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The Lemming - on 22 Sep 2013
What would you suggest to help switch the brain off with?

Cheers muchly
The Norris - on 22 Sep 2013
Tall Clare - on 22 Sep 2013
In reply to The Norris:

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.
Shani - on 22 Sep 2013
In reply to The Norris: Sone nice suggestions there!

I'd recommend Ulrich Schnausse 'Strangely Isolated Place' and the Orb's 'Adventures in the Underworld'.
Philo22 - on 22 Sep 2013
In reply to The Lemming: I usually stick a Nigel Stately mix on after a heavy night shift to help me chill. One of his best below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_ZAEzurJOE
richard_hopkins - on 22 Sep 2013
In reply to The Lemming:
Some of DJ River's mixes may fit the bill
http://www.djriver.com/comp_menu_.htm
The Lemming - on 22 Sep 2013
In reply to Philo22:
> (In reply to The Lemming) I usually stick a Nigel Stately mix on after a heavy night shift to help me chill. One of his best below:
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> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_ZAEzurJOE

Very impressed sir.

In fact I like everything suggested so far.

Thanks muchly. :-)
The Lemming - on 22 Sep 2013
In reply to Philo22:

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.
crustypunkuk - on 22 Sep 2013
In reply to The Lemming: Have a look for Crustation, although you might have trouble finding them.
Also, if you've not already heard of them, Morcheeba.
The Lemming - on 22 Sep 2013
The Norris - on 22 Sep 2013
In reply to The Lemming:

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.
BenedictIEP on 22 Sep 2013
In reply to The Lemming: Been loving this lately

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wPtHy7EP0g
andymac - on 22 Sep 2013
In reply to crustypunkuk:

World lookin in - morcheeba

Great tune .




Dominion - on 22 Sep 2013
In reply to The Lemming:

Mattias IA Eklundh - The Woman in Seat 27a

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34HKClfont8

although it does get a bit rocky 3 quarters of the way through

Owen W-G - on 22 Sep 2013
In reply to The Lemming:

Moist moss by locust is awesome
Pursued by a bear - on 22 Sep 2013
In reply to The Lemming: Look for some of Marconi Union's stuff, it's very good indeed. Beautifully Falling Apart is perhaps a good spot to start (they recently released an album with Jah Wobble too which is very good, but perhaps not what you're after).

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.

T.
RocKalina - on 22 Sep 2013
In reply to The Lemming: Hammock, Peter Broderick, Soley, Sigur Ros, Massive Attack, Brian Eno - music for airports.... etc.
Blue Straggler - on 22 Sep 2013
In reply to The Lemming:


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.
Tall Clare - on 22 Sep 2013
In reply to Blue Straggler:
> (In reply to The Lemming)
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> 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.

I bought it on your recommendation. I'd agree.
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> Good call on FSOL's Lifeforms IF it's the 7-track EP.

The full length version of Cascade is a particularly lovely thing.

Blue Straggler - on 22 Sep 2013
In reply to Tall Clare:
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> 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.
Tony Naylor on 22 Sep 2013
In reply to Blue Straggler:
> 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.

Yep, definitely this. It's wonderful.

Or how about something beautiful but a little less modern, from the second century?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gregorian-Chant-Requiem-Mass/dp/B005A0WWUG/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=137988...


Blue Straggler - on 22 Sep 2013
In reply to Tony Naylor:

Second century? Really?
The Lemming - on 22 Sep 2013
In reply to Tony Naylor:

I do have quite a bit of Gregorian. I'll check this out too.

Cheers
Bulls Crack - on 22 Sep 2013
In reply to Tony Naylor:

That's better

But I still can't get away from the suspicion that most ambient music is just an absence of invention really..
ice.solo - on 22 Sep 2013
In reply to The Lemming:

Schpongle. A bit more up beat but a good vibe and intelligent.
Rob Davies - on 22 Sep 2013
In reply to The Lemming: Stimmung by Stockhausen started this ball rolling in 1968.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hPkJW95jsw
ice.solo - on 22 Sep 2013
In reply to The Lemming:

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.
The Lemming - on 22 Sep 2013
In reply to Rob Davies:

I can't figure out if this is the work of the clangers or the mice in Pipkins.

:-)
Tony Naylor on 23 Sep 2013
In reply to Blue Straggler:
> Second century? Really?

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.

Tony Naylor on 23 Sep 2013
In reply to ice.solo:
> Miles davis, in a silent way. Another early incarnation thats a remarkable recording.

I like Miles Davis, but haven't heard that one. A quick listen on Amazon and it sounds good. Might be buying that.

> The residents Eskimo is also good, tho it borders in not being music.

Lemming said he wanted to switch his brain off, not travel to the farther shores of lunacy!

> Brian eno, music for airports.

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.
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Tony Naylor on 23 Sep 2013
In reply to Rob Davies:
> (In reply to The Lemming) Stimmung by Stockhausen started this ball rolling in 1968.
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> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hPkJW95jsw

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.

ice.solo - on 23 Sep 2013
In reply to Tony Naylor:

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.
stroppygob - on 23 Sep 2013
stroppygob - on 23 Sep 2013
pookie on 23 Sep 2013
In reply to The Lemming:
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.
Mike Peacock on 23 Sep 2013
In reply to The Lemming: Stars of the Lid.
Blue Straggler - on 23 Sep 2013
In reply to Tony Naylor:

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! :-)
Rob Davies - on 23 Sep 2013
In reply to Tony Naylor: Stimmung is by far Stockhausen's most listener-friendly piece! There's very little of his music I can stand: Mantra, for example, uses sophisticated electronics (well, sophisticated for the 1960s) to distort the sound of two pianos. To my ears the result sounds just like a couple of really badly out-of-tune pub upright pianos.

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".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjR4QYsa9nE
Rob Davies - on 23 Sep 2013
In reply to The Lemming: If it's the Clangers you want, try this bit of Ligeti's Violin Concerto: first of all the solo violin plays a wonderful old-fashioned tune, but then at 2'45" the ocarinas take it over... Ligeti did have a very odd sense of humour, and - for all I know - he might have been a fan of I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue.
Rob Davies - on 23 Sep 2013
Rob Davies - on 23 Sep 2013
In reply to Tony Naylor: The "liturgical office" may go back this far but I think the music might be only a thousand years old!

stroppygob - on 23 Sep 2013
In reply to The Lemming: Try this,

Orlande de Lassus - Missa pro defunctis a 4: IV. Tractus

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48ahYfJXtY4
Dave Garnett - on 23 Sep 2013
In reply to Tony Naylor:
> 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.

That would be my choice, although I like a touch of the gregorian as well.
andrew ogilvie - on 24 Sep 2013
In reply to The Lemming:

La Monte Young: 2nd dream of the high tension line step down transformer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfZzz58VUaw

Terry Riley Poppy No Good and the Phantom Band
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRwPPIoAgqY



Though I don't really hold with the brain off thing.
Tony Naylor on 24 Sep 2013
In reply to Rob Davies:
> (In reply to Tony Naylor) The "liturgical office" may go back this far but I think the music might be only a thousand years old!

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.
Gordon Stainforth - on 24 Sep 2013
In reply to Tony Naylor:

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.)
Hay - on 24 Sep 2013
The Lemming - on 24 Sep 2013
In reply to Gordon Stainforth:

What's the excuse for Trad Jazz then?

:-)
Gordon Stainforth - on 24 Sep 2013
In reply to The Lemming:

Why should it need an excuse. Trad jazz is very near the apex of musical creativity.
Blue Straggler - on 24 Sep 2013
In reply to Gordon Stainforth:
> (In reply to Tony Naylor)
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> It becomes music when you have 'notes/tones' that that are organised

Like this? :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnwOE_44D9M
Kemics - on 24 Sep 2013
In reply to The Lemming:

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 :)
Tony Naylor on 25 Sep 2013
In reply to ice.solo:
> Miles davis, in a silent way. Another early incarnation thats a remarkable recording.

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.

Tony Naylor on 25 Sep 2013
In reply to Gordon Stainforth:
> (In reply to Tony Naylor)
>
> 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.

CBA - on 25 Sep 2013
In reply to The Lemming: If you haven't already,check out Boards Of Canada,especially their first full album "Music Has The Right To Children".In a smilar vein,Plaid and the associated Black Dog and Balil are excellent.On a more conventionally ambient vibe,William Orbit's "Strange Cargo" albums are well worth a listen.
Tall Clare - on 25 Sep 2013
In reply to CBA:

Good call on Boards of Canada - I find Music Has The Right To Children a lot easier to listen to than Geogaddi.
Ramblin dave - on 25 Sep 2013
In reply to ice.solo:
> (In reply to The Lemming)
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> 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.
smokeyj - on 25 Sep 2013
In reply to The Lemming:
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
asura
solar fields (the album movements is a must for long journeys)
Koan
lemonchill
H.U.V.A network
hol baumann.......theres loads

for something a bit more up beat try vibrasphere

how about some ambient dub:
OTT
slackbabba (more psychadelic dub)
bluetech.....
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...
Ramblin dave - on 25 Sep 2013
In reply to Tall Clare:
> (In reply to CBA)
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> 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.
The Lemming - on 25 Sep 2013
In reply to The Lemming:

Thank you everybody. I've now got some excellent stuff to slow my brain down.

:-)
mgco3 - on 25 Sep 2013
In reply to The Lemming:

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!!
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MikeSP - on 26 Sep 2013
In reply to The Lemming:
+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
ice.solo - on 26 Sep 2013
In reply to dapoy:

+ 1 for caribou. remarkable stuff.
The Lemming - on 26 Sep 2013
In reply to ice.solo:
> (In reply to dapoy)
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> + 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.

:-)
Jim C - on 26 Sep 2013
In reply to The Lemming:
Albatross Fleetwood Mac does it for me
SiGregory - on 26 Sep 2013
In reply to CBA: good call. I ways go back to The Campfire Headphase.

Also KLF Chill Out, Orb's Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld and U.F.Orb.
maxsmith - on 26 Sep 2013
In reply to dapoy: +1 for Burial and Nightmares on Wax, Rae and Christian also good (similar to Now and Air)
maxsmith - on 26 Sep 2013
In reply to dapoy: +1 for Burial and Nightmares on Wax, Rae and Christian also good (similar to Now and Air)
MikeSP - on 26 Sep 2013
In reply to The Lemming: Also Thievery corporation and 'Dzihan and Kamian'
Sankey - on 26 Sep 2013
In reply to The Lemming: Vondelpark, a Spotify recommendation for me this week which I have been enjoying at work.
Pursued by a bear - on 26 Sep 2013
In reply to The Lemming: As I've been finding this afternoon, though Santana's Caravanserai isn't ambient by genre, in practice it's very good music to chill out to.

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.

T.
captain paranoia - on 26 Sep 2013
In reply to The Lemming:

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.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Brief_History_of_Ambient

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...

System 7
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)
Amorphous Androgynous
Channel Light Vessel
MLO
Sven Vath
CJ Bolland


Whilst not strictly ambient or trance...
Dead Can Dance
Drum Club
Allegri - Miserere, Mei Deus (caught it live recently, performed beautifully by the Surrey Youth Choir in Guildford. Nearly had me in tears)
captain paranoia - on 26 Sep 2013
In reply to captain paranoia:

> Looks like my ambient-buying days were some time ago,

So I shall have to check out some of the recommendations, too...
markk - on 26 Sep 2013
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKZcOel9k8s ... just getting going and it's superb!
The Lemming - on 26 Sep 2013
In reply to markk:

So far I have vols 1 through 8. Still hunting for more. :-)

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