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Album Description

Released:December 28th, 2011

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. They are pieces of music whose relative brevity—all are between one and three minutes in length—is designed to correlate with the economical, ephemeral nature of an Instagram photo.


>> 58 page PDF with full-page reproductions of the images and additional information on all the participating musicians


User Comments

merderein on 01/04/12 at 09:31PM
nicely done!
plish on 02/01/12 at 03:39AM
Hi all! I'm doing an experiment to understand the creative process better for writing music. No money involved, just for fun and understanding and sharing the learnings with folks. (As an FYI I'm an Innovation/Design Consultant by day)

Originally I was going to do the study using the following mood board for musical inspiration. The link is here:

However, the artists for this article used a picture instead. Could you all please reflect on your tune and complete the following short survey?​NZXGQFS

When all is done, I'll analyze the data from the surveys and publish it.

My own experiment is here:

You can always contact me with questions at or at

Looking forward to hearing how you work with your muses!!


Michael Plishka aka Plish
willvolponi on 04/17/12 at 01:58AM
OO-Ray made the best music of this album. I've used it twice in my short movies (and quoted him).
Thanx OO-Ray!
danielsltaylor on 04/30/15 at 03:15PM
This is fantastic work! so happy I was able to discover it. Congratulations to all!
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