/ ambient chillout music?
Some of my favourites:
Probably not technically ambient, but i also enjoy this to relax to:
Music for Airports - good call, as is Biosphere. Mr Lemming could also try Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works 85-92 and (in particular) Selected Ambient Works Vol 2. I've some Pete Namlook kicking around somewhere that might fit the bill too.
I'd recommend Ulrich Schnausse 'Strangely Isolated Place' and the Orb's 'Adventures in the Underworld'.
This is going to hurt me saying this, but I am going to part with some cold hard cash to get some.
Where's the best place online to get this from?
Bit of a technophobe when it comes to online music.
Also, if you've not already heard of them, Morcheeba.
You can probably find a lot of these albums as whole album uploads on youtube, failing that, i buy a lot of cd's and vinyl from the discogs market place that i posted earlier, or you can buy mp3s from Boomkat.com, Amazon, Itunes, Beatport etc. And there's always pirate bay proxies if you're into that sort of thing.
World lookin in - morcheeba
Great tune .
Moist moss by locust is awesome
For a sampler of a range of artists from the excellent Just Music label, try Just Music Cafe volume 4: the ambient zone.
For some more brooding soundscapes, Loscil's Coast/Range/Arc is good.
The first album by the band "seefeel", which is called "quique", is lovely for this sort of thing.
Someone mentioned Eno. I am a big fan of the album Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks by Brian Eno with Daniel Lanois and Roger Eno. It is mesmerising.
Good call on FSOL's Lifeforms IF it's the 7-track EP.
I bought it on your recommendation. I'd agree.
> Good call on FSOL's Lifeforms IF it's the 7-track EP.
The full length version of Cascade is a particularly lovely thing.
> The full length version of Cascade is a particularly lovely thing.
Disclaimer, I have not heard the Lifeforms full album but a few reviews at the time stated that the 7-track EP flowed better and you felt the "evolution" of the life forms across its 40 minutes. I have that and I like it. I have not earned an opinion on the long player. I saw Garry Cobain of FSOL on telly once and he came across as a total arse.
Yep, definitely this. It's wonderful.
Or how about something beautiful but a little less modern, from the second century?
Second century? Really?
I do have quite a bit of Gregorian. I'll check this out too.
But I still can't get away from the suspicion that most ambient music is just an absence of invention really..
Schpongle. A bit more up beat but a good vibe and intelligent.
Miles davis, in a silent way. Another early incarnation thats a remarkable recording.
The residents Eskimo is also good, tho it borders in not being music.
Brian eno, music for airports.
I can't figure out if this is the work of the clangers or the mice in Pipkins.
Yep, according the sleeve notes on my copy: "The origins of this liturgical office go back as far as the second century AD. The service originally had the character of an annual commemoration of the deceased; among the fathers of the church, the first witnesses to fact this were Tertullian (d. after 220) and Cyprian (d. 258)"
This recording wasn't done in the second century, though. They waited until 1954, so they could use microphones and stuff. Canny lads, them monks ;-)
Joking aside, it really is the most wonderful stuff. I find it calms and clears my head like nothing else can. I've heard and enjoyed a fair bit of Gregorian chant, but for me nothing gets close to this performance.
I like Miles Davis, but haven't heard that one. A quick listen on Amazon and it sounds good. Might be buying that.
Lemming said he wanted to switch his brain off, not travel to the farther shores of lunacy!
Lovely stuff, spacious, civilized, and serene. Eno's "Discreet Music" is great, too, if a bit on the heavy side.
In a slightly different vein, Bach's cello suites are complex and absorbing. They demand your attention, so not really the best for switching your brain off, but they stop you thinking about other things - which is a different way of switching off.
Wow, sounds like someone treading on cats. But if it works for you... I find everything I've heard by Stockhausen to be like this - edgy, unsettling, nervous. The blighter must have been doing it on purpose.
in a silent way ive heard described as 'the only album you need, the rest are merely wants'. whilst thats debatable, its remarkable stuff and part of the transition that evolved davis (and therefore intelligent pop music) from kind of blue to bitches brew. no doubt acid had a bit to do with it, but its an evolutionary step caught on vinyl. incredible line up doing new things. you have many great hours ahead delving into it. whole new realms at every level of volume, even different machines and different rooms.
yeah, eskimo is pretty out there, but for immersion into another world its good stuff. that residents bass lulls the brain to some weird depths.
not that unlike bach; it wont turn the brain off, instead to the lower wavelengths where profound things go in usually unnoticed.
murcof is a semi-obscure electro composer who does very intelligent stuff between glitch and ambient. great soundtrack for float tank journeys.
Try somafm.com - both the groove salad and space station channels are great for a bit of background beats/ noise. It's good for an internet radio station and doesn't have ads which is a bonus.
There's also an app for it too which I sometimes set the sleep timer on if I'm struggling to get to sleep.
Thanks Tony! I mistakenly thought that no melodies or arrangements that we know today, go back as far as that. I think I fell for a load of Hildegard von Bingen propaganda! :-)
In C by Terry Riley was the first (1964, amazingly) important piece of minimalist music but it's not so much "chill-out", as requested by the OP, more "obsessional and will rapidly drive you nuts".
That would be my choice, although I like a touch of the gregorian as well.
It's an interesting point - when does a vocal recitation become music? I suspect the line between the two is wide and grey and affected by all sorts of things, including the intent of the performers and the listeners.
It becomes music when you have 'notes/tones' that that are organised to relate/interact with each other in a harmonic way that's governed by laws of physics. Sounds at different frequencies, may or may not be musical according to how they relate to each other. (I suppose some very basic 'music' can occur naturally, by chance, but that would be very limited.)
What's the excuse for Trad Jazz then?
Why should it need an excuse. Trad jazz is very near the apex of musical creativity.
Zero7 pretty much have ambient locked down. Bonobo is also worth a listen.
For me, airport music is a Fat Jon album on repeat. Bit of a tradition, only play it waiting for a plane, my body then knows an adventure is brewing :)
Just had another listen to the Amazon sample and realised that this is where Fripp and Eno were coming from with things like "No Pussyfooting" and "Evening Star" - Fripp in particular. Bought it. Thanks for the tip, I'm going to enjoy this.
> It becomes music when you have 'notes/tones' that that are organised to relate/interact with each other in a harmonic way that's governed by laws of physics. Sounds at different frequencies, may or may not be musical according to how they relate to each other. (I suppose some very basic 'music' can occur naturally, by chance, but that would be very limited.)
I'm musically pretty ignorant, so thank you for that. And no, I'm not being sarcastic - it makes sense and I appreciate the education.
Good call on Boards of Canada - I find Music Has The Right To Children a lot easier to listen to than Geogaddi.
> Miles davis, in a silent way. Another early incarnation thats a remarkable recording.
It's great, but stuff like Silent Way is anything but ambient chillout - stuff like Silent Way is all about focus and intensity, just in a slow and meditative way rather than a fast and energetic way.
This is my favourite type of music, I've now moved on to ambient trance and its awesome.
check out ultimae records, their stars djs are:
carbon based lifeforms
solar fields (the album movements is a must for long journeys)
hol baumann.......theres loads
for something a bit more up beat try vibrasphere
how about some ambient dub:
slackbabba (more psychadelic dub)
To check out stuff for free ektoplasm is definitely worth knowing about. Plenty to be getting on with there, I hope you guys have a listen and enjoy...
> Good call on Boards of Canada - I find Music Has The Right To Children a lot easier to listen to than Geogaddi.
The new one, Tomorrow's Harvest, is good too.
For my money, Geogaddi crossed over a bit from being nostalgic in a slightly ambiguous and spooky way to being nostalgic in a straight muzak-y way.
Thank you everybody. I've now got some excellent stuff to slow my brain down.
If you want chillout music then classical guitar music does it for me.
Alirio Diaz especially.
On the other hand , if you want to really switch the brain off, I will send her indoors around to you when she is in one of her bloody talkative moods..
Brain into hibernate mode!!
+1 to Bonobo and Boards of Canada
If you looking for some thing a bit electronic I would recommend
Caribou, Trentmoller, Nightmares on Wax, Burial, Four Tet, Air
Now time to look up some of the the other recommendations
+ 1 for caribou. remarkable stuff.
> + 1 for caribou. remarkable stuff.
I'll check some out later this evening.
I was surprised that I had quite a bit of what people suggested, which makes me feel sort of hip and down with the yoof.
Albatross Fleetwood Mac does it for me
Also KLF Chill Out, Orb's Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld and U.F.Orb.
You can also, should you wish, turn the volume up and shake your progressive latin jazz-rock thing should the mood be upon you. Perhaps thankfully, it hasn't been upon me.
There's a pretty good ambient collection series of Virgin: "A Brief History of Ambient" Vols 1-3. Many of the usual suspects featured here.
The Selected Ambient Works Vol II by Aphex Twin earlier is good; his other work is less restful.
Here are a few that haven't been mentioned (I think), just scanning through the CD list. Looks like my ambient-buying days were some time ago, and my recent resurgence in CD buying by trawling charity shops and Poundland yields mostly rock-ish...
Brand X - A Longer April
A Mission Into Drums (compilation), which leads us to Oliver Lieb, Stevie be Zet and Ralph Hildenbeutel, then to Recycle Or Die/Eye-Q Records, and thus Baked Beans... oh, and #9 Dream
Angelo Badalamenti (he of Twin Peaks & David Lynch association)
Channel Light Vessel
Whilst not strictly ambient or trance...
Dead Can Dance
Allegri - Miserere, Mei Deus (caught it live recently, performed beautifully by the Surrey Youth Choir in Guildford. Nearly had me in tears)
So I shall have to check out some of the recommendations, too...
So far I have vols 1 through 8. Still hunting for more. :-)
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