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 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 26.06.2020
Oiro Pena
2
The Finnish multi-instrumentalist Antti Vauhkonen releases playful music with his vinyl 10-inch »2«, released by Jazzaggression.
Music Review | posted 20.07.2020
Adult Fantasies
Towers Of Silence
A very deserving compilation brings us Stroom these days with »Towers Of Silence« from the Belgian Adult Fantasies.
Music Portrait | posted 15.10.2020
Dark Entries
Between Disco, Goth and Porno Soundtracks
Since 2009, Josh Cheon has been running his label for underground music from the 1980s and those who want to be the next big underground hit. Next year he will have released over 300 records. We introduce you to the label from San Francisco.
Music Interview | posted 14.10.2020
Makaya McCraven
»I'm excavating sounds«
Makaya McCraven is one of the most leading jazz musicians of these days. Not only his hometown Chicago, but the whole world seems to be inspired by the free approach to the jazz heritage in his music. We had the chance for an interview.
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.