To that end, I'm into ambient art, ambient music, and now ambient television. I don't have a TV set, but I can approximate the experience on the internet. (Besides, actual televisions ain't gettin' any more relevant.) Here's "Mind Animation", the second of two videos from YouTube's "AMBIENT TV" (guess how I found 'em):
I feel as if I should get the word out about these, because, jeez, three years uploaded and only 729 views? That says "promotional problem" to me, especially since the material itself is a definite "Charlie by my finger"-killer. I get new musical and cinematic ideas, and the old ones are refreshed, whenever I watch this or its predecessor, the vegetationally rather than mechanically oriented "Plant Gravitation":
Also of interest, perhaps unexpectedly so, is 0300TV, an "independent editorial unit on architecture." Their page is pretty much a miracle of simple design, and their videos aren't bad either. As "a response to architecture media overtaken by anxiety and indulgence," they produce interviews with architects and architectural types as well as what I'll call "video photographs" of buildings. As I'm deeply fascinated by the borderland between still and motion photography and am a white person, this is straight up Colin Alley. Though most of their material is — d'oh — subscribers-only, some of it's available on their Vimeo account.
This crazy appealing trailer for 0300's video on China's Ningbo Historic Museum is a sound example of what I'm talking about:
Crisp, still shots, field recordings, interesting shot durations — well, not so much in the trailer, but in the real videos, they're much, much longer — this is just what I'm looking for. I'm reminded of my periodically surfacing idea to cut up my favorite films and make new ones out of only their pillow shots and architectural elements. Think of how Ozu's oeuvre alone would look.
And speaking of, I'd be remiss not to mention one of my favorite living filmmakers' tributes to one of my favorite dead ones. Abbas Kiarostami's Five: Dedicated to Ozu, perhaps the finest ambient movie yet produced, is available for free and in full online. Though it's been up for seven months now, there's no guarantee it'll stay that way, so here's what you'll be doing with your next 74 minutes. (It's not embeddable.)
The only entrepreneurial project I'm interested in starting up is an ambient television channel. There wouldn't happen to be any investors reading this, would there?