Bobby Jones, who records as I’ve Lost, creates guitar-based ambient musical works, which are really hard to simply fit into just one category. The music has been described as minimalist, ambient and, in a recent review, “Post-Rock for Whales”
“I’ve Lost makes music for serious listening, and not merely background or ambience. This music takes you places where you need to go. It explores the heart of Inner Space. It will make you think.” – Bob Martin
Bobby was raised in the desert southwest of the United States, and this is where his interest began in ambient music. He was inspired by the wide open spaces, harshness of the climate, and sublime landscapes of the desert. He was also highly inspired by the highly spiritual and, conversely, tumultuous history of the area. He now lives in Portland, Oregon where the grey skies and cityscapes, for him, are elements of a somewhat ideal climate for introspection.
Through Bobby’s research, life experiences, and in reading Existentialist philosophy, he came to the conclusion that all we really have at our fingertips is the very moment we exist within. And how we navigate, or make choices within any moment is greatly influenced by our ever-fading memories. Then we have new memories and experiences. Consequently, we are ever becoming something new. This becomes the basis for Bobby’s approach to the creation of his art.
I’ve Lost’s work has at its core the importance of the creation process. Bobby begins with making a simple choice of sounds, textures, and notes. As the memory of each choice comes back around, he reacts to that memory with a new choice. This is all done in the moment with very little planning, and no editing. At some level, Bobby allows the works to evolve on their own, but there are times when a theme emerges and continues to ride underneath the layers of sounds. From his art education, he has developed a personal sense of the importance of improvisation… to create in the moment from what is at hand.
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