Ambient (Music subgenre)
Ambient is a subgenre of electronic music that became popular in the 1970s. Ambient music often contains soft and sustained sounds, while rhythm and percussion is neglected.
Ambient in Features
Music List | posted 02.06.2020
Rafael Anton Irisarri
10 All Time Favs
Ambient? Maybe. But with splinters of metal, neo-classical and other elements. Rafael Anton Irisarri paints overwhelming sound paintings with thick brushstrokes. So also on his new album »Peripeteia« for Dais Records. With his 10 All Time Favs, the restless US-American composer, producer and mastering engineer has revealed to us where his musical influences come from.
Music List | posted 26.02.2013
Bering Strait
10 Favourites
We ask musicians for 10 tracks, by which they were formed, reformed and cultured and we also ask them to comment on the selection. This time Jack Lever aka Bering Strait could adress themselves to this task. Last year the Mancunian and his mate Joe Synkro attracted lot of attention with their project Kiyoko. Now he is releasing his first solo EP, »Apart«, for the revived record label Apollo Records.
Ambient in Reviews
Music Review | posted 04.04.2021
Niko Tzoukmanis
Hope Is The Sister Of Despair
First released in 2013, »Hope Is The Sister Of Despair« by Niko Tzoukmanis has now been reissued in an slightly expanded version on Libreville.
Music Review | posted 08.03.2021
Various Artists
La Ola Interior
»La Ola Interior« is particularly well suited as a contemporary document that captures the mood of creative niche music in post-Franquist Spain.
Music Review | posted 24.06.2020
Biosphere
Dropsonde
The new edition of »Dropsonde« comes along with seven bonus tracks. The Norwegian producer Biosphere then radically reinterpreted an entire genre.
Music Review | posted 13.05.2020
Ron Boots, Jo Bogaert & Morten Søndergaard
Lachrymation / Ambient Kinsky / Sahara I Mine Hænder / Far Boundaries
The latest release brings together tracks from Ron Boots, Jo Bogaert and Morten Søndergaard, a Dutchman, a Belgian and a Dane.
Music Review | posted 02.03.2020
O Yuki Conjugate
Into Dark Water
O Yuki Conjugate’s subtle use of the then-new technique on »Into Dark Water« back in 1987 can only astound in retrospect.
Music Review | posted 20.01.2020
Steve Roach
Quiet Music 1-3
Telephone Explosion has reissued »Quiet Music 1-3« by Californian ambient musician Steve Roach, first released only on cassette in 1986.
Music Review | posted 06.02.2017
Laaraji
Celestial Vibration
»Celestial Vibration«, the 1978 debut of New-York based zither player and laughter therapist Laaraji, is being reissued.
Music Review | posted 12.01.2016
The Analog Roland Orchestra
Roden Crater Vision EP
For »Roden Crater Vision«, The Analog Roland Orchastra drew his inspirations from the Roden Crater Project by U.S.-artist James Turrell. If only he followed them through all the way…
Music Review | posted 15.06.2015
HELM
Olympic Mess
Overcoming stress through music: On »Olympic Mess«, Luke Younger aka HELM is trying to handle his very own chaos. And he seems to have succeeded.
Music Review | posted 23.05.2014
Ben Frost
Aurora
It’s spooky and grand, sublime and terrifying: Ben Frost’s »Aurora« is not an easy record. But there’s pure beauty hidden behind the mix of noise and quietness.
Music Review | posted 28.04.2014
Fennesz
Bécs
After 13 years, Fennesz has returned to the label Editions Mego. His new record »Bécs« picks up the abstract pop of his earlier records.
Music Review | posted 25.09.2013
Donato Dozzy
Plays Bee Mask
The Italian musician Donato Dozzy ventures on Bee Mask’s »Vaporware«. His variations are individual and full-fledged tracks – complex and impressive.
Music Review | posted 07.08.2013
Bitchin Bajas
Bitchitronics
Bitchin Bajas are defoliating their sounds until their ambient starts to breathe. Unfortunately, the rapid overuse of guitar- and flute-notes can come accross as somewhat out of place.
Music Review | posted 12.02.2013
Synkro
Acceptance Ep
Synkro picks up where he left it with his Kiyoko-project. What came out is acoustic balm for the soul, melted together with post-rave-melancholy and encouraging future-optimism to a unique bitter-sweet vibe.
Music Review | posted 17.01.2013
Loscil
Sketches from New Brighton
Loscil shows what he is capable of by painting coastal landscapes with instinctive sureness, using of all kinds of different musical devices.
Music Review | posted 30.08.2012
Blue Daisy x Unknown Shapes
Bedtime Stories EP
This EP will make no one go to sleep: instead it demolishes everything down to the crust with distorted strings and infinite bass-barrels.
Music Review | posted 01.08.2012
Konx-om-Pax
Regional Surrealism
Tom Scholefield is the new darling of the Electronica- and IDM-Scene. Now, he has successfully finished the transformation from graphic designer to musician.
Music Review | posted 09.07.2012
Outer Space
Akashic Record (Events: 1986-1990)
»Akashic Record« belongs more to the sound-spectrum of Tangerine Dream, Vangelis and Jean-Michel Jarre than to the aspiring world of house, acid and techno.
Music Review | posted 30.01.2012
Hive Mind
Elemental Disgrace
Hive Mind fiddles with synth-buttons and serves as an excellent figurehead for a music-scene which fetishizes experimenting with electrophones.
Music Review | posted 26.01.2012
Pete Swanson & Rene Hell
Waiting For The Ladies
Once published in a small edition for a joint tour, this gem is now a wider audience. It represents tow outstanding musicians.
Music Review | posted 14.11.2011
Oneohtrix Point Never
Replica
With his last album, Returnal, Oneohtrix Point Never has pressed ahead with the syntheziser’s Renaissance. Now, its successor is being released.
Music Review | posted 08.11.2011
Driphouse
Spectrum 008
Darren Ho is an electronics technician of the old school – before he starts making his music, he first builds his own synthesizers. That’s what makes his sound so very special.
Music Review | posted 10.09.2011
John Beltran
Ambient Works 1995-2011
Even in the title of his anthology, John Beltran evokes a direct comparison to Aphex Twin. Unfortunately, it’s a comparison he couldn’t possibly live up to.
Music Review | posted 17.05.2011
Rene Hell
The Terminal Symphony
These days, the synthesizer is functioning as the leading instrument of electronic music. Rene Hell convincingly proves, why this renaissance makes sense, after all.
Music Review | posted 27.03.2011
Emanuele Errante
Time Elapsing Handheld
Italian composer Emanuele Errante presents a wonderful attempt on time, which lets sounds float and the light break.
Music Review | posted 20.01.2011
Pan American
For Waiting, For Chasing
Only very few can tare the balance between acoustic and electronic sounds in a perfection comparable to the skills of Mark Nelson alias Pan American.
Recent Articles
Music Review | posted 05.04.2021
Tomaga
Intimate Immensity
Tomaga have now released their latest album. »Intimate Immensity« is the conclusion and the highlight of this great London duo.
Music Review | posted 04.04.2021
Niko Tzoukmanis
Hope Is The Sister Of Despair
First released in 2013, »Hope Is The Sister Of Despair« by Niko Tzoukmanis has now been reissued in an slightly expanded version on Libreville.
Music Portrait | posted 08.04.2021
Gondwana Records
Soul And Character
As a DJ and musician, Matthew Halsall became a label operator. Starting with a local focus on Manchester’s contemporary jazz scene, the trumpeter, composer and bandleader has since given his imprint Gondwana Records a fairly international focus.
Music News | posted 01.03.2021
Leon Vynehall
Exclusive Edition: »Rare Forever«
Leon Vynehall releases his new album »Rare Forever« on Ninja Tune on April 30. It is available exclusively from HHV Records in a special colour vinyl edition.
Music Review | posted 07.04.2021
Rogér Fakhr
Fine Anyway
With »Fine Away«, the Habibi Funk label has compiled and reissued songs by Lebanese songwriter Rogér Fakhr.