Some great reccs in this thread!
I’m here today to tell you about one of Brian Eno’s best ambient albums of his entire career, and easily his rarest and least known. In 1997, he composed the soundtrack for an edutainment game called Nile: An Ancient Egyptian Quest. I don’t know how they managed to get Eno on board, but the music he composed for it is beautiful. Unfortunately, it has never been officially released. Luckily, there are pretty good bootlegs of it out there on places like Soulseek.
Here’s a full stream of it someone uploaded to Mixcloud:
It’s seriously way better than any of Eno’s other 90’s solo work I’ve heard, by a wide margin. I don’t know how it happened.
i’ve been really into this kevin drumm piece for the last couple of weeks
I haven’t watched this whole thing yet but it’s got trippy visuals and nice ambient music/sounds in what I’ve seen so far
EDIT: The “Ambient” menu option is selected around 35 minutes
Also Goku for the laseractive, although there’s lots of talking over all the cool ambient stuff. But I like the talking as well.
WARNING: Goku is filled with a lot of gender essentialist nonsense. It’s mystical enough to get a pass by me but it is kinda stupid.
Persistence Is All.
I mentioned this in the song-of-the-moment thread a while back, but I listen to Nothing But Noise a lot. It’s a side project by members of Front 242.
Aube is one of my favorites
Musique Concrete might be at the more extreme end of ambient
I’m well into the PS4 startup screen. makes me feel all wistful
which come to think of it reminds me of hammock. also very wistful. I am a wistful kind of fellow
This 1995 electronic album is really interesting:
The band used knives and paint and tape and other tools to mutilate CDs and record the glitched results. They then took these recordings and composed them together into ambient pieces. This was a very interesting moment for the CD format – possibly the first time listeners could really hear the medium itself, explored in such detail. Today we’re all familiar with the ways that CDs fail, but back then it was still novel… And to hear these failures brought together in harmony was groundbreaking.
The music holds up. It may not be as mindbending as it was in 1995, but it’s still a beautiful and fascinating composition. What was futuristic and alien in 1995 now feels nostalgic, hearkening back to the last major mass-market physical audio medium.
I just saw the vinyl pressing of 94 Diskont on sale and picked it up like an idiot. It’s kind of a joke of an object: the most thorough exploration of the foibles of the CD medium… presented in vinyl. I like the surreal nature of that. It does faithfully recreate that fucked up CD sound, but the occasional vinyl pop makes it even more pleasantly confusing.
Is hipster hotel eligible for this thread?
Climax Golden Twins
This new James Ferraro EP is one of the coolest things he’s ever made. Feels surprisingly of a piece with Oneohtrix Point Never’s recent album, but much easier for me to access as a listener.
Science fictional ambient, the sounds of a computer virus ravaging the last chirping modems in decaying cities while animals stalk the overgrown streets.
It’s neoclassical ambient, totally mutant vaporwave… It takes what I thought was tired terrain and reinvigorates it. Green Hill Cross in particular feels like something very new. It’s not even all miserablist, there are surprisingly catchy bits and beautiful moments woven in. It actually kind of reminds me of Geinoh Yamashirogumi’s Ecophony Gaia, which I really should post about in this thread soon.
And apparently this is just the prologue to a four-album cycle.
yeah that ferraro is mint. classical hardstyle.
this is neat. it maybe reminds me of hiroshi yoshimura’s catalog in parts and autechre’s oversteps in parts. i did feel that ecophony gaia comparison too. i dig it.
Also his earlier stuff has been reissued recently.
oval rips. dude has a track or two in secret stages of Rez which is what got me into ambient many moons ago!
Woah, I did not know that! This is a great excuse for me to finally finish that game.
This is streaming on bandcamp by the way. I just got the record and it is fucking amazing. Highest recommendation
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