Ambient Musician, Composer & Creative
Darren J Harris (b. 1967) is an ambient musician and composer based in Deloraine, Tasmania.
"For me, ambient music is a set of sounds that emphasise a certain quality of stillness, of silence, that allows space for a listener to just be, instead of imposing on or reinforcing his/her/their ego. It creates the outward space and opportunity for inner exploration and discovery, an opportunity to let go and drift, to transcend or dissolve, for your whole being to be illuminated and float as a momentary here and now presence without linear boundaries. A space that is at once private and open, connecting and intuitively freeing, a suspension of the noise, clutter and shouting of the daily banality of endless doing."
Darren's influences are many and varied, from Eric Satie, Harold Budd, Roger and Brian Eno to Vaughan Williams, Elgar, Brahms, Shostakovitch and Peter Sculthorpe.
Self taught in jazz and blues guitar from the age of 12, Darren took up learning synthesisers and piano in 2013. He released three ambient albums before studying classical composition with noted Australian composer and teacher David Hush for three years. These studies abruptly came to an end in July 2021 when Darren suffered a stroke, which led to limited finger movements in his right hand.
Darren's music compositions include five independent ambient/electronic release, classical and modern classical pieces, music for video and film, and soundscapes for meditation and installations.
Other passions include photography (predominantly black and white landscapes), Zen Buddhism, Toltec and Taoist philosophies, transformational counselling and healing, writing and bush walking.
Darren also works part time helping people with disabilities and mental health issues.
For permission to use Darren's music or to commission new work, please use the contact page.