INFINITE THIRD: AMBIENT INSTALLATION SERIES
Billy Mays III, the St. Petersburg, FL-based artist under the name Infinite Third, is in the middle of his ongoing Ambient Installation Series which officially began back in February of 2017. He has been openly and publicly cultivating his signature improvisational soundscapes in diverse spaces all around the St. Pete and Tampa Bay areas and is gear up to take the series on the road this Summer.
The project seeks to attract thoughtful audiences to help co-create immersive environments with their attentive and/or introspective presence as Billy explores his experimental guitar craft. Channeling a reflective atmosphere directly-inspired by each physical space and its inhabitants, he hopes visitors will utilize the sessions however they choose; with the option to get comfortable, do some reading, enjoy a beverage (or whatever the space has to offer), sketch, write, meditate, or simply listen and observe as he transforms the ambience of everyday locations.
Within each installation, the public will have the unique opportunity to experience this versatile musician as he embodies one of his missions; to perform outside the traditional concert blueprint, offering a vulnerable look into his creative process.
The series will continue locally through late-spring before it expands up the east coast and beyond this Summer. It's up to the communities to venture out and interact with these curious moments dreamt into existence by a dynamic artist.
March 31: Tampa Museum of Art (6-10p, GASP! The Gasparilla Fringe Festival)
April 8: Rock Shop Fine Gems & Jewelry (5-9p, Second Saturday Art Walk)
April 13: Station House St. Pete (6-10p, Rooftop)
April 15: Muddy Water Kava & Tea (8p-midnight)
April 22: Organic Goddess Cafe (7-11p, outside)
April 23: Unlock Wellbeing Festival at Station House St. Pete (10a-2p)
April 29: The Body Electric Yoga Company (6-10p)
Admission to each installation is by the optional donation of your choice.
Feel free to arrive at any point during the designated time block and drop in for as long as you'd like.
Consider bringing a book to read, a sketchpad, a notebook, a meditation cushion, or a pillow for floor seating where available.
Reviews / Photos / Videos / Live Figure Drawings / Paintings are welcomed and encouraged.
Please share your experience using #i3AiS and remember to tag @infinitethird on social media.
February 2: The Metta Center, February 9: Black Crow Coffee Co., February 10: Pizza Box, February 15: The Loft, February 21: Grassroots Kava House, February 25: The Body Electric Yoga Company, March 2: Moving Meditations, March 4: Daddy Kool Records, March 9: Black Crow Coffee Co., March 11: Wings Bookstore, March 11: Creative Clay, March 16: The Studio @ 620, March 18: Morean Arts Center, March 19: Green Bench Brewing Company, March 22: Iberian Rooster
Infinite Third is the Guitar-Based
Cathartic Ambient Music Project
of Billy Mays III
Since 2009, Billy has been combining freeform textural harmonies with pulsing rhythms through layers of ethereal guitar and primal electronics.
His unwavering commitment to experimentation have helped to mold a unique sound which continues to evolve with each iteration of its existence, whether that be an intensely-building live performance, a subdued ambient/drone set to accompany meditation/yoga, or another collection of recordings to add to an already prolific discography.
Intense but gentle, focused but wandering, dreamlike but grounded in reality, the world of Infinite Third is a curious place that's never the same twice and yet somehow always manages to feel familiar.
Any given live set can be a transcendent yet oddly-intimate experience. Rooted in visceral spontaneity as though calling forth ancient energies and abstracting them personally for each listener, the Infinite Third live experience is a deeply-realized vision of sonic and spiritual exploration.
Listen via Bandcamp: music.infinitethird.com
"On first blush, composer Infinite Third may evoke the likes of Mogwai or Caspian, but he’s incorporated his own grab bag of unique elements to his minimalist sound and other creative pursuits. Using guitar textures, beatboxing and other rhythmic samples from a looper and a wide variety of guitar pedals, the St. Petersburg-based artist creates eclectic soundscapes all on his own, conveying a relaxing ambient vibe that could be categorized (although he doesn’t like the boundaries of one genre) as post-rock. His slow build-ups can become quite droning and powerful or grungy and dissonant."
“Billy Mays III is something of a creative powerhouse. Recording under the name Infinite Third, the experimental guitarist uses a series of looping and effects pedals to craft ambient music that conducts emotion like a live wire. In addition to his recorded work, Billy’s live performances offer fans a different experience than the albums, and together they serve as two sides of a coin that encompasses both technical skill and spontaneous ideation.”
“I have never been good at math, but does an infinite third get smaller forever without ever disappearing or get exponentially larger? The performance by this man seems to attempt to do both, building to huge heights then winding back down like a collapsing universe.. his mix of big beat, haunting guitars, post-rock and eccentric spoken samples makes as much commotion as a whole ensemble. It’s interesting but somewhat overwhelming, both musically and philosophically.”
“It seems that while everyone else tries to bury their ambient music in tape hiss and lo-fi mystery, Infinite Third strikes with head-spinning clarity and sharpness of sound, reaching back to Aphex Twin’s game-changing Selected Ambient Works series while still retaining some of the nostalgic guitar hypnagogia in the vein of newer Mark McGuire. The electric guitar is the main tool of trade for Billy Mays III (I’m still in the process of defining whether it’s a real name or not). He modifies and stretches the possibilities of the instrument by processing it through a heap of guitar effects and computer programming to create enveloping, adventurous structures with a sense of melancholy.”
“When you talk to him you get a sense of rawness as a human being, someone who is reflective and doing his best to fulfill his life. He performs in various types of settings, from bars and festivals to yoga studios and coffee shops. He wants those in attendance to be open to his atmospheric textures and to experience whatever they may feel in that moment. Depending on the setting and song, some may lie down and soak in the sounds, move to the tribal influences, or practice flow arts. Infinite Third wants to inspire reflection and share his music with as many people as possible, but he also wants to steer clear of attaching to a rigidly-defined vision, allowing it all to unfold organically. Through his movement you find a person who is grounded, but open to flow. Someone who will make you think or allow you to just get lost in the music. He is being who he is and wants you to just be you.”
“Infinite Third toys with melody and dissonance in his experimental post-rock instrumentals. The atmospheric washes of sound drive passages propelled by ambient guitars that deliver both clean solos and pedal-effected textures.”
“Strikingly unlike his late, famed father, Billy Mays III is less interested in yelling about cleaning products on TV and more interested in building intimate, meditative ambient soundscapes through guitar, loops, and electronic beats.”
“…a shaman’s potion softly swirling while heartfelt philosophers whisper gently in your ear, eventually calling forth a cathartic rainstorm as your spirit traces ancient monolithic circles.”
- Alex Alexander AKA Mandala Eyes
“…sublime, whilst being hauntingly beautiful. Billy Mays III has a fantastic way of touching mind, body and soul with his musical creations and talent. A musician deserving of greater recognition without a doubt.”
”…a floating world type of song. Intensely meditative, taking the listener through a range of carefully modulated emotional levels.“
- Art Taco
“…mellow but cerebral. In a world where everyone wants to be the next big pop star, it’s sometimes hard to find real lovers of music that just want to explore the possibilities of sound. I think Infinite Third is one of those artists though.”
“…mostly guitar fronted with electronic backing, expect to hear beautiful, meandering guitar melodies mixed in with some subtle ambient soundscapes.”
“Not often I come across an artist with a talent for counterpoint. Great work which one can listen to over and over…”