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 and curiosity 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 more subdued ambient/drone set to accompany meditation/yoga, or another collection of recordings to add to an already prolific discography.
Intense yet gentle, focused yet wandering, dreamlike yet grounded in reality, the world of Infinite Third is a place that's never the same twice yet somehow always manages to feel familiar.
Any given Infinite Third set is a transcendent yet oddly intimate experience. Rooted in visceral spontaneity, as though calling forth ancient energies and abstracting them personally for each listener, the live experience is an ever-evolving moment of sonic and spiritual exploration.
Listen via Bandcamp: music.infinitethird.com
“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…”