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  Top Ambient Albums of All Time
Posted by: Spectraz - 16th January 2018, 21:39 - Replies (43)

Around christmas time, I became curious about ambient music, and I thought that I'd try to look into the genre. I have come across many of the producers and musicians before, but in my youth I never had the time, nor the concentration and will power to sit down and experience ambient music.

I have tried to compile a list of the top ambient albums of all time. Since I am not an expert, I have used various lists, listened to some albums, works, EPs, and asked around for recommendations. Although it is not perfect, I wanted to post the list in question. I curate one private list called "Ambient", where I add more than just classic albums, but also dark ambient, experimental stuff, as well as single tunes from various eras. I also curate the list mentioned above: "Top Ambient Albums of All Time". I have added the albums in somewhat of an alphabetaical order, and be sure to drop names of classics I have missed, albums that shouldn't be there, and recent albums that are solid enough to be in the "ambient" list and perhaps the "Top Ambient Albums..." list.

I will remove albums and review the list continually.

Top Ambient Albums of All Time

Alva Noto - Xerrox Vol. 2
Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works 85-92
Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works Vol. II
Ashra - Blackouts
Ashra - New Age Earth
Autechre - Amber
Autechre - Incunabula
B-Zet - Archaic Modulation
Ben Frost - By the Throat
Ben Frost - Aurora
Bing & Ruth - No Home of the Mind
Bing & Ruth - Tomorrow Was the Golden Age
Biosphere - Dropsonde
Biosphere - Insomnia
Biosphere - Microgravity
Biosphere - Substrata
The Black Dog - Temple of Transparent Balls
Black To Comm - Alphabet 1968
Boards of Canada - Geogaddi
Boards of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest
Brian Eno - Ambient 1: Music For Airports
Brian Eno & Harold Budd - Ambient 2: The Plateaux Of Mirror
Brian Eno - Ambient 4: On Land
Brian Eno - Another Green World
Brian Eno - Apollo
Brian Eno - Discreet Music
Brian Eno & Rick Holland - Drums Between The Bells
Brian Eno - More Music For Films
Brian Eno - My Life In The Bush
Brian Eno & Rick Holland - Panic of Looking
Brian Eno - The Ship
Brian Eno & Jon Hopkins - Small Craft On A Milk Sea
Bruno Sanfilippo - Piano Textures 1
Bruno Sanfilippo - Piano Textures 2
Bruno Sanfilippo - Piano Textures 3
Bruno Sanfilippo - Piano Textures 4
Call Super - Suzi Ecto
Carbon Based Lifeforms - Twentythree
Cluster & Brian Eno - Cluster & Eno
Cluster - Sowiesoso
Colleen - A Flame My Love, A Frequency
Daniel Lanois & Rocco DeLuca - Goodbye To Language
Deathprod - Morals and Dogma
Deepchord Presents: Echospace  Liumin
The Detroit Escalator Co. - Black Buildings
East India Youth - Total Strife Forever
Ekkehard Ehlers - Plays
Eluvium - Talk Amongst The Trees
Emeralds - Does It Look Like I'm Here?
Fennesz - Bécs
Fennesz - Black Sea
Fennesz - Endless Summer
Fennesz - Venice
Fhloston Paradigm - The Phoenix
The Future Sound of London - ISDN
The Future Sound of London - Lifeforms
GAS - GAS 0095
GAS - Königsforst
GAS - Narkopop
GAS - Pop
Global Communication - 76:14
Grouper - Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill
Grouper - A I A: Alien Observer
Grouper - Ruins
Hammock - Maybe They Will Sing For Us Tomorrow
Harmonia & Eno '76 - Tracks and Traces
Harold Budd - Avalon Sutra
Harold Budd & Brian Eno - The Pearl
The Haxan Cloak - Excavation
Helios - Eingya
Henrik B - Kryoniks
Huerco S. - For Those Of You Who Have Never (And Also Those Who Have)
Iambic - Under These Stars, We'll Sleep Again
Ian William Craig - Centres
Iasos - Inter-Dimensional Music
Ishq - Orchid
Jean-Michel Jarre - Equinoxe
Jean-Michel Jarre - Oxygène
Jefre Cantu-Ledesma - A Year With 13 Moons
Jóhann Jóhansson - Englabörn
John Fox - The Complete Cathedral Oceans
Jon Hassell - Power Spot
Jon Hassell - Vernal Equinox
Jon Hopkins - Immunity
Jon Hopkins - Late Night Tales
Julianna Barwick - The Magic Place
Julianna Barwick - Nepenthe
Julianna Barwick - Will
Keith Fullerton Whitman - Playthrougs
Kiasmos - Kiasmos
Klaus Schulze & Pete Namlook - The Dark Side Of The Moog (complete Version)
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein - Stranger Things, Vol. 1
Laraaji - Ambient 3: Day of Radiance
Laurel Halo - Chance of Rain
Laurel Halo - In Situ
Laurie Spiegel - The Expanding Universe
Loscil - Plume
Loscil - Sea Island
Loscil - Submers
Loscil - Triple Point
Luke Abbott - Holkham Drones
Max Richter & Ben Russell - From Sleep
Michael Stearns - Encounter
Microstoria - Snd
Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells
Moiré - Shelter
Motion sickness Of Time Travel - Motion Sickness Of Time Travel
Murcof - cosmos
Nils Frahm - Felt
Nils Frahm - Spaces
Nine Inch Nails - Ghosts I-IV
Oneohtrix Point Never - Replica
Oneohtrix Point Never - Returnal
The Orb - The Orb's Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld
The Orb - Orbvs Terrarvm
The Orb - U.F.Orb
Orbital - In Sides
Oren Ambarchi - Quixotism
Oval - 94diskont.
Pauline Oliveros - Accordion & Voice
Pauline Oliveros - Deep Listening
Peter Broderick - Music For Confluence
Pink Floyd - The Endless River
Plaid - Reachy Prints
Raime - Quarter Turns Over A Living Line
Robert Rich - Below Zero
Robert Rich - Illumination
Robert Rich - Rainforest
Roly Porter - Third Law
Ruichi Sakamoto - async
Seefeel - Starethrough EP
Slowdive - Pygmalion
Stars Of The Lid - And Their Refinement Of The Decline
Stars Of The Lid - The Tired Sounds Of Stars Of The Lid
Steve Hauschildt - Where All Is Fled
Steve Hillage - Rainbow Dome Musick
Steve Reich & Ensemble Signal - Steve Reich: Music For 18 Musicians
Steve Roach - Dreamtime Return
Steve Roach - The Magnificent Void
Steve Roach - Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces
sun electric - 30.7.94 (Live)
Susumu Yokota - Sakura
Susanne Ciani - Buchla concerts 1975
Tangerine Dream - Phaedra
Tangerine Dream - Rubycon
Tangerine Dream - Zeit
Teengirl Fantasy - 8AM
Terry Riley - Persian Surgery Dervishes
Terry Riley - Terry Riley: A Rainbow In Curved Air
Tim Hecker - Harmony In Ultraviolet
Tim Hecker - Radio Amor
Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972
Tim Hecker - Virgins
White Rainbow - New Clouds
Willam Basinski - The Disintegration Loops III
William Basinski - A Shadow In Time
Windy & Carl - Depths
Windy & Carl - Songs For The Broken Hearted
A Winged Victory For The Sullen - Atomos
A Winged Victory For The Sullen - A Winged Victory For The Sullen

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  DJ Q^ART - Middle Ages ('97 Style) Vol. 27
Posted by: Q^ART - 16th January 2018, 17:29 - Replies (2)

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DJ Q^ART - Middle Ages ('97 Style) Vol. 27

1. DJ SUNRISE - PN Junction (Groove Attack) 1998
2. JACOB'S OPTICAL STAIRWAY - The Naphosisous Wars (R&S) 1995
3. KING KOOBA - Sergio (Second Skin) 1998
4. SYSTEM 7 - Big Sky City (J.O.S. Remix) (Butterfly) 1996
5. TOTAL SCIENCE - Colony (Metalheadz) 1999
6. PHOTEK - The Hidden Camera (Static Mix) (Science) 1996
7. FRIEND - Mannerism (Dot) 1998
8. DJ WALLY - Big Apple Rinse (Jungle Sky) 1996 
9. SONAR CIRCLE - Susejo (Reinforced) 1999
10. TEEBONE - Rezurrection (Creative W'rkz) 1998
11. ATOMIC DOG - Numbers (Blue Planet) 1998
12. NEWT - -273C (S'APEX Remix) (Quantum Loop) 1998
13. TUBE - Piece By Piece (Home Entertainment) 1997 
14. HIVE - Questionable Directions (FFRR) 1998
15. TEEBONE - Rukus (Riddim Track) 1996 
16. THE RIVER OF ACTION - Crying Freeman (Jungle Sky) 1996 

Recorded in 2018 (vinyl)

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  Optical "What's The Difference?"
Posted by: firefinga - 15th January 2018, 18:46 - Replies (2)

This is a beauty :Lovesmilie It was on the 20ys of Optical compilation and now got a vinyl release as well on Virus.

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  Wavshare. Not intended as spam, just might be helpful for some of you.
Posted by: Maff - 15th January 2018, 03:59 - Replies (7)

Just a quick one for people looking for free samples of all kinds, links to freeware, external audio sites, etc, including some increasingly rare stuff that's hard to find these days. Has an ultra-friendly community like SC as it's generally made up of Junglists and decent types. There's no dodgy money being made or any of that crap, it's just a good and very friendly community kind of thing with tons of audio to grab if you're interested.

It's a facebook group (for the time being) called Wavshare if you want to look it up.

Lots of love to the SC creux and sorry for such a long absence, coming here tonight and catching up has felt like putting old slippers on again Smile  xxx

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  fl fans newsletter 14th january 2018
Posted by: Muttley - 14th January 2018, 17:15 - Replies (3)

hello foci left fans in general. a short message for u having interest. it concerns the directions taken by my latest music.
inspirationally, i've been really taken by james kirby's dementia 3cd themed project, everywhere at the end of time (boomkat).
when i listen to it, it feels like grey matter is spilling from my brain into reality to create the sounds. total headspace.
i think it might be some form of electronics exegesis? don't quote me on that. either way, our own reality is real for us.

the bottom line is foci left will always be about a type of blacklisters ideology; a careering towards the left wing in
perception and general attitude towards life. yet although i "always" follow politics more than the average Sun reader, the
Trump-tastic gluttony of headlines recently has befuddled me somewhat living in the UK. he has become the shithole of speech.

so i have for one become interested by the very real (to me) concept of fake news, but only when fake news takes in a frame of
reference - take the "study diamond" used across courses by the open university, which concentrates on "Effects/Techniques/
Context/Meaning" to create the aposite parallel to "fake news"; i.e "true news". News that exists. And in the nature of making
music true to oneself, real music with real effects, techniques, context and meaning attached to it.

although this statement of intent is nothing new in this corner of the Earth, and especially Bandcamp, a site that keeps open
policies paramount, it felt necessary for me to restate that now having produced well over 200 remembered album skeletons, i can
not just be chucking up any old offal to bring to the party. you won't be finding any exorbitant prices if you read the texts,
and you won't be finding any torpid music if you take in its true reality.

I guess it's a call for me to my fans to "keep thinking; keep looking beyond Trumpian empirical understanding".

Note: Trump knows what empirical means, so do you if you focus left. Wink Take care, lots of love, Michael B xxx

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  Chet Matuto - Beyond The Stars EP [Inception Audio]
Posted by: wiz - 8th January 2018, 22:27 - No Replies

Chet Matuto - Beyond The Stars EP [Inception Audio]

Inception Audio continue their excellent run of forward thinking releases with an EP from Chet Matuto - Beyond the Stars.
Chet Matuto paints alien landscapes that transpose you through time. Every track is a world of detail
embracing the genre that is balanced on a serrated edge between functionality and experimentation.
The careful contrast defines each track, absolutely making this essential listening. Halftime beats throughout, sparse atmospheres
and visionary soundscapes emphasis space.  It's drum & bass at its purest, most potent form.

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Buy here:

Chet Matuto - Beyond The Stars EP // Inception Audio [IA011EP]

01 - Chet Matuto - Summilux (Original Mix)
02 - Chet Matuto - Solate (Original Mix)
03 - Chet Matuto - Princess (Original Mix)
04 - Chet Matuto - Robert NY (Original Mix)


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  Ziyal appreciation thread
Posted by: Muttley - 5th January 2018, 11:35 - Replies (3)

Since we'r in search engine retrograd I'll make a like thread for Omni Music producer Ziyal. His latest lp on the label is very soul warming. "Innocence" one of my favourite things about him of recent years.

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Smile the caretaker's new album - holy shit
Posted by: Muttley - 2nd January 2018, 18:34 - No Replies

holy  shit indeed. this is a deep deep deep album. the '78 vinyl manipulation is something completely otherworldly. recommended if you like: Beethoven, bach, satie, foxx, budd, eno, library music and soundtracks In general; it's just so effortless, so organic sounding and so terrifyingly unique. I don't know how one would make it apart from magic, it's just that good.

I never mean to cream over music, I always need an element of my satire in critique, but honestly, this is breathtaking.

the subject of the album is the decaying nature of dementia from the beginning to the end. hence there are stages 1-3 in the 38 track deluxe 3cd being pressed at

I find myself transported and my brain floating with thoughts, fluffy images being created like brain spores and stalagmites around the prefrontal area being walked around in a ballroom chamber waltz fashion; just something so 'other' and peppered with those instrumental flourishes of 1930s violin and horns, something very special indeed.

so I am making a proper thread for "everywhere at the end of time" by the caretaker, aka james Leyland Kirby, aka v/vm in the 1990s.

find the album with its lovely oil painting art on the link below...

this is an early birthday present for me! Smile

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  some photek interviews from Modus Operandi period
Posted by: qwanta - 2nd January 2018, 02:11 - Replies (2)

I've always been intrigued by the beats photek was making in the 1996-97 period, so I've tried to collect any interviews I could find with info on the process he was using.

I thought I'd post the pdf's here. If you have any not listed here let me know!

muzik (7/1995)

DJMag (1996)

the wire (5/1996)

muzik (6/1996)

future music (7/1996)

the mix (1997)

the wire (5/1997)

muzik (10/1997)

keyboard mag (11/1997)

disquiet (1998 )

barcode (2008 )

future music (2/2011)

fact (3/2011)

fact (7/2012) part 1
fact (7/2012) part 2

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  Happy New Year
Posted by: Statto - 1st January 2018, 06:15 - Replies (6)


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