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Break Fast
Mar 27, 2012


Hello music lovers and friends.



This thread/post focuses on the music genre I adore a lot and have been listening to for years now. It's music that mainstream audience would often appreciate being used in movies, video games and other creative pieces of art rather than listening to it as music exclusively.

Ambient music as almost any music style is divided in numerous genres, such as Ambient, Psybient or Psychedelic ambient, Lo-Fi, Chill, Goa, Psytrance and so forth.


Ways of listening

Youtube - As with all music and anything really, you can find it on Youtube. If it has been released, it's on Youtube. The problem occurs when you want to find something new you don't know about yet. For that reason I recommend..

Digitally Imported radio (DI.fm) - It's one of the more popular internet radio websites out there. It has various radio stations related to Ambient music. (Ambient, Space Dreams, PsyChill, Chillout Dreams, Chillout are all great stations to find dreamy tunes on). DI.fm also has an iPhone/Android application called DI Radio - it works on Wi-FI and 3G.

Soundcloud - Another great place to search for music with often higher quality than found on Youtube.


Purchase and Support the artists.

Don't waste your internets! Fill your free space on hard drive instead.

Beatport.com, iTunes and official websites of producers are all great places to purchase music from.


Release medium

As most electronic music these days Ambient music is released in 3 ways.

Singles, EPs (a pack of two or three tracks) and albums (often released in a 1h+ long mix to deliver seamless experience)


Notable artists - If you are new to this genre and want to get a feel for it quickly, check out some of these artists' works. It should give you an idea of what kind of a beast this is and whether or not you want to seek out for more.

Carbon Based Lifeforms - World of Sleepers and Interloper are albums that show the very essence of what Ambient music is all about. Definite must listens.

Eskadet - Up-and-coming producer from Russia. His latest album called Solitudes is amazing. First track of the album

Vibrasphere - More Chill'ish tunes of Ambient music. Lots of content done by these guys. Here's one of them


I am not sure how many Ambient lovers are out here, since I'm new to this community, but I would sure love to hear feedback on this genre.
More great tracks are very much welcomed as well as discussions, praise, constructive criticisms and so forth.

Thank you and enjoy.


Update:

I will list all the great music posted in this thread here.

Carbon Based Lifeforms (full albums on Youtube):
Twentythree
World of Sleepers
Interloper

Eluvium:
New Animals From the Air - http://youtu.be/WfV7hNPaP78
Seeing You Off the Edges - http://youtu.be/8HED_E1Oy9s
Radio Ballet - http://youtu.be/B4crfnC9bt4
Reciting the Airships - http://youtu.be/w0rjIo4awu0

Stars of the Lid: Link to Youtube search

Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto: Link to Youtube search
Notable albums - Vrioon, Insen, Revep, Summvs

Ryuichi Sakamoto + Fennesz: Link to Youtube search
Notable albums - Cendre, Flumina

Robert Henke:
Layering Buddha - Link to Youtube Playlist (please tell me if this playlist doesn't work for you)

Brian Eno: Link to Youtube search

Steve Roach:
Space and Time (complete album) - http://youtu.be/CFJxmBVey2M
Darkest Before Dawn - http://youtu.be/HoI9sNKbOpk
Afterlight (one-track album) - http://youtu.be/j3BiR_xcK7w

Robert Rich: Link to Youtube search

Lustmorde: Link to Youtube search

The Orb: Link to Youtube search

Aphex Twin:
Selected Ambient Works 85-92 (Full Album) - http://youtu.be/iDKukD88zq4
Selected Ambient Works Vol. 2

Biosphere:
Substrata - Link to Youtube Playlist

Namlook & Higher Intelligence Agency: Link to Youtube search

Hauschka: Link to Youtube search

William Basinski: Disintegration Loops
One hour version
10 minutes version

Helios:
Halving The Compass - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_08sBMQXWo
Cross The Ocean - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqV5mUeHaXw
Sons Of Light And Darkness - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1zBFynjh7I

Bass Communion:
Glacial 1602 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBF_Z-BZcSg

Benn Jordan:
Safe Landing - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXpCuE5vjMY
Pale Blue Dot (Full album for free download)- http://bennjordan.bandcamp.com/album/pale-blue-dot

36 - Nephyr - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kz5vbXExUgk

Circular - Calm
"Divergent" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8p2917RcapM

Secede - Bye Bye Gridlock Traffic:
Age Tandems - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGGgwB6axfQ

Kettel - My Dogan:
Halt Them - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlS9pXU3SPo

Chicane - Overture: http://youtu.be/ha-9rTZm8zw?hd=1


Special thanks to:

User named "Rageaholic Monkey" who produces music under moniker Aetherius has some great stuff up for free download on BandCamp. Check it out.
Paradise: Null (Full album) - http://aetheriusnola.bandcamp.com/album/paradise-null
Safehaven (Twilight Harbor) - http://aetheriusnola.bandcamp.com/t...twilight-harbor
Vow Thine Eyes To The Sea - http://aetheriusnola.bandcamp.com/t...eyes-to-the-sea

User named "Synthosaurus" made a song which is uploaded to youtube. Check it out. I digg it, do you?
Sandaker - Sleeping City - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWhxJ4gKNUU

Spotify Playlist done by user named "Earwicker"
Contains loads of good Ambient stuff.
- http://open.spotify.com/user/moscow...C9vd0ZLEhgH61An

Break Fast fucked around with this message at Apr 2, 2012 around 16:30

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tote up a bags
Jun 8, 2006

die stoats die


Well, if this is the first time you've posted a new thread here, good job. Informative OP that's not a chore to read - good work.

I'm not sure if it counts as ambient (I get a little fuzzy on all these genres) but my favorite album anywhere near this sound of all time is Eluvium's Copia.

Seeing You Off The Edges
Radio Ballet
Reciting The Airships

If anyone knows any artists who do, I guess, piano/strings based ambient music, I'd love a few suggestions. Not too hot on drone music, though.

Break Fast
Mar 27, 2012


Those are some beautiful pieces. I find it somewhat hard to locate a place where I could purchase these, but I will get around to it eventually.

Ambient Piano is something I quite enjoy, but never found time to fully investigate, thus I unfortunately cannot provide links anything spectacular in this sub-genre.

Buuuuuut, as I have played piano for several years, I do love the sound of it.
These are not so much ambient music samples, but nevertheless soundtracks I like.

Motoi Sakuraba's composed soundtracks for video game called Dark Souls - Gwyn, Lord of Cinder and Nameless Song. The later one borders dronish end of ambient music. :P
Endless Melancholy Some may find this kind of dry and lacking a real emotion, but what the hell I dig it.

Finally, I have found that soundcloud has piles of great piano works. Here's a couple of them. After the Rain Piano Ambient
I never keep soundcloud stuff bookmarked, since it's more of a on the spot listening. It might be not as handy to type in genre every time you want to listen to something though.

Emetic Hustler
May 5, 2009



Sorry to be a nitpicker, but how is psytrance and goa subgenres of ambient music? They are distinctly their own genres with their own roots.

Edit: to add something to the topic. Brian Eno ought to be mentioned in an ambient music thread, he pretty much coined the term. Steve Roach, Robert Rich and Lustmord are also worth a look for more of the typical ambient music which is not reliant on beats.

As for the beat oriented ambient we have The Orb, who pretty much were one of the pioneers of what became the stuff that got played in the chillout room of raves that time onwards. And a whole slew of other artists who came in the early 90s and makes up a good portion of releases by Warp Records during that time. Names such as Seefeel, early Autechre, Aphex Twin (Selected Ambient Works 85-92 and Selected Ambient Works Vol. 2, both essential if you are into this sort of music). Then there is the entire catalogue of Pete Namlook and FAX records (should mention their catalogue is massive and has a lot of misses but also many gems), including the three albums with Richie Hawtin as From Within. Another release from FAX worth checking out is Namlook & Higher Intelligence Agency - S.H.A.D.O. And then there is Norway's Geir Jensen aka. Biosphere who's Substrata album is considered a classic.

Emetic Hustler fucked around with this message at Mar 29, 2012 around 10:04

Break Fast
Mar 27, 2012


You are indeed right. I edited the OP.

Emetic Hustler
May 5, 2009



Stoat posted:

Well, if this is the first time you've posted a new thread here, good job. Informative OP that's not a chore to read - good work.

I'm not sure if it counts as ambient (I get a little fuzzy on all these genres) but my favorite album anywhere near this sound of all time is Eluvium's Copia.

Seeing You Off The Edges
Radio Ballet
Reciting The Airships

If anyone knows any artists who do, I guess, piano/strings based ambient music, I'd love a few suggestions. Not too hot on drone music, though.

I don't know if you have already checked out Stars of the Lid, but it might be too droney. As for piano based, you might want to check out Alva Noto+Ryuichi Sakamoto's albums (Vrioon, Insen, Revep and Summvs). It's Alva Noto with his glitchy electronics (not in an overpowering way) and Sakamoto's melancholy piano playing. Sakamoto has also done a couple of collaborations with Fennesz of which I think Cendre is the stronger one, the later Flumina is a double CD, but IMO lacks the cohesiveness of the earlier album, but it still has some pretty pieces.

Emetic Hustler
May 5, 2009



I be spamming but just came up with some other nice ambient albums. Robert Henke's (the man behind the more techno infused Monolake) albums are also good, especially the "Layering Buddha", which is based on heavily manipulated sounds from a simple machine that plays loops called the Buddha Machine made by the Chinese group FM3. Very atmospheric stuff.

Then there are some albums by Rod Modell, more known under his dubtechno pseudonym DeepChord, who has released some nice pure ambient albums with Michael Mantra, "Radio Fore" and "Sonic Continuum" and did a remix of Michael Mantra's "Sonic Alter" album as DeepChord. Modell also recorded an album as Waveform Transmission which is also straight up sound painting ambient. He's also recorded under the pseudonym Global Systems Silently Moving, releasing the album "Altering the Air" which is very like Wolfgang Voigt's Gas project.

And Gas is considered pretty seminal in the ambient/techno circles. At first listen it might sound very loopy and repetitive but it has something hypnotic in it upon closer listening. All the Gas albums were conveniently released in a single boxset called "Nah und Fern" a couple of years ago and shouldn't be a problem to acquire, unlike the original albums which still go for exuberant prices on the second hand market.

Bedshaped
Apr 1, 2010


I'm glad this thread finally exists.

I personally love a lot of stuff by Jacaszek. Very ambient and mood setting stuff, with a minimal music style.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pY2YlB61uBU

Stoat posted:

I'm not sure if it counts as ambient (I get a little fuzzy on all these genres) but my favorite album anywhere near this sound of all time is Eluvium's Copia.

Seeing You Off The Edges
Radio Ballet
Reciting The Airships


I love this stuff. Thanks for sharing.

heeebrew
Sep 6, 2007

Weed smokin', joint tokin', fake Jew of the Weed thread


I like Washed Out, are any of these bands like them?

Break Fast
Mar 27, 2012


heeebrew posted:

I like Washed Out, are any of these bands like them?
Even though I absolutely love Washed Out ("You and I" is just brilliant), I wouldn't consider his work under Ambient Music. One could argue that he has a bunch of Lo-Fi songs, but generally he produces Chillwave music.

This may be a bit off-topic and Im sorry for that, but check out The Morning Benders - Cold War (Star Slinger Remix) and Mr. Little Jeans - The Suburbs (Arcade Fire Cover)
Additionally here's a friend of mine's mix of Chillwave music. I uploaded one of the episodes to soundcloud just now. Check it out HERE. If you would be interested in more, give me a poke in private. (since it's kind of off-topic here Im guessing)

cage-free egghead
Mar 8, 2004

Ready to eat me, sir!


Break Fast posted:

Ambient Piano is something I quite enjoy, but never found time to fully investigate, thus I unfortunately cannot provide links anything spectacular in this sub-genre.

I used to listen to Hauschka quite a bit and I think that falls under this category.

I'd also recommend (pretty sure it's crossposted in the avantgarde thread) William Basinski's "Disintegration Loops". Very relaxing couple second loops of various tape recordings that "disintegrate" over the course of the track. Some tracks are like 45 minutes long but it's interesting to see how they degrade over time and give you an odd feeling if you pay attention during the whole thing.

Break Fast
Mar 27, 2012


Lblitzer posted:

I'd also recommend (pretty sure it's crossposted in the avantgarde thread) William Basinski's "Disintegration Loops". Very relaxing couple second loops of various tape recordings that "disintegrate" over the course of the track. Some tracks are like 45 minutes long but it's interesting to see how they degrade over time and give you an odd feeling if you pay attention during the whole thing.
There's something unique and very mysterious about this track. Or maybe I'm just in a mood for something like that.
Either way, great recommendation right there.

e: I will get around to update OP tomorrow with links to all the stuff you guys linked. Thanks to everyone. Be sure to post more great tracks if you think of any.

Earwicker
Jan 6, 2003



This is my ambient playlist for working or staring off into space. For Spotify

I think it is pretty drat good and features artists such as Brian Eno, Biosphere, Loscil, Eluvium, Tim Hecker, The Hope Blister (an Ivo Watts-Russel project), Riceboy Sleeps, and Stars of the Lid. In other words, objectively the best ambient music.

It's also collaborative so you can add things to it (if you add non-ambient poo poo I will delete it).

http://open.spotify.com/user/moscow...C9vd0ZLEhgH61An

And Goa and Psytrance are not subgenres of ambient at all really.

Earwicker fucked around with this message at Mar 29, 2012 around 20:56

Rageaholic Monkey
May 31, 2005

"What do you fear
most in the world?"

"The possibility that
love is not enough."


I always seem to find ambient threads in NMD after almost all the artists I was going to post about have been posted

There's also Helios. He does a lot of really etheral ambient piano/guitar stuff. He's put out several releases, so there's really no shortage of material if you start listening to him. His best is definitely Eingya, though.

Halving The Compass
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_08sBMQXWo
Cross The Ocean
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqV5mUeHaXw
Sons Of Light And Darkness
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1zBFynjh7I

Also, I used to produce music under the moniker "Aetherius" (I'm still producing...currently working on a new album, but under a new alias), and one of my albums under that name was completely ambient. It was influenced by Helios, Aphex Twin's ambient stuff, Brian Eno, Eluvium and more.

Here's a link to it if you want to check it out. It's up on BandCamp for streaming/free download.

Paradise: Null

I've got all my other releases on there too, but they're mostly electronic music, despite a few ambient tracks here and there. Like this one:

Vow Thine Eyes To The Sea

Although this is one of my favorite tracks I've ever made, and it's an homage to Aphex Twin's "Rhubarb", which is one of my favorite ambient pieces ever.

Safehaven (Twilight Harbor)

And Vibrasphere is one of my favorite acts ever. Seriously. Their stuff is all SO GOOD, despite not really being straight up ambient. Mountain Lake from Exploring The Tributaries and the Morning Mix of Ensueno from Lungs Of Life are 2 of my favorite tracks of all time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QV893IHReGA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiPHSyDnzy4

I've been listening to both of those for years and I still get shivers all down my entire goddamn body every time I hear them.

Rageaholic Monkey fucked around with this message at Mar 29, 2012 around 21:16

Imapanda
Sep 12, 2008

Majoris Felidae Peditum


I've been waiting for this thread to pop up again for a while. Thank you Break Fast


I'm still listening to a lot of Eluvium, some helios, and Olafur Arnalds. Almost 4 years on and this is still by-far my favorite ambient track.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfV7hNPaP78

strap on revenge
Apr 8, 2011

yeah that's right


I don't really actively seek out ambient music to add to my library, but when I get an album that has ambient tracks on it, I can really appreciate it. Hopefully this thread can get me started on the genre, but I do have a contribution:

Glacial 1602 by Bass Communion

Half of this album (Molotov and Haze) is ambience and the other half is harsh noise, and this is the better of the two ambient tracks in my opinion.

Rush_shirt
Apr 24, 2007



Rageaholic Monkey posted:

Also, I used to produce music under the moniker "Aetherius" (I'm still producing...currently working on a new album, but under a new alias), and one of my albums under that name was completely ambient. It was influenced by Helios, Aphex Twin's ambient stuff, Brian Eno, Eluvium and more.

Here's a link to it if you want to check it out. It's up on BandCamp for streaming/free download.

Paradise: Null

I've got all my other releases on there too, but they're mostly electronic music, despite a few ambient tracks here and there.

I really like everything on your Bandcamp, ambient or otherwise. Keep up the awesome work!

Any ETA for the new album? Do you think you'll offer it on the name your price model? You should get paid for this!

Rageaholic Monkey
May 31, 2005

"What do you fear
most in the world?"

"The possibility that
love is not enough."


thegloaming posted:

I really like everything on your Bandcamp, ambient or otherwise. Keep up the awesome work!

Any ETA for the new album? Do you think you'll offer it on the name your price model? You should get paid for this!

Thank you I'm currently mixing a track from the new album, actually.

I've got 5 tracks written and recorded. 2 of those I thought were completely done being mixed but I realized they weren't so I keep working on them (you can check out the work-in-progress versions here: http://soundcloud.com/betaproject ), and the other 3 I hope to finish mixing soon. I'm shooting for at least 10 tracks, so I suppose it'll be released whenever I can get another 5+ written/recorded/mixed and be content with the way they sound overall.

This album has a couple actual instruments on it instead of 100% softsynth stuff! I wouldn't say it's straightforward ambient but it'll be ambient-influenced and there might be a few proper ambient sections in some of the songs.

I've never received a cent for any of my solo stuff, but I don't mind it that way. It's my favorite hobby and I absolutely love doing it so I don't really care about getting paid for it I guess I could offer this new album as pay-what-you-want type deal, though.

Rageaholic Monkey fucked around with this message at Mar 31, 2012 around 04:09

Rush_shirt
Apr 24, 2007



Awesome. Keep us posted!

To contribute to the thread:

I recently got into electronic music, and discovered Benn Jordan, aka The Flashbulb. He has a pretty extensive back catalog on his bandcamp, and while most of his music is more glitchy/jazzy than ambient, his tribute album to the late, great Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot, is an real spaced out treat.

I can't really think of any standout tracks because I think the whole thing is really cohesive, but check this out if you're interested:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXpCuE5vjMY

Rush_shirt fucked around with this message at Mar 31, 2012 around 05:01

Vogler
Feb 6, 2009


I am going to be following this thread closely to see if there is anything that can hold a candle to Biosphere's 'Substrata' or Aphex Twin's 'Selected Ambient Works 85-92', but already I am starting to feel worried.

Emetic Hustler
May 5, 2009



Vogler posted:

I am going to be following this thread closely to see if there is anything that can hold a candle to Biosphere's 'Substrata' or Aphex Twin's 'Selected Ambient Works 85-92', but already I am starting to feel worried.

Checked out Aphex SAW Vol.2 and Biosphere's Cirque, Shenzhou and Dropsonde?

Earwicker
Jan 6, 2003



Vogler posted:

I am going to be following this thread closely to see if there is anything that can hold a candle to Biosphere's 'Substrata' or Aphex Twin's 'Selected Ambient Works 85-92', but already I am starting to feel worried.

Biosphere's "Dropsonde" is just as good as Substrata IMO.

Also, Tor Lundvall's "Empty City" is a great work in the same vein.

o.m. 94
Nov 23, 2009



Hey goons. I made an ambient mix back in januaryl. You'll really like it its full of beauty and dread and theres 0% psybient

http://soundcloud.com/oiseaux-1/jan...bient-drone-mix

Synthosaurus
May 8, 2007


Here are some of my favorites that haven't already been posted:


36 - Nephyr
I can recommend checking out all of this guys stuff. Pretty much all of it is dark and melancholic ambient music of very high quality.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kz5vbXExUgk

Circular - Calm
I've listened to a few albums by these guys, and the track that stood out the most in my ears was this one from their album "Divergent" released back in 1999.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8p2917RcapM

Secede - Age Tandems
Secede is by far one of my favorite artists of all time. I could go on praising his work for pages, so I'm gonna keep it short.
This track is from his 2003 album on the now defunct Merck Records, "Bye Bye Gridlock Traffic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGGgwB6axfQ

Kettel - Halt Them
Kettel and Secede are long time collaborators, and they also release on the same label.
This track is from his 2006 album "My Dogan"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlS9pXU3SPo


Also, here is a homemade track i recorded last year.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWhxJ4gKNUU

Break Fast
Mar 27, 2012


Updated post with all the goodies posted in this thread.
I especially enjoy the tracks made by the users here. Great, great stuff.

Here are the latest album by my favorites Carbon Based Lifeforms.
Twentythree

Additionally here's a song made by Chicane as a promo before he released his album a year or two ago. People literally flipped their sh*t in comments when they heard it hoping that the album would be as great. Unfortunately, the promo song was pretty much the high point for the album. Still love Chicane though.

Chicane - Overture

Emetic Hustler
May 5, 2009



Synthosaurus posted:


Kettel - Halt Them
Kettel and Secede are long time collaborators, and they also release on the same label.
This track is from his 2006 album "My Dogan"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlS9pXU3SPo



On a Kettel note, his album "Volleyed Iron" is more ambient than the usual IDM stuff he makes (which is nice itself).

And the tracks name is "Halt Him" Absolutely sublime track.

Emetic Hustler
May 5, 2009



Emetic Hustler posted:

I be spamming but just came up with some other nice ambient albums. Robert Henke's (the man behind the more techno infused Monolake) albums are also good, especially the "Layering Buddha", which is based on heavily manipulated sounds from a simple machine that plays loops called the Buddha Machine made by the Chinese group FM3. Very atmospheric stuff.

Then there are some albums by Rod Modell, more known under his dubtechno pseudonym DeepChord, who has released some nice pure ambient albums with Michael Mantra, "Radio Fore" and "Sonic Continuum" and did a remix of Michael Mantra's "Sonic Alter" album as DeepChord. Modell also recorded an album as Waveform Transmission which is also straight up sound painting ambient. He's also recorded under the pseudonym Global Systems Silently Moving, releasing the album "Altering the Air" which is very like Wolfgang Voigt's Gas project.

And Gas is considered pretty seminal in the ambient/techno circles. At first listen it might sound very loopy and repetitive but it has something hypnotic in it upon closer listening. All the Gas albums were conveniently released in a single boxset called "Nah und Fern" a couple of years ago and shouldn't be a problem to acquire, unlike the original albums which still go for exuberant prices on the second hand market.

Some youtubes of the tracks mentioned in the above post.

Rod Modell - AbA from the album Plays Michael Mantra
Over 30 minute of hypnotic ambient with a repeating melodic hook, inspired by a train ride while listening to a Michael Mantra track. Headphone material
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ph5f3JMesxw

Rod Modell & Michael Mantra - Gulf Breeze Sonar from the album Radio Fore
Laying on a tropical beach one night and looking for patterns in the stars. 30 minutes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNm5JhowWcI

Rod Modell & Michael Mantra - Vitamin M from the album Sonic Continuum
Slightly more sinister feel to this track. Crashing waves, muffled speech, crickets and synth pads.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJ7zOY4IqJc

Michael Mantra - Sonic Alter (DeepChord Remix) from the album Sonic Alter (DeepChord Remix)
Rod Modell's dubtechno background is heard here with a lazy beat behind processed wave sounds and a burbling synth.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVrszDrtggg

Global Systems Silently Moving - Movement Five from the album Altering the Air
Apparently recorded in 1996 in Detroit making it a contemporary to Gas who was making very similar stuff across the pond in Germany. Processed classical loops with muffled 4/4 beats.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjsopzdExzE

Next up some Gas tracks, took a track from each album to get an idea of what it's all about.

Gas - Untitled #3 from the album Gas
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fuvRcjRLog
Gas - Untitled #7 from the album Zauberberg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMHJT-0ya-w
Gas - Untitled #5 from the album Königsforst
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSmBHnIydMA
Gas - Oktember (B) from the 12" Oktember
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-ucG1EHmwg
Gas - Untitled #5 from the album Pop
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3EjxgPBm0Q

Emetic Hustler
May 5, 2009



Solar Fields is a producer from Sweden who makes nice ambient/psybient and is a labelmate of Carbon Based Lifeforms (among other similar artist such as Aes Dana and H.U.V.A. Network) on Ultimae Records, so if you haven't checked out that label and you like this sort of stuff then what are you waiting for!

Solar Fields - Das Bungalow from the album Movements
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wINIhfVl9U0
Solar Fields - Our Blue Stones from the album [Altered] Movements
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QkX5UG_oBE
Solar Fields - Last Step In Vacuum / Until We Meet The Sky / Epilogue from the album Until We Meet the Sky
Very reminiscent of Vangelis at times. Has this epic shoegaze sort of vibe.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_KuGgpqbes

Another label that offers similar music is Aleph Zero Records who has released stuff from Bluetech and Shulman that are those Shpongle like artists.

Shulman - First Came the Stars (Bluetech Remix) from the Bluetech album Sines and Singularities
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkEyPjRT0zI

Bluetech has also released some stuff under his own name which is beatless ambient;
Evan Bartholomew - Leaving Behind Ourselves from the album Caverns of Time
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yJ2AsdZN-g

Some other psybient tracks that have stood out to me.

Phutureprimitve - Darkness from the album Sub Conscious
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKdP2DyAxaw

Shakatura - Playa Mimosa from the album Shakatrura
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uE4uC_dsm2k
The thing that starts at about 4:30 gives this track such a nice swing to the rest of the track. And it features the generic ethnic woman singing sample that pops up in these sort of tracks.

And as a cherry on top my favourite Ott tracks, which I guess everyone should be familiar with along with Shpongle if they are into psybient/chillout music. If you aren't then do yourself a favour and correct that ASAP.

Ott - Smoked Glass and Chrome from the album Blumenkraft
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKSCDmuD70Q
Remember listening to this track for the first time on headphones high as a kite and when those clear synth stabs at around 5:26 came on I thought I died and gone to heaven.

Hallucinogen - Angelic Particles (Buckminster Fullerine Mix) from the album Hallucinogen in Dub - Mixed by Ott
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvBYLYcsKio

Synthosaurus
May 8, 2007


Emetic Hustler posted:

On a Kettel note, his album "Volleyed Iron" is more ambient than the usual IDM stuff he makes (which is nice itself).

And the tracks name is "Halt Him" Absolutely sublime track.

Yeah, Volleyed Iron is amazing, really hoping for another full length ambient album from him in the future! And the track is actually called "Halt Them", it's an edited version of "Halt Him" released for free to promote the label (Sending Orbs) when they first launched years ago

Emetic Hustler
May 5, 2009



Synthosaurus posted:

Yeah, Volleyed Iron is amazing, really hoping for another full length ambient album from him in the future! And the track is actually called "Halt Them", it's an edited version of "Halt Him" released for free to promote the label (Sending Orbs) when they first launched years ago

Interesting. And for that matter everyone should definitely check out the Sending Orbs label, it's not all ambient but quality electronic music nonetheless. It was on a hiatus for awhile but should hopefully come alive again soon. Picked up every release of them so far, a part from the latest Markus Guentner album, which I should probably do at some point.

Some tracks from Blamstrain's Disfold album released on SO. Still think it's one of his most accomplished work. And the artwork on it is lovely, it's pretty much the case for every release on Sending Orbs.
Blamstrain - Spring/Summer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrVZMs9vYtA

Blamstrain - Frame Math
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCmcxcKodgY

Another favourite on Sending Orbs is Yagya, an Icelandic producer who has two releases on Sending Orbs. My favourite is definitely Rigning
Yagya - Rigning Tvö from the same album.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdDQ5YrQ6Qg

Yagya - Rigning Fimm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_JFzNfeCnc

His other album is called Will I Dream During The Process? which is also worth checking out, it leans more towards dubtechno (which in itself can be pretty ambient). His debut, Rhythm of Snow, released on Force Inc. is also a gem worth hunting down if possible. They all somehow seem to capture how I imagine Iceland to be over the seasons.
Yagya - Snowflake 1 from the album Rhythm of Snow
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FddV6WaGoKE

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Power Windows
Dec 29, 2004

Brasky used to ride upon a steed, perchance to spy a lady.


I absolutely love "Hearts of Space". I'm lucky enough to live in an area that carries it on public radio. There's nothing better coming home on a Friday night and unwinding to HOS. It's what got me interested in ambient in the first place.

The playlists are pretty eclectic, but they lean toward Roach, Eno, Rich, et al. on most weeks. If you don't live in an area that carries the show, check out http://www.hos.com/ for playlists.

TheForgotton
Jun 10, 2001

I'm making a career of evil.

A few years back, I picked up the album Cold Summer by Lull not really knowing anything about it. Turns out to be a former drummer of Napalm Death's ambient project and it kicks rear end. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RxxNFMMN_o

Aidan Baker of Nadja has a lot of great stuff as a solo artist. http://aidanbaker.bandcamp.com/, http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Aidan_Baker/

Check out this Finnish musician that makes drone ambient stuff under the name Dereleech. Highlights include Deadspace and Downstream.

If I may pimp some of my own material, submitted for your approval: my latest Caustic Reverie album Bones of the Earth.

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JAY ZERO SUM GAME
Oct 18, 2005

Walter.
I know you know how to do this.
Get up.

Boards of Canada really should be here; surprised it's not already.

They haven't released an album in some years. There's rumors of something new this summer but who knows. Below are only a few of my favorites, their discography is great.

A Beautiful Place Out in the Country: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVWcptE6UAI

Everything You Do is a Balloon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQEmaj9C6ko

Olson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpxCkYX8vHQ

Left Side Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rg1yWHPSkRM

Peacock Tail: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdxNGykpkrY

o.m. 94
Nov 23, 2009



What's up y'all some terrible youtubes in here but never fear I made another mix that will be the perfect accompaniment to any hardcore late night RPG sesh.

slovach
Oct 6, 2005
Lennie Fuckin' Briscoe

Rageaholic Monkey posted:

There's also Helios.

I just started getting Helios on Pandora a little while ago, good stuff. This might be one of my favorites.

Helios - Bounce Dive
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=berj8BGDmd0

This also decided to show up one day. I think this is the best track on the album.
Anesthesia - Megan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uh7fHciPpu8

Junkenstein
Oct 22, 2003

Do you see?

I love Nuojuva Halava by Ous Mal. It's not a name I see come up much, but I got it since it was The Silent Ballet's album of the year a little while ago, and can listen to it on repeat for hours.

Can't access youtube at work, but hopefully this is the first track:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWpG2IOpT3I

A question, what's a good starting point for Dark Ambient?

TheForgotton
Jun 10, 2001

I'm making a career of evil.

Junkenstein posted:


A question, what's a good starting point for Dark Ambient?
I'd picked up a few Steve Roach albums on the cheap based on the fact that I could get a 60 minute plus album for one song download, but I think
Bass Communion's Ghosts on Magnetic Tape was one of the first dark ambient albums that clicked for me.

slowdave
Jun 18, 2008



Junkenstein posted:

A question, what's a good starting point for Dark Ambient?

Dark ambient is bullshit but check out Thomas Köner's stuff.

Dr. Video Games 0081
Jan 19, 2005

He tries to tell people that he is alone, all by himself; he wants to love and be loved. His music is a call for acceptance, respect, love, underst

Junkenstein posted:

A question, what's a good starting point for Dark Ambient?

I keep Estimating the Time of Death by Premature Ejaculation on loop in my Dungeon:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7bS7TxYBaI

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Mental Hospitality
Jan 5, 2011

This is a front row seat to the greatest show on earth.

Oh man, I missed this thread. Digitally Imported got me through college 8 years ago. I would put the chillout station on and get the best sleep in my dorm room.

I still have all my Blank and Jones Relax albums.

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