Ambient Flo

is creating a 24 hour radio station for deep musical escapism

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Supporter

$4.50
per month
During this pandemic, many musicians have seen their main income stream disappear overnight. A spotlight has been placed on the disproportionate split of revenue streams within the music industry. 

With these imbalances, now is even more critical for the independent music sector, Ambient Flo radio is an attempt to start a new musical ecosystem where we can support artists who find themselves in need via our Artist Profit Share (APS) system. 

What is the APS? 

At the moment we are in trial-mode, we need to reach 500 subscribers over the next three months in order to exist and keep evolving. All income received is split three-ways. For every £3 donation:
  • £1 goes to the artists
    • This will be split equally between the 300 selected tracks we programme. We will proactively contact each artist and publicly publish our monthly tracklists. As we have a radio licence in place, we don’t have to do this, but we feel it is an important part of fair remuneration during a time when it is needed most by the music community. We welcome music submissions.
  • £1 goes to the running costs
    • This includes the internet radio licences, the server costs, the website, the artwork and other admin costs every month. This also allows us to dedicate time to the accounting side, making sure payments are distributed to the artists. 
  • £1 goes to Auntie Flo, guest curators and our internal team
    • We are not an algorithm. Our curators will dedicate significant time to this project, handpicking and buying songs so the quality remains high. Whether digging for music or listening to artist submissions. And we are not going to lie, with no more gig income, our curators could use the additional revenue too. 
If you like listening to Ambient Flo and want to support the artists we programme then please consider becoming a Patreon!
  • 24hr access to Ambient Flo
  • Patreon-only Newsletter
  • Support musicians in a time of need
  • Sonos Integration - streaming URL

Super Supporter

$13
per month
Same as tier 1 but with three times as much money going to the artists and the team. If you have a bit more money to spend, why not consider becoming a super-supporter? This will help us reach our 500 subscriber target in double time, creating a sustainable income stream for the musicians and team.

  • 24hr access to Ambient Flo
  • Patreon-only Newsletter
  • Support musicians in a time of need
  • Sonos Integration - streaming URL
  • Exclusives

Professional

$43
per month
Do you want to use Ambient Flo for your yoga classes / spa / place of business? 

Our Professional tier also includes additional licensing required for us to deliver the songs to you in a professional space. We will work with our tech partner, Open Ear Music, to offer an app that gives offline playback, realtime control and ways for you to edit the selection so it fits your business needs.
  • Ambient Flo for your business
  • 24hr access to Ambient Flo
  • Patreon-only Newsletter
  • Support musicians in a time of need
  • Offline Playback
  • Control - edit playlist to suit your business
  • Consultation
  • Sonos Integration - streaming URL

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About Ambient Flo

+ Ambient Flo+

www.ambientflo.com


Ambient Flo started as a weekly live stream from Auntie Flo’s garden during the first lockdown. For lockdown 2.0, it has evolved into a 24 hour radio station with three priorities:

  • Music - an ambient, fourth world and transcendental station curated by Auntie Flo and high calibre guests
  • Fair economy - that provides a fairer business model and 'Artist Profit Share' revenue stream for musicians.
  • Health - to transport us from the pressures of everyday life.


Each month the playlists are replenished with new music. The station is free to listen to, but in these challenging times we'd love it if you can please support us by sharing with friends and joining via Patreon. This project can only exist with your backing; if we can reach our goal of 500 supporters in the first three months then it will become a sustainable venture that can provide an oasis of calm amidst the madness and a new source of income for artists during this difficult time.

Support us via Patreon.


+ How does Ambient Flo work?

Every month approximately three hundred songs are handpicked and split into three playlists with the track order changing each day so you never hear the same order of songs twice.
  • Morning: uplifting, consonant, minimal sounds.
  • Daytime: more of a pulse and a melody
  • Night: understated and dream-like
  • Birdsong: can be mixed in for a blast of nature


+ Music

We love other-worldly electro-acoustic and ambient music. Each track has been selected for it’s magical ‘flow’ that transports you to a higher realm. When musical form and structure isn’t predictable, it’s shelf life increases and when it fuses old instrumentation with modern production processes, it creates a sense of ethereal timelessness. We are not musical wallpaper or just another mood-based ‘chill out’ playlist. Ambient Flo is curated in a way that an algorithm could never do and most of the music doesn’t appear on Spotify.

Your listening experience can be either active or passive ; put on headphones and immerse yourself, or play at a low level to relax, meditate or work. The selection should work discreetly - as per Brian Eno’s original Ambient manifesto - but it should also be of high enough quality that the compositions can be listened to over and over again. As well as Eno, Ambient Flo is heavily influenced by the deep listening movement of the late, great Pauline Oliveros, the 4th world concepts of Jon Hassell, the immense sonic sculptures of Tim Hecker, the spiritual music of Alice Coltrane, and the sonic therapies of Kazuya Nagaya. All of these great visionary artists have acted as musical guides during the inception of Ambient Flo.

We welcome music submissions and suggestions. Please get in contact: Song submission


+ Fair Economics / 'Artist Profit Share' (APS) System

During this pandemic, many musicians have seen their main income stream disappear overnight. A spotlight has been placed on the disproportionate split of revenue streams within the music industry. Many musicians who relied on the gig economy have found themselves in a position where tech giants unfairly remunerate bigger name artists at the expense of the small indie label.

The new economic streaming model of big tech is fundamentally unfair whilst the traditional licensing models via the PROs tend to be out of date and don’t benefit smaller artists either. With these imbalances now even more critical for the independent music sector, Ambient Flo radio is an attempt to start a new musical ecosystem where we can support artists who find themselves without work via our Artist Profit Share System

Artist Profit Share System
At the moment we are in trial-mode, we need to reach 500 subscribers over the next three months in order to exist and keep evolving. Once we've hit that target to cover our running costs, a greater % split will go to the artists. All income received is split three-ways. For every £3 donation:

  • £1 goes to the artists
    • This will be split equally between the 300 selected tracks we programme. We will proactively contact each artist and publicly publish our monthly tracklists. As we have a radio licence in place, we don’t have to do this, but we feel it is an important part of fair remuneration during a time when it is needed most by the music community. We welcome music submissions.
  • £1 goes to the running costs
    • This includes the internet radio licences, the server costs, the website, the artwork and the money spent on buying music every month. This also allows us to dedicate time to the accounting side, making sure payments are distributed to the artists. Any money left over will be spent on technical innovations such as an iPhone app, more channels, etc.
  • £1 goes to Auntie Flo, guest curators and our internal team
    • We are not an algorithm. Our curators will dedicate significant time to this project, handpicking then buying every song so the quality remains high. Whether digging for music or listening to artist submissions. And we are not going to lie, with no more gig income, our curators could use the additional revenue too.


+ Health

Human-beings, like everything on this planet, are made up of vibrating molecules. Our bodies resonate with everything around us. The relationship between external sound vibrations, our bodies and brains helps us make a sense of the world. Music is unique in simultaneously affecting our cognitive, reward/emotion and motor senses, often all at the same time. A piece of music can regulate our mood, adjust our physical state, trigger memories from our childhood and help us connect to people and the world around us.

Through a process called entrainment, our bodies naturally and unconsciously synchronise to the rhythms that we hear. Listening to a fast beat helps us run faster, listening to something with a pulse slower than our resting heart rate will help us relax. As a DJ, Auntie Flo uses music to put people into a euphoric state. Ambient Flo uses music to create the opposite: to induce a sense of calm, to reduce heart rate, to lower brainwave state and to bring a deep sense of meditative relaxation or focus.


+ This month’s playlists

To see the full tracklist for this month head to www.ambientflo.com


+ Get in contact

We welcome music submissions and suggestions. Please get in contact: [email protected]

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