« on: September 29, 2009, 08:43:47 PM »
My incredibly quick take (!): though I discovered electronic music in 1980, with Kraftwerk and soon followed by Eno, Jarre, Vangelis, etc., I would say I discovered ambient in 1993 with Fax then quickly followed by Hypnos. This new generation of ambient was exciting to me, as I suppose every new generation of music is exciting to its new fans. One of the key reasons that I drastically slowed down my collecting of ambient music is because of two things: one, lack of innovation in ambient, and two, lack of audio quality in CD-R and downloads. Regarding first point - to me, ambient with the advent, as Mike pointed out, of labels such as Fax, Silent, Warp, Fathom, etc., presented original sounds and ideas. To me, recently there has been a constant repetition of nearly every artist's previous works. Call it recycling. I am not particularly interested in collecting a dozen CD's by the same artist if they all sound the same. I could go on...regarding the second point - I have had a terrible run of paying for and collecting CD-R's from various labels which have all but disintegrated. I will not be continuing this practice. And I can still tell the difference between download, MP-3 and CD quality (not going to get into MP-3 vs flac). I do admit that this mode of distribution is way forward from the way things used to be.