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This is kind of the opposite of Wyndham Earle's synthy horror thread. Tonight I have been playing Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld by The Orb, which remains as pretty, funny, careless and evocative as the first day I heard it. Afterwards I put on Chill Out by the KLF, and then....nothing. Stumped. What else should I own in this vein? These are pretty, um, 'canonical' after all.

Oh - this vein = ambient records that are sentimental, that you can go to sleep to or get lost in, but that are paradoxically full of charming individual moments. Lots of great samples would be a plus, ha!

I do have a bit of other ambient - mostly not on CD which is one reason I can't put it on - but I'm not going to start listing the CDs I rejected cos it might limit your choices.

Tom, Thursday, 24 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

There's a young man by the name of Richard James who I hear is quite promising.

Moving beyond the 'duh, Eno' factor -- Lull and Thomas Koner are both very good if not exactly merry.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 24 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Actually I will start talking about the CDs I rejected - no isolationism or dark ambient or drone stuff, please, not cos its bad but cos I have enough and am rarely in the mood to get more. (Sorry Ned!).

Tom, Thursday, 24 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I happen to quite like Zeit and Phaedra by Tangerine Dream, but I may be alone on that.

Melissa W, Thursday, 24 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

certain tracks by Lexaunculpt. "Keep Drowning Chum" is a first class train to ambiantville.

chippy, Thursday, 24 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Sorry Ned!

WELL. Hm...weird as it may sound, you could almost call His Name is Alive's second album ambient. Then again, there's always Vangelis.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 24 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

mike ink/wolfgang voigt "gas" project is very nice .Zauberberg,Oktember & Köenigsforst in particular. Pop gets the 4 1/2star rating on amg,but i thought it was the weaker of his five releases under this name.

william, Thursday, 24 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Labradford - _E Luxo So_

Dan Perry, Thursday, 24 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I'm actually particularly interested in records that *do* the kind of things I'm talking about but which you wouldn't call ambient.

Tom, Thursday, 24 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

yah yah, lexaunculpt man, lexaunculpt.

chaki, Thursday, 24 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Labradford - _E Luxo So_

Ah, bless you, Dan, of course. Mi Media Naranja also does the business, as does a fair amount of Stars of the Lid.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 24 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

you can't beat chill out, although klf did space as well, which comes fairly close. i like to get mellow to isan. (not as many samples, but plenty of beeps)

dbini, Thursday, 24 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Robert Leiner - visions of the past, is a sublime ambient album Robert Leiner - Bio - it has depth, variety of tempos and is definately one of the finest electronic albums of the 90s.

DJ Martian, Thursday, 24 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Great call on 'Mi Media Naranja.' Also, maybe 'Zuckerzeit' by Cluster? Very pretty stuff... Also 'Cluster and Eno' perhaps.

Clarke B., Thursday, 24 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Yeah, those two Labradford albums are perfect for this. Although there's a point in E Luxo So - no idea what track, the piano- led one - where it suddenly sounds like a drumkit falls down a flight of stairs.

Aix Em Klemm, p'rhaps? (Is this a collaboration between someone from Labradford and someone from Stars of the Lid or did I dream that?) Less drone-y/more interesting than SOTL.

clive, Thursday, 24 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Just picked up something you may find suitable: Motorlab #3 features Barry Adamson and Pan Sonic composing for a choir + electronics, and there is one piece by them, and then the same piece "remixed" by Hafler Trio. Listened once, and it sounds great.

I'll also second Melissa's recommendation for Tangerine Dream's Phaedra.

Sean Carruthers, Thursday, 24 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I'm just gonna guess Cocteau Twin's "Victorialand" is one of the ones you rejected. Otherwise..

  • Gavin Bryars "The Sinking of the Titanic" (granted, it's quite Enoistic)
  • Hochenkeit "omu4h 4aholab/400 Boys" (though it's more on the dreamy eastern sounding krautrock tip)

I could go into a whole realm of spacey, weird ambience a la Hash Jar Tempo, Bugskull, and more.. but I'm reluctant in fear of effigies of me stamped "ROCKIST" being burned.

Brian MacDonald, Thursday, 24 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

What rockist answers! ;-) (Admin: please note wink).

Tom, try: Ultramarine's Every Man & Woman Is A Star, if you haven't already. Also obviously: The Beloved's "The Sun Rising".

For blissful undulating ambience, there's Global Communication's 76 14 and Dettinger's Intershop. I'm currently listening to Miss Dinky's Melodias Venenosas which is quite charming rippling-but-dinky ambient synth pieces, but I'm not quite sure if I'd recommend it unreservedly yet.

As for the spacy wacky samples... that's trickier. Arguably this tendency in Orb and KLF is more a nod towards the contemporary Acid House/DJ Records boom rather than something that is inherent to much ambient. So I could see, say, early 808 State fitting the bill, but they were only ambient in fits and bursts ("Sunrise" is great though).

Tim, Thursday, 24 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

i told you this already tom, but kompakt all the way. the two pop ambient collections and in moll by that markus somebody i mentioned earlier that i'm too lazy to dig the record out now.

jess, Thursday, 24 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

three cheers for Gas - Pop! its such a chill album. def. one of my favorites to fall alseep to.

Brock K, Thursday, 24 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

melissa is right on with the TD suggestion. This is an unoriginal choice I'm making here, but the album I keep coming back to is Selected Ambient Works v.2, aphex twin. of course selected ambient works 85-92 isn't too bad either......

patrick, Thursday, 24 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Sweet Trip Halica, part of Darla's Bliss-Out series. Unlike others in the series, it's a full-length. And come to think of it, I should dash over to that wordless vocal thread, cause Halica has them and they're absolutely divine.

Curt, Thursday, 24 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Tetsuo Inoue - World Receiver

Tracer Hand, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Cluster - Sowieso and that Rhythm & Sound compilation, if you don't get lost in that last 15 minute track your name might as well be Theseus. ;)

Omar, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Tang. Dream solo albums! - Klaus Schultze 'Trancefer' is a good one

michael, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Tom's making it tough here. Ambient but not ambient. But we all love a challenge..;-) It seems like you're looking for something light, fun, pleasant but not too new agey. This rules out all Gas 'cept for Pop, which only gets dark at the end (and which you really should hear.) Thinking about this meade me realize how much ambient stuff I listen to has a darker flavor. Anyway, a few off the top of my head:

Susumu Yokota - Sakura or Grinning Cat (definitely fits in w/ your request for something "sentimental", and I think you'll like the variety.)
Mouse on Mars - Vulvaland
Oval - 94diskont ("Do While" seems like it could be what you're looking for)

Mark, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Luomo, Vocalcity

M. Matos, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Luomo, Vocalcity

I need to hear this.

Mark, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Well the original question is a bit tougher than I thought it might be. Cos as I was saying to Jess last night, Chill Out is seen as this great seminal record but in fact almost nothing sounds much like it.

Tom, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

maybe what we need to look into then are actual field recordings...i think i have my research project for the rest of the day.

jess, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I've never heard Chill Out (something I've been looking for used for years...all I ever find is many copies of White Room.) What's it sound like?

Mark, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

tom and i sort of both happened upon the field recording aspect at the same time, and it really does. conceived (although it's really to lazy to be conceptual, although everything they did was conceptual) as a "travelogue" it's sort of like an extra horizontal, americana version of "the orb's adventures beyond the ultraworld" replacing the cosmic-ness with unmanipulated samples of elvis songs, etc. it's pretty damn unique.

jess, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

really too lazy, of course.

jess, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

It's basically meant to be a drive at night across some part of America (might be an imaginary America), drifting in and out of consciousness with the radio on. There's a great bit where it goes into a bit of Last Train To Transcentral, giving the impression that the whole album is a dream one of the other KLF records is having.

Tom, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I read some article about it, possibly written by someone here, I'm not sure and it sounded like the best album ever. I will have it.

Ronan, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

How timely, just bought Chill Out this week, it miraculously escaped purchase through the years. Anyways, it is pretty unique. The thing I found a bit touching was how positive it sounded. It really feels naive in that "Acieed Culture is going to change things" sorta way.

Omar, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

That's what I like about it too Omar and kind of the point of this thread. It's such a cop-out making 'dark' records, don't you think?

Tom, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

It's such a cop-out making 'dark' records, don't you think?

a cop out only in that it's easier than making some positive. but come on tom, you gotta agree dance tends to get good when it goes a little dark. not all the time, but...

jess, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I'm just following my whim of the day. I'd try being a candy raver but I don't really have the waistline.

I do think certainly in the field of 'ambience' you find 'darkness' getting a little overdone - this is surely down to the subconscious need to differentiate it from new age heh.

Tom, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Obviously Boards of Canada Tom, though I know you don't like them. In the AMG they are filed under ambient techno whereas the Orb and KLF are filed under ambient house but who cares. "Everything You Do Is a Balloon" is a wonderful piece of music to doze and dream to. One of the few tracks I know I'd like to put on repeat and fall asleep to. I have not yet listened to the whole of "Music Has the Right to Children", but what I have heard was good. The difference between BoC and the Orb is definitely that the Orb's music is more trance-like whereas BoC is warmer (the stuff I have listened to at least is). There are lots of samples in BoC's music. Maybe "Geogadii", the new one to come out soon is for you Tom.

alex in mainhattan, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

It's such a cop-out making 'dark' records, don't you think?

Maybe. The thing that always struck me in regards Eno's On Land is how dark it sounds, whereas I was expecting something more light/happy since these were supposed to be memories of childhood places. It probably is, as Jess says, harder to make something positive (just can come up with some of these Boards of Canada minatures like 'Olson' as an example, arguably some tracks on SAW 85- 92).

Omar, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I think it’s the combination of "positive" and "good" ambient music that makes it tough. Think of how many soothing new age records are floating around (I am fascinated by the ambient/new age connection, & how the borders are much more porous than experimental electronic producers would like you to believe. There's a good article in there somewhere.)

Mark, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

bernhardt gunther is great in an uneasy not quite sure what emotional message is being conveyed. i like the later stuff better where it's more tonal and the sounds are actually sourced from instruments. beatless - it should be borne in mind, but kinda like what i expected morton feldman to sound like before i heard his stuff. ie traces of classical rhetoric are GONE. crossing the river(night music); time, dreaming itself ; and brown on blue (or vice versa - cannae remember) (for mark rothko) are super special nothingness - recommended by me (dubious?)

bob snoom, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Markus Guentner, Jess. And yes, it's fantastic.

Maybe "Bola- Soup"?

Todd Burns, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I think 'Orbvs Terrarvm' is underrated.

Mind Taker, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Modulations and Transformations 4 on Mille Plateaux is my favorite one of all their overblown comps. Ambient but with lots of surprises.

David Toop's Screen Ceremonies is good for when you want to feel like you're watching a sadistic ritual involving monkeys in the rainforest.

Also like Lamonte Young's Well-Tuned Piano and Morton Feldman's For Samuel Beckett lately, they're kind of ambient...

Miles Davis, He Loved Him Madly.

I always thought Systemische was Oval's best album. 94 Diskont is almost all one track, and it's kind of boring after a while.

Just the very words Chill Out bring on flashbacks...

Ben Williams, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

PS Blissful ambient got old real fast, believe me.

Ben Williams, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I can't imagine "World Receiver" being made without "Chillout" as an example. Music and field recordings together like transparencies. But if "Chill Out" is a drive across America, "World Receiver" is a train under the sea, running from freight depots in Sweden to caves under the Brazilian jungle, to a dirty bit of sidewalk in Hong Kong, and you're sort of deliberately letting your attention wander from thing to thing. Get it Tom.

Inoue's also written a piece called "Waterloo Station" that supposedly interpreted architectural drawings of the station as musick?? Has anyone heard this?

Tracer hand, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I like Inoue's work with Atom Heart, esp. Datacide's Flowerhead, better than any of his solo stuff that I've heard. Flowerhead is just gorgeous, especially at low volume levels -- though there's a ton of stuff going on that you can only fully hear when you turn it up, it still feels full and intriguing at quiet volume. A very rich album -- when I first got it, I think I listened to it almost every night for about 2-3 months, without getting tired of it at all.

Phil, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Somebody's already mentioned it, but Victorialand by the Cocteau Twins has got to be one of the all time great "ambient" albums. I would also recommend "Strange Cargo III" by William Orbit and "Journey into Sacchinanada" by Alice Coltrane (although this gets a bit frenetic in parts).

justin case, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

that Whose Woods These Are by Eimear Reidy & Natalia Beylis is v nice thanks

corrs unplugged, Wednesday, 15 September 2021 10:46 (one month ago) link

glad you dig! i'm a real sucker for cello-forward ambient. my album of the year is Anne Bourne's wave

I'm a sovereign jazz citizen (the table is the table), Wednesday, 15 September 2021 18:07 (one month ago) link

i also listened to that yesterday and dug, table! i'll check out Anne Bourne later today. i always save your up your reccos for my painting time. really just any recco on this thread

"HYYOOOOOOONK!" is the sound I make (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 15 September 2021 18:26 (one month ago) link

FUCK!

i'm going to start punishing myself for typos. the carrot approach did not work. we're just using the stick now

typo punishment 1: i always save your up your reccos (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 15 September 2021 18:27 (one month ago) link

Back when I wrote about music (late 00s/early 10s) I was all over the ambient/drone scene. Now, I'm back to being bewildered by the possibilities and this thread (and the other ambient threads) are my only real way into the scene (whatever that means).

When I can stop listening to the new Low record, I'll check these out.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Wednesday, 15 September 2021 18:46 (one month ago) link

Here's the Anne Bourne. It is *exquisite*

https://annebourne.bandcamp.com/album/wave

I'm a sovereign jazz citizen (the table is the table), Wednesday, 15 September 2021 18:46 (one month ago) link

She was an acolyte/friend of Oliveros, friends with Dempster, etc. Her bio is great:

Anne Bourne is a Toronto-based cellist and composer whose main efforts are geared toward the improvisational/20th century classical world. Although her early musical education was focused on the piano, the cello became her primary performance instrument. In addition to cello and 20th century piano studies, she also studied both South Indian and Ghanaian drumming, as well as free music, in the '80s. In 1994, she began ongoing studies with Pauline Oliveros, eventually leading to certification in the three-year Deep Listening Program. This program uses various methods to focus on attentively listening to and interacting with, not only music and musicians, but all sounds of the environment as a whole.

Active in the Toronto arts community, Bourne has conducted workshops and composed for various film and dance projects, and has also performed and collaborated with leading improvisers like Joe McPhee, Tom Cora, Hans Reichel, and Susie Ibarra. Performing with Pauline Oliveros, Tony Conrad, and David Grubbs, the premiere performance of Oliveros' "Primordial Lift" was recorded for release on the Table of the Elements label. Another concert, an improvised show with Fred Frith and John Oswald, was also recorded for eventual release.

Bourne's versatility as a cellist, keyboardist, and vocalist has also led to work with many of Canada's popular artists. She has performed and toured numerous times with both Jane Siberry and Loreena McKennitt. In addition to recording with both Siberry and McKennitt, she has appeared on albums by Sloan, Hayden, 13 Engines, the Devlins, Holly Cole, and Meryn Cadell.

I'm a sovereign jazz citizen (the table is the table), Wednesday, 15 September 2021 18:48 (one month ago) link

Woah, that's quite the CV. I'm on it.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Wednesday, 15 September 2021 18:50 (one month ago) link

Actually, while I think of it, this fella has a new album and he's always interesting: https://robertcurgenven.bandcamp.com/

Not ambient as *such*. More soundscapes, I guess. I once put on a gig featuring him in a little venue and it was the most extraordinary pure sound experience I've ever had. Sound as landscape.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Wednesday, 15 September 2021 18:51 (one month ago) link

she has appeared on albums by Sloan, Hayden, 13 Engines, the Devlins, Holly Cole, and Meryn Cadell.

very off-topic but i had completely forgotten about Hayden until that. for some reason i got one of his cds as one of my very first in my collection and listened to it so much for a while

typo punishment 1: i always save your up your reccos (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 15 September 2021 18:52 (one month ago) link

I loved Skyscraper National Park.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Wednesday, 15 September 2021 18:55 (one month ago) link

DL'd that Anne Bourne, only $4 CAD, thanks! I almost put on the "cistern" Deep Listening CD earlier today

sleeve, Wednesday, 15 September 2021 19:21 (one month ago) link

Yes. Let's all try to get it into ILM albums of the year. I just let it play on a loop some days, tbh!

I'm a sovereign jazz citizen (the table is the table), Wednesday, 15 September 2021 19:28 (one month ago) link

THE END YEAR POLL IS RIGGED

typo punishment 1: i always save your up your reccos (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 15 September 2021 19:28 (one month ago) link

weirdly this Anne Bourne is reminding me more La Monte Young's "7th Dream of the Step-down Transformer" or whatever it's called, that long piece with the 8 horns

sleeve, Wednesday, 15 September 2021 19:35 (one month ago) link

and yeah that Stuart Dempster LP "In The Great Abbey Of Clement VI" for sure

sleeve, Wednesday, 15 September 2021 19:36 (one month ago) link

yikes maybe I actually don’t like ambient music… my partner refers to the music I listen to as “music for a super villain’s secret underwater bunker”

brimstead, Wednesday, 15 September 2021 20:53 (one month ago) link

speaking of underwater bunkers, I am listening to this one now, a classic for me that I hadn't listened to in a year or so...certainly brushes with "dark ambient" but it's actually quite lovely and without many of the black metal affinities that other dark ambient has..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHfoCBw4lXs

I'm a sovereign jazz citizen (the table is the table), Wednesday, 15 September 2021 21:28 (one month ago) link

sleeve, yeah, the patterns are there but the sound on the Bourne is much richer to me, as much as I adore that LaMonte Young recording

I'm a sovereign jazz citizen (the table is the table), Wednesday, 15 September 2021 21:31 (one month ago) link

The Anne Bourne is lovely, thanks for the recommendation. I love these big, quavering (not-quite) drones. It reminds me of Richard Skelton in places.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Wednesday, 15 September 2021 22:02 (one month ago) link

Cool ambient jazz album

https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/nala-sinephro-space-18/

Recorded when she was just 22, Space 1.8 is the London-based musician’s debut album, though it sounds like the work of a far more experienced composer. On a suite of pieces that range from just over a minute in length to nearly 18 minutes, she weaves a loose fusion of jazz balladry, beat music, and the sort of beatless, synthesizer-centric whorls for which there’s no better word than “ambient.” Alice Coltrane’s spiritual jazz is an obvious touchstone; so is the otherworldly sound-shaping of Jon Hassell’s processed horn. Floating Points and Pharoah Sanders’ recent Promises is a tempting point of comparison, given the way Space 1.8 lays out soft, spongy electronics as the backdrop for emotive saxophone solos. Reed players Nubya Garcia, James Mollison, of the Ezra Collective, and Ahnansé—a saxophonist who has collaborated with a host of musicians including Garcia, Emma-Jean Thackray, and broken-beat icon IG Culture—all deliver standout performances. But Sinephro and her collaborators sound less concerned with precedent than possibility. Not so much interlocking as complementary, the album’s eight tracks—titled “Space 1” through “Space 8”—collectively map out a novel, singular terrain.

Indexed, Friday, 17 September 2021 15:02 (four weeks ago) link

Indeed. I have a cool friend who recco’d that to me recently and have been LOVING it. Covers a lot of range, too. The last track in particular (17 minutes) is a red alert ambient recommendation for this thread, I think, but a lot of the previous tracks get into that territory too. Also some more kinetic, non ambient music that isn’t so ambient. Wonderful album.

I want to play in her band

I was surprised to find that it was sold out on every single conceivable marketplace that stocked it only 10 days ago. No word of limited pressing quantities mentioned anywhere. Wonder if it'll restock?

Evan, Friday, 17 September 2021 15:31 (four weeks ago) link

Downloading now, excited to listen.

I'm a sovereign jazz citizen (the table is the table), Friday, 17 September 2021 15:32 (four weeks ago) link

Some of the ambient stuff on it reminds me of Ulla. I love the dynamics and interplay between its softer and louder moments.

Indexed, Friday, 17 September 2021 15:32 (four weeks ago) link

It was weird because it was like that only hours after that review ran (sometimes BNM gives things a bump in sales), but I'm not sure where else there is buzz, because it was thoroughly cleaned out of all retailers selling online. Is there hype being generated somewhere else? I'm not as on top of things as I'd like to be.

xp to self

Evan, Friday, 17 September 2021 15:36 (four weeks ago) link

Like I came here and searched her name before KM posted and there was nothing, for instance. People must be talking or the first pressing was really low quantity.

Evan, Friday, 17 September 2021 15:38 (four weeks ago) link

https://nalasinephro.bandcamp.com/album/space-18

sleeve, Friday, 17 September 2021 15:51 (four weeks ago) link

So in other words, where else is there buzz for this?

Evan, Friday, 17 September 2021 18:17 (four weeks ago) link

It's on Warp, FWIW.

aegis philbin (crüt), Friday, 17 September 2021 18:38 (four weeks ago) link

I bought all the copies. I’m sorry.

Look, I don't know if I sound like an idiot or anything, but my takeaway from the fact that it's sold out so fast everywhere is that there must be a lot of excitement for this album, but I don't really know where to find any of the discussion that might corresponds to that excitement. I was also admittedly wondering out loud where I could pick up a copy eventually, but this isn't Warp customer support so that's not really what I'm asking ILX about.

Evan, Friday, 17 September 2021 20:34 (four weeks ago) link

Warp announced they'd signed her on Aug. 17. Not that long ago! There were definitely people excited and ready to order then, but it does seem odd that everything's gone already. Maybe the pressing was really small ... or maybe the P4k effect is still stronger than we realize. (Or both.)

alpine static, Friday, 17 September 2021 20:39 (four weeks ago) link

Yeah I guess we're all a bit out of the loop. She's news to me. Sounds great!

Evan, Friday, 17 September 2021 20:42 (four weeks ago) link

Thanks for calling attention to the Blank Gloss disc - excellent stuff.

that's not my post, Sunday, 19 September 2021 22:11 (three weeks ago) link

I just meant that people are probably buying whatever Warp is releasing. I was not being snarky.

aegis philbin (crüt), Sunday, 19 September 2021 22:19 (three weeks ago) link

If you've liked any of the other releases from The Transcendence Orchestra— last year's Feeling the Spirit was a favorite of mine— the new one on Editions Mego is pretty great, too.

https://thetranscendenceorchestra.bandcamp.com/

I'm a sovereign jazz citizen (the table is the table), Wednesday, 22 September 2021 20:06 (three weeks ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHbkPL9fcww

aegis philbin (crüt), Sunday, 26 September 2021 02:59 (two weeks ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EmdTe0A9es

aegis philbin (crüt), Tuesday, 5 October 2021 03:54 (one week ago) link

you know you're in for some serious ambient when you see multiple monome devices

adam, Tuesday, 5 October 2021 16:21 (one week ago) link

New Anne Bourne is great https://annebourne.bandcamp.com/album/morning-i-drift

I'm a sovereign jazz citizen (the table is the table), Tuesday, 5 October 2021 20:04 (one week ago) link

Got the notification for this today. I've been listening to Wave pretty much daily since you mentioned it on here.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Tuesday, 5 October 2021 21:12 (one week ago) link

^ in fact I'm listening to Wave right now as I'm reading this. Great record to start the day with.

toby, Wednesday, 6 October 2021 05:18 (one week ago) link

minimal dark ambient via sonification of weather data. for fans of Lull, Thomas Köner, Kevin Drumm, et al

https://tenselessmusic.bandcamp.com/album/cloud-of-unknowing

missingNO, Wednesday, 6 October 2021 05:42 (one week ago) link

Kind of haunting record from Matt Evans here, composed in the aftermath of the death of his partner (and an acquaintance of mine), Devra Freelander.
https://thisismattevans.bandcamp.com/album/touchless

I'm a sovereign jazz citizen (the table is the table), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 18:25 (one week ago) link

more on the new age than ambient side but i've been enjoying 'cymbalom solos' by michael masley. originally released as a cassette in 1985 and reissued this year by telephone explosion. i also really love the album art

https://assets.boomkat.com/spree/products/752953/large/MichaelMasleyCymbalomSolos_1_1280x1280.jpeg

current favourite (although not fully representative) song: 'childbirth in cave art'

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

flopson, Thursday, 7 October 2021 00:36 (one week ago) link

yeah totally, I picked that up over the weekend and am diggin it a ton <3

this is gorgeous except it gets treacly towards the end, it’s supposed to be a “companion” to Satoshi Ashikawa’s Still Way:

https://wereleasewhateverthefuckwewantrecords.bandcamp.com/album/laistigh-den-ghleo

brimstead, Thursday, 7 October 2021 01:20 (one week ago) link

wonderful piece from Olivia Block, inhabiting the boundaries between ambient, field recording and electro-acoustic sound

https://oliviablock.bandcamp.com/track/october-1984

missingNO, Thursday, 7 October 2021 04:22 (one week ago) link

Listening to a few bits through my covid nimbus:

Black Swan, Repetition Hymns: https://blackswan.bandcamp.com/album/repetition-hymns-2xlp-digital-2020
Federico Durand, Herbario (Laurel is particularly lovely): https://federicodurand.bandcamp.com/track/laurel

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Tuesday, 12 October 2021 19:50 (four days ago) link


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