1992, A Wonderful Year in Ambient Music: Poll and Discussion

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I while I did poll on ambient albums released in 1994 and 1993, and I thought I'd continue the series, so here's 1992 for you. I didn't include albums that I felt are too much into the direction of techno, trance, rock music, "world beat", etc... So there's no Aphex Twin, Sven Väth, Main, or Muslimgauze on the list, sorry about that.

Once again, you are free to discuss these records, and the general state of ambient in 1992, as well as point out any glaring omission.

Poll Results

The Orb - U.F.Orb 7
Brian Eno ‎- Nerve Net 3
Silence - Silence 2
Psychick Warriors ov Gaia - Ov Biospheres and Sacred Grooves: a Document ov New Edge Folk Classics 2
Brian Eno - The Shutov Assembly 2
Michael Brook ‎- Cobalt Blue 1
Steve Roach / Robert Rich ‎- Soma 1
Drome ‎- Anachronism 1
Jim O'Rourke ‎– Disengage 1
The Irresistible Force - Flying High 1
Rapoon - Dream Circle 1
Dominic Woosey - Straylight 1
Paul Schütze ‎- New Maps of Hell 0
Biosphere - Microgravity 0
Steve Roach ‎- World's Edge 0
Tamas Laboratorium ‎- Fractal Dance 0
Vidna Obmana ‎- Shadowing in Sorrow 0
Mathias Grassow ‎- Calm 0
Lustmord ‎- The Monstrous Soul 0
C-Schulz ‎- 4. Film Ton 0
Coil - How to Destroy Angels (Remixes and Re-Recordings) 0
Cranioclast ‎- Iconclastar 0
Earth to Infinity ‎- Earth to Infinity 0
Erik Wøllo ‎- Solstice 0
Exquisite Corpse ‎- Dream Night Dance Music 0
Genesis P-Orridge and Psychic TV ‎- Cold Dark Matter 0
Hans Joachim Roedelius - Frühling 0
Laraaji ‎- Flow Goes the Universe 0
Lull ‎- Dreamt About Dreaming 0
Voice Of Eye ‎- Mariner Sonique 0

Tuomas, Tuesday, 12 January 2016 21:01 (three years ago) link

For me, this a very hard choice between PWOG, Biosphere, and Silence. Silence is more purist ambient than the other two, but they're all wonderful records.

Tuomas, Tuesday, 12 January 2016 21:08 (three years ago) link

The Dominic Woosey album is a forgotten gem of wistful oceanic vibes too.

Tuomas, Tuesday, 12 January 2016 21:10 (three years ago) link

ooooooooooooooooooooooooo. orb

flappy bird, Tuesday, 12 January 2016 21:22 (three years ago) link

I would add Soul Kiss (Glide Divine).

Would be between that, Flying High, Silence, Microgravity and Ov Biospheres I think, if the latter wasn't an instavote ;)

Noel Emits, Tuesday, 12 January 2016 21:26 (three years ago) link

PWOG still gets listened to regularly. The Coil one I can't remember offhand but will check it again before voting

I am using your worlds, Wednesday, 13 January 2016 19:23 (three years ago) link

For you Microgravity lovers, Biosphere released a remastered version of the album last spring, it also includes a bonus album of unreleased tracks from the same era. The bass sound on the remaster is immersive, and the bonus tracks are pretty dope too.


Tuomas, Thursday, 14 January 2016 09:23 (three years ago) link

Not a fan of Thomas Köner? I'd expect Teimo to be included, it's a wonderful piece of dark drone. Loads of great stuff there, Cranioclast, Michael Brook, those two Steve Roaches, Lustmord, U.F.Orb, Rapoon, The Irresistible Force. The Biosphere one used to be a favourite of mine but over the years I've found that I prefer Patashnik, Substrata, Polar Sequences, Fires Of Ork and Shenzou to it.

Siegbran, Thursday, 14 January 2016 10:45 (three years ago) link

Discogs says "Teimo" was released in 1991.

Tuomas, Tuesday, 19 January 2016 13:07 (three years ago) link

I'll probably do a 1995 poll before 1991 though.

Tuomas, Tuesday, 19 January 2016 13:24 (three years ago) link

Wondering why UFOrb is here and not SAW 85-92. The Orb certainly take in as much house/dub influence to warrant the presence of the latter, right?

octobeard, Sunday, 24 January 2016 00:16 (three years ago) link

the Rapoon album is lovely

lute bro (brimstead), Sunday, 24 January 2016 00:31 (three years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 3 February 2016 00:01 (three years ago) link

Last bump.

Noel Emits, Wednesday, 3 February 2016 23:11 (three years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Thursday, 4 February 2016 00:01 (three years ago) link

Well I hereby declare UFOrb well overrated.

Noel Emits, Thursday, 4 February 2016 16:09 (three years ago) link

the first three tracks are flawless, most of the rest does nothing for me

lute bro (brimstead), Thursday, 4 February 2016 21:36 (three years ago) link

A1 - O.O.B.E.
A2 - U.F. ORB
B1 - Blue Room

^ this is quality

lute bro (brimstead), Thursday, 4 February 2016 21:37 (three years ago) link

three years pass...

Surprise reissue. Mixmaster Morris and others used to caine the heck out of this.


(The digital is cheaper to buy in some other outlets BTW.)

Invisible (Noel Emits), Saturday, 6 July 2019 08:34 (five months ago) link

Oh, and this wasn't anywhere to hear online last time I checked.

Goosebumps, pretty heavy stuff.

Projekt Erde


Invisible (Noel Emits), Saturday, 6 July 2019 08:44 (five months ago) link

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