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    Ambient

    Sometimes I don't want melody, harmony, symphony, vocals or prominent instrumentation. Sometimes I just want ambient soundscapes, especially when I'm working on things in the garage. Last night in the garage I listened on an electronica radio prog to all of Eno's Lux followed on the same prog by several pieces from Moby's Innocents - as a sneak preview treat in advance of release, which is on 30th Sept.

    So any more ambient suggestions in that vein? No vocals, no guitars, no tunes.

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    Theres a lot of these that I like that I hear at night when I put the New Age channel on when I go to sleep. A lot of Ambient music winds up on this channel even though the genre should be represented on its own. I tune into it mentally but rarely take notes on the composers

    I like a lot of Jean Michel Jarre's body of work although some of his compositions are actual "New Age" songs with melody-lines (sometimes percussion, too) while others are just "Ambient" soundscapes

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    This is a bit of a classic although I do wonder wether there are actually people who are using it as such. 7 hours of great drifting soundscapes carefully designed to get you through the night :-)


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    Steve Roach, Vidna Obmana, Mathias Grassow are great masters of this kind of ambient.
    Lull, Lustmord, Thomas Koner - if you prefer darker and deeper tones and (sometimes) disturbing and oppressive atmospheres.

    If you want to listen to CTTE, PH, Lamb, Red etc of Ambient, you should give a good listen to:

    Steve Roach - Origins
    Biosphere - Substrata
    Robert Rich & Lustmord - Stalker
    Klaus Schulze - Timewind
    Thomas Koner - Permafrost
    David Parsons - Dorje Ling
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    Quote Originally Posted by klothos View Post
    I like a lot of Jean Michel Jarre's body of work although some of his compositions are actual "New Age" songs with melody-lines (sometimes percussion, too) while others are just "Ambient" soundscapes
    Actually, I think there is only one piece of his that you can describe as truly ambient and that is this one:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Azol View Post
    Lull, Lustmord, Thomas Koner - if you prefer darker and deeper tones and (sometimes) disturbing and oppressive atmospheres.
    Oh yes please, and Lustmord I'm already acquainted with, lovely stuff!

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    Aphex Twin-Selected Ambient Works Vol.II

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    Quote Originally Posted by klothos View Post
    I tune into it mentally but rarely take notes on the composers
    That's exactly what happens to me every time as well, like yesterday for example, apart from Eno and Moby I couldn't tell you a single name from the other hour of music that was played.

    As regards Jarre, never really considered him as ambient more as electronic instrumental prog, due mainly to the catchy repetitive tunes and hundreds of instruments, same as Mike Oldfield with the addition that MO also has vocals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisXymphonia View Post
    Actually, I think there is only one piece of his that you can describe as truly ambient and that is this one:

    I agree, very little of Jarre's body of work is Ambient as we know it today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisXymphonia View Post
    This is a bit of a classic although I do wonder wether there are actually people who are using it as such. 7 hours of great drifting soundscapes carefully designed to get you through the night :-)

    Oh wow, thanks for that. That is exactly what I mean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterG View Post
    Oh wow, thanks for that. That is exactly what I mean.
    Then check out Steve Roach's Immersion series of albums as well.

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    One of the most interesting albums of the genre:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Azol View Post
    Thomas Koner - Permafrost
    Excellent recommendation.
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    Here's the sound of the Indian tanpura, the string drone instrument used in both Hindustani and Carnatic music.You hear the pure sound of two tanpuras playing in sync,with no electronics or electronic enhancement.

    You can download the music or order a cd in the chromatic keynote of your choice.The harmonic range of overtones produced is amazing/wonderful and relaxing.IMO.

    http://glorian.bandcamp.com/album/tanpura-sounds-2
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    I've been checking out Echoes(John Diliberto) blog for CD recommendations. Our NPR station only plays the program once a week, late on a Sunday so I catch up with it on the web. September's CD of the month is a real gem.

    http://echoesblog.wordpress.com/2013...little-things/
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