Helios: A Showcase of Nostalgic Production
Nostalgia has always been a very prominent emotion evoked by Ambient music. Since the genre rarely utilizes lyrical content to bring about emotions like this, it has always been interesting to me to figure out exactly what aspect of the sonic qualities of Ambient music bring about the feeling of nostalgia. In this essay, I attempt to tap into the sonic qualities via production techniques of five different songs by Ambient/Electronic artist, Helios, who has always been a strong communicator of nostalgic emotion to me, personally. The essay explores the tie that reverb – among other production techniques – has with the creation of mind-space, allowing the mind to fill the space with memories that consequently evoke a sense of nostalgia. Additionally, the concept of “technostalgia” and specific production techniques that represent it are explored as possible contributors to the overall nostalgic phenomenon of Helios’ music. Overall, through exploiting the aural experience of Helios’ work, I hope to provide insight into why it causes such a longing for the past.