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Lisand
Jan 2, 2013



MadBimber posted:

It makes me happy to see so many of my favorite ambient artists already listed in this thread. I'm a huge fan of Eno, Aphex, Tycho, Helios/Goldmund, Seefeel, etc. Such great music

I was hoping that you all might be able to give me suggestions on where to find music like what I've made. Please forgive me for posting something of my own and don't think I'm trying to pimp my work, I honestly just have a hard time finding stuff like it. They're very long which is part of the issue, but I like having a slow background noise most of the day. Great for walking, taking the bus/subway, doing your daily chores, that sort of thing. I am probably in the minority of liking songs as slow as these, but I find them to be profoundly relaxing, and they help me when I feel blue.

Ex: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PiAeF7ByOQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlSM-uyHul4


Those two are, to me, probably the most beautiful and some of my most favored. I'm not sure they really fit but I can't see any other genre.

nice works, MadBimber! I particularly like the first piece, well done. you'll be pleased to know that there are many, many artists making the kind of music you make, which falls into the "ambient drone" sub-genre of ambient music. stars of the lid, william basinski, tim hecker, steve roach, robert rich, and thomas köner would all be good places to start. since your second piece is very choral in nature, you should also check out minimalist composers like Arvo Pärt.

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precision
May 7, 2006

Double great.



Stars of the Lid
Loscil
The Dead Texan
Pan-American
Christmas Decorations
(seeing a trend here? Basically most things on Kranky Records)
Aix Em Klemm
AMP
A.M.P. Studio
Piano Magic

just off the top of my head. Those should keep you pretty busy though.

MadBimber
Dec 31, 2006


Thanks guys, SA never fails to come through for me
I'm already familiar with Arvo Part, I like many of his works, although I find sometimes they're a bit screechy. That's a problem I've run into myself. The only other artist I'd heard of was Steven Roach, so I appreciate so many suggestions! Those will keep me busy, especially with the backlog I already have.

Would it be alright if I continued to post my songs? I don't know how much of an audience they would find, but I like to share things that make me happy. I only have a few more that I think are fit for mass consumption anyway, so I'm not about to clog the thread up.

precision
May 7, 2006

Double great.


Here's a specific suggestion for Amp, because I just now checked and sure enough it's on Spotify!

The album Perception. If you search by artist, you have to scroll very far down but trust me, it's there. For some reason, they consider it a "single" (it's four 20-odd minute tracks).

Also, holy poo poo Amp have a lot more material than I thought they did.

edit: Oh God I guess that's because some lovely Christian band stole the name Amp. FUCKERS.

precision fucked around with this message at Jan 7, 2013 around 22:54

Break Fast
Mar 27, 2012


MadBimber posted:

Thanks guys, SA never fails to come through for me
I'm already familiar with Arvo Part, I like many of his works, although I find sometimes they're a bit screechy. That's a problem I've run into myself. The only other artist I'd heard of was Steven Roach, so I appreciate so many suggestions! Those will keep me busy, especially with the backlog I already have.

Would it be alright if I continued to post my songs? I don't know how much of an audience they would find, but I like to share things that make me happy. I only have a few more that I think are fit for mass consumption anyway, so I'm not about to clog the thread up.

To be honest I see no reason why you shouldn't post them. Go ahead.

I'm sorry I can't add everything to OP anymore, but I do listen to almost everything posted here while working on different projects lately.

Here's a classic.
Sync24 - Archive [1996-2002] http://sync24.bandcamp.com/album/am...chive-1996-2002
Some very mesmerizing tracks in there.

Lisand
Jan 2, 2013



precision posted:

Stars of the Lid
Loscil
The Dead Texan
Pan-American
Christmas Decorations
(seeing a trend here? Basically most things on Kranky Records)
Aix Em Klemm
AMP
A.M.P. Studio
Piano Magic

just off the top of my head. Those should keep you pretty busy though.

wow, you're quite the kranky fan...I can't blame you, everything they put out is gold.

precision
May 7, 2006

Double great.


Lisand posted:

wow, you're quite the kranky fan...I can't blame you, everything they put out is gold.

They're also awesome people. Here's how awesome they were: back in '03 I helped run a pirate radio station, and on a whim I emailed Kranky and said "Yo, uh, I'm the only DJ at this station that would play your stuff, but I would play the almighty gently caress out of it, if you want to send promos here's my home address" and they did! I mean, I'm sure they did a quick Google to see that the station actually existed, but you know, still. I remember they sent me the first Out Hud album with a sticker on it that said "the first Kranky album aimed not only at your brain, but at your rear end".

(And drat it's a good album, too. STREET DAD. You may know the guys in Out Hud from their other, more popular, worse band !!!)

M. Gira was a bro, too, when he sent us the first Devendra Banhart album, he sent a two-page long hand-written letter about how great it was.

LazerLemurz
Aug 11, 2009


Shlohmo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZckIyXQE83I

I never really knew where to share this. I consider it hip-hop in its most minimal and ambient form. Listen to all of this fella's work. The music he's created has been the only constant in my daily listening for almost two years now.

LazerLemurz fucked around with this message at Jan 8, 2013 around 04:15

Lisand
Jan 2, 2013



precision posted:

They're also awesome people. Here's how awesome they were: back in '03 I helped run a pirate radio station, and on a whim I emailed Kranky and said "Yo, uh, I'm the only DJ at this station that would play your stuff, but I would play the almighty gently caress out of it, if you want to send promos here's my home address" and they did! I mean, I'm sure they did a quick Google to see that the station actually existed, but you know, still. I remember they sent me the first Out Hud album with a sticker on it that said "the first Kranky album aimed not only at your brain, but at your rear end".

(And drat it's a good album, too. STREET DAD. You may know the guys in Out Hud from their other, more popular, worse band !!!)

M. Gira was a bro, too, when he sent us the first Devendra Banhart album, he sent a two-page long hand-written letter about how great it was.

I'm sure you probably freaked out when you got the promos, hah. That's awesome. I've talked to a few Kranky artists at shows before and they seemed really happy being on the label, they get quite a bit of freedom with things (for example they're not obligated to tour a certain amount). I also like that Kranky does a nice job with packaging orders.

Speaking of which, I am giddy with anticipation waiting for The Ballasted Orchestra remaster/reissue to arrive in the mail...

MadBimber
Dec 31, 2006


LazerLemurz posted:

Shlohmo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZckIyXQE83I

I never really knew where to share this. I consider it hip-hop in its most minimal and ambient form. Listen to all of this fella's work. The music he's created has been the only constant in my daily listening for almost two years now.

This is pretty great, it reminds me of a slow Flying Lotus, or maybe slow Madlib.

I've got one more for you guys, from when I first started. It is very different from the two pieces I linked earlier, but still the same style.

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

Since it is earlier, I had a problem with songs getting a little "noisy" and it gets rougher after about the 50~ minute mark. I love it though, it's the song that convinced me that I needed to do less drugs. I was pretty out when I heard this the first time, and it felt like some god struck me across oceans of space and time to say "dude chill out". And so I did.

SineRider
Oct 10, 2012

Come on die young


MadBimber posted:


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

Since it is earlier, I had a problem with songs getting a little "noisy" and it gets rougher after about the 50~ minute mark. I love it though, it's the song that convinced me that I needed to do less drugs. I was pretty out when I heard this the first time, and it felt like some god struck me across oceans of space and time to say "dude chill out". And so I did.

Very cool stuff, I really dig the timbre throughout it. I'm just curious, are you writing shorter songs, then using paulstretch to extend them? That can be pretty fun and yield some awesome results.

hoped.so
Aug 14, 2004

it is never too late to give up your prejudices

Ghosts - One and On
http://runawaywith.us//videos/50bd8cb39a60d95c5a000370

^ I also built this site that is mostly full of chill ambient music.

Basically its a youtube repository with a fancy javascript player I am working on. It auto plays videos at full screen and the gui fades out after idling, so you can enjoy the video. It 'liberates' mp3's by downloading the *.flv and extracting the mp3 to make it available. It lets you play continuously based on categories tagged by the small group who use it. if you sign up (no real email needed), you can down vote to permanently skip the video.

sweeptheleg5
Jan 11, 2013


I came across these 2 tracks, and thought the sound was really unique. Cat song is particularly cool.


Singer named Aya Peard

Cat

https://soundcloud.com/aya-peard/cat


And

Supernova

https://soundcloud.com/aya-peard/supernova

Another Person
Oct 20, 2010





LazerLemurz posted:

Shlohmo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZckIyXQE83I

I never really knew where to share this. I consider it hip-hop in its most minimal and ambient form. Listen to all of this fella's work. The music he's created has been the only constant in my daily listening for almost two years now.

Oh my, I listened to some of this guy yesterday, and Empty Pools is beautiful. The choice of instruments perfectly creates a sense of paradise, with soft, melodic playing and natural found sounds of the sea and children playing, screaming. However, the way in which they are played, with the guitar sounding so desolate and empty, the bass so dread filled, that you can't help but feel complete dissociation listening to it. What started sounding as the sound of playing, soon started to sound like screams and cries of fear, to me.

I often go into a daze, thinking of a perfect image to go with a song, or how I would use it were I a filmmaker, and all I could think of was the terror of being in a tropical, foreign (to me) land, just before a tsunami is due to strike, it is just so sad sounding. Maybe that is just my interpretation of the track though.



Essentially, a brilliant ambient track which everyone should hear. Just ignore the amateur, unofficial made video. You know it is a Youtube comment when it is so, so wrong. "this video is perfect" my rear end, it capture the joy, but not the beauty.

Another Person fucked around with this message at Jan 12, 2013 around 12:07

Imapanda
Sep 12, 2008

Majoris Felidae Peditum


New Eluvium album coming out on May 14th.

Some of the songs have leaked into youtube and I enjoy what I'm hearing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKyMDjFxIQ8

Syndic
Jul 5, 2012


One of my favourite ambient records of the past few years is 'Returnal' by Oneohtrix Point Never. Daniel Lopatin (OPN) creates intricate soundscapes by layering 'cheesy' 80s synthesizers and creates something quite transcendent.

Another suggestion for those looking to buy their music is http://boomkat.com/. They've got an outstanding selection of DRM-free independent electronic music in FLAC or MP3 form. Once you buy something it gets added to your library so that you can re-download as required.

Syndic fucked around with this message at Feb 22, 2013 around 02:58

SineRider
Oct 10, 2012

Come on die young


Imapanda posted:

New Eluvium album coming out on May 14th.

Some of the songs have leaked into youtube and I enjoy what I'm hearing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKyMDjFxIQ8

That's great news! Glad to see he's coming out with some new material. Copia is one of my favorite albums. I listened to the new tune a few times and I really enjoyed it. The organ sound is pretty nice I must say.

Gamma Nerd
May 14, 2012


I'm not generally a huge ambient fan but Bluetech's Elementary Particles album is absolutely amazing. Prophetic Sines in my (uneducated) opinion is among the best downtempo tracks ever made.

dk2m
May 6, 2009


Black metal artists create some incredible ambient works. This one is by Horseback, though I guess calling them black metal isn't true in the strictest sense. Very hypnotic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dySTrpOO7Y

Vinterriket is a one-man black metal project that creates very sparse landscape portraits when he's not hammering away with some blast beats from a drum machine. I'm much more of a fan of his former sound.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bi1tjUtbdzE

Of course, gotta add Burzum in the mix. This song is really loving long, but drat once you get into it you don't want it to stop.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czi5rbl0Ghw

Finally, just to add in more traditional chill poo poo, here's Flica's In Dreams. One of my favorites.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hJpF9tOkmQ

hypersleep
Sep 17, 2011



I've been getting into dark ambient again quite a bit lately.

Simon Heath of Atrium Carceri has been releasing sci-fi themed albums on his netlabel, Cryo Chamber, under the name Sabled Sun:

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

I also listen to Sleep Research Facility a lot lately.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ag6L2gBdJOw

Four-Twenty
Feb 10, 2005

no fear


Ambient music, I love it so much. Especially the more droney and minimal stuff.
One artist that hasn't been mentioned here as far as I can see is Stephan Mathieu.
He seems to be most well known for his digital manipulations of ancient and lo-fi recordings. A great way to start, is to check out Radioland, where he processed shortwave radio signals.
He also does a lot of collaborations, including a nice album of Smog/Bill Callahan drone covers together with vocalist Sylvain Chauveau.Here's an example. In addition, when performing live, he does some very interesting things with ebows and virginals (sort of like a harpsichord).

Also, I coordinate a weekly radioshow on drone, ambient & minimalism on some obscure belgian radio station (EDIT: it's in dutch though). Sometimes we also upload our episodes on mixcloud.

And finally, here is my valentines drone & ambient mix I did recently (also broadcast on the same show!)

fromsinkingsands
Oct 10, 2005

Gotta find Jason.

Figured this would be a good spot for this. I'm hosting an event on https://www.turntable.fm on April 8th which features quite a few of the musicians discussed in the thread. Our current lineup is:

Ulrich Schnauss
Tycho
Bluetech
Solar Fields
Shigeto
Polish Ambassador
Desert Dwellers
Krusseldorf
Kilowatts
Ghosts
Corduroi
Selva Oscura

Basically you join the room and can listen to these guys DJ over the course of 12 hours. Should be a lot of fun.
http://www.facebook.com/events/152961528198267/?fref=ts

whooping crane
Feb 12, 2012


Dropping by again to give you all another ambient track, Vladislav Delay's Anima :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbAxbvWCSOQ

Enjoy!

Also, what's all this Kranky talk with no mention of Grouper. Everyone should check out Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill if they haven't already.

whooping crane fucked around with this message at Mar 19, 2013 around 20:24

Number Two Stunna
Nov 8, 2009

FUCK


whooping crane posted:

Dropping by again to give you all another ambient track, Vladislav Delay's Anima :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbAxbvWCSOQ


I've been listening to this one recently, it's fantastic. Minimal, but detailed with an improvised feel. Adored it when it came out, forgot how good it was until very recently.

strap on revenge
Apr 8, 2011

yeah that's right


I was just looking through the top-selling vinyl releases on bandcamp and found this:

Migratory Patterns by Lowercase Noises

It's very nice and has set me on an ambient bender.

Lawless Laura Lee
Feb 13, 2012


I'd recommend Helios' Eingya.


Edward_Lapine
Jan 21, 2011

I thought you were actually gay, I mean...
So did I, for a bit, but then I found out about the prohibitive standards of hygiene, and all that DANCING!


Pardon me for jumping in here, but it seems no one mentioned this favorite of mind and I'd like to contribute.


Blue Mars https://bluemars.org

Free internet radio with a couple of ambient/chillout like tracks. I personally enjoy Cryosleep when I'm about to sleep or leave it on at a low volume when I sleep. Cryosleep has no drumbeats in it (usually a lot of soft pad sounds and other typical ambient stuff).

If this is already commonly known thing, feel free to ignore me.

MadBimber
Dec 31, 2006


Pro amateur film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfulqRdDbsg

Pro amateur film's soundtrack: http://arkitekture.bandcamp.com/alb...-chernobyl-2012

Ulam
May 7, 2012


Maybe I'll finally get around to collect the FAX +49-69/450464 catalog now that Namlook has passed away. If only I had a decent setup for ripping vinyls, considering that roughly half of the catalog seems to be in that format...

http://2350.org/project

On the off chance that anyone has listened to Modula Green, have you heard anything else like it? A few em:t works, like Qubism – Anthropomorphic, come to mind, but I can't really think of anything else.

precision
May 7, 2006

Double great.


Been cruising around Spotify this morning and got around to listening to a band I'd heard about but never actually paid attention to before: The Remote Viewer

A bit of similarity to the quieter Third Eye Foundation/Matt Elliott material, especially in this track:

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

Very good stuff overall, the album Let Your Heart Draw a Line is particularly recommended.

Rurik
Mar 5, 2010

Thief
Warrior
Gladiator
Grand Prince

I've been interested in ambient music for years, but it's only now that I've actually taken time to sit down and listen to it (or to any music for that matter - I've mostly listened to music browsing the net or in general doing something else, now I take time to simply listen to it). This thread seems like a goldmine for finding new bands. Carbon Based Lifeforms has been very pleasant.

I didn't search thoroughly, but I got the impression that Klaus Schultze wasn't mentioned in the thread. I like the album Irrlicht a lot, here's the first track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHTaCVTqolA

Is it even ambient? Schulze's a pretty well known name, so I'm surprised he wasn't mentioned here. Anyway, that's the kind of music I like and what kind of ambient I'd like to find. "Cosmic" would be a pretty good adjective. Something that paints images of vast distances of space in one's mind - or abysses of the ocean. Can anyone recommend something like that or something similar to that Schulze's track?

Barry Foster
Dec 24, 2007

Brush your teeth.


If you like Carbon Based Lifeforms, then you'll pretty much automatically like anything by Solar Fields.

Benn Jordan's Pale Blue Dot is a lovely tribute album to Carl Sagan that musically chronicles a trip from Earth into space and back. The middle ambient section gives a great impression of the vacuum, silence and loneliness of deep space.

Brian Eno's Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks was written for a feature length documentary on the Moon landing, and is appropriately cosmic. Includes the track 'An Ending (Ascent)' which you've no doubt heard many times, even if you didn't realise it. Sublime piece of music.

Also, drone never goes amiss when contemplating the expanses of space and time - Stars of the Lid are quite good for this kind of thing. This forum's very own Aetherius is great, and (goon) Conelrad's ambient albums Five Automatic Landings and Community Shelter Planning, though not explicitly about space, are also pretty great.

brainwashed
Apr 27, 2005



I wonder if anyone minds if I post some dark drone/ambient here? I know it's definitely not chill-out music, but it's one of my favorite genres and I'd love to be able to share some quality stuff.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCzifO-hfCo

Above track is from the album "Now Wait For Last Year" from 1987. The whole album is good but I love this song in particular. It's just so haunting and I love the industrial, shamanistic vibe.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccNW4tIEByo

From the album "Quarter Turns Over A Living Line". Been alot of buzz and hype about this record but I think it's worthy of it.

Edit: hosed up the coding

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strap on revenge
Apr 8, 2011

yeah that's right


Gonna throw some more Bass Communion in:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUwvgVWx0OM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0oilPyG8yc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abm-QAgmdTY

Megiddo
Apr 27, 2004

Unicorns bite, but their bites feel GOOD.

I tried searching the thread, but I didn't see any mention of the mid-to-late '90s Bavarian TV show Space Night or the associated Elektrolux label from Germany that is now called Elux Records.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5EVYoTO8oM

And from the original creators of Space Night, 2000 and Space:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXtXutvHxD8

o.m. 94
Nov 23, 2009



You make me sick, all of you, you make me sick

o.m. 94
Nov 23, 2009



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o.m. 94
Nov 23, 2009



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2QZBq6STME

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Megiddo
Apr 27, 2004

Unicorns bite, but their bites feel GOOD.

At first I thought your post was directed at me and it made me sad

But it's OK. Have a video:



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KbiKnxO7yw



It's the full track from the 2000 and Space intro, a beatless mix of Subsonic Park's Refloat.

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whooping crane
Feb 12, 2012


Just dropping by again to share another good ambient album I've only recently discovered: Kiln - Holo.

Here's the only track I could easily find on youtube (not my favorite though): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxgBosC4-rw

but here's the Spotify link to the album for all the Spotify users out there: http://open.spotify.com/album/0iz8d2RTN51KbV4Hmtno5d

It's no Brian Eno, William Basinski, or Oval in terms of quality, but it reminds me of Gas.

As a side note, what do y'all think of William Basinski/Richard Chartier's new album, Aurora Liminalis?

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