Top 100 Ambient Albums

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Lets try 100 one or so at a time. No boundries: jazz, soundtracks, electronic, rock ect.. The only limit is that it has to be in your words "Ambient"

100. Discreet Music - Brian Eno

hector (hector), Thursday, 22 January 2004 04:44 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

99. Aphex Twin - SAW 85-92

Mr Noodles (Mr Noodles), Thursday, 22 January 2004 04:50 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

98. DJ Shadow - Endtroducing
97. GYBE - F# A# oo
96. Shalabi Effect - S/T

Mr Noodles (Mr Noodles), Thursday, 22 January 2004 04:51 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

95. Prop - Small Craft, Rough Sea
94. The Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld

Gas Coin, Thursday, 22 January 2004 04:54 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

93. Global Communication - 76:14

oops (Oops), Thursday, 22 January 2004 04:56 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

92. ISAN - Lucky Cat

tipustiger, Thursday, 22 January 2004 04:58 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

91. AIR - Virgin Suicides
90. King Black Acid - Royal Subjects

Mr Noodles (Mr Noodles), Thursday, 22 January 2004 05:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

89. Gas - Pop

hector (hector), Thursday, 22 January 2004 05:02 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

88-84 Tangerine Dream -- "Zeit"
Brian Eno -- "Neroli"
Michael Vetter -- "Overtones In Old European Cathedrals (Thoronet)"
Steve Hillage -- "Rainbow Dome Musick"
Zoviet France -- "Shouting at the Ground"

Nom De Plume (Nom De Plume), Thursday, 22 January 2004 05:04 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

83. Ash Ra Tempel-New Age Of Earth

scott seward (scott seward), Thursday, 22 January 2004 05:05 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

82. fennesz - endless summer

gygax! (gygax!), Thursday, 22 January 2004 05:06 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

81. Susumu Yokota - Sakura
80. Tommy Guerrero - A Little Bit of Somethin'

tipustiger, Thursday, 22 January 2004 05:07 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

79. Do Make Say Think - S/T

Mr Noodles (Mr Noodles), Thursday, 22 January 2004 05:07 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

78. Beef Terminal - 20 Goto 10
77. Broken Social Scene - Feel Good Lost

Mr Noodles (Mr Noodles), Thursday, 22 January 2004 05:08 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

76. earth - earth 2: special low frequency version

gygax! (gygax!), Thursday, 22 January 2004 05:10 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

75. boredoms - super roots 6

gygax! (gygax!), Thursday, 22 January 2004 05:10 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

75. Ry Cooder - Paris, Texas sndtrk
74. Ennio Morricone - Good, Bad, Ugly sndtrk

oops (Oops), Thursday, 22 January 2004 05:11 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

73. Harold Budd/Brian Eno - The Pearl

Trayce (trayce), Thursday, 22 January 2004 05:12 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

72. Mark Snow - The Truth and The Light, Music From The X Files

Mr Noodles (Mr Noodles), Thursday, 22 January 2004 05:13 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

72. Miles Davis "Sketches of Spain"
71. Erik Satie "Piano Stuff"
70. Brian Eno "Ambient 4: On Land"

Silly Sailor (Andrew Thames), Thursday, 22 January 2004 05:14 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Crap

Silly Sailor (Andrew Thames), Thursday, 22 January 2004 05:14 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

71. Labradford - Fixed: Context
70. Scorn - Gyral
69. Main - Hz
68. Stars of the Lid - Ballasted Orchestra

fcussen (Burger), Thursday, 22 January 2004 05:14 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

64. john fahey - blind joe death

gygax! (gygax!), Thursday, 22 January 2004 05:14 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

63. Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells

Trayce (trayce), Thursday, 22 January 2004 05:16 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

63. Naked City - Absinthe
62. Popol Vuh - In der Garten Pharaohs
61. Cluster - II
60. Wendy Carlos - Sonic Seasonings
59. Miles Davis - In A Silent Way

dleone (dleone), Thursday, 22 January 2004 05:16 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I'm one off because there are some fast posters here.

dleone (dleone), Thursday, 22 January 2004 05:17 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

57. Burger/Ink "Las Vegas"

Silly Sailor (Andrew Thames), Thursday, 22 January 2004 05:18 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

56. Irresistible Force - Flying High

oops (Oops), Thursday, 22 January 2004 05:18 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

55. Brian Jonestown Mascara - Their Satanic Majesties Second Request

Mr Noodles (Mr Noodles), Thursday, 22 January 2004 05:19 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

54. Nurse with Wound - Soliloquoy for Lilith

fcussen (Burger), Thursday, 22 January 2004 05:20 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

53. Eno - Apollo sndtrk

oops (Oops), Thursday, 22 January 2004 05:20 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

52. Klaus Schulze - Irrlicht

dleone (dleone), Thursday, 22 January 2004 05:21 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

51. Coil - Worship the Glitch
50. Robert Rich/B. Lustmord - Stalker
49. Crawl Unit - Stop Listening

fcussen (Burger), Thursday, 22 January 2004 05:25 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

48. Skylab - "#1"

Matt Ducasse had collected the raw samples for years, Toshi & Kudo provided the instrumentation when necessary, and Howie B blended it all together. This was pop ambient long before the compilations ... whereas Kompakt's collections have a bit of monochromaticism in common with the original 'Artificial Intelligence' pieces, Skylab's compositions patched together a much more diverse range of sources. Which resulted in a deceivingly bourgeois listening experience, but sacrificed little of the impact of raw sound art.

guess I felt I had to justify that one!

Dare, Thursday, 22 January 2004 05:27 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

47. Sea Scouts - Pattern Recognition
46. The Necks - Sex

Gas Coin, Thursday, 22 January 2004 05:29 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

45. NO NECK BLUES BAND - Intonomancy

Yikes we are going to hit number one too fast

hector (hector), Thursday, 22 January 2004 05:32 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

seriously. moderator request: Top 500 Ambient Albums. far too many people have ideas on this one. I'm just going to be a boring classicist.

44. Roger Eno - Voices
43. Harold Budd - Lovely Thunder
42. Thomas Koner - Teimo / Permafrost
41. Steve Roach - The Magnificent Void (not like other roach. I swear.)


(Jon L), Thursday, 22 January 2004 05:35 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

40. My Bloody Valentine - Tremolo EP
39. Bark Psychosis - Hex
38. Eno - Another Green World

fcussen (Burger), Thursday, 22 January 2004 05:42 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

37. Xenakis - Electronic Music

fcussen (Burger), Thursday, 22 January 2004 05:44 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Spacemen 3 - The Perfect Prescription

hector (hector), Thursday, 22 January 2004 05:47 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

36. Cocteau Twins "Victorialand"
35. Oval "Dok"

Silly Sailor (Andrew Thames), Thursday, 22 January 2004 05:48 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

34. Swans - Soundtracks for the Blind

fcussen (Burger), Thursday, 22 January 2004 05:53 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Nice choice with the cocteaus Andrew :)

33. Cocteau Twins/Harold Budd - The Moon and the Melodies

Trayce (trayce), Thursday, 22 January 2004 06:02 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

ok when we get to number one start counting back up

hector (hector), Thursday, 22 January 2004 06:11 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

recap with numbers fixed for the pedantic:

100. Discreet Music - Brian Eno
99. Aphex Twin - SAW 85-92
98. DJ Shadow - Endtroducing
97. GYBE - F# A# oo
96. Shalabi Effect - S/T
95. Prop - Small Craft, Rough Sea
94. The Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld
93. Global Communication - 76:14
92. ISAN - Lucky Cat
91. AIR - Virgin Suicides
90. King Black Acid - Royal Subjects
89. Gas - Pop
88. Tangerine Dream -- "Zeit"
87. Brian Eno -- "Neroli"
86. Michael Vetter -- "Overtones In Old European Cathedrals (Thoronet)"
85. Steve Hillage -- "Rainbow Dome Musick"
84. Zoviet France -- "Shouting at the Ground"
83. Ash Ra Tempel-New Age Of Earth
82. fennesz - endless summer
81. Susumu Yokota - Sakura
80. Tommy Guerrero - A Little Bit of Somethin'
79. Do Make Say Think - S/T
78. Beef Terminal - 20 Goto 10
77. Broken Social Scene - Feel Good Lost
76. earth - earth 2: special low frequency version
75. boredoms - super roots 6
74. Ry Cooder - Paris, Texas sndtrk
73. Ennio Morricone - Good, Bad, Ugly sndtrk
72. Harold Budd/Brian Eno - The Pearl
71. Mark Snow - The Truth and The Light, Music From The X Files
70. Miles Davis "Sketches of Spain"
69. Erik Satie "Piano Stuff"
68. Brian Eno "Ambient 4: On Land"
67. Labradford - Fixed: Context
66. Scorn - Gyral
65. Main - Hz
64. Stars of the Lid - Ballasted Orchestra
63. john fahey - blind joe death
62. Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells
61. Naked City - Absinthe
60. Popol Vuh - In der Garten Pharaohs
59. Cluster - II
58. Wendy Carlos - Sonic Seasonings
57. Miles Davis - In A Silent Way
56. Burger/Ink "Las Vegas"
55. Irresistible Force - Flying High
53. Nurse with Wound - Soliloquoy for Lilith
52. Eno - Apollo sndtrk
51. Klaus Schulze - Irrlicht
50. Coil - Worship the Glitch
49. Robert Rich/B. Lustmord - Stalker
48. Crawl Unit - Stop Listening
47. Skylab - "#1"
46. Sea Scouts - Pattern Recognition
45. The Necks - Sex
44. NO NECK BLUES BAND - Intonomancy
43. Roger Eno - Voices
42. Harold Budd - Lovely Thunder
41. Thomas Koner - Teimo / Permafrost
40. Steve Roach - The Magnificent Void
39. My Bloody Valentine - Tremolo EP
38. Bark Psychosis - Hex
37. Eno - Another Green World
36. Xenakis - Electronic Music
35. Spacemen 3 - The Perfect Prescription
34. Cocteau Twins "Victorialand"
33. Oval "Dok"
32. Swans - Soundtracks for the Blind
31. Cocteau Twins/Harold Budd - The Moon and the Melodies

fcussen (Burger), Thursday, 22 January 2004 06:13 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

30. Various Artists Ambient 4: Isolationism (which makes owning a lot of the rest of this stuff unnecessary)

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Thursday, 22 January 2004 06:24 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Ta Trayce, you too.
29. Pole "1"

Silly Sailor (Andrew Thames), Thursday, 22 January 2004 06:26 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

28. David Grubbs, Banana Cabbage, Potato Lettuce, Onion Orange
27. Steve Reich, Music for 18 Musicians

jaymc (jaymc), Thursday, 22 January 2004 06:43 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

26. Faust "Rien"

Silly Sailor (Andrew Thames), Thursday, 22 January 2004 06:44 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

25. The Orb - U.F.Orb
24. Lull- Cold Summer

fcussen (Burger), Thursday, 22 January 2004 06:49 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I'd definitely be up for participating.

Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Monday, 6 May 2019 19:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Likewise, although there is so much I would still like to hear first.

pomenitul, Monday, 6 May 2019 19:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

count me in

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Monday, 6 May 2019 19:33 (two weeks ago) Permalink

make sure to collect at least 2000 nominations tho

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Monday, 6 May 2019 19:33 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I can nominate some vapor ambient stuff, but not an expert on the larger topic at all

calstars, Monday, 6 May 2019 19:39 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I’m only in if we can vote for the first eagles greatest hits album

brimstead, Monday, 6 May 2019 20:17 (two weeks ago) Permalink

seriously, though, I’d rather just see everyone’s own lists

brimstead, Monday, 6 May 2019 20:17 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I’m only in if we can vote for the first eagles greatest hits album

Eligible only if slowed down 800%.

Lars Ulriac Quintet (Leee), Monday, 6 May 2019 20:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

If I don't get this job I want I'll have time to run a poll, we'll see

but everybody calls me, (lukas), Monday, 6 May 2019 20:50 (two weeks ago) Permalink

This'd be a fucking minefield on what qualifies and what doesn't.

Bring it.

kraudive, Monday, 6 May 2019 22:11 (two weeks ago) Permalink

If lukas gets his job, I might be willing to run it!

Lars Ulriac Quintet (Leee), Monday, 6 May 2019 22:34 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I've already compared my personal top 10 ambient albums with a couple friends over the last couple years. Would love to participate too

octobeard, Monday, 6 May 2019 23:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I got the job! Sorry.

but everybody calls me, (lukas), Friday, 10 May 2019 17:50 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Hmm, I think I might actually have the time to run this, if people are interested?

Tuomas, Wednesday, 15 May 2019 12:16 (one week ago) Permalink

That'd be great!

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 12:27 (one week ago) Permalink

Ummmmm yeah!!

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 12:44 (one week ago) Permalink

Yup!

Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 13:19 (one week ago) Permalink

This is the thread in which I discover that Lukas, LBI, Tuomas, KM, and Chinaski all have me killfiled.

Soccer Team's Philosophies and Hypotheses (Leee), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 17:05 (one week ago) Permalink

:p

but everybody calls me, (lukas), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 17:40 (one week ago) Permalink

I can nominate some vapor ambient stuff, but not an expert on the larger topic at all

i'm listening to Sleepline by New Dreams Ltd right now and I'm curious if something like this would qualify

frogbs, Wednesday, 15 May 2019 17:43 (one week ago) Permalink

xp no way leee, i just forgot! i'm just pumped for the poll, whoever ends up running it :)

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 18:18 (one week ago) Permalink

I had the bartender put a few drops in my beer last week. Horrible idea , turned it into soap abd caused it to overflow.

_I can nominate some vapor ambient stuff, but not an expert on the larger topic at all_


i'm listening to Sleepline by New Dreams Ltd right now and I'm curious if something like this would qualify


I don’t see why not ...

calstars, Wednesday, 15 May 2019 18:38 (one week ago) Permalink

i don't envy the pollrunner on this one, tackling issues of what counts as ambient

i have a very expansive/permissive view of what "counts" in any genre, but i'm sure there will be questions about, say, seefeel's more well known albums

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 19:04 (one week ago) Permalink

Xp hah - no way, leee! I got my 'l's mixed up and thought you'd sworn off cos you'd got the job. I'm up for it whoever runs it.

I'd prolly say NO Seefeel because beats but happy to be swayed. (While acknowledging there are some utterly beautiful ambient moments on Seefeel records, ofc.)

Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 19:33 (one week ago) Permalink

Thanks, chums!

As for what counts... if we say beats != ambient, then that would disqualify SAW and SAWII... and they have "ambient" in their titles!

Soccer Team's Philosophies and Hypotheses (Leee), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 19:34 (one week ago) Permalink

and Gas albums have beats as well! or at least, they have pulses. :)

anyway, i prefer not to participate in the What is Ambient? wars of 2019, but i'll be very happy to choose my ballot from whatever makes it through the sift

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 19:41 (one week ago) Permalink

also, very timely poll, as i just got David Toop's Ocean of Sound book on ambient music in the mail

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 19:42 (one week ago) Permalink

Yeah, I won't die on the NO BEATS hill. Happy to vote on whatever appears.

Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 19:51 (one week ago) Permalink

Can't say how excited I would be about this poll, were there anyone to run it. Sad.

but everybody calls me, (lukas), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 19:52 (one week ago) Permalink

lllooolll

Soccer Team's Philosophies and Hypotheses (Leee), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 20:12 (one week ago) Permalink

The recent-ish (2018?) Jurg Frey 5-disc album on Erstwhile = top ambient

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Thursday, 16 May 2019 06:37 (one week ago) Permalink

...if you like the sounds of ocean surf, jet planes carving holes in the sky, passive (background / adjacent room-) listening, incidental sounds, vague tonal content, and silence

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Thursday, 16 May 2019 06:40 (one week ago) Permalink

also, very timely poll, as i just got David Toop's Ocean of Sound book on ambient music in the mail

― these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Wednesday, May 15, 2019 9:42 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Excellent book.

Oh and Leee I'd never killfile you, honest!

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 16 May 2019 07:23 (one week ago) Permalink

i don't understand what this is supposed to be saying:

if Eluvium is on this list there's no credible reason the first two Enya albums wouldn't be, except Pitchfork finds her way too unbeardly

alpine static, Thursday, 16 May 2019 08:10 (one week ago) Permalink

Me neither.

I propose a totally free nomination process, beats/no beats, the voters will decide what they deem ambient. We're more or less adults here, I think we can do without strict rules?

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 16 May 2019 08:26 (one week ago) Permalink

Yeah, that's how I'm thinking of doing the poll. I think I'm gonna write some simple guidelines of how ambient is usually defined, to steer the nominations, but I'm not gonna disqualify anything if someone feels it's ambient.

For example, to me it seems pretty evident that SAW 1 is not ambient (despite the title of the) because of its dancey rhythms and beats, while SAW II is. But if someone still wants to nom the further, why not. But since we've had numerous generic polls on electronic music, I'm hoping this won't turn into one too, so hopefully people will at least consider what ambient means before nomming their favourite Aphex Twin and Boards of Canada albums.

Tuomas, Thursday, 16 May 2019 15:21 (one week ago) Permalink

if SAW1 counts then I'd think early LPs by The Black Dog and Autechre should also count

frogbs, Thursday, 16 May 2019 15:26 (one week ago) Permalink

I don't think any of those count as ambient, but I'd like to hear justifications why they would?

Tuomas, Thursday, 16 May 2019 15:49 (one week ago) Permalink

I mean, if the one characteristic of ambient most people agree on that it's non-intrusive and doesn't call attention to it, then the jerky mood and rhythm changes of something like Spanners or Temple of Transparent Balls would absolutely disqualify it.

Tuomas, Thursday, 16 May 2019 15:54 (one week ago) Permalink

The first four Enya albums are amazing (the next four... less so) but I wouldn't call them ambient. Enya is Enya.

Would love to see everyone's top ten or twenty too!

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Thursday, 16 May 2019 15:57 (one week ago) Permalink

Yeah, I love Enya, and there are many new age albums that are among my favourite ambient records, but her music isnt ambient, it's too song-oriented.

Tuomas, Thursday, 16 May 2019 16:33 (one week ago) Permalink

SAW1 shouldn't be eligible imho.

Let the great ambient gatekeeping begin.

pomenitul, Thursday, 16 May 2019 16:42 (one week ago) Permalink

hey tuomas, can i passionately argue for the inclusion of a field recording that i made of a train that's on my hard drive and no one else has ever heard, just so that i can be the one person that votes for it?

(jk)

these are not all of the possible side effects (Karl Malone), Thursday, 16 May 2019 16:56 (one week ago) Permalink

everything is permissible but nothing is ambient

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Thursday, 16 May 2019 17:10 (one week ago) Permalink

FSOL and Banco De Gaia, ambient or not?

Siegbran, Thursday, 16 May 2019 17:25 (one week ago) Permalink

FSOL has to be, how can Lifeforms not be ambient?

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Thursday, 16 May 2019 17:36 (one week ago) Permalink

Zoning out to saw1 after too much drink and drugs when I was far too young, as the sun rose over the trees, where me and my friends sat in sleeping bags we needed only for comfort, in a bright light back room in the west of england, we knew we were already late for saturday jobs, but it was alright because this music

Isn't ambient?

kraudive, Monday, 20 May 2019 03:03 (four days ago) Permalink

Posted on the wrong thread. Not to be I suppose

kraudive, Monday, 20 May 2019 03:10 (four days ago) Permalink


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