In actuality, Parnell extends a long musical heritage starting after World War II known as the Avant-garde movement. The grandfather of the genre is Arnold Schoenberg and his famous experiments with the twelve tone scale. Schoenberg’s contributions to musical theory have been called the most influential of the 20th century so let’s not discount 061180 out of hand. Post Schoenberg, composers like Philip Glass and John Cage brought those theories to classical music and in turn artists like Brian Eno, Edgar Froese and Robert Fripp brought the theories to rock.
To a casual listener, it sounds like simply noise. In actuality, it is noise, ambient noise, and there is more thought and effort put into it that may be evident at the surface. Parnell states his music “plays like the score to a depraved horror movie. The first parts are quiet but hint to an ominous under belly. While the last parts are loud and sinister.” All in all, a pretty apt description. Ambient music is designed to highlight tone and atmosphere rather than traditional instrumentation and melody so based on that criteria, 061180’s “I'm considering being a cloud” is a triumph.