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Late Night Electric Guitar Ambient (Non-drone)
« on: July 20, 2010, 08:59:24 PM »
You know that smokey, chilled riff of an electric guitar when you hear it.  

I'll give some examples of what I already know, and any more suggestions are welcome.  I'm not really talking about drone or other heavily treated guitar-based material, rather the more recognizable sound.  Slide guitar is okay too.

Here's a classic, and one of my favorite examples, A Produce's The Golden Needle.  
 I always have dug this song.

-Some other stuff I know about is: Robert Fripp of course (any album suggestions besides his with Brian Eno would be great)
-Warren Cuccurullo has a great "late night" type album called Machine Language- kind of reminds me of Eno at times, like Music for Films or something.
- I like the guitar work by Clive Wright working with Harold Budd.  That's great stuff.
-Mychael Danna, Bruce Kaphan have done nice slide guitar ambient
- Suso Saiz
oh and Robin Guthrie

Any obvious omissions, or more obscure finds in this category?  
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Re: Late Night Electric Guitar Ambient (Non-drone)
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2010, 12:56:39 AM »
Re: Fripp--A Blessing of Tears is one of his best.

Other great chilled gtr:

David Sylvian (his two collabs with Holger Czukay especially)

Michael Brook- Hybrid & Live at the Aquarium are classics

Bill Laswell-Divination "Akasha," Divination "Sacrifice," "Cymatic Scan"

Dif Juz-Extractions

Edgar Froese

Terje Rypdal

Bill Nelson

David Torn

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Re: Late Night Electric Guitar Ambient (Non-drone)
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2010, 12:58:06 AM »
How could I forget DANIEL LANOIS???

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Re: Late Night Electric Guitar Ambient (Non-drone)
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2010, 11:38:19 AM »
How could I forget DANIEL LANOIS???

Lanois "Belladonna" is amazing!

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Re: Late Night Electric Guitar Ambient (Non-drone)
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2010, 12:06:42 PM »
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Re: Late Night Electric Guitar Ambient (Non-drone)
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2010, 07:33:16 AM »
Makoto Kawabata, although he's in and out with the drone thing

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Re: Late Night Electric Guitar Ambient (Non-drone)
« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2010, 08:43:28 PM »
Christopher Short's "Duende" fits the bill nicely.
"I liken good ambient to good poetry ... enjoyable, often powerful, and usually unpopular" APK

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Re: Late Night Electric Guitar Ambient (Non-drone)
« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2010, 10:13:31 PM »
Thanks for the replies so far.  Daniel Lanois especially Belladonna is a good one.  What I'm really looking for is a vibe similar to the track "The Golden Needle" by A Produce as posted earlier.  Something where there is a casual "jam" feel, but it hardly even reaches a mid-tempo, much less faster.  Suso Saiz's work with Steve Roach especially in "Forgotten Gods" is another ideal.  His riffs come in out of nowhere and disappear just as fast, but there's a lingering echo.  Another great one I forgot to mention is "Slim Westerns" by a Small Good Thing.  That's more of the hazy western twang, which is more or less an offshoot of what I'm talking about, but still fits the bill.

Paul, where can one find Short's Duende?  I noticed on Discogs that the label is Atmoworks, but not in their store.  I'll shoot them a message about it.

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Re: Late Night Electric Guitar Ambient (Non-drone)
« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2010, 09:35:33 PM »
I would e-mail Chris at: chris@majale.com

He would have the best idea of where and how to get a copy.

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Re: Late Night Electric Guitar Ambient (Non-drone)
« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2010, 10:41:12 PM »
Explosions in the Sky - Friday Night Lights soundtrack - beautiful stuff.
Halma - back to pascal - not too ambient but this is definitely "smokey" & "late night".
Japancakes - many releases to choose from.  This stuff is more straight forward but has lots of good slide guitar.
Loren Connors - lots to choose from here too.  I have "Night Through, singles & collected works 1976 - 2004", "Evangeline", " the little match girl" & "Airs".  All pretty good.

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Re: Late Night Electric Guitar Ambient (Non-drone)
« Reply #10 on: July 24, 2010, 01:11:47 PM »
The 2nd disc of David Sylvian's Gone to Earth album has some very nice ambient guitar work from Fripp, Bill Nelson & himself.
http://www.amazon.com/Gone-Earth-CD-David-Sylvian/dp/B000F3T7WY/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1280001221&sr=8-12

On the 1st album by Sylken Illusions of Light half the album features excellent ambient guitar work.
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/sylken3

You should be able to stream or download this track, featuring Jim Field (spacenoiz / Rhea's Obsession) on ambient guitar, by clicking or right-clicking this link:



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Re: Late Night Electric Guitar Ambient (Non-drone)
« Reply #11 on: September 07, 2010, 01:05:14 AM »
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Re: Late Night Electric Guitar Ambient (Non-drone)
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Re: Late Night Electric Guitar Ambient (Non-drone)
« Reply #13 on: September 13, 2010, 08:01:27 AM »
Pat Metheny - Oasis



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Re: Late Night Electric Guitar Ambient (Non-drone)
« Reply #14 on: September 13, 2010, 10:51:09 AM »
No Mark Dwane?



OK, it's synthesizers, but 100% triggered by guitar - which, when you listen to it, is pretty amazing to think that there isn't any synths / keys being used to trigger the notes.

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Re: Late Night Electric Guitar Ambient (Non-drone)
« Reply #15 on: September 13, 2010, 11:26:44 AM »

Charlie Hayden & Pat Metheny : Beyond the Missouri Sky
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Re: Late Night Electric Guitar Ambient (Non-drone)
« Reply #16 on: September 13, 2010, 12:43:18 PM »
Nice one APK, one of my favorite albums of all time!
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Re: Late Night Electric Guitar Ambient (Non-drone)
« Reply #17 on: September 13, 2010, 01:04:07 PM »
A favourite in our house.

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Re: Late Night Electric Guitar Ambient (Non-drone)
« Reply #18 on: September 13, 2010, 02:53:30 PM »
Mark Dwane is cool, although 90% of his stuff doesn't sound like a guitar at all, so I wouldn't put him in this category. 

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Re: Late Night Electric Guitar Ambient (Non-drone)
« Reply #19 on: September 13, 2010, 03:13:42 PM »
Mark Dwane is cool, although 90% of his stuff doesn't sound like a guitar at all, so I wouldn't put him in this category. 

Hence my comment about it all being synth.  Didn't mean to hijack the thread in that direction.  I happen to have been listening to his work when I read this thread.

On-Topic - Maybe you all know of him, but I recently discovered an artist named Chris Bocast and an album titled "Through the Airloc" by way of sifting through dollar bins at a record store in Colorado Springs - just took a chance on it based on the fact there's a track titled "Numinous"  ;) and the artwork and instrument credits sounded like it would be ambient music and and got lucky - one of the better deals I've made.  Anyhow, although there are electronics/effects in the album, the credits list Chris Bocast as using "electric guitar, ebow, Moog, piano".  Listening to the album it's clear that the majority of the soundscapes are guitar-based.

Might be worth a listen for those looking for something different.