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 − Portrait | posted 25.05.2021
Looking for the Infinite Loop
Densely packed with details, the sound of SSIEGE strolls along the transitions of the seasons and during the process blurs ultra-saturated pictures with cravings yet unfulfilled. With them, the Italian producer manages to tell dream tales that recur endlessly.
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
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 07.10.2021
japanese producer Soshi Takeda translates the sight of Chinese mountain landscapes to lo-fi house with his »Floating Mountains« album for 100% Silk.
Music − Review | posted 20.09.2021
The Raw And The Cooked
With »The Raw And The Cooked«, Jan Jelinek has cooked up a nice soup for us. His work, originally composed for SWR, is now available on vinyl record. Delicious!
Music − Review | posted 30.08.2021
Sofie Birch & Johan Carøe
»Repair Techniques« is a classic Sofie Birch album, but not only thanks to Johan Carøe also much more than that. Her collaboration on STROOM~ impresses with small gestures.
Music − Review | posted 25.08.2021
More than just the usual pandemic record: on »之/OF« for the Berlin label Métron, Li Yilei masterfully expresses a precarious mood in small vignettes.
Music − Review | posted 14.06.2021
Like looking up at the starry night sky: Canadian musician Loscil has released a new album, »Clara,« on Kranky.
Music − Review | posted 04.04.2021
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
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
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
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
»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
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
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
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
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 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 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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Music − List | posted 01.12.2021
End-of-Year review 2021
Top 50 Albums
Much like every cloud has its silver lining, this year had some fantastic music to offer – something to hold on to in difficult times. These were the 50 best albums released on vinyl in 2021.
Music − News | posted 27.01.2022
A new start with Der Ralle
The beloved beatmaker series KEATS is back. The first in the completely renewed groove is Der Ralle from Saarbrücken. The Vinyl record is limited and comes with a first class textile cover.
Music − News | posted 04.01.2022
Exciting compilation with jazz from Japan
Yusuke Ogawa is one of the experts on Japanese jazz. In April, the compilation »WaJazz Japanese Jazz Spectacle Vol.1« curated by him will be released. A limited edition will be available exclusively from HHV Records.
Music − Portrait | posted 20.01.2022
Daft Punk – Homework (1997)
In 1997, the French duo Daft Punk released their debut album »Homework« and since then have had an almost unprecedented career. At that time, the album was not yet mainstream, but creaky, crackling house music.
Music − Review | posted 31.10.2021
Jazz is more hip than it has been for a long time. The output is large, the return mediocre. But with »Natten« Kopenhagen’s Bremer/McCoy deliver a fantastic work.