came out with his work , Future Sound of London came out with Accelerator and Global Communication with their remix of Chapterhouse 'Pentamerous Metamorphosis' and suddenly this wonderful music was everywhere. I love this music. It puts me in a place I would otherwise not be able to visit.It has been a kind of elegant and secret passport to that place where I find inspiration for my art. Drawing my abstract and somewhat surreal pen and inks is currently the most important endeavor for me. They are what comes out of my soul-much in the same way that music comes out of so many of you. There are also other forms to my work as a musician may have differing styles to his/her music. Watercolor abstracts are the most colorful and playful of my work while my seascapes are more of a traditional fare but always evoking a sense of solitude and mood. Anyways this music that I listen to is for me a wellspring from which I drink daily. It is always exciting to discover a new artist or find a new track. On Soundcloud I can communicate a bit with the artists themselves which is always thrilling. None of my own peers are into what I listen to. If I go to a social gathering-ie. play poker with some friends if they see me pull out a cd that I have burnt they just put up their hands and make crosses as though they are warding off dracula from sucking the life out of them. I need to find a better card game. So I am most grateful to the Soundcloud people-the artists and the followers and those who comment. It is nice to know others even in an abstract and surreal way-that is where I seem to hang the most comfortably anyways. Nice to almost know you. As a postscript to this I have now uploaded a great deal of my artwork onto Flickr where my screen name is offshore geometries.Enjoy.