Top 100 Ambient Albums

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56. Irresistible Force - Flying High

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

55. Brian Jonestown Mascara - Their Satanic Majesties Second Request

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

54. Nurse with Wound - Soliloquoy for Lilith

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

53. Eno - Apollo sndtrk

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

52. Klaus Schulze - Irrlicht

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

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) link

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) link

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

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

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) link

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) link

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) link

37. Xenakis - Electronic Music

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

Spacemen 3 - The Perfect Prescription

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

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

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

34. Swans - Soundtracks for the Blind

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

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) link

ok when we get to number one start counting back up

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

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) link

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) link

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

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

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) link

26. Faust "Rien"

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

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

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

23. Jan Jelinek - loop-finding-jazz-records
22. Durutti Column - LC

Mike Ouderkirk (Mike Ouderkirk), Thursday, 22 January 2004 07:01 (fifteen years ago) link

21. Jon Hassell "Dream Theory in Malaya"

Silly Sailor (Andrew Thames), Thursday, 22 January 2004 07:22 (fifteen years ago) link

20. Godspeed You Black Emperor!: Lift Your Skinny Fists...
19. Stars of the Lid: The Tired Sounds of...
18. Coil: Time Machines
17. William Basinski: The Disintegration Loops

Ryan Pitchfork, Thursday, 22 January 2004 07:49 (fifteen years ago) link

16. FSOL - Lifeforms (EP)

Leee Majors (Leee), Thursday, 22 January 2004 08:00 (fifteen years ago) link

15. Paul D. Miller - Viral Sonata
14. Biosphere - Substrata
13. Baked Beans - Bean Me Up Scotty
12. Herbie Hancock - Crossings

Tuomas (Tuomas), Thursday, 22 January 2004 08:09 (fifteen years ago) link

11. philip glass - music with changing parts
10. kontakt der junglinge - o
9. conrad with faust - outside the dream syndicate

phil turnbull (philT), Thursday, 22 January 2004 08:13 (fifteen years ago) link

8. KLF - Chill Out

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Thursday, 22 January 2004 08:15 (fifteen years ago) link

7. Space - Space

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Thursday, 22 January 2004 08:15 (fifteen years ago) link

6. Manuel Gottsching - E2-E4

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Thursday, 22 January 2004 08:18 (fifteen years ago) link

5. Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works vol. II

now you'll have to think of somehting else for 1

fcussen (Burger), Thursday, 22 January 2004 08:20 (fifteen years ago) link

Excuse my ignorance, but is Endtroducing really considered "ambient"? I always considered it hip hop...maybe it doesn't matter.

djdee2005, Thursday, 22 January 2004 08:48 (fifteen years ago) link

Read the first post.

Tuomas (Tuomas), Thursday, 22 January 2004 09:11 (fifteen years ago) link

4) Keith Fullerton Whitman : Playthroughs

MikeB, Thursday, 22 January 2004 09:32 (fifteen years ago) link

3. Alvin Lucier - I Am Sitting In A Room.

mzui, Thursday, 22 January 2004 09:35 (fifteen years ago) link

2) Neil Young - Dead Man

MikeB, Thursday, 22 January 2004 09:46 (fifteen years ago) link

1. Labradford - Prazision LP

DJ Mencap (DJ Mencap), Thursday, 22 January 2004 09:58 (fifteen years ago) link

0. John Duncan- Phantom Broadcast
-1. Folke Rabe- Was??

Beta (abeta), Thursday, 22 January 2004 14:58 (fifteen years ago) link

-2. Loren Mazzacane Connors "Long Nights"

Silly Sailor (Andrew Thames), Thursday, 22 January 2004 14:59 (fifteen years ago) link

Oi, if the other direction's on (this thread may die on the vine, but c'est la vie):

-3 Between -- "Dharana"
-4 Somei Satoh -- "mandara Trilogy"
-5 Stillstand -- "Symbiosen"
-6 Tor Lundvald -- "The Mist"
-7 Can -- "Future Days"
-8 Holger Czukay/Ralf Dammers -- "Canaxis"
-9 Eleanor Hovda -- "Borealis Music"
-10 Throbbing Gristle -- "In The Shadow of the Sun"
-11 Edgar Froese -- "Ypsilon In Malaysian Pale"
-12 Terry Riley -- "Persian Surgery Dervishes"
-13 Morton Feldman -- "Rothko Chapel"
-14 Morton Feldman -- "For Samuel Beckett"
-15 John Cage -- "Perilous Night/Four Walls"
-16 Giacinto Scelsi -- "Kya"
-17 Boards of Canada -- "In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country"
-18 Bill Nelson -- "Chance Encounters in the Garden of Light"
-19 Popol Vuh -- "Aguirre/In Dem Garten Der Pharoa"
-20 KLF -- "Chill Out"

Nom De Plume (Nom De Plume), Thursday, 22 January 2004 17:40 (fifteen years ago) link

21. Cowboy Junkies - The Trinity Sessions
22. Vangelis - Blade Runner Soundtrack

hector (hector), Thursday, 22 January 2004 18:02 (fifteen years ago) link

23. Woob -- Woob 1194
24. Ben Neill -- Green Machine
25. Aidan Baker -- Letters
26. Tony Conrad -- Early Minimalism

Barry Bruner (Barry Bruner), Thursday, 22 January 2004 18:09 (fifteen years ago) link

27. Peter Gabriel Passion
28. Medeski Martin and Wood Farmer's Reserve

nickalicious (nickalicious), Thursday, 22 January 2004 18:24 (fifteen years ago) link

29. Sounds of the Asian Underground

nickalicious (nickalicious), Thursday, 22 January 2004 18:25 (fifteen years ago) link

30. charles atlas, worsted weight
31. labradord, fixed:content

anthony kyle monday (akmonday), Thursday, 22 January 2004 18:30 (fifteen years ago) link

-32. Morton Feldman, String Quartet 2
-33. Miles Davis, Get Up With It (only play "He Loved Him Madly")
-34. Bernhard Guenter, monochrome white/polychrome w/neon nails

Phil Freeman (Phil Freeman), Thursday, 22 January 2004 18:33 (fifteen years ago) link

-35. Sylvain Chauveau - Un Autre Decembre

anthony kyle monday (akmonday), Thursday, 22 January 2004 18:42 (fifteen years ago) link

34. Zoviet France - Loh Land
33. Nocturnal Emissions - Blasphemous Rumors

Ian Christe (Ian Christe), Thursday, 22 January 2004 20:40 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (four months ago) link

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 (four months ago) link

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 (four months ago) link

lllooolll

Soccer Team's Philosophies and Hypotheses (Leee), Wednesday, 15 May 2019 20:12 (four months ago) link

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

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Thursday, 16 May 2019 06:37 (four months ago) link

...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 (four months ago) link

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 (four months ago) link

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 (four months ago) link

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 (four months ago) link

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 (four months ago) link

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 (four months ago) link

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 (four months ago) link

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 (four months ago) link

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 (four months ago) link

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 (four months ago) link

SAW1 shouldn't be eligible imho.

Let the great ambient gatekeeping begin.

pomenitul, Thursday, 16 May 2019 16:42 (four months ago) link

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 (four months ago) link

everything is permissible but nothing is ambient

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Thursday, 16 May 2019 17:10 (four months ago) link

FSOL and Banco De Gaia, ambient or not?

Siegbran, Thursday, 16 May 2019 17:25 (four months ago) link

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

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Thursday, 16 May 2019 17:36 (four months ago) link

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 (three months ago) link

Posted on the wrong thread. Not to be I suppose

kraudive, Monday, 20 May 2019 03:10 (three months ago) link


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