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Title: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
Post by: APK on January 07, 2010, 06:29:37 AM
Brian B. recently posted in another thread:
"What's the music you've listened to with regularity over the long term?"
Which made me think this would be an excellent topic of its own.

So please post in here those electro-ambient (and related) albums you come
back to again and again, over years, or at least more than one season.
A list of personal classics, rather than recent finds.
Title: Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
Post by: jkn on January 07, 2010, 06:46:37 AM
I'll probably have to post again later - here's a few.

Saul Stokes - Zo Pilots ... I dearly love this album and have listened to it countless times.   I distinctly remember one winter where Heidi and I had to drive to Chicago for a birthday party and we were hit with a blizzard...  it took a couple hours longer than normal to get there, visibility wasn't any further than the front of the car, sometimes Heidi had to help me find the edge of the road (and yet there were still idiots trying to pass?  sheesh).   An amazingly stressful drive - and I just put Zo Pilots on repeat - it helped me remain focused on driving and calm.    I love this album.

Saul Stokes - Outfolding ... no stories for this one - but I spin it nearly as often as Zo Pilots.

Plastikman - Consumed ... more on the minimal techno side of things - but it feels "ambient" to me.  I like to describe this albums as making me feel like I'm driving late at night through a foggy forest with no other cars on the road.

Forma Tadre - Automate ... while his first album Navigator was more on par with industrial/ebm, Automate is a somewhat dark sci-fi film soundtrack sounding album that I love.

Eno/Budd - The Pearl ...  gorgeous - although I've only owned it a couple years now, this is the one I return to repeatedly.

Vidna Obmana - Surreal Sanctuary ... first half of the album.   I can listen to those first 4 tracks over and over and over and over.  Gorgeous, beautiful, melancholy.  The rest of the album isn't bad in any way - but there's just something utterly amazing about the first few tracks.

Jonathan Hughes - Trillium ... I can't count the number of times I've listened to this beautiful album and highly recommend it.

....

Edit:   Need to add:

Datacide - Flowerhead
David Sylvian


Title: Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
Post by: uhurit on January 07, 2010, 10:43:00 AM
My musical tastes have (d)evolved form hard-hitting Berlin and glitch to interesting drones and some "ethno-tribal". Here's my personal classics:

- Makoto Kawabata, Inui 1-4
- K. Wiese/J. Cole, Plejades
- pretty much anything by Alio Die and his comrades
- Phil Niblock
- Robert Davies
- Holy Domain, Grassow/Wiese/Agthe
- Rapoon of the early "tribal" phase
- Jorge Reyes
Title: Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
Post by: Brian Bieniowski on January 07, 2010, 12:02:36 PM
For my own part, I want to ignore things on my classics list from pre-2000, since I don't want to make a list of all the stuff we already know about and fete already (ie Dreamtime Return, Rubycon, etc.).

So, just off the top of my head, and much of this stuff is still unsung:

any of Kiln's albums
Scott Solter—One River
Much of the recent Alio Die material, especially the work with Zeit
Ashera's albums
the three Exuviae albums, especially Settling Density
Shuttle 358's stuff
Forrest's Gongland
Never Known—On the Edge of Forever
Susumu Yokota—Sakura
the work of Pub
Klaus Wiese—Soma
Sola Translatio
Saul Stokes—Fields
Fennesz
Tim Hecker
Markus Guentner
Jonathan Hughes's Trillium
Loess
Yagya's incredible Rhythm of Snow
Basinski's Disintegration Loops
Polmo Polpo—Like Hearts Swelling
Off the Sky—Cold Distances
The first Aglaia album
Jim Cole's Innertones

Gotta go look at my CD collection ...
Title: Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
Post by: mgriffin on January 07, 2010, 12:11:47 PM
Early listening (pre-Hypnos) that I still listen to quite often:

Eno - Neroli
Eno - On Land
Lustmord - The Place Where the Black Stars Hang
Harold Budd - everything until the bad poetry crept in
Jeff Greinke - In Another Place
Jeff Greinke - Timbral Planes
Robert Rich - Trances/Drones
Steve Roach - Structures From Silence
Steve Roach - Quiet Music (I still don't have a copy of the 2cd version of this)
Thomas Koner - Nonatak Gongamur
Koner - Permafrost
Koner - Aubrite
Klaus Schulze - various early works (for some reason, especially Dune, though I don't think it's one of his best)
O Yuki Conjugate - Equator
O Yuki Conjugate - Peyote
Paul Schutze - Apart
Robert Scott Thompson - Silent Shore
Vidna Obmana - Ending Mirage
Vidna Obmana - River of Appearance
Tangerine Dream - Phaedra
Tangerine Dream - Zeit
Zoviet France - Shouting at the Ground
Zoviet France - Shadow, Thief of the Sun
Zoviet France - What Is Not True (greatly underrated IMO)

I just realized these are very nearly in alpha order.  I must have been astrally projecting myself in front of my CD shelves when I typed this list!

I will make a more relevant, on-topic list of stuff from 95-96 or so to present.
Title: Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
Post by: APK on January 07, 2010, 12:55:47 PM
I can't imagine not playing these again and again in the future.

- Gas: Pop
- Marcus Guentner: In Moll  (the new Doppelgaenger will join this)
- Pub: everything
- Keith Berry: The Ear That Was Sold To A Fish
- Biosphere: I rotate through them all
- Eluvium: Life Through Bombardment (to add them all)
- Jeff Greinke: Soundtracks
- Last Days: everything
- Loscil: I rotate through them
- Martinez: Solaris soundtrack
- Múm: everything
- Murcof: Remembranza
- Nest: Nest
- Off The Sky: a number of things
- Max Richter: everything
- Roedelius: Jardin au Fou
- Saul Stokes: I rotate through them
- Stars of the Lid: Tired and Their refinement
- Philip Weigl: everything

I expect there is more, but these jumped out when I eyed my hard drive.
I'd add a bunch from DataObscura, but modesty forbids.
Title: Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
Post by: ech3 on January 07, 2010, 06:49:24 PM
I'm not sure if all these fit the definition of "ambient", so it's a little of this, a little of that. 

The only thing I left off this list are hard-core Berlin school/sequencer stuff (probably more appropriate in the EMPortal forums).

23 Degrees - An Endless Searching For Substance
Al Gromer Khan - Turya
Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works 85-92
Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works vol II
Ashra - New Age Of Earth
Banco de Gaia - Last Train To Lhasa
Between Interval - Secret Observatory
Biosphere - everything, but a few top favorites are:
       Patashnik
       Substrata
       Dropsonde
Brian Eno - the Ambient series and many other titles
Electric Skychurch - Knowoneness
Evan Marc & Steve Hillage - Dreamtime Submersible
Giles Reaves - Wunjo (Joy)
Giles Reaves - Sea Of Glass
Global Communication - Pentamerous Metamorphosis
Global Communication - 76:14
Global Communication - Remotion
Harold Budd & Brian Eno - The Pearl
Harold Budd & Hector Zazou - Glyph
Ishq - Orchid (2 disc ed)
Johann Johannsson - Virdulegu Forsetar
Johann Johannsson - IBM 1401, A User's Manual
Johann Johannsson - Fordlandia
Kwook - Skywave
Mark Isham - Vapor Drawings
Michael Stearns - Planetary Unfolding
Moodswings - Horizontal
Richard Bone - several, but I'll name Distillation, his only compilation
Robert Rich - several, but Trances/Drones is a standout
Saafi Brothers - Mystic Cigarettes
Single Cell Orchestra (self-titled disc)
Sounds From The Ground - Kin
Stars of the Lid - everything, but these are masterpieces:
       The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid
       And Their Refinement of the Decline
Steve Roach - too many to name, but a few that stand out:
       Structures From Silence
       Dreamtime Return
       Mystic Chords and Sacred Spaces
       Proof Positive
Telomere - all 3 of his albums
Tetsu Inoue - Ambiant Otaku
The Irresistable Force - Flying High
The KLF - Chill Out
The Orb - The Orb's Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld
The Starseeds - Parallel Life
The Starseeds - There Is Enough For Everyone
Torch Song - Toward The Unknown Region
Vangelis - L'Apocalypse des Animaux
Vangelis - Antarctica
Vangelis - Bladerunner soundtrack
Wendy Carlos - Sonic Seasonings
Woob - emt 1194

Some all-time favorite compilations:

A Taste Of Pork (Pork label sampler)
Barramundi (series)
Euphoria - Chilled Euphoria
Euphoria - Deep and Chilled Euphoria
Excursions In Ambience (series on the Caroline label)
Fahrenheit Project (series on the Ultimae label)
Feed Your Head (series on the Planet Dog label)
From Here To Tranquility (series on the Silent label)
Interior Horizons
Miambient
Pop Ambient (series on the Kompakt label)
The FAX Compilation 1
The FAX Compilation 2
Compilations on the Waveform label like the AD series, Voodoo Roux, and Slumberland
Title: Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
Post by: ffcal on January 07, 2010, 08:57:23 PM
Here is my list of long-term ambient favorites:

Jade Warrior - Waves
Steve Roach - Structures From Silence
Budd/Eno - The Pearl
Popol Vuh - Hosianna Mantra
Steve Tibbetts - Safe Journey
David Sylvian - Gone To Earth
Michael Brook - Cobalt Blue
The Durutti Column - LC
Kit Watkins - Thought Tones Vol. 2
Jon Hassell - Dream Theory In Malaya
Tetsu Inoue - Organic Cloud
Mark Isham - Vapor Drawings

A fairly old list, but I'm still breaking in the newer releases.

Forrest
Title: Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
Post by: jdh on January 07, 2010, 09:06:28 PM
Artists that are always in circulation;
Kraftwerk
Stars of the Lid
Tetsu Inoue
Alio Die
Eno
Budd
Cocteau Twins
David Sylvain
Namlook
Biosphere
Rapoon
Roach
Rich
Vir Unis
My all time fav ambient would be Biosphere-Substrata
Title: Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
Post by: hdibrell on January 07, 2010, 10:06:09 PM
Title: Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
Post by: Hypnagogue on January 08, 2010, 09:17:02 AM
Hmm...

Steve Roach--Early Man
Christopher Orczy--Transition
Most Igneous Flame, particularly Oxana. (I can't hear "Loss At Sea" enough.)
Numina--Sanctuary of Dreams

First ones that come to mind, anyway.
Title: Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
Post by: avec on January 08, 2010, 08:40:20 PM
steve roach - structures from silence - there are many roach albums I am incredibly attached to, but if I was forced to choose one...one of the most beautiful records I've ever heard.
stars of the lid - refinement, tired sounds - massive slabs (triple vinyl!) of intricate drone.  I've listened to these numerous times and never gotten fatigued (okay, only when under the covers!).  I listen to refinement frequently when I'm out on the job.   
aphex twin - 2 - needs no explanation.  this album was my personal bombshell, first ambient album I'd heard and still more engaging than most of the other stuff I've ever heard since. 
constance demby - sunborne, sanctum sanctuorum - sunborne is an incredible flowing piece of music, very celebratory and unique.  her voice is lovely.  sanctum is a little cheesy with the gregorian voices and the "hallelujah's," but it works to transport me to an incredibly peaceful place. 
eno - music for airports - minimal ambient at it's finest, in my opinion.  played this more than anything in college.  still love it almost as much as my pillow. 
kevin drumm - imperial distortion - the aphex twin 2 of the new century?  maybe. 
budd - serpent (in quicksilver) - something peculiar about this one that begs repeated listens from me.  a number of different moods to the tracks that somehow work together.   
windy and carl - consciousness - they sculpted something incredible out of those guitars for this one!  rejuvenates me every time I hear it. 
aloof proof - piano text - crystal clear beauty. 
vidna obmana - river of appearance - I didn't like this one at first.  I thought it sounded a little forced and melodramatic, perhaps a little new age in a bad way?  Over time (and listening to it at work helped) It's grown to be an indispensable piece of music.  Couldn't live without this one now. 
milieu - beyond the sea lie the stars - thank you brian grainger (spelling?) and infraction for this one
mwvm - rotations - kind of came out of nowhere, bought it and instantly loved it.  put out another!
lustmord - place where the black stars hang - needs no explanation, great stuff
sans serif - tones for lamonte - still in love with this ethereal, thin metallic drone work
tim hecker - harmony in ultraviolet - a woolly mammoth crushing my brain!  let's listen again, shall we?
rosy parlane - jessamine - this had been blowing me away, but I haven't listened to it in a while.  Still, I'll call it a classic just for the hype, because I feel that way right now...
christopher bissonnette - in between words - quite bonded with this one right now and ready to hear whatever comes out of his speakers from now on. 
Title: Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
Post by: triksterb on January 09, 2010, 12:32:50 AM
Robert Rich - Somnium (The album length version), Inner Landscapes, Calling Down The Sky
Steve Roach - Midnight Moon, Spirit Dome, Mantram
Stars Of The Lid - The Ballasted Orchestra
Windy & Carl - Antarctica

A few albums from darkwinter.com but mainly:
Samsa - A Forest Without Trees
Caul - Apophasis
Seetyca - Im Traum

And another netlabel one, one which is probably the coldest album I've ever heard:
Nagual Art - Adoria
from here: http://www.archive.org/details/plague016

And I don't know if it really counts, since it's more drone doom than ambient, but:
Sunn O))) - White 2
Title: Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
Post by: abasio on January 09, 2010, 06:39:15 AM
Albums that I have listened to time and time again and never got tired off  :)

Global Communication - 76:14 I feel like I am trapped on a recently deserted island
Enigma - Le Roi Est Mort, Vive Le Roi! Not ambient per say but a really nice relaxed world album
Dreamfish - Dreamfish Hymn floors me every time. For a track that is close to 30 minutes and I am still wanting more when it ends is something else.
Ishq - Orchid (The Dakini 2CD version) Beautiful natural ambient for a summers day
Atrium Carceri - Seishinbyouin Dark ambient set in a Japanese mental hospital
The Infinity Project - Mystical Experiences Spacey psy-ambient but still great
Solar Fields - Extended Really cold beautiful atmospheres
The Circular Ruins - The Alchemy Concert I am pleasantly surprised every time I put it on. I can never remember anything except that I love it and therefore it is always new.
False Mirror - Chronostatic Scenes Dark, wet lovliness
Krill.Minima - Nautica My perfect by the ocean album
Cymphonic - Strataradialis Some really nice descriptive tracks
Gus Till - Aquana Vol.1 - Stillness Something even my girlfriend likes. Really really lush natural sounds
Juno Reactor - Luciana Just one long dark ambient track, revisits itself and really has time to discover its inner reaches
Nunc Stans - The Palm At The End Of The Mind Puts me in mind of bleak grey countryside
Colourform - Visions Of Surya Like veing inside an alien on acid's head without anything banging away
Shaolin Wooden Men - A Binary Input To Flesh Antenna Great weirdness
The Circular Ruins - Falling Into The Sky Especially Immer Du, this album just has wonderful soundscapes
Ishvara - Magik Square of the Sun Like colourform but more mehanical
Spielerei & Mantacoup - Cold War Like a nuclear winter put on the soundwaves
Tetsu Inoue - Ambiant Otaku Great sparkly space ambient

And a few compilations too
The Mystery Of The Yeti (TIP Records) A nice themed album showing the ambient side of psy-trance producers quite well
The Mystery Of The Yeti Part 2 (TIP Records) An even better follow up.
Collection 1: Opening (Databloem) My favourite spacey ambient comp
Oxycanta (Ultimae Records) Some lush ambient tunes with some psy/natural/spacey elements

Title: Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
Post by: Brian Bieniowski on January 09, 2010, 11:16:56 AM
Telomere - all 3 of his albums

I completely neglected to mention these.  What outstanding albums they are (my favorite is probably Zoetosis).  Totally underrated artist.
Title: Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
Post by: DeepR on January 09, 2010, 05:06:31 PM
it's nice but nowhere near the level of Planetary Unfolding
Title: Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
Post by: Paul Vnuk (Ma Ja Le) on January 10, 2010, 09:42:47 PM
Hmmm,

What I go back to time and time again when all else fails...



Paul
Title: Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
Post by: Alan Imberg on January 11, 2010, 11:15:26 AM
My "classics:
Title: Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
Post by: Paul Vnuk (Ma Ja Le) on January 11, 2010, 11:20:10 AM
Cant argue with any of those Alan!

Well maybe with the Evening Star VS No Pussyfooting part  ;D

I actually agree that tracks 1-4 on Evening Star are much better than No Pussyfooting, but I usually skip Index Of Metals.

Paul
Title: Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
Post by: Mark Mushet on January 11, 2010, 04:26:41 PM
In terms of endless returns (ie. proven and continiued longevity) it must be:

Budd/Eno: Plateaux of Mirror and The Pearl
Budd/Foxx: Drift Music
Budd/Guthrie: all collabs

But I see many lists here I could duplicate!

Somnium would be a contender but for format/system config issues!
Title: Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
Post by: Alan Imberg on January 12, 2010, 06:34:58 AM
In terms of endless returns (ie. proven and continiued longevity) it must be:

Budd/Eno: Plateaux of Mirror and The Pearl
Budd/Foxx: Drift Music
Budd/Guthrie: all collabs

But I see many lists here I could duplicate!

Somnium would be a contender but for format/system config issues!
Ah yes. How could I leave some of the Budd collabs off my list?
Title: Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
Post by: hjalmer on January 14, 2010, 11:50:40 AM
lists... :)
repeats since ambient infection in mid 90s

oophoi | arpe di sabbia-a comp of sorts of so many greats
s roach | magnificent void/m c c s
rich/lustmord| stalker
r rich | below zero
jeff pearce | the light beyond
vir unis | the drift inside
vangelis | blade runner-esper version
paul vnuk jr | silence speaks in shadow
model/mantra | sonic continuum
thom brennan | the secret life of salamanders
diatonis | convolving universe
numina | evolving visions
synaethesia | desideratum
vidna | ending mirage
woob |1194
maitrya | from the mothership
lustmord | heresey
herbst 9 |eta carinia
t koner | tiemo/permafrost
griffin/a produce | altara
sola translaitio | ad infintum


some more (of so many) in time that will travel on

necropolis | necrosphere
procer veneficus | saltwater and glassmoon
na koja abad | nomad outworld
sleep research facility | deep frieze
nether | abysmal
maath | no survivors for the new world
the sound gallery | phos
irezumi | endurance
matthew florianz | grijsgebied
igneous flame | tolmon
raan | the nacrasti
terra sancta | aeon
svartsinn | traces of nothingness
northhaunt | horizons

i love this music so much    thanks         h
Title: Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
Post by: Antdude on January 14, 2010, 09:35:25 PM
Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works 1 & 2 | You can find something new every time you hear this.
David Bowie - Low, Heroes | Not strictly ambient, but these two albums certainly influenced a whole generation of musicians and musical styles, including ambient.
Harold Budd/Brian Eno - The Pearl | The crystallization of everything Eno had been experimenting with up to that point.
Wendy Carlos - Sonic Seasonings  Love my Switched-On Bach, but this album has always pulled me back throughout the years. Possibly the First ambient music album, from 1972! Still brilliant.
Brian Eno - Ambient 4 On Land | Sometimes, shorter is better. I liked that these pieces were shorter, yet still packed with dense landscapes that took you places.
Entia Non - Distal | Lightning in a bottle.
Tetsu Inoue - Elektro Harmonix, Organic Cloud   
Thomas Koner - Kaamos | You can almost feel the wind blowing in from these sub-arctic landscapes.
Lustmord - The Place Where the Black Stars Hang | (Best Ricardo Montalban voice) "It is very cold….in spaaaace."
Pete Namlook - Air | If I'm going to pick one Namlook/Fax recording, it might as well be the one that got Fax off the ground.
Oophoi - Athlit | 38,000 feet into the troposphere, the deep blue of the ocean and the curve of the Earth, stretched out before you.
Sleep Research Facility - Dead Weather Machine re: Heat | A cheap mic and a dying air conditioner. Who would have thought you could fit infinity in there.
Stars of the Lid - Tired Sounds, Refinement of the Decline | Enough said. These are perfect for the desert island or the Black Lodge. 
Steve Roach - Quiet Music, Dreamtime Return | These two are the albums I recommend to people curious about ambient and the perfect place to start your Steve Roach education.
Tangerine Dream - Phaedra | May 1975, TD Live, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Smell of 'herb.' I think I left my brain behind there…
Title: Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
Post by: drone on on January 17, 2010, 07:18:33 PM
This must be the tenth or fifteenth such list, but oh well, what the heck they're fun:

Budd/Eno-The Pearl
Steve Roach-Origins
Budd/Cocteau Twins-The Moon and the Melodies
David Sylvian/Holger Czukay-Flux and Mutability
David Sylvian-Gone to Earth
Robert Rich-Numena
Namlook/Mixmaster Morris-Dreamfish 2
Namlook/Inoue-Shades of Orion 2 and 3
Oophoi/Tau Ceti-Celestial Geometries
Syn-The Glass Bridge
Redshift-Wild 2
Solitaire-Ritual Ground
Carbon Based Lifeforms-World of Sleepers
Suso Saiz-Hypnotics
Rapoon-Fallen Gods
Alio Die-my own special brew compilation set
Mathias Grassow-Silent Lucidity
Title: Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
Post by: ech3 on January 18, 2010, 05:51:47 AM
Speaking of lists of classics...a year ago, someone posted they were going to take up the cause of the All Time Greatest Ambient albums from the ambient mailing list.

I sent in my list, but I never saw the results. 

Anyone know what happened?
Title: Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
Post by: edentropy on October 06, 2010, 03:32:02 PM
It's an older topic but an evergreen, so I figure I'll dip my feet in.

Many classics already mentioned.  In addition to Eno, Fripp/Eno, Zoviet France things (and limiting myself to one album per artist) that I'd add are:

- Popol Vuh "Aguirre" (the CD bonus track "Aguirre III is my favorite song period and has remained so for five years)
- Coil "Time Machines" (Simply brilliant)
- Rapoon "Fallen Gods" (love it, my favorite of the many great Rapoon releases)
- Klaus Schultz "Irrlecht" (neo-classical Kraut)
- Mother Mallards Instant Masterpiece Company "Like a Duck to Water" (the whole album's pretty good, but the track C.A.G.E. is perfection itself and brilliantly blends early minimalist composition with early MOOGs)
- Lustmord "Heresy" (probably mentioned upthread, this album is practically responsible for the whole dark ambient scene that followed)
- Muslimgauze "Veiled Sisters" (Favorite by the very prolific Mr. Jones, a great collage of beats and sounds with neither clouded the other)

I am sure there are others too that I will slap my forehead for missing, but that's what I have right now.
Title: Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
Post by: headonist on October 16, 2010, 11:28:09 AM
It's hard to talk about personal classics when I've only discovered such greats as Steve Roach and Thomas Köner the recent year.

But... some albums that stands out for me at the moment are:

Steve Roach - Immersion : One
Oöphoi - Hymns To A Silent Sky
Robert Rich - Echo Of Small Things
Alio Die - Suspended Feathers
Harold Budd - Avalon Sutra
Daevid Alien And Micro Cosmic - Sacred Geometry
Robert Henke - Signal To Noise
Thomas Köner - Nuuk
Tuu - All Our Ancestors
Monolake - Gobi. The Desert EP
Alva Noto - Xerrox Vol.1
Rapoon - Time Frost
Joel Tammik - Eluline
Fennesz - Venice
Bass Communion - Bass Communion II
Tetsu Inoue - Ambiant Otaku
Title: Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
Post by: mgriffin on October 19, 2010, 08:46:43 AM
There's nothing wrong with bumping up an old topic if the subject is still interesting.  In this case, I always love reading people's selections for all-time ambient classics.  I don't want to be too backward-looking in my listening but it's always great to find some decades-old classic I managed to miss.
Title: Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
Post by: jim02 on October 24, 2010, 01:14:48 AM
mmm, this subject makes makes my brain cracking... but some that are on the the top of my mind while checking my ipod now;

steve roach - dreamtime return, vine, bark & spore, atmospheric conditions, the dream circle, origins
thomas koner - teimo/permafrost
jeff greinke - lost terrain
vidna obmana - memories compiled 2
vidna obmana & alio die - echo passage
andrew chalk - time of hayfield
andrew deutch - the sun
busso de la lune - stream in city
chi - the original recordings
tetsu inoue - world receiver
jason sloan - the space between beginnings
oophoi & tau ceti - celestial geometries
robert rich - somnium, stalker
vir unis - the drift inside
.......

most of them i regard as personal classics, music i keep coming back to it..
Title: Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
Post by: dreamin4ever on October 30, 2010, 07:57:12 AM
Tangerine Dream (not considered ambient)- The early classics from this german electronic band. Rubycon, Ricochet, Phaedra, Encore, etc. Most of the Tangerine "Tree's" and "Leaves"

Steve Roach Nightbloom-although Steve's newest album I have listened to this beautiful album around a dozen or so times since I've recieved it. Artifacts, Origins, Well of Souls, Mystic Chords and Sacred Spaces, On This Planet(1997) was my second encounter seeing Steve perform live in Tucson. Just too bad it was not a 2 cd set.

Robert Rich w/ Alio Die-Fissures, Trances and Drones, Below Zero

Vangelis Antarctica, The City, China, Albedo 0.39, Direct


Title: Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
Post by: Campus Stellae on October 30, 2010, 08:53:54 AM
Amon Duul: Paradies Warts Duul, Phallus Dei, Yeti, Tanz der Lemminge, Carnival in Babylon, Wolf City
Popol Vuh: Hosianna Mantra, In den Garten Pharaos, Affenstunde
Tangerine Dream: Alpha Centauri, Zeit, Atem
Cosmic Jokers: all their output
Ash Ra Tempel: Ash Ra Tempel, Schwingungen, Seven Up, Join Inn
Neu: Neu!, Neu 2, Neu 75
Agitation Free: Malesch, Second, Last
Can: Tago Mago, Ege Bamyasi, Future Days
Frumpy: All Will Be Changed, Frumpy 2

and many many more germans
Title: Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
Post by: Anglican on November 27, 2010, 07:40:31 PM
Great discussion topic. Off the top of my head, the perennials are:

*Steve Roach, The Magnificent Void -- On my first listen, having just discovered Roach through Structures from Silence, I didn't like the Void at all, but somehow, eventually, it got to me and is in constant rotation.
*Steve Roach, Structures from Silence -- first Roach discovery
*Brian Eno, Music for Airports -- seemed like an old friend even on the first listen
*Brian Eno, Apollo -- the highest form of space music
*Rod Modell and Michael Mantra, Sonic Continuum -- wow

A quick check of a four-year run of last.fm history (see here: www.last.fm/user/Anglican (http://www.last.fm/user/Anglican)), reveals a few others that have garnered lots of spins:

*Solar Fields, Blue Moon Station
*Steve Roach and Loren Nerell, Terraform
*Loren Nerell, Taksu -- could be an alternate soundtrack for Apocalypse Now
*Stars of the Lid, anything
*Tangerine Dream, anything
*Vangelis, anything -- first discovered as a young lad listening to the "Cosmos" soundtrack . . . ambient before I knew the word

Title: Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
Post by: drone on on November 29, 2010, 03:06:54 AM
I just re-read my list from above and I should be FLOGGED for omitting what has rightly been included on others' lists: "Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks" (Brian Eno, w/Daniel Lanois and Roger Eno). 

This album is just timeless.  The ultimate soundtrack to all things MOON.  I had it on LP around '86, then a cassette (remember those?), and it finally came out on CD but not until early 90's I believe.  I bought the digipak original master reissue in 2005, then replaced that with the Japanese CD issue in mini-LP sleeve.  I think this sounds the best.  I noticed the digipak version had some annoying distortion esp. when playing on a home stereo system, which the Japan version did not.  Don't know why this is, but it is noticeable. 

I was blown away by "An Ending: Ascent" back in '86 when I first heard it.  Funny how it finally got the recognition it deserved by being used in the closing credits to a movie almost 20 years later. 
Title: Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
Post by: headonist on January 10, 2011, 04:57:04 PM
Great discussion topic. Off the top of my head, the perennials are:

*Steve Roach, The Magnificent Void -- On my first listen, having just discovered Roach through Structures from Silence, I didn't like the Void at all, but somehow, eventually, it got to me and is in constant rotation.
*Steve Roach, Structures from Silence -- first Roach discovery
*Brian Eno, Music for Airports -- seemed like an old friend even on the first listen
*Brian Eno, Apollo -- the highest form of space music
*Rod Modell and Michael Mantra, Sonic Continuum -- wow

A quick check of a four-year run of last.fm history (see here: www.last.fm/user/Anglican (http://www.last.fm/user/Anglican)), reveals a few others that have garnered lots of spins:

*Solar Fields, Blue Moon Station
*Steve Roach and Loren Nerell, Terraform
*Loren Nerell, Taksu -- could be an alternate soundtrack for Apocalypse Now
*Stars of the Lid, anything
*Tangerine Dream, anything
*Vangelis, anything -- first discovered as a young lad listening to the "Cosmos" soundtrack . . . ambient before I knew the word



Nice to read your list, Anglican. I've just requested your friend ship on last.fm by the way. It seems we have good compability, no surprise though :)
Title: Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
Post by: mgriffin on January 10, 2011, 04:59:25 PM
I like everything on Anglican's list too... except with TD I wouldn't go so far as to say "anything."
Title: Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
Post by: spectral67 on January 15, 2011, 12:59:09 PM

FSOL - Lifeforms
The Orb - Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld
Steve Roach - Structures From Silence
David Parsons - Yatra
Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works Vol 2
Brock Van Wey - White Clouds Drift On and On
Tangerine Dream - Rubycon
Steve Roach - Dynamic Stillness
Global Communication - 76:14
The Orb - Orbus Terrarum
Maitreya - Telluric Waves
Sleep Research Facility - Deep Frieze
Biosphere - Substrata & Cirque
The Sight Below - It All Falls Apart
Thom Brennan - Mist
Steve Roach - Afterlight

Title: Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
Post by: headonist on January 19, 2011, 01:08:16 PM
It's hard to talk about personal classics when I've only discovered such greats as Steve Roach and Thomas Köner the recent year.

But... some albums that stands out for me at the moment are:

Steve Roach - Immersion : One
Oöphoi - Hymns To A Silent Sky
Robert Rich - Echo Of Small Things
Alio Die - Suspended Feathers
Harold Budd - Avalon Sutra
Daevid Alien And Micro Cosmic - Sacred Geometry
Robert Henke - Signal To Noise
Thomas Köner - Nuuk
Tuu - All Our Ancestors
Monolake - Gobi. The Desert EP
Alva Noto - Xerrox Vol.1
Rapoon - Time Frost
Joel Tammik - Eluline
Fennesz - Venice
Bass Communion - Bass Communion II
Tetsu Inoue - Ambiant Otaku

I feel I should add something by Mathias Grassow to my list, so I say The Fragrance Of Eternal Roses. But to be honest, I havn't heard anything by him that I didn't like.
Title: Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
Post by: dwight on January 20, 2011, 11:38:59 AM
There are quite a few interesting lists here.
I must add that Bryars, Pärt and Groreki have the same feel as these below at times and it would be hard for them not to be added to this list.

Apollo - Eno
Evening Star - Fripp & Eno
No Pussyfooting - Fripp and Eno
Fourth World, Vol. 1: Possible Musics - Eno & Hassell
Lovely Thunder -  Harold Budd
Timewind, X & Cyborg - Klaus Schulze
Title: Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
Post by: pbass2 on April 20, 2011, 11:25:53 AM
Here's a few that I've only been listening to for a short while, that are now on my "classics" list:

Taylor Deupree - stil

Murcof - Cosmos

Komet - Rausch (more micro-glitch-tech than ambient technically)

Escape Philosophy -  A Towering Achievement of Indescribable Beauty (available on Bandcamp)

Title: Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
Post by: nightlamp on February 29, 2012, 02:47:39 PM
Please forgive this newbie for the thread necromancy, I couldn't resist...  :)

Steve Hillage - Rainbow Dome Musick
Brian Eno - On Land
Rapoon - The Kirghiz Light
Tuu & Nick Parkin - Terma
Tangerine Dream - Atem
Robert Rich - Trances/Drones
Title: Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
Post by: Seren on March 01, 2012, 01:06:10 AM
Necromancy appreciated 8)

I haven't listened to Rainbow Dome Music for years - may need to seek it out.....
Title: Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
Post by: chris23 on August 18, 2013, 02:59:35 PM
Quote
Brian B. recently posted in another thread:
"What's the music you've listened to with regularity over the long term?"
Which made me think this would be an excellent topic of its own.

Necro, I know.

I have opinions on what some of my long-term favorites are. But I thought it would be interesting to see what iTunes has recorded as my most-played albums over the last two years since a lot of my listening in that time has been iPhone or iTunes mediated. (Yes, I can hear the sighs from CA all the way over here in IL.  ;D  )

Here are the albums--in order--that I have listened to the most during the past two years. Each of them has been played over 200 times. Some of these would be on my "all time favorites" lists (e.g., I think I'm one of the few people in the world who actually thinks Midnight Moon was frigging amazing). Some of them I was surprised to see appearing (e.g., Absolutely Deep--an album I adore, but had no idea I had listened to it so much). Many of these are the kinds of albums that I'm likely to listen to on repeat; they fade into the background nicely when reading or writing.

Some of my self-nominated favorites, it turns out, have not been in heavy rotation in recent years despite the esteem in which I hold them (e.g., Roach's The Magnificent Void, Budd's The White Arcades, Rich/Alio Die's Fissures ). That's kind of interesting too.

Aglaia - Absolutely Deep
Steve Roach - Immersion: Three
James Johnson - Cube 4 Voices
Steve Roach - Midnight Moon
James Johnson - Entering Twilight
Steve Roach - Immersion Four
Steve Roach - New Life Dreaming
A Winged Victor for the Sullen - ST
Max Corbacho - Breathstream
8 Shades of Sound - Formaria

Title: Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
Post by: Antdude on August 18, 2013, 04:29:03 PM
I thought I'd try the "most played" option as well, and found some interesting stats.

Here were my top 10 most played albums over the last year:

Tau Ceti - Somnium
Oöphoi - An Aerial View
John Broaddus - 4 At 18
Steve Roach - Immersion: Three
Thomas Köner - Kaamos
Kammerheit - Asleep and Well Hidden, The Starwheel
Oöphoi - Mare Imbrium
Between Interval - Autumn Continent
Sphare Sechs - Tiefschlaff
Mitsuko Uchida - Mozart Piano Sonatas

The first two almost don't count because I use them to try to fall asleep at night. I think it shows more how much trouble I have sleeping than what my listening habits are(maybe the NSA knows). The rest do seem about right in terms of play, but I listen to a lot more stuff daily. I tend to needle-drop through my music. I had expected to see some artists much higher on the playlist. The computer has definitely altered how I listen to music over the years. When I buy a CD, I usually rip it right away, then listen to it on the 'phones.

Flame away.
Title: Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
Post by: drone on on August 19, 2013, 02:05:00 AM
Most played over the last two years?  Hmmmmm...

Steve Roach--Origins
Namlook/inoue--Shades of Orion 2
Redshift--Wild 2
Aglaia--Nights in Nubiland

I tend not to focus too.much on individual albums because I have so much stuff to listen to.  The above things I listen to on a more frequent basis than others. 
Title: Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
Post by: amandaarmain on January 08, 2015, 07:36:14 AM
Hol Baumann - Human
Ephemeral Mists - Illusions blooming softly
Aes Dana Perimeters
Title: Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
Post by: thirdsystem on January 08, 2015, 12:54:04 PM
over the past few years.....

Namlook - Silence V
Namlook/Inoue - Shades of Orion 2 , 62 Eulengasse
Tetsu Inoue - Inland
Thom Brennan - Mist, Vibrant Water, Shimmer

Recently

Moss Garden - Understanding Holy Ghosts, In The Silence of Subconcious
Nacht Plank - Echo Ark
Autumn Of Communion 1
Robert Rich - Somnium, newly acquired in 2014 and on frequently.
Title: Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
Post by: thirdsystem on January 08, 2015, 01:08:08 PM
I see the Tangs are also included in this topic  8)

so virtually anything by them but especially....

Zeit
Atem
Rubycon
Phaedra
Ricochet
Force Majeure
Tangram.

been with me since my teenage years and still feature strongly and frequently.
Title: Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
Post by: Embers Below Zero on July 08, 2015, 03:26:56 AM
Biosphere - Substrata
Alio Die/Robert Rich - Fissures
Sleep Research Facility - Deep Frieze
Asmorod - Hysope
Shrine - The Final Asylum
Mathias Grassow - actually most of his stuff, at least of the albums I know
Thomas Koner - Nuuk
Necrophorus - Drifting In Motion
Title: Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
Post by: Remco Helbers on March 08, 2016, 01:50:36 PM
Old thread, but reading through it I came across a lot old albums that had sunk to the back of my mind...
My contribution:

TUU: All Our Ancestors, Mesh & Terma (in that order)
Jon Hassell & Brian Eno - Fourth World Volume 1: Possible Musics
Brian Eno: Neroli, Shutov Assembly
Klaus Wiese: El Hadra, Neptun
Michael Brook: Cobalt Blue, Hybrid
Robert Fripp: A Blessing of Tears
Title: Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
Post by: cvac on March 11, 2016, 09:55:51 AM
I made this list awhile back, would probably have to add some things to it:

https://rateyourmusic.com/list/patient_ot/patient_ots_list_of_some_classic_noise_experimental_soundscape_ambient_albums/

Many of the albums listed are not really ambient at all, but exist on the fringes of ambient, noise, industrial, and experimental music.
Title: Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
Post by: chris23 on March 11, 2016, 04:30:57 PM
cvac: Are you patient_ot on Bandcamp? I've been unknowingly following you on Bandcamp! (I'm rcfraley.)

Is "patient ot" an Einstürzende Neubauten reference?
Title: Re: Long Term Listening - your ambient classics
Post by: cvac on March 11, 2016, 08:46:46 PM
cvac: Are you patient_ot on Bandcamp? I've been unknowingly following you on Bandcamp! (I'm rcfraley.)

Is "patient ot" an Einstürzende Neubauten reference?

Yes and Yes! I think I'm following you as well.